As the headmaster of a prestigious school and a high profile target for the insurgents, Frederick Wiggins and his family are forced to flee their comfortable lifestyle. Fourteen year old Luther’s highest value, his family, is immediately challenged when they have to leave without his eight year old sister Ellie, who is sleeping over at her grandmother’s in the next town.
As the conflict escalates, the family has to adapt constantly to deal with petty hostilities as well as the lack of humanitarian assistance. After a humbling experience with some soldiers, Luther is determined to become street wise. During a major clash between the rebels and the army, they have to flee yet again, this time into neighbouring Belling. All they have is the clothes they are wearing. Now they too must live in a refugee camp. Here they live for nearly a year, surviving and dealing with crisis after crisis. A final catastrophe splits the family. Again, it is Luther’s focus on his highest value that keeps him going when wandering in the forest, searching for his errant older sister.
Finally, recovering from his ordeal in the forest, he is helped to come to terms with his new life.
Tough training and even tougher missions have turned the five members of Alpha Force into a formidable team. While honing their survival skills in the Belize jungle the group interrupt a raid on a Mayan tomb - and must abort their training and return to the city. But disaster is about to strike - a massive earthquake devastates the area, trapping Alpha Force and a group of schoolchildren amid the debris. The team must race against time to locate and rescue the survivors.
Another nail-biting adventure in the Alpha Force series, from the bestselling author and ex-SAS hero Chris Ryan.
Includes Chris's top SAS tips on dealing with an earthquake situation.
1908: Walter Snider, batboy for the Brooklyn Superbas, arranges a team tryout for a black pitcher by pretending he is Cuban.
1945: Kat Snider of Brooklyn plays for the Grand Rapids Chicks in the All-American Girls Baseball League.
1981: Michael Flint fi nds himself pitching a perfect game during the Little League season at Prospect Park.
And there are fi ve more Schneiders to meet.
In nine innings, this novel tells the stories of nine successive Schneider kids and their connection to Brooklyn and baseball. As in all family histories and all baseball games, there is glory and heartache, triumph and sacrifi ce. And it ain?t over till it?s over.