The war for Earth has begun and you can decide how it will end. - Experience a sci-fi epic with multiple endings based on your choices and actions throughout the game, - Combine your weapons, powers and abilities to fight the greatest threat the galaxy has ever faced, - Tailor each weapon with devastating upgrades including scopes, grips and dozens of other unique attachments, - Customize your soldier and squad to engage the enemy on your terms. Lonely planet Humanity stands on the precipice of oblivion in Mass Effect 3. A golden age of prosperity for planet Earth has withered in the shadow of the Reapers, the vast, seemingly unstoppable race of machines wiping out life across the galaxy at terrifying speed. First the outer colonies fell. Now the assault on Earth begins. Systems Alliance HQ in Vancouver is at the epicentre of the onslaught, where hundreds of thousands of troops and civilians perished within hours of the first Reaper strike. As Commander Shepard, an Alliance Navy officer, you witness the destruction first-hand – but your orders are to flee the stricken planet to seek help from the Citadel Council, to ignore your instincts for the greater good. Yet galactic solidarity proves hard to find. Racked with suspicion and infighting, the Council is reluctant to grant aid. And that's not all. Cerberus, the shadowy pro-human organisation which saved Shepard's life in Mass Effect 2, is pursuing its own extreme solution to the Reaper apocalypse, an answer which demands Shepard be removed from the equation. Mankind's only hope of salvation comes from your efforts to unite uneasy civilisations. Rally the galaxy and launch one final mission to take back Earth. Massed ranks Commander Shepard veers between war hero and troublemaker in the opinions of the Systems Alliance hierarchy. In Mass Effect 3, you'll confirm top brass suspicions one way or the other with the decisions you make and the alliances you forge. Positive Paragon and negative Renegade options pop up in conversations and confrontations as you try to unite allies behind the human race's cause. Your actions colour the perception of you among various governments, helping or hindering Earth's war effort. Travelling the galaxy aboard the cruiser SSV Normandy, you'll call up trusted comrades and promising newcomers to your team of field operatives, including the skilled information broker Liara T'Soni and the brash new recruit James Vega. With the Illusive Man, voiced by Hollywood legend Martin Sheen, still pulling the strings at Cerberus, you'll need all the help you can get. Veteran of Mass Effect 2 on PS3? Then import your game save into this new war and delve even deeper into a complex web of choice and consequence. Your Shepard character will be a familiar face, while the galaxy is shaped by the decisions you made in your previous adventure. Look out for old friends on your journey through the solar systems – you never know when you might need to call in a favour. Reap what you sow Banshees, ravagers and phantoms: these are just some of the deadly enemy types surging across the galaxy, a bewildering force working together with frightening intelligence to wipe you and multiple civilisations out. Ninja-like Cerberus phantoms flit in and out of your line of sight to leave you confused and bleeding. Banshees are the frighteningly aware spearhead of any Reaper strike force. And when the Reapers want to call in the big guns, they unleash ravagers – horrific, mutant artillery units that decimate your defences. Luckily, Commander Shepard has undergone intensive conditioning since he last went to war on PS3, so you can now roll between cover to escape suppression fire. Spend a little time searching facilities for credits and weapon parts, and you'll be able to upgrade your already impressive firepower back on your ship. From the Normandy's Combat Information Centre, you'll be able to plot a course between systems and planets in the hunt for mission objectives and resources. Gliding through the stars breaks up the relentless pace of life on the front line – be careful, however, as too much scanning will alert nearby Reaper dreadnoughts. Earth is burning, and Commander Shepard is the only marine capable of extinguishing the Reaper threat on PS3. Team up and conquer As the Reapers continue their unremitting march across the galaxy, PlayStation Network becomes one of the fiercest battlegrounds in Mass Effect 3. Form an elite strike squad with up to three friends, then co-ordinate your abilities and tactics to neutralise enemy positions. Head into battle as a human fighter, and as you and your team complete specialised objectives, new races and character classes become available to you. If you choose to become a Krogan vanguard, for instance, you'll combine tank-like stopping power with the lightning fast Biotic Charge ability. Deadly in itself, Biotic Charge helps the rest of your squad by knocking foes out of cover. An infiltrator, hanging safely back with a sniper rifle, can then pick off these stunned units, while an adept can use the Singularity power to render them weightless and vulnerable to attack. With every multiplayer victory, the Galactic Readiness level of the forces under your command in the single player campaign increases. It's a clever way of making it feel as though everything you do, either as Commander Shepard or in the multiplayer mode, contributes to a colossal, overarching war effort.
Jimi speaks out on his otherworldly music, poverty-stricken early years, and unparalleled rise to superstardom in the late 1960s. Hendrix was far too busy recording and performing to grant many interviews, but the ones he did we have for you here! A must have for any serious Hendrix fan or pop culture afficionado. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Geoffrey Giuliano. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/166475/bk_acx0_166475_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New York Times best-selling author Ralph Peters returns with the fourth installment in his Boyd Award-winning series on the Civil War. Glory turned grim, and warfare changed forever. From the butchery of the Crater, where stunning success collapsed into a massacre, through near-constant battles fought by heat-stricken soldiers to the crucial election of 1864, The Damned of Petersburg resurrects the American Civil War's hard reality, as plumes and sabers gave way to miles of trenches. Amid the slaughter of those fateful months, fabled leaders - Grant and Lee, Winfield Scott Hancock and A. P. Hill - turned for help to rising heroes, Confederates like "Little Billy" Mahone and Wade Hampton, last of the cavaliers, and Union warriors such as the tragedy-stricken Francis Channing Barlow and the fearless Nelson Miles, a general at 24. Ralph Peters does not forget the men in the ranks, the common soldiers who paid the price for the blunders of commanders who would never know their names. In desperate battles now forgotten - such as Deep Bottom, Globe Tavern, and Reams Station - soldiers on both sides were pushed to the last human limits but fought on as their superiors struggled to master a terrible new age of warfare. The Damned of Petersburg revives heroes aplenty, enriching our knowledge of our most terrible war, but above all this novel is a tribute to the endurance and courage of the American soldier, North and South. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Berkrot. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/008902/bk_blak_008902_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A stranger's smile. Christmas may be coming to Linavar, but Temperance Menzie is far from joyful. Grief stricken over the death of her father at the hands of the Black Riders, she almost didn't see the wounded stranger in the woods. And now she's determined to give this brooding Highlander the help she couldn't give her father. But there's a secret lurking in the depths of his blue-gray eyes. And Temperance won't rest until she uncovers it. A lover's kiss. A killer for hire. It's the last thing Cailean Grant ever thought he'd become, but being part of the Black Riders was his only way to survive. Now his guilt grows day by day, along with his desire for the beautiful, brave lass nursing him back to health. As Christmas, the season of miracles, draws near and the truth of his identity threatens to come out, Cailean must risk the only thing he has left to lose - his heart. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009154/bk_blak_009154_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An epic journey to ancient Gondar. A race to the Sacred Lake. Can a slave-girl win her freedom? The fourth book in a unique African fantasy adventure series set in the ancient Kingdom of Sheba. A journey to Gondar and the Sacred Lake in search of medicine for the stricken King of West Sheba turns into high adventure for Shioni and Princess Annakiya. Only the King can grant Shioni her freedom. But he is dying. From stampeding elephants to flooded rivers, the trail is fraught with danger. But a greater peril lurks in the stone city of Gondar. Can the lion-loving King of Gondar be trusted? What is the hidden menace in his kingdom? A pit full of lions. A heart-stopping rescue. The secrets of Shioni's past. And a mighty battle with an ancient evil. Can Shioni's courage carry the day, save her King, and win the ultimate prize - her freedom? Join Shioni and her friends Princess Annakiya, General Getu, the elephant Shifta, and the Fiuri Azurelle, in this blockbuster adventure that spans the highlands of ancient Ethiopia. From the dark Simien Mountains to the deep secrets of the island of Tana Qirqos, non-stop adventure awaits. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nik Magill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/084027/bk_acx0_084027_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Another epic exploit of America's best-loved pulp-fiction character of the 1930s and 1940s: The Spider - Master of Men! Richard Wentworth - the dreaded Spider, nemesis of the Underworld, lone wolf anti-crime crusader who always fights in that grim no-man's land between law and lawless - returns in vintage pulp tales of the Spider. The Corpse Broker by Wayne Rogers writing as Grant Stockbridge Ten percent on murder was the commission charged the Underworld by the strangest crime czar who had ever laid siege to Manhattan. In return, he guaranteed the immunity from arrest of all criminals - and when the police dared oppose him, they died! For this eerie, invisible tyrant had mastered the secret of Sudden Death. Those who challenged his rule were stricken by dreadful spasms and dies agonizingly while their bodies turned green! Overnight, New York had become the world's Crime Capitol. It was then that Richard Wentworth, the Spider, took up the trail of a master criminal, more dangerous than any encountered in his whole experience - to bait the Spider's web for a foe who had raised crime to a great, evil art, and sacked a city for a killer's cut of ten percent in blood! In This Corner - Kid Death - A Doc Turner Story by Arthur Leo Zagat Morris Street had bet its last pennies on the prizefight, out of loyalty to the Bruiser. But none of them knew that Death was the real champ in the ring that night - and old Doc Turner was the only man left to answer the final bell! The Web - A Department Conducted for the SPIDER by Moran Tudury 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Santa Maria. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/018248/bk_acx0_018248_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book is about the educated Brothertown Indian men who fought in the Civil War and wrote letters home telling of 'this horrible war'. American Indians, who despite the guarantees from the United States, found that same government continually stripping them of their lands. And, still, they rushed to volunteer their services to defend the Union. The Brothertown Indian Nation is unique from many other tribes in that they are an amalgamated group. They are made up of remnants of the coastal tribes who made the first contact with the whites. As a result of the Great Awakening, a religious movement in New England during the 1740's, many Indian people in southern New England converted to Christianity, including the Mohegan, Pequot, Narragansett, Montauk, Tunxis, and Niantic. As these people tried to live Christian lives in New England, they found it difficult to resist the pressures from whites around them who encouraged them to abuse alcohol, give up farming and sell their lands. By the 1700's, the tribes were poverty stricken, decimated by wars and disease. A small group of young Natives, educated at Eleazer Wheelock's Indian Charity School in Lebanon, Connecticut, became the impetus for forming a new community where they might live amicably together. On November 7, 1784 the band of Christian New England Indians settled on lands given to them by the Oneida Nation in New York and called their 'Town by the Name of Brotherton, in Indian ' Eeyam qittoowauconnuck.' However, by the early 1800's, they began to feel the demands from white settlers for more land. In the end, they left their New York homelands for less coveted lands in Wisconsin. The tribe was hardly settled in its new location, having been pressured out of New York and pushed off its land at Kaukauna, when a new threat appeared. The federal government entered into negotiations with the tribes in New York and Wisconsin to exchange their land in Wisconsin for land in Indian Territory. Andrew Jackson, called 'Sharp Knife' by the Indians, had long fought the Indians of the southeast. He believed that the Indians and white settlers could never learn to live together peacefully. His solution to this was to renege on all of the treaties made between tribes and the federal government, which had granted the Indians their lands forever, and to move all Indians west of the Mississippi River. The tribe's one, and possibly only, protection against this was to secure land in the same manner as the property of non-Indians-through private ownership. By a perversity of law, as long as the land was held in trust by the federal government, common and inalienable, it was subject to loss by government action. In an effort to remain on the new lands in Wisconsin the Brothertown headmen requested a Congressional Act that would divide the lands into individually owned plots and grant Brothertown tribal members United States citizenship. They were officially granted citizenship in 1839.
Honor receives her brother's last letter from Iraq three days after learning that he died, and opens it the day his fellow Marines lay the flag over his casket. Its contents are a complete shock: concert tickets to see Kyra Kelly, her favorite pop star and Finn's celebrity crush. In his letter, he jokingly charged Honor with the task of telling Kyra Kelly that he was in love with her. Grief-stricken and determined to grant Finn's last request, she rushes to leave immediately. But she only gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn's best friend since third grade and his polar opposite. She hasn't seen him in ages, thanks to a falling out between the two guys, but Rusty is much the same as Honor remembers him: arrogant, stubborn. . . and ruggedly good looking. Neither one is what the other would ever look for in a road trip partner, but the two of them set off together, on a voyage that makes sense only because it doesn't. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn--but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences?
The unnamed narrator of Jurgis Kuncinas's Tula is our tour guide through the infamous poverty-stricken bohemian quarter of Vilnius known as Uzupis (literally, 'beyond the river'), living his life on the fringes of society, including his journeys through various institutions for alcohol treatment. On the way we meet a number of curious inhabitants of this unique district, everyone from a chemistry professor with an exhibitionist problem to the descendant of a 15th-century Lithuanian hetman obsessively carving wooden masks all night long. It's a place where you're likely to encounter people walking both sides of the moral line, where one is just as likely to run into great kindness as unfeeling evil, and where the complex history and mix of cultures that make up the city of Vilnius constantly intrude into the present. But at the very heart of the narrative is the narrator's tragic love for the equally misfit Tula, a love the narrator carries with him, both figuratively and literally, throughout his chaotic existence. The action, which sometimes takes the form of the narrator's fantastic visions of visiting his love in the guise of a bat, includes a hitchhiking trip through Ukraine and Crimea, and takes place over a number of years spanning a good part of the late Soviet era. Considered a modern-day classic of Lithuanian literature, Tula won the Lithuanian Writers' Union award for the best book of 1993 and is now in its third edition in Lithuania. It has previously been translated into Russian, Swedish, and Polish. Jurgis Kuncinas (1947-2002) was a prolific writer and translator whose work includes poetry, novels, essays, short stories, and children's books. His works have also been translated into German, Latvian, and Estonian and are particularly popular in Russia; a number of his works have been translated and there is even a fan site (in Russian), kuncinas.com. Elizabeth Novickas has published several books translated from the Lithuanian, including Ricardas Gavelis's Vilnius Poker, included on the long list for the Best Translated Book Award in 2009, and books by Kazys Boruta, Giedra Radvilaviciute, and Petras Cvirka. She is the recipient of a 2010 translation grant from the NEA and the 2011 winner of the Lithuanian Translator's Association St. Jerome Prize.