The Crown of Thorns


Publisher:Penguin UK


Total Pages:432



Books Description:

In a dangerous world, everyone needs protection. Bodyguard: Hostage is the new thriller from Chris Bradford, bestselling author of Young Samurai. Bodyguard is a bulletproof action-adventure series that fans of Cherub and Alex Rider will love. This is Lee Child for younger readers - a teenage Jason Bourne for the next generation. With the rise of teen stars, the intense media focus onceleb families and a new wave of billionaires, adults are no longer the only target for hostage-taking, blackmail and assassination - kids are too. That's why they need a young bodyguard like Connor Reeves to protect them. Recruited into the ranks of a covert young bodyguard squad, 14-year-old Connor Reeves embarks on a rigorous close protection course. Training in surveillance, anti-ambush exercises, hostage survival and unarmed combat, he's put through his paces and wonders if he will actually survive the course. But when the US President summons Connor to protect his impulsive teenage daughter, Connor's training is put to the ultimate test. For Connor discovers that the First Daughter, Alicia, doesn't want to be guarded. She just wants to have fun. And with no clue Connor is her bodyguard, Alicia tries to elude her Secret Service agents and lead Connor astray. But unknown to her, a terrorist sleeper cell has been activated. Its mission: to take the president's daughter HOSTAGE... And don't miss Bodyguard: Ransom coming soon.

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The Shaolin Workout

Author:Shi Yan Ming

Publisher:Rodale Books


Total Pages:304



Books Description:

In his loft in New york City's Greenwich Village, Sifu Shi Yan Ming trains men and women of all ages, body types and backgrounds in the fundamentals of kung fu. A 34th generation Shaolin Warrior monk from China's Shaolin Temple—the birthplace of Chan Buddhism and the mecca of all martial arts—Yan Ming teaches the students at his USA Shaolin Temple that there is no better workout program than his brand of kung fu for getting the body and mind into warrior condition. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of four-color photographs, the warrior workout, distills a lifetime of Shaolin training and wisdom into a 28-day workout. The Shaolin Workout is a complete-unto-itself program of both fitness and spiritual lessons can be applied to every aspect of one's life: work, relationships, family. Kung fu gives a superb aerobic workout at the same time that it dramatically increases flexibility, power, and speed. The ultimate promise of the book is this: stick to the plan for 28 days—for as little as 15 minutes a day—to be transformed inside and out. And the enormous sense of accomplishment that results will radiate through your life, allowing you to tackle the world with a warrior's confidence, calm, and poise.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph. [Illustrated Edition]

Author:Colonel T. E. Lawrence

Publisher:Pickle Partners Publishing


Total Pages:958



Books Description:

Includes World War One In The Desert Illustration Pack— 115 photos/illustrations and 19 maps spanning the Desert campaigns 1914-1918 SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM needs little introduction as a book; famous the world over, as the wartime memoirs of T.E. Lawrence or Lawrence of Arabia. Lawrence served as liaison officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks of 1916 to 1918, becoming the heartbeat and focal point of the rebellion as time went on. His highly personal narrative is as fresh and fascinating as when it was first written. Highly recommended.

Bruce Lee

Author:Matthew Polly

Publisher:Simon and Schuster


Total Pages:656



Books Description:

“The first noteworthy treatment of its subject—and a definitive one at that...Fascinating narrative threads proliferate” (The New York Times Book Review). The most authoritative biography—featuring dozens of rarely seen photographs—of film legend Bruce Lee, who made martial arts a global phenomenon, bridged the divide between Eastern and Western cultures, and smashed long-held stereotypes of Asians and Asian-Americans. Forty-five years after Bruce Lee’s sudden death at age thirty-two, journalist and bestselling author Matthew Polly has written the definitive account of Lee’s life. It’s also one of the only accounts; incredibly, there has never been an authoritative biography of Lee. Following a decade of research that included conducting more than one hundred interviews with Lee’s family, friends, business associates, and even the actress in whose bed Lee died, Polly has constructed a complex, humane portrait of the icon. Polly explores Lee’s early years as a child star in Hong Kong cinema; his actor father’s struggles with opium addiction and how that turned Bruce into a troublemaking teenager who was kicked out of high school and eventually sent to America to shape up; his beginnings as a martial arts teacher, eventually becoming personal instructor to movie stars like James Coburn and Steve McQueen; his struggles as an Asian-American actor in Hollywood and frustration seeing role after role he auditioned for go to a white actors in eye makeup; his eventual triumph as a leading man; his challenges juggling a sky-rocketing career with his duties as a father and husband; and his shocking end that to this day is still shrouded in mystery. Polly breaks down the myths surrounding Bruce Lee and argues that, contrary to popular belief, he was an ambitious actor who was obsessed with the martial arts—not a kung-fu guru who just so happened to make a couple of movies. This is an honest, revealing look at an impressive yet imperfect man whose personal story was even more entertaining and inspiring than any fictional role he played onscreen.

Comfortably Wild

Author:Mike Howard,Anne Howard

Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield


Total Pages:256



Books Description:

River rafting between luxury camps, harvesting vegetables for a farm-to-table dinner, and ziplining to your treehouse suite, this is experiential travel and glamping at its finest. Breaking the mold of big box hotels and transforming camping into a glamorous affair, this revolutionary travel style needed its story told. Traveling over 56,000 miles from Canada to Costa Rica, authors Mike & Anne Howard of the acclaimed blog sought out the best glamping destinations in North America and the deeper meaning of this trendy term. In the first guide of its kind, the Howards dive into the history of glamping and this 21st-century craving for unconventional experiences that effortlessly connect us with nature, our loved ones, and ourselves. Rather than being organized by style of lodging, each chapter of Comfortably Wild offers a unique way to vacation, like the boutique farmstays in "Cultivate," wellness retreats in “Rejuvenate,” and ranches of “Wild West.” Alongside hundreds of gorgeous photos and inspiring stories, they offer the practical tips to finding the right destinations for you and mobilizing a lifetime of unforgettable adventures.

The Three Stages of Initiatic Spirituality

Author:Angel Millar

Publisher:Simon and Schuster


Total Pages:256



Books Description:

A detailed guide to the three successive initiatic archetypes: Craftsman, Warrior, and Magician • Investigates the symbolism, rituals, and metaphysical aspects of each initiatic archetype, from the alchemy and shamanism of the craftsman, to the subtle energy work of the warrior, to the sex magic practices and Higher Self work of the magician • Shares meditations, practices, and transformational techniques for each archetype • Investigates the similarities between contemporary Western occultism, from Crowley to Chaos Magic, and the “positive thinking” mind metaphysics movement Exploring the craftsman, warrior, and magician archetypes--three vocations that echo the traditional tripartite division of society--Angel Millar reveals how these archetypes represent the three successive stages of spiritual growth in an individual’s life. He shows how they provide structure for the initiatory process to develop one’s mental, physical, and spiritual potential. As craftsman, the individual experiences “mnemonic” initiation: the cultivation of memory as well as language. As warrior, “somatic” initiation: development of the physical body and cultivation of the spirit body. And as magician, “gnostic” initiation: cultivation of the self and manifestation of the Higher Self. Investigating the metaphysical aspects of each archetype, the author explores their symbolism, spiritual practices, and rituals. Examining the craftsman archetype, he looks at metallurgy, alchemy, and the “Craft” of Freemasonry, as well as the ancient role of blacksmith as shaman. He explores the idea of God as a “Creator” or “Craftsman,” especially in relation to ancient Greek philosophy, Islamic neoplatonism, and the Kabbalah. Examining the warrior archetype, he reveals how the way of the warrior was affected by religion and mysticism, such as how the Persian martial art of Zoorkhaneh was profoundly shaped by Sufism and why the Buddhist Shaolin temple became synonymous with Kung Fu. The author places special emphasis on the cultivation of subtle energy as practiced in martial arts, especially in relation to Taoist inner alchemy. Examining the magician archetype, he reveals how each individual has two “selves”--a lower self and a Higher Self--and explores the union of opposites studied by the magician, such as in the tantric arts and sacred sex magic. Sharing meditations, practices, and processes associated with each archetype, as well as techniques for transforming one’s consciousness, he also investigates similarities between contemporary Western occultism, from Crowley to Chaos Magic, and the “positive thinking” mind metaphysics movement. Structured to parallel the three archetypal stages of the initiatic process, this comprehensive guide offers a literary initiation through three degrees of esoteric knowledge.

Fatal Enquiry

Author:Will Thomas

Publisher:Minotaur Books


Total Pages:304



Books Description:

Brimming with wit, atmosphere, and unforgettable characters, FATAL ENQUIRY reintroduces private enquiry agent Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewellyn, and their unforgettable world of Victorian London. Some years ago, Cyrus Barker matched wits with Sebastian Nightwine, an aristocrat and sociopath, and in exposing his evil, sent Nightwine fleeing to hide from justice somewhere in the far corners of the earth. The last thing Barker ever expected was to encounter Nightwine again—but the British government, believing they need Nightwine's help, has granted him immunity for his past crimes, and brought him back to London. Nightwine, however, has more on his mind than redemption—and as Barker and Llewellyn set out to uncover and thwart Nightwine's real scheme, they find themselves in the gravest danger of their lives.

Project Monarch

Author:Joseph Ellis Pereira

Publisher:Xlibris Corporation


Total Pages:166



Books Description:

A mind-blowing romp of digital poetry in the vein of William Gibson’s Neuromancer and Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, this postbiopunk vision set in the year 2065 is the debut novel of author Joseph Ellis Pereira. The legendary hacker Katnip finds himself the only quantum warrior with the skills to stop a virus that threatens to destabilize reality itself. To do this he’ll need two things – the first being the truth. The Illuminati, itself guided by a mysterious agency run by three E.B.E.’s (Extraterrestrial Biological Entities ) i.e. The Grays exist. In fact, there is far more than a grain of truth to every conspiracy theory you’ve ever laughed about. The truth is these hidden masters’ were never the enemy, nor had they ever had one. Until now. And his weapon is Project Monarch. Seemingly unstoppable. Save for that second thing - Katnip’s girlfriend , Aliza, and the unquantifiable love that binds them. Place your bets – all the way down the rabbit hole.

Seeking the Senses in Physical Culture

Author:Andrew C. Sparkes

Publisher:Taylor & Francis


Total Pages:204



Books Description:

The sensory revolution in the social sciences is transforming the ways in which the senses and the sensorium are studied and understood in relation to bodies in action. This is the first book to investigate the impact, and challenges, of this revolution for those interested in physical culture. Providing vivid examples of sensory scholarship in action from sport, physical activity, leisure and recreation, this book brings together leading figures to discuss how we go about seeking the senses, how we engage in somatic work, and how we create meanings and come to understand ourselves and others as embodied beings in a variety of social settings over time. Featuring original reflections on athletics, running, cycling, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, glow sports, jiu jitsu, mixed martial arts and yoga, this ground breaking collection showcases the latest sensory research in physical culture as well as paving the way both conceptually and methodologically for future work in this area. Seeking the Senses in Physical Culture: Sensuous scholarship in action is fascinating reading for all those interested in physical cultural and body studies; the sociology, psychology and philosophy of sport; leisure and recreation studies; and physical education.

Business Aspects of Optometry E-Book

Author:APME,John G. Classe,Lawrence S. Thal,Roger D. Kamen,Ronald S. Rounds

Publisher:Elsevier Health Sciences


Total Pages:544



Books Description:

Count on this complete guide to setting up and managing an optometric practice! Business Aspects of Optometry covers everything related to the business side of a practice — such as selecting a location and staff, equipping the office, office administration and personnel management, marketing, options for a specialty practice, controlling costs, billing and reimbursement, risk management, and financial planning. To succeed in practice, this is the one resource you need! Unique! Expert authors are practice management educators who teach the course in optometry schools. A logical organization makes it easy to find practical information on managing your own practice or purchasing your own practice. Coverage of different types of ownership includes self-employment, individual proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. Coverage of cost control issues compares the selection and use of an optical laboratory versus an in-house finishing lab. Risk management and insurance coverage provides an overview of personal, life, liability, and disability insurance. Coverage of financial planning and tax reporting discusses topics including IRAs, retirement plans, estate planning, and personal and business tax issues. Bulleted lists, tables, figures, and boxes help you locate valuable information quickly. Checklists provide a logical progression in completing tasks. NEW chapters expand the book’s scope of coverage, and include these topics: Personal and professional goal setting Resumes and interviews Debt management Principles of practice transfer Ethics Quality assurance Specialty practice Vision rehabilitation Coding and billing Financial decision making Exit strategies

Martial Arts of the World: An Encyclopedia of History and Innovation [2 volumes]

Author:Thomas A. Green,Joseph R. Svinth



Total Pages:663



Books Description:

This book is the most comprehensive and authoritative reference ever published on the wide range of martial arts disciplines practiced in cultures around the world. • Includes the scholarship of 67 expert, international contributors • Presents 30 images of martial arts in practice • Offers bibliographic lists at the end of each section pointing to further reading in print and online • Includes a comprehensive index in each volume

Good Wife

Author:Jane A. Adams

Publisher:Severn House Publishers Ltd


Total Pages:208



Books Description:

A chilling murder ruins a fun day at the races in the fifth historical mystery featuring Detective Chief Inspector Henry Johnstone. 1929. Police surgeon Dr Clive Mason is devastated when his wife Martha is found dead in an empty horsebox at Southwell Races, her handbag stolen. The Masons were enjoying a day out at the races with their friends, Dr Ephraim Phillips and his wife Nora, when Martha went to speak to a face she recognized in a crowd - and disappeared. As Detective Chief Inspector Henry Johnstone and Sergeant Mickey Hitchens investigate, it's clear this wasn't a robbery gone tragically wrong - Martha was deliberately murdered. Why did the life of this well-respected, popular member of the community meet such a tragic end? Henry and Mickey soon learn that the Masons' marriage was not what it seemed, and make a number of shocking discoveries. Who was Martha Mason, and what secrets was she hiding?

Breaking the Bonds of Evil

Author:Rebecca Greenwood

Publisher:Baker Books


Total Pages:208



Books Description:

Deliverance is an immense need that even today is largely sidelined in the church. The body of Christ needs more people trained in deliverance to carry out this vital, life-changing ministry. Rebecca Greenwood offers a fresh look into deliverance, but she doesn't stop at explaining what it is; she examines the deliverance ministry of Jesus, emphasizes the importance of team ministry, and trains believers to confidently walk out their freedom. Full of inspiring stories of breakthrough, Breaking the Bonds of Evil will impart faith in the anointing that believers carry in deliverance ministry. Pastors, lay leaders, and deliverance ministers alike will find this powerful book invaluable in their ministries and in small group studies.

The 10 Triangles of Life

Author:Robin Sacredfire

Publisher:22 Lions -


Total Pages:67



Books Description:

Our life is composed of a multitude of events that either bring us upwards or downwards. These events can be predicted by following certain very ancient laws that merge with everything else that we find in nature and within our spiritual evolution. It’s for this reason, that we can, not only predict the future, while using them, but also recognize our state of awareness and improve our existence. The law of attraction, the law of cause and effect and the law of karma would not make any sense without a proper assimilation of how the law of the triangle of power operates. And it’s for this reason that all secret societies study this topic and keep addressing it as one of the most important, from the individual that needs to improve his social life, to the organization that needs to acquire more power and wealth. The principles that guide us to power are the same for one person or a group. In this book, the reader is presented with ten types of triangles that lead to more success in life. Studying and applying them will certainly prove itself significantly accurate in the road that one travels towards bigger and better achievements in the fields of love and relationships, wealth and spirituality.

Eco 7: Zionists, Green Freaks and Hasidic Hippies

Author:Michael Robertson



Total Pages:258



Books Description:

Have you ever been confused when people talk about sustainable living? Do you want to know about the real Holy Land, the one that doesnt get shown on the news? Ever wondered what living in a communal village would really be like? In September of 2011, the author went to Israel to answer all these questions for himself. Eco 7: Zionists, Green Freaks, and Hasidic Hippies is the insightful and inspiring memoir of his five months on the Hava-ve-Adam Ecological farm in central Israel. Along the way, he does indeed meet Zionists, green freaks, and Hasidic hippies, and he learns from sometimes painful experience the fine art of vagabonding in a foreign country. Over time, he comes to understand the true meaning of not just permaculture but also family and community. Far from being a war-torn military state, this book shows an Israel that is alive and ever-changing, as well as a study in contrasts, through the eyes of one who was there.

Esprit De Corps

Author:JoAnna Mendoza

Publisher:Balboa Press


Total Pages:76



Books Description:

Retired Marine Drill Instructor, Gunnery Sergeant JoAnna Mendoza, outlines how the United States Marine Corps produces winning teams. She provides unique insight than can only be gained from decades of experience developing teams. Building winning teams takes more than just assigning a group of people to the same mission. Packed with techniques, exercises, and inspiration designed to bring the best out of your team. Esprit de Corps will not only take you through the science of team building, but the spirituality behind how to establish connections that will last a lifetime.