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Zero Hour (The NUMA Files Book 11)
Zero Hour (The NUMA Files Book 11)
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $7.85

4.0 out of 5 stars A solid adventure, September 4, 2014
I am a long-time fan of Cussler and the NUMA files in particular so I know what to expect when I pick up a new title. Zero Hour stacks up well against its predecessors. This one has a good deal of action and an insane villian that keep the pace moving. I really enjoyed the authors using Tesla for some of the setup here. Kurt and Zavala are both in fine form with some hard-hitting and quick quipping. It did feel like the Trouts were underutilized but they have their own active part to play. The locations and situations in which the characters find themselves were fun an exotic. I especially liked the under-water lab, a classic of the super-villian lair. Unfortunately, the villian's initial target for the Zero Hour drops the stakes for me a bit, but it was still a good ride. An enjoyable read.


Hot Wheels Workshop Track Builder Starter Set
Hot Wheels Workshop Track Builder Starter Set
Price: $23.78
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun they keep coming back for, August 8, 2014
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My sons had plenty of Hotwheels cars already so I decided this would be a nice starter set for a track. It was simple and quick to put together and my sons were very excited about it. There is an airplane launcher that shoots the plane when the car drives under and my kids love that thing. They play with the plane as a separate toy itself. The blue flag switch that signals the winner of the side-by-side race is pretty neat too. The tower gets the cars going fast and the side-by-side racing is a highlight that my kids enjoy doing together. Everything works very well and is simple for my children (2.5 and 5 yrs old) to play with. My 5 yr old can easily put the pieces of the track together and they stay together. The junctions between the tracks is very smooth so it doesn't cause problems for the cars as they race along. Since we've had it for several months now it has seen some rough use and nothing has been broken. The tracks bend but don't break. The only pieces that are showing some wear and tear are the blue connector pieces used to join two tracks. If the tracks are bent backwards these show some signs of over-bending, but the bend has to be pretty extreme. Despite this they are still holding up well. The system for disconnecting the pieces is good too. A blue button is part of the connectors which pushes some tabs out from the two pieces being joined and they can be pulled apart. My 5 yr old is able to do this generally without any help, although occasionally one will get a bit stuck. The other drawback is how much space this set takes, but it encourages my kids to clean their room so they have the space to build it. Overall, my kids love it and keep coming back to it.

As part of the vine reviewer program I also received many of the other accessories in this track system such as the Deluxe Quick Loop Stunt set, Rocket Launcher Stunt pack, Crossroad Crash Stunt pack, the Digital Speedometer, the Daredevil Drop set, Triple Blast Alley set, along with several curves, car launchers, and accelerators. We've doled these out over time to our kids and they are always excited to get a new one. The rocket launcher and accelerator/stunt loop combo is a favorite. Everything works great, is easy to play with, and my kids can't get enough. I am very pleased with all of these products. Please feel free to send a message if you'd like to ask me about a particular item here.


The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask: (With Answers)
The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask: (With Answers)
Price: $9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, practical advice for talking with friends about tough issues, July 8, 2014
Any Christian looking to solidify their witness for Christ should read this book. The questions selected here (listed in the amazon description for reference) are very common inquiries of non-believers and questions that all Christians should stand ready to answer. Mittelberg does a great job in responding to each with understanding about why people ask such a question, compassion for their point of view, and solid reasoning. I very much appreciated his response to the question of suffering. He recognizes that many people when they ask this question aren't actually looking for a response at that time, but are looking for compassion and sensitivity. He then proceeds to give a strong answer, but encourages us to respond to our friends not at the moments they are hurting, but to be a comfort to them first. Mittelberg's treatment of the issue of abortion and homosexuality is very powerful here and well thought out for both. Particularly in his discussion of abortion, the author's illustrations are superb, illuminating the issue without going to extreme rhetoric that so easily dominates much of our national dialogue surrounding this discussion. I would strongly recommend this book for those chapters alone, but Mittelberg goes further, deftly addressing the existence of God, evolution, the reality of heaven and hell, and the problem of hypocrites. Each chapter is concluded with a summary of the answer the author has given, tips for talking with non-believers about the issue in a very practical way, and good questions for group settings. I believe this book would is perfect for a small group study. The material in this book will take the reader far from being afraid someone will question them to eager they have a chance to respond in service of Christ. Mittelberg has penned one of the most practical apologetics books I've ever read and I will keep its contents in mind for opportunities to address these issues. This should be on every Christians' bookshelf. Highly recommended.


Innocence: A Novel
Innocence: A Novel
by Dean Koontz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.49
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspired urban fairytale, May 3, 2014
This review is from: Innocence: A Novel (Hardcover)
Innocence is a unique book. Pulling together many genres and eternal themes, Koontz has penned a fresh, yet timeless, classic. Addison Goodheart is as his name proclaims. He lives underground in a world where he hopes no one will ever see him because if they do they will kill him. Sinners and saints alike become killing machines when they catch sight of him. Addison only dares to venture out at night under the deep concealment of his hoodie. When he meets a mysterious woman, chased by a murderous fiend in the city library nothing in his life will ever be the same. Gwyneth too is rejected by the world. She cannot bear being touched by anyone. This makes for a very interesting dynamic. He can't be seen and she can't be touched, yet Koontz infuses their relationship with a remarkable depth that transcends this world. While the world falls apart around them the two of them will find something worth saving. They will find innocence.

When I finished this book I could not get it out of my head. I've never read anything like this before. The characters have stuck with me as well as the various memorable scenes such as Addison's flashbacks with Father and his life with his mother, his underground home, the fateful meeting in the library. By the end of the book, when everything is revealed I realized how much sense everything made. There is a wonderful, beautiful story here amid a dark and decaying backdrop. Koontz prose sings along as Addison and Gwyneth race through a single momentous day. When I finished and set the book down it left a smile on my face and a bit of giddy excitement at what Koontz had accomplished. Innocence is a masterpiece. Highly recommended.


On the Reliability of the Old Testament
On the Reliability of the Old Testament
by K. A. Kitchen
Edition: Paperback
Price: $25.67
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great look at the evidence for the Old Testament, March 12, 2014
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I had recently read F.F. Bruce's The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? and was seeking a similar book on the Old Testament when I came across K.A. Kitchen's work. Kitchen was inspired by Bruce's work to write this and has produced a book that is a worthy companion to Bruce's treatment of the New Testament. Kitchen lays out the information in a very systematic way, beginning in the later years of the Old Testament for which we have the most historical and archaeological evidence, and progressing to the more distant past. Each chapter contains an onslaught of the most up-to-date details and information that helps put the Old Testament into it historical and cultural context and presents evidence upon evidence of the reliability of the Old Testament. Here we read of people's names, places, military campaigns, cultural practices that are in agreement with what Scripture testifies. There is much more evidence for the Old Testament's reliability than most realize and Kitchen's work will go a long way in rectifying our ignorance. I only found two drawbacks to the book. First, with the many places mentioned throughout it would be nice to have had some colored maps to refer to. Second, there is so much good information that the book is probably best used as a reference rather than read straight through. Otherwise, this book is superb and one every Christian should have on their shelf ready to be called into service. Kitchen has done a service for believers that will stand the test of time. Recommended.


The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holmes at his best, January 28, 2014
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A mystery lover would be hard pressed to find a better collection than this. From some of Holmes' greatest and most diverse mysteries to his climatic confrontation at Reichenbach falls, these 12 stories deliver delights for any fan. The reader is pulled along into the adventures as Sherlock tests his wits against all the thieves, murders, and ill-intentioned in London foolish enough to dare test the great detective. These stories are timeless classics for a reason.


Guitar Theory For Dummies: Book + Online Video & Audio Instruction
Guitar Theory For Dummies: Book + Online Video & Audio Instruction
by Desi Serna
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.92
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great way to get better, November 29, 2013
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I'm an intermediate guitar player and have found Guitar Theory for Dummies immensely helpful. The first thing I noticed was the book's size and binding. The pages are wide enough to allow the book the lay open on the table for most pages which is very helpful for trying to pick out the lessons. The print is also large enough that the tabs and notations are easily viewed. A beginner would be in over their head a bit to start with this book, but if you've been reading some tab and playing a few songs for a bit and want to start to really understand the fret board, chords and how to move them around this is a wonderful resource. The text is straightforward, each section contains references to many very popular songs from Hendrix, Clapton, Santana, Queen, Skynard, Dylan, and tons of others. The book takes the reader through many scales and how to understand and practice how they work and how to apply them. The appendix includes links to their website where you can listen or watch many of the points in the lessons demonstrated. I'll be using this book extensively as I continue to practice. A great resource.


Wilderness (Short Story) (Kindle Single)
Wilderness (Short Story) (Kindle Single)
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $0.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is there in truth no beauty?, November 8, 2013
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These short stories from Dean Koontz are becoming a regular thing. I think he's conditioning me to salivate in November until I can feast on his latest novel in December. If you've read the collection, Strange Highways, you know that Koontz is a master of the short story, but it's also a skill he doesn't get to show often enough. These small Kindle releases are little treats for his fans and this is one that I really enjoyed. Wilderness serves as an introduction to the main character of Koontz' upcoming novel Innocence. Addison Goodheart is a person blessed with a pure character, but a horrible visage. The reason for and form of his disfigurement is not explicitly clear but it requires him to live apart from the society of the world. Secluded in a remote forest with only a mother's love to care for him, his world is a tranquil one until the day he says another person in the woods. What follows is a blood pounding chase. The tension tightens without respite. For Addison Goodheart, nothing will be the same. The chase continues in Innocence (Dec. 10, 2013).
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The Return of Sherlock Holmes [illustrated] [Annotated]
The Return of Sherlock Holmes [illustrated] [Annotated]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock's finale at your fingertips, November 8, 2013
Sherlock Holmes stories are always a treat for any mystery reader and now are easily accessible on my Kindle. I downloaded this collection awhile back and have kept it around, reading a story here or there when I was between larger books. The morsels always delight. This collection picks up immediately after The Great Hiatus after the unpleasant events of The Final Problem. Then follows 13 of Conan Doyle's original tales of deduction and logic right up to Holmes' retirement. Each story will test your own powers of deduction at least as much as Holmes'. A great collection for any time.


Matthew 1-13 (Truth for Today Commentary)
Matthew 1-13 (Truth for Today Commentary)
by Sellers S. Crain
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great walk through Matthew's Gospel, October 7, 2013
I've already used several of the Truth for Today commentaries for my own home studies and always found them a huge help. This first volume of Matthew (chapters 1-13) is no exception. This commentary begins with a wonderful introduction to the book's authorship, contents, and organization. Dr. Crain walks the reader through an understanding of who the book was originally written to and for what purpose. This has helped me differentiate between Matthew's gospel account and the other three, particularly the other synoptic gospels. From there the first thirteen chapters of Matthew are covered in good detail. Dr. Crain does much to put the text into its proper context both historically and culturally which greatly enhances the depth of the readers' understanding. The great Sermon on the Mount is very well examined. This volume is filled with quotes from great Bible students of old and well footnoted for further study. From the calling of several of the disciples to many of the healings and miracles performed by Christ, the reader is taken on the tour of Jesus' ministry that Matthew intended. We repeatedly see Jesus as a King with a kingdom, which He repeatedly teaches about. Matthew's account is filled with mentions of Jesus fulfilling the Old Testament prophesies and these are discussed clearly in the commentary. Anyone wanting to do an in-depth study of Jesus' ministry in and around Galilee, being both accepted and rejected, need look no further than the first 13 chapters of Matthew and Dr. Crain's faithful scholarship here is a great assistance. All Biblical text under discussion is included from the New American Standard Translation, in-depth discussion is then verse-by-verse, and the end of each chapter is capped with several small topical discussions based on that chapter that are ready made both for personal consideration and lesson or sermon planning. Here too are several appendices including a map of Palestine during Christ's earthly ministry, a genealogy of Christ which harmonizes the respective records from both Matthew and Luke, a family tree for the Herods, a layout drawing of Herod's temple, and a chart detailing the similarities and differences of the listings of the apostles from the four gospels. Each of these is a nice, quick resource. The publisher also has a free pdf study outline as a downloadable companion to their Matthew commentaries. These studies are also well done. I really enjoyed this commentary which I used as a guide for a great study. This deserves a place on any Christian's shelf.


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