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Chichen- Itza Tulum and Coba Yesterday & Today The Most Important Temple
Chichen- Itza Tulum and Coba Yesterday & Today The Most Important Temple
by N/A
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect piece of jewelry, 21 Nov. 2013
I bought this small but perfect piece of jewelry in November 2013 on my way from Tikal (Guatemala) to Belize in a gift shop on the roadside.

According to a map of the "Maya Area" and a brief introduction to its history, civilization and art, nine famous Mayan sites which are located in the Mexican States of Yucatan, Qintana Roo and Chipas, as well in the neighboring countries Guatemala and Honduras, are shown on one up to three plates.

All plates are showing a photo from the presence with a partial transparent plastic sheet with colored reconstruction drawings.

In this way, I got an idea how the sites I visited [Tikal (3 plates), Palenque and Copan ( 2 each) , Tulum (1 each) ], and the others, that I have reserved for a later visit [Chichén Itza ( 2) , Uxmal, Kabáh , Labná and Sayil (1 each)] could had looked like. The plates are accompanied by detailed descriptions .

275 Guatemalan Quetzal (about £ 22 or 26 euros ) which are required on site for the fantastic book, are well laid out .

This "Guide Pratice" which is also available in russian, french, italian and japanese language deserves a 5 star rating!

Captain Morgan's Retreat / Ambergris Caye / Belize, den 20. November 2013


Time Tunnel 1 V.2 [DVD] [1968] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Time Tunnel 1 V.2 [DVD] [1968] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £20.30

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timediving with the originals, 23 Feb. 2009
"Two American scientists are lost in the swirling maze of past and future ages, during the first experiments on America's greatest and most secret project ..... the Time Tunnel. Tony Newman and Doug Phillips now tumble helplessly toward a new fantastic adventure, somewhere along the infinite corridors of time....."
(Intro of the most fantastic TV-serial)

In the years 1971 - 1972 I could watch thirteen episodes an I wanted to see more. Unfortunately I missed the transmission of all episodes on a private german tv station in 1996/97. There was no chance to buy any Time Tunnel movie in Germany. I found out, that amazon.com demanded half of the price that amazon.uk asked for. So I ordered the two boxes with 15 episodes each, but the are coded for Regional Player Code 1 (USA, Kanada and US foreign territories. But at amazon.de I could buy the codefree "United DVD-Player 7092" and my timediving could begin....

again and again....

5 Amazonstars !


Time Tunnel: Season 1 V.1 [DVD] [1968] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Time Tunnel: Season 1 V.1 [DVD] [1968] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £20.40

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timediving with the originals, 23 Feb. 2009
"Two American scientists are lost in the swirling maze of past and future ages, during the first experiments on America's greatest and most secret project ..... the Time Tunnel. Tony Newman and Doug Phillips now tumble helplessly toward a new fantastic adventure, somewhere along the infinite corridors of time....."
(Intro of the most fantastic TV-serial)

In the years 1971 - 1972 I could watch thirteen episodes an I wanted to see more. Unfortunately I missed the transmission of all episodes on a private german tv station in 1996/97. There was no chance to buy any Time Tunnel movie in Germany. I found out, that amazon.com demanded half of the price that amazon.uk asked for. So I ordered the two boxes with 15 episodes each, but the are coded for Regional Player Code 1 (USA, Kanada and US foreign territories. But at amazon.de I could buy the codefree "United DVD-Player 7092" and my timediving could begin....

again and again....

5 Amazonstars !


Sword Song
Sword Song
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Hardcover

16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More emotional thrilling than historical, 16 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Sword Song (Hardcover)
"But fairness is not the historical Novelist`s first duty."
(B. Cornwell in his Historical Note, page 317)

Apart from his assertion about what's not a historical Novelist`s first duty Bernard Cornwell in addition grants in his epilog that "Sword Song" contains more fiction than each of the prevoius novels about King Alfred. For this the poetical title already has a forebonding. While the first part "The Last Kingdom" to a great extend follows the historical chronicle (shown by a lot of dates) Cornwell confessed in his epilog of "The Pale Horseman" that in order of "dramaturgical reasons" he for one year had advanced the anglo-saxonian victory in the battle of Cynuit. In the third book "The Lords Of The North" the "dark age of Northumbria in the 9th century" allowed him a large poetic licence, that he took brightly. The "Historical Note" of "Sword Song" however only shows a half-hearted separation between facts and fiction.Beside Cornwell confesses, that he put the old testamentary "Ordeal of Bitter Water" (Numeri 5,11-31) in the plot, the reader doesn't get any information about which characters are historial or fictional and that the author again has changed the events chronocical order.

In Cornwells 4th novel that starts in the year of 885 the marriage between
Aethelreds II of Mercia and Alfreds' daughter Aethelflaed is followed by the saxonian conquest of Lundene (London) and the siege of Rochester. Actually the former Hrofeceastres had been besieged already in 884 belagert, London was conquered had handed over to the Lord of Mercia in 886 and earliest date for the marriage could be in the year of 887....

....after Uthred has come back from Northumbria his since two year lives with his second wife Gisela (sister of king Guthred of Northumbria) and their children in Coccham (Cookam/Berkshire). He has the order to build a "burgh" and to save the river Temes as frontier against the continual raids of the northmen. Suddenly King Alfred gives him the instruction to conquer Lundene....

Beside the already known characters Cornwell also brings two new antagonists, the norwegian warlords Sigefrid und his brother Erik. Remarkable again is that the presentation of the characters again isn't a simple black & white painting, because friendship an loyality doesn't depend on tribal or religious memberships. Cornwell succeeds that the reader rather have a liking for the "pagan" Uhtred and his camerads than for King Alfred and favourites and clerical advisers.

At the beginning of the book there is a list which confronts the anglo-saxonian names of villages, forts, rivers, islands etc. of the ninth century to their today designations. After this the reader also can find two maps that give a geographical overview of the former saxonian kingdom Wessex, danish kingdom Eastanglia and the devided Mercia, as well of Lundene (London) in the corner of those three countries. "Sword Song" is a must für alle Cornwell-Fans, who have read the previous Parts of his "Saxon-Chronicle" an forces the reader to leran more about the history of Britannia. Anyway the the progressive loss of historical substance Cornwell succeds again in presenting a emotional thrilling story which again prooves that "wyrd bið ful aræd"......

Therefore and in hope that the next sequel will be also thrilling but more historical there is an evaluation with 4 Amazonstars.

"Yet dreams, as the more fortunate of the authors characters discover, can come true, and so Uhtred ans his Story will continue....." (Page 318)


The Treasure of Khan
The Treasure of Khan
by Clive Cussler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good recommendation for all timedivers, 30 Jun. 2007
This review is from: The Treasure of Khan (Paperback)
"I've never yet found drinking in a bar to be a waste of time....."

(Albert Giordino)

In the year of 1281 a "gods' wind" destroyed the fleet that has been sent by Kublai Khan for an invasion of Nippon.....

.....656 years afterwards the Imperial Japanese Army succeded in forcing ahead from her Chinese satellite state Mandshukuo, that was founded n 1932, to Shang-Tu and occupied the eastern part of the so called "Mongolia Interior".....

These historical facts are serving the authors for two opening short stories and background of the 19th adventure around Dirk Pitt, meanwhile married an head of the "National Underwater & Marine Agency" an his buddy Al Giordino. At the beginning of the plot (Which starts, regarding the publication of the novel, in the near future, namely June 2007) the two NUMA-veterans are saving a patrol exploration team from an enormous wave on the sibirian Baikal Lake. The overnight disappearance of the rescued explorers is followed by several mysterious earthquakes in the Gulf of Persia, which cause a big loss of petrol production and a huge rise in prizes. Meanwhile Dirk Sr. an Al pickup the trail that leads them in the Republic of Mongolia, Pitt Jr., his sister Summer and their colleague Jack Dahlgren are discovering an archeological sensation in the Keliuli Bay of Hawaii....

With "Treasure of Khan" Clive Cussler and his son Dirk again are presenting a plentiful action and tension loaded thriller that connects three different time levels in an intelligent way. Beside usual technical details and ironic elements the original and logical story this time also shows a cameo scene with Clive Cussler (together with his "Dachshund") as a bus driving development aid worker. Apart from Admiral James Sandecker, meanwhile US-Vice President, also heavy weighted St. Julien Perlmutter, NUMA-Vice President Rudi Gunn and computer freak Hiram Yeager are appearing as old acquaintances.

A good recommendation for all timedivers and fans of Cussler, Pitt, NUMA etc. or those who are still willing to become...

4 Amazonstars.


Treasure of Khan (Dirk Pitt Adventure)
Treasure of Khan (Dirk Pitt Adventure)
by Clive Cussler
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good recommendation for all timedivers, 30 Jun. 2007
"I've never yet found drinking in a bar to be a waste of time....."

(Albert Giordino)

In the year of 1281 a "gods' wind" destroyed the fleet that has been sent by Kublai Khan for an invasion of Nippon.....

.....656 years afterwards the Imperial Japanese Army succeded in forcing ahead from her Chinese satellite state Mandshukuo, that was founded n 1932, to Shang-Tu and occupied the eastern part of the so called "Mongolia Interior".....

These historical facts are serving the authors for two opening short stories and background of the 19th adventure around Dirk Pitt, meanwhile married an head of the "National Underwater & Marine Agency" an his buddy Al Giordino. At the beginning of the plot (Which starts, regarding the publication of the novel, in the near future, namely June 2007) the two NUMA-veterans are saving a patrol exploration team from an enormous wave on the sibirian Baikal Lake. The overnight disappearance of the rescued explorers is followed by several mysterious earthquakes in the Gulf of Persia, which cause a big loss of petrol production and a huge rise in prizes. Meanwhile Dirk Sr. an Al pickup the trail that leads them in the Republic of Mongolia, Pitt Jr., his sister Summer and their colleague Jack Dahlgren are discovering an archeological sensation in the Keliuli Bay of Hawaii....

With "Treasure of Khan" Clive Cussler and his son Dirk again are presenting a plentiful action and tension loaded thriller that connects three different time levels in an intelligent way. Beside usual technical details and ironic elements the original and logical story this time also shows a cameo scene with Clive Cussler (together with his "Dachshund") as a bus driving development aid worker. Apart from Admiral James Sandecker, meanwhile US-Vice President, also heavy weighted St. Julien Perlmutter, NUMA-Vice President Rudi Gunn and computer freak Hiram Yeager are appearing as old acquaintances.

A good recommendation for all timedivers and fans of Cussler, Pitt, NUMA etc. or those who are still willing to become...

4 Amazonstars.


The Lords of the North (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 3) (Alfred the Great 3)
The Lords of the North (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 3) (Alfred the Great 3)
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the warlords, 20 Jan. 2007
"The country north the river Humber extends into the countries of the barbarians..."

(Uhtred Uthredson)

On May 6th 878 Alfred of Wessex defeats the army of the Danish invaders in the heavy battle of Ethandun (Edington/Wiltshire). The remainders of the beaten troops withdraw into an nearby attachment, where they capitulate finally after a two-week siege. After another three weeks the Danish warlord Guthrum the Old accepts baptism. Æthelstan (jewel), how the proselyt is called from now on, promises to keep peace in future and for this he get's the acknowledgment as a king of East Anglia from his godfather Alfred. This Danish retreat from Wessex and parts of Mercia is the beginning of the so called "Danelag" (Danelaw), the countries on the eastside of the old Romans road (Watling Street)...

... to these events, that are reportet by the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Bernard Cornwell ties volume six of his "Warlord Chronicles", which is also the third part of his novels around king Alfred the Great. After ten pages the author however leaves this relative safe foundation and goes in a space and a time of poor historical sources. In his "Historical Note" at the end of the novel the author explains, that "moving from the history of Alfred's Kingdom in the late ninth century to that of Northumbria is like to pass from light into confusing darkness". Such "dark ages" however are offering a large area for fictional liberties, those Cornwell uses in his his typical way to submit a further emotional packing story, which also proves again that the fate is inexorable....

...when his fictitious protagonist Uhthred Uthredson is going to solve old problems by returning to his native country Northumbria, that is controlled by several mighty warlords. As a follower of the Danish king of Eoferwic (Jorvik/York) Guthred he is finally betrayed and sold into slavery by this king, who also pretends to be a christian. After this has been told to Alfred, the King of Wessex recalls, that for keeping his own interests in Northumbria he will require further service of the difficult and unpopular Ealdorman from Bebbanburg, who still worships the old Gods. Therefore the christian ruler of Wessex instructs Steapa Snotor and Ragnar Ragnarson to go on the search for their old combat companion Uthred on board of the "Dragon Fire"....

Beside the already well known actors Cornwell creates further impressing characters into the novels action, like Finan the agile one from Ireland, Gisela, the sister of king Guthreds, Ivar, the son Ivar Ragnarsson etc. Also interesting is the author's presentation of the gradual "growing together" of Northmen, Anglo-Saxons and a Britons, christians and pagans, particularly in linguistic regard and for which linguistic examples are stated.

Two maps at the beginning of the book are offering a geographical overview of the anglo-saxonian kingdoms in Britannia and the geography from Northumbria to Scotland. Beside there is a listing, which confronts the anglo-saxonian and nordic names of villages, forts etc. of the ninth century to their today designations.

As the most fascinating part of the novel series around Alfred "The Lords of the North" has to be evaluated with 5 Amazonstars and leaves the meanwhile addicted reader waiting with impatient delight for still titled "Volume 4", that is advertized for september 2007.


The Pale Horseman (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 2)
The Pale Horseman (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 2)
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fate is inexorable - Part Two, 13 Jan. 2007
"I saw a pale horse and the rider's name was death." (The Apocalyse of John 6, 8)

On January 6th 878 the pagan Danish ruler of East Anglia, "Guthrum the Old" defeats the westsaxonian army in the battle of Cippanhamm/Wiltunscir (Chippenham/Wiltshire). With his family and few fellows King Ælfred succeeds in escaping into the march landscape of the river Pedredan. From his swampy hiding place the christian king of Wessex summons the Fyrd (people army), which has to assemble on 6th May 878 at Ethandun (Edington/Wiltshire) to fight the final decisive battle against the danish invaders.But briefly after that, with the victory in the battle of Cynuit/Sumorsæte (Cannington/Sommerset), again hope for the last anglo-saxon kingdom arises, because the leader of the invasion army, Ubbe Ragnarson, is killed, his "Hrefn" (Ravenbanner) captured....

....as far as the historical events, that C. Walter Hodges took already in his historical youth novel "The Marsh King" (1967), but Cornwell now has modified for his novel cycle about "Alfred the Great". In his "Historical Note" the author grants the fact, that because of fictional reasons he moved the Saxon victory forward a year to form the ending of "The Last Kingdom". Therefore he had to invent a second skirmish at Cynuit and the danish chieftain "Svein of the white horse", before he finally returns to the historical events....

Uhtred Uthredson, Cornwells fictitious protagonist, was robbed of his fame and the famous "Ravenbanner" he had captured after he defeated and killed Ubbe Ragnarsons, by Ealdorman Odda the younger one. After that the Northumbrian Ealdorman, who still worhips Odin, Thor and all the other old gods, starts an unorthorized operation with his old buddy Leofric in making his own vikings-raid to Cornwalum. For making booty he allies with Vikingchief "Svein of the white horse", who cames from Ireland. Uhtred kills the welsh king Peredur and releases one of his wives, the briton "shadowqueen" Iseult, who was hold as prisoner by the local ruler, because she can is able to look ahead. But the welsh monk Asser (the later biographer of "Alfred the Great") reports these and further, but not commited crimes of so called "Uhtred dærwe" to the King of Wessex. Soon after "Uthred the Wicked" has to answer to the witan for his heathen outrages. By a duel with giant Steapa Snortor, the follower and bodygaurd of his enemy "Odda the younger one" Uthred wants to prove his innocence. But a new assault of the Danes brings the duel to a premature end....

For reader's information there are a map of Southwest-Britain at the end of the 9th Century and an alphabetical list, that compares the anglosaxon names of loccalities with their danish and presentday designations. "The Pale Horseman" is a suspense-packed sequel of "The Last Kingdom" . The literary deviating from the actual occurences causes a little reduction of the novels historical substance....

....which follows a reduced evaluation of 4 Amazonstars, but nevertheless calls for an immediate continuation of the reading matter with part III "The Lords of The North"!


The Last Kingdom (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 1)
The Last Kingdom (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 1)
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Paperback

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Britannia + Middle Ages = Bernard Cornwell, 9 Jan. 2007
"Wyrd bið ful aræd."

(Uthred Uthredson)

In the year AD 865 a never seen before number of dragonships, with about 2000 - 3000 northmen appears at the eastern coast of the island, that in later times will be called England. The Commanders of this armed force, which chroniclers call "The Great Heathen Army" are Ivar the Boneless, Ubbe and Halfdan, the sons of legendary Vikingsheroe Ragnar Ragnarr Loðbrók. As before, this time their activities should not confine on "Víkingr" (old nordic.: robbing, plunder, taking booty) only. Rather this time ist is the start of an invasion to colonize. After conquering Eastanglia, Northumbria with it's capital Eoferwic (Jorvik/York) and Mercia, the Danish occupying forces are finally attacking Wessex, the last remaining anglo-saxon kingdom.....

....from this historical background Bernard Cornwell develops his story about the second germanic invasion of the Britannia, that was called "Lloeggyr" (the lost Land) by the celtic-roman people, who had been driven out of it to Wales and Cornwall. The novel focusses the fate of the (fictional) Northumbrian nobleman Uthred Uthredson, who sometimes unintentional, sometimes deliberately has to change front and loyalty between his anglo-saxon relatives and his scandinavian friends. On this occasion his interests come into conflict with the intensions of King Ælfreds of Wessex, who will (as the only sovereign of the islandkingdom) get later the epithet "the Great"...

After his "Warlord Chronicles" about the Anglo-Saxon Invasion of Britain in the "Dark Age" (at the End of the 5th Century), with the trilogy "The Winterking", "Enemy of God" and "Excalibur") Bernard Cornwell with "The Last Kingdom" succeed again in a first part of a new novel series. Again a central topic is the conflict between the (meanwhile) christian "inhabitants" und pagan "invaders", who are oppositing in shieldbarriers. But some descendants of the former anglosaxon conquerers countinue worshipping the old gods. Because of the numerous battle- and other rough scenes the novel could not be recommend readers with tender natures. The same applies for the peculiar humor of the northmen, particular in relation to Christianity and it's priests, who comes "still more black" in the english way, but meets the historical background.

In his "Historical Note" Bernard Cornwell makes a clear separation between historical facts and literary fiction. With the "Anglo-Saxon Chronicle" und "Asser's Life of King Alfred" he reveals the important sources for his novel. Already at the beginning of the book the readers can find interesting and helpful materials, as a map of Britain at the end of the 9th century an a synops with the anglo-saxon names of towns, villages etc., as well as their danish an today designations.

The thrilling and informative novel scores 5 Amazonstars and forces the reader to purchase it's sequel "The Pale Horseman" and "The Lords of the North" immediately....


Wolfgar: The Story of a Viking
Wolfgar: The Story of a Viking
by James Richard Larson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Transcontinental and firstclass Vikings-novel, 23 Dec. 2006
"If it takes a thousand years, or even ten thousand, Odin will regain his place of Glory."

(Ragnar Wolfgarsson)

Erik Thorvaldsson, called "the Red" returns after threes years of banishing to Iceland, in order to enlist settlers for his colony. In the year 985 he startet to sail with a fleet of 25. But only 14 ships should arrive at Greenland. On board of the lost ships were 350 men, women and children....

From the historical facts around the missing persons and other nameless men from Iceland, which already put their feet on "America", years before Leif Erikson, James Richard Larson develops a fantastic, quite conclusive story about his protagonist "Wulfgar". After the nordic seer and Priest has stranded with his ship "Raven", he and its people find friendly admission within the tribe of the Leni Lenape. But the "Swanukken" (algokin: Seawater people) are not equally welcomed to each of the "Skraelings" (oldnordic: "Weak men")....

....after years of waiting Wolfgars wife Katrine finally marries Bjarni Herjulfsson, which (after the Greenland Saga) is considered as a discoverer of "America", but who didn't set his feet on the continent and was therefore called "the Cautious". Ragnar Wulfgarsson is convinced of the fact, that his father is still alive and goes on board the "Sleipnir", Leif Erikssons longship....

....as it's third story the novel offers some of the delivered narrations around the Norwegian king Olaf Tryggvason ("Crowleg"), who in Larsons version grows up after his escape with his mother Astrid at the court of the Russian ruler Vladimir I. (Swjatoslawitsch) and finally returns after numerous adventures in Pommern, Southengland and Ireland to land of his royal ancestors.

Gradually the author leads the different stories, which stretches from North America to Russia, together, alt last in a fulminant final in the middle of the 990-decade. Beside already known persons from "The Eye Of Odin", with the more exciting sequal the reader makes the acquaintance with further strong characters. Very impressing is the intercultural meeting between Vikings and Indians, particularly the spiritual and ritual exchange between "Wolfgar" an his shaman-colleague "Silent Owl". The discriptions of the (in later times called) Delawares with their "Walum Olum" and their enemies, the "Susquehannocks", who called them "Barkeaters" are arousing associations to the novels of James Fenimor Cooper. Also this time Larson's second epos neither misses the typical black humor of it's genre or the question about religious tolerance. A central topic are the political considerations and methods that came along with bringing Christianity to the last heaths of Northern Europe, which often only offered the choice between "baptism or sword".

With "Wulfgar" Larson delivers again a fantastic Vikingsaga and historical novel, that in it's epic style of narration and it's historical content, stands in one line with such novels of James A. Michener or Gary Jennings. The new "high priest of the Asen" from Wisconsin proves, that also his second book belongs to the first class of the Vikingsnovels. Evaluated with 5 Amazonstars, in addition it also let's expect the already announced sequal "Vikings of The East" with impatience.


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