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Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel (Kay Scarpetta Series)
Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel (Kay Scarpetta Series)
by Patricia Cornwell
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great story, and following it was a pleasure, December 3, 2014
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Cornwell has produced a long line of thrillers, and this novel is no exception. Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta is ready to go for a vacation in Miami, when she sees seven, shiny, copper pennies from 1981 on a wall near her home. As she puzzles over them, she receives word that a young music teacher living near her was just killed by a sniper, seemingly from overhead. As she puzzles over this, she learns that others in New Jersey have been murdered in a similar, unknown manner. These happenings lead Scarpetta on a twisting, turning investigation that that immerses you ever-deeper in the search for the serial killer, who is unknown and leaves no clues. You get the feeling that Scarpetta is getting ever-closer, but is in ever-looming danger. Finally, the case leads her to Florida, and the danger becomes all too real. This is a great story, and following it was a pleasure. I recommend it.


The Iron Road: An Illustrated History of the Railroad
The Iron Road: An Illustrated History of the Railroad
by Christian Wolmar
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars The History of Railroads, June 9, 2014
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This is a fascinating history of the world's railroads, from the first train in England in 1830, to today's high-speed trains in Europe and Asia. Those earliest railroad engines looked like giant tea kettles on wheels, but they steadily developed into powerful monsters that could cheaply pull long trains of freight or carry passengers speedily and in comfort. The author gives us amazing pictures of railroads built through mountains and deserts around the world. In the United States, this activity resulted in the completion of a railroad from coast to coast in 1869. But in the past several decades, Americans turned to airplanes. This has resulted in long lines, incredibly crowded and disease-filled cabins, and overall uncomfortable flights. Meanwhile, countries in Europe and Asia are developing ever-faster, ever-safer, and ever-more comfortable trains. Air travel is great for trans-ocean and similar long trips, but it can't compare with the comfort of high-speed rail for short and medium trips. There is hope that the United States will catch up with the rest of the world in development of this modern means of transportation.
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South Beach Diet Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Raspberry, 5 Count
South Beach Diet Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Raspberry, 5 Count

5.0 out of 5 stars A Delicious Snack., June 4, 2014
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These bars are flavored with a wonderful combination of dark chocolate and raspberry. The flavors mesh well in a bar that is 36% fiber and 11% protein. Thus, it has the healthful properties of dark chocolate, fiber, and protein, and it has a great taste.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Terror in a Hazardous World, April 22, 2014
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This motion picture is a technological triumph. I felt that I was actually watching people in space, All of the careful procedures that the trained astronauts followed did not diminish the constant feeling that something was about to go wrong, and go wrong badly. When disaster struck, I couldn't take my eyes off the screen, especially since the happenings were unexpected (as they should be). The actors were superb, but the major player was the weightlessness and other dangers of trying to stay alive in space.


The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942
The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942
by Nigel Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roosevelt's Triumphant Conduct in World War Two, April 3, 2014
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This is a splendid book. The author has made an exhaustive study of documents relating to the Oval Office during 1941 and 1942. Although the United States had been aiding the Allies (especially Britain) during 1940 and 1941, America had no thought of danger to its territory. The Pearl Harbor attack and subsequent losses, showed that the American Military was woefully unprepared for war. Recognizing that the assembly of a world-class fighting force would take time, Roosevelt worked to put this force together. In doing this, he had to overcome constant debate with his Generals and Admirals, with his cabinet members, and with Winston Churchill's attempts to direct the pathway of America's war effort. The bickering is amazing. Still, Roosevelt stuck to his brilliant plan to hold off the Japanese forces and conduct limited war against Hitler. During 1942 and 1943, millions of American draftees were trained for combat, and American Industry created a miracle of production of hundreds of warships, thousands of aircraft, and tens of thousands of tanks and guns, until Roosevelt ordered all-out attacks that defeated the Nazis and the Japanese. The mountain of documents examined shows Roosevelt's ability to choose the right path to victory. I found this book fascinating, and I suspect it may be equally-enjoyable to readers interested in American history.
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Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed
Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed
by John F. Ross
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enduring Courage and Enduring Excitement, February 27, 2014
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Hold on to your hats. John Ross takes you on a breathtaking trip through the life of Eddie Rickenbaker, an American hero. To say that Rickenbaker had an exciting life is an understatement. I found it difficult to put the book down. Rickenbaker was born in 1890 and grew to manhood during the time that automobile production began and men of courage followed the Wright Brothers into the air. Rickenbaker first found thrills in racing the early autos. However, with the entrance of the United States into World War One, he became part of its combat air operation. The planes, sold to America by the French, were little more than fragile, motorized kites. In these, American flyers fought the far-superior aircraft of the German Army. American losses were high, but Rickenbaker and his fellow flyers continued to take the fight to the enemy. His daredevil courage and skill were soon recognized, and he became a squadron leader, and soon became an ace, responsible for destroying a series of German planes in a string of thrilling battles. After the allied victory, he sought further challenges, and was part of the formation of Eastern Air Lines. Air travel grew, especially after the advent of the DC-3 passenger plane. But fate was not finished with him. He was too old for air combat in World War Two, but he flew to American air bases, especially overseas, on assignments from General Hap Arnold, Air Force commander. On one fateful flight, he carried a message from President Roosevelt to General Douglas MacArthur in the Pacific. The B-17C in which he rode failed over the far Pacific and crashed in the ocean. This began an amazing period of courage, as Rickenbaker and the flight crew fought to survive for weeks without food or drinkable water. This episode is a fitting climax to the thrilling life of this courageous man. John Ross makes you feel you are right there during the happenings.


Dark Invasion: 1915: Germany's Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America
Dark Invasion: 1915: Germany's Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America
by Howard Blum
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imperial Germany's Secret War Against the United States, December 19, 2013
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This is a splendid book. In it, we have a thriller filled with secret agents from Germany doing all manner of destruction against unsuspecting targets in the United States. The amazing thing is that the German agents and American Police and Federal Agents were real people, and the thrilling events actually happened. The time was 1915-1917. Germany was at war with England and France. However, the allies were able to buy a steady supply of war material from the United States. The German Government decided to shut off the supply. They sneaked a huge number of secret agents into America, who blew up factories, warehouses, and ships, especially in New York. We meet New York Police Captain Tom Tunney, who set out to capture the German agents, and we see the cat-and-mouse game in which Tunney and his men drove the German Government to such desperate tactics that they caused the United States to declare war against Germany. As we know, the Allies defeated Germany. But first, our police agencies defeated the German agents, and this true tale is enjoyable reading.


Limit
Limit
by Frank Schštzing
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5.0 out of 5 stars From the Earth to the Moon by Elevator, November 19, 2013
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I first heard of a space elevator to the moon while I was working at the Space Center at Cape Canaveral. The engineers discussing it seemed to think that it was possible. Thus, although I seldom read science fiction, I thought this book might be interesting. And it has been. The author has constructed a thriller involving entrepreneur Julian Orley, who in 2024, has constructed a space elevator cable to the moon and then built a hotel for the very rich on the lunar surface. Naturally, an accomplishment like this is going to attract all manner of odd people doing bad things, and that (plus the setting) provides plenty of action and suspense. Now, a word of warning. The author does a very thorough job on details, so the tale is long. The print copy is 1229 pages, so if you are going to read it, relax and take your time. I also advise getting the E-book version. The print edition is so heavy that I could only read it at my desk. Still, I found the story to be enjoyable.


Brave Genius: A Scientist, a Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize
Brave Genius: A Scientist, a Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize
by Sean B. Carroll
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Story of Courage and Discovery, August 5, 2013
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Brave Genius concerns the lives of two Frenchmen, Jacques Monod and Albert Camus. In the late 1930's, Monod was a student of biology and Camus was an unknown, but gifted, writer. Then, in 1939, World War Two began, and in 1940, German troops defeated the French Army and occupied France. This began a period of terror. Jews were special targets. They were forced to wear yellow stars, and soon thousands of Jews and other Frenchmen were sent to die in the gas chambers at Auschwitz and similar camps. Along with many Frenchmen, Monod and Camus joined the Resistance to fight the Germans. The author describes the many hazardous actions in which they participated. These included helping Allied flyers escape from France after they were shot down, and wholesale sabotage of German transport in preparation for the Allied invasion of Normandy. This portion of the book reads like a fictional thriller, but is even more thrilling because it is factual. After the war, we follow Camus as he produces the beautiful writing that won him a Nobel Prize in Literature. We follow Monod into discoveries about the control of gene expression which, along with the work of Watson and Crick, resulted in the establishment of the new field of molecular biology, and to a Nobel Prize for Jacques Monod, which he shared wirh his colleagues, Francois Jacob and Andre Lwoff. The author has done an outstanding job of portraying the courage and the intellect of these men.


Wine Grapes: A Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties, Including Their Origins and Flavours
Wine Grapes: A Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties, Including Their Origins and Flavours
by Jancis Robinson
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Volume on Wine Grapes, April 22, 2013
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I purchased this book as a birthday present for a friend, who is a wine expert. Hie loves the books and finds it most useful.


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