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Call of the Colossus

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Publisher: Peach Orchard Press
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Book 2 of The Mindstream Chronicles Condemned murderer—and now Gatekeeper—Jora Lanseri is offered a chance at redemption in exchange for her silence. Driven to protect her only remaining brother, she must covertly investigate the dark and hidden forces smuggling the life-giving godfruit to Serocia’s enemies and perpetuating the long and bloody war. Aided by the dolphin Sundancer, Jora discovers more long-forgotten secrets of the Spirit Stones—including the ability to call the Colossus, the ancient warrior statues positioned around Jolver. But the Colossus warriors had fought against the previous Gatekeeper in the war known as The Great Reckoning. Can Jora convince them to join her struggle for peace and justice, or will they side with her nemesis and use her brother against her?

The Gatekeeper

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Author: Lorhainne Eckhart
Publisher: Lorhainne Eckhart, INC.
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Seven years ago, she lost her husband. Three years ago, her daughter was taken from her. Today, she’s taking back her life. Being taken in by the O’Connells would be a bit overwhelming for some. But for Reine Colbert, the feeling of being on the outside, looking in is all too familiar. Yet when Suzanne O’Connell, the unruly rule-breaker, steps in with her very pregnant sister Karen to right all the wrongs Reine has suffered along the way, she exposes a deeply guarded secret involving crimes against other women, and the three soon find themselves in a perilous situation that could leave one of them paying the ultimate price.


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Author: Philip Shelby
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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Gatekeeper by Philip Shelby Book Resume:

The author of the spine-tingling thrillers Days of Drums and Last Rights has written his most complex tale yet, that of an innocent caught in the vortex of international political intrigue. Powered by characters whose ambition and cunning make them intolerant of any threat to their conspiracies, Gatekeeper also features a labyrinthine stage -- from the chambers of the American embassy in Paris and the North African ghetto of Marseilles to the glittering avenues and back alleys of New York City. Hollis Fremont has recently arrived in Paris to begin her job as a "visa slave" at the American consulate. Her return to the City of Light forces her to revisit tragedy: the mysterious assassination of her parents by a sniper's bullets fifteen years earlier. Hollis, an unprepossessingly beautiful young woman, soon attracts the notice of Paul McGann, deputy chief of mission, whose ardent attention to Hollis is matched by his violent temper and calculating treatment of anyone who crosses his path. Hollis's involvement with McGann will accidentally reveal to her the elaborate and clandestine paragovernmental alliances colluding to create a new world order -- one in which certain high-level officials and unfortunate individuals, including Hollis herself, are set in the sights of a hired gun. This implacable killer is called the Handyman. His relentless, and anonymous, pursuit of Hollis sends her on an international flight. As she struggles to elude the Handyman and his colleagues, it becomes evident that she can trust no one, not even those whose confidences she holds most dear. From the opening scene in an assassin's hideout to the cataclysmic climax at the Statue of Liberty, Gatekeeper is electrifying. Like Mitch McDeere in The Firm, Hollis Fremont becomes snared in the carnage of a zero-sum game that is hopelessly beyond her control. In the face of murder, betrayal, and desperate ambition, her only weapon is her desire for vengeance and justice.

A Gatekeeper and the Celestial Sovereign

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Author: M. Lexi
Publisher: Writing Pilgrimage
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A Gatekeeper and the Celestial Sovereign by M. Lexi Book Resume:

Mao Lu was a regular Beijinger, well except for the fact that he worked four part-time jobs, was neck deep in debt and best friends with two rich conglomerate heirs. Normally Mao Lu led a tough but boring daily life, but everything changed when he received a mysterious letter. Follow his adventures as he travels between realms, falls in love with a powerful Prince and uncovers a terrifying conspiracy. This book will take you on a journey filled with emotions, action and secrets. A Gatekeeper and the Celestial Sovereign is a Danmei Fantasy series set in China influenced by xianxia and Chinese cultivation stories and Qigong martial arts, with a hint of science fiction. This Print Book is based on the Web Novel Series by M. Lexi a.k.a Mexulexi.

Max and the Gatekeeper FREE

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Author: James Todd Cochrane
Publisher: Dark Moon Publishing Inc.
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Max and the Gatekeeper FREE by James Todd Cochrane Book Resume:

A war has been waging for centuries; a magical and technological battle between good and evil. This conflict will affect life everywhere, but not everyone is aware it exists. When twelve-year old Max Rigdon is sent to stay with his grandfather for the summer, he unwillingly enters the fight. The day Max steps off the bus he is marked with an evil curse and immediately becomes the target of evil men and creatures with designs on ruling the universe. Not only does this curse cause Max physical pain but it allows his enemies to track and find him. He soon learns that the reason for this unwanted attention is because his grandfather is the keeper of a gateway; a powerful machine that makes travel to hundreds of strange unknown worlds possible. The enemy will do anything to gain possession of this power in their quest to control all worlds. With the help of his friend Cindy and others, Max must quickly learn the necessary skills to survive if he is to avoid the deadly trap that has been planned for him and his grandfather. A trap that has been decades in the making with Max as the missing piece. If successful it will change life as we know it

Trial of the Wizard King: The Wizard King Trilogy Book Two

Trial of the Wizard King: The Wizard King Trilogy Book Two [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: Chad Corrie
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
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Trial of the Wizard King: The Wizard King Trilogy Book Two by Chad Corrie Book Resume:

The wizard king has returned. The mercenaries have scattered. Cadrith Elanis has returned to Tralodren, picking up where he left off centuries before. And while Cadrissa isn't sure how she fits into his plans, her abduction has left her with little hope of escape. Meanwhile, the other mercenaries have scattered. They did their job, received their pay, and now just want to live their lives. But events start pulling them back to each other for something grander than their own imaginations and fears can envision. But that's just the start of still more revelations and trials to come. Dark ambitions, ancient schemes, and hidden fates fill this second volume of the Wizard King Trilogy, returning readers to a world rich in history, faith, and tales of adventure--of which this story is but one of many.

Getting Past GateKeepers

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Author: B. Vincent
Publisher: XinXii
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Getting Past GateKeepers by B. Vincent Book Resume:

Hello and welcome to this course on getting past the gatekeeper. In this course, we'll show you how to reach more decision-makers with your b2b sales calls. This course is divided into three modules, modules one and two will give you a brief overview of gatekeepers and useful methods and tactics for getting past them, and module three goes over pre-call intelligence gathering, by the time this course is over, you'll be equipped with the tools and methods you need to get past gatekeepers, so you can make more sales. So, without further ado, let's dive into the first module. Okay guys, welcome to module one. In this module, our trainer will give you a brief overview of gatekeepers and some ideas of how to get past them, so get ready to take some notes, and let's jump right in.

Dirge of the Dormant

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Author: K. C. May
Publisher: Peach Orchard Press
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Dirge of the Dormant by K. C. May Book Resume:

Vast power commands a vicious price Having unleashed the darkness inside her, Gatekeeper Jora Lanseri has chased the enemy from Serocia's shores. Now at the height of her power, she faces a new challenge—to rescue the abducted king and retrieve the stolen godheart before the war ship carrying them reaches harbor. The rogue scribe Ibsa has escaped Jora's wrath aboard the fleeing ship and seeks to earn the prestigious title of Prime Maga. But she has what Jora wants. The only way to protect herself is to convince the god—by whatever means necessary—to slay the Gatekeeper. To her great fortune, among the ship's cargo is the god's crystal heart. Can Jora rescue the king and save the god from unspeakable torment before the darkness inside consumes the last vestiges of her humanity?

The Elephant in the Brain

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Author: Kevin Simler,Robin Hanson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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The Elephant in the Brain by Kevin Simler,Robin Hanson Book Resume:

Human beings are primates, and primates are political animals. Our brains, therefore, are designed not just to hunt and gather, but also to help us get ahead socially, often via deception and self-deception. But while we may be self-interested schemers, we benefit by pretending otherwise. The less we know about our own ugly motives, the better - and thus we don't like to talk or even think about the extent of our selfishness. This is "the elephant in the brain." Such an introspective taboo makes it hard for us to think clearly about our nature and the explanations for our behavior. The aim of this book, then, is to confront our hidden motives directly - to track down the darker, unexamined corners of our psyches and blast them with floodlights. Then, once everything is clearly visible, we can work to better understand ourselves: Why do we laugh? Why are artists sexy? Why do we brag about travel? Why do we prefer to speak rather than listen? Our unconscious motives drive more than just our private behavior; they also infect our venerated social institutions such as Art, School, Charity, Medicine, Politics, and Religion. In fact, these institutions are in many ways designed to accommodate our hidden motives, to serve covert agendas alongside their "official" ones. The existence of big hidden motives can upend the usual political debates, leading one to question the legitimacy of these social institutions, and of standard policies designed to favor or discourage them. You won't see yourself - or the world - the same after confronting the elephant in the brain.

Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History

Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: Yunte Huang
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang Book Resume:

Winner of the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical Book and Shortlisted for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography: "An ingenious and absorbing book…It will permanently change the way we tell this troubled yet gripping story." —Jonathan Spence Hailed as “irrepressibly spirited and entertaining” (Pico Iyer, Time) and “a fascinating cultural survey” (Paul Devlin, Daily Beast), this provocative first biography of Charlie Chan presents American history in a way that it has never been told before. Yunte Huang ingeniously traces Charlie Chan from his real beginnings as a bullwhip-wielding detective in territorial Hawaii to his reinvention as a literary sleuth and Hollywood film icon. Huang finally resurrects the “honorable detective” from the graveyard of detested postmodern symbols and reclaims him as the embodiment of America’s rich cultural diversity. The result is one of the most critically acclaimed books of the year and a “deeply personal . . . voyage into racial stereotyping and the humanizing force of story telling” (Donna Seaman, Los Angeles Times).

The Dark Soceity (Max and the Gatekeeper Book IV)

The Dark Soceity (Max and the Gatekeeper Book IV) [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: James Todd Cochrane
Publisher: Dark Moon Publishing Inc.
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The Dark Soceity (Max and the Gatekeeper Book IV) by James Todd Cochrane Book Resume:

Two years after the mysterious disappearance of the ancient magical book, the universe has become an even more dangerous place. Hudich and his evil followers continue their quest for total domination of all worlds. At the same time, the rise of a secret society, infesting the highest levels of government, threatens to overthrow the United States. While trying to keep the formation of this new organization and how it came into power from Hudich, Max and his friends must try to break its hold on the American people without being discovered. Their efforts reveal facts that they are the target of an undercover operation that is watching their every move. With their focus on the dark society, an unhindered Hudich executes his own plans bringing him dangerously close to obtaining a permanent solution to not having a gateway. These attacks, from two different fronts, lead Max and his friends on the most dangerous chase of their lives, an adventure that will test their resolve and their commitment to each other. Young Adult Fantasy / Science Fiction - Suitable Age Range: 11 and Up. Books available by James Todd Cochrane: Max and the Gatekeeper FREE The Hourglass of Souls (Max and the Gatekeeper Book II) The Descendant and the Demon’s Fork (Max and the Gatekeeper Book III) The Dark Society (Max and the Gatekeeper Book IV) The Prophecy of Sky Centalpha 6 Part I Centalpha 6 Part II Centalpha 6 Part III Centalpha 6 Part IV Centalpha 6 Part V Centalpha 6 Part VI Centalpha 6 Part VII Centalpha 6 Part VIII Centalpha 6 Omibus (Centalpha 6 Part I – Part VIII) Keywords: magic, monsters, aliens, new worlds, coming of age, swords, spells, friendship, bullies, gateways, strange life forms, sorcerers

The Gatekeepers

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Author: Chris Whipple
Publisher: Crown
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The Gatekeepers by Chris Whipple Book Resume:

Now with a new chapter on the chaos in the Trump administration, the first in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the White House Chiefs of Staff, whose actions—and inactions—have defined the course of our country. What do Dick Cheney and Rahm Emanuel have in common? Aside from polarizing personalities, both served as chief of staff to the president of the United States—as did Donald Rumsfeld, Leon Panetta, and a relative handful of others. The chiefs of staff, often referred to as "the gatekeepers," wield tremendous power in Washington and beyond; they decide who is allowed to see the president, negotiate with Congress to push POTUS's agenda, and—most crucially—enjoy unparalleled access to the leader of the free world. Each chief can make or break an administration, and each president reveals himself by the chief he picks. Through extensive, intimate interviews with all seventeen living chiefs and two former presidents, award-winning journalist and producer Chris Whipple pulls back the curtain on this unique fraternity. In doing so, he revises our understanding of presidential history, showing us how James Baker’s expert managing of the White House, the press, and Capitol Hill paved the way for the Reagan Revolution—and, conversely, how Watergate, the Iraq War, and even the bungled Obamacare rollout might have been prevented by a more effective chief. Filled with shrewd analysis and never-before-reported details, The Gatekeepers offers an essential portrait of the toughest job in Washington.

Art of the Bartender

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Author: Sir Francis IV
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
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Art of the Bartender by Sir Francis IV Book Resume:

Art of the Bartender: A Book of Philosophy, Technique, and Wisdom is comprised of ten chapters of what could be closely associated with an art or discipline. These thoughts are intermingled with personal accounts that occur between 1994 to present. Within these pages are the highlights of what the causes and effects of drug addiction, self-indulgence, long nights, and lack of focus can do to a young life. The A of the B has the possibility of transcending the realm of bartending because it focuses more on the life journey that these people take. Our environment, for the most part, is just window dressing. Underneath it all, we are all struggling to find our path day after day.

The Unexpected Ally (The Gareth & Gwen Medieval Mysteries Book 8)

The Unexpected Ally (The Gareth & Gwen Medieval Mysteries Book 8) [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: Sarah Woodbury
Publisher: The Morgan-Stanwood Publishing Group
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The Unexpected Ally (The Gareth & Gwen Medieval Mysteries Book 8) by Sarah Woodbury Book Resume:

March 1147. Assassination, espionage, betrayal. King Owain has ridden east to confront King Madog of Powys with the attempt on the life of his son. Rhys, now abbot of St. Kentigern’s monastery, is desperate to broker a deal. When the body of a royal spy is found, it is up to Gareth and Gwen to find the killer before the wrong man is hanged—and a country lost.

The Hourglass of Souls (Max and the Gatekeeper Book II)

The Hourglass of Souls (Max and the Gatekeeper Book II) [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: James Todd Cochrane
Publisher: Dark Moon Publishing Inc.
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The Hourglass of Souls (Max and the Gatekeeper Book II) by James Todd Cochrane Book Resume:

For decades Hudich, the leader of an evil army, had been held prisoner in a world called Pekel. Before releasing him last summer to save Max's friend Cindy, Max's grandfather neutralized Hudich's magical powers with the aid of an advanced high-tech collar. Unfortunately, Hudich's escape allowed him to relay a centuries-old secret to his followers that helps them find a powerful weapon. With the aid of this new weapon, an ancient magical gateway, the enemy kidnaps Max's mother and forces him to do their bidding by threatening to kill her. To keep his mother alive, Max will embark on another perilous adventure into new worlds with hidden dangers. Convinced there is a spy among his friends, Max must decide who he can trust, if anyone, in his attempts to rescue his mother and destroy the enemy's plans. His failure could free Hudich from the collar and leave innocent lives across the universe at the mercy of ruthless beings. Young Adult Fantasy / Science Fiction - Suitable Age Range: 11 and Up. Books available by James Todd Cochrane: Max and the Gatekeeper FREE The Hourglass of Souls (Max and the Gatekeeper Book II) The Descendant and the Demon’s Fork (Max and the Gatekeeper Book III) The Dark Society (Max and the Gatekeeper Book IV) The Prophecy of Sky Centalpha 6 Part I Centalpha 6 Part II Centalpha 6 Part III Centalpha 6 Part IV Centalpha 6 Part V Centalpha 6 Part VI Centalpha 6 Part VII Centalpha 6 Part VIII Centalpha 6 Omibus (Centalpha 6 Part I – Part VIII) Keywords: magic, monsters, aliens, new worlds, coming of age, swords, spells, friendship, bullies, gateways, strange life forms, sorcerers

Spirits of the Middlelands

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Author: G. Wakeling
Publisher: G. Wakeling
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Spirits of the Middlelands by G. Wakeling Book Resume:

Having escaped Gathin's clutches, Roberta is on the run with the child she stole from her nemesis. In this case, the best way to avoid a war is to run, hide and never look back. But it soon becomes apparent that leaving Ridgewood behind may have not been in Roberta and her friends' best interests, for things are happening in the tiny town that, once again, cannot be explained. ***** Spirits of the Middlelands is the third book from the Inside Evil series. Despite battling a curse that descends upon Ridgewood on a 10 yearly cycle, Roberta seems to have become entangled in a world of mystery, danger and doppelgängers. There's a war coming, and though she and her fellow gatekeepers' believed they could prevent it, they're now realising that they'll need to use all their skills to stop the plague from Gathin reaping destruction. Book 1: Inside Evil Book 2: The Tower of Souls Book 3: Spirits of the Middlelands Book 4: New Alliances Book 5: To Kill A Curse Inside Evil is an epic fantasy and science fiction series that includes elements of mystery, horror and suspense. Set in a small British town, the events that unfold see the cast battling paranormal activity, possible magic, parallel worlds and a variety of fantasy creatures. The first book is free, so grab your freebie now! Themes; fantasy, magic, parallel worlds, fantasy creatures, parallel world, murder, murder mystery, mystery, Britain, Scotland, London, paranormal, urban fantasy, contemporary fantasy

Chosen Forever

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Author: Susan Richards
Publisher: Soho Press
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Chosen Forever by Susan Richards Book Resume:

The New York Times–bestselling author of Chosen by a Horse shares tales of both hardship and success—and her unexpected love story. “Richards reflects on how rich life becomes when one travels her own best path. Orphaned early in life, Richards struggled to connect with the world until a horse named Lay Me Down taught her how to trust another creature and to love deeply. These hard-learned lessons became her emotional bedrock. As she chronicles her travels across the country to promote her very successful Chosen by a Horse, she is stoically honest about her battles with anxiety and alcoholism. Book tours are far from glamorous, and Richards allows her readers a rare glimpse into what goes through the mind of a nervous author as she wipes sweaty palms on her black trousers on the way to the podium to read. But she does meet her future husband, Dennis Stock, along the way. A talented photojournalist, he gently and determinedly woos her, believing that fate brought them together. Richards writes more courageously than she perhaps realizes, and each page of this uplifting book will touch a chord in everyone who enjoyed her first book.” —Booklist “Far better than a book tour chronicle has any right to be . . . While her observations about later-in-life love are spot-on, the heart of Richards’ book is how she comes to accept herself as a worthwhile author, despite crushingly low self-esteem.” —Publishers Weekly “Her descriptions of her pets will make any animal lover smile. And for anyone who thinks they’re too old, too damaged or too afraid to take a risk and enter in a relationship with someone, this book is a breath of fresh air.” —Curled Up with a Good Book

Interactional Categorization and Gatekeeping

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Author: Louise Tranekjær
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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Interactional Categorization and Gatekeeping by Louise Tranekjær Book Resume:

This book is about categorization processes in native/non-native workplace interaction, within the context of internship interviews between Danish employers and second language speakers who were born abroad. In this volume, which is one of the first books on gatekeeping, Tranekjær seeks to address processes of power and ideology from a conversation analytical perspective. The book examines the challenges that non-native internship candidates face in processes of employment when employers and job-counsellors seek to conceptualize, categorize and address the candidates’ linguistic, ethnic and religious otherness. The book shows how processes of categorization are influenced by broader structures of ideology related to social issues of controversy and debate such as migration, integration and second-language learning. The book also includes an overview of previous gatekeeping studies and proposes a redefinition of the term, which suggests a broader meaning and relevance of the notion.

The Summoning - Book 1 in the Gatekeepers Series

The Summoning - Book 1 in the Gatekeepers Series [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: Norah Wilson,Heather Doherty,Wilson Doherty
Publisher: Something Shiny Press
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The Summoning - Book 1 in the Gatekeepers Series by Norah Wilson,Heather Doherty,Wilson Doherty Book Resume:

All is not well in Chthonic City, Maine. People are anxious, sleepless. Road rage is on the rise, and the ERs overflow with domestic and workplace violence. Why? Because the citizens of Chthonic City are having recurring, terrifying nightmares about demons rising to walk among them, and they’re snapping. In fact, demons ARE rising. Slowly. One at a time, to dwell unnoticed among us as they multiply our misery. And they’re rising in Chthonic City where the veil between the Chthonic (the Underworld for which the City was named, though the meaning of the word has been long forgotten) and earthly reality is very thin. Demons cannot rise until a human soul is driven mad. Over the millennia, demons have crossed as they could, but never before has humanity been so stressed as it is now in the Western world. Never before have we been so starved for time, touch, meaning, purpose. Never have our circuits been so overloaded with gloom and doom, economically, environmentally, spiritually. Never before have the demons had such a vulnerable population. Scenting a chance to break free in numbers, they hurl themselves into our dreams, battering at our sanity. But these demons are not unopposed. In a crumbling church on the edge of town, an ancient Guardian has been watching and waiting. When the threat from the Underworld surges, the Guardian's job is to send out a call to a fresh crop – a cell – of Gatekeepers, and train them to descend into the Chthonic through the dream state and do battle with the demons, slaying them there before they can cross the threshold. In Chthonic City, a new cell of Gatekeepers – teenagers all – has just been summoned....

End of the Line

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Author: Travis Hill
Publisher: Travis Hill
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End of the Line by Travis Hill Book Resume:

For fifty years, humanity fought alongside the Hanura and The Seven against the Kai. With the Hanura wiped from the galaxy and The Seven falling soon after, the Terran Coalition now stands alone against a superior enemy... an enemy that has pledged the complete extermination of mankind. Driven back to Earth, the last remaining human world, Private Dana Lofgren and the remnants of the 307th fight their way through rugged terrain and impossible odds. With nowhere to run and the enemy closing in, they have no choice but to keep going until they reach the end of the line... 60,000 words / 200 pages Adult themes / profanity / violence


Gatekeeper [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: Alison Levy
Publisher: She Writes Press
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Gatekeeper by Alison Levy Book Resume:

Rachel Wilde comes from a dimension that exists adjacent to ours. The people there have structured their society around daemon collecting: they locate, catch, and repair malfunctioning daemons (creatures out of phase with our world that tempt people to do good or evil). Now Rachel has been given two unusual assignments: 1) find a person who has been trying to break down dimensional barriers, and 2) track down a missing line of gatekeepers, human placeholders for a daemon that was too badly damaged to repair. Authorities of Rachel’s world believe the missing gatekeepers are descended from a girl who went missing from West Africa hundreds of years ago, likely sold into slavery. With no leads to go on, Rachel seeks help from Bach, a raving homeless man who happens to be an oracle. Bach does put her in the path of both of her targets—but he also lands her in a life-threatening situation. Somehow, Rachel has to stop the criminal, reunite a gatekeeper with her stolen past, and, above all, survive.


Gatekeepers [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: John C. Coffee Jr.
Publisher: OUP Oxford
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Gatekeepers by John C. Coffee Jr. Book Resume:

In the wake of a series of corporate governance disasters in the US and Europe which have gained almost mythic status - Enron, WorldCom, Tyco, Adelphia, HealthSouth, Parmalat - one question has not yet been addressed. A number of 'gatekeeping' professions - auditors, attorneys, securities analysts, credit-rating agencies - exist to guard against these governance failures. Yet clearly these watchdogs did not bark while corporations were looted and destroyed. But why not? To answer these questions, a more detailed investigation is necessary that moves beyond journalism and easy scapegoating, and examines the evolution, responsibilities, and standards of these professions. John Coffee, world-renowned Professor of Corporate Law, examines how these gatekeeping professions developed, to what degree they failed, and what reforms are feasible. Above all, this book examines the institutional changes and pressures that caused gatekeepers to underperform or neglect their responsibilities, and focuses on those feasible changes that can restore gatekeepers as the loyal agents of investors. This informed and readable view of the players on the contemporary business stage will be essential reading for investors, professionals, executives and business academics concerned with issues of good governance.

The Gatekeeper

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Author: Scott Ferrell
Publisher: MysticPhysh Publishing
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The Gatekeeper by Scott Ferrell Book Resume:

What if there’s more to a city’s name than anybody ever imagined? What if there’s more to a boy than he ever imagined? Three years after his parents’ car accident left his father dead and his mother with severe brain damage, fifteen-year-old Gaige Porter still battles with the after effects. His temper is short, his friends are few, and he struggles to find his place in the world as everything he thinks matters to him falls apart. Just as his life hits a new low, Seanna Bryant, steps from his dreams (literally) and into his life. With promises of help for his mom and finding meaning for his life, she lures him into a gateway that transports him to another world. On this new world, along with his friend, Aoife Connelly, Giage must follow Seanna on an adventure to find himself. With large, bull-like monsters hot on their heels, if Gaige and his friends are to survive the journey, they must face new creatures unlike anything on Earth and overcome dangers that threaten their lives around every corner. Along the way, he must learn to trust and find out what it means to be the Gatekeeper. THE GATEKEEPER is a novel that crosses two worlds and explores the depths of what it means to be a hero and a friend.

Corporate Finance Law

Corporate Finance Law [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: Louise Gullifer,Jennifer Payne
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Corporate Finance Law by Louise Gullifer,Jennifer Payne Book Resume:

The third edition of this acclaimed book continues to provide a discussion of key theoretical and policy issues in corporate finance law. It has been fully updated to reflect developments in the law and the markets. One of the book's distinctive features is its equal coverage of both the equity and debt sides of corporate finance law, and it seeks, where possible, to compare and contrast the two. This book covers a broad range of topics regarding the debt and equity-raising choices of companies of all sizes, from SMEs to the largest publicly traded enterprises, and the mechanisms by which those providing capital are protected. Each chapter provides a critical analysis of the present law to enable the reader to understand the difficulties, risks and tensions in this area, and the attempts by the legislature, regulators and the courts, as well as the parties involved, to deal with them. The book will be of interest to practitioners, academics and students engaged in the practice and study of corporate finance law.

ESV, MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition

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Author: Thomas Nelson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
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ESV, MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition by Thomas Nelson Book Resume:

Over 2 million readers around the world have had their spiritual lives enriched and their understanding of God’s Word expanded by The MacArthur Study Bible. Drawing on more than fifty years of dedicated pastoral and scholarly work, Dr. John MacArthur’s verse-by-verse study notes, book introductions, and articles display an unparalleled commitment to interpretive precision—with the goal of making God known through His Word. Features include: Fully redesigned second edition with updated study notes and expanded selection of maps and charts Nearly 25,000 verse-by-verse study notes 190 in-text maps, charts, and diagrams that illustrate the meanings, themes, teachings, people, and places of Scripture Outline of Systematic Theology More than 80,000 cross-references Concordance Bible reading plans Chronology of Old Testament Patriarchs and Judges Chronology of Old Testament Kings and Prophets Chronology of the New Testament Overviews of Christ’s Life, Ministry, and Passion Week Harmony of the Gospels Introductions to each major section of Scripture Index to Key Bible Doctrines

The Book of Contemplation

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Author: Usama ibn Munqidh
Publisher: Penguin UK
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The volume comprises lightly annotated translation of a key medieval Arabic text that bears directly on the Crusades and Crusader society and the Muslim experience of them.

1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles

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Author: Derek Cooper,Martin J. Lohrmann
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
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1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles by Derek Cooper,Martin J. Lohrmann Book Resume:

This latest volume in the Reformation Commentary on Scripture (RCS) series offers biblical commentary from numerous Reformation-era theologians, pastors, and preachers from a variety of theological traditions—Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, Radical, and Roman Catholic—on six Old Testament books: 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, and 1-2 Chronicles.

Corporate Governance and Complexity Theory

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Author: Marc Goergen,Christine Mallin,Eve Mitleton-Kelly,Ahmed Al-Hawamdeh,Iris Hse-Yu Chiu
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
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Corporate Governance and Complexity Theory by Marc Goergen,Christine Mallin,Eve Mitleton-Kelly,Ahmed Al-Hawamdeh,Iris Hse-Yu Chiu Book Resume:

This book is a major advancement in the area of complexity and corporate governance. By bringing together a range of leading experts in the fields of complexity and corporate governance, this book manages to knowledgeably wed the emerging field of complex systems thinking with the more established area of corporate governance. It brings a range of new and exciting concepts, such as emergence, co-evolution and selforganisation, and integrates them into an overarching and holistic understanding of corporate governance that is a clear benefit to corporate actors and stakeholders. The book is a major resource for both academic and practitioner audiences.

The IVP Introduction to the Bible

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Author: Philip S. Johnston
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
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Editor Philip S. Johnston presents the best evangelical thought on the proper interpretation and study of the Bible. Written by a team of international and interdenominational scholars, this resource is designed to set you on your way to responsible biblical interpretation.

Winds of Time

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Author: B. G. Simpson
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
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Six college students, all born on the same date in the same year, have at one time in their lives gone into a coma, except for one. They all have similar experiences of dreams or nightmares about the same situation, where they feel they are on the edge of eternity faced with incredible connections to their real lives. Drew and five of his college peers - called the "circle" - are running out of time. They have only a few weeks to find a series of lost scrolls from a time long forgotten. Their college professor has told them of their connections to the past, revealing the doomsday theory to be fact. The six are forced to separate when the world begins to fall apart. Members of the circle have to travel back in time to find the answers and save the planet. In the first book of this sci-fi adventure, Winds of Time: Oracles of the Great-Gulf Book One, meet Drew, Bella, Angela, Anna, Jake, and Tommy, who are targeted by an ancient secret from the past.

A Spiral of Time

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Author: K. V. Donato
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When twenty-two-year-old Deacon Rainer takes a blow to the head from a falling tree limb, he has no idea that his life is about to change forever. In his pain, he sees a vision of his late father, who tells him of an alien invasion twelve years ago and of the quest Deacon will soon undertake. As he falls unconscious, he is immersed in a long and detailed dream. But is it something more? Aphrodites Crystals, the children of Venus, are in the clutches of the malicious warlord Obsidian and his army of ferocious flesh eaters. Aress secret red legion, lurking inside the lava tubes of Mars, must race to rescue them in time. Although the Crystals trials are many, they will not give up. Later on, in the sanctuary of his new abode on Mars, a young Crystal named Onyx, comes to believe that there are Crystals residing on Earth. He wants to communicate with them, and fortunately the humans of Earth have sent an unmanned spaceship to Mars, allowing him just the opportunity he needs. The first book in a series, this science fiction novel tells a tale of alien and human life, friendship, betrayal, love, and hate as a diverse group of beings fight the forces of evil.

Ace It!

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Author: Bernie Weiss
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Ace It! by Bernie Weiss Book Resume:

Looking for a competitive advantage that will set you apart from your colleagues and competition and take your sales game to the next level? Learn how sales champions win new business. Learn how they Ace It! With increased technological disruption and competitive pressure straining even the most established client relationships, generating new business revenue is more important than ever. Unfortunately, many salespeople are ill-equipped to make the vital transition from a more reactive account management style to a mindset that puts acquiring new customers at the center of their sales success. In Ace It!, iHeartMedia New York president Bernie Weiss provides a practical and accessible ten-step approach to selling that covers the whole sales journey, from finding prospects all the way to the start of new, and hopefully long-term, client relationships. Whether you’re a sales novice who has recently switched careers, a recent college graduate just starting a sales job, a sales veteran in need of a boost to jumpstart a plateaued career, or a sales manager looking for an accessible guide to help train new hires to produce significant new revenue quickly, Weiss’s book gives you the tools you need to sell more and sell better. Filled with proven, real-world techniques and scripts easily applied to any real-world sales situation, Ace It! shows you how to become a new business star who consistently beats budget even in today’s challenging and fast-changing marketplace.

A Story of the Soul’s Journey in the Nag Hammadi Library

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Author: Ulla Tervahauta
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A Story of the Soul’s Journey in the Nag Hammadi Library by Ulla Tervahauta Book Resume:

Authentikos Logos (NHC VI,3), also known as Authoritative Teaching,is a little studied story of a soul’s descent and ascent in the Nag Hammadi library. With her book Ulla Tervahauta fills a gap in the scholarship and provide the first monograph-length study that has this writingas its primary focus. The aim is to find a place and context for Authentikos Logos within early Christianity, but Tervahauta also adds new insight into the scholarship of the Nag Hammadi Library and study of early Christianity. Contrary to the usual discussion of the Nag Hammadi writings from the viewpoint of Gnostic studies, she argues that Authentikos Logos is best approached from the context of Christian traditions of late ancient Egypt between the third and the fifth centuries.Tervahauta discusses the story of the soul’s journey in light of various Christian and Platonic writings. Also, she analyses the relationship of Authentikos Logos with the Valentinian Wisdom myth and suggests that no firm evidence connects the writing closely with Valentinian traditions. And although a Platonic mind-set can be assumed, the writing combines motifs in a unique manner. For example, the four epithets used in the writing – the “invisible soul”, the “pneumatic soul”, the “material soul”, and the “rational soul” – are not found thus combined elsewhere. Discussion of matter (hyle) is connected with Christian scriptural allusions and the focus is on ethics and the evilness of matter. The body, on the other hand, is the soul’s place of contest and progress. The Pauline term “pneumatic body” (1 Cor 15:44) is used allusively and from a Platonic perspective. With this book Ulla Tervahauta makes an important contribution to the study of early Christianity in late ancient Egypt by discussing a writing thatshows knowledge and creative combination of literary traditions that circulated in late ancient Egypt.

German Feminism

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Author: Edith H. Altbach,Jeannette Clausen,Dagmar Schultz,Naomi Stephan
Publisher: SUNY Press
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German Feminism by Edith H. Altbach,Jeannette Clausen,Dagmar Schultz,Naomi Stephan Book Resume:

Rich, diverse, and complex, this anthology presents the new prose fiction of women from both Germanys and Austria and the working papers of the German women’s movement since the late 1960s. The alternation of an inner and outer focus in these selections allows the reader to explore the resonance between political thought and action, and the creative expression of women’s own experience. Also invaluable, and exemplary of the vitality of German feminists, is their capacity for self-criticism and theoretical analysis. Two introductory essays give comprehensive overviews of current directions in German feminism and women’s literature, with historical background and interpretation. The sequence of chapters interweaves short stories and novel excerpts with essay, reportage and manifesto—in all, more than 50 texts. The literary material is grouped by tone, mood and theme in sections entitled "The Way It Is,” “Wo/Man Hating,” “Struggles, Visions and Dreams,” and “Our Past, Our Future.” The “political” material is arranged topically under the headings “Breaking the Silence,” “Body Politics,” “Reportage and Essay,” “Sisterhood,” “Motherhood and Housework,” “Feminist Strategy,” and “Women's Studies.” Of assistance to students and scholars are the extensive bibliographic notes in the two introductory essays and in many of the nonliterary texts as well as thoughtful and explanatory chapter introductions and headnotes accompanying each text.

ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible: Christ in All of Scripture, Grace for All of Life

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Publisher: Crossway
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ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible: Christ in All of Scripture, Grace for All of Life by Book Resume:

“This study Bible is a must-have to help us see Jesus Christ throughout the whole Bible.” —Biblereviewguys The ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible is designed to help readers see Christ in all of Scripture, and grace for all of life. It features book introductions, gospel-centered study notes, and a series of all-new articles—written by a team of over 50 pastors and scholars. This content explains passage-by-passage how God’s redemptive purposes culminate in the gospel and apply to the lives of believers today. Readers will be challenged to see how the message of the gospel transforms sinners from the inside out. Over 375,000 words of gospel-centered study notes Introduction that outlines specific uses for the Bible Updated design and typesetting based on the original ESV Gospel Transformation Bible released in 2013 Includes 5 new articles on topics such as the relationship between the Old and New Testaments, the gospel in the Old Testament, the covenants, and more Book introductions Concordance 80,000 cross-references Ribbon marker Smyth-sewn binding Size: 6.125" x 9.125" 9-point Bible text; 8-point study notes 2,096 pages Single-column format Packaging: None

The Witch Chronicles Book 1: Adironda’s Beginning

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Author: Jeremiah Mahuron
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The Witch Chronicles Book 1: Adironda’s Beginning by Jeremiah Mahuron Book Resume:

Adironda is a normal teenage witch living in her world. But she has always had a strange calling inside her that leads her to do things. This mysterious calling leads her to do something greatly forbidden: to venture into another world. She decides to follow her calling and journey to the Gate of the Worlds. Through the Gate of the Worlds, Adironda enters the world of human beings. A teenage boy, Jacob, stumbles upon her, and instantly falls in love. But when she and Jacob are pulled back to the witch world, she finds herself in great danger. Now, after escaping, she must save Jacob, overthrow the evil Leader of the witch world, and restore peace to her world. Will she do it?

The Last of Us

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Author: Damir Carter
Publisher: Gatekeeper Press
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The Last of Us is a story about a man by the name of Brute along with his comrade Celiana in the fight against racism and or the alliance of racists called the Separatists. A war known as the War of Races occurred causing many races to be annihilated. Those who fought on the side of equality, no matter what ethnicity you may be all joined together against those who fought for the side of racism. Though the leaders were the white supremacists and they tortured and killed off any one who was of their ethnicity but did not side with them. Brute is a bronze skinned man who wears a hood to cover his face, along with Celiana who was Caucasian but a member of the United Races Alliance. The world has been ravaged beyond belief, only few people remain; such as the Separatists. Now Brute and Celiana must try to build a new world order where everyone is equal and no one is looked down upon because of their color, ethnicity, or culture. Even if that new world order will be built off of blood.

50 Classic Philosophy Books

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Author: Golgotha Press
Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides
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50 Classic Philosophy Books by Golgotha Press Book Resume:

An anthology of 50 classic philosophy works with an active table of contents to make it easy to quickly find the book you are looking for. Works include: As A Man Thinketh by James Allen The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine Alcibiades I by Plato Alexandria and her Schools by Charles Kingsley An 'Attic' Philosopher by Emile Souvestre An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Taste, and of the Origin of our Ideas of Beauty, etc. by Frances Reynolds An Essay on the Beautiful by Plotinus An Introduction to Philosophy by George Stuart Fullerton The Analects of Confucius by James Legge The Analysis of Mind by Bertrand Russell The Ancient East by D. G. Hogarth SUN TZU ON THE ART OF WAR by Sun Tzu The Basis of Morality by Annie Besant Bergson and His Philosophy by J. Alexander Gunn Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura Book of Wise Sayings by W. A. Clouston The Breath of Life by John Burroughs Bushido, the Soul of Japan by Inazo Nitobé The Conditions of Existence as Affecting the Perpetuation of Living Beings by Thomas H. Huxley The Complete Angler 1653 by Isaak Walton The Conquest of Fear by Basil King Cosmic Consciousness by Ali Nomad Creative Unity by Rabindranath Tagore The Critique of Practical Reason by Immanuel Kant Death by Maurice Maeterlinck Hints Towards the Formation of a More Comprehensive Theory of Life by Samuel Taylor Coleridge A History of Freedom of Thought by John Bagnell Bury History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy by Isaac Husik The Idea of God in Early Religions by F. B. Jevons Initiation into Philosophy by Emile Faguet Introduction to the Philosophy and Writings of Plato by Thomas Taylor Kant's Theory of Knowledge by Harold Arthur Prichard The Law and the Word by Thomas Troward Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes Man And Superman by George Bernard Shaw On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau Pragmatism by William James Principles of Philosophy by Rene Descartes Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Tragic Sense of Life by Miguel de Unamuno What is Property? by P. J. Proudhon Where No Fear Was: A Book About Fear by Arthur Christopher Benson Within You is the Power by Henry Thomas Hamblin Fundamental Principals of the Metaphysic of Morals by Immanuel Kant Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell The Ethics by Benedict de Spinoza

Transnational Advocacy Networks and Human Rights Law

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Author: Giulia Dondoli
Publisher: Routledge
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Transnational Advocacy Networks and Human Rights Law by Giulia Dondoli Book Resume:

This book asks the fundamental question of how new human rights issues emerge in the human rights debate. To answer this, the book focuses on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and on the case study of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) rights. The work argues that the way in which NGOs decide their advocacy, conceptualise human rights violations and strategically present legal analysis to advance LGBTI human rights shapes the human rights debate. To demonstrate this, the book analyses three data sets: NGO written statements submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council, NGO oral statements delivered during the Universal Periodic Review and 36 semi-structured interviews with NGO staff. Data are analysed with a combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches to discover what issues are most important for LGBTI networks (issue emergence) and how these issues are framed (issue framing). Along with NGO efficiency in lobbying for the emergence of new human rights standards, the book inevitably discusses important questions related to NGOs’ accountability and democratic legitimacy. The book thus asks whether the right to marry is important for LGBTI advocates working transnationally, because this right is particularly controversial among activists and LGBTI communities, especially in non-Western contexts.

Gatekeeper, Books 1-3

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Author: Ann Gimpel
Publisher: Ann Gimpel
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Gatekeeper, Books 1-3 by Ann Gimpel Book Resume:

If you like ’em dead. This is the urban fantasy series for you. Over 900 pages of edge-of-your-seat Reaper action. Vampires too. Shadow Reaper The dead are restless, and a whole lot less cooperative than they have been. That was true even before I drew the short straw and ended up with Vampire duty. Since then, Reaping has taken way more time. So much, I’m worried I’ll lose all the clients from the career that actually feeds me. I run a small private pilot school. It pays most of the bills and means I don’t have to keep regular hours. Death wants me to remain in one piece. She’s bailed me out often enough, she’s all but ordered me to find other employment. I just smile and nod after our little talks, and then I climb back into a cockpit. Our last toe-to-toe didn’t go so well. She went and assigned Vampires to me. That’s when Reaping turned into a million-hour-a-week job. I can almost hear the Reaper who was stuck with them before, laughing his head off. I shepherd souls to the other side. Vampires have zero interest in leaving, but I have a quota to fill. Means I have to trick them, but it didn’t work for long. They’re onto me. Damn Death, anyway. She painted a target on my back, and now the Vamps are out for blood. In more ways than one. Rebel Reaper Come fly with me. Catchy, huh? It works for airplanes. Maybe it will work for the dead once I launch my own Reaping business. Except my new tagline will be, come die with me. Back when my life was simpler, I thought all I had to do was hold gateways for the dead to pass through. Silly me, I actually enjoyed Reaping. Almost like a drug or fine old whiskey, it made me high, filled me with delight, and left me glowing with the rightness of providing a last bit of compassion. Good little Reaper that I am, I never examined any of it too deeply, just crafted portals, exactly as Death trained me. Ha! She neglected to mention I command way more magic than she’d let on in Reaper school. Death smiled pretty to my face and then lied to me. Used me. Me and all the other Reapers. I can’t not Reap. It’s hardwired into me. But I can tell Death I quit. Big words. I have no idea if I’ve got the guts to follow through, or what Death would do about open insubordination. I’ve always liked to live on the wild side, though, so I guess I’m about to find out. Untamed Reaper I did it! I’m free. Well sort of. Freedom isn’t as cut and dried as the word implies. In this case, I’m at the top of Death’s Worst Reaper Ever list. What it signifies remains to be seen. I broke free from Death because there wasn’t any other way out of Reaping Vampires. She refused to let me off the hook or consider other arrangements. I’d have been content leaving it at that, but word about my choice got out. Other Reapers clamored for independence too. Death’s fury expanded another notch with every defection until nowhere is far enough away for me to run to. If I was only fighting her, it might be manageable. Toss in Vampires who hate my guts, a phalanx of dark gods who want my hide, and a bunch of bigoted mortals who’ve decided magic is holding them back. Pah. Humans are their own worst enemy, but they’re the least of my problems. It’s been a rocky journey. Along the way I’ve uncovered allies and even a man who loves me. Will we be enough to slam the gates and send darkness packing? We have to be. No prisoners. No choices.