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Sri Lankan Cooking

by Luca Invernizzi Tettoni Wendy Hutton Douglas Bullis

Learn to cook all your favorite Sri Lankan foods with this beautifully illustrated and easy-to-follow Sri Lankan cookbook.Sri Lanka , the fabled island of sapphires and rubies, is home to one of the most intriguing of Asian cuisines. <P><P>Rarely found in restaurants outside the island itself, Sri Lankan fare is often mistaken for yet another Indian cuisine. To the culinary explorer, however, Sri Lankan food is as intriguing and unique as the many other customs of this island paradise.Sri Lankan Cooking introduces over 80 sumptuous recipes to the curious cook, originating from the four corners of the island, including many classic dishes. Clear, step-by-step directions make this ostensibly complicated cuisine accessible for the home cook. Stunning location photography, a detailed glossary of ingredients, and a comprehensive introduction to the culinary history of the island, make Sri Lankan Cooking the perfect companion for your adventure into the delicious world of Sri Lankan cooking. Authentic Sri Lankan recipes include: Rice Flour Hoppers Aromatic Basmati Rice Coconut Milk Rice Sour Claypot Fish Okra Curry And many more...

Square Sun Square Moon: A Collection of Sweet Sour Essays

by Paul Reps

This collection of Zen essays by the author of Zen Flesh, Zen Bones offers an enlightening perspective on a variety of topics.From the introduction:Not all of us can be exuberant travelers though we all dream of faraway places. <P><P>Not all of us can sec the subliminal with a penetrating eye, though many of us yearn to shake off the philistine shells that restrict our lives to the prosaic.Here, then, is your chance! In the privacy of your den, on the commode, in the library wherever you find reading most pleasurable reps invites you t o share his experiences vicariously. Within these pages, if you synchronize properly, you may find yourself in Tahiti where you "breathe this flowered air, drink the cascading water, cat the fruits and just sleep" until "you too become sweet."

Spirit and Reason: The Vine Deloria Jr. Reader

by Vine Deloria Jr. Kristen Foehner Barbara Deloria Samuel Scinta

A collection of Vine Deloria Jr.'s writings from books, essays, and articles, as well as previously unpublished pieces.

Unreal Engine Lighting and Rendering Essentials

by Muhammad A. Moniem

Learn the principles of lighting and rendering in the Unreal Engine About This Book * Get acquainted with the concepts of lighting and rendering specific to Unreal * Use new features such as Realistic Rendering and Foliage Shading to breathe new life into your projects * A fast-paced guide to help you learn lighting and rendering concepts in Unreal Who This Book Is For This book is meant for game developers with knowledge of Unreal Engine and a basic understanding of lighting and rendering systems in it. As a prerequisite, you need to have good knowledge of C++. What You Will Learn * Use features such as realistic Rendering and Foliage Shading to create high quality output * Create and edit your materials using the Material Editor * Use Cascade's particle editor to create modular particle-based effects using emitters * Explore Unreal's GPU Visualizer * Tweak the overall look and feel of your scene with post-process effects * Create charts to get stat unit times over a long period of time * Use scalability settings to maintain performance for your games on different platforms and hardware In Detail Unreal Engine is a powerful game development engine that provides rich functionalities to create 2D and 3D games. Developers have the opportunity to build cross-platform mobile and desktop games from scratch. Unreal Engine enables users to create high quality games that focus on individual complexities of game development. This book provides you with the skills required to apply a high level of visual appeal to your games without compromising on performance. Starting with an introduction to the rendering system, you will learn to create different types of materials using the Material Editor. You will then create a particle system based on Cascade editor to create mind-blowing visual effects. Moving on, you will learn the concept of lights in Unreal and different types of dynamic/real-time lights, along with a number of powerful post processing effects. Next, you will learn to improve rendering performance, keeping in mind the rendering limitations for different platforms. At the end of the book, we will discuss the scalability settings menu, and how to add realistic fog effects based on the requirements of your game or level. Style and approach A fast-paced guide filled with hands-on examples to teach you the principles of lighting and rendering in Unreal.

Mastering Social Media Mining with R

by Sharan Kumar Ravindran Vikram Garg

Extract valuable data from your social media sites and make better business decisions using R About This Book * Explore the social media APIs in R to capture data and tame it * Employ the machine learning capabilities of R to gain optimal business value * A hands-on guide with real-world examples to help you take advantage of the vast opportunities that come with social media data Who This Book Is For If you have basic knowledge of R in terms of its libraries and are aware of different machine learning techniques, this book is for you. Those with experience in data analysis who are interested in mining social media data will find this book useful. What You Will Learn * Access APIs of popular social media sites and extract data * Perform sentiment analysis and identify trending topics * Measure CTR performance for social media campaigns * Implement exploratory data analysis and correlation analysis * Build a logistic regression model to detect spam messages * Construct clusters of pictures using the K-means algorithm and identify popular personalities and destinations * Develop recommendation systems using Collaborative Filtering and the Apriori algorithm In Detail With an increase in the number of users on the web, the content generated has increased substantially, bringing in the need to gain insights into the untapped gold mine that is social media data. For computational statistics, R has an advantage over other languages in providing readily-available data extraction and transformation packages, making it easier to carry out your ETL tasks. Along with this, its data visualization packages help users get a better understanding of the underlying data distributions while its range of "standard" statistical packages simplify analysis of the data. This book will teach you how powerful business cases are solved by applying machine learning techniques on social media data. You will learn about important and recent developments in the field of social media, along with a few advanced topics such as Open Authorization (OAuth). Through practical examples, you will access data from R using APIs of various social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, GitHub, Foursquare, LinkedIn, Blogger, and other networks. We will provide you with detailed explanations on the implementation of various use cases using R programming. With this handy guide, you will be ready to embark on your journey as an independent social media analyst. Style and approach This easy-to-follow guide is packed with hands-on, step-by-step examples that will enable you to convert your real-world social media data into useful, practical information.

WordPress 4.0 Site Blueprints - Second Edition

by Rachel Mccollin

Create a variety of exciting sites for e-commerce, networking, video streaming, and more, using WordPress About This Book * Build ten different types of website using WordPress * Transfer your static site to WordPress and create sites to make money, build communities, and share your ideas * The projects in the book will teach you how to use free themes and plugins without any prior coding experience Who This Book Is For WordPress Site Blueprints is suitable for new or experienced WordPress users. You don't need to be a PHP developer or have ever created a WordPress theme or plugin. Instead the book will help you use themes and plugins (all free) to create a wide range of sites. Familiarity with the WordPress interface will help you but you don't need to be able to write code. What You Will Learn * Migrate your old static site into WordPress * Create a network of sites for other people to work with each other * Build a great store using the free WooCommerce plugin * Create a video streaming site linked to YouTube * Create a review site for products, services, or anything you'd like * Create a jobs board so people can post jobs and apply for them * Create websites that focus on networking such as a social media site, a communications center for your team, and a membership site to build a community * Create a beautiful gallery site to showcase your photography In Detail WordPress is the world's most popular Content Management System (CMS) and you can use it to create any kind of site you or your clients need. Using free plugins and themes for WordPress, you can create a store, a social media site, a review site, a video site, a network of sites or a community site, and more. Wordpress makes your job of creating your own website simple and hassle-free! If you've started using WordPress to create a blog or simple website, you'll have had a taste of the opportunities offered by this massively popular CMS. This book will take you through the process of creating ten popular kinds of site using WordPress with free plugins and themes, each chapter covering various functionality of the web. After having learned how to migrate from your static site to Wordpress in the first chapter, you will then explore the world of social networking websites followed focusing on e-commerce. Without writing too much code, you'll be able to create a store, a video streaming site, a team communications site, a jobs board, and more. This book is a one-stop solution to resolve all your worries about creating a website that will give the best experience to your users. Style and approach A project-based step-by-step guide to creating ten different types of popular website using WordPress. This book takes you through clear and logical steps, with screenshots and tips along the way to help you follow the guide and learn how to get more from WordPress.

Python Machine Learning

by Sebastian Raschka

Unlock deeper insights into Machine Leaning with this vital guide to cutting-edge predictive analytics About This Book * Leverage Python's most powerful open-source libraries for deep learning, data wrangling, and data visualization * Learn effective strategies and best practices to improve and optimize machine learning systems and algorithms * Ask - and answer - tough questions of your data with robust statistical models, built for a range of datasets Who This Book Is For If you want to find out how to use Python to start answering critical questions of your data, pick up Python Machine Learning - whether you want to get started from scratch or want to extend your data science knowledge, this is an essential and unmissable resource. What You Will Learn * Explore how to use different machine learning models to ask different questions of your data * Learn how to build neural networks using Pylearn 2 and Theano * Find out how to write clean and elegant Python code that will optimize the strength of your algorithms * Discover how to embed your machine learning model in a web application for increased accessibility * Predict continuous target outcomes using regression analysis * Uncover hidden patterns and structures in data with clustering * Organize data using effective pre-processing techniques * Get to grips with sentiment analysis to delve deeper into textual and social media data In Detail Machine learning and predictive analytics are transforming the way businesses and other organizations operate. Being able to understand trends and patterns in complex data is critical to success, becoming one of the key strategies for unlocking growth in a challenging contemporary marketplace. Python can help you deliver key insights into your data - its unique capabilities as a language let you build sophisticated algorithms and statistical models that can reveal new perspectives and answer key questions that are vital for success. Python Machine Learning gives you access to the world of predictive analytics and demonstrates why Python is one of the world's leading data science languages. If you want to ask better questions of data, or need to improve and extend the capabilities of your machine learning systems, this practical data science book is invaluable. Covering a wide range of powerful Python libraries, including scikit-learn, Theano, and Pylearn2, and featuring guidance and tips on everything from sentiment analysis to neural networks, you'll soon be able to answer some of the most important questions facing you and your organization. Style and approach Python Machine Learning connects the fundamental theoretical principles behind machine learning to their practical application in a way that focuses you on asking and answering the right questions. It walks you through the key elements of Python and its powerful machine learning libraries, while demonstrating how to get to grips with a range of statistical models.

Mastering Python Scientific Computing

by Hemant Kumar Mehta

A complete guide for Python programmers to master scientific computing using Python APIs and tools About This Book * The basics of scientific computing to advanced concepts involving parallel and large scale computation are all covered. * Most of the Python APIs and tools used in scientific computing are discussed in detail * The concepts are discussed with suitable example programs Who This Book Is For If you are a Python programmer and want to get your hands on scientific computing, this book is for you. The book expects you to have had exposure to various concepts of Python programming. What You Will Learn * Fundamentals and components of scientific computing * Scientific computing data management * Performing numerical computing using NumPy and SciPy * Concepts and programming for symbolic computing using SymPy * Using the plotting library matplotlib for data visualization * Data analysis and visualization using Pandas, matplotlib, and IPython * Performing parallel and high performance computing * Real-life case studies and best practices of scientific computing In Detail In today's world, along with theoretical and experimental work, scientific computing has become an important part of scientific disciplines. Numerical calculations, simulations and computer modeling in this day and age form the vast majority of both experimental and theoretical papers. In the scientific method, replication and reproducibility are two important contributing factors. A complete and concrete scientific result should be reproducible and replicable. Python is suitable for scientific computing. A large community of users, plenty of help and documentation, a large collection of scientific libraries and environments, great performance, and good support makes Python a great choice for scientific computing. At present Python is among the top choices for developing scientific workflow and the book targets existing Python developers to master this domain using Python. The main things to learn in the book are the concept of scientific workflow, managing scientific workflow data and performing computation on this data using Python. The book discusses NumPy, SciPy, SymPy, matplotlib, Pandas and IPython with several example programs. Style and approach This book follows a hands-on approach to explain the complex concepts related to scientific computing. It details various APIs using appropriate examples.

Spike and Chain

by Charles V. Gruzanski

This two-in-one book introduces secrets of two little known branches of the martial arts of Japan.The first involves the use of the manrikigusari, a length of chain with with weighted ends, used in various ways for self-defense.<P><P>The second part of this book deals with Shuriken-Jutsu, which came some time later. It involves the use of metal spikes (shuriken) of various lengths and shapes, which are either thrown or used as hand weapons. The art today is a dying one and presently in Japan, there are believed to be only a handful of men left who are practiced in the shuriken technique.For martial arts enthusiasts, this book will prove interesting and informative reading. A warning is issued by the author, however, to those who attempt to use the manrikigusari and shuriken for wrongdoing, for injuring others or damaging property will result in physical and spiritual destruction. Even the broadest interpretation fo the law will classify them as deadly or dangerous weapons. Remember that the weapons and techniques illustrated in this book cannot injure anyone by themselves. It is the person behind them that really makes them dangerous.

Special Ops Fitness Training

by Mark De Lisle

TEST YOURSELF AGAINST THE WORLD'S MOST ELITE FIGHTING FORCESIn Special Ops Fitness Training, ex-Navy SEAL Mark De Lisle brings together the most rigorous conditioning techniques fromAmerica's top military programs in order to create the ultimate workout. Packed with mind-stressing, body-draining tasks that test the mettle of any athlete, this phenomenal conditioning manual presents the best of the best as it shows you how to reach the highest levels of fitness.Every aspect of training is incorporated into the program, including warm-ups, stretching, upper body, lower body, cardio, running, swimming, goal-setting, and motivation. The author has trained thousands of people and witnessed time and again the amazing results achieved by these unique techniques. He teaches readers what it takes to rise to the occasion when nothing less than total commitment will do.Drawn from the actual programs used by America's special operation forces: Navy SEALs Army Rangers Delta Force Marine Force Recon

An End To Murder

by Colin Wilson Damon Wilson

Creatively and intellectually there is no other species that has ever come close to equalling humanity?s achievements, but nor is any other species as suicidally prone to internecine conflict. We are the only species on the planet whose ingrained habit of conflict constitutes the chief threat to our own survival. Human history can be seen as a catalogue of cold-hearted murders, mindless blood-feuds, appalling massacres and devastating wars, but, with developments in forensic science and modern psychology, and with raised education levels throughout the world, might it soon be possible to reign in humanity?s homicidal habits? Falling violent crime statistics in every part of the world seem to indicate that something along those lines might indeed be happening. Colin and Damon Wilson, who between them have been covering the field of criminology for over fifty years, offer an analysis of the overall spectrum of human violence. They consider whether human beings are in reality as cruel and violent as is generally believed and they explore the possibility that humankind is on the verge of a fundamental change: that we are about to become truly civilised. As well as offering an overview of violence throughout our history ? from the first hominids to the twenty-first century, touching on key moments of change and also indicating where things have not changed since the Stone Age ? they explore the latest psychological, forensic and social attempts to understand and curb modern human violence. To begin with, they examine questions such as: Were the first humans cannibalistic? Did the birth of civilisation also lead to the invention of war and slavery? Priests and kings brought social stability, but were they also the instigators of the first mass murders? Is it in fact wealth that is the ultimate weapon? They look at slavery and ancient Roman sadism, but also the possibility that our own distaste for pain and cruelty is no more than a social construct. They show how the humanitarian ideas of the great religious innovators all too quickly became distorted by organised religious structures. The book ranges widely, from fifteenth-century Baron Gilles de Rais, `Bluebeard?, the first known and possibly most prolific serial killer in history, to Victorian domestic murder and the invention of psychiatry and Sherlock Holmes and the invention of forensic science; from the fifteenth-century Taiping Rebellion in China, in which up to 36 million died to the First and Second World Wars and more recent genocides and instances of `ethnic cleansing?, and contemporary terrorism. They conclude by assessing the very real possibility that the internet and the greater freedom of information it has brought is leading, gradually, to a profoundly more civilised world than at any time in the past.

The Great Swindle

by Pierre Lemaitre

The year is 1918, the war on the Western Front all but over. An ambitious officer, Lieutenant Henry D'Aulnay-Pradelle, sends two soldiers over the top and then surreptitiously shoots them in the back to incite his men to attack the German lines.When another of D'Aulnay-Pradelle's soldiers, Albert Maillard, reaches the bodies and discovers how they died, the lieutenant shoves him into a shell hole to silence him. Albert is rescued by fellow soldier, the artist Edouard Péricourt, who takes a bullet in the face. The war ends and both men recover, but Edouard is permanently disfigured, and fakes his death to prevent his family from seeing him as a cripple. In gratitude for Edouard's rescue, Albert becomes the injured man's companion and caregiver.Finding that the postwar gratitude for the soldiers' service is nothing more than lip-service to an empty idea, the two men scramble to survive, ultimately devising a scam to take money for never-to-be-built war memorials from small towns. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Pradelle has married Edouard's sister Madeline and is running a scam of his own that involves the exhumation of war victims.In this sorrowful, heart-searching novel, the interwoven lives of these three men create a tapestry of the human condition as seen through the lens of war, revealing brutality and compassion, heroism and cowardice, in equal measure.

A Brief History of the Future

by John Naughton

The Internet is the most remarkable thing human beings have built since the Pyramids. John Naughton's book intersperses wonderful personal stories with an authoritative account of where the Net actually came from, who invented it and why and where it might be taking us. Most of us have no idea how the Internet works, or who created it. Even fewer have any idea what it means for society and the future. In a cynical age, John Naughton has not lost his capacity for wonder. He examines the nature of his own enthusiasm for technology and traces its roots in his lonely childhood and in his relationship with his father. A Brief History of the Future is an intensely personal celebration of vision and altruism, ingenuity and determination and, above all, of the power of ideas, passionately felt, to change the world.

Architects of Annihilation

by Gotz Aly Susanne Heim

Architects of Annihilation follows the activities of the demographers, economists, geographers and planners in the period between the disorderly excesses of the November 1938 pogrom and the fully-effective operation of the gas chambers at Auschwitz in summer 1942. The authors, both journalists and historians, argue that this group of intellectuals, often combining academic, civil service and Party functions, made an indispensable contribution to the planning and execution of the Final Solution. More than that, in the economic and demographic rationale of these experts, the Final Solution was only one element in a far-reaching programme of self-sufficiency which privileged the German Aryan population.

Can Reindeer Fly?

by Roger Highfield

How does snow form? Why are we always depressed after Christmas? How does Santa manage to deliver all those presents in one night? (He has, in fact, little over two ten-thousandths of a second to get between each of the 842 million households he must visit.) This book contains information on how drugs might make us see flying reindeer, how pollution is affecting the shape of Christmas trees, and the intriguing correlation between the length of our Christmas card list and brain size.

Cricket: The Game of Life

by Scyld Berry

Scyld Berry draws on his experiences as a cricket writer of forty years to produce new insights and unfamiliar historical angles on the game, along with moving reflections on episodes from his own life. The author covers a range of themes including cricket in different areas of the world, and abstract concepts such as language, numbers, ethics and psychology; Scyld Berry relishes the joys cricket provides and is convinced of the positive effect it can have in people's lives. Cricket: The Game of Life is an inspiring book that reminds readers why they love the game and prompts them to look at it in a new way.

Fascinating Footnotes from History

by Giles Milton

'Giles Milton is a man who can take an event from history and make it come alive . . . an inspiration for those of us who believe that history can be exciting and entertaining' Matthew Redhead, The TimesDid you know that Hitler took cocaine? That Stalin robbed a bank? That Charlie Chaplin's corpse was filched and held to ransom? Giles Milton is a master of historical narrative: in his characteristically engaging prose, Fascinating Footnotes From History details one hundred of the quirkiest historical nuggets; eye-stretching stories that read like fiction but are one hundred per cent fact.There is Hiroo Onoda, the lone Japanese soldier still fighting the Second World War in 1974; Agatha Christie, who mysteriously disappeared for eleven days in 1926; and Werner Franz, a cabin boy on the Hindenburg who lived to tell the tale when it was engulfed in flames in 1937. Fascinating Footnotes From History also answers who ate the last dodo, who really killed Rasputin and why Sergeant Stubby had four legs. Peopled with a gallery of spies, rogues, cannibals, adventurers and slaves, and spanning twenty centuries and six continents, Giles Milton's impeccably researched footnotes shed light on some of the most infamous stories and most flamboyant and colourful characters (and animals) from history.(Previoulsy published in four individual volumes: When Hitler Took Cocaine, When Stalin Robbed a Bank, When Lenin Lost His Brain and When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep.)

Conversations with McCartney

by Paul Du Noyer

In June 1989, Paul Du Noyer was contacted by Paul McCartney's office in London and asked to interview the star as they had met once before and enjoyed a good raport. In the years that followed, Paul Du Noyer continued to meet, interview and work for Paul McCartney on a regular basis, producing magazine articles, tour programmes, album liner notes, press materials and website editorial. It's likely that Du Noyer has spent more hours in formal, recorded conversation with McCartney than any other writer. Conversations with McCartney is the culmination of Du Noyer's long association with McCartney and his music. It draws from their interview sessions across 35 years, coupling McCartney's own, candid thoughts with his observations and analysis.

The Last Survivor (A Wilde/Chase Short Story)

by Andy Mcdermott

Join Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase in a digital exclusive short story from the international bestseller Andy McDermott. Also contains an exclusive extract from THE REVELATION CODE, the next in the Wilde & Chase seriesNina Wilde is pregnant and feeling very alone. Reeling from the events of her last mission, in which a close friend died in their attempt to stop a resurgent Nazi force from stealing a great archaeological treasure, all Nina can do is try and find solace in her work.But there is one last survivor. A man determined to take his revenge on Nina for all that befell his brethren. Now he is in New York, waiting for his chance. Can Nina's husband, former SAS soldier Eddie Chase, stop him?

The Complete Aga Cookbook

by Mary Berry

Whether you are an AGA aficionado or have never cooked on an AGA before, Mary Berry and Lucy Young's new AGA cookbook is just what you need by your side. It is 30 years since AGA first got in touch with Mary Berry about producing the AGA handbook and 15 since she followed it up with Mary Berry's New Aga Cookbook - now she has combined, improved, updated and revamped those books with Lucy's help to produce The Complete Aga Cookbook, which deserves its place on all 21st-century kitchen shelves. There have been many new trends in cooking in the intervening years, and a plethora of new ingredients, and Mary explores them in new recipes, adapting many ideas to the Aga way of cooking. As Mary herself says, an Aga rapidly becomes the centre attraction of the kitchen, acting as a warm focus for family, friends and animals. And cooking on an Aga is a joy: its spacious ovens produce perfectly cooked dishes, time after time. But we haven't forgotten those who cook on conventional cookers and instructions are supplied on each recipe. Complete with all the AGA user information, Mary and Lucy help you get the most out of your AGA as they guide the reader through time- and energy-saving tips - from melting chocolate on the back shelf, to frying drop scones on the Boiling Plate and slow roasting overnight in your Simmering Oven. A few recipes will be familiar (adapted old favourites, which she just couldn't bear to leave out) but, whether new or old, all have been cooked to perfection in the Aga, showing how versatile it really is.

Chris Ryan Extreme: Silent Kill

by Chris Ryan

The fourth book in Chris Ryan's Extreme series.The Chris Ryan Extreme books take you even further into the heart of the mission with more extreme action, more extreme language and more extreme pace. Like Call of Duty or Medal of Honour you'll feel part of the team.Chris Ryan Extreme: Silent Kill has previously been published as four separate shorter missions. Now in one book to keep you at the heart of the action. Northern Ireland, 1993. For high-flying MI5 officer Avery Chance the real war has only just begun. When Chance is abducted by the IRA's notorious Nutting Squad, her hopes lie in the hands of a young SAS recruit who must risk everything to bring her home. Twenty years after his act of self-sacrifice in Belfast ex-SAS legend John Bald is a scarred shadow of his former self. But when a face from the past appears and rescues him from deep trouble, Bald is offered one last shot at redemption. His target is Kurt Pretorius, a ruthless mercenary operating deep in the wilds of war-ravaged Somali. In a world where rogue mercenaries operate beyond the reach of the law, Kurt Pretorius has transformed himself into a god. It is up to Bald to stop Pretorius before he turns Somalia into a terrorist haven. But Bald quickly finds himself sucked into a twisted game of survival, where the stakes could not be higher - and the price of failure is his life... With time running out, Bald must kill Pretorius before he brings down everyone around him. It's a mission Bald was born to do. Because sometimes, the only way to beat your deadliest to be like your deadliest enemy.

I Know Who Did It

by Steve Mosby

The hardest crimes to acknowledge are your own...Charlie Matheson died two years ago in a car accident. So how is a woman bearing a startling resemblance to her claiming to be back from the dead? Detective Mark Nelson is called in to investigate and hear her terrifying account of what she's been through in the afterlife.Every year Detective David Groves receives a birthday card for his son...even though he buried him years ago. His son's murder took everything from him, apart from his belief in the law, even though the killers were never found. This year, though, the card bears a different message: I know who did it.Uncovering the facts will lead them all on a dark journey, where they must face their own wrongs as well as those done to those they love. It will take them to a place where justice is a game, and punishments are severe. Nelson and Groves know the answers lie with the kind of people you want to turn and run from. But if they're to get to the truth, first they'll have to go through hell...

X Platoon

by Damien Lewis Mc Steve Heaney

For three decades one of the most secretive units in the British military has been a mystery force known as X Platoon.Officially there was no X Platoon. The forty men in its elite number were specially selected from across the Armed Forces, at which point they simply ceased to exist. X Platoon had no budget, no weaponry, no vehicles and no kit - apart from what its men could beg, borrow or steal from other military units.For the first time a highly decorated veteran of this specialised force - otherwise known as the Pathfinders - reveals its unique story. Steve Heaney became one of the youngest ever to pass Selection, the gruelling trial of elite forces, and was at the cutting edge of X Platoon operations - serving on anti-narcotics operations in the Central American jungles, on missions hunting war criminals in the Balkans, and being sent to spy on and wage war against the Russians.The first non-officer in the unit's history to be award the Military Cross, Steve Heaney reveals the extraordinary work undertaken by this secret band of brothers.

High Tide

by Veronica Henry

Pennfleet might be a small town, but there's never a dull moment in its narrow winding streets ...Kate has only planned a flying visit to clear out the family home after the death of her mother. When she finds an anonymous letter, she is drawn back into her own past.Single dad Sam is juggling his deli and two lively teenagers, so romance is the last thing on his mind. Then Cupid fires an unexpected arrow - but what will his children think?Nathan Fisher is happy with his lot, running picnic cruises up and down the river, but kissing the widow of the richest man in Pennfleet has disastrous consequences.Vanessa knows what she has done is unseemly for a widow, but it's the most fun she's had for years. Must she always be on her best behaviour?As autumn draws in and the nights grow longer, there are sure to be fireworks in this gloriously engaging novel from Veronica Henry, author of A Night on the Orient Express.nter and laughter, has anyone stopped to notice what's troubling Sam recently? In the narrow cobbled streets that lead down to the harbour, the inhabitants of Penfleet live out their hopes and dreams in this gorgeously engaging novel by Veronica Henry, author of The Beach Hut.

The Year Of Liberty

by Thomas Pakenham

This classic account of the great Irish rebellion of 1798 remains the only full-scale history of that tragic event. As relevant today as it was when first published in 1969, THE YEAR OF LIBERTY is now reissued with the addition of a chronology and a glossary of terms. In May 1798 a hundred thousand peasants rose against the British government in Ireland. By the time the revolt had been put down four months later, thirty thousand dead were literally rotting in heaps in a smoking and desolate countryside. Yet it was not a schoolroom story of the heroic oppressed rising against the brutal oppressor, but the result of a complex, tragic, often absurd and sometimes heroic interplay between different groups of people. A tough and arrogant oligarchy of country gentlemen, mainly Protestant and mainly British in origin, lived off a Catholic peasantry. Meanwhile, idealistic merchants and hot-headed young lawyers dreamed and plotted for an Irish Republic on the French model. From a mass of sources including confidential government reports, contemporary newspapers, poems, broadsheets and letters, the author pieces together a story at once complex, tragic, absurd and heroic.

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