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Confirmed Kill
Confirmed Kill
by Michael Z. Williamson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good military fiction, June 21, 2015
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I like Michael A. Williamson's writing style. He clearly knows guns and the people who use them.


Metropolitan Tragedy: Genre, Justice, and the City in Early Modern England
Metropolitan Tragedy: Genre, Justice, and the City in Early Modern England
by Marissa Greenberg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $49.06
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Different View, June 9, 2015
The mid 1600’s were not a particularly good time to be in England. There were the civil wars, and various other wars between Catholics and Protestants (among others). A lot of the royal family, kings and wives were executed. The great fire of London took place. Dr. Greenberg has analyzed this time not from a historical point of view, but from an analysis of plays, other writings and paintings from and about the time. She analyzes works of Shakespeare, Milton, Massinger and many other writers to illustrate how the literature changed to match changes at the base level of society. There were arguments about the divine power of kings culminating in the execution of Charles I. Cromwell was attempting to change the very structure of English government.

Dr. Greenberg includes eleven illustrations from paintings of the period. Unfortunately including the paintings in black and white in a regular 6"x9" book means that they are reduced in size to make them difficult to see the critical points she is discussing. To better see what she is discussing I went to the web to find better images.

All in all, this book presents an original view of life at the time.


The Coming of the Comet: The Rise and Fall of the Paddle Steamer
The Coming of the Comet: The Rise and Fall of the Paddle Steamer
by Nick Robins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $45.05
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising stories and photographs, June 8, 2015
The first steam powered boats were propelled by paddle wheels, the only practical way of transmitting power from the engine to the water. Robert Fulton is generally credited with the invention of the steam boat. But after his demonstration of an operating steam boat in 1807, other inventors began to produce improved versions. Better boilers, engines, and design led to steamers operating on nearly any river large enough to handle them. This included the Hudson, where Fulton demonstrated his boat, but also the Ohio and Mississippi, the Clyde and the Thames, the Rhine and the Irrawaddy in Burma, the Nile and the Yellow River in China.

The author has managed to collect an amazing assortment of pictures, some of which are quite surprising. The must unusual to me was of the USS Wolverine, originally a paddle wheel steamer carrying passengers in luxury in an overnight passage from Cleveland to Buffalo. In 1942 the ship was converted to an aircraft carrier and sailed on Lake Michigan as a training carrier named the USS Wolverine.

There are several remaining paddle wheelers still in operation as ferries, excursions boats, gambling boats on the Mississippi and more.


Coastal Passenger Liners of the British Isles
Coastal Passenger Liners of the British Isles
by N. S. Robins
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stories from a different time, June 8, 2015
For about 150 years there was steamship passenger travel around England, Scotland and Ireland. In the early 1800’s service began using paddle wheel steamers. Down through the years improvements were made with screw propellers, the shift from wood to iron and then steel construction. Interrupted by a couple of World Wars, which saw a number of the ships sunk, the service was inexpensive, frequent and enjoyable. But by the 1970’s cars, trains, and air service made the operation of these small liners too expensive.

This book is an exhaustive study of the ships, their operation and the companies providing the service. It is well illustrated by photographs of the ships, many from post cards printed by the steamship companies as part of their advertising. The descriptions contain newspaper reports from the time the ships were in use, especially about what happened when one of them ran aground, sunk, or otherwise becoming newsworthy. It is clear that the author writes nostalgically about the times when small steam liners took you from London to other coastal cities.


CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Cert Guide, Deluxe Edition
CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Cert Guide, Deluxe Edition
by Keith Barker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $58.88
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5.0 out of 5 stars As complete a preperation as you will find, June 8, 2015
When they were first developed, personal computers were just that, a tool to help a person’s personal productivity: word processing and spreadsheets were the tools that changed a person’life. Then came the idea of tying a bunch of PC’s together so that when you needed something that was on another computer you’d go copy it out to a floppy disk and move it over to yours. Then came the idea of connecting the computers together. And the result was the development of networks.

Networks have become the standard by which the PC’s in a company do a lot of the companies business. And with that has come the requirement that somebody with more knowledge put the networks together and keep them up when they inevitably fail. And with that came the idea of certification by passing a test to offer proof that someone has at least some idea about computer networking.

One certification that has come out is the CompTIA Network+. The advantage of the CompTIA test is that it is not vendor specific. It covers the whole aspect of networking not just Cisco routers and switches, not just Windows software. Matching the examination, this book covers all of the subjects that are on the test first from the basis of the theory and practice of how something works, then by a series of review questions and a summary of the exam. Finally there is a disk containing the CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Hands-on-Lab Simulator that provides additional review and testing.


Witches Protection Program
Witches Protection Program
by Michael Phillip Cash
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected humor in a Witch book, June 6, 2015
This is the author’s ninth book which fitting in with his previous books is set in the New York area and involves the paranormal. He has improved in his story telling, with this being a novel that I really liked.

The story is about Wes Rockville, a disgraced law enforcement agent that is all of a sudden, with a ’You disappointed me, your family, and the entire force’ Wes is assigned to work for the Witches Protection Program, responsible for supporting/protecting the good witches that live among us from their evil witch sisters. That’s sort of the premise of the Men In Black movies and the Broadway play Wicked.

A couple of little problems hit Wes!

First, he doesn’t believe in witches. We all know that witches simply don’t exist.

Second he is sent up against a master of black ’witchery’ -- if that’s really a word. As Wes struggles along with these problems, the humor is of the laugh out loud variety.

I read this book on a plane. Then when I finished it I went back to the first page and read it again. That’s something I’ve done on only a very few occasions. I hope that this is just the first of a series of Wes Rockville novels.


Web Animation using JavaScript: Develop & Design (Develop and Design)
Web Animation using JavaScript: Develop & Design (Develop and Design)
by J. Shapiro
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The author is the author of the program, June 5, 2015
In the beginning, when the world was younger, and my hair was still black, the only way you could get movement on a web page was to use the BLINK command. For a while everyone used BLINK to add emphasis to important parts of the page, such as CLICK HERE. This didn't last too long because the visitors soon came to hate it. Then FLASH came about, and you got web sites where everything looked like Saturday morning cartoons. As time has passed, more useful, more attractive and easier to use software packages have come about to both ease the animation task and to enable sites that use animation to do so in a way that makes the site more useful to the visitor and generally better looking.

This book is about using the software that the author developed called Velocity. Since he wrote Velocity the author, Julian Shapiro, clear knows what he is talking about. It also turns out that he has the ability to explain what the software does and how to use it in a way that is fast and easy to read. This is a small book, about 150 pages (rather than the thousand page tomes we often find in the computer industry). It gives you the basics and gets you started. You'll get the ground rules, get started, and then you can go on to better things.


German Railway Gun 28 cm K5(E) Leopold
German Railway Gun 28 cm K5(E) Leopold
by Jan Wijnstok
Edition: Paperback
Price: $42.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of information, June 5, 2015
If you visit the museum at Aberdeen Proving Ground one of the first things you see (across the road from the museum building) is the German Railway Gun Leopold. Leopold along with its brother railway gun Robert were used in the attack on the Anzio beach head, and were commonly called Anzio Annie.

Remembering that the German Army in World War II was largely horse drawn, cannon of this size could be mobile only if they were moved on railroads. So to fit the armies requirement for a big gun, Krupp built these gigantic guns using cannon of basically naval battleship design.

I’ve seen this gun several times, and found that this book did a great job of explaining what I was looking at using pictures taken for this book. It also contains numerous photographs from the guns dating from World War II.

It would be interesting to know just how many shots these guns actually fired during their service life. They were awfully big and hard to move around, so they realistically could only be used where the front lines were rather static. Perhaps the German generals were really preparing to fight World War I again. At any rate, there would be no point in building such guns now, as missiles have replaced them. The Army TACtical Missile System (ATACMS) has a range of 190 miles, about ten times the range of these guns. They are mounted on a tracked chassis and can go anywhere that a tank can go.


Mitsubishi A6M Zero
Mitsubishi A6M Zero
by Artur Juszczak
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $30.27
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of detail on the Zero, June 5, 2015
This review is from: Mitsubishi A6M Zero (Hardcover)
I’ve log been interested in the Mitsubishi Zero fighter. Numerous books have been written about the plane and said that this was the fighter plane used by Japan throughout the war. What I’ve wondered about was did the plane go through revisions to improve it as did American, British (24 different Marks of the Spitfire), and German planes. Was the 1945 plane identical to the 1941 plane?

This book, as is usual with the books from MMP provided the answer. Yes, the Zero went through several versions. The biggest changes were to incorporate more powerful engines, which required changers to the front of the fuselage. Likewise the armament changed somewhat in a few of the various models. This included going to a 30mm cannon, removing the 7.7mm machine guns, more ammunition storage area, etc.

Another question I had was why did only the wingtips fold on the Zero. Some versions had folding wingtips, some did not. American naval planes had folding wings so more could be stored in the same amount of area. On the Zero only the tips folded, and they were manually folded. This was to enable them to fit on the deck elevator of the Japanese carriers.

As is usual with the MMP books, there are a lot of photographs from World War II, and even more detailed photos taken for the book, usually in color from Zeros on display in various museums around the world. Some of these are in flying condition.


CCNA Data Center Official Cert Guide Library (Certification Guide)
CCNA Data Center Official Cert Guide Library (Certification Guide)
by Hesham Fayed
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $50.33
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5.0 out of 5 stars New books for the current data center test, May 22, 2015
This library consists of two books from Cisco press that cover the wide range of Cisco products commonly found in data centers. If you’ve gotten far enough into the certification process to be reading this, you probably already know the value of certifications. The two books included in this package cover the two logical areas in which the data center is broken down.

The Cisco DCICT test covers what might be called the central processing part of the data center including data storage, servers, etc.. It also covers the Cisco ACE Load Balancers which are discontinued but still found being used in a lot of data centers so are still part of the test.

The Cisco DCICN test is oriented to the communications aspect of the data center. This includes LANs, fiber optics, cabling, switches, etc.

The Cisco books use a format where at the beginning of each chapter they included a fairly short test so you can see if you already know the material to be covered which might tell you that you can skip this chapter. Or perhaps it will just point out that you should work more diligently on some chapters than others.

Cisco books have become a standard in regard to their products and are widely used across the industry. They cover the material and in a fairly simple yet useful way. The two books in this set are both copyright 2015.


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