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Burn Notice: Season 7
Burn Notice: Season 7
DVD ~ Jeffrey Donovan
Price: $19.68
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4.0 out of 5 stars My name is Michael Westen; I used to be a spy, September 27, 2014
This review is from: Burn Notice: Season 7 (DVD)
This is the end of the story, after six seasons Michael finds closer.
Season seven concentrates on the series story and brings all the story lines to an end.
The 13 episodes start several months after the end of season six with Michael missing from Miami.
Step by step, Michael moves from deep cover to uncovering a covert network that he finds very attractive.
Once again, the writing is excellent, the acting believable and the action hot.
If you have seen the first six, don’t you want to know how the story ends?


Fire and Movement: The British Expeditionary Force and the Campaign of 1914
Fire and Movement: The British Expeditionary Force and the Campaign of 1914
by Peter Hart
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hart is excellent, September 27, 2014
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Peter Hart is one of our best non-fiction authors combining knowledge and writing skills to produce an informative readable history.
This book looks at the British Expeditionary Force in 1914 as World War I changes from movement to siege war.
This is a very balanced truthful account without the finger pointing that many WWI books do.
War tends to expose all the mistakes an army makes in training and planning.
1914 exposed more mistakes than most wars in a brutal unforgiving environment.
No army understood the impact of magazine rifles, machine guns and artillery on the battlefield.
This is captured in a mix of straight history and personal accounts that put the reader in the war.

This review is from an “uncorrected advanced reading copy” which creates several problems.
First: there are no maps in this book. Maps in a book on military history are essential forming an essential part of any review.
The book list 12 maps that look to be at the division or army level. They say their will be an ‘8-page map insert” on the back cover making me think the maps and illustrations will be an insert in the center of the book.
Second: the endnotes are will done providing sources, some in French, for what is written.
Lastly, no index is listed. This book seems to require one but …..

An excellent read but you should check the published book prior to buying.
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Rowenta DW5197 Focus Steam Iron with Stainless Steel Soleplate, 1725 Watt, Purple
Rowenta DW5197 Focus Steam Iron with Stainless Steel Soleplate, 1725 Watt, Purple
Price: $99.33

5.0 out of 5 stars Super Quality Iron, September 27, 2014
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My wife is one of the people that iron clothes.
Over the years, we have had a number of quality irons and ironing boards.
This is the best iron my wife has ever had and she cannot say enough nice things about it.
Price wise, this is what I expect to pay for a quality iron but seem to be getting a super-quality iron for that price.


SanDisk Ultra II 240GB SATA III 2.5-Inch 7mm Height Solid State Drive (SSD) With Read Up To 550MB/s- SDSSDHII-240G-G25
SanDisk Ultra II 240GB SATA III 2.5-Inch 7mm Height Solid State Drive (SSD) With Read Up To 550MB/s- SDSSDHII-240G-G25
Price: $109.99
13 used & new from $108.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A real upgrade to your computer, September 27, 2014
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This is an excellent addition to an existing HD and could be used as the only drive in some systems.
This hardware requires you to open the box and physically install the SSD.
You may need a cable, not supplied, and might need to download software for the insulation.
If you are not sure about this, I suggest you get someone to install this for you saving you from a lot of anger and frustration
Properly installed, you will have a very fast disk that will improve your computers performance.


SpruKits Halo The Master Chief Action Figure Model Kit, Level 2
SpruKits Halo The Master Chief Action Figure Model Kit, Level 2
Price: $19.86
4 used & new from $19.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice kit, September 27, 2014
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HALO Master Chief has entered into contemporary mythology as a renowned warrior.
This kit builds a nice model of him without glue and/or paint.
The 109 pieces make the kit large enough to take time to build but not so large that it becomes a job.
Instructions are visual and I had some “what are they talking about” moments.
The pieces snap together with few problems.
Once together, they can be difficult to take apart so be careful assembling this.
The result is an impressive figure that can be displayed in several positions.
Under ten years-old will need some help and this is a great build it together kit.


Boom, Bust, Exodus: The Rust Belt, the Maquilas, and a Tale of Two Cities
Boom, Bust, Exodus: The Rust Belt, the Maquilas, and a Tale of Two Cities
by Chad Broughton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Winners & Losers, September 20, 2014
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The ability to communicate and transport finished goods is always a major consideration for a business.
These needs were the foundation on which cities are built.
The plant, the factory, the mine needs workers.
Workers need housing, stores and entertainment.
The main limit to the size of a city is the number of workers needed.
Improvements in communications and transportation and “Free Trade” expand where a business can be located.
To compete a business needs to control and cut expenses, people are a major expense.
Just as companies relocated from the large cities in the Northeast to the South in the 1950s, companies are moving their manufacturing to less expensive countries.

This book takes a close look at what happens to the cities that lose and gain one factory.
The reader follows the process of layoffs, removing equipment and closing in Galesburg as their factory closes as a new factory opens in Reynosa.
For both parties a way of life is ending, as Galesburg no longer has good-paying jobs to support their way of life.
In Reynosa, people have money, allowing them to make fundamental changes I their life-style.
This book questions the value of those changes by taking a “half empty” approach to this.
There are winners and losers here.
Galesburg is clearly a loser as is Illinois and America.
Reynosa and Mexico are monetary winners even as the author questions their quality of life.
Largely forgotten are the stockholders who are the ultimate winners.
The people and pension funds that have invested in the company will continue to benefit from the increased revenue created by this relocation.
High wages, better benefits, corporate tax rates, regulations, free trade treaties and business’ need to make a profit drive these relocations.
This book looks at what happens to the people who gain or lose the jobs.


Stand to It and Give Them Hell: Gettysburg as the Soldiers Experienced it from Cemetery Ridge to Little Round Top, July 2, 1863
Stand to It and Give Them Hell: Gettysburg as the Soldiers Experienced it from Cemetery Ridge to Little Round Top, July 2, 1863
by John M. Priest
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $22.76
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "as the Soldiers experienced it", September 14, 2014
First a confession, I am a big fan of John Michael Priest’s work.
We have many excellent writers and historians with extensive knowledge of the war that are an enjoyable read.
Some concentrate their efforts on a selected subject and others take a broader focus.
None manages to capture the reality of combat as Priest can.
He possesses the unmatched ability to personalize a battle, making it both understandable and very human.
This remarkable talent results in a unique look at July 2, 1863.
Yes, this is another Gettysburg book.
Yes, this is another second day at Gettysburg book.
No this is not a rehash of all the other books in your library on this subject.
The subtitle says, “as the Soldiers experienced it” and that is what this book delivers.

The movement of divisions, brigades and regiments is here.
The Army of Virginia’s attack and the Army of the Potomac’s responses are fully covered.
Good writing, carful editing and excellent maps keep the reader from getting lost in personal stories.
We always understand where we are on the field, who we are with and why this action is important.
Excellent maps, a Savas Beatie trademark, all on the same scale reinforce our location and the action.

This is not a story of armies, divisions, brigades and regiments.
This story is about the men that make up those armies, divisions, brigades and regiments.
The glory will come later, now is only blood, pain, fear and death.
Mini balls fill the air; solid shot bounces along the ground or tears men apart.
Rebel yells, Union cheers, cries of the wounded and horses screams, the rattle of musketry and boom of canons drown out shouted commands.
This is a unique look at the fighting in a very readable and enjoyable book.

This is a serious history too.
Footnotes, on the page not hidden at the end of the book, provide sources and/or additional information.
Pictures of the men put faces to names.
The excellent maps are a uniform scale, giving the reader a much better idea of the landscape.
TO&E, index, bibliography printed on quality paper and nicely bound make this book a pleasure to hold.


K'nex Titanfall - Ogre Titan Building Set
K'nex Titanfall - Ogre Titan Building Set
Price: $29.99
15 used & new from $23.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Problems, September 13, 2014
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This is a great concept.
The instructions are in color and easy to follow.
If it lived up to the illustrations on the box, it would be a great kit.

However, K’nex has problems supporting the exterior model.
There are problems keeping pieces together as you build too.
Stability of the completed figure, ability to move it much less play with it is questionable.
Lastly, I do not see value for the price.

I build or have built Bionicle, Halo, Chima and other kits over the years.
This is not one of the better ones.


Mead Academie Graphite Sketching Pencils, 12 per Tin (98020)
Mead Academie Graphite Sketching Pencils, 12 per Tin (98020)
Price: $14.80
2 used & new from $13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value, September 13, 2014
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This is an excellent set of sketching pencils with a good selection from soft to hard.
They hold a point and sharpen easily.
While a standard design, they fit comfortably in the hand with a good feel.
The metal case is a feature too.
The case will retain its’ shape, protect the pencils and not mark.
Something a cheaper plastic case cannot say.
This is an excellent set for both a beginner or an experienced person.


Burn Notice: Season 6
Burn Notice: Season 6
DVD ~ Jeffrey Donovan
Price: $13.99
26 used & new from $9.15

4.0 out of 5 stars A change in direction, September 13, 2014
This review is from: Burn Notice: Season 6 (DVD)
Season 6 is different from the preceding five seasons, different is not good or bad it is different.
This is a darker season death, loss and conflict take center stage as Michael starts to crack under the strain.
His tracking of the people behind the Burn Notice is causing them to launch a major push back.
The season starts where five left off with Fi in prison, marked for death by the people who put her there.
Getting her out moves the team from the frying pan into the fire.
This is a dramatic season with multiple conflicts straining the team’s cohesion and pitting Michael against his Mother.
Sharon Gless is nominated for an Emmy for her performance in this season.
For a show that is known for ending seasons with a cliff hanger, this might be the best cliff hanger ending yet.
Hang in there, this isn’t the time to stop watching.


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