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South! Shackleton’s Last Expedition

South! Shackleton's Last Expedition by Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

South! Shackleton's Last Expedition by Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

Shackleton’s most famous expedition was planned to be an attempt to cross Antarctica from the Weddell Sea south of the Atlantic, to the Ross Sea south of the Pacific, by way of the Pole. It set out from London on 1 August 1914, and reached the Weddell Sea on January 10, 1915, where the pack ice closed in on the Endurance. The ship was broken by the ice on 27 October 1915. The 28 crew members managed to flee to Elephant Island, bringing three small boats with them. Shackleton and five other men managed to reach the southern coast of South Georgia in one of the small boats (in a real epic journey). Shackleton managed to rescue all of the stranded crew from Elephant Island without loss in the Chilean’s navy seagoing steam tug Yelcho, on August 30, 1916, in the middle of the Antarctic winter. (Summary from Wikipedia)

As the last section is a short original recording by Ernest Shackleton about the expedition.

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The God Conspiracy

The God Conspiracy by Derek Gilbert

The God Conspiracy by Derek Gilbert

When a small boy in Iowa forwards a mysterious email from ‘God’ to a small group of friends, he unwittingly releases a trigger that sends blood pouring throughout his farming community. Thousands more are dead across the country in dozens of simultaneous terror attacks and the government blames fundamentalists who want to trigger the Apocalypse. FBI Agent Joe Unes reluctantly teams with reclusive Internet radio host Barney Ison to expose the plot – and discovers that the enemy is not of flesh and blood.

Praise for The God Conspiracy:

“Move over Joel Rosenberg, there’s a new quill in the inkwell… I bookmarked several pages for further research, deleted all the cookies from my internet history, checked my rearview for tails, and put a fresh coat of Brasso ™ on my tin-foil hat.”
Winston Crutchfield, Critical Press Media

“The God Conspiracy has all of the elements of a well-written novel–persuasive theme, three-dimensional characters, dynamic plot, and stable prose… Captivating.”
Tom Horn, author of The Ahriman Gate, publisher of Raiders News Network

“[A] great read – action, adventure, suspense out the wazoo, humor, and a great Christian message.”
Kevin Bayer, Sporadic Book Reviews

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The Black Tulip

The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas

The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas

The Black Tulip, written by Alexandre Dumas, is a historical novel placed in the time of Tulipmania in the Netherlands. The novel begins with the 1672 politically motivated mob lynching of the de Witt brothers and then follows the story of Cornelius van Baerle, godson of Cornelius de Wit. Cornelius Van Baerle has joined the race to breed a truly black tulip – and to win the prize of 100,000 guilders, as well as fame and honor. As he nears his goal he is jailed and then of course rescued – by the beautiful Rosa, daughter of the jailer.

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The People of the Abyss

The People of the Abyss by Jack London

The People of the Abyss by Jack London

Jack London lived for a time within the grim and grimy world of the East End of London, where half a million people scraped together hardly enough on which to survive. Even if they were able to work, they were paid only enough to allow them a pitiful existence. He grew to know and empathize with these forgotten (or ignored) people as he spoke with them and tasted the workhouse, life on the streets, … and the food, which was cheap, barely nutritious, and foul.

He writes about his experiences in a fluid and narrative style, making it very clear what he thinks of the social structures which created the Abyss, and of the millionaires who live high on the labors of a people forced to live in squalor. “The food this managing class eats, the wine it drinks, the fine clothes it wears, are challenged by eight million mouths which have never had enough to fill them, and by twice eight million bodies which have never been sufficiently clothed and housed.”

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The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service

The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service by James R. Driscoll

The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service by James R. Driscoll

The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service is a boys adventure story set in WWI – Three College Chums join the military and face the perils of spies, submarines and enemy soldiers in the trenches of embattled Europe. An engaging story set in a period where good guys wore white hats, bad guys wore black hats and every chapter ends with a cliffhanger so you have to come back for more!

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