Last Breath

Author: Peter Stark
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345449528
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Sudden, extreme deaths have always fascinated us-- and now more than ever as athletes and travelers rise to the challenges of high-risk sports and journeys on the edge. In this spellbinding book, veteran travel and outdoor sports writer Peter Stark reenacts the dramas of what happens inside our bodies, our minds, and our souls when we push ourselves to the absolute limits of human endurance. Combining the adrenaline high of extreme sports with the startling facts of physiological reality, Stark narrates a series of outdoor adventure stories in which thrill can cross the line to mortal peril. Each death or brush with death is at once a suspense story, a cautionary tale, and a medical thriller. Stark describes in unforgettable detail exactly what goes through the mind of a cross-country skier as his body temperature plummets-- apathy at ninety-one degrees, stupor at ninety. He puts us inside the body of a doomed kayaker tumbling helplessly underwater for two minutes, five minutes, ten minutes. He conjures up the physiology of a snowboarder frantically trying not to panic as he consumes the tiny pocket of air trapped around his face under thousands of pounds of snow. These are among the dire situations that Stark transforms into harrowing accounts of how our bodies react to trauma, how reflexes and instinct compel us to fight back, and how, why, and when we let go of our will to live. In an increasingly tamed and homogenized world, risk is not only a means of escape but a path to spirituality. As Peter Stark writes, "You must try to understand death intimately and prepare yourself for death in order to live a full and satisfying life." In this fascinating, informative book, Stark reveals exactly what we’re getting ourselves into when we choose to live-- and die-- at the extremes of endurance.

Caesar s Last Breath

Author: Sam Kean
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316381632
Format: PDF
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The Guardian's Best Science Book of 2017 One of Science News's Favorite Science Books of 2017 The fascinating science and history of the air we breathe It's invisible. It's ever-present. Without it, you would die in minutes. And it has an epic story to tell. In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth and our existence on it. With every breath, you literally inhale the history of the world. On the ides of March, 44 BC, Julius Caesar died of stab wounds on the Senate floor, but the story of his last breath is still unfolding; in fact, you're probably inhaling some of it now. Of the sextillions of molecules entering or leaving your lungs at this moment, some might well bear traces of Cleopatra's perfumes, German mustard gas, particles exhaled by dinosaurs or emitted by atomic bombs, even remnants of stardust from the universe's creation. Tracing the origins and ingredients of our atmosphere, Kean reveals how the alchemy of air reshaped our continents, steered human progress, powered revolutions, and continues to influence everything we do. Along the way, we'll swim with radioactive pigs, witness the most important chemical reactions humans have discovered, and join the crowd at the Moulin Rouge for some of the crudest performance art of all time. Lively, witty, and filled with the astounding science of ordinary life, Caesar's Last Breath illuminates the science stories swirling around us every second.

The Last Breath

Author: Kimberly Belle
Publisher: MIRA
ISBN: 1488038376
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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“Fans of domestic suspense will adore Kimberly Belle.” —Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl From the internationally bestselling author of The Marriage Lie, a riveting story of deceit and dark truths. Humanitarian aid worker Gia Andrews chases disasters around the globe for a living. It’s the perfect lifestyle to keep her far away from her own dark past. Sixteen years ago, Gia’s father was imprisoned for brutally killing her stepmother. Now that he’s back home and dying of cancer, Gia must care for him and reluctantly resumes the role of daughter to the town’s most infamous murderer. Gia’s old wounds are ripped open as protesters show up on the lawn and death threats are hurled at her, turning her own personal tragedy, once again, into front-page news. As the past unravels before her, Gia finds herself torn between the stories that family, friends, and even her long-departed stepmother have believed to be real all these years. But in the end, the truth—and all the lies that came before—may have deadlier consequences than she could have ever anticipated.... Originally published in 2014.

To the Last Breath

Author: Francis Slakey
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439198969
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A Georgetown University physics professor describes the rigidly scheduled and isolated existence he led before embarking on a life-risking effort to climb the world's highest mountains and surf every ocean, goals that pitted him against natural and human dangers while challenging his most passionate beliefs. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.

Last Breath

Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101545445
Format: PDF
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With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town-a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville's latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn't merely human. But is he a vampire-or something else entirely?

Memory s Last Breath

Author: Gerda Saunders
Publisher: Hachette Books
ISBN: 0316502634
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY NPR "For anyone facing dementia, [Saunders'] words are truly enlightening.... Inspiring lessons about living and thriving with dementia."---Maria Shriver, NBC's Today Show A "courageous and singular book" (Andrew Solomon), Memory's Last Breath is an unsparing, beautifully written memoir--"an intimate, revealing account of living with dementia" (Shelf Awareness). Based on the "field notes" she keeps in her journal, Memory's Last Breath is Gerda Saunders' astonishing window into a life distorted by dementia. She writes about shopping trips cut short by unintentional shoplifting, car journeys derailed when she loses her bearings, and the embarrassment of forgetting what she has just said to a room of colleagues. Coping with the complications of losing short-term memory, Saunders, a former university professor, nonetheless embarks on a personal investigation of the brain and its mysteries, examining science and literature, and immersing herself in vivid memories of her childhood in South Africa.

The Good Daughter

Author: Karin Slaughter
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062430262
Format: PDF
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“The Good Daughter is like Law and Order meets The Good Wife.” —theSkimm Instant New York Times Bestseller theSkimm Book Club Pick! The stunning new novel from the international #1 bestselling author — a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense. Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind… Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville's notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it's a case that unleashes the terrible memories she's spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won't stay buried forever… Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling.

Last Breath

Author: Michael Prescott
Publisher: Michael Prescott
ISBN:
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From New York Times and USA Today bestseller Michael Prescott, author of Final Sins and Cold Around the Heart, comes an electrifying novel of terror and suspense. C.J. Osborn was ten years old when the boogeyman came for her. Ever since, she has feared his return. Now an LAPD cop, C.J. faces danger every day on the streets of Newton Division — "Shootin' Newton," the city's roughest territory. But the greatest danger lies in C.J.'s own home, where a stranger's eyes are watching her — a stranger who plans to finish what he started sixteen years ago ...

Last Breath

Author: George D. Shuman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416534911
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A follow-up to 18 Seconds finds blind psychic Sherry Moore as she telepathically witnesses the brutal acts committed by a ruthless serial killer from the perspective of the final moments of his victims. Reprint.

One Last Breath

Author: Laura Griffin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416568433
Format: PDF, Kindle
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He's an ex-cop. She's an ex-wife. And they're both out for revenge on the same man.... When pampered former cheerleader Feenie Malone takes a job writing fluff pieces for her South Texas paper, she has no idea she's about to stumble into a juicy news story that could launch her career -- if it doesn't get her killed first. Almost as soon as she breaks out her press pass, she crosses paths with Marco Juarez, the macho PI obsessed with solving his sister's murder. The information he has might be the perfect lead -- but his dangerously sexy looks could be a deadly distraction. Juarez has zero patience for reporters, especially mouthy blond ones. But with the evidence pointing to Feenie's ex-husband, Marco thinks she could be useful. Confident he can keep her on a tight leash, he lets her in on his investigation. He quickly discovers he's underestimated his new partner, as well as the danger they both face. Now he must protect her -- to the very last breath....