The Dragons and the Snakes by David Kilcullen

The Dragons and the Snakes by David KilcullenEnter for your chance to win 1 of 5 finished copies of THE DRAGONS AND THE SNAKES: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West by David Kilcullen!

In THE DRAGONS AND THE SNAKES, eminent soldier-scholar David Kilcullen asks how, and what, opponents of the West have learned during the last quarter-century of conflict. Applying a combination of evolutionary theory and detailed field observation, he explains what happened to the "snakes"-non-state threats including terrorists and guerrillas-and the "dragons"-state-based competitors such as Russia and China. He explores how enemies learn under conditions of conflict, and examines how Western dominance over a very particular, narrowly-defined form of warfare since the Cold War has created a fitness landscape that forces adversaries to adapt in ways that present serious new challenges to America and its allies.

THE DRAGONS AND THE SNAKES will not only reshape our understanding of the West's enemies' capabilities, but will also show how we can respond given the increasing limits on US power.

Paper Wife by Laila Ibrahim

Paper Wife by Laila IbrahimI'm starting the New Year with a giveaway. Enter to win a copy of Paper Wife.

4.5 stars and 850+ ratings

From the bestselling author of Yellow Crocus comes a heart-wrenching story about finding strength in a new world.

Southern China, 1923. Desperate to secure her future, Mei Ling’s parents arrange a marriage to a widower in California. To enter the country, she must pretend to be her husband’s first wife—a paper wife.

On the perilous voyage, Mei Ling takes an orphan girl named Siew under her wing. Dreams of a better life in America give Mei Ling the strength to endure the treacherous journey and detainment on Angel Island. But when she finally reaches San Francisco, she’s met with a surprise. Her husband, Chinn Kai Li, is a houseboy, not the successful merchant he led her to believe.

Mei Ling is penniless, pregnant, and bound to a man she doesn’t know. Her fragile marriage is tested further when she discovers that Siew will likely be forced into prostitution. Desperate to rescue Siew, she must convince her husband that an orphan’s life is worth fighting for. Can Mei Ling find a way to make a real family—even if it’s built on a paper foundation?

The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne by Elsa Hart

The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne by Elsa HartEnter for the chance to win one of 100 advance copies of THE CABINETS OF BARNABY MAYNE, the atmospheric new series by Elsa Hart.

London, 1703. In a time when the old approaches to science coexist with the new, one elite community attempts to understand the world by collecting its wonders. While the curious-minded vie for invitations to study the rare artifacts collected by Sir Barnaby Mayne, the most formidable of all collectors, some visitors come with a darker purpose...

Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

Hidden Valley Road by Robert  Kolker*EARLY COPY GIVEAWAY*
The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science's great hope in the quest to understand the disease.


PRAISE FOR HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD:
“Hidden Valley Road raises the bar on what is possible in narrative nonfiction. A marvel of reportage, research, and style, Robert Kolker dives into the exceptional story of one family besieged by humanity’s most mysterious malady. Kolker writes about the Galvin family with elegance and insight while weaving together the decades long quest to understand the genetics of schizophrenia, somehow creating a story that is as haunting and intriguing as a great gothic novel. This book is a triumph, an unforgettable story that you should read right now.”
—Susannah Cahalan, author of Brain on Fire and The Great Pretender

“An extraordinary case study and tour de force of reporting.”
—Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind

“This broad-ranging, highly readable, and deeply unsettling book tells the story of a family beset with schizophrenia, and in doing so provides meaningful insights into the devastation caused by the disease. It is, equally, a study of the multiple ways in which familial denial can exacerbate the inherent pain of mental illness, and of the courage required both of those who are themselves diagnosed with it and of those who choose to help and support them.”
—Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree

Silent Redemption by Ellen J. Green

Silent Redemption by Ellen J. GreenIn this gripping novel by Amazon Charts bestselling author Ellen J. Green, the past is not a place for forgiveness…but for revenge.

Ava Saunders’s memories are the things nightmares are made of. Only three years old when her mother was murdered and her father disappeared, Ava’s been living to avenge the past—and eliminating anyone who comes between her and the truth. Off the grid and on the run, Ava has fled the United States on a willful mission: To seek out those who adopted her and find the blood relatives who abandoned her. Whatever the risk.

To do it, Ava needs the help of the only two people she can trust with her secrets: Detective Russell Bowers and her reluctant best friend, Joanne. Together they set off on a journey down Ava’s dark and twisted history that reaches from Italy to the jungles of Vietnam and to Paris for a chilling family reunion and a final reckoning.

For Ava, as a lifetime of betrayal, murder, and revenge comes full circle, even redemption comes with a price.

Road to Delano by John DeSimone

Road to Delano by John DeSimoneIt’s 1968, and a strike by field workers in the grape fields has ripped an otherwise quiet central California town down the middle. Jack Duncan is a Delano high school senior who is on his way to earning a baseball scholarship, hoping to escape the turmoil infesting his town. His mother has kept from him the real cause of his father’s death, who was a prominent grower. But when an old friend hands Jack evidence indicating his father was murdered, he is compelled to dig deeper. This throws him and his best friend and teammate, Adrian Sanchez, whose father is a striking field worker, into the labor conflict led by Cesar Chavez. Road to Delano is the path Jack and Adrian must take to find their strength, their duty, and their destiny.