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A luxury Jamaican tourist resort turns into a death trap when a vacationing American senator's daughter is murdered. When her body is then used to unleash chemical warfare on the U.S., it's clear this wasn't just a random crime. It was a message--and Mack Bolan intends to respond. Tracking the bioterrorist behind the gruesome attack back to the Jamaican ghettos quickly turns into a deadly chase. Bolan soon finds himself the target of the island's most lethal gang. But they aren't the only ones prepared to kill to protect their secrets. There is another highpowered operator in the game, and the Executioner is determined to take him out--even if it means bringing the battle back to Washington.
An fascinating history of flood control efforts in Los Angeles from the 1870s to the present, showing how engineering has continually failed to contain nature. This book teaches us to think of cities as ecosystems.
Bram's friend Jeremy wants to go public with information about a hazing-related student death. The morning after he tells Bram this he's injured in a hit-and run accident. Now Jeremy is in a coma, and Bram and Abby are trying to follow the trail that he left. Abby is convinced Bram's swimming Coach is to blame. Bram knows Coach is innocent, but can he prove it? And what will happen if he's wrong?
ATAC BRIEFING FOR AGENTS FRANK AND JOE HARDY MISSION: Investigate possible hazing at Eagle River Academy, and find the truth behind a student's death. LOCATION: A town near Bayport. POTENTIAL VICTIMS: All new students, including Frank and Joe. SUSPECTS: Seniors. Dorm monitor Mr. Diehl. The girlfriend of the dead student. THIS MISSION REQUIRES YOUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION. THIS MESSAGE WILL BE ERASED IN FIVE SECONDS.
ATAC Briefing For Agents Frank And Joe Hardy. MISSION: Investigate possible hazing at Eagle River Academy, and find the truth behind a student's death. LOCATION: A town near Bayport. POTENTIAL VICTIMS: All new students, including Frank and Joe. SUSPECTS: Seniors, dorm monitor Mr. Diehl, the girlfriend of the dead student.
Hazel Louise Mull-Dare has a good life, but it's so dull. With an adoring father who grants her every wish, a place in the Kensington School for the Daughters of Gentlemen, and no pressure to excel in anything whatsoever, her future looks primly predictable. But on the day of the Epsom Derby -- June 4, 1913 -- everything changes. A woman in a dark coat steps in front of the king's horse, in protest at the injustice of denying women the vote. She dies days later, bringing further attention to the suffragist cause. Young Hazel is transfixed. And when her bold new friend Gloria convinces her to take on the cause, Hazel gets her first taste of rebellion. But doing so leads her into greater trouble than she could have ever imagined. Such great trouble that she is banished from London, all the way to where her family fortune originates -- a sugar plantation in the Caribbean. There Hazel is forced to confront the dark secrets of her family -- secrets that have festered, and a shame that lingers on.
Hazelle has been living in the Grace Home, an orphanage in New York City, for almost a year. Now she and several other children have been put on a train headed for Texas, where they will be placed with families that want children.
If you're looking for a scalable storage solution to accommodate a virtually endless amount of data, this book shows you how Apache HBase can fulfill your needs. As the open source implementation of Google's BigTable architecture, HBase scales to billions of rows and millions of columns, while ensuring that write and read performance remain constant. Many IT executives are asking pointed questions about HBase. This book provides meaningful answers, whether you're evaluating this non-relational database or planning to put it into practice right away. Discover how tight integration with Hadoop makes scalability with HBase easier Distribute large datasets across an inexpensive cluster of commodity servers Access HBase with native Java clients, or with gateway servers providing REST, Avro, or Thrift APIs Get details on HBase's architecture, including the storage format, write-ahead log, background processes, and more Integrate HBase with Hadoop's MapReduce framework for massively parallelized data processing jobs Learn how to tune clusters, design schemas, copy tables, import bulk data, decommission nodes, and many other tasks
DON'T LET YOUR WRITING HOLD YOU BACK.When you're fumbling for words and pressed for time, you might be tempted to dismiss good business writing as a nicety. But it's a skill you must cultivate to succeed: You'll lose time, money, and influence if your e-mails, proposals, and other important documents fail to win people over.The HBR Guide to Better Business Writing, by writing expert Bryan A. Garner, gives you the tools you need to express your ideas clearly and persuasively so clients, colleagues, stakeholders, and partners will get behind them. This book will help you: Push past writer's block Grab-and keep-readers' attention Earn credibility with tough audiences Trim the fat from your writing Strike the right tone Brush up on grammar, punctuation, and usage
Stuck in a career rut? Maybe you're itching to broaden your skills and take on new challenges. Or perhaps you're eyeing a management role a level or two up. So how do you grow and advance professionally? Not by waiting for senior managers to notice you and "bring you along." You'll be sorely disappointed by how long that takes, if it ever happens. The key is effective mentoring-and it's up to you to go get it. Done right, mentoring is one of the most powerful, efficient ways to learn and to move up. But to reap those rewards, you need to pursue them with rigor and commitment. This guide will show you how. You'll get better at: Spelling out clear, realistic goals Attracting influential sponsors Forging strong bonds with your mentors Gauging your progress Giving back to your mentors so they'll give more to you Building a diverse "development network," Learning from junior upstarts and sage executives.Articles in this collection: "The Relationship You Need to Get Right," "Mentoring in All Its Shapes and Sizes," "What Kinds of Mentors Do You Need-and How Do You Find Them?" "Starting and Maintaining Relationships with Mentors," "How to Get More from Your Mentors," "Employ a Personal Board of Directors," "A Smarter Way to Network," "Accelerate Your Development: Tips for Millennials Who Need Mentoring," "Mentoring for Gen Xers: What You Need and How to Get It," "Seasoned Professional? Keep Learning from Your Proteges-and Get Over Yourself."Harvard Business Review Guides are for busy professionals looking for quick answers to common challenges. They're packed with useful tips and practical advice in a brief, easy-to-read format. Whether you're looking to expand your skills or refresh your existing ones, these guides offer reliable answers to your most pressing problems.
Does your boss make you want to scream? Do you have more than one boss? Do you spend your day herding cats-corralling people who don't report to you? Do you work across departmental silos? Collaborate with outside contractors? Then you know that managing up and across your company is critical to doing your job well. It's all about understanding your boss's and colleagues' priorities, pressures, and work styles. You need to manage up and across not just because you may have a problem boss, incompetent colleagues, or fabulously hairy projects that touch all parts of your organization. You need to manage up and across, for example, to get your marketing and sales folks to see that your project will help them meet their goals, too; to establish authority with bigwigs so they'll bless your new product ideas; to secure people's time for a new team when they're already feeling overextended. Managing up and across will help you get the information and resources you need to solve your complex problems, increase your effectiveness, and make your work more enjoyable. You'll get better at: Getting what you need from people who don't report to you Coping with micromanaging, conflict-aversive, or generally incompetent bosses Discovering what drives your colleagues Partnering with your boss Selling your ideas up and across your company Making the most of your boss's influence Establishing a shared vision and commitment Juggling multiple bosses' priorities The art of persuasion-tailoring your pitch based on your audience.Articles in this collection: "Managing Your Boss," "Change the Way You Persuade," "How to Make Your Boss Look Good-Without Becoming a Sycophant," "Stop Being Micromanaged," "Dealing with Your Incompetent Boss," "Coping with a Conflict-Averse Boss," "How to Give Your Boss Feedback," "Managing Multiple Bosses," "What Makes a Leader?" "The Discipline of Teams," "A Smarter Way to Network," "The Necessary Art of Persuasion," "Harnessing the Science of Persuasion," "How to Get Your Colleagues' Attention," and "When the Direct Approach Backfires, Try Indirect Influence."Harvard Business Review Guides are for busy professionals looking for quick answers to common challenges. They're packed with useful tips and practical advice in a brief, easy-to-read format. Whether you're looking to expand your skills or refresh your existing ones, these guides offer reliable answers to your most pressing problems.
High dynamic range imaging (HDRI) takes photography to a whole new level. It opens the door to unprecedented creative freedom in digital post-processing by capturing everything from the darkest shadows to the brightest highlights. HDRI means truly lossless image editing, full exposure control, and the ability to master any scene's contrast without artificial lighting and preserve all light from a scene so it can be digitally revisited anytime in the future. Combined with panoramic photography, this captured light can even be used to render 3D objects with a deceivingly realistic appearance. In 2007, The HDRI Handbook was the first book to present this revolutionary new field to a larger audience. These days HDRI is a fully mature technology available to everyone. Real estate and landscape photographers have adopted it as part of their regular workflow, it has become one of the hottest trends for ambitious amateurs and creative professionals alike, and the modern movie industry would be completely dysfunctional without it. Now The HDRI Handbook 2. 0 redefines its own gold standard. It has been completely rewritten and is packed with practical hints and tips, background knowledge, reference tools, breathtaking artist portfolios, and inspiring interviews. The book includes dozens of new step-by-step tutorials, which are easy to follow with the material provided on the DVD. Beginners will get a methodically solid introduction and advanced readers will be able to refine their technique to perfection. Whether you are a photographer, CG artist, compositor, or cinematographer, this book is sure to enlighten you. Topics include: Understanding the foundation of HDRI HDR software comparisons and evaluations Capturing HDR images: today and tomorrow Tonemapping for creating superior prints HDR image processing and compositing Shooting and stitching HDR panoramas Image-based lighting and CG rendering 2. 0 updates include: New cameras, sensors, and HDR beamsplitter rigs Open Camera Controller for endless auto-bracketing Correct RAW pre-processing and ghost removal Dozens of practical, easy-to-follow tutorials A structured approach to tonemapping, inspired by Ansel Adams Set etiquette and tips for capturing HDR panos for visual effects Seven artist spotlights showing unique perspectives on HDRI Seven crossword puzzles: a fun way to test yourself A companion DVD loaded with goodies
The twin-engined He 111 was the mainstay of the Luftwaffe's bomber arm at the start of World War 2. This second volume aims to chronicle its history facing a new enemy - the Soviet Union. The Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber combined with it to provide the aerial striking power for all the early Blitzkrieg campaigns. In fact, the two aircraft enjoyed remarkably similar careers. Both swept all before them during the first 12 months of hostilities, both were found wanting when faced by the RAF during the Battle of Britain, but then both went on to gain fresh laurels and be given a new lease of life on the Eastern Front. The He 111's war against the Western Allies has recently been covered by Osprey. The He 111 bomber was in action against the Russians from the first day of the war in the east until the last. It played a part in all the major battles and was employed in a wide variety of roles - operating as a strategic bomber, torpedo-bomber (over both the Arctic Ocean and the Black Sea), train-buster, interim nightfighter and, latterly, as an auxiliary transport. Its bombing targets included the cities of Moscow, Leningrad and Stalingrad, as well as bridges, dams and the Red Army in the field. But arguably its most successful single raid of the campaign was the attack on Poltava airfield in the Ukraine, which resulted in the destruction of 44 American B-17 Flying Fortresses (and the damaging of many more) engaged in a USAAF shuttle mission. But the turning point of the war in the east had been Stalingrad, a fact neatly encapsulated by the Luftwaffe's He 111s. In the autumn of 1942 they had bombed the city flat, but before the year was out they were dropping supplies to the German army trapped in its ruins! And it would be the transport role that latterly came to dominate their activities, culminating in supply flights to beleaguered Breslau and Berlin in the spring of 1945.
A billionaires desires and a virgins wish to be claimed come together. Two men want Anna Sampson. Gabriel Blaine is powerful, intelligent, the CEO of a successful company, and a billionaire. Hes watched her, touched her, encouraged her to become a strong, independent woman, a woman unafraid of her desires. Now secrets from the past are exposed, threatening Annas freedom and safety. Will the man she loves stand by her side, or will he desert her, leaving Anna once again to face the future alone?The searing climax of The Seen Trilogy.
Transform Yourself from "Passion Victim" to Passionista! In the smash hit She Comes First, Ian Kerner singlehandedly waged battle against male sexual "ill-cliteracy," and women everywhere benefited from his "viva la vulva" philosophy of female pleasure. Now, in Passionista, it's time to learn all about what turns men on--and makes them stay on. In this point-by-point, "blow-by-blow" guide, Kerner makes giving as much fun as receiving as he covers every angle of male sexuality, unlocks the secrets of satisfaction, and offers knowledgeable answers to the questions every woman wonders about. His advice is the closest you'll ever come to waking up in a guy's skin and knowing what truly makes him sexually tick. Written in the same witty, insightful, and utterly readable voice that has made She Comes First and Be Honest--You're Not That Into Him Either so popular, Passionista is the empowered woman's guide to enjoying sex to the fullest--and ensuring that he does the same.
As it turns out, a dead man can tell stories...Murders are a dime a dozen in Margaret Thatcher's London, and when it comes to the brutal killing of a middle-aged alcoholic found dumped outside of town, Scotland Yard has more important cases to deal with.Instead it's a job for the Department of Unexplained Deaths and its head Detective Sergeant. With only a box of cassette-tape diaries as evidence the rogue detective has no chouce but to listen to the haunting voice of the victim for clues to his gruesome end.The first book in Derek Raymond's acclaimed Factory Series is an unflinching yet deeply compassionate portrait of a city plagued by poverty and perversion, and a policeman who may be the only one who cares about the "people who don't matter and who never did."From the Trade Paperback edition.
"I mean, it's not as if I want a father. I have a father. It's just that I don't know who he is or where he is. But I have one." Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove don't appear to have much in common. Ram lives in the Mexican-American working-class barrio of El Paso called "Dizzy Land." His brother is sinking into a world of drugs, wreaking havoc in their household. Jake is a rich West Side white boy who has developed a problem managing his anger. An only child, he is a misfit in his mother's shallow and materialistic world. But Ram and Jake do have one thing in common: They are lost boys who have never met their fathers. This sad fact has left both of them undeniably scarred and obsessed with the men who abandoned them. As Jake and Ram overcome their suspicions of each other, they begin to move away from their loner existences and realize that they are capable of reaching out beyond their wounds and the neighborhoods that they grew up in. Their friendship becomes a healing in a world of hurt. San Antonio Express-News wrote, "Benjamin Alire Sáenz exquisitely captures the mood and voice of a community, a culture, and a generation"; that is proven again in this beautifully crafted novel.
This is an excellent book written through the grieving period of a widow. Phylis Moore intersperses daily journal reflections with Scripture to offer comfort for the hardship described.
It's all about getting even. We all know that women earn less than men, and unfortunately this also applies to the spoils of divorce. Veteran trial attorney and former divorce lawyer Stacy Schneider, Esq., knows what it takes to get women their fair share, and now, using examples from her own practice and her own divorce, she is making the strategies that worked for her available to you! In a single handbook, He Had It Coming answers your questions, calms your nerves, and walks you through the process with confidence and control. Centered around her one-of-a-kind Pre-Divorce Plan, Schneider guides you through a divorce lawsuit, revealing insider information, divorce success secrets, and tactics, including: the answer to the number one question asked by wives on the verge of divorce; crucial planning measures to implement before the papers are filed; a hidden asset search plan to help make sure you don't walk away with less than you deserve; tried-and-true stealth negotiation techniques to get you what you want; how you can possibly save thousands of dollars by handling aspects of divorce yourself; the way to hit a cheating spouse in his wallet. Packed with checklists, strategic tips, sample practice dialogues, and firsthand pointers, He Had It Coming is the ultimate companion guide for any woman changing her "I do" to an "I don't."
He Is...I Say examines Neil Diamond's singular place in the pantheon of popular music. David Wild--who has written about Diamond for Rolling Stone, penned the liner notes to a number of Diamond's anthologies, and produced Diamond's scandal-free episode of Behind the Music. Now he dares to turn on his "Heartlight," offering a moving and hilarious salute to his own Jewish Elvis based on his past interviews with the Solitary Man himself. An illuminating snapshot of a beloved American icon, He Is...I Say endearingly speaks to the condition of being a Diamondhead in a hipper-than-thou world, while fully illustrating exactly what it is that makes the man and the artist so special.
Four years ago, Amanda Stockton was forced to play a serial killer's twisted game of chance. Since then, she has retreated from the world, bearing the scar from her ordeal and the burden of a terrible secret. But when another woman is found dead, clutching a long-stemmed red rose, Amanda knows she can hide no longer. If there were any other way, Chief Logan Richards would never ask the only surviving victim for help. But it's clear this killer will not be stopped and Amanda is the only link. Torn between catching a madman and winning the trust of the woman he's come to love, Logan is caught in a dangerous game with Amanda. And there's no guarantee they'll come out on top.
He Leadeth Me is the deeply moving personal story of one man's spiritual odyssey and the unflagging faith which enabled him to survive the horrendous ordeal that wrenched his body and spirit to near collapse. Captured by the Russian army during World War II and convicted of being a "Vatican spy," American Jesuit Father Walter J. Ciszek spent some 23 agonizing years in Soviet prisons and the labor camps of Siberia. He here recalls how it was only through an utter reliance on God's will that he managed to endure. He tells of the courage he found in prayer-a courage that eased the loneliness, the pain, the frustrations, the anguish, the fears, the despair. For, as Ciszek relates, the solace of spiritual contemplation gave him an inner serenity upon which he was able to draw amidst the "arrogance of evil" that surrounded him. Learning to accept even the inhuman work of toiling in the infamous Siberian salt mines as a labor pleasing to God, he was able to turn adverse forces into a source of positive value and a means of drawing closer to the compassionate and never-forsaking Divine Spirit. He Leadeth Me is a book to inspire all Christians to greater faith and trust in God-even in their darkest hour.
Her heart may be in the right place. . . but her soul belongs to Satan. Being Satan's most infamous minion is the only life Becca Gibbs has ever known. But now she's restless, sick and tired of stealing souls, and ready to break free on her own. Unfortunately, this gig isn't like any other job. Its first rule: Walk out on the Devil-and kiss your life good-bye. Nick Rawlings is the last of the Markku, a race of fighters that broke from Hell to pull for the good. When his sister goes missing, and her ransom is the death of Satan, Nick's more than willing to take on the fight. The first step? Getting the devil's sexy right-hand helper on his side. The second? Well, if he can take his eyes-and hands-off of her, he's sure he'll think of it. . .
Women everywhere can see how their men stack up when they take this laugh-filled, eye-opening relationship exam. Ladies find out if their partner really cares through assessments like: the Big "O": Orgasms are the quintessential peak of any intimate relationship, and one that in the past was rarely discussed. But times have changed and now every aspect of a love dance is fair game. When it comes to the big "O", your guy has opinions: A. Orgasms? Isn't that the art of Japanese paper folding? B. You're no Meg Ryan, but you can -and do-fool him on a regular basis. C. He caught you faking and insisted on a "getting to know you" lesson. You've never had to do it again. D. He's your sex slave.And then find out how he scores...This humorously prescriptive book will have readers plucking flower petals no more!
Alison has never had a boyfriend-- or even a date! She plays piano with a band and spends her weekends performing at parties and dances. She works hard, and she has no time for anything except school and work. When she meets Ted it looks like an impossible relationship. Ted is just as busy as she is. And they don't even go to the same school. Still, he asks for Alison's phone number, and Alison begins to hope that maybe--just maybe--her life is going to change. ...
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