This first volume of the Ken Games series gives us a profile of Peter Fermat (aka Rock), a young man who, like each of the three main characters, is leading a double life. His story opens with a boxing match which has a nasty ending for the up-and-coming boxer, despite his victory. It's not long before we discover that Rock is not only striving to make it in the boxing world, but is also something of a mathematical genius, which is how he met his best friend, TJ. For the first time in all their years of friendship, TJ introduces Rock to a girlfriend, the lovely Anne. Anne and Rock soon establish a bond of trust when Rock discovers that Anne too is living a double life, even though Anne's secret is not exactly what she leads Rock to believe. This is just the beginning of the tangled web of lies and deception that gets ever more convoluted as the series goes on...
Pico Bogue is the eldest child of a normal family, and when we say 'normal', we mean unique, quirky and occasionally just stark raving mad! Along with his little sister Anna, Pico goes through life with as many certainties as he has questions, making the kind of pertinent observations that only children are capable of. Sometimes challenging, always loveable, there's no end to Pico's mischief, much to the amusement, exasperation and surprise of his long-suffering parents!
Former CIA agent Floyd Whitman investigates whether someone manipulated the US presidential elections. While carrying out the investigation he meets some of his old Russian acquaintances. Acquaintances who take him back to his youth in the 60s, when together they developed an ambitious plan to bring the Russian mafia back on its feet in order to fight the communist regime from within the borders of the United States. But today, forty years later, the White House decides to get rid of all the mafia bosses left in the country... The great spy adventure continues!
Even though Marcus and Arminius parted company on bad terms, the Emperor Augustus is counting on the strength of the friendship that unites them to shed light on the rumor that's got Rome quaking in its boots. He thus sends Marcus on a top secret mission to Germania, Arminius' birthplace, in order for him to determine how and to what extent the young German is involved in the preparation of a people's rebellion. But what if conspiracy isn't the Barbarian's real prerogative...?
Agrippina, a wonderful prototype of the rebellious teenager, spends her time squabbling with her exasperated parents, determinately ignoring her infuriating brother, discussing the latest couplings with her girlfriends, studiously avoiding 'being normal', and falling madly in love with a different boy every two minutes. Quite simply hilarious.
Lord Nelson, Lady Nelson and Jade continue to enjoy their ménage à trois as they travel to Africa. Their boat is savagely attacked by the natives as they go up river, deeper into the heart of this vibrant but mysterious continent. But is this just an act of pure brutality? Or is there another reason, perhaps one connected to that black pearl that Jade wears in her ear, a pearl that exactly matches that of their goddess? This is the beginning of a second cycle of the grippingly exotic adventures of Jade, the mistress of the eminent Lord and Lady Nelson.
He has committed treason. Marcus has to face the facts: Arminius, the man who is like a brother to him, is in the midst of preparing a rebellion against Rome, the city that gave them everything. Two men, two destinies, a broken friendship, and the inevitable and eternal march of history. In this fourth installment of the enthralling Eagles of Rome series, Enrico Marini turns history into a breathtaking human adventure, extravagant and tragic, his realist artwork plunging us right to the heart of the struggles of Emperor Augustus' reign.
Agrippina's grandmother goes awol for a few days, only to be discovered in her own home, hiding away from the world while she recovers from a facelift. And all because she's found out that her own mother has gone into a retirement home. The latter, having made herself a fortune in her savvy investments in stocks and shares, decides to buy herself a computer... but not just any old computer...! Meanwhile, Agrippina is, as usual, busy seeking out any opportunity to get easy money and easy boys. This is a side-splitting snapshot of the complex relationships between four generations of women.
This is the first episode of a whole new cycle that chronologically takes place between the Ottoman and African cycles. This time we're swept off to colonial India. Jade, accompanied by Lord and Lady Nelson, arrives at the Palace of Eschinapur, having been summoned by the Rani, mother of the Maharajah. The Rani wishes for Jade to initiate the future bride of the young Maharajah, the daughter of the rebel Radjah Sing, to the art of love. This is in the hopes that the young bride will be able to wield this power to influence her son's politics, which are currently in favor of British rule. But there appears to be a strange presence in the palace. That presence turns out to be a child, who shows herself to no one but... the Djinn...
It's 1945. Floyd Whitman discovers that 'those scumbag communists' have killed his father. He's just a child, but he resolves to one day join the CIA. By 2003, America has triumphed over the Soviet Union, but the Russian mafia has become the most powerful, and certainly the most violent criminal group throughout the whole country. Through the fate of one man--young and full of illusions in 1965, but rather more embittered in 2003--we see the CIA help the Russian mafia get back on its feet in the squalid back rooms of the American empire. A great spy adventure comparable with the best of Hollywood thrillers.
We're right in the middle of World War I, deep in the trenches. The soldiers are confronted by unimaginable suffering and violent death on a daily basis. Considered as nothing more than cannon fodder by their superiors, they try desperately to survive. Partly as an act of defiance in the face of hardship, partly as the ultimate irony, the soldiers nickname their regiment after the famous Parisian cabaret club 'Folies Bergère'. They laugh and joke, they write, they draw, they fight, they die in appalling circumstances, they kill themselves, they lose their minds. And then one of their number is sentenced to death by firing squad... and miraculously survives...
Here, at long last, is the thirteenth and final volume of the epic Djinn series. We'll finally discover the circumstances that lead Kim Nelson from India to Africa and back again, back to the cursed child princess of Eschinapur, to fulfill a vow made by the elusive Djinn, Jade. Kim truly comes into her own, assuming her power as a temptress in the name of justice and vengeance... vengeance always cruel, but always sweet...
We've seen Joe Telenko, we've seen Martha, and now we're plunged into the day to day existence of Dillon, a Native American and father of the boy that Telenko killed in a tragic car accident. Dillon is now in a living hell. He's lost everything. He's miles from his homeland, pushed to the margins of an inhospitable society. And he'll do anything to eliminate Joe Telenko, the source of all his woes.
This second volume begins in July 1945. Despite the peace agreement signed on the 8th May, Europe is in complete chaos... In the midst of all the violence, Ari and Leslie, still members of the Jewish Brigade, part company. Ari decides to guide his people towards a promised land that is finally becoming a reality, while Leslie continues his Nazi hunt. Both are trying to find a sense of meaning after the horrors of war.
Our favorite gypsy trucker is partaking in a humanitarian operation in Central America. At the border, he's stopped by nurses from the military health service. Like all new arrivals, Gypsy is vaccinated against "Aztec Laughter," the deadly virus ravaging the population, of which the symptoms include fits of extreme violence. In the first town he stops at, Gypsy finds a bunch of half-crazed zombies and suicidal dancers: they've all been infected with the pernicious disease. He gets out as soon as he can, but the journey only gets more macabre from there on in...
Within the cool walls of the pavilion of pleasures, Jade instructs Tamila how to use her body to captivate a man. The man in question is the Maharajah and Tamila is the daughter of Raja Singh, a revolutionary who will stop at nothing to chase the English out of India. The more she becomes implicated in the politics of the country, the more dangerous Jade's games become... she finds herself having to watch her back...
Undertaker Jonas Crow is charged with transporting the coffin of an ex-miner become millionaire back to the mining vein that made his fortune. The funeral should have been a calm affair, but there's an unexpected turn of events: on the eve of his death, Joe Cusco swallowed all his gold, so as to carry it with him for all eternity. Unfortunately, the secret was leaked, provoking the fury of all the miners of Anoki City. They can't just leave such a fortune to be buried while they're sweating their souls away in the mining shafts! As Jonas says, "death never comes alone..."
Following his exemplary execution of his latest mission, Vince, a new recruit to the Vatican's protection and intelligence service, is invited to join the top secret and highly selective division, the "Keepers." There are only twelve agents throughout the whole world at any one time. They don't know each other. They can never meet. Trias, the third Keeper, has just been killed. Vince is to take his place.
His first mission is to accompany two prelates to the World Economic Forum in Davos, that brings together the world's most influential stock market players. Right in the middle of dinner on the opening night, they get the news: An Iranian factory powered by nuclear energy has been bombed. Iran retaliated immediately, targeting the United States and Great Britain. The world is fast on its way to a third World War. All the main news channels are broadcasting images of absolute carnage.
Vince looks on as things go from bad to worse. He can't help feeling that there's more to it than first meets the eye... but what?
There's a treasure, long hidden, deep in the heart of the Turkish desert. All those who have tried to obtain it have never returned. But Kim Nelson, a young Englishwoman, has inherited the powers invested in her smoldering ancestor, Jade, the favorite of the last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. These powers hold the key to a treasure that no one has ever laid eyes on. Following her escape from Turkey's last ever harem, Kim is finally ready to unlock the secret... but what's waiting for her in the depths of the desert cave isn't exactly what she was expecting...
The unique and truly French super hero is back, like a phoenix from the ashes, to save France once again and to restore it to greatness in a world going to the dogs.
Superdupont's reboot gets a kick-start with the birth of his son who, astonishingly, has inherited the supernatural powers of his father. Perhaps together they can finally bring down the enemies of their wonderful homeland!
Blacksad is in New Orleans, looking for work. He just so happens to come across a rich Texan who asks him to drive his car back down to his hometown. Perfect! An easy job and good money, not to mention the beautiful car! So the detective accepts. But, much to his dismay, the car is stolen from him in a gas station by Chad Lowell and Abe Greenberg, two beatnik writers wanting to get to Amarillo, Texas. Things soon get messy when Chad shoots at Abe during a quarrel, killing him dead. Forced into exile, Chad finds refuge in a circus. But Blacksad is hot on his trail along those endless highways of southern America.
Yoshi, a troubled teenager, is sent by his grandfather to Seijun, a highly renowned tattoo artist. Against all expectations, the boy masters the art of tattooing, including the complicated Tebori technique. Ten years later, Seijun reveals a great secret to his apprentice: his clients are from the yakuza, the formidable Japanese mafia. Each tattoo they bear has a specific meaning, often to do with the murders they've committed. When Yoshi discover that his friend is tattooed with the same strange design as one of the yakuza bosses, his whole world turns upside down...
Vince is still wondering why and how his brother, believed dead for the last ten years, has ended up (very much alive) aboard the yacht of the directors of the New Temple. Entrusted with the mission of finding out the nature of Cardinal Di Origio's dealings with the secret society, the keeper finds himself confronting one of the most sinister pages in the history of the church! But will he win this fight with weapons? Or with forgiveness...?
"Two little lumps? Where did they come from? What am I supposed to do with two little lumps?" These are the questions that our heroine, who is on the verge of turning sixty, asks herself during her mammogram. It can't be true! She's almost reached retirement and now this: cancer! Like a lightning bolt, this sudden and ominous threat marks the end of life as she knew it. Gone are the days of fighting put downs at work, gone are the days of pandering to a couch potato husband, and babysitting the grandchildren; from now on, she'll finally start putting herself first! Having let go of her husband, her job and her worries, she decides to travel, learns the tango, tries her hand at hang gliding and pottery, starts dating... and realizes that the seduction game is not as fun as it used to be! She ends up buying a big house by the sea and turns it into the new place to be for sixty somethings; a gathering place for good friends, roaring laughter, memories and nostalgia. Once she gets over the initial shock of the news, her story is about learning to live with one's age, experiencing pleasure, keeping one's dignity, smiling and living without regrets!