Kolton Mitchell

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Redux in Action
Redux in Action
Redux in Action by Marc Garreau and Will Faurot. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Free Fire: A Joe Pickett Novel
Free Fire: A Joe Pickett Novel
Free Fire: A Joe Pickett Novel by C. J. Box. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 813 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the c category.
Sass and Compass in Action
Sass and Compass in Action
Sass and Compass in Action by Wynn Netherland, Nathan Weizenbaum, et al.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 18 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the css category.
The Body Snatchers
The Body Snatchers
The Body Snatchers by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lirienne Barjavel. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Client: A Novel
The Client: A Novel
The Client: A Novel by John Grisham. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 744 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
A Time to Kill
A Time to Kill
A Time to Kill by John Grisham, Michael Beck, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 3492 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
A Rare Book of Cunning Device
A Rare Book of Cunning Device
A Rare Book of Cunning Device by Ben Aaronovitch, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, et al.. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 134 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
ANNA KATHERINE GREEN Ultimate Collection: Amelia Butterworth Series, Detective Ebenezer Gryce Mysteries, The Cases of Violet Strange, Caleb Sweetwater ... Door, The House of the Whispering Pines…
ANNA KATHERINE GREEN Ultimate Collection: Amelia Butterworth Series, Detective Ebenezer Gryce Mysteries, The Cases of Violet Strange, Caleb Sweetwater ... Door, The House of the Whispering Pines…
ANNA KATHERINE GREEN Ultimate Collection: Amelia Butterworth Series, Detective Ebenezer Gryce Mysteries, The Cases of Violet Strange, Caleb Sweetwater ... Door, The House of the Whispering Pines… by Anna Katharine Green. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
In My Wildest Dreams
In My Wildest Dreams
In My Wildest Dreams by Leslie Thomas. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 27 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Institute: A Novel
The Institute: A Novel
The Institute: A Novel by Stephen King, Santino Fontana, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 8726 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Bakers Dozen: 13 Short Horror Novels
Bakers Dozen: 13 Short Horror Novels
Bakers Dozen: 13 Short Horror Novels by Stephen King, Arthur Conan Doyle, et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Stephen King's Danse Macabre
Stephen King's Danse Macabre
Stephen King's Danse Macabre by Stephen King. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Programming With Java!
Programming With Java!
Programming With Java! by Tim Ritchey. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Python Essential Reference (OTHER NEW RIDERS)
Python Essential Reference (OTHER NEW RIDERS)
Python Essential Reference (OTHER NEW RIDERS) by David M. Beazley. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 44 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
PHP Code Performance Explained
PHP Code Performance Explained
PHP Code Performance Explained by Fabien Potencier. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Oracle Database 12c Release 2 New Features
Oracle Database 12c Release 2 New Features
Oracle Database 12c Release 2 New Features by Bob Bryla and Robert G. Freeman. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Swift 3 Game Development - Second Edition
Swift 3 Game Development - Second Edition
Swift 3 Game Development - Second Edition by Stephen Haney. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Swift programming category.
Digital Fundamentals
Digital Fundamentals
Digital Fundamentals by Thomas L. Floyd. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 38 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
Scala Interview Questions and Answers
Scala Interview Questions and Answers
Scala Interview Questions and Answers by Pratik Bandal. Rated 2 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
TypeScript Revealed
TypeScript Revealed
One of the worst technical books I've read. I had gone through the Typescript tutorials online, set up WebStorm on my Mac, i.e., dipped my toes in the TypeScript waters, and thought this book would get me swimming. Nope. A few things:

1) It's rife with typos. Honestly, this is mostly embarrassing for Apress — how hard is it to have a few people proofread an 83-page book?

2) The author would clearly prefer to be coding in C# in Visual Studio, and actually does this a lot of the time, which isn't really what I'm looking for in a book about TypeScript that doesn't have "Visual Studio" in the title. Also, I don't care how .NET does things, and I can't think why any JavaScript (client- or server-side) developer would. Maybe if they were transitioning JScript devs? But the author barely mentions JScript in this book.

3) The code examples are often confusing, more often nonsensical:
a) When describing the interplay of interfaces and classes, the author precedes one snippet with the comment "// Entire Class Interface", which only blurs the distinction.
b) When discussing constructors and static methods and scoping of "this", the author sets a static property on the class *inside* the constructor. And he sets it to a literal string. Yeah. The examples make no sense.
c) The author uses I-prefixing for interfaces, which is expressly disprefered by the TypeScript community

4) Overall the author's tone is flippant and apathetic. He's a huge fan of Microsoft and .NET, but that's about all he has in terms of credentials. You might think they would get a TypeScript committer (https://github.com/Microsoft/TypeScript/graphs/contributors) to write the intro-to-TypeScript book. But no, the author's own Github is sparse and as far as I can tell, he hasn't written a line of TypeScript beyond for the code examples in the book (which, as mentioned in (3) above, shows).

5) The book covers only TypeScript v0.8.x, and there's a lot that's happened since then. The TypeScript team's plan for generics merits a sidebar, but that's the extent of coverage of generics.

6) Any TypeScript-curious developer is hereby advised to stick to the TypeScript Handbook: http://www.typescriptlang.org/Handbook, which is actually quite lucid and up-to-date, covering everything in this book and more, and much more succinctly at that. The failings of this book say more about Microsoft's reluctance to get the open-source community involved, I think, than they reflect on Maharry. In his defense, I'd be willing to bet he was bribed into writing the book by Apress, rather than the effort coming from any genuine interest in TypeScript. Apress saw a gap Microsoft absentmindedly left, and rushed to fill it, ineptly but presumably profitably (what more could I expect from a publisher?).

At least I didn't make the mistake of buying it; my school's library saved me that humiliation.
Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings (Wiley Investment Classics)
Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings (Wiley Investment Classics)
If you are looking for an easy to read, fast-paced, bulleted, full of magic formulas, and a quick way to make a fortune book, please look elsewhere. If you are new to investing or even a seasoned investor who feels that you really don't have a grasp of the overall investing scheme, and if you are willing to plow through a lot of reading to extract some basic principles of investment analysis, then reading this book could be well worth your money and time. In his own roundabout way, the author will lay out for you concepts and answers to questions that you may not have considered relevant.

Notwithstanding the hype evidenced on the book covers and the introduction by the author's son, a highly-regarded and well-known investment manager, the author has credentials that money cannot buy. That would be fifty years of being a successful , professional, private investment manager. In this book, he will bring that experience into play as well focusing on factors that are not covered by the mainstream financial media, or as he refers to them as "the financial community. "

Here are some basic concepts that that the author will cover in his treatise: He will differentiate between a stock trader and stock investor; He will analyze what to buy and when to buy it; He will explain the movement of stocks in general or of a particular stock; He will argue the merits whether to follow the herd or to do otherwise; He will advise you whether to concentrate on intrinsic or extrinsic factors in evaluating a firm's stock; He will give you his opinion of the value of reading reports of the financial community.

Here are three key questions that he will pose and answer: Should you buy cheap or otherwise? How long should you hold on to hold a stock? When should a stock be sold? The author will provide you with his views on the value of historical prices and earnings. He will correlate stock prices with interest rates. The closest the author will come to using numbers is when he lists his fifteen points of what to look for in buying a common stock. And after listing those points, he will highlight that one point that will override the other fourteen points in not buying the stock. In fact, that one point could very well summarize the book in a single word.

As a reader, you will not get buried in a landslide of financial trivia but will learn general techniques and trends of investment analysis that often aren't considered by the statistically-oriented investors. However, in order to glean these gems of intrinisic stock information, you will have to have to forgo charts, illustrations, tables, and financial data commonly presented in stock analysis.
Amazon: How the World’s Most Relentless Retailer Will Continue to Revolutionize Commerce
Amazon: How the World’s Most Relentless Retailer Will Continue to Revolutionize Commerce
“Amazon shoppers tend to be loyal lifelong customers.” ~ pg. 22

What will shopping be like in the near future? What is already happening as customers become center stage and companies bow to their wishes? As customer expectations rise to new heights, technology is making customer desires a reality.

If you've read “One Click” and “The Everything Store” or any other book on amazon, this is the next level of knowledge you need. This book will also keep you riveted until the last page. Natalie Berg and Miya Knights are great researchers, writers and know how to make a book exciting page after page.

The authors go deep into the psychology of how amazon “thinks” and “acts” even before customers know what they want. For instance PRIME changed the way amazon shoppers thought about being more loyal. There is also some interesting information about Echo owners and how much more they spend at amazon.

Why are millennials spending differently?
What do people want to spend money on these days?
How is the on-my-terms shopper changing the shopping experience?
What has the greatest influence in buying decisions?

This book answers these questions and more...

Some of the topics discussed throughout the book include: autonomous computing systems, AI shop assistants, 1-click, shopping by voice (Echo), Dash wands, Kiva Systems (robotics), Prime Air, Showrooming, Checkout-free stores, instant gratification, virtual reality experiences, frictionless shopping, experiential spending, Amazon lockers, Treasure Truck, FBA Fulfillment by Amazon, Amazon Go and driver-less trucks.

What I also found intriguing was the detailed information on the Whole Foods acquisition.

The authors of this book are very insightful and make a number of well-thought-out predictions which you may feel are very interesting to consider. They do however seem to emphasize the Amazon Effect a lot, but seem mostly positive about it. Obviously Amazon has changed the game in regards to keeping customers satisfied no matter what business is selling products.

So by reading this book you will learn a lot of interesting facts. You will also gain a much deeper understanding of what customers expect a shopping experience to be like. I'm glad I read this information as it has enlightened me on various things I had heard about but had not researched myself. This book will be interesting to anyone who loves to shop or who has products for purchase. Knowing what people are going to want in the future is the goal of this entertaining book.

~The Rebecca Review
The Warsaw Protocol: A Novel (Cotton Malone Book 15)
The Warsaw Protocol: A Novel (Cotton Malone Book 15)
Steve Berry's Cotton Malone books are well worth reading, and this one is no exception. Berry takes advantage of Europe's vast number of historical sites, good restaurants, and such to weave interesting and plausible stories. At the end of each novel, he gives several pages over to explaining which items in the book are real and which are of his own invention. (I like this attention to detail.)

In this novel, Cotton is dragged into the search for historical records of Poland's troubled past under the Communists. There is plenty of action and intrigue. Cotton is torn between doing what is "right" and doing what the President of the US wants - a character in Berry's books who has some of the negative characteristics of President Trump, but which Berry amplifies. (Berry comes very close to being added to the growing number of authors that add their current political opinions into their works of fiction.)

I read for the Amazon Vine program pre-publication books, which are "proof copies" which have not gone through the full proofreading process, and I find a number of grammatical errors in those. However, I do not expect to find them in a finished published book like The Warsaw Protocol.

I found three in this book. On page 23 the author writes "The Polish crown jewel had been hid here when the Swedes invaded..." That should read "hidden" not "hid". On page 307 and again on page 356 the author uses the term "did good" when to be grammatically correct he should have used "did well".

In addition to those errors, there is one continuity error - on page 331 Cotton turns off the electric motor to the boat to let it coast forward, and then on page 332 he turns the motor off again, without having restarted it.

OK, I am a bit picky about good grammar and continuity, but to me those errors knocked this down from a five star book to a four star book.
Elon Musk: Life and Business Lessons from Visionary and Self Made Billionaire Elon Musk
Elon Musk: Life and Business Lessons from Visionary and Self Made Billionaire Elon Musk
This book tells the brief story of Elon Musk, who is certainly one of the greatest visionaries of all time. Musk has already left his mark upon the world by building some amazing companies such as PayPal, Space X, and Tesla Motors, and one thing is certain: he's not going to stop. The book also provides the lessons and principles which built the foundation for Elon Musk's success, so I definitely recommend it to every entrepreneur who's aim is to change the world.
Breakthrough: How to Harness the Aha! Moments That Spark Success
Breakthrough: How to Harness the Aha! Moments That Spark Success
What I LOVE most about this book is the confirmation that AHA moments are the spark of an idea, a dream, an opportunity that is afforded to anybody and everybody. While it is available to anyone, few of us realize how to cultivate the AHA once it arrives. I absolutely buy into the AHA philosophy. In fact, 18 years ago when I filed bankruptcy due to a difficult relationship I had an AHA moment. I had received a credit card in the mail for $ 200 from Capital One about 2 weeks after filing and I remember jumping up and down and saying "Wait! what if I went on a discovery to uncover all the funding and resources available to entrepreneurs that were not ideal candidates for a bank loan". That was MY aha moment which took me on a 15 year journey to unlock the funds and resources. Today I am living proof that AHA moments count as a published author of Target Funding. Don't let the next AHA moment pass you by - start reading this book.

Kedma Ough, MBA. Author Target Funding. Publisher McGraw-Hill.
Recasting the Machine Age: Henry Ford's Village Industries
Recasting the Machine Age: Henry Ford's Village Industries
Henry Ford is famous for setting up the basic concepts of mass production. And some of his factories Highland Park, River Rouge and Willow Run to name three were truly huge facilities producing huge numbers of vehicles, even aircraft. Yet at the same time he was concerned about the social aspects of the businesses.

In the early 1920's he was instrumental in Ford setting up nineteen smaller 'village industries.' Each of these industries were set up to provide some kind of easily specified component that would be used in Ford vehicles or manufacturing. These included things like voltage regulators, twist drills, manufacturing test equipment, etc.

After his death, in the late 1940's and early 1950's these nineteen was shut down, usually merged into a large factory in the newly formed parts division. This effort cannot be considered a failure. All in all, the nineteen plants were too small, too hard to manage.

Now similar outside suppliers provide such sub component manufacturing, but they are larger, and independently owned. This same concept is also followed closely in Japan where smaller independent suppliers make components for automobiles and other products.
Jazz To Soul
Jazz To Soul
My road dawg, Tony, and I were doing our basic trot around Lake Merritt a couple of months back, dishing Lady Soul and her tired, coy, air-brushed "autobiography"," and T-Dogg brought up Aretha's work for Columbia. I said I had heard it once or twice, saw her on Merv Griffin a few times in those days, but he began raving about "Today I Sing the Blues," "This Bitter Earth" and "Skylark." He was so enthusiastic and convincing, that when I ran into this 2 disc box set with 39 choice cuts from those pre-Atlantic years at Amoeba in Berkeley, I bit. What I found in the clumsy ol-skool box set packaging is a treasure trove of simply magnificent recordings, ranging from standards ("Drinking Again," "Impossible," "Misty") to r&b hits of the day covered by Miss Ree ("Walk On By," a sad, sad "Every Little Bit Hurts") and her own decent r&b chart hits ("Runnin' Out of Fools," "Cry Like A Baby"). A couple of these, "Lee Cross" and "Take It Like You Give It," are just footsteps away from the breakthrough work she did shortly thereafter on Atlantic, which has overshadowed these incredible sides. "Land of Dreams" is simply beautiful, "Won't Be Long" tears the roof off, "Love for Sale" re-defines that classic riff. Boy, am I glad I listened to Tony!
7.5 Inch Edible Cake Toppers – Avengers Infinity War: Thanos Themed Birthday Party Collection of Edible Cake Decorations
7.5 Inch Edible Cake Toppers – Avengers Infinity War: Thanos Themed Birthday Party Collection of Edible Cake Decorations
I was worried it would be thin and tear easily, but it was thick and laid down on top of the cake nicely. I'll have to cut holes with a knife to poke candles in it, but that's fine. It doesn't taste horrible; it just doesn't really taste like anything, so probably guests will just peel it off before they eat it. It says 7.5 inches but I had to use a 9 inch cake pan because the edges were hanging off when I compared it to the 8 inch pan I had planned to use, so keep that in mind.
Cuisinart CCB-399, Pizza Stone Cleaning Brush
Cuisinart CCB-399, Pizza Stone Cleaning Brush
This pizza stone cleaning brush is sturdy and works just fine for its advertised use - cleaning a pizza stone *after* cooking with it, once it has cooled down.

However, that pretty severely limits its usefulness, in my opinion. I think it's fairly common for people to make more than one pizza at a time, and you need something to remove burnt flour and clean the stone between uses, while it's still screaming hot. A scraper can work for that, but a brush is much more effective, in my experience. (Would you use a scraper or a brush to sweep dust off of your floor?)

The natural fiber bristles on this brush are a good alternative to brass or stainless steel in that they won't injure you if one gets loose and into your food. But, they're also a terrible choice to use inside of an active pizza oven, since they catch fire very easily - especially in my Uuni 3 oven, which is compact enough that the flames are within just a few inches of the stone. As a result, this brush lasted me all of one cooking session before it was transformed from a brush/scraper into just a scraper.

It's fair to say, "you should only use it as advertised, and you won't have that problem," but then you're left needing an additional, flame-proof brush for use in the oven while cooking - so then what is the point of buying this brush? Just use the flame-proof brush both during and after cooking.

In other words, I don't really see why a pizza stone cleaning brush exists that can only be used in one situation (post-cooking), when there are other comparably-priced brushes that can be used in both situations (during the cook and post-cooking). What use are the safer bristles if they don't actually get the whole job done?
Happy Birthday to Me! By ME, Myself
Happy Birthday to Me! By ME, Myself
My grandson has been out of school because of the corona virus for the past few weeks, and the rest of the school year. He is in first grade. He loved it! I would especially recommend it for 1st through at least 3rd grades. This hardback book lets him read, write, draw, color, and do puzzles. He gets to express all kinds of things about himself, what he likes, what he likes about his birthday, and everything from what he would like to wear on his birthday, to what kind of cake and food he likes, It even gives him a page to let his friends and family sign and put their birthdates, It even has a place for a photo of him blowing out his candles on his cake. It is a fun book, about a kid's favorite subjects, their birthday and themselves, and ends up being a sweet keepsake for years to come. Just delightful!
Reilly's Luck (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel
Reilly's Luck (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel
I'm a big fan of the late Louis L'Amour. INMO one of America's great authors and the only author to be awarded the Congressional medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Reagan. I've bought and read 24 of his westerns, 3 short story collections, his sci fi book Haunted Mesa, Walking Drum, The Last of the Breed, The Lonesome Gods and his first book of poems. Almost all 5 stars. An incredibly talented author.

Reilly's Luck is about a 4 year old boy named Val Darrant growing up and becoming a respectable man. We see his evil, manipulating, murderous mother named Myra who does everything including prostitution and multiple murders in order to advance herself in society and make lots of money. That all she cares about and had no use for he husband, son or boy friend. She treats everyone like dirt. She tells Van her boyfriend she doesn't want her 4 year old son and to get rid of it. Its 40 below zero out and she orders Van to get rid of her son Val. Van has pity on the kid and likes Val and does not leave him to die in the cold but takes Val to the only one ( Will Reilly) he can think of that might take care of Val.

Will Reilly is a professional gambler with good upbringing, manners, intelligence and is good with a gun. He makes some good investments. Val and Will Reilly go to Europe where Reilly meets a beautiful woman and falls in love but she is hounded by a low life, gambling Prince Pavel. The Price tries to bull whip Will Reilly but Reilly gets the whip and slashes and scars the prince's face with his own whip. The Prince plans vengeance and hires men to kill Reilly. Myra the evil mother plots to kill her ex boyfriend Van so there will be one less person that knows her sorted past. Also Val's now rich but evil mother must find the box sent to Val from Van that shows her killings and her sorted prostitution past. Maybe have her son killed too.

Val also makes good investments ( in 1/3 of a ranch and property the railroad later wants that's worth millions)and passes the bar exam and is a licenced attorney and can practice law if he wants to.

Lots of action in this great book. Its a page burner. I read the 229 page book in 2 days.The reader develops deep empathy with poor little Val Darrant and Van who would not let Val die. Also Will Reilly is shown as a real hero and a wonderful person. Lots of fighting, gunfighting, and murder. Several real evil persons are shown. Two outlaws turn out to be good. Also Billy the Kid is a minor character in the book as well as wild Bill Kickok who helped both Val and Reilly.

I won't ruin the story telling the sad fate of Reilly or the great ending. Reilly's Luck is a great Western and a thoughtful look at a man trying to bring up a young boy right and teach him what he would need in life. Also shows the ultimate evil that can be in a beautiful woman with no soul, lust in some men's hearts leading to their downfall and what evil men will do to their fellow men for power and money. A great story and one of L'Amour's best. Rated 5 stars
Der Gandolfo-Anschlag: Roman (German Edition)
Der Gandolfo-Anschlag: Roman (German Edition)
....das ist das was mir einfällt um dieses buch mit einem wort zu beschreiben.
alle, auch wenn sie total durchgeknallt sind, sind sympathisch.
der verrückte army general, dem von seiner regierung böse mitgespielt wird, ist es. auch das weichei von rechtsanwalt, der vom verrückten general quasi zwangsverpflichtet wird bei einer komplett irren entführungsaktion mitzuwirken, ist es. am aller sympathischsten ist aber der "dicke mann" (mehr kann ich nicht schreiben). vor lauter sympathie weiss man nicht mehr zu wem man helfen soll....
darüber hinaus geht das buch aber leider nicht. es hat mich weder gefesselt noch kam spannung auf, auch der humorfaktor hat sich bei mir auf eine handvoll lacher bzw. schmunzler beschränkt.
alles in allem ein sympathischen, leicht zu lesendes buch mit einer sympathischen story und sympathischen protagonisten.
Sail
Sail
Goodreads Description- Since the death of her husband, Anne Dunne and her three children have struggled in every way. In a last ditch effort to save the family, Anne plans an elaborate sailing vacation to bring everyone together once again. But only an hour out of port, everything is going wrong. The teenage daughter, Carrie, is planning to drown herself. The teenage son, Mark, is high on drugs and ten-year-old Ernie is nearly catatonic. This is the worst vacation ever.
Anne manages to pull things together bit by bit, but just as they begin feeling like a family again, something catastrophic happens. Survival may be the least of their concerns.
Written with the blistering pace and shocking twists that only James Patterson can master, SAIL takes "Lost" and "Survivor" to a new level of terror.

I listened to this as an audio book and the male narrator was just awful. I couldn't stand the affect in his voice and it bothered me the entire time I listened to Sail. It was so distracting because I kept thinking about how awful he was rather than listening to the story and often had to go back and listen again to parts I missed because I was distracted. So my first recommendation is to read the book rather than listen to it. I am sure that, since it is a James Patterson, that the chapters are short and thus will read quickly. The plotline was pretty boring but I had to get through with it because I was reading it for a challenge. Sail is one of the "unpopular" books by James Patterson and I received it quite cheap on Amazon. The writing was nothing close to the writing in his earlier works, but that is pretty typical of Patterson's recent books since he doesn't write them by himself but rather uses other authors to write the book and then Patterson puts his stamp on the book to make sure that it sells. This practice of Patterson's really bothers me but that is another story for another day. Back to the book...the premise is that Katherine Dunne decides to go on a vacation with her three kids with her brother-in-law Jack as the captain in hopes to bring her family together again and closer after the death of their father which caused the family to become disjointed. While at sea, they are hit by a huge storm that has basically ruined their boat. Then following the storm, an explosion occurs on the boat meant to cause the demise of the Dunne family. I don't want to give any more details to avoid spoilers but the reader is informed of the background and what really is happening and why. Then the family floats for days until they find a deserted island where the family finds refuge while waiting for rescue.

Like I said, the plotline was rather boring. I didn't feel quite connected to any of the characters and the actual writing seemed rather simplistic. I was going to give the book 2 stars but there is such a twist at the end that I never saw coming that I absolutely had to bump the rating up to 3 stars because the ending was written so well. The ending actually saves the book. If the author would have written the entire book in the style that the ending was written it definitely would have been a much better book. I don't think I would recommend it to anyone but if you find yourself reading it, don't give up on it. Finish the book. I think you will be surprised at the big twist at the end. There are definitely much better Patterson books out there and I understand why Amazon was selling this book at a reduced price. 3 stars.
The Big Bang: The Lost Mike Hammer Sixties Novel
The Big Bang: The Lost Mike Hammer Sixties Novel
INHALT:

New York während der 1960er:Als ein Kurierfahrer eines Krankenhauses von drei Junkies überfallen wird, schreitet Mike Hammer ein:Zwei der Angreifer sind tot, einer liegt schwer verletzt im Krankenhaus. Doch das alles ist nur der Auftakt für weitere Todesfälle. Mike Hammer sieht sich inmitten einer Drogengeschichte …

KRITIK:

Leider hält dieser Roman nicht die Qualität, die noch in ‚The Goliath Bone’ vorhanden war. ‚The Big Bang’ wurde angeblich noch zu Lebzeiten von Mickey Spillane angefangen, dann jedoch ging das Manuskript verloren und tauchte schli8eßlich wieder auf. Nach Mickey Spillanes Tod im Jahre 2006 wurde das Manuskript von Max Allan Collins zu Ende geschrieben. Leider merkt man das auch deutlich, denn der Roman zerfällt deutlich in zwei Teile. Mickey Spillane hat mal in einem Interview (Ich glaube, es war im Rahmen der Dokumentation ‚Mickey Spillane - Warten auf Lili’) geäußert, dass er oft das Ende zuerst schreibt - und so liest sich der Roman auch:Nachdem Mike Hammer zu Beginn helfend eingegriffen hat, sind die folgenden Ereignisse eher eintönig gestaltet:Hammer sucht die diversen Beteiligten auf, Ärzte, Drogensüchtige, Teenager, Gangster. Dazwischen bleibt immer noch Zeit, ein paar Finsterlinge platt zu machen und mit seiner ewigen Sekretärin Velda zu flirten. Hier entsteht der Einrduck, als wenn dieser Teil von Max Allan Collins geschrieben wurde, der offenbar mit Story und Charakter nicht viel anzufangen wusste. Aber die letzten 60 Seiten wurden ganz offensichtlich von Mickey Spillane verfasst und sind es schon wert, den Roman zu lesen:Hier haut Mickey Spillane voll in den Tasten in einem Finale, dass zwar nicht an das von ‚One Lonely Night’ heran reicht, aber dennoch ein echter Hammer ist! Enthusiastiscch zelebriert und propagiert Mickey Spillane die Freude an Blut und Gewalt, wenn die Schurken endlich ausradiert werden! Und dann läßt der Autor das Ende auch noch offen …

Mickey Spillane war seinerzeit mit seiner Figur Mike Hammer seiner Zeit weit, weit voraus:Sind viele andere Krimihelden einfach nur Ermittler, die letzten Endes auch stets das System verkörpern, sei es in unzähligen Polizeikrimis oder auch bei Ihrer Majestät bestem Geheimagenten (James Bond ist fast nie auf eigene Faust unterwegs, sondern meist mit Auftrag seiner Dienststelle), so ist Mike Hammer eine frühe Version des modernen Wutbürgers:Fast immer agiert Mike Hammer aus eigenem Antrieb heraus, findet sich nicht mit den Umständen oder gar Gesetzen ab, sondern bricht die Gesetze auch, um einer archaischen Form von Gerechtigkeit Geltung zu verschaffen!
Das Schöne an diesem Roman ist das Häßliche:
Das New York des Mickey Spillane ist kein ‚Sex And The City’-New York, sondern eine Stadt der Kriminellen und Gangster, wenn auch noch nicht derart alptraumhaft portraintiert wie in den Romanen eines Andrew Vachss. In modernen Fernsehserien wie ‚Law & Order’ und ‚CSI’ sind die Mörder meist einfache Bürger, die oft durch widrige Umstände oder gar Zufall einen Mord begehen, doch Mike Hammer hat es noch mit echten Verbrechern zu tun, zeigt Mickey Spillane das Krimigenre und seine Helden in voller Pracht!
Case Closed, Vol. 74 (74)
Case Closed, Vol. 74 (74)
Good section with reasonable deduction. I will keep reading the further chapter. Why I need so much words for review...
Magic Kaito - Tome 3 (Shonen Kana) (French Edition)
Magic Kaito - Tome 3 (Shonen Kana) (French Edition)
Je recommande ce livre à tous ceux qui aiment jouer les détectives et qui ont aimé Détective Conan !! Quand on lit ce manga on ne voit pas le temps passé et on veut toujours savoir la suite, on ne peut s'arrêter !!
Hellfire, Texas (Hellfire Series Book 1)
Hellfire, Texas (Hellfire Series Book 1)
5 stars
I purchased a copy of the steamy novella Hellfire, Texas: Hellfire Series book 1 by Elle James and this review was given freely.
A fast paced, action packed romantic suspense set at the Coyote Creek Ranch outside of Hellfire, Texas spanning a couple days, featuring multiple fires, and offering a good introduction to the close knit Grayson siblings. When former pediatric nurse Kinsey Phillips's car breaks down close to her hometown during her flight from her abusive boyfriend, she is rescued by her childhood crush, the oldest Grayson sibling, volunteer firefighter, rancher and part time architect Becket Grayson.
Contains some violence but ends happily.
Seeking Catherine Cookson's 'Da
Seeking Catherine Cookson's 'Da
I had just read a Catherine Cookson biography and wondered if this book would have anything to add. It most certainly did! The author did meticulous research that leaves little doubt Catherine at some point became aware of who her father was. Early on Catherine had been led to believe her father was a gentleman. This belief shaped her personality. Although she never spoke openly about who her real father was, her novels cover subject matter that touch closely on her father's life story. This is an amazingly well done book.
Paladone Harry Potter Officially Licensed Merchandise - Coin Bank Money Safe Book
Paladone Harry Potter Officially Licensed Merchandise - Coin Bank Money Safe Book
Overall, I LOVE this money safe! It is definitely a great addition for any HP collector. The quality surpassed my expectations, and is actually larger than what I was expecting as well. As an added bonus, it blends perfectly in with my other books - you really can't tell its metal!

The only complaint I have about the product is the packaging (which is why I took one star off) - there is a GIANT sticker that takes up about one third of the front cover's image. And I don't mean the easy plastic-like stickers that are fairly easy to pull off. It took me almost a half hour of gently peeling and warm water soaking with a wash cloth to get the dumb thing off and not destroy the paint/design in the process. For the love of all things holy, please remove these stickers from any future editions/models!
Games Workshop Warhammer 40,000: Adepta Sororitas Junith Eruita
Games Workshop Warhammer 40,000: Adepta Sororitas Junith Eruita
Had fun assembling for my army of toy soldiers and wizards so yeah I mean it's Legos but costs more and has rules. Easy instructions pretty much like IKEA furniture but smaller. If yah like assembling IKEA then this might be in the same vein. Came in pieces that had to be cut out with a knife and wire cutters. All grey and not painted. Has the person's stats in the back of the instruction manual. Needs super glue for some parts. I would also recommend sandpaper in case you cut too little of the supports holding the pieces.
Beats by Dr dre Powerbeats2 Wireless In-Ear Bluetooth Headphone with Mic - Black (Renewed)
Beats by Dr dre Powerbeats2 Wireless In-Ear Bluetooth Headphone with Mic - Black (Renewed)
This rating is more of the purchase of a refurbished product from a third party retailer, especially the one who sold me this Powerbeats 2 In-Ear Headphone. I've read other complaints of customers purchasing this refurbished product but was hopeful when reading their third party policy... "Only select sellers who maintain a high performance bar may offer Certified Refurbished products on Amazon."

Apparently, this retailer must have fallen through the cracks as the Powerbeats headphones I received had a missing cover from the multi-function button exposing a circuit board. Not only that, the earpiece was obviously dirty and had clear signs of the previous owner's ear wax. The whole unit was distinctly dirty and looked very used. Please see the pictures of the unit right when I opened the box.

I ended up purchasing the "Powerbeats 2 Wireless In-Ear Headphones" BRAND NEW. Since Beats already has version 3 out, it was on Sale for only $35 more then the refurbished version. I'd say it's well worth it new.

I run marathons and these headphones stay-in for the whole time, unlike other in-ear headphones. I've purchased / used several other brands before deciding with the Beats. The Anker SoundBuds and Yurbuds Bluetooth earbuds were all disappointing for my use of long distance running. So I recommend the Beats, but would NOT recommend a refurbished version!

Again, see the pics before you decide to purchase yours. Hopefully, you won't end up with the ones I had. Good luck!
Patanjali Madhuram Jaggery Powder, 1kg
Patanjali Madhuram Jaggery Powder, 1kg
Developed western countries have imposed heavy restrictions on using white sugar (slow poison) in their food products. But, we, Indians never care about our health and never understand the extreme ill effects of using white sugar because we are ruled by TVs, media, internet run by illuminati. We, Indians are the easiest target of diabetes and other illnesses caused due to the usage of white sugar (poison) for the illuminati to sell their drugs. Infact, 99.99% consumer products sold in India run by few parent companies in US. They sell various chemical food, soap, shampoo and other products to us and also sell drugs to us to cure the diseases caused by those chemical products. We, Indians never know these facts because we are being given advertisements in an eye catching manner to use their products and saying that they (those few parent companies) are the best and they have no alternatives (e.g. Hindustan Lever Limited) which are based in US and other western countries. They are not Indian companies.

To compete with them and to save Indians from diseases, Baba Ramdev's Patanjali was introduced in India and it is a god's gift to Indians. (I am not his fan, but this is a fact and I was a regular consumer like you who used chemical products before, but now I realised the ill effects of them)

This Madhuram Jaggery (Tamil name: Panai Karupatti or Panai Vellam) has been used in world's oldest Tamil Siddha Medicinal system and also by people in and around Tamilnadu, Southern India and Northern parts of India from ancient time. Those ancient people, particularly villagers and elderly people who added jaggery in their diet never had diabetes and other diseases because of the usage of Panai Karupatti (jaggery) instead of white sugar.

I strongly recommend to refer old Siddha texts about this or ask to elderly people like your grandma who used this about its goodness to your health.

I use this jaggery daily in places where I can replace the white sugar in my diet, such as tea, coffee, breakfast, deserts, cakes, etc. This jaggery gives similar taste as like white sugar. I suggest you to try it in tea firstly and also eat it raw in empty mouth and then you will never use again the poisonous white sugar in your life.

This product is absolutely worth for Rs.60 per kg. Go ahead and buy without double thinking and don't worry on reading the negative reviews by some dumb people (I guess they (fake reviewers) are corporate competitiors (who sell chemical based products in India) who oppose Patanjali because of their down market in India after the introduction of Patanjali products.

If you don't switch to jaggery in your diet by avoiding white sugar, the diseases which may cause in the long run in your life are inevitable.

I advice Patanjali manufactures to print the labels in 22 Indian official languages rather printing only in Hindi and English to take the market to all states of India for the benefit of people's health.
Gustaf Bolsa de azúcar Regaliz Bears 5,2 oz Retail
Gustaf Bolsa de azúcar Regaliz Bears 5,2 oz Retail
My poor mom who is battling a rare Skin Cancer has very little to get excited about. My mom has always liked Black Licorice and this product is flavorless and extremely disappointing. All of her children are trying to get things we know she likes and this is one of those items even though this is the first time buying this brand. I bought two bags and now either one of them will be eaten. My mom is 84 years old all we are trying to do is find the little comforts she likes and get them for her.

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