Written by a man known as “the Stephen King of China,” The Grave Robbers’ Chronicles (known in Chinese as ???? / Daomu Biji), is as impossible to put down as a bag of good potato chips. A story with more twists and turns than a burial cavern, disgusting and unsettling monsters, and the funniest grave robbers the world has ever known, it’s kept Chinese readers awake far into the night. Now it’s your turn… The Grave Robbers’ Chronicles is a novel about the grave-robbing adventures of Wu Xie, a young man hailing from a family that had been tomb-raiders for centuries. It is one of the most popular novel series in China with several million fans. In volume 5: When Uncle Three finally tells his side of the story, his nephew still feels skeptical. When mysterions videtapes show up in the mail, with scenes that are mystifying, horrible, and involve faces that are much too familiar, they bring questions that demand action and answers.. An abandoned house holds more peril than anyone expected—and a notebook with a message from the past. An expedition into the Gobi Desert turns into a rainforest adventure with deadly snakes and a tragic death. Then there is It, a mysterious and demonic force that threatens to destroy the lives and minds of the grave-robbing companions. Once again Panzi, Fats, Qilin, and Uncle Three’s nephew, with Ning added to the group, band together to follow the incomplete and possibly flawed leadership of a man who is perhaps a killer, probably a liar, and beyond a doubt the most engaging villain in horror fiction. Deadly Desert Winds skillfully introduces new characters and devious plot twists that make this adventure series more compelling than ever before. The fifth volume of the Grave Robbers’ Chronicles will soon be followed by Graveyard of a Queen, the sixth in the series. Will the questions be answered? Will the adventures continue? And who will be the next to die?
Bojana Mojsov tells the story of the cult of Osiris from beginning to end, sketching its development throughout 3,000 years of Egyptian history. Draws together the numerous records about Osiris from the third millennium B.C. to the Roman conquest of Egypt. Demonstrates that the cult of Osiris was the most popular and enduring of the ancient religions. Shows how the cult provided direct antecedents for many ideas, traits and customs in Christianity, including the concept of the trinity, baptism in the sacred river, and the sacrament of the Eucharist. Reveals the cult’s influence on other western mystical traditions and groups, such as the Alchemists, Rosicrucians and Freemasons. Written for a general, as well as a scholarly audience.
Jay Griffiths describes an extraordinary odyssey, courageous and sometimes dangerous, to wildernesses of earth and ice, water and fire. A poetic consideration of the tender connection between human society and wild lands, Wild is by turns funny, touching and harrowing. It is also a journey into that greatest of uncharted lands - wild mind - as Griffiths explores the words and meanings which shape our ideas and our experience of our own wildness. Part travelogue, part manifesto, this is a one-of-a-kind book from a one-of-a-kind author.
This collection brings together current research on topics that are perennially important to Romantic studies: the life and work of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and the landscape and history of his native Switzerland.
Because we biblical scholars tend to work primarily on texts in libraries, offices, studies, and so on, in North America, Europe, and elsewhere, we frequently do not think to ask questions concerning such mundane subjects as the weather in ancient Israel and Judah. Yet the Hebrew Bible makes frequent references to weather, particularly in relation to the portrayals of theophany that come to mind when we try to understand the Bible's descriptions of the manifestations of divine presence in the world. Indeed, Fitzgerald, in this very interesting monograph, points out how frequently we make the error of ignoring the weather in our reading of biblical texts.
Kurt R.A. Giambastiani's new novel, Dreams of the Desert Wind is a modern fantasy of the Middle East. In Jerusalem, city of peace and strife, three people struggle to protect their lives, their loves, and their future. David Fineblum, son of an American senator and student of ancient languages, hears a young woman speak an ancient tongue scholars thought dead for a thousand years. Following her-and her secret- takes him deep into the world of danger and brings him face to face with the politics of the Judean Desert. Rivka Danilovitch, a lieutenant in the Israeli military, is caught between her love for David and her duty to her country. Her superiors are not concerned for David's safety, but she is. Ghazayil, a woman of the Sulubba Bedouin, holds the secret that draws David deep into the wilds of Judea, but it is not the secret he thinks it is. What she finally reveals threatens to shake not only his world, but the world at large. Kurt Giambastiani, author of the acclaimed Fallen Cloud Saga, now turns his talents to the secretive and volatile Middle East, creating a tale of love, intrigue, and possibility.
Butterflies are fragile and almost defenseless creatures but rely on a variety of strategy to protect them, blending into their environment so well it is almost impossible to detect them. I learned about pain and loss but my ability to take wing became my major defense. My father, an intellectual, arrived as a young man from Austria with a portfolio of plays, poetry and short stories. He spent his life in search of a dream to become a great writer that did not materialize. My quiet small mother was born in a small village in Hungary and she gave me the freedom to explore the world. Her warmth was my mainstay. In her eyes I could do no wrong. My silent melancholy father rarely talked. I grew up in h a home where conversation was restrained and I found myself doing all the talking. It became norm but I desperately needed to hear a sound even if it was only coming from my own lips. My brother, Morton, was an intelligent, composed gray eyed boy who also had a dream but death at the age of fourteen killed the dream and left me to grow up alone and lonely. I remember visiting Morton in the hospital as he lay foaming at the mouth in a coma. My life was never again the same. I was ten years old. I was friendly but had no real friends. I was lonely but did not spend much time alone. The beginning of my life was with no road map, no directions only following the scent of excitement, adventure and love. Watching a butterfly zigzag aimlessly across the meadow on a sunny morning, it could easily be taken for natures most carefree vagabond unhurried, unburdened, and even a little ditzy. But butterflies are purposeful, aggressive, sexually driven and smarter that most people think. When I was very little somebody asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up. I answered quiet emphatically; I want to be a dancing girl. Where it was luck, chance or karma, one way or the other I did become a dancing girl, dancing literally and metaphorically through life. Oh, how love played an extraordinary role in my life. I will always remember love, the highs, the lows, the pleasure, the pain, and ultimately the wonderment. Like the butterflies that use their sense of sight, touch, hearing, smell, and taste to survive in the world. Flying is a major defense of butterflies. I soon stretched out my wings and my journey began.
STONY MAN Dedicated to fighting terror wherever it's found, the warriors of Stony Man do not consider failure to be an option. But the men and women of this top secret unit remain ever vigilant in the knowledge that some day a threat so enormous may arise that nothing can stop i t…not even the hardest commandos on the planet. That day may be now…. SKY HAMMER It is brilliant technology from the space race days, shelved long ago in favor of more sophisticated weaponry. No nukes, no warheads, just simple rods of stainless steel corralled in space and sent jetting into Earth's atmosphere at Mach 2 to hit selected targets with white-hot balls of molten metal. Cheap to make, impossible to stop, and easy to deploy, it has fallen into hostile hands. Across the globe, a demonstration of the accuracy of Sky Hammer leaves little doubt that this could be the endgame for Stony Man…and the world.
Wave goodbye to boring geography lessons. This book takes the reader on a journey around the world's deserts inhabited by deadly rattlesnakes, threatened by sliding sand dunes and dried out from lack of rain where you might have to drink camel pee.
Book 3 in the Rendezvous With Destiny series. Stalked by bands of assassins, Jake and Pierre risk the ravages of the Sahara Desert to save a nation from the hand of tyranny.