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The Spy Who Haunted Me (Secret Histories, Book 3)
The Spy Who Haunted Me (Secret Histories, Book 3)
by Simon R. Green
Edition: Hardcover
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1.0 out of 5 stars Someone give me back my time!, April 11, 2011
The purpose of this book, other than to promote his other series, "The Nightside," with the appearance of Walker, still eludes me. This novel is pretty much a stand-alone, and thematic-wise, it has very few things linking it to the Secret Histories series as a whole.

In "The Spy Who Haunted Me" Eddie Drood sets out to find the traitor in the Drood family through means of a contest among the best spies in the world. To win the contest, these spies will have to solve seven of the still-unsolved mysteries of the world. Only one can emerge the winner, and Eddie is all in for the win because if he wins, the identity of the traitor will be revealed to him.

This was the promise of the book; this was what kept me reading it: that in the the conclusion my reading effort and time would be rewarded by a revelation that would leave you gasping because you just couldn't believe it was him!--or her! I wanted to know who the traitor was once Eddie won. (C'mon, you KNOW he's going to win. In this formulaic type of fiction, the good guys always do.)

And of course, Eddie won.

Alas, the traitor was never revealed.

So I pretty much read hundreds of pages, wasting precious hours of my time doing so, only to find that the one thing keeping me interested in the book was never resolved.

If all you care about is the thrill of the ride; if all you want to do is read about spies kicking some supernatural arse with all kinds of cool gadgets; or if all you want is to see Eddie armor up again, just for the heck of it; then go for it. Read this book. On the other hand, if you want more of the series as a whole, I'd suggest skipping this book. Once you start reading book four, you'll find out you didn't miss anything.


The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time, Book 3)
The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time, Book 3)
by Robert Jordan
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.19
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is it. Stop reading here., March 21, 2007
If you value your time and your money, I'd recommend you to stop reading this series at this point. The Wheel of Time was intended to be a trilogy, and the authors' decision of making it twelve books instead has certainly proved the be the downfall of this series. So why don't we read it as a trilogy? The end (no spoilers) leaves a lot of questions unanswered; however, it ends close to as it should have ended on the first place. Heed my advice, oh readers who have reached this far, for if you don't, you'll find yourself pretty soon damning the time you decided to continue reading this series after reading this review.


Dragons of the Dwarven Depths: The Lost Chronicles, Volume I
Dragons of the Dwarven Depths: The Lost Chronicles, Volume I
by Margaret Weis
Edition: Hardcover
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The companions are back!, July 14, 2006
Dragonlance fans are going to love this: After more than two decades and dozens of bestselling novels set in the Dragonlance universe, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman are returning to where it all began -- the very first adventure. Dragons of the Dwarven Depths, the first novel in the Lost Chronicles trilogy, will fill in critical gaps in the original Chronicles saga (Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, and Dragons of Spring Dawning), the classic trilogy that started the Dragonlance phenomenon in the mid-1980s.

With well over 100 novels, anthologies, reference guides, and role-playing games set in the Dragonlance realm, Krynn is arguably the most richly historied, well-traveled, and universally beloved fantasy world ever created. And like the three original Chronicles novels, Dragons of the Dwarven Depths is classic adventure fantasy: nonstop action, masterful characterization, meticulous world building, and bombshell plot twists around every corner. This is not only a must-read for longtime Dragonlance fans but also a perfect place for Dragonlance neophytes to begin their literary adventures.


Intuition
Intuition
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for the voice, and another five for the music, June 27, 2006
This review is from: Intuition (Audio CD)
Give me music that will make me move without stopping, music that will make me brood about what my ears listen; give me music that will make me play the same songs over and over again; music that will make me sing while driving. Give me DJ Encore's and Engelina's "Intuition", one of the best, if not the best, vocal trance album ever.

I'm completely amazed with this album. The lyrics are just awesome, easy to listen to, understandable; it's pure music, and music of the one I hadn't heard for some time. Engelina's breathtaking voice and Encore's magnificent performance as a DJ is, without doubt, what makes this CD a success, a masterpiece. All the songs are tremendous, making it easy to fall into the lyric and follow the stream of words without skipping any song. To you readers, and fans, the only thing I can say is: Buy this album; you will not regret giving it a try, guaranteed.


The Thieves of Heaven
The Thieves of Heaven
by Richard Doetsch
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $6.29
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!, April 30, 2006
Thieves of heaven is an explosive suspense about a master thief stealing an important treasure. The many surprising twists and turns keep the reader quickly turning pages with excitement. This non-stop thriller is without doubt, a solid, highly entertaining read, which makes it easy to fall into the rhythm of the book and the main characters: Michael and Mary, whose undying love and devotion to one another makes it hard to put down.
I definetively loved this book, which reminded me of Dan Brown's Angels and Demons. I liked how the action never stopped as well as the sudden development of the events. I will surelly be looking for more books by Richard Doetsch!


The Legend of Deathwalker (Drenai Tales, Book 7)
The Legend of Deathwalker (Drenai Tales, Book 7)
by David Gemmell
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.19
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Drenai saga keeps adding more fans, February 1, 2006
Awesome book by David Gemmell. This book continues with the exploits of Druss, the Legend, who ends up fighting his own people to help the Nadir, and a man who is dying. Most importantly, this book reveals the beginning of the unification of the Nadir, and the birth of their leader, Ulric the violet eyes. This book also seems to bring the curtains down on Druss, as his death is mentioned in the epilouge. It is interesting to see different clans, who would usually slit each others throat try and fight together for a common cause. Also emerges the name "Deathwalker" for Druss.


Dark Moon
Dark Moon
by David Gemmell
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.19
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantasy book as you have never seen before, February 1, 2006
This review is from: Dark Moon (Mass Market Paperback)
David Gemmell produces masterpiece after masterpiece. Dark Moon is no exception, combining an evident delight in swords and sorcery with a refreshing maturity of thought and style, and binding the whole together with an understanding of and a poignant capacity to describe the ties of love, comradeship and social integration that make his characters so accessible and involving. David Gemmell hasn't yet produced a novel that has disappointed me, and I have read them all, though it is hard to keep up with his prolific output at times. He knows exactly what makes a truly great fantasy novel; he brings knowledge and wisdom to his work, and even the most jaded cynic among us cannot fail to be inspired by the way he presents genuine human emotion. His work often teaches as well, though not in an obvious, grating way: his knowledge of history and ways of warfare is immense and enhances his writing enormously - not that it needs any enhancing. Dark Moon is a strange study in psychology - schizophrenia - and demonic possession, and a little off the beaten track for Gemmell, though no less powerful for that. It is humorous and tragic; it subverts our notion of heroism; it is a great story. Read it - read all of Gemmell's work. He's one of the truly, truly greats.


Lion of Macedon
Lion of Macedon
by David Gemmell
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.19
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gemmell at his best, January 15, 2006
Here we have another masterpiece of the fantasy genre. This David Gemmell book is arguably his greatest to date. A book filled of action, passion, betrayal, and love, Lion of Macedon has become, without doubt, a jewel worth reading for all Gemmell, and fantasy fans. The book portraits the life of Parmenion "The Death of Nations", a man who is constantly manipulated by Fate and the seeress Tamis. Hated by all others because he is "mix-blooded"-half Spartan, and half Macedonian- who will raise among all the Spartiates, developing "strategos" capabilities never seeing before, showing the world no mercy in battle, and becoming the nightmares of his enemies.
The book is breathtaking in its ambition; it is a marvelous precursor to the second novel of the series entitled Dark Prince. This is a splendid read and should not be missed.
Pros: Very detailed and researched novel.
Cons: Not for somebody who is new to David Gemmell's style of writing.


The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1)
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1)
by Robert Jordan
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $5.39
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another never-ending series, save your money and time while you can!!!, January 8, 2006
In the beginning, I was one of those entering-to-fantasy readers who, after having read The Lord of the Rings, was seeking for more heroic-fantasy adventure and by casualty, I found "The Wheel of Time" at Wall-Mart-I was more inspired to buy it because of the low price than for any other reason, besides, I thought it was just what I was looking for. Fortunately, I did not get to read the book because I realized it belonged to a series-which had already eleven books!-so, before I even looked at the book again, I searched for the other books here at Amazon. To my benefit, I realized in time, thanks to the helpful reviews, that the series was not worth reading, at least after the fifth book, and that it is just a waste of time, and what is more, of money.
I found out also that the author keeps writing these stories because of the mere fact that he just found out he had money-making machine in his hands.
The plot is good and fast-paced, at least that I know, but it loses veracity and complexes itself as the series continues, losing thus, what should be the most important thing for a writer: the appreciation of the public who reads him/her.
I consider myself to be among the "fortunate" ones, who realized in time what they were about to do: to read and endless series and waste tons of money and time waiting for the next installment, poor Robert Jordan's readers and fans, my condolences to you all. It has been a long waiting indeed and your efforts have been insignificant.
Finally, I'd like to say, as well as many of the reviewers had: If you want to read the books, go ahead and lose yourself in the junk, but do not say afterwards nobody warned you. If you want my recommendation, read David Gemmell instead, he will not disappoint you.


Sangre Nueva
Sangre Nueva
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Este album promete, September 17, 2005
This review is from: Sangre Nueva (Audio CD)
"Sangre nueva: la nueva generación del reggaetón" es el más reciente compilado musical en el que Héctor "El Father" se acompaña de los grandes nombres del género para presentar a los nuevos exponentes.

La nueva generación del reggaetón cuenta con la participación de reconocidos artistas como Daddy Yankee, Don Omar y Tego Calderón que apadrinan a noveles raperos en el disco.

"Sácala" es el primer sencillo que ya suena en la radio, y en el que Héctor comparte con Don Omar y el dueto Wisin & Yandel. publicidad

A una semana de su lanzamiento, "Sangre nueva" ocupa la segunda posición de la lista de discos recopilatorios de Billboard.

El álbum, producido por "El Father" y su corista Naldo, contiene dos discos con 29 contagiosos temas como "Déjale caer to' el peso" en la que "El Father" presenta a Yomo, mientras que Naldo permite a al dúo Wibal & Alex mostrar sus dotes vocales en el tema "Gata psycho".

Mientras que Daddy Yankee hace lo propio con Tommy Viera y juntos interpretan "A romper la disco"; en tanto que Tego Calderón, mejor conocido como "el Abayarde" escogió el talento de Abrante & Caiko para grabar el tema "Nueva sangre".

Los mas reconocidos, y los que empiezan tambien, talentos del raggaeton se juntan para formar el album que puede ser el mejor de reggaeton del año, un album que promete y que no se lo pueden perder, aqui esta para todos ustedes, la mas reciente produccion de Hector el Bambino y Naldo, Sangre Nueva.


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