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IN MID PACIFIC.
THE TEMPLE OF THE DEITY.
LAND; BUT WHAT LAND?
THE GUESTS OF HEAVEN.
ENROLLED IN OLYMPUS.
FIRST DAYS IN BOUPARI.
INTERCHANGE OF CIVILITIES.
THE CUSTOMS OF BOUPARI.
SOWING THE WIND.
REAPING THE WHIRLWIND.
AFTER THE STORM.
A POINT OF THEOLOGY.
AS BETWEEN GODS.
"MR. THURSTAN, I PRESUME."
THE SECRET OF KORONG.
A VERY FAINT CLUE.
FACING THE WORST.
TU-KILA-KILA PLAYS A CARD.
COUNCIL OF WAR.
METHUSELAH GIVES SIGN.
A MESSAGE FROM THE DEAD.
AN UNFINISHED TALE.
A RASH RESOLVE.
A STRANGE ALLY.
WAGER OF BATTLE.
AT SEA: OFF BOUPARI.
THE DOWNFALL OF A PANTHEON.
THE WORLD INTO WHICH DARWIN WAS BORN.
CHARLES DARWIN AND HIS ANTECEDENTS.
THE PERIOD OF INCUBATION.
'THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES.'
THE DARWINIAN REVOLUTION BEGINS.
THE DESCENT OF MAN.
THE THEORY OF COURTSHIP.
VICTORY AND REST.
DARWIN'S PLACE IN THE EVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT.
THE NET RESULT.
THE EPISODE OF THE PATIENT WHO DISAPPOINTED HER DOCTOR
THE EPISODE OF THE GENTLEMAN WHO HAD FAILED FOR EVERYTHING
THE EPISODE OF THE WIFE WHO DID HER DUTY
THE EPISODE OF THE MAN WHO WOULD NOT COMMIT SUICIDE
THE EPISODE OF THE NEEDLE THAT DID NOT MATCH
THE EPISODE OF THE LETTER WITH THE BASINGSTOKE POSTMARK
THE EPISODE OF THE STONE THAT LOOKED ABOUT IT
THE EPISODE OF THE EUROPEAN WITH THE KAFFIR HEART
THE EPISODE OF THE LADY WHO WAS VERY EXCLUSIVE
THE EPISODE OF THE GUIDE WHO KNEW THE COUNTRY
THE EPISODE OF THE OFFICER WHO UNDERSTOOD PERFECTLY
THE EPISODE OF THE DEAD MAN WHO SPOKE
Mrs. Dewsbury's lawn was held by those who knew it the loveliest in Surrey. The smooth and springy sward that stretched in front of the house was all composed of a tiny yellow clover. It gave beneath the foot like the pile on velvet. One's gaze looked forth from it upon the endless middle distances of the oak-clad Weald, with the uncertain blue line of the South Downs in the background. Ridge behind ridge, the long, low hills of paludina limestone stood out in successive tiers, each thrown up against its neighbor by the misty haze that broods eternally over the wooded valley; till, roaming across them all, the eye rested at last on the rearing scarp of Chanctonbury Ring, faintly pencilled on the furthest skyline. Shadowy phantoms of dim heights framed the verge to east and west. Alan Merrick drank it in with profound satisfaction. After those sharp and clear-cut Italian outlines, hard as lapis lazuli, the mysterious vagueness, the pregnant suggestiveness, of our English scenery strikes the imagination; and Alan was fresh home from an early summer tour among the Peruginesque solidities of the Umbrian Apennines. "How beautiful it all is, after all," he said, turning to his entertainer. "In Italy 'tis the background the painter dwells upon; in England, we look rather at the middle distance."
Mrs. Dewsbury darted round her the restless eye of a hostess, to see upon whom she could socially bestow him. "Oh, come this way," she said, sweeping across the lawn towards a girl in a blue dress at the opposite corner. "You must know our new-comer. I want to introduce you to Miss Barton, from Cambridge. She's SUCH a nice girl too,—the Dean of Dunwich's daughter."...
THE EPISODE OF THE MEXICAN SEER
THE EPISODE OF THE DIAMOND LINKS
THE EPISODE OF THE OLD MASTER
THE EPISODE OF THE TYROLEAN CASTLE
THE EPISODE OF THE DRAWN GAME
THE EPISODE OF THE GERMAN PROFESSOR
THE EPISODE OF THE ARREST OF THE COLONEL
THE EPISODE OF THE SELDON GOLD-MINE
THE EPISODE OF THE JAPANNED DISPATCH-BOX
THE EPISODE OF THE GAME OF POKER
THE EPISODE OF THE BERTILLON METHOD
THE EPISODE OF THE OLD BAILEY
RIGHT AND LEFT
A FOSSIL CONTINENT
A VERY OLD MASTER
BRITISH AND FOREIGN
THE MILK IN THE COCO-NUT
FOOD AND FEEDING
GO TO THE ANT
FISH OUT OF WATER
THE FIRST POTTER
THE RECIPE FOR GENIUS
On the eighteenth day out from Sydney, we were cruising under the lee of Erromanga—of course you know Erromanga, an isolated island between the New Hebrides and the Loyalty group—when suddenly our dusky Polynesian boy, Nassaline, who was at the masthead on the lookout, gave a surprised cry of "Boat ahoy!" and pointed with his skinny black finger to a dark dot away southward on the horizon, in the direction of Fiji.
I strained my eyes and saw—well, a barrel or something. For myself, I should never have [pg 10] made out it was a boat at all, being somewhat slow of vision at great distances; but, bless your heart! these Kanaka lads have eyes like hawks for pouncing down upon a canoe or a sail no bigger than a speck afar off; so when Nassaline called out confidently, "Boat ahoy!" in his broken English, I took out my binocular, and focused it full on the spot towards which the skinny black finger pointed. Probably, thought I to myself, a party of natives, painted red, on the war-trail against their enemies in some neighboring island; or perhaps a "labor vessel," doing a veiled slave-trade in "indentured apprentices" for New Caledonia or the Queensland planters.
To my great surprise, however, I found out, when I got my glasses fixed full upon it, it was neither of these, but an open English row-boat, apparently, making signs of distress, and alone in the midst of the wide Pacific.
Wealthy, confident and handsome, Sir Charles Van Drift spends his time jetting to exotic locales with his wife and in-laws. But on one fateful trip to the Riviera, Van Drift meets his match in Colonel Clay. Posing alternately as a seer, a curate, and a German professor, the master of disguise swindles Van Drift through three continents and poses a serious risk to his South African diamond fortune. Colonel Clay, the notorious con artist and thief, has triumphed. But who is this master of disguise, really? First serialized in The Strand in 1896, the adventures that comprise An African Millionaire are widely regarded as the first to feature a criminal protagonist and will be greeted enthusiastically by fans and scholars of classic crime fiction.
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From the Trade Paperback edition.
In spite of the impression Mdlle. Césarine had made upon me the night before, I somehow didn't feel at all desirous of meeting her again. I was impressed, it is true, but not favourably. There seemed to me something uncanny and weird about her which made me shrink from seeing anything more of her if I could possibly avoid it. And as it happened, I was luckily engaged that very afternoon to tea at Irene's. I made the excuse, and added somewhat pointedly—on purpose that it might be repeated to Mdlle. Césarine—"Miss Latham is a very old and particular friend of mine—a friend whom I couldn't for worlds think of disappointing."...
CHAPTER II. RURAL ENGLAND.
CHAPTER III. PERNICIOUS LITERATURE.
CHAPTER IV. PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY.
CHAPTER V. EMANCIPATION.
CHAPTER VI. ENTER A NEW ENGLANDER.
CHAPTER VII. THE DEACON FALTERS.
CHAPTER VIII. WOOD AND STONE.
CHAPTER IX. CONSPIRACY.
CHAPTER X. MINNA IMPROVES HERSELF.
CHAPTER XI. EDUCATIONAL ADVANTAGES.
CHAPTER XII. AN ARTISTIC ENGAGEMENT.
CHAPTER XIII. AN EVE IN EDEN.
CHAPTER XIV. MINNA GIVES NOTICE.
CHAPTER XV. A DOOR OPENS
CHAPTER XVI. COLIN'S DEPARTURE.
CHAPTER XVII. A LITTLE CLOUD LIKE A MAN'S HAND.
CHAPTER XVIII. HIRAM IN WONDERLAND.
CHAPTER XIX. UNWARRANTABLE INTRUSION.
CHAPTER XX. THE STRANDS CONVERGE.
CHAPTER XXI. COLIN SETTLES HIMSELF.
CHAPTER XXII. HIRAM GETS SETTLED.
CHAPTER XXIII. RECOGNITION.
CHAPTER XXIV. GWEN AND HIRAM.
CHAPTER XXV. MINNA BETTERS HERSELF.
CHAPTER XXVI. BREAKING UP.
CHAPTER XXVII. THE DEACON MAKES A GOOD END.
CHAPTER XXVIII. AN ART PATRON.
CHAPTER XXIX. A VIEW OF ROME, By Hiram Winthrop.
CHAPTER XXX. MINNA'S RESOLUTION.
CHAPTER XXXI. COUSINS.
CHAPTER XXXII. RE-ENTER GWEN.
CHAPTER XXXIII. CECCA.
CHAPTER XXXIV. HIRAM SEES LAND.
CHAPTER XXXV. MAN PROPOSES.
CHAPTER XXXVI. CECCA SHOWS HER HAND.
CHAPTER XXXVII. CECCA AND MINNA.
CHAPTER XXXVIII. GWEN HAS A VISITOR.
CHAPTER XXXIX. GWEN'S DECISION.
CHAPTER XL. AFTER THE STORM.
CHAPTER XLI. AUDOUIN'S MISTAKE.
CHAPTER XLII. A DISTINGUISHED CRITIC.
CHAPTER XLIII. THE SLOUGH OF DESPOND.
CHAPTER XLIV. THE CHAPTER OF ACCIDENTS.
CHAPTER XLV. HOVERING.
CHAPTER XLVI. AUDOUIN SINKS OR SWIMS.
CHAPTER XLVII. ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL.
One of the first novels to feature a female detective, Grant Allen's Miss Cayley's Adventures (1899) remains as witty, enjoyable, and engaging today as when first published. This edition includes a new introduction by Elizabeth Foxwell.
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DR. GREATREX'S ENGAGEMENT.
THE CURATE OF CHURNSIDE.
AN EPISODE IN HIGH LIFE.
MY NEW YEARS EVE AMONG THE MUMMIES.
THE FOUNDERING OF THE "FORTUNA."
THE MYSTERIOUS OCCURRENCE IN PICCADILLY.
A GREAT CHEMICAL DISCOVERY.
THE EMPRESS OF ANDORRA.
THE SENIOR PROCTOR'S WOOING:
A TALE OF TWO CONTINENTS.
THE CHILD OF THE PHALANSTERY.
OUR SCIENTIFIC OBSERVATIONS ON A GHOST.
Chemical Analysis of an Apparition.
RAM DAS OF CAWNPORE.
THE ORIGIN OF THE ENGLISH.
THE ENGLISH BY THE SHORES OF THE BALTIC.
THE ENGLISH SETTLE IN BRITAIN.
THE COLONISATION OF THE COAST.
THE ENGLISH IN THEIR NEW HOMES.
THE CONQUEST OF THE INTERIOR.
THE NATURE AND EXTENT OF THE ENGLISH SETTLEMENT.
THE CONVERSION OF THE ENGLISH.
ROME AND IONA.
THE CONSOLIDATION OF THE KINGDOMS.
THE RESISTANCE TO THE DANES.
THE SAXONS AT BAY IN WESSEX.
THE RECOVERY OF THE NORTH.
THE AUGUSTAN AGE AND THE LATER ANGLO-SAXON CIVILISATION.
THE ANGLO-SAXON LANGUAGE.
ANGLO-SAXON INFLUENCES IN MODERN BRITAIN.
CHILDREN OF LIGHT.
THE COASTS OF THE GENTILES.
A LITTLE MUSIC.
ASKELON VILLA, GATH.
DOWN THE RIVER.
IN THE CAMP OF THE PHILISTINES.
THE WOMEN OF THE LAND.
THE DAUGHTERS OF CANAAN.
CULTURE AND CULTURE.
THE MORE EXCELLENT WAY.
YE MOUNTAINS OF GILBOA!
'WHAT DO THESE HEBREWS HERE?'
'COME YE OUT AND BE YE SEPARATE.'
A QUIET WEDDING.
INTO THE FIRE.
LITERATURE, MUSIC, AND THE DRAMA.
OFF WITH THE OLD LOVE.
THE PHILISTINES TRIUMPH.
THE STREETS OF ASKELON.
THE CLOUDS BEGIN TO BREAK.
RONALD COMES OF AGE.
TELL IT NOT IN OATH.
A MAN AND A MAID.
THE ENVIRONMENT FINALLY TRIUMPHS.
PRECONTRACT OF MARRIAGE.
A GLEAM OF SUNSHINE.
THE TIDE TURNS.
OUT OF THE HAND OP THE PHILISTINES.
LAND AT LAST: BUT WHAT LAND?
SCIENCE IN ARCADY.
ON THE WINGS OF THE WIND.
A DESERT FRUIT.
THE GREENWOOD TREE.
FISH AS FATHERS.
AN ENGLISH SHIRE.
THE BRONZE AXE.
THE ISLE OF RUIM.
A HILL-TOP STRONGHOLD.
A PERSISTENT NATIONALITY.
CASTERS AND CHESTERS.
"Let us be thankful," I said, carelessly, "that such things don't happen in our own times." He eyed me curiously. "Haven't happened, you mean," he answered. "We have no security that they mayn't happen again to-morrow. These fissure-eruptions, though not historically described for us, are common events in geological history — commoner and on a larger scale in America than elsewhere. Still, they have occurred in all lands and at various epochs; there is no reason at all why one shouldn't occur in England at present."
Cycling the next morning, stopping on a river bridge, the Londoner hears a frantic cry and sees a man running on the river tow path as though being pursued by a wild animal.
"I glanced back to see what his pursuer might be; and then, in one second, the whole horror and terror of the catastrophe burst upon me. Its whole horror and terror, I say, but not yet its magnitude. I was aware at first just of a moving red wall, like dull, red-hot molten metal. ... I think I can recollect that my earliest idea was no more than this: "He must run, or the moving wall will overtake him!" Next instant, a hot wave seemed to strike my face. It was just like the blast of heat that strikes one in a glasshouse when you stand in front of the boiling and seething glass in the furnace. At about the same point in time, I was aware, I believe, that the dull red wall was really a wall of fire. ... a second wave from behind seemed to rush on and break: it overlaid and outran the first one. This second wave was white, not red — at white heat, I realized. Then, with a burst of recognition, I knew what it all meant. What Ward had spoken of last night — a fissure eruption!"
How will he escape? Is Ward toasted? Will the torrent of molten rock follow the river valley to London? Can he warn people in time to flee and save lives? Will London be destroyed? ... !
UNA CALLINGHAM'S FIRST RECOLLECTION
BEGINNING LIFE AGAIN
AN UNEXPECTED VISITOR
THE STORY OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS
I BECOME A WOMAN
RELIVING MY LIFE
THE GRANGE AT WOODBURY
A VISION OF DEAD YEARS
YET ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPH
THE VISION RECURS
THE MOORES OF TORQUAY
DR. IVOR OF BABBICOMBE
MY WELCOME TO CANADA
A NEW ACQUAINTANCE
MY PLANS ALTER
A STRANGE RECOGNITION
MURDER WILL OUT
THE REAL MURDERER
THE STRANGER FROM THE SEA
THE PLOT UNRAVELS ITSELF
MY MEMORY RETURNS
THE FATAL SHOT
ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.
It’s the year 2045, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.
For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.
And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.
Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
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On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
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Months before publication, One Second After has already been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, a book already being discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United States, literally within one second. It is a weapon that the Wall Street Journal warns could shatter America. In the tradition of On the Beach, Fail Safe and Testament, this book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future...and our end.
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A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Alex discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced.
As his window for solving both crimes narrows, Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes--one that may alter the fate of the entire country. KILL ALEX CROSS is faster, more exciting, and more tightly wound than any Alex Cross thriller James Patterson has ever written!
Mitch Rapp’s hunt for a missing CIA asset raises the stakes for his own survival—in Vince Flynn’s “tight, right, and dynamite” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis) #1 New York Times bestseller.
The head of clandestine operations in Afghanistan has been kidnapped, his four bodyguards executed in cold blood. With the CIA plunged into crisis mode, Rapp is dispatched to find his missing friend, Joe Rickman, at all costs. He isn’t the only one looking for Rickman; an FBI special agent is at his heels, determined to blame Rapp for the bloody debacle. Rapp is, however, the only one who knows certain things about the vanished black ops master—secrets that in the wrong hands could prove disastrous. With elements of his own government undermining him—and America’s security—at every turn, Rapp must be as ruthless and deceitful as his enemies to complete this razor’s-edge mission.
When Joe “Rick” Rickman, a former golden boy of the CIA, steals a massive amount of the Agency’s most classified documents in an elaborately masterminded betrayal of his country, CIA director Irene Kennedy has no choice but to send her most dangerous weapon after him: elite covert operative Mitch Rapp.
Rapp quickly dispatches the traitor, but Rickman proves to be a deadly threat to America even from beyond the grave. Eliminating Rickman didn’t solve all of the CIA’s problems—in fact, mysterious tip-offs are appearing all over the world, linking to the potentially devastating data that Rickman managed to store somewhere only he knew.
It’s a deadly race to the finish as both the Pakistanis and the Americans search desperately for Rickman’s accomplices, and for the confidential documents they are slowly leaking to the world. To save his country from being held hostage to a country set on becoming the world’s newest nuclear superpower, Mitch Rapp must outrun, outthink, and outgun his deadliest enemies yet.
The toughest cases hit closest to home.
Alex Cross left his hometown, and some awful family tragedies, for a better life with Nana Mama in Washington, DC. He hasn't looked back.
Now his cousin Stefan has been accused of a horrible, unthinkable murder, and Cross drives south with Bree, Nana Mama, Jannie, and Ali to Starksville, North Carolina, for the first time in thirty-five years. Back home, he discovers a once proud community down on its luck, and local residents who don't welcome him with open arms. As Cross steps into his family home, the horrors of his childhood flood back--and he learns that they're not really over. He brings all his skill to finding out the truth about his cousin's case. But truth is hard to come by in a town where no one feels safe to speak.
Chasing his ghosts takes Cross all the way down to the sugarcane fields of Florida, where he gets pulled into a case that has local cops needing his kind of expertise: a string of socialite murders with ever more grisly settings. He's chasing too many loose ends--a brutal killer, the truth about his own past, and justice for his cousin--and any one of the answers might be fatal.
In Cross Justice, Alex Cross confronts the deadliest--and most personal--case of his career. It's a propulsive, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that proves you can go home again--but it just might kill you.
Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.
No. 7 Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multi-million-dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons, where money and privilege know no bounds. But its beautiful gothic exterior hides a horrific past: it was the scene of a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty, and rumored to be cursed, it's known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance.
Detective Jenna Murphy used to consider herself a local, but she hasn't been back since she was a girl. Trying to escape her troubled past and rehabilitate a career on the rocks, the former New York City cop hardly expects her lush and wealthy surroundings to be a hotbed of grisly depravity. But when a Hollywood power broker and his mistress are found dead in the abandoned Murder House, the gruesome crime scene rivals anything Jenna experienced in Manhattan. And what at first seems like an open and shut case turns out to have as many shocking secrets as the Murder House itself, as Jenna quickly realizes that the mansion's history is much darker than even the town's most salacious gossips could have imagined. As more bodies surface, and the secret that Jenna has tried desperately to escape closes in on her, she must risk her own life to expose the truth--before the Murder House claims another victim.
Full of the twists and turns that have made James Patterson the world's #1 bestselling writer, THE MURDER HOUSE is a chilling, page-turning story of murder, money, and revenge.
What if America's most powerful leader was also its prime target?
Vince Flynn's shattering thriller, Term Limits, soared onto national bestseller lists and marked the emergence of a new master of political fiction in the same league as Tom Clancy. In USA Today, Larry King called Term Limits "a page-turning read," while critics and readers nationwide praised its riveting premise of Washington under siege -- a scenario made chillingly real by this superb storyteller.
Now, Flynn infiltrates America's power structure at its very core, in a new novel that places the president of the United States in the direct line of terrorist fire.
On a busy Washington morning, amid the shuffle of tourists and the brisk rush of government officials, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a hail of gunfire. A group of terrorists has descended on the Executive Mansion, and gained access by means of a violent massacre that has left dozens of innocent bystanders murdered. Through the quick actions of the Secret Service, the president is evacuated to his underground bunker, but not before almost one hundred hostages are taken.
While the politicians and the military leaders argue over how to negotiate with the terrorists, one man is sent in to break through the barrage of panicked responses and political agendas surrounding the chaotic crisis. Mitch Rapp, the CIA's top counterterrorism operative, makes his way into the White House and soon discovers that the president is not as safe as Washington's power elite had thought. Moving stealthily among the corridors and secret passageways of the White House, stepping terrifyingly close to the enemy, Rapp scrambles to save the hostages before the terrorists can extract the president from the safety of his bunker. In a race against time, Rapp makes a chilling discovery that could rock Washington to its core: someone within his own government is maneuvering in hopes that his rescue attempt will fail.
With the crackling tension and explosive action that made Term Limits "a roller-coaster, edge-of-your-seat thriller" (Minneapolis Star-Tribune), Vince Flynn delivers Transfer of Power -- a blockbuster novel that carries us just beyond today's headlines.