Saturday, 25 March 2017

Louis Charbonneau

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Historical Fiction
Trail: The Story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Down From the Mountain
Science Fiction
Down to Earth
Barrier World
Psychedelic-40
The Sentinel Stars
Corpus Earthling
No Place on Earth
Eco Thrillers
The Ice
White Harvest
Thrillers & Suspense
The Brea File
Intruder
The Magnificent Siberian
The Devil’s Menagerie
Stalk
Way Out
And Hope to Die
The Lair
Night of Violence
From a Dark Place
Nor All Your Tears


Historical Fiction
Trail
In 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set forth to explore and map the West, and forge a trade route to the Pacific coast. Though their adventures and contributions to American history are well known, a vital member of their team was nearly forgotten by time. Amid the soldiers, cartographers, and boatmen, one particular explorer in The Corps of Discovery stands out: Seaman, Captain Lewis’s giant black Newfoundland dog. Seaman is more than a just a companion. He is a skilled hunter, a talented scout, and a fierce guardian, frequently risking his own life to save that of his master’s. Along with Seaman, Sacajawea, and the intrepid pioneers in their party, Lewis and Clark face countless dangers—starvation, deadly storms, and hostile tribes—as they attempt to achieve President Jefferson’s ambitious assignment.
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Down From the Mountain

With only a year’s experience under his belt, wagon train scout Gage Pardee knows he still has a lot to learn from seasoned men like his mentor, Culley. But Pardee has no interest in sharing Culley’s tolerance of the Native American tribes that plague their trail West. Indians murdered Pardee’s father years ago—as far as he’s concerned, they’ll always be the enemy. Tragedy strikes when the wagon train’s legendary wagonmaster is killed in a terrible accident, leaving the fate of the entire party up in the air. The group splits, half of them retreating to the East. But a dozen wagons will continue the push West, despite sightings of Indian scouts nearby. In a landslide victory, Pardee is voted to be their captain. But not everyone is happy about the new leadership. Pardee will face as many threats from within his group of emigrants, as he does leading them through the dangerous wilderness of the Great Plains.

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Science Fiction
Down to Earth
Dave Perry and his family are drawing to the end of a three-year assignment on Emergency Landing Station 17. Their time at the station passed relatively uneventfully, the simulated weather and high-tech holograms mimic Earth well enough that it’s easy to forget it’s all an illusion. Until the incidents begin—flawless machines start to malfunction, anomalies appear in the holograms, foreign bodies materialize within the airtight walls of the space station’s dome. At first Dave tries to convince himself that it is mere coincidence, or that the years of isolation have induced a kind of mass hysteria around unconnected events. But then the incidents increase in ferocity and communication with Earth is cut off. It becomes clear a vicious saboteur walks among them. Millions of miles from aid, Dave will need to rely on raw instinct to outsmart the sadist stalking his family.
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Barrier World
His whole life, Technician Cory questioned Clockworld’s beliefs and practices, thoughts he usually kept to himself. But when his friend Owen is suddenly Reprocessed for a minor injury, Cory openly rebels against the Authority. He’s arrested and sentenced to three months of hard labor among Clockworld’s slave-class, the Grayshirts. Here, though Cory’s lost the privileges of the exerciser class, he is unrestricted by the conventions of society and soon finds himself part of a secret revolution. With his new allies, Cory sets off to debunk Clockworld’s obscure rules and look for Owen. What they discover will shatter everything they know about Clockworld…and their own existence.
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Psychedelic40
Psychedelic-40, the miracle drug designed to give users a sense of serenity has an interesting side effect for a small segment of the population. In people with latent telepathic and extra-sensory abilities—the Sensitives, and the even more powerful Specials—PSI-40 enhances their exceptional mental capabilities. But in the general public, addiction to PSI-40 has virtually enslaved humanity. For years, the insidious Mental Freedom Syndicate has controlled the creation and sale of PSI-40, despite mounting opposition from the underground activist group, The Antis. Now, Jon Rand, a skilled Sensitive and a key Security agent for the MFS, has a new assignment—locate the leader of the Antis and neutralize him, by any means necessary.
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The Sentinel Stars
In the wake of The Merger, which unifies the world’s population under the Organization, Hendley decides not to report for work. Rather, he ventures out into City No. 9, where he meets a young woman, ABC-331—or simply, Ann. With their brief unsanctioned encounter away from the Organization’s prying eyes, Ann changes Hendley’s life forever. Disobedience like theirs normally results in severe punishment. But instead, Hendley is offered a rare opportunity—to visit a Freeman Camp for a single day. At first, Hendley is dazzled by the decadent beauty and pure pleasure enjoyed by the citizens of the sprawling resort. But beneath the glimmering façade, lies a terrible truth. The walls that normally keep Daymen like Hendley out, also keep the Freemen in; and to dispel their boredom they’ve resorted to barbarous acts of violence. Hendley has only one day in paradise, if he can survive it…
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Corpus Earthling

Professor Paul Cameron is the only one who can hear them, the voices in his mind, sinister and menacing. At first he believes that they are only delusions. But the truth is far more disturbing—somehow, Cameron is able to hear Martian spies conferring telepathically. Their ominous plotting is terrifying enough, until the moment they realize someone has been listening in… The aliens attack Cameron’s mind with commands to kill himself, terrible orders he is barely able to resist. When an alien-possessed human murders a witness to the latest attempt on Cameron’s life, he realizes they are more powerful than even he imagined. The extraterrestrials can invade human bodies, as well as minds, but they have an even bigger target in sight: Earth.
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No Place On Earth

In the 23rd Century, science’s triumph in prolonging life comes at a terrible cost. Widespread famine and overpopulation spurred the creation of the Leader Party, a Malthusian-inspired dictatorship that controls the world with a ceaseless grip. Though a mysterious rebel group, The Underground, works to dismantle the police state, they’ve been dealt a potentially fatal blow—a traitor has infiltrated their ranks. Now, the success of a crucial operation, and perhaps the entire resistance, lies in the hands of one captured rebel, Petr Clayborne. Raised by the state after his father was executed for treason, Petr never loved the Leader Party. But unlike his dad, he didn’t see any point in opposing it. That all changed when he found out he and his wife Alda would soon have a son of their own. Under the Population Code, unsanctioned birth is a crime punishable by death—for the parents…and the child.
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Eco Thrillers
The Ice

Part of an international research team sent to study the long-term effects of an oil spill on the ecology, Kathy McNeely’s focus is on the penguin population. As she uncovers a mysterious new threat to the birds, a sudden blizzard drives more than snow to her team’s remote field camp. As the storm rages on, a dangerous and potentially deadly spate of accidents plagues the Ice. Missing supplies, damaged equipment, and communication errors—too many to be coincidence—spur rumors of sabotage. Someone is conducting unsanctioned research in protected areas, and they’ve discovered something so valuable, they will do anything keep it secret.

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White Harvest

Biologist Kathy McNeely is no stranger to the capricious nature of the wilderness. Fresh off a dangerous research mission in Antarctica, she’s been asked to join a new expedition in Alaska. The Association of Scientists to Save the Environment organized the trip for McNeely and other researchers to identify the risks of the Alaskan pipeline. It’s also a chance for McNeely to investigate the rampant poaching business in the area. What she discovers is shocking. Someone is butchering entire herds of walruses, using a local Eskimo tribe to do their dirty work by plying them with drugs and alcohol. The man behind the slaughter, Travis Mayberry, is just getting started. His bosses want ivory, lots of it, but there’s one prize that’s worth more than the rest—the tusks of a legendary walrus called Muugli. For those, Travis will do anything… even murder.

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Thrillers & Suspense
The Brea File

The People’s Revolutionary Committee massacre was no accident. The annihilation of the PRC—the domestic terrorist organization responsible for a string of deadly attacks in the U.S.—was orchestrated by a rogue FBI agent operating under the code name “Brea.” After the explosion, Brea disappeared and the case lay forgotten. Paul Macimer, Special-Agent-in-Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, is assigned to locate the Brea file. Macimer is quickly dragged into depths of bureaucratic subterfuge and red tape, tracking a cover-up to the top levels of the FBI. As Macimer gets closer to exposing the truth, someone tries to sabotage the investigation and targets Macimer and his family. Finding Brea isn’t just a matter of duty anymore: it’s survival.

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Intruder

The technical glitches in Hollister, California, began inconspicuously enough—errors in department store billing and production problems at local factories. But the episodes become more malicious when falsified criminal records are strategically released to employers and press, fake medical reports are sent to spouses, and the city’s traffic lights are hacked and thrown into deadly chaos. The only link between these seemingly random occurrences is the Regional Data Center. Former FBI agent Michael Egan, the RDC’s new security director, knows something more than coincidence is involved in these events. The RDC computers certainly aren’t foolproof, but the incidents of the last week have grown in such frequency and intensity, it can only mean one thing. It’s not a computer malfunction. The system has an intruder.Click here for reviews of book 2.
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The Magnificent Siberian

In Far East Siberia, Russia, a sense of independence from the central government prevailed, even under harsh Communist rule. Now, with the nation in political turmoil, poachers operate in brazen defiance of the law. Their targets—rare Siberian tigers—fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars on the black market. American biologist Chris Harmon is part of a joint Russian-American research team investigating the tigers’ survival in the Sikhote-Alin preserve. Harmon’s recent discovery of a tiger and her three young cubs is threatened by a politician’s lucrative thirty-year logging contract, which could destroy their habitat. His petition to oppose the deal is dismissed, but Harmon’s efforts to protect the endangered animals are getting someone’s attention. Former KGB hit man Sergei Lemenov is a dangerous man, not just a hunter of unusual animals, but of men too. He saves a piece of each of his victims—man or beast—giving him the gruesome nickname, The Collector. He’s been ordered to obtain the tigers and to silence Harmon, permanently. Now, Harmon must navigate a labyrinth of bureaucratic red tape, ruthless Communist sympathizers, and a complicated international trafficking ring to save the tigers, and himself.

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The Devil's Menagerie

FBI agent Karen Younger’s worst nightmare just came true. A vicious serial killer from a cold case has struck again—his crimes spanning two different continents, eight years apart. But he’s only getting started, and with each young woman brutally beaten to death across San Carlos, California, he’s sending someone a message. Glenda Lindstrom is facing a nightmare of her own. Her abusive ex-husband, Ralph Beringer, is back in town—repeatedly calling, stalking her kids, breaking into their home. Beringer is rapidly losing control over his murderous impulses, and he has Glenda and her family exactly where he needs them to complete his grisly scheme. With only a handful of clues and gritty instinct, Agent Younger is running out of time to solve the case before a madman’s rage erupts again.Click here for reviews of book 4.
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Stalk

For three years, ex-CIA agent Barney McLean has been leading a quiet double life in Fortune, California. His peaceful retirement is shattered when two hit men break-in, looking for his long-time girlfriend Angie. But she’s already gone, along with her young son Tony. It turns out, Angie was hiding some dangerous secrets of her own. A mafia informant in the witness protection program, Angie Simmons—formerly Angela Marchetti—lived in fear ever since she testified against her powerful mobster husband, worried that someday he would track her down. If he catches up to Angie and the kid before McLean does, no one will be able to protect her.

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Way Out

Seventeen-year-old songstress Donna Roberts is the kind of natural talent record executives dream of signing. Naïve and beautiful, she’s also the kind of woman they dream of corrupting. Which is why studio PR man Jack Darrin is assigned to keep an eye on Donna when she arrives in Los Angeles. Darrin helps Donna navigate the treacherous Hollywood music scene, loaded with slick celebrities, desperate groupies, and dangerous criminals. But the greatest threat Donna faces isn’t one that lurks amid the gilded throngs of the glamorous parties. Someone is stalking Donna from the shadows—waiting, watching. Is it a man from her past? An obsessed fan? Whoever he is, his seething obsession with Donna has already driven him to violence, and now Darrin is the only obstacle left in his way.

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And Hope to Die

Accountant Carl Davenport had all but given up on women after his bitter divorce. Until he met the beautiful and mysterious Jean Fleming, a young seductress whose every word, every kiss, is laced with lies and betrayal. Jean’s lifestyle is extravagant, expensive… and dangerous. If her gentlemen benefactor ever found out she was seeing Carl on the side, she would lose everything. Though Carl offers Jean his heart, love won’t pay for her luxury apartment. Driven by his desperation to win Jean, Carl gets caught up in a complicated and treacherous game of high-stakes theft, embezzlement, and fraud. He knows he’s risking everything—even his life—but he’s in so deep now, he just can’t afford to lose.

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The Lair

Jeff Blanchard got the call before he got the letter. His new daughter-in-law, Angie, has chilling news—his son Mike suddenly disappeared from their motel in Mexico. An old army friend of Jeff’s, Darrell Kinney—believed to be dead for almost 30 years—is very much alive and has been following the newlyweds through Mexico. The plane crash that let Kinney fake his own death was good luck, finding the fugitive Nazi was destiny. SS Officer Ernst von Schoenwald struck an expensive bargain for his life that day. Since then, he’s been hiding in plain sight, in a lavish Mexican compound, sitting on millions of dollars of stolen art. But Kinney is tired of waiting for his share. Mike was exactly the catalyst Kinney needed to set off a twisted life-and-death game of avarice and bloodlust designed to overthrow von Schoenwald and claim his spoils. Now, Blanchard, with the help of Angie and an attractive American teacher, must begin the frantic hunt to find his son before it’s too late.

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Night of Violence

Lew Cutter‘s made a lot of bad decisions in his criminal career. Working for low-level mobster, Sam Garner was one, having an affair with Garner’s girl was another. But tonight Cutter really did it—stealing $50,000 from a Las Vegas extortion job, and killing one of Garner’s lackeys in the process. Now, two ruthless hit men are hot on Cutter’s heels, descending on the lonely motel, eager to do whatever it takes to recover their money and their man. A quiet desert evening rapidly spirals into a waking nightmare for the guests of The Hideaway. Though strangers when they checked in, they’ll need each other to survive the night. For better or worse, by dawn, their lives will be irrevocably tangled.
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From a Dark Place

Jenny Vaughn loved Roy Landell since they were kids, so their engagement should have been a joyful celebration. But Jenny barely recognizes the man in front of her. After his brutal tour in Vietnam, Roy’s return to Mt. Washington, Ohio is anything but happy. Except for his reunion with Bluka, the vicious German Shepherd who saved Roy’s life during battle. Fiercely loyal to Roy, Bluka is hostile toward anyone who comes near the battered Landell house, including Jenny. Before long, the town is talking again. Neighborhood pets and innocent people are getting hurt—even killed—under mysterious circumstances. Is it coincidence, is the aggressive war dog to blame, or is some darker force from Roy’s past at work? To clear Roy’s name and save their future, Jenny must find out, even if it means using herself as bait.

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Nor All Your Tears

On the cusp of forty, advertising artist Charley Morton was comfortable, if not content, with his life. The married father of two had grown to accept the monotony of the daily grind. All that changed when a chance encounter with a gorgeous new coworker turned Morton’s quiet suburban world upside down. Jeri Adams is young, beautiful, and the target of every bachelor in the office. Morton knows he shouldn’t be thinking about Jeri, let alone feeling jealous. He has a wife and a family to consider. All he can do is dream of Jeri. But the dream is not enough. As attraction twists into obsession, Morton finds himself willing to do anything—abandon his wife and children, sabotage his career, perhaps even murder a rival—in order to win Jeri’s affection. He just can’t let her go…even if it destroys him.
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