The Feather Men

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The story of a secret organization called The Feathermen and their 14-year attempt to trace the killers of a number of British ex-servicemen in Britain and abroad. Ranulph Fiennes has published eight books, two of which have been in The Sunday Times bestseller list.

Killer Elite (previously published as The Feather Men)

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The “enthralling page-turner” (Library Journal) now a major motion picture starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen, and Robert De Niro! Here is a gripping novel, inspired by real-life events, about a private team of British vigilantes that sets out to eliminate a gang of cold-blooded contract killers. From 1977 to 1990, four former British soldiers die, one by one, supposedly due to accident or illness. But soon a link is established between the victims: a shared mission in the desert kingdom of Oman, where they fought for a sultan against insurgents and ruined the life of a rival sheikh, who in turn has sent a band of assassins to methodically slay the soldiers and salvage his pride. Now these clever assassins are on the run from an underground group of SAS vets with nothing to lose, no time to waste, and a desire to dispense their own form of justice—no matter the cost. Previously published as The Feather Men

The Feather Thief

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As heard on NPR's This American Life "Absorbing . . . Though it's non-fiction, The Feather Thief contains many of the elements of a classic thriller." --Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air "One of the most peculiar and memorable true-crime books ever." --Christian Science Monitor A rollicking true-crime adventure and a captivating journey into an underground world of fanatical fly-tiers and plume peddlers, for readers of The Stranger in the Woods, The Lost City of Z, and The Orchid Thief. On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London's Royal Academy of Music, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin's obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Once inside the museum, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins--some collected 150 years earlier by a contemporary of Darwin's, Alfred Russel Wallace, who'd risked everything to gather them--and escaped into the darkness. Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist high in a river in northern New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide told him about the heist. He was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? Had Edwin paid the price for his crime? What became of the missing skins? In his search for answers, Johnson was catapulted into a years-long, worldwide investigation. The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless pursuit of justice, The Feather Thief is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man's destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature.

Atlantis of the Sands

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To the Ends of the Earth

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Account of the Transglobe Expedition, 1979-1982, led by Ranulph Fiennes. This was the first expedition to circumnavigate the earth via both poles.

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

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Ranulph Fiennes has travelled to the most dangerous and inaccessible places on earth, almost died countless times, lost nearly half his fingers to frostbite, raised millions of pounds for charity and been awarded a polar medal and an OBE. He has been an elite soldier, an athlete, a mountaineer, an explorer, a bestselling author and nearly replaced Sean Connery as James Bond. In his autobiography he describes how he led expeditions all over the world and became the first person to travel to both poles on land. He tells of how he discovered the lost city of Ubar in Oman and attempted to walk solo and unsupported to the South Pole - the expedition that cost him several fingers, and very nearly his life. His latest challenge is to climb the north face of the Eiger, one of the most feared mountaineering feats in the world, which he will describe in a gripping final chapter. In this fascinating book Sir Ranulph Twistleton-Wickham-Fiennes OBE, 3rd Baronet, looks back on a life lived at the very limits of human endeavour.

Down Twisted: A Jake Savage Novel

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Buckle up, as it's going to be yet another wild ride! It's a dangerous world full of dangerous people. Yet Jake Savage and his A-team are there to keep things in check. In Down Twisted, the latest in the Jake Savage series, Jake, Mike, Andy, Pauline, and Dakota square off against Russian gangsters, Colombian carteleros, African mercenaries, and Libyan despots, whipping around the globe in a dazzling array of aircraft, ready to do battle at a moment's notice. Set in the twilight hours of the Cold War, in a time when the global security situation is undergoing significant and perilous shifts, Wesinger's novel takes the reader from the hallowed halls and top-secret boardrooms of the Pentagon to the rugged beauty of the Zimbabwean bush, narrating this riveting tale with an insider's flair for detail and nuance. Jake's highly specialized elite A-Team takes on missions no one else can.

Focus On: 100 Most Popular Australian Films

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Agincourt

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On 25th October 1415, on a French hillside near the village of Agincourt, four men sheltered from the rain and prepared for battle. All four were English knights—ancestors of Sir Ranulph Fiennes—and part of the army of England's King Henry V. Across the valley, four sons of the French arm of the Fiennes family were confident that the Dauphin's army would win the day . . .Sir Ranulph Fiennes explains how his own ancestors were key players through the centuries of turbulent Anglo-French history that led up to Agincourt, and he uses his experience as expedition leader and soldier to give us a fresh perspective on one of the bloodiest periods of medieval history.With fascinating detail on the battle plans, weaponry, and human drama of Agincourt, this is a gripping evocation of a historical event integral to English identity.Six hundred years after the Battle of Agincourt, Sir Ranulph Fiennes casts new light on this epic event that has resonated throughout British and French history.

The Feather and Other Tales from Pembina County

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This intriguing collection of eleven short stories The Feather and Other Tales from Pembina County centers on Homer Swensen, the sheriff of Pembina County, North Dakota, who combines his interest in birds with his profession of solving crimes. In these stories, Homer faces a variety of crimes that most of us could not even contemplate. In the story "The Feather," the sheriff is confronted by a bank robbery committed by a pair of men who have baffled the FBI on six previous robberies. Homer finds a pinkish feather in the grill of a car and recognizes it as coming from a hybrid population of the Northern Flicker, unique to eastern North Dakota, which allows him to identify the thieves. In "Excalibur," he traces a three-hundred-year-old Amati violin to a Duluth gangster unjustly accused of murder. In "Sylvia," he is pursued by a divorcee who hopes to entrap him through his interest in nature. Homer nearly falls victim to the mushroom poison that has killed a mycologist - a scientist who studies fungi - in the story "Amanita." And in "The Ice Woman," a woman's body is found frozen solid after two nights in subzero weather. She was strangled by someone using Homer's scarf, so he works with the coroner to unravel her last hours and identify the real killer.

The Sett

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THE SETT is another absorbing thriller by Ranulph Fiennes, the man the Guinness Book of Records called the 'world's greatest living explorer'. 'The book is a tour de force in its scope, ambition and eclecticism'. - The Times A fight that starts when Alex wakes up in a Lancashire hospital severely battered and with no memory of the brutal attack that put him there. A year's struggle reveals his identity. But Alex is driven to spend a further nine years delving into a global criminal underworld, seeking revenge on his family's killers and becoming dangerously entangled with both the Mafia and the CIA, and with some of the most savage and powerful men in the world.

Stones from the River

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From the acclaimed author of Floating in My Mother’s Palm and Children and Fire, a stunning story about ordinary people living in extraordinary times—“epic, daring, magnificent, the product of a defining and mesmerizing vision” (Los Angeles Times). Trudi Montag is a Zwerg—a dwarf—short, undesirable, different, the voice of anyone who has ever tried to fit in. Eventually she learns that being different is a secret that all humans share—from her mother who flees into madness, to her friend Georg whose parents pretend he’s a girl, to the Jews Trudi harbors in her cellar. Ursula Hegi brings us a timeless and unforgettable story in Trudi and a small town, weaving together a profound tapestry of emotional power, humanity, and truth.

The Secret Hunters

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As a child Derek Jacobs was an inmate of a Nazi prison camp and saw his mother horrifically abused. Now forging a career in the environment movement he is co opted by the Secret Hunters, a group who track down the perpetrators of genocide to exact their revenge.

The Bluegrass Conspiracy

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When Kentucky Blueblood Drew Thornton parachuted to his death in September 1985—carrying thousands in cash and 150 pounds of cocaine—the gruesome end of his startling life blew open a scandal that reached to the most secret circles of the U.S. government. The story of Thornton and “The Company” he served, and the lone heroic fight of State Policeman Ralph Ross against an international web of corruption is one of the most portentous tales of the 20th century.

The First Bad Man

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A haunted woman's reclusively ordered world is thrown into chaos by a houseguest who bullies her into reality and brings love into her life. A first novel by the best-selling author of No One Belongs Here More Than You. 125,000 first printing.

The Absolutist

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From the beloved John Boyne, a powerful, poignant novel about how we are to be good in the face of disaster. September 1919: Twenty-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver some letters to Marian Bancroft. During the Great War, Tristan fought alongside Marian's brother Will who, in 1917, laid down his gun on the battlefield, declared himself a conscientious objector and was shot as a traitor, an act which brought shame and dishonour on the Bancroft family. But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He holds a secret deep in his soul. One that he is desperate to unburden himself of to Marian, if he can only find the courage. As they stroll through the streets of a city still coming to terms with the end of the war, he recalls his friendship with Will, from the training ground at Aldershot to the trenches of Northern France, and speaks of how the intensity of their friendship brought him from brief moments of happiness and self-discovery to long periods of despair and pain. From the Trade Paperback edition.

A Darker Justice

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When Assistant District Attorney Mary Crow is called back from Atlanta to her childhood home of Little Jump Off, North Carolina, she discovers that the murder of three federal judges is a matter both professional and personal. Suspecting that the killings are the work of a skilled assassin, Mary and FBI agent Daniel Safer are desperate to protect Judge Irene Hannah, the next suspected target and Mary’s oldest friend and mentor.