Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781451673845
Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
Views : 480

Whoever dares to seek the firebird may find the journey—and its ending— unexpected. Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes sees images, glimpses of those who have owned it before. It’s never been a gift she wants, and she keeps it a secret from most people, including her practical boss Sebastian, one of London’s premier dealers in Russian art. But when a woman offers Sebastian a small wooden carving for sale, claiming it belonged to Russia’s Empress Catherine, it’s a problem. There’s no proof. Sebastian believes that the plain carving—known as “The Firebird”—is worthless. But Nicola has held it, and she knows the woman is telling the truth and is in desperate need of the money the sale of the heirloom could bring. Compelled to help, Nicola turns to a man she once left and still loves: Rob McMorran, whose own psychic gifts are far greater than hers. With Rob to help her “see” the past, she follows a young girl named Anna from Scotland to Belgium and on into Russia. There, in St. Petersburg—the once-glittering capital of Peter the Great’s Russia—Nicola and Rob unearth a tale of love and sacrifice, of courage and redemption . . . an old story that seems personal and small, perhaps, against the greater backdrops of the Jacobite and Russian courts, but one that will forever change their lives.

Publisher : University of Pittsburgh Press
Category : History
ISBN : 0822966514
Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
Views : 350

Andrei Kozyrev was foreign minister of Russia under President Boris Yeltsin from August 1991 to January 1996. During the August 1991 coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev, he was present when tanks moved in to seize the Russian White House, where Boris Yeltsin famously stood on a tank to address the crowd assembled. He then departed to Paris to muster international support and, if needed, to form a Russian government-in-exile. He participated in the negotiations at Brezhnev’s former hunting lodge in Belazheva, Belarus where the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus agreed to secede from the Soviet Union and form a Commonwealth of Independent States. Kozyrev’s pro-Western orientation made him an increasingly unpopular figure in Russia as Russia’s spiraling economy and the emergence of ultra-wealthy oligarchs soured ordinary Russians on Western ideas of democracy and market capitalism. The Firebird takes the reader into the corridors of power to provide a startling eyewitness account of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the struggle to create a democratic Russia in its place, and how the promise of a better future led to the tragic outcome that changed our world forever.

Publisher : Apress
Category : Computers
ISBN : 9781430207436
Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
Views : 1128

* This is the "official" book on FirebirdSQL—it’s being written with the support of the development and management team. * Includes an extensive set of working, real-world examples, a troubleshooting guide, and a guide to migrating existing databases to FirebirdSQL. * This is the only book on the topic; appeals to users worldwide, especially in Europe; Most people deploy Firebird on Windows.

Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Category : History
ISBN : 9781108484466
Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
Views : 356

A century of Russian artistic genius, including literature, art, music and dance, within the dynamic cultural ecosystem that shaped it.

Publisher : Severn House Publishers Ltd
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781780105789
Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
Views : 224

A sheltered young woman postpones her entry into Edwardian society to solve the untimely demise of her mother. London, May, 1911. The new king, George V, is preparing for his coronation. The suffragettes are campaigning for women to get the vote. The East End seethes with unrest. And 18-year-old Kitty Challoner is looking forward to ‘coming out’ in London society. But Kitty’s secure, sheltered world is about to be torn apart. Lydia Challoner is shot dead while out riding in Hyde Park, and during the ensuing murder investigation Kitty discovers that there was so much she didn’t know about her mother. Was Lydia really the killer’s intended target? Is there a link to her Russian heritage? Why had she been behaving so strangely in recent weeks? Was she having an affair? As Kitty determines to uncover the truth and wonders exactly whom she can trust, she learns that the household in which she lives harbours a number of dangerous secrets. “Solid writing, an engaging heroine, authentic period ambience, and some unexpected twists make this an entertaining and satisfying read for all historical-mystery buffs.” ―Booklist “Well-drawn characters, inventive plotting, and a touch of romance distinguish this lively historical.” ―Publishers Weekly “Eccles once again combines history and romance with a clever mystery filled with a wide array of suspects.” ―Kirkus Reviews

Publisher : iUniverse
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780595359165
Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
Views : 180

Seeking the Firebird's Nest by Edward Schwartz carries the reader on a journey where Past and Present stream by the window of the author's mind. Human frailty is given voice with hope to reach happiness and teach for the Future. Esoteric anecdotes reveal his philosophy of life developed in his personal adventures, trials and accomplishments, all in a fairy tale format. Many years have passed since I was a little boy. Several times in my life the firebird has shown me her face. Did she look like the firebird from the old man's house or does everybody see his or her own firebird? I do not know. But what I do definitely know is the fact that the taste of tears caused by the firebird's appearance is the same for all of us.

Publisher : Valkyrie Spirit Publishing
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781733958813
Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
Views : 348

Most people think the Cold War ended when the Soviet Union collapsed. Though the USSR may have been beaten, their war infrastructure and resentment didn’t simply go away. What if there were still secret weapons systems in place and angry old men eager to set them off? In From within the Firebird’s Nest, former KGB official Sergei Kirill Mikhailov revives a secret biological weapon: the Crimson Firebird. His aim is to strike a devastating blow to the United States while pinning the blame on an impressionable young Arab man, thus initiating a global crisis. Meanwhile, one of Sergei’s former colleagues is scrambling to stop the weapon from being deployed and recruits an unlikely team that includes his son (now a banker in Oklahoma), a former Stasi agent, and an American writer named Evan. Together they must shed light on foes hiding in the dark and save the world from unthinkable destruction. Crypto codes, numbers stations, and sleeper agents all factor into this ultra-high-stakes story of international intrigue. The Cold War gets a little warmer with each page, and all the animosity from the past builds and finally bursts in a shocking conclusion.

Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 9781547605132
Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
Views : 291

Debut author Arnée Flores spins an exciting and original tale about hope in even the darkest of places, perfect for fans of Shannon Hale. The Kingdom of Lyrica was once warm and thriving, kept safe by the Firebird, whose feather and song was a blessing of peace and prosperity. But the Firebird disappeared, and Lyrica is now terrorized by the evil Spectress who wields her powers from within a volcano. All that remains is a mysterious message scrawled on the castle wall in the Queen's own hand: Wind. Woman. Thief. Young Prewitt has only known time without the Firebird, a life of constant cold, as his village is afraid to tempt the volcano monsters with even the feeblest fire. But he has heard whispers that the kingdom's princess survived the attack . . . and he is certain that if he can find her, together they can save Lyrica. Princess Calliope has no memories beyond living on her barge on the underground lake. But as she nears her twelfth birthday, she is certain there is more to life than the walls of a cave. When Prewitt finds her, he realizes that she is the missing princess: the only hope for Lyrica. Determined to decipher the meaning of her mother's strange message and find the Firebird, Calliope and Prewitt set off on a quest that puts them in more danger than either of them ever anticipated.

Publisher : Penguin
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 9780698171626
Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
Views : 40

In her debut picture book, Misty Copeland tells the story of a young girl--an every girl--whose confidence is fragile and who is questioning her own ability to reach the heights that Misty has reached. Misty encourages this young girl's faith in herself and shows her exactly how, through hard work and dedication, she too can become Firebird. Lyrical and affecting text paired with bold, striking illustrations that are some of Caldecott Honoree Christopher Myers's best work, makes Firebird perfect for aspiring ballerinas everywhere.

Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons
Category : JUVENILE FICTION
ISBN : 9780399166150
Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
Views : 40

A debut picture book by an American Ballet Theatre soloist follows the experiences of an insecure young girl who the author encourages to believe in herself and achieve her dreams through hard work and dedication.