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Octopussy and The Living Daylights (James Bond Book 14)
Octopussy and The Living Daylights (James Bond Book 14)
Price: $7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Really good James Bond stories, January 28, 2015
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These short stories are more true-to-life than some of the full-length novels, and they are all really excellent. These stories mostly take us back to the Old Cold War and the struggle between the NATO countries (here, mainly Britain's MI6 with Bond, its premier agent) and the USSR. But there are some exceptions. Another thing I like about these stories is that they really give insight in to James Bond's character and personality as envisioned by Fleming. These are among my very favorite spy stories. Highly recommended. RJB.


A Hole in Space
A Hole in Space
Price: $5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Some of Niven's good older stories, January 28, 2015
This review is from: A Hole in Space (Kindle Edition)
Back in the 1970s Larry Niven was one of the top "hard" science fiction writers and he was certainly one of my big favs. Most of these stories derive from that time period and they are really good stories, interesting and fun to read. Later on, Niven's writing deteriorated and you will also see that almost everything he did was a collaboration. His quality became hit-or-miss after that time; perhaps mostly misses.

But these are all pretty good stories. None of Niven's prognostications show any prospect of actually coming true, but they are still fun to read. RJB.


AYL StarLight - 300 Lumens Ultra Bright LED Lantern - The Perfect LED Lantern for Camping, Hiking or Any Type of Emergency - Battery Powered Ultra Long Lasting
AYL StarLight - 300 Lumens Ultra Bright LED Lantern - The Perfect LED Lantern for Camping, Hiking or Any Type of Emergency - Battery Powered Ultra Long Lasting
Offered by Accessorise Your Life
Price: $45.99
2 used & new from $35.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A really excellent lantern for all uses!, January 28, 2015
This is an outstanding little lantern. Firstly, it is relatively small; small enough to put in a large backpack or something like that. For hiking or camping it is perfect because of its small size, bright light (300 lumens is a lot!), and efficiency. The LED bulb combined with the 3 "D" size batteries that power this lantern pretty much assure that you will have light for the duration of most trips. Further, this lantern is weatherproof, so if you get caught in the rain or whatnot you are not going to damage this lantern. Further, it has rubberized bumpers all over it adding extra protection. I like having this little lantern on my boat for night-time illumination. This lantern is very snappy looking too, and looks right at home on boat, campstool, or just in the backyard for that matter. The lantern has a fold out handle on the top and a hook on the bottom so you will always find a way to hang it from your tent, boat canopy, or whatever.

This lantern has 3 modes, low, high, and flashing. Flashing can be useful when someone is trying to find your boat among many in the harbor or cove.

This is a great lantern for camping, or even just in your stash for power outages or other emergencies. Highly recommended. RJB.


Apocalypse: World War II Season 1
Apocalypse: World War II Season 1
Price: $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A better than average WW2 documentary, January 27, 2015
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This is a relatively fast-moving World War Two documentary. It is mostly pretty accurate, and features a very good narration and some excellent war footage. Mostly this series avoids controversy and tells the story without grinding any particular political ax. The thing I liked about this series is that it actually provided some interesting insights and facts that I had not heard of before, and I have read countless books on the Second World War. This one is entertaining and informative. RJB.


Mars Life (The Grand Tour Book 18)
Mars Life (The Grand Tour Book 18)
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $7.99

2.0 out of 5 stars A dull, dreary plod, January 27, 2015
This is a lifeless and dull book. It is also fantastically implausible. Yeah right, the Navajos are going to claim Mars--that's going to happen. Oh, and we don't like those nasty New Morality Christians (who don't exist, except in this series of mediocre novels). I finished this one because my policy is only to review novels that I was able to finish, but it was a cheerless task; a tiresome chore. Bova seems to want to gag his readers with his half-baked Leftist imaginary politics while telling a silly story with dull characters and a plodding storyline. I kind of liked "Mars" despite its dated and pro-Soviet politics. The next one in the series was dreary and dull, and this one is worse. Bova's writing is getting worse not better (his first novel, "The Star Conquerors" is still his best) and I have come to avoid this author. RJB.


Basic Economics
Basic Economics
Price: $22.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Crisp clear thinking by Professor Sowell, January 25, 2015
This review is from: Basic Economics (Kindle Edition)
This book is a treasure. This is crisp, clear, and concise economics. Every citizen would do well to read this book. Professor Sowell is the master of straight thinking and clear explanations of economic concepts. We Americans live in a capitalist society but most Americans never even take a class in basic economics. This book can serve as a wonderful framework for understanding why capitalism and freedom go hand-in-hand. Highly recommended. RJB.


Noble House Season 1 [HD]
Noble House Season 1 [HD]
Price: $8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue, ancient feuds, and much more!, January 25, 2015
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Intrigue, ancient feuds, and much more! The leading trading combine in Hong Kong (traditionally known as "The Noble House") needs American capital to survive. Its traditional enemy with which it has a blood feud, is plotting to prevent this and instead to bring the Noble House down. This is a story of ancient feuds, intrigue, romance, and much more. Set in the backdrop of pre 1997 Hong Kong, with Red Chinese re-acquisition of Hong Kong in sight, powerful economic entities fight for control of Hong Kong. This is an excellent story, which continues the "Tai Pan" saga. I thoroughly enjoyed this miniseries and have watched and enjoyed it numerous times. RJB.


Ocean Kayak Malibu Two XL Tandem Kayak Yellow, One Size
Ocean Kayak Malibu Two XL Tandem Kayak Yellow, One Size
Offered by Appomattox River Co.
Price: $879.00
2 used & new from $879.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun, January 25, 2015
This Kayak gives you a stable, comfortable ride and is a lot of fun. It has self-bailing gunnels, which you can plug up for when the seas (or lake/stream/river) are calm for a somewhat drier ride. In our harbor community I find no need for this, but that is for each user to decide. With a lumbar-support seat or two, and good paddles, this kayak is great fun. Recommended. RJB.


MPOW Armor Bluetooth Portable Indoor Outdoor Sport Water-Resitant Shockproof Speaker with Emergency Power Surpply
MPOW Armor Bluetooth Portable Indoor Outdoor Sport Water-Resitant Shockproof Speaker with Emergency Power Surpply
Price: $34.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very nice, January 24, 2015
This is a really nice waterproof/water-resistant bluetooth speaker. It passed my first test with flying colors: I was able to figure out how to charge it up and pair it to my iPhone without recourse to any instructions -- that is a must. The sound is very good for a speaker of this class. Sure, my expensive Bose unit has better bass, but of course we're talking serious money. This little unit produces decent bass and crisp highs and midrange sounds and does very well for what it is. This one is great for boating (can't wait to use it in my kayak!), the backyard, the shower, or lots of other applications. The unit is built very sturdily and looks really sharp what with the black-and-orange. The best way to characterize the construction of this unit is the word "rugged." This one is perfect for outdoor use. Very cool. RJB.


[Waterproof Speaker] Mpow® Armor Portable Bluetooth Speaker,5W Strong Drive/Passive Radiator for Rich Immersive Sound,Waterproof Shockproof and Dustproof Outdoor/Shower/MP3/PC Speakers with Emergency Power Surpply
[Waterproof Speaker] Mpow® Armor Portable Bluetooth Speaker,5W Strong Drive/Passive Radiator for Rich Immersive Sound,Waterproof Shockproof and Dustproof Outdoor/Shower/MP3/PC Speakers with Emergency Power Surpply
Offered by Patozon

5.0 out of 5 stars Really, really nice, January 24, 2015
This is a really nice waterproof/water-resistant bluetooth speaker. It passed my first test with flying colors: I was able to figure out how to charge it up and pair it to my iPhone without recourse to any instructions -- that is a must. The sound is very good for a speaker of this class. Sure, my expensive Bose unit has better bass, but of course we're talking serious money. This little unit produces decent bass and crisp highs and midrange sounds and does very well for what it is. This one is great for boating (can't wait to use it in my kayak!), the backyard, the shower, or lots of other applications. The unit is built very sturdily and looks really sharp what with the black-and-orange. Very cool. RJB.


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