When Fidel Castro sends his top assassin into Colorado's high country to kill the vacationing American and Russian Presidents, Buck and Dolly Madison and Buck's Vietnam war buddies are caught in a cross-fire of presidential politics, water politics and forced to make a choice between Duty-Honor-Country and allowing Fidel's terrorists to assassinate a President who "loathes" the military. After their private plane is shot down by the terrorists on a Rocky Mountain glacier, Buck and Dolly must fight their way downhill through a terrorist gauntlet that tests their love, courage and survival skills. If they can outwit the terrorists, they can prevent the destruction of the Lake Granby High Dam and save the lives of thousands of innocent Americans.
Malise Ruthven's book is the first full-length historical analysis of torture in English. It traces the evolution of torture from Greek and Roman times, through its revival in the campaign against medieval dissent, its abolition in the 18th century and its re-emergence under European colonial rule and in post-revolutionary Russia. More especially, it demonstrates how the practice of torture was, and still is, almost invariably initiated by a weak regime fearful of suspected organized opposition to its rule. The author defines this reaction as the Grand Conspiracy theory. Finally, he points out that the use of torture against rebels (real or imaginary) results in the transformation of fantasy into fact--discontent becomes active dissent.
Rudyard Mack, Library detective, investigates the political kidnapping of his girlfriend, Arbuthnott Vine, Library Union leader, who was planning a union action against City Hall. It leads him through the underworld of unions, city politics, pay offs and international conspiracy to the heart of a global conspiracy.
Lysaer, the "Lord of Light" squares off against his bastard half-brother Arithon, the "Master of Shadow," in a fantasy battle for the future of the world, and the balance of magical powers in the universe.