The Shadow & The Blade is the latest Legendary Lords Pack for Total War: WARHAMMER II. Introducing Malus Darkblade and Deathmaster Snikch both with their own objectives, mechanics, units and playstyle.Two richly themed and unique Legendary Lords lead their own factions: Malus Darkblade leads Hag Graef - for the Dark Elves, and Deathmaster Snikch leads Clan Eshin for the Skaven.Each Legendary Lord brings their own unique faction mechanics, quest-chains, legendary items, skill-trees and campaign narrative.Adds new powerful units and heroes for both Dark Elves and the Skaven.Lethal chariots and pain-wracked Medusae for the sadistic warmongers of Hag Graef.Cunning stealth magic, warp-infused weapon teams and deadly covert infantry for the assassin-inspired units of Clan Eshin.Features new elite Regiments of Renown to lay catastrophic waste to your enemies across the New and Old Worlds.Both Lords can be used in campaign, custom and battle modes. And are also playable in Mortal Empires, the massive free campaign available to owners of both Total War: WARHAMMER and Total War: WARHAMMER II.Tz’arkan, the Drinker of Worlds, escaped from his eternal prison within the Chaos Wastes, only to end up bound inseparably with the with the very being who freed him, the violent and cruel Malus Darkblade. Sensing the potential of this Daemonic entity, the Nightlord of Clan Eshin has dispatched his most trusted assassin, Deathmaster Snikch, to track down the Daemon and uncover its true power.Malus Darkblade (Hag Graef)Unique faction mechanicsPossessionIn order to counteract his possession by Tz’arkan, Malus must continually drink an elixir that slows the Daemon’s influence over his mind. While the elixir is costly to consume, his master Malekith will gladly provide him with the recipe, but only if he helps him in his bid to control the Vortex.Despite the obvious danger in allowing the Drinker of Worlds to take control of his mind, there are situations in battle when Malus might benefit from letting the possession overcome him momentarily; greatly amplifying even his legendary viciousness. However, managing such an addiction to seemingly endless power, confronts Malus with desperate challenges throughout his campaign, as he seeks to wrestle back control of his very soul.Darkblade’s ExpeditionMalus starts the game in control of the mighty city of Hag Graef, while also in command of an expedition force supported by a Black Ark, on the other side of the world.In the opening stages of this campaign, the player is faced with a dilemma to either retain control of Hag Graef or give up the city in return for a hefty sum.With an offer Darkblade will find difficult to refuse, you’ll need to choose between two distinct campaign starts. Juggling the machinationsTz’arkan’s WhispersMalus Darkblade is the embodiment of hate and ruthlessness, qualities spurred by the evil brutality of the Daemon Tz’arkan. As Malus struggles in a constant inner-fight with the Daemon, it will attempt to influence him to perform acts of unthinkable slaughter and cruelty. As part of a new mission system, Malus can follow the Daemon’s dark whispers in return for unique and powerful rewards in the form of items, followers and other treasures.New units and charactersMalus Darkblade (Legendary Lord)In battle, Malus is a heavily armoured close-quarters combatant who excels at dealing armour piercing damage thanks to his powerful Warpsword of Khaine. He rides a ferocious Cold One, called Spite, into battle and instils fear upon his enemies, making him a terrifying opponent on the battlefield.Malus has the unique yet costly ability to transform into the Daemon Tz’arkan, the Drinker of Worlds.This ability refills his health, augments his stats and significantly alters his abilities in battle.High Beastmaster (Lord)The Dark Elves have long been experts at bending beasts and animals to their will, and the High Beastmasters are those that show even greater talent and aptitude. In particular, Beastmasters have considerable anti-large capabilities, making them a powerful tool when facing enemies that bring numberous large units into battle.Master (Hero)Dark Elf Masters are the lesser nobles of Dark Elf society. Adept with both spear and shield, these Heroes are capable of inflicting great damage to large targets, but are also capable of soaking up the most gruesome of blows thanks to their high melee defence and Guardian ability which protects nearby characters.Scourgerunner ChariotQuick and deadly, these war machines tear across the battlefield looking to hunt down new prey to kill or enslave. Equipped with powerful harpoons, they are a dedicated monster-hunting unit, capable of bringing down even the mightiest of beasts.Bloodwrack MedusaBound in pain-wracked serpentine bodies, the Bloodwrack Medusa is a terrifying sight to behold on the battlefield. These writhing, horrid monsters are best positioned behind the front line to maximise their powerful ranged attacks to decimate foes. However, they can match their ranged skill with ruthless melee capabilities, granting them a useful hybrid role while also causing fear and terror to enemy units.Bloodwrack ShrinePropelled by Dark Magic, the Bloodwrack Shrine grinds along the battlefield, inspiring allies and demoralising foes with its passive Aura of Agony and Aura of Ardour abilities. From her elevated position, the Medusa riding it has a far greater vantage point from which to cast her deadly gaze.The Siren of Red Ruin (Bloodwrack Medusa – Regiment of Renown)The Siren of Red Ruin is fear incarnate. This unique Medusa can call upon a damaging area-of-effect ability which tears apart enemy units in a radius around her, making for an extremely dangerous foe in close-combat.Ravagers of Rakarth (Scorgerunner Chariot – Regiment of Renown)The Ravagers of Rakarth are Clar Karond’s most elite Scourgerunner unit. Always thirsting for new quarry, this anti-large chariot is additionally armed with barbed nets that that slow enemy units in order to increase its killing potential.The Crows of Khaine (Harpies – Regiment of Renown)Harpies are always on the lookout for the next meal and the Crows of Khaine are the most ravenous. They provide regeneration abilities in exchange for damage dealt, increasing their survivability and causing terror in enemy units as they guzzle down the entrails of their victims.Deathmaster SnikchUnique faction mechanicsShadowy DealingsDeathmaster Snikch and his agents are the most feared secret operatives in the world, capable of subterfuge actions that few others possess. Using any of their Eshin characters, Clan Eshin can perform numerous Shadowy Dealing actions against their rivals on the campaign map, with 100% success. Actions have a wide range of outcomes including the simple theft of items or money, all the way to spying, inciting rebellions, and assassination,. The Deathmaster himself is even able to burn down entire cities!Greater Clan ContractsSkavendom’s unseen leaders are forever seeking to disrupt and backstab each other on the Council of Thirteen. When a problem arises that needs serious attention, the Greater Clans approach Clan Eshin to do their dirty work. These Clan Contracts allow Clan Eshin to receive money, food and increased reputation with the issuing clans, thus granting bonuses and reducing the cost of the Greater Clans’ specialized units.New units and charactersDeathmaster Snikch (Legendary Lord)With unmatched stealth abilities and immense duelling prowess, Deathmaster Snikch excels at fighting other characters, especially when they vulnerable and have already taken damage. Armed with his deadly Weeping Blades, he can instantly reduce a target’s armour by 50% on contact. Snikch also has the Vanguard Deployment and Stalk abilities, further cementing his role as the foremost Master Assassin of the Skaven.Master Assassin (Lord)Following in Snikch’s example, the Master Assassin excels at battling opposition characters in close combat but can also rely on their ranged shuriken attack to take enemies out from a distance. Their wide range of abilities such as Vanguard Deployment, Stalk and Concealment Bombs make them lethal ambush commanders to unleash upon your enemy.Eshin Sorcerer (Hero)Masters in the art of silent death, Eshin Sorcerers use the Lore of Stealth to support their allies from the rear of the battlefield. This new magic lore has a focus on sneakiness and controlling the battlefield, meaning they can dictate the tempo and flow of the battle to their advantage.Eshin TriadsOnly the most devout apprentice assassins ascend to the rank of Triad. Well-drilled and deadly, these warriors are a versatile alternative to their Clanrat and Stormvermin brethren and are best utilised behind the front ranks, excelling at exploiting gaps and weaknesses in the enemy lines. Whilst their armor isn’t the strongest, they make up for it with their Vanguard Deployment and Stalk abilities. Capabilities which enhance their sneakiness on the battlefield.Poisoned-Wind MortarThese mobile, rat-portable mortars are packed with a payload of poisoned wind-globes which can be fired at a much greater distance than their Globadier equivalents. Capable of causing the enemy damage over time as they choke on the deadly Warpstone gas, this unit excels at damaging a wide swathe of the enemy at once.Warp-Grinder Weapon TeamsDrilling into the ground and their enemies alike, the Warp-Grinder Weapon Teams rely upon powerful active abilities that create devastating effects on the battlefield. Once they’ve tied down their enemies with tremor effects, their drills can pierce the toughest of armours… provided the team can get within range. This unit can also destroy settlement walls, rending stone asunder with scant regard for friend or foe.The Avalanche Mortar (Death Globe Mortars – Regiment of Renown)These rare and infernal devices can fire special air-burst globes from great distances that explode in mid-air and inflict devastating armor-piercing damage upon all units unfortunate enough to be caught in their line of fire.Viskrin’s Death Squad (Death Runner – Regiment of Renown)Viskrin’s Death Squad are the elite among their rank and excel at acts of espionage. Lightly armoured but highly mobile, this unit is capable of outputting great amounts of armour piercing damage with their trusty weeping blades as well as making use of their elite combat agility in order to become even harder for the enemy to hit in return.Ishka’s Triads (Eshin Triads – Regiment of Renown)Ishka’s Triads follow the teachings of Ishka Fastclaw, who was once the Nightlord of Clan Eshin. Exhibiting deadly anti-large capabilities, they have the ability to summon a decoy of themselves upon the battlefield, making them ideal for deceiving the enemy while both attacking and retreating.Keep an eye on our official website and social media channels for our first gameplay reveals for this DLC. Have a question? Read the Announce FAQ for more information.
In this hour, literary critic Umberto Rossi talks to Anne Strainchamps about how Philip K. Dick explores the question of "What is reality?" throughout his novels. Rossi is the author of The Twisted Worlds of Philip K. Dick: A Reading of Twenty Ontologically Uncertain Novels.Next, Anne Dick, Philip K. Dick's third wife, talks to Steve Paulson about their relationship. Anne Dick is the author of The Search for Philip K. Dick. Then, novelist Jonathan Lethem talks to Jim Fleming about the work of Philip K. Dick. Dick is one of Lethem's literary heroes. Lethem is the editor of the Library of America's three-volume set, The Philip K. Dick Collection. Lethem also reads an excerpt from his essay about Dick, "Crazy Friend."After that, Philip K. Dick scholar David Gill talks about Hollywood's adaptations of Philip K. Dick's novels and short stories. Gill's Dick-related website is Total Dick-Head.And finally, Jonathan Lethem talks to Steve Paulson about The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick, the project Dick obsessed over during the last eight years of his life as he tried to come to terms with a series of strange visionary experiences. Lethem is the co-editor, along with Pamela Jackson, of The Exegesis. [Broadcast Date: January 25, 2013] 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/130125/rt_tbon_130125_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this hour, literary critic Umberto Rossi talks to Anne Strainchamps about how Philip K. Dick explores the question of "What is reality?" throughout his novels. Rossi is the author of The Twisted Worlds of Philip K. Dick: A Reading of Twenty Ontologically Uncertain Novels.Next, Anne Dick, Philip K. Dick's third wife, talks to Steve Paulson about their relationship. Anne Dick is the author of The Search for Philip K. Dick. Then, novelist Jonathan Lethem talks to Jim Fleming about the work of Philip K. Dick. Dick is one of Lethem's literary heroes. Lethem is the editor of the Library of America's three-volume set, The Philip K. Dick Collection. Lethem also reads an excerpt from his essay about Dick, "Crazy Friend."After that, Philip K. Dick scholar David Gill talks about Hollywood's adaptations of Philip K. Dick's novels and short stories. Gill's Dick-related website is Total Dick-Head.And finally, Jonathan Lethem talks to Steve Paulson about The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick, the project Dick obsessed over during the last eight years of his life as he tried to come to terms with a series of strange visionary experiences. Lethem is the co-editor, along with Pamela Jackson, of The Exegesis. [Broadcast Date: March 7, 2012] 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/120307/rt_tbon_120307_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It all starts with a train rushing through the night…. Well, actually, it starts when Jon Scieszka, former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, writes a cliff-hanger episode and passes it on to the next member of a cast of celebrated writers, who continue the story and passes it on. And what happens between episodes one and 27? Think werewolves and mad scientists, a talking pig, plenty of explosions, a blue Star Wars lunchbox, two meatballs, a whole army of villains and varmints, and one just plain bad egg. Not to mention the predicaments of our heroes, 11-year-old twins Nancy and Joe, raised in a circus, who must find the pieces of a Top-Secret Robot in order to rescue their parents before… tick, tick, tick! A collaboration between the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance and the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book, The Exquisite Corpse Adventure originated as a national literacy project for young people and helped launch the READ.gov website. With exquisite contributions by: M. T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Calef Brown, Susan Cooper, Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen, Timothy Basil Ering, Jack Gantos, Nikki Grimes, Shannon Hale, Steven Kellogg, Gregory Maguire, Megan McDonald, Patricia and Fredrick McKissack, Linda Sue Park, Katherine Paterson (National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature), James Ransome, Jon Scieszka (former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature), and Lemony Snickett. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Phil Gigante. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/003127/bk_brll_003127_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One thousand years after the assumed apocalypse, a demonic army known as the Demon Plague has invaded the new world. With various races and cultures split by their differences, one man inspires them to unite in order to defeat the unfathomable evil force.Experience the epic story that follows these heroes into the darkness. Join the resistance and find out what it takes to defeat demons.In this Mad Max meets Game of Thrones dark sci-fi/fantasy epic, you'll experience an engaging story about a hero who lost everything to an evil force never encountered before. In his attempt to warn powers of the new world to prepare themselves to resist this supernatural army, Michael Miuriell joins forces with various warriors who work to unite rival kingdoms and bury century-old hatchets if only to defeat the Demon Plague. With fast moving action, dangerous villains and original characters, this story will define what every great sci-fi/fantasy novel should contain. Welcome to the resistance.About the author:David V. Mammina lives in Lindenhurst, NY, and teaches social studies to students with learning disabilities in Queens. He is the author of seven fiction novels and the recipient of the Presidential Service Award for his volunteer work in the community. He enjoys connecting with avid readers and other independent authors, as well as dabbling in video games and comics. Please feel free to reach out to him and take a look at his website to learn more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Russell Archey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/157941/bk_acx0_157941_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A treasure trove of intrigue, drama, and passion.If you want to listen to the best myths and captivating stories of gods, supernatural beings, and heroes with extraordinary powers, then keep reading...Ancient mythology is the foundation of the world. Every civilization and culture has its own myths, legends, and heroic acts that defines them. Myths tell the stories of our ancestors and the origins of the world. Stories that have been formed by people from all over the Earth, throughout all of time. All over the world, there are marvelous stories - stories that, once upon a time, were believed to be true but are today limited to the sphere of ancient myths and legends. Did you know that many consumer products get their names from Greek mythology? Nike sneakers are the namesake of the goddess of victory and the website Amazon is named after the race of mythical female warriors. Many high school, college and professional sports teams (Titans, Spartans, and Trojans, for instance) also get their names from mythological sources.Escape from everyday life to the timeless tales in Ancient Mythology from the earliest known myth: the epic of Gilgamesh to the heavenly journey of Ra, the mythical realms of Chinese mythology, and much, much more. Uncover, what we believe, is one of the most important pieces of knowledge we can ever acquire as human beings: our beginnings. In this audiobook, you will discover:Mythical animals, demons, and monstersNatural phenomena inspiring mythsThe major figures of Greek mythologyThe sphinx - a creature with the body of a lion and the head of a humanCommon elements across ancient mythologiesEgyptian gods, goddesses, and pharaohsThe epic of GilgameshThe most famous Celtic mythsThe hundred-handed onesThe most famous Sumerian mythsAztec mythologyChinese mytholo 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cameron Scriven. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/169875/bk_acx0_169875_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What if a twist of fate could change your life?Still reeling following his unexpected divorce, billionaire tech guru Jonathan James has returned home feeling disillusioned and low in spirits. The last thing he needs when he flies home from London to New Zealand is complications.When a baggage mix-up leaves him with nothing but a suitcase full of stilettos, lush lashes, and Dolly Parton-like wigs, he goes in search of the owner. He quickly discovers that all is not as it seems as his life takes off in a hilarious and unexpected direction.If you enjoy strong heroines, contemporary romance, and clean romance short stories, A Twist of Fate is an audiobook you'll love.A Twist of Fate is short story full of quirky humor and the promise of romance. A fun, quick listen!Set in Wellington, New Zealand - the coolest little capital in the world.If this is the first time you have read a Passion Down Under short story, you can easily enjoy each as a stand-alone. If you would like to know when the next book in the series is published, please go to my website www.molliemathews.com and sign up to my newsletter. Thank you for your amazing support!Enjoy other full-length contemporary romances by Mollie Mathews: Bride of Gold, Married By Christmas, and Flight of Passion.Fall in love with these contemporary heroes and heroines trying to mend their hearts, overcome their fears, and find true love - enjoy the other stand-alones by Mollie to discover the friends and family who tumble into a once-in-a-lifetime happily ever-after affair of the heart themselves. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mollie Mathews. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/166299/bk_acx0_166299_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod. Bayside Summers is a series of standalone steamy romance novels featuring alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're fun, flirty, flawed, deeply emotional, always passionate, and easy to relate to. Bayside Summers is part of the Love in Bloom romance collection by New York Times and USA Today best-selling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. While each audiobook may be listened to as a standalone, you might enjoy listening to the entire Love in Bloom series. Characters from each sub-series appear in future audiobooks. In Bayside Desires... As the co-owner of Bayside Resorts, Rick Savage has a fabulous beachfront resort where he works with his best friends and brother, and plenty of beautiful women to keep him company. When Desiree Cleary moves in next door to take care of her mother's estate, Rick sets his sights on the sexy and oh-so sweet pre-school teacher. But Desiree's sister isn't keen on the fast-talking playboy making moves on the younger sister she's never had a chance to get to know. And she has other ideas in store - like opening Summers Inn, a bed and breakfast that could be big-time competition for Rick's resort. All Bayside books can be listened to as standalone audiobooks or as part of the series: Coming Soon... Bayside Heat Bayside Escape Bayside Fantasies Bayside Romance Bayside Passions Bayside Summers is part of the Love in Bloom romance collection. Characters from each sub-series appear in future audiobooks. Visit Melissa's website for Love in Bloom family trees, series checklists, and more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: B.J. Harrison. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/087812/bk_acx0_087812_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Newark.... Las Vegas.... Hollywood.... 1954. If you dig hard-boiled pulp and noir heroes like Chandler's Philip Marlowe, Spillane's Mike Hammer, and Hammett's Sam Spade, Nick Moretti is certainly your man.... Years of fight halls and newsrooms have East Coast sportswriter Nick Moretti looking for a change. When a sloppy hustle goes bad and Nick takes a bullet in the shoulder, it's time to go west. Hired by Pinnacle Pictures to write a boxing movie about troubled heavyweight champ Jericho "Rattlesnake" McNeal (who accidentally killed a man in a dark juke joint), Nick joins forces with sexy public relations gal Dillian Dawson for a cross-country tour to give an everyman boxer an unlikely shot at the world title. What could go wrong? From the crackling neon of old Hollywood and Sin City, through the steamy delta, and on to Chi-Town, the glitzy dream becomes a noir nightmare, and newshound Nick Moretti is about to commit a reporter's greatest sin - becoming a Front Page Palooka.... For this entry in the hard-boiled Fight Card series, writer Anthony Venutolo steps in as Jack Tunney, the shared pseudonym for today's hottest crime writers who write for the monthly pulp books. Upon its release in 2013, Front Page Palooka was nominated for three New Pulp Awards including Best Novella, Best New Writer, and Best New Character. Author Venutolo has won five critical writing awards from the New Jersey Press Association and has appeared in such publications as Bikini, Details, POV, and Playboy Online. He's also written columns for the gambling magazines Chance, Casino Player, and Strictly Slots. Bourbon & Blondes, his second book, is filled with short stories and flash fiction and is currently available. His website is www.anthonyvenutolo.com/ and he blogs from Bukowski's Basement. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eddie Frierson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/040830/bk_acx0_040830_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.