Description : THE STORY: SHINING CITY is set in Dublin, where a guilt-ridden man reaches out to a therapist after seeing the ghost of his recently deceased wife. Wrestling with his own demons, the therapist can only do so much to help. Routine visits between the
Description : A major earthquake strikes Tokyo, bringing destruction and chaos. The political and financial power of the entire country, concentrated within its boundaries, is thrown into complete disarray causing unprecedented global aftershocks. How will Japan, the largest investor in other nations over the last two decades, rebuild its capital city? Will the Japanese sell their foreign holdings and throw the world's markets into further chaos? Will other nations overcome their subtle resentment of the Japanese success and open their hearts and wallets to this imperial and, at times, imperious nation when it needs help? Who, in the global financial community, will put their careers on the line to assist the Japanese? how do individuals balance a nation's needs against their own sense of honor and integrity? This novel goes beyond the sound bites and follows the people involved, from Tokyo to New York to London. Among the principal participants-American, Japanese and European-personal motives clash with higher aspirations in a tense, dangerous struggle that affects millions of lives. Their battle to rebuild and redefine the global structure of the 21st century forms the basis of this exciting and insightful novel.
Description : A Shining City on a Hill is a vision of God's will for Good, Just, and Righteous government done in Wisdom for the Common Good. This is not a Liberal or utopian vision for government but rather a practical, moral one based on the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God of the Judeo-Christian worldview of Thomas Jefferson and the American founders, and this worldview creates "Liberty and Justice for all." Unfortunately, today's Democrats openly embrace a statism and Social Justice that are, in fact, the opposite of traditional "Liberty and Justice for all." Mitchell argues that America is at a crossroads in history, and we must choose between the classical Justice of the founders or the Social Justice of today's Liberals and Democrats, and this means the key to Republican victories now and into the future is choosing the classical "Liberty and Justice for all" ofA Shining City on a Hill.
Description : Rhiannon, a wild and fierce half-human girl, tamed a winged horse to escape the vicious satyricorn tribe who raised her. In the human world, the handsome apprentice-witch Lewen has convinced her to stay with him and learn to use her strong magical talents. But before her training can commence, Rhiannon must answer for a past crime in… THE SHINING CITY Imprisoned in Sorrowgate Tower, Rhiannon awaits trial for murder and treason. While her days are spent in anticipation of Lewen’s visits, her nights are haunted by the malevolent ghost of a dead queen, hungry to live again. But not many care to listen to the prophetic dreams of a girl who has already been convicted in most people’s minds. Then Lewen begins to cool toward her, and Rhiannon suspects one of the princesses has worked a spell to steal his heart. In a world filled with dark spirits and forbidden magic, conspiracy and intrigue, Rhiannon vows to win back her lover and escape once more, to save the land before it’s too late....
Description : Anavatan rests on the shore of shining Gol-Beyaz, the Silver Lake. The city and its outlying villages are surrounded by the God-Wall, a magical barrier that protects from both the nomadic human invaders that attack each year, and the hungry spirits which are drawn to the living energies of the Silver Lake. It is here in the heart of Gol-Beyaz that, long ago, the Gods were born. With the young God Hisar ready to stake his claim to a place in the pantheon of Anavatan, a long-prophesied time of chaos and change is fast approaching. Sworn enemies, Spar and Graize both had a part in Hisar’s creation and his growth. If they can overcome their hatred and distrust, perhaps they can help the young God to survive. Brax, the sworn champion of the Goddess Estavia, may be forced to do the unthinkable, and divide his allegiance to the Gods, a course of action that could destroy the warrior and shift the balance of power—and lead to the downfall of the Shining City.... From the Paperback edition.
Description : Love and violence on the American frontier characterize this exciting novel about the early Mormons and their search for a place of peace and religious freedom. Thwarted in their attempt to settle together in northern Missouri, they flee to Illinois where they establish a city called Nauvoo on the Mississippi. The novel describes their search for a place of refuge, the heart-rending story of their persecutions, and the ultimate destruction of their city. The novel's main character is Gabriel Romain, a blacksmith and physician, who tries to deal with persecution, slavery, and death. How he eventually becomes the leader of his little group is part of his story. His attempts to protect them and find safety for them is related against the background of this turbulent time in American history.
Description : I wrote this critical essay after I got my Master’s Degree in English and went to a Thomas Wolfe festival in 1991. While I was there, I had the good fortune to run into his nephew, who was the only living relative who actually knew him. I’ve always been a sucker for a good love story and was pleased to discover the best one in American Literature, in my humble opinion, in Wolfe’s long novel, The Web and The Rock. In that thinly-veiled self-portrait, Wolfe loves and captures the spirit of Aline Bernstein. In his extravagant rhetoric, he immortalizes her in his fictional character, Esther Jack. Written in the 1930’s, it shows a remarkable respect for an independent woman, and in this respect, Wolfe was ahead of his time. The fact that Aline won a Tony award for Best Costume Design, makes the story of her relationship with Wolfe even more fascinating.
Description : The Shining City tells the story of two boys growing up in postwar affluence in the suburbs. Ashley is the son of Fag and Roddie and lives in a suburb where each house looks like a motel. Christopher, his cousin, inhabits a high wealthy slope. These are the swinging sixties, the seventies, the years of flower power, platform shoes and Vietnam. Two young men, shining in an affluent white light, emerge from a chrysalis. Are they looking for something - or somebody? The Shining City is the second in the saga begun with the much-acclaimed Oracles and Miracles. The saga, which also includes Mum and Bangs, portrays five generations of a family and the story of an entire provincial society. Lauded by some critics, by others this book in the saga has been trashed fiercely. W J McEldowney: 'Inverting life in the sordid city ... the most unpleasant book that I have read for a very long time.' Robert Dessaix: 'one of the most marvellous pieces of gay writing.'