Weston Rodriguez

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George Washington: Our First Leader (Childhood of Famous Americans)
George Washington: Our First Leader (Childhood of Famous Americans)
My nine year old son loved this book! He could really see himself in George Washington and learned so much from reading about his youth. He even asked if he could keep the book so his kids could read it someday. Exciting details about a truly remarkable young man who would one day become the first president of the United States.
Shadows in the Night
Shadows in the Night
I did not react too good to Bob Dylan as Sinatra-like crooner, although I gave it a shot as I like to think of myself as musically open minded. I've kind of worked backwards with his most recent trilogy, starting with Triplicate, and then moving on to Fallen Angels. Finally, I recently made it to the first album in the trilogy, Shadows in the Night. What at first seemed odd, out of place and wrong, now seems so perfectly right. I just didn't like Dylan in this guise because his voice it seems was always suited to raspy, bluesy, earthy rock numbers. His unique voice is perfect for that. But not for the Great American Songbook material he's been doing recently. I thought (perhaps mistakenly) that you needed a pure, beautiful, golden, old fashioned crooner voice to do this stuff justice. You know, Sinatra, Dino, Ella, Bing, Judy, and the Divine Sarah. Dylan's voice would seem out of place here, and he does sort of miss the notes in a way that sounds like someone who can barely sing. But I kind of knew that if I gave these recordings more time and listening space, I might be able to get them. And I was right, big time.
Dylan uses his ragged and torn voice to not just caress these tunes, but inhabit them. Get into their very fiber and core. Find out what makes them tick, and then recreate them all over. And you can have the most ripped up voice in the world and still make these songs magnificent. It takes two things: genius and care. Bob certainly has the genius, and after good, hard listening you see he really cares about this music deeply. It's not a sort of "Oh this worked great for Rod Stewart so I'll try it too" thing. Rod has the fantastic voice but just doesn't seem to care much in the music. Dylan knocks it out of the park. I am constantly amazed when an album by Bob that I didn't seem to get and thought was subpar or terrible, turns out to be, after time and care, really good if not really great. Chalk Shadows in the Night up on that very long list.
You don't see musicians like this come along every day, and Dylan's like won't be seen again for maybe a hundred years or more. If ever. So this is precious stuff. Pick it up and swim in it's melancholy. It's worth it.----------PEACE
Bob Dylan - Ukulele Chord Songbook
Bob Dylan - Ukulele Chord Songbook
This book only contains chords and lyrics. Granted that might be expected based on the book's title, but for an authorized book, I'd expect it to at least show time signatures, beats per measure, and measures. As it is, this book doesn't offer anything over song sheets that can be (legally) downloaded from numerous sites. And per another review, the pages are small and the book thick, which makes it difficult to read as you're playing (unlike downloadable song sheets). I also own "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Complete" which is for guitar. Although the guitar chord diagrams (i.e., fingerings) aren't helpful for ukulele players, that book has the chords, melody (notes), measures, etc. As a ukulele player, I prefer it over this book.
Ridgid RD97100 100 Watt Power Inverter
Ridgid RD97100 100 Watt Power Inverter
You can purchase a lot cheaper model and it works equally! Plus if you didn’t know you can’t register this for the LSA if purchased any where else than Home Depot. It works, but the wattage is so low it won’t even charge my ridgid 18v battery charger tools. Don’t even bother!!!
Legal Rights of School Leaders, Teachers, and Students (8th Edition)
Legal Rights of School Leaders, Teachers, and Students (8th Edition)
This text is a must have for administrators and teachers who are seeking clarity in legal literacy. One of my favorite features of the text is that is bolds the most important points regarding the law for a specific law or court case. The authors make a point to bring in relevant and recent cases to serve as examples to enhance understanding. As a teacher who was not required to have a formal law class in undergrad, my former self would praise the ease of read of this book and also the relevance of its contents. This book is helpful to the novice teacher all the way up to the experienced superintendent of schools, and is a great conversation starter and resource for whole group instruction for faculty to learn education law! I highly recommend!
Uranus: Freedom From The Known
Uranus: Freedom From The Known
I'm getting back into astrology and I have always loved Jeff Green's writings since his very first book. I am delighted with this because my existing one, very old, had fallen apart with overuse. Re-acquainting with an old classic, love it!
Get Hired!: Winning Strategies to Ace the Interview, Revised Edition
Get Hired!: Winning Strategies to Ace the Interview, Revised Edition
I LOVE this book! I've been out of work for a while, and a friend recommended it to me. I had had several interview with little success, so I thought, why not? I'm so glad I found it and did the exercises. They really made me understand myself better, and how I could apply my skills to a new position. I've been recommending this book to everyone I know who's out of a job.
Little Lions, Bull Baiters & Hunting Hounds: A History of Dog Breeds
Little Lions, Bull Baiters & Hunting Hounds: A History of Dog Breeds
Jeff Crosby and Shelley Ann Jackson have created an informative and beautiful introduction to dog breeds of the world. The book is filled with interesting facts about many of the popular breeds and great illustrations of the dog breeds. I would recommend this book to parents with kids that are interested in dogs or to adults that are interested in the history of dog breeds around the world.
The Courageous Captain America (Marvel: Captain America) (Little Golden Book)
The Courageous Captain America (Marvel: Captain America) (Little Golden Book)
This is utterly inappropriate for young readers. Besides being poorly written, it is nothing but a propaganda machine for the armed forces at war and an absolute disgrace to them as well. Its reference to Pearl Harbor, (so relevant to Little Golden Books readership) with headline WAR prominently displayed, followed by tanks, helmeted soldiers and explosions with no context whatsoever suggest nothing less than fascism. The assumption that America is might, ergo it must be right, is a disgrace to country founded on the rule of law.
Marvel Captain America Shield Pewter Key Ring
Marvel Captain America Shield Pewter Key Ring
It’s an excellent key ring, but useless in actual battle. It would be increasingly difficult to block live fire in combat, but that’s not gonna stop my buddy and I from conducting our testing in the field down the road.

*Update* My buddy is an absolute terrible shot. My right wrist is now bandages And sewn and the doctor said I’m lucky I didn’t injure my tendons more than I did. I’m gonna try holding it with my left hand this time and have my buddy step closer so he doesn’t miss.

*Update* The buddy is now typing this because I apparently can’t shoot well at even shorter distance. Still unsure if the shield can block a bullet but, I’m still maintaining my defense that this experiment would have already been completed if the consumer of the shield keychain would have held steady instead of having his hands shake in what can only be described as a cowardice seizure.

Hope the review helps!
Marvel Comics Captain America Superhero Dog Harness for Large Dogs
Marvel Comics Captain America Superhero Dog Harness for Large Dogs
Size not accurate. I bought 2, one for my 16 pound shihtzu and one for my 8 pound shihtzu in sizes Medium and Small. The medium is extremely large and there is no way he can wear it, it wouldn’t stay on him. Due to COVID, I rarely venture out , and am not going to risk my health over such a small amount so I will give it to a friend for their LARGE dog.
Top of the World Men's Knit Ambient Warm Team Icon Hat
Top of the World Men's Knit Ambient Warm Team Icon Hat
I bought this as a gift for my husband. He is a die hard Ohio State fan! He would paint the house Ohio State if I was up to it. He really loves the hat. He wears it all the time. I found a gift that he truly appreciated.
John Wick: Chapter 2 (4K UHD)
John Wick: Chapter 2 (4K UHD)
John Wick Chapter 2 delivers much the same feel, tempo and action sequences as the first. It also has much the same idea- John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a lethal assassin who is trying to stay retired only to be pulled back in the game. The movie picks up where the first one left off with a great car and motorcycle chase and an immediate high body count as Wick reclaims his stolen Mustang. This all before the opening credits. The plot is similar to the first one as he's pulled back into the game, this time by Italian mobster Santino D-Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) who demands Wick pay the debt of his blood marker. From here it's mostly Wick and every henchman for hire there is. What made the first John Wick movie enjoyable is it's highly stylized ongoing battles between Wick and the bad guys and here those actions scenes are ramped up and nearly constant. If anything that's the one criticism of this film and that is after a while, all the deaths seem repetitive and more than a little bit ridiculous in his ability to just keep going regardless of sustaining near fatal injuries. There is a sly reunion between Reeves and Laurence Fishburne that has a touch of their work together in the Matrix Trilogy. Also note Reeves did 95% of the fight scenes himself as well as the driving scenes and according to the trivia, he spent three months training for this. I give him credit for dedicating time and energy to throwing himself into the part, and I'm sure emerging with more than a few bumps and bruises as a result. Most actors wouldn't go near this amount of physical action sequences. There is lots of blood with lots of violence but if you liked the first John Wick you should enjoy this return to that world. And the fact that the movie is called Chapter 2 suggests a third chapter won't be far behind.
Aleene's Super Fabric Adhesive, Platinum Bond, Super-Strong, Ultra Flexible, Permanent, UV and Waterproof, 1 Pack, 1.5 fl oz - Clear
Aleene's Super Fabric Adhesive, Platinum Bond, Super-Strong, Ultra Flexible, Permanent, UV and Waterproof, 1 Pack, 1.5 fl oz - Clear
I bought a pair of climbing tights/leggings with seam-sealed construction, and there was a strip that was glued to cover the seam preventing snagging on rocks). After one accidental wash in hot water, parts of that seam strip became separated from the legging. I paid a considerable amount for the pants, and I had bought them while traveling and didn't have a receipt. Rather than try to return them and get another pair, I decided to try to repair them. I purchased this adhesive, and it did the trick! I had gotten some of the glue in areas that are visible, and unfortunately, you can see the glue. However, after a couple of washings, the strip is still holding tight. The leggings are made with synthetic materials (45% Nylon 34% Polyester 21% Spandex) and the glue worked just fine. It did just what I needed it to do and even exceeded my expectations.
Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Chicken Bacon Ranch Meal Kit (11.5 oz Box)
Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Chicken Bacon Ranch Meal Kit (11.5 oz Box)
I bought this to try something different. I have made many homemade chicken bacon ranch casseroles and they are delicious......so I thought this had to be good since it was made by Velveeta. I was so disappointed. The problem with this dinner kit is the nasty flavor packet they claim is "ranch". It doesn't taste or smell like any ranch seasoning I have ever tasted. First of all, it smells just like old mildew water and it is a STRONG smell. It tastes just as bad, it's like you could taste mildew mixed with an odd dill like flavor. It was wretched. The cheese packet tasted good all by itself, but when it's mixed into the cooked product it can't cover up the horrific smell/taste of the mildew ranch stuff. The bacon bits and pasta were good.....the ranch seasoning ruined the entire thing. I don't know how anyone could possibly think this tastes good. It is NASTY and I'd be so embarrassed to serve this to anyone. I'll stick to making my own. I'd give this negative stars if I could. Blech.
elope Dr. Seuss Cat in The Hat Insta-Tux Costume Kit
elope Dr. Seuss Cat in The Hat Insta-Tux Costume Kit
I loved that I didn't have to get a whole body costume for this that was hot and complex. I went to an outdoor Trunk or Treat that was blazing hot, so I just wore a short sleeve black tee shirt underneath and was very comfortable! Then actual Halloween was pretty cold, so I wore a long sleeve black sweater underneath. Loved the versatility! The bow/fur piece has loops that you can use to attach to the buttons of a button-up shirt, but since I didn't want to wear that, I had to use safety pins. I wish there was a better option, like maybe a ribbon to go around the neck?
The Gospel in Brief: The Life Of Jesus (Harper Perennial Modern Thought)
The Gospel in Brief: The Life Of Jesus (Harper Perennial Modern Thought)
The Gospel in Brief was written roughly around 1890 by Count Leo Tolstoy. Tolstoy, more known for his books War and peace and Anna Karenina, wrote The Gospel in Brief after an intense period of depression, with thoughts of death and suicide constantly being conjured up in his mind. According to the foreword, he was, from there, said to have hearkened back to the Christian teachings of his childhood in which he had found comfort, and began his attempts at understanding the real message behind the Gospels.

In my ongoing attempts at trying to unravel the mystery of Jesus Christ myself, a challenge made more difficult through the man-made traditions and half-truths of the Church, I stumbled upon the works of Tolstoy, a man it seems, that was after my own heart. I purchased The Gospel in Brief along with The Kingdom of God is Within You and headed off to Turkey during the summer of 2012. There is something to be said for sitting with a traditional paperback book under the shade of palm trees, all the while hearing the Adhan (Islamic call to prayer) in the distance.

Tolstoy's Christ figure in The Gospel in Brief championed the idea of turning the other cheek and giving away one's possessions for the greater good, with Tolstoy taking great precision in reviving the Christ figure that "churchianity" had locked away for so long.
The four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, known for recounting most of the same events shared in the other gospels, are combined together in Tolstoy's book creating one continuous story. Some stories, especially those found in the Gospel of John that are not found in the others, are of course included here too, but Tolstoy's main purpose for combining all the Gospels together, was to give both himself and the reader a reasonably clear picture of what transpired. Extracting little details from one Gospel that may not have been included in another, and then piecing them into one fully detailed event brings us, finally, a more full narrative story. To be honest, it was always an idea that I hoped someone may eventually run with, and it is quite possible that many books have attempted this long before now, but to my knowledge Tolstoy, if not the only author to attempt this idea, is most certainly the grandfather of such an idea.

One humorous thing the Christian anarchist Tolstoy injected into his book is that rather than call the Pharisees by their name, he instead called them "The Orthodox", as it appears he felt that the Orthodox Church in his day was acting in the same way as the Pharisees in Christ's day.

Another thing I should point out about The Gospel in Brief is that Tolstoy is not a believer in miracles and believes that these things were added to the Gospels (and the Old Testament) to make it into a kind of "superstitious" dogma. So for example, there is no virgin birth, turning water to wine and so on. Most of it is explained away rationally. While I do respect Tolstoy's view on this, I personally, having undertaking extensive research over the past few years into alleged human abilities, cannot entirely agree on his outlook. In saying that, I am also of the impression that it is not at all necessary to believe in the miracles of Christ to understand the overall point of his teachings, since his teachings are based on giving your excess wealth to the poor and loving your enemies, thus creating peace and understanding for all (sadly perhaps a miracle in itself).

For example, if the apparently unbelievable feats performed by Christ were enough to stop someone from being inspired both by his exemplary life and his teachings of seeking peace for all men, then the miracles themselves have become a hindrance, something which Tolstoy was quite adamant about.

Each chapter begins with Tolstoy's commentary on why he has Jesus say a particular thing or react in a certain way, giving us a more full-bodied understanding of, possibly, how we were originally meant to read the original Gospels. All in all an enjoyable read.

Some of the reviews have mentioned typos. I have not noticed too terribly many, at least not enough to distract me from reading it with ease
Timothy Crump's Ward: A Story of American Life
Timothy Crump's Ward: A Story of American Life
It was winter 1837 living in a tenement on the outskirts of New York lived Timothy Crump, a cooper, he had a wife and one child a boy of 12yrs Jack, Aunt Rachel also lived with them, there was no work for a cooper at this time and they were very short of money, the rent was due and Mr Coleman the landlord called, he demanded the rent he was due when they couldn't pay he told them to leave the following day, returning from an errand Jack found a basket on the doorstep with a baby girl inside, there was a letter asking them to look after the child and a promise of 300 dollars a year, with the extra money they moved to a better house

Ida became a member of the family, she excelled at drawing and was sent to school, one day a woman known as Mr's Hardwick arrived and said she was once Ida's nurse and wanted to take her for a short visit to her real mother but Ida would be returned the next day, on the train with this lady the following day Ida saw a boy known as William selling food and he asked where she was going, the train was going to Philadelphia, Ida was taken to a rough looking house where she met a gruff man known as Dick, she was told she wasn't going back

Back at home William called at the house and said he had seen Ida and where they were going, meanwhile Hardwick told Ida she was to call her Peg, out shopping she was told to go into a baker and buy two rolls with a silver dollar, the baker Abel Crump was related to Jack's father, he took the silver dollar and gave it to his 8yrs old daughter Ellen, Ellen of course wanted to spend her dollar but was told it was fake, Ida came into the baker again but this time he asked her name and where she got the money but he let her go

Back at home after a week had passed it was decided that Jack should go in search of Ida and he left in the morning, Henry Bowen an artist was looking for a certain young girl to paint and saw Ida in the street and asked Peg if he could paint her for 5 dollars, Peg agreed and after finished was taken to a shop to sell, Jack reached Philadelphia and went to his uncle the baker, his uncle told him he was certain the young girl he had seen was Ida, seven days later he saw Peg in the street and asked to be taken to Ida, Peg took him to a house but he was locked up in a room in custody of an old man, Foley

Jack managed to make a hole in the door and escaped and went back to the baker, John Summerville, a lawyer received Peg as a visitor, she reminded him that on his instructions he had had Ida kidnapped as a baby and put her on the Crumps doorstep and she wanted a 1000 dollars to keep quiet, Sommerville was deeply in love with a woman but she married his cousin, when his cousins husband died he offered marriage but she turned him down, being very angry he ordered the kidnapping, Peg went to check on Jack and they realised he had escaped, the doorbell rang, it was Jack and two police officers, they were both arrested, Peg refused to say where Ida was

A few days later Jack saw the picture in a shop, he went in to find out who painted the picture, there was a wealthy lady in the shop asking questions on the same subject, she took Jack to her house and Mr's Clifton explained she believed this was her daughter kidnapped 8 years ago, they went in search of the artist, you will have to read on to find out what happened when they spoke to Mr Bowen, what action did Mr Sommerville take when he realised he was being blackmailed, did they finally manage to find where Ida had been hidden so she could be reunited with her real mother, if Ida was found would she be taken away from the Crumps and what is the future for Jack, will Aunt Rachel always be a miserable spinster, another Horatio Alger book, its free and worth a read
The Eyes of Darkness by Dean Koontz (2016-05-05)
The Eyes of Darkness by Dean Koontz (2016-05-05)
"The Eyes of Darkness" is a fairly well written science fiction / thriller story. It is set in Nevada in contemporary America. The language is in modern conversational English. It is of medium length. I listened to an audiobook rather than read the actual book. I was able to follow most of it although I had to re listen to parts of the story where there is a lot of describing of scenery. The narration is of professional quality.

Thus far I have only read three Dean Koontz novels. Those three are "Funhouse", " Whispers", and now "The Eyes of Darkness". I did not really care for either of the previous two novels. They are different than this one as they involved more savage criminality and more abject darkness. This novel is more of a science fiction / thriller novel, and although at times dark, there are also moments of lightness and some romance.

I do need to mention that this novel was called to my attention at this time, due to the mention within it of a virus, (Not THE Virus), and a particular location, Wuhan, in China. I found that that is only an incremental part of this story and although a strange, and even amazing coincidence, not really what the story is about. I have an aversion to writing anything to spoil anyone's reading experience. I only state this in case one wishes to read this story at this time for that reason.

I am only beginning to study Dean Koontz novels. This is easily my favorite thus far. I can sense his maturation as an author. Except for the purposes of comparing and contrasting, I consider the previous two that I have read to be forgettable. I am glad to have found a Dean Koontz novel that I actually liked as he was born and raised in my home state of Pennsylvania and I enjoy studying authors from Pennsylvania. Thank You...
Los ojos de la oscuridad (NOVELA POLICÍACA) (Spanish Edition)
Los ojos de la oscuridad (NOVELA POLICÍACA) (Spanish Edition)
Típico libro para echarse en un viaje de autobús o tren.

El autor en esta reedición ha modificado algunos elementos de la trama para ajustarlo a la realidad del Covid-19.

Pura marketineria. Más allá de eso, el libro no es gran cosa.

Mil veces prefiero cualquier libro de Stephen King, empezando por Apocalipsis.
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
At the age of eighteen, Jo Ellen Hathaway left her home, called Sanctuary, that resided on Lost Desire, an island off the Georgia coast. Now Jo is twenty-seven and a professional photographer. Recently someone has begun sending her disturbing photos of herself. She was being stalked. But when Jo receives a photo of her mother, clearly dead, Jo breaks down. Her mother, Annabelle, had deserted her family and left two decades ago. At least, that is what everyone believes. Yet when Jo gets out of the hospital, the photo of her mother is gone. Unsure if it were ever really there, Jo runs from New York to the only safe place she can think of to recover, home to Sanctuary.

Upon arriving, Jo finds little has changed. Part of Sanctuary is an inn. Her father, Sam, still resents every visitor that messes up his sandy beaches. Her cousin, Kate, still takes care of everyone. Her sister, Alexa, is still dreaming of performing on Broadway. Giff, the handyman and longtime friend, still loves Alexa. Her brother, Brian, still takes care of running the inn He has become quite the chef.

As Jo settles into island life, keeping her troubles to herself, she realizes some things do actually change. Kirby has grown up, gone to medical school, and came back to be the island’s doctor. And sometimes life throws in a surprise or tow, such as Nathan Delaney visiting Sanctuary for the next six month. He has spent a summer on the island when he was only ten-years-old. Gone is the too skinny boy though, replaced by a strong, handsome man who slowly sneaks his way under her skin.

Yet Jo’s problems do not stay in New York. Her stalker has followed her to the island. It will not be long before he will take Jo away from everyone. He intends to shoot lovely photos of her before he closes her eyes forever.

***** FIVE STARS! Author Nora Roberts has created a romantic, yet chilling, tale involving family ties, love, and murder. Be warned that there are graphic scenes. The author mainly follows Jo, but all the other characters mentioned in my synopsis are as well. Even the stalker/killer is followed and readers watch him kidnap, rape, and kill women. Again, consider yourself warned.

Set upon a luscious island with sandy beaches and dense forests, this novel kept me engrossed from the start. I stayed up well past my bedtime. I simply had to know what happened next. But sometimes, sleep is over rated. *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
Taming Natasha: The Stanislaskis, Book 1
Taming Natasha: The Stanislaskis, Book 1
Taming Natasha is the first of six books in Norah Roberts' fine and fascinating series on the Stanislaski Family. It's NOT a new series of books, so if you've been reading Nora for a couple of decades, as I have, you've probably already read all six and enjoyed them once. They're worth another read and these e-versions definitely belong on the Kindles of Nora's devoted fans. Just be careful and try to read them in order; Amazon doesn't make this easy because on the KINDLE Bookstore site, if you search for "Stanislaski series" you'll be taken to a page that has the first two (or maybe three) in the order in which they were written, but gets the others all mixed up! To help you out, here is the chronological order of the series (and a couple of words on the relationship with Natasha of each protagonist):
1. Taming Natasha
2. Luring a Lady, featuring Mikhail, Natasha's brother.
3. Falling for Rachel, featuring Rachel, Natasha's sister.
4. Convincing Alex, featuring Alexi, Natasha's brother.
5. Waiting for Nick, featuring Natasha's brother-in-law's brother!!
6. Considering Kate, featuring Natasha' s daughter.
In all of the books, you'll also meet or renew your relationship with Mama (Nadia) and Papa (Yuri) Stanislaski. Enjoy!

HOLD THE PRESSES. AN UPDATE: As of Jan. 15, 2014, Amazon's Kindle Store is offering, for a great price, the ebook Stanislaski's Bundle 1 of 2: Considering Kate\Convincing Alex\Falling for Rachel (Bundle 2 will follow). Note, however, that once again, the publisher managed to mess up the order in which the books should be read for the best reader enjoyment! Amazing!! But for the price, it's a very good deal, and one that I missed, but you shouldn't.
The Quinn Brothers: 2-in-1 (Chesapeake Bay Bundle Book 1)
The Quinn Brothers: 2-in-1 (Chesapeake Bay Bundle Book 1)
This combined first two books of the Chesapeake Bay saga [Sea Swept and Rising Tides] introduces us to the Quinns, a family of now-grown bad boys adopted by Dr. Quinn and her husband, both great role models for anybody. The saga opens with the gathering of the three men due to the dying of their last parent, the father, in the first book which tells world-traveler/champion boat racer Cameron's story, and introduces the central problem of the series which all three brothers have to resolve: Seth, a young boy with mysterious background - who looks remarkably like their father, the father that they know would never have been unfaithful to their now-deceased mother. Because he is dying as a result of an auto accident while transporting Seth to his home, there is no time - and no document - to explain. But Seth needs the three brothers Quinn as much as they ever needed the two wonderful people who adopted them. Who is Seth? What is his relationship to the Quinns, and what happened to the money in the Quinn banking account? How can three men whose careers span the world take care of Seth? Without some authority or legal relationship, how can they even keep Seth, with the system ever-ready to gobble him up? Why is Seth so afraid???? RISING TIDES tells Ethan's story. Deeply scarred by his early life, Ethan alone remained in the area, making his living on the sea, and dreaming of building beautiful boats. Each of the brothers has to make sacrifices and changes to be true to their upbringing and the promise they made to their father, but it's especially hard for Ethan, who has become a loner out of what he believes is necessity. The story of how the brothers mesh their lives, woo the reluctant and fearful Seth into brotherhood, and finally unravel the mysteries continues into the third book, and Seth's adult story completes the series with the fourth Chesapeake Bay book. Entertaining and uplifting, this is a great buy!
Novels, Tales, Journeys: The Complete Prose of Alexander Pushkin (Vintage Classics)
Novels, Tales, Journeys: The Complete Prose of Alexander Pushkin (Vintage Classics)
In NOVELS, TALES, JOURNEYS: THE COMPLETE PROSE OF ALEXANDER PUSHKIN the translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky include the author’s short novel “The Captain’s Daughter. Written in 1836, the story is based on actual events: the Cossack rebellion of 1773-1774 led by Emelyan Pugachev, a major character in the novel. The narrator is Pyotr Andreevich Grinyov, who describes himself as an “officer and a gentleman,” a young nobleman, who-- if we are to believe what some writer has said, that all good fiction has to do with the arrival of a stranger or a character who goes on a journey—does just that: he is sent off, accompanied by his trusty tutor Savelyich, to the army. Marya Mironova is the captain’s daughter for whom Grinyov falls helplessly in love practically on sight.

Pushkin then interweaves two tales: one is the war story; the other is the romance of Grinyov and Marya Mironova. Since we have all been inundated with page after page of sexual descriptions that sometimes would make even a carnie blush as in the fiction of John Irving, John Updike, Edmund White and other novels of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, it is so refreshing to read an old-fashioned love story. When the narrator says of his beloved, “my heart glowed,” that is as racy as the narrative gets.

The plot works. There are coincidences and characters whom we meet early in the novel but pop up later. Pushkin pulls it altogether.

No less a writer than Tolstoy, as stated in the introduction by Mr. Pevear, had such a high regard for Rushkin’s complete prose including “The Captain’s Daughter” that he read all of it at least seven times and found inspiration from Pushkin for his own fiction masterpieces. Surely nothing said about this great writer can top that.
The Melody of Death
The Melody of Death
I'm usually quite enthusiastic about Edgar Wallace's stories, but the plot of 'The Melody of Death' is one that overstretches credibility and is disappointing. There are characters (such as the young girl who delivers the melody of the title) that are not developed and the story, such as it is, finishes abruptly. My impression is that Wallace didn't quite write the story that he had in mind. Not one of his best.
Wildcatter's Woman
Wildcatter's Woman
Life of a Wildcatter's is a dangerous thing. They crave the thrill of finding that one well or go bust. But the person who married such a risk taker must also be willing to fall or rise with the other. The times are tough and they also must be tuff. If not things between them fall apart. This story of such a relationship was not for the faint of heart. Can both of them give up a bit more of themselves in order to love unconditionally?
The Icarus Agenda
The Icarus Agenda
I've read a few of Robert Ludlum's books over the years. Many of them were quite good. At his best, Ludlum's stories are fast-paced, action-packed and entertaining. They're hard to put down. Unfortunately, while THE ICARUS AGENDA has these elements, the story doesn't come together well and it suffers from weaknesses less obvious in Ludlum's better books.

The story is in the form of two sub-plots. The first, which encompasses the rescue of American hostages being held within the US embassy in Masqat, is the part I found most engaging, although the ending is too clean and easy. Fleshed out and given a better ending, this story could have made a good book by itself.

The second sub-plot finds the hero of the first part back in his remote Colorado home. His cover from the first operation blown, his home is under siege by Arab terrorists seeking revenge. At the same time, he is caught between two domestic political cabals, one seeking to push him into running for national office while the other wants to prevent his candidacy. This plot was a bit too much. One or the other of these storylines could have made another good book. Together, the situation just feels contrived. Moreover, Ludlum's domestic political plot comes off heavy-handed and nieve.

The characters ultimately come across poorly, too, and stereotypes abound. The hero, Congressman Evan Kendrick, spends the entire book professing his desire to be left alone, but always allowing himself to be drawn in. He's just too good to be true. In addition, there's the obligatory gorgeous and extremely available woman, as well as an ally in the first plot who just happens to be a wealthy old Jewish guy whose health is represented as fragile. He becomes an immediate and important character in the second and, despite his age and frailty, he survives all of the madness and mayhem of the second half of the book intact. It's all pretty fluffy stuff and, while there's plenty of action throughout, THE ICARUS AGENDA becomes increasingly difficult to swallow as it progresses.

THE ICARUS AGENDA isn't really a BAD book, but neither is it terribly good. As Ludlum's books go, it's a letdown. If you've read some of his other works, don't take on this one with high expectations. If you haven't read any of Ludlum's other books, find a better one than this.
The Berenstain Bears' Funny Valentine (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Berenstain Bears First Time Books)
The Berenstain Bears' Funny Valentine (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Berenstain Bears First Time Books)
I used to love these books as a kid and figured I'd get my daughter this book as a valentine's day gift. Most other books I wanted were out of stock. First, I feel like "she's got another think coming" is a typo. Not a big deal either way. My issue is with the valentine cards she's making up that says "I need you like a hole in the head". I feel like that's wildly inappropriate wording for children. I normally don't get bent out of shape too easily, but this was definitely not a book I'd buy for my child or any other child again. I'm forever telling my child to be kind and use nice words. Meanwhile, sister bear is a bully basically the entire book. I agree with other negative reviews, bullying does not and should not mean "they're mean because they like you". Very disappointed in this book. I'd return it if it wasn't so cheap.
The Berenstain Bears on the Road & Back to School (Family Time Books)
The Berenstain Bears on the Road & Back to School (Family Time Books)
The Berenstain Bears on the Road depicts the Berenstain Bears taking their new car on a road trip. As they go from one site to another, they stop for lunch or an ice cream snack. By the end of the trip the new car is not so new due to the spills.

While this is not one of the best Berenstain Bears books, my daughter still enjoyed it.
A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918
A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918
For a certain group, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis are such a part of the literary, imaginative, and spiritual landscape that their insights are taken for granted. The timeless qualities of their work have divorced it from any consideration of the time in which the two men lived and wrote. Familiarity has bred contempt. What Joseph Loconte attempts in A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War is to place Tolkien and Lewis firmly back into their historical context, to throw their work into relief by looking at the world in which they wrote. Central to all of this is the war.

The two men, who became fast friends as professors at Oxford, would seem to have had little in common. Lewis was an Irishman of Ulster Protestant extraction and, by the time he went to war, a confirmed atheist. Tolkien was a devout cradle Catholic reared in England. For both men, the experience that most shaped them was the war.

Loconte begins the book by examining the world into which they were born and through which they approached the war. He gives time to explaining the Idea of Progress, the belief in the steady upward march of Europe’s scientific, enlightened culture, and its embodiment in social policies like eugenics. He looks into Freudian psychology and the marriage of the era’s Christianity to nationalism, a union that produced war fever and the demonization of the enemy. Scientific progress, the devaluation of human life, disregard for the soul and spirit, and the prostitution of religion to the nation combined to make World War I uniquely ferocious.

Into this war marched millions of young men, and Loconte by no means ignores the rest in his focus on Tolkien and Lewis. He draws examples of how these young men reacted from classic sources like Robert Graves, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Ernst Jünger, and Erich Maria Remarque. Their testimonials demonstrate the way the war cruelly, almost mechanically, ground down the spirits of the men sent into its trenches.

Tolkien and Lewis both suffered. Tolkien served on the Somme, one of the notorious meat grinders of the war, and was eventually invalided out of the fight. Lewis arrived later and, despite distinguished service including the capture of a number of German prisoners, was also wounded and spent months in hospital, out of the action. This experience was, for both of them as for many others, a source of bonding after the war. References to it in their letters and papers are numerous; it formed part of a shared vocabulary that informed and gave body to their imaginations.

Loconte does an excellent job of demonstrating this by drawing on their writings, not just well-known works like The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia, but their academic work, letters, and diaries. I have to admit that I was skeptical about some of this at first, as a few of the examples seemed to be little more than superficial comparisons of events in, for example, The Lord of the Rings to conditions on the Somme. But Loconte digs deep and provides explicit comparisons from the writers themselves. Tolkien is particularly forthcoming about the influence of the war on his fiction: “My ‘Sam Gamgee’ is indeed a reflection of the English soldier, of the privates and batmen I knew in the 1914 war, and recognized as so far superior to myself” (xvii). And again, “The Dead Marshes . . . owe something to Northern France after the Battle of the Somme” (74).

But beyond simply providing inspiration for specific scenes or landscapes in their work, the war gave Tolkien and Lewis thematic material, friendship, loss, and the desperate courage that makes up real heroism foremost among them. Both men lost friends in the war. Virtually the entirety of a prewar club to which Tolkien had belonged was killed off one by one in the fighting. Lewis saw an older sergeant, a man who had become “almost like a father” to the young officer, senselessly killed in what may have been a friendly fire incident. Like Tolkien, he lost many of his school friends and fellow officers as well: "Nearly all my friends in the Battalion are gone" (99-100).

It was well after the war in the quiet environs of Oxford that Tolkien and Lewis met and formed their famous friendship. Under the influence of Tolkien and others, Lewis--by now an agnostic--moved to a vague theism and finally Christianity. It was this friendship that made both men so productive and gave the world their still-beloved and timeless work.

Loconte’s book has two great strengths. First, it vividly depicts the reality of World War I combat in general and the actions in which Tolkien and Lewis were involved specifically. I’ve read a number of biographies of both men, and they tend to skimp on detail about their combat experience. (I assume this is because most of these bios were written by literary scholars; in addition to being a fan of Tolkien and Lewis, I’m a military historian, so this book scratched an itch I’ve been feeling for a while.) Like the rest of their generation, Tolkien and Lewis were shaped in profound ways by the horror of the war, and Loconte does an excellent job of showing that.

Second, the focus in the early portions of the book on the world before the war, and the comparison of Tolkien and Lewis’s experiences to those of others of their generation, makes their work fresh again. Loconte shows just how countercultural these familiar men really were, moving against the intellectual, social, and spiritual currents of their day--scientism, chronological snobbery, and the denial of goodness, heroism, and truth. Their works aren’t "relevant" or "timeless" because they appeal to a generic Christian audience, their work is timeless because they were men who looked outside their ruined generation for the eternal and did their best to reflect that back into the world through the imagination.

This, to me, is the central insight of Loconte’s book, and that alone makes it well worth reading. A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War is an excellent introduction to an often overlooked aspect of the lives of two literary and intellectual giants and their place in history.

Highly recommended.
Cuaderno de viaje de la Tierra Media: De Bolsón cerrado a Mordor (Biblioteca J. R. R. Tolkien) (Spanish Edition)
Cuaderno de viaje de la Tierra Media: De Bolsón cerrado a Mordor (Biblioteca J. R. R. Tolkien) (Spanish Edition)
Era para regalo, y el libro es perfecto, para un fan de Tolkien, como leí en otros comentarios, no podía faltare, muchos dibujos, muy bonitos, el texto claro y nada pesado. Pero el envío un desastre. solo un cartón, un sobre, sin nada, ni un pastico para protegerlo, llego con todas las esquinas rozadas, y por la parte del lomo, la sobrecubierta esta rajada; He pedido libros que no me han costado ni 5 euros, y venían bien aunque fuesen ediciones muy antiguas, este que debía ser nuevo , parece de segunda mano, no estoy nada contenta por que era para regalo, y parece usado de 10 años.
The Treasure of Silver Lake
The Treasure of Silver Lake
My issue is with the translator Mary Thomas. Be aware that what you are getting is NOT the work of Karl May but Mary Thomas' heavily edited, cleansed, purified to her standards, version of Karl May's story. In the forward she talks about removing ethnographic errors, correcting misrepresentations, toning down language and descriptions, removing characters or prejudicial/racist comments, and reducing the roles of characters she felt was "too extreme."
Since when is it a translator's job to do all this?? How can we honestly discuss the work of Karl May if this type of literary dishonesty by the translator mars the original text to fit her politically correct view of life? If we are to judge the work of Karl May, then let us do that, please. NOT Mary Thomas and her censorship scissors gone amok.
One wonders how saccharine and devoid of evil Hitler's Mein Kampf would be after Mary Thomas whacked it to pieces. Mary Thomas needs to get out of the translation business if she cannot provide an honest translation of an author's work(s). It is NOT the translator's task to judge the flaws within a text. It is NOT the translator's role to rob the readers of the original words of the author.
I'd much rather have the words of a flawed author than the flawed and overly fumigated words of a puritan translator bent on censoring things she finds disagreeable. Amazon needs to seriously consider this translation problem and address this issue with the readers and with the translator.
This rating should have been a ZERO, but unfortunately the lowest allowed is 1. DO NOT BUY THIS TRANSLATOR'S CENSORSHIP!! She has transgressed and given a false translation.
Baby Toddler Winter Beanie Warm Boys Girls Earflap Hat Infant Knit Caps Cute Bear Soft Cotton Lining for 0-36M
Baby Toddler Winter Beanie Warm Boys Girls Earflap Hat Infant Knit Caps Cute Bear Soft Cotton Lining for 0-36M
We ordered this for our baby when she was 4 months old as winter was approaching. She's now 7 months old and can still wear it and it fits perfectly. Her head is an average size.
This hat is super adorable and actually really warm! We get compliments ALL the time when we're out and about.
The only reason I gave this a 4 star out of 5 was because the inside lining near the seam towards the back started to tear and give way. It could have been something I did, but we're not rough with the hat and she only wears it when we leave the house and it fits her perfectly so it's not being over stretched by any means.

Overall, great quality, good price point and SUPER adorable! 🖤
Out Of The Silent Planet;Perelandra;That Hideous Strength
Out Of The Silent Planet;Perelandra;That Hideous Strength
C.S. Lewis' beguiling trilogy published in omnibus form. I initially wanted all 3 books in one volume since I was reading them all together for a study group; upon reflection, it would have been much easier to buy them separately. Individually the books are relatively short, so I was fairly surprised to receive this massive omnibus. I love big books, but in paperback form, the covers and binding of this one are a little weak to support such a tome. Still a beautiful book, but not the most convenient reading copy.
Case Closed, Vol. 43
Case Closed, Vol. 43
We pick up from the last issue with the Jr Detective League trying to solve a slayer case, this is quickly resolved.

The first of the two main cases of the issue has Conan and Det Moore trying to find the owner of a strange missing cell phone, different from the usual murder and robbery cases.

The other main case and my favorite of the issue sees Harley and Kazuha stop by for a nice dinner, at which a wager is made to decide what the group will do in Osaka. The team that solves the case Det Moore is working on gets to pick, it is Conan and Harley vs Det Moore, Rachel and Kazuha...like taking candy from a baby. The case involves a murder at a toy company and the competition between the groups is great. Once the case is completed it leads directly into the event the winning team decided on and at this event they run right into the case for the following issue.
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #1-7: A Graphix Collection: Full-Color Edition (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix)
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #1-7: A Graphix Collection: Full-Color Edition (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix)
UPDATE 2/2020:
My daughter noticed there were some issues with the back over. There seems to be a publishing/printing error on Boy-Crazy Stacey. Looks like there are mock-up instructions text placed over Mary-Anne's face. See included photo. I did order a replacement of the box set, and the box set replacement also has the same issue. So it seems the box sets that includes Boy Crazy Stacey have this issue. I had contacted Scholastic (publishing company of this book), and they told me I had to contact Amazon. So just beware of this issue when you order the box set.

My daughter is a voracious reader, especially for graphic novels. I first introduced her to the Baby-sitters club graphic novel since she is a huge Raina fan. She borrowed all of them from the library and read them all in one sitting. She would then leave them for me to read because she knew I was a BSC fan back in the day. I'm so happy that they decided to do a graphic novel adaptation of the BSC. I know my daughter cannot wait for the BSC graphic novel to come out.
Walthers Z, N, HO, S, O, G Scale Layout Control System - Switch Machine (Vertical Mount)
Walthers Z, N, HO, S, O, G Scale Layout Control System - Switch Machine (Vertical Mount)
I was incredibly excited when I saw the release of this product and watched the video for the easy of mounting. I jumped ahead and purchased a 5-pack to test before purchasing the other 40 machines I'll need. I like the simplicity of the small servo motors and the fact they don't need constant small power draw to hold in position. The Walthers system also looked incredibly simple with it's plug and play layout control system accessories. I had also read that these machines were able to switch Peco snap switches without the need to remove the spring in the Pecos. However, my experience ended in disappointment and now I must determine what to do with these as they are unusable for me.

1. They are listed as Z, N, HO, S, O, G scale compatible. And I suppose they are, however, all instructions, videos produced by Walthers and even the switch centering yoke are all HO scale. It is imperative that you install the machines with the switches centered, as that is how the machines arrive, so centering yokes for different scales would have been a considerate addition by Walthers for us non-HO modelers. Second, the piano wire is much larger radius than I've seen on Tortoise/Cobalt machines. Drilling the appropriate size hole in N scale switches is tight, I'm not sure how folks will manage with Z scale.

2. Speaking of the piano wire, it is not sufficiently long enough to get through 3/8" plywood, 1" extruded foam base, cork/foam trackbed, and then clear into the switch throw bar. It stops just shy of long enough. Looking at the design of the machine there does not appear to be an easy way to replace the wire with a longer one like you could with some of the other brands of machines. This is a serious flaw in design IMO. I could not find any instructions on Walthers site to address this.

3. Mounting screws are a nightmare to screw. They have incredibly small screw heads, I ended up using a jewelers screwdriver. Even with pilot holes in the plywood, screwing anything into plywood with a jewelers screwdriver is a pain, especially when trying to do this above your head while under a table.

If you are building a basic HO layout on plywood with a base layer total thickness less than 1-1/2" and have enough space for the footprint of the horizontal switches (2"x almost 4") these could be great. The plug and play capability with Walthers entire layout control system and the easy to incorporate into DCC make them very appealing. Unfortunately some very basic drawbacks will make them unusable for many modelers.
Fire Ice (NUMA Files series Book 3)
Fire Ice (NUMA Files series Book 3)
This book was on special offer at £1.99 in the Kindle store, which was why I bought, added to the fact I had nothing else to read. The story is the usual Clive Cussler silliness. However, there is good and bad dumbness/silliness, and this was bad, very bad. The main character, kurt Austin, was less than 1-D. He was soooo great and good, it was like he was superman, action man etc all rolled into one. He is able to beat any bad guy without too much strain, and is still able to appear charming to women who instantly fall for him. It just all seemed cliched and completely unoriginal. At least heroes like Bond have a dark side, and are gritty, fully faceted characters; Austin is none of these. In fact he is so bland, he might as well be celery. you just don't get to know him enough to care. This is all a shame, as the plot actually sounds quite good. Unfortunately, This is not good enough to warrant purchasing any more of this series.
A Little Bit Country
A Little Bit Country
Debbie Macomber did it again. I happened upon this author quite by accident, and I am happy I did. So far, I have not been disappointed from the Cedar Cove Series, through my journey down Blossom Street, and different places in between. She consistently keeps me wanting to know more about the people and places in her books. I have spent many nights saying: "One more chapter", before I go to bed. Then it becomes later and later. I was always a murder mystery type reader, and found myself shocked to like these books. But I am hooked, they are all so wonderfully written, good stories, every day characters, these people could be you or me, and I like that. They are love stories yes, but also stories of friendships, hardships and overcoming our fears. This one book encompassed all of that. Falling in love, but denying that love for a belief in what was the right thing to do. A Little Bit Country was a good story of how a city girl could definitely find love and happiness in the country, but also find solid friendships as well. Another good read from Debbie Macomber.
Denial
Denial
The very best book I have read in years, and I read five books a week. I read "Denial", from digital cover to digital cover, in one sitting. I have not yet been to sleep, and it is now 10:00 in the morning. Am I tired? No! I am wide awake! Completely EXHILARATED! Filled with the excitement and joy brought about by genius story-telling, brilliant prose, fascinating characters and the trance-like immersion one feels when wrapped up in and absorbed by a transcendent literary experience! I LOVED my every moment spent with this profoundly entertaining, enlightening, downright creepy, utterly thrilling, and totally involving, genre-defying masterpiece! The story, or stories... the multiple layers of characters, each character fully-drawn and mesmerizing, then made ever more so as their lives began to connect. These are arresting, brilliant characters, some dedicated and persistent, some motivated in the way that only a profound, life-altering love can inspire, and some wonderfully, bizarrely insane, yet no less gripping for it; living lives without the helpful context of reality. Yet, all of these characters, even the most sane, have to deal with life's "Wrench Thrown Into The Works"; DENIAL. Denial proves to be, in all our lives, essential, unavoidable, and both helpful and disfiguring. This book is a gloriously colorful, intoxicating, and wildly enjoyable, puzzle, being put together by characters, most of whom have no idea that anyone else is working on the same puzzle. Then, as the noose (and the story) tightens, they, still without realizing it, are suddenly sitting at the same table, finding places for the pieces of the puzzle that only they have. Ultimately, this entertainingly diverse handful of characters place a sufficient number of pieces to identify the image of the puzzle, THEN enough to realize that the image is actually a MAP. At this realization, each character BURSTS from the table, STILL unaware that others have been solving the same puzzle, and they dash out, through different doors, to follow the MAP, choosing different starting points, but heading in the same direction. Until they finally MEET, physically, ultimately finding tragedy or salvation, or both, with all of these results proving rather magically satisfying. WE feel triumphant, celebratory. And, YET... there remains one final surprise that will change EVERYTHING! That will make us marvel at Mr. James' pure literary audacity. Because there is one final piece of the puzzle. One we'd all missed. It must have dropped to the floor, hidden under a bed or behind a door. This final, staggering piece (a revelation) is kept from us until the VERY. LAST. MOMENT. That's when Mr. James, almost casually, reaches over our shoulders and puts in place. It is mind-blowing and outrageous and absolutely RIGHT. The puzzle WAS an image, and it WAS a MAP, But, it was also, we now see, a work of art. "Denial" is the rarest of artworks; a perfect book. Peter James is a true artist. And, I thank him for sharing with us this most meticulous and instinctive novel. "Denial" is a true treasure. A brave, outrageous, surprising, enlightening, fully satisfying, thrilling and totally believable testament to humanity's foibles. Our never simple failures, our complicated successes, and our necessary-for-survival, yet just as often necessary-for-our-destruction... denials.
The Real Musashi: The Bukoden (Origins of a Legend II)
The Real Musashi: The Bukoden (Origins of a Legend II)
Another well researched, fascinating book by acclaimed author and Japanologist William de Lange. Musashi's 'Book of Five Rings' is known by many, and not always interpreted accurately or deeply enough. This book contains a lesser known text regarding the famous swordsman that will give you the background to understand Musashi in perspective. A welcome addition to De Lange's long list of titles on the subject of Japan, as well!
The Catherine Cookson Collection Season 1
The Catherine Cookson Collection Season 1
as a collection. Some are much better than others, but they are entertaining, nonetheless. Great for while I am ironing clothes! (Does anybody do that anymore beside me?!?)
Exit to Eden
Exit to Eden
A devoted Anne Rice fan, I read this book because both the title and synopsis intrigued me. Very different to the 'Lives of the Mayfair Witches' or the 'Vampire Chronicles', it will take you down an engaging path to the road of Sado-Masochism and touches upon the deep-rooted desires of sexual slavery that may exist within us.
Exit to Eden also brings to the fore a very non-fictional fact... that both men and women have a vulnerable side - regardless of how well they conceal it!
The book is written in 'simple' English, which makes for a nice, easy read and an ideal travel companion - on the train to work, or away on the beach!
For the women (and men!) among us who have ever read a Mills & Boons book, you will notice a few mild similarities between this book and the well-known romance novels (i.e. short 'n' sweet with a basal storyline). But Mills & Boons would have been hard pushed to sculpt and bring to life the erotic elements of the tale as Anne Rice has!
When all is said and done, Exit to Eden is an entertaining, fantastical and highly erotic romance novel. Recommended for those of you who are adventurous, young at heart and enjoy being educated and entertained.
Nano (A.M.THRIL.POLAR) (French Edition)
Nano (A.M.THRIL.POLAR) (French Edition)
Robin Cook nous plonge dans un thriller mi-médical, mi- "technologique", avec une petite touche d'anticipation.
Sur le thème du potentiel extraordinaire des nanotechnologies, qui pourraient non seulement réparer l'homme malade, mais aussi améliorer l'homme "normal" (augmenter la résistance ou la force d'un sportif par exemple), Robin Cook nous fait plonger dans l'enfer qu'entraineraient les dérives. Ce livre est la démonstration de la phrase bien connue: "Science sans conscience n'est que ruine de l'âme".

Si l'on veut mettre la science des nanotechnologies au service de l'homme, le meilleur est à portée de main. Si on les met au service de l'argent, le pire est à venir! Laissez-vous emporter et frémissez! Car le progrès est-il toujours un bienfait? Voilà la ligne directrice de ce roman, qui se lit avec facilité!
Gideon's Art (Gideon of Scotland Yard)
Gideon's Art (Gideon of Scotland Yard)
These stories are well written and interesting start to finish. They have characters that are well drawn, books are so much more interesting when you understand a characters point of view. And of course we learn a lot about Gideon's family and his staff at the Yard. Try one and I bet you want them all. My only regret here is this the only one on the Kindle at this time. But I will be watching to see if any more show up
Department56 Harry Potter Village Hogwarts Hall and Tower Lit Building, 13.07", Multicolor
Department56 Harry Potter Village Hogwarts Hall and Tower Lit Building, 13.07", Multicolor
Where to start... the Department 56 Hogwarts castle I received was a disaster in quality. It came with horribly uneven paint job and two missing windows - we found one window loose in the package, the other window, nowhere to be found. To be clear, the windows are not supposed to be removable at all.

While the castle is designed to have semi translucent walls, because the paint is uneven in parts, the lighting ends up being EXTREMELY uneven. The translucency is so bad on the tower - it makes Hogwarts, looks like a massive ORANGE abomination in the dark. The roof of Hagrids hut (not included), suffered from the same lighting defect - to me it's okay if the roof is semi transparent, but it should be DARKER than the walls of the building. Unlit, they all look better, but...what's the point of that?

If you want to see quality, look no further than Ollivander's wand shop (not included). This is actually a beautiful piece - appropriately lit and begging for other neighboring building from diagon alley to be created.

This set leaves you begging for the Harry Potter winter village that could have been. Department 56, if you're listening - I will open my wallet again if you can fix these problems. PS - Hogwarts could also use a 2nd companion piece to make it feel bigger!
Pixel 2 Headphone Adapter,CHILTINA Type C/USB C/Moto Z to 3.5mm Female AUX Microphone Connector Compatible Cable Google Pixel 2/2 XL/HTC U11/ Moto Z/Essential PH-1/Samsung and More
Pixel 2 Headphone Adapter,CHILTINA Type C/USB C/Moto Z to 3.5mm Female AUX Microphone Connector Compatible Cable Google Pixel 2/2 XL/HTC U11/ Moto Z/Essential PH-1/Samsung and More
Written by Scott Z. Burns, Side Effects is the story of Emily (Rooney Mara), a young wife suffering from anxiety and growing depression. After her husband, Martin (Channing Tatum), is released from prison, the depression refuses to subside, forcing her to see a psychiatrist, Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law). Believing she requires anti-depressant medication, Dr. Banks tries to find the right meds to allow Emily to return to happiness – but things don’t always go as planned when one drug starts causing Emily to sleepwalk, without an knowledge of what she’s doing when she wakes up. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Vinessa Shaw also star in supporting roles.

Normally, it’s a waste of time to pick on a film’s trailer after seeing the film – but in this case, the trailer is in itself a complete misrepresentation of what the film is really about. It appears to be a film about drugs, yet midway through the film you will no longer recognize this film as being about those pesky prescription drugs. It’s a complete head scratcher as to why the film’s trailer is a complete and utter misrepresentation of the film’s plot, other than to possibly protect the plot and maybe generate talk about the film. Never the less, this turns out to be a much better experience at the movies than anything a trailer could possibly indicate. If this all sounds confusing, you’re not alone – but, until you see the film in its entirety (and you should), it will be hard to fully describe the plot or characters without mentioning spoilers. Yes, it’s one of those films where every littler detail counts, and would make the ending easily spoiled.

Despite the confusion and misdirection regarding the film’s plot, what can be said about the film is that Rooney Mara’s flawless performance is the sole reason this film works so well. Her sheer acting brilliance is absolutely and unequivocally the sole contributing factor that makes this film so thought-provoking and entertaining. Sure, it’s a well-written plot – but no one else could have pulled off this role as well as Mara. Jude Law should also get a moderate amount of credit for his portrayal as the innocent, often complacent doctor. Other than Mara and Law, the rest of cast might as well be considered expendable and forgettable. And, yes – that’s a reference to Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

In the end, Side Effects features a similar Ocean’s 11-like conclusion. It’s a busy, mind-engaging plot to be sure, but be forewarned…this film’s plot certainly doesn’t resemble the supposed story indicated by its two minute trailer (most likely due to the secrecy of the plot). Regardless, this film will happily and undoubtedly leave you in a state of awe, not to mention it will take care of the conversation for your car ride home.

Overall Grade: B
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Against the Sun | NON-USA Format | Region B Import - Australia
Against the Sun | NON-USA Format | Region B Import - Australia
A tremendous film about three guys ... no one's an olympic hero or WW I fighter pilot (Eddie Rickenbacker) who warrants anything special. Three guys, tired, in the days very shortly after WW II's start ... of the carrier U.S.S. Enterprise. Not much happening in the way of technological improvements to fighter bombers so quickly after Pearl Harbor. Each makes mistakes that contribute to their running out of fuel and being off course, when they ditch. They land and have very, very little in the way of anything to improve their chances of survival. These are all young men from the Depression,one at least, with Civilian Conservation Corps background. I had a father in law who raved about how the CCC took him from impoverishment in the hills of Arkansas, may have given him a uniform and shoes, boots, and sent him to Montana. The CCC sure is needed now. Republicans (Repugs) don't know the myriad good the CCC did all over the country, certainly here in the West. Thousands of check dams, trails in the national parks, roads, etc., were made by the CCC. In fact, the CCC stood as a ready pool of young men who'd been trained as if in basic training in the Army. They'd learned discipline, and "how to do" things that these guys exhibit as they are in a life raft for 30+ days. No heroics, as in "Unbroken." Very low key. See "Mission of the Shark" to understand what torture it must've been to go five or more days with very little food, but worse, NO WATER when they were surrounded by water. That took discipline to NOT take a sip. One scene shows the pilot taking a sip. I've understood one good gulp of sea water would be enough to set off madness. But by the Grace of God, they're rained on.They manage to get some meat ... and eat some fish. And, avoid sharks. They become human beings certainly, in front of our eyes. I admired the hell out of these guys who managed to pull survival tricks out of their butts ... and combined their knowledge, and fortitude, without madness or brutality or competition over taking them. These were men who just went on to serve out the war in their own ways. Dead reckoning paid off in the end. So did prayer. That one was able to help the others pray ... wow. Prayer is often overlooked. As a combat disabled infantryman from Vietnam, whose survived death more than one www.desertexposure.com/apacheria
I can say, prayer has saved me alone, in a survival situation sliding and falling down a mountain, breaking my right ankle, having to set the ankle and get down the mountain on the shortest day of the year .... 21 December, 2009. I'd gotten some of that from infantry training. And, not some kind of: "I'm going to get good and mad and fight this!" but just: keep going. Pray. Do what you can. Know panic when it sets in. Panic is different for each person. Hurrying was panic. I'm glad I'd been alone hiking enough (as these guys had in different situations from their homes), to recognize it; pray; ask God (help me to slow down ... going too fast could cause a catastrophic event to cascade ... lose sense of presence and lose the situation & just flounder about). These guys were every bit as brave as the guy in "Unbroken." They did not have the prisoner of war experience he did in "Unbroken." Don't forget: the Japanese have NEVER apologized, formally, with reparations, to all the thousands of Western pows they killed in prisoner of war camps. The "Rape Of Nanking" was real. Yet, modern Japanese act like it didn't happen. At least the Germans have made reparations and deep, national amends. There is something dangerous about an entire nation (as Turkey with the Armenian Holocaust), pretending it didn't happen. But, these guys show American spirit and tenacity in a simple, straightforwardness that neither Germans or Japanese have when it's combined with being raised in a democracy. At least, for that era.
Harry Potter L/S Hermoine Gryffindor Uniform Nightgown
Harry Potter L/S Hermoine Gryffindor Uniform Nightgown
My item arrived on time, as described and in excellent condition. This PJ fit well on my daughter. I bought the size I thought she would be and it fit perfect. It is so cute and so far seems to be well made. I didn't actually buy it for her to wear as pajamas, all though she certainly could. She loves the Harry Potter books and story line and she and her sister often imagination play with the Harry Potter ideas as the base. She has a Hogwarts uniform cloak and I bought this so she can use it as the uniform dress under the cloak. Works perfect- really looks like the uniform, one piece so easy on, easy off, shows well under the cloak and is way less expensive than piecing the real uniform together. She loves it!
The Star Wars Cook Book: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes
The Star Wars Cook Book: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes
Basic recipes a simple basic cookbook already has. Other than the pictures of Star Wars character toys standing on or next to the food, there is little that is original here. Example: Tuscan Raider Taters is simply mashed potatoes made from boiled potatoes, milk, butter, salt, pepper. The only unique suggestion is that if you want the mashed potatoes to be light brown in color as shown in the photo with the toy figure, you can add 2 T of soy sauce. The recipe goes into laborious detail about how to cut a raw potato into 1 in cubes to boil it (instead of just letting the kids leave the potato whole and avoiding the knife work), and then calls for the kids to drain the boiled potatoes in a colander in the sink. It does give a warning about steam burns but doesn't suggest that this step should be done by an adult. Also, the suggestion about adding 2 T of soy sauce to the pound of potatoes in the recipe to make them brown doesn't include leaving off the teaspoon of salt in the recipe, and only adding more salt "to taste.". The "Burrito" recipe is the same.... same old burritos you might make in your family already. Nothing that makes them uniquely Star Warsian.
Pushing Daisies: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
Pushing Daisies: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
I am a retired Hollywood sound editor—I did M*A*S*H for 6 years—so I know quality television. PUSHING DAISIES blew me away from from the first 12 minutes. It was feature-film quality all the way around. Those first 12 minutes set the tone for the whole show—superb cast, excellent script, laugh-out-loud funny, pathos, cinematography, art direction, editing, visual effects, even stop-frame animation! As I kept watching I was thinking, “there’s no way they can keep this quality going on a weekly basis”—but they did. The clever (and at time tongue-twisting) dialogue. The sets—the carpets match the drapes—AND the bedspreads!—and the Technicolor brilliance of the color!—the almost non-stop music which adds enormously to the charm, and of course the beautiful chaste romance in the middle of a very black comedy! There are so many excellent details that are only revealed on repeated viewings—why are there bees? Why are there circles everywhere? Why are the double names—The Darling Mermaid Darlings, Charles Charles, Travel Boutique Boutique Travel? The odd mix of cars, from a Toyota Prius to a 1940’s sedan on the same street? A key character “who is the only detective named after a poet and a fish.” And I love the coroner.....who seldom says more than “Hmmmmmmmm.....” There are so many delights in this show that you can watch it over and over and over.

Plus, speaking as a filmmaker/editor, it’s the ONLY TIME I’ve EVER seen a key plot point and a key joke being a CAMERA MOVEMENT! I just about fell out of my chair on that one!

Everything about this show is truly top drawer, and it was like getting to watch a screwball comedy each week with delightfully odd characters in a universe that, as one reviewer said, “is a Technicolor world at right angles to our own.”
Set of 4: 5" Porsche Carrera GT 1:36 Scale (Black/Blue/Red/Yellow) by Kinsmart
Set of 4: 5" Porsche Carrera GT 1:36 Scale (Black/Blue/Red/Yellow) by Kinsmart
Bought this from "Pick N Save". It came, not in a box, but in a plastic tray in something like a transparent plastic bag. You could see that there had been a tray of 8 of them and it had been cut to produce 4. Not cleanly cut either. Jagged edges, uneven, like they had to cut around one car to get to the other. I couldn't gift it to my nephew. My son said they weren't Porsches either, he said they were Ferrari. I don't know nor care what one looks like vs the other, but he knows way more about cars than I do so I'm taking his word for it, not like it matters at this point. I also expected more features from die cast metal - like a trunk that opens, and other moving features besides the doors. Also it looked more like plastic than metal.
Before the Brightest Dawn: The Half-Bloods Trilogy, Book 3
Before the Brightest Dawn: The Half-Bloods Trilogy, Book 3
Jana Petken’s novel, Before the Brightest Dawn, pulls her trilogy together in a heart-wrenching, but satisfying conclusion. This series combines characters I cared about (the extended Vogel family) with a time period and political climate that are disturbing in their applicability to contemporary times. It doesn’t MATTER which side of the fence you’re on politically; Jana seems to understand and depict both. With patient, inexorable steps, she leads us from the beginning, showing how WWII began, escalated, and climaxed, leaving broken bodies and broken minds in its wake. In the middle of the war, there are times of laughter and joie de vivre; there are times of exquisite agony and pain beyond bearing; there are moments of mercy, and instances of cold, remorseless survival. The research she did was impeccable in its accuracy and thoroughness; as a WWII buff, I found myself digging back through old college notes and googling newly presented facts in a rabbit-hole frenzy of memories. This novel works perfectly well as a standalone, but I’d suggest also reading the first two of the series: The German Half-Bloods and The Vogels: On All Fronts for a complete background of the family.
If I Should Die Before I Wake
If I Should Die Before I Wake
I really enjoyed Eileen second instalment and her journey into adulthood. in fact I was gutted as I flipped to the next page on my kindle to discover her journey had come to an end. her spirit and integrity are qualities that have carried her through, she asks for no pity from the reader only that you share her hopes and desires for a normal family unit, safe and secure, keeping her demons deep inside. a truly honest and remarkable human being deserves these things, and I sincerely hope that into the 90's and beyond, to present day she found and sustained what she so deserves. I hope there will be a next instalment, and cannot wait to find out if she forges a relationship with the mother she never knew, and continues to soar, and grow as she matured. I wish for Eileen, everything she desires and deserves, she is a credit to her family, adopted and paternal, and a credit to the social work system that failed her and could have ruined her life, if she had so let it.
Basis Health Tracker for Fitness, Sleep & Stress (2014 Ed.)
Basis Health Tracker for Fitness, Sleep & Stress (2014 Ed.)
The most important thing to understand about the Basis B1 is that it is a *Health Tracker* or perhaps even *Fitness Monitor*, but it is certainly not an *Exercise Monitor*. This is not the right device to dig deeply into the details of your exercise sessions, nor is it intended to be.

Instead, this device observes your vital signs over the longer term (especially those times when you're not exercising) to provide you with metrics about your general health and level of activity overall.

For those of us who aren't fitness buffs, don't regularly go to the gym, don't have personal trainers, don't run marathons, and so on, there is no other device quite like it. The Basis B1 is truly "set it and forget it" in that sense--wear it, charge it, and you can log in and get a sense for how fit (or unfit) you are, along with a series of approachable, practical cues to improve your health in ways that busy, non-exercisers might actually be able to work into our lives and schedules.

I love the habit-based system, with scoring and leveling, and find it to be both motivating and informative. This is the body tracking device for the rest of us--the ones that don't own a pair of running shoes but would still like to care about our health in little ways.

I've found no problems with data corruption, missing data, meaningless data, or other similar things that others have reported. The battery easily lasts days, and the syncing is seamless; it syncs when I charge it, it syncs via bluetooth on several mobile devices, and I sync it all of these ways without rhyme or reason and there have been no ill effects. I don't particularly care that it doesn't track my heart rate when running because I don't run. It does track my heart rate when walking just fine, and provides me with an easy-to-capture record of my general level of activity, sleep, and stress (via heart rate) throughout the day.

It's leading me to make positive changes in life that were difficult before simply because it can be hard if you have an incredibly busy schedule to know where to begin and what might move the needle on making health better. The Basis app does a great job, via the habits system, of offering a variety of little changes that are easy to make and meet and that together pay off with bigger rewards.

I suspect that a lot of the negative reviews for this device are from people that want to use it specifically to dissect the data from intense workout sessions. This is the wrong product for that task at every level--the documentation says that it may miss data when you're intensely working out, and the user interface is oriented entirely toward life monitoring and habit maintenance, not toward exercise session record-keeping.

If you're looking for a running computer, this is not it. If you're looking for a device that you can wear 24/7 to get a baseline on your body, then to develop better habits like becoming more active, getting more regular and higher-quality sleep, and developing lifestyle routines that are conducive to better health, then this thing fits the bill very well. I'd almost say it was perfect if the screen was a little brighter and the unit a little thinner.
AT&T Signal Booster 4G LTE Cell Phone Signal Booster 700MHz Band 12/17 ATT T-Mobile Cellphone Booster Amplifier Repeater for Home and Office Use - Say Goodbye to Poor Signal
AT&T Signal Booster 4G LTE Cell Phone Signal Booster 700MHz Band 12/17 ATT T-Mobile Cellphone Booster Amplifier Repeater for Home and Office Use - Say Goodbye to Poor Signal
It's advertised as a solution to all of your problems. It does work, make sure your frequency is correct before ordering and you will be ok. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because it was a little misleading on how the output would perform. You WILL need a better antenna setup or multiple antennas to get better coverage otherwise you will only get good signal in the room the interior antenna is mounted. It wasn't a deal breaker I just wish I knew so I could have ordered the extra antennas and cabling and splitters etc at the same time.
The antenna itself feels cheap but works.
Trend Lab Gray,Chevron, Elephant Musical Crib Mobile, Baby Mobile, Nursery
Trend Lab Gray,Chevron, Elephant Musical Crib Mobile, Baby Mobile, Nursery
So adorable! I added some crystals to glam it up once we found out we were having a girl and it looks even better! As some of the other reviews have said, the elephants do indeed spin around backwards when you wind it, but it’s an easy fix with a dab of hot glue. Just unfortunate that they let such an apparent design flaw get to the consumer-that’s the only reason I gave 4 stars-it does make me concerned about the longevity of the mobile.
50pcs/lot Round Shape Foil Mylar Helium Balloon 18" Balloon Birthday Party Decoration Foil Balloons
50pcs/lot Round Shape Foil Mylar Helium Balloon 18" Balloon Birthday Party Decoration Foil Balloons
I work with students with disabilities. Some of them are afraid of latex balloons. I use mylar balloons filled with air via a straw quite a bit. They are lightweight to carry, easy to fill and last a loooong time. I've had balloons for months. Sometimes I have to refill them with a straw again which is easy to do. We use them for 'volleyball' and sometimes soccer. The balloon moves slower and can be used as a 'trainer' for these activities. Students can lie on the balloon and it doesn't pop. They are quite durable.
Heavy Canvas Large Tote Bag with Zippered Closure for Beach, Grocery Shopping, Travel by TBF Bags (Royal, 2)
Heavy Canvas Large Tote Bag with Zippered Closure for Beach, Grocery Shopping, Travel by TBF Bags (Royal, 2)
There is no zipper pull for the inside zippered compartment so there is no way to open it. Now, I have to wait for a single replacement for a package of 2, and re-package it and sent it back. The single item cost less than $10.00, so it will cost me more in time and expense to return the 1 defective item just to get a replacement.
Very poor QC on the part of the Seller. Pain in the behind to get a less than $10.00 replacement for a defective product.
Any Day Now
Any Day Now
I am SO pleased with this cd! The original of Any Day Now is hard to find and expensive. Joan's voice sounds beautiful and clear on this. Excellent sound quality and of course this selection of songs is so nostalgic, written by Bob Dylan. Joan's interpretation of I Shall Be Released is my favorite among all the artists I have heard sing this classic.

Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands is an inspired song and with Joan's voice, it is a spiritual experience. You Ain't Goin Nowhere and Walkin Down the Line are fun and I love Spanish Boots of Spanish Leather. There are three or four songs that I skip over if I want to stay upbeat but I like them, they are well done and poetically express the emotions of hard situations.

Eighteen wonderful songs. Well worth the money. I love this CD!
Elecshion Compatible with iPhone 12 pro MAX (6.7") Privacy Screen Protector, (Double Strong)True 28° Anti-spy (Edge to Edge Full coverage)Tempered Glass Screen Protector with Easy Intallation Frame(2 Pack)
Elecshion Compatible with iPhone 12 pro MAX (6.7") Privacy Screen Protector, (Double Strong)True 28° Anti-spy (Edge to Edge Full coverage)Tempered Glass Screen Protector with Easy Intallation Frame(2 Pack)
This is my third purchase from Elecshion, and another fantastic product!

I've got to say the biggest things that keep me coming back to this manufacturer are their ease of installation and the customer service. This kit comes with everything you need to thoroughly clean your device, and a frame that fits over your device to quickly and easily align the protector with your phone.
If you're like me, what always annoys me about screen protectors is getting them aligned correctly - it feels nearly impossible. With the guide they include, though, it's basically impossible to mess up. Follow all the instructions as they are written and it won't be a problem at all.
One thing to know is that because of the type of screen protector, they *can* break, but there are 2 in the package, and at only $5 apiece, it's well worth it to have this level of protection. You don't even know it's there when you're using your device.
I personally didn't end up using the camera shield, but if you're the type who doesn't use a case on their phone, you'll definitely want it to protect the lenses.
[2 Pack] Screen Protector for iPhone 12 Pro Max, [HD Clear] [Bubble-Free] [Anti-Scratch] [Case Friendly] Tempered Glass Film for iPhone 12 Pro Max 6.7 inch
[2 Pack] Screen Protector for iPhone 12 Pro Max, [HD Clear] [Bubble-Free] [Anti-Scratch] [Case Friendly] Tempered Glass Film for iPhone 12 Pro Max 6.7 inch
I bought one of these and one of the screen protector was scratched on the corner. I used the tray but that completely ruined my first screen protector, it caused the sides to lift up and it didn’t stick to the phone. I drove to Verizon and they were able to professionally put on the screen protector without the tray and it looks nice. The quality is nice and it seems like there’s no screen protector on my phone. I like it but I don’t like how the other screen protector came scratched.
Kaffeevollautomat Oursson, mit bohnen Mahlwerk, Timerfunktion,Touchscreen, Keramikmühle, 19 Bar, Rot, AM6250/RD
Kaffeevollautomat Oursson, mit bohnen Mahlwerk, Timerfunktion,Touchscreen, Keramikmühle, 19 Bar, Rot, AM6250/RD
Ordered this machine in June- The first one arrived and something was wrong with the grinder - only made extremely watery espresso and could not be adjusted. It was sent back and we received a replacement shortly after. This unit works GREAT! Makes really tasty coffee. Now that we've been using it for six weeks, here are my thoughts:

LIKES:

Easy to use. Lovely touch panel and display. Pretty red color! Works quietly, even grinding is quiet. Coffee quality and crema are good. Steams milk well via supplied silicon tube. The bean hopper is one of the largest I've seen in a home unit, and designed well so all the beans make it into the grinder. I love the cup heater on top.

DISLIKES:

Build quality is good but not great. The handling of used grounds is messy because there is a lot of spillage in collection area. The little plastic receiver catches most, but not ALL of the grounds, requiring additional cleaning inside the machine with towels. Not a deal-breaker, but inconvenient. Similarly, there is some spillage that occurs between the grinder and the brewing unit. Consequently there are grounds to clean up inside the machine where there shouldn't be.

The water tank is almost criminally small. Especially since the machine uses quite a bit of water for cleaning itself when it turns on and off. Making just 3 espressos a day, I find I have to refill the tank every 3rd day. Again, not a deal breaker, but considering you have to pull the unit out and open a side door to access the tank, a BIT inconvenient!

Despite the great customization options in the menu, there doesn't seem to be much difference in making a Latte vs a Cappuccino - not clear how to change the ration of milk to coffee. And there is no option to do a double shot - although you can just hit the espresso button after your latte is all made.

Despite these minor gripes, we are loving the machine so far!
The Immortals (The Immortal Brotherhood Book 1)
The Immortals (The Immortal Brotherhood Book 1)
What is more badass than a woman who moonlights by stealing precious items from powerful people? How about being a badass whose family legacy is helping save the world from evil? Meet Raina Black. She is a spy that works for a company called Hyperion (I, for one, will never see Disney the same anymore…) but moonlights after hours to help pay her sister’s medical bill. On her recent assignment, things go wrong… very quickly. The item she was hired to procure is a part of her family legacy and has fixed itself to her. The Immortal Brother to her aid. Meet Noah. He has a powerful and dangerous gift. He can regenerate! (I thought of Doctor Who, but it’s a bit different!) Noah helps Raina escape, but convincing her she needs the Brotherhood as much as they need her… well… he’s out of his depth. Will Raina be able to save her dying sister and help the Brotherhood, or will the two conflict? If so, who will she choose? The life of her sister, or the fate of the world?

There is chemistry between Raina and Noah. While it is acknowledged, it doesn’t go beyond the acknowledgment. On one hand, I’m glad it didn’t. Romance isn’t the focus of this story, so to take it beyond the two noticing the other is attractive would have definitely taken away from the story. On the other hand, I so wanted them to be together, and perhaps they will be. There just wasn’t room in the first book for every element. I would like to know more about the organization Raina worked for, Hyperion. How do they tie into The Brotherhood and the evil forces they are up against? The characters are quite interesting and I need more of them (particularly Bev) in my life. I will be continuing this series because I need to know what happens to the bad guy?! This is a good start to a series!

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