She has testified before U. A graduate of the University of Washington, she holds a Ph. Formerly a trial lawyer, he was the SEC liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups. Karin Slaughter is the number one international bestseller of several novels, including the Grant County series. A long-time resident of Atlanta, she splits her time between the kitchen and the living room. The Silver Bullet Award was created by the International Thriller Writers in conjunction with Reading Is Fundamental RIF to recognize outstanding and meritorious achievement in the pursuit of literacy and the love of reading.
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Past recipients include authors Sandra Brown, R. Stine started writing when he was 9 years old. He wrote stories and jokes on a typewriter and handed them out at school. He graduated with a B. Stine taught social studies after college, then moved to New York City to become a writer. He married Jane Waldhorn on June 22, Jane is an editor and publisher.
Their son, Matthew Daniel Stine, was born on June 7, The YA series, Fear Street , started in and was followed in by Goosebumps , which quickly took off around the world. Goosebumps has been translated into 35 languages. These days, Stine continues to add books to the Goosebumps series, scaring a new generation of kids. In addition, several TV movies have become perennial Halloween favorites.
In , Touchstone Books will publish a new R. Stine adult horror novel. He has sold more than million copies. His latest book, Fall of Giants , went straight to the No. He burst into the book world in with E ye of the Needle , a taut and original thriller with a memorable woman character in the central role. The book won the Edgar award and became an outstanding film starring Kate Nelligan and Donald Sutherland. He went on to write four more best-selling thrillers: He also wrote On Wings of Eagles , the true story of how two employees of Ross Perot were rescued from Iran during the revolution of He then surprised readers by radically changing course with The Pillars of the Earth , a novel about building a cathedral in the Middle Ages.
Published in September to rave reviews, it was on the New York Times bestseller list for eighteen weeks. It also reached the No. It was voted the third greatest book ever written by , viewers of the German television station ZDF in , beaten only by The Lord of the Rings and the Bible.
When The Times of London asked its readers to vote for the 60 greatest novels of the last 60 years, The Pillars of the Earth was placed at No. The sequel, World Without End , was No. For a while he abandoned the straightforward spy genre, but his stories still had powerful narrative drive, strong women characters, and elements of suspense and intrigue.
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Then he returned to the thriller. The Third Twin is a scorching suspense novel about a young woman scientist who stumbles over a secret experiment in genetic engineering. The Hammer of Eden , another nail-biting contemporary suspense story, came in Code to Zero , about brainwashing and rocket science in the Fifties, went to No. Ken returned to the WWII era with his next two novels: Jackdaws , a World War II thriller about a group of women parachuted into France to destroy a vital telephone exchange — which won the won the Corine Prize for — and Hornet Flight , about a daring young Danish couple who escape to Britain from occupied Denmark in a rebuilt Hornet Moth biplane with vital information about German radar.
Whiteout , a contemporary thriller about the theft of a dangerous virus from a laboratory, was published in , and made into a miniseries in Set in the remote Scottish Highlands over a stormy, snow-bound Christmas, Whiteout crackles with jealousies, distrust, sexual attraction, rivalries, hidden traitors and unexpected heroes. It is set in Kingsbridge, the fictional location of the cathedral in Pillars, and features the descendants of the original characters at the time of the Black Death.
It was a No. A board game based on The Pillars of the Earth was released worldwide in and won the following prizes: In Ken was awarded the Olaguibel Prize by the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos Vasco-Navarro for contributing to the promotion and awareness of architecture. A statue of him by the distinguished Spanish sculptor Casto Solano was unveiled in January outside the cathedral of Santa Maria in the Basque capital of Vitoria-Gasteiz in northern Spain.
His current project is his most ambitious yet. The Century Trilogy will tell the entire history of the twentieth century, seen through the eyes of five linked families: The first book, Fall of Giants , focusing on the First World War and the Russian Revolution, was published worldwide simultaneously on 28 September He is already at work on the second, provisionally titled The Winter of the World, about the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War, and the development of nuclear weapons. Ken Follett is married to Barbara Follett , a political activist who was the Member of Parliament for Stevenage in Hertfordshire for thirteen years and Minister for Culture in the government of Gordon Brown.
They live in a rambling rectory in Stevenage and also have an eighteenth-century town house in London and a beach house in Antigua. An enthusiastic amateur musician , he plays bass guitar in a band called Damn Right I Got the Blues, and appears occasionally with the folk group Clog Iron playing a bass balalaika.
He was Chair of the National Year of Reading , a British government initiative to raise literacy levels. He was president of the charity Dyslexia Action for ten years. In he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Literature D. He is active in numerous Stevenage charities and was a governor of Roebuck Primary School for ten years, serving as Chair of Governors for four of those years.
He was born on 5 June in Cardiff, Wales, the son of a tax inspector. He was educated at state schools and graduated from University College, London , with an Honours degree in philosophy. He was made a Fellow of the college in While working on the Evening News he wrote his first novel, which was published but did not become a bestseller.
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He then went to work for a small London publishing house, Everest Books, eventually becoming Deputy Managing Director. He continued to write novels in his spare time. Eye of the Needle was his eleventh book, and his first success. Around million copies of his books have been sold worldwide. Robert Crais is the author of the best-selling Elvis Cole novels. A native of Louisiana, he grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in a blue collar family of oil refinery workers and police officers.
Parker, and John Steinbeck. In the mid-eighties, feeling constrained by the collaborative working requirements of Hollywood, Crais resigned from a lucrative position as a contract writer and television producer in order to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a novelist. His first efforts proved unsuccessful, but upon the death of his father in , Crais was inspired to create Elvis Cole, using elements of his own life as the basis of the story.
Crais conceived of the novel as a stand-alone, but realized that—in Elvis Cole—he had created an ideal and powerful character through which to comment upon his life and times. Requiem, which was a New York Times and Los Angeles Time s bestseller and forever changed the way Crais conceived of and structured his novels. Larger and deeper in scope, Publishers Weekly wrote of L. The best books always land outside preset boundaries.
Starkey has since become a leading character in the Elvis Cole series. In , Crais published his second non-series novel, Hostage, which was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and was a world-wide bestseller. Additionally, the editors of Amazon. Both novels explore with increasing depth the natures and characters of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. The novels of Robert Crais have been published in 42 countries and are bestsellers around the world.
Currently, Robert Crais lives in the Santa Monica mountains with his wife, three cats, and many thousands of books. To millions of fans, Diana Gabaldon is the creator of a complex, original, and utterly compelling amalgam of 18th-century romantic adventure and 20th-century science fiction. Gabaldon wrote her first novel while juggling the demands of motherhood and career: Rather, it came from watching an episode of the British sci-fi series Dr.
Who and becoming smitten with a handsome time traveler in a kilt.
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The resulting love affair between an intelligent, mature, sexually experienced woman and a charismatic, brave, virginal young man turned the conventions of historical romance upside-down. Gabaldon has said her books were hard to market at first because they were impossible to categorize neatly. It is a question for each reader to answer in their own way, picking up clues not only from what is said, but from what is omitted. Originally published in , Satan Came to Eden meticulously recounts Ritter and Strauch's often bizarre, true-life struggle from a survivor's point of view—an account lost to the public for nearly 80 years.
Editor Joseph Troise supplements Strauch's original memoir with previously unpublished photographs and an informative preface, introducing a new generation of readers to one of the strangest stories of the twentieth century. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page.
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Kindle Edition , pages. Published June 8th by Troise Publishing first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Satan Came to Eden , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is part of the basis of a documentary of the same name that I watched in the wee hours of the morning once in April when I had insomnia. The documentary itself is incredibly interesting, involving two mysteries that took place on the island of Floreana in the Galapagos archipelago in the early s.
This book is also a memoir written april Trying to catch up with everything still on my plate, I've discussed this book here , in combination with two other books that all go together. This book is also a memoir written by one of the parties involved, Dore Strauch, who had come to the island with her lover and mentor, Dr. Friedrich Ritter who was eager to leave civilization behind and embark on an experiment living as far away from the outside world as possible. While parts of it deal with survival on Floreana, there is also much about the strange disappearance of a strange, no, make that utterly bizarre woman who called herself the Baroness along with one of her lovers who had seriously disrupted the lives of two families who lived there.
If you're into historical true crime, this one is a doozie. View all 5 comments. This book has been out of print for 80 years but recently brought back to life. It's an irresistible tale of a human adventure so bizarre it reads like fiction, but isn't! It's kind of light peeling back an onion--each page seems to reveal some new angle, or mystery, or character.
The narrator, a young German woman who, with her lover, decided to colonize a volcanic island in the Galapagos called Floreana, dictates her memoir to use while unconsciously revealing more about herself than I'm sure This book has been out of print for 80 years but recently brought back to life.
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The narrator, a young German woman who, with her lover, decided to colonize a volcanic island in the Galapagos called Floreana, dictates her memoir to use while unconsciously revealing more about herself than I'm sure she even knew. Add other eccentric characters, a murder maybe , a poisoning, other mysterious deaths--and you have, as one critic put it "a collaboration of Charles Darwin and Stephen King". Aug 02, Lucille Barnard rated it really liked it. This story brought out the true nature of people and it ended in tragedy Feb 12, Beth rated it it was amazing.
After watching the documentary, I just had to read an account of this mysterious, murderous story of portent and doom.
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Dore's point of view gave the story a lot more detail than the documentary, though biased as it may be, I simply adored her matter-of-fact yet melodramatic narration. I'm drawn to this type of true-life "abandonment of society" tale and it reminded me somewhat of Vincent Bugliosi's And the Sea Will Tell, another true-life story of a couple ditching society only to receive unexpe After watching the documentary, I just had to read an account of this mysterious, murderous story of portent and doom.
I'm drawn to this type of true-life "abandonment of society" tale and it reminded me somewhat of Vincent Bugliosi's And the Sea Will Tell, another true-life story of a couple ditching society only to receive unexpected neighbors. The similarities end there, however, as Frederick and Dore's story had more colorful characters stirring the tropical pot. And I liked them a whole lot more. Sep 17, Laura Hamilton rated it it was ok. These two come off as arrogant weirdos. His last message before his death was a cry for help sent to his good old friend, the former agent Hawker.
Like in the previous novels, Hawker teams up with the NRI agents to help find the killers and unravel the mysterious secret of the titular prophecy. From the Garden of Eden to the underground auction in Beirut, Hawker and Laidlaw must stop a dogmatic religion determined to unleash hell on earth and bring about a new Garden of Eden. The third series installment is a captivating narrative. It is, of course, clear that the author Graham Brown did extensive research for this novel, on almost everything ranging from DNA sequencing to the ancient languages.
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