From the author of A Daily Catholic Moment and My Year with the Saints for Kids comes a book about the most popular Christmas song in the world, the Nativity of Jesus Christ, and how to carry the beauty and wonder of the Bethlehem stable into our lives as a new year begins. Celano reflects on ´´Silent Night, Holy Night´´-how it came to be, its continued importance, and its message of contemplation, hope, and love. The year 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the first major performances of the carol.
´´Leigh´s books can scorch the ink off the page.´´- RT Book Reviews SHE IS A BEAUTIFUL SECRET AGENT Kyra Hamblen has been working undercover for the FBI since her military tour ended. Focusing on her job helps her forget the pain of the past. Kyra keeps to herself and is in no hurry to let her guard down-and does not expect to give away the key to her heart anytime soon. HE IS A BODYGUARD WITH SECRETS OF HIS OWN Jacob Donovan is making the most of the off-duty life on his family´s ranch. But when a local sheriff needs his help, Jacob is ready to come to the rescue. . .only to come face to face with the one woman he could never forget from his army days: Kyra. Their heated disagreements, and even hotter attraction, take center stage as they work together on their new mission. But when Kyra finds herself in trouble-against a new enemy who´s dead-set on revenge-Jacob will risk it all to keep her safe. Will Kyra let him keep her in his arms for good?
Mankind has been predicting its own demise through various methods, from fables and religious scriptures to hard-core scientific studies since the dawn of time. And if there is one thing Hollywood knows how to exploit, it is the fears of Things to Come. Movies about the end of the world have been around since the early days of cinema, and Armageddon Film FAQ is a look into the various methods we have destroyed ourselves over the years: zombies, mad computers, uptight aliens, plunging objects from space, crazed animals, Satan, God, Contagions, the ever-popular atomic bomb, sometimes even a combination of these in the same movie! Armageddon Films FAQ goes from the silent days of filmmaking to the most recent (literally) earth-shattering epics, from cinema to television and even the novels, from comedies to dramas, from supernatural to scientific. It also explores other aspects of the genre, such as iconic but unfilmable apocalyptic novels, postnuclear car-racing flicks, domestic dramas disguised as end-of-the-world actioners, and more from the most depressing to the happiest Armageddons ever!
Academy Award-winning director Michael Curtiz (1886--1962) - whose best-known films include Casablanca (1942), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Mildred Pierce (1945) and White Christmas (1954) - was in many ways the anti-auteur. During his unprecedented twenty-seven year tenure at Warner Bros., he directed swashbuckling adventures, westerns, musicals, war epics, romances, historical dramas, horror films, tearjerkers, melodramas, comedies, and film noir masterpieces. The director´s staggering output of 180 films surpasses that of the legendary John Ford and exceeds the combined total of films directed by George Cukor, Victor Fleming, and Howard Hawks. In the first biography of this colorful, instinctual artist, Alan K. Rode illuminates the life and work of one of the film industry´s most complex figures. He begins by exploring the director´s early life and career in his native Hungary, revealing how Curtiz shaped the earliest days of silent cinema in Europe as he acted in, produced, and directed scores of films before immigrating to the United States in 1926. In Hollywood, Curtiz earned a reputation for his explosive tantrums, his difficulty communicating in English, and his disregard for the well-being of others. However, few directors elicited more memorable portrayals from their casts, and ten different actors delivered Oscar-nominated performances under his direction. In addition to his study of the director´s remarkable legacy, Rode investigates Curtiz´s dramatic personal life, discussing his enduring creative partnership with his wife, screenwriter Bess Meredyth, as well as his numerous affairs and children born of his extramarital relationships. This meticulously researched biography provides a nuanced understanding of one of the most talented filmmakers of Hollywood´s golden age.
Three BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations starring John Shrapnel as Morse and Robert Glenister as Lewis, plus a bonus reading by Colin Dexter of one of his short stories. In Last Seen Wearing, Inspector Morse is reluctant to take over an old missing person case from a dead colleague. But two years, three months and two days after teenager Valerie Taylor´s disappearance, somebody decides to supply some surprising new evidence. . . In The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn Inspector Morse tackles the murder of an exam invigilator. The newly appointed member of the Oxford foreign exam syndicate was deaf, and he wasn´t from the insular world of the Oxford colleges. Now he is dead. After he´s rushed into hospital, Inspector Morse becomes intrigued by an old crime in The Wench is Dead. Could the wrong men have been hanged for the murder of Joanna Franks? Plus Colin Dexter reads his own short story, The Double Crossing, in which it is a good first day for a certain detective named Lewis. Gripping, suspenseful and entertaining, these BBC dramatisations were adapted by Guy Meredith from the original Inspector Morse novels by Colin Dexter. Duration: 4 hours 45 mins approx.
He brought the mob to justice. Now they want revenge. When the old-time kingpins put a price on his head, Thaddeus Murfee knows his days are numbered. Desperate to break free, he files a lawsuit - but quickly learns that you don´t sue the mob and go back to normal living. Violent thugs and silent assassins pursue him around the country, hell-bent on silencing him and squashing his lawsuit. When Thad takes refuge with an ancient sheepherder in the mountains of Arizona, he discovers a temporary peace - but can he discover the truth in time? Beyond a Reasonable Death is part of the Thaddeus Murfee Legal Thriller Series, which has more than 1.5 million readers and counting, and made John Ellsworth into a household name. If you love page-turning thrillers with mystery, clandestine plotting, and a dash of romance, dive into the world of Thaddeus Murfee today!
This masterfully crafted horror classic, featuring a brand-new introduction by Dan Simmons, will bring you to the edge of your seat, hair standing on end and blood freezing in your veins It’s the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys’ days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic middle-childhood. But amid the sundrenched cornfields their loyalty will be pitilessly tested. When a long-silent bell peals in the middle of the night, the townsfolk know it marks the end of their carefree days. From the depths of the Old Central School, a hulking fortress tinged with the mahogany scent of coffins, an invisible evil is rising. Strange and horrifying events begin to overtake everyday life, spreading terror through the once idyllic town. Determined to exorcize this ancient plague, Mike, Duane, Dale, Harlen, and Kevin must wage a war of blood—against an arcane abomination who owns the night...
Cassie Edmond was puzzled by the odd behaviour of those around her. First it was the curious bark from their dog Butte, then the old Ute called Charlie who sometimes called to trade for coffee and flour but now sat silent on his droop-headed paint at the yard gate. Finally it was her father, lifting down his Winchester to go hunting for meat when the meal she´d been preparing was ready for the table. But when Brad Edmond returned home, carried by Charlie Ute and a stranger, his life slipping away, his back shredded by shotgun pellets, it was the start of a night of unexpected violence for Cassie, and days of trouble for the stranger Walt Ridgeway.