Henry Hoakes has gone missing and Hoakes Island Amusement Park is in grave danger. This notebook, a hastily assembled collection of journal entries, notes, puzzles, and clues, is the only key to find out what's happened to Henry and stop the dastardly developers who want to knock down the park. Solve the puzzles and discover keys and clues as you travel around the island on a quest to rescue Rita the anteater, Granville the gorilla, and the rest of the talking animals who live there. It's a race against time that only a puzzle master can win! This ingenious and immersive puzzle adventure comes with a fold-out map of Hoakes Island and a special red lens that you must use to discover secret messages and clues. Can you solve the mystery and save Hoakes Island? We're counting on you!
Keith Colvin was a successful, middle-aged business man who seemed to have everything in the world the way he wanted it. He loved his kayaking adventures in Colorado, skiing in New England, and piloting his own plane wherever he wanted to go. He was an ex-navy S.E.A.L who loved to dive all over the world and supported his favorite charitable cause Doctors without Borders. The man seemed to have it all until he disappeared one Sunday afternoon off Mount Washington, leaving a suicide note saying that he had gone in search of his "Final Resting Place." When it is discovered that Mr. Colvin left behind a string of indictments for embezzlement; the U.S. Marshal Service gives the case to one of their finest agents, Michael Rodela. It is no longer a matter of guilt or innocence. It is a matter of life and death. Keith Colvin was the man who had everything to live for but gave it all up in an instant. Or did he?
What do the Trojan Horse, Piltdown Man, Keely Motor Company, and Ponzi Scheme have in common? They were all famous hoaxes, carefully designed and bolstered with false evidence. The con artists in this book pursued a variety of ambitions—making money, winning wars, mocking authority, finding fame, trading an ordinary life for a glamorous one—but they all chose the lowest, fastest road to get there. Every hoax is a curtain, and behind it is a deceiver operating levers and smoke machines to make us see what is not there and miss what is. As P.T. Barnum knew, you can short-circuit critical thinking in any century by telling people what they want to hear. Most scams operate on a personal scale, but some have shaped the balance of world power, inspired explorers to sail uncharted seas, derailed scientific progress, or caused terrible massacres. A HISTORY OF AMBITION IN 50 HOAXES guides us through a rogue’s gallery of hustlers, liars, swindlers, imposters, scammers, pretenders, and cheats. In Gale Eaton’s wide-ranging synthesis, the history of deception is a colorful tour, with surprising insights behind every curtain. Fountas & Pinnell Level Z+
From finding hidden treasure to outwitting art thieves, no mystery is too big and no criminal too cunning for friends, Scott, Jack, Emily and Drift the dog. Together the gang have exciting adventures on the Cornish coast - whether it's investigating a sinister phantom in THE MYSTERY OF THE MIDNIGHT GHOST or catching an unsual suspect in THE MYSTERY OF THE VANISHING SKELETON. Secret rooms, hidden caves and ancient treasures abound as the friends take on one intriguing case after another. You can help solve all the mysteries with this complete collection of fourteen fabulous adventures in one book!
Unlike sleights of hand, which fool the senses, sleights of mind challenge cognition. This book defines and explains cognitive deception and explores six prominent potential historical instances of it: the Cross of King Arthur, Drake's Plate of Brass, the Kensington Runestone, the Vinland Map, the Piltdown Man, and the Shroud of Turin. In spite of evidence contradicting their alleged origins, their stories continue to persuade many of their authenticity. Peter Hancock uses these purported hoaxes as case studies to develop and demonstrate fundamental principles of cognitive psychology. By dissecting each ostensible artifact, he illustrates how hoaxes can deceive us and offers us defenses against them. This book further examines how and why we allow others to deceive us and how and why we even deceive ourselves at times. Accessible to beginner and expert alike, Hoax Springs Eternal provides an essential interdisciplinary guide to cognitive deception.
This literary anthology celebrates the history and romance of Coney Island with works by some of the 19th and 20th centuries’ greatest authors and poets. Featuring a stunning gallery of portraits by the world's finest poets, essayists, and fiction writers--including Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane, José Martí, Maxim Gorky, Federico García Lorca, Isaac Bashevis Singer, E. E. Cummings, Djuna Barnes, Colson Whitehead, Robert Olen Butler, and Katie Roiphe—this anthology illuminates the unique history and transporting experience of New York City’s quintessential beach destination. Moody, mystical, and enchanting, Coney Island has thrilled newcomers and soothed native New Yorkers for decades. Its fantasy entertainments, renowned beach foods, world-class boardwalk, and expansive beach offer a kaleidoscopic panorama of people, places, and events that have inspired writers of all types and nationalities. It becomes, as Lawrence Ferlinghetti once wrote, "a Coney Island of the mind."
An ancient wisdom known only to Gnostics had previously become lost to humanity in the mists of time. This secret knowledge is now revealed to you for the first time, in The Key to the Great Secret, and can be seen in paintings by Poussin and Teniers – so there is no mistaking its existence.
A general election in Albion usually produces a clear winner but, when it does not, those who feel they should have won cannot resist the temptation to hold another one. Electorates, however, tend to be less enthusiastic a second time round and politicians struggle to engage their attention, so when a distinguished personage suggested the weather was the root of all Albion’s woes and that it might be a good idea to tow the island away, certain politicians find the suggestion irresistible. The ‘Island they towed Away’ tells of the unpredictable consequences of such an extraordinary solution to political apathy and of the trials and tribulations of the people of Albion as their island is subsequently towed from one unaccustomed mooring to another. It tells of the plots, ambitions and machinations of politicians from both sides of the political divide and how each of them finally receives his just political deserts. Against the backdrop of this high political intrigue, it relates the lives of ordinary people, caught up in the web of political drama whose simple desire to carry on their daily lives unwittingly has a decisive influence on its eventual outcome.
"Clifford Michael Irving (born November 5, 1930) is an American investigative reporter and writer. He is known for a fake "autobiography" of Howard Hughes in the early 1970s. After Hughes denounced him and sued McGraw-Hill, the publisher, Irving confessed the hoax and was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison, serving 17 months."--Wikipedia.
Updated with information on the results of recent high-tech underwater scans, Oak Island Secrets offers a complete and up-to-date account of Canada's most puzzling and intriguing historical and archaeological mystery. Since 1795, treasure hunters have pursued something they believe to be of immense value buried more than a hundred feet below the surface of Nova Scotia's Oak Island. Explorations and excavations have revealed an elaborately constructed system of shafts and water traps, underlining the amazing engineering skill apparently employed to protect the treasure. Mark Finnan interviewed all the key participants in the current search for the buried treasure, uncovering information that points to new directions and approaches that might finally reveal Oak Island's secrets.
Dear Reader, It is difficult for an author to choose a favorite from among her own books, especially when she has been lucky enough—as I have—to make a career out of doing what she loves. But some stories are memorable because they mark an important milestone in an author’s life, and for me, perhaps none is more special than Island Flame—my very first book. I was thrilled when it was published, and now, more than thirty years later, I am just as excited to share it again with you. Island Flame is a classic tale of romance on the high seas, featuring two extraordinary characters: the headstrong Lady Catherine Aldley and the legendary pirate Jonathan Hale. I don’t have to tell you that their tumultuous escapade sizzles with passion (lots of passion!), but what I hope you will take away most from Cathy and Jonathan is that dreams do come true—in love and in life. Mine did, and I hope yours will too. I look forward to sharing many more adventures together in the future. Enjoy! Karen Robards
The final installment in the survival suspense series Island, from bestelling and award-winning author Gordon Korman Six kids. One shipwreck. One desert island. Stranded. Separated.
The second installment in the survival suspense series Island, from bestelling and award-winning author Gordon Korman Six kids. One shipwreck. One desert island. Stranded. Separated. Six kids are stuck on a desert island. They have no food. No shelter. Nobody knows they are lost. They must take from the island in order to survive. But what if they're not alone?
Criticizes use of Aboriginal identity as a means of gaining land rights; Traces constitutional, legislative and bureaucratic changes since 1967; References throughout to policies of Gordon Bryant, FCAATSI, NACC, DAA; Criticizes concept of Makarrata and Heritage Legislation.
The Island of Seven Cities unveils the first tangible proof that the Chinese settled in the New World before Columbus. In the summer of 2003, architect Paul Chiasson decided to climb a mountain he had never explored on Cape Breton Island, where eight generations of his Acadian family had lived. One of the oldest points of exploration and settlement in the Americas, with a written history dating back to the first days of European discovery, Cape Breton is littered with remnants of old settlements. But that day Chiasson found a road that was unique. Well made and consistently wide, and at one time clearly bordered with stone walls, the road had been a major undertaking. But he could find no record of it. In the two years of detective work that followed, Chiasson systematically surveyed the history of Europeans in North America and came to a stunning conclusion: the ruins he had stumbled upon – an entire townsite on a mountaintop---did not belong to the Portuguese, the French, the English, or the Scots. And they predated John Cabot's 1497 "discovery" of the island. Using aerial and site photographs, maps and drawings, and his own expertise as an architect, Chiasson re-creates how he pieced together the clues to one of the world's great mysteries: a large Chinese colony existed and thrived on Canadian shores well before the European Age of Discovery. He addresses how the ruins had been previously overlooked or misunderstood, and how the colony was abandoned and forgotten, in China and in the New World. And he discovers the traces the colony left in the storytelling and culture of the Mi'kmaq, whose written language, clothing, technical knowledge, religious beliefs, and legends, he argues, expose deep cultural ties to China. A gripping account of an earth-shaking discovery, The Island of Seven Cities will change the way we think about our world.
Did a collector with a knack for making sensational discoveries really find the first document ever printed in America? Did Adolf Hitler actually pen a revealing multivolume set of diaries? Has Jesus of Nazareth's burial cloth survived the ages? Can the shocking true account of Abraham Lincoln's assassination be found in lost pages from his murderer's diary? Napoleon famously observed that "history is a set of lies agreed upon," and Edward Steers Jr. investigates six of the most amazing frauds ever to gain wide acceptance in this engrossing book. Hoax examines the legitimacy of the Shroud of Turin, perhaps the most hotly debated relic in all of Christianity, and the fossils purported to confirm humanity's "missing link," the Piltdown Man. Steers also discusses two remarkable forgeries, the Hitler diaries and the "Oath of a Freeman," and famous conspiracy theories alleging that Franklin D. Roosevelt had prior knowledge of the planned attack on Pearl Harbor and that the details of Lincoln's assassination are recorded in missing pages from John Wilkes Booth's journal. The controversies that Steers presents show that there are two major factors involved in the success of a hoax or forgery -- greed and the desire to believe. Though all of the counterfeits and conspiracies featured in Hoax have been scientifically debunked, some remain fixed in many people's minds as truth. As Steers points out, the success of these frauds highlights a disturbing fact: If true history fails to entertain the public, it is likely to be ignored or forgotten.
The shooting death of a rap mogul is the first link in a sinister chain ensnaring New York District Attorney Butch Karp. With his wife and daughter on a New Mexico retreat, Karp is left to fend for his teenaged sons and himself. Descending into the hip-hop underworld to prosecute a killer, Karp comes head-to-head wih Andrew Kane, a powerful would-be mayor whose corrupt web of influence leads Karp to unveil a shocking church sex-abuse scandal. In a world where secrets can be buried for an often-deadly price, Karp discovers there is no safe haven.