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Porter, Ray 1965-

Works: 251 works in 1,492 publications in 1 language and 22,469 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Thrillers (Fiction)  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  History  Detective and mystery fiction  Case studies  Humorous fiction  Humor  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Narrator, Performer, Author, Actor
Classifications: PS3573.I5326, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ray Porter
SEAL Team Six by Howard E Wasdin( Recording )

15 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Navy SEAL Team Six sniper reveals how he became an elite soldier while recounting the dramatic mission that nearly cost him his life, offering insider perspectives on his team's extensive training process at the Marine's Scout Sniper School
Making rounds with Oscar : the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat by David Dosa( Recording )

20 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An otherwise ordinary cat, Oscar has the uncanny ability to predict when people are about to die. Adopted by staff members at Steere House nursing home when he was a kitten, the three-year-old tabby has presided over the deaths of more than twenty-five nursing home residents thus far. His mere presence at the bedside is viewed by physicians and nursing-home staff as an almost absolute indicator of impending death, considered a blessing because it allows staff members to notify families that the end is near and because he provides companionship to those who would otherwise have died alone
The silver linings playbook by Matthew Quick( Recording )

25 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in English and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After Pat Peoples and his wife Nikki separate, he goes to live with his parents but everything seems changed. No one wants to talk to him about Nikki, his old friends are busy with their families, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as therapy. He meets Tiffany, a clinically depressed widow, who offers to act as a liaison between the couple if Pat will give up watching football, agrees to perform in the Dance Away Depression competition and not tell anyone about their contract
The second life of Nick Mason by Steve Hamilton( Recording )

8 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reprieved from a long prison term in exchange for committing increasingly dangerous crimes on behalf of a criminal kingpin, Nick Mason is relentlessly haunted by the detective who initially placed him behind bars while fighting to go straight and reclaim his family
Exit strategy by Steve Hamilton( Recording )

18 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nick Mason has been given a true mission impossible: Infiltrate WITSEC, the top-secret federal witness-protection program that has never been compromised, locate the three men who put his boss Darius Cole behind bars for life, and kill them. As he risks everything to complete his mission, Mason finds himself being hunted by the very man he replaced, the ruthless assassin who once served, then betrayed, Darius Cole. Rather than waiting to be Mason's next victim, he has escaped witness protection to hunt down and kill Mason himself
Rocket men : the daring odyssey of Apollo 8 and the astronauts who made man's first journey to the moon by Robert Kurson( Recording )

10 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In early 1968, the Apollo program was on shaky footing. President Kennedy's end-of-decade deadline to put a man on the Moon was in jeopardy, and the Soviets were threatening to pull ahead in the space race. By August 1968, with its back against the wall, NASA decided to scrap its usual methodical approach and shoot for the heavens. With just four months to prepare, a fraction of the normal time, the agency would send the first men in history to the Moon. In a year of historic violence and discord, the Tet offensive, the assassinations of MLK and RFK, the Chicago DNC riots, the Apollo 8 mission was the boldest test of what America could do. With a focus on astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders, and their wives and children, this is a vivid, gripping, narrative that shows anew the epic danger involved, and the singular bravery it took, for man to leave Earth for the first time, and to arrive at a new world
What I talk about when I talk about running : a memoir by Haruki Murakami( )

21 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he'd completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, not to mention triathlons and a dozen critically acclaimed books, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and--even more important--on his writing.--From publisher description
The border by Don Winslow( Recording )

8 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For over forty years, Art Keller has been on the front lines of America's longest conflict: the War on Drugs. His obsession to defeat the world's most powerful, wealthy, and lethal kingpin, the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel, Adan Barrera, has left him bloody and scarred, cost him people he loves, even taken a piece of his soul. Now Keller is elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA, only to find that in destroying one monster, he has created thirty more that are wreaking even more chaos and suffering in his beloved Mexico. But not just there
Pirate hunters : treasure, obsession, and the search for a legendary pirate ship by Robert Kurson( Recording )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A true adventure of deep-sea diving and danger, historic mystery and suspense. Two men, John Chatterton and John Mattera, are determined to find the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister, even though finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. If Chatterton and Mattera succeed, they will make history; it will be the second time ever that a pirate ship has been discovered and positively identified
The cartel : a novel by Don Winslow( Recording )

15 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A drug lord's prison transfer to Mexico upsets a precarious balance of peace and forcing a DEA agent to come out of retirement to stop the ensuing violence
The 4-hour work week : escape 9-5, live anywhere, and join the new rich by Timothy Ferriss( )

28 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Four-Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one
Ghost in the wires : my adventures as the world's most wanted hacker by Kevin D Mitnick( )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kevin Mitnick is one of the world's foremost computer hackers. He infiltrated some of the most complicated and advanced computer systems before the law finally caught up with him. Here, Mitnick chronicles his three years on the run from the FBI, during which he worked odd jobs, kept tabs on his pursuers, and continued to hack into systems throughout the world
The great leader : [a faux mystery] by Jim Harrison( )

22 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the verge of retirement, Detective Sunderson begins investigating a hedonistic cult that has set up camp near his home in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. At first, the self-declared Great Leader seems merely a harmless oddball, but as Sunderson and his sixteen-year-old sidekick dig deeper, they find he is more intelligent and sinister than they realized. Recently divorced and frequently pickled in alcohol, Sunderson tracks his quarry from the woods of Michigan to a town in Arizona, filled with criminal border-crossers, and to Nebraska, where the Great Leader's most recent recruits have gathered to glorify his questionable religion. But Sunderson's demons are also in pursuit of him
The Amityville horror by Jay Anson( )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property--complete with boathouse and swimming pool--and the price were too good to pass up. Twenty-eight days later, the entire Lutz family fled in terror"--Publisher's description
Brown dog : novellas by Jim Harrison( Recording )

15 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of all Jim Harrison's creations, Brown Dog--a bawdy, reckless, down-on-his-luck Michigan Indian--has earned cult status with readers in the more than two decades since his first appearance. For the first time, Brown Dog gathers all the Brown Dog novellas, including one never before published, into one volume. In these novellas, BD rescues the preserved body of an Indian from Lake Superior's cold waters; overindulges in food, drink, and women while just scraping by in Michigan's Upper Peninsula; wanders Los Angeles in search of an ersatz Native activist who stole his bearskin; adopts two Native children; and flees the authorities then returns across the Canadian border aboard an Indian rock band's tour bus. The collection culminates with "He Dog," never before published, which finds BD marginally employed and still looking for love (or sometimes just a few beers and a roll in the hay) as he goes on a road trip from Michigan to Montana and back, arriving home to the prospect of family stability, and, perhaps, a chance at redemption
The Doors : a lifetime of listening to five mean years by Greil Marcus( )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The best critic of popular culture in America considers the attraction of the Doors, which has endured despite the band's short life, sampling the lasting songs and legendary performances that made Jim Morrison and his band rock 'n' roll legends. A fan from the moment the Doors' first album took over KMPX, the revolutionary FM rock 'n' roll station in San Francisco, Greil Marcus saw the band many times at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium and the Avalon Ballroom in 1967. Five years later it was all over. Forty years after singer Jim Morrison was found dead in Paris and the group disbanded, one could drive from here to there, changing from one FM pop station to another, and be all but guaranteed to hear two, three, four of the Doors' songs in an hour-every hour. Whatever the demands in the music, they remained unsatisfied, in the largest sense unfinished, and absolutely alive. There have been many books on the Doors. This is the first to bypass their myth, their mystique, and the death cult of both Jim Morrison-and the era he was made to personify-and focus solely on the music. All these years later, it is a new story
The 4-percent universe : [dark matter, dark energy, and the race to riscover the rest of reality] by Richard Panek( )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the past few decades, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only four percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown. Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of the quest to find this "dark" matter and an even more bizarre substance called "dark energy." This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize. Based on in-depth reporting and interviews with the major players-from Berkeley's feisty, excitable Saul Perlmutter and Harvard's witty but exacting Robert Kirshner to the doyenne of astronomy, Vera Rubin-the book offers an intimate portrait of the bitter rivalries and fruitful collaborations, the eureka moments and blind alleys, that have fueled their search, redefined science, and reinvented the universe. The stakes couldn't be higher. Our view of the cosmos is profound
The patron saint of used cars and second chances by Mark Millhone( )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Successful filmmaker Mark Millhone didn't think life could get any worse after he almost lost his newborn son to birth complications, his father was diagnosed with cancer, his mother died from a heart attack, his career floundered, and his marriage fell apart. In the midst of these crises, Mark buys a vintage car on the Internet. In an adventure of self-exploration, Mark and his father embark on a chaotic road trip to obtain the car from its owner in Texas
The sea is my brother : the lost novel by Jack Kerouac( )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1943, during a stint in the merchant marine, twenty-one-year-old Jack Kerouac set out to write his first novel, working diligently day and night to complete it by hand. Nearly seventy years later, its publication provides fascinating details and insight into the early life and development of an American literary icon. It is an important formative work that bears all the hallmarks of classic Kerouac: the search for spiritual meaning in a materialistic world, spontaneous travel as the true road to freedom, the desperate urge to escape from society, and the strange, terrible beauty of loneliness
Sleepless : [a novel] by Charlie Huston( Recording )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a postapocalyptic Los Angeles, a devastating illness renders the afflicted unable to sleep. In about a year, those with SLP (as the sleepless illness is known) deteriorate and die. Amid the city's rampant violence and lawlessness, LAPD cop Parker "Park" Haas tries to persuade himself that a future exists for his newborn daughter. As the outside world becomes increasingly dangerous, Park pursues an undercover investigation that takes him deep into the milieu of an online game called Chasm Tide, into which many people have retreated
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SEAL Team Six
Making rounds with Oscar : the extraordinary gift of an ordinary catThe silver linings playbookWhat I talk about when I talk about running : a memoirThe 4-hour work week : escape 9-5, live anywhere, and join the new richGhost in the wires : my adventures as the world's most wanted hackerThe great leader : [a faux mystery]The Amityville horrorThe Doors : a lifetime of listening to five mean years
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