The wait is over. New York Times best-selling author Jack Campbell continues his action-packed spin-off to The Lost Fleet series as the Syndicate’s civil war threatens to spread even farther into the final frontier… President Gwen Iceni and General Artur Drakon have successfully liberated the Midway Star System - but the former rulers of the Syndicate Worlds won’t surrender the region without a fight. The dictatorial regime has ordered the ex–Syndicate CEOs terminated with extreme prejudice and the system’s citizens punished for their defiance. Outnumbered and led by junior officers hastily promoted in the wake of the uprising, Midway’s warships are no match for the fleet massing and preparing to strike. But the Syndicate isn’t the only threat facing Iceni and Drakon. Another former CEO has taken control of the Ulindi Star System, the first calculated move toward establishing his own little empire. With Drakon’s ground forces dispatched to Ulindi, Midway erupts in violence as Syndicate agents and other, unknown enemies stoke a renewed revolt against Iceni’s power - leaving both her and Drakon vulnerable to trusted officers just waiting for an opportune moment to betray them… 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marc Vietor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016811/bk_adbl_016811_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Born into a family of wealth and political power, Kris Longknife turned her back on high society and followed a different family tradition by joining the Marines. But now she finds herself relieved of duty. She´s gotten in the way of someone´s agenda - to bring down her father, the Prime Minister of Wardhaven. Now, with the fleet off on a propaganda mission, Wardhaven is left vulnerable to enemy warships that establish orbit around the planet demanding surrender. With the remnants of the fleet ordered to stand down, Kris declares herself Commander-in-Chief and plans a desperate gambit to defend her world. Commandeering every spaceworthy vessel she can get her hands on and recruiting every able-bodied person willing to risk their life, Kris leads the most important mission of her career - and it may be her last. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dina Pearlman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000864/bk_adbl_000864_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A ruddy sun has set on the gauntlet that nearly killed Jake, Cole, and Skeeter in San Francisco. Storm clouds loom on the horizon, promising the inevitability of an airship battle with the nefarious Colonel Szilágyi. Blood Curse, the second audiobook in the Blood War chronicles, drops Jake and his friends into the middle of a war between the Free Territories and the Empire of Texas. In the shadow of warships, mechanized infantry, and spies, he discovers a world he couldn’t possibly have imagined and begins to understand what fate has in store for him. Jake doesn’t want that destiny, but his growing feelings for Lady Corina Danesti lead him down a path of death and destruction on a scale that could encompass worlds. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles Kahlenberg. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/120809/bk_acx0_120809_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
While Franklin Delano Roosevelt´s first hundred days may be the most celebrated period of his presidency, the months before the attack on Pearl Harbor proved the most critical. Beginning as early as 1939, when Germany first attacked Poland, Roosevelt skillfully navigated a host of challenges: a reluctant population, an unprepared military, and disagreements within his cabinet to prepare the country for its inevitable confrontation with the Axis. In No End Save Victory, esteemed historian David Kaiser draws on extensive archival research to reveal the careful preparations that enabled the United States to win World War II. Alarmed by Germany and Japan´s aggressive militarism, Roosevelt understood that the United States would almost certainly be drawn into the conflict raging in Europe and Asia. However, the American populace, still traumatized by memories of the First World War, was reluctant to intervene in European and Asian affairs. Even more serious was the deplorable state of the American military. In September of 1940, Roosevelt´s military advisors told him that the United States would not have the arms, ammunition, or men necessary to undertake any major military operation overseas, let alone win such a fight, until April of 1942. Aided by his closest military and civilian collaborators, Roosevelt pushed a series of military expansions through Congress that nearly doubled the size of the US Navy and Army and increased production of the arms, tanks, bombers, and warships that would allow America to prevail in the coming fight. Highlighting Roosevelt´s deft management of the strong personalities within his cabinet and his able navigation of the shifting tides of war, No End Save Victory is the definitive account of America´s preparations for and entry into World War II. As Kaiser shows, it was Roosevelt´s masterful leadership and prescience that prepared the reluctant nation to fight and gave it the tools to win. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Christy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/022311/bk_adbl_022311_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The dazzling new Culture novel from a modern master of science fiction - a tour de force of brilliant storytelling, world-building and imagination. It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters. It begins with a murder. And it will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself. Lededje Y´breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release, when it comes, is at a price, and to put things right she will need the help of the Culture. Benevolent, enlightened and almost infinitely resourceful though it may be, the Culture can only do so much for any individual. With the assistance of one of its most powerful - and arguably deranged - warships, Lededje finds herself heading into a combat zone not even sure which side the Culture is really on. A war - brutal, far-reaching - is already raging within the digital realms that store the souls of the dead, and it´s about to erupt into reality. It started in the realm of the Real and that is where it will end. It will touch countless lives and affect entire civilizations, but at the centre of it all is a young woman whose need for revenge masks another motive altogether. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Kenny. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/000320/bk_twuk_000320_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sol´s warships paid the ultimate price for threatening the Haraken and New Terran worlds. Now, Haraken president Alex Racine and his Méridien partner, Renée de Guirnon, are engaged in a desperate gamble to stop a war between their worlds and United Earth´s (UE) massive forces before it starts. What´s Alex´s grand plan? He hasn´t a clue, but his people believe in him and hope he will find a way to protect them. Alex does have powerful assets: the Haraken space fleet; the genius SADEs, mobile Haraken digital intelligences; and the defected UE scientists, who are providing a wealth of intelligence about their home world. Arriving at Sol, Alex discovers the perfect opportunity to make his statement to the UE Supreme Tribunal in the form of the aging Idona Station, which has fallen into disrepair as UE militia and rebels battle for control. Alex explains his unorthodox plan when he says, ´´The UE tribunes will succumb when we overpower them with prosperity.´´ The Harakens work to meld Idona´s militia, stationers, and rebels into the Haraken´s view of the world, one based on peace, purpose, and equality. The Tribunal is at odds over the Harakens´ interference in their system, forcing the rifts in the UE´s political structure to widen into chasms. In the exciting conclusion to Haraken, the series´ previous book, Sol is the story of a clash of cultures and ideals as Earthers struggle to find a way toward a successful new future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grover Gardner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009301/bk_blak_009301_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A hundred and fifty years ago, naval warfare entered a new phase with the introduction of ironclad vessels. On March 9, 1862, the USS Monitor, prototype of this new class of warships, fought the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia at Hampton Roads, Virginia, after the Virginia had ravaged the Union fleet blockading the James River, sinking larger, seemingly more powerful wooden warships in a potent demonstration of the power of an armored, heavily-gunned, steam-powered warship.In the world’s first clash between iron-armored warships, Monitor and Virginia exchanged gunfire at close range for nearly four hours. Neither inflicted serious damage on the other. While a technical stalemate, the events at Hampton Roads changed naval warfare forever. In the United States and abroad, iron and steam would soon replace wood and sail for warship construction. Less than nine months later, the now-famous Monitor was under tow, heading south to Beaufort, North Carolina, when she sank in heavy seas, with substantial loss of life.Monitor was a total and irretrievable loss; even the location of her final resting place became a mystery. Not until 1973 was the inverted hull located, and in 1974, excavation of the wreck began, under the auspices of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in partnership with the US Navy.The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.´´For enthusiasts of marine archeology, naval history, and the Civil War, the book is a must-have.´´ (Naval History)´´A vivid and comprehensive account of the USS Monitor project.” (International Journal of Nautical Archaeology)´´For students of Civil War naval history, John Broadwater’s work on the loss and recovery of the USS Monitor is a must read.” (Blue & Gray Magazine) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Doug McDonald. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/135011/bk_acx0_135011_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Buckle up - this is another crazy ride! The Scrapyard Ship sci-fi ´´cliff-hanger´´ adventures continue with HAB 12, the second book in the series. Captain Jason Reynolds faces new challenges, not only on Earth but from the far side of the universe as well. The only way to stop the Craing this time will be to square off with them on their home turf. Jason´s been informed that three powerful Craing warships, having similar technology as the Lilly, will soon be en route to Earth. The Alliance must destroy the Craing´s wormhole means of distant space travel to avert Earth´s total annihilation. Unfortunately, there´s no way to reach the Craing worlds in time, at least not through conventional means. It´s up to Jason and his hand-picked assault team to traverse, by advanced phase-shifting means, through the hazardous environment of HAB 12. This is an adventure fraught with carnivores of a Jurassic Age magnitude, and a terrain so deadly that turning back may be their only hope of survival. 1. Language: English. Narrator: L. J. Ganser. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/015775/bk_acx0_015775_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hailed by the New York Times as ´´one of the most inventive, brilliant novelists in the Western world,´´ internationally renowned Israeli writer Yoram Kaniuk turns his hand to nonfiction to bring us his most important work yet. Commander of the Exodus animates the story of Yossi Harel, a modern-day Moses who defied the blockade of the British Mandate to deliver more than 24,000 displaced Holocaust survivors to Palestine while the rest of the world (including the United States) closed its doors.Of the four expeditions commanded by Harel between 1946 and 1948, the voyage of the Exodus left the deepest impression on public consciousness, quickly becoming a beacon for Zionism and a symbol to all that neither guns, cannons, nor warships could stand in the way of the human need for a home. With grace and sensitivity, Kaniuk shows the human face of history.He pays homage to the young Israeli who was motivated not by politics or personal glory, but by the pleading eyes of the orphaned children languishing on the shores of Europe. Commander of the Exodus is both an unforgettable tribute to the heroism of the dispossessed and a rich evocation of the vision and daring of a man who took it upon himself to reverse the course of history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Sutherland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/000922/bk_blak_000922_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dead Wake by Erik Larson is a nonfiction account of the German unterseeboot, or U-boat, sinking of Lusitania, a British merchant vessel belonging to Cunard Line, on May 7, 1915, and its aftermath. On the night of May 6, 1915, Captain William Thomas reassured the passengers in the first-class lounge as the ship approached the ´´area of war´´ off the southern coast of Ireland. The Great War, later known as World War I, had been raging in France since July 28, 1914, following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie. In August of 1914, President Woodrow Wilson´s wife, Ellen, died of Bright´s disease. Her death left Wilson grief stricken. Two days before her death, Britain entered the war in Europe. Wilson chose to keep America neutral in the war and refused to allow British and German warships to enter US ports. Please note: This is an unofficial summary and analysis of the book and not the original book. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jason P. Hilton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/035892/bk_acx0_035892_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In May 1941 the German battleship Bismarck, accompanied by heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, broke out into the Atlantic to attack Allied shipping. The Royal Navy´s pursuit and subsequent destruction of the Bismarck was an epic of naval warfare. In this new account of those dramatic events at the height of the Second World War, Iain Ballantyne draws extensively on the graphic eyewitness testimony of veterans to construct a thrilling story, mainly from the point of view of the British battleships, cruisers, and destroyers involved. He describes the tense atmosphere as cruisers play a lethal cat-and-mouse game, shadowing the Bismarck in the icy Denmark Strait. We witness the shocking destruction of the British battle cruiser HMS Hood, in which all but three of her ship´s complement were killed, an event that fueled pursuing Royal Navy warships, including the battered battleship Prince of Wales, with a thirst for revenge. While Swordfish torpedo bombers try desperately to cripple the Bismarck, we sail in destroyers on their own daring torpedo attacks, battling mountainous seas. Finally the author takes us into the last showdown, as battleships Rodney and King George V, supported by cruisers Norfolk and Dorsetshire, destroy the pride of Hitler´s fleet. This vivid, superbly researched account portrays this epic saga through the eyes of so-called ordinary sailors caught up in extraordinary events. Killing the Bismarck is an outstanding book, conveying the horror and majesty of war at sea in all its cold brutality and awesome power. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Traber Burns. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009581/bk_blak_009581_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A renegade from the Royal Navy, Captain Drake is desperate to free his family from unjust imprisonment at the hands of the lord admiral. Drake must avoid a hostile alien navy and the warships of his old comrades as he leads a pirate fleet to assault the lord admiral´s forces in orbit around the home world of Albion. Facing Drake and his crew is the mightiest warship in the fleet, Lord Malthorne´s own Dreadnought, a massive battleship that has never tasted defeat. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Barnes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/038694/bk_acx0_038694_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.