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The Sword and Scabbard: Thieves and Thugs and the Bloody Massacre In Boston By Allen Woods
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The streets and taverns of Boston before “The Bloody Massacre” were filled with brawls and scrapes, hot words and cold calculations. Firebrands like Samuel Adams claimed high... More > revolutionary ideals for the Sons of Liberty, while John Hancock and other well-to-do merchants found smuggling very rewarding. The Tory lords stuffed their pockets with silver and scorned the rude Americans and their democratic ideas. Informers worked both sides of the street while crowds of itinerant, unemployed sailors and dockworkers ruled the streets and intimidated Customs officials with beatings and hot tar. Nicholas Gray and Maggie Magowan run The Sword and Scabbard, a North End tavern which is home to both criminal and political intrigue. They view the politics of the time with a cynical eye but are eventually caught up in the conflicts. Finally, Nicholas must choose between saving himself and crippling the march towards the Revolution.< Less
WTFO - The Silence Is Deafening By Khaled Hafid
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A young Marine Staff Sergeant finally tells the tale of his two year experience in dealing with deployment, conflict, death and recovery. With a unique upbringing as an Arab-American, he wrestles... More > with his beliefs and emotions, while trying to make sense of everything around him. It is a story of triumph from sadness, victory from the jaws of defeat. Follow him through his journey and see what becomes of him.< Less
SHADOW GAME By Darryl Sollerh
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FIRST PLACE, READER VIEWS LITERARY AWARDS; CHOICE AWARD WINNER, REBECCA READS; A FIRST HORIZON AWARD FINALIST (Hoffer Awards) and a READERS' FAVORITE BOOK AWARD FINALIST. "Riveting...You don't... More > want to put it down!" S. Marie Vernon, PACIFIC BOOK REVIEW. -- When Jarret, a seasoned assassin agrees to do one last “hit" in Indonesia, and discovers his hands have gained the power to heal, his carefully planned, secret world is thrown into chaos. Desperate to understand what's happening to him, he seeks out a local mystic, a Dalang of the spiritual Shadow Puppet Theater and his mysterious, mesmerizing daughter, only to soon find himself healing the sick of Jakarta's slums by night, while by day, planning the hit on the very presidential candidate trying to help them -- driving Jarret to a mental, emotional and spiritual crisis from which there is no escape, save the SHaDOW GAME.< Less
Love Lane By Jack Marriott
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Insurance Investigator Tom Rohm is a man who has lost his way and just about everything else. With only a leaking houseboat and a struggling business to his name, he hasn't got much going for him so... More > when he gets a call from his old boss offering him some easy money and the chance to redeem himself, he thinks his luck may have changed. He couldn’t be more wrong. Tom soon finds himself playing a high-stakes game of love and death in the case of a famous artist, a beautiful woman and a lost masterpiece. And just to keep things interesting, there’s a killer waiting in the shadows. For Thomas Newton Rohm, things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.< Less