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Blood Trails: The Combat Diary of a Foot Soldier in Vietnam

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Christopher Ronnau, "Blood Trails: The Combat Diary of a Foot Soldier in Vietnam"
English | ISBN: 0891418830 | 2006 | EPUB | 320 pages | 4 MB

Blood Trails: The Combat Diary of a Foot Soldier in Vietnam
Chris Ronnau volunteered for the Army and was sent to Vietnam in January 1967, armed with an M-14 rifle and American Express traveler's checks. But the latter soon proved particularly pointless as the private first class found himself in the thick of two pivotal, fiercely fought Big Red One operations, going head-to-head against crack Viet cong and NVA troops in the notorious Iron Triangle and along the treacherous Cambodian border near Tay Ninh.

Patrols, ambushes, plunging down VC tunnels, search and destroy missions-there were many ways to drive the enemy from his own backyard, as Ronnau quickly discovered. Based on the journal Ronnau kept in Vietnam, Blood Trails captures the hellish jungle war in all its stark life-and-death immediacy. This wrenching chronicle is also stirring testimony to the quiet courage of those unsung American heroes, many not yet twenty-one, who had a job to do and did it without complaint-fighting, sacrificing, and dying for their country.

Includes sixteen pages of rare and never-before-seen combat photos
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Michael Russell – The City of Strangers

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Michael Russell – The City of Strangers
Avon | 2013 | English | ISBN-10: 1847563473 | 432 Pages | EPUB | 0.8 MB
The SUNDAY TIMES top 20 bestseller! Shortlisted for the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger Award New York, 1939: A city of hope. A city of opportunity. A city hiding dark secrets A brutal murder in an affluent suburb of Dublin and the unexplained death of an Irish diplomat in ManhattanGarda Sergeant Stefan Gillespie is sent to America to bring a killer to justice, but his mission soon becomes part of an increasingly personal struggle.

Michael Russell – The City of Strangers
A chance encounter with an old friend draws him deep into a chilling network of conspiracy, espionage and terror with disturbing connections to home. He becomes more involved than he should in an Irish woman's bid for freedom from the clutches of the Manhattan underworld, and discovers that the war that is looming in Europe is already being played out here on the streets, with deadly consequences. In this time when people must make a stand for what they believe in, the stakes for Stefan Gillespie, and everything he holds dear, couldn't be higher. This thrilling, elegant and hugely atmospheric novel will keep you reading late into the night.
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Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner – This Shattered World

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Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner – This Shattered World
Disney-Hyperion | 2014 | English | ISBN-10: 1423171039 | 400 Pages | EPUB | 0.6 MB
Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner – This Shattered World
Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet's rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.
Rebellion is in Flynn's blood. His sister died in the original uprising against the powerful corporate conglomerate that rules Avon with an iron fist. These corporations make their fortune by terraforming uninhabitable planets across the universe and recruiting colonists to make the planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.
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Researching Japanese War Crimes Records: Introductory Essays

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Edward Drea, Greg Bradsher, Robert Hanyok, James Lide, "Researching Japanese War Crimes Records: Introductory Essays"
2006 | ISBN-10: 1880875284 | 232 pages | PDF | 3 MB

Researching Japanese War Crimes Records: Introductory Essays
This is a technical manual and essential guidebook not only for those who wish to seriously research Japanese War Crimes, but also for researchers interested in POW affairs and biological and chemical warfare testing in general. Substantial part of intelligence efforts relating to Japan related to efforts to recover captured Allied military personnel. The authors also thoroughly discuss what records are available on this topic, and how it happened that bulk of these records was returned after the War to Japan. The most sensitive part of this book can be found in the end: the decision not to pursue trials with Japanese war criminals for their experiments with bacteriological and chemical warfare on humans; and exploitation of Class A war criminals by the U.S. authorities as intelligence assets in containment of communism in Asia.

Introduction (Edward Drea): war crimes committed by the Japanese against other Asians concerned few Americans, except for mistreatment of Allied POWs. This changed after publication of The Rape of Nanking in 1997. After this, U.S. veterans renewed claims against the Japanese government, survivors of experiments which took place at Ishii's Unit 731 spoke up, and the issue of "comfort women" resurfaced. Whilst Germany accepted responsibility for WW2 and apologized, Japan rejected any responsibility for WW2 atrocities. Many senior Japanese Class A criminals escaped justice, including Ishii Shiro. Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal resulted in conviction of 25 defendants, whilst the Soviet led Khabarovsk trial brought to trial 5.379 of them and convicted 4.300. In 2000, U.S. Congress passed the Japanese Imperial Government Disclosure Act, and the Interagency Working Group was created. Despite systematic destruction of Japanese records in the end of the WW2, the Marines and OSS managed to seize large numbers of documents. Unit 731 records concerning biological and chemical warfare fell in the Soviet hands. The main focus of the U.S. authorities was on individuals responsible for Pearl Harbor, mistreatment of U.S. POWs, and war crimes against Caucasian women.

Documentary evidence (Daquing Yang): By outbreak of WW2, war was by no means an unregulated business. Japan did sign the 1929 Geneva Convention but not the treatment of POWs amendment. After the war, there was a serious problem with documentary evidence, as less than 0.1% materials survived the destruction. The only people interested in investigation of Japanese war crimes were former POWs and a few historians. Of 132.000 U.S. and British POWs held by the Japanese, 27% died, compared to 4% of those who died when in German or Italian hands. Most deadly places and incidents included the Bataan death march, Thai-Burma railway, biological and chemical warfare units, and transport ships. In 1948, the Allies convicted 23 Japanese doctors who worked at the Kyushu University of experiments on U.S. airmen. The charges were vivisection, wrongful removal of bodily parts, and cannibalism.

Recently declassified NARA records (James Lide): This chapter includes survey of 100.000 pages released under JIGDA, mainly with focus on biological and chemical warfare units, treatment of POWs, comfort women conscripted from occupied territories and forced to become prostitutes, and Allied policies regarding war crimes. Most valuable is overview of records from different agencies as they were received, and methodology used for review of samples: OSS documents on bacterial and chemical warfare and the Ramona project (Japanese atomic research and uranium mining in Manchuria); the State Department records relating to mistreatment of U.S. POWs and files relating to clemency for Japanese war criminals; Army Intelligence records, FBI files on assets / threats and their treason investigation files; NSA intercepts; and clemency proceedings from the 1950's.

Japanese war crimes records at NARA – Research starting points (NARA staff): precise location of records kept by NARA from all sources and description of its content. The author pays special attention to areas of interest, such as U.S. POWs at Mukden, and records on BW/CW warfare and impunity for Ishii Shiro in exchange for information on his experiments; and records which have been declassified for years but underexplored by researchers.

Wartime COMINT records in NARA about war crimes (Robert Hanyok): very interesting insight into technical challenges of interception and processing of coded messages in Japanese, which had to be transferred over huge landmass of Asia and the Pacific ocean. Only small percentage of these records was translated and disseminated.

The exploitation of captured and seized Japanese records (Greg Bradsher): In September 1945, Colonel Sidney Mashbir (U.S. Army, ATIS), confronted Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs with extensive evidence of war crimes against POWs and civilians. State Department was reluctant to present the evidence to the Japanese because of concerns over disclosure of sources and operational security. In 1942, the Washington Document Center established by the Navy sent a special unit to Japan which seized over 400.000 documents.

A constantly returning irritant: returning captured documents in 1946-61 (Greg Bradster): In 1948 and `49, CIA handed over large number of records to the Library of Congress and NARA, as the record no longer had operational but only historical value. Policy was discussed t the highest level, and a decision was finally made in January 1950. Some of the records were microfilmed before return to Japan.

The intelligence that wasn't (Michael Petersen): This is the most interesting part of the book as it deals with the issue of CIA assets from the ranks of Japanese war criminals. To their credit it has to be noted that many of them were later in the 1950's assessed as liability and dropped. Operation Takematsu (intelligence gathering on foreign targets and domestic communists) effectively allowed the Japanese to engage in criminal activities abroad. The most ill-famous examples described here are Arisue Seizo, Tsuji Masanobu, Sakata Sadamasa, and Kadama Yoshio.
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Catou Martine – London Lace Complete Series Boxed Set

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Catou Martine | English | 2013 | ASIN: B00BTKEW2C | 256 pages | EPUB | 0.3 MB

Catou Martine – London Lace Complete Series Boxed Set
*EROTIC AND ROMANTIC*

Sir Todd Montgomery appears to be a proper English gentleman, but appearances can be deceiving. He has a passion for raising racehorses and his desires come first in his life. He has little time or patience for women, especially those as independent as hat designer Eliza Keating. And Eliza is totally committed to her career. Yet neither can deny the sparks that fly between them, and as they pursue a lust-driven affair, an unexpected love begins to ignite. But when scandal, social pressure, and wounds from the past threaten to douse the flames of passion, both Todd and Eliza must decide if it's worth betting everything on love.

LONDON LACE #1
London hat designer Eliza Keating is sent on a date by her friend Lady Victoria Manning. Sir Todd Montgomery appears to be a proper English gentleman, but appearances can be deceiving. He has a passion for raising racehorses, and his desires come first in his life. He has little time or patience for women, especially those as independent as Eliza. The date goes awry, and it will take a lot more than an apology to get back on Eliza's good side.

LONDON LACE #2
Sir Todd Montgomery invites Eliza to the races. Her heart races as he seduces her in the hay-filled stables. Things are going perfectly, and then the nosy photographers and gossip magazine reporters spot the new couple and begin making trouble.

LONDON LACE #3
Eliza accepts an invitation to visit Sir Todd Montgomery at his estate in Devonshire. It is sprawling and beautiful, yet houses even more of Todd's secrets. When he avoids
answering her questions about his past, Eliza is pushed to her breaking point.

Their chemistry is still sizzling, but each sexual encounter leaves them both grasping for something more. Do they have the strength to become vulnerable to each other? Sir Todd has awoken something inside Eliza, and she's fearful of losing control.

LONDON LACE #4
Touched by Todd's honesty, Eliza stays on at Evergreen Downs to comfort him after the loss of his mare. Their relationship deepens when Todd takes Eliza on a morning ride along a beautiful private beach. Eliza's feelings for Todd are getting stronger now, and by the way he's behaving, he's feeling something more as well. Eliza finds herself on the dangerous edge of letting go and giving him her heart.

LONDON LACE #5
The Royal Ascot is only the most exclusive event of London's society calendar. Eliza is contracted to design hats for the royals. During the most terrifying challenge of her career, she also faces challenges of the heart. Forced to sneak around with Sir Todd for their secret affair makes stolen moments in his strong arms all the sweeter for their danger. But as the ravenous press closes in and scandal threatens to destroy their connection, everything Todd and Eliza have built begins to crumble. The pair must decide if they're willing to bet everything on love.

* * Contains erotic sex scenes with two hot characters (M/F); 18+ Adult eyes only* *
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The Great British Bake Off: Everyday

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The Great British Bake Off: Everyday by Linda Collister
2013 | ISBN: 1849906084 | English | 320 pages | EPUB | 11 MB

The Great British Bake Off: Everyday
This book is for the baker who wants to whip up a cake for an office party, a traybake for a kid's birthday, or a pudding to follow a simple supper. Using straightforward, easy-to-follow techniques, there are foolproof recipes for cakes, traybakes, bread, biscuits, tarts, pies, puddings, and desserts. If you are a confident baker or ready to move onto the next stage, each chapter also showcases the best recipes from the series, including Mary and Paul's Signature Bakes, Technical Challenges and Showstoppers, plus the best bakers' recipes from series four. There are step-by-step photographs to guide you through the more complicated techniques and beautiful photography throughout, making this the perfect gift for all bakers. As usual, everyone who buys the book will be able to download the digital booklet of finalist recipes after the finale has transmitted in October. And as a thank you to every one who has bought the previous Great British Bake Off books, we will be featuring snaps of some of the best home-bakes, sent in by readers, on the endpapers of the book.
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Shining in Shadows: Movie Stars of the 2000s

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Murray Pomerance, "Shining in Shadows: Movie Stars of the 2000s"
English | ISBN: 0813551471, 081355148X | 2011 | 272 pages | PDF | 2 MB

Shining in Shadows: Movie Stars of the 2000s
In the 2000s, new technologies transformed the experiences of movie-going and movie-making, giving us the first generation of stars to be just as famous on the computer screen as on the silver screen."Shining in Shadows" examines a wide range of Hollywood icons from a turbulent decade for the film industry and for America itself. Perhaps reflecting our own cultural fragmentation and uncertainty, Hollywood's star personas sent mixed messages about Americans' identities and ideals. Disheveled men-children like Will Ferrell and Jack Black shared the multiplex with debonair old-Hollywood standbys like George Clooney and Morgan Freeman. Iconic roles for women ranged from Renee Zellweger's dithering romantics to Tina Fey's neurotic professionals to Hilary Swank's vulnerable boyish characters. And in this age of reality TV and TMZ, stars like Jennifer Aniston and "Brangelina" became more famous for their real-life romantic dramas–at the same time that former tabloid fixtures like Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr. reinvented themselves as dependable leading men. With a multigenerational, international cast of stars, this collection presents a fascinating composite portrait of Hollywood stardom today.
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Sea of Sorrows by James A. Moore

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Sea of Sorrows by James A. Moore
Titan Books; First Edition edition | English | 2014 | ISBN-10: 1781162700 | 352 pages | EPUB | 0.4 MB
As a deputy commissioner for the ICC, Alan Decker's job is to make sure the settlements on LV178 follow all the rules, keeping the colonists safe. But the planet known as New Galveston holds secrets, lurking deep beneath the toxic sands dubbed the Sea of Sorrows.

Sea of Sorrows by James A. Moore
The Weyland-Yutani Corporation has secrets of its own, as Decker discovers when he is forced to join a team of mercenaries sent to investigate an ancient excavation. Somewhere in that long-forgotten dig lies the thing the company wants most in the universe-a living Xenomorph.
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The Encounter

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The Encounter by Norman Fitts
English | December 20, 2014 | ISBN: 1419673904 | ASIN: B00RAQL2MC, B004GB0LLM | 255 Pages | EPUB/MOBI/AZW3/PDF (Converted) | 4 MB
An alien female has been visiting our world from the time she was a little girl. Now, as a research scientist, she is charged with making a decision as to whether or not to make contact. Her physical appearance is very similar to that of a human female.

The Encounter
Because of her world's much heavier gravity and heavier atmosphere, there are differences. She's much stronger than the average human male. Her ship has the capacity to move through both time and space. She has a detailed knowledge of human history. To carry out her current mission she applies for a job as a research assistant at a large law firm. They're impressed with her knowledge of corporate law and cases dating back about fifty years. She gets the job. Her first morning on the job, she's assigned to work with a paralegal named Lawrence Casey. She's going by the name, Margaret O'Donnell. He's trying to finish up with what he's working on in order to start a two-week vacation. She accomplishes in one afternoon, what should have taken three days. He's impressed and invites her to lunch the next day. Their lunch is interrupted when she has to leave the table to take a communication from her world. An old enemy of her father has made an attempt on her family. She's in danger of being picked up by factions hired by her father's enemy. There is an encounter with bounty hunters in the company garage. Lawrence manages to help her get away. She has to confide in him and then convince him she isn't crazy. He gets her back to her ship just ahead of the bounty hunters. She's forced to take him on board to prevent his death. Her ship is damaged as they escape through a portal that folds time and they wind up marooned in Wyoming, the year is eighteen-seventy five. While waiting for her people to rescue them, they get caught up in the lives of several people in the past. They're forced into situations that could endanger Lawrence's existence by changing the future of his world. During the course of the adventure Margaret and Lawrence develop feelings for one another. This brings about a whole different set of problems, one of which is, she mates for life, period. They are forced into several life threatening situations, brought about by their involvement with the past and the bounty hunters sent to get her.
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