In his compelling new work of fiction, Aravind Adiga has imagined the small Indian city of Kittur, an everytown nestling on the coast south of Goa and north of Calicut. Through the myriad and distinctive voices of its in habitants, an entire Indian world comes vividly and unforgettably to life. Adiga has produced a microcosm of Indian life in the 80s, the years between the assassinations of Indira Gandhi and her son, Rajiv. Muslim, Christian, and Hindu; high-caste and low-caste; rich and poor: all of Indian life - the ´sorrowful parade of humanity´ - is here. Sizzling with acid observations, and textured with wicked humour and gentle humanity, Between the Assassinations is a trumph of voice and imagination. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kerry Shale. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/000291/bk_orio_000291_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history´s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors´ Legends of the Middle Ages series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of the most important medieval men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. The Order of the Temple of Solomon, also known as the Templars or the Knights Templar, is one of the best-known and least-understood groups in history. They appear prominently in everything from novels (The Da Vinci Code) to films (as the Knights of the Cruciform Sword in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) to videogames (Assassin´s Creed). In these stories, they are a sinister cult that manipulated historical events since the Middle Ages, via intimidation and assassination. They are usually connected to the Freemasons and, sometimes, to other historical cults like the Hindu Thuggees. The real Templars were both more mundane and more fascinating than the myths and legends. They were the first military religious order - monks who were also knights. The founding members were veterans of the First Crusade in Palestine and their main goal was, in fact, benign. They formed their group as a small tertiary order (Lay people who took monastic vows, but lived in the larger community) in Jerusalem, policing the pilgrim routes and shrines of the Levant and protecting travelers from the many bandits that infested the area. Even though they were used as the core of Crusader armies during the later crusades, the Templars never wavered from their original goal. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/036621/bk_acx0_036621_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Soccer World Cup 2006, Germany. The chopped-off head of Gotthard Lerch, owner of a billion-dollar porn empire is found inside a bag at a bar. The German security gets all active, and Michael Andler, a detective with the Berlin police, gets on the case. He finds the man´s torso inside his office, with a large swastika painted in blood on the wall. The Germans manage to hide the murder well, but Michael Andler shares the details of the murder with the many international intelligence officials present there to provide assistance to the Germans. Seeing the swastika, everyone points at the neo-Nazi groups. Only one man, Maruththur Gopalmenon Ramachandran Balaswamy, a 52-year-old IB Officer from India known as Bala, points out that it was not a Nazi swastika but a Hindu swastika. Bala, along with his protégé, Maksud Ali, and Michael Andler starts to investigate the case. They discover Gotthard´s medallion with a Nazi swastika at the navagrahas in a small Hindu temple in an Asian neighborhood of Berlin. It becomes more confusing as they also find a Hindu swastika where a German is murdered and a Nazi swastika inside a Hindu temple. It soon turns into a race against time, moving from the soccer finale and a terror threat to blow up the stadium to Amsterdam, Mumbai´s trains blasts and 26/11, the inhospitable Afghanistan and finally Pakistan, each country marked by the indelible swastika in blood. Bala, Andler and Maksud have to race against time to nab the killer, who keeps throwing them off the trail and, like Forsyth´s Jackal, is after the ultimate prize: assassination of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and a spontaneous meltdown in Pakistan. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Homer Todiwala. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/026422/bk_adbl_026422_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
We are not alone. And we never have been.... For years we´ve been taught that human progress has been a long, slow climb from the primordial ooze to hunter-gatherers to empires. But what if that´s only part of the story? Best-selling author and legendary conspiracy researcher Jim Marrs, who has investigated the recent financial crisis, the JFK assassination, and the national socialist takeover of America, now takes on his biggest subject: the history of mankind. Offering mind-blowing information that will radically alter the way we think about the world and our place in it, Marrs goes beyond the revelations of his classic Alien Agenda, interweaving science and authentic archaeological finds with provocative speculation to show how human civilization may have originated with nonhumans who visited Earth eons ago...and may still be here today. Our Occulted History overturns conventional knowledge and beliefs, presenting compelling evidence that the Earth once hosted prehistoric civilizations using technologies that very well may have surpassed our own. Sound unbelievable? Just a few hundred years ago, so was the concept that the Earth revolved around the sun. Marrs sifts through the historical, scientific, and cultural record, showing how numerous ancient texts and tablets tell of visitors from the stars colonizing the earth. From the flying vimanas of the Hindu Vedic literature and the flying shields reported by the Romans to the mysterious airships of the 1800s and the UFOs of today, he argues that someone other than us is still present on this planet. But are these visitors simply observers - or do they play a much more active and controlling role? Jim Marrs raises this shocking question and more in the provocative and persuasive Our Occulted History. The truth is out there...and in here. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dave Courvoisier. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003281/bk_harp_003281_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.