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    Running Against the Tide: True Tales from the Stud of the Sea []  2020-2-6 22:27

    Fan of "Below Deck?" You will have fun Captain Lee's ating or yachting enthusiast? Always wanted to travel or be a sailor? You will have fun Captain Lee's e book takes us up to and through the first episode of the series "Below Deck," so this is not the book to obtain if you are after behind the scenes gossip about the show. There is some inside information about the first e fascinating part comes with reading what it took for Captain Lee, the witty, self assured, yet humble star and father figure and of course, captain, on "Below Deck" went through, along with his family, to obtain where he is today.He sure his dues! He met and interacted with a lot of a 'colorful character' and 'salty sea dog' along the way, and has the stories to present for it. He tells the stories well.Did you know Captain Lee (Harold Lee Rosbach) once owned his own restaurant? Well, now you do....That story is in here, too. His gallantry is also throughout the book. Give it a read.

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    Running Against the Tide: True Tales from the Stud of the Sea []  2020-2-6 22:27

    I am a huge fan on Capt Lee so hearing how he got to the top was very interesting. Of course, in real Capt Lee style, it was peppered with his hilarious analogies & euphemisms! It was fascinating to hear all the stories behind the yacht owners & their sometimes insane demands. I knew he would have an awesome story & this book does not dissappoint! I definitely recommend this book to any fan or aspiring Captains!

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    Running Against the Tide: True Tales from the Stud of the Sea []  2020-2-6 22:27

    Quick, very engaging read. Provides an interesting look into the island and yachting life from the bottom rungs to the mega yachts and their mega rich owners. Not much on Below Deck -- hopefully he'll reveal all in a future book. But this was a really amazing read, and the person in the book is consistent with the person we see on TV: honest, pragmatic, no-nonsense.

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    Running Against the Tide: True Tales from the Stud of the Sea []  2020-2-6 22:27

    A fun read about the colourful life of Captain Lee. His one liners are comically poetic. If you are a fan of “Below Deck”, a must read.

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    Running Against the Tide: True Tales from the Stud of the Sea []  2020-2-6 22:27

    Just finished my Dad's book. I must say, I didn't know what to expect,not having heard a lot of of these stories first hand. And,now having read them,it's no surprise he's where he is because of who he is. So proud, and satisfied for him. Nice work Pop. As usual.

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    Running Against the Tide: True Tales from the Stud of the Sea []  2020-2-6 22:27

    This was a fast read and very entertaining. I enjoyed all the stories and a glimpse in the life of Capt. Lee. I highly recommend this book to all. You will laugh and sometimes be on the edge of your seat but you will always have fun each and every chapter.

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    Running Against the Tide: True Tales from the Stud of the Sea []  2020-2-6 22:27

    I was hoping this book would not be what I thought it might be and I was right. I imagined it could be all about the Below Deck Drama or at least half the book. But it was nothing of the sort. A very enjoyable read about the struggles of life and the love of the sea. I like how he went into info about everything from welding to engines on ships and assumed the reader would be smart and wish to know the details. I love when authors go into detail especially when you’re a ships captain it’s necessary to talk about the ship because without it there is no ’s a very enjoyable read with some interesting adventures and things in life we have to with. Sometimes we do not always need to read about how someone saved the globe from doomsday. To the readers that gave it 1 star, they must have been looking for gossip and reality television present crap. Items that pales in comparison to true life eat job Captain Lee and also very well written to create an enjoyable read from front to back.

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    Running Against the Tide: True Tales from the Stud of the Sea []  2020-2-6 22:27

    It was interesting.I love Captain was about his early life and how he got where he is today. A small disappointed that it was not about the show.

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    Running Against the Tide: True Tales from the Stud of the Sea []  2020-2-6 22:27

    I loved the tv series Below Deck. However if you are looking for any correlations between the present and this book think again. This read like and introduction to sailing manual. It's also just about Captain n't support but wonder how his wife fended for herself being on foreign ground. It seems that Captain Lee would pull up anchor and be on some fairly lengthy trips. Lee and his wife have four boys and he only mentionsone in a couple of sentences. Book would have been much better if he had shared some of his family life, some stories about his tv show.His ego beautiful much sums it up as he refers to himself as Stud of the Sea.

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    Running Against the Tide: True Tales from the Stud of the Sea []  2020-2-6 22:27

    I loved this book and ry surprised in a amazing way. I expected the typical autobiography starting with eatgranfatherI loved this book but was very surprised by it as.well.. I.expected it t with his pre birth ded family history starting with eat.great.great.grandfather or something like that. But he jumped in right awAy with his work experiences.which were just fascinating ! It's a real, no nonsense acc of WHAT HAS MADE HIM THE SILVER E SEA. BRAVO TO YOU CAPTAIN LEE!

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    The Great Siege, Malta 1565: Clash of Cultures: Christian Knights Defend Western Civilization Against the Moslem Tide []  2020-1-17 20:10

    This is a splendid recount of the Siege of Malta in 1565. Without doubt, I found it to be a worthy read. If anyone wishes to know what it was like to be up close and private in 16th Century combat... this book is for you. Lastly, although this book lacks maps and visual aids, its author (E. Bradford) writes in such a descriptive method as to stir one's imagination. I couldn't place this book down... reading it in entirety within one sitting.

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    The Great Siege, Malta 1565: Clash of Cultures: Christian Knights Defend Western Civilization Against the Moslem Tide []  2020-1-17 20:10

    What and wonderful story. Ernle Bradford does a unbelievable job discussing the intricacies of the siege in a fascinating narrative. A few years ago I translated "The Knights of Rhodes:" by Bo Giertz which with the Order of St. John of Jerusalem on the Isle of Rhodes during the siege of 1522, an happening still remembered by the during the siege of Malta just 43 years later. Ever since translating that book I've had more than a passing interest in the and their previous work as well as later exploits. When I picked this book up I couldn't place it me other reviewers criticize the author for being a bit one sided in telling the tale, but that is one of the things I love about the book. It's one of the things I like about a lot of various British historians in general. They are not obsessed with a politically correct retelling of the events. Drawing on source of Balbi, "a sixty year old, poet, writer and soldier of fortune" from Italy who documented the day to day fighting from Senglea where he himself fought with the Hospitallers during the siege, Bradford fills in the story with his own descriptions of the country and research concerning the battle. The result is that you obtain a sense for the fighting and identify with the cause of the Hospitallers. Allow the other side tell their story if they want and justify their own assault on the island of heroes. Sure, both sides resorted to acts that we search hard to comprehend today, though the history of our own lifetime is not a stranger to related events, yet other reviewers are wrong in saying that Bradford doesn't criticize the Grand Master of Malta, Valette, at all. He does, even if he does present charity, forgiveness and hesitancy in his criticism. Perhaps as a veteran of battle himself, he understands the pressures and emotions that can cause a man to do things he might otherwise abstain a day when it is famous to criticize crusaders and the crusades as being backward and uncivilized etc. This book shows another side to the people who in a lot of ways saved civilization, something created very apparent as one considers the Islamic globe of the Ottoman Empire,and soberly assesses the modern Middle East predicaments. Had these men not held out the method they did on Malta it is doubtful that we would have had the freedom to live with our cherished ideals of freedom, tolerance and charity with which so a lot of nonchalantly criticize these men. Amazing book, well worth the read.

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    The Great Siege, Malta 1565: Clash of Cultures: Christian Knights Defend Western Civilization Against the Moslem Tide []  2020-1-17 20:10

    Ernle Bradford has given us a very amazing acc of the Siege of Malta in 1565 - the latest stand of the Knights Hospitallers. I know, it wasn't their latest action, but was certainly the high point and they would continue to fade away as the one of the latest vestiges of the medieval ter their retreat from Rhodes, the Knights of St. John, known as the Hospitallers, were without a headquarters, a base and a home. Eventually, the Spanish king Phillip II gave them the little island of Malta as their fiefdom. The hot, infertile island of sandstone sat in the midst of the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily and divides the east from the west. In the east, the Muslim Turks are masters. In the west, the fractured Christian powers vie with each other (the French actually had a "non-aggression" pact with the Turks) when not threatened from the e ever aggressive Muslim Turks realize that Malta is a strategic asset - or liability - and are determined to take it. From Malta, Sicily can be threatened, then Italy. Likewise, their possessions in North Africa as well as shipping can be threatened by the Knights and their battle galleys. It is at this point that the author takes up the story.A heavy fleet and troops of 40,000 sail from Constantinople. A powerful, experienced fleet with elite and fanatical units used to victories over Christian armies is on it's way. But, the Knights of St. John have a fanaticism of their own and the fighter monks of Christendom are prepared to their lives dearly. On the island, Grand Master de Valette shores up his defences, lays in stores for the siege and prepares his units for the war to e author does a fine job of chronicling the course of the war from both sides. His history is sprinkled with first-person accounts from both Muslim Turk and Christian Knight. The combat is bloody and brutal with quarter neither asked for nor given. The war is one of endurance and the author is able to point out each side's mistakes and the turning point of the is is a very amazing treatment of the siege and I recommend it with five stars. If you're looking for the bigger picture within which the siege of Malta is but a piece, I recommend Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the War of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World.

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    The Great Siege, Malta 1565: Clash of Cultures: Christian Knights Defend Western Civilization Against the Moslem Tide []  2020-1-17 20:10

    Really enjoyed this book especially the Audible version. Reads like a novel. The actual happenings twist and turn between win and conquer for both sides. Bradford has done his homework and it helps to have an eyewitness document written not too long after the siege to refer to and to shed light on the defenses within the different e book is an simple read. I found myself mesmerized throughout and didn't wish to place the book down. Add to it the significance of the seige with respect to the Ottoman intentions in the Mediterranean and this book is easily and highly recommended!

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    The Great Siege, Malta 1565: Clash of Cultures: Christian Knights Defend Western Civilization Against the Moslem Tide []  2020-1-17 20:10

    I must give this brilliant acc of a history not well known 5 stars because it is interesting and extremely well written and documented. However, I felt it at times to be a small tedious to read through no fault of the author but I admit sadly my own. I wascompletely unfamiliar with this necessary war and did not know anything about Malta--the primary reason I chose it. It is for the serious reader only. Should you attempt it, I would recommend that you plan to read several chapters at once so that you can hold up with the action and all the characters, each heroes in their own right. A lot of readers will need to obtain completely involved in it to truly appreciate it. Once I did this instead of trying to read it piecemeal, I truly appreciated and learned from it.

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    The Great Siege, Malta 1565: Clash of Cultures: Christian Knights Defend Western Civilization Against the Moslem Tide []  2020-1-17 20:10

    Very well written, engaging account; brings people and happenings alive. Remarkable ttle known acc of a part of our western history usually ignored by Anglo-centric points of view. Epic struggles between East and West after fall of Constantinople created Mediterranean a lake of death, misery and wholesale destruction that dwarfs the usual struggles we mostly read about. I mean, we hear all about the Spanish Armada as if that was the main naval action for a thousand years. It wasn't. Read this and see.

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    The Great Siege, Malta 1565: Clash of Cultures: Christian Knights Defend Western Civilization Against the Moslem Tide []  2020-1-17 20:10

    This book provides a detailed analysis of the Sultan's preparations for the Malta siege and the defense preparations of the Knights of St. John. The siege itself is presented with much suspense. It is well written with a lot of interesting facts. The happening itself was necessary in the sixteenth century in that it the siege marked a turning point in the Sultan's ambitions to control the western Mediterranean. A very well-written and necessary story. The suggestion that a map or geographical sketches would have helped is well-taken.

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    The Great Siege, Malta 1565: Clash of Cultures: Christian Knights Defend Western Civilization Against the Moslem Tide []  2020-1-17 20:10

    Perfect acc of the Siege of e author's writing was a joy to take in. His research was so well done that I felt like he was there. (of course he has lived in Malta) The book was written in 1961, so he doesn't need to worry about not offending the PC police. He just told it like it was from the acc of the d it. I'll create sure my children read it.

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    The Great Siege, Malta 1565: Clash of Cultures: Christian Knights Defend Western Civilization Against the Moslem Tide []  2020-1-17 20:10

    I love this kind of history - well-written, well-researched (largely based on several first-person accounts), full of interesting characters and context. I was somewhat familiar with the history of Malta and the Knights and Turkish struggles for dominance in the Mediterranean from a fictionalized acc I'd previously read about the 1551 siege, but I wasn't at all familiar with The Amazing Siege. I'm very glad I noticed this title; my husband, who's primed to read it next, will be, too.

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    The Great Siege, Malta 1565: Clash of Cultures: Christian Knights Defend Western Civilization Against the Moslem Tide []  2020-1-17 20:10

    I selected this book, based on multiple on-line recommendations, to read prior to my visit to Malta. The story provides a amazing degree of detail regarding the international intrigue, fortifications, wars and the inspirational leadership of Grand Master of the Knights of St John Jean Parisot de la Valette in defeating the Ottoman siege. A story stirred by a confluence of events, the rise of the English church, the profound influence of the Spanish court, and the desire of Soleyman the Magnificent to remove the irritant of the Knights of St John interdiction of shipping between Constantinople and Tripoli. This conquer of the Ottoman army, and the proven inadequacy of their fleet during this amazing siege, first checked the westward expansion of the Ottoman Empire. The book is written in a fashion which captured my attention throughout - compelling, insightful and inspiring. I look forward to my visit.

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    Hunting the Jackal: A Special Forces and CIA Soldier's Fifty Years on the Frontlines of the War Against Terrorism []  2020-1-25 10:0

    This book is amazing written by a man that is the toughest military soldier to ever live and talk about it. It’s clear that he had much more to say but it was classified. I met an old man he was a Vietnam vet. He was in SOG he knew Billy. He operated in Cambodia when I said I read a book about what he did he said no it was classified until the 90’s. I was sure he said maybe it was written by Billy Waugh then he smiled looked out in to the distance and said Billy Battle that’s what we called him. I figured if a guy with the handle Lobo who spent 3 years conducting missions inside Cambodia with a squad of missionaries then I wanted to read about him too. Billy Waugh was in country from the very first soldiers until the end in 73. He missed 1 year in Walter Reid recovering from multiple wounds. But that wasn’t where he began fighting this guy was in Korea and his latest deployment was to Afghanistan at age 72. Read the book what you will wish to know is more. Oh did I mention he spent time watching Osama Bin Laden. I understand more then most about the latest killing of the Iranian general because Billy explains how the middle eastern military operates. GOAT greatest soldier of all time. If you are an operator read the book and then you will agree.

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    Hunting the Jackal: A Special Forces and CIA Soldier's Fifty Years on the Frontlines of the War Against Terrorism []  2020-1-25 10:0

    I enjoyed reading this book very much. It was well written, and the author gives a vivid acc of how difficult things were for SOG in the Vietnam Waugh vividly tells how SOG teems were often greatly outnumbered, and were often ready and waiting for US Unique Forces, and how difficult it was to infiltrate and exfiltrate from locations such as e anti battle protesters(I remember them only too well) painted a picture of not good peasants fighting completely unaided a monstrous super power, but from what the author says, they had an enormous amount of support from China and Russia, including units on the ground. I suspect that very a lot of operations by SOG were compromised by Communist Spies in South Vietnam. That is just my opinion based on what Billy Waugh has described. He does not suggest that. The latter part of the book concerns his time as an Independent Contractor for the CIA. He was sent to the Sudan and gives vivid accounts of what it was like locating Carlos the Jackal. Perfect book written by a very remarkable man.

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    Hunting the Jackal: A Special Forces and CIA Soldier's Fifty Years on the Frontlines of the War Against Terrorism []  2020-1-25 10:0

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I found it much more of a historical acc of the spy business and unique ops rather than merely a private story. Certainly Billy Waugh is a legendary and intriguing hero and that side of the story is itself fascinating. The combination of Waugh's private experience and the detailed, first hand accounts of hunting Carlos "The Jackal" as well as the lesser known background in "Hunting bin Laden" makes this an necessary [email protected]#$%!&[email protected] hand acc of how unique forces and intel work at the ground, grubby hands level. Highly recommended.

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    Hunting the Jackal: A Special Forces and CIA Soldier's Fifty Years on the Frontlines of the War Against Terrorism []  2020-1-25 10:0

    I rate this book at the highest. I know the writer and know that he is one of America's real heroes, a fine resolute, tough individual who, when he sets out to accomplish a goal, accomplishes it and usually more. you can depend that all that you read in this book is factual and it is extremely interesting to see how he accomplished bringing down Carlos the Jackal and maintaining vigilance on Osama Bin Laden. Billy accomplished this later in life, after a distinguished career in the US Unique Forces and MACVSOG in Vietnam. I recommend this to anyone who wants to see how a real aritst accomplishes a covert mission.

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    Hunting the Jackal: A Special Forces and CIA Soldier's Fifty Years on the Frontlines of the War Against Terrorism []  2020-1-25 10:0

    I got tired of my melody CD collection and radio in the vehicle so I listen to books on CD when driving. This "book" is a very exciting "read". The author pulls no punches and tells it like it really was...and is. Having read 100s of books relating to combat and the people who lived it, this is the best I've ever found with all the gory details. It takes quite a man to have lived that kind of life and we owe our thanks to the men and women who have and are fighting our wars behind the scenes with no other thanks other than their own satisfaction of a job well done. Be sure you know what you are buying though. I received the CD in MP3 format which is ok with me because I can transfer the data to other media, computers etc. but if your CD player won't handle MP3s, you will be disappointed.

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    Hunting the Jackal: A Special Forces and CIA Soldier's Fifty Years on the Frontlines of the War Against Terrorism []  2020-1-25 10:0

    An wonderful story about an wonderful man and his military/intelligence career. At times it reads like a novel and you have to remind yourself that this is a true man. The story spans like five decades of service beginning in Korea, hitting Vietnam and ending in the Middle East in different capacities. In this book was the first time I'd heard of Billy Waugh. My hats off to him though. I gave it a 4 and not a 5 star simply due to the bragging that goes on. Maybe I should have thought more about the saying, "if you can do it, it ain't bragging". Overall, a amazing read.

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    Hunting the Jackal: A Special Forces and CIA Soldier's Fifty Years on the Frontlines of the War Against Terrorism []  2020-1-25 10:0

    72 years old in Afghanistan! I thought I was getting a bit old at 45 for Security work. Billy Waugh is one of America's quiet professionals. (This Reviewer is Australian.)I really liked the method the man could do his job and serve his country without disparaging people from other countries. The relationships he develops with indigenous personnel are testament to this. Far too a lot of books by American authors do so much flag waving it gets up your nose a bit.I really enjoyed the bits in Khartoum. I just returned from there and lived in the same neighbourhood where Turabi, Osama and Carlos lived. I saw Turabi's house. The bit about driving at night was spot on. To the reviewer who said it wasn't possible to jog around Khartoum at night as a Westerner....1. Billy was under diplomatic cover. 2. In Khartoum there is next to no road crime. It is safe to walk around there any time day or night. Sharia law is amazing for one thing. I did it all the time. I even rode the local bus. It was safer than riding around with a target for Al Queda marked on your car (ie. the logo of a well known Humanitarian Organisation.) I reckon AQ is unlikely to target the local bus when there were so a lot of UN cars lly's book has been a true motivator for me to obtain really fit again.

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    Hunting the Jackal: A Special Forces and CIA Soldier's Fifty Years on the Frontlines of the War Against Terrorism []  2020-1-25 10:0

    An outstanding book. The more I read and meet those who serve in top level Military units, the more I realize the mindset of these warriors. These men believe, as Billy Waugh says, If America is at war, I wish to be a part of it.I'm sure SGM Waugh could write 10 books and still not cover all the actions, engagements, and operations he was involved in. In "Hunting the Jackal" he mainly focuses on the two most popular (or infamous) targets he tracked during his career. Bin Laden and Carlos the Jackal. In addition, he goes into some detail about his service in the U.S. Army, the majority of which was in Unique Forces, including his time in the "Studies and Observation Group". This is a must read for anyone interested in Military history, SOG, Unique Forces, and / or covert operations.I listened to the audiobook ver of this, available on Audible. Anyone who has experience with audiobooks knows the narrator is vital to the successful presentation of a book. Joe Barrett was an outstanding choice for narrating this book. He either has, or is able to emulate, a excellent Texas accent and attitude. Mr. Barrett is either a military man, or did some intensive interviews with Billy Waugh, because he did an perfect job with acronyms, military jargon, and nicknames. This is a fairly minor detail, and doesn't create or break a book. However, for those of us who spent 20+ years in the Army, it can add to, or take away from the overall enjoyment of a book. Perfect job Joe Barrett!

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    Hunting the Jackal: A Special Forces and CIA Soldier's Fifty Years on the Frontlines of the War Against Terrorism []  2020-1-25 10:0

    This is a well written book. If you like battle stories and spy stories, you'll be kept interested all the method through. But hunting for and taking down Carlos the Jackal consumes 80 pages out of 344. Those 80 pages are the most interesting. If titled accurately, this book would be My Life at War. Billy Waugh teases us at the beginning by telling us that on December 1, 2001, he celebrated his 71st birthday on the ground in Afghanistan where he was an Independent Contractor for the CIA, coordinating with American unique forces. His story then switches to his beginnings in Texas. He is ten years old and it is December 7, 1941. He takes us forward from there. He joins the Troops in 1948. Wars in Korea and Vietnam. He is a Unique Operations soldier and spends several years in Vietnam and Loas. He obviously loves to fight, loves combat. He can't stay away from it.He eventually retired from the Troops and got his Masters degree. Then he went to work for the CIA as an "independent contractor." He worked in Africa, in the Balkans, and other places. He can't tell us everything because much of what he did is still classified Secret. But he writes well and clearly about his times in Khartoum. There, for a while, he saw Usama bin Ladin practically every day. His job at that time was to hold UBL under surveillance. But the American government had small on UBL at that time other than he preached hatred and death for Americans and the Saudi Royal House. There was no warrant for his arrest. Later, Billy and his squad of independent contractors located the notorious terrorist Carlos the Jackal in Khartoum. They kept him under surveillance for a couple months while worrying that any day he would bolt. Higher-ups in the CIA eventually turned their info over to the French who had the best warrant for the Jackal's arrest. The French arrested him and imprisoned him. And got the credit.When America went into Afghanistan to war Al Qaeda and the Taliban, Billy begged and wheedled until he was sent there for a couple months of coordination work. He just had to have one more taste of lly Waugh and his fellow independent contractors were hardworking spies and operators for the American taxpayers. What they did was dangerous in the extreme. They are the horror of those who somehow convince themselves that only direct employees of the CIA can be accountable and trustworthy. Such irrational worriers ignore the fact that direct employees not only draw a salary but also have nice benefits as well as lavish pensions. There is no law that says personal contractors cannot be loyal, hardworking, and dedicated. Billy Waugh and his coworkers prove that they can and are. Independent contractor is a misnomer. "Private contractor" would be more accurate. They do not act independently; they are under the supervision of CIA station chiefs. And they have the proper security clearances. It is just that, unlike direct employees, they can be laid off at any time, they have to their taxes themselves, their own insurance and provide for their own retirement. Vacations and illnesses are on their own time. Such being the case, with their backgrounds in covert operations, in military unique operations and SOG, they are true bargains for the tax payers.

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    Hunting the Jackal: A Special Forces and CIA Soldier's Fifty Years on the Frontlines of the War Against Terrorism []  2020-1-25 10:0

    I like the fact that this book was realistic in the operations Billy conducted over his career. He hit on an necessary detail throughout the book that although he started as a Unique Forces (SF) soldier and retired that his life in service to the US was not over. He was able to take his knowledge and experience from SF and carry over to another career continuing his service to the country. Later after his Troops retirement he worked in the shadows with the Agency, and not through direct force he still had an result on terrorist and their operations around the world. I want he could divulge more on some of his other exploits but exposing too much is not preferred and should remain secret. He wasn't a "Dress Right Dress" type of guy in either the Troops or the Agency and that kind of person is still required today to obtain in and obtain work done at the ground level. This book shows that Billy had an objective of routing out the opponent and that is all he cared about. Find, fix, and terminate their operations either through killing the opponent as in war, or in turning them in as in the globe renown terrorist Carlos the Jackal. Overall a very amazing read.

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    Amazing book, honest history

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    Crimes Against India: and the Need to Protect its Ancient Vedic Tradition: 1000 Years of Attacks Against Hinduism and What to do About it []  2020-2-4 3:30

    A highly researched book. A foreigner writing about Hinduism in such lucid info is commendable. I thank Stephen for enlightening me about a lot of aspects of Hinduism which I have not known so far.

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    Crimes Against India: and the Need to Protect its Ancient Vedic Tradition: 1000 Years of Attacks Against Hinduism and What to do About it []  2020-2-4 3:30

    This book is awesome. I kept on reading the bloody history of India late at night until morning. I could feel the killings of my countrymen and I felt how our countrymen suffered and bled. I salute the spirit of Mr. Stephen Knapp and also his daring to search the truth and help it. May god bless you and may the globe realize the ultimate truth and be free.

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    Crimes Against India: and the Need to Protect its Ancient Vedic Tradition: 1000 Years of Attacks Against Hinduism and What to do About it []  2020-2-4 3:30

    Crimes Versus India is a must-read for anyone looking to search the truth about what's happened to India and its people over the course of 1400 years of intended cultural annihilation, jihad, and imperial conquests. Author, Stephen Knapp, exposes the atrocities of the invaders in such a thorough and researched manner, that the reader is left in awe and shocked at the sheer depth of info that he has provided. The Islamic Invasions, The Goan Inquisition, British Imperialism, tainted missionary work in the North East, as well as the whitewashing of history and the intentional degradation of Vedic Culture by Indian Leftists is exposed in this book. Knapp also delves into the caste system, and how it was degraded from its original noble form derived from the varna system into the sorry excuse of what it is today. Not only this, but the author definitively debunks the myths of the Aryan Invasion Theory showing that there was no such massacre, as archeological evidence as well other sources shows quite the opposite.And although this book outlines all the horrors experienced by India, it proudly asserts its achievements as well. Mathematics, Medicine, Freedom of Worship, Astrology, Philosophy, Meditation, Yoga, Martial Arts are outlined among a lot of Vedic achievements in this book. Furthermore, this book outlines a clear and effective action plan of what the common person can do to save Vedic Culture. From community outreach, to temple programming, to educating our youth... the author elucidates all these measures and tested methods in a easy and straightforward manner that one and one's community could easily implement in their everyday imes Versus India soars. Buy it now and learn the truth.

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    Crimes Against India: and the Need to Protect its Ancient Vedic Tradition: 1000 Years of Attacks Against Hinduism and What to do About it []  2020-2-4 3:30

    I found this an interesting read with amazing info to share with others. I would recommend others to look into it

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    Crimes Against India: and the Need to Protect its Ancient Vedic Tradition: 1000 Years of Attacks Against Hinduism and What to do About it []  2020-2-4 3:30

    This book has a very profound notice to bring the human element back to life. Everyone irrespective of their cast, creed, religion should read it. So history would not repeat itself or men will have enough moral strength to stand upto this senseless destruction.

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    Crimes Against India: and the Need to Protect its Ancient Vedic Tradition: 1000 Years of Attacks Against Hinduism and What to do About it []  2020-2-4 3:30

    Superb !!Just Unbelievable Book.

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    Crimes Against India: and the Need to Protect its Ancient Vedic Tradition: 1000 Years of Attacks Against Hinduism and What to do About it []  2020-2-4 3:30

    Very amazing book which explains in depth essence of hindu (vedic) culture. In Indian schools the books written by psuedo seculars and communists paints hinduism as superstitious religion which is an utter lie and is book provides undistorted facts about India and it's amazing heritage. India's contribution to science, mathematics (zero, infinity, decimal system, geometry, algebra and calculus),yoga, surgery and medicine are undeniable

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    Crimes Against India: and the Need to Protect its Ancient Vedic Tradition: 1000 Years of Attacks Against Hinduism and What to do About it []  2020-2-4 3:30

    For the uninitiated in the brutal and bloody Indian history made by the invading marauders, the muslim and mogul kings, this is very educational. Even for those who have some knowledge of the Indian history, this book will give hair raising experience. I highly recommend reading this book written by a westerner with deep and objective research work.

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    Crimes Against India: and the Need to Protect its Ancient Vedic Tradition: 1000 Years of Attacks Against Hinduism and What to do About it []  2020-2-4 3:30

    A true eye opener. Tells the true truth which the school text books and other historians gloss over. Should be read by all Indians

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    Narrative of Five Years Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam: Transcribed for the First Time From the Original 1790 Manuscript []  2020-7-19 18:58

    “Narrative of a Five Years’ Expedition, Versus the Revolted Negroes of Surinam, in Guiana, on the Wild Coast of South America” , by John Gabriel Stedman (1796, misc. editions since; major revision in 1988!). Partial comments by Kristina Gadd in the July 26, 2018 online “Ozy” newsletter:“…in 1777, Stedman sold the rights to his diary to Joseph Johnson, [who after editing it and developing engravings, finally] published it in 1796.“But Stedman was enraged. It turned out that Joseph Johnson had secretly hired an editor to revise the original text and then published a ver Stedman condemned as an outright distortion. “My book was printed full of lies and nonsense,” he wrote to his sister-in-law…..“It took nearly two centuries before readers were given an accurate acc of Steadman’s Suriname adventure, after historians Richard and Sally Price painstakingly compared his diary to the published ver and came out with a fresh edition in 1988”….[but who substituted some of their own ‘politically correct’ words for some of Steadman’s.]…. “What’s more, descriptions of Stedman’s conquests had been entirely removed, along with his comments on the relationship between enslaved women and their White European masters, a quite common union known as a “Suriname marriage.” Johnson’s editor had also taken Stedman’s middle-of-the-road opinions and created them more pointedly pro-slavery….”[Also], “John Njenga Karugia, a researcher at the Inter-Centre-Programme on fresh African-Asian Interactions at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany”, [notes some discrepancies in the engravings.]

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    Whisper of the Tide (Song of the Current) []  2020-8-2 18:53

    I loved the first book in this series and I'm often skeptical of sequels. But this book was every bit as delightful as the first. The hero again took us through unexpected adventures, resulting in a page turner that I couldn't place down. I love that Caro is a powerful female leader who doesn't compromise either who she is or what she believes in, and still manages to evolve and come into her own. Not your typical coming of age story, I highly recommend it for both teens and adults!

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    Whisper of the Tide (Song of the Current) []  2020-8-2 18:53

    I couldn’t place this book down! It has amazing plot twists, amazing hero development, and just the right amount of magic. I can’t wait to see what Tolcser comes out with next!

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    Whisper of the Tide (Song of the Current) []  2020-8-2 18:53

    After reading Song of the Current, I was DYING to obtain my hands on the sequel! I am so excited that I FINALLY read it and it was so much fun! This book was full of adventure, [email protected]#$% moments, romance, banter, and so much more!One of my favorite things about this book was the high-stakes feeling that was weaved into every chapter. The plot of this story kept me on the edge of my seat! I was always dying to know what was going to happen next and I was constantly clutching my chest in fear for my favorite characters. The author did a amazing job at creating an exciting book that never lost its momentum!I was satisfied to see all of the characters, old and new, develop A LOT in this book. The author really focused on fleshing out the characters in this story, which created them even more lovable than I thought possible! I seriously loved all the characters in this book! Each hero is memorable and excellent in their own charming way. If I had to pick a favorite hero though, it would definitely be Caro. Caro is such a witty and badass female. SHE IS MY QUEEN AND I LOVE HER!!!The romance was just as swoony and lovable as ever in this book. I loved the romantic development and the steamy moments that resulted from the development! My only problem with the romance was the LACK OF COMMUNICATION! The communication problems lead to some angst, which I know keeps the relationship interesting, BUT I JUST WANTED THEM HAPPY AND IN LOVE!This book was the excellent follow up to Song of the Current! Fans of the first book will not be disappointed with this sequel!4 / 5 Fangs*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. *MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It Book Reviews

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    Whisper of the Tide (Song of the Current) []  2020-8-2 18:53

    I've read both her books (the first one twice) and I recommend them to all.

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    Whisper of the Tide (Song of the Current) []  2020-8-2 18:53

    I really want there was MORE. The characters and their relationship and the globe are so fulling. I love the nautical terms and the magical elements and how nothing is too massive handed. There's so much more in the globe though and I hope that there will be more companion books or continuations or something!!

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    Whisper of the Tide (Song of the Current) []  2020-8-2 18:53

    Based on review copyPlot: Taking put a few weeks after the happenings of Song of the Current, Caro and Markos found themselves trying to garner help for Markos' claim to the throne. Between fending off pesky killers and political relationships, the sea god also had a bone to pick with the young couple.Poor Caro was place through the wringer in Whisper of the Tide and the stakes felt even higher than they were in Song of the Current. What I loved about Whisper of the Tide was that it truly felt like a pirate book with Caro and company being on the run and searching for lost treasure; it was like watching Pirates of the Carribean!While the ending wasn't what I expected for Caro and Markos, I thought it was very appropriate and I could see some wiggle room if Tolcser decided she ever wanted to return to this aracters: I loved Caro in Song of the Current because of her powerful personality and desire to search where she belonged. Caro was place in even more difficult situations compared to the first installment and her private growth was evident. Kente created an appearance and I loved the bit of magic that she brought with her. I would love to obtain a spin-off with Kente going to the academy and discover more of the magic that existed in the e romance in Whisper of the Tide was just as swoony as it was in the first book which surprised me. I absolutely adored Markos and Caro together because they both had stubborn personalities that clashed, but they always found their method back to each building: While Song of the Current took put mostly on the river, Whisper of the Tide ventured off to the ocean and farther lands. I loved the seedy locations that Tolcser explored and the various aspects to boating that Tolcser introduced me to.I thought that there wasn't as much magic in Whisper of the Tide as there was in Song of the Current which I was a bit disappointed by, but that didn't take away from my enjoyment of the ort N Sweet: Whisper of the Tide is for the pirate lovers, and it was done amazingly well!

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    Whisper of the Tide (Song of the Current) []  2020-8-2 18:53

    Whisper of the Tide is the next (and final) book in the Song of the Current duology by Sarah Tolcser and if you are looking for an action-packed story consider picking this series up. There are pirates, ship wrecks, swoons, and amazing characters in this one and I found it difficult to place this one is book picks up shortly after Song of the Current wraps up and as Markos continues to test to gain help for his claim to the Akhaian throne, Caro is doing whatever she can to hold Markos alive. With continued threats on his life and no military support, things are definitely questionable for Markos but he wants to do what he feels is right for his people and with Caro at his side, he will continue om the beginning of this book it is clear that Markos and Caro care for each other but they are also clearly from very various backgrounds and expectations. Caro is missing the water and her ship and with the hovering presence of the ocean goddess pushing her to do her bidding, I could feel an impatience in her. When an is presented to Markos that could truly support him obtain his throne, they both have to create a decision. This was the part that created me a small mad with Caro – she basically decided for both of them and while it felt like she was sacrificing her happiness, she was sacrificing Markos’ the story continues, Caro finds herself working with someone she never would have imagined from her past. I really enjoyed the buildup of this partnership and, like Caro, never knew whether Melanos was going to turn on her or not. There were a number of times where he actually came through for her and I never would have thought he would based on what I knew of him. While they work together to search a secret treasure, there are other forces they are up versus because of who they are and what they have ere are a number of various pieces of this story that all eventually tie back to a connected storyline. I don’t wish to say much but there are some secret plots at work here that contain each and every one of these characters, as well as some fresh ones. I really enjoyed how Tolcser eventually brought everything together and resolved them. No question, both Caro and Markos face off with risky throughout the entire book and I loved learning about all the e characters in this book are built out well and not only do we obtain some of my favorites from book one (Kente) but there are some fresh ones who present up and create a beautiful huge impact on our heroine and hero. Agnes, one of the fresh characters, wasn’t who I expected her to be so kudos to Tolcser on sneaking in that unexpected twist. Sorry to be so vague there, my friends, but I can’t say much on who she is and how she fits…just know that I’m not a fan. Of course, there’s Melanos. I won’t say he redeems himself, but I saw a various aspect to him in this book and thought it created him much more the end, this book gave me what I didn’t know I wanted with this series. While I enjoyed book one, I thought this one was slightly better and kept me turning the pages to see how things were going to end up for everyone. I’m not going to lie, there was a point that I wasn’t really sure where Tolcser was going to go next and it was getting really close to the end, so I was REALLY worried. With that said, things turned out as they should have (in my mind at least) so I was happy. If you’re looking for a book that will hold you turning the pages and is full of action, danger, and interesting characters, definitely check these books out. I’m looking forward to what Tolcser writes next!

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    Whisper of the Tide (Song of the Current) []  2020-8-2 18:53

    This story is non-stop rollicking adventure following the young heroine Caro. The story picks up after the Song of the Current, and you really should read the books in order. The first book sets up the fantasy globe of magic, gods, curious creatures, pirates, ships, and politics. This book is long, but you will never feel bogged down or be wishing that it was over. I won’t spoil the story by summarizing the plot. As with most adventure stories, it is best to allow things unfold as planned by the author. We have adventures on the seas, traitors, assassins, shadow men, ship wrecks, romance, and just enough magic to be interesting. The author does a amazing job of making you believe the unbelievable and the unlikely. That skillful lying (story-telling) is so essential in a amazing fantasy novel. The story is reasonably complex as treasure, unlikely alliances, and political power are all in play. My sons would have enjoyed this series as young adults. Sex and violence are show but the info are not.

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    Whisper of the Tide (Song of the Current) []  2020-8-2 18:53

    *ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*This book takes put three months after Song of the Current and I am proud to announce that I was pleasantly surprised by it! I really wanted to like this book more than the first one and I'm so satisfied that's exactly what happened! It did take me a bit to obtain into but my interest was spiked about halfway in and I couldn't place it down after tat.I loved the fresh characters we were introduced to here. They were so interesting and they definitely drove the story forward faster than I expected and they created me appreciate Sarah's storytelling so much more. I also liked the method the relationships between some characters developed and changed throughout the pages. I was pleasantly surprised how a few of them changed and it was one of my favorite things to dly, I was bummed that this was still almost as predictable as the first book so that is why I couldn't give it 5 stars. It took me a while to figure out but the main reason why it was so difficult for me to be interested in the story line was because I didn't care for the romance. I am always more interested in how the romance develops in the books I read but I struggled to attach myself to Caro and Markos. It was a large point versus it since some of the things event centered around it to start with. Fortunately, I ended up caring about it a small more by the end. A couple of things that happened between Caro and Markos created me tear up with giddiness so I liked that. It's always a amazing thing when an author changes my minds about things and that's exactly what Sarah did here.I can't even start to describe how I have so much more respect for Caroline after having read this. Her hero developed amazingly and I couldn't be happier with e ending was absolutely satisfying but I wouldn't be angry if we got another book in this series. I am definitely intrigued enough by that ending to demand more!

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    Whisper of the Tide (Song of the Current) []  2020-8-2 18:53

    MY REVIEW...2018 has been the year of the sequel here at Lair Of Books & thankfully there have been some really awesome follow-ups! Whisper Of The Tide is one of the most satisfying conclusions to what is now one of my favorite duologies in YA Fantasy. If you’re a fan of all things pirates like I am, you’ll have fun this high seas adventure into the wee hours of the morning. All of the things I loved about Song of the Current were back & better than ever! our MC has spread her wings and is on a mission to protect the love of her life Marko who has a large target on his back. Marko’s father the Emparch has been murdered & Konto Theucinian has taken over. Konto’s rule is very rigid and Markos is having difficulty campaigning for military help to overthrow Theucininan, a lot of are going as far as calling him “The Pretender.” Caro is focused on keeping Markos alive while he tries to rally help & is beginning to struggle internally with the change of course her life has taken. To Caro, being the captain of her own ship was a dream come real and although the River God never whispered her name, that never changed her love for the pirate life. Caro may not have received the call of the River God but a bigger power has already set it’s sights on her. Destined for the begin waters, Caro will have to choose between Markos & his political wars or her real calling. The Sea Goddess isn’t one to give those she chooses, the option to decline her call…Caro & Marko are both struggling a bit with what they think is expected of them VS. their hearts desire. These characters are super fleshed out, more so than in Song Of The Current. I may not have cared too much for Marko in the first book but I began to appreciate him a bit more in this book. Marko is driven by duty, he doesn’t wish to allow the people down but politicking isn’t something that is coming simple to him. Most importantly, he isn’t willing to allow go of Caro & marry a more “suitable match” for the amazing of the kingdom. Meanwhile, Caro is playing the self-sacrificing card & is basically telling Markos go-on obtain married & I’ll learn to live with it. This then sets off a series of happenings that put Caro on a wild treasure hunt. From piers to pavement, Caro & Marko are chased & multiple attempts versus their lives are made. This created for a adrenaline induced read in which I couldn’t flip the pages quick enough. I ditched the page flags & allowed myself to have fun this fun ride till the very end. We also got to see some of our favorite supporting characters return, with a focus on immediate & extended family members. I search myself hella intrigued by Caro’s cousin who can manipulate her shadow & has been in training since latest we saw her in Song of the Current. It’s rare we obtain extended family in YA Fantasy, I love seeing Caro with her family members. If I had one complaint it would only be that we don’t really obtain to see Caro’s dad and Fee (Frog person) this time e globe building continued to be A+ expanding on the Sea God mythology and those she has chosen to be her children. What I loves most about this book is that we see Caro who is a powerful Bi-racial woman continue to embrace all of the things that create her look different. Caro has bi-racial hair and is of a darker complexion with freckles, all things she loves about herself. She’s also very aware that they set her apart amongst the people of the river where she was raised by her father. Caro shows us what it’s like to be caught in the middle of both sides of her family. Her Father’s side who live by the ways of the River God as fishermen & wives VS. her Mother’s side who are well known established business people (Ships & trade) throughout the land. Caro resembles her mother who is described as a attractive powerful woman of color who also went versus tradition & became a strong captain and owner of the family business. We see Caro toggle back & forth between the two worlds & it just added depth to our MC, something that is sometimes sacrificed in YA Fantasy books for the sake of the plot. I am someone who prefers hero driven books and can honestly say there was a healthy balance of both hero & plot development in this duology. When an author creates characters I can’t support but obtain attached to it’s always my hope that we see more from them. Sarah Tolcser is now on my radar & I will pick up anything written in this globe or not for that matter. For now, I won’t say goodbye…till next time ;)*HUGE thanks to BLOOMSBURY YA & Sarah Tolcser for the early review copy in exchange for my honest opinion

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    Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 []  2019-12-23 20:26

    This was a horror story. A defective tank, built in a hurry, for molasses which was shipped in and out of Boston to create alcohol, started leaking. Some of the small kids living in close quarters to the tank were able to collect small dishes of molasses from the ground surrounding the tank. Yet, nothing was done for the sake of time and money.When the tank finally allow go, the coast surrounding Boston Harbor was inundated with molasses ... people actually drowned in it. There were a lot of deaths and loss of homes from the 45 foot tall wave of thick brown molasses and its ensuing flow through homes and e author has written the only known book about this tragedy. It is written in amazing detail, including the legal aspects which finally brought to light the truth in a court is a tragedy and a thriller at the same time. One wonders HOW such a thing could exist in the first place. All is explained in the court proceedings that follow an perfect accounting of this tragedy. It is told in living color.

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    Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 []  2019-12-23 20:26

    An acquaintance and mate recommended this book to me an I am very grateful that he did. It is a historical acc about the catastrophic failure of a heavy steel storage tank erected in a quasi residential district adjacent to Boston Harbor. It reads like an historical novel, but needs no dramatization to hold the reader fully engaged while reading it. I highly recommend it to any one interested in the early phases of industrialization in the United States and the resulting consequences and impacts it had on the "common man".

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    Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 []  2019-12-24 20:3

    This was an perfect well written book about one of Boston’s well known disasters. It provided amazing incite about the Molasses spill from how the tank was built and the failure thereof and the resultant disaster and those would whose live were impacted and of those who sadly lost their lives or lived with the injuries and pain received for years to come. What I also found enjoyable was the parallel history of Boston and the United States during that time period. A cast of characters from Boston’s famed politicians up to the anarchy America was experiencing. It kept the book interesting to say the least. As a young patrolman with the Town of Boston, I can remember working with other Officers that while driving past the zone of the molasses spill saying that on a hot summers day you could still smell the molasses rising up in the air. The book was interesting enough to be a fast read and enjoyable...

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    The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II []  2020-2-6 20:36

    I've read several of Jeff Shaara's books in the past, and I was hoping to obtain more of the same. Well, I did. . . just in a poor way. It just felt like lazy writing following this formula "Take hero 'X' introduce a small back story, do a small research, describe how they have a powerful personality, using an example of how they have conflict with their superior officer/enemy, have a war where they win/lose and their response to this win/loss is 'fill in the blank' they change their behavior in 'this way' as a result." He takes this formula, does a "COPY and PASTE," and applies it to the campaign in Africa according to the timeline. While there was some interesting items about how the French in Africa were "Frenemies" with the Allies, it just gets redundant. Unfortunately, he saved his best writing for the titles. I will not be reading the rest of the series, which is rare for me. But with so a lot of other amazing options out there, and limited time, I just cant see that it is worth it.

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    Fahrenheit's Ghost (The Heroes of High Tide Book 1) []  2020-8-18 19:2

    Lots of action and adventure in this mildly dark superhero story. Eye opening on the bigotry front. Maybe one day the leaders of our country and the globe will no longer see heritage as a reason to spurn others. A bit of a tearjerker near then end. The situations go from grim to worse, but light is regularly shown on the amazing inside. Several mysteries are revealed. And yet, plenty of mysteries still remain for more amazing stories. I hope that you have fun it as much as I did.I received a copy of this book as a gift. I am leaving my honest review.

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    Fahrenheit's Ghost (The Heroes of High Tide Book 1) []  2020-8-18 19:2

    What an AWESOME novel, and now I can't wait to see what Colleen and Karen do next!! Will they search Pandora and what about Judy who just stole my heart with her abused small body? This novel is a quick paced keep on to your seats book and I totally devoured it so now I am HOOKED!!

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    Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 []  2019-12-24 20:3

    We learned tidbits about the "molassacre" from a bus tour tutorial on our trip to Boston in 2018. He off-handedly recommend this book so I ordered it when we got home. What a fascinating story!I really enjoyed this book. It covers so much, from the history of the molasses trade (including how pivotal it was to slavery in the US), to presidential campaigns of that time, our involvement in WWI, the labor tensions and "Big Business" climate and the anarchist activity (including the and execution of Sacco and Vanzetti). I learned a ton and developed a wider context for the period of time between about 1915 and 1930. It even had some interesting overlap with what I had read recently in the ere were extensive accounts of private histories and very detailed backgrounds of the political, geographical and cultural situation of that time, including some fun facts (for example, that Harding was the first US president to arrive at his inauguration in an automobile instead of horse-drawn carriage, and what that signified for the automotive industry). I was fascinated with this background info and thought the author did a phenomenal job with setting the scene and tying together so a lot of various aspects of the story.Puleo is a amazing writer and I was easily engrossed in the a lot of aspects relating to this event. His witty, compelling and colourful writing turned dry facts into a very engaging, private narrative about an happening that I had never heard of before our trip and demonstrated connections between it and so a lot of other happenings and perspectives from that time and beyond.I think my favorite part of the book was Part 3, in which the author recounts the info of the court case versus the US Industrial Alcohol Company. Using unearthed official court records, he was able to quote extensively from the leading lawyers, witnesses and the auditor of the case, Hugh W. Ogden. It was more interesting than (and often as dramatic as) a Law and Order e author goes into amazing detail in a "bibliographic essay" in the back of the book about his sources and the tons of books one could read for more information. His research is very impressive and I really appreciated the effort he took to present where he got his sources and how he applied is is a fine example of taking one happening and telling its story in such a method that educates the reader on that happening plus all kinds of peripheral subjects, fostering an interest in and excitement for learning itself. This book has prompted interest for me in several various locations for further reading and I'm grateful for the author's extremely well-done work!

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    Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 []  2019-12-24 20:3

    I had never heard of this happening (and I'm a history teacher) but on the radio they announced it was the 100th anniversary. I quickly went out and bought this book. What I loved the most about this book is that it started method before the actual collapse - and introduced you to some very key players. It walked you through the building, maintenance and eventually the trial. I found the entire book just fascinating. I also loved that it was MP3 and was all on one disc. No worrying about getting out the second disc etc while driving. Also the reader has a unbelievable voice to listen to - which for me can create or break an audio book. I highly recommend this.

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    Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 []  2019-12-24 20:3

    I had read about this incident in the past so when I saw this book I knew I had to learn more. While previous articles regarded this true disaster in the past with humor, the happenings described in Dark Tide are no laughing matter. Along with a detailed history of the Boston waterfront, some delving into WWI and problems with immigration to the US, the book covers in detail the long court case and its results which continue to affect communities and corporate practices to this day. It is always a shame when people die due to not good planning and poor construction, but we learn from our mistakes. All of the paperwork and building inspections,engineering and architecture are for the most part, are derived from this not good incident that took put early in the 20th century.

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    Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 []  2019-12-23 20:26

    Not only does this book describe one of the most bizarre disasters that occurred, the failure of a hugh tank holding over 2 million gallons of molasses, but it gives a view of Boston and the USA prior to our entry into WWI. Our attitudes toward immigrants, huge business, poverty, war, class consciousness and even the rum / molasses / slave trade. A look at the Anarchists and their actions is currently echoed by today's terrorists along with the government's reactions to them. There are other parallels that appear making this past tragedy surprising current. A very worthwhile read that grips you until the end. The author has done fine research, well documented and the bibliography is very interesting. One can see the cycle of no regulations, disaster, fresh regulations, memories fade regulations removed, and the looming next disaster to begin it all again. Puts everything into a framework. Very educational.

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    Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 []  2019-12-23 20:26

    I had never heard of this happening (and I'm a history teacher) but on the radio they announced it was the 100th anniversary. I quickly went out and bought this book. What I loved the most about this book is that it started method before the actual collapse - and introduced you to some very key players. It walked you through the building, maintenance and eventually the trial. I found the entire book just fascinating. I also loved that it was MP3 and was all on one disc. No worrying about getting out the second disc etc while driving. Also the reader has a unbelievable voice to listen to - which for me can create or break an audio book. I highly recommend this.

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    The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II []  2020-2-6 20:36

    My favorite novels are historical fictions, i.e., the story line is mostly factual, but the dialogue is fictional. I was hoping that THE RISING TIDE would be related to THE YOUNG LIONS by Irwin Shaw, but that wasn’t the case. It wasn’t even close in comparison.If you’re familiar with the early days of WW2 (North Africa and Sicily) and the Generals (Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, Rommel, etc.), THE RISING TIDE by Jeff Shaara will be somewhat boring since you won’t learn anything new. The only time that I found the novel interesting was when the story revolved around a US paratrooper sergeant and an enlisted tank squad member. If THE RISING TIDE had been more focused on the grunts and not on the Generals, this would have been a much more interesting novel.When awarding stars for a review, I always ask myself if I would read the book again in 10-20 years. If the respond is “yes”, it gets a 4-5 stars. With THE RISING TIDE, my respond was a resounding “NO” so I only awarded it 3 stars. I’ve already deleted the other three novels in this series from my “to read” want list.

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    The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II []  2020-2-6 20:36

    I enjoyed the fact that I read this book. I knew almost nothing about this part of WW 2 other than a few anecdotes about Patton. It was very detailed regarding tactic but it lost me a number of times in the minutia of strange places, names and war overall knowledge base about Eisenhower, Rommel, Churchill and Patton was raised, and the sacrifice of so a lot of soldiers to both noble and tragic waste was at times difficult to embrace. Mistakes and not good leadership led to the deaths of thousands on both sides.I guess, as a lot of in the book said, that's war.If the author's characterization of Eisenhower is correct, he was amazing man and leader in the making, most worthy of becoming President.

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    Fahrenheit's Ghost (The Heroes of High Tide Book 1) []  2020-8-18 19:2

    Colleen Knight’s mother Tina leads a mob family. Colleen’s grandfather tried to create Colleen into a mobster as well; he even threatened to damage Colleen’s lover unless she did was he wanted. That’s why Colleen left Karen without a word six years ago. However, now her grandfather is dead and she’s trying to distance herself from her mother’s job. Colleen is also afraid of her fire powers; she’s killed people before and now she’s trying to avoid it.But when Tina asks a favor from Colleen, she can’t say no, especially when she’s asked to save another powered person. To do that, she goes undercover on a river boat, assuming the role of a mistress of a known playboy.Karen Gray is a spy for a government agency, the Bulwark. She believes that she’s doing amazing work when she hunts down powered people, sometimes killing them. However, she’s been deep undercover for some years now, as the fiancee of David James, the son of a rich man and strong man. Karen is given the mission to retrieved yet another powered person from a river boat.When Karen and Colleen meet unexpectedly, they can’t trust each other and their history together, especially the abrupt break-up, comes between them. But when they search out that the powered person they both need to retrieve is a black child, the mission taken another turn. Colleen and Karen must band together, for a while at lleen is a black woman and Karen is white. Through Colleen, we see the bigotry of 1960s USA, especially because the river boat is in southern US. But Colleen doesn’t allow other people's attitudes stop her even if sometimes she must bow her head and hide herself. She’s fierce and wars for what she believes in. Karen has also had to war hard to be accepted as an agent and when she must face the growing evidence that her job might not be what she thought it is, she must decide what’s more necessary to her: her career or gular people know about powered people and some are afraid of them. Some people, especially the rich and the powerful, wish to use powered people as weapons, no matter what that powered person thinks of is is a fast-paced story with twists and turns. The characters are believable and they struggle with both private feelings and with larger moral issues. The war scenes are detailed and great. However, the story (as Heinrich’s other books, too) are more bloody than comics; both main characters slay people, sometimes in rather grisly way, while fighting for their ere are some references to DC/Marvel comics, in addition to the names of main characters. I personally got a kick out of Liefeld.I’m not a romance reader but this time I didn’t mind how old feelings rekindled in Colleen and Karen. Neither has forgotten the other and both were deeply wounded by their break-up. Of course, in 1962 their romance must be a ’s possible to read the story as a stand-alone but I’d recommend reading from the start. Colleen was introduced in “Shadow e book starts with a short story “Mizuchi” where Alice as Serpent and Marco as Shadow Master confront a girl who can control water. She’s killing people and the local police are overwhelmed. However, things become more complicated when Alice and Marco realized that she’s barely a teenager who is only killing men who belong to the local Chinese e book doesn’t quite end in a cliffhanger but the story isn’t finished.

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    Fahrenheit's Ghost (The Heroes of High Tide Book 1) []  2020-8-18 19:2

    Fahrenheit’s Ghost was the first book that I’ve read by this author, and I want I would have started with her other series first. While this series can be read on its own, the beginning was confusing, and it took me a few chapters to be hooked.But once I was hooked... phew! I couldn’t place it down.I love the concept of vigilante powered people—it’s like Superheroes meets l of the characters felt well-rounded with their own backstories, motivations, and agendas. The conflict and tension were just right. And the pace just flew toward the end of the ere were multiple punctuation problems that created me stumble (ie—internal thoughts in quotation marks instead of italics), but they didn’t detract from the overall enjoyment of the book.I look forward to reading the sequel!

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    The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II []  2020-2-6 20:36

    Small errors pile up and jar into reality. FDR declares battle on Japan, Germany and Italy because of Pearl Harbor. At least a F- on history there. Then he gets going into info and what seems to be a alternate history as he writes personality into a somewhat unhistorical system, troops leaders leading teams of armor units....

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    The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II []  2020-2-6 20:36

    Telling a story of battle requires intelligence and a unique method to tell the stories of men and women fighting andGiving up their lives for the love of country. The authorHas the ability to explain in a positive and objectiveManner how soldiers react in life or death situations.I could not place the book down!

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    Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 []  2019-12-24 20:3

    Not only does this book describe one of the most bizarre disasters that occurred, the failure of a hugh tank holding over 2 million gallons of molasses, but it gives a view of Boston and the USA prior to our entry into WWI. Our attitudes toward immigrants, huge business, poverty, war, class consciousness and even the rum / molasses / slave trade. A look at the Anarchists and their actions is currently echoed by today's terrorists along with the government's reactions to them. There are other parallels that appear making this past tragedy surprising current. A very worthwhile read that grips you until the end. The author has done fine research, well documented and the bibliography is very interesting. One can see the cycle of no regulations, disaster, fresh regulations, memories fade regulations removed, and the looming next disaster to begin it all again. Puts everything into a framework. Very educational.

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    Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 []  2019-12-24 20:3

    Some may consider the molasses flood of 1919 a "quaint" bit of Boston history. But, Stephen Puleo has written the definitive work on this tragic happening complete with maps and photographs. The author traces the surprising relationships among Boston, slavery and the trade in molasses. He info the development of the North End of Boston, particularly the growth of its Italian immigrant population. There was some debate about what actually caused the 50 foot tank of over 2 million gallons of molasses to burst on January 15, 1919 creating a tsunami of molasses coursing through the streets. In the end, 21 people died along with scores of animals causing millions of dollars of property damage. Using both basic and secondary sources, the author creates a sense of the destruction and introduces info about some of the victims and their families. The reader gets a ring-side seat at the where it is hotly debated whether the explosion was due to Italian anarchists or shoddy workmanship on the tank from its inception. Was justice done? Were reparations created to the victims and their families? During this centenary year of the flood, this book is definitely a worthwhile read.

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    Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 []  2019-12-23 20:26

    This was an perfect well written book about one of Boston’s well known disasters. It provided amazing incite about the Molasses spill from how the tank was built and the failure thereof and the resultant disaster and those would whose live were impacted and of those who sadly lost their lives or lived with the injuries and pain received for years to come. What I also found enjoyable was the parallel history of Boston and the United States during that time period. A cast of characters from Boston’s famed politicians up to the anarchy America was experiencing. It kept the book interesting to say the least. As a young patrolman with the Town of Boston, I can remember working with other Officers that while driving past the zone of the molasses spill saying that on a hot summers day you could still smell the molasses rising up in the air. The book was interesting enough to be a fast read and enjoyable...

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    Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 []  2019-12-23 20:26

    I'm a sucker for well researched historical accounts of things I don't know much about. A molasses flood that happened almost 100 years ago told in a compelling method by the author hit my interest perfectly. He introduces and develops characters in the first third of the book, tells of the flood in a "real page turner" method the middle third, and gives acc of the court case that followed in the latest part. How this happening affected people is told. Also interesting is how what was going on in our country and society influenced attitudes concerning the flood. These stuff contain WW1, racism, economy, anarchy (what we would call terrorism these days), and even a amazing lesson about the molasses trade, what it was used for, and it's importance at that time. I'd guess this book isn't for everybody but I loved it.

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    Fahrenheit's Ghost (The Heroes of High Tide Book 1) []  2020-8-18 19:2

    This is another action-packed story from Trish Heinrich, and it ties in with her earlier stories but isn’t a direct continuation. This is an episodic installment for Fahrenheit, whom we met in Shadow Dreams, and this book promises to have sequels of its own. The plot is amazing and there is even a slow-burning romance, but the persistent punctuation errors are distracting and pull readers like me out of the story, so I subtracted a half-star.

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    Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 []  2019-12-23 20:26

    Author Stephen Puleo has done it again. In this book, he has taken a relatively obscure happening and told us an wonderful story. The historical part is expertly researched by him and full of insight not previously well known. He gives us the historical context of the times when this happening took put and more than that, he describes the people victimized in this deadly incident and their life, their passions, their plights. We become one of addition, he focuses on the evil conspirators of the entire incident, the ones dedicated to their quest for and power and the unwitting spineless co-conspirators.I cannot tell what a page turner this book is and how surprisingly necessary the entire happening became to me as I read it.Puleo never disappoints. His books are so well researched, his stories so intricate and detailed as a result.

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    Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 []  2019-12-23 20:26

    I had read about this incident in the past so when I saw this book I knew I had to learn more. While previous articles regarded this true disaster in the past with humor, the happenings described in Dark Tide are no laughing matter. Along with a detailed history of the Boston waterfront, some delving into WWI and problems with immigration to the US, the book covers in detail the long court case and its results which continue to affect communities and corporate practices to this day. It is always a shame when people die due to not good planning and poor construction, but we learn from our mistakes. All of the paperwork and building inspections,engineering and architecture are for the most part, are derived from this not good incident that took put early in the 20th century.

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    Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 []  2019-12-24 20:3

    This was a horror story. A defective tank, built in a hurry, for molasses which was shipped in and out of Boston to create alcohol, started leaking. Some of the small kids living in close quarters to the tank were able to collect small dishes of molasses from the ground surrounding the tank. Yet, nothing was done for the sake of time and money.When the tank finally allow go, the coast surrounding Boston Harbor was inundated with molasses ... people actually drowned in it. There were a lot of deaths and loss of homes from the 45 foot tall wave of thick brown molasses and its ensuing flow through homes and e author has written the only known book about this tragedy. It is written in amazing detail, including the legal aspects which finally brought to light the truth in a court is a tragedy and a thriller at the same time. One wonders HOW such a thing could exist in the first place. All is explained in the court proceedings that follow an perfect accounting of this tragedy. It is told in living color.

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    Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 []  2019-12-24 20:3

    I'm a sucker for well researched historical accounts of things I don't know much about. A molasses flood that happened almost 100 years ago told in a compelling method by the author hit my interest perfectly. He introduces and develops characters in the first third of the book, tells of the flood in a "real page turner" method the middle third, and gives acc of the court case that followed in the latest part. How this happening affected people is told. Also interesting is how what was going on in our country and society influenced attitudes concerning the flood. These stuff contain WW1, racism, economy, anarchy (what we would call terrorism these days), and even a amazing lesson about the molasses trade, what it was used for, and it's importance at that time. I'd guess this book isn't for everybody but I loved it.

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    The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II []  2020-2-6 20:36

    I love historical novels, the setting in true happenings of interest (of course, why would they use uninteresting events?) expanding on the story lines with fictional characters.What this does I'd place you into the story, It becomes a first person narrative rather than a somewhat distant third person telling of the tale. Here, Jeff Shaara uses a fictional tank crewmen and paratroopers to give you an eye view acc of the battle in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. And he does it so well, you become invested in he characters and their personalities, at least the American participants. With the exception of General Alexander, briefly, there is small detail of Churchill and Montgomery, two well known characters in any ill, he makes Eisenhower and Patton come alive, their personalities, struggled, and thoughts. I truly have fun Shaara's books.I also have a vested interest, my father was in an Engineering battalion in WW2 and fought all these campaigns, I remember him mentioning the Kassereine pass, so I am trying to explore what he went through, what, created him as he was when I knew him. Almost 30 years gone, it is my only chance.

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    The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II []  2020-2-6 20:36

    I’ve enjoyed a lot of of Jeff Shaaara’s works and this one was good, but it seemed a small dryer to read than others and rather than reading through it and not being able to place it down this one took a while; after finishing it I felt worn out. He does his usual amazing job of providing a fictional acc of history backed with facts and research. I picked this up for just $2.99 for the Kindle ver and certainly received more than that in entertainment value. If you are a fan of Shaara, you will more likely than not have fun this one.

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    Fahrenheit's Ghost (The Heroes of High Tide Book 1) []  2020-8-18 19:2

    This is an awesome story line. Filled with a lot of action, imagination, twists and turns. Vivid imagery and well developed characters. You have to hold reading to see what happens next. A very special story that never gets boring or slow moving. It is a cliff- hangar. A continuing saga. I was given a copy of this book by the author with no strings attached. I am freely giving my honest opinion because I really enjoyed the story and can not wait for the next book.

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    Fahrenheit's Ghost (The Heroes of High Tide Book 1) []  2020-8-18 19:2

    I have received this book with no obligation to review whatsoever...This is an honest review....Do not ever think that this is your "average" super character story! In author HEINRICH'S novel,not every one wearing a cape is "good,and a mask isn't important to hide evil thoughts and intentions.....as in all her stories,the characters shine(sometimes darkly) the plot line is realistic and profound..Fearless,and bold recommended read.

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    Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 []  2019-12-24 20:3

    Author Stephen Puleo has done it again. In this book, he has taken a relatively obscure happening and told us an wonderful story. The historical part is expertly researched by him and full of insight not previously well known. He gives us the historical context of the times when this happening took put and more than that, he describes the people victimized in this deadly incident and their life, their passions, their plights. We become one of addition, he focuses on the evil conspirators of the entire incident, the ones dedicated to their quest for and power and the unwitting spineless co-conspirators.I cannot tell what a page turner this book is and how surprisingly necessary the entire happening became to me as I read it.Puleo never disappoints. His books are so well researched, his stories so intricate and detailed as a result.

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    Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 []  2019-12-24 20:3

    An acquaintance and mate recommended this book to me an I am very grateful that he did. It is a historical acc about the catastrophic failure of a heavy steel storage tank erected in a quasi residential district adjacent to Boston Harbor. It reads like an historical novel, but needs no dramatization to hold the reader fully engaged while reading it. I highly recommend it to any one interested in the early phases of industrialization in the United States and the resulting consequences and impacts it had on the "common man".

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    Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 []  2019-12-23 20:26

    We learned tidbits about the "molassacre" from a bus tour tutorial on our trip to Boston in 2018. He off-handedly recommend this book so I ordered it when we got home. What a fascinating story!I really enjoyed this book. It covers so much, from the history of the molasses trade (including how pivotal it was to slavery in the US), to presidential campaigns of that time, our involvement in WWI, the labor tensions and "Big Business" climate and the anarchist activity (including the and execution of Sacco and Vanzetti). I learned a ton and developed a wider context for the period of time between about 1915 and 1930. It even had some interesting overlap with what I had read recently in the ere were extensive accounts of private histories and very detailed backgrounds of the political, geographical and cultural situation of that time, including some fun facts (for example, that Harding was the first US president to arrive at his inauguration in an automobile instead of horse-drawn carriage, and what that signified for the automotive industry). I was fascinated with this background info and thought the author did a phenomenal job with setting the scene and tying together so a lot of various aspects of the story.Puleo is a amazing writer and I was easily engrossed in the a lot of aspects relating to this event. His witty, compelling and colourful writing turned dry facts into a very engaging, private narrative about an happening that I had never heard of before our trip and demonstrated connections between it and so a lot of other happenings and perspectives from that time and beyond.I think my favorite part of the book was Part 3, in which the author recounts the info of the court case versus the US Industrial Alcohol Company. Using unearthed official court records, he was able to quote extensively from the leading lawyers, witnesses and the auditor of the case, Hugh W. Ogden. It was more interesting than (and often as dramatic as) a Law and Order e author goes into amazing detail in a "bibliographic essay" in the back of the book about his sources and the tons of books one could read for more information. His research is very impressive and I really appreciated the effort he took to present where he got his sources and how he applied is is a fine example of taking one happening and telling its story in such a method that educates the reader on that happening plus all kinds of peripheral subjects, fostering an interest in and excitement for learning itself. This book has prompted interest for me in several various locations for further reading and I'm grateful for the author's extremely well-done work!

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    Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 []  2019-12-23 20:26

    Some may consider the molasses flood of 1919 a "quaint" bit of Boston history. But, Stephen Puleo has written the definitive work on this tragic happening complete with maps and photographs. The author traces the surprising relationships among Boston, slavery and the trade in molasses. He info the development of the North End of Boston, particularly the growth of its Italian immigrant population. There was some debate about what actually caused the 50 foot tank of over 2 million gallons of molasses to burst on January 15, 1919 creating a tsunami of molasses coursing through the streets. In the end, 21 people died along with scores of animals causing millions of dollars of property damage. Using both basic and secondary sources, the author creates a sense of the destruction and introduces info about some of the victims and their families. The reader gets a ring-side seat at the where it is hotly debated whether the explosion was due to Italian anarchists or shoddy workmanship on the tank from its inception. Was justice done? Were reparations created to the victims and their families? During this centenary year of the flood, this book is definitely a worthwhile read.

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    The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II []  2020-2-6 20:36

    This is the first Jeff Shaara book I’ve read. It’s a long book and the beginning is a bit of a slog. We see and expect action-packed, fast-paced films and TV, but this is a book. Battle planning is hard work and the interactions of the military personnel from the a lot of countries who joined the ally coalition created the story. The action in North Africa showed the difficulties of the soldiers at a time when the best weapon we had was the tank, not the high-tech weaponry of today. As the battle moves north into Sicily with the paratroopers, Shaara brings the reader into the war and there are a lot of tense moments when things go wrong. Then we see the ingenuity of the men in the field and how they learn to work together. Interesting read and brought WWII to life in a amazing and various way.

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    The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II []  2020-2-6 20:36

    WWII is a large undertaking. Maybe it's because I'm already very well versed in the characters and operations discussed in this work. Trying to encapsulate the entire Mediterranean theater in so few pages, and keeping track of the personalities involved in so few pages leads to a general whitewashing, lack of hero development and omissions. The scope of the book is very broad, and it causes a jarring dissonance when the focus shifts from theater tactic to the inner thoughts of individuals. Any of the operations touched upon in this book could easily become a book in their own right. In a way, it seemed like trying to see a whole theater of the battle through a straw.

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    The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II []  2020-2-6 20:36

    This is the first of the four novels based on the 2nd Globe War. The book is about 500 pages long. It is set in North Africa. Germany has conquered most of Europe and what remains of the Allied forces are staggering under the weight of their losses. The only thing that has saved them from complete conquer was Hilter’s refusal to allow Rommel capture what remained of the British forces at Dunkirk and his unwillingness to invade England when he had the chance. In both cases he took the tip of Field Marshall Goring and decides Germany could victory by bombing, Did not work then, will not work e Japanese have attacked Pearl Harbor. Britain has no allies left and so it turns to America. Thecommander they send is Dwight Eisenhower. He has less rank then those he is supposed to command. He has to contend with the political problems of Roosevelt and Churchill, the insanity of the French (who initially attacked American forces when they landed in Africa, George Patton and Bernard Montgomery. Somehow, someway he knits a winning coalition and pushes Erwin Rommel out of Africa. The victories there are as much a case of Rommel having no supply lines and the total incompetence of the Italian leadership as they are of Allied victories. Montgomery won at El Alemaine mostly because Rommel ran out of e invasion of Sicily and Italy were plagued with large losses caused by friendly fire. The author makes you understand that most wars are won or lost by the measure of will. This is a must read for anyone that cares about how close we came to living under the cloud of the thousand year Reich.

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    Fahrenheit's Ghost (The Heroes of High Tide Book 1) []  2020-8-18 19:2

    I really like it! My fifth read from author Trish Heinrich and it won’t be my latest (she just needs to write more books). Extremely well written, the characters, well developed. I’m a hero reader, I obtain into the characters. Who and what they are. Why they do the things they do. The things that create a reader obtain invested into the characters and thereby the book and this book has it all! The first book in a fresh series leading in a various direction. I see a lot of Marvel's X-Men as well as other superheroes, I suppose that's to be expected, there's only so much believable superhero fantasy. Now I have to wait for the next book.

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    Fahrenheit's Ghost (The Heroes of High Tide Book 1) []  2020-8-18 19:2

    I have fun reading Trish’s books; her characters come to life in my mind and I am in that globe with them. Athough the point of view switches between Colleen and Karen, this is really Colleen’s story. Can she break holds from the past? Can she hope for a fulfilling future of her own rather than becoming what someone else has in mind for her?The time-period is 1962, with the racial divide as an active element of the story. Toss in a non-traditional gender romance and you have even more tension to obtain through. Powered People can be heroes, villains, bystanders, activists, or pacifists just as much as anyone else, but those powers create others nervous. “Regular” people are frightened by what they do not understand. In Colleen’s life that reality hits on all fronts.I had to hold in mind that this book was not written based on my wold-view, but from a more humanistic view. In that context, the character-driven story compelled me ever forward. I must see how the next parts progress!I received a advance copy but my review is honest and voluntary.

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    Fahrenheit's Ghost (The Heroes of High Tide Book 1) []  2020-8-18 19:2

    Trish Heinrich has definitely established herself as a force to be reckoned with when it comes to writing superheroes, especially women. She’s able to capture the raw emotions, and the incredibly varied backgrounds of a powered squad up. Colleen is a powerful black woman, gorgeously written, who stands up for who and what she believes in. The tension is beautiful, and Colleen is able to grow as a character.

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    Best of the Classic Years []  2020-1-18 23:10

    I love this release. As others have mentioned, these are older recordings, easy and raw without too much production. The sounds are sometimes psychedelic, sometimes upbeat and sometimes relaxing and mellow. A very amazing range of tracks to enjoy.

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    400 Years of the Telescope []  2020-6-11 18:51

    Interesting discussion of history and descriptions of latest trends in major telescopes

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