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The Big One

  Stuart Slade
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644 big oneIt is the summer of 1947 and Europe is being torn apart by a war nobody can win. Nazi Germany occupies everything from the Pyrenees to the Volga, from Britain to the Alps. In the east, Russian and American Armies fight together, holding the line on the Volga to prevent the German Army from breaking through. In the West, American aircraft carriers rule the Atlantic, hurling their hordes of midnight-blue fighter-bombers against every target they can find.

Designated Targets

  John Birmingham
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730 designatedtargetsIt's World War II and the A-bomb is here to stay. The only question: Who's going to drop it first? The Battle of Midway takes on a whole new dimension with the sudden appearance of a U.S.-led naval task force from the twenty-first century, the result of a botched military experiment. State-of-the-art warships are scattered across the Pacific, armed to the teeth with the latest instruments of mass destruction.

The Name of the Rose

  Umberto Eco
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896 name roseA spectacular best seller and now a classic, The Name of the Rose catapulted Umberto Eco, an Italian professor of semiotics turned novelist, to international prominence. An erudite murder mystery set in a fourteenth-century monastery, it is not only a gripping story but also a brilliant exploration of medieval philosophy, history, theology, and logic.

The Trial of the Templars

  Malcolm Barber
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673 trial templarsThe Templars fought against Islam in the crusader east for nearly two centuries. During that time the original small band grew into a formidable army, backed by an extensive network of preceptories in the Latin West.

A Century of War

  John V. Denson
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759 century warJohn Denson, in a book that covers the history of America's large wars from 1860 through the Cold War, describes the 20th century — not coincidentally a century of statism — as the bloodiest in all history: "More than 170 million people were killed by governments with ten million being killed in World War I and fifty million killed in World War II. In regard to the fifty million killed in World War II, it is significant that nearly 70 percent were innocent civilians, mainly as a result of the bombing of cities by Great Britain and America."

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849 biblical worldHere, in one impressively illustrated volume, leading scholars offer compelling glimpses into the biblical world, the world in which prophets, poets, sages, and historians created one of our most important texts--the Bible.

World War III

  Joe Buff
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719 futuresubmarineThe year is 2011, and in South Africa a reactionary coup has established a military government that has begun sinking U.S. and British merchant ships. NATO quickly responds, with only Germany holding back-until Germany starts nuking Poland and eviscerating the French. Now the South Atlantic is a battleground where nuclear-tipped missiles rule-and the only gun worth using is one that seeks and fires from deep beneath the sea. Tactical nukes are used by both sides with great loss of life.

Seas of Crisis

  Joe Buff
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724 seascrisisRedemption comes in the form of a new mission that will pit Fuller against his former adversaries from the Cold War. Washington has concluded that Russia is the key to victory. The former superpower, officially a neutral country, is clandestinely supplying the Axis powers with advanced weapons technology. Russia must be punished, but it needs to be orchestrated in such a way that will, at the same time, avoid creating a new enemy.

Pompei

  Robert Harris
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653 pompeiAll along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. The world's largest navy lies peacefully at anchor in Misenum. The tourists are spending their money in the seaside resorts of Baiae, Herculaneum, and Pompeii.

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658 end beginingThe alternate history master and author of Days of Infamy brings his Pearl Harbor epic to a dramatic conclusion. 

In this alternate history of World War II, the Japanese follow up their Pearl Harbor attack with the successful occupation of Hawaii, and America is marshalling its military forces-from east coast to west-to reclaim the islands from the enemy.

 

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