‘My true name is so well known in the Records or Registers at Newgate, and in the Old Bailey, and there are some things of such consequence still depending there, relating to my particular conduct, that it is not to be expected I should set my name or the account of my family to this work.’
Born into the seedy world of Newgate Prison and abandoned as a baby at six months old, Moll Flanders soon learns that she can only rely on herself. Her story is an unapologetic one of bigamy, prostitution and theft told in her own indomitable and alluring way. Scurrilous and incorrigible, the reader is left wondering whether Moll is merely a brazen criminal, or a victim or her own circumstance.
Defoe’s witty romp through the eighteenth-century underworld has much to say about the forces of good and evil and is undeniably one of his most satirical novels.
What happens when a Vietnam War chopper pilot puts pen to paper on retirement? Imagine the adventures and escapes a young RAAF pilot would, and could, get up to 1970’s Vietnam. Think a mix of the late Robin Williams’ “Good Morning Vietnam” and Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jnr.’s “Air America”, and you soon realise why, when Marman put pen to paper the result was “The McAlister Line”. So, be prepared to be taken back to a time in the Earth’s history when young men were once again thrust into a conflict of the politician’s making. And like young men everywhere, when put into extraordinary and unnatural circumstances, the adventures and escapes, too, are extraordinary.
Also to be noted, Marman has flown just about every aircraft he mentions in the books of the McAlister Line.
Especially aimed at young adults (YA), as he was when he was thrust into the 1970’s Vietname War, the 4th book in the McAlister Line starts with Danny recovering from injuries suffered at Dien Bien Phu, gets straight back into action in Saigon via way of Taipei.
The 17th Parallel has just been created with the communists to the North. But South Vietnam is awash spies and agents from the CIA, MI6 and other secret service types from the West, but especially Russian, Chinese and with North Vietnamese infiltrators, all vying to fill the, soon to be, power vacuum currently being created by the French who are starting to pull out of Indochina.
Still flying for CAT airlines, commonly referred to as the “most shot-at airline in the world”, Monty and Angela join him as they plunge headlong into another non-stop, breathtaking odyssey across five continents, landing in one desperate scrape after another.
Finally all three make heart-breaking decisions which ultimately define their true allegiance.
McAlister’s Line Reader Reviews from YAbookscentral.com
...with pirates and secrets set amongst the northern tropics, you're in for a delightful read. It has a really good sense of place and from the voice to the detail it's a very fast moving action story that will leave you wanting more.
McAlister's Way is a fast paced, page turning read, the kind of read where you lose track of time. Absolutely enveloping! Highly Recommend!!
'It happen'd one Day about Noon going towards my Boat, I was exceedingly surpriz'd with the Print of a Man's naked Foot on the Shore.'
Shipwrecked in a storm at sea, Robinson Crusoe is washed up on a remote and desolate island. As he struggles to piece together a life for himself, Crusoe's physical, moral and spiritual values are tested to the limit. For 24 years he remains in solitude and learns to tame and master the island, until he finally comes across another human being. Considered a classic literary masterpiece, and frequently interpreted as a comment on the British Imperialist approach at the time, Defoe's fable was and still is revered as the very first English novel.
The Garde didn’t start this war, but they’ll do whatever it takes to end it once and for all. . . .
The Mogadorians have invaded Earth and the Garde are all that stand in the way, but they’ll need an army of their own to win this fight. They’ve teamed up with the US military, but it might not be enough. The Garde need reinforcements, and they’ve found them in the most unexpected place. Teenagers from across the globe, like John Smith’s best friend, Sam, have developed abilities. So John and the others must get to them before the Mogs, because if they don’t their enemies will use these gifted teens for their own sinister plan.
But after all that has been taken from John—his home, his family, his friends, and the person he loves most—he might not want to put any more lives in danger. He’s got nothing left to lose, and he’s just discovered he has an incredible new Legacy. Now he can turn himself into the ultimate weapon. So will he risk his life to save the world, or will he realize that power in numbers will save us all?
Michael Bay, director of Transformers, raved: “Number Four is a hero for this generation.” This epic young adult series is perfect for fans of action-packed science fiction like The Fifth Wave series by Rick Yancey, The Maze Runner series by James Dashner, and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game.
Don’t miss the first book in the brand-new I Am Number Four spin-off series: Generation One.