Best A.C. Hadfield books

Prominence: A Space Opera Adventure (Blackstar Command) (Volume 1)

A.C. Hadfield

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They tried to destroy our planets. Or way of life. They tried to send us into extinction. But we, the Coalition, fought them and won. That was a decade ago. We had assumed they were beaten for good. We were wrong. They’re known as the Host: a cabal of aliens seeking to dominate our sector of space. And they’re back—with help from a powerful new enemy. Against their wrath, we must stand. We’re outnumbered and unprepared. If we lose, we lose everything. But there is hope. An ancient race of long-dead but technologically advanced aliens called the Navigators have a ship called the Blackstar that could potentially turn the tide. That is if I, Kai Locke, a humble ship racer, can find it and learn how to harness its power in time. If I fail, the Coalition will fall, and the Host will consign us to a distant memory. I refuse to let that happen. I will fight to my last breath for the Coalition’s survival. For fans of Star Wars, Firefly, Battlestar, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Prominence is the first of a trilogy due to be released throughout the 2nd quarter of 2017.

Magnitude (Blackstar Command) (Volume 2)

A. C. Hadfield

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The war with the deadly Host continues, only now they have secret alien allies bolstering their efforts. Our former general has defected. Our fleet of battleships took a battering in the first battle. And I’m trapped in another part of the galaxy trying to find my parents and, ultimately, my way home.  The situation looks bleak, but I have ancient Navigator technology at my disposal, and I'm mad as hell. Then there's this weird alien information bomb inside my head that I can't access despite it suggesting great power. With new enemies lining up to thwart my plans, I’ll need to muster all the courage and skill if I’m to beat the odds and get back to Coalition space before the Host overwhelm my people and take over the galaxy. If the Host win, the Coalition worlds will burn. Its population will be slaughtered, and there will be no hope for any of us.  But I have a ragtag crew of heroes willing to push-back against our foes regardless of the odds. The Coalition will prevail once more, even if I have to die for the cause. 

The Terminal War

A.C. Hadfield

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A millennium into the future…. In a galaxy far from Earth…. We were not prepared for the Terminal War. Billions of lives are at risk as enemy forces mass on the frontier of the Commonwealth. If the planet Terminus, the center of all the Commonwealth's technology, falls, we will lose everything, and there will be no way back. The Axis Combine's fleet is overwhelming in number, and their firepower is superior. Unless one man and his crew can save Terminus, the galaxy will never be the same again. They must find a way to give the Commonwealth an edge, or we'll face complete annihilation. There is but one hope: Carson Mach and his motley crew of rogues on the starship Intrepid.

The Lost Voyager

A.C. Hadfield

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A mining ship goes missing.... Its precious cargo could change the galaxy.... Unless one man and his crew can find the lost Voyager. Carson Mach, a freelance rogue captain, and his crew are faced with a seemingly routine mission to find and rescue the Voyager, a missing mining ship in a remote system. Only he and his employers know what the lost ship carries in its cargo hold and the devastating consequences if it falls into the wrong hands. On arrival to the Noven system, the destination of the Voyager, Mach and his crew have three planets to explore - and no clues as to where the ship and its artifact might be. Their first stop reveals a terrifying new enemy has joined the search, raising the stakes considerably. If the new threat finds the cargo, it will place the entire galaxy in a perilous position from which it won't recover. Mach and his crew must overcome impossible odds and defeat the new enemy if they're to reach the Voyager and save the lives of trillions.

The Atlantis Ship: A Carson Mach Space Opera

A.C. Hadfield

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A legendary enemy attacks....
Galactic peace is threatened....
Unless one man can find and stop the Atlantis ship.


Carson Mach, a former war hero turned freelancer, seeks the biggest payday of his life when he's tasked to hunt down a ghost ship that has echoed through the centuries. The legendary Atlantis ship has become a reality, appearing at the Commonwealth frontier and obliterating an orbital station.

Facing a lack of resources, a ragtag crew, and aliens who want him dead, Mach must use all his leadership skills and experience if he's to beat the overwhelming odds. His mission will take him across the galaxy and to uncharted dark areas of space.

Failure to stop the Atlantis ship will mean not only the death of Mach and his crew but the end of the Commonwealth and all of humanity. Somehow Mach must find a way to solve an ancient mystery if he's to succeed where everyone else before him has failed.

All Carson Mach books can be read in any order.

Other Carson Mach books:

  • The Terminal War.

  • The Lost Voyager.


"Carson Mach is one of the best space opera adventures I've read." -- P. Marshall, Amazon Reviewer.

Julius Caesar (Barnes & Noble Shakespeare)

William Shakespeare

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Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, is part of the Barnes & Noble Shakespeare series.  This unique series features newly edited texts prepared by leading scholars from America and Great Britain, in collaboration with one of the world’s foremost Shakespeare authorities, David Scott Kastan of Columbia University. Together they have produced texts as faithful as possible to those that Shakespeare wrote.

 

Each volume in the Barnes & Noble Shakespeare includes:

  • New Scholarship – Premiere scholars introduce each play with contemporary scholarship. An essay on editing the text provides an in-depth look at the quartos and folios used in the edition.
  • Contextualizing Essays – Essays on Shakespeare’s England, language, and life, along with essays on performing Shakespeare and significant performances frame the play in both historical and theatrical context for readers. A look at the lasting influence of the play on music, art, film, and dance creates an interdisciplinary framework with which to approach the play.
  • Better Notes – Through one-word margin definitions, facing-page glosses, and longer end notes after the play, our innovative approach to notes pulls readers away from the text fewer times while providing them with more information and comprehensive analysis.
  • Further Reading – An annotated bibliography of titles, hand-selected by the introduction author, takes readers beyond the edition for further reading.
Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar dramatizes the most controversial event in ancient history—the assassination of Julius Caesar. The editor, Andrew Hadfield, puts the play in context, revealing what each of the characters would most likely have been perceived by Shakespeare’s audience.

Edmund Spenser: A Life

Andrew Hadfield

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Edmund Spenser's innovative poetic works have a central place in the canon of English literature. Yet he is remembered as a morally flawed, self-interested sycophant; complicit in England's ruthless colonisation of Ireland; in Karl Marx's words, 'Elizabeth's arse-kissing poet'-- a man on the make who aspired to be at court and who was prepared to exploit the Irish to get what he wanted.

In his vibrant and vivid book, the first biography of the poet for 60 years, Andrew Hadfield finds a more complex and subtle Spenser. How did a man who seemed destined to become a priest or a don become embroiled in politics? If he was intent on social climbing, why was he so astonishingly rude to the good and the great Lord Burghley, the earl of Leicester, Sir Walter Ralegh, Elizabeth I and James VI? Why was he more at home with 'the middling sort' -- writers, publishers and printers, bureaucrats, soldiers, academics, secretaries, and clergymen -- than with the mighty and the powerful? How did the appalling slaughter he witnessed in Ireland impact on his imaginative powers? How did his marriage and family life shape his work?

Spenser's brilliant writing has always challenged our preconceptions. So too, Hadfield shows, does the contradictory relationship between his between life and his art.

You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes: Photographs from the International Space Station

Chris Hadfield

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Divided by continent, YOU ARE HERE represents one (idealized) orbit of the ISS. This planetary photo tour -- surprising, playful, thought-provoking, and visually delightful -- is also punctuated with fun, fascinating commentary on life in zero gravity. In the spirit of his bestselling An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, YOU ARE HERE opens a singular window on our planet, using remarkable photographs to illuminate the history and consequences of human settlement, the magnificence (and wit) of never-before-noticed landscapes, and the power of the natural forces shaping our world and the future of our species.

The English Renaissance 1500-1620 (Wiley Blackwell Guides to Literature)

Andrew Hadfield

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This lively and stimulating book guides students through the historical contexts, key figures, texts, themes and issues in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century English literature. The English Renaissance, 1500-1620 sets out the historical and cultural contexts of Renaissance England, highlighting the background voices and events which influenced literary production, including the Reformation, the British problem, perceptions of other cultures and the voyages to the Americas.

A series of short biographical essays on the key writers of the period explain their significance, and explore a variety of perspectives with which to approach them. In-depth analyses of a number of well-studied texts are also provided, indicating why each text is important and suggesting ways in which each might usefully be read. Texts featured include Astrophil and Stella, Othello, Utopia, Dr Faustus, The Tragedy of Miriam, The Unfortunate Traveller and the Faerie Queene.

The volume charts the intricacies of English Renaissance literature, taking in a variety of themes including women, gender and the question of homosexuality; the stage; printing and censorship; humanism and education and rhetoric. Attention is also drawn to current debates in Renaissance criticism such as New Historicism and Cultural Materialism, thus the book provides students with an unparalleled foundation for further study.

Fully cross-referenced, with a useful chronology, glossary and suggestions for further reading, this much-needed guide conveys the excitement of reading Renaissance literature.

King Lear (Barnes & Noble Shakespeare)

William Shakespeare

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  • &&LB&&RBetter Notes&&L/B&&R – Through one-word margin definitions, facing-page glosses, and longer end notes after the play, our innovative approach to notes pulls readers away from the text fewer times while providing them with more information and comprehensive analysis.
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