Score: 4.5
From 18 Ratings

The Devils of Cardona


  • Author: Matthew Carr
  • Release Date : 2016-06-14
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • File Size: 2677480 Bytes


"A thrilling quest for justice... [A] novel that is as exciting as it is enlightening from its first pages to its satisfying end.” —The New York Times Book Review   “A page-turner in the proper sense… Mr. Carr has written a gripping and enjoyable novel.” —The Wall Street JournalThe gripping story of the dangerous high-stakes worlds of politics and religion in sixteenth-century Spain as a mysterious Muslim killer retaliates against the Catholic Church. In March 1584, the priest of Belamar de la Sierra, a small town in Aragon near the French border, is murdered in his own church. Most of the town’s inhabitants are Moriscos, former Muslims who converted to Catholicism. Anxious to avert a violent backlash on the eve of a royal visit, ...

Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

Black Sun Rising


  • Author: Mathew Carr
  • Release Date : 2020-06-02
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • File Size: 4153381 Bytes


A riveting thriller combining real historical events and characters with a sinister detective story of eugenics, racism, and nationalist paranoia.Barcelona, summer 1909.When the scientist and explorer Randolph Foulkes is blown up in a random terrorist bomb attack, private detective Harry Lawton is hired by the man’s widow to identify the beneficiary of a large payment Foulkes had made shortly before his death. Lawton’s arrival in the Catalan capital coincides with a series of unusual killings that appear to have been carried out by a blood-drinking animal in the Ramblas district and adds another element of instability to a city already teetering on the brink of insurrection. Lawton soon meets and teams up with Esperanza Claramunt, a young anarchi...

The Devils of Cardona
Score: 4
From 49 Ratings

The Devils of Cardona


  • Author : Matthew Carr
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2016-06-14
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101982754


The Devils of Cardona Book Description :

"A thrilling quest for justice... [A] novel that is as exciting as it is enlightening from its first pages to its satisfying end.” —The New York Times Book Review “A page-turner in the proper sense… Mr. Carr has written a gripping and enjoyable novel.” —The Wall Street Journal The gripping story of the dangerous high-stakes worlds of politics and religion in sixteenth-century Spain as a mysterious Muslim killer retaliates against the Catholic Church. In March 1584, the priest of Belamar de la Sierra, a small town in Aragon near the French border, is murdered in his own church. Most of the town’s inhabitants are Moriscos, former Muslims who converted to Catholicism. Anxious to avert a violent backlash on the eve of a royal visit, an advi...

The Savage Frontier

The Savage Frontier


  • Author : Matthew Carr
  • Publisher : The New Press
  • Release Date : 2018-12-18
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781620974285


The Savage Frontier Book Description :

A sweeping historical travelogue of the contentious border of France and Spain, in the great tradition of Bruce Chatwin and Jan Morris With the Catalonia crisis making international headlines, the unique cultural and geographic region bordering Spain and France has once again moved to the center of the world’s attention. In The Savage Frontier, acclaimed author and journalist Matthew Carr uncovers the fascinating, multilayered story of the Pyrenees region—at once a forbidding, mountainous frontier zone of stunning beauty, home to a unique culture, and a site of sharp conflict between nations and empires. Carr follows the routes taken by monks, soldiers, poets, pilgrims, and refugees. He examines the people and events that have shaped the Pyrenees...

Black Sun Rising

Black Sun Rising


  • Author : Mathew Carr
  • Publisher : Pegasus Crime
  • Release Date : 2020-06-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 1643134248


Black Sun Rising Book Description :

A riveting thriller combining real historical events and characters with a sinister detective story of eugenics, racism, and nationalist paranoia. Barcelona, summer 1909. When the scientist and explorer Randolph Foulkes is blown up in a random terrorist bomb attack, private detective Harry Lawton is hired by the man’s widow to identify the beneficiary of a large payment Foulkes had made shortly before his death. Lawton’s arrival in the Catalan capital coincides with a series of unusual killings that appear to have been carried out by a blood-drinking animal in the Ramblas district and adds another element of instability to a city already teetering on the brink of insurrection. Lawton soon meets and teams up with Esperanza Claramunt, a young anarc...

Blood and Faith

Blood and Faith


  • Author : Matthew Carr
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-02-17
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781787384354


Blood and Faith Book Description :

In 1609, the entire Muslim population of Spain was given three days to leave Spanish territory or else be killed. In a brutal and traumatic exodus, entire families were forced to abandon the homes and villages where they had lived for generations. In just five years, Muslim Spain had effectively ceased to exist: an estimated 300,000 Muslims had been removed from Spanish territory making it what was then the largest act of ethnic cleansing in European history. Blood and Faith is a riveting chronicle of this virtually unknown episode, set against the vivid historical backdrop of Muslim Spain. It offers a remarkable window onto a little-known period in modern Europe - a rich and complex tale of competing faiths and beliefs, of cultural oppression and re...

The Struggle for Catalonia

The Struggle for Catalonia


  • Author : Raphael Minder
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-09-01
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781849049375


The Struggle for Catalonia Book Description :

Every year on 11 September, Catalonia celebrates its Diada, its National Day. But the Diada of 2012 was like none other, as an enormous crowd calling for Catalan independence took over the heart of Barcelona. Despite the carnival-like atmosphere that day, the people were very serious about their demands. On the back of this show of force, Catalonia's governing politicians turned secessionist claims into a new headache for a government in Madrid that had only just survived a near-meltdown of Spain's financial system. Four years later, the separatist challenge has neither come to fruition, nor faded away. This book looks at how and why Catalan separatism reached the top of Spain's political agenda, as well as its connection to the broader European mala...

Queen of the Air
Score: 3.5
From 15 Ratings

Queen of the Air


  • Author : Dean N. Jensen
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2013-06-11
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307986580


Queen of the Air Book Description :

A true life Water for Elephants, Queen of the Air brings the circus world to life through the gorgeously written, true story of renowned trapeze artist and circus performer Leitzel, Queen of the Air, the most famous woman in the world at the turn of the 20th century, and her star-crossed love affair with Alfredo Codona, of the famous Flying Codona Brothers. Like today's Beyonce, Madonna, and Cher, she was known to her vast public by just one name, Leitzel. There may have been some regions on earth where her name was not a household expression, but if so, they were likely on polar ice caps or in the darkest, deepest jungles. Leitzel was born into Dickensian circumstances, and became a princess and then a queen. She was not much bigger than a good size...

General Escobar s War

General Escobar s War


  • Author : Olaizola, Jose Luis
  • Publisher : Ignatius Press
  • Release Date : 2016-08
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781681497280


General Escobar s War Book Description :

"The best Spanish novel about the Spanish Civil War." — Álvaro Mutis, Author, The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll, winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature Winner of Spain's prestigious Planeta Prize for fiction, this historical novel takes the form of an imagined diary by General Antonio Escobar, the highest-ranking officer of the Republican Army remaining in Spain at the end of the Spanish Civil War, while he awaited trial and execution. Besides being a vivid reminder of how destructive political passions can be, General Escobar's War is also a profoundly intimate portrait of an inspiring man. By his decisive action on July 19, 1936, Escobar, then a Civil Guard colonel and a man of profound religious conviction, succeede...

The Wanderer
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

The Wanderer


  • Author : Erik Calonius
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2007-04-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429902557


The Wanderer Book Description :

On Nov. 28, 1858, a ship called the Wanderer slipped silently into a coastal channel and unloaded its cargo of over 400 African slaves onto Jekyll Island, Georgia, thirty eight years after the African slave trade had been made illegal. It was the last ship ever to bring a cargo of African slaves to American soil. Built in 1856, the Wanderer began life as a luxury racing yacht, flying the pennant of the New York Yacht Club and cited as the successor to the famous yacht America. But within a year of its creation, the Wanderer was secretly converted into a slave ship, and, with the New York Yacht Club pennant still flying above as a diversion, sailed off to Africa. The Wanderer's mission was meant to be more than a slaving venture, however. It was desig...

Not Quite Not White
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Not Quite Not White


  • Author : Sharmila Sen
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2018-08-28
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781524705121


Not Quite Not White Book Description :

A first-generation immigrant's exploration of race and assimilation in the United States, an American's journey into the heart of not-whiteness. At the age of 12, Sharmila Sen emigrated from India to the U.S. The year was 1982, and everywhere she turned, she was asked to self-report her race - on INS forms, at the doctor's office, in middle school. Never identifying with a race in the India of her childhood, she rejects her new "not quite" designation - not quite white, not quite black, not quite Asian -- and spends much of her life attempting to blend into American whiteness. But after her teen years trying to assimilate--watching shows like General Hospital and The Jeffersons, dancing to Duran Duran and Prince, and perfecting the art of Jell-O no-b...

The Hot Country
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

The Hot Country


  • Author : Robert Olen Butler
  • Publisher : Oldcastle Books
  • Release Date : 2014-11-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781843445647


The Hot Country Book Description :

April 1914 and war correspondent Christopher Marlowe 'Kit' Cobb arrives in Vera Cruz, Mexico, to cover the country's civil war. A passionate believer in the power of a free press, Kit is no mere observer. He assumes a false identity to pursue German diplomat Friedrich von Mensinger en route to a meeting with revolutionary leader Pancho Villa, and Cobb soon finds himself up to his neck in political intrigue. Along the way he's nearly shot by a mysterious sniper, joins forces with a double agent and falls in love with a headstrong young Mexican woman who may be mixed up in the revolutionary plot. An exciting tale of intrigue and espionage, Pulitzer Prizer winner Robert Olen Butler's powerful historical thriller is not to be missed. 'A thinking person's...