Modern Literature

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  • Bob Harlow is an academic; Vern Cugnet is an auto mechanic.  Beside this difference, Bob has another distinction - his once-pleasant life in North Dakota is going to hell. Terrible things are befalling Bob, his family and friends:  strange infections, nasty infestations, thefts and accidents - one of which is fatal. And Bob realises that the jinx is the result of a side trip he took into Tibet after a year-long sabbatical in China. There, in the Place of the Dead, Bob committed thoughtless sacrilege when he pocketed two mani stones - engraved funeral markers - as souvenirs. No matter what the obstacles, he must return the sacred objects. Vern - naive, crude and indomitable - volunteers to go along and the unlikely companions set out to undo the curse. The trek will take them through China, India and Nepal and involve them in border frays, encounters with holy hermits and bloodthirsty demons and finally, an audience with the Dalai Lama himself.

  • Later he will become Prime Minister Pitt's most resourceful secret agent. For now, in 1783, the handsome Brook is out to seek his fame and fortune.  He might never have set out at all were it not for the beautiful, wicked Georgina Thursby. And he would not have become entangled in French foreign policy except for the lonely Athenais de Rochambeau...
  • Book IV of Anne of Green Gables. Anne Shirley has left Redmond College behind to begin a new job and a new chapter of her life away from Green Gables. Now she faces a new challenge: the Pringles. They're known as the royal family of Summerside - and they quickly let Anne know she is not the person they had wanted as principal of Summerside High School. But as she settles into the cosy tower room at Windy Poplars, Anne finds she has great allies in the widows Aunt Kate and Aunt Chatty - and in their irrepressible housekeeper, Rebecca Dew. As Anne learns Summerside's strangest secrets, winning the support of the prickly Pringles becomes only the first of her triumphs.
  • Englishman Colonel Charles Whitaker forsakes his native country for Islam and the deserts of Arabia. Adapting quickly to this hostile terrain, he soon becomes more Bedouin than British - an almost legendary figure who the Arabs know as 'The Wise One'. Whitaker's illegtimate son, David, is a tough from the Cardiff docks, wanted by the police and who escapes to Arabia to become a geologist. He in turn is followed by Cardiff solicitor George Grant, whose duties as executor take him into a world of sand, heat, desert politics, the intrigues of the big oil companies and the wars of the oil-mad sheikhs. Can father and son meet and reconcile before greed destroys their chances?  
  • If Kurt Wenzel had not turned up in troubled post-war Trieste, there would have been no problem. Surgeon Eugen Reichenbach would have continued his placid, respectable life as a naturalised American with the World Universities Relief Organisation. But when crafty Kurt challenged him with, 'If you were asked to perform an operation tonight you'd be frightened out of your wits,' Eugen knew only too well that he could not refuse. It was in this way that Reichenbach began the journey that would lead him to the darkness of an isolated farmhouse where a man lay desperately ill, with a bullet in his lung and the police of several nations at his heels. When Eugen discovered the identity of the patient, it was too late to turn back. Blackmailed into a a fight for the outlaw's life, Reichenbach is also cut off from the protection of law and order.
  • Book II of The Grail Quest.  In Harlequin, Thomas of Hookton travelled to France as an archer and there discovered a shadowy destiny, which linked him to a family of heretical French lords who sought Christendom's greatest relic: the Holy Grail. Vagabond continues the story of a search that Thomas is reluctant to pursue. He doubts the Grail's existence, and he has other promises to keep, promises that take him back to Brittany where a vicious civil war is about to reach its climax. But other folk, far more powerful than Thomas and his friends, fear the rumour of the Grail's existence and force Thomas to pursue the relic, while his enemies, faceless and ruthless, fear Thomas's destiny and determine to destroy him. Thomas's allies are few and weak: a hedge priest, a renegade French knight, a Jewish adventurer and a crippled English soldier - but now they must unite and find greater strengths to pierce the mysteries of Christendom. Cover art by Chris Moore.

  • Tweed and Co., No. V. It should have been a tranquil, if unwelcome holiday for Tweed. But six fresh graves in an isolated Norfolk churchyard mark the start of one of the deadliest manhunts ever undertaken. A hostile master planner has gone missing. He hasn't defected, he has vanished - with enough explosive power to take out a great city, leaving no survivors. Now the Russians, appalled that detente may be destroyed, are asking Tweed to track him down. Somewhere in Europe, a ruthless cold-blooded killer is moving towards his unknown target, a near-genius for whom 'terror is the ultimate weapon'. He has planned a brutal act of violence which will bring Europe to its knees. With Bob Newman, foreign correspondent turned undercover agent, and Paula Grey, his assistant, Tweed must locate the renegade before crisis becomes holocaust. The final confrontation will be one of the most terrifying they have ever faced.

  • All the usual suspects are here, along with the late Jackie Collins' wry, dry wit and observations on the 'beautiful people'. Kris Phoenix, legendary English rock star; Bobby Mondella, handsome black soul superstar, recovering from a suspicious and near-fatal accident; and Rafealla, the beautiful half-caste girl with plenty of reasons to sing the blues.  Their lives will clash with billionaire Marcus Citroen and Max Sicily, the son of a mob boss posing as a waiter for his own nefarious reasons.  The fund-raiser party on Citroen's lush Malibu estate, with tonnage of wealth, glamour and celebrities, will end with a big bang.