Caleb Roberts

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Mastering JavaScript High Performance
Mastering JavaScript High Performance
Mastering JavaScript High Performance by Chad R. Adams. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
MONGODB ECOSYSTEM - JOB MARKET DEMAND: REPORT 2
MONGODB ECOSYSTEM - JOB MARKET DEMAND: REPORT 2
MONGODB ECOSYSTEM - JOB MARKET DEMAND: REPORT 2 by CURIOSITY PUBLISHERS. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mongodb category.
La dernière chanson (French Edition)
La dernière chanson (French Edition)
La dernière chanson (French Edition) by Nicholas Sparks and Jean-Noël Chatain. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 14 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Sexy Boss (Compromise me 1) (German Edition)
Sexy Boss (Compromise me 1) (German Edition)
Sexy Boss (Compromise me 1) (German Edition) by Samanthe Beck and Christine Heinzius. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Gray Mountain: A Novel
Gray Mountain: A Novel
Gray Mountain: A Novel by John Grisham. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 20291 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Lone Witness (Atlanta Justice Book #2)
Lone Witness (Atlanta Justice Book #2)
Lone Witness (Atlanta Justice Book #2) by Rachel Dylan. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 139 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
L'informateur (Thrillers) (French Edition)
L'informateur (Thrillers) (French Edition)
L'informateur (Thrillers) (French Edition) by John Grisham. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 49 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Dark Tower: The Long Road Home
Dark Tower: The Long Road Home
Dark Tower: The Long Road Home by Stephen King , Peter David , et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 104 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
High-Performance Java Persistence
High-Performance Java Persistence
High-Performance Java Persistence by Vlad Mihalcea. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 35 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java Swing
Java Swing
Java Swing by Marc Loy , Robert Eckstein , et al.. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 50 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Python Programming: Learn Python in a Week and Master It. An Hands-On Introduction to Computer Programming and Algorithms, a Project-Based Guide with Practical Exercises (7 Days Crash Course, Book 1)
Python Programming: Learn Python in a Week and Master It. An Hands-On Introduction to Computer Programming and Algorithms, a Project-Based Guide with Practical Exercises (7 Days Crash Course, Book 1)
Python Programming: Learn Python in a Week and Master It. An Hands-On Introduction to Computer Programming and Algorithms, a Project-Based Guide with Practical Exercises (7 Days Crash Course, Book 1) by Computer Programming Academy, Jeff Bower, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 18 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Python: Visual QuickStart Guide
Python: Visual QuickStart Guide
Python: Visual QuickStart Guide by To. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
The Python Apprentice
The Python Apprentice
The Python Apprentice by Robert Smallshire and Austin Bingham. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Face Off PHP + MySQL programming examples(Chinese Edition)
Face Off PHP + MySQL programming examples(Chinese Edition)
Face Off PHP + MySQL programming examples(Chinese Edition) by WANG PENG LEI FU QIANG LI ZHI ZHONG DENG BIAN ZHU. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Data Warehousing Essentials
Data Warehousing Essentials
Data Warehousing Essentials by Julio Bolton. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Large-Scale Scientific Computing: 7th International Conference, LSSC 2009, Sozopol, Bulgaria, June 4-8, 2009 Revised Papers (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (5910))
Large-Scale Scientific Computing: 7th International Conference, LSSC 2009, Sozopol, Bulgaria, June 4-8, 2009 Revised Papers (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (5910))
Large-Scale Scientific Computing: 7th International Conference, LSSC 2009, Sozopol, Bulgaria, June 4-8, 2009 Revised Papers (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (5910)) by Ivan Lirkov, Svetozar D. Margenov, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
JULIA: todo En Espanol (Spanish Edition)
JULIA: todo En Espanol (Spanish Edition)
JULIA: todo En Espanol (Spanish Edition) by Colin Cromwell. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, Expanded Third Edition
Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, Expanded Third Edition
Poor Charlie's Almanac has been on my reading list for the last couple of years. It took me a six-month sabbatical (and then some) to get through it. This is a testament to the information, lessons, references and stories from Charlie Munger. Fundamentally, this book is an encyclopedia of information on what it takes to be successful and to achieve greatness in what it is you want to do in life; all from a very successful and extremely well read (and connected) 90-ish year old billionaire!

Let's be clear, this is not a book that you can quickly skim through, but rather a book you spend quality time with every day; for a good couple of months. This way you're giving yourself the best change of retaining all of Charlie's tidbits of wisdom. One of the great things about this book is the plethora of quotes from successful entrepreneurs, historians, philosophers alike whose ideas and writings have survived the test of time.

Suffice to say, this is one of those books I'm going to re-read, reference and quote for the rest of my life. Well worth a purchase!

Three Key Takeaways from the book:
1. Charlie knows no wise people who didn't read all the time. It is more than just reading though, one has to grab ideas and do sensible things. Most people do not identify ideas, and if they do, they do not know what to do with them
2. Diversification in investing is something that Charlie doesn't believe in. His recommendation is to choose three good company stocks and invest accordingly. Interesting approach given most financial advisors typically recommend the opposite
3. Self-pity is always counter-productive, It's the wrong way to think. And when you avoid it you get a great advantage over everybody else or almost everybody else, because self-pity is a standard response. And you can train yourself out of it
Elon Musk: This Book Is about Rockets
Elon Musk: This Book Is about Rockets
 Evan Loomis and Levi Bethune have put together a fantastic book here: it's playfully laid out in a way that really engages kids, has great illustrations, and it gives kids the opportunity to dream big. I have 5 kids, ages 12 to 2, and they all love the book.

Here's a clip I grabbed this weekend when I saw two of my kids reading it together. As you can see, the 2-year old has learned her cue: "Rockets!" And my 11-year old was telling me yesterday that she wants to invent things . . . I don't think that aspiration came out of the blue.
Elon Musk: Como o CEO bilionário da SpaceX e da Tesla está moldando o nosso futuro (Portuguese Edition)
Elon Musk: Como o CEO bilionário da SpaceX e da Tesla está moldando o nosso futuro (Portuguese Edition)
Como uma pessoa considerada por muitos arrogante, que humilha e não sabe lidar com seus funcionários, consegue despertar admiração dos mesmos e inspirar uma geração?

Isto foi o que fiquei me perguntando enquanto lia este livro. E cheguei a conclusão que dois pontos foram de suma importância: O propósito de vida muito bem definido de Musk alinhado com seu desejo de fazê-lo da melhor forma possível, saindo do 'mais do mesmo'.

Elon tem muito bem definido qual seu objetivo na vida e não perde o foco do seu propósito. Suas ações estão sempre alinhadas aos seus pensamentos de longo prazo e ele não mede esforços para conseguir o que quer.

Como se já não bastasse pensar grande, Musk revolucionou o modo tradicional com que as coisas estavam sendo realizadas. Ele poderia seguir a maré e construir foguetes ou carros no padrão que a indústria estava acostumada a fazer, seria bem mais fácil, mas ele entendia que os processos poderiam ser melhorados e muito, e sua inteligência e dedicação mostrou que ele estava certo.
Gaat niet bestaat niet (Dutch Edition)
Gaat niet bestaat niet (Dutch Edition)
Gaat niet bestaat niet (Dutch Edition) by Richard Branson. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Richard Branson" category.
The Triumph of an Idea; the Story of Henry Ford
The Triumph of an Idea; the Story of Henry Ford
Well….if you’re looking for a book that paints a true picture of Henry Ford, then this book – originally written in the 1920s, and published in 1935 – is not it. The book reads more like an advertisement than a biography. Ford, his business practices, and his automobiles are praised Ad nauseam. He is portrayed as a man who never made mistakes; if he made money, he was a brilliant businessman. If he lost money, it was because he was more concerned about doing the right thing than worrying about his bottom line. He is represented as having had a marvelous sense of social justice: a man who instituted high minimum wages for his workers, and provided work for those with disabilities and criminal records. Some of the praise is no-doubt warranted, but it’s hard to say how much because this book is so very-obviously biased. A Google-search on Ford and the minimum wage, (for example) suggests that in raising his wages, Ford was motivated more by minimizing turnover than by any real desire for social reform.

While the Wikipedia article on Henry Ford is far more informative than this book in regards to the man himself, this book is nonetheless a fascinating read. The very nature of the book as an unabashedly-triumphal story of the expansion of industry is itself interesting. In an age when we worry about CO2 emissions and climate change, this book trumpets the expansion of the automobile industry in glowing terms.

That’s not the only interesting history told. Every chapter of the book begins with a chronology of important historical events that took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s. In 1935, these interludes were presumably meant to provide context, and to remind readers of “how far we’ve come”. In the modern day, they serve the same function, though not precisely in the way the author intended! It is wonderful to read about the events and people of those years as seen through the lens of a contemporary. Some of the events discussed are well-known to modern readers – the sinking of the Titanic, for example, or the pioneering flight of Charles Lindberg. But other catastrophes and events of equal or greater proportion that no doubt captured the hearts and minds of the public at the time have been all-but-forgotten. Incidentally, I was reminded (as I always am when I read history like this) how casually lives were lost one hundred years ago, and it made me happy to be living in an age of regulation and oversight.

The bottom line is that you if you want to learn about Henry Ford, you’re better off looking elsewhere. But if the style and substance of a 1930s extended advertisement, mixed with tidbits of history sounds interesting – or at least entertaining – then this short book is worth a few hours.
Old-Fashioned Valentine Postcards: 24 Full-Color Ready-to-Mail Cards from the Collections of Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
Old-Fashioned Valentine Postcards: 24 Full-Color Ready-to-Mail Cards from the Collections of Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
天使、子供たち、ハート、お花・・・豪華なビクトリアンの世界が好きな方にはとてもお勧めです。1908年から1917年当時に実際に作られたポストカード24枚のリプロダクションです。天使(cherub)のカード16枚、子供のカード5枚、お花のみのデザイン3枚、その他1枚といった感じです(重複カウントあり)。
買う前は、表紙の絵はかわいいけれど中身はどうだろうとドキドキでしたが、届いて中を見た途端、これは正解だと思いました。アンティークのポストカードは、エンボスや色のあせ具合に味があるので、リプロダクションは本来あまり好きではないのですが、こちらの本のカードはそういうものを差し引いても、絵柄を見るだけでも楽しいコレクションだと思います。実際に使用するのはもちろん、このようなものがお好きな方へのプレゼントにしても、喜ばれると思います。
2017 President Donald Trump Inaugural Silver EAGLE Commemorative Novelty Coin 38mm. 45th President of the United States of America CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY
2017 President Donald Trump Inaugural Silver EAGLE Commemorative Novelty Coin 38mm. 45th President of the United States of America CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY
Came as described except for the certificate of authenticity card that was shown on the item description page. After seeing the shipping package that it came from China, I'm not surprised. Would have liked for this to have been made in the U.S. As an immigrant who came here legally, waited, took the test, and took an oath to abide by the laws of this union and to protect this union from all threats foreign and domestic, I am appalled by the left leaning media that represents anyone who is not a liberal as being white supremacists. There are law abiding citizens who believe in the rule of law and the vote and who believe that the extreme right are kept in check by the laws and the Constitution, but the extreme left is given maintream voice in the media to advocate the breaking of U.S. laws. Every decade, I see the center moderate voices overdrowned not by the extreme right who are kept in check, but by the extreme left, and the middle class dwindling.
EDECOA 3000W Power Inverter Modified Sine Wave DC 12V to AC 110V Converter with Remote Controller and AC Terminal Block LCD Display
EDECOA 3000W Power Inverter Modified Sine Wave DC 12V to AC 110V Converter with Remote Controller and AC Terminal Block LCD Display
Looks like a great product and works well using with car battery. I like the cables that are matched for the maxmum wattage and the build quality is impressive. I would have liked a more detailed instruction booklet that was specific to this inverter and the hardwire terminal feature. The inverter does not have USB outlets and only two three prong outlets along with the hardwire terminal.
Jordan Air 1 High Zip Premium Women's Shoe
Jordan Air 1 High Zip Premium Women's Shoe
I initially passed on this shoe but saw it in person at a Nike store. I tried in on at Nike but I couldn’t get my foot into my regular size of 9.5 and I had to size up one full size to 10.5. I have a high in step so it was a challenging to zip but hopefully the elastic will loosen as a wear it. Not for wide feet. Other than that these are good looking shoes!
Premium Bamboo Toothbrush Medium Firm by Bali Boo - Family Pack of 4 - Bamboo Charcoal Infused Bristles - Natural Teeth Whitening & Gum Line Hygiene - Eco Friendly Zero Waste Toothbrush (4 Medium)
Premium Bamboo Toothbrush Medium Firm by Bali Boo - Family Pack of 4 - Bamboo Charcoal Infused Bristles - Natural Teeth Whitening & Gum Line Hygiene - Eco Friendly Zero Waste Toothbrush (4 Medium)
Bamboo Charcoal Bristles? Bamboo Handle? Biodegradable Cardboard Packaging? Sound like we finally have toothbrushes that don't destroy the environment in any way (well, except maybe for manufacturing; no idea about how that is going). At any rate...

While materials have come a long way, design still needs some work. The handle isn't comfortable, the head is too thick (bumped into my teeth). Bristles are also too narrow.

Overall, kind of hard to brush my teeth with these, not very effective for actually brushing due to non-ergonomic design that is improperly angled to actually clean teeth effectively.

However, these new toothbrushes are...new. Give it time. I expect the design will continue to improve in time. Hopefully plastic toothbrushes will soon be a thing of the past.
Marvel Captain America Shield Pewter Key Ring
Marvel Captain America Shield Pewter Key Ring
It’s an excellent key ring, but useless in actual battle. It would be increasingly difficult to block live fire in combat, but that’s not gonna stop my buddy and I from conducting our testing in the field down the road.

*Update* My buddy is an absolute terrible shot. My right wrist is now bandages And sewn and the doctor said I’m lucky I didn’t injure my tendons more than I did. I’m gonna try holding it with my left hand this time and have my buddy step closer so he doesn’t miss.

*Update* The buddy is now typing this because I apparently can’t shoot well at even shorter distance. Still unsure if the shield can block a bullet but, I’m still maintaining my defense that this experiment would have already been completed if the consumer of the shield keychain would have held steady instead of having his hands shake in what can only be described as a cowardice seizure.

Hope the review helps!
Dragon Ball (VIZBIG Edition), Vol. 1: The Quest for the Seven Dragon Balls (1)
Dragon Ball (VIZBIG Edition), Vol. 1: The Quest for the Seven Dragon Balls (1)
The Dragon Ball franchise - known by anyone and everyone across the globe for its action-packed fighting sequences, memorable voices and lest we forget wasting entire episodes to charge up world-destroying techniques. But of course, every franchise starts off small, and as with most other franchises, Dragon Ball began as a manga running in the Japanese magazine Shonen Jump in 1984.

The story revolves around Son Goku, a rather dim-witted, monkey-tailed boy living in the eastern region of Mount Paozu in the home of his late adoptive grandfather. But his life is changed indefinitely when he encounters a young woman from the cities of the West named Bulma who is searching for the seven magical eponymous Dragon Balls, which upon being gathered are said to grant any one wish. Holding onto the Four-Star Dragon Ball, a memento of his Grandpa Gohan, Goku joins Bulma on her quest across the globe in search of the Dragon Balls in the hopes of becoming a powerful fighter, making friends and foes alike along the way, including Yamcha, a desert bandit who's petrified of girls, Oolong, a shape-shifting pig, and Muten Roshi, a perverted old hermit said to be one of the strongest martial artists in the world.

The ViZBIG editions of the Dragon Ball manga pack together three volumes into a single book, and the first volume covers the beginning of Goku's journey up until his participation in the Tenka-ichi Budokai tournament. With a rather astounding five-hundred pages of globe-trotting comedic story, it is most certainly worth the purchase for newcomers to the series who wish to easily access the manga without collecting the individual 42 volumes. Panels are consistent, clear and easy to read with the book's size. Long-time fans of the franchise, however, may debate as to the quality of these releases. While the ViZBIG editions are much larger in both page size and volume compared to their original releases, the localization and censorship in the volumes can make reading rather bothersome for those who enjoy experiencing the content as it was intended to be experienced. For newcomers, however, censorship is easily negligible. Dialogue, on the other hand, can either be irritant or negligible depending on how the reader prefers writing styles, as most characters, Goku especially, are made to sound like illiterate 'bumpkins' with shortened phrases such as "Wuzzat?" and "Can'tcha," while other characters, such as Yamcha, are made to sound too formal at times where it doesn't suit, responding to other characters with phrases such as "Indeed!".

Censorship and dialogue aside, however, the manga overall is a wonderful experience for first-time readers of the franchise's content, and is splendid at providing the initial push into the universe of Son Goku and his friends.
L'Apprenti Mangaka (Shônen) (French Edition)
L'Apprenti Mangaka (Shônen) (French Edition)
Le contenu du livre en détail : Il y a principalement 3 grandes parties dans "l'apprenti mangaka" : il commence avec "L'art du manga", il s'agit d'une histoire façon manga où un personnage représentant Toriyama donne des leçons à un élève débutant. C'est drôle et intéressant mais ça ne dure que 50 pages. Après on a la partie "L'école Toriyama" où il nous donne de nombreux conseils en tout genre sur le matériel à utiliser, sur les personnages, sur le dessin, sur les codes à respecter dans le manga pour qu'il soit agréable à lire, etc... Disons que c'est la partie du livre la plus "classique" (70 pages). Enfin on termine avec les "Exposés" des pages de mangas envoyées par des enfants de 10~14 ans que Toriyama analyse et corrige pour montrer les erreurs à éviter, c'est assez intéressant et amusant de lire les critiques de Toriyama (40 pages). Après cela il reste juste 10 pages où Toriyama nous explique étape après étape comment il dessine le visage de 5 personnages issus de Dr. Slump (Aralé, Gajira, Senbeï, Kinoko, Suppaman).

Mon avis : Plutôt sympathique et intéressant, en fait contrairement à un livre pédagogique classique il y a pas mal d'humour et de décontraction, il n'y a aucun long paragraphe qui explique le pourquoi du comment, au lieu de ça il y a des dessins sur toutes les pages accompagnés de courtes explications. Toriyama donne beaucoup de petits conseils divers et variés que ce soit sur les personnages, le dessin, le matériel, la composition d'un manga, etc... Il y a pas mal de petites choses à prendre, on en ressort avec les idées plus claires. Maintenant c'est vrai qu'il y a finalement peu de conseils techniques pour apprendre à dessiner (par rapport aux autres livres du genre), il faut préciser que Toriyama nous parle de sa manière à lui de penser le manga (un style humoristique et des personnages fantaisistes). Je remarque aussi qu'il y a un peu de répétitions dans le livre, en fait les différentes parties ont d'abord été publiées séparément avant d'être réunies pour en faire un bouquin. Bon à ce prix-là je n'ai pas envie de trop lui en demander, il y a pas mal de conseils utiles et les amateurs de mangas apprécieront de recevoir les leçons de maître Toriyama.

Pour terminer je précise que le bouquin (ou l'une de ses parties) date de 1984 (1997 c'est l'édition française), il a 30 ans au moment où j'écris donc il y a forcément des choses qui ont évolué dans le manga, je ne sais pas si Toriyama a écrit d'autres manuels de ce genre entre-temps mais malgré les bons points du bouquin, il faut bien reconnaître que "l'apprenti mangaka" n'est plus tout à fait de première jeunesse. Et pour info il n'y aucune image ou référence à Dragon Ball à l'intérieur du manga contrairement à ce que la couverture pourrait laisser penser.
Private India: City on Fire
Private India: City on Fire
Bollywood (India's Hindi movie industry based out of Mumbai formerly Bombay) is not known for action-thrillers though it does make a lot of thrillers with murder-suspense, terrorism, and mostly gangster themes and it would do well to read this book and consider a movie adaptation of the same! The joint duo of American, James Patterson (Alex Cross novels) and Indian, Ashwin Sanghi (apparently India's "Lord of The Rings" meets "Da Vinci Code" thriller writer who has so far written three novels that I have not read) do such a superb Indo-American co-authoring of a pulse-pounding, page-turning, and edge-of-the-seat body-pileup thriller filled with myriad colorful Indian characters based in India's NYC-meets-LA city of Mumbai, that it makes you wonder: is this book a mish-mash of Bollywood thrillers or is it custom-written to be adapted into a Bollywood movie? The book moves at such a lightning pace that I finished it over a weekend (my fastest read ever)! The only element missing in this novel, are the songs-and-dances!! However, to be fair, the motive (trying not to give any spoilers) behind the serial-killings was a little unconvincing and the climax, a bit of a let-down but it would make sense to Indians and those who are aware (SPOILER ALERT!!) that there were indeed a string of murders committed by an unknown and un-apprehended killer (or killers?) who stalked the streets of Mumbai and Kolkatta back in '85-'90 and who murdered about 26 homeless people in both cities put together, by smashing their heads with a stone (earning the name "the stoneman" or "pathar-maar" in Hindi). Rumor has it, the killer(or killers?) had a religious/superstitious belief that pleasing a goddess with a certain number of human sacrifices would rid themselves of their impotence. Another historical accuracy and factual reference of this novel is the that of India's "Thugee" cult of murderers who used to kill and rob hordes of travelers by either first hoodwinking them to gain their trust and strangling them with a handkerchief ("rumaal" in Hindi) in their sleep or just ambushing and strangling them. The British did eliminate this cult in pre-independence India (refer to Pierce Brosnan starrer "The Deceivers"). The Hindi word for cheat is "thug" which was anglicized to become the current English word "thug", which means hood. Apart from that, the city of Mumbai and India in general being a frequent target of terrorists sponsored by her neighbor to the west, was dead-on. I enjoyed reading all of this material and was beaming in approval at the accuracy of this novel in blending history and fact with fiction.
The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin
The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin
The best part about any kids book is the way they teach a lesson by adding it into a story, and nobody does that more consistently than the Berenstains with their Berenstain Bear books. This one was no different and uses Papa Bear instead of the children to teach about jealousy and rivalry.
Case Closed, Vol. 18
Case Closed, Vol. 18
If you love the Case Closed/ Detective Conan series, this is a great book to get. In this book, the audience is introduced to the new character, Anita Hailey/ Ai Hibara. Seems she has ties to the Black Organization and knows that Conan is really Jimmy. She is a very intriguing character so this is definitely a book I recommend. This book also contains a story where we find out about Jimmy's first love, which is a fun read.
Montana SEAL (Brotherhood Protectors Book 1)
Montana SEAL (Brotherhood Protectors Book 1)
MONTANA SEAL has a Hollywood starlet (Sadie McClain) and a Navy SEAL (Hank Patterson) reuniting eleven years after they said goodbye. As teenagers they fell in love, but life and circumstances ended up tearing them apart. Now they're both back in the small Montana town they grew up in and their lives are about to converge once more. Sadie has a stalker and after an attempt on her life is in need of a bodyguard. Hank is recuperating from an injury after an op gone bad. He needs an objective, and who better to keep her safe than her former love? But as they fight their need and desire for each other they'll soon discover it's not only their lives on the line, but also their hearts...

This was another of those stories that had me on the fence. I really enjoyed the first 2/3 of it which was fast paced and engaging. I loved both Sadie and Hank who were just plain likable and obviously made for each other. I'm always a sucker for young lovers reunited, so this story called to me from the start. Then came the last 1/3 of the story and the sex scenes which just didn't seem to fit this couple and the strong emotions they had for one another. Instead their lovemaking felt tawdry and cheap to me. The villain was also so obvious that I thought I had to be wrong, which I wasn't. And the ending felt abrupt, didn't have a whole of resolution, and left me with multiple questions.

Overall I thought this story was slighter better than okay, but its not something I'll read again. Still, most of the characters were great. Even Hank's cranky old man I found rather endearing. He reminded me a bit of my father-in-law so maybe that's why. Then there was Sadie's brother and Hank's sister, both of whom I really liked too. In fact I already looked and saw her story is up next, which I'm honestly looking forward to. My only other issue with this story was the many typos and other mistakes that really started to annoy me. At one point Hank is called Henry, and I'm still not sure how Sadie's parents died. Were they on their way to dinner or going to see Sadie? Who knows...

Pages: The printed version is approximately 162 of 186 total pages.
Kindle Locations: The story itself ended at 86% and location 1889 of 2198 with the remainder being an excerpt for BRIDE PROTECTOR SEAL which is book 2 in the "Brotherhood Protectors" series, a note about the author, and a list of other books by Elle James.
Cliffords Tricks
Cliffords Tricks
Our younger daughter loved Clifford, the Big Red Dog. His gentle disposition and tendency to shake things up with his size just suited her funny bone perfectly. Although the stories are simple, the illustrations bring them into immediate contact with your sense of humor! Clifford's Tricks is a classic of this sort.
When a new family moves next door to Emily Elizabeth and Clifford, the potential for fun increases. Martha has a big dog named Bruno whom she loves very much and is extremely proud of. In fact, pride is a problem for Martha and it gets her into trouble.
The book is set up around Martha bragging about Bruno, and then Emily Elizabeth has Clifford do his thing . . . which totally upstages the normal, but fine, dog. Obviously, Clifford turns out to be bigger, can bark louder, can bring back larger items (while Bruno brings back a newspaper from the newsstand for Martha, Clifford brings back the newsstand itself), plays dead with more theatrics (he looks like a gunfighter who's just been shot in a TV Western), and make a more impressive "roll over" (unfortunately, he crushes a police car in the process and Dad has to talk to the policemen).
Martha then said, "Maybe Clifford is a little bigger and a little smarter, but I bet Bruno is braver." She directs Bruno to walk on the railing of a bridge crossing a river. Because he is a smart dog, he refuses. Martha hops up to show how easy it is to do. She falls into the river. Brave Bruno hops in too, but he's too small to save her. When Clifford pops in the water, he rises up under them with his snout like a submarine coming up for air and carries them safely to shore. Martha now said, "Thank you, Clifford. You are the biggest, bravest, smartest dog I know." Even the police forgive Clifford. But both girls still love their own dogs best, which is as it should be.
After reading this book, you can talk to your youngster about the perils of having pride and bragging. Not only can it lead you into embarrassment, it also undermines your relationships with others, your own ability to see things clearly, and your own moral worth. You can also talk about avoiding dangerous stunts, at the same time.
Let the bragging rights settle themselves out naturally . . . and without being exercised!
All By Myself, Alone: A Novel
All By Myself, Alone: A Novel
A fan of both Mary Higgins Clark and Agatha Christie, I must admit that the author was clearly inspired by the spirit of a good Christie murder mystery, while retaining her own short chapter structure and tight narrative paragraph format. It was a delight to read.

I always appreciate strong storytelling with controversial subjects, no explicit violence or sex, and no profanity. This entertaining escape read was perfect for a stormy afternoon diversion with lots of potential suspects, strong character personalities, essential but not distracting descriptions, and vivid dialogue that drives the plotline.

I've never been disappointed with any MHC novel!

The story is set on the maiden voyage of a new luxury ocean liner sailing from New York to Southampton amid several intersecting motives among passengers, crew, and a mysterious thief out to steal a priceless necklace reported to once belonging to Cleopatra.

The storyline sparkles with the engaging interactions among the wealthy, social elite, and renowned professional experts on a cruise having many unintended similarities to Titanic's fateful voyage, something the ship's owner tries to avoid.

Although a murder and the potential deaths of others creates a suspenseful tone to the plotline, the story is more about the interactions among the passengers and crew. Tensions build when things start going wrong and suspicions develop among victims and villains in this fun adventurous journey. Enjoyable to try to discover the murderer among so many possible corrupted people identified one by one along the way.

Although the book can easily be read over several sittings, I enjoyed reading it in a single afternoon without feeling pressured to do so.

I thoroughly enjoyed both the book and Audible's narrative dramatic reading, both combining into a most pleasant reading experience.
Pressman Harry Potter Magical Beasts Game
Pressman Harry Potter Magical Beasts Game
I didn't think to read the reviews before buying this game. Out of curiosity I got on to do so after we played the first time because I thought...wow, I really should have read the reviews. haha There aren't a lot on here so I thought I'd write my own. This is a beautiful game. As we opened it we were raving at the quality of everything. But as we played we felt like it was so simple and not fun that we had to be missing something, so we kept re-reading the rules to see if we had understood something incorrectly. But no, we had it right. It just really is that much of a let down! Such a bummer. We love the idea of it. But there isn't much use of the board. You could basically stay in your one little corner and just go back and forth between the squares that you need and try to be the first person to collect the cards for a beast. The most fun about the game is switching between outside and inside, but even that is weird because there is a rule that if you knock a person off the board when switching, that they can go anywhere they like...which means they'll just choose to go on a square to collect another card. There isn't really any challenge to this game. I like the general idea of collecting the cards that add up to a magical beast...but there needed to be more to it. More use of the cool, beautiful game board. More challenge.

I do think my seven year old will like it. My husband and I tried it out tonight by ourselves. I think we can salvage it by adding some different rules and twists to it. It's not a total loss. And it wasn't a huge expense like some games are. So I don't feel totally jipped. But I am disappointed and cannot recommend it.
LEGO Fantastic Beasts Newt’s Case of Magical Creatures 75952 Building Kit (694 Pieces) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
LEGO Fantastic Beasts Newt’s Case of Magical Creatures 75952 Building Kit (694 Pieces) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
I LOVE this set! It is so much fun to build and play with. I bought it for myself because it looked so fun (my kids have a ton of sets, but this is the first one I bought for myself!) and I’m so glad I did!

I love that it comes with the 4 main characters! Jacob has his helmet for when he encounters the erumpant, which is hilarious. Tina, Queenie, and Newt are so cute and detailed as well. The niffler is tiny and adorable. So fun.

The creatures are great. They’re a bit on the simple side to build compared with the rest of the set, and they can fall apart a little easier than the rest. But they’re still great! I love the little egg and nest for the Occamy egg.

My favorite part of this whole set is that it turns into Newt’s suitcase! It has a keyhole sticker, as well as a “Muggle-worthy” sticker! It holds together super well - you can carry it by the suitcase handle and it won’t break. It’s sturdy and such an amazing design. I am so happy with this purchase! The little details are so fun! Any fan of Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts will love this set - even if they aren’t a huge fan of legos. Totally recommend :)
Blitzkrieg Europa: Book 1 of the Blitzkrieg Alternate serie
Blitzkrieg Europa: Book 1 of the Blitzkrieg Alternate serie
1st off, the only similarity to Harry Turtledove style is that the book is an alternate history. There is little or no character development, all are one dimensional, no depth or motivation. Little or no research on characters, units or equipment. "SS Herman Goring" Division!!? Heinrich Himmler would love that. And Goring's reaction to the "Herman Goring Division being called an Waffen SS division? Admirals Doenitz and Raeder friendly and agreeing the employment /possible destruction of the Kriegsmarine!? The dead driver of a PZKW III being removed from his position by his asst gunner, who takes his position while the tank is moving!!!, and the body laid on the floor of the tank?! The commander/Lieutenant commanding the tank encounters Otto Skorzeny, and becomes his BFF and personal armor support on several missions. He evidently has no chain of command, just takes his single tank and supports Skorzeny when requested with no higher headquarter notification or approval.
If you can live with these inaccuracies, there is still the previously reviewed/mentioned grammatical errors.

The premise is intriguing, the history and "historical comments" believable, but "down in the weeds" the story loses it as it tries to describe tactics and equipment.
Witchcraft and Magic in Europe, Volume 3: The Middle Ages (Witchcraft and Magic in Europe (Paperback))
Witchcraft and Magic in Europe, Volume 3: The Middle Ages (Witchcraft and Magic in Europe (Paperback))
WITCHCRAFT AND MAGIC IN EUROPE: THE MIDDLE AGES is the third book I've read in this series of six books edited by Bengt Ankarloo and Stuart Clark. So far my favorite has been the first (chronologically) which focused on "Biblical and Pagan Societies" although "The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries" was equally well written. In November 2002, the fourth book in the chronology "The Period of the Witch Trials" is scheduled for publication and I can hardly wait to read it. "The Middle Ages" volume ends just as the wicked Malleus Maleficarum is published 1487 and if you've studied this topic you know what comes next.
Historians participating in the 'Witchcraft' project are university scholars and experts in their respective topics. Their research is intensive and exhaustive. At times, sections read like a thriller novel and at times only a scholar could love the work. Topics and authors in this volume include (in addition to Peters below) 'Medieval Magic: Definitions, Beliefs, Practices' by Karen Jolly of the University of Hawaii, and 'Trolldomr Rituals' by Catherina Rudvere of Lund University.
Jolly suggests the concept/phenomena of magic is difficult to identify and describe, let alone explain. She tracks developments in the early Middle Ages and discovers magic for the devout Christian serf or aristocrat was not at all comparable to notions depicted in some fanciful modern films and books. No green-faced wart-covered old hags lived in Europe in the old days. Those biddies bloomed in the art of the Renaissance. Jolly suggests Christian beliefs, rituals and medical practices merged with local native traditions and formed something different from the religion preached in the Levant by early Church fathers. Rudvere's work is incredible. She deals with material that is over 1,000 years old from the Scandanavian cultures.
Part 3 of the book, 'The Medieval Church and State on Superstition, Magic, and Witchcraft From Augustine to the Sixteenth Century' by Edward Peters of the University of Pennsylvania takes the reader up to the end of the Middle Ages in Europe when the Malleus Maleficarum was published in 1487. To their credit, many Roman Catholic leaders and clergy thought the Malleus Maleficarum was "over the top" and the work of a crackpot. Sadly, interest in the book was renewed during the Protestant Reformation when "Christians" used the book to "purify the church" -- the period to be covered by the "Witch Trials" mentioned above.
Peters essay attempts to explain why persecution of "witches" and "heretics" evolved after the 12th Century. Certainly a renewed interest in the writings of the Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians and the emergence of groups like the Cathars and Waldensians stirred the pot. However, Peters suggests the real reason persecution took such a decidely evil turn had to do with politics and land grabs. A handy way to rid yourself of someone you envied or whose goods you coveted was to accuse them of witchcraft. The clergy became involved because they felt a need to root out the devil, but sometimes they were connected to greedy princes who needed churchly approval.
As has been the case with the other books in the serieis, all the essays in this book are informative. If you have an interest in the topic of Wicca, witchcraft, or paganism and want to learn more about what probably happened in the Middle Ages in Western Europe, read the book.
The Test: A New Era For Australia's Team - Series 1
The Test: A New Era For Australia's Team - Series 1
Huge respect for Justin and Tim. They were firm yet approachable. It must be hard especially for Tim, he has inadequacies as compared to his team mates, but he countered that with his firm leadership.

When JL was in the team, you hardly noticed.I do not think he was a talker, but i could always sense he was aggressive. So at the time Hayden, Ponting, Waugh, Martyn and Gilly were like sledge hammerS, every run they got you felt it, if you added their scores it was like 370/5 but in reality it was 440/5 where did the 70 come from...it was JL. Calmy getting in the back ground..i am sure the opponents figured this but as an audience he was innocuous enough not to be noticed. So 5/1 Haydos is out 20/2 Ponting out and as an audience you felt 2 big wickets.....and then 30 over later you look at the scoreboard and it was still 120/2 How did they get there, It was JL. He was a perfect counterfoil then and a perfect one now, he was very vocal in this documentary but as a coach he did not make any outrageous statements. Also he stood his ground when required and spoke his mind just when required.

Now the hypocrisy; Australia complaining about opponents players being unruly :) During the 90's and 00's, i admired the great Australian team, from whom i learnt some life lessons. However i was always dissapointed when they often pulled a mickey out of every one. They rarely shut up, and could not let only the cricket do the talking. I admire Kohli for his batting, but thinks he often makes an ass of himself. In Perth he was no more vile than the Aussie team even as far as 2018, suddenly Australian cricket team have a conscious? Yeah yeah you could say Gilly walking in the Semi Finals, but that is just one incident. Justin Langer complaining how he felt like a punching bag, well that is what goes around comes around. I am 100% sure the abuse (ahem normal service) will resume. What will happen is that they could loose a couple of series because Steve Smith is not going to get runs forever and they could replace JL with someone like a Waugh..If it were up to me i would not let the players communicate the only drama we want is from the cricket the only sledge should be impersonal like "let us get a wicket boys.."

As far as the crowds go other than the West Indies, Sri Lanka and up to a large extent New Zealand, no other big nation can claim to be innocent. Yes the Barmy Army are loud and obnoxious, so is the Australian , Indian, South African, Pakistani,...etc etc. Some crowds have more booze. But in terms of making the opponents feeling uncomfortable every crowd is bad. But the documentary does a poor job (or no job) at how Kohli was behind Steve Smith when the crowd was booing, he makes an ass of himself but sometimes Kohil shows great maturity. Where was the mention of this ? Of course this does not suit their narrative. If they had said, "I understand our blokes are bad, but this crowd is something else" I would have been satisfied. The Australian crowd have been known to sledge the opponents. So pretty ordinary job there

As far as the taking of this documentary goes pretty awesome. But sometimes i felt the Aussie players over reacted after they had lost their wickets because they were conscious of the camera being there. So sometimes it felt like a reality showish? This was not such a convincing PR campaign.
Shopkins Shoppies Shopville Super Mall, Multi Color, 11.81 x 24.01 x 26.71 (56631)
Shopkins Shoppies Shopville Super Mall, Multi Color, 11.81 x 24.01 x 26.71 (56631)
We bought this for my daughter (age 7) for Christmas as she's an AVID shopkins fan. She fell in love immediately and plays with it all the time. It required assembly that my husband was able to accomplish but I was not. The plastic pieces are supposed to "easily snap together". I was unable to exert enough pressure to make "tab A fit into slot B". However, my husband got it put together and it's quite sturdy, though not so heavy that my daughter can't move it around her room as she sees fit. Worth the money.
Nintendo Wii Console (Black) - (Renewed)
Nintendo Wii Console (Black) - (Renewed)
GREAT experience with Voomwa! I bought the 'Black Form Factor' Wii unit from them, because they shipped it faster than the Nintendo people could get me the Game Console. Just a note: it comes with 1 Controller, and 1 Nunchuck (which isn't a problem for me...because I play these games solo. If you need a second controller set, there are many good options on Amazon). It arrived in a plain Brown Box instead of the Nintendo Branded Packaging (again, NOT an issue for me AT ALL...just a 'Heads-Up'), and everything has been working fine.

I bought one of these consoles over a year ago from Gamestop, and that unit died within 6 months. I bought a 2 year warranty that was offered from a third party at the time-of-purchase this time (from a different company that Voomwa), to hedge my bets...just in case;-)

I am LOVING, digging into all of the great Wii games that I bought YEARS AGO, and re-discovering them!!! A big THANKS to Voomwa, for making all of this possible for us Wii fans!!! If you still have your Wii games, and no working console to play them on...buy one of these units from Voomwa, and get back in the game!
Unlocked Smartphones, UMIDIGI F1 Play Dual 4G Smart Phone Sim Free Android 9 Pie 48MP+8MP+16MP Cameras 5150mAh Battery 64GB ROM+6GB RAM 6.3" FHD+ Mobile Phones [Red]
Unlocked Smartphones, UMIDIGI F1 Play Dual 4G Smart Phone Sim Free Android 9 Pie 48MP+8MP+16MP Cameras 5150mAh Battery 64GB ROM+6GB RAM 6.3" FHD+ Mobile Phones [Red]
Let's get the question on everybody's mind out of the way first: Will the UMIDIGI A7 Pro perform as well as a top-tier flagship smartphone from other OEM's - no. Will it perform well in your everyday tasks that most users need a smartphone for - absolutely!
After using the phone for a few days I was pleasantly suprised by just how will it performed for all but the most processor intensive games.
First impressions are extremely important and can make or break your opinion of a device which is why I wanted to include a couple of pictures that show just how much attention to detail and thoughtfullness was put into that all important first impression.
From the little outer sleeve, to the thank you card, through the notes on the front and back screen protectors, and ending with the script on the sleeve containing the little quick start guide and sim extraction tool are all classy.
Note that both a case and screen protector are pre-installed on the phone.
Once you remove the case you get a glimpse at the beautiful finish on the back of the phone, blue is the color I picked and boy does it ever shine and shimmer in the light. Really nice job. Also on the back is the four camera module housed in a rectangular bump. Again I'd like to point out the attention to detail here with the layout and something as seemingly simple as the font and color used for the text, and making the flash element look like a light strip.
I'm 'color blind' so I can't comment on the color accuracy of the photos I've taken but they are, in my opinion, quite good as far as subject reproduction.
The addition of a macro and wide angle lenses make a difference and aid in getting just the right shot.
There were two OTA updates available from UMIDIGI which I installed - now, that may seem normal, but what wasn't was that there was a description of what bugs were addressed and features that would be added.
Another pleasant surprise was that there was no bloatware installed - only a subset of Google apps that most people would install anyway.
UMIGIDI has gone very light with the skinning of Android which no doubt helps keep the performance of the device up, especially when combined with 4GB of RAM and 128G of storage space (which is expandable). Little helpful touches like having the choice to turn off alerts for turning off the screen or plugging in the charger are a welcome addition. The fingerprint reader on the back is as fast and accurate as ant other I've used. The screen is bright and easy to read.
Battery life has been impressive, I got the phone Sunday afternoon and even after the rigours of setting up a new device, installing all of the software and updates, and getting everything configured the way you want it, I still had 20% remaining as I write this on Tuesday evening.
As stated in my description, this phone may be inexpensive, but the combination of build quality and feature set make it perform far above the price you've paid for it.
You will not be disappointed if you decide to purchase this device as long as you are not a hard core gamer.
Linksys Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router, EA7450
Linksys Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router, EA7450
Did my due diligence to find the best WiFi router for my home application. Researched specs features and reviews in depth. This one came highly recommended from several independent separate sources as one of the best if not the best. Yup! It's the best! And much more affordable than other options that don't work nearly as well.
Cisco RV260P VPN Router with 8 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Ports and 4 Ports of PoE, Limited Lifetime Protection (RV260P-K9-NA)
Cisco RV260P VPN Router with 8 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Ports and 4 Ports of PoE, Limited Lifetime Protection (RV260P-K9-NA)
*edit 12/7/2020*

Firmware version 1.0.01.01 does not save any settings automatically. If you make any configuration change you must remember to save otherwise on the next power cycle the settings will be back to defaults!

* Original *
Pros: 4 Port POE with 4 normal ports, Easy to configure VLAN (Layer 2)
Cons: all VPN options are completely unusable. The PPTP is completely broken with the official "fix" from Cisco to use a Radius server for user authentication. IPSec appears to be broken as well as you can only use it from site to site from a known IP address meaning you cannot easily use your phone / dynamic clients to connect to the VPN. OpenVPN is broken too; couldn't even determine how it was busted.

Good only for POE and VLAN. Useless for anything else.
Strawberry Twizzlers Licorice, Individually Wrapped, 2lb Tub, Sold as 1 Each
Strawberry Twizzlers Licorice, Individually Wrapped, 2lb Tub, Sold as 1 Each
I LOVE Twizzlers as a rule, sadly, this product did not live up to the taste I know. It tasted like plastic, and so I haven't eaten much of this. I turned around and purchased the regular in the bag type, my normal purchase and there it was, the taste I know and love. So if you love licorice, please don't waste your time with the individually wrapped ones, get the bag type and enjoy the true taste of Twizzlers.
Flores de hibisco orgánicas HerbaNordPol | Egipcias | Hibiscus Premium | 1 Kg BIO | Pétalos sueltos grandes para té
Flores de hibisco orgánicas HerbaNordPol | Egipcias | Hibiscus Premium | 1 Kg BIO | Pétalos sueltos grandes para té
I've waited a while to write this review so I'd get a proper chance to 'test drive it'.
The bottom line is that this is a superb product. It makes a strong, full flavoured, vividly coloured (but non-staining) drink. It's well worth leaving a decent time to brew in order to get a really complex, fully flavoured drink. In fact i often ad hot (85C) water and then leave it overnight to make a very strong extract, store that in the fridge and then dilute it with hot (85C) water in my cup.
The 'elephant' in the room is the description 'whole flowers'. I think that there has been a 'lost in translation' moment here and what is meant is 'whole petals'. For the substantial resealable bag is full of whole petals that are of very high quality - plus you can see that there is no dust / fragments.
So, yes, can highly recommend.

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