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The Jaguar's Children by John Vaillant
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Hector is trapped. The water truck, sealed to hide its human cargo, has broken down. The coyotes have taken all the passengers' money for a mechanic and have not returned. Those left behind have no choice but to wait.

Hector finds a name in his friend Cesar's phone: AnniMac, a name with an American number. He must reach her, both for rescue and to pass along the message Cesar has come so far to deliver. Are his messages going through? Over four days, as water and food run low, Hector tells how he came to this desperate place.

His story takes us from Oaxaca, with its rich culture and rapid change, to the dangers of the border, exposing the tangled ties between Mexico and El Norte, land of promise and opportunity, homewrecker and unreliable friend. It reminds us of the power of storytelling and the power of hope, as Hector fights to ensure his message makes it out of the truck and into the world.


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The Bridge by Robert Knott
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Territorial Marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are back in Appaloosa, where their work enforcing the law has been exceptionally quiet. All that is about to change.

An ominous storm rolls in, and along with it a band of night riders with a devious scheme, who show up at the Rio Blanco camp, where a three-hundred-foot bridge is under construction. Appaloosa's Sheriff Sledge Driskill and his deputies are the first to respond, but as the storm grows more threatening, news of troubles at the bridge escalate, and the Sheriff and his deputies go missing.

Virgil and Everett saddle up to sort things out, but before they do the hard drinking, Beauregard Beauchamp arrives in Appaloosa with his Theatrical Extravaganza troupe and the promise of the best in lively entertainment west of the Mississippi. With the troupe comes a lovely and mysterious fortune-teller who is set on saving Everett from imminent but indefinable danger. The trouble at the bridge, the missing lawmen, the new arrivals, and Everett's shoot-out in front of Hal's Cafe aren't the only things on Cole and Hitch's plate as a gang of unsavory soldiers ease into town with a shady alibi, shadier intentions, and a soon-to-be-discovered wake of destruction.

As clouds over Appaloosa continue to gather, things get much worse for Cole and Hitch.

The Long Road by G. Michael Hopf
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Only six weeks have passed since a super-EMP attack devastated the United States, but already, life has changed dramatically.

Most of America has become a wasteland filled with starving bands of people, mobs and gangs. Millions are dead, and millions more are suffering, with no end in sight. For Gordon, Samantha, Sebastian, Cruz and Barone, the turmoil and chaos they dealt with in the early weeks after the attack will seem trivial in comparison to the collapse of society that plays out before their eyes.

Uncertainty abounds as they all travel different paths in search of a safe place to call home.

Tom Clancy's Full Force and Effect by Mark Greaney
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A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing.

The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr. and his fellow Campus agents precious time, time they don't have. The challenge facing President Jack Ryan is an old one with a terrifying new twist: as the international stalemate with North Korea continues into its seventh decade, a young, untested dictator is determined to prove his strength by breaking the deadlock.

Like his father before him, he hangs his plans on the country's nuclear ambitions. Until now, that program was impeded by a lack of resources. However, there has been a dramatic change in the nation's economic fortune. A rich deposit of valuable minerals have been found in the Hermit Kingdom. Coupled with their nuclear capabilities, the money from this find will make North Korea a dangerous force on the world stage.

There's just one more step needed to complete this perfect plan: the elimination of the president of the United States.

Private Vegas by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
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Las Vegas is a city of contradictions: seedy and glamorous, secretive and wild, Vegas attracts people of all kinds, especially those with a secret to hide, or a life to leave behind.

It's the perfect location for Lester Olsen's lucrative business. He gets to treat gorgeous, young women to five-star restaurants, splashy shows, and limo rides, and then he teaches them how to kill. Private Jack Morgan spends most of his time in Los Angeles, where his top investigation firm has its headquarters; but a hunt for two criminals leads him to the city of sin and to a murder ring that is more seductively threatening than anything he's witnessed before.

Available in regular print or audio CD.
The Fragile World by Paula Treick DeBoard
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The Kaufmans have always considered themselves a normal, happy family.

Curtis is a physics teacher at a local high school. His wife, Kathleen, restores furniture for upscale boutiques. Daniel is away at college on a prestigious music scholarship, and twelve-year-old Olivia is a happy-go-lucky kid whose biggest concern is passing her next math test.

Then comes the phone call that changes everything. Daniel has been killed in what the police are calling a freak road accident, and the remaining Kaufmans are left to flounder in their grief. The anguish of Daniel's death is isolating, and it's not long before this once-perfect family finds itself falling apart. As time passes and the wound refuses to heal, Curtis becomes obsessed with the idea of revenge, a growing mania that leads him to pack up his life and his anxious teenage daughter and set out on a collision course to right a wrong.

Some Luck by Jane Smiley
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On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different children: from Frank, the handsome, willful first born, and Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him, to Claire, who earns a special place in her father's heart.

Each chapter in Some Luck covers a single year, beginning in 1920, as American soldiers like Walter return home from World War I, and going up through the early 1950s, with the country on the cusp of enormous social and economic change. As the Langdons branch out from Iowa to both coasts of America, the personal and the historical merge seamlessly: one moment electricity is just beginning to power the farm, and the next a son is volunteering to fight the Nazis; later still, a girl you'd seen growing up now has a little girl of her own, and you discover that your laughter and your admiration for all these lives are mixing with tears.

Available in regular print or audio CD.
The Empty Throne (Saxon Tales) by Bernard Cornwell
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Britain, early tenth century AD: a time of change. There are new raids by the Vikings from Ireland, and turmoil among the Saxons over the leadership of Mercia. A younger generation is taking over.

Æthelred, the ruler of Mercia, is dying, leaving no legitimate heir. The West Saxons want their king, but Uhtred has long supported Æthelflaed, sister to King Edward of Wessex and widow of Æthelred. Widely loved and respected, Æthelflaed has all the makings of a leader; but could Saxon warriors ever accept a woman as their ruler? The stage is set for rivals to fight for the empty throne.

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie by Rita Mae Brown
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Sister Jane and the Jefferson Hunt Club have traveled from Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains to the Bluegrass State of Kentucky to ride with the members of the Woodford Hounds, in the teeth of foul weather.

Sister knows better than anyone that an ill wind blows no good. After the hunt, Sister Jane and her boyfriend, Gray Lorillard, head to a sumptuous party on a nearby estate, also home to an historic equine graveyard. The revelry is interrupted by jarring news: The discovery of grisly remains in the cemetery that are decidedly not equine.

Now Sister and her hounds are on the case, digging up clues to an old murder that links three well-connected Southern families. When mayhem follows the Jefferson Hunt back to Virginia, the deadly doings become all too real: when a dear friend is found murdered, Sister and her animal friends must work fast to find a clever killer determined to keep deep-rooted secrets buried.


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