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They came from outer space-tens of thousands of extraterrestrial beings-in gigantic spaceships the size of modern cities. Forced to leave a dying planet, they merely wanted a small share of the earth's natural resources in exchange for their vast knowledge of science and technology. Convincingly, they assured mankind that their mission was entirely peaceful... until the benevolent creatures began to multiply into an army of alien invaders. The horrifying reality of their peaceful mission became apparent when men, women and children-entire cities-began to vanish from the earth. As a daring TV journalist struggles to uncover the startling truth behind the alien visit to earth, a beautiful and brave young scientist fights for the survival of mankind. Gripped by a reign of terror reminiscent of Nazi Germany on a global scale, the entire human race is faced with the unavoidable possibility of extinction.
A sweeping threaded narrative of the global phenomenon known as the Vampire WarsMankind has been silently infected by millennia-old bacteria unknowingly exhumed by a scientific expedition in Antarctica. Now, in some rare cases, a person's so-called "junk DNA" becomes activated, and depending on their racial and ethnic heritage they begin to manifest one of the many diverse forms of the "others" that are the true basis for the legends of supernatural creatures. These aren't your usual vampires and werewolves--it goes much deeper than that. Conceived by Jonathan Maberry, V Wars features stories from various "frontlines" as reported by such contributors as Nancy Holder, Yvonne Navarro, James A. Moore, Gregory Frost, John Everson, Keith R. A. DeCandido, and Scott Nicholson (as well as Maberry himself, of course). The result is a compelling series of tales that create a unique chronicle of mankind's response to this sudden, hidden threat to humanity.
The V Zone answers those difficult and embarrassing questions women often are unable to ask their own doctor. Colette Bouchez, an award winning medical journalist, explains important health information in easy-to-understand language, and offers women a clear, concise plan for dealing with the most common gynecological complaints. In addition to describing currently available medical treatments, The V Zone reports on natural and alternative solutions, and helps navigate the wide array of over-the-counter products, including menstrual aids, home test kits, and feminine hygiene products. Know instantly what's safe to use, what's not, when it's okay to self-treat, and when it's time to seek professional care. Also included is the latest information on: vaginitis, painful sex urinary tract infections, yeast infections, STDs, and much more! With advice from over two dozen medical experts, The V Zone is the definitive guide women can turn to and rely on, today and for years to come.
The conclusion of the Pongal festival with colours sprinkled all over its body and sharpened horns, the bull from nearby Arittapatti, drove away every one who attempted for supremacy between man and the beast.
Getting out of a mental asylum where she has lived for the past 10 years, Muriel Axon is ready for vengeance. She has scores to settle with her welfare worker Isabel and her neighbor Colin. Sequel to Every Day Is Mother's Day.
Ruled by the Mistress of the Skewed Throne, the city of Amenkor has just survived a devastating invasion, paying a terrible price both in the loss of lives and destruction in the city itself. Yet perhaps the most crucial loss is the throne of Amenkor-the true seat of power in every sense-now totally drained of the magic, knowledge, life force, and memories of previous rulers. The city's only hope lies with its sometime ally, the city of Venitte, home to the throne that is twin in power to Amenkor's, the two created at the same time by a magic that no one can now duplicate.
When his parents go to Africa to work as missionaries, twelve-year-old Henry's eccentric aunts, Pigg and Mag, take him on a cross-country car trip, allowing him to gain insight into his family and himself.
Everyone needs a break sometimes, especially during the summer. After all, what's more relaxing, and more romantic, than a midnight stroll through Paris? Or the way the moon reflects off the ocean? And if your mesmerizing, sexy date happens to be ready to nibble your neck, who would want to say no?Vacations are a perfect time to indulge, so why not spend a little quality time with these immortal hunks in three luscious tales of hot getaways. Treat yourself to a little bit of summer moonlight with these tales brought to you by Michele Hauf, Kendra Leigh Castle and Lisa Childs.
From the cover of Time magazine to high-profile celebrity crusades, childhood vaccines are one of the most intensely debated topics affecting parents today. The Vaccine Answer Book cuts through the controversy, giving parents impartial answers to more than 200 of the top questions about vaccines. Written by an experienced MD who is also a father of four, this pocketsize reference guide includes essential basic information about vaccines and the public health rationale behind them, a complete explanation of the recommended vaccine schedule for children, and detailed information on each specific vaccine. It also includes full disclosure of all the possible vaccine side effects, situations when you shouldn't vaccinate, and an unbiased explanation of recent controversies involving vaccines, including the purported link between vaccines and autism. The Vaccine Answer Book is a parent's must-have guide to fully understanding this hot-button issue and making confident, informed decisions. Readers will find trusted answers to questions such as: * How effective are vaccines? * What is thimerosal and why was it removed from childhood vaccines? * Is there a link between MMR and autism? * What should I do if I decide that I don't want to vaccinate my child or want to choose an alternative vaccine schedule? * Is it better to get vaccinations in a group or to spread them out?
A balanced look at vaccines so you can make an informed decision.
Vaccine Manufacturing and Production is an invaluable reference on how to produce a vaccine - from beginning to end - addressing all classes of vaccines from a processing, production, and regulatory viewpoint. It will provide comprehensive information on the various fields involved in the production of vaccines, from fermentation, purification, formulation, to regulatory filing and facility designs. In recent years, there have been tremendous advances in all aspects of vaccine manufacturing. Improved technology and growth media have been developed for the production of cell culture with high cell density or fermentation. Vaccine Manufacturing and Production will serve as a reference on all aspects of vaccine production by providing an in-depth description of the available technologies for making different types of vaccines and the current thinking in facility designs and supply issues. This book will provide insight to the issues scientists face when producing a vaccine, the steps that are involved, and will serve as a reference tool regarding state-of-the-art vaccine manufacturing technologies and facility set-up.Highlights include:Comprehensive coverage of vaccine production : from a process point of view- fermentation to purification to formulation developments; from a production point of view - from facility design to manufacturing; and from a regulatory point of view - requirements from government agenciesAuthors from different major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companiesDescribes the challenges and issues involved in vaccine production and manufacturing of the different classes of vaccines, an area not covered by other books currently on the market
The CDC's bloated vaccine schedule has doubled since 1988, after the federal government gave pharmaceutical companies immunity from lawsuits. Autism and other childhood disorders like asthma, ADHD, juvenile diabetes and digestive ailments have skyrocketed. And parents are understandably nervous, desperate for objective guidance that takes those concerns seriously.Vaccines 2.0 looks at the lengthy roster of today's recommended injections, the documented risks that accompany them, and helps parents choose a schedule based on unbiased, uncensored, unconflicted science. From whether to get a flu shot during pregnancy--and how to avoid dangerous mercury if you do--to the Hep B shot within hours of birth, to the controversial Gardasil vaccine for preteens, Vaccines 2.0/i> provides the tools to decide for yourself.The three sections cover: Why should you care? What should you know? What can you do? The exclusive Risk-Reward Assessment assigns a numerical score to each of the 14 recommended vaccines. Also included is information on learning to spot, report and treat side effects; talking to your doctor and finding a sympathetic one if you can't, and comparing alternative schedules if you decide to delay or skip shots. When it comes to your child, it's your choice. Vaccines 2.0 will give you the information you need to choose wisely.
Paul A. Offit and Charlotte A. Moser answer questions about the science and safety of modern vaccines. In straightforward prose, they explain how vaccines work, how they are made, and how they are tested. Most important, they separate the real risks of vaccines from feared but unfounded risks. Offit and Moser address parental fears that children may receive too many vaccines too early, that the HPV vaccine may cause chronic fatigue or other dangerous side effects, that additives and preservatives in vaccines cause autism, and that vaccines might do more harm than good. There couldnt be a better moment or more pressing need for this book, which offers honesty--instead of hype--in the quest to protect childrens health.
The History and Biography of Vaccines against Infectious Diseases is a multi-authored book, written for an academic audience but accessible to a general readership as well. The book examines the human stories that underlie the development of vaccines against infectious diseases. Each chapter traces the lineage of a vaccine by examining the people behind the scientific hypotheses and discoveries that led to vaccine breakthroughs. These stories are firmly anchored in their historical context, as the "biography" of a vaccine generally has its origins in a medical problem rooted within a social context that subsequently engages scientists and enlists others in the eventual solution. A prominent theme woven throughout the book is the interdependence of incremental scientific advances and investigators on one another and how such advances ultimately led to practical, preventive solutions to major public health problems in society. Additionally, the human aspect of various pivotal events in the histories of specific vaccines are illustrated--this includes scientific and political hurdles and details of clinical trial controversies. In this fashion the work interweaves scientific themes, personal stories of those involved, and the sociohistorical context in which they worked in a manner that illustrates their inter-relatedness and provides the reader with exciting accounts of these advances.
This authorized biography of Havel, based on unrestricted access to him, his circle, and even his enemies, is not only the first definitive account of one of the modern world's great moral and political leaders but also a vivid panorama of the tumultuous events of his times. Havel's life, like that of his African counterpart Nelson Mandela, has been shaped and determined by the large political shifts of the twentieth century. Readers will taste the moments of joy, irony, farce, and misfortune through which he has lived, and realize that he has taught the world more about the powerful and the powerless, power-grabbing and power-sharing, than virtually anyone else on the world stage.
From internationally bestselling author Bernard Cornwell comes the eagerly anticipated sequel in his acclaimed Grail Quest series, in which a young archer sets out to avenge his family's honor on the battlefields of the Hundred Years' War and winds up on a quest for the Holy Grail.1347: a year of war and unrest. England's army is fighting in France, and its absence encourages the Scots to invade the old enemy. Thomas of Hookton, sent back to England to follow an ancient trail that suggests his family once owned the Holy Grail, instead becomes embroiled in the savage fight when the Scots come to Durham. Out of the horror he finds a new companion for the quest but also discovers a new and sinister enemy in a Dominican Inquisitor.All Europe wants the grail. Many may doubt it even exists, but no one would willingly allow an enemy to find Christendom's most precious relic, and Thomas finds himself in a murderous race with the Inquisitor and with Guy de Vexille, the mysterious black rider who murdered Thomas's father (in The Archer's Tale).Thomas appears to have an advantage in the race. His father bequeathed him a mysterious notebook that confirms the grail's existence and offers clues to where the relic might be hidden. But his rivals, inspired by a fanatical religious fervor, have their own advantage--the torture chamber of the Inquisition. Thomas, seeking help to decipher the book's cryptic pages, is delivered instead to his worst enemies.He finds refuge in Brittany, with Jeanette, the Countess of Armorica, but fate will not let him rest. He is thrust into one of the bloodiest and most desperate fights of the Hundred Years' War, the Battle of la Roche-Derrien, and amid the flames, arrows, and butchery of that night, he faces his enemies again.
Vagabonding is about taking time off from your normal life--from six weeks to four months to two years--to discover and experience the world on your own terms. Veteran shoestring traveler Rolf Potts shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel. Potts gives the necessary information on: * financing your travel time * determining your destination * adjusting to life on the road * working and volunteering overseas * handling travel adversity * re-assimilating back into ordinary life Not just a plan of action, vagabonding is an outlook on life that emphasizes creativity, discovery, and the growth of the spirit. Visit the vagabonding community's hub at www. vagabonding. net. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Cabot and his friend Marcus, of Ar's Station, who have been spying for Ar in the Cosian encampments, now seek the long-inert forces of Ar to report acquired intelligence to their commander, Saphronicus, who proves to be of the treasonous party of Ar. Cabot and Marcus are placed under arrest, as spies. Primary forces of Ar, largely inactive in recent months, are now to pursue Cosian forces withdrawing from Ar's Station, through the vast Vosk delta to the sea. The Cosian forces, however, have avoided the delta, and the delta campaign is a ruse to decimate the armed might of Ar, to use as a weapon the marshes and swamps of the delta itself, their treacherous, trackless wildernesses and wastes, the quicksand, the insects, the serpents and reptiles, the local populations, to deliver a final decisive blow to what was once the unchallenged splendor and power of Gor's finest infantry.Rediscover this brilliantly imagined world where men are masters and women live to serve their every desire.
"I was worried about vaginas. I was worried about what we think about vaginas, and even more worried that we don't think about them... So I decided to talk to women about their vaginas, to do vagina interviews, which became vagina monologues. I talked with over two hundred women. I talked to old women, young women, married women, single women, lesbians, college professors, actors, corporate professionals, sex workers, African American women, Hispanic women, Asian American women, Native American women, Caucasian women, Jewish women. At first women were reluctant to talk. They were a little shy. But once they got going, you couldn't stop them." So begins Eve Ensler's hilarious, eye-opening tour into the last frontier, the forbidden zone at the heart of every woman. Adapted from the award-winning one-woman show that's rocked audiences around the world, this groundbreaking book gives voice to a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant, and thoroughly human stories, transforming the question mark hovering over the female anatomy into a permanent victory sign. With laughter and compassion, Ensler transports her audiences to a world we've never dared to know, guaranteeing that no one who reads The Vagina Monologues will ever look at a woman's body the same way again.
Theresa had loved Xavier de Montago since she was a 14-year-old girl and he already a married man. Now, seven years later, incredibly, intoxicatingly, she was Xavier's new wife, coming to be mistress of his fabulous estate of Valago Crest. Xavier made no secret of his adoration of her, the overwhelming force of his desire. Yet why did he forbid her all knowledge of the fate of his first wife? Why did he force her to vow never to have any contact with his handsome, charming younger brother? Why was this man, with so much to make him happy, so tormented by secret agony and so ruled by a violent rage that flared out of control? No longer did Theresa burn with longing for Xavier. Now she trembled at his approach and froze at his touch, as she realized that she was his, body and soul, ... and the talons of terror tore at the wildly beating heart of love.
The most dangerous man to cross is one who isn't afraid to die. But the most deadly is one who doesn't want to live. And Spenser has just lost the woman who made life his #1 priority.So when a religious sect kidnaps a pretty young dancer, no death threat can make Spenser cut and run. Now a hit man's bullet is wearing Spenser's name. But Boston's big boys don't know Spenser's ready and willing to meet death more than halfway.
If being human means to experience love, fear, joy... then Valentina is human, but she's also a computer program - the single self-aware being on the vast unliving network.
From beguilingNew York Timesbestselling author Jane Feather comes this classic tale brimming with intrigue and passion. A quirk of fate has made Sylvester Gilbraith the heir of his sworn enemy, the earl of Stoneridge. But there's a catch: To claim his inheritance, he has to marry one of the earl's four granddaughters. The magnetically handsome nobleman has no choice but to comply with the terms of the will, yet when he descends on Stoneridge Manor prepared to charm his way into a fortune, he finds that the lady who intrigues him most has no intention of becoming his bride. Maddeningly beautiful and utterly impossible, Theodora Belmont refuses to admit to the chemistry between them, even when she's passionately locked in his embrace. But soon the day will come when the raven-haired vixen will give anything to be Sylvester's bride-and risk everything to defend his honor . . . and his life.
Jillian Talbot has a beautiful home in New York's Greenwich Village, a string of bestselling suspense novels, a handsome and adoring lover. She has something else too. A special fan who sends her pretty, heart-shaped messages-with an unmistakable warning in blood-red letters. A killer has invaded her privileged sanctuary. Soon he will imprison her in a nightmare more real than the fiction she creates.
Aviva faces problems when orphaned Josh comes to live with them.