The Cult of Osiris by Andy McDermott In Andy McDermott's brilliant new novel, Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase are on the hunt for the lost pyramid of Osiris... The incredible secret of the Great Sphinx of Egypt is about to be revealed. An archaeological dig is preparing to open the Hall of Records, a repository of ancient knowledge hidden beneath the enigmatic statue. But on the night of the unveiling student Macy Sharif makes a shocking discovery: a religious cult already raiding the Hall of Records to find the location of the mythical Pyramid of Osiris. Framed by corrupt officials, she goes on the run, trying to reach the only people who can save her before she is silenced permanently. Discredited, jobless and broke, archaeologist Nina Wilde and ex-SAS soldier Eddie Chase have problems of their own until Macy's plea for help sends them on a deadly quest across the globe as they try to reach the mysterious pyramid before Khalid Osir, the charismatic leader of the Osirian Temple. But is the cult's motive purely greed... or something more sinister.Read More...Hide Pages: 534
Chanakya's Chant by Ashwin Sanghi The year is 340 BC. A hunted, haunted Brahmin youth vows revenge for the gruesome murder of his beloved father. Cold, calculating, cruel and armed with a complete absence of accepted morals, he becomes the most powerful political strategist in Bharat and succeeds in uniting a ragged country against the invasion of the army of that demigod, Alexander the Great. Pitting the weak edges of both forces against each other, he pulls off a wicked and astonishing victory and succeeds in installing Chandragupta on the throne of the mighty Mauryan empire.
History knows him as the brilliant strategist Chanakya. Satisfied and a little bored by his success as a kingmaker, through the simple summoning of his gifted mind, he recedes into the shadows to write his Arthashastra, the - science of wealth. But history, which exults in repeating itself, revives Chanakya two and a half millennia later, in the avatar of Gangasagar Mishra, a Brahmin teacher in smalltown India who becomes puppeteer to a host of ambitious individuals-including a certain slumchild who grows up into a beautiful and powerful woman.
Modern India happens to be just as riven as ancient Bharat by class hatred, corruption and divisive politics and this landscape is Gangasagar's feasting ground. Can this wily pandit-who preys on greed, venality and sexual deviance-bring about another miracle of a united India. Will Chanakya's chant work again. Ashwin Sanghi, the bestselling author of The Rozabal Line, brings you yet another historical spinechiller.
Motor Mouth : A Barnaby Novel by Janet Evanovich A woman with a taste for speed and a talent for breaking the rules, Alexandra 'Barney' Barnaby knows a little too much about cheating. First there was Sam Hooker and that sales clerk, and now she's convinced that arch rival Huevo Motor Sports is up to no good on the track. Snooping to find evidence, Hooker, Barney and Beans, a St Bernard hound, discover more than they bargained for - a shrink-wrapped body with a hole in its head. And the dead guy just happens to be Huevo's head honcho, Oscar. A number of competitors wanted him silenced, not to mention his long-suffering, surgically perfected wife, so who actually pulled the trigger. Most likely the creep who dognaps Beans...
The Bafut Beagle by Gerald Durrell One of Gerald Durrell's most popular and best-loved books, the Bafut Beagles was the name which Durrell bestowed the pack of African hunters and their mongrel dogs with which he hunted and captured many of the oddest and most elusive creatures in the Cameroons. His adventures in pursuit of such fauna as flying mice and booming squirrels were often as strange as the animals themselves. From thoughtfully providing hunters with magic potions to repel instant death from the Que-Fong-Goo, to teaching the Fon, King of Bafut and his councillors to dance the Conga, Durrell endears and endures it all.
New Spring by Robert Jordan The city of Canluum lies close to the scarred and desolate wastes of the Blight, a walled haven from the dangers away to the north, and a refuge from the ill works of those who serve the Dark One. Or so it is said. The city that greets Al'Lan Mandragoran, exiled king of Malkier and the finest swordsman of his generation, is instead one that is rife with rumour and the whisperings of Shadowspawn. Proof, should he have required it, that the Dark One grows powerful once more and that his minions are at work throughout the lands.
And yet it is within Canluum's walls that Lan will meet a woman who will shape his destiny. Moiraine is a young and powerful Aes Sedai who has journeyed to the city in search of a bondsman. She requires aid in a desperate quest to prove the truth of a vague and largely discredited prophecy - one that speaks of a means to turn back the shadow, and of a child who may be the dragon reborn.
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
Kashmir Blues by Urmilla Deshpande High in the hills of Kashmir, there is a hidden mine of what the locals call Shiva's tears. They carry with them more than just carat weight, more than just the superstition of bad luck. Somehow, they bring together unlikely characters from around the world: Naia, looking for her birth family in India after the bizarre death of her parents in southern California; Leon, photographer, who cannot resist a chance to place his life in danger, whether from dysentery or bullet wounds; Samaad, Kashmiri, fighting to preserve a piece of his homeland from destruction by the two countries on either side of it. Kashmir Blues is an unexpected journey, through the atmospheric streets of Bombay and Delhi, a valley of flowers, ganja, guns, jihadis, Shiva, carpets, addiction, love and death.
About the Author Urmilla Deshpande lives in Tallahassee, a place of swamps and Spanish moss, a writer?s paradise. This is her second work of fiction, and, having discovered the writer in herself late in life, she has no time to lose. She is working on her third novel, and a book of short fiction.Read More...Hide Pages: 355
The Codex by Douglas Preston 'Greetings from the dead,' declares Maxwell Broadbent in the videotape he left behind after his mysterious disappearance. A notorious treasure hunter and tomb robber, Broadbent accumulated over half and a billion dollars' worth of priceless art, gems, and artefacts before vanishing - along with his entire collection - from his mansion in New Mexico. At first, robbery is suspected, but the truth proves far stranger: as a final challenge to his three sons, Broadbent has buried himself and his treasure somewhere in the world, hidden away like an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. If the sons wish to claim their fabulous inheritance, they must find their father's carefully concealed tomb. The race is on, but the three brothers are not the only ones competing for the treasure. With half a billion dollars at stake, as well as an ancient Mayan codex that may hold a secret far more important than the wealth of riches around it, and Broadbent's sons aren't the only ones in pursuit.
She is not lost. She is not queuing up to find herself. She is not going away to connect with the vice wthin. Nor is she on the path to self- discovery. On the contrary, this seasoned traveller is merely making a long overdue Pause in Europe, taking an entire fun- filled summer to press play again.Read More...Hide Pages: 106
Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science by Michael White
Stephen Hawking is perhaps the most famous scientist since Einstein. Although his body is confined to a wheelchair, his brilliant work on black holes, the Big Bang, and quantum cosmology has already guaranteed his reputation as a towering figure in modern physics. This superb biography interweaves the events of Hawking's life with concise and cogent explanations of the theories that have brought us breathtakingly close to piercing the ultimate mysteries of time, space, and matter.
The Hollow (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)
The Hollow (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) by Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot thought the joke in poor taste, not to be expected of his gracious hosts, Lord and Lady Angkatell.At the edge of the swimming pool lay a man in a puddle of red paint,and standing over him, pistol in hand, was a woman feigning hysteria.But Poirot quickly learned it was no charade.The paint was blood, the corpse was real, and a pleasant country weekend had turned into one of the legendary detective's most baffling cases.
Unexpected Guest by Agatha Christie
Clarissa, the young wife of a Foreign Office Diplomat, delights in tweaking the sensibilities of her more serious friends and for playing a game she calls "supposing" - imagining a difficult situation and figuring out how people would respond. But Clarissa's lighthearted game becomes deadly serious when she discovers the dead body of an unknown person in her own drawing room. If that wasn't bad enough, her husband is on the way home with an important foreign politician and the attendant scandal of the dead body would irrevocably damage his career at the very least. Therefore, Clarissa decides to dispose of the body and persuades her three houseguests to help. But before she can get the body off the premises, a policeman arrives at her front door. The police received an anonymous tip about a murder in the house and have shown up to investigate. Now Clarissa must keep the body hidden, convince the skeptical police inspector that there has been no murder, and, in the meantime, find out who has been murdered, why, and what the body is doing in her house.