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It's all gone feverish in Los Angeles. City of Fear is directed by Irving Lerner and stars Vince Edwards, Lyle Talbot, John Archer and Steven Ritch. The latter of which co-wrote the screenplay with Robert Dillon. Melody is scored by Jerry Goldsmith and cinematography by Lucien Ballard. "Last night a convict by the name of Vince Ryker escaped from San Quentin. After stealing what he believed to include a pound of pure heroin.....does not include heroin, it includes Cobalt-60 in granular form." Cheap, compact but very effective "B" thriller from the tail end of the first noir cycle, Town of Fear thrives on sweaty paranoia played out amongst Los Angeles locations. It's a ticking time bomb structure, convict man thinks he has a gold mine in his hands but actually holds something that is killing him by the hour. This lets in the police procedural aspects as the cops and scientists test to locate convict man and his radiation container. Urgent! Not only to save the convicts life, but also the town from probable disaster! OK, the science does not add up, nor does the fact that convict man never once gets to begin the container to inspect his supposed golden haul! But the claustrophobic feel is high and the sense of doom married up to the helplessness of the protagonist, brings it into the noir universe. Ballard photographing is always a plus, though he does not obtain to present his considerable talents much here, while Goldsmith, in one of his first musical scoring assignments, couples dramatic thrusts with jazzy reflections to amazing effect. Edwards (Murder by Contract) makes for a amazing noir loser. 7/10
This Novel has caught my breath and captured my heart. Reading the happenings that transpired in the strong, independent and wise mind of a child, years ago, in a land I have only heard bits about. Right to the very end of the story, I am entangled in the scene, feeling as though I stand amidst a conversation so rich in history and heart stories. The Epilogue and Post Script are the source for missed breaths while enveloped by the well written words. My eyes have been opened to a perspective from an angle I've not known before, leaving me with a bit more understanding and confusion all in one.
Amazing read. Especially for those about to travel to Italy. Gives an alternative Italy on a separate plain to ours, however the time travel element is fascinating and well played out. I love the historical mix up of ages and knowledge. An perfect very readable series which can be read independently and still enjoyed.
I heard so much praise for this book that I had to have it. It left me completely disappointed because all the reviews misrepresented the content of the is NOT a history of the city. It is a collection of travel impressions from different "strangers" -- foreigners who happened to visit the town at some point during its ch of the content is spent on introducing these "strangers" and then retelling their impressions. Because there is no attempt to weave a coherent history from these accounts, there are significant periods or subjects with no coverage. As these accounts were taken from foreigners who spend just a brief time in the city, the insights -- while at times refreshing -- are often shallow & spotty.
Laimonas Briedis tells his narrative of Vilnius through the eyes of visitors to the town over its long and tumultuous history. The story begins with visits by Papal representatives noting their difficulties in reaching Lithuania and their attempts at converting Lithuania to Christianity, and grows to contain observations left by other visitors who stayed in the chartered town for different lengths of time. It isn't so much a history of the town as it is a set of impressions left by strangers through their writings, providing a sense of how the town has grown and developed into a cosmopolitan capital over the centuries.His chapters on Napoleon's Grand Army, which encamped in Vilnius before and after its ill-fated invasion of Russia, and on the Jewish experience over the centuries stand out. He also provides a number of other anecdotes including Dostoevsky's brief stay in Vilnius on his method to European spas, as told through his wife's journal. As such, it becomes a memoir of the town for amazing and for bad, as experienced by these of Briedis' more interesting references is Israel Cohen, who wrote a unbelievable history of the city, Vilna (Jewish Communities Series), prior to WWII. In it Cohen not only describes the Jewish experience but also the levels of tolerance of the different governments during that time.I felt the flowing narrative broke down in the closing chapters as Briedis bemoans the city's loss of identity with the major changes that occurred during and after WWII, not least of all the Holocaust. The demographics were dramatically altered and the town was transformed greatly under Soviet rule, but since independence in 1991, Vilnius has undergone a profound change, which I didn't feel Briedis had a firm grip of. Nevertheless, I felt this was a very amazing study of the town and adds to the growing compendium of the town available in English.
What can I say? This is a classic. I am so glad I read this before my 30th birthday and before the 2016 US presidential election. It really puts things into perspective. No matter how amazing I think America is and how much of a superpower it is it does not compare to how long and how amazing the Roman Empire was. I cannot even start to imagine how the citizens of Rome must have felt when they heard the news that the barbarian tribes from the north took over Rome in 410AD. This apologetic work from Augustine of Hippo does not only argue that the Town of God will overcome the Town of Man one day but also teaches one how to engage critics and persuasively convince the reader. Augustine was a Roman through and through but His love for the real Eternal Town was always more important. This book gave me an appreciation for how God always has a 'pilgrim people' that He has predestined to war the amazing fight. If you are looking for a biblical theology of the Town of God throughout all of Scripture then this is a amazing read for you. It will also give you an appreciation for how the current trend of 'gospel-centered' is not anything fresh but really old and Augustine was a master at making Christ-centered connections from the r example, on page 971 Augustine skillfully writes, "This is why, as the Lord carried his cross, so Isaac himself carried to the put of sacrifice the wood on which he too was to be placed. Moreover, after the father had been prevented from striking his son, since it was not right that Isaac should be slain, who was the ram whose immolation completed the sacrifice by blood of symbolic significance? Bear in mind that when Abraham saw the ram it was caught by the horns in a thicket. Who, then, was symbolized by that ram but Jesus, crowned with Jewish thorns150 before he was offered in sacrifice?The book is filled with small nuggets all throughout. Couldn't recommend it more!
When buying a book as renowned as this it is often hard to pick which edition to buy, so I would like to tell you a small about this edition. I'm not an expert on latin translations, but this translation reads as if it is not a translation at all, thouroughly enjoyable. The book has footnotes at the bottom of almost every page so there is no turning to the back of book to read endnotes. Each chapter has a heading and there are a lot of section headings within each chapter. The only thing negative I would say is the print is rather small. I believe this is a amazing edition to about the book. This is an perfect book. Saint Augustine is obviously a very smart person and argues persuasively for his points of view. The book is a bit of a massive read, but if you have fun a challenge, and have a bit of dedication you will like this eat book. Highly recommended!
WOW! Mary Hoffman really concluded the series nicely! But I still like the second book, Town of Stars, better. So, here's a summary:Sky goes to the same school as Georiga and Lucien (previous stravagantes) and Nicholas (who used to live in Talia, a parallel globe of Italy). He finds a fragrant bottle left on his doorstep, and it turns out to be a talisman that takes him to a friar's- Brother Sulien- cell in Giglia (Florence in Italy). In Giglia, there are going to be four di Chimici weddings. There is probably going to be a murder there by the Nucci guild (a rival of the di Cimici) and the stravagantes are preparing for the danger. A lot of people of both Nucci and di Chimici families are either wounded or hurt, and Niccolo ends up challenging Luciano to a duel, which if I describe too much, will give everything away!There is a small bit of romance in this book too... and Georgia and Nicholas are going to go back. I would DEFINITELY recommend it!
This was a GREAT book. I loved the first book in the series, Town of Masks, and thought that none of the sequels could be any better. I was wrong!! The plot is full of twists and turns and so much happens on every page, there were some points I thought I would obtain lost. The author, however, does a excellent job of distinguishing each plot line and making everything clear. It was amazing to see all of the characters together and I enjoyed every part of the book. I would definately recommend this book to anyone looking for a amazing book, but only after reading the first two. This is the sort of book you can read over and over.
I have read and own all the Child/Preston books, plus most of their individually-written books, in my private home library. I've eagerly looked forward to each Child/Preston book as a possibility to go on an often strange and always thrilling ride through the past, subterreanea, the supernatural, amazing horror, unbelievable mystery, and more.I'ver enjoyed them all before this one because the richness and intricacy of their hero and plot development, especially that of Pendergast, has been superbly crafted and created the books very unique and dly, Town of Endless Night completely misses the tag in all respects. It is, in essence, boring. Everyone seems to be sleep-walking through the book; there is no energy, even during the climactic action at the end of the book. And D'agosta has gotten colossally dumb somehow for a veteran road is is, without a doubt, the worst book Child/Preston have ever added their name to. Before you criticize, remember, I have in my collection every single one of their volumes both collectively and individually so I think I have the reading creds to back my comments rhaps the worst critique I can is that for the very first time with a Child/Preston book, I could not remember what was event as I picked up the book again to continue reading. It seems I just did not care enough to vividly remember the story.I strongly suspect this was ghost-written like more and more authors are doing today. I just cannot believe that my contemporary literary idols Kid and Preston, who individually now write such exciting and fascinating books, could have collaborated on this colossal waste of time and money.I shall investigate much deeper, and avoid pre-ordering before I plunk down my hard-earned loot for another Child/Preston om here on, if you wish to read some still exciting page-turning books in the same vein, I highly recommend James Rollins as your author of choice. Rollins still writes like Child/Preston used te to Kid and Preston - I hope you obtain back on the roller coaster/scary house thrill ride you used to provide with your next (if there is one) book. I'm a devoted fan who would like to be able to believe in you again.
This whole series is great... It's not a super complicated plot line, but I search the characters simple to relate to. I love the time transition from modern to historical and the parallels between them. I'm not a huge historical buff, but even I found the historical content interesting because it was relevant to the story... not an indulgence of the author. I highly recommend this whole series to anyone who loves time travels or fantasy book.
Captivating read which is educational for its investigation into indigenouslifestyles as compared to the 'modern' societies which help avarice anddestruction of forests and rivers. The focus on developing spiritual strengthsis admirable in a globe where such is often denied.
I found the first Stravaganza book in a used bookstore. Since then I've continued to the rest of them through Amazon. I love them! Having been to Italy and also love Time Travel books, these novels have really been a amazing can read this book on its own, but it will enhance your experience with the series if you do begin at the first book. Each book takes put in a sort of 'alternate history' city of Italy. Bellezza is Venice, Padavia is Padua. The de Chimici family may closely resemble the de Medici family in certain aspects. Ms. Hoffman definitely weaves together amazing characters with attractive locations. All her characters have richly developed personas and individual problems that traveling to "Talia" helps them with when they return back to their everyday life. As the book series goes on, past characters present up along the method to support the fresh Stravagante learn the ropes of being in Tala. I have fun having the same characters revisit and also continue their own story through the fresh installments of this tom line is I'm an adult and I throughly enjoyed this series. Amazing for young adults (both guys and girls will have fun these stories) and adults. I highly recommend these novels.
Love the Alert feature of this app. Today there was a high impact traffic incident on Whiskey Rd. Thanks to alerts from this app, I did not obtain trapped in traffic and still enjoyed my afternoon. And necessary Town of Aiken news is up to date on the app. Live here or visit here. Obtain the app!
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I'm really satisfied Charleston has its own app! I especially like the parking and restroom guide. I hope that in the future more parks are added that are near Charleston and not just within the city. It would also be amazing to present streets that have bike lanes or bike paths in general to encourage pedestrian friendly areas.
This negative review has nothing to do with St. Augustine's powers of logic or the translation. This negative review has everything to do with the Xist Classic kindle edition I purchased. This edition does not include the full 22 books of "The Town of God," but rather cuts Augustine off midthought at the end of book 13. Not delivering the full content of the book as described is unacceptable.
I took me nearly two years to slog through the audiobook ver of The Town of God, in my case usually for no more than 10 or 20 mins a day listening during my everyday commute. After all, the book length is 668 pages and the audiobook is 48 hours long!On more than one day, I found myself wondering why I was bothering to continue, considering how small Town of God seemed to be speaking to me compared with the Confessions. Thankfully, the latest few books came alive for me, particularly parts of book 22, especially when Augustine recounts testimony after testimony of physical healing in the town port of Hippo, where he lived and ministered in the early fifth century.While I belong to a church tradition that believes in praying regularly for divine healing, Augustine’s perspective still manages to challenge my post-Reformation Protestant theology. That's because one point of commonality in these testimonies was their proximity to a church housing the relics of the church’s first martyr (“protomartyr”) Stephen.While I might brush aside what others might say about praying before “saints” or “martyrs” (our English word comes from the Greek word for “witness”, which is also how Paul refers to Stephen in Acts 22:20), it is a small more difficult for me to brush off a thinker like Augustine (especially after sticking with him through 21 books!). Deceased “saints” are not omnipotent, so I don’t see how they might be able to hear anyone pray to them, nor does God say anywhere He wants us to pray to them. But Augustine’s perspective nevertheless is meal for quote a few of his lines on this topic: “For the martyrs themselves were martyrs, that is to say, witnesses of this faith, drawing upon themselves by their testimony the hatred of the world, and conquering the globe not by resisting it, but by dying. For this faith they died, and can now ask these benefits from the Lord in whose name they were slain.”And “To our martyrs we build, not temples as if they were gods, but monuments as to dead men whose spirits live with God. Neither do we erect altars at these monuments that we may sacrifice to the martyrs, but to the one God of the martyrs and of ourselves; and in this sacrifice they are named in their own put and rank as men of God who conquered the globe by confessing Him, but they are not invoked by the sacrificing priest. For it is to God, not to them, he sacrifices, though he sacrifices at their monument; for he is God's priest, not theirs. The sacrifice itself, too, is the body of Christ, which is not offered to them, because they themselves are this body."And “For in the Lord their souls are praised. Allow us therefore believe those who both speak the truth and work wonders. For by speaking the truth they suffered, and so won the power of working wonders. And the leading truth they professed is that Christ rose from the dead, and first showed in His own flesh the immortality of the resurrection which He promised should be ours, either in the beginning of the globe to come, or in the end of this world.”Is the photo of “the cloud of witnesses” in Heb 12:1 just there for our edification, or might heroes of the faith really be there in a heavenly grandstand rooting us on like spectators in a sports competition? While I’m not ready to change my theology and start expecting God to respond any of my prayers on the basis of any who have gone before me and may (or may not) be praying for me, or to pray to them, nevertheless, these words are another amazing reminder that there is more to what God is doing and to the Christian faith than I can easily wrap my mind around, see, or pack neatly into a boxed theology.
If you are into church history or just wish to read more about St. Augustine of Hippo, this book will be a amazing addition to your library. The book is very in depth about the two cities that we have. This is not a book that can be read quickly, you have to read it slowly and digest what he is trying to obtain across.
I had ff as at teacher, and i could not wait to see this book come out. I thought this was a g8 book and i hope she has another book coming out soon. I cant wait to read Town of Thieves 2!!!!! This book kept me on my feet the hole time and i am not into reading but i got this book done in less then 4 hrs, that was a top one on my list to read and i have fun it vary munch. Any one thinking about to it go ahead and do it you wont what to place it down,
I read this book years ago when I was a freshman in high school. Now, I'm a 19 year old history major, and I still hold an eye out for any fresh installments in the series. It's a unbelievable read, and a very intersting story line. I'm a huge historical fiction lover, and I adore the fact that this book combines history with fantasy and true life. It's fabulous. Hoffman continues the story in the following books. Yes, the stories are all different, but she still manages to connect them in one method or another. It makes reading them that much more enjoyable. Arianna and Luciano create you wish to enter Bellezza as well, combined with the author's description and the walks that her two main characters take. In a way, the reader can search some type of connection with each character. I HIGHLY suggest and recommend that you read this book if you like history and fantasy. There's a amazing balance of both without the fantasy being too overwhelming and overpowering.
Sunita Stanislow skillfully and cleanly presents the beauty and emotion of Hebrew melody on the harp. Accompanied by violin, oboe, and orchestra, this albumn ushers the listener into the mystery and majesty of Jerusalem's history. The listener must be prepared for the tensions of the day to slip away as this heavenly instrument sings out a loving tribute to the land where David once played soothing melodies on his harp.
Sorayya Khan’s novels seem to obtain better and better. Town of Spies is the second of her novels that I have read (and now I need to go out and obtain Five Queen’s Road!).Through the eyes of a young “half-and-half”, an adolescent girl of mixed Dutch and Pakistani parentage who isn’t sure in which globe she really belongs, we meet characters from both the East and the West whose multifaceted participation in private and international tragedies slowly reveal their complexity. But never completely. The psyche of an accidental assassin (but is it ever really an accident?) is obscured and transmuted by the love of her family. A grieving father, who to our narrator is parent and servant and sibling all at once, startles us with the subtlety of his moral reactions to his countrymen and foreigners alike. Even a man who has lived his entire life in Lahore and Islamabad is a ainst the confidently drawn backdrop of 1970s Islamabad (which the author renders as utterly familiar), we spy on these characters, a lot of of them spies themselves of one kind or another. We think we’ve learned enough to judge, only to explore on the next page, or the one after it, that we know so little. “You think so small of me,” one of the characters admonishes our narrator. In the end the author understands, and helps us to remember, that other people are never fully knowable, and it is exactly this mystery that gives Town of Spies its tremendous narrative power.
I was interested in this book because its setting is a time and put (1979, Pakistan) that I don't know much about. From that perspective, my knowledge did expand a bit, but it's hard to really delve into happenings when they are all filtered through the eyes of a twelve-year-old. There is a lot of "I heard my father tell..." and "My mother explained that..." And because she is only twelve, her role doesn't move beyond observer (and spy).Some of the things that happen in the story are horrific, and the young protagonist exhibited all the correct emotions and thoughts, but they never really resonated for me. As the story went along, I tried to figure out why, and then I got to the Epilogue, which is done from the perspective of the protagonist as an adult. The Epilogue did resonate and was beautifully written, and I felt that I was listening to Sorayya Khan's real voice. So maybe the choice of a kid as protagonist wasn't the best. That said, the book is interesting, and I think that it would be acceptable as a YA book as well.