In 2009, people were introduced to stories of hit men, specters, crooks, playful spirits, and empowered heroes. Now, a new batch of stories have come alive. Come to a place where mice gain the ability to speak, where super humans work middle-class jobs, where a mythical man grants chances to feeble victims, and where science has created murder rooms or genetically mutated monsters. Discover worm holes, the supernatural, and a bit of lunacy. Encounter the unexpected. Contents include: ´´Mr. Goodly´´ - a story about a murderer who uses cement to preserve his victims ´´Emergency Hold´´ - suspense story about a woman who has a break in ´´The Dinner Pit´´ - a horror story about a strange nightclub´s policies ´´Richard, the Garbage Man´´ - a drama about a man standing up to his own mother ´´The Hole in My Room´´ - a sci-fi thriller about a man finding a wormhole ´´High Technology, Low Tolerance´´ - a comedic tale about a man taking his reluctant son on a camping trip ´´The Murder One Room´´ - sci-fi thriller about two technicians fixing a room designed to dispatch burglars ´´Working Class Hero´´ - sci-fi fantasy about a man who exhibits his superpowers at work ´´The Million Man´´ - a horror novella about a young man finding a painting in his room that unlocks a terrifying genie ´´The Man Who Quit on Clark Street´´ - a short story about a man who sheds his corporate job for a little fun ´´Readily Restricted´´ - a story about life´s restrictions and how they may be getting the better of us ´´Squatter´s Rights´´ - a sci-fi horror about two scientists who hold up in a shack, trying to escape a mutated beast ´´The House Edge´´ - suspense story about a young couple who encounter a corrupt pit boss ´´The Damage Sacrifice´´ - suspense story about a married couple who grapple with premonitions ´´The Nightmare Ta 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Sando. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/103383/bk_acx0_103383_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? From Tess Gerritsen, bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series, her stunning first thriller! A beautiful young woman´s corpse is found dumped in a garbage-strewn alley. Now laid out in the office of medical examiner Kat Novak is an unidentified body that betrays no secrets-except for a matchbook clutched in one stiff hand, seven numbers scrawled inside. When a second victim is discovered, Kat begins to fear that a serial killer is stalking the streets, using a deadly drug to do his dirty work. The police are skeptical. The mayor won´t listen. One of the town´s most prominent citizens, with a missing daughter of his own, is also Kat´s chief suspect. As the death toll rises, Kat races to expose a deadly predator who is close enough to touch her. Praise for Tess Gerritsen ´´[The author] has a knack for creating great characters and mysterious plots that seem straightforward but also dazzle with complexity and twists.´´-Associated Press ´´[Gerritsen] has an imagination that allows her to conjure up depths of human behavior so dark and frightening that she makes Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft seem like goody-two-shoes.´´-Chicago Tribune ´´One of the most versatile voices in thriller fiction today.´´-The Providence Journal Previously published as Peggy Sue Got Murdered
Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying. Only one other person has seen the missing photo: Stephanie Plum. Now she’s the target, and she doesn’t intend to end up in a garbage can. With the help of an FBI sketch artist, Stephanie re-creates the person in the photo. Unfortunately, the first sketch turns out to look like Tom Cruise, and the second sketch like Ashton Kutcher. Until Stephanie can improve her descriptive skills, she’ll need to watch her back. Over at the bail bonds agency, things are going from bad to worse. The bonds bus serving as Vinnie’s temporary HQ goes up in smoke. Stephanie’s wheelman, Lula, falls in love with their largest skip yet. Lifetime arch nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into Stephanie’s apartment. And everyone wants to know what happened in Hawaii. Morelli, Trenton’s hottest cop, isn’t talking about Hawaii. Ranger, the man of mystery, isn’t talking about Hawaii. And all Stephanie is willing to say about her Hawaiian vacation is... it’s complicated. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lorelei King. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002831/bk_rand_002831_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sydney is a good choice for Akashic´s first noir anthology set in Australia.... The 14 uniformly strong selections feature familiar subgenre figures: gangsters, ethically compromised cops, and people bent on revenge for the loss of a loved one.... Fans of dark crime fiction will want to seek out other works by these contributors, most of whom will be unfamiliar to American readers. (Publishers Weekly)´´The former British penal colony provides fertile ground for dark doings, as these 14 tales demonstrate.... The stories [Dale´s] assembled offer ample variety in this cavalcade of crime Down Under.´´ (Kirkus Reviews)Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city.Brand new stories by: Kirsten Tranter, Mandy Sayer, John Dale, Eleanor Limprecht, Mark Dapin, Leigh Redhead, Julie Koh, Peter Polites, Robert Drewe, Tom Gilling, Gabrielle Lord, Philip McLaren, P.M. Newton, and Peter Doyle.From John Dale´s introduction to the book:´´Nothing lasts in Sydney, especially good fortune: lives are upturned, shops are sold, roads dug up, trees and houses knocked down, premiers discarded, and entire communities relocated in the name of that economic mantra - growth and progress. Just when you think the traffic can´t get any worse and the screech of the 747s descending over your roof can´t get any louder, along comes a wild electrical storm that batters the buildings and shakes the power lines and washes the garbage off the streets and you stand, sheltered under your broken brolly in the center of Sydney, admiring this big beautiful city.What never changes, though, is the hustle on the street. My father was a detective in the vice squad shortly after the Second World War, and he told stories of busting SP bookies in Paddingto 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Corfield, Martin Moolman, Lee Cormie, Simone Gescheit, Ivy Jones, Christopher Brown, Milan Perkins, Helen Doig, Les Horovitz, Mark Coles Smith, Eloise Mignon, Neil Pigot, John Voce, Stacy Gougoulis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/050860/bk_adbl_050860_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Chaos Weaving is an anthology collection of individual short stories. These 50 futuristic flash fiction tales tell technologically-based original stories, while weaving interesting concepts about our universe through the experiences of people in these possible tomorrows. While performing futuristic jobs, saving the planet, exploring gravity wells in deep space, peering through lenses to the future, or jumping time portals into the past, these quick tales put you right in the path of the observer in the short story situation. Chaos is the realm of the future possibilities unfolding, while the weaving is that which has just been done, the present is woven into a historical fabric of the past, layer by layer, weaving the string theory of time into what becomes all of our lives, individually, and collectively. Since the idea behind flash fiction is brevity, these stories use tactile wording and screenplay-like use of describing a scene vividly to convey the setting. Following are some of the great story titles that all envelop a similar futuristic state, but are self-contained individual stories within themselves:´´Where Robots Go to Die´´´´I am not a clone.´´ ´´Remember Washing Machines?´´ ´´Bright Lights, Neon Nights´´ ´´Space Garbage Man´´ ´´The Mutated Creature Just Wants the Apple Pie´´ ´´Bogs of Mars´´ ´´The Man Who Flipped the Switch That No One Heard That Saved the World!´´ ´´A Radio Transmission from FOZAR-12´´ ´´Admirable Admiral Adams´´ ´´This Bleeding Heart Bleeds Oil´´...and many more! In closing, the future is forged at the pace of the present, and the twists and turns that form tomorrow are perpetually altering course by the second. The winding road of chaos weaves our history on a loom holding the fabric of reality up as an image of the collective experience. You control the immediate form your fabric wi 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alan Karalian. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/129324/bk_acx0_129324_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Interested in learning how to hack but don´t know how to begin? Hacking Made Easy 1 will guide you through the process of hacking with some practical applications and prepare you for the second book Hacking Made Easy 2, where you will learn extremely useful hacking techniques such as how to hack a Facebook account, Wi-Fi password & even how to safeguard your very own WordPress site, which is a very important thing to know. What can you expect to learn: This book contains proven steps and strategies on how to become a true hacker novice. This book is not all inclusive by any means. The first half of the book is dedicated to educating you on what hacking is, clearing up truth from fiction, bringing you up to speed on what to expect and giving you an overall picture of what the world of hacking is all about. The second half of the book is the meat and potatoes. This is where we hold your hand and walk you through some scenarios you or someone you know are likely to encounter in which hacking can prove a useful solution. Here´s an inescapable fact: hacking influences your life whether you choose to listen to this book or not. Your knee jerk reaction to that is probably something like ´´That´s garbage, none of my accounts have ever been hacked.´´ or ´´How could he know that?´´ As you will come to learn there is a lot more to hacking than stealing data and electronic mischief. It is our hope you´ll find the following information useful and entertaining, but here and now I´m going to hit you with a disclaimer. Do not start this book with the expectation that upon completion you will be a hacker. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anthony Colby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/068968/bk_acx0_068968_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Troubleshoot the most widespread and pernicious Java performance problems using a set of open-source and freely-available tools that will make you dramatically more productive in finding the root causes of slow performance. This is a brief book that focuses on a small number of performance anti-patterns, and you´ll find that most problems you encounter fit into one of these anti-patterns. The book provides a specific method in a series of steps referred to as the ´´P.A.t.h. Checklist´´ that encompasses persistence, alien systems, threads, and heap management. These steps guide you through a troubleshooting process that is repeatable, that you can apply to any performance problem in a Java application. This technique is especially helpful in ´dark´ environments with little monitoring. Performance problems are not always localized to Java, but often fall into the realms of database access and server load. This book gives attention to both of these issues through examples showing how to identify repetitive SQL, and identify architecture-wide performance problems ahead of production rollout. Learn how to apply load like an expert, and determine how much load to apply to determine whether your system scales. Included are walk-throughs of a dozen server-side performance puzzles that are ready to run on your own machine. Following these examples helps you learn to: Assess the performance health of four main problems areas in a Java system: The P.A.t.h. Checklist presents each area with its own set of plug-it-in-now tools Pinpoint the code at fault for CPU and other bottlenecks without a Java profiler Find memory leaks in just minutes using heapSpank, the author´s open-source leak detector utility that is freely available from heapSpank.org The repeatable method provided in this book is an antidote to lackluster average response times that are multi-second throughout the industry. This book pro vides a long absent, easy-to-follow, performance training regimen that will benefit anyone programming in Java. What You´ll Learn Avoid the 6 most common ways to mess up a load test Determine the exact number of threads to dial into the load generator to test your system´s scalability Detect the three most common SQL performance anti-patterns Measure network response times of calls to back-end systems (´alien systems´) Identify whether garbage collection performance is healthy or unhealthy and whether delays are caused by problems in the old or new generation, so you know which generation needs to be adjusted Who This Book Is For Intermediate and expert Java developers and architects. Java experts will be able to update their skill set with the latest and most productive, open-source Java performance tools. Intermediate Java dev elopers are exposed to the most common performance defects that repeatedly show up in Java applications, ones that account for the bulk of slow-performing systems. Experts and intermediates alike will benefit from the chapters on load generation.
A homeless man on a street corner. A compassionate woman with a difficult past. An incredible story of our amazing capacity to love.Stopped at a familiar intersection on her way to work, Ginger Sprouse watched the homeless man pacing the garbage-strewn ground in his bare feet. Compelled to pull over and say hello, she was drawn to his exuberant joy and infectious smile. And his ready acceptance of her was a welcome counterpoint to her internal struggle with guilt and shame at her past. Over the next few months, Ginger would learn that Victor had been returning to that spot because it was the last place he had seen his mother - three years earlier. Motivated by her faith and their deepening friendship, Ginger set out to help Victor. When it became clear that he could not live safely on his own, she and her family offered him a permanent place in their home. What she then learned about forgiveness, humility, and love changed her forever. Kinda Like Grace is a powerful reminder that seemingly insurmountable obstacles can be overcome, that we all deserve second chances, and that each of us has an amazing capacity to love. Follow Ginger and Victor’s story with photos available in the audiobook companion PDF download. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charity Spencer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tnwd/001499/bk_tnwd_001499_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.