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Cannibals of Madison County

Jess Weimar stepped out of the wreckage. Parts of the airplane still burned. Judging by the vegetation, she suspected they were deep in the Amazon.
"Can you help?" someone shouted.
Jess found him. It was Billman from the home office. "Are you a doctor?" he asked.
"No, I'm Jess. We met in Rio. I'm a corporate headhunter."
"That's too bad," he said, and he died.


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A History of Sacramento City College in 100 Objects

All histories are subjective, and all are incomplete. "A History of Sacramento City College in 100 Objects" is both. But it is also an attempt to tell a story not often told, a story of material culture -- about the relationship between people and their things.

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Aleutian Grave

The arctic exploration ship Nikolai Gorodish is cruising the Aleutian islands when a cabaret dancer named Rose DeSilva is found stabbed to death. More deaths will follow. But that’s only the beginning. Is there an an arctic demon on board the ship? Or is someone else cannibalizing the bodies of the dead?

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The Mummies of Blogspace9

If you enjoyed reading The Martian by Andy Weir, you’ll love The Mummies of Blogspace9. Why? Well, for starters, The Martian is a great story, and if you haven’t read it yet, you really should. At 99 cents, it’s a steal. Seriously, go buy it right now and start reading. But if you have another 99 cents ($1.98 total), The Mummies of Blogspace9 is the right purchase for you.

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I hope you enjoy Mounted.  Although there is no actual text inside this journal, a great deal of writing and angst was involved in producing the story.  Some stories are meant to be long, and some short.  In this case, what I had planned to become an epic love story between an ornithologist and a taxidermist became instead a short story of tender and crisp proportions.

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Grave Indulgence

At 1200 feet long, the cruise ship Indulgence is the largest in the world. Accommodating 5400 passengers and 2100 crew members, she is nearly as populous as the Pacific island nation of Nauru. At 226,000 tons, she weighs as much as four and a half Titanics. Indulgence is anchored off Helsinki, Finland, preparing to take on passengers for her inaugural voyage when Henry comes aboard.  

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American Caliphate

Nothing decays on the north coast, not even faith.

Archaeologists Jila Wells and Ben Juarez are not thrilled at the prospect of returning to Peru; the ambush that nearly cost Jila her still haunts her.  But the ruined pyramids at Santiago de Paz hide an important document that would shock the Islamic world. 

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Mediterranean Grave
Henry Grave is a senior investigator for the Association of Cruising Vessel Operators.  A World War II P.O.W., Henry is as cunning as he is charming, and at 84 years of age, he fits right in with his fellow passengers.  The cruising yacht Vesper is anchored off the Greek island of Thera, in the caldera of an ancient volcano, as Henry comes onboard.  read more >>

Mediterranean Grave was just awarded a Finalist medal for Best Mystery by the
National Independent Press Excellence Awards

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Grave Passage
With only days until their final post, the passengers of the Contessa Voyager learn that their guest lecturer, an ex-F.B.I. profiler, has been found hanging from the ship's rock-climbing wall. Suddenly their balmy, carefree idyll on the Caribbean is fraught with danger and anxiety. Will someone else be next?  read more >>

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"Henry Grave is laugh-out-out-loud funny. This is one of the most enjoyable crime books I've read in a long time. The dialogue is witty, the situations unexpected, and the resolution surprising and satisfying. Henry Grave is one of a kind and an absolute joy."  -Mark West, Author, Fort Ross

The Artifacts Of A Royal Residence
- Group 10L-2, Copan, Honduras
A catalog and study of the artifacts of the MARI/Tulane investigations of the Mayan city of Copan.

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