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The triumphant success of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” compels fledgling poet Frances Osgood to meet her literary idol, a mysterious, complicated man who soon has her under his seductive spell in an all-consuming affair. And when Edgar’s frail young wife breaks into their idyll to befriend her rival, Frances fears that deceiving Mrs. Poe may be as impossible as cheating death itself. . . .
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Publication Date:January 14, 2014
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On the dawn of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, two snipers find themselves fighting a battle all their own. Micajah Cole is a backwoods hunter from the Appalachian Mountains in the American South, while Kurt Von Stenger is the dreaded German “Ghost Sniper” who earned his nickname on the Eastern Front.
As part of a motley team of Americans and a British paratrooper who has made one too many jumps, Cole is sent deep into the French hedgerow country to spearhead counter sniper operations. Guiding them is a lovely French Resistance fighter named Jolie Molyneux who knows the hidden paths and trails. The presence of a woman creates tension among the men, but Jolie is interested in one thing only–revenge against the occupiers.
The Germans are far more practiced at sniper warfare, but Cole uses his natural cunning and hunting skills learned in the mountains back home. However, the Americans soon face the Ghost Sniper, the deadliest German of them all.
Jolie risks everything to spy on the Germans and clear Cole’s line of fire. Locked in a deadly duel, the hunter matches wits and tactics against the marksman in a climatic final battle, both of them one bullet away from victory–or the ultimate defeat–as Allied forces struggle to gain a foothold in Europe.
D.M Doyle’s Review
Ghost Sniper is a fictional World War II action novel that centers on events in Normandy during and immediately following the initial Allied invasion. Written by David Healey, Ghost Sniper is fast paced and will keep the reader’s attention throughout the novel. Healey has written several historical fiction novels centering on different eras and military conflicts. His endeavor into the Second World War should not disappoint anyone who is interested in that conflict, or more specifically the D-Day Invasion and the battles that followed in Normandy.
The novel revolves around a ragtag tag team of American soldiers ordered to eliminate a German sniper who is making life difficult for Allied troops in the French countryside. They become a group of “counter -snipers” if you will. The best shooter of the unit is Micajah Cole; a tough as nails country boy who most likely came straight out of the deepest part of Appalachia. Their adversary is Kurt Von Stenger ; an aristocratic German sniper who previously fought on the Russian Front. Von Stenger is cunning and deadly. In reading the novel, I got the sense that Von Stenger feels Americans are not a worthy enemy, and his skills would be put to a more adequate and glorious use if he were still fighting the Soviets.
One aspect of the novel that I enjoyed was how Healey tells the story from the viewpoints of both Cole and Von Stenger. This narration kept me captivated as the story moved towards the thrilling climax.
I would recommend Ghost Sniper to anyone who enjoys World War II action-adventure historical fiction. The writing was straightforward, compelling, and lively. The diverse group of characters also adds to the appeal of the novel adding some comic relief here and there. I believe Healey will continue to write more novels featuring the on going “sniper chess match” between Micajah Cole and Von Stenger.
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David Healey has been a journalist, librarian and teacher. He has written several novels, including the Civil War novel “Sharpshooter” and a mystery, “The House that Went Down with the Ship.” His nonfiction books include “Great Storms of the Chesapeake” and “1812: Rediscovering Chesapeake Bay’s Forgotten War.” His articles and essays have been published in many magazines, including American History, The Washington Times, Blue & Gray, Running Times and Maryland Life. When not writing, he enjoys hiking, working on his old house, and driving his family crazy by pulling over to the side of the road to read historical markers.
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Arouse: A Spiral of Bliss Novel (Book One), Nina Lane
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Oh I loved this book, first in a trilogy and for once its erotic without being just sex…some of those are actually a turn off, with no real story, just some vapid sexual encounters. This though – its what I think of as an erotic novel for the real reader, the person who wants everything, sex and story, proper drama, genuine emtions and problems we all have.
Olivia, she’d had such a difficult childhood, but worked diligently and at twenty four is finally an undergraduate. She’s not very confident, thanks to her horrible mother and awful upbringing, so when she meets the sexy and attractice Dean, university professor, she can’t quite belive he wants her and not some long legged, gorgeous, model type woman. He does want her though, and this book starts when…
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Beautiful Poem on #PoetryWednesday #StalkAPoet
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moon dipped kisses
gifted upon butterfly wings –
a hush among the stardust
the blue-black darkness brings.
bathed in delicate moonlight,
she hovers in the in-between
in awe of all illuminated before her
and the hidden secrets of what’s left unseen.
a cacophony of music
lilts upon waiting ears –
a symphony of melancholy
married in the joy that once laid here.
it is a place of untold magic
that begets as beautifully as it annihilates.
no longer could she willingly evade
the haunting promise that awaits.
tinker tailor soldier
in the depths of despair she did spy,
ever searching for untold answers
her desperate heart not to be denied.
she pleads her fairy wishes
and into the expanse they ebb like rain.
unaware all the answers are before her
if she could but hear them above the pain.
a profound moment of understanding
shatters the very prison of all…
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The Passionate Love of a Rake, Jane Lark.
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So having read the first book in Jane’s historical series and loved it I was keen to read this story about older brother Robert.
In much the same way as Ellen from the first book, Jane was also stuck in a lifestyle she didn’t want and couldn’t escape. Her elderly husband has died and left her his fortune, but his estranged son isn’t happy – he’s got the estates and lots of property but he wants the money too. He’s a terrifying man and threatens Jane, telling her he always gets what he wants, and this time its not just the money but Jane herself. He’s got a wife and eight children, but plans to make Jane his mistress. Her marriage to his father was unhappy, she was forced into it by her parents at just…
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