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Bridge of Spies BD + DVD + Digital [Blu-ray]
Bridge of Spies BD + DVD + Digital [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Tom Hanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Cold War drama, February 7, 2016
This is a superb Cold War thriller based upon the events leading to the exchange by the United States of Soviet spy Col. Rudolph Abel for Francis Gary Powers, the U2 pilot shot down over Russia. Tom Hanks plays attorney James Donovan, who was instrumental in effectuating the exchange. This film brilliantly captures the Cold War atmosphere that existed in Berlin, Germany in the early 1960s when the Berlin Wall was first constructed. Tom Hanks, as always, is appealing and gives off an aura of integrity, which greatly adds to a film that has a taut storyline and engaging characters. This is a fine film that viewers will enjoy more than once. Highly recommended. RJB.


AC Power Adapter Charger For MSI Notebook G Series 957-16F21P-104
AC Power Adapter Charger For MSI Notebook G Series 957-16F21P-104
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good spare charger for the MSI G-series Notebook Computer, February 3, 2016
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I ordered this spare charger for my MSI Notebook computer and it works satisfactorily. I like having one charger for my computer bag and one for my desktop work station. This one works great. Not a whole lot else to say! RJB.


Bonesetter 2 -winter- (Bonesetter series)
Bonesetter 2 -winter- (Bonesetter series)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A genius of the Old Stone Age, February 3, 2016
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This is the second of the two-novel series "Bonesetter" and it is as good as the first novel. Young Pell is a genius set in the Old Stone Age. His talent is to be able to think things through and figure out ways to survive beyond the traditional skills of hunting with a spear, or gathering wild fruit, nuts, and vegetables. I found this story to be plausible and absorbing. Just as there are geniuses in today's world, there must have been such talents back at the dawn of history, and indeed there was so much to be invented! This novel is entirely engrossing and makes for an enjoyable and thoughtful read. Highly recommended. RJB.


Bonesetter (Bonesetter series Book 1)
Bonesetter (Bonesetter series Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A genius at the dawn of history, February 3, 2016
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This is the story of a young man living at the very beginning of the Old Stone Age. Survival of any individual, or even of an entire tribe of humans, is far from assured. Starvation is the number one enemy, although humans have yet to claim their role as the planet's dominant species and large predators are to be feared. Young Pell is cast out from his tribe at about the age of 16 for making a mistake during a group hunt. He is expected to die within days. But Pell discovers within himself the ability to think things through, and he is able to invent such survival tricks as preserving meat by smoking it, and snaring animals, which is more dependable and simpler than hunting them down. Partly through accident, Pell learns how to domesticate a young wolf -- the (possible) precursor to domestication of the dog. He learns, through necessity, how to set a broken bone, hence his honorific title "Bonesetter." More would be telling, but this is a provocative story of a genius back before the dawn of history. It is a wonderful story that I found to be completely absorbing. Highly recommended. RJB.


Falcone Strike (Angel in the Whirlwind Book 2)
Falcone Strike (Angel in the Whirlwind Book 2)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Space Opera, January 31, 2016
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This one is enjoyable space opera and is the very readable send installment in the "Angel in the Whirlwind" series. This series is another of Nuttall's "British Navy in Space" type of novels, where he hypothesizes a British-type of society on other worlds, and the Space Navy bears more than a passing resemblance to the Royal Navy at its prime.

The protagonist, Captain Falcone, is a genetically-engineered woman who is optimized for beauty and health. She is also from an aristocratic family, so it is not too much to say that she has a lot going for her. This all makes for one of Nuttall's typically very readable and enjoyable space operas, and I enjoyed this book as a good read. RJB.


Article 23 (Star Voyager Series)
Article 23 (Star Voyager Series)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good second novel in the series, January 31, 2016
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This is basically a "Caine Mutinty" type theme, although I do not want to go more into it for fear of introducing spoilers. This is the second novel in the "Star Voyager" series, and is a very enjoyable read. I agree with other reviewers that this novel is written at the "young adult" level, and in fact this novel is reminiscent of some of Robert Heinlein's so-called "juvenile" science fiction stories. This is not meant in a pejorative sense, as I happen to think that Heinlein's "juvenile" novels were some of his best work. In any case, this second novel in the Star Voyager series is an enjoyable and entertaining read. In fact, it left me wishing for more, and it appears that this second novel is all we are going to get of this series, which I think is a shame. There were many interesting but undeveloped themes for future novels here, including the development of faster-than-light travel, contact with aliens, and even political issues as between Earth and her colonies. Mr. Forstchen is a busy and prolific writer and it appears that this series has been left behind. A shame, because it has lots of potential. RJB.


Star Voyager Academy (Star Voyager Series Book 1)
Star Voyager Academy (Star Voyager Series Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable space opera, January 31, 2016
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This is very enjoyable space opera by William R. Forstchen. Essentially, this story is set about 150 years from now, when Earth is mostly unified, and there are colonies on Mars and other parts of the Solar System. Space travel is coming into its own, and there are known aliens outside of the Solar System. This story is about young people who are attending the Star Voyager Academy, which is a "West Point" for future astronaut officers. This theme has been done many times before, but rarely as well as in this novel, which is the first of apparently two novels available on Kindle.

I enjoyed this story. There is some interesting political and scientific speculation, but what really carries the novel is William R. Forstchen's excellent writing. Yes, at time this appears to be written at a "young adult" level but it is still readable and enjoyable for all that. RJB.


Dictator: A novel (Ancient Rome Trilogy)
Dictator: A novel (Ancient Rome Trilogy)
Offered by Random House LLC
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harris captures the essential Cicero, January 21, 2016
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This is the third installment in Robert Harris' Marcus Tullius Cicero trilogy. This series of novels is a fictional account of Cicero's life written by his famous aide and secretary, Tiro, who was Cicero's indispensable assistant throughout Cicero's storied career. Tiro actually did write such a biography, but it was lost to the ages during the tumult and turmoil that occurred when the Roman Empire fell. In this superb series Harris seeks to recreate this work based on historical sources, and this series adheres very closely to the historical record. Truly, the reader can only conclude that if we had Tiro's actual work it would be very similar to this fine, well-written, and engrossing series of novels.

In this third novel we follow Cicero's life as from just prior to Julius Caesar's seizure of power in Rome to first Caesar's, and then Cicero's death. Historians, and just plain old Rome buffs have always had a fascination for this period in history, in which the ancient Roman Republic at last falls to the one-man rule to which Roman politics had been almost obsessively opposed for centuries.

Different authors and historians have variously characterized Cicero's role during this time as ineffective, self-centered, vain, or (as in this novel) as an idealist seeking to preserve the Roman Republic. Harris' Cicero is an industrious and tough-minded man, harsh in judgment of stupidity, and dedicated to the preservation of the Republic. This novel seems to have the ring of truth, and one suspects that this perspective on Cicero is far more accurate than that which many other authors have presented. Certainly Cicero was far, far more than the childish weakling that Colleen McCullough presents in her "Masters of Rome" series. I think that Harris got much closer to the essential Cicero, and that is one of the fine achievements of this excellent novel.

Perhaps most importantly, this novel, in common with Harris' entire series, is highly readable and engrossing. It is excellent entertainment and a wonderful read. Highly recommended. RJB.


Decisively Engaged (Warp Marine Corps Book 1)
Decisively Engaged (Warp Marine Corps Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good military SF, January 17, 2016
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This is pretty good military science fiction. The best part is the author's vision of intelligent life in the universe. He postulates an essentially immoral Darwinian universe in which might makes right. After humanity is subjected to a holocaust by hostile Aliens, led by America mankind rallies and emerges into the wider Galaxy. There is some really interesting speculation here.

I deprived this one of five stars because the author could have done a better job weaving the overall theme of the novel into the battle at hand. Essentially, 90% of this story is about an American outpost on a primitive planet getting hammered and attacked by the local primitives, who are being equipped by another advanced race that is hostile to mankind. But in this novel we see very little of the Galactic politics that gives rise to this conflict, and almost the whole book consists of action scenes that frankly are often hard to follow.

This has the potential to be a really good military SF series if the author will watch out for too much technobabble and instead focus more on plot, characters, and storyline. RJB.


Benson & Brown Men's Winter Fashionable Soft 100% Pure Cashmere Classic Long Scarf
Benson & Brown Men's Winter Fashionable Soft 100% Pure Cashmere Classic Long Scarf
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classy and comfortable winter scarf, January 7, 2016
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My son bought me this scarf for Christmas, and I have worn it every day since then, as we are having a very cold winter here in Southern California. The scarf looks very classy and the fine Cashmere is very comfortable on the skin. In terms of looks it is classy enough that I wear it with my suit when I go to court and whatnot. It also looks great with casual clothes and I wear it under my motorcycle jacket as well. This one does it all! I'll be wearing it until the weather warms up! Highly recommended. RJB


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