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Brotherhood of Warriors: Behind Enemy Lines with One of the World's Most Elite Counterterrorism Commandos
Brotherhood of Warriors: Behind Enemy Lines with One of the World's Most Elite Counterterrorism Commandos
by Aaron Cohen
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary training and insight, 31 May 2013
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The majority of this book seemed devoted to selection and training. This is no bad thing, as while there are equivalent tales from US, British and Foreign Legion soldiers, there are few concerned with the Israeli experience. Given the high regard in which the IDF is held, militarily, across the world this book was a welcome insight.
The considerations emerging from this book are something else. No, not negative, so much as as prompting prompting deep thought regarding ISAF forces in Afghanistan, for example.
I'll confess that I read this in a day. Not that it was so sorry, mind you, just highly compelling.


Ash
Ash
Price: £5.22

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A matter of taste then..., 21 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: Ash (Kindle Edition)
I came back to the product page to see if the central character had appeared in any other novels, one had the feeling of continuity from previous books, due to references within the text to previous adventures. At this point I saw the profusion of negative reviews. Honestly, I was surprised. Where, in the past, I felt that Herbert's books were good, but not great, here I felt that I was witnessing a far more accomplished, and mature author than in previous tales. I enjoyed it. Perhaps people come to certain authors, or genres, laden with expectations. I had few, just a desire to be entertained, to experience intrigue and chills, and was not disappointed. Broadly speaking this is not a book of cover to cover gore, 'horror', supernatural events, but rather a fuller tale with elements of each of these interspersed with a strong combination of threads and sub-plots which feel fully developed. Having attempted writing a novel (along with half of the literate world, I imagine) I could at least perceive the complexity in assembling disparate plot elements and interweaving them cogently, and in a way which stimulates interest. This, I suppose, is akin to watching a game of chess. To the unskilled observer, the moves on the board can appear arbitrary, to the amateur, the moves may not make sense until many have passed, the subtleties missed, the more obscure concepts puzzling; to the keen player, the student of the game, the beauty of finessed moves may sooner become apparent, mental notes will have been taken as ideas progress, and take shape on the board. So, I think, it is with a good novel. Some people expect one thing (what Stephen King referred to as his 'fast food' fiction, perhaps) and are disappointed if they have not been grabbed by the literary lapels and dragged through the nine circles of hell by bedtime, while others will know to savour the subtler aspects, the wit of the author, the blending of elements of the story...I hope that this might assist some people in choosing whether to read this book. I liked it, will buy copies for a few friends who I know will love it, and avoid recommending it to those I know will not.


Antiretroviral Resistance in Clinical Practice
Antiretroviral Resistance in Clinical Practice

5.0 out of 5 stars Publisher's description, 31 July 2012
Understanding the evolution of drug resistance and how to use available diagnostic assays and interpret their results optimally are important aspects of the management of HIV-1-infected patients. This book is aimed at physicians, scientists and other healthcare professionals who wish to gain information about the clinically relevant aspects of antiretroviral resistance.

This book gives the reader insights into the more mechanistic aspects of resistance and the analyses that lie behind the interpretation of resistance. Most importantly, the book aims to provide an up-to-date guide to those aspects of resistance that have the greatest impact on clinical care. The authors of the chapters have internationally recognised expertise in the field of resistance and were chosen because of both their active involvement in research and their strong clinical background. The reader will find their contributions clear, concise and informative, whereas the discussion around the case studies presented in the last chapter will bring the topic into a direct clinical context.
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Magickal Tarot Deck
Magickal Tarot Deck
by Anthony Clark (illus)
Edition: Misc. Supplies

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly collectible; for a good reason, 4 Feb. 2012
Tarot tradition could be said to consist of four main threads, or themes.
1) The Italian/Marseille theme - clearly from my naming it so there can be an argument as to whether this is one, two, or more, themes here. Suffice to say this is the 'old European' style. Decks that were, for the most part, used primarily for the "jeu de Tarot", and which echo long neglected/forgotten alchemical, mystical themes.
2) The Rider Waite Smith Tarot - not the first to illustrate the minor arcana/pip cards - but the most popular deck in the West. This relies heavily upon Christian symbolism, blended in with Alchemical elements (small 'e'!)
3) The Thoth Tarot, by Aleister Crowley and Lady Harris. Sadly, for all its beauty, this deck has two major issues for many people. Apologists for Crowley aside, many people find Crowley a fascinating, brilliant-minded, but repulsive man. The second issue is the sheer complexity of the fabulous imagery upon these cards. Crowley's "Book of Thoth", the 'guide' to the deck is considered near-impenetrable by many, although we can thank Lon Milo DuQuette for helping us out in this regard. [And it is this tradition that most heavily influences Clark in his Magickal Tarot]
4) The fourth stream, well, is hard to quantify, but suffice to say we can call it the post-1960's tradition and not go too far wrong. It includes everything from the legendary Greenwood Tarot, to the Tarot of Vampires, and if you can think of it, then there is probably a deck to represent it, or which at least includes elements of it.

The Magickal Tarot emerged in the 1980's, it seems, according to the author, reluctantly. A practitioner of Magick, he was clearly taken with Crowley's brilliance, and sought to distil the insights of the man, and those of Lady Harris' wonderful art, into a deck with closer alchemical links, and which was easier to use. Others have reviewed the set (which has the same cards in it, plus a companion book, but seems to oscillate between stupendously expensive and merely prohibitive in price) and attest to the potency of these cards in providing 'uncannily accurate readings'. I would say that many well thought out decks can do that, in the right hands. But, if the imagery, elegant, simple and powerful in my eyes, calls to you, if the departure from the heavily-influenced-by-Christian-symbolism earlier traditions appeals, if the Thoth is impenetrable, and some of the New Age-y stuff is just a bit 'thin' for you, then I would urge you to discover for yourself just why this deck turns mild people into bidding warriors on auction sites, and why it is that prices for this long out of print deck keep heading skywards.
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Tarot Revelations
Tarot Revelations
by Joseph Campbell
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another opinion..., 1 May 2011
This review is from: Tarot Revelations (Paperback)
While this book might make some demand upon the intellect, I do not think it correct to have so slated it as the other reviewer did in 2008.

Campbell presents a 'marriage' of the exoteric, Marseilles pattern Tarot, in a celebrated essay, with the Hero's journey for which we consider Campbell our foremost interpreter.

Roberts, much admired by Campbell, assesses the Rider Waite Tarot - the Esoteric - from a broad perspective which includes many sources, and some surprising insights into the Tarot from another perspective.

I was urged to purchase this book for Campbell's essay alone. I was not disappointed, despite its brevity.
Robert's contribution is extensive and deserving of deep examination if the Rider Waite is your thing, whether because you want to further explore that yourself, or perhaps wish to understand the evolution of ideas concerning the esoteric Tarot throughout the Twentieth Century.

Do not discount this book after reading the former review!


Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar: How Self-Education and the Pursuit of Passion can Lead to a Lifetime of Success
Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar: How Self-Education and the Pursuit of Passion can Lead to a Lifetime of Success
by James Bach
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.00

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars May create Free Radicals..., 19 April 2011
I purchased this book over the weekend. It arrived on Monday. I started late, but by Tuesday lunchtime I had read it in its entirety.
True, I am inclined to devour books. But, those that do not seize me by the throat tend to simmer in piles around my house.
I will mention now a few criticisms. The first that occurs to me is that this is not a book which everyone would utilise. True of so much in the 'self-help' field, the observed phenomena that the vast majority of people never go beyond the first chapter of any given book will, of necessity, exclude a significant proportion of those who might potentially benefit. The second group of people unlikely to enjoy this book, to my thinking, would likely be those for whom a 'conventional education' (I could have indicated either of those words for sarcastic emphasis) works, or has worked. If you are one who has breezed through your education without meeting significant blocks, have attained 'enough' and only wish to learn that which is 'necessary', or one convinced of the efficacy of traditional educational methodologies - of the absolute correctness of the system - then, again, I suspect that this book will do little more than irritate you. The final group of those who might decide that they wouldn't benefit from the book, would consist of those who, upon reading the first chapter(s), determine that they are not as intellectually capable as the author, and derive from this that they won't benefit from what has worked for him.
To the rest of you, or to those, who might fall into one of those categories, but are prepared to exercise a certain "breadth of mind", I would urge you to purchase this book.
It speaks to the curiosity seeker, the visionary, the impassioned. The outlined techniques within are structures, templates which are highly adaptable and most inspiring. This is a pragmatic volume and sufficient in itself not to require you to run off and read/purchase other books, or products, before you can enact the advice within - should you so choose. Perhaps one of the nicest elements is the set of ideas he introduces which allow one to step back from creating unrealistic expectations and to overcome self-doubting tendencies.
There is, perhaps, one other group who might snub this book. I thought I had exhausted the list but, upon reflection, it is evident that those who already know it all, will dismiss the possibility that anyone, anywhere, at any time, could teach them anything of value.
I felt that the essence of this book is the complete opposite of that, inasmuch as one can learn from anyone, anywhere at anytime; from the least likely sources and that one can derive benefit from this, even though it may be years before the benefit becomes apparent. To this final group, I have no comments to address, for I suspect that nothing would persuade them to examine this book, or so much as a sentence of a review of this book, and therefore, these 'confident' folk are unlikely to have reached this far in my comment. Which, of course, reminds me of the first group...


Modern Electronic Communication
Modern Electronic Communication
by Gary M. Miller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £54.12

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars International Edition (Non-US/Canadian), 15 April 2011
The International edition (0131293028) of this title has been specially produced for use in education worldwide, not - as in other editions - solely for the consumption of US and Canadian students.
Highlights include

* Troubleshooting - problem-solving skills are developed.
* Very clear methodology, delineated throughout the text.
* Wireless and spread spectrum comms.
* A CD-ROM with 80% of the circuit diagrams from the text using "Electronics Workbench Software" a program described in the book itself.

Don't get caught buying one of the US/Canadian ones unless you are based there!


Roger Verge's Vegetables: Delicious, modern recipes from the French masterchef
Roger Verge's Vegetables: Delicious, modern recipes from the French masterchef
by Roger Verge
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On the Verge of Culinary mastery?, 15 Dec. 2010
Veg.
The word fails to evince much more than a shrug to most, and yet cross the channel and we see a different attitude. The too often uninspiring 2 veg that accompany our meat, are transformed into a magnificent palette of tastes in your capable hands, once Roger Verge has taken you by the hand and guided you towards a deeper appreciation.
Whether in Salad, or Stir-Fry, Gratin, or Quiche, veg can take centre stage.
Following Verge's seasonal advice, summations of the characteristics of each vegetable and even the ideal wine with which to savour your creations you cannot fail to grow and grow as you master the art of magnificent cooking.
Verge, teaches a cookery school once a year too, aside from running fabulous restaurants (including one in Japan) and so you can be certain that the quality of instruction is second to none (I am struck by the horrifying notion that Gordon Ramsay might start teaching 'civilians' to cook in a similar way - can you imagine a more terrifying fate?!)


Provence Gastronomique
Provence Gastronomique
by Erica Brown
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evokes Provence..., 15 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Provence Gastronomique (Hardcover)
With over 70 recipes, and plenty of prose to entertain, this full colour cookbook examines the culinary heritage of the Provence region, even going as far as examining the Restaurants which were to be found at the time of publication.
An excellent overview of Provencal cuisine.
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Slovencina pre cudzincov
Slovencina pre cudzincov
by Tomas Dratva
Edition: Unknown Binding

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Defnitive text for learning Slovak, 31 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Slovencina pre cudzincov
Using advanced language teaching techniques this comprehensive volume navigates the student of Slovak through the minefield of learning.
One of the few books available to learn Slovak with , this one is the best. The Hardcover version is illustrated in colour - worth bearing in mind as the science of memory has shown that by adding a second colour to material one wishes to memorise it is possible to double retention.
The techniques work on the basis of immersion, and use illustrations to help 'decode' what is going on.
An excellent book then, written by native speakers and utilising the best language techniques to emerge from the other side of the former 'Iron Curtain'.


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