The Chancellor has little real power- He is mired down by baseless accusations of corruption,´´ Senator Palpatine told Queen Amidala in Episode I. Tracing the thrilling chain of events that leads up to the Republic´s current chaotic state, Cloak of Deception follows Chancellor Valorum as he struggles with his fall from power- and the dark forces who have benefitted greatly from his weakened position. Hoping to stem the growing tide of unrest, Valorum convenes an emergency trade summit on the planet Eriadu. At his request, a group of Jedi Knights is sent to protect the delegates from possible terrorist attack. But what should have been a simple peacekeeping assignment turns out to be a mission into the heart of a political firestorm. For shadowy forces are at work, pulling the strings in a masterful bid for power that could leave the Republic reeling. And the Chancellor is only its most visible victim. One man´s fall from power could lead to the end of the Republic, and the irreversible rise of the dark side. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alexander Adams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/000441/bk_rhuk_000441_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Harold was no ordinary imp. His old age and great power gave him a perspective of the world that other imps lacked. Tired of pulling the same old tricks, he longed to become human - to experience the gift of human frailty, ingenuity, and love. Abandoning his imp Kingdom of Monello, he seeks a witch to transform him. But the price for humanity may have been higher than advertised, when his new human kingdom becomes attacked by none other than his former Monello. Forced to choose between his new identity and his new love, Harold chooses.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alexander Doddy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/053351/bk_acx0_053351_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How do the most resilient companies survive--and even thrive--during a slowdown? If you read nothing else on preparing for a tough economy and coming back stronger, read these 10 articles. We´ve combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help your company persevere through economic challenges and continue to grow even as your competitors stumble. This book will inspire you to: Get your company ready before a downturn strikes Learn the right lessons from previous recessions Minimize pain while cutting costs and managing risk Foster a healthy organizational culture during anxious times Seize the opportunity to innovate and reinvent your business This collection of articles includes ´´Seize Advantage in a Downturn,´´ by David Rhodes and Daniel Stelter; ´´How to Survive a Recession and Thrive Afterward: A Research Roundup,´´ by Walter Frick; ´´How to Bounce Back from Adversity,´´ by Joshua D. Margolis and Paul G. Stoltz; ´´Rohm and Haas´s Former CEO on Pulling Off a Sweet Deal in a Down Market,´´ by Raj Gupta; ´´Leadership in a (Permanent) Crisis,´´ by Ronald Heifetz, Alexander, Grashow, and Marty Linsky; ´´How to Be a Good Boss in a Bad Economy,´´ by Robert I. Sutton; ´´Layoffs That Don´t Break Your Company,´´ by Sandra J. Sucher and Shalene Gupta; ´´Getting Reorgs Right,´´ by Stephen Heidari-Robinson and Suzanne Heywood; ´´Reigniting Growth,´´ by Chris Zook and James Allen; ´´Reinvent Your Business Model Before It´s Too Late,´´ by Paul Nunes and Tim Breene; and ´´How to Protect Your Job in a Recession,´´ by Janet Banks and Diane Coutu.
No looking back. That´s the motto of college senior Cameron Buckley, whether he´s kicking his latest hookup out of bed or plotting out his future as a hit screenwriter. With only a few weeks until graduation, he´s ready to put Browerton University in his rearview mirror and start the life he´s been dreaming of ever since he was a kid. But a chance meeting with a sexy stranger in a bar throws a wrench into his Hollywood plans. For Walker Reed, no looking back is hard to do when you work minutes away from your alma mater and share child custody with your college sweetheart. Almost 15 years after graduating from Browerton, he can´t stop wondering how he got here. He has an ex who can´t stand him, a five-year-old son he can´t connect with, and a dead-end job he can´t escape. When Cameron and Walker first meet, they know the rules. They know their friendship has an expiration date, yet it begins changing them in ways they never expected. As graduation looms, they both know things can´t go anywhere, but they can´t keep denying the feelings pulling them closer, even as an offer from Hollywood threatens to tear them apart forever. Contains mature themes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alexander Cendese. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/016308/bk_tant_016308_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When naval officer Troy Weston loses his hands in a training accident, the doctors present him with a unique offer: robotic replacement hands with added strength and durability. He´ll be a new man with a new life, far more capable than he ever was before. He accepts, and during his recovery he returns to Lake Superior to pilot his sailboat on bays he´s known since childhood.During a fierce and wild thunderstorm, Troy and his craft are sent through a portal and into an unknown world. When the rain settles and the winds lift, he finds himself on a foreign coastline surrounded by Greek architecture.Stunned and wounded, he finds another survivor adrift on her wreck - a woman of rare beauty, armed with a sword, two guns, and an iron will.Pulling her aboard his boat, she will utter a sentence that will change Troy´s life forever.´´I am Helen, and you will take me to the war.´´Experience this strange tale of alternate universes, magic, and mythology - a combination unlike any before.Warning: This book contains adult situations, foul language, and a seriously good time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alexander Cendese. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/podm/001498/bk_podm_001498_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´Prove that you can stand against the darkness and live.´ Haern is the King´s Watcher, born an assassin only to become the city of Veldaren´s protector against the thief guilds. When Lord Victor Kane attacks the city, determined to stamp out all corruption, foreign gangs pour in amidst the chaos in an attempt to overthrow the current lords of the underworld. And when a mysterious killer known as the Widow begins mutilating thieves, paranoia engulfs the city. Haern knows someone is behind the turmoil, pulling strings. If he doesn´t find out who - and soon - his beloved city will burn. Light or darkness: where will the line be drawn? Fantasy author David Dalglish spins a tale of retribution and darkness, and an underworld reaching for ultimate power in this fourth novel of the Shadowdance series, previously released as Blood of the Underworld. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elijah Alexander. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/000858/bk_twuk_000858_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Eli Strong got out of the military and all he wanted to do was get better. He never expected that the officer he was living with would have a daughter who tested his honor.Maggie Drummond has been moved around more times than she can count, and starting at a new high school sucks. But when a wounded Marine comes to live with her and her dad, suddenly Maggie figures out what home is.She´s forbidden fruit, and he´s trying to not to taste… But desire can only be denied for so long. Circumstances keep pulling them back together, and something truly unforeseen happens. Overnight, Eli becomes a guardian and Maggie his ward.Will Eli keep his hands off Maggie? Will Maggie like it if he doesn´t? Will the two of them break the law because it feels so good? Only one way to find out!Warning: This book will make you ache in the best way possible! It´s so sweet it´s disgusting, and yet we just can´t stop. It´s a coming-of-age story that´s just what the author ordered. So eat up and enjoy! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alexander Cendese, Natalie Eaton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/011128/bk_brll_011128_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´George Papadopoulos was the whole reason for the Trump Russia investigation.” (Rep. Mark Meadows, R - NC) Deep State Target is the only firsthand account that proves the attempted sabotage of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign by American and international intelligence services, from former Trump advisor George Papadopoulos - whose global network, clandestine meetings about Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails, and rift with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions made him the first target of Spygate, the Mueller Investigation, and the Russian Collusion Hoax. As a young, ambitious foreign policy advisor to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Papadopoulos became the first Trump official to plead guilty in special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. He is now the first campaign advisor sentenced and to have served time in prison. But as he explains in Deep State Target, there was an intricate set up at play, and it was neither Trump nor the Russians pulling the strings. American and allied intelligence services set out to destroy a Trump presidency before it even started. An energy policy consultant working for the insurgent campaign, Papadopoulos encountered a rogues’ gallery of infamous figures employed by agents from the US, Britain, and Australia. Here, he gives the play-by-play of how operatives like Professor Joseph Mifsud, Sergei Millian, Alexander Downer, and Stefan Halper worked to invent a Russian conspiracy that would irreparably damage the Trump administration. Papadopoulos was there: In secret meetings across the globe, on city streets being tailed by agents, watching Jeff Sessions make false statements under oath about a strategy session he attended, and ultimately being interrogated by Mueller’s team and agreeing to a guilty plea. Deep State Target is a shocking account of international spy games and a disturbing eyewitness report on a secr 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Bittner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/051895/bk_adbl_051895_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Lady Caroline Duncan has always been an extremely proper young woman who does not step out of societal boundaries, ever. While awaiting an imminent proposal of marriage, Caroline decides she wants to play the sought-after daughter of a duke one last time. She wants a short season of parties in London before returning to her propriety-dictated life forever. She will dip her toe into the invigorating river of rule-breakers, just this once. It is at this precise moment that Lord Alexander Ravens declares his long-awaited suit for Caroline´s hand. Caroline is thrilled to have captured the heart of the handsome Alexander but is hesitant to deny herself a chance at a last adventure. Sharing her desires with Alexander, she is pleased when he grants her permission. With great reservation, he draws up a contract that allows a clandestine betrothal only known about by the intimate family. She can have her freedom within the edicts of proper society. Even the caveat that Ravens will promptly deal with all indiscretions over his knee barely gives Caroline pause. As the month progresses, Ravens and the rest of her family discover they are not happy with this new Caroline. When pulling her out of scrapes seems to be the new order of the day, Ravens begins to fear that the lessons delivered to her bare bottom aren´t enough to bring his beloved back into the folds of decorum. Is Caroline´s defiance of the tenets of polite society - and a month of frivolity - worth jeopardizing her fragile reputation and potentially risking a lifetime of loss? Will she estrange her rules-governed fiancé for a little bit of fun? 1. Language: English. Narrator: La Petite Mort. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/070537/bk_acx0_070537_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.