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Absolute Measures

Author: Humphrey Hawksley

Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (1999)

After British special forces accidentally kill their parents in the Sudan, Samira and Yasin Omer are adopted by a wealthy Filipino businessman. They are raised in a world of luxury and privilege. But when the Asian economic crisis plunges their country into chaos, Yasin decides that this time he will retaliate. He conceives of a terrible plan: one that will shake the world, and leave thousands dead. Only two people can stop him. One is a man whose life he saved. The other is his twin sister. In deadly race against time, both must choose between their ties to Yasin - and their duty to prevent an atrocity that will plunge the world into chaos. 'Absolute Measures' is a heart-pounding, high-concept, prophetic thriller that draws on Humphrey Hawksley's years of experiences as an Asian correspondent for the BBC to tell a powerful story of family, terrorism, and global politics.

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Absolute Proof

Author: Peter James

Publisher: Macmillan (2019)

Investigative reporter Ross Hunter nearly didn’t answer the phone call that would change his life – and possibly the world – for ever. The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist, and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence . . .

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Across The Plains

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson


Travels and essays of Robert Louis Stevenson. NOTEBOOK OF AN EMIGRANT BETWEEN NEW YORK AND SAN FRANCISCO It was, if I remember rightly, five o'clock when we were all signalled to be present at the Ferry Depot of the railroad. An emigrant ship had arrived at New York on the Saturday night, another on the Sunday morning, our own on Sunday afternoon, a fourth early on Monday; and as there is no emigrant train on Sunday a great part of the passengers from these four ships was concentrated on the train by which I was to travel. There was a babel of bewildered men, women, and children. The wretched little booking-office, and the baggage-room, which was not much larger, were crowded thick with emigrants, and were heavy and rank with the atmosphere of dripping clothes. Open carts full of bedding stood by the half-hour in the rain. The officials loaded each other with recriminations. A bearded, mildewed little man, whom I take to have been an emigrant agent, was all over the place, his mouth full of brimstone, blustering and interfering. It was plain that the whole system, if system there was, had utterly broken down under the strain of so many passengers.

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Act Of Treason

Author: Vince Flynn

Publisher: Pocket Books (2008)

He's got a plan. He's got an enemy. Time to execute them both. There are two weeks to go to the US presidential election when the hot favourite, Josh Alexander, is ambushed by a terrorist bomb. He narrowly escapes, but members of his entourage are not so lucky. Alexander is carried to victory by a sympathy vote. On the surface, it appears to be the work of al-Qaeda. But then CIA director Irene Kennedy is presented with classified information so toxic that she has no option but to call on Mitch Rapp, America's top counterterrorism operative: the one man reckless enough to follow the evidence to its explosive conclusion . . .

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Author: Jack London


The bell had hardly rung, sending the labourers into the fields, when Sheldon had a visitor. He had had the couch taken out on the veranda, and he was lying on it when the canoes paddled in and hauled out on the beach. Forty men, armed with spears, bows and arrows, and war-clubs, gathered outside the gate of the compound, but only one entered. This book is about surviving under extremely difficult crisis circumstances, and the will to confront some very frightening and unpleasant situations. Also, how to muster the courage, skills and the imagination to overcome them. This is great reading. First published 1911 by Thomas Nelson and Sons.

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Author: Arthur Hailey

Publisher: World Books (1970)

Lincoln International Airport calls itself boastfully: Aviation Crossroads of the world. Yet those with inside knowledge are aware of grave deficiencies. Operational areas are outmoded to the point of danger; air traffic control is overtaxed; the supposedly modern glass and chrome main terminal has become a white sepulchre. Against this background is set a dramatic, behind-scenes story of seven eventful hours during a midwinter snow-storm, and of the men and women - with pressures, passions and problems of their own - who share them.

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Author: H Rider Haggard


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Alex Cross's Trial

Authors: James Patterson, Richard Dilallo

Publisher: Arrow (2010)

From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great-uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he's written - a novel called Trial. As a lawyer in early-twentieth-century Washington DC, Ben Corbett represents the toughest cases. Fighting against oppression and racism, he risks his family and his life in the process. When President Theodore Roosevelt asks Ben to return to his hometown to investigate rumours of the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan there, he cannot refuse. Arriving in Eudora, Mississippi, Ben meets the wise Abraham Cross and his beautiful daughter, Moody. Ben enlists their help, and the two Crosses introduce him to the hidden side of the idyllic Southern town. Lynchings have become commonplace and residents of the town's black quarter live in constant fear. Ben aims to break the reign of terror - but the truth of who is really behind it could break his heart. Written in the fearless voice of Detective Alex Cross, Alex Cross's Trial is a gripping story of murder, love, and, above all, bravery

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All Dressed In White

Authors: Mary Higgins Clark, Alafair Burke

Part of a series: Under Suspicion

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (2016)

Five years ago Amanda Pierce was excitedly preparing to marry her college sweetheart. She and Jeffrey had already battled through sickness and health, although their lives were certainly more richer than poorer as Amanda was set to inherit her father's successful garment company.

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All Men Are Lonely Now

Author: Francis Clifford

Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (1969)

British agent David Lancaster is assigned to make contact with a defecting East German scientist called Adler and trace a security leak concening a top secret laser-guided missile known as 'Roman Candle'. He finds stolen documents stashed in the briefcase of a fellow agent named Hearne. As evidence against Hearne slowly builds, David goes to Germany to arrange a swap between agents, only to be confronted by his boss McBride who has uncovered the true source of the leaks...

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