It's 1943 and Jack Devine, a farmer's son, is finally called up to the RAF. Jack dreams of becoming a pilot, breaking hearts, and returning home a hero. The realities of training are very different, with boredom, bullying, and casual violence the norm. Drawn together by a love of jazz music, Jack makes friends with Terry, a worldly Welshman dabbling in the black market; Joe, an active Communist, as well as Yorkshire poet Doug. Jack, Joe and Terry form a jazz band to surprising acclaim and for a while an alternative future to that preordained for each seems possible. But the initial camaraderie soon gives way to simmering resentment as age-old tensions resurface, ultimately resulting in tragedy. 'I was captivated by Jack's coming of age amid the personal and political dramas of the Second World War. Finely-crafted, hugely compassionate and often very funny, First Time Solo is an assured debut flight by an author to watch.' Zoe Strachan, author of Negative Space, Spin Cycle and Ever Fallen in Love. 'This is an assured debut in which Maloney uses a confident and authentic grasp of era and setting to create a compelling set of characters facing issues of friendship, loyalty, ambition and revenge. An engrossing read.' J David Simons, author of The Credit Draper, The Liberation of Celia Khan and An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful. Shortlisted for The Guardian Not The Booker prize 2014
Guardian Angel. Island Paradise.
Friendship Betrayed. Roger Wilson is a seeker of truth.
He and his best friend Mark Meyers have a bond unbreakable. An odd messenger named Zeke may have something more to say on their friendship as Roger is given a preview of his destiny. Will he make the right choices for his future? The Golden Key: Quest for Freedom – Episode One is the first of a spiritual fantasy trilogy that takes place in the post-Vietnam War year of 1975. Roger battles tragedy and forges new friendships. The dark man is determined to throw obstacles in Roger’s path as Zeke and his band of angels seek to bring Roger to a place where he is able to make a bold pronouncement to the universe that brings about an ultimate healing of the heart. Get Episode One of The Golden Key: Quest for Freedom today and begin your journey to discover the secrets known only to Zeke and his Master.
An army of the drowned dead, family betrayal, an exiled witch who doesn't know she has power--or that enemies are lurking all around her, spying on her. Follow Kassandra as she discovers who and what she is in this moving underwater fantasy. Kassandra comes from the sea, but she has no memory of saltwater, seagulls, or an incoming tide. She's never seen an ocean, never heard the thunder of surf. She's an exile, betrayed by her own family, sent as far from the sea as they could arrange--somewhere in the middle of Nebraska. Everything changes the day she drowns in Red Bear Lake, and discovers she can't really drown. Not in the way everyone else can. Then a two-thousand year old king wakes inside her head and turns out to be a prodigy with mathematics.
Kassandra cries for the first time in her life, and learns that her tears are doorways for calling things from the sea. With clues from summoned sea-demons and the voices in her head, Kassandra sets out to find out what the hell is going on...and discovers she's a prisoner, trapped between a murderous grandfather who controls an army of the drowned dead, river witches who spy on her through the plumbing, and Ms. Matrothy, the Girl's Department Director, who's been trying to kill her since she was four.
In his song "Imagine," John Lennon asked us to consider what this world might be like without religion.
But, imagine what could happen if the three monotheistic religions found a way to cooperate with each other, and not compete! In "Pope Nobody the Great," retired activists Don and Deb discover that against all odds, they influenced the selection of a new pope. That pope asks their help on a campaign to get the leaders of the three monotheistic religions to work together to stop the madness of so many wars fought in the name of religion. He wants to make religion the answer and not the problem. The mission, which the three of them believe will be a turning point in the history of the world, leads them into dark and troubling experiences they had not anticipated, against forces that resist change at all costs.
You think it would be perfect if dreams came true? Maya would disagree. Dancers are dying all over the world, and Maya Rao must find the killer before she ends up being the next victim. Maya must track down the killer & fight off zombies. Worst of all, she'd better watch her back because betrayal is in the air.
'There were few more exotic places in Australia. Tribal Aboriginal people could still be seen around the town. Camel trains slowly made their way through the red-stone gorge that split MacDonnell Range. Rugged cattlemen and hard-bitten prospectors strode the streets.' In Outback Pionners, Evan McHugh gathers the enthralling stories of the men and women who opened up the Australian outback and in the process discovered the beauty and terror of this extraordinary country. We meet the little-known convict explorer John Wilson, the first European to cross the Blue Mountains (though history favours the proper English gentlemen Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson); we follow Australia's greatest drover, Nat Buchanan, as he blazes stock routes from one side of the country to another; and we marvel at the genius and grit of the men who overcome political treachery to build the Coolgardie Pipeline and the Trans-Australian Railway.
There are some delightful inclusions: a gentle Pakistani cameleer who saves foolhardy expeditioners; a nerdy ham radio operator who invents the pedal radio and paves the way for John Flynn's Flying Doctor; two bush nurses who toil in the ruins of a pub while saving outback lives; and the modern-day pioneers who battle apathy to save endangered whildlife. Plus there are the intruiging stories of R.M. Williams, the Cattle King James Tyson, and the women behind the CWA and the School of the Air.