In the tradition of Paullina Simons comes an unforgettable story of a mother and daughter from a remarkable new writer. Beginning in a small village under Japanese occupation on the Chinese-Russian border in the final days of World War II, White Gardenia tells the story of a Russian mother and daughter separated by war. From the glamorous nightclubs of Shanghai to the harshness of the Siberian wasteland, from a desolate island in the South China Sea and to a new life in post-war Australia, and finally to Cold War Moscow, White Gardenia sweeps across cultures and continents. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Deidre Rubenstein. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/000006/bk_boli_000006_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A betrayed assassin. A savage Russian commander. Who will be the victor in a brutal game of death? Thomas Caine is being hunted. To protect a friend, the vengeful assassin has taken on a sinister branch of the Russian Mafia. Blood has been spilled, and these ruthless gangsters know better than anyone that revenge is a dish best served cold.... Caine soon finds himself captured in the frozen mountains of Siberia. With no equipment, no supplies, and no weapons, he must survive in this icy wasteland, as a crack team of Russian mercenaries hunts him down. These expert killers are led by an infamous manhunter known as The Iron Wolf...a cold-blooded Spetsnaz commander who collects trophies from his human prey.... Can Caine outwit this lethal pack and prove himself the ultimate predator in a ghastly game of death? Caine returns in another Rapid Fire adventure. Dive into Cold Kill, and get a quick shot of literary adrenaline today.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Tell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/111716/bk_acx0_111716_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the tradition of In Patagonia and Great Plains, Michael Meyer's In Manchuria is a scintillating combination of memoir, contemporary reporting, and historical research, presenting a unique profile of China's legendary northeast territory. For three years Meyer rented a home in the rice-farming community of Wasteland, hometown of his wife's family, and their personal saga mirrors the tremendous change most of rural China is undergoing in the form of a privately held rice company that has built new roads, introduced organic farming, and constructed high-rise apartments into which farmers can move in exchange for their land rights. Once a commune, Wasteland is now a company town, a phenomenon happening across China that Meyer documents for the first time; indeed, not since Pearl Buck wrote The Good Earth has anyone brought rural China to life as Meyer has here. Amplifying the story of family and Wasteland, Meyer takes us on a journey across Manchuria's past, a history that explains much about contemporary China, from the fall of the last emperor to Japanese occupation and Communist victory. Through vivid local characters, Meyer illuminates the remnants of the imperial Willow Palisade, Russian and Japanese colonial cities and railways, and the POW camp into which a young American sergeant parachuted to free survivors of the Bataan Death March. In Manchuria is a rich and original chronicle of contemporary China and its people. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Backman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021255/bk_adbl_021255_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the best-selling authors of Atlantis and Silver. Navy SEAL Dane Maddock leads a team of operatives in a race against Russian Spetznaz agents to find a lost nuclear submarine and recover a threat known only as Romanov’s Bane, but the frozen wasteland of Wrangel Island is home to more than enemy soldiers. Soon, Dane and Bones find themselves face-to-face with dangers thought long extinct. Join them as they seek to foil a madman’s deadly plot in the action-packed thriller, Dead Ice. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/024384/bk_acx0_024384_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With the death of the fearsome Ögedei Khan, the Mongol invasion of the West has been brought to an abrupt halt. The defenders, a band of brave warrior monks known as the Shield-Brethren, limp homeward again across a frozen, bloodied wasteland. But where - and what - is "home" now that the threat of invasion no longer shapes their lives? Thirteenth-century Europe has been saved from annihilation at the hands of the Mongols, to be sure, but new and terrible threats are at hand: political and religious turmoil threaten to turn the warriors' world upside down once more. Painted against a rich backdrop of medieval mysticism and Russian folklore, Katabasis weaves together the tales of victor and victim alike in a fearless exploration of what it means not just to survive, but to truly live again. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Luke Daniels. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/005455/bk_brll_005455_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A panel from the lost Amber Room looted by the Nazis in 1941 comes on the London art market. Two mutilated bodies are discovered on wasteland outside Moscow’s Yaroslavl Railway station. Initially the two events seem unrelated. Senior Investigtor Nikishin, troubled by the recent loss of his wife and haunted by the presence of his dead daughter, is assigned the case. Then the murder of a specialist art thief in London and a Bond street dealer on his luxury yacht on the French Riviera set in motion a chain of events that find Nikishin, and his SPBR team, his loyal sergeant Dmitri Roskov, and his forensics specialist the beautiful Tamara Lomakina pitted against the ruthless assassin known only as the Caretaker, who will stop at nothing to achieve the ambitions of his employer - the fanatical billionaire art collector Abel Steele. But as Nikishin pieces together the 70-year-old puzzle, they realize the forces pitted against them are more powerful and sinister than they anticipated, but when the Caretaker becomes fixated on Tamara, Nikishin realizes he has more than just a crime to solve. The trail takes Nikishin and Tamara on a desperate chase across Russia and northern Europe as they attempt to unravel a complex and sinister conspiracy that reaches to the very top of the Russian political establishment causing economic and political ripples that spread across Europe. When an Israeli Mossad operation codenamed Jericho threatens the possible collapse of the Swiss banking system the stakes become even higher. The clock is ticking for Nikishin and Tamara to outwit the forces pitted against them and solve the mystery and discover the location of the vast treasure hidden in the closing days of the Second World War. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Edison McDaniels. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/130939/bk_acx0_130939_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Templar Treasure! Romanov's Bane! The Amber Room! This collection includes three action-packed adventures from the Dane Maddock Origins series. Hell Ship When Navy SEAL Dane Maddock and his squad are sent to find the wreckage of a sunken World War II Japanese "hell ship", they find themselves caught up in a deadly race to solve an 800-year-old mystery. Can Dane and Bones outrun, outfight, and outwit a cadre of deadly adversaries and find the key to unlock the deadly secret of the Knights Templar? Sunken ships, conspiracies, secret societies, historical mysteries, and all the action you can handle! A globe-trotting, adrenaline-charged thriller in the tradition of Clive Cussler and James Rollins. Don't miss it! Dead Ice Navy SEAL Dane Maddock leads a team of operatives in a race against Russian Spetznaz agents to find a lost nuclear submarine and recover a threat known only as Romanov's Bane, but the frozen wasteland of Wrangel Island is home to more than enemy soldiers. Soon, Dane and Bones find themselves face-to-face with dangers thought long extinct. Join them as they seek to foil a madman's deadly plot in the action-packed thriller Dead Ice. Amber They called it the Eighth Wonder of the World. For more than 200 years, the world marveled at the fabled Amber Room. And then came the Nazis. Since the Second World War, one of the world's most magnificent lost treasures has lain hidden, and it's up to Navy SEALs Dane Maddock and "Bones" Bonebrake to find it again. Joined by Zara Leopov, their squad must follow the trail of clues from history in a perilous, action-packed race to find a treasure and unlock a deadly secret hidden in Amber. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/096543/bk_acx0_096543_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What would you do if you lost power, water, and the protection of law enforcement, all in an instant - and you knew it was never coming back? How would you and your loved ones endure? The world is destroyed in a devastating nuclear attack. Now, Chuck and his family must learn to survive in a harsh new dystopia in Fairbanks, Alaska. Retired Marine and survivalist Chuck Nagy, his brilliant and brave wife, Madison, and his remarkable children are thrown from the modern world into a dystopian wasteland in the span of a few heartbeats. Now, it’s up to Chuck to build a new life in a post-apocalyptic world that becomes more dangerous every day. This is an omnibus edition of the three titles in Craig Martelle's End Times Alaska series. Endure:Fairbanks, Alaska, is destroyed in a devastating nuclear attack. Now, Chuck Nagy and his family must learn to survive in a harsh new dystopia. What would you do if you lost power, water, and the protection of law enforcement all in an instant - and what if you knew it was never coming back? How would you and your loved ones endure?Run:After enduring the holocaust that destroyed Fairbanks, one family gathers the remaining survivors to build a new society. When they begin to thrive, the faceless enemy returns, destroying their new community. They flee for their lives, driving dog teams across 300 miles of frozen Alaskan wilderness. With babies, children, and almost no food, who will get to them first - the Russians or the winter cold?Return:The war is over, the treaties signed, and Chuck, Madison, and their community of survivors return to Alaska with the same mission they’ve always had - to live life to the fullest in a new world of their own making. But that means they must confront the Russian invaders yet again as the enemy tries to establish its own settlement, and the Nagys’ world turns upside down once again - maybe for the final time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris Abernathy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/126299/bk_acx0_126299_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When at the turn of the 1980, the face of the political world was largely remodelled with the vanishment of classical East and West blocs, the economical wasteland created by the failed socialist planned economic system constituted a fascinating research pasture for economists of all disciplines – especially macroeconomists and specialists for economic politics. At universities, new faculties for transformation studies were created. Authors like Rodrick elucidated the reasons for the acute period of the COMECON alliance in form of teh Soviet trade shock, de Melo, van den Mortel a.o. discussed reasons for discrepancy of initial condions, Aghion & Blanchard about the speed of transition, just like Wyplosz, Fischer & Sahayestablished a balance sheet after a decade of transition.However, the preponderant part authorship dedicated to the fate and future of Central and Eastern European countries left apart a force of influence which disciplines of business adminitration have discovered for disciplines like management and staff motivation: culture.The author of the present study did extended research for working papers a.o. which may provide hints for characteristics of development visible in two exemplaric states, out of which one used to be part fo the soviet Union (Ukraine), the other a satellite „brother country“ (POland), which lie below the surface of economic behaviour and performance. The result of this quest was y and large that there indeed do exist works which deal with the selected econo-political aspects, however, most authors refer to the five dimensions of national culture presented by Hofstede, which in the author`s opinion oversimplify the complex and difficultly obervable domain fo culture, sometimes even is entangled in contradictions like with the high masculinity/femininity index for Italy. This is why the author rather oriented by the need-belief-value-attitude continuum described by Culatta and thus developped his chapters on EU accession, advertisng creation and response as well as push and pull factors for business ownership and SME landscape departing from an own digest of cultural models by Trompenaars, Hall, Merk, throsby et. al., proceeding via approaches showing ellements of the N-B-V-A vchain more detailedly - e.g. Schwartz`s ten basic human values or Nussbaum`s capability theory- and applying those components to concrete manifestaions in the oberved countries, e.g. Dyczewski`´s compilation of Polish national values and Ray`s Ukrainian static and dynamic worldviews. Results of this study are in short that an economy`s national culture should not be left apart when it is about economic and political development and that for two of the three topics treated - national and European identity as well as entrepreneurship - huge diversions between Poland and Ukraine were stated (strong idea of Polishdom and Poland`s reserved place in the EU vs. Ukrainian roots blurred a.o. by Russian, German and Communist influences, optimist Polish business owners, often supported by their faith in God vs. resignated entrepreneurs stuck in dirty business rules in Ukraine) whereas the assessment of advertising found about the same level of human needs suppressed before 1991 and satisfied afterwards.Apart of its function as graduation, this work`s reason for existence is to animate fellow-researchers to undertake primary research based on more inspiring and substantial theoretical beckgrounf than the Hofstedian model and to consider other facets of CEEC integration into the EU, e.g. microcultures like religion, residence status or communicative topics like negotiation style and reasons for failure.