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By the Light of the Moon
By the Light of the Moon
by Dean Koontz
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fast Pace, July 6 2004
Well, Koontz finally has written a book without a dog in it. Though they do show up in a puzzle. :) This book shows that the author has a command with the english language. His descriptions are beautifully crafted. Even so this book is a very fast read. But the end of the book leaves you wanting more. It is as if he did not finsh it, or their is a sequel in mind.
By the Light of the Moon follows the tried and true formula, normal people who are unwillingly brought into a government conspiracy. This time the bad guy is a mad-scientist. While the good guys are a sensitive he-man, his impaird brother and a man hating heroine. Our trio ends up on the run from ex-special forces teams.
Our trio are injected with a serum by a doctor who claims that the substance will either kill them, or drastically change them for the better. But now that they are injected, the men who are looking to kill him, will want to kill them as well. And so the three begin their flight from danger. But their flight takes on various directions as they are lead by Dylan's new ability of precognition.
Our heros are Dylan O'Conner, who is an artist and guardian of his autistic brother, Shep. Dylan is a man who has sacrificed everything to take care of his brother. Then their is Shep, Dylan's autistic brother. Who is a walking thesarus. His episodes may seem redundent, but imagine what it is really like. I think that Koontz did a good job of writting this character. And finally our heroine, Jillian Jackson. Jillian is a commedienne that is just filled with angst. She verbally vents her anger on anything that she perceives as a slight.

Panzer Colors II: Markings of
Panzer Colors II: Markings of
by Publications Squadronnsignal
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars German Camoflage of World War II, July 4 2004
This book goes over camouflage schemes and markings of German military vehicles covering the entire range of war years. And all fronts. The book has many nice black and white war time photos. They show the various vehicles with they vast variety of schemes used. And the different methods used to apply them.
Though I love the photo's, they are no very easy to use for reference in painting. But there are color plates of the various camouflage schemes shown in the photos and discussed. These will come in very handy for the modeler. I found that the color plates and war time photos are not duplicated from volume to volume. Making getting the series worth while.

Panzer Colors
Panzer Colors
by Bruce Culver
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars German Camouflage Schemes, June 27 2004
This review is from: Panzer Colors (Paperback)
This book goes over camouflage schemes and markings of German military vehicles covering the entire range of war years. And all fronts. The book has many nice black and white war time photos. They show the various vehicles with they vast variety of schemes used. And the different methods used to apply them.
Though I love the photo's, they are no very easy to use for reference in painting. But there are color plates of the various camouflage schemes shown in the photos and discussed. These will come in very handy for the modeler.
I will be getting the other two volumes of this series.

Absolute Power
Absolute Power
by David Baldacci
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 29.61
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3.0 out of 5 stars Absolute power corrupts absolutely, June 27 2004
This review is from: Absolute Power (Hardcover)
Here we have a book where the President of the United States is the bad guy.....and the criminal is the man of honor. This book is a thriller with political intrigue and takes place mostly around the Metro D.C. area.
The book starts with an aging burglar, Luther, breaking into a billionaire's well protected mansion. He is suprised, but not caught by none other than the President of the good ol'USA. Who happens to be with the billionaire's young wife. Luther who is hidden in a safe with a two-way mirror, watches as the President starts to beat on the young woman. The woman in an act of self preservation, grabs a letter opener and stabs the President. The ensuing struggle and yell from the President, brings the very effective Secret Service Agents into the room. Where they shoot and kill her.
The scheming Chief of Staff hatches a quick course of action to start a cover up. But no one is aware of Luther who has watched the whole horrid affair. The story begins to pick up speed when Luther decides he has do what is right and set things straight.
You can tell this is Mr. Baldacci's first book. But worth the read. I read Total Control first, and find that book of a much higher quality. I think he will only improve with each book he writes. There were parts in this book where I just had to read one more section before I put it down.

Mount Vernon Love Story: A Novel of George and Martha Washington
Mount Vernon Love Story: A Novel of George and Martha Washington
by Mary Higgins Clark
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice read, May 30 2004
This is the frist book written by Mary Higgins Clark. This book focuses on the love story of George and Martha Washington. The book takes palce in two timelines. It begins with President Washington preparing to leave public office and return to Mount Vernon with his wife Martha, who liked to be called Patsy. And quickly jumps back to periods of Geroge Washinton's youth. Trying to give us some insight on the man and his relation ship with Martha.
A lot of research went into this book. And I learned a lot about one of the founding fathers of the USA. The book is a charming and quick read. You almost are left with the thought of yearning for a few more chapters. It made me want to look further into George Washington's life and career.

MacArthur's War: Korea and the Undoing of an American Hero
MacArthur's War: Korea and the Undoing of an American Hero
by Stanley Weintraub
Edition: Audio Cassette
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4.0 out of 5 stars Should be on your Korean War Reading List, May 24 2004
There is no question that Douglas MacArthur had a long and distinguished career. And that he showed great Barvery in World War I. That he planned some great island hopping strategy during World War II. And did much to help Japan reform and rebuild. But Korea is not an area where his career shines.
When conflict broke out in Korea in 1950, MacArthur assumed command of American, South Korean and U.N. forces and drove back the North Korean army to the Yalu river, which is the border between Korea and China. And at center stage was his very risky yet stunning achievement, his amphibious attack behind enemy lines at Inchon. But his total lack of failure to anticipate Chinese entry into the war and his delusion that Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Chinese forces in Formosa could be brought into the war to fight the Communists as a viable force had him lose all credability.
Only by General Matthew Ridgway taking command of the Allied ground forces were the Allies able to reverse the trend. General Ridgway took the demoralized Allied troops and transformed them back into a strong fighting force. Which under his command was able to recapture some of the lands lost to the Communist. During this time MacArthur actual came up with a plan to sow a defensive field of radioactive waste on the southern bank of the Yalu. This plan helped Truman to make the to make the decission to dismiss MacArthur at the begining of April 1951.
This work is well written and well worth reading.

Battle of the Bulge: Hitler's Ardennes Offensive, 1944-1945
Battle of the Bulge: Hitler's Ardennes Offensive, 1944-1945
by Danny S. Parker
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Historians View, May 23 2004
This book is by military historian Danny S. Parker who has made a lifetime study of the Ardennes campaign. The book includes rare photos from American, British and German sources. As well as first hand commentary which covers the entire campaign. December 16th, 1944 Hitler launched his last desperate offensive. And the German leader formally acknowledged failure on December 28th. But the battle would continue until 28 January 1945, when American lines would be back to where they started.
You will find much information in this book that has not been used before in any publication. And that makes it a valuable resource and addition to any military library. He has gone to great lengths to show us both the allies and axis point of view on this battle. It is amazing how close the fuel deprived units of the Third Reich came to our large fuel depots. For all the information provided, this book is a very easy read.

Nights in Rodanthe
Nights in Rodanthe
by Nicholas Sparks
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, May 23 2004
This review is from: Nights in Rodanthe (Hardcover)
Sparks is a very good writter. And this book is well written and short. But so far it has been my least favorite of all his books. With this, his latest love story, he tells us the story of two shattered people. Both sadly scarred by past experiences. Who find each other late in life and realize they are soul mates.
The story takes place in a small coastal town of Rodanthe, North Carolina where Adrienne Willis is tending to a friends Inn as she re-thinks her life. Her husband had left her three years earlier for a younger woman. And the Inn's only guest, Paul Flanner who has just sold his medical practice and has come to Rodanthe to escape his own shattered past.
This meeting of the two takes place within the midst of major storm. Which brings these two people closer toegther. And we share their weekend together. A weekend that will change them. As well as affect the rest of their lives.

Hammerhead Ranch Motel
Hammerhead Ranch Motel
by Tim Dorsey
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hectic storm within a huricane., May 21 2004
This review is from: Hammerhead Ranch Motel (Hardcover)
This is Tim Dorsey's sequel to Florida Roadkill. Serge Storms is back in this book still chasing the suitcase containing $5 Million in laundered drug-money. Early in the novel Serge gets his hands on the case, just to lose it to car thieves. The case continues to transfer hands until it makes it to the hands of drug-lord Zargozsa. The owner of the Hammerhead Ranch Motel. We follow Serge as he kills his way along the route taken by the case and meets up with zany companions along the way. The plot reaches its climax as the protaganists gather in the bar of the Hammerhead Ranch to wait out a hurricane and see who will end up with the cash.

Great Battles of Wwii, Fury in
Great Battles of Wwii, Fury in
DVD ~ Timeless
Price: CDN$ 27.80
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5.0 out of 5 stars Battle of the Pacific War - WWII, May 21 2004
This is a three DVD set that is fantastic. We get to see firsthand the great battles fought during World War II across the vast Pacific Ocean. This shows us some of what occured during this war through the lenses of combat cameramen. And told by those who were there and experience the events depicted.
It begins with the suprise attack at Pearl Harbor, to the initial USA counterattack at Guadalcanal, to ultimate victory in the island hopping campaign. If you want some idea of what transpired in the Pacific during World War II....You will want to get this DVD set.

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