At a critical point in the development of modern physical theory, two brilliant and dedicated scientists, Albert Michelson and Edward Morley, conducted experiments to measure the velocity of the ether, which was presumed to fill all of space and serve as the medium for the conduction of light.
Their measurements suggested that the velocity was zero, relative to the earth. Either the earth was the center of the universe (as Ptolemy believed) or light was not conducted through such a medium. The velocity of light was clearly demonstrated to be independent of the observer’s velocity, but how could this possibly be true?
They left it to Albert Einstein to interpret their results. He proposed a third alternative, special relativity, which is still regarded as gospel by physicists today. But surely Einstein’s alternative was not the only one. Was Edward Morley robbed of his place in scientific history?
Vito Sparo is a member of an exclusive members-only club in Brooklyn. What no one knows is that the club is just a front for a mob family led by Sonny, an up-and-coming boss seemingly destined to take the number one leadership role in the mob. Now that Sonny is a self-made boss, he does not need to do the dirty work anymore. He leaves that up to his fellow mobsters that include the Duke, Carmine, Dillinger, and Vito.
Sonny takes no chances when it comes to the feds. In a time when right is right and wrong is wrong, he directs his men on bloody missions that repay favors, punish disloyalty, and pay off debts. Vito, who is known for thinking with an angle and living by his vow to never kill an innocent person, dutifully tags along on hits that take out scumbags and thugs, celebrating each hit with Sonny at a strip club. Through it all, he still finds time for love with his girlfriend—the one he will fiercely protect with whatever means necessary.
The Boys of Brooklyn share a hard-hitting, behind the scenes story about organized crime from the perspective of a mobster who lived his life dedicated to his boss and his organized crime family.
Ever wonder what it would be like to give it all up and head to Greenwich Village to become a singer-songwriter?
In Reo MacGregor’s eyes, his law degree represents a spiritual and aesthetic dead end. He leaves it all behind to follow his music to lower Manhattan’s answer to Paris’s Rive Gauche. There, he enters the bohemian scene of The Open Mike, where a new generation of singer-songwriters meets to sing for, and sometimes about, each other. At first alone amid the sea of guitar cases, he’s inspired by the café’s fellow performers and sirens. Homeless and broke, he struggles to honor his calling.
For Reo, survival means chasing burglars down the fire escape, recording sessions uptown with one of New York’s major record producers, or hanging out on the Village’s famed MacDougal Street. But first, he has to earn the respect of the audience.
“Rod MacDonald paid his dues in the coffeehouses of Greenwich Village during the 1970s and early ‘80s, and has caught the feel of the time and place in his new novel. For anyone who was in that place and time, it brings back memories vividly. For anyone who wasn’t there, his writing gives a taste of what it was like.”
It is 1982 when cowboy turned federal agent Cody Hunter is once again thrust into the danger zones to execute justice. Along with his two partners, Bob and Leo, Cody is assigned to eliminate a major narcotics smuggler who is rapidly becoming the world’s wealthiest and most dangerous man. Driven by his passion for his work, Cody leaves his new love, Nancy, and her son, Charlie, behind, and heads for Los Angeles.
With the seemingly willing daughter of a Nevada senator in his possession, kingpin smuggler James Frank Caprioza is living on a yacht just offshore, surrounded by armed boats. After their attempt to rescue the girl fails, Cody, Bob, and Leo continue their pursuit to Hawaii where they uncover a large sinsemilla field, unaware that Caprioza has partnered with the senator to secretly develop an ultimate weapon with not only great killing potential, but also worth billions to China and Russia. Now there is an even bigger problem: the senator is dead, his daughter is still missing, and Caprioza is willing to do anything in his power to eliminate his three pursuers.
In this continuing action adventure tale, a federal agent and his partners risk everything—including their lives—to capture a determined drug smuggler before he carries out an evil plan.
It is 1969 as Eileen Emerson points her car toward the California border. Eileen, who has always embraced her gift to see things not apparent to others, is used to keeping her abilities a secret. But thanks to a devoted mentor, Eileen is now heading toward a new job and beginning in San Diego. Nothing can stop her from achieving all she desires—or so she thinks.
David Hearst has just been discharged after serving in Vietnam. Unfortunately, killing has changed him—and left him without much of a conscience at all. Now the caretaker of a multimillion dollar banking industry, his new hardened frame of mind guides him to guard a secret with consequences. Carl Baker is a talented and charming baseball player who has managed to keep his biggest secret from the public and his wife, Susan, a lawyer whose lust for life is only surpassed by her lust for love and acceptance. Alan Radcliff is a therapist who holds all secrets from those whose lives are steeped in triumphs and tragedies, sex and scandals, and betrayal and heartache.
In this compelling tale, several individuals caught up in money and power attempt to rise above their challenges during a time of change in America, only to be undermined by a waterfall of secrets.
Room 301 at Fort Greene Academy High School in New York City is a turbulent place. Annette Kalin, an inexperienced ninth grade teacher, is in charge of leading a group of students who would rather be elsewhere. As she struggles to control the class and implement her idealistic vision, one student makes it his mission to make her life miserable.
Leon Simpson, a gangster wannabe, challenges every attempt that Ms. Kalin makes to maintain order in the classroom. Meanwhile, Kenesha, a student with a fiercely independent spirit, is determined not to let him impose his perverse will on any of his fellow students. Unfortunately, her success in restraining Leon’s destructive impulses only increases his hatred for Ms. Kalin. While she strives to educate her students, nearly every effort she makes is dismissed by her nemesis. As the semester comes to a close, Leon embarks on a vengeful quest amid a classic battle of the wills that culminates in an unthinkable tragedy.
In this poignant novel that provides an eye-opening look into a New York City high school classroom, an idealistic teacher is pitted against a rebellious student in a life-changing struggle for control.
Life forever changed for Summer Jackson when her husband, Dakota, died in an accident on an Oregon desert road. Now alone, always tired, and just a little bit mad at God, Summer is doing her best to manage their cattle ranch, raise their three children, and work as a trauma nurse. But when her emergency radio beeps one day to alert her of an accident at a local campground, Summer has no idea that her life is about to change once again.
Tanner Greywolf, once the life of the party with a girl on both arms, is now a self-described worn-down cowhand who, while gathering lost cows for his rancher boss, falls with his horse and breaks his leg. After Summer races to the scene, she tends to Tanner and his horse and transports Tanner to the hospital. When she learns he now has no place to call home, Summer decides to hire him to help out on her ranch. But not all of the family may be as happy as she is to have a new cowboy hanging around.
In this contemporary western romance, a cowboy and a widow rancher brought together against all odds begin an unforgettable journey together to hopefully find the healing they both so desperately need.