In this short novel, a shocking and unprecedented national crisis has erupted just one week before Americans head to the polls. The incumbent Democratic president has been assassinated by an Iranian national.
Although there is no evidence, the government of Iran is quickly accused in the media as the mastermind behind the shooting as an act of retaliation for the severe economic sanctions imposed by the United States. Another stunning setback occurs when the vice-president is felled by a fatal heart attack just hours after taking the oath. Enter the Republican Speaker of the House who becomes the third president in than a day as the reins of power shift to the GOP. The election must be postponed while the Democrats select a new ticket.
Sensing weakness in the caretaker US government, Iran threatens that sanctions must be revoked within days or they will launch an attack in the Persian Gulf to shut down the supply of oil.
The world nervously awaits the outcome.
Unfortunately, most students don't have the wealth of words or the volume of vocabulary that enable them to get top scores on the SAT I (the test that most people call "the SAT"). The fact that you don't have an SAT vocabulary isn't due to a lack of intelligence, it's due to the fact that almost everyone speaks using concise sentences that get to the point, rather than belabor it. Everyone begins with a different level of vocabulary. You may already know half of the words here or you may only know a few. Regard of how strong or weak your vocabulary currently is, SAT Vocabulary For Dummies will help you build your vocabulary and boost your test scores. SAT Vocabulary For Dummies focuses exclusively on the vocabulary you need to know to get a good verbal score on the SAT. In this fun and easy-to-understand guide, test-prep guru Suzee Vlk provides you with a reliable way to increase your vocabulary--and scores. Unlike most vocabulary books, which provide long, boring, alphabetical lists of words, this groundbreaking guide organizes vocabulary into easy-to-remember categories (such as "personal appearance," "intelligence," or "money"). This book also: Focuses on "hot" SAT words--the 500 or so that turn up again and again on the exams Illustrates the meaning of words by placing them in the context of a sentence--usually through humorous stories Delivers lots of practical tips and tools for remembering tough words Gives the lowdown on roots Lists antonyms and synonyms and shows ways to increase comprehension using context Contains practice questions with answer explanations Packed with tips, tricks, stories, and jokes that will help build your vocabulary, SAT Vocabulary For Dummies is a pain way to get a handle on the words that you need to master before you take the SAT.
Analog Science Fiction and Fact, October 1998 Editor: Stanley Schmidt Cover: Mike Carroll Contains the following Fiction and Essays: The Fermi Plague [Editorial] essay by Stanley Schmidt Trade Warriors novelette by F. Alexander Brejcha Near-Term Nanotechnology essay by Stephen L. Gillett, Ph.
D. Artifacts shortstory by Jerry Oltion Drawn Words novelette by Brian Plante O'Carolan's Revenge shortstory by Rick Cook The New Mr. Alternate View essay by Jeffery D. Kooistra Phoenix shortstory by H.
G. Stratmann In Times to Come essay by uncredited Nor Through Inaction shortstory by Charles Ardai and Michael A. Burstein Hello! shortstory by Walter F. Cuirle Living in a Stranger shortstory by Paul Urayama Ashes to Ashes [Holmes Door] novella by Grey Rollins The Reference Library essay by Tom Easton Brass Tacks essay by uncredited Letter essay by Grey Rollins Upcoming Events essay by Anthony Lewis
"The Thin Line," through cross narratives often layered one on top of the other, leaps between gray and gloomy industrial Tel-Aviv, Israel, where a family of three once had a chance, and Los Angeles, the sunny 'City of Angels', where there is still a fighting hope of possibility. Nikko Akur, who hails from a shielded family in Tel-Aviv, reluctantly finds himself a police operative who becomes sucked into a seemingly inescapable life of crime. After participating in a robbery that culminated in three deaths, Nikko is asked to testify as a criminal and keep his informant past a secret. His death is staged and he is shipped, through the pipelines of the witness protection program, to Los Angeles with a new identity and an unspoken warning; his wife, Julia, and son, Maor, are to be left behind as leverage. The threat is clear... Julia sees Nikko's closed casket lowered to the ground, weeps below gray skies for her beloved, their shattered dreams, the disgrace that she must now face, and for their son. Where did she go wrong? They were just two kids loving and dreaming. There was a sense of danger to him, a sexy edge. Did Maor inherit it? The gene? Julia prepares to take a journey into her past, visiting the places that might hold the answers. Slowly, she begins uncovering the dark criminal world that had consumed her husband.
Nikko, now aliased Pauli, adjusts to life in downtown Los Angeles. Starting anew with a clean slate, he opens a liquor store. He befriends Dmitry Bulgakarov. But following a dangerous pool hall fight in which guns are drawn, and after his store is burned down, he is once again knee deep in the life he had so desperately wanted to relinquish. Like a sick deja vu, Pauli is approached by Bill, an FBI task force agent, who provides him with an ultimatum; become an informant and infiltrate Dmitry's mob family, or... Julia sinks deeper.
She finds strange bank accounts and questions that begin to surface. She meets Max who ran around in the same gang as her dead husband. But even Max bobs between two worlds with a hidden agenda that will eventually tear him apart. Pops Bulgakarov, head of a Mafia conglomerate, is approaching the end of an era. On the eve of his seventieth birthday, Pops is pushed by his wife Anna to give it all up. It's time to hand over the reigns to Yevgeniy, their eldest son. But Pops has risen to and remained at the top using his instincts, the same instincts screaming that Yevgeniy is not ready; no, rather, he's just not right. Meanwhile, the stranger with no past, Pauli, has entered the family's world gaining Dmitry's respect, Yevgeniy's distrust and turning Alex, their little sister, head over heels. Under the watchful eye of the FBI, Pauli needs to do wrong and right, living a double life just like the wife he left behind... Julia, the devoted mom in the morning who takes care of her son with passion and gently helps them both heal their loss, and Julia, undercover and desperate to do anything for answers. Charlie, her only confidante and her best friend through university, will help Julia concoct a new persona and be ready to enter the ruth crime den run by Amram, Tel-Aviv's underworld king. Amran, too, has a nagging feeling itching in his fingertips that something isn't right, that Nikko isn't dead. In a world run by men, Julia not only needs to prove herself and convince them to trust her, but also to stay clearly focused on her path as unofficial detective while convincing her family that she's a trustworthy mother. Each one will attempt to shape their separate destinies. But is the past something you can wash clean? Or does it shape your inevitable future?
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