No Safe Harbor (Edge of Freedom Series #1)

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New York City, 1897

She came to America searching for her brother. Instead all she's found is a web of danger.

Cara Hamilton had thought her brother to be dead. Now, clutching his letter, she leaves Ireland for America, desperate to find him. Her search leads her to a houseful of curious strangers, and one man who claims to be a friend—Rourke Walsh. Despite her brother's warning, Cara trusts Rourke, revealing ...

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Overview

New York City, 1897

She came to America searching for her brother. Instead all she's found is a web of danger.

Cara Hamilton had thought her brother to be dead. Now, clutching his letter, she leaves Ireland for America, desperate to find him. Her search leads her to a houseful of curious strangers, and one man who claims to be a friend—Rourke Walsh. Despite her brother's warning, Cara trusts Rourke, revealing her purpose in coming to New York.

She's then thrust into a world of subterfuge, veiled threats, and attempted murder, including political revolutionaries from the homeland out for revenge. Her questions guide her ever nearer to locating her brother—but they also bring her closer to destruction as those who want to kill him track her footsteps.

With her faith in tatters, all hope flees. Will her brother finally surface? Can he save Cara from the truth about Rourke... a man she's grown to love?

"Texas-based Christian-fiction-author Ludwig keeps readers on the edge of their seats in this suspenseful romance." —Booklist

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  • ISBN-13: 9780764210396
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Series: Edge of Freedom Series , #1
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 926,546
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Ludwig is an award-winning author and an accomplished speaker and teacher. Her historical novel Love Finds You in Calico, California earned four stars from Romantic Times. She is the owner and editor of the popular literary blog The Borrowed Book. Along with her husband and two children, Elizabeth makes her home in Orange, Texas. Learn more at www.elizabethludwig.com.

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  • Posted November 24, 2012

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    Warm Romance, Chilling Suspense Reading this book makes me glad

    Warm Romance, Chilling Suspense

    Reading this book makes me glad I don’t live in a foggy city with dark alleys and a deep harbor.

    You know how you get so engrossed in a book that you find yourself thinking about the characters and worrying as if their problems were your own? And what’s really bothersome is that I couldn’t see a way out of Cara Hamilton’s problems. Although thrilled to find out that her twin brother isn’t dead after all, Cara doesn’t know how to find him in America without leading his enemies to him. Can she trust the helpful Rourke Walsh, or does he have an agenda of his own?

    Elizabeth Ludwig makes readers wrestle with several unanswered questions. How far will Rourke go in his loyalty to his family? What will prevail, justice or mercy? Is Cara’s brother worth saving? His enemies call him a murderer. What if they are telling the truth?

    And what really made this book stand out to me was one of the “bad-guys” in particular. Cold-blooded, relentless and lying in wait—but not your typical villain.

    I’m so excited that this is a series. You’ll want to have No Safe Harbor read before the next one comes out.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    Cara Hamilton arrives from Ireland at Ellis Island...she got hel

    Cara Hamilton arrives from Ireland at Ellis Island...she got help getting through customs from a kind man she met on her ship? As soon as she is through she begins searching the crowd and looking at all faces for her brother.
    She thought her brother Eoghan was dead, and when she receives a precious letter from him, she set off to America. He has told her to "trust no one!"
    The trust no one rings true throughout the story. No one really seems to be whom they present themselves as.
    We travel around late 1890's New York City, and danger seems to lurk everywhere! Things I never thought of...fire wood in NYC. There still was!
    As we go along with Cara looking for her brother, you will wonder if she will ever find him? If she does will he still be alive. Will the people she ends up trusting betray her?
    The answers are here in this historical mystery, reaching from Ireland to NY. Enjoy!

    I received this book from Litfuse Publicity Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

    Elizabeth Ludwig¿s No Safe Harbor, Book 1 of the Edge of Freedom

    Elizabeth Ludwig’s No Safe Harbor, Book 1 of the Edge of Freedom Series, is an involving and suspenseful story that held my interest to the very satisfying conclusion. The vividly drawn setting among the Irish immigrants of 1890s New York drew me into the story very quickly. This is an era and a community that I knew little about, but No Safe Harbor taught me a great deal and gave me a greater sympathy for those on both sides of the Irish rebellion.

    I especially enjoy plots with lots of twists and turns, and this story kept me turning the pages. Ludwig portrays her characters in such a way that even the villains emerge as fully dimensional persons one can feel some measure of sympathy for. The main characters are highly appealing, however, especially Cara and Rourke. Their romance is a wrenching one as they are torn between a deep attraction and the very personal secrets, conflicted motivations, and fears that are powerful obstacles to each trusting the other.

    The tension between the very human desire for vengeance for a perceived wrong and the forgiveness that God requires is one that all of us struggle with and can relate to on a deep level. Cara’s and Rourke’s faith journey is depicted in a way that often caused my heart to ache for them and hope they would finally open their hearts fully to each other and to God. The ending was a very gratifying one that will leave readers anticipating the next book in the series.

    Historical romance readers will definitely enjoy this book, and so will those who love stories of suspense and intrigue. Highly recommended!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2013

    There is absolutely nothing like a good romance, a good mystery,

    There is absolutely nothing like a good romance, a good mystery, and the gospel all tied together. Yes, this book hit the mark with absolutely no problem. From the very first page all the way through the end, I was mesmerized. Elizabeth Ludwig is one of my favorite authors, and this is a book that will keep you completely intrigued and enthralled. The style is readable, and the characters are 3-dimensional.

    There are two things I especially relished in this book. Rarely do I get to read a mystery that takes place in the 1800's. It takes a historian to be able to do it, but the author has done it. It makes sense, and it will keep you guessing till the end--it sure did me! I also love the Christian message that is so intricately woven into the framework of the story. All too often, Christian authors preach or only nominally include the Christian message. It takes a gifted author to weave faith of God into the very fabric of the story without detracting from the story. Elizabeth Ludwig is amazing!

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    No Safe Harbor is the first book in Elizabeth Ludwig's newest se

    No Safe Harbor is the first book in Elizabeth Ludwig's newest series Edge of Freedom. Cara Hamilton sets out to find her twin brother who was believed to be dead. When she finds a letter from him, she leaves her home in Ireland and sets out to New York. Cara's brother warns her not to trust Rourke Walsh in his letter but Cara finds herself trusting him and telling him her reasons for being there. As Cara searches, others follow her with the intent to find her brother through her search.

    No Safe Harbor is the first book by Elizabeth Ludwig that I have had the pleasure of reading. As a HUGE fan of historical fiction I found myself drawn to this book. Set in 1897, Elizabeth Ludwig gives insight to what people coming from another country on boats endured; how easy it was for them to get in trouble because of not knowing English. Elizabeth Ludwig accurately depicts the conditions of life in that time for immigrants making the journey to America. This book has a little bit of everything: Suspense, action, romance, and history. Elizabeth brings to life a diverse and interesting cast of characters in this book. She also painted a vivid picture of the world and politics of 1897. The story grabbed a hold of me from the start, all the way to end. Leaving me wanting more! I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Christian Fiction, you won't be disappointed. I give this book 4 STARS.

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  • Posted July 1, 2013

    No Safe Harbor Elizabeth Ludwig Book Summary: She came to Ameri

    No Safe Harbor
    Elizabeth Ludwig

    Book Summary: She came to America searching for her brother. Instead all she's found is a web of danger. Cara Hamilton had thought her brother to be dead. Now, clutching his letter, she leaves Ireland for America, desperate to find him. Her search leads her to a houseful of curious strangers, and one man who claims to be a friend--Rourke Walsh. Despite her brother's warning, Cara trusts Rourke, revealing her purpose in coming to New York. She's then thrust into a world of subterfuge, veiled threats, and attempted murder, including political revolutionaries from the homeland out for revenge. Her questions guide her ever nearer to locating her brother--but they also bring her closer to destruction as those who want to kill him track her footsteps. With her faith in tatters, all hope flees. Will her brother finally surface? Can he save Cara from the truth about Rourke... a man she's grown to love?

    Book Review: The cover of this book is what drew me in first. I really was looking forward to reading this book and was not disappointed. I liked Cara and Ana. The premise and some of the details was complex regarding the civil unrest in Ireland. I was not always clear about who was on which side. Overall there seemed to be no good side that at some point in civil issues everyone loses something tangible as in the case of this book families were separated and/or divided. I loved the characters and how complex they were on the whole. The current secondary characters set up nicely for the next in the series. The mystery dragged at times and I am hopeful that it was due to setting up the series and the future characters which would help make all of them flow together. I think the real mystery was more subtle than Eoghan on the run from his civil enemies. This is a timely novel about significant division in a nation and the sides’ people choose.
    I would like to thank Library Thing and Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Really enjoyed!

    This book was really entertaining! The chatacters were interesting, and the story was just involving enough to pull you in without making you feel annoyed by the characters' issues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Try an Irish/american historical fiction

    Will look for other writings by this arthor.

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  • Posted February 2, 2013

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    I Couldn't Put This Book Down! Cara Hamilton¿s brother, Eogh


    I Couldn't Put This Book Down!

    Cara Hamilton’s brother, Eoghan, is dead. Or so she believes for two years, until a letter from him arrives from America. With only his letter as a guide, Cara leaves Ireland for New York City, desperate to be reunited with her twin.
    Crossing the ocean doesn’t turn out to be her journey’s greatest challenge, however. Once she arrives in America, other things nearly as wide as the sea and some far more dangerous, stand between Cara and Eoghan.
    The men who attempted to kill Eoghan the first time are still thirsting for revenge. Despite Eoghan’s warning for Cara to trust no one, she believes she’s found a friend in Rourke Walsh and confides in him the reason she’s come to New York. Cara then finds herself caught in a web of deception, danger, political revolution and threats… and an unexpected, uncertain love.
    No Safe Harbor had me hooked by the first page, and the intensity only built with each chapter. Cara was instantly someone I liked and empathized with, so as she was drawn deeper into the plot, I inevitably followed. At every turn, the stakes rose higher, the threats closer, and my reading time longer! When I could stand the suspense no longer, I sat down and didn’t move until I finished the entire book. It’s hard for me to find a novel that wraps an authentic historic setting, convincing characters, a sweet but risky romance, and a heart-pounding plot into one unforgettable story, but that’s just what Elizabeth Camden did in No Safe Harbor. I give it 5 out of 5 stars, and place it high on my list of recommendations! I’m looking forward to more from the Edge of Freedom series.
    I received this book from the publisher for free, in exchange for my review.

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  • Posted January 15, 2013

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    Cara Hamilton arrives in New York City in 1897 in answer to a s

    Cara Hamilton arrives in New York City in 1897 in answer to a somewhat cryptic letter from her long lost brother. She was expecting him to find her and for them to begin a new life in America together but instead finds herself caught in a web of political intrigue and deep set grudges. A man shows up when she needs a friend most. Cara longs to trust him despite a warning from her brother to trust no one.

    "No Safe Harbor" by Elizabeth Ludwig is a fast paced read. I love a book that balances suspense with romance and history. This book did it perfectly. It also had strong but subtle messages of faith woven in. It was inspirational yet never came of as preachy. I plan on reading more books by this author as soon as I can!


    I received a free copy of this book to review from Bethany House publishing.



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  • Posted December 19, 2012

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    Cara Hamilton braved the Atlantic crossing from Ireland for one

    Cara Hamilton braved the Atlantic crossing from Ireland for one purpose: To find her twin brother Eoghan. Her twin, who until a couple of short months ago, she thought was dead. With no parents or guardians to prevent her, she boarded the first ship to America she could find.

    The letter from Eoghan had contained a specific warning: Don't trust anyone and don't speak to anyone until he could tell her who to trust. But he didn't meet her at Ellis Island as she expected, and the sparkling blue eyes of the handsome man who took the seat next to her on the boat from Ellis Island to New York didn't seem to reflect any danger.

    Rourk "Walsh" hid his true identity close to his chest. This young woman was the sister of the man he swore to kill, the man who had killed Rourk's father. Rourk hoped she would lead him to her brother. He offered to escort her to the house where she hoped to find lodging.

    He just didn't count on falling in love with this pretty redhead.

    Elizabeth Ludwig has woven this story of intrigue and animosity into a love story well worth the read. Thank you so much, Elizabeth.

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  • Posted December 4, 2012

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    I'm a huge fan of general market historical suspense/mystery by

    I'm a huge fan of general market historical suspense/mystery by authors like Deanna Raybourn and Carol K. Carr and I'm so glad that Elizabeth Ludwig wrote this Christian historical novel so I can add her to my must-read suspense author list. I've read a bunch of contemporary suspense in the Christian fiction genre but I can't recall reading one with a historical setting in recent months. No Safe Harbor was a refreshing, detailed read that I really enjoyed. I'll admit to finding it a bit hard to get into (there were a lot of characters to keep straight) but as the chapters went the suspense kept building and I found myself unable to put the book down. The gritty streets and seedy docks of New York fairly leap off of the page. Add to it politics, gangs, and revenge and you get a pretty serious tale that just isn't a "fluffy" story of boy meeting girl and fighting for love but a story where they're also fighting for their lives. This really was an entertaining book with drama to the nth degree. Ms. Ludwig has definitely left the story open for a sequel or two as not everything was tied up in a nice bow. Hopefully the next book brings more answers as to just who a few of the key characters introduced in No Safe Harbor really are and just what they will do when they reach Ireland. I for one can't wait to read what happens next in Dark Road Home!




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     ~ My Rating: 4.5 stars ~ 




    *I received my free copy of this title from the author as an influencer. I would not have reviewed the book if I couldn't honestly say I enjoyed it.*

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

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    Ireland, 1897. Cara Hamilton has lost everyone in her family inc

    Ireland, 1897. Cara Hamilton has lost everyone in her family including her twin brother. She can't fathom why God would leave her so alone. Then one day she received a post from America, it was from her twin brother Eoghan. He was alive and hiding out in New York. But where in New York. All he said was for her to come, he would be waiting for her. She was not to mention to anyone why she the journey to America or admit she she knew him. Their lives were at stake.

    As she gets her first look at Lady Liberty as the ship arrives at Ellis Island a kind old gentleman that befriended her on the voyage gave her a recommendation to the owner of a boarding house that helps Irish women to find employment and provides them with room and board. Cara had brought every penny she possessed to make the trip and to live on until she could be joined with her brother. As she is taking the fairy from the Ellis Island to the mainland a gentleman close to her age takes the seat next to her. He strikes up a conversation with her giving his name as Rourke Walsh. But being a lady she tries to stay to herself. He offers to safely escort her to the boarding house since he was familiar with the area. She decided to trust him to get her to her destination.

    When they arrived at the boarding house she kindly thanked him and he told her he hoped to see her again. As she entered the boarding house she received a warm welcome thanks to the elderly man's recommendation and gladly paid her first months rent in advance. She also was to start a new job recommended by her new Land Lady Amelia.

    Ellis Island, 1897. Rourke Walsh got word that the sister of the man that murdered his father was on a ship headed for New York to connect with her brother. His vengeance against Eoghan Hamilton was eating him alive. He and the rest of his clan wanted the Hamilton family dead. He finally spots a woman of her description and he is in awe of her beauty. He must make sure she is Eoghan's sister before taking any action.

    Rourke starts spending more time with her but she speaks guarding her words. The more time he spends with her the more he is attracted to her and wants to protect her from his family. He can tell she is also attracted to him. This was not going as he had planned.

    This story has all that I like in a book. It has intrigue, romance, and most importantly reconciliation with God. The author uses Cara's kindness and vulnerability to protect her from the bitterness Rourke has felt since his father's murder. I feel as if this is the most critical part of the story.

    God will heal his children if only they believe and trust in his will. There is a Way. God has a plan!

    I highly recommend this book.

    Disclosure
    I received a free copy of this book from Baker Publishing/Bethany House and Litfuse Group for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

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    Elizabeth Ludwig in her new book, ¿No Safe Harbor¿ Book One in t

    Elizabeth Ludwig in her new book, “No Safe Harbor” Book One in the Edge Of Freedom series published by Bethany House takes us into the life of Cara Hamilton.

    From the back cover: New York City, 1897

    She came to America searching for her brother. Instead all she’s found is a web of danger.

    Cara Hamilton had thought her brother to be dead. Now, clutching his letter, she leaves Ireland for America, desperate to find him. Her search leads her to a houseful of curious strangers, and one man who claims to be a friend–Rourke Walsh. Despite her brother’s warning, Cara trusts Rourke, revealing her purpose in coming to New York.

    She’s then thrust into a world of subterfuge, veiled threats, and attempted murder, including political revolutionaries from the homeland out for revenge. Her questions guide her ever nearer to locating her brother–but they also bring her closer to destruction as those who want to kill him track her footsteps.

    With her faith in tatters, all hope flees. Will her brother finally surface? Can he save Cara from the truth about Rourke… a man she’s grown to love?

    Who do you trust when you don’t know anybody? That is the situation Cara Hamilton finds herself in. On top of that the one person she wants to trust is the one person her brother told her not to. Cara is on a quest to find her brother, believed to be dead, but alive somewhere in New York. That is her mission for leaving native Ireland and coming to America. Now she finds herself embroiled in sabotage, attempted murder and threats. The one person who can possible save her? Of course, Rourke Walsh, the man her brother said not to trust. “No Safe Harbor” is a very exciting book. One that will keep you flipping pages trying to find out what will happen next just as fast as you can read and flip. “No Safe Harbor” will keep you asking questions, once you get the answer to one question it leads you to another and then another. This is an adrenaline laced adventure story. The characters are extraordinary and well written. This is a just plain fun, exciting story that entertains as well as makes us think. Ms.Ludwig has batted in a winner and I enjoyed it a lot. I am so looking forward to book two in this series.

    Elizabeth Ludwig’s “No Safe Harbor” Kindle Fire Giveaway and 12/6 Facebook Party!

    Elizabeth Ludwig is celebrating her new book with a Kindle Fire Giveaway and connecting with readers at a Facebook Author Chat party on 12/6.

    One winner will receive:

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    Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 5th. Winner will be announced at the “No Safe Harbor” Author Chat Facebook Party on 12/6. Connect with Elizabeth, get a sneak peek of the next book in the Edge of Freedom series, try your hand at the trivia contest, and win some great prizes—gift certificates, books and a Book Club Prize Pack (10 copies for your book club or small group)!

    So grab your copy of No Safe Harbor and join Elizabeth on the evening of the December 6th for a chance to connect with her and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

    Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 6th!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted October 25, 2012

    What a power-packed historical fiction of Ireland and NYC in 189

    What a power-packed historical fiction of Ireland and NYC in 1897! Political unrest, murder, and revenge transport the Turner family from Northern Ireland to America to order to find the snitch/alleged murderer of their father and a husband.

    Elizabeth Ludwig’s book, No Safe Harbor, is an intriguing story of inconsolable revenge festering from the shores of Ireland to the shores of America to find Eoghan Hamilton. The author keeps us hoping that Cara Hamilton finds her brother before he is compromised and killed. She’d been warned by her brother not to trust anyone in America, yet she falls for Rourke Walsh and puts her trust in him.

    Little does Cara know that Rourke wants her brother dead also to avenge his father’s death. His conniving ways puts him in a bad light for me most of the time, yet there’s a hint of his faith that keeps him cautious. He’s secretive and lies to Cara to get his hands on her brother, and Cara does likewise to protect her brother. Thus the dilemma that runs throughout the storyline. Both feel betrayed by the other. Yet their attraction is very palpable.

    Elizabeth does an excellent job of twisting the plots almost page by page to keep your head spinning. One page you’re ready to trust Rourke, and the next you can’t. Little do Cara and Rourke know there were more sinister activities going on outside the rim of their romantic yearnings.

    Elizabeth’s use of metaphors makes for vivid, picturesque descriptions that fit the scenarios to a ‘T.’ The Irish brogue adds to the realistic storyline, as well as the in-depth descriptions and inner thoughts of the characters. Without the luxury of electricity, walking at night was dangerous, even deadly. Add the explosive intermingling of the women at the boardinghouse at times, especially between Cara and Deidre, and the story is ripe for suspense and intrigue. We aren’t privy to the reason until close to the end of the story.

    It’s a story that demonstrates the ravages of man’s vengeance instead of forgiving and leaving vengeance to the Lord, and the host of other maladies that afflict man when politics tears Ireland apart and the skirmishes are brought to America. One realizes that life in a new country may not be any different if they don’t resolve the issues that caused them to leave the first country.

    This book was provided free by Amy Lathrop and Christen Krumm of the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was received.

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