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The House of the Scorpion

By Nancy Farmer
  • ISBN Code: : 143910655X
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 400
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
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Discover this internationally bestselling, National Book Award–winning young adult classic about what it means to be human with an updated, reimagined cover! Matt Alacrán wasn’t born. He was harvested. His DNA came from El Patrón, the drug-lord ruler of the country of Opium. Most people hate and fear clones like Matt—except for El Patrón. El Patrón loves Matt as he loves himself, because Matt is himself. As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a sinister cast of characters, and realizes escape is his only chance to survive. But escape from the Alacrán Estate is no guarantee of freedom.

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A furiously paced psychological thriller about a woman accused of attempting to murder her son, perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins Shortly after a fractious weekend away with her family, Gaelle wakes up injured in a psychiatric hospital in Berlin. Her seven-year-old son is in a coma in another hospital--and the police suspect her of attempting to murder him. With no memory of what happened but convinced of her innocence, Gaelle escapes and begins a determined hunt for the truth. Michael is a contract killer working for Scorpio, a ruthless organization that spares no-one, where any agent who violates the rules signs their own death warrant. When Michael decides to reject an assignment, he knows he must run for his life. One makes a living by killing, the other would kill to survive. And soon their paths will cross... An exhilarating addition to the Walter Presents Library.

The Book of Talismans, Amulets and Zodiacal Gems

By William Thomas,Kate Pavitt
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  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 132
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
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This is the study of the symbolic meaning of precious stones and how they have been used as magical objects in various eras, whether in essence or as a vehicle for symbolic carvings. This book covers the history of gems from the prehistoric times, through the meaning of valuable talismans of China, Tibet, India, Japan… the sacred gem stones of Judaism, Egypt, Rome, Gnosticism and Christianity. This work also includes the history of many important, often "cursed" gems, and practical advice on buying gems. For anyone interested in the symbolic meaning of precious stones, this is a good reference book and a fascinating reading.

The Day Of The Scorpion

By Paul Scott
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  • Publisher : Random House
  • Book Code : 1409037673
  • Total of Pages : 544
  • Category : Fiction
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BOOK TWO OF THE RAJ QUARTET India, August 9th 1942. The morning brings raids and the arrest by British police of Congress Party members. Amongst the prisoners is the distinguished ex-Chief Minister Mohammed Ali Kasim. Loyal to the party's central vision of a unified free India, his incarceration is a symptom of the growing deterioration of Anglo-Indian relations. For the long-serving British family, the Laytons, the political and social ramifications are immediate, disturbing and tragic. Some, like Ronald Merrick, believe that true intimacy between the races is impossible; others, such as Sarah Layton, struggle to come to terms with their Anglo-Indian past. With growing confusion and bewilderment, the British are forced to confront the violent and often brutal years that lie ahead of them.

Gods Of The Egyptians - 2 Vols

By Budge
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1136211934
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : History
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First published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Scorpion's Tail

By Zahid Hussain
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1439157863
  • Total of Pages : 258
  • Category : Political Science
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A deeply reported account of the war against Islamic extremists in Pakistan and battles being fought in the remote tribal regions. The war in Afghanistan has raged on longer than any war in US history, and far from suppressing the insurgency being waged by radical Islamic militants, it has led to stronger alli­ances among al Qaeda, the Taliban, and a host of once-autonomous militant groups and has inspired a flood of new recruits. In addition to reclaiming control of substantial territory in Afghanistan, the militants have now taken the fight deep within Pakistan—threatening to totally destabilize that nuclear-armed state—and are launching attacks on the US homeland. Why has the insurgency been so irrepressible? Is this a war that can be won? Can we expect a wave of attacks within the United States more sophisticated than the attempted bombing in Times Square? Nothing can be understood about the prospects for the war and the threat to the US homeland without understanding how Pakistan has become the epicenter of the insurgency and why the rise of militant groups there has escalated out of control despite major offensives by the Pakistani military and an intensive secret US Predator drone war against them. Based on extensive reporting inside Pakistan’s dangerous lawless regions and exclusive interviews with militant leaders as well as high-level military and intelligence sources, Zahid Hussain, one of the most respected reporters working out of Pakistan, chronicles how and why the Islamic extremist groups based in Pakistan’s remote tribal territories have greatly increased their power since the start of the war and unleashed a reign of terror on US forces in Afghanistan and on both the military and civilian population within Pakistan. He is the first to reveal how a loose constellation of tribal groups has now come together to form a distinctive Pakistani Taliban, working closely with al Qaeda and the Afghani Taliban to launch increas­ingly sophisticated and deadly attacks on both sides of the Af-Pak border. He discloses how they draw support and a steady flood of recruits from deeply entrenched support networks in major Pakistani cities, and how they have recruited would-be US attackers, including Faisal Shahzad and Adnan Shukrijumah, accused of plotting to bomb the New York City subway. He is also the first to chronicle in detail the still unacknowledged US war carried out in Pakistan by remote Predator drones, and, reporting from the scenes of a number of drone missile strikes and interviewing a number of attempted suicide bombers, he reveals the shocking extent of anti-Americanism the strikes have stoked in Pakistan, across the range of the population, due to civilian deaths, driving a new breed of highly educated, professional, and middle-class Pakistanis into the militant groups. His gripping and revelatory account is an urgent wake-up call about the blowback effects of the US war in Afghanistan and the drone campaign in Pakistan, about how volatile the situation in the Af-Pak region has become, and about the deeply troubling limitations of the current military strategy in ever gaining decisive ground against the insurgents.

Justice in the By-Ways, a Tale of Life

By F. Colburn Adams
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  • Publisher : DigiCat
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 303
  • Category : Fiction
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This historical fiction focuses on the life of Tom Swiggs, who in the beginning of the work gets dragged to the Charleston jail. Justice in the By-Ways, a Tale of Life is written by Francis Colburn Adams, an American miscellaneous writer, formerly living in Charleston, South Carolina, who wrote under various pseudonyms. Adams, in the preface, states that a profound interest in the welfare of South Carolina and the high regard in which he held the better, and a more reasonable class of the state's citizens, encouraged him to sit down in Charleston and write this history some four years ago. Excerpt from Justice in the By-Ways, a Tale of Life "His mother, otherwise a kind sort of woman, sends him here. She believes it will work his reform. I pity her error-for it is an error to believe reform can come of punishment, or that virtue may be nurtured among vice." Thus responds the brusque but kind-hearted old jailer, who view swith an air of compassion his new comer, as he lays, a forlorn mass, exposed to the gaze of the prisoners gathering eagerly about him.

My Uncle And The Scorpion

By Durga Prasad
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  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 6
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DESCRIPTION (My Uncle and the Scorpion) (Story in English) The author described his childhood days sent with his uncle. His uncle was a very dare and devil person and during rainy season when the rain water entered the holes of scorpions, they came out of the holes to save their lives, they scrawled to some dry places even under the cots, sofas, choukis wherein they hid themselves from the cruel sight of the human beings but still seen by someone. The moment it was found in a corner, the boy or girl rushed to my uncle to inform. My uncle brought it catching with a “Chimta (Pincers)” to courtyard and tried to tie by its poisonous tail, the boys and girls of the neighbourhood stood in front of him to witness the show. Once there was tug of war between the scorpion and my uncle. My uncle wanted to tie it up but the scorpion wanted to play tricks and saved every time and also trying to sting him. Ultimately the scorpion succeeded to sting and the sting was so painful my uncle cried out loudly, the spectators went back and finding way out the scorpion disappeared somewhere safely. The story is full of thrill and excitement and interesting too. Author. *******************************************************************

ʿĪsā ibn ʿAlī's Book on the Useful Properties of Animal Parts

By Lucia Raggetti
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  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Book Code : 3110549948
  • Total of Pages : 627
  • Category : History
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The ‘Science of properties’ represents a large and fascinating part of Arabic technical literature. The book of ʿĪsā ibn ʿAlī (9th cent.) ‘On the useful properties of animal parts’ was the first of such compositions in Arabic. His author was a Syriac physician, disciple of Ḥunayn ibn Isḥāq, who worked at the Abbasid court during the floruit of the translation movement. For the composition of his book, as a multilingual scholar, he collected many different antique and late antique sources. The structure of the text itself—a collection of recipes that favoured a fluid transmission—becomes here the key to a new formal analysis that oriented the editorial solutions as well. The ‘Book on the useful properties of animal parts’ is a new tile that the Arabic tradition offers to the larger mosaic representing the transfer of technical knowledge in pre-modern times. This text is an important passage in that process of acquisition and original elaboration of knowledge that characterized the early Abbasid period.

The Scorpion's Daughter

By Juliet Vane
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  • Publisher : Juliet Vane
  • Book Code : 1386921904
  • Total of Pages : 32
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
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Ruthlessness comes with a price. The Scorpion Raiders are a ruthless clan, traveling through the jungle and raiding villages and caravans. As the only child of their leader, Claire has lived a safe, comfortable life tucked away from their violence. Her one desire is to join her father, but he refuses to allow it. Her safe life has one major perk—her best friend, Gavin. But just when their friendship builds into something deeper, Claire finally gets the chance she's been waiting for—a chance to join the Scorpion Raiders and win her father's affection. Will she choose love with Gavin, or will she choose the quality her father treasures above all others—ruthlessness? This is a standalone story in the Luminous Lands series, and it features characters from the novel The Scorpion's Lullaby. additional keywords: high fantasy, jungle, scorpions, dragons, thieves, weapons, French, goddess, warriors, strong girl protagonist

The Scorpion's Strike: Empire X

By Anthony Riches
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  • Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton
  • Book Code : 1473628695
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Fiction
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With his compelling Centurions trilogy complete, Anthony Riches returns to his bestselling Empire sequence of novels with his storytelling skills polished to perfection. Set in the second century AD, The Scorpion's Strike continues the story of Marcus Aquila's fight for justice for a family ripped asunder by imperial assassins. Still seeking revenge, Marcus finds himself thrown back into the heart of the chaos that is shaking the Roman Empire to its roots. Fresh from their close escape from imperial betrayal in the German forest, Marcus and the Tungrians are ordered to Gaul, where an outlaw called Maturnus is wreaking havoc. Havoc that may be more than mere banditry, as deserters and freed slaves flock to his cause: rebellion is in the air for the first time in a generation. And if escape from Rome's memories is a relief for the young centurion, he soon discovers that danger has followed him west to Gaul. The expedition is led by Praetorians whom he has every cause to hate. And to fear, if they should discover who he really is. 'A masterclass in military historical fiction' Sunday Express on Retribution