The 2003 Army football team achieved futility in major college play that might never be equaled, losing all 13 of its games. The squad that took the field on a frigid December 2003 day in Philadelphia for the celebrated Army-Navy game featured only eight fourth-year seniors, just a slice of the fifty energetic freshmen??plebes? in academy vernacular?who reported to West Point amid the heat and humidity of the summer of 2000, hoping to land spots on the football team. For most of the fifty, West Point represented their best?or only?opportunity to play major college football. They were bypassed by the big-time football schools that award athletic scholarships, which aren?t available at the nation?s military academies. Making a five-year active-duty military commitment following graduation was a small price to pay during peacetime. But peacetime in America ended only days into their second year at the academy, on September 11, 2001. Those eight seniors, like virtually all of their cadet peers, maintained their commitments to the US Army in the wake of 9/11. They worked their way up from West Point?s JV football team as freshmen, earned positions on the Black Knights? varsity team as others left the program?voluntarily or otherwise?and walked to the center of the field for the coin toss before that final opportunity for victory, against the arch-rival Midshipmen. The football field then gave way to the battlefield. Most of the eight were deployed overseas, serving at least one tour in either Iraq or Afghanistan. One won the Bronze Star, another the Purple Heart. One qualified for an elite Rangers battalion, another for the 160th special operations aviation Night Stalkers. They took on enemy fire. They grieved at the loss of brothers in arms. They hugged their loved ones tightly upon returning home. There was no more talk of football losses. They were winners.
Be swept away to medieval Scotland with USA Today best-selling author Sue-Ellen Welfonder (also known as Allie Mackay) in an unforgettable tale where a Highland hero´s honor is only matched by his lady´s scorching passion.... Centuries ago, the bride of Reginald of the Victories took her life. The stones of their home Coldstone Castle iced over, ill fortune plagued the clan and everyone knew the chief´s dead bride had cursed them. However, they believed that as long as the clan´s fleet sailed the seas, the curse would not consume them. But now, the fleet has been destroyed and the clan has lost its wealth and power. After years on the tournament circuit and warring, Sir Magnus MacKinnon heads home with enough wealth to rebuild his clan. But he is robbed of his silver. Defeated, he arrives at Coldstone Castle penniless to find his wily father has married him by proxy, and is already spending his wife´s dowry. Magnus is honor-bound to bed his new bride, but he refuses to spend any more of her money. If necessary, he´ll return to the tournament circuit and win another fortune. However, Lady Amicia proves a greater opponent than any he´s ever faced on the battlefield. She´s after his heart, and her weapon is scorching passion. But before she can win his love, she must find the saboteur who wants to kill her and keep the curse alive. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Monteath. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/079028/bk_acx0_079028_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Grieving from the death of his wife, Lord Colin Campbell listens to the cries of his newborn son while penning a missive to the king. With no marriage prospects, Colin petitions his majesty for help in finding a stepmother. Never again will he fall in love; the death of a woman brings more pain than losing a whole contingent of men on the battlefield. Feisty, quick tongued, and smart, Margaret Robinson is delighted when her father receives a messenger from the king...until she discovers what news he brings. In a sennight she will wed the notorious Black Knight. Her life is about to end. Tension builds during the wedding and deteriorates from there until an accident draws them together. Just when their love begins to blossom, a dire request arrives from the pope. Colin must join the crusades at once. Their fragile love is forced to withstand the seductions of hell: Margaret tempted by a scoundrel laird, Colin courted by Satan himself. Aye, the war for Christendom could very well ruin their dreams forever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dave Gillies. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/030715/bk_acx0_030715_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Duty, Honor, Country is the motto of the graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Black Knights of the Hudson is a series of books that tells the saga of the fictional MacKendrick Army family from the Civil War through World War II. In Shadow of the Flags, brothers James and Timothy MacKendrick must decide whether to honor their oaths to defend the flag and remain in the Blue of the Union Army or to follow kin and closest friends into the Gray of the Confederacy. Shadow of the Flags is the first book in the story of the MacKendrick Army family. James MacKendrick and his younger brother, Timothy, are both graduates of West Point but have been raised in a proud Virginia family. When Civil War rips their country apart, each must make the heartbreaking decision as to whether to stay loyal to the United States or join the tide of other Southern-bred officers who choose to follow their home states out of the Union. For James, the decision revolves around his affection for his Virginia homeland as well as personal ambition. Graduated at the top of his class, James understands that great men often rise from the anonymity of the battlefield. For lighthearted Timothy, in his first exciting assignment with the 1st Cavalry, the decision carries a heavy burden: West Point and his determination to honor his soldier´s commitment against his strong friendship with J.E.B. Stuart and Fitzhugh Lee. The MacKendrick brothers are not alone as they face the dawn of war. Their uncle, Lafayette Randolph, is a close friend and kinsman of Robert E. Lee. He too is a Virginian and graduate of West Point and must make the same difficult decision to remain true to flag or state. Their aunt, gentle Dorothea, provides what motherly support she can to the boys she raised after the deaths of their own parents at the time of the Mexican War. Vivacious Marietta follows her husband to the plague-ridden city of Richmond so that she´ll be ther... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steven Roy Grimsley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/001908/bk_acx0_001908_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
He was a legend on the battlefield, but Aric Neville, known throughout England as the White Lion, had had his fill of intrigue and bloodshed. So he threw down his sword and walked away, to live a solitary life, cultivating a reputation as a sorcerer. But his prized tranquility was shattered when the villagers brought him a bride. Gwenyth de Auburd was a raven-haired beauty too impudent to ignore and too tempting to resist. When the war raging around them sucked Aric into his past again, he also fought a losing battle against his undeniable desire for the luscious, willful maiden...only to learn that he had come to cherish her as his wife. Contains mature themes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Campbell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/008352/bk_tant_008352_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Out of the courts of 12th-century England strode the legendary figure of Richard of England leading his knights onto the Saracen battlefields, inspired by a vision of the Holy Land. Here is the story of the Soldier-King and the Third Crusade - of his strange, ill-fated union with Berengaria, Princess of Navarre; and of his mother, the She-Wolf, Eleanor of Aquitaine, who loved her son with a frantic, possessive pride. And, above all, here is the story of the minstrel whose life was linked with that of the King - the story of Blondel, the Lute Player.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Thorpe, Karen Cass. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/isis/002477/bk_isis_002477_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Loyalty costs money. Betrayal, on the other hand, is free. When the Emperor is taken hostage, the Red Knight and his men find their services in high demand - and themselves surrounded by enemies. The country is in revolt, the capital city is besieged and any victory will be hard won. But The Red Knight has a plan. The question is, can he negotiate the political, magical, real and romantic battlefields at the same time - especially when intends to be victorious on them all?
Nathaniel Garro, knight errant and agent of the Sigillite, returns from the battlefields of Calth to find a new mission already waiting for him - a ragged fleet of Space Marines from several Legions lingers at the edge of the Terran system. With the presence of World Eaters and Emperor´s Children causing concern among the loyalist defenders and drawing a grim parallel with his own frantic flight, Garro must look beneath the obvious if he is to determine friend from foe.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Toby Longworth, John Banks, Ramon Tikaram. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gawo/000238/bk_gawo_000238_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.