Ibrahim Ruiz

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Modern JavaScript: Develop and Design
Modern JavaScript: Develop and Design
Modern JavaScript: Develop and Design by Larry Ullman Ullman. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 52 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Dart in Action
Dart in Action
Dart in Action by Chris Buckett. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
A Million Miles From Home
A Million Miles From Home
A Million Miles From Home by Mike Dellosso. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 35 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Death is Painless
Death is Painless
Death is Painless by Louis Rosa. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Das Komplott
Das Komplott
Das Komplott by John Grisham, Charles Brauer, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 129 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
L'Institut
L'Institut
L'Institut by Stephen King, Benjamin Jungers, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 128 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Qual (German Edition)
Qual (German Edition)
Qual (German Edition) by Richard Bachman, Stephen King , et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 51 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Under the Dome: A Novel
Under the Dome: A Novel
Under the Dome: A Novel by Stephen King, Raul Esparza, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 6303 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Doctor Sleep: A Novel
Doctor Sleep: A Novel
Doctor Sleep: A Novel by Stephen King, Will Patton, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 13476 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Microservices Patterns: With Examples in Java
Microservices Patterns: With Examples in Java
Microservices Patterns: With Examples in Java by Chris Richardson, Aiden Humphreys, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 68 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Raspberry Pi 3: The Ultimate Guide to the World of Raspberry Pi 3, Python, Programming, Micro Computer (Simple Step By Step Guide for Beginners, Raspberry Pi 3 for Dummies, Raspberry Pi 3 Projects)
Raspberry Pi 3: The Ultimate Guide to the World of Raspberry Pi 3, Python, Programming, Micro Computer (Simple Step By Step Guide for Beginners, Raspberry Pi 3 for Dummies, Raspberry Pi 3 Projects)
Raspberry Pi 3: The Ultimate Guide to the World of Raspberry Pi 3, Python, Programming, Micro Computer (Simple Step By Step Guide for Beginners, Raspberry Pi 3 for Dummies, Raspberry Pi 3 Projects) by Jake Smith. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Python Programming: 2 Books in 1: Python for Beginners and for Data Analysis. The Ultimate Crash Course with Hands-on Exercises, Step-by-Step Guidance ... to Data Analysis. (Data Science Book 5)
Python Programming: 2 Books in 1: Python for Beginners and for Data Analysis. The Ultimate Crash Course with Hands-on Exercises, Step-by-Step Guidance ... to Data Analysis. (Data Science Book 5)
Python Programming: 2 Books in 1: Python for Beginners and for Data Analysis. The Ultimate Crash Course with Hands-on Exercises, Step-by-Step Guidance ... to Data Analysis. (Data Science Book 5) by Andrew Park. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 26 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Python for Scientists
Python for Scientists
Python for Scientists by John M. Stewart. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Oracle Database 11g A Beginner's Guide
Oracle Database 11g A Beginner's Guide
Oracle Database 11g A Beginner's Guide by Ian Abramson , Michael Abbey, et al.. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Power Tips for iSeries Database & SQL
Power Tips for iSeries Database & SQL
Power Tips for iSeries Database & SQL by Paul Conte. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
iPhone and iPad in Action: Introduction to SDK Development
iPhone and iPad in Action: Introduction to SDK Development
iPhone and iPad in Action: Introduction to SDK Development by Brandon Trebitowski , Christopher Allen , et al.. Rated 2.4 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
Programming in ILE RPG
Programming in ILE RPG
Programming in ILE RPG by Jim Buck and Bryan Meyers. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
Spark in Action
Spark in Action
Spark in Action by Petar Zecevic, Marko Bonaci, et al.. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 14 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
Beginning Scala
Beginning Scala
Beginning Scala by Vishal Layka and David Pollak. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
Soldier's Pay: Carbon Typescript (William Faulkner Manuscripts)
Soldier's Pay: Carbon Typescript (William Faulkner Manuscripts)
I know that Faulkner is considered a great writer, but I had not found him accessible. About forty years ago I read "Light in August", which I thought was okay. My other attempts to read his books failed. So when the Library of America recently issued his earliest works, I figured that maybe was the way I could finally access Faulkner.

And boy did I love "Soldier's Pay"! I know it was an early work, that his style was not fully developed, that it was considered a minor effort, etc.

But, first of all, I could read it and for the most part clearly understand what was happening. Second, I found what was happening was unexpected and fascinating to me, very poignant, funny, odd, involving. Thirdly, while Faulker's ways of spelling, recording people's thoughts, and richly and repeatedly describing things (like the decadent, sensuous South), the book did immerse me in the scenes at a deeper and more viceral level than a more conventional novel would. Thus, it gave me a strong feeling of presence in this oft-romanticized bygone era; it was very nostalgic -- even though I never lived in the South and was born much later.

The characters -- like the fat, odd, scholarly, obnoxious, sexually aggressive Januarius Jones -- were so unique and intriguing. They are not the kind of characters I've found in other books. The plot was similarly odd and unpredictable; with numerous bizarre scenes.

Two drunken soldiers returning from WW1 take a deeply caring interest in another passenger on their train -- a returning captain who has been horribly disfigured, mentally disabled, and reported as dead. Along with a beautiful war widow who is also on the train (and with whom the two able returning soldiers both fall in love), they help the injured officer to reach his home, and his beloved fiancee, who is shocked and horrified by his condition and can't stand to be near him. Of course, as events unfold, it isn't clear what if anything is going through the injured captain's mind.

This is the kind of book I could easily read over again, and it gives me great pleasure just to think about it. It may not be one of Faulkner's better works from a technical standpoint, but it sure hit the spot with me (unlike the next novel in the Library of America volume -- "Moquitoes"!)

I'm hoping I will now be able to enjoy some of his other efforts in the same intense way.
Invest Like Warren Buffett: Powerful Strategies for Building Wealth
Invest Like Warren Buffett: Powerful Strategies for Building Wealth
This is the first book (after many) I have read that answers my questions without all the bla-bla-bla. It has more useful information to guide me in knowing what to look for and how to figure out what is good and what is bad.
I found the FOUR STEPS ( in chapter 4) the most valuable help for me.
Matt's style of righting makes this a great educational book and He gets right to the point .
This should be required reading for those of us starting out.
Keep them coming !!!
Mobituaries
Mobituaries
Writing something both informative and entertaining is challenging to say the least. Rocca excels. A book that can be consumed in bites readily, the reader encounters interesting and enriching obscure bits of history. Even many of the asides are endearing. I repeatedly mentally exclaimed, "Wait, tell us more about that!" The uncanny links between scenarios from disciplines or centuries far removed from one another were fun discoveries. Enjoy.
Respect: The Life and Times of Aretha Franklin
Respect: The Life and Times of Aretha Franklin
I chose this rating because I have been a follower of Aretha for over 4 decades and I never realized she had so so many accolades and awards in her lifetime. The many people she worked with was amazing. The RESPECT from so many fans and musical peers is unparalleled. She is undeniably the QUEEN OF SOUL.
King Kong [Blu-Ray] (English audio. English subtitles)
King Kong [Blu-Ray] (English audio. English subtitles)
First off, as is their wont, Amazon bundle together reviews for numerous different home video formats and editions, so note that this review specifically concerns the King Kong (2005) Ultimate Edition Blu-ray.

As with his Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson's King Kong remake had an inordinate amount of specially-produced extras. Here too, they were spread across the BD and several different DVD editions with no overlap. If you wanted everything, you had to buy all of them. In the US, those Kong releases were:

● King Kong BD – originally issued in 2009 and repackaged several times since, the disc in the latest set is absolutely identical. It has the same VC-1 audio/video encode, commentary and other extras. As before it features the theatrical and extended cuts, via seamless branching. The only slight difference is that the US release now features on-disc artwork, as opposed to the prior disc's plain text design. In the UK, the film disc remains exactly the same as the original, while the bonus disc has the new artwork. If you're curious, it's the image of Kong and a V-Rex facing off against each other, with Ann standing in the middle.

● King Kong widescreen DVD (187:05 theatrical cut) – 1-disc, also available in a fullscreen (1.33:1) edition. Again repackaged several times since, including as recently as 2016, the widescreen disc was also included in the Special Edition set.
● Special Edition DVD (theatrical cut) – 2-disc set, with a second disc of extras.
● Deluxe Extended Edition DVD (200:07 extended cut) – 3-disc set.
● Peter Jackson's Production Diaries DVD – 2-disc set.

These were precisely replicated in numerous other countries, albeit with slight variations in dub and subtitle options. Note that the HD DVD edition had only the theatrical cut and no extras. For this Ultimate Edition, the US, Spanish and Japanese releases add a somewhat redundant third disc: the widescreen theatrical cut DVD detailed above. Everywhere else omits it.

In the case of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, the studio's answer to completist fans was to simply repackage old discs in ever larger, more unwieldy – and more expensive – box sets. This time they've taken the far more sensible route of creating a single BD containing all the extras. Nothing new whatsoever has been produced for this set's bonus BD; it simply collects together virtually everything issued before. This includes obscurities like three Easter eggs and both of Jackson's introductions for the Special and Extended Edition sets' bonus features. However, a few DVD extras are missing:

● "The Volkswagen Touareg and King Kong" featurette (2:04) – from the theatrical cut DVD. A brief look at the making of VW's even briefer car commercial; likely left off due to rights issues and no great loss.
● "See More of NYC in Wish You Were Here" advert (1:08) – from the theatrical cut DVD. A bland tourism promo short, totally unrelated to the film and left off for good reason.
● Opening title sequence (1:53; only available by selecting Play All on the DVD) of "Recreating the Eighth Wonder: The Making of King Kong" 8-part documentary – from the Extended Edition DVD, which now starts immediately on part 1. It's a collage of video clips and soundbites which later appear in the doc itself, so isn't essential. Nonetheless, its omission is a strange one.
● Title cards (under 10 seconds each) are missing for two "Recreating the Eighth Wonder" chapters: "Pre-Production: Construction to Filming" and "Bringing Kong to Life: Performance and Animation".
● DVD-ROM PDFs of the film's 1996 and 2005 scripts – no big deal: they can easily be found in various places online.

If you do happen to get one of the UE sets that includes the theatrical cut DVD, it has the first two of the four missing items as its only extras.
Of course, the missing 4½min Howard Shore production diary, featuring the composer before he was dropped from the project, is not included as it never appeared on disc in the first place (you can find it on YouTube). All the DVD extras have been transferred in their original standard definition onto the bonus BD. They looked fine in the first place but there is no improvement in A/V quality by housing them all on a BD.

If you're considering discarding all your previously-bought DVDs or picking up this set for your first purchase, you lose out on some minor extras and attractive DVD menus and packaging. However, you gain more shelf space and convenience. The choice is yours!
Pure Dylan: Intimate Look at Bob Dylan
Pure Dylan: Intimate Look at Bob Dylan
Well this is another great compilation CD from good old Bob - I'm listening to it now and am really enjoying it! I find the track listing to be really peculiar - scattered around from 1962-2001 and not in chorological order! It's like whoever put this together just drew song titles out of a hat to include here! So even though all the songs are GREAT on this album - the songs don't flow very well as a cohesive unit!

Here are the song titles...

1. Trouble In Mind - a single only release from the "Slow Train Coming" sessions in 1979 - this is a fantastic song from Bob's gospel period and this is the only place it can be found on CD (to my knowledge anyway).

2. Girl From The North Country - a true classic country/folk tune from 1963's "Freewheelin" album - check out the cool version Bob performs in the extras of the "No Direction Home" documentary DVD! Cool stuff!

3. Most Of The Time - a really cool atmospheric type tune from the Daniel Lanois produced "Oh Mercy" album from 1989 - one of the best songs on that album and glad to have it included here! Check out the alternate version from Bootleg 8!

4. She Belongs To Me - so we go from 1989 back to 1965 with this track from the "Bringing It All Back Home" album - a great mellow-rock type tune similar to "Love Minus Zero" - Bob does cool live versions of this on his "Live 1966" performances in England!

5. Billy 1 - one of the many takes of "Billy" from the "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid" soundtrack album from 1973! I like "Billy 4" the best out of all of them but this one will do! Tells a great story about Billy The Kid being tracked down by Pat Garrett!

6. Shooting Star - another great track from 1989's "Oh Mercy" album - Bob's "MTV Unplugged" performance of this is even better than the original recording!

7. Sugar Baby - not my favorite song from 2001's "Love & Theft" but it has its moments... kinda slow and slightly boring to my ears - but it does have great lyrics! Wish they would've include "High Water For Charlie Patton" from that album instead of this - but I guess this will have to do! LOL!

8. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go - a fabulous and poetic country-rock tune from 1975's "Blood On The Tracks" - love the line "but I'll see you in the sky above, in the talls grass in the ones I love - you're gonna make me lonesome when you go"! Cool stuff!!

9. Tomorrow Night - this is the only tune on here that Bob didn't write - it's one of those super old songs dating back to the 1800's and included on Bob's "Good As I Been To You" album from 1992 - this is okay but not the best tune from there - wish they would've included "Black Jack Davey", "Hard Times" or "Arthur McBride" instead... but this will do!

10. Every Gain Of Sand - one of the best tunes from 1981's "Shot Of Love" and one of my favorite gospel songs from Bob! I like this version MUCH better than the alternate found on Bootleg 3!

11. Percy's Song - this is a masterpiece of a song and an outtake from 1964's "The Times They Are A-Changin'"! Bob does great guitar work here... love the G-G6-G7 embellishments!! This is also found on "Biograph" & "Side Tracks"!!

12. Born In Time - the slowest song but one of the best from 1990's "Under The Red Sky" - love the line "Oh babe, that fire is still smokin''!! Pretty cool!!

13. Boots Of Spanish Leather - from 1964's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" album - I have this ranked #10 on my all time favorite Dylan song list!! This song is OUTSTANDING and my favorite on this collection! Listening to this it would be hard to disagree that Bob is the greatest folk singer of all time!! Love the line "take heed-take heed of the western winds - take heed of the stormy weather - and yes there's something you can send back to me - Spanish boots of Spanish leather" that's the stuff legends are made of!!

14. This Dream Of You - from 2009's "Together Through Life" - a cool little tune with great accordion playing - Bob's voice sounds GREAT on this considering the time period it's from!

15. Spanish Is The Loving Tongue - the b-side to the "Watching The River Flow" single from 1971 - this is a great song but I believe I slightly prefer the version from the 1973 "Dylan" album! The version here also shows up on "Masterpieces" and alternates can be found on "Dylan" & "Bootleg 10"!

16. If You See Her, Say Hello - another off the charts track from "Blood On The Tracks"!! I like this version much better than the stripped-down versions found on "Bootleg 3" & "Bootleg 14".

17. Moonshiner - from "Live At The Gaslight, 1962" - a great song that Bob was performing live in the coffee houses at the time... but I must say, his 1963 studio recording of this (found on Bootleg 1) blows this live version out of the water!!

So there you have it, a weird lineup of Bob's songs but great nonetheless! If I had to choose the weakest ones they would be "Tomorrow Night" & "Sugar Baby" - everything else is top-notch! Can't believe no songs are included from "Another Side", "Highway 61", "Blonde On Blonde" or "John Wesley Harding"! That seems a travesty but I guess the track-pickers just wanted to put something different together!

Highly recommended for any Dylan fan - if only for the hard to come by "Trouble In Mind"!
The Disney-Driven Life: Inspiring Lessons from Disney History
The Disney-Driven Life: Inspiring Lessons from Disney History
Jeff Dixon delivers again. If you have read The Key To The Kingdom series you know what I mean. (If you haven't I highly recommend you get that now!) If you are a Walt Disney fan as I am you will enjoy and probably learn something you did not know about Walt Disney and Walt Disney World in this book. Jeff has the highest regard and respect for the man, Walt Disney, and what he accomplished during his life. In The Disney Driven Life he shares more of the knowledge he has learned through years of studying the man in an entertaining and practical way and then relates that to a life lesson we all can learn from.

It will give you a different perspective on many Disney "facts" you thought you knew and probably some things to take a closer look at the next time you visit the Magic Kingdom. He shared information about Tortuga Tavern that I want to take a look at the next time I am there. (Hint: Pirates of the Caribbean) You will learn who Barnabas T. Bullion and Osh Popham are the role they play in the Magic Kingdom as well as what Walt Disney's favorite food was.

One of the life lessons from the book is, "Never underestimate the power of the next step you are about to take." I recommend your next step is book selection if you enjoy Disney history and trivia is to buy your own copy of The Disney Driven Life today! You will not regret that choice.
Euyee E4 Professional Outdoor Flashlight, High Powered LED Brightest 1800 Lumens Torch with 5 Modes, IPX67 Water Resistant,Optical lens.Best Choice for Camping,Outdoor,Emergency,EDC Flashlights
Euyee E4 Professional Outdoor Flashlight, High Powered LED Brightest 1800 Lumens Torch with 5 Modes, IPX67 Water Resistant,Optical lens.Best Choice for Camping,Outdoor,Emergency,EDC Flashlights
This is a pretty powerful flash light. First thing I will say do not look directly at it as it can be pretty blinding. The next thing is that it actually took about two to three discharge and recharges before the battery was calibrated. First time I used it, it only last an hour at max brightness. I did it again the the next two to three charges (drain and recharge) and the flash light lasts for a few hours. That being said, the battery actually needs to be installed into the flash light. It is simple as you just need to unscrew the flash light and put the battery in like any other battery operated flash light. The difference is that you never have to really take it out again. It can be recharged within the flash light. In terms of brightness, I took it camping and it was actually pretty good. Just placing it down on the ground and pointing it up at the top of the tent was able to light up the tent a good amount which is awesome. How long the battery last is determined by which setting you are at. You have high, medium, low, and SOS/alert. Each one varies on how long the battery will last. The highest settings, I will say last about two to three hours while the lowest is about seven to eight hours. This is on continuous usage and it does not get super hot or anything. When it is low on batteries, the power button light will turn red. It is mostly blue when it is just running as well as when it is fully charged. When charging, it actually fully charges pretty quick. From what I can tell it takes up to two hours to fully charge, but I do recommend you do the cycle battery the first few times. The overall design of the flash light is pretty small. It also has a hook so you can put this on your belt if needed. The hook can be adjusted around the flash light which is nice. The charging port is on the opposite side of the power button. It is covered by a little silicone cover. You need a little bit of a nail to get into it but you just need to push and get your nail under to pry it off. Their is also a magnetic end that is pretty strong in case you say need to attach this to something. For me, I use it when I am working on my car. I just attach this to my hood and get a good amount of light. There is no real way to adjust the light. It is pretty much a single directly and has a really bright center radius while the outer is not at bright. The whole flash light is made of metal making it a bit heavier than most flash lights. A minor complaint I have is the lens was a bit scratched on the inside from assembly I assume but it does not hinder much of the performance. Also be aware that when charging this device, that you use your standard type c cables. Do not try to use say a switch cable or your laptop cable, as these will not fit. The neck is too big. Overall this is a good flash light to have. It is compact, bright, and works pretty well. Just make sure to cycle and calibrate the battery the first few times. The magnet is pretty strong and works great for emergency flash light or when you are working on some repairs.
The Gospel According To Harry
The Gospel According To Harry
Not quite sure why this movie has stuck with me the way it did. It is perhaps better suited to an off broadway stage than a film. Its quirky. Its sometimes difficult to understand the allegory, and at other times the message hits you directly in the face. The ongoing scene where Wes is undergoing a hopeless surgery, only to have the doctors walk out in the middle of the operation when its discovered he has no insurance, is particularly timely.
Viggo isn't Harry, btw. He's a victim of Harry, and basically his entire world. He plays the part well despite some of the scenes being somewhat overdone in their delivery. It alternately makes you want to cringe a little or laugh out loud, as in the timing of 'the bomb'. All the acting is solid. The story is solid. The dialogue intentionally mundane. And I will never think of sand in the same way again.
The Reel Romance Twin Pack
The Reel Romance Twin Pack
Adapted For Film
This book was a lot of fun to read. It was so full of humor, quirkiness, fun, romance and sometimes a bit awkward too. There was so much witty commentary that is so Stacey Rourke and I found myself many times laughing out loud and scaring my cat half to death. The characters were remarkable and I loved how the author brought forth an author, who was an introvert, as the main character of the story. The story-line was genius, I couldn't put this book down I was so enchanted by the story itself. I loved how the author goes from present to past, though usually that puts me off in stories, but it actually worked in this one. It's not the usual Rourke read, but I think the author did an awesome job with this debut New Adult Contemporary Romance and I highly recommend this story to all to enjoy.

Turn Tables
AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING!! This story was INCREDIBLE!! Rourke has done it again!! She has created a fun and romantic rom-com read that kept me turning every single page. There were so many feelers in this story, I wasn't sure whether to laugh out loud, cry, or be infuriated right along with the characters in this story. A piece of my heart has for sure been left within its pages.

The characters were awesome and the story-line is movie worthy. I could picture every scene in my mind as they unfolded. I found myself completely enchanted by the words that flowed freely off of each magical page. I have to admit that the third to the last paragraph almost, and I mean almost, had me tossing my kindle, because I felt for sure I was going to be upset for the characters.....but I took a deep breath and read on......and as I did, the tears started rolling for the character's happily ever after.

This is one of my new favorite reads from this author and one read that I will go back and re-read from time to time to see the magic unfold once again. I highly recommend this read.
Radigan/North to the Rails
Radigan/North to the Rails
The first novel, Radigan, is a usual range war type Louis L'Amour western, a similar experience you are accostumed to with the author. The second one, North To The Rails, however I would call a western with a twist, and was a real surprise to me. Both of them was a pleasure to read. And two excellent title for the price of one is a nice bargain.
The Berenstain Bears And The Trouble With Friends (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Berenstain Bears First Time Chapter Books)
The Berenstain Bears And The Trouble With Friends (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Berenstain Bears First Time Chapter Books)
In the Trouble with Friends, Sister Bear gets in a fight with her new friend. Sister learns that no one can always be right all the time. Mama Bear teaches Sister the importance of having friends to play with and lets her learn by her own mistakes. My four-year-old and I have discussions before, during, and after reading any of the Berenstain Bear Books. Each Berenstain Bear book, including Trouble with Friends, teaches kids about life lessons. in a comical, childlike way. I found this book on Amazon for dirt cheap. It was delivered in excellent condition just five days after my order was placed. I'm a big fan of the inexpensive books and the delivery system in which Amazon is made-up of. I don't know what we would do without Amazon.
Deadly Engagement (Devil's Shroud Book 2)
Deadly Engagement (Devil's Shroud Book 2)
Very good book with enough action to keep me hooked and enough heat between the hero and heroine to have me rooting for them. Creed has come to town to locate a sunken yacht with ties to a terrorist. He needs a diving expert to help him find it and Emma is the best in the area. He doesn't expect the attraction her feels for her and finds himself thinking of a future that's impossible given what he does. And when Emma gets caught in the middle, can he save her and stop the terrorist?

Emma is a nurse at the local hospital and well liked by everyone. She feels very guilty right now because her ex-fiance stole the money that was meant for a children's wing at the local hospital. She has been using her diving skills to look for the wreck of an eighteenth century ship that went down off the coast and was rumored to be carrying Spanish gold. If she can find that gold it will replace the missing funds. When Creed comes looking for a diving guide she accepts because the area he's looking in is also where she needs to be. There's something about him, though, that isn't ringing true. He claims to be an insurance adjuster looking into possible fraud, but he isn't like any adjuster she's ever met. She's proved right when they are attacked and Creed comes clean on what's really going on. I really liked the way that she doesn't panic when they are attacked but is able to keep her head enough to get them to safety. She also admits to herself that not only is she attracted to him, but she's also falling in love with him. Knowing what he does she also knows that when his mission is done he will leave, taking her heart with him.

Creed has been a loner for most of his adult life. He had grown up in a rough neighborhood and gotten into a lot of trouble before joining the navy and becoming a SEAL. After the navy he joined the covert group he is currently in, with his teammates becoming like his family. He doesn't want to involve a civilian in his mission but he needs Emma's help. From the very beginning he is attracted to her, but doesn't feel that he has anything to offer her. I loved seeing the way that she started breaking down his walls and thoughts of what could be crept into his mind. He still resisted the idea that he could have it all until it came to the point where he realized what it would be like if he lost her. I loved the way it was his tough as nails teammates who pointed out where he was going wrong.

The suspense in the book was fantastic. From the search for the missing cargo on the boat to the final showdown I couldn't put the book down. The whole "dirty bomb" scenario was definitely scary. With Creed and Emma on their own at the beginning it was nerve wracking to see them struggle to escape those who wanted them dead. The arrival of his teammates increased the tension as they got closer to stopping the terrorist. There was a very interesting twist at the end when it came to the attempted deal between the two bad guys. I also enjoyed catching up with Gabe and Kayla from Deadly Reckoning.
Harry Potter Solemnly Swear Muggle Platform 9 3/4 5 Pack Ankle Socks
Harry Potter Solemnly Swear Muggle Platform 9 3/4 5 Pack Ankle Socks
I gave these socks to some friends as Christmas gifts and everyone loved them. I kept a couple pairs for myself as well. They're definitely fun and the light weight means they're nice to wear under some of my booties in moderate weather. They're pretty thin, though, and I don't see them lasting a long time.
Krakatoa: East of Java
Krakatoa: East of Java
BOTTOM LINE: Harmless, family-friendly big budget disaster film with just enough danger & devastation sprinkled throughout to hopefully keep you from nodding off during the soapy operatic stretches in-between. A strapping young Maximilian Schell and a grizzled self-loathing turn by Brian Keith make this one worth watching. The rest of the cast & the damsels in distress... not so much. Fine practical F/X footage from that sadly bygone era when detailed miniatures & optical slights of hand were the rule of the day. Not great, not bad. I give this volcanic variant of The Poseidon Adventure a modest but honest 3 STARS.

THOUGHTS: If you've ever seen any of the myriad of star-studded disaster films that flooded theaters in the 1970's, then you'll have this potboiler plotted from start-to-finish before the opening credits are over with. Lots of melodramatic shenanigans pad out the film until we finally get to the big whoopteedo at the climax, wherein the infamous volcano on the South Seas island of Krakatoa blows its fiery top. The meager C-level roster of stars gives it their best shot, but whether you'll care one way or the other will depend on how big a fan you are of any of the cast, and/or the genre in general. This one's inoffensive enough, and at least it's no where near as hammy as, say, METEOR or AVALANCHE. But then again, these flicks are all pretty interchangeable. It's figuring who's gonna get it (and how) that makes 'em fun to watch.

THE BLU-RAY: A respectable though minimalist effort from Kino-Lorber. The transfer is mostly clean, with a smattering of dirt & debris, primarily confined to the opening title sequence. Little in the way of crush, artifacting, pixelation, edge enhancement or other video tomfoolery, and thankfully no overuse of DNR! The film's audio portion is clear and the soundmix is level. Nothing in the way of extras, save a handful of theatrical trailers for other similarly-themed titles in the KL library. The movie's busy but gorgeous poster art (courtesy of the legendary Frank McCarthy) is nicely reproduced as a splashy background for the disc's main menu screen.

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