This book explores the cultural and social roots of violence in China by studying the history of recurrent, massive carnage in one county, Macheng, between the expulsion of the Mongols in the 14th century and the Japanese invasion of 1938.
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An engaging, futuristic thriller! Star-crossed lovers Rayn and Dina, bound to each other by their telepathic abilities, are forced to part when Rayn is deported back to his home world. But instead of reuniting as planned, they're enslaved by forces out of their control--he by the laws of his world, and she by a raider who seeks revenge against an old enemy. Raider Alecto Kylariz, a member of the mysterious race known as the Roven, seizes Dina on a whim, thinking to use her as bait in his game of cat-and-mouse with his nemesis, a military commander who murdered Kyl's lover long ago. But when Dina becomes too valuable to risk, the game changes. Now Kyl will stop at nothing to keep her from all his enemies, including her ex-lover, Rayn DeStar. Following his deportation to his home world, outlaw Rayn DeStar is on probation, forbidden to leave the planet. But when he learns Dina's been abducted, he trades his future freedom for the chance to go after her and kill her abductor. Rayn and Kyl vow to destroy each other. Dina has spent the past several months on a harsh and lawless world, fighting for survival and finding safety only with Alecto Kylariz, a man not only with tortured dreams and a lust for revenge, but one who harbors a secret so guarded even her telepathic powers can't breach it. Now she's caught between her love for Kyl and for Rayn, the ex-lover she doesn't know anymore. How can she decide who fights for love and who fights only for vengeance?
Paul and Gina Bradley did all they could to create the perfect family. When they discovered they could not have children of their own, they adopted twin girls, intent on giving them a good home. But something was terribly wrong with Angela, one of the twins, and after a terrifying event, Paul and Gina returned five-year-old Angela to St. Sympatica's Orphanage, assured that she would get excellent psychiatric care. Now, sixteen years later, the Bradley family is crumbling. Paul and Gina have drifted apart and are only going through the motions of a marriage for Angela's twin, Rachel. But Rachel is beginning to act like a total stranger, and they begin to wonder if she isn't suffering from the same problems that plagued her sister. When Rachel disappears just after Christmas, Paul and Gina are forced to pull together—for the sake of their family, for their very survival. Because someone has unleashed a vengeful fury on the Bradleys.
Ethan Bar-Lev, Brodie Saunders and Harshul Khanna, we are the three of the most unlikely names to ever make a difference. My friend Brodie wanted me to turn to God. My other friend Harshul wanted me to turn to drugs. I doubt I'll find my answers in religion or intoxication. We are not a unified civilization. You are one or the other, a drug pusher or a religious preacher, and they despise one another. When emotions have effect on the flesh, it's a tough life. I have my scars, badges of weakness. My nose rains crimson and my eye sockets swell when I become overwhelmed with sadness or other dark feelings. People use drugs to protect them from themselves. It's not hard. Drugs are legal. Or should I say, they might as well be as it's bootlegged in broad day light, sold in the streets, law enforcement turn a blind eye, what else was the government supposed to do? You know it's amazing how people still hurt the people they love, even when they can see the damage they do...' I caught my fiancée cheating on me, whilst I was holding a piece of her decorative ornamental bamboo, I should have weaponized it, beaten the unfaithfulness out of her. But I didn't. I soon find myself in the Catacombs, an island set up during the prohibition for soldiers to blow off steam. Now a mysterious celebrity hotspot, I end up there, mourning the loss of my unfaithful wife to be. They say it's heaven on earth, but before I know it I'm swept away into a place outside of society, outside of sanity. Into the world of Crow I fall, the man who crafted heaven on earth, to lure her, to lure her to him.
Immediately following the events in Crimson Rain, Cybermancy follows the story of the failed rebellion. As Max races to save Crimson, he is met with a new and challenging enemy, Reginald. The young girl that Max had saved struggles to escape Alexandria and seek refuge in Ilyeion before the mandatory inoculation. Meanwhile, Zarfa struggles to turn his newly formed encampment of refugees into an army to be reckoned with. Will they survive? Will they be able to stop Reginald and the Alexarien government in time to save humanity? Or will they be doomed to repeat the same failure as the first rebellion?
Outlaw telepath Rayn DeStar has discovered the perfect hiding place . . . a home in the wasteland of Exodus. But his peaceful anonymity comes to an abrupt end when murder brings interplanetary investigators to the desert. Rayn has little interest in the crime but a great deal in the female telepath providence has sent him. Dina's strength awakens in him the lust for power and dominance he's fought against his entire life. Rookie agent Dina Marlijn arrives on Exodus carrying as many secrets as she hopes to unravel. She hides the fact that she's a telepath from everyone but her partner, for her abilities are close to those of the Dark Star dens, a race so hated they're banned from Synergy Worlds. But there's one secret Dina keeps even from her partner. No one hates the dens more than she does. When her prime suspect, a dens calling himself Rayn DeStar, saves her life, Dina pursues him for answers. With her investigative and telepathic skills, she believes she can manipulate him into helping her. When Rayn counters with lies, she expects nothing less, but when their telepathic "bond" leads her down a path of both physical and mental seduction, she's unprepared for the consequences. Trapped in a web of desire, mistrust, and betrayal, Dina crosses all the lines she never thought she would . . .
Vherit longs to be accepted after his mother is killed and he is forced to flee his home and fend for himself at a young age. He finds himself stealing from local merchants in the famed city of Agrius, that is until his moral senses tell him to help an old lady in need. Vherit finds himself at the mercy of Rasaeh Bladeseer who steers him into the life of delivering messages...messages of death. Although he has found a new and better life off of the streets that hate him and into the hands of an organization that takes care of him, Rasaeh has a different plan in mind...