Conspirata Book

Conspirata


  • Author : Robert Harris
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2010-04-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439199824

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Conspirata Excerpt :

Conspirata is “a portrait of ancient politics as a blood sport,” raves The New York Times. As he did with Imperium, Robert Harris again turns Roman history into a gripping thriller as Cicero faces a new power struggle in a world filled with treachery, violence, and vengeance. On the eve of Cicero’s inauguration as consul of Rome, a grisly discovery sends fear rippling through a city already racked by unrest. A young slave boy has been felled by a hammer, his throat slit and his organs removed, apparently as a human sacrifice. For Cicero, the ill omens of this hideous murder only increase his dangerous situation: elected leader by the people but despised by the heads of the two rival political camps. Caught in a shell game that leaves him forever putting out fires only to have them ignite elsewhere, Cicero plays for the future of the republic…and his life. There is a plot to assassinate him, abetted by a rising young star of the Roman senate named Gaius Julius Caesar—and it will take all the embattled consul’s wit, strength, and force of will to stop the plot and keep Rome from becoming a dictatorship.

Imperium Book
Score: 4
From 18 Ratings

Imperium


  • Author : Robert Harris
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2006-09-19
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 0743293878

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Imperium Excerpt :

From the bestselling author of Fatherland and Pompeii, comes the first novel of a trilogy about the struggle for power in ancient Rome. In his “most accomplished work to date” (Los Angeles Times), master of historical fiction Robert Harris lures readers back in time to the compelling life of Roman Senator Marcus Cicero. The re-creation of a vanished biography written by his household slave and righthand man, Tiro, Imperium follows Cicero’s extraordinary struggle to attain supreme power in Rome. On a cold November morning, Tiro opens the door to find a terrified, bedraggled stranger begging for help. Once a Sicilian aristocrat, the man was robbed by the corrupt Roman governor, Verres, who is now trying to convict him under false pretenses and sentence him to a violent death. The man claims that only the great senator Marcus Cicero, one of Rome’s most ambitious lawyers and spellbinding orators, can bring him justice in a crooked society manipulated by the villainous governor. But for Cicero, it is a chance to prove himself worthy of absolute power. What follows is one of the most gripping courtroom dramas in history, and the beginning of a quest for political glory by a man who fought his way to the top using only his voice—defeating the most daunting figures in Roman history.

Lustrum Book
Score: 4
From 29 Ratings

Lustrum


  • Author : Robert Harris
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2010-09-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 466
  • ISBN 10 : 9781409021315

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Lustrum Excerpt :

Rome, 63 BC. In a city on the brink of acquiring a vast empire, seven men are struggling for power. Cicero is consul, Caesar his ruthless young rival, Pompey the republic's greatest general, Crassus its richest man, Cato a political fanatic, Catilina a psychopath, Clodius an ambitious playboy. The stories of these real historical figures - their alliances and betrayals, their cruelties and seductions, their brilliance and their crimes - are all interleaved to form this epic novel. Its narrator is Tiro, a slave who serves as confidential secretary to the wily, humane, complex Cicero. He knows all his master's secrets - a dangerous position to be in. From the discovery of a child's mutilated body, through judicial execution and a scandalous trial, to the brutal unleashing of the Roman mob, Lustrum is a study in the timeless enticements and horrors of power.

Dictator Book
Score: 4
From 17 Ratings

Dictator


  • Author : Robert Harris
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2015-10-08
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 546
  • ISBN 10 : 9781446409107

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Dictator Excerpt :

'Confirms Harris's undisputed place as our leading master of both the historical and contemporary thriller' Daily Mail LAWS ARE SILENT IN TIMES OF WAR. There was a time when Cicero held Caesar's life in the palm of his hand. But now Caesar is the dominant figure and Cicero's life is in ruins. Cicero's comeback requires wit, skill and courage. And for a brief and glorious period, the legendary orator is once more the supreme senator in Rome. But politics is never static. And no statesman, however cunning, can safeguard against the ambition and corruption of others. 'The finest fictional treatment of Ancient Rome in the English language' - The Scotsman

Rubicon Book
Score: 4
From 35 Ratings

Rubicon


  • Author : Tom Holland
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2007-12-18
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 458
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307427519

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Rubicon Excerpt :

A vivid historical account of the social world of Rome as it moved from republic to empire. In 49 B.C., the seven hundred fifth year since the founding of Rome, Julius Caesar crossed a small border river called the Rubicon and plunged Rome into cataclysmic civil war. Tom Holland’s enthralling account tells the story of Caesar’s generation, witness to the twilight of the Republic and its bloody transformation into an empire. From Cicero, Spartacus, and Brutus, to Cleopatra, Virgil, and Augustus, here are some of the most legendary figures in history brought thrillingly to life. Combining verve and freshness with scrupulous scholarship, Rubicon is not only an engrossing history of this pivotal era but a uniquely resonant portrait of a great civilization in all its extremes of self-sacrifice and rivalry, decadence and catastrophe, intrigue, war, and world-shaking ambition.

The Cicero Trilogy Book

The Cicero Trilogy


  • Author : Robert Harris
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2016-10-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 1260
  • ISBN 10 : 9781473539617

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The Cicero Trilogy Excerpt :

This epic trilogy by Robert Harris includes his bestselling novels: Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator Imperium - Compellingly written in Tiro's voice, Imperium takes us inside the violent, treacherous world of Roman politics, to describe how one man - clever, compassionate, devious, vulnerable - fought to reach the top. Lustrum - From the discovery of a child's mutilated body, through judicial execution and a scandalous trial, to the brutal unleashing of the Roman mob, Lustrum is a study in the timeless enticements and horrors of power. Dictator - Riveting and tumultuous, Dictator encompasses some of the most epic events in human history yet is also an intimate portrait of a brilliant, flawed, frequently fearful yet ultimately brave man – a hero for his time and for ours. This is an unforgettable collection from a master storyteller.

The Fear Index Book
Score: 3
From 36 Ratings

The Fear Index


  • Author : Robert Harris
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2012-01-31
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307957955

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The Fear Index Excerpt :

At the nexus of high finance and sophisticated computer programming, a terrifying future may be unfolding even now. Dr. Alex Hoffmann’s name is carefully guarded from the general public, but within the secretive inner circles of the ultrarich he is a legend. He has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that predicts movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. His hedge fund, based in Geneva, makes billions. But one morning before dawn, a sinister intruder breaches the elaborate security of his lakeside mansion, and so begins a waking nightmare of paranoia and violence as Hoffmann attempts, with increasing desperation, to discover who is trying to destroy him. Fiendishly smart and suspenseful, The Fear Index gives us a searing glimpse into an all-too-recognizable world of greed and panic. It is a novel that forces us to confront the question of what it means to be human—and it is Robert Harris’s most spellbinding and audacious novel to date.

Munich Book
Score: 3.5
From 18 Ratings

Munich


  • Author : Robert Harris
  • Publisher : Random House Canada
  • Release Date : 2017-10-31
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780735273535

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Munich Excerpt :

September 1938 Hitler is determined to start a war. Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace. The issue is to be decided in a city that will forever afterwards be notorious for what takes place there. Munich. As Chamberlain’s plane judders across the Channel and the Fürher’s train steams relentlessly south from Berlin, two young men travel with secrets of their own. Hugh Legat is one of Chamberlain’s private secretaries, Paul Hartmann a German diplomat and member of the anti-Hitler resistance. Great friends at Oxford before Hitler came to power, they haven’t seen one another since they were last in Munich together six years earlier. Now, as the future of Europe hangs in the balance, their paths are destined to cross again. When the stakes are this high, who are you willing to betray? Your friends, your family, your country or your conscience?

The Second Sleep Book
Score: 3
From 24 Ratings

The Second Sleep


  • Author : Robert Harris
  • Publisher : Random House Canada
  • Release Date : 2019-10-29
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780735275140

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The Second Sleep Excerpt :

From the international bestselling author of Fatherland and Munich, a gripping mystery and a fascinating cautionary tale. "All civilizations consider themselves invulnerable; history warns us that none is." 1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote English village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts--coins, fragments of glass, human bones--which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes--about himself, his faith and the history of his world--is tested to destruction.

Imperium Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Imperium


  • Author : Robert Harris
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2010-09-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 498
  • ISBN 10 : 9781409021629

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Imperium Excerpt :

'Masterful' Sunday Times 'Gripping and accomplished' Guardian 'Truly gifted, razor-sharp' Daily Telegraph Ancient Rome teems with ambitious and ruthless men. None is more brilliant than Marcus Cicero. A rising young lawyer, backed by a shrewd wife, he decides to gamble everything on one of the most dramatic courtroom battles of all time. Win it, and he could win control of Rome itself. Lose it, and he is finished forever. Imperium is an epic account of the timeless struggle for power and the sudden disintegration of a society. 'In Harris' hands, the great game becomes a beautiful one' The Times 'A further step forward by this brilliant man who excels in everything he writers' Sunday Telegraph There are currently two different covers and possibly a mix of stock until December 2022. They will be assigned at random.

Chomp Book
Score: 3.5
From 379 Ratings

Chomp


  • Author : Carl Hiaasen
  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2012-03-27
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780375898952

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Chomp Excerpt :

In this hysterical #1 New York Times bestseller, one kid has to wrangle gators, snakes, bats that bite, and a reality show host gone rogue! This is Carl Hiaasen's Florida—where the creatures are wild and the people are wilder! When Wahoo Cray’s dad—a professional animal wrangler—takes a job with a reality TV show called Expedition Survival!, Wahoo figures he'll have to do a bit of wrangling himself to keep his father from killing Derek Badger, the show's inept and egotistical star. But the job keeps getting more complicated: Derek Badger insists on using wild animals for his stunts; and Wahoo's acquired a shadow named Tuna—a girl who's sporting a shiner courtesy of her father and needs a place to hide out. They've only been on location in the Everglades for a day before Derek gets bitten by a bat and goes missing in a storm. Search parties head out and promptly get lost themselves. And then Tuna's dad shows up with a gun . . . It's anyone's guess who will actually survive Expedition Survival. . . “Only in Florida—and in the fiction of its native son Carl Hiaasen—does a dead iguana fall from a palm tree and kill somebody.” —New York Post “Chomp is a delightful laugh-out-loud sendup of the surreality of TV that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages.” —Los Angeles Times

Enigma Book

Enigma


  • Author : Robert Harris
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: World War, 1939-1945
  • Pages : 390
  • ISBN 10 : OCLC:819211134

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Enigma Excerpt :

Dans le secret de Bletchley Park, où des centaines de mathématiciens anglais cherchent à paralyser le système nerveux du IIIe Reich, Tom Jéricho, le plus doué d'entre eux, est parvenu à décrypter "Enigma", le codé des U-Boote allemands. Pour lui, mission accomplie, la guerre est terminée. Un tout autre combat l'attend maintenant retrouver Claire Romilly, la femme de sa vie, inexplicablement disparue au milieu d'un nid d'espions. Mais, en ce printemps 1943, le code d'"Enigma" change soudain de fréquence et de chiffre. Privés d'informations, les convois maritimes alliés se dirigent tout droit vers les sous-marins de l'amiral Dönitz.

The Ghost Book
Score: 3.5
From 43 Ratings

The Ghost


  • Author : Robert Harris
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2008-08-19
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 454
  • ISBN 10 : 9781416551829

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The Ghost Excerpt :

Retired British prime minister Adam Lang sets out to write a tell-all memoir of his life and political career, an effort for which he hires a ghostwriter who uncovers dangerous secrets about the former leader's term.

Conclave Book
Score: 4
From 34 Ratings

Conclave


  • Author : Robert Harris
  • Publisher : Random House Canada
  • Release Date : 2016-11-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9780735272668

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Conclave Excerpt :

The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and twenty Cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world’s most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.

Sailing Fundamentals Book

Sailing Fundamentals


  • Author : Gary Jobson
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2008-09-08
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 1439136785

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Sailing Fundamentals Excerpt :

The official learn-to-sail manual of the American Sailing Association and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, with over 150 line drawings and photographs. Written by America’s foremost instructional authority, the new edition of Sailing Fundamentals combines the training programs of the American Sailing Association and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. The official learn-to-sail manual of the American Sailing Association, it is also used in the programs of many yacht clubs, colleges, and sailing groups. Unlike most introductory sailing books, which reflect the biases and idiosyncrasies of their authors, Sailing Fundamentals has been extensively pretested by ASA professional instructors to ensure that it offers the fastest, easiest, most systematic way to learn basic sailing and basic coastal cruising. This book covers every aspect of beginning sailing—from hoisting sail to docking and anchoring—and specifically prepares the learner to qualify for sailing certification according to international standards. Widely acclaimed author Gary Jobson has won several major races, including the 1977 America’s Cup victory as tactician aboard Courageous. He was head sailing coach at the US Naval Academy, and has conducted sailing clinics across the country.