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Man of Honour (Jack Steel 1) by Iain Gale

By Iain Gale

'Man of Honour' is the 1st in a gorgeous new sequence from revered army historian, Iain Gale, ideal for all enthusiasts of Sharpe. Meet Lieutenant Jack metal -- gentleman, soldier, hero. higher Bavaria, 1704. The British military, effective, unbeaten because the Peninsula warfare, stands proudly to realization, able to struggle for honour and glory. Their enemy is Louis XIV of France, a megalomaniac cause on owning all Europe. between this proud workforce of guys stands Lieutenant Jack metal, sought after by means of his males, the best infantry in Queen Anne's military. a lot praised for his braveness, his power, and his loyalty, metal has come to the eye of his Commander in leader, the Duke of Marlborough. Tasked with rescuing a letter whose debatable contents might smash Marlborough, metal leads his males in the course of the conflict of Blenheim, risking dying and destruction within the struggle for one more man's honour. And alongside the way in which he's continually threatened from inside of via the mellifluous significant Jennings, reason on destroying metal and all he stands for. the 1st in a gorgeous new sequence that includes Jack metal, guy of Honour is old event excellent for all fanatics of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe.

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Before Versailles: A Novel of Louis XIV by Karleen Koen

By Karleen Koen

Louis XIV is among the best-known monarchs ever to grace the French throne. yet what used to be he like as a tender man—the guy ahead of Versailles?   After the loss of life of his major minister, Cardinal Mazarin, twenty-two-year-old Louis steps into governing France. He’s nonetheless a tender guy, yet one that, as king, willfully takes every little thing he can get—including his brother’s spouse. because the love affair among Louis and Princess Henriette burns, it units the dominion at the street towards unmistakable scandal and clash with the Vatican. each girl desires him. He needs to face what he's prepared to sacrifice for love.But there are different difficulties lurking outdoor the chateau of Fontainebleau: a boy in an iron masks has been noticeable within the woods, and the king’s finance minister, Nicolas Fouquet, has confirmed to be extra robust than Louis ever thought—a guy who can make an outstanding best friend or turn into a perilous foe . . .Meticulously researched and vividly delivered to lifestyles via the beautiful prose of Karleen Koen, sooner than Versailles dares to discover the forces that formed an iconic king and decided the destiny of an empire.

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Italian Orchids by Walter Rossi plates by Anne Eldredge Maury

By Walter Rossi plates by Anne Eldredge Maury

Preface

The category of orchids hasn't ever been very sturdy, or even some time past the book of a brand new paintings usually replaced, occasionally profoundly, the taxonomy in use at the moment. in recent times ever extra subtle strategies, particularly using molecular markers, have sped up this phenomenon and whoever ways this attention-grabbing relations of crops may be bewildered via the just about continuous nomenclatural changes.
For this cause i've got, in past times, resisted a number of requests to jot down a e-book at the Italian orchids within the desire that stories in development, together with my very own, may stabilize the type: whatever i don't count on to ensue within the close to destiny. even though, i discovered it most unlikely to refuse the suggestion by way of the Ministry of surroundings, through the Italian Botanical Society, to put in writing a textual content to accompany the sumptuous plates of Mrs. Maury. This booklet will be thought of now not as a serious revision of what has been written so far on Italian orchids, yet as an accompaniment to a pre-existing selection of illustrations. besides the fact that, i've got taken the chance awarded to precise my very own reviews on convinced debatable instances and to incorporate a few formerly unpublished data.
This paintings shouldn't have been attainable with out the collaboration of various colleagues and associates from whom I acquired reviews, info and encouragement. I thank all of them with out quoting the lengthy checklist in their names. a distinct point out in spite of the fact that is going to Paolo Grünanger whose collaboration has been an important contribution to this quantity. He has released an incredible paintings at the Italian orchids to which one may still refer for the main lately defined taxa and for an exhaustive bibliography (Grünanger 2001).
Finally, to my past due spouse Graziella, who lately and all at once passed on to the great beyond, I devote this e-book with affection and gratitude.

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The Elixir by Thomas Francis Root

By Thomas Francis Root

Tom and Carole are a cheerful younger couple who've every thing they can in all likelihood ask for--except reliable future health. whereas traveling on Cape Cod, they meet Lucinda Hobson, a mysterious lady who bargains in natural teas and claims to own a powerful elixir, in a position to curing nearly any sickness and lengthening existence indefinitely.

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