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Follow the story of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to live an honest life in a community that constantly threatens to reveal his criminal past. Victor Hugo's tale of injustice, heroism, and love illustrates the struggles of redemption and sacrifice, as Valjean fights to protect the daughter of a poverty-stricken prostitute. But as Inspector Javert's relentless pursuit jeopardizes his newfound freedom, Valjean must decide how far he's willing to go to keep his promises.
Experience a pulse-quickening journey into a future where people can teleport with their thoughts, the wealthy are guarded by radioactive hit men, and an outcast is the most dangerous man alive. This timeless science fiction novel by a master of the genre will take you on a journey through a world of technological prophecy and narrative enchantment.
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This gripping tale delves into the dark themes of betrayal and revenge as told from the murderer's perspective. Montresor, fed up with a lifetime of insults from Fortunato, seeks his retribution. He cleverly uses Fortunato's pride in his wine knowledge as bait for his twisted plan. Get ready to dive into a classic yet suspenseful story that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
This historical masterpiece takes us to the French Revolution and explores themes of inequality, class, and individualism. With swashbuckling adventure and a sweeping romance, this book is a thought-provoking comment on society - it's no wonder it's still an enduring legacy for Sabatini.
This classic historical fiction novel, set during the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution, follows the chivalrous Englishman known as the Scarlet Pimpernel. Leading a double life as a wealthy fop and daring rescuer of aristocrats before they are sent to the guillotine, only a select few know his true identity. But when his French wife becomes entangled in his secret world and threatened by the new French envoy, she sets out to stop him and protect her husband.
Set during Spain's golden century, Captain Alatriste follows the life of a retired soldier turned swordsman-for-hire in the dangerous streets of Madrid. When he is hired for a job that turns out to be much more than he bargained for, Alatriste becomes entangled in a series of thrilling twists and turns that threaten to shake the courts of Europe. In a city where a thrust of steel settles all matters, Alatriste wields the strongest blade of them all.
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