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    By The Unholy Hand (The Executioner Knights Book 1) []  2021-4-6 23:15

    5+ Stars - What a unbelievable darker medieval romance! Here we have a tale of different assassins. The church plays an enormous roll from begin to finish, but between what is going on is a love that is blossoming around cruel dealings, dangers, lots of intrigue and dark r Maxon of Loxbeare is an executioner knight who has been released from captivity and is now going to repay a debt for his release. He literally was run into by a not good urchin, but when he looks closer, he clearly realizes it is a woman who is a postulate from the local Abbey. She intrigues him because of her cirtances at present. As Max finds out there is so much more to her situation that has been truly unfair to the young lady in question. He is on a mission currently, but this postulate is now to become one of his private missions as dy Andressa de Bose has had family tragedy dictate her fate and current cirtance because now she has only endured severe private hardship for quite some time. Living in an Abbey where currently some there are starving, some are cruelly abused and some simply disappear. She has been doing everything she can to survive. She finds herself in a cirtance in the middle of a village where she runs into a large man who is intimidating. Hopefully, he can understand her explanation if not... she is doomed.I can highly recommend this story. As I mentioned before, this tale is somewhat dark, but it makes for a different, intriguing and unbelievable romance while introducing us to a fresh trio of executioner knights. Now, I look forward to the next stories in this series of the Unholy Trinity. This author never disappoints. She continues to make magnificent stories with intriguing plots that entertain me, the reader, and fulfills my time with enjoyment. Now to read Sean de Lara's story, Lord of Shadows. Definitely, a must read after this.

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    By The Unholy Hand (The Executioner Knights Book 1) []  2021-4-6 23:15

    Rating: 3.5 StarsI want I could say I loved this story because I'm a large fan of Kathryn le Veque's, but sadly this one left me wanting. It was definitely entertaining and I've yet to read a KLV book that was boring, but where was the romance? These two (Maxton and Andressa) were hardly even around each other throughout the entire tale. That's a pet peeve of mine and and add to it the fact that everything occurs within 2-3 days and I was frankly having a hard time buying that part of it. I certainly sensed an attachment and attraction between this couple, but I was never convinced about the ill, I did wish them to search happiness together and really liked them both, though neither ever tugged at my heart. I simply never felt a deep connection to them like I do with most of le Veque's characters for some reason. I also think the addition of so a lot of other KLV heroes was a small overwhelming. There are the de Lohr and de Lara brothers, a de Nerra, du Reims, and de Sherrington. Not to mention the two other "Executioner Knights" and William Marshal. Overall the story seemed to revolve more around these a lot of knights and their political intrigue rather than any romance.With all that being said the story was okay and I surely didn't hate it. It just honestly wasn't what I was expecting however and being that nearly the entire book takes put in or around London, there wasn't a lot of action either. I do recall one brief war stage which was a bit graphic, but other than that not so much. Since this was described as a "dark" romance I expected something more, although the actual plot and assassin(s) were well played and entirely shocking. In the end too much politics, an overabundance of knights, and too small romance kept me from loving it tting: 1200 es: Andressa (20) Maxton (43)Pages & Kindle Locations: The story itself contained 317 pages and ended at 98% and zone 4893.

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    By The Unholy Hand (The Executioner Knights Book 1) []  2021-4-6 23:15

    Sir Gart Forbes brought info to William Marshal that there was a plot by the pope to dethrone King John and put Richard's young @#$%!&? on the throne, William gave Gart the responsibility to go after the boy and bring him back to England. Then Garth asked William to obtain his mates out of a mess and use them to eliminate John's assassins. They were known as the Unholy Trinity. Men known as the Executioner Knights. These men were Maxton of Loxbeare, Kress de Rhydian and Achilles de Dare. After the ransom had been paid and they were released from their vaults and on the method back to England did they know that the fate of a country would be placed in their hands. Maxton had just got cleaned up from the filth that he got from being in the vault, when he saw a starving pledge named Andressa du Bose being chased by the baker for stealing bread. Then the story goes to epic proportions! What an exciting, fun, adventure of romance and intrigue of romance in the middle ages.

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    By The Unholy Hand (The Executioner Knights Book 1) []  2021-4-6 23:15

    Probably closer to 3.5. I have read all of KLV’s books. I really liked the characters and the story but I have to say I am a small sick of the 48 hour storyline. Please, please can we have a slow burn or epic novel again! The Wolfe, Rise of the Defender and The Dark One are unbelievable with plenty of romance, sword play and intrigue. It’s a amazing read but I wish more!

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    By The Unholy Hand (The Executioner Knights Book 1) []  2021-4-6 23:15

    The Lady Andressa du Bose has lost her parents and was left with an Aunt as her Guardian but the Aunt wanted it all so she sold her to convent and for four long years she has worked and been starved as the other pledges while the Mother Abbess and her three cronies live in style with plenty of meal and living en one day as she is trying to steal some bread to eat, she is chased only to run into Sir Maxton of Loxbeare, who takes her to a local tavern and feeds her. Small does she know that this day will change her life hn is currently the King of England and there is a devious plot out to have him killed and William Marshal has engaged the men known as The Unholy Trinity-the Executioner Knights. Sir Maxton of Loxbeare is the leader of this unholy Trio and has been given the task for finding the killer or killers who are to slay the King and stop them from killing the me would say that the meeting of Maxton and Andressa was one of divine intervention as they both keep puzzle pieces, that when place together will present who the killers are and stop them in their tracks once and for all in this deadly is book is full of deadly evil from so a lot of avenues that will surprise you, hold you on the edge of your seat. There is also much amazing involved that will hold you reading until you read all night long. But to search them out and see how the puzzle pieces fall into put you will need to read the book and search out for yourself.I am an avid reader of Kathryn Le Veque's works and read all that I can obtain my hands on but she always manages to amaze me with fresh characters, even old characters the present back up from time to time. Yet they are all totally various storylines that you will fall in love with and feel like you have been transported back to the time period that each book is about and you won't wish to place the book down until you have completely avo, Kathryn our Queen on another unbelievable book as well as a fresh series, can't wait to read more aboutThe Executioner Knights as they come to life in your books!

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    By The Unholy Hand (The Executioner Knights Book 1) []  2021-4-6 23:15

    Intriguing read of murder by poison. I have fun reading KLVs medieval books. I always feel I'm standing inside the book witnessing the story unfold. There is one zone that totally erks me, and that is not good editing. There are a lot of misused or misspelled words: is instead of as, published instead of punished - really! I wonder if the editor knows that KLV fans will purchase her books with or without amazing editing. I definitely feel that as taking advantage of her fans.

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    By The Unholy Hand (The Executioner Knights Book 1) []  2021-4-6 23:15

    I own more books by this author than any other author. I am amazed how she writes so a lot of thought provoking stories and I've learned they stay with you long after you flipped to the latest is was different, more on dialogue than war scenes. We do have villains, and most from the Catholic Church so be warned.I still enjoyed this story, but not a fan of all dialogue. Granted there is suspense and the method this author writes, you always feel you are part of the story as it reviewer rated it low because she wanted romance and steam. This author does not write steamy lovemaking vulgar scenes, she has just the right amount of description that you feel their passion. In this story, our h has a relationship with a Knight, once and it is very mildly described, outside of marriage. There is also one very mild lovemaking scene, within marriage and again very mild.I relished the ending and how this author pulled everything together and we got a glimpsed of their life a few years ahead that was sweet.We obtain HEA, there is a slow sweet build on romance and only a little, this is not a romance story. We have no cheating and no cliffhanger for our couple. We are left wondering about the lives of some of the other character's that will be resolved in the next story of this e blurb tells this story better than I so I am not even going to attempt it, just what you may obtain out of reading it. (ljb)

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    By The Unholy Hand (The Executioner Knights Book 1) []  2021-4-6 23:15

    Maxton is a knight with a dark reputation. He lives to fight, has no fear of death, and no issue being its harbinger. Andressa is a young woman, pledged to an abbey as a effect of the death of her parents and greedy relatives. While out foraging for food, because she is so very hungry, Andressa is thrown into the path of Maxton who is on a mission of his t one to care much for the misfortune of others, Maxton is oddly struck by Andressa’s plight and takes it upon himself to feed her and help her. It is through his actions the two are entertwined in a series of happenings and intrigue that could change the history of is the balance of amazing and evil, one often disguised as another, as well as the chance of redemption that compels both on their paths. That conflict and the growing attraction the two, a dark knight and waifish pledge, cannot deny, cause each to create choices that surprise even themselves. Is it fate that place them together or the hand of God?Absolutely fabulous story! This is one I couldn’t place down from begin to [email protected]#$%!&? has an addictive plot that draws one in, with unbelievable characters, rich descriptions, and moments of humor and romance to top it all off. This is the first in a group of stories of the “executioner knights”, and I am already anticipating the next.I highly recommend it!

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    By The Unholy Hand (The Executioner Knights Book 1) []  2021-4-6 23:15

    William Marshal needs specialize unit of men known as the Executioner Knights to play all the dirty android games in the cat mouse murder mystery to save a king. Sir Maxton of Loxbeare is the leader of this unholy band of cutthroats and William tasks him with protecting the king’s life and finding the killers and stopping them. Lady Andressa du Bose was a amazing heiress whose aunt cheated out of her inheritance by being a conniving witch so she has spent the latest few years serving in the convent she was essentially sold to. Maxton and Andressa meet by possibility when she attempts to steal some bread to eat in the little city near the abbey . They are mutually attracted to each other and Andressa sees whole fresh globe she would love to be part of. Unknowingly she has the key to helping Maxton and the Executioner Knight to defend the king and search the killers before it’s too late. I loved this sweet story of the huge handsome masculine knight and the sweet innocent Andressa, but it become clear they have choices to make. Does Maxton betray his king or the lady he’s come to love, and can she trust him with the abbey’s deep dark secrets. Absolutely amazing book I’m loving the Executioner Knights series and I cannot wait for the next book!!! This my honest opinions after I voluntarily read a copy of this book that was provided to me with no requirements for a review.

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    By The Unholy Hand (The Executioner Knights Book 1) []  2021-4-6 23:15

    The year is 1200 AD, after the death of Richard the Lionheart, when John, his brother becomes the King of England. Deep within the Holy Church there are rumors of a plot created by the Pope, so vile and morose, that William Marshall needs men that specialize in horrible and unscrupulous means in order to save the King and England’s sovereignty. Enters the protectors; known as The Unholy Trinity, The Executioner Knights that William puts his faith in to save the Kingdom. This adventure is full of mystery, drama, vile plots that could be the fall of England, blended with a romance that binds it all together. This is a suspense filled drama that keeps you turning the pages.

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    Blind Faith: The Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine []  2020-1-29 0:16

    Sloan brings up a lot of salient points on why we should not be mixing religion and medicine. Now we need someone to write about the risky mixing of religion and psychotherapy!

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    Blind Faith: The Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine []  2020-1-29 0:16

    I don't agree with it but it was very interesting.

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    By The Unholy Hand (Executioner Knights Book 1) []  2020-1-27 22:38

    Maxton is a knight with a dark reputation. He lives to fight, has no fear of death, and no issue being its harbinger. Andressa is a young woman, pledged to an abbey as a effect of the death of her parents and greedy relatives. While out foraging for food, because she is so very hungry, Andressa is thrown into the path of Maxton who is on a mission of his t one to care much for the misfortune of others, Maxton is oddly struck by Andressa’s plight and takes it upon himself to feed her and help her. It is through his actions the two are entertwined in a series of happenings and intrigue that could change the history of is the balance of amazing and evil, one often disguised as another, as well as the chance of redemption that compels both on their paths. That conflict and the growing attraction the two, a dark knight and waifish pledge, cannot deny, cause each to create choices that surprise even themselves. Is it fate that place them together or the hand of God?Absolutely fabulous story! This is one I couldn’t place down from begin to [email protected]#$%!&? has an addictive plot that draws one in, with unbelievable characters, rich descriptions, and moments of humor and romance to top it all off. This is the first in a group of stories of the “executioner knights”, and I am already anticipating the next.I highly recommend it!

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    By The Unholy Hand (Executioner Knights Book 1) []  2020-1-27 22:38

    Intriguing read of murder by poison. I have fun reading KLVs medieval books. I always feel I'm standing inside the book witnessing the story unfold. There is one zone that totally erks me, and that is not good editing. There are a lot of misused or misspelled words: is instead of as, published instead of punished - really! I wonder if the editor knows that KLV fans will purchase her books with or without amazing editing. I definitely feel that as taking advantage of her fans.

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    The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror []  2020-1-25 10:37

    Princeton Professor Bernard Lewis is a master historian and an authority on the Middle East, particularly Islam. His insights on the Muslim religion and terrorism alone are worth the price of the book. It is well written and relatively simple to read. Through these brief pages, Bernard Lewis traces the history of Islam and some of its necessary tenets. He does a unbelievable job at describing America's history and involvement versus terrorism and Islam's hostile view versus the US. He describes the reasons why Islamic terrorists vehemently despise America and seek her destruction.Quotes from the Qu'ran, Usama Bin Laden, and key terrorist leaders create this an interesting read. Bernard's grasp of global Islam helps place into perspective why terrorism is such a dominant force in the globe today. It's a clarion call to all Americans, and one that cannot be ignored. This is the number one issue across the world today. As stated in Bernard's final sentence, "If the fundamentalists (terrorists) are correct in their calculations and succeed in their war, then a dark future awaits the world." His words were virtually prophetic. After Lewis penned those words a dozen years ago, the globe is a much darker put today because of Islamic terrorists.

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    The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror []  2020-1-25 10:37

    Read 20 or. 30 books on this subject. This book is the essential primer. It is the cliff notes so to speak.

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    Daughter of the Song (Unholy Magic Saga Book 1) []  2020-1-11 19:16

    This is a unbelievable read. Arabellas story really grabs you and takes you through her emotions and how she is feeling from her past. And how her and the young man she meets gets through some very rough times. Once I started reading it, I couldn't place the book down. It had me on the edge of my seat. I hope to read more from this Author because to me she hit a home run. I definitely recommend this auna Joesten

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    Daughter of the Song (Unholy Magic Saga Book 1) []  2020-1-11 19:16

    This book does not disappoint .

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    Daughter of the Song (Unholy Magic Saga Book 1) []  2020-1-11 19:16

    Eliza Tilton has surprised me. Normally the YA genre is not for me. But her books have a slightly various slant and even though I am out of the demographic these novels seek, she's pulled me in again. This time we're in Wales during the 1800's. While the main villain is a Necromancer and brings back the dead to hunt the living, it is the romance that is the heart and soul of this fantasy piece. This is another step forward in Eliza's ever growing mythological universe. I hope she continues expanding on these themes for a long time to come. Extremely enjoyable read.

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    Daughter of the Song (Unholy Magic Saga Book 1) []  2020-1-11 19:16

    “What a disappointment this book was. I love YA books. The cover is wonderful...but...it’s zombies ::shudder:: and as much as I looked, zombies are not mentioned anywhere in the might be a amazing story, but when I got 57% in....I gave upNot recommended unless you like zombies

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    The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror []  2020-1-25 10:37

    Bernard Lewis' highly acclaimed "The Crisis of Islam" is a must read for all. Lewis is at his best in outlining the history of Islam from the Age of the Caliphs through the Ottoman Empire and the Age of Imperialism to the Middle East today. Those seeking a book that is politically correct will be disappointed as Lewis sticks to the hard facts of Islamic history, its religious beliefs and resultant behavior(s).Lewis begins his book by defining Islam then proceeds through history from Islam's roots in warfare to the today's rise of Islamic inspired terrorism. Most will search the chapters on the `Marriage of Saudi Power and Wahhabi Teaching' and `The Rise of Terrorism' to be extremely relevant in understanding today's clash and what the future holds.Lewis is fast to point out that Muslims do not to see a nation subdivided into religious groups but a religion divided into nations - something we are beginning to now understand as we deal with Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, and Saudi Arabia."The Crisis of Islam" ends on a chilling note. Lewis points out that Usama Bin Laden's declaration of battle versus the US marks the resumption of the struggle for religious dominance of the globe that began in the seventh century. "If the leaders of Al-Qa'ida can persuade the globe of Islam to accept their views and their leadership, then a long and bitter struggle lies ahead, and not only for America...And a dark future awaits the world, especially the part of it that embraces Islam."

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    By The Unholy Hand (Executioner Knights Book 1) []  2020-1-27 22:38

    The Lady Andressa du Bose has lost her parents and was left with an Aunt as her Guardian but the Aunt wanted it all so she sold her to convent and for four long years she has worked and been starved as the other pledges while the Mother Abbess and her three cronies live in style with plenty of meal and living en one day as she is trying to steal some bread to eat, she is chased only to run into Sir Maxton of Loxbeare, who takes her to a local tavern and feeds her. Small does she know that this day will change her life hn is currently the King of England and there is a devious plot out to have him killed and William Marshal has engaged the men known as The Unholy Trinity-the Executioner Knights. Sir Maxton of Loxbeare is the leader of this unholy Trio and has been given the task for finding the killer or killers who are to slay the King and stop them from killing the me would say that the meeting of Maxton and Andressa was one of divine intervention as they both keep puzzle pieces, that when place together will present who the killers are and stop them in their tracks once and for all in this deadly is book is full of deadly evil from so a lot of avenues that will surprise you, hold you on the edge of your seat. There is also much amazing involved that will hold you reading until you read all night long. But to search them out and see how the puzzle pieces fall into put you will need to read the book and search out for yourself.I am an avid reader of Kathryn Le Veque's works and read all that I can obtain my hands on but she always manages to amaze me with fresh characters, even old characters the present back up from time to time. Yet they are all totally various storylines that you will fall in love with and feel like you have been transported back to the time period that each book is about and you won't wish to place the book down until you have completely avo, Kathryn our Queen on another unbelievable book as well as a fresh series, can't wait to read more aboutThe Executioner Knights as they come to life in your books!

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    By The Unholy Hand (Executioner Knights Book 1) []  2020-1-27 22:38

    Sir Gart Forbes brought info to William Marshal that there was a plot by the pope to dethrone King John and put Richard's young @#$%!&? on the throne, William gave Gart the responsibility to go after the boy and bring him back to England. Then Garth asked William to obtain his mates out of a mess and use them to eliminate John's assassins. They were known as the Unholy Trinity. Men known as the Executioner Knights. These men were Maxton of Loxbeare, Kress de Rhydian and Achilles de Dare. After the ransom had been paid and they were released from their vaults and on the method back to England did they know that the fate of a country would be placed in their hands. Maxton had just got cleaned up from the filth that he got from being in the vault, when he saw a starving pledge named Andressa du Bose being chased by the baker for stealing bread. Then the story goes to epic proportions! What an exciting, fun, adventure of romance and intrigue of romance in the middle ages.

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    Blind Faith: The Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine []  2020-1-29 0:16

    The author has researched his topic well. Dr. Sloan presents a clear chop case for how those with a religious agenda sidestep / play quick and loose with the scientific method, and ignore it's tenets in order to push their agenda.He dissects a number of "studies" demonstrating how lack of controls, data fishing, and different other methodological weaknesses distort results, and lead to fallacious claims of the health benefits of religious practices / spirituality. Additionally, he exposes Evangelical attempts to use doctors to proselytize and gain "recruits" among patients, a clear violation of ethics from any number of perspectives.I gained a amazing insight to the issue.On the down side: I found his style dry, text bookish, exasperatingly repetitive and geared to the lowest common denominator. Very small detail where more was warranted, too much detail where none was necessary.We are introduced to ancient cultures belief in the supernatural and their perception of its connection to illness and health. These short and colorless chapters of a few paragraphs each are so primary as to be tantamount to a chop and paste from Wiki.He refers back time and again to a handful of the same flawed studies and their authors to recount, again, the procedural defects and decry their questionable veracity. He has this annoying idiosyncrasy of incessantly refering to points created in prior chapters, or promising to clarify and expand in future chapters. It's as though he is compelled to refresh the reader's memory or provide a coming attraction of whats to st chapters are summarized by a "what did we learn" recap in a bullet point check list style; preparation for tomorrow's quiz?Some very easy concepts are explained ad nauseum, to the point where it was akin to whipping a dead horse. In a late chapter on the latest upsurge of religion courses being taught in medical schools, he went to extraordinary lengths to explain how the very few credits in religion ill prepare doctors, and create them no more qualfied, to offer religious guidance than any other layman. Fine. But he takes virtually an entire chapter to describe class hours / months, credit load, the different medical disciplines etc., etc., etc., to create the easy point. It was overkill to the point of tedium.I found at least five instances where he committed the same errors as those he exposes, or contradicts himself, or asserts an embelished conclusion to a case study where no grounds for that conclusion existed.His closing chapters included a lengthy hint of the hat, and what I can only describe as feigned respect, for religion as a meaningful and profound experience that is "demeaned" by trying to couple it with science, virtually gag worthy. It reads as though he is throwing a bone to theists in order to gain their help and approval for his position of separation of medicine and religion. Bottom line: it's a short read and worth the few hours to obtain an insight to the potential threat that poor science promulgated by the religiously fanatical represent to the medical field and the future quality of healthcare in the US. But don't expect any "eureka" break throughs, or entertainment value. This reads like a series of lecture notes stretched out to fill a volume.

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    Blind Faith: The Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine []  2020-1-29 0:16

    This clear and well organized book is aimed at a general audience. Sloan takes aim at the idea that aspects of religious participation (or more vaguely, spirituality) have concrete health benefits. This idea has led some enthusiasts to push for some melding of religion and medical practice. Sloan reviews carefully the actual data claimed to help these assertions. He does so in a clear style, providing primary info about what constitutes convincing data. He shows clearly that the evidence for putative health benefits of religion is quite slender and there is small to justify substantial changes in medical practice. Sloan then turns to a number of other issues, including both practical and theoretical barriers to introducing religious problems into practice. Sloan argues well that any major change in physician-patient relations is likely to impair other aspects of practice because of time constraints and that it is unlikely that medical education can really provide physicians with the requisite knowledge. The theoretical barriers are a series of ethical problems which really constitute some major problems. Unlike some other reviewers, I felt these sections are quite well done. Sloan has a amazing grasp of the realities and complexities of medical practice. Sloan is, I think, fair to those he criticizes and this book constitutes a very effective critique.

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    Daughter of the Song (Unholy Magic Saga Book 1) []  2020-1-11 19:16

    I love zombies and I haven't found any zombie books that interest me, so I'm glad I found this one!PS. For those that might not understand, the words "UNDEAD" and "NECROMANCER" should be enough to to allow you know there are some kind of zombies in this book!!!!

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    By The Unholy Hand (Executioner Knights Book 1) []  2020-1-27 22:38

    William Marshal needs specialize unit of men known as the Executioner Knights to play all the dirty android games in the cat mouse murder mystery to save a king. Sir Maxton of Loxbeare is the leader of this unholy band of cutthroats and William tasks him with protecting the king’s life and finding the killers and stopping them. Lady Andressa du Bose was a amazing heiress whose aunt cheated out of her inheritance by being a conniving witch so she has spent the latest few years serving in the convent she was essentially sold to. Maxton and Andressa meet by possibility when she attempts to steal some bread to eat in the little city near the abbey . They are mutually attracted to each other and Andressa sees whole fresh globe she would love to be part of. Unknowingly she has the key to helping Maxton and the Executioner Knight to defend the king and search the killers before it’s too late. I loved this sweet story of the huge handsome masculine knight and the sweet innocent Andressa, but it become clear they have choices to make. Does Maxton betray his king or the lady he’s come to love, and can she trust him with the abbey’s deep dark secrets. Absolutely amazing book I’m loving the Executioner Knights series and I cannot wait for the next book!!! This my honest opinions after I voluntarily read a copy of this book that was provided to me with no requirements for a review.

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    By The Unholy Hand (Executioner Knights Book 1) []  2020-1-27 22:38

    Having received some very unsettling news, William Marshal must create a decision. Only this one will have devastating consequences-for England. Agreeing to ransom The Unholy Trinity begins a very intriguing and captivating ving the Lady Andressa du Bose from a beating, Maxton somehow becomes her champion. Saving her from those that would slay her becomes his greatest mission. As the Lady begins to trust him, she reveals conversations overheard at St. Blitha. Conversations that have meaning to him and he realizes their is was such an interesting book. Some what ifs in history and a attractive story of love.

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    The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror []  2020-1-25 10:37

    Read also: Khomeni’s book “Islamic Governance” written in 1970. Whoo! Crazy lam is… a) Living Spite (97); b) Volatile (101); Inferiority Complex (119)INTRODUCTIONModernity = western (xvii)America’s unquestionable primacy among western allies makes her especially hated (xxxii)CHAPTER 1Islam has a dual meaning:1) Religious faith: akin to “Chritianity”: regnum/sacerdotum balance2) Civilization: akin to “Christendom”: Islam is NOT a western civilization. No laity, nothing secular exists. P.14: anachronistic Islamic APTER 2 JihadJihad means moral striving (early texts)Jihad means military battle of conquest over infidels (later Koran) – there can be truces, but islam does not surrender. Jihad is a holy e hijra is the move from Mecca to Medina (not “flight”) (33)Some consider jihad the equivalent of the crusades, but they are not. The crusades were a late development in Christianity and a departure from traditional teachings. (35) Jihad is an obligation since mohammad invented islam (37). In the koran, “world enlightenment” = imperial conquest and domination (43)CHAPTER 3The Siege of Vienna 1683 – led to soul searching among islam’s thinkers.1) Why had the Ottoman troops been vanquished2) How could Islam restore its dominance?In the west, there was rapid, innovative, technological, commercial, and military expansion. Cooperation and tournament were the hallmark of this period of western change.1798 – Napoleon takes Egypt. SHOCK and dismay for islam. And THEN, only the British Horatio Nelson could dislodge Napoleon. (55)Islam was not upset at its own imperialism – kindhearted and right-minded lightbringers to the unbelievers. But for the west to defeat and rule islam is a crime and a sin (57).CHAPTER 4Why anti-Americanism? (69)Post-WWII infatuation with somThe basic attraction the Nazis and soviets offered islam was anti-westernism, lam SHOCKED by America’s pro-Israel stance and America’s promiscuous prosperityIslam sees secularism, westernism as a wholesale threat. Satan is a APTER 5The Iranian hostage crisis predicated on IMPROVING relationships at the time/improving diplomacy between US and Iran (82-84)America had become the central target for Islamic rageAmerica hoped revolution (1776) would be the model for anti-colonial revolutions in the middle east.BUT – instead of native populations throwing out colonizers, the American revolution represented the ultimate *success* of the colonizers – they no longer required the support of the mother country versus the native e Middle east turned to the Soviets, DESPITE imperialistic advances, DESPITE anti-Muslim repressions, and DESPITE military ineffectiveness (88-90)America-Israel alliance is a CONSEQUENCE, not a CAUSE, of soviet-islam partnership (97)CHAPTER 6 The issues with Islamic governance (105)1) Indecent moral foundations; nihilism2) Corruption3) Unchangeable inshallah, fatalism4) Powderkegs of repressed violence: volatileExamples: al-andaluz; the caliphate; the ottomans; post-WWII islamCHAPTER 7 the failure of modernityPoverty + tyranny = islamLow productivity due to nihilism, fatalism, and slave economiesNo curiosity, no productivity, no literacy: grimstatisticsPainful comparison to west (117) in living conditionsCorrupt and tyrannical governmentsPopular anger versus rulers AND versus west – west to blame for privation and humiliationCHAPTER 8The Saudis/Wahhabis sequence/chronology:1) Saud takeover of peninsula, then Medina and Mecca2) Sauds recognized by Europe, gradually also by islam3) Consolidation of power; custodian of holy places4) Oil contracts5) Wahhabism is the state-enforced doctrine6) Indoctrination of fresh converts – it’s the only education available7) Immense financial resourcesIslamic reformer parties have always failedMartyrsAccession to power,then complete tyranny (133-134)CHAPTER 9TerrorismDifferentiates from assassinationsSlaughter of innocents is the prime objective (147)There can be truce, but no surrender to the west (150)Evolution of suicide bombers (153) – directly contradicts koranic teachingMY THOUGHTS:Lewis misunderstands som and fails to recognize or identify itLikewise, Lewis mischaracterizes a free society as a democratic oneLewis makes MANY questionable claims that are rah-rah for Islam: 4, 25, 28, 40, 51, 78, 107, 141,154, 167He is reflexively anti-America (101, 107)Typical disapproval of Israel 93-94, 98The recipe for islamicization seems to be (21)1) Humiliation at being topics of the west2) Frustration that som/anti-colonialism fails3) Contempt for western decadenceLewis considers fundamentalism to be a threat primarily pointed at “corrupted governments” in Islam (24, 41)Islam needs an opponent (28, 43) and Christians are the basic lam needs a patron – Nazi Germany, Soviet Union, weak Europe all have done their part

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    The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror []  2020-1-25 10:37

    Bernard Lewis' 'The Crisis of Islam' is a several hour read that covers the history and theology of Islam. Most of the chapters have a moderate, center-of-the-road, ysis of where Islam stands and how they got there. Whether you agree with Lewis' afterword or not you will gain necessary insight into an often misunderstood Middle East.I only have two gripes with 'The Crisis of Islam': one little and one very large. A little issue with the book is that it tends to be rather selective when doing comparative economic ysis. In chapter 7 he blames not good economic performance on the Middle East's inability to embrace globalization. Then he points to the striking success of the Asian Tigers as what could have been. What he selectively forgets to mention is the 1,000 pound gorilla in the room: South America. Those very same policies didn't work in SA (or for that manner completely in Southeast Asia). To just accept the embracement of western modernity (which varies widely in definition) as economic success seemed rather hurried and naive. However, considering this is a somewhat minor point in the book I'll allow it e truly alarming issue with 'The Crisis of Islam' is his prescription to the problem. Lewis claims "the battle versus terror and the quest for freedom are inextricably linked, and neither can succeed without the other. the struggle is no longer limited to one or two countries, as some Westerners still manage to believe. It has acquired first a regional then a global dimension, with profound consequences for all of us."This is by all means a radical statement. It is a 21st century reiteration of the Domino Theory. It is a 21st century White Man's Burden. To do anything else would mean global instability. Am I the only one that thinks this is as ridiculous as the Domino Theory and the White Man's Burden? It is not the duty of the US, or any other nation for that matter, to dictate what others should believe through war. Lewis' claim that we need to take preventive action is highly t it is too late to prevent the blunder of Iraq. The greatest question is what should we do now. To that measure Bernard Lewis' 'The Crisis of Islam' is still pertinent.

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    The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror []  2020-1-25 10:37

    Interesting read that flows smoothly. It’s the recent in a series of books I’ve read about Islam, the Middle East, and fundamentalist terrorism and it didn’t add any fresh info or insights. Amazing for readers not familiar with the topic matter but not for those with an academic interest in it.

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    Blind Faith: The Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine []  2020-1-29 0:16

    Quick read, non-technical. Amazing overview on how to evaluate the quality of studies, medical journal reviews, and the process of scientific experimentation. The third section of the book seemed to bog down and become more "opinion-based" rather than fact- or statistically-based.

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    Blind Faith: The Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine []  2020-1-29 0:16

    I agree with points created by reviewers below, especially the criticism of Sloan's latest two chapters in which he suggests that religion deserves a free pass from scientific inquiry. Christianity, for example, has been proven "false" on a lot of points from the sciences of biology, archaeology, and history. Should archaeologists not test to prove or disprove the sometimes outrageous claims of the Bible followed by billions? Are archaeology and critical history not "science"?Besides this, I would add one comment. I work as an RN and have met many, a lot of doctors, both young and old. As a whole, physicians are the most irreverent group of people I've ever met! I chuckled even picturing the doctors I know getting "spiritual" with their patients (and, hold in mind, I live in Oklahoma, the Bible Belt if ever there was a place). Nurses and other auxillary staff also tend to be an undevout crowd as well. So, perhaps Sloan is making a proverbial mountain out of a molehill. It's telling that Sloan returns over and over again to the same few doctors in his book -- because, in reality, there is no groundswell towards an "Alliance of Religion and Medicine." There's no need to lose sleep over this ill, Sloan's work is appreciated because I have heard (and maybe even said in the past) that there is "strong evidence supporting the health benefits of religion." Now, I can no longer say that.

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    Daughter of the Song (Unholy Magic Saga Book 1) []  2020-1-11 19:16

    Awesome book, I couldn't place it down!! This author never disappoints.

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    Daughter of the Song (Unholy Magic Saga Book 1) []  2020-1-11 19:16

    Interesting story with a special plot line and amazing characters. It is full of adventure and magic.

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    Blind Faith: The Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine []  2020-1-29 0:16

    Does the practice of religion bring health benefits to the faithful? Not likely, says Richard Sloan. He has been simmering for years about the not good research that says otherwise, prompting him to co-author a literature review for "Lancet" in 1999 and now this book. Much of the research reviewed in "Blind Faith" has been supported by advocacy foundations that think religion is amazing for your health and don't mind using the tools of science to prove it. Relentlessly, they misuse these tools and an uncritical media propagates their invalid ppose you wish to see if religion influences health. Since it's not feasible to randomly assign half your group to be religious and half irreligious, the groups are "self-selected" by church attendance surveys. Never mind that church attendance is known to be over-estimated in face-to-face interviews and that attendance doesn't necessarily measure devoutness - those info are routine hazards of epidemiological five years your data shows the mortality rate to be higher for non-church-goers. Should that be proof of a health benefit or is it more likely that people too sick to attend are also the ones more likely to die. What about the influence religion might have on smoking, drinking, usage, and a hazardous life-style? Is resultant better health the direct result of religion or is a byproduct of a healthier lifestyle - called a "confounder"? Observational studies of this type are all that's available in much of epidemiology. Confounding is a serious problem, topic to biased interpretation. A randomized, double-blind experiment is much eally, all studies would be randomized and double-blinded - you take a group of people, randomly divide them into 2 groups, apply the variable to one group and a give placebo to the other, without the researchers or either try group knowing which group is which. Then you compile and evaluate the results. Standard methods are used to minimize bias and statistics are applied to see if the differences are significant. A lot of randomized and double-blinded studies intend to present that intercessory prayer (IP) improves surgical outcome. Most of them have significant methodological flaws, commonly misusing the data. The researchers are looking to prove their stated hypothesis, but tons of outcome variables may be incidentally measured. If you measure enough variables, some will achieve significance. These should be identified and researched with another study. Instead, a biased researcher might say, "Eureka! The prayers were answered." This is called the "sharpshooter's fallacy" - drawing the bull's eye on the barn after the arrows have reached their e following things amazing researchers take amazing care not to do:1. Use anecdotes2. Ignore confounding factors3. Confuse correlation with causation - Factors associated with health outcomes may be markers but not causally related4. Scientific conclusions cannot be based on the sharpshooter's fallacyThe authors writing articles about the religion/health problems are guilty of all these things and more. As a result, their articles are almost always published in the same group of sub-par journals, released as abstracts, or leaked to the press without peer review. They are then restated inaccurately in religious periodicals until they reach the myth e best part of this book is Part Two: Reading the Evidence. It is a well-done expose of religion-inspired efforts to skew data. The rest of the book (rightfully) takes to task those Doctors who wish to evangelize while they practice medicine, but I don't see this as the burning problem Sloan does. Throughout the book, he questions the validity of doing these studies at all - because it trivializes religion. Religion shouldn't obtain this free pass and I eagerly welcome the few well done studies - the not good ones are not going to disappear. There is much to be said for relentless app of the scientific way - no other way has ever worked so well in uncovering the truth. If certain myths fall by the wayside, so be it.

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    Blind Faith: The Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine []  2020-1-29 0:16

    Watching the network news, one would be led to believe that it has been scientifically proven that intercessory prayer heals the sick and that being a Christian is better for your health than being a Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, or atheist. Is this really the case, or have we been misled by an uncritical media and a handful of agenda-driven pundits masquerading as scientists? "Blind Faith" attempts to respond this question and ard P. Sloan's work discussing the latest spate of studies that purport to link religious practices with quantifiable medical benefits is devastatingly effective in cutting the legs out from under this so-called research. Sloan first explains that there are far fewer studies regarding religious effects on health than the public has been led to believe, because unscrupulous researchers will often contain any study that asks even obliquely religious questions of its participants in their lists of "religion and health outcomes" experiments, then he goes on to systematically dismantle the few meaningful studies that remain. He spends a considerable amount of time, for example, explaining the flaws in the much-touted "definitive studies" MANTRA and MANTRA II. (It is worth noting that MANTRA II was almost uniformly negative in its conclusions, but that its authors were making references in the media to the tentatively positive results in its parent study MANTRA right up until a few days before the MANTRA II results were published. Why?)At each step of this journey, Sloan explains to the readers how statistical artifacts, not good experimental procedures, and different other caveats hamper the study of religion and health, rendering questionable essentially all of the conclusions that studies like MANTRA II have purportedly reached. Prominent among the woes of these studies is something called the "sharpshooter's fallacy", which Sloan explains as emptying your gun into a wall and then drawing a bull's eye around your bullets. As applied to science, that means testing an enormous amount of variables simultaneously and then selecting any outcomes that seem to help your hypothesis as confirmation. One of the health studies Sloan critiques dealt with over a 160 variables -simultaneously-, and its authors crowed loudly about apparently significant results regarding only a handful of these variables. Sloan notes that, from a statistical standpoint, one is almost certain to search some statistically significant effect by random possibility alone when testing for that a lot of variables at once. In another instance, Sloan wryly notes that two various studies drawing from the same set of data were reported to present positive results associate with various variables in each oan is careful to use a very measured voice when talking about religious issues. It is not his intent to attack religion itself as a social enterprise, but rather to present that attempts to scientifically quantify potential religiously-derived health benefits is an enterprise that is both scientifically bankrupt and demeaning to religion. He repeatedly channels the late Stephen Jay Gould, invoking the deceased author's principle of "Non-Overlapping Magisteria" tons of times, especially during the book's concluding chapters. Basically this concept states that science and religion represent to various paths that lead to two various kinds of truth and thus neither one has anything to say about the other. I would be tempted to argue that this idea only goes so far, but it largely works for the arguments that Sloan uses it to make.If I had to name one complaint about this book, it would be that Sloan does small to address the backgrounds of some of the researchers involved in these pseudoscientific studies. While he is clear about noting which researchers have collaborated with each other and whatnot, he makes some tantalizing references to a handful of the scientists in question being affiliated with different prominent fundamentalist organizations. While I understand that it was Sloan's intention to discuss the underlying science itself rather than the personalities driving it, I still would have liked to have seen some of this elaborated on.Overall this is a solid book that breaks down a complicated topic into bite-sized portions and helps the reader to look past the ongoing media hype that surrounds what amounts to shoddy research and wishful thinking on the part of its proponents.

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    The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror []  2020-1-25 10:37

    Bernard Lewis is one of the most respected Middle East experts, but unlike other writers who can create that claim he is also a noted historian rather than a journalist or retired military officer. His expertise is based on a lifetime of scholarship and is beyond question. Recently, he also hit the best seller list with "What Went Wrong: Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response," a collection of essays that are best appreciated by those with some prior knowledge of Islam and the Middle East. His recent work, "The Crisis of Islam: Holy Battle and Unholy Terror," is also derived from previous essays and articles, but here Lewis has ably integrated earlier pieces into a single, and very readable, book. The purpose is clearly to provide a post-9/11 source on Islam and the Middle and their relationships with the West, especially the United States, that is accessable to those who are not experts in the study of these issues. Modest in length, this is still a detailed work that speaks with a special authority. He may not map out possible tactics or policies, though he does have an in as an advisor to the Bush Administration, but he certainly tells us something about the thought processes, and the belief system of a culture that seems so alien to a lot of Americans. In reference to the sources of terrorism that use Islam as justification he concludes that the West has every right to defend itself, but must also seek some "useful" understanding of the "forces" that "drive" these people. "The Crisis of Islam" works quite well in illustrating these "forces." Actually, Lewis is far more successful in explaining "what went wrong" in this volume than in his more celebrated, earlier work. If this work also becomes a bestseller it will be amazing news simply because it will mean that an increasing number of people are educating themselves about peoples, cultures, and issues that they know so small about.

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    The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror []  2020-1-25 10:37

    I have always recognized that despite what I consider to be my wide readings in History, I had a significant knowledge deficiency with regard to the Middle East, and so I belatedly starting looking around for a relatively brief work which would provide at least some useful background in which to evaluate current globe events. Having just read this little but incredibly informative book, I conclude I found the right one. The other reader reviews have detailed the contents sufficiently that I just want to add that this wonderfully concise and well-written work could not have been produced by someone lacking the profound knowledge of the topic and erudition of Professor Lewis, and that it would be as much of a pleasure to read purely as literature than for more prosaic purposes. If the motivations and objectives of Islamic terrorists are a small foggy in your mind, as they were in mine, do yourself a favor and buy this book ASAP. The only downside is that the story likely has no satisfied ending.

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    By The Unholy Hand (Executioner Knights Book 1) []  2020-1-27 22:38

    I own more books by this author than any other author. I am amazed how she writes so a lot of thought provoking stories and I've learned they stay with you long after you flipped to the latest is was different, more on dialogue than war scenes. We do have villains, and most from the Catholic Church so be warned.I still enjoyed this story, but not a fan of all dialogue. Granted there is suspense and the method this author writes, you always feel you are part of the story as it reviewer rated it low because she wanted romance and steam. This author does not write steamy lovemaking vulgar scenes, she has just the right amount of description that you feel their passion. In this story, our h has a relationship with a Knight, once and it is very mildly described, outside of marriage. There is also one very mild lovemaking scene, within marriage and again very mild.I relished the ending and how this author pulled everything together and we got a glimpsed of their life a few years ahead that was sweet.We obtain HEA, there is a slow sweet build on romance and only a little, this is not a romance story. We have no cheating and no cliffhanger for our couple. We are left wondering about the lives of some of the other character's that will be resolved in the next story of this e blurb tells this story better than I so I am not even going to attempt it, just what you may obtain out of reading it. (ljb)

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    By The Unholy Hand (Executioner Knights Book 1) []  2020-1-27 22:38

    5+ Stars - What a unbelievable darker medieval romance! Here we have a tale of different assassins. The church plays an enormous roll from begin to finish, but between what is going on is a love that is blossoming around cruel dealings, dangers, lots of intrigue and dark r Maxon of Loxbeare is an executioner knight who has been released from captivity and is now going to repay a debt for his release. He literally was run into by a not good urchin, but when he looks closer, he clearly realizes it is a woman who is a postulate from the local Abbey. She intrigues him because of her cirtances at present. As Max finds out there is so much more to her situation that has been truly unfair to the young lady in question. He is on a mission currently, but this postulate is now to become one of his private missions as dy Andressa de Bose has had family tragedy dictate her fate and current cirtance because now she has only endured severe private hardship for quite some time. Living in an Abbey where currently some there are starving, some are cruelly abused and some simply disappear. She has been doing everything she can to survive. She finds herself in a cirtance in the middle of a village where she runs into a large man who is intimidating. Hopefully, he can understand her explanation if not... she is doomed.I can highly recommend this story. As I mentioned before, this tale is somewhat dark, but it makes for a different, intriguing and unbelievable romance while introducing us to a fresh trio of executioner knights. Now, I look forward to the next stories in this series of the Unholy Trinity. This author never disappoints. She continues to make magnificent stories with intriguing plots that entertain me, the reader, and fulfills my time with enjoyment. Now to read Sean de Lara's story, Lord of Shadows. Definitely, a must read after this.

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    Daughter of the Song (Unholy Magic Saga Book 1) []  2020-1-11 19:16

    Have fun this book as much as the others books from this awesome author.

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    Daughter of the Song (Unholy Magic Saga Book 1) []  2020-1-11 19:16

    I don't normally write reviews of books that I buy and read. Mostly because I'm lazy, and it takes too long to log into my computer to do it. However, Eliza does an awesome job of creating a universe that readers can search themselves stuck in. As a rabid fan of anything to do with zombies, and even having a zombie survival plan, I didn't have a single problem with the method this story was written. As soon as I saw the word necromancer, I had this story in my hands and the pages being read.Way to go, girl. And I can't wait to read the rest.

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    By The Unholy Hand (Executioner Knights Book 1) []  2020-1-27 22:38

    Probably closer to 3.5. I have read all of KLV’s books. I really liked the characters and the story but I have to say I am a small sick of the 48 hour storyline. Please, please can we have a slow burn or epic novel again! The Wolfe, Rise of the Defender and The Dark One are unbelievable with plenty of romance, sword play and intrigue. It’s a amazing read but I wish more!

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    By The Unholy Hand (Executioner Knights Book 1) []  2020-1-27 22:38

    Prepare to enter a globe of medieval intrigue with a fearless knight, part of a group named the The Unholy Trinity - The Executioner Knights, who after the Crusades became mercenaries. That is exactly what they are and the hero, Sir Maxton of Loxbeare is the leader and possibly the most ruthless. Sent on a mission to search the men who seek to assassinate the fresh King John of England, he will stop at at is until he comes upon Lady Andressa, who has been living in a convent, sent there by her aunt, who is stealing her inheritance. She may be the key to to helping him search the men he is looking for and she finds herself greatly attracted to him. A man with no softness or can he have powerful feelings for Andie?Filled with suspense, danger and powerful emotions that you can feel through the characters, once you begin this story you will not be able to stop. Kathryn LeVeque is a master at creating a story that is filled with powerful heroes and heroines of legendary proportions that take you through history as never before.A remarkable debut of the Executioner Knights series. Cannot wait for the next!

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    Blind Faith: The Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine []  2020-1-29 0:16

    The lengths some religous people will go to promote the idea of miracles is amazing. You would think they would "fear God" and not twist the truth. Richard Sloan doents it all. A bit wordy at times, but the book is worth reading.

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    Blind Faith: The Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine []  2020-1-29 0:16

    The seller was fine it was the book that wasn't good

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    The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror []  2020-1-25 10:37

    An perfect introduction to Islam for the neophyte who wants more than just a magazine article. The author is recognized as one of the most informed and prolific experts on the subject.

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    The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror []  2020-1-25 10:37

    I don't think this author hit one out of the park with "The Crisis of Islam." Most of this book was written before the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the downfall of Saddam Hussein, and it is obvious that Bernard Lewis was proposing that we should indeed invade and take down this repressive Professor Elhadj puts it in his book, "The Islamic Shield," "...on April 9, 2003 the US troops won the war versus a tattered Iraq. But, Iran, without firing a shot won the battle for Iraq."Perhaps the Iraqi invasion wasn't such a amazing idea, after all. I would definitely recommend "The Islamic Shield" over this book for its pragmatic suggestions on how to deal with terrorists. Bernard Lewis is less interested in practical approaches to countering fundamentalist regimes, than he is in the history and philosophy behind the (mostly) unequal relationships between Muslims and e inward flow of oil to the West and the outward flow of cash to repressive Muslim regimes are the roots of much evil in the Middle East. As the author puts it, "The custodianship of the holy locations and the revenues of oil have given worldwide impact to what would otherwise have been an extremist fringe in a marginal country."Saudi Arabia funds and controls the education of Muslim minorities in a lot of countries, most controversially in the West, because of the reluctance of governments to involve themselves in religious matters--at least before 9/11. The extremist Wahhabi sect is providing indoctrination in "private schools, religious seminars, mosque schools, holiday camps and, increasingly, prisons" all over the world. The profound inequity of wealth in the Middle East has "created fresh and receptive audiences of Wahhabi teachings and those of like-minded groups, among them the Muslim Brothers in Egypt and Syria and the Taliban in Afghanistan."How can the West counter this form of 'muscular' Islam and victory the hearts and minds of its adherents? Indeed, is it possible? The slaughter of innocent, uninvolved citizens seems to have become the prime objective of the madrasa-trained terrorists. How can we or moderate Muslims counter that bias toward bigotry and violence?Better education is certainly one of the keys, which is why Iraqi terrorists are slaughtering professors and the Taliban is busy blowing up schools that the British and American units had rnard Lewis also advises us to stop supporting repressive regimes--even to the point of throwing them out, as was the plan in Iraq. He believes that "the battle versus terror and the quest for freedom are inextricably linked, and neither can succeed without the other."I too would like to believe that's what we're fighting for in Iraq and Afghanistan, but somehow that credo seems a bit oversimplified now that we've been in Iraq for almost four years. Read "The Crisis of Islam" so that you can create up your own mind on this life-or-death topic.

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    Unholy Cult []  2020-11-24 19:58

    This release really shines through with the emphasis on Ross Dolan's gutteral yet discernable vocals, the always-killer drumming, and the method the guitars float and stab alternately. Some say the production detracts from the beauty of this beast, but compared to black metal "kvlt" production this is in fact fat and chunky. Though to me they still haven't reached top-level NILE status, I still consider this to be a more engaging listen than the incessant tin-can blasting of Rebelliun or later AngelCorpse. Though no particular Immolation song sticks out upon repeated listening, this only makes things more interesting.

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    Unholy Cult []  2020-11-24 19:58

    I'm very picky about metal. I don't like Metallica or Slayer, but I've been listening to Cryptopsy off and on for a long time, and I finally got hooked by Suffocation and wanted to dive deeper into the genre. The results were mixed. I found the gore of Cannibal Corpse gimmicky and limiting. Morbid Angel and Obituary offered things that I respected and enjoyed, to a certain degree, but nothing that really left me floored. I had Immolation's Atonement for a small while, and liked it, but it took a while to fully sink in, and then I got my hands on a relatively pristine copy of Dawn of Possession, and that was all it took. I got hooked on Immolation and now am exploring their entire (sometimes difficult to obtain) back catalogue (I also "discovered" Incantation, but that's another review.) And this brings us to Unholy , Immolation's imagery and lyrical content expands while remaining in the same wheelhouse, which is both welcome and refreshing. Sonically, their sound seems very focused and compact. The guitar leads are really something from somewhere else: they only go with the rest of the melody in the most abstruse sense. Really awesome stuff. The other thing that stands out is the production. This album has a much clearer sound than any of the ones before it. The vocals, bass, snare and bass drums are all right as rain, and they are all turned method up, but you can still always tell what the guitar is doing. That alone is a rare enough thing on any death metal recording. And together, well...let's just say that the effect is even greater than the sum of its is a testament to the quality of this band that awesome as this album is, it's not even their best! Dawn of Possession, Close to a Globe Below and Atonement are all probably better, yet this is top-flight material by death metal royalty. No fresh bands reach this rarefied air of purity, originality or sheer determination. Buy it! Thank you.

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    Unholy Cult []  2020-11-24 19:58

    Another perfect cd by IMMOLATION

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    Unholy Cult []  2020-11-24 19:58

    Every genre, every style of melody has its amazing moments, so-so and absolutely terrible. Examples: blues music, which, when done right, is as emotional and essential, not to mention the bedrock of practically all American melody since the very late 1800's, the other element some of the early country and bluegrass that combined gave the globe rock and roll. But it has been both boosted by lots of bands playing the tried and true, it's also the victim of cliched knock offs that do small more than provide weak imitations of what the blues are all about. While Stevie Ray Vaughan is idolized and rightfully so, since he was one of the few white players who really understood the real essence of his beloved music, one only has to listen to Albert King, Freddie King and T-Bone Walker and you end up with Vaughan. Especially Albert King, who played a set on Canadian tv and had SRV along for the ride. It's on CD, called "In Session" under King's name, and while the melody is scorching, it's very simple to see who paved the method for countless generic players of today, who in part were part of the wave of guitarists trying to fill Vaughan's shoes after his death. What does this have to do with Immolation? Stylistically nothing. But Immolation survive in a death metal globe full of cliches, both in styles, dress and image. Metal, for its supposed rebellious image, is one of the most conformist and rigid genres there is because fans are used to over marketing, branding, and production line bands that all too often are without originality, amazing ideas, or skill beyond incessant drum triggers, and absurdly low tuned guitars that hammer away at the low strings and offer next to nothing in the method of a hook, music or innovation. Deathcore and metalcore are the main culprits here, and not only can they not play worth a damn, there is no true sign of improvement, with certain bands basically releasing the same album, same grunts and screams and nothing but noise album after album. But when done properly metal reaches its limits of how massive it can be and still be melody through the better death metal bands. Immolation is one of the best out there because they obtain it. "Unholy Cult" was released in 2001 with a various grunter, and as much as I like the band, I want to hell they'd employ true singers. But we can't do much about that issue although some bands are discovering that actual singing isn't a not good thing. What attracts me to Immolation is their music, and here on "Unholy Cult" they allow their guitarists truly stretch out, with furious playing, but carefully arranged and produced hooks and true riffs that you can hear and appreciate. Harmony lines weave in and out and the band dares to take songs at more mid tempo paces to let the melody to unfold and use actual dynamics to hold the songs breathing and not just be that annoying roar that often is used to disguise the fact there isn't any true melody going on. They remind me somewhat of the amazing Morbid Angel's best work, up through "Domination". The songs actually make a vibe, albeit a somewhat sinister one, given Immolation's well known disdain for religion, a sentiment I agree with. This album is right up with their latest album "Atonement" for original ideas and had it not been released in 2001 but immediately before or after the fresh one it would have been a excellent fit. It's a bit more open, but of the four Immolation albums I have, every one has a distinct flavor of its own, and that's the sign of amazing musicianship. Few bands out there can match this band for creativity, amazing playing and originality in a genre that is not overly friendly toward experimenting. At times, this album gives me a bit of an idea of what Black Sabbath may have sounded like had death metal styles been around when they first darkened our world. Not that Immolation sounds like Sabbath, but the dark vibe is an obvious nod to the influence that makes the best death metal possible. I'm 56, believe it or not, and most would say I'm nuts for liking melody this brutal, but I love it. Rock and roll is alive, and its spirit can be found in the best metal more than anywhere else. Immolation is brilliant, and "Unholy Cult" is as amazing as it gets.

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    Unholy Cult []  2020-11-24 19:58

    I've really been obsessed with Immolation for the latest three years now especially after seeing them live with Cannibal Corpse and Napalm Death latest year in Minnesota at the 2013 Decibel Magazine Tour. They are certainly one of the best death metal bands that I have had the pleasure of listening to as well as being one of my favorite death metal bands as well too because of their amazing consistency to place out one awesome death metal release after another ever since emerging onto the stage with their 1991 debut "Dawn of Possession".Now as for the quartet's 2002 release "Unholy Cult" goes, it simply rules. This album is definitely one of the best albums in Immolation's discography, I mean it just crushes and destroys everything in it's path like an unstoppable tank with eight tracks of pure unabashed brutality and mayhem. Each song here is just perfectly structured throughout, massive as hell and flat out amazing. The lyrics are also well written and very well thought out and sophisticated rather than just full out blasphemy. In fact, Immolation's lyrics can actually support paint a grim picture of humanity as a whole and also deliver a notice that definitely has a lot of truth to it as well. And also let's not forget about the production on here, and believe me it is absolutely flawless. You can hear every instrument in the method that they're supposed to be heard as they're all captured perfectly throughout in the mix. Ross Dolan is in top form as always with his brutal and sinister growls that burn down everything like a wildfire and his bass on here is phenomenally massive yet not crunchy or fuzzy, it's just excellent and it really compliments the guitars on here so well. The guitars are also top notch here as well as Robert Vigna and Bill Taylor do what they do best, delivering an onslaught of brutally heavy, punishing and cranium crushing riffs, and of course let's not forget about Robert's insanely complex, intricate and awesome solos which he is so well known for too. There's certainly no question that Robert Vigna is definitely one of death metal's most gifted and talented lead guitarists. And latest but not least, the drumming on here is absolutely awesome throughout as Alex Hernandez mercilessly hammers his method throughout with punishing militant-like blast beats and drilling double bass patterns and everything else in between with absolute sheer perfection, and he also manages to not always rely on constant blasting all the time and create plenty of room for slower yet sinister and crushing tempos as well e album's opening track "Of Martyrs and Men" starts off with a dark, haunting intro and then unleashes a relentless array of punishing riffs, thundering blast beats and terrifying growls all setting the tone for what this awesome album has to offer. The song also features an amazing wailing solo by Robert around 3:31 to 4:13. Meanwhile, track two "Sinful Nature" and track six "A Kingdom Divided" both of which are two of the album's most fastest tracks here, both boasting impeccably quick jackhammer-like drumming as while as lots of amazing riffs and vocals while the former mentioned track "Sinful Nature" does feature some very memorable lyrics especially in the chorus for example: "How can we live with ourselves. Our jealousy, our tyranny. The lives we make, the lives we take. The fools we serve, the fools we are". Elsewhere, the title track "Unholy Cult" which clocks in at a small over 8 mins long is one of the best songs by Immolation and the best song on the album in my opinion. This song is filled with amazing mind boggling riffs including a amazing crushing opening riff, plus slow, menacing drums throughout with some occasional blast beats, as well as more of Vigna's amazing soloing including an awesomely evil yet melodic and creepy outro solo. Track four "Wolf Among the Flock" is another memorable highlight on here, as well as one of my favorite Immolation songs as it features more brutal, barn burning riffs, punishing blast beats and hellish growls throughout including some great, catchy riff sections and rolling double bass patterns with Ross belting out lines such as "I'll create them doubt themselves...I'll create you loathe yourself!!!", and "I'll create them war for me...I'll create them die for me!!!" in such an evil and sinister matter. The song also features another wicked, assassin guitar solo from Robert and more memorable lyrics to boot including "For I am God, I am every God, I'm whatever you want of me..."I'm the beast you've created, and I'm the beast you'll serve!!!" which are guaranteed to obtain tattooed inside your ack five "Reluctant Messiah" is also another one of my favorite songs here that is highlighted by slow, yet menacingly driven riffs and restrained drum beats and double bass action and waves of crashing cymbals, as well as another assassin solo with some catchy drum parts backing it up. Also, the lyrics in this song can almost be interpreted as a song about getting closer to God as well. The following track, "A Kingdom Divided" is another brutal creature of a song that is anchored by a majority of ruthless, neck-snapping blast beats and flailing, ripping double bass kicking, along with hellish, assassin riffing, and more monstrous growls throughout, and also included in this song are some catchy mid-paced breakdown sections, and another juicy, wailing, ripping Vigna guitar solo is also thrown in as well. Meanwhile, "Rival the Eminent" is yet another unbelievable track that features more walls of crushing riffs including a heavy crushing outro riff, as well as more amazing double bass drumming, sinister vocals and another wickedly evil, wailing guitar solo with some occasional blasting added. "Bring Them Down" is a brutal album closer that boasts brutal, blood pumping growls, monstrous riffs, militant-like blasting and drilling double bass pedaling, plus another unbelievable and deliciously sinister yet melodic outro solo before fading, bringing end to the brutal and sinister necksnapping onslaught from hell.Overall, "Unholy Cult" is 100% full proof why Immolation are real masters and geniuses of their genre, and it's definitely one of their best albums in their discography. With eight uniquely unforgettable songs filled with brutal and strong riffs and vocals, punishing drums, wickedly complex and intricate solos, smart and sophisticated lyrics and masterful songwriting, you seriously can't go wrong with an album like "Unholy Cult". Trust me, this album is a real death metal masterpiece. Strongly recommended for fans of Immolation and death metal alike!!!\m/

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    Unholy Cult []  2020-11-24 19:58

    Unholy Cult is my second favorite Immolation album(first being close to a globe below). Filled with amazing guitar solos, some of the best vocals, and unbelievable outros. This album is a must have for all death metal fans, truly is a masterpiece.

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    Unholy Cult []  2020-11-24 19:58

    With the release of "Unholy Cult", Immolation have once again place their undeniable stamp on the contemporary death metal scene. This album is a truly special testament to both the talent and style that Immolation puts into their genre. Whereas "Close To A Globe Below" was a more straightforward, brutal album, "Unholy Cult" has a bigger emphasis on technicality and polyrhythmic capability by the band, vaguely reminiscent of the technical juggernaut known as lation provides more than just amazing guitarwork, terrifying vocals and thunderous blasts on this album. They work to further solidify their own niche in the death metal scene, and do so with amazing vigor. Also notable on this album is that the lyrics this time around aren't quite so much directly blasphemous as much as they really attempt to inspire a sense a self-righteousness, authority, and self-reliance in the individual. I cannot quite say that this album entirely beats out Immolation's previous effort, but they certainly made a more than worthy addition to their catalogue with "Unholy Cult".Stand out tracks are the title track and "Rival The Eminant". If you're an Immolation fan or just a fan of death metal in general, it would be worth your while to at least check out some samples of this newly released masterpiece.

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    Unholy Cult []  2020-11-24 19:58

    Oh yes! Immolation's dark cloak will embrace you on this one! Brutal yet progressive enough to hold you locked in put like only the best metal can. I have been digging into their library after all I can search - where have I been? Love their straight forward style no nonsense death metal. Not a wasted note anywhere!

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    Unholy Cult []  2020-11-24 19:58

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    Unholy Cult []  2020-11-24 19:58

    Ever wonder why most death metal albums on Amazon have 4 or 5 star ratings? It's because you have a certain group of people who like to "support the scene" by giving out 5-star "props" to mediocre albums. Just to allow you know, I'm not one of those reviewers.I've been into Immolation for a long time, and admire all of their albums. However, this is the first one that I think falls into the "could hardly be better" category. Brutal, coherent riffs and vocals, masterful songwriting, distilled into eight songs which are all distinct and uniquely unforgettable.When was the latest time you could say that about a DM album? As a lot of of you on the "scene" can attest, the best bands usually break up, become stagnant, or trail off into mediocrity after a few albums. Immolation, on the other hand, is smashing the envelope, stretching the tired carcass of death metal into daring fresh directions to the extent not seen since the early Morbid Angel is was the best massive metal album of 2002, bar none. Enslaved "Below the Lights" was the best of 2003. The 2004 spot is still open, and rumor has it that Immolation has a fresh one on the 's a amazing time to be a metalhead again.

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    Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between The Vatican, The CIA, and The Mafia []  2020-5-4 18:18

    Everyone really should have this book in their library. In a globe where it's hard to search the truth in much of what we see and hear, this book will bring you scenerios that you can't imagine are possible. These well doented happenings will take you to a level of knowledge you probably wouldn't dream possible. The crime in all the high locations of power, prestige and admiration is a everyday occurance in the lives of these globe leaders. Forget what you thought you knew and be prepared to never see goverment agencies and religious leaders the same method again. All I can say is I hope the author is using an assumed name. I will be looking for other books by this author! Place on your seatbelt!!

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    Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between the Vatican, the CIA, and the Mafia []  2021-1-7 21:2

    All I can say is wow. This is a book that every concerned American should read. Instead of the lies told in our schools today, students should be reading Operation Gladio.What's truly sad is that most of Europe and the rest of the globe already knows about Operation Gladio. It's only in the USA that we're all in the dark. And you are forced to ask yourself after reading this, 'why weren't we informed at all about this? Why didn't our Congress even have a say (or did they?) in these momentous and horrible atrocities and happenings that happened in Europe after WWII?The info in this book is why Gary Webb was 'suicided'. It takes a brave man to publish this, and my hat goes off to Paul Williams for doing so. The info is not topic to discussion--everything he says is backed up by the results of FOIA requests and 1st hand sources, all copiousy only caveat of this book is it is incomplete. Sure, it tells all about a specific operation, which, while operating for a long time (and probably still), it is missing the overall picture. When you've finished the book, one is left thinking, 'well, this is obviously the same modus operandi as the Iran Contra, and you can smell the same level of evil pragmatism in the Kennedy assassination (I mean, it was/is the irrational fear of communism overtaking the globe that is why Kennedy was assassinated, since he was trying to stop the ridiculous cold battle with Russia).It remains that there is still a very evil and nefarious shadow govt in control of a huge portion of our foreign policy, and of critical portions of our govt overall. Any concerned American knows there is something seriously wrong with 9/11. Heck, there was yet another consuming fire in a hi-rise building (in Malaysia). where though portions of the building were gutted from the fire, the building managed to remain standing. Heck, you can *see* the naked steel beams after the fire was t, we're being told to believe that somehow, the steel managed to melt in not one, not even two, but THREE buildings(!!!!!!!!), one of which wasn't even hit by a freaking plane! How stupid does our gov't think we are? Obviously stupid enough, since it's been 14 years, and still there is no true investigation of what happened. And tag my words, if we do not obtain to the bottom of these evil acts, we are doomed to have them be repeated.If you truly wish to know what our shadow gov't is up to, this book is a must read. Just understand that what this book tells is what kinds of evil acts our alphabet agencies are capable of (Of course, Operation Northwoods, Iran Contra, ad nauseum, are perfect examples of that too, but Kennedy managed to nix that evil act), and that they're still out there doing acts of evil, in the name of our country, and by proxy, in each of our names.But if you wish to begin down the rabbit hole of why the globe is such a mess today, this book is a must read. If you care a whit about what goes on in our country, this book is a must read. It would also be an incredibly enjoyable read, if it wasn't freaking true. Every US citizen needs to read this book.

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    Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between the Vatican, the CIA, and the Mafia []  2021-1-7 21:2

    This is an immensely necessary work, not only to learn the history you were never taught in public school curriculum but also to gain an understanding of how the globe works. Even though most of the book deals with past events, it brings everything full circle to present that the modus operandi of the shadow government has not changed. By learning what has taken place, it is blatantly obvious that the same continues to this day and provides significant insight into what really goes on within foreign policy, banking, finance, international relations and just about every other relevant subject we see in the news every day. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Very engaging and copiously footnoted and indexed. I agree with other reviews that commend the author for his courage in publishing this work. Paul Williams has done a amazing service in his bravery to write the astounding truth.

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    Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between the Vatican, the CIA, and the Mafia []  2021-1-7 21:2

    After WW2 communism started to become famous in Europe and especially Italy. The western powers saw the social danger and were ruthless in crushing it with their cut-out communist terrorists and attacks on their own people. They required people to fear communism or Europe would be lost to wrong thinking. Operation Gladio is that story and it is immensely interesting.

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    Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between The Vatican, The CIA, and The Mafia []  2020-5-4 18:18

    What we Americans were afraid to read/hear, sadly. Backed up by thousands of references - in excruciating detail.`heard about this on late-night radio. The read, while sickening, is fascinating. I won't recount the story/plot, as that's available, left me with a decidedly various perspective about our country, our government and its perverted/diverted morality. Still, I suppose it's better to realize the truth ... and to understand why foreigners perceive us as they do, than to wallow in delusion, as we have been conditioned to do ... by the government and our media.I search the notion that some 'leading Americans' would prey upon a vulnerable segment of society to fund what would not stand the try of public scrutiny ... abhorrent. Government morality? ... fagetaboutit !!!

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    Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between the Vatican, the CIA, and the Mafia []  2021-1-7 21:2

    Should be needed reading for all those who believe the U.S. government and the occupant of the Vatican can do no wrong! This book info a truly unholy alliance between the CIA, the Vatican, and the Mafia dating back at least to the end of Globe Battle II which resulted in untold death, suffering, financial loss, and hypocrisy. The participants encouraged the worldwide culture, used the Vatican bank to launder billions of dollars produced by the Mafia and the CIA from sources, and quickly killed off anyone who questioned their activities or tried to bring public attention to their criminality! Most of the worst offenders operated openly and with no remorse, knowing they were protected either by their diplomatic or theological superiors. A cautionary tale that should serve as a template for any government seeking to correct past abuses by those in power or to prevent future recurrences of a related nature by those intent upon using such power for themselves or to further some notion of right or necessity.

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    Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between the Vatican, the CIA, and the Mafia []  2021-1-7 21:2

    Dr. Van Helsing talks about Dracula (1931) - "The strength of the vampire is that people will not believe in him." You can say the same thing about "conspiracy theories". For example, if someone told you that in 1947 the CIA formed an alliance with ex-Nazi SS-intelligence officers, the Vatican and the Italian Sicilian Fresh York mafia to protect Western Europe and US national security interests from a Soviet invasion into eastern and western Europe and, ultimately, the globe -- and that they bankrolled this project by trafficking - heroin, morphine, opium from So. East Asia and Afghanistan - you might laugh it off and ridicule the idea as the imagination of a gullible mind. You could think that. .......BUT YOU'D BE WRONG!

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    Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between the Vatican, the CIA, and the Mafia []  2021-1-7 21:2

    What we Americans were afraid to read/hear, sadly. Backed up by thousands of references - in excruciating detail.`heard about this on late-night radio. The read, while sickening, is fascinating. I won't recount the story/plot, as that's available, left me with a decidedly various perspective about our country, our government and its perverted/diverted morality. Still, I suppose it's better to realize the truth ... and to understand why foreigners perceive us as they do, than to wallow in delusion, as we have been conditioned to do ... by the government and our media.I search the notion that some 'leading Americans' would prey upon a vulnerable segment of society to fund what would not stand the try of public scrutiny ... abhorrent. Government morality? ... fagetaboutit !!!

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    Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between The Vatican, The CIA, and The Mafia []  2020-5-4 18:18

    This is an immensely necessary work, not only to learn the history you were never taught in public school curriculum but also to gain an understanding of how the globe works. Even though most of the book deals with past events, it brings everything full circle to present that the modus operandi of the shadow government has not changed. By learning what has taken place, it is blatantly obvious that the same continues to this day and provides significant insight into what really goes on within foreign policy, banking, finance, international relations and just about every other relevant subject we see in the news every day. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Very engaging and copiously footnoted and indexed. I agree with other reviews that commend the author for his courage in publishing this work. Paul Williams has done a amazing service in his bravery to write the astounding truth.

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    Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between The Vatican, The CIA, and The Mafia []  2020-5-4 18:18

    All I can say is wow. This is a book that every concerned American should read. Instead of the lies told in our schools today, students should be reading Operation Gladio.What's truly sad is that most of Europe and the rest of the globe already knows about Operation Gladio. It's only in the USA that we're all in the dark. And you are forced to ask yourself after reading this, 'why weren't we informed at all about this? Why didn't our Congress even have a say (or did they?) in these momentous and horrible atrocities and happenings that happened in Europe after WWII?The info in this book is why Gary Webb was 'suicided'. It takes a brave man to publish this, and my hat goes off to Paul Williams for doing so. The info is not topic to discussion--everything he says is backed up by the results of FOIA requests and 1st hand sources, all copiousy only caveat of this book is it is incomplete. Sure, it tells all about a specific operation, which, while operating for a long time (and probably still), it is missing the overall picture. When you've finished the book, one is left thinking, 'well, this is obviously the same modus operandi as the Iran Contra, and you can smell the same level of evil pragmatism in the Kennedy assassination (I mean, it was/is the irrational fear of communism overtaking the globe that is why Kennedy was assassinated, since he was trying to stop the ridiculous cold battle with Russia).It remains that there is still a very evil and nefarious shadow govt in control of a huge portion of our foreign policy, and of critical portions of our govt overall. Any concerned American knows there is something seriously wrong with 9/11. Heck, there was yet another consuming fire in a hi-rise building (in Malaysia). where though portions of the building were gutted from the fire, the building managed to remain standing. Heck, you can *see* the naked steel beams after the fire was t, we're being told to believe that somehow, the steel managed to melt in not one, not even two, but THREE buildings(!!!!!!!!), one of which wasn't even hit by a freaking plane! How stupid does our gov't think we are? Obviously stupid enough, since it's been 14 years, and still there is no true investigation of what happened. And tag my words, if we do not obtain to the bottom of these evil acts, we are doomed to have them be repeated.If you truly wish to know what our shadow gov't is up to, this book is a must read. Just understand that what this book tells is what kinds of evil acts our alphabet agencies are capable of (Of course, Operation Northwoods, Iran Contra, ad nauseum, are perfect examples of that too, but Kennedy managed to nix that evil act), and that they're still out there doing acts of evil, in the name of our country, and by proxy, in each of our names.But if you wish to begin down the rabbit hole of why the globe is such a mess today, this book is a must read. If you care a whit about what goes on in our country, this book is a must read. It would also be an incredibly enjoyable read, if it wasn't freaking true. Every US citizen needs to read this book.

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    Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between The Vatican, The CIA, and The Mafia []  2020-5-4 18:18

    Any innocence or naivete I had remaining in me is now gone. This was a life changing book as it forced me to confront my ignorance. As more and more info has gradually come out, primarily through alternative media (where I first heard this author speak) we are learning what our religious, business (banking) and military institutions do out of sight and behind the scenes. I found myself going from incredulous to mad to disgusted and utterly revolted. This is method beyond the "a few poor apples" argument that one may obtain in response to a discussion on the subject. All three of these institutions are corrupt to the core and unfortunately, the well intentioned people working for and within them (the majority) have no idea what is being done in their your mind and read the book. Begin your eyes.

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    Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between The Vatican, The CIA, and The Mafia []  2020-5-4 18:18

    This book puts in perspective a lot of doubts I've had through the years and explained a lot of problems that have bothered me, mainly the following:1. The church is controlled by the masons2. The banking scandal in the 80's regarding Iran Contra.3. The connection between the trade and our own is book is a must read for any serious researcher regarding the trade and the use of terrorism upon the population.

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    Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between the Vatican, the CIA, and the Mafia []  2021-1-7 21:2

    Everyone really should have this book in their library. In a globe where it's hard to search the truth in much of what we see and hear, this book will bring you scenerios that you can't imagine are possible. These well doented happenings will take you to a level of knowledge you probably wouldn't dream possible. The crime in all the high locations of power, prestige and admiration is a everyday occurance in the lives of these globe leaders. Forget what you thought you knew and be prepared to never see goverment agencies and religious leaders the same method again. All I can say is I hope the author is using an assumed name. I will be looking for other books by this author! Place on your seatbelt!!

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    Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between the Vatican, the CIA, and the Mafia []  2021-1-7 21:2

    This book puts in perspective a lot of doubts I've had through the years and explained a lot of problems that have bothered me, mainly the following:1. The church is controlled by the masons2. The banking scandal in the 80's regarding Iran Contra.3. The connection between the trade and our own is book is a must read for any serious researcher regarding the trade and the use of terrorism upon the population.

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    Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between The Vatican, The CIA, and The Mafia []  2020-5-4 18:18

    Dr. Van Helsing talks about Dracula (1931) - "The strength of the vampire is that people will not believe in him." You can say the same thing about "conspiracy theories". For example, if someone told you that in 1947 the CIA formed an alliance with ex-Nazi SS-intelligence officers, the Vatican and the Italian Sicilian Fresh York mafia to protect Western Europe and US national security interests from a Soviet invasion into eastern and western Europe and, ultimately, the globe -- and that they bankrolled this project by trafficking - heroin, morphine, opium from So. East Asia and Afghanistan - you might laugh it off and ridicule the idea as the imagination of a gullible mind. You could think that. .......BUT YOU'D BE WRONG!

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    Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between The Vatican, The CIA, and The Mafia []  2020-5-4 18:18

    This book is mind-boggling. I have a total disdain for conspiracy theories, and have avoided much of the literature about the covert operations of the U.S. government for half a century. But the latest possibility reading of the riveting book, The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government, quickly followed by The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret Globe War, led me to Operation Gladio, and it is a strong eye-opener. I think the doentation in each of these books locations them well beyond the realm of conspiracies and firmly entrenched in reality. The bibliographic resources point to a rich literature, which is expanding of late due to the public release of previously classified government doents. Of course Noam Chomsky has been addressing a lot of of these covert operation problems for decades, as did the former Wall Road Journal foreign correspondent Jonathan Kwitny in his two superb books, the 1986 book, Endless Enemies, followed in 1987 by, The Crimes of Patriots: A Real Tale of Dope, Dirty Money, and the CIA. See also the gripping book by former FBI language translator Sibel Edmonds, Classified Woman-The Sibel Edmonds Story: A Memoir.

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    Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between The Vatican, The CIA, and The Mafia []  2020-5-4 18:18

    Should be needed reading for all those who believe the U.S. government and the occupant of the Vatican can do no wrong! This book info a truly unholy alliance between the CIA, the Vatican, and the Mafia dating back at least to the end of Globe Battle II which resulted in untold death, suffering, financial loss, and hypocrisy. The participants encouraged the worldwide culture, used the Vatican bank to launder billions of dollars produced by the Mafia and the CIA from sources, and quickly killed off anyone who questioned their activities or tried to bring public attention to their criminality! Most of the worst offenders operated openly and with no remorse, knowing they were protected either by their diplomatic or theological superiors. A cautionary tale that should serve as a template for any government seeking to correct past abuses by those in power or to prevent future recurrences of a related nature by those intent upon using such power for themselves or to further some notion of right or necessity.

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    Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between The Vatican, The CIA, and The Mafia []  2020-5-4 18:18

    Despite the fact that my paperback fell apart as I read it from not good binding, this book should causes all of us to look at ourselves and ask why are we letting this go on. Just not knowing because of the corrupt media, government, banking, and religious organizations. We know now! My head swims, my heart pounds, I look at the sky and wonder where or how to stop this. Where are our better angles?

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    Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between the Vatican, the CIA, and the Mafia []  2021-1-7 21:2

    This book is mind-boggling. I have a total disdain for conspiracy theories, and have avoided much of the literature about the covert operations of the U.S. government for half a century. But the latest possibility reading of the riveting book, The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government, quickly followed by The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret Globe War, led me to Operation Gladio, and it is a strong eye-opener. I think the doentation in each of these books locations them well beyond the realm of conspiracies and firmly entrenched in reality. The bibliographic resources point to a rich literature, which is expanding of late due to the public release of previously classified government doents. Of course Noam Chomsky has been addressing a lot of of these covert operation problems for decades, as did the former Wall Road Journal foreign correspondent Jonathan Kwitny in his two superb books, the 1986 book, Endless Enemies, followed in 1987 by, The Crimes of Patriots: A Real Tale of Dope, Dirty Money, and the CIA. See also the gripping book by former FBI language translator Sibel Edmonds, Classified Woman-The Sibel Edmonds Story: A Memoir.

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    Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between the Vatican, the CIA, and the Mafia []  2021-1-7 21:2

    Despite the fact that my paperback fell apart as I read it from not good binding, this book should causes all of us to look at ourselves and ask why are we letting this go on. Just not knowing because of the corrupt media, government, banking, and religious organizations. We know now! My head swims, my heart pounds, I look at the sky and wonder where or how to stop this. Where are our better angles?

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    The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, And Hitchens []  2019-12-20 18:56

    Vox tears apart the dishonesty of the fresh atheists and their dishonest rhetoric. He makes a powerful case, and while I don't agree with him on every critique, his work is a clean and honest rebuttal of the modern atheist perspective. Vox talks consistently from a scientific and scholarly perspective and the fresh atheists really can't keep up as well as I would have thought.

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    The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, And Hitchens []  2019-12-20 18:56

    A logical and ruthlessly smart ysis and dissection of the Fresh Atheists. Hoist on their own petard, their conceits are revealed. Thoroughly recommended.

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    The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens []  2020-1-6 18:42

    The arguments and their deconstruction are still relevant all these years later. I would recommend this book to anyone who is searching for God, wants to understand how to structure a rational argument or is looking for a reasoned deconstruction of fresh atheist thinking.

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    The Unholy Trinity: Blocking the Left's Assault on Life, Marriage, and Gender []  2021-1-26 19:48

    Finally, there is one clear, logical (and witty) book that concisely summarizes the reality of living in America in 2017. Matt Walsh turns the nonsensical agendas of the Left on their heads, backing each critique with thoughtful data and insight, thus shining light on truths that the American people surely know but have forgotten amidst the constant spew of liberal rubbish thrown at them from the media, government, and public education system. I found myself stopping to applaud after nearly evey chapter I finished, and have recommended this book to countless family and friends. Thank you, Matt, for giving us a voice, for highlighting the reality and importance of objective truth (haven't heard a public figure mention those words in some time), and for giving us hope. I only want I had read this 5 years ago to share with my college professors; the could have used a dose of Truth!

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    Shrine: Now a Major Film Called The Unholy – the Novel Is Even More Terrifying []  2021-4-6 23:19

    Not a poor read, but reminded me of an adult ver of Paranorman. Seemed to lack a sense of foreboding.

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    Shrine: Now a Major Film Called The Unholy – the Novel Is Even More Terrifying []  2021-4-6 23:19

    Very scary, yet fun to read.

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    The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, And Hitchens []  2019-12-20 18:56

    Vox Day surprised me here by posing questions that counter the atheist arguments quite well. He also shows where the historical claims created by the fresh atheists are just flat wrong being based on a broad understanding rather than a deep or in depth one. There's actually quite a lot of history in the book overall as well, which is always interesting.

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    The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, And Hitchens []  2019-12-20 18:56

    This is a romp. For someone who has had a sneaking feeling that Dawkins, Dennett, Harris and others of the Bright Fresh Atheists, claim the high ground of reason, when in result they are the priests of the High Church of Atheism, it is like water in the desert, profoundly refreshing. And this is because Vox Day has read the leaders of this fresh militant church with care and bothered to check on the 'facts' they so confidently present.He proceeds to demolish their premises, fallacy by fallacy. His taking apart of Sam Harris mostly on the basis that Harris quite demonstrably gets his facts wrong, is cringe making it is so complete. That an academic could be quite so shoddy in his arguments comes as a surprise. The often quoted idea that religions are the main cause of conflict and war, is demonstrated beyond doubt, to be entirely wrong. The writing is clear and crisp and - if you are one of those who finds the in-your-face atheism of the evangelical kind both unphilosophical and crass in its portrayal of religious mysticism, this book is for you.

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    The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens []  2020-1-6 18:42

    Vox tears apart the dishonesty of the fresh atheists and their dishonest rhetoric. He makes a powerful case, and while I don't agree with him on every critique, his work is a clean and honest rebuttal of the modern atheist perspective. Vox talks consistently from a scientific and scholarly perspective and the fresh atheists really can't keep up as well as I would have thought.

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    The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens []  2020-1-6 18:42

    Excellent

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    The Unholy Trinity: Blocking the Left's Assault on Life, Marriage, and Gender []  2021-1-26 19:48

    This book is about the culture battles and the left’s assault on marriage and the family. It talks specifically about abortion, homo marriage, and transgenderism. Though I enjoyed the book, it makes very few points that would convince someone who mething I do appreciate about Walsh’s approach is he stresses the spiritual nature of the argument. He speaks of nihilism being the original sin that drove Lucifer from heaven and the current struggles as being appeals to nihilism. He talks of how procreation is the culmination and greatest beauty of , but how by putting too early we create kid bearing into a “punishment” (in Obama’s word) rather than the miracle it was meant to copy (second hand) was enhanced with arguments from the other side written lightly in the margin. This strengthened Walsh’s contention that there were few valid arguments from the left. As the margin notes had such gems as “Do you secretly have a boyfriend?” and “The Bible makes marriage between a man and however a lot of women he can afford!”In any case, this book is worth a look though it probably will not support you victory arguments on these re reviews at booksbypaula at wordpress

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    The Unholy Trinity: Blocking the Left's Assault on Life, Marriage, and Gender []  2021-1-26 19:48

    Having been a follower of Matt's blog, I had high expectations for this book. It was a fast read for me due to his interesting writing style. I feel like his work is one of the latest sources available for objective truth. Matt, if you read this you will love a book by Greg Koukl called Relativism: Feet firmly planted in mid air. I feel like the two of you should collaborate on a project as you have written related works and reflect the truth accurately. I highly recommend giving Matt's book a read. Looking forward to more books by Matt in the future.

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    Shrine: Now a Major Film Called The Unholy – the Novel Is Even More Terrifying []  2021-4-6 23:19

    Losing James Herbert latest year was sad as he is my favorite writer. You won't be disappointed in any book by him and that contains Shrine. A deaf mute, Alice, appears to be the recent to experience the vision of the Virgin. Or, does she? What exactly is event in the field and to the town?

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    Shrine: Now a Major Film Called The Unholy – the Novel Is Even More Terrifying []  2021-4-6 23:19

    I was just listening to the latest disk of Shrine when I heard James Herbert died! How weird is that? Anyway, Sean Barrett did a amazing job performing the 2005 Isis Audio Book version. Barrett has a unbelievable British accent that lends itself well to Herbert's moody horror. He's not so amazing at performing the female parts, though, and the Fresh York accent he gives Nancy Shelbeck, the single American character, is really annoying--especially when she's supposed to be intelligent and attractive, but he makes her sound super-nasally and whining all the time.Herbert's novel is a decent supernatural thriller, but a bit overlong and confusing, and the ending seems rushed, forced, and unsatisfying with a lot of metaphysical loose ends. The protagonist, Jerry Fenn, an atheist newspaper reporter who likes to obtain drunk and hack on his single Mom Catholic girlfriend, isn't very sympathetic, and the few times the story does leave his point of view, we don't really obtain much in the method of fresh information or better characters, just minor characters who exist mostly to obtain killed off later or move the plot along. Also, Fenn disappears for long stretches near the end while off doing unspecified research and that creates jump cuts in the story that are kind of annoying. This book required tighter plotting and editing but is still worth checking out for supernatural horror fans as Herbert had a unbelievable writing style. However, I still prefer his earlier books  The Dark , Fog , The Spear , or the  Rats  trilogy to Shrine, as they all feel more tightly plotted and have much more satisfying endings.

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    The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, And Hitchens []  2019-12-20 18:56

    He info the threat of modern atheism in a distinctive way. A must for anyone concerned about losing their freedom of thought.

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    The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, And Hitchens []  2019-12-20 18:56

    Great

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    The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens []  2020-1-6 18:42

    I decided to pick up Vox Day's unbelievable "The Irrational Atheist" after rekindling my interest in Christianity from watching his Darkstreams on YouTube. Having been raised Christian, I'd mostly stepped away from it for the past 10 years or so and really had no intentions of returning. Vox Day's take on a lot of various aspects of Christianity that I personally struggled with over the years both surprised and encouraged me to revisit it.I cannot recommend this book enough. Having personally taken the bait before from Dawkins, Harris (somewhat), and Hitchens, Vox Day does not disappoint in roundly destroying their arguments. There is no shortage of evidence to point out their logical fallacies, shocking ignorance, misdirection, and sometimes outright lies of historical events. It is clear Vox Day is an smart man and he has a deep foundation and understanding of the Christian faith. He is not afraid to present it. There is also something very appealing about someone who is unafraid to call out others and who is willing to stand up and defend their convictions so openly. If you have fun Nassim Nicholas Taleb's style of doing this you will not be disappointed in Vox Day's.Pick it up. Whether you are an atheist or religious it is worth it to challenge your worldview.

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    The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens []  2020-1-6 18:42

    This is a romp. For someone who has had a sneaking feeling that Dawkins, Dennett, Harris and others of the Bright Fresh Atheists, claim the high ground of reason, when in result they are the priests of the High Church of Atheism, it is like water in the desert, profoundly refreshing. And this is because Vox Day has read the leaders of this fresh militant church with care and bothered to check on the 'facts' they so confidently present.He proceeds to demolish their premises, fallacy by fallacy. His taking apart of Sam Harris mostly on the basis that Harris quite demonstrably gets his facts wrong, is cringe making it is so complete. That an academic could be quite so shoddy in his arguments comes as a surprise. The often quoted idea that religions are the main cause of conflict and war, is demonstrated beyond doubt, to be entirely wrong. The writing is clear and crisp and - if you are one of those who finds the in-your-face atheism of the evangelical kind both unphilosophical and crass in its portrayal of religious mysticism, this book is for you.

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    The Unholy Trinity: Blocking the Left's Assault on Life, Marriage, and Gender []  2021-1-26 19:48

    Matt Walsh thank you. Your writing has given me hope in the helplessly secular globe of academia that the truth is still out there. Everyone needs to read this and then they need to ask themselves if it upsets them why they are angry. Why does it anger you that someone unapologetically defends human life and reveals the evil of abortion for what it is? Does it anger you because you know, on some level, it is true? Truly Matt makes unassailable arguments for why abortion is a grave, evil, crime versus humanity, why marriage matters and why biological is a deeply engraved truth in each of us. And why these truths are attractive and should be passionately embraced.

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    Shrine: Now a Major Film Called The Unholy – the Novel Is Even More Terrifying []  2021-4-6 23:19

    James Herbert can always tell a scary story with feeling. There is often a theme of redemption in his work, but he does not preach a particular morality. He has an ytical approach to human nature and his characters have flaws that create them more real. The evil that his characters face is hungry and powerful. Shrine created it feel like the globe was about to collapse into the pit of Hell. If you wish to read a well written chilly tale, read this book.

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    Shrine: Now a Major Film Called The Unholy – the Novel Is Even More Terrifying []  2021-4-6 23:19

    Beautiful amazing read. I enjoyed it.

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