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DEFULI Fashion Royal RFID Blocking Secure Women Wallet Pocket with 24 Card Slots (Black)
DEFULI Fashion Royal RFID Blocking Secure Women Wallet Pocket with 24 Card Slots (Black)
Offered by Toplife
Price: $19.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classy and useful, July 2, 2015
This is a beautiful wallet. It has many slots for credit cards so that they can all be seen at once rather than bunching some behind others and having to fumble when you want a particular card.
The shiny leather exterior is very nice and even has a nice smell.
It also has a buckle so the cards won't slip out of their holders and a compartment where the owner can show their driver's license easily.
Either as a gift or for yourself, I don't think you could miss with this fashionable wallet.

Barbie Spin 'N Ride Pups
Barbie Spin 'N Ride Pups
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5.0 out of 5 stars This present will light up a child's eyes, July 2, 2015
This review is from: Barbie Spin 'N Ride Pups (Toy)
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I cannot wait to see the look on my granddaughter's face when she opens the Barbie Spin 'N Ride Pups.
There are many great features to this toy. One of which is the excellent packaging. With Barbie sitting on her bike and her hair waving, the sky and clouds in the background make this look like a scene from a movie.
My granddaughter absolutely loves dogs. She doesn't have one but at every house that has a dog near her home, she wants to stop and play with the dogs. This toy comes with two toy dog puppies that can attach to the bike. One dog is on a skateboard and skates in circles which is cool too.
I like it that Barbie has a helmet to teach a five year old that this is important when she is riding a bike. I also appreciate that there aren't a lot of parts that parents have to put together.

Foreign and Domestic (A Jake Mahegan Thriller)
Foreign and Domestic (A Jake Mahegan Thriller)
by A. J. Tata
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $9.99
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Battlefield Actions Rebound in the United States, July 1, 2015
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Brigadier General A. J. Tata is a retired U.S. commander of combat units with duty in Afghanistan and writes with an intricate knowledge of his subject.

His novel, "Foreign and Domestic" is a complex story of Capt. Jake Mahegan's search for what really happened in a failed mission in Afghanistan.

There are so many stories to be told of brave Americans in battle and this is one of them.
Jake led a Delta Force team into Afghanistan to capture an American traitor working for the Taliban. Something happens and the mission ends in tragedy, taking the life of Jake's best friend Sgt. Colgate and the men with him. The bomb that killed Jake's friend was made in the U.S. and Jake wants to learn more. But before he can, he's accused of killing a prisoner and given a dishonorable discharge.

Jake returns to the U.S. and is in the process of getting information about the dealings of Copperhead, Inc. a private military contractor that had something do do with the bomb that killed his friend. He meets an attractive young woman, Lindy Locklear, who has been doing some historical research in the Roanoke Island area of North Carolina.

Not to reveal plot but an ambitious three star general orders Jake to the Pentagon for certain reasons and as the story continues, the reader watches the current terrorism activities of the American Taliban.

Jake is an intriguing character with Native American background that made me think of past heroes of Louis L'Amour. He's independent and when he sees a wrong, he wants to correct it. His character is well described and the reader will want him to succeed in his actions.

The complexity of the plot did confuse me at times but the action was smooth and suspenseful. There are a number of surprises that keep the plot interesting and spark the reader's interest.

I received a free book in return for my honest review.
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Rhodium Plated Sterling Silver Cushion Shape Cubic Zirconia 7mm Pendant Necklace (2 cttw), 18"
Rhodium Plated Sterling Silver Cushion Shape Cubic Zirconia 7mm Pendant Necklace (2 cttw), 18"

4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely item to give to someone you love., June 29, 2015
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I received this necklace today and set the tone to give it to my wife.
The box that it same in is dark colored so that the pendant necklaces stood out. It is a small size so fit snugly on my wife's neck but she stated that she has other chains that she could put it on for a larger size.
From the man's point of view, it's very shiny and looks lovely. It could even be presented when the woman is dressed and ready to go out but not have jewelry on, then give this surprise.
There are also instructions for cleaning the stone so that it remains bright and sparkly.
Only one negative, the clasp was very small and we both tried to work it without success. Being a resourceful my wife said that she would put it on a different and easier chain.
It doesn't have to be for birthday or an anniversary, the thought is the important thing and it made it more special to give it just to say "I love you.'

Less Than Hero
Less Than Hero
by S. G. Browne
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.97
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We relish the news of our heroes, forgetting...we are extraordinary to someone too." Helen Hays, June 26, 2015
This review is from: Less Than Hero (Paperback)
S. G. Browne has written a contemporary, change of pace novel that packs a strong message in a wrapper of fun.

"Less than Hero" is a social commentary introducing Lloyd Prescott, a thirty-year-old professional guinea pig. For the past five years he's participated in over 150 clinical trials.

The pharmaceutical companies have volunteers who test experimental drugs for cash. In a typical month, Lloyd can make over $3,000. He also has a part-time job where he stands in Central Park with various signs for handouts. One states that he will accept money for abuse. People call him all sorts of things and he just thanks them as he accepts their money.

Lloyd and a group of five friends who are also human guinea pigs. They wonder if all the drugs they put in their bodies could have any effect. This is answered in a humorous fashion as Lloyd and his friend, Randy, are on the J train to Manhattan. Three punks enter the train and begin harassing a homeless man. Eventually Randy tells them to leave the man alone. Lloyd is expecting the worse but stands beside his friend facing the punks. Lloyd nicknames them Cue Ball, Cornrows and Soul Patch.

As the train pulls into Essex Street station, Cue Ball's skin turns bright red and blotchy and he becomes covered with hives. His friends back away from him and Lloyd and Randy casually depart from the train.

There are many parts of the story that had me laughing out loud. Lloyd and his friends all exhibit various powers. Lloyd has the ability to fall asleep before him, another in the group causes diarrhea and vomiting.
The men decide to use their powers to protect the innocent. Examples of this are funny and funnier.

To add to the uniqueness, Lloyd's girlfriend is a human statue. She stands in Central Park as a Fairy, sprinkling pixie dust on those who leave her a contribution.

The characters are well described, the scenes are most entertaining and the story is a fun romp and is a critique of a broken and corrupt pharmaceutical industry.

For those wanting a good story and something different, this is the book I recommend.

I received a free book for my honest review.

Liberated: A Novel of Germany, 1945
Liberated: A Novel of Germany, 1945
Price: $13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's always the same, once you are who you are." Saying, June 24, 2015
In a story reminiscent of "The Monument Men," Steve Anderson used research that he performed on a Fulbright Graduate Research Fellowship in Munich from 1993-94.

It tells of actions in Munich, Germany in 1945. Capt.Harry Kaspar, U.S.Army, is appointed military leader of Heimgau, a Bavarian town. Upon arriving at his assignment and with plans of the good he would be doing, he finds three men on the road, recently killed. Upon entering the town, he meets Maj.Robertson Membre who is also assigned as MG (Military Governor). Since Membre's orders come from Frankfort, it's a higher command and they take preference.

As a consolation, Member assigned Kaspar as Public Safety, he is to be the acting police chief.

The story details the power of the conqueror, Germany is defeated and the to the victor belongs the spoils.

Harry goes about his work and finds a good German man, Herr Winkl, a former policeman, to be his assistant. With all the good intentions, Harry is stymied by Membre and a Col. Spanner who has his own plan.

We see the corruption and the few who want to do something about it. It is interesting to see some of the activities at the end of the war such as the prisoners and soldiers coming home and wanting their old homes. It is also to see the few Jewish survivors who have so little but deserve more.

The bulk of the novel tells of Harry and his attempt to prevent the small town from turning to a corrupt area and criminals such as the man, Jenke, a convict, turned S.A. thug appointed to a new position of authority.

There is a romantic side as Harry meets Katrina who is well described and someone the reader will want to succeed with what she has in mind for herself and a number of Jewish friends.

There is a great deal to be considered in the story such as corruption, greed and how war can affect various people and communities.

Zensah Performance Underwear - Base Layer Compression Short - Prevent Chafing - Mens Compression Underwear
Zensah Performance Underwear - Base Layer Compression Short - Prevent Chafing - Mens Compression Underwear
Price: $25.56 - $34.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for bike riders, runners and extreme sports participants, June 24, 2015
As a long distance bike rider and Spartan race competetor, I value having the best gear possible. The Zensah Performance Underwear is a product I have wanted to try and am extremely pleased with.
I'm already a customer and use the Zensah Compression ankle/calf sleeves and really like the way they feel, it's as if someone was holding my lower legs to help me perform better.
The Zensah Performance Underwear are snug so they don't shift around causing uncomfortable rollups.
An advertised benefit that is right on the mark is the Underwear stabilize the muscles in the lower legs.
Importantly, I do get skin rashes from extended workouts and sweating. The Performance Underwear are made of a product they call Zensah Flash so they keep moisture away from my skin. My wife appreciates that this also helps prevent odor.
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Billy Bathgate
Billy Bathgate
by E. L. Doctorow
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Oh Where Have You Gone, Billy Boy, Billy Boy?" Lyrics, June 22, 2015
This review is from: Billy Bathgate (Hardcover)
As a reader opens the pages of "Billy Bathgate" they are taken back to the days of prohibition and notorious gangsters.

One of those famous gangsters wi Dutch Schultz. He befriends Billy and becomes a father-like figure to the fifteen-year-old boy. Shultz who was born in the Bronx in 1901 built his criminal network from bootlegging, gambling and murder.

Billy lives with his mom in a run down area of Lenox Ave and 125th street. He had no father and no direction in life. He comes to idolize Schultz from his power, the way he's revered in the community and by many of New York jet setters.

There are many shady characters in the story. The reader gets to share some of the words of Walter Winchell and hear Schultz's remarks of Thomas E. Dewey.

Schultz has a girlfriend and Billy spends a great deal of time with her she is much of the reason for his sexual awakening.

I enjoyed the story and look back into a time that many of our parents and grandparents enjoyed. Their stories may be gone but in this story, some of the events of that time are brought to life once more.

The characters are well developed and become likable in their own way. It is particularly fun to witness the Jewish Schultz conversion to Catholicism as nears his trial date and he attempts to build a good-guy image.

Soundpeats Qy7 V4.1 Bluetooth Mini Lightweight Wireless Stereo Sports/running & Gym/exercise Bluetooth Earbuds Headphones Headsets W/microphone for Iphone 5s 5c 4s 4, Ipad 2 3 4 New Ipad, Ipod, Android, Samsung Galaxy, Smart Phones Bluetooth Devices (Black/green)
Soundpeats Qy7 V4.1 Bluetooth Mini Lightweight Wireless Stereo Sports/running & Gym/exercise Bluetooth Earbuds Headphones Headsets W/microphone for Iphone 5s 5c 4s 4, Ipad 2 3 4 New Ipad, Ipod, Android, Samsung Galaxy, Smart Phones Bluetooth Devices (Black/green)
Offered by SoundPEATS Audio
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful Bluetooth device., June 22, 2015
The Soundpeats QY7 V4.1 Bluetooth Mini Lightweight wireless earplugs is an excellent item.
Of the many features that I enjoy is that it is easy to connect to my phone and use immediately when exercising.
The green color is also fashionable and I like it that it can be worn behind my head so nothing gets caught under my chin.
Once I had the plugs in my ear, I found them comfortable and the sound produced was of excellent quality. There is also a handy clip so the device can be clipped onto my shirt.
It was easy to transfer my music and begin listening immediately.
Two little suggestions: it would be good if the ear phones had an indication of left and right. Also, I did find the instructions to be too small to read and I had to have assistance to read them. Other than those facts, I would rate this 5*
I know there must be people just waiting to get their own device and I suggest they go for it.
(I received this item in return for my honest review)

The Rope: An Anna Pigeon Novel (Anna Pigeon Mysteries)
The Rope: An Anna Pigeon Novel (Anna Pigeon Mysteries)
by Nevada Barr
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Women's propensity to share confidences is universal" Harrison, June 20, 2015
For fans of Anna Pigeon, if you are curious as to how she became involved with the National Park Service, this is the story of how that came about.

Anna is in her first days with the NPS. She's age thirty-five and just off a bus from New York where she leaves some heartbreaking memories.

She gets a job as a seasonal employee doing mundane work and living with a group of other seasonal employees.

Being a nature lover, on her day off she decides to go for a hike. She sees something but is hit on the back of the head and wakes up at the bottom of a dry well, naked and with no clear memory of what happened. She also has a word scratched into her leg which she can't figure a reason for.

She continues to call for help and wonders why no one comes to find her. However, her clothes have been removed from her room and the other employees figure she didn't care for the job and went back to New York.

The interest in the story is to learn about Anna's early life. It is also to see the relationships between other seasonal employees living in close proximity. Much of the action is centered in the Lake Powell area which is a waterway created after a dam was built. For those really interested, I did a web search of Lake Powell and the party boats that people rent there, it's truly beautiful.

Nevada Barr is a former Nation Park Service Ranger and she speaks from experience. It is also enlightening to read about what Park Rangers and other employees come across in their dealings with the public and with the politics of the National Park Service.

It was a good story and one I'd recommend to Nevada Barr fans and those interested in the outdoors. The characters are well developed and Anna is a very likable character as are a number of the other employees she encounters. There are a number of surprises that add to the entertainment value of the story.

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