You get the insurgents you deserve. The United Kingdom lies in ruins, torn apart by fear, arrogance, and an inexhaustible supply of stupidity. England teeters on the brink of economic disaster, while behind a giant wall, Scotland labours under the tyrannical rule of the Marischal. The people cry out for a hero. Unfortunately, they’ve got James Macfarlane. The incidental tycoon and aspiring alcoholic is ill-equipped to launch a rebellion. But Mac —as he is warmly known to a dwindling number of people — has his reasons and he’s going to give it his best shot. As he races to keep one step ahead of a merciless police state, leaving chaos in his wake, he is accompanied by an unforgiving bootlegger, a shrewd siren, an eccentric aristocrat, a calamitous hacker, and one of Glasgow’s most violent sons. Can Mac save the country and himself from the wicked regime? It’s not looking good. ‘A great read. Lose yourself as Michael takes you on a thrilling adventure.’ – Tim Lovejoy, TV presenter ‘A fascinating, dark and witty look at a world gone wrong. A glorious read.’ – Lou Sanders, comedian ‘Bloody (and) brilliant. Prepare to be pulled into a world where dark comedy and high tension collide, driven by characters alive with hope and desire, greed and violence.’ – Phil Davies, playwrite and screenwriter ‘Taut writing and sharp-edged tension. Millar is like a darkly humorous Kafka.’ – Jack Hayes, author of When Eagles Burn
On November 30, 1916, an apparently ordinary freighter left harbor in Kiel, Germany, and would not touch land again for another fifteen months. It was the beginning of an astounding 64,000-mile voyage that was to take the ship around the world, leaving a trail of destruction and devastation in her wake. For this was no ordinary freighter—this was the Wolf, a disguised German warship. In this gripping account of an audacious and lethal World War I expedition, Richard Guilliatt and Peter Hohnen depict the Wolf ’s assignment: to terrorize distant ports of the British Empire by laying minefields and sinking freighters, thus hastening Germany’s goal of starving her enemy into submission. Yet to maintain secrecy, she could never pull into port or use her radio, and to comply with the rules of sea warfare, her captain fastidiously tried to avoid killing civilians aboard the merchant ships he attacked, taking their crews and passengers prisoner before sinking the vessels. The Wolf thus became a huge floating prison, with more than 400 captives, including a number of women and children, from twenty-five different nations. Sexual affairs were kindled between the German crew and some female prisoners. A six-year-old American girl, captured while sailing across the Pacific with her parents, was adopted as a mascot by the Germans. Forced to survive on food and fuel plundered from other ships, facing death from scurvy, and hunted by the combined navies of five Allied nations, the Germans and their prisoners came to share a common bond. The will to survive transcended enmities of race, class, and nationality. It was to be one of the most daring clandestine naval missions of modern times. Under the command of Captain Karl Nerger, who conducted his deadly business with an admirable sense of chivalry, the Wolf traversed three of the world’s major oceans and destroyed more than thirty Allied vessels. We learn of the world through which the Wolf moved, with all its social divisions and xenophobia, its bravery and stoicism, its combination of old-world social mores and rapid technological change. The story of this epic voyage is a vivid real-life narrative and simultaneously a richly detailed picture of a world being profoundly transformed by war.
From the shelves of mainstream bookstores and the pages of teen magazines, to popular films and television series, contemporary culture at the turn of the twenty-first century has been fascinated with teenage identity and the presence of magic and the occult. Alongside this profusion of products and representations, a global network of teenage Witches has emerged on the margins of adult neopagan Witchcraft communities, identifying themselves through various spiritual practices, consumption patterns and lifestyle choices. The New Generation Witches is the first published anthology to investigate the recent rise of the teenage Witchcraft phenomenon in both Britain and North America. Scholars from Theology, Cultural Studies, Sociology, History and Media Studies, along with neopagan commentators outside of the academy, come together to investigate the experiences of thousands of adolescents constructing an enabling, magical identity through a distinctive practice of Witchcraft. The contributors discuss key areas of interest, inspiration and development within the teen Witch communities from the mid 1990s onward, including teenage Witches' magical practices and beliefs, gender politics, the formation and identification of communities, forums and modes of expression, media representation and new media outlets. Demonstrating the diversification and expansion of neopaganism in the twenty-first century, this anthology makes an exciting contribution to the field of Neopagan Studies and contemporary youth cultures.
A fast-paced, action-packed urban fantasy novel with a strong female lead and a good dose of humor by fantasy author Anna McCluskey. Special agents, a secret bunker, and ancient magic that nobody was prepared for…. Recovering from injuries, Mattie is chomping at the bit to go and rescue her sister, Tillie, and her friend, Trevor. Especially after a new ally reveals that they’re most likely being held in the same super secret underground headquarters where the leader of the entire organization is holing up. Meanwhile, inside the bunker, Tillie and Trevor are trapped in cells with no doors or windows, and their mage powers aren’t working. Escape seems impossible, but then again . . . impossible has never stopped them before. Will Mattie, Tillie, Trevor, and their friends be able to defeat the Auditors once and for all, or will they be crushed under the relentless heels of an ancient power? Find out in the final installment of the Mathilda Holiday series. *** Keywords: urban fantasy, lgbt+, asexual ace, aromantic, secret society, mages, diverse cast, disabled characters, autistic character own voices, autistic author Similar authors: BR Kingsolver, Annette Marie, KF Breene, Ilona Andrews, Nicholas Woode-Smith, Willa Blackmore
The hunt over; the kill complete / limping towards perfection, padding / about the room, thorns in her thumbs / Hermes crawling on all fours – / That was the last I saw of Hilda. What is it to remember a life, to relive it, to mythologize it? Things that were said or not said haunt us for a lifetime. In Translating Air Kath MacLean imagines conversations between the modernist poet H.D. and Sigmund Freud during the poet's sessions with him in 1933 to 1934 and the dialogues that continued long afterwards in H.D.'s own mind. Shadowed by uncertainty and memory lapses or blinded by flashes of profound truth, readers are transported to a world of myth, continuity, and human connection. H.D.'s palimpsest account of herself as girl and woman, writer and Imagist, and psychic and spiritualist is engaging and elastic as it pulls readers into a space where time is both endless and sure. Questioning her sanity and a world gone mad with war, H.D.'s personal accounts help us understand what it means to love deeply, to feel passionately, and to think beyond the limits of our individual consciousness. MacLean demystifies and humanizes one of the most misunderstood modernist writers in this stunning collection. Translating Air takes us on a remarkable journey into the known and unknown and allows readers to experience one remarkable woman's struggle to get it right, to live life with dignity, hope, wisdom, and the courage to have no regrets.
Wolves are controversial figures worldwide and much effort has focused on how to conserve them while addressing public concerns. With its solitary habits and fruit-eating diet, the endangered maned wolf roams the South American grasslands and swamps, playing a vital part in maintaining biodiversity hotspots. Compared to the grey wolf, little is known about its relationship with local people and the environment and the reasons for its decline, making research about this unique species an urgent concern. Ecology and Conservation of the Maned Wolf: Multidisciplinary Perspectives gathers the work of leading researchers from diverse disciplines and countries, covering up-to-date research on the biology, ecology, and conservation of the maned wolf. It presents innovative insights that can benefit conservation strategies and offers perspectives for the future of the species. The book is divided into three parts. Part I explains the general issues concerning the maned wolf: population viability, the relationship between maned wolves and people, and the management of captive maned wolves. It also reviews current aspects of species biology, including conservation genetics, feeding ecology, social structure and reproduction, and conservation medicine. Part II contains case studies that present knowledge gathered from conservation programs and field research in all countries where the species is currently found—Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay. Part III offers perspectives from diverse fields of research, exploring the challenges and opportunities connecting maned wolf conservation efforts with those of its habitat and of other endangered species. This includes education and communication tools, the application of human dimensions research to maned wolf conservation, ethnoconservation perspectives, and the ecological and socioeconomic challenges to the conservation of the cerrado habitat.
One girl's journey to discover where she came from. Daceria is alone, the last of the clan of silver wolves and daughter of Ace, King of Wolves. She can hardly remember her family or past, and has lived in near solitude most of her life. But things are about to change. "This world I live in is full of danger no matter where I turn. " Daceria is half demon, hiding away deep in a forest, where she is safe. Her life is quiet and peaceful, if lonely, until a human man stumbles across her path. Blood ran down his face like rain falling from the midnight sky. She knows one thing for sure: never trust a human. But she is drawn to him for reasons she can't explain. He is handsome and charming, but the connection they share runs deeper than words, and she finds herself falling... "Everyone falls in love with someone, even people like you." Adam flies solo. He always has, and always will. That is what he tells his brother. But when he is attacked by demons, he stumbles into the home of a beautiful girl with wolf ears and a tail. Demons are evil--he has always known this, ever since the day his parents died. But Daceria challenges that belief, surprising him with her gentle ways and caution, and of course, plight--she is a rare creature, wanted by Demon Hunters who will stop at nothing to capture her. "Daceria I love you." When a sorceress's evil spell takes Adam away from her, Daceria must find a way to save him. To do that, she must unlock the hidden secrets of her past and discover what it truly means to be Ace's legacy. She is her family's last hope; she cannot fail. But she cannot succeed alone. Let the journey begin.
Cat Winter had hoped the summer camping trip into the ranges would be fun, an adventure, a chance for Joey and Hunter to get to know each other better, might learn to tolerate each other since liking each other was apparently too much to ask and, maybe, Joey could be happy again. Instead, an earthquake struck while they were exploring a cave system and now, Joey was lost, Hunter was dead and Cat taken prisoner by a gang of stone-cold killers.