In this story from the frontlines of the undeclared battlefields of the War on Terror, Jeremy Scahill exposes America´s new approach to war: fought far from any declared battlefield, by units that do not officially exist, in thousands of operations a month that are never publicly acknowledged. From Afghanistan and Pakistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond, Scahill speaks to the CIA agents, mercenaries and elite Special Operations Forces operators. He goes deep into al Qaeda-held territory in Yemen and walks the streets of Mogadishu with CIA-backed warlords. We also meet the survivors of night raids and drone strikes - including families of US citizens targeted for assassination by their own government - who reveal the shocking human consequences of the dirty wars the United States struggle to keep hidden.
Gruffydd ap Cynan is missing, his army scattered. Twelve long years have passed since the king was taken prisoner and his people think him long dead. In the dirty shadows of Chester Castle, a beaten prisoner looks up from the squalor of the street. Dressed in rags, mocked and pelted with filth, he seems a broken man. Yet deep inside, the desire for freedom burns like the hottest furnace. Nesta is a princess in fetters of a different kind. After the death of her father, Tewdwr, she is taken against her will to London to attend the court of King William, son of the Conqueror. There she will find that court politics, and the attentions of princes and lords, are just as dangerous as the arrows and swords of the battlefield. The royal blood of Wales is scattered and weakened, but while it flows in the bloodline of Rhodri Mawr, hope remains - Hope that a broken kingdom can be reborn. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Napoleon Ryan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/007696/bk_brll_007696_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
War is hell. And sometimes profitable…. Action, adventure, and intrigue intersect amid the war in Afghanistan in The Severance, a novel whose authenticity springs from author Elliott Sawyer’s two combat tours as a decorated captain in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Severance is the story of a ´´rehabilitation platoon,” made up of bitter, unruly troublemakers and misfits whose past disciplinary sins have led the army to put them into this unit, a unit assigned the dirty missions no one else wants. They are twenty-first-century counterparts of the World War II rogue soldiers in The Dirty Dozen, the 1965 bestseller made into the classic movie of that name. The platoon’s leader is Captain Jake Roberts, picked as punishment for past lapses of his own. He and his men, fighting and patrolling in the Afghan mountains, discover a large cache of American dollars hidden by a corrupt contractor. They devise a plan to hide it and later smuggle it out of the country when they are sent home for discharge. They call it their ´´severance pay package.” Soon the men discover the Taliban insurgents aren’t the only enemy they must confront and defeat on and off the battlefield. Someone has found out about the Severance and wants to hijack it.Is this second enemy one of them, another soldier at their base, or even Jake’s girlfriend? The mystery builds to a climax as their unknown adversary tries to kill Jake and some of his men while they seek to safeguard the Severance and determine the identity of their deadly stalker. ELLIOTT SAWYER was an officer in the 101st Airborne Division. He saw action as a combat patrol leader in Iraq in 2005 and 2006 and during a second deployment in Afghanistan in 2008 and 2009. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Army Commendation medals. Now, back in the United States, he commands a training company of up to 240 soldiers. He and his wife live in Elgin, Oklahoma. The Severance is his first 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kirby Heyborne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/004046/bk_blak_004046_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Allotment wars! Lord Bellingham, Carsely´s biggest landholder, has enraged locals by saying he is going to sell off their allotments to make way for a new housing development. So when he turns up dead, poisoned by antifreeze, nobody mourns his passing. On another fine summer´s day, Agatha visits Carsley´s allotments, where everything looks peaceful and perfect: people of all ages digging in the soil and working hard to grow their own fruit and veg. Agatha feels almost tempted to take on a strip herself...but common sense soon prevails. She doesn´t really like getting her hands dirty. She is introduced to three old-timers who have just taken over a new strip; Harry Perry, Bunty Daventry and Josephine Merriweather are lamenting the neglected condition of the patch. But as Harry starts to shovel through the weeds and grass, his spade comes across something hard, so he bends down and tries to move the object. And then he starts to yell.... The body is that of Peta Currie, a newcomer to the village - but who would want to murder her? Blonde and beautiful, she´s every local male´s favourite. And then Lord Bellingham´s son engages Agatha to do some digging of her own, and very soon Agatha is thrown into a world of petty feuds, jealousies and disputes over land. It would seem that far from being tiny Gardens of Eden, Carsley´s allotments are local battlefields where passions - and the body count - run high! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Penelope Keith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/024745/bk_adbl_024745_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There are the fabled urban myths of lesbians who fill up a U-Haul on the second date and lead sweetly romantic lives of cocoa and comfy slippers. Safe and sound. A lot of cozy and not much crazy. These are NOT those stories- these are wild women with dirty minds, untamed tongues, and even the occasional cuff or clamp. A lotta crazy and no cozy slippers to be seen. These Wild Girls tell stories of their own Wild Nights (and days,) memories too hot to keep undercover. Real women with real needs and overwhelming desires find the courage to reveal intimate, unrestrained details of their sex lives, the need to share their stories second only to the urgent impulses that drove the action in the first place. There are first times, life-long commitments, and fleeting encounters to savor for a lifetime. Tenderness merges with edge-play; scenes shift from Caribbean islands to desert battlefields to the ultimate privacy of home; and the writers range from well-known names to newcomers driven to share fresh memories they´ll never forget. In Evan Mora´s ´´The Insatiable Travel Itch,´´ repression in public drives her wild. ´´Transported, transplanted, we are transgressors. And it makes me fucking wet. Angel Propps struggles to face her deepest desires. The word Daddy had a familiar shape on my tongue, but not in my head, and for one second I was sure I was going to Helland then I came.´´ She´d found, of course, ´´The Daddy I didn´t know I needed.´´ Anna Watson, in ´´Tamago,´´ gives a poignant and sizzling view of being a lesbian femme who loves butches. ´´I know being femme is what makes the breath blow out of me when she calls and says, Babe, I just wanted you to know that I was driving along here, thinking about your breasts.´´ Reality doesn´t have to be prosaic. Real sex can be wet, messy, frenzied, sometimes even awkward, but never boring. With these writers and seventeen more, Wild Girls, Wild Nights: True Lesbian Sex Stories is the proof of that. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alexandra R. Josephs. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016603/bk_adbl_016603_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.