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NLS: Overseas Outlook

July to December 2007; Volume 30, Number 2

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Book order forms

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Each issue of Overseas Outlook includes a bibliography on a subject that may be of interest to overseas patrons. This issue features a minibibliography on adventure stories. To receive any of the books in this bibliography, complete the order form at the end of the newsletter and return it to the overseas librarian.

Across the Nightingale Floor
by Lian Hearn
RC 54917
In a feudal land that echoes Japan, a youth raised by the peace-loving Hidden people is rescued from certain death and adopted by the warlord Otori Shigeru. Renamed Takeo, the youth discovers his martial arts skills and learns about his unsuspected heritage, first love, and the difficulties of divided loyalties. 2002.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain
RC 43591
A comprehensive edition of Twain's 1885 tale about a boy who runs away from home and floats down the Mississippi on a raft with an escaping slave. Includes four episodes originally deleted from the first edition, an introduction by Twain biographer Justin Kaplan, and an addendum of explanatory and interpretive notes. 1996.

The All-true Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton
by Jane Smiley
RC 46078
At twenty years of age, plain, tomboyish Lidie marries abolitionist Thomas Newton and travels with him to the Kansas Territory in the 1850s. Prairie life is hard and abolitionists are greatly despised, but Lidie is good with horses—and guns. After Thomas is murdered, Lidie dresses as a man and sets off to find his killer, discovering herself in the process. 1998.

Almost Adam
by Petru Popescu
RC 44171
On a remote savanna in Kenya, young scientist Ken Lauder discovers and befriends a protohuman boy. When the two become the prey of conspirators, they flee into a violent, primal world that has escaped evolution for millions of years. 1996.

The Apocalypse Watch
by Robert Ludlum
RC 39881
Harry Latham, a.k.a. Alexander Lassiter, has infiltrated the headquarters of the neo-Nazi organization Brotherhood of the Watch. The brotherhood discovers he is an imposter and suspects his list of Nazi supporters in the United States and allied countries, may be false. His brother Drew suspects the list is fake and when Harry is killed, Drew assumes his identity in hopes of learning the truth. 1995.

Around the World in Eighty Days
by Jules Verne
RC 53171
London, 1872. Well-to-do, eccentric Phileas Fogg is certain that he can travel around the world in eighty days. He's so sure in fact that he's wagered half of his fortune and set off on the grand adventure with his servant, Passepartout. 1988 afterword. For senior high and older readers. 1873.

Atlantis Found
by Clive Cussler
RC 49279
Artifacts from ancient civilizations are popping up everywhere and Dirk Pitt, special projects director for the National Underwater Marine Agency, along with several archaeologists, is investigating. But a terrorist group is determined to stop them and take over the world. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 1999.

The Bear and the Dragon
by Tom Clancy
RC 50854
Newly elected U.S. president Jack Ryan is quickly embroiled in complex political situations with cataclysmic implications. Among them, the discovery of vast gold and oil resources in Siberia, which attracts the covetous attention of China, and could lead to dire consequences. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2000.

The Buffalo Commons
by Richard S. Wheeler
RC 46562
A wealthy benefactor dreams of restoring a vast Montana grassland to its natural state, where wolf and buffalo can roam freely. But his noble dream threatens the local ranchers and farmers who oppose the plan in order to protect their traditional way of life. 1998.

The Calcutta Chromosome
by Amitav Ghosh
RC 46450
Antar, an Egyptian computer analyst working in New York, is intrigued by an identification card that once belonged to Murugan, a researcher who disappeared years ago. Murugan was studying the work of Ronald Ross, who had discovered the malaria-mosquito connection. Tracking Murugan leads Antar to an alternate interpretation of medical history. 1997.

Captain Blood
by Rafael Sabatini
RC 56172
Great Britain, 1685. When physician Peter Blood is accused of treason against King James II for treating a wounded rebel, he is sentenced to slavery in Barbados. Once on the island, he escapes to become a buccaneer—and eventually governor of Jamaica. Includes a 2003 introduction by Gary Hoppenstand. 1922.

City of the Beasts
by Isabel Allende
RC 56606
Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his journalist grandmother on an expedition to search for the legendary Yeti of the Amazon, known as "the beast." Alexander and his new friend Nadia begin a magical adventure in the mysterious, impenetrable jungle. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

The Count of Monte Cristo
by Alexandre Dumas
RC 56946
Young sailor Edmond Dantès, unjustly accused of helping the exiled Napoleon in 1815, escapes from jail after fourteen years to take revenge on the four men who caused his imprisonment. Now wealthy after recovering a buried treasure, Dantès assumes a new identity and plots the ruin of his accusers. 1845.

Critical Mass
by Steve Martini
RC 47575
Joselyn Cole, a lawyer in the San Juan Islands of Washington state, has lost her wealthy client to a fatal accident. The businessman turns out to have been involved in a Russian-American nuclear smuggling ring. With Joselyn's help, arms inspector Gideon van Ry tries to track down the missing nuclear devices. 1998.

Day of Confession
by Allan Folsom
RC 46975
Hollywood lawyer Harry Addison travels to Rome to recover the body of his brother Daniel, a priest. After he realizes that the corpse is not Daniel, Harry is framed for murder and flees. He uncovers a sinister plot to destabilize China by genocide and, still hoping to find his brother alive, gets help from some unlikely sources. Strong language, violence, and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1998.

The Devil's Footprint
by Victor O'Reilly
RC 53436
Irish counterterrorist Hugo Fitzduane, last seen in Rules of the Hunt (RC 43065), discovers that his archenemy, female Japanese revolutionary Reiko Oshima, is still alive and controls a renegade Mexican state. When Reiko kidnaps Fitzduane's pregnant wife, he goes after her. 1996.

The Devil's Workshop
by Stephen J. Cannell
RC 49127
When told that her microbiologist husband has committed suicide, microbiology doctoral student Stacy Richardson suspects a cover-up and goes undercover to find out about the work he was doing at Fort Detrick, Maryland. She links up with a former war hero, alcoholic hobo Lucky Cunningham, to stop a bio-weapons scheme. Strong language and violence. 1999.

Don Quixote
by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
RC 57711
Spanish classic depicting the adventures of Don Quixote, an aging gentleman addled by chivalrous visions, who appoints himself a knight-errant and sets out with his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, on a quest to right the world's wrongs. Originally published in two parts in 1605 and 1615. New translation by Edith Grossman. Bestseller. 2003.

Elsewhere in the Land of Parrots
by Jim Paul
RC 59012
When his pet parrot becomes destructive, reclusive poet David Huntington tosses it out a window. Feeling guilty, he searches for the bird, eventually following leads to Ecuador. There he meets Fern, an American researcher studying the same species, and discovers the real reason he left San Francisco. 2003.

The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
by Daniel Defoe
RC 48953
After the death of his wife, Crusoe and his man, Friday, set sail from London to return to his beloved island. This 1719 sequel to Robinson Crusoe (RC 27138, BR 9250) includes an introduction and editorial notes by Joe Wheeler for Tyndale House Publishers. 1999.

The Four Feathers
by A.E.W. Mason
RC 55289
In 1882, Harry Feversham resigns from the British Army just before his regiment leaves for battle in the Sudan, resulting in accusations of cowardice from three friends and his fiancée. Harry travels to the East, disguises himself as a native, and intervenes anonymously to save his comrades' lives. 1902.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
by Stephen King
RC 48270
While her brother and mother argue up ahead on the Maine hiking trail, nine-year-old Trisha stops to relieve herself and becomes lost for days in the wilderness. Her imaginary conversations with Red Sox relief pitcher Tom Gordon help her cope with the evil thing that's following her. Some strong language. 1999.

Gone South
by Robert R. McCammon
RC 39130
Soldiers in Vietnam referred to cracking up as "going south." Twenty-odd years after the war, laid off from work and struggling with Agent Orange-induced leukemia, veteran Dan finally "goes south,"
accidentally shooting a bank manager over the repossession of his truck. On the run, Dan links up with a woman searching for a faith healer to remove her birthmark. They are pursued by a unique pair of bounty hunters. 1992.

The Hammer of Eden
by Ken Follett
RC 47044
An illiterate cult leader named Priest is angry about California's plan to displace his commune to build a nuclear power plant. He comes up with a plan to create earthquakes to get the government to back down. FBI agent Judy Maddox, with the help of seismologist Michael Quercus, traces the earthquakes to Priest. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1998.

by Karen Robards
RC 47751
Lynn Nelson, a Chicago anchorwoman, has planned a ten-day camping trip in Utah to bond with her teenage daughter Rory. But their fall from a cliff is just the beginning of many nightmares they and their guide, the handsome Jess Feldman, must face. 1997.

by Dean Koontz
RC 41059
United Nations researchers in the Arctic Circle are testing the feasibility of towing icebergs to use as a water supply in other parts of the world. Just as the team sets a final explosive, an earthquake breaks off the iceberg they are working on. As they rush to dismantle the bombs that are set to go off at midnight, they realize their chance of rescue is slim and one member of their team is a killer. 1995.

The Last Great Snake Show
by Tim McLaurin
RC 47986
Four loyal workers and a stowaway take their striptease and rattlesnake-handling show on the road in an old gospel bus headed from North Carolina to Oregon. They take their dying manager back to her home and sort out some personal issues on the way. 1997.

Lost Horizon
by James Hilton
RC 51095
Hugh Conway, one of four Western passengers abducted during an airplane hijacking from Baskul, recounts the group's sojourn to the mysterious lamasery of Shangri-La in the mountains of Tibet. Hugh describes Shangri-La's unusual inhabitants and their quest, and the feelings of peace and contentment he enjoyed there. 1933.

North of Havana
by Randy Wayne White
RC 58617
South Florida marine biologist Doc Ford, a former U.S. agent, returns to Havana to help his hippie friend Tomlinson who was stranded after the Cuban government confiscated his boat. Accompanied by his lesbian buddy Dewey, Doc locates Tomlinson among anti-Castro revolutionaries. 1997.

by William W. Johnstone
RC 57278
Long before attaining fame as the mountain man called Preacher, a twelve-year-old boy named Arthur leaves his Ohio family in 1813 for adventures westward. Art makes friends and enemies, lives with the Shawnee, and learns to shoot in the U.S. Army—all along the way to becoming a man and a legend. 2002.

The Requiem Shark
by Nicholas Griffin
RC 51927
In 1719, fat, educated Welsh teenager William Williams is pressed into service on a slave ship, which is then captured by the pirate Bartholomew Roberts. Because Williams can read, write, and play the fiddle, he becomes the captain's right-hand man. 1999.

Rogue Warrior—Violence of Action
by Richard Marcinko
RC 56101
In this sequel to Rogue WarriorDetachment Bravo (RC 53460), the rogue warrior and a tenacious counterterrorist crew set out to locate and neutralize a suitcase nuclear explosive that is armed to annihilate Portland, Oregon. 2002.

Saving Faith
by David Baldacci
RC 49260
When lobbyist Faith Lockhart reports her boss Danny Buchanan's bribery schemes to the FBI, she interferes with a rogue CIA scheme. Faith and private investigator Lee Adams run for their lives when they are attacked by renegade agents. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Bestseller. 1999.

The Siege of Isfahan
by Jean-Christophe Rufin
RC 53160
In this sequel to The Abyssinian (RC 49380), Jean-Baptiste Poncet, now practicing medicine in Isfahan, Persia, learns that his dear friend Juremi is in peril in Russia. Poncet sets off to rescue Juremi, leaving his wife and daughter behind to endure the attack of the Afghans. 2001.

Tiger's Tail
by Gus Lee
RC 43644
In 1974, Chinese American captain Jackson Kan is ordered to the Korean demilitarized zone to find a missing army prosecutor. Kan liberates a hell-hole prison, deposes the power-mad commander, and defuses a plot to incite a war—all while dealing with his own problems as a Vietnam veteran and a Chinese son. 1996.

by Paul Auster
RC 48519
A story of boon companions told from the dog's point of view: Mr. Bones, a devoted mutt, and Willy G. Christmas, a self-named, homeless, terminally ill writer. Willy's final wishes are to bequeath his literary endeavors to a former teacher and to find a new owner for Mr. Bones. Some strong language. Bestseller. 1999.

To Have and Have Not
by Ernest Hemmingway
RC 48441
Harry Morgan tries to be an honest man, but in an effort to support his family and to stay in the upper fringes of the "have-nots," he earns money chartering his fast motorboat for fishing trips and running contraband between Key West and Cuba. His exploits bring him into dangerous waters. 1937.

To Kill the Leopard
by Theodore Taylor
RC 43886
In March 1941, American merchant marine officer Sully Jordan survives the sinking of his oil tanker by a German U-boat. After the same U-boat torpedoes another tanker from under him one year later, Jordan takes command of an armed decoy Q-ship, hoping to settle the score. For senior high and older readers. 1993.

True North
by Kimberly Kafka
RC 51713
Thirty-five-year-old nurse Bailey fled Maine five years ago to become a bush pilot in Alaska. When two young white people arrive for a wilderness vacation, the Ingalik tribe leader arranges for Bailey to assist them. But grizzlies, greed, and prejudice complicate matters. 2000.

The Year the Horses Came
by Mary Mackey
RC 42879
In prehistoric Brittany, the earth goddess reigns over a people who honor women and the life-giving force. Young Marrah is shocked when Stavan, a stranger from an approaching tribe, tells of his warlike culture. They journey to warn others of invaders on horseback. Prequel to The Horses at the Gate (RC 42880). 1993.

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____RC 54917 Across the Nightingale Floor
____RC 43591 Adventurers of Huckleberry Finn
____RC 46078 The All-true Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton
____RC 44171 Almost Adam
____RC 39881 The Apocalypse Watch
____RC 53171 Around the World in Eighty Days
____RC 49279 Atlantis Found
____RC 50854 The Bear and the Dragon
____RC 46562 The Buffalo Commons
____RC 46450 The Calcutta Chromosome
____RC 56172 Captain Blood
____RC 56606 City of the Beasts
____RC 56946 The Count of Monte Cristo
____RC 47575 Critical Mass
____RC 46975 Day of Confession
____RC 53436 The Devil's Footprint
____RC 49127 The Devil's Workshop
____RC 57711 Don Quixote
____RC 59012 Elsewhere in the Land of Parrots
____RC 48953 The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
____RC 55289 The Four Feathers
____RC 48270 The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
____RC 39130 Gone South
____RC 47044 The Hammer of Eden
____RC 47751 Heartbreaker
____RC 41059 Icebound
____RC 47986 The Last Great Snake Show
____RC 51095 Lost Horizon
____RC 58617 North of Havana
____RC 57278 Preacher
____RC 51927 The Requiem Shark
____RC 56101 Rogue Warrior—Violence of Action
____RC 49260 Saving Faith
____RC 53160 The Siege of Isfahan
____RC 43644 Tiger's Tail
____RC 48519 Timbuktu
____RC 48441 To Have and Have Not
____RC 43886 To Kill the Leopard
____RC 51713 True North
____RC 42879 The Year the Horses Came

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