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The last known human searches the galaxy for companionship in a brilliant standalone novel from the legendary author of the Pip & Flinx series. Once Homo sapiens reigned supreme, spreading from star system to star system in an empire that encountered no alien life and thus knew no enemy . . . save itself. As had happened many times before, the basest, most primal human instincts rose up, only this time armed with the advanced scientific knowledge to create a genetically engineered smart virus that quickly wiped out humanity to the last man. That man is Ruslan, the sole known surviving human being in the universe. Rescued from the charnel house of his home planet by the Myssari—an intelligent alien race—Ruslan spends his days as something of a cross between a research subject and a zoo attraction. Though the Myssari are determined to resurrect the human race, using Ruslan’s genetic material, all he wants for himself and his species is oblivion. But then the Myssari make Ruslan an extraordinary offer: In exchange for his cooperation, they will do everything in their considerable power to find the lost home world of his species—an all-but-mythical place called Earth—and, perhaps, another living human. Thus begins an epic journey of adventure, danger, heartbreak, and hope, as Ruslan sets out in search of a place that may no longer exist—drawn by the slimmest yet most enduring hope. Advance praise for Relic “Relic is a thrilling and thoughtful epic. With Alan Dean Foster’s trademark invention in both the psychology and physiology of his aliens, he also enriches the narrative with their complex cultures. The plot spans galaxies!”—Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author Greg Bear “The stunning plot of Foster’s stand-alone novel will intrigue readers for not only the ‘last man in the universe’ trope but also the well-developed alien species. A true first contact novel on many different levels.”—Library Journal “Foster’s sympathetic novel successfully surveys human frailty, the tendency not to learn from history, and an enduring capacity for adaptation and emotional attachment.”—Publishers Weekly

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Genre Book : Fiction
Author Book : Alan Dean Foster
Publisher : Del Rey
Release Book : 2018-08-14
Download Book : 320 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9781101967645


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The book that started the New York Times bestselling collaboration of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human... But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who-or what-is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre? Special lower priced edition available for a limited time.

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Genre Book : Antiquities
Author Book : Douglas J. Preston
Publisher : Tor Books
Release Book : 1996
Download Book : 474 Pages
ISBN-10 : 0812563581


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Buddhist chronicles have long been had a central place in the study of Buddhism. Scholars, however, have relied almost exclusively on Pali works that were composed by elites for learned audiences, to the neglect of a large number of Buddhist histories written in local languages for popular consumption. The Sinhala Th?pavamsa, composed by Parakama Pandita in thirteenth-century Sri Lanka, is an important example of a Buddhist chronicle written in the vernacular Sinhala language. Furthermore, it is among those works that inform public discussion and debate over the place of Buddhism in the Sri Lankan nation state and the role of Buddhist monks in contemporary politics. In this book Stephen Berkwitz offers the first complete English translation of the Sinhala Th?pavamsa. Composed in a literary dialect of Sinhala, it contains a richly descriptive account of how Buddhism spread outside of India, replete with poetic embellishments and interpolations not found in other accounts of those events. Aside from being an important literary work, the Sinhala Th?pavamsa. is a text of considerable historical and religious significance. It comprises several narrative strands that relate the life story of the Buddha and the manner in which Buddhist teachings and institutions were established on the island of Sri Lanka in ancient times. The central focus of this work concerns the variety of relics associated with the historical Buddha, particularly how the relics were acquired and the presumed benefits of venerating them. The text also relates the mythological history of the Buddha's previous lives as a bodhisattva and concludes with a prediction about the future Buddha Maitreya. Reflection on Buddhist ethics and instruction on the Dharma, or the Buddha's teaching, are found throughout the work, indicating that this historical narrative was meant both to recall the past and give rise to religious practice among contemporary readers and listeners. This new translation makes a significant work more widely accessible in the West and adds to our knowledge of how local Buddhist communities imagined and represented their religious and cultural heritages in written works.

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Genre Book : Religion
Author Book : Stephen C. Berkwitz
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release Book : 2006-12-14
Download Book : 320 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9780198041269


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Revision of the author's thesis (Johns Hopkins University, 1999).

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Genre Book : Art
Author Book : Erik Thunø
Publisher : L'ERMA di BRETSCHNEIDER
Release Book : 2002
Download Book : 216 Pages
ISBN-10 : 8882652173


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Relic, a Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child thriller that introduces FBI Special Agent Pendergast Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human... But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who--or what--is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre? At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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Genre Book : Fiction
Author Book : Douglas Preston
Publisher : Forge Books
Release Book : 2007-11-27
Download Book : 480 Pages
ISBN-10 : 1429989793


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After a raging fire consumes her town and kills her parents, Maggie Davis is on her own to protect her younger sister and survive the best she can in the Colorado town of Burning Mesa. In Maggie's world, the bones of long-extinct magical creatures such as dragons and sirens are mined and traded for their residual magical elements, and harnessing these relics' powers allows the user to wield fire, turn invisible, or heal even the worst of injuries. Working in a local saloon, Maggie befriends the spirited showgirl Adelaide and falls for the roguish cowboy Landon. But when she proves to have a particular skill at harnessing the relics' powers, Maggie is whisked away to the glamorous hacienda of Álvar Castilla, the wealthy young relic baron who runs Burning Mesa. Though his intentions aren't always clear, Álvar trains Maggie in the world of relic magic. But when the mysterious fires reappear in their neighboring towns, Maggie must discover who is channeling relic magic for evil before it's too late. Relic by Renee Collins is a thrilling adventure set in a wholly unique world, and a spell-binding story of love, trust, and the power of good.

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Genre Book : Juvenile Fiction
Author Book : Renee Collins
Publisher : Entangled: Teen
Release Book : 2013-08-27
Download Book : 400 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9781622660155


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In the most ancient of days visitors from the stars came to the earth. During the first age of man they walked the earth with the race called Adam, teaching them the basic elements of science and civilization. Through the centuries, myth and legend reflected an ancient but incomplete understanding of these events. Throughout the ages artifacts have been discovered that point to a glorious history in the ancient past; and perhaps an uncertain future. A strange tablet unearthed in the 1930's by a German archaeological team may be the key to unlocking the mystery of the origin of man. The artifact is discovered to be a powerful example of extra terrestrial technology that leads Dr. Samuel Enoch to a mysterious object on the outer fringe of the solar system. Will this discovery lead to the extinction of humanity? Or will it save our world from certain destruction?

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Genre Book : Fiction
Author Book : Buzz Jones
Publisher : iUniverse
Release Book : 2013-04
Download Book : 422 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9781475987805


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A thriller packed full of mythical intrigue, about a ground-breaking biblical secret. A golden relic, containing an ancient manuscript that could change the course of history, has been hidden in a monastery. But nobody knows where. One determined man sets out to find this sensational artefact and to trace its origins. His quest takes him via a scientific intelligence organization in London, a Middle Eastern outpost and a Crusaders' castle, as layer by layer he reveals the religous mysteries inside the Shrine of Sacred Secrets.

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Genre Book : Fiction
Author Book : Tom Egeland
Publisher : John Murray
Release Book : 2010-10-14
Download Book : 300 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9781848543928


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Author of the acclaimed historical novel, The Scholar’s Challenge, Julian Bauer now turns his unique writing abilities to two contemporary novellas, The Lawyer’s Relic and A Grandfather’s Dilemma. The first novella asks how an agnostic lawyer would react if he found a bloody napkin wrapped as a Christmas gift. Would he throw it away even if he found a card attached describing it as the burial face cloth of Jesus Christ? How would he react if supposedly miraculous events occurred? Would his legal skills play a factor in his search for an answer to what it all means? The second novella puts a elderly man in a predicament. He faces death from old age and has settled all his worldly affairs when a middle-aged woman and her adult son show up on his doorstep. She claims the young man is his grandson. Is he? Moreover, she tells the old man that her son has major character flaws needing someone of his ability to redeem him. He refuses to take on the responsibility. She insists. In any case, how could an unwilling young man be changed? Is it possible that age can bring with it weapons of unusual teaching abilities? Heartbreaking and enlightening, these powerful stories engage the reader in questions of faith and integrity. In writing these novellas, Julian utilizes all the investigative and managerial tools he gained in his career as CEO of his own company, executive in the Federal government, and national president of a nonprofit organization. He skillfully weaves two riveting tales around the benefits of trust and virtue.

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Genre Book : Fiction
Author Book : Julian Bauer
Publisher : WestBowPress
Release Book : 2013-08-02
Download Book : 188 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9781490802732


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A fanatic evangelist was in the White House. Religious terrorists were on the streets. And a young, charismatic preacher was predicting Armageddon. That was America at the end of the 20th century when eighteen-year-old Alan Alver made a decision that destroyed everything he loved and changed his life forever. Now seventy and living in a northern wilderness, Alan recalls those last years of America.

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Genre Book : Fiction
Author Book : Paul Hartney
Publisher : iUniverse
Release Book : 2000-12-01
Download Book : 296 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9780595151141