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The Amtrak Wars

Author : Patrick Tilley
Publisher :
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 18,77 MB
Release : 1998
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The Amtrak Wars: Earth-Thunder

Author : Patrick Tilley
Publisher : A&C Black
Page : 512 pages
File Size : 40,20 MB
Release : 2013-08-06
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 1448212510


Hundreds of years after civilisation has been destroyed by nuclear war, the Earth is divided between the Trackers of the Amtrak Federation – a community living in vast subterranean cities – and the Mutes, who have evolved to withstand the radiation that has driven their foes underground. A long war for possession of the overground has killed and enslaved many of the Mutes, leaving only the Plainfolk to resist the Federation. And now the Iron Masters – a powerful people living in the traditions of the Samurai – have joined the battle for dominance. It is time for Steve Brickman, who has long struggled with split loyalties, to finally pick a side. His duty to his own people, the Amtrak Federation, wars against his spiritual bond to the Mute clan M'Call. Honoured with promotion into to the First Family, it looks as though Brickman may choose his home over that of his love's, the pregnant Clearwater. But when Clearwater gives birth to his child at the exact moment that Mount Saint Helens explodes, it looks as if the Mute Prophesy has come to fruition. Meanwhile Roz – Brickman's powerfully psychic kin-sister – and Cadillac, last free living member of the clan M'Call, must travel into the treacherous lands of the Iron Masters to stave off a deadly retribution, whilst becoming embroiled in another land's civil war. Now that the First Family believe Clearwater's child to be the Talisman – heralded messiah of the Plainfolk – their grip tightens as they plan to use this child of prophesy for their own ends. Earth-Thunder, book six of The Amtrak Wars Saga, first published in 1990, concludes Patrick Tilley's internationally best selling science fiction epic.

The Amtrak Wars: First Family

Author : Patrick Tilley
Publisher : A&C Black
Page : 350 pages
File Size : 49,18 MB
Release : 2012-12-03
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 1448210690


Hundreds of years after civilisation has been destroyed by nuclear war, the Earth is divided between the Trackers of the Amtrak Federation – a community living in vast subterranean cities – and the Mutes, who have evolved to withstand the radiation that has driven their foes underground. A long war for possession of the overground has killed and enslaved many of the Mutes, leaving only the Plainfolk to resist the Federation. After escaping from the clan M'Call in his handmade glider, wingman Steve Brickman expects a hero's welcome from his fellow Trackers. Kidnapped on his first mission above ground by the Mutes, he has spent the last five months under the enforced tutelage of Mr Snow, clan M'Call's wise and magically gifted wordsmith. The months have also garnered a friendship with Cadillac, Mr Snow's protégé, a dawning love of the beautiful Clearwater, and a realisation that the Mutes are not the sub-humans that his masters would have him believe. But instead of a happy homecoming, he receives suspicion and interrogation. Still officially 'dead' until he receives the proper clearance, Brickman must face long hours of speculation and questioning at the hands of the First Family. Only the chance of seeing his kin-sister Roz – with whom he shares a psychic connection – offers any comfort. He is soon drawn into the complicated world of AMEXICO, a top-secret intelligence force where nothing is as it seems, and Brickman must face the reality that everything he has believed in could be false. If the First Family have lied to them about the Mutes, then what else have they been covering up? Is there really any harmful radiation left in the blue-sky world at all? Split by a terrible division of loyalties, what will Brickman choose? The world he knows of order and duty? Or the new life glimpsed through his love for Clearwater? Either way, his role in the Mute prophesy of the Talisman is far from over. First Family, first published in 1985, is the second instalment of Patrick Tilley's internationally best selling science fiction epic, The Amtrak Wars Saga.


Author : Patrick Tilley
Publisher : Orbit Books
Page : 373 pages
File Size : 28,34 MB
Release : 1998
Category : Fantasy fiction
ISBN : 9781857235395


At the end of BLOOD RIVER Clearwater is in trouble on board the wagon-train while Cadillac heads West. Caught up in double treachery Roz and Steve together pretend loyalty to the Federation. While Mutes mount a dranmatic raid on the train, Mr Snow is worrying about the whereabouts of Steve, Cadillac and Clearwater and decides to seek them out at the trading post. An elaborate plot sees Steve joining Cadillac to destroy the strongest Mute clan. Meanwhile the Iron Masters are determined to settle their score with the Mutes and increase their landholding. Having convened a meeting with the Summoners, Mr Snow raises a tidal wave and aborts the iron master' plan; sweeping their boats inland and breaking up the battle. Though Steve feaars for Clearwater's safety and appeals to Mr Snoe to intervene, the answer in severe. Steve and Clearwater must go back and face their destiny.

Standing by

Author : Alison Buckholtz
Publisher : Penguin
Page : 322 pages
File Size : 23,38 MB
Release : 2009
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781585426959


A Navy wife provides an unexpectedly honest and moving account of her family's experiences during her husband's deployment to the Middle East.

The Education of Little Tree

Author : Forrest Carter
Publisher : UNM Press
Page : 236 pages
File Size : 10,85 MB
Release : 2001-08-31
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 0826316948


The Education of Little Tree has been embedded in controversy since the revelation that the autobiographical story told by Forrest Carter was a complete fabrication. The touching novel, which has entranced readers since it was first published in 1976, has since raised questions, many unanswered, about how this quaint and engaging tale of a young, orphaned boy could have been written by a man whose life was so overtly rooted in hatred. How can this story, now discovered to be fictitious, fill our hearts with so much emotion as we champion Little Tree’s childhood lessons and future successes? The Education of Little Tree tells with poignant grace the story of a boy who is adopted by his Cherokee grandmother and half-Cherokee grandfather in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee during the Great Depression. “Little Tree,” as his grandparents call him, is shown how to hunt and survive in the mountains and taught to respect nature in the Cherokee Way—taking only what is needed, leaving the rest for nature to run its course. Little Tree also learns the often callous ways of white businessmen, sharecroppers, Christians, and politicians. Each vignette, whether frightening, funny, heartwarming, or sad, teaches our protagonist about life, love, nature, work, friendship, and family. A classic of its era and an enduring book for all ages, The Education of Little Tree continues to share important lessons. Little Tree’s story allows us to reflect on the past and look toward the future. It offers us an opportunity to ask ourselves what we have learned and where it will take us.

Waiting on a Train

Author : James McCommons
Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing
Page : 306 pages
File Size : 13,59 MB
Release : 2009-11-06
Category : Travel
ISBN : 1603582592


During the tumultuous year of 2008--when gas prices reached $4 a gallon, Amtrak set ridership records, and a commuter train collided with a freight train in California--journalist James McCommons spent a year on America's trains, talking to the people who ride and work the rails throughout much of the Amtrak system. Organized around these rail journeys, Waiting on a Train is equal parts travel narrative, personal memoir, and investigative journalism. Readers meet the historians, railroad executives, transportation officials, politicians, government regulators, railroad lobbyists, and passenger-rail advocates who are rallying around a simple question: Why has the greatest railroad nation in the world turned its back on the very form of transportation that made modern life and mobility possible? Distrust of railroads in the nineteenth century, overregulation in the twentieth, and heavy government subsidies for airports and roads have left the country with a skeletal intercity passenger-rail system. Amtrak has endured for decades, and yet failed to prosper owing to a lack of political and financial support and an uneasy relationship with the big, remaining railroads. While riding the rails, McCommons explores how the country may move passenger rail forward in America--and what role government should play in creating and funding mass-transportation systems. Against the backdrop of the nation's stimulus program, he explores what it will take to build high-speed trains and transportation networks, and when the promise of rail will be realized in America.

The Christmas Train

Author : David Baldacci
Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
Page : 307 pages
File Size : 45,72 MB
Release : 2002-11-04
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 075952775X


A journalist on a cross-country Christmas train scales the rugged terrain of his own heart in this New York Times bestselling holiday tale that inspired the Hallmark Hall of Fame original movie! Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to Los Angeles in time for Christmas. Forced to travel by train, he begins a journey of rude awakenings, thrilling adventures, and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, as he rediscovers people's essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost. David Baldacci's THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN is filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief...and shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams, especially during this season of miracles.

Dark Visions

Author : Patrick Tilley
Publisher : Orbit Books
Page : 64 pages
File Size : 24,44 MB
Release : 1988-01
Category : Fantasy fiction, English
ISBN : 9780747402701


Detailed artwork, maps, strips and narrative bringing to life visually the world of the trackers, the mutes and the iron masters - the three sets of inhabitants of the amtrak wars series. 11/1/88-resubmit on far eastern & european costs. 18/1/88-produce from crc: 15000 at $6.99: 64p: uc=182p(far eastern costs). 25/1/88-resubmitted via pricing system: 20000 at $5.99: uc=148p(far eastern costs). UK LEAD TITLE

Sophisticated Giant

Author : Maxine Gordon
Publisher : Univ of California Press
Page : 296 pages
File Size : 40,55 MB
Release : 2020-09-15
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 0520350790


Tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon was one of the major innovators of modern jazz. In a context of biography, history, and memoir, Maxine Gordon has completed the book that her late husband began, weaving his "solo" turns with her voice and a chorus of voices from past and present. She shows that his image of the cool jazzman fails to come to terms with the three-dimensional man full of humor and wisdom, a figure who struggled to reconcile being both a creative outsider who broke the rules and a comforting insider who was a son, father, husband, and world citizen. --