Nora is starting to fall apart. Her husband is dead. Her daughter is miserable. She’s being haunted … But what’s worse? Co-habituating with the ghost of your dead husband or seeing things that aren’t real?
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.
It's the beginning of the year and Marilyn is already having the year from hell… emphasis on hell. Her perfect boyfriend left her for his male secretary; her editors told her she was minutes from getting the knife; and the brand new car she bought just got wrecked by the city's latest masked defender -- the Bellissimo Bandit. With her thirty-sixth birthday staring her in the face, Marilyn makes an oath to stay away from men -- translation, no sex. Unfortunately for her, her best friend sends her the perfect gift to help her get out of the literary rut that has placed her writing career on the line. When she wakes up to find her birthday gift standing on her doorstep in a tight tee and an even tighter pair of jeans, she is sure Rosalinda's gift is a gag. Unfortunately for her, her gift, the Naked Butler, is hers for a whole fourteen days. Marilyn’s not sure she can keep her oath to herself when there is a very healthy, sexy, nearly naked man willing to do her every bidding. But the real question is… what is she going to do when she finds out that the very Bandit she hates might be the same Butler she lusts after and needs?
The third novel in Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter’s “Long Earth” series, which Io9 calls “a brilliant science fiction collaboration.” 2040-2045: In the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous rescue work when, out of the blue, Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device, Willis Linsay. He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him. But Sally soon learns that Willis has an ulterior motive for his request. .
. . Meanwhile U. S. Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman has embarked on an incredible journey of her own, leading an expedition to the outer limits of the far Long Earth.
For Joshua, the crisis he faces is much closer to home. He becomes embroiled in the plight of the Next: the super-bright post-humans who are beginning to emerge from their “long childhood” in the community called Happy Landings, located deep in the Long Earth. Ignorance and fear have caused “normal” human society to turn against the Next. A dramatic showdown seems inevitable. . . .
Do you have a new camera and aren?t sure what to do with it? This essential and practical beginner's guide to digital SLR photography will help get the most out of your camera. Expert photographer William Cheung has written this essential guide to DSLR camera technology with the beginner in mind.
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Explores the moral dilemmas posed by disparities in health across nations Contributors to this volume considers whether health inequalities are a result of global distributive inequalities and are therefore of concern to those promoting global redistributive justice. Case studies include > The migration of health care practitioners from developing to developed nations > The impact of climate change > The social determinants of health outcomes > The effects of pharmaceutical legislation--and international bad practices more generally--on securing access to life-saving drugs in the developing world > The differential effect of these practices on men and women, especially with respect to HIV/AIDS These cases are explored alongside theoretical questions of definition, responsibility and moral relevance to discover the scope of responsibilities that developed nations have towards poor health in developing nations.
الرواية عندما تقرأها سترى فيها أنواع من البشر، بعضهم تتحكم الأحداث في حياته ومن ثم لا يستطيع تقرير مصيره، وبعضهم تأخذه الحياة لمعترك البحث عن الذات فيتنصل من مبادئه، وبعضهم يظل تاريخه نقطة سوداء في حياته لا يستطيع نسيانها، وبعضهم تمرَّس على الخيانة حتى أصابته لعنة الخيانة في نهايةالمطاف. تدور الأحداث في تسلسل مع حياة البطل لتتعرف معه على سيل من الغموض، وتحاول أن تفتح معه الأبواب المغلقة لتتعرف وتكتشف معه الحياة. نبضة من دقات الحياة.