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A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. (Read more...)
The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr. and his fellow Campus agents precious time, time they don't have. The challenge facing President Jack Ryan is an old one with a terrifying new twist: as the international stalemate with North Korea continues into its seventh decade, a young, untested dictator is determined to prove his strength by breaking the deadlock.
Like his father before him, he hangs his plans on the country's nuclear ambitions. Until now, that program was impeded by a lack of resources. However, there has been a dramatic change in the nation's economic fortune. A rich deposit of valuable minerals have been found in the Hermit Kingdom. Coupled with their nuclear capabilities, the money from this find will make North Korea a dangerous force on the world stage.
There's just one more step needed to complete this perfect plan: the elimination of the president of the United States.
Amy Purdy, who inspired a nation on Dancing with the Stars, reveals the intimate details of her triumphant comeback from the brink of death to making history as a Paralympic snowboarder. (Read more...)
In this uplifting memoir, she reveals the story of how losing her legs led her to find a spiritual path. When the Las Vegas native was just nineteen, she contracted bacterial meningitis and was given less than a two percent chance of survival. In a near-death experience, she saw three figures who told her:
You can come with us, or you can stay. No matter what happens in your life, it's all going to make sense in the end. In that moment, Amy chose to live.
Las Vegas is a city of contradictions: seedy and glamorous, secretive and wild, Vegas attracts people of all kinds, especially those with a secret to hide, or a life to leave behind. (Read more...)
It's the perfect location for Lester Olsen's lucrative business. He gets to treat gorgeous, young women to five-star restaurants, splashy shows, and limo rides, and then he teaches them how to kill. Private Jack Morgan spends most of his time in Los Angeles, where his top investigation firm has its headquarters; but a hunt for two criminals leads him to the city of sin and to a murder ring that is more seductively threatening than anything he's witnessed before.
John Cleese's huge comedic influence has stretched across generations; his sharp irreverent eye and the unique brand of physical comedy he perfected with Monty Python, on Fawlty Towers, and beyond now seem written into comedy's DNA. (Read more...)
In this rollicking memoir, Cleese takes readers on a grand tour of his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town and his early comedic days at Cambridge University (with future Python partner Graham Chapman), to the founding of the landmark comedy troupe that would propel him to worldwide renown. Cleese was just days away from graduating Cambridge and setting off on a law career when he was visited by two BBC executives, who offered him a job writing comedy for radio.
That fateful moment, and a near-simultaneous offer to take his university humor revue to London's famed West-End, propelled him down a different path, cutting his teeth writing for stars like David Frost and Peter Sellers, and eventually joining the five other Pythons to pioneer a new kind of comedy that prized invention, silliness, and absurdity. Along the way, he found his first true love with the actress Connie Booth and transformed himself from a reluctant performer to a world class actor and back again.
Twisting and turning through surprising stories and hilarious digressions, with some brief pauses along the way that comprise a fascinating primer on what's funny and why, this story of a young man's journey to the pinnacle of comedy is a masterly performance by a master performer.