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The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club

Author : ,

ISBN10 : 1848943849

Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton

Number of Pages : 288

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1565


Book Summary: The fifth book in Dorothy L Sayers' classic Lord Peter Wimsey series, introduced by detective fiction writer Simon Brett - a must-read for fans of Agatha Christie's Poirot and Margery Allingham's Campion Mysteries. 'D. L. Sayers is one of the best detective story writers' Daily Telegraph Lord Peter Wimsey bent down over General Fentiman and drew the Morning Post gently away from the gnarled old hands. Then, with a quick jerk, he lifted the quiet figure. It came up all of a piece, stiff as a wooden doll . . . But how did the general die? Who was the mysterious Mr X who fled when he was wanted for questioning? And which of the general's heirs, both members of the Bellona Club, is lying? 'She brought to the detective novel originality, intelligence, energy and wit.' P. D. James


Author : Борис Акунин

ISBN10 : 5457326284

Publisher : Litres

Number of Pages : N.A

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1883


Book Summary: «Беллона» – это два романа в одной обложке, очень разные по стилю и смыслу. Объединяет первую и вторую часть дилогии фон Крымской войны, несколько сквозных героев и главный персонаж: безжалостная богиня войны Беллона.


Author : Елена Крюкова

ISBN10 : 5040430116

Publisher : Litres

Number of Pages : N.A

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1869


Book Summary: Война и дети – несовместимы. Дети войны – ангелы, что незримо реют над нами. Мир и война всегда в трагическом объятии. Глаза детей войны глядят на нас. Они говорят нам без слов: ДОРОЖЕ МИРА НЕТ НИЧЕГО.

How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves

Author : William Henry Giles Kingston

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Publisher : Prabhat Prakashan

Number of Pages : N.A

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1351


Book Summary: Rome was not built in a day, nor has the glorious British Navy attained its present condition except by slow degrees, by numerous trials and experiments, by improvements gradually and cautiously introduced, and by the employment of a vast amount of thought, energy, and toil. We are apt to forget when we see an elaborate machine, the immense quantity of mental and physical exertion it represents, the efforts of the united minds perhaps of many successive generations, and the labour of thousands of workmen. I propose briefly to trace the progress which the British Navy has made from age to age, as well as its customs, and the habits of its seamen, with their more notable exploits since the days when this tight little island of ours first became known to the rest of the world.

The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club

Author : Dorothy L. Sayers

ISBN10 : 0771060416

Publisher : McClelland & Stewart

Number of Pages : 215

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 524


Book Summary: Unpleasantness may be an understatement when there is murder afoot. Lady Dormer has a singularly strange will – if she dies before her brother, his grandson’s will inherit a considerable fortune, but if she passes first, the money will go to the young artist that she has sponsored. Strange, yes, but relatively simple, until both parties pass on the same morning. It’s up to Lord Peter Wimsey to determine the exact timing, and events, surrounding their deaths – a task that becomes more complicated when he starts to suspect foul play. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Religion & Classical Warfare

Author : Matthew Dillon,Christopher Matthew

ISBN10 : 1473889707

Publisher : Pen and Sword Military

Number of Pages : 336

Category : History

Viewed : 1462


Book Summary: This study looks at destroying the gods of Rome's enemies, wartime ceremonies, the role of women in Republican warfare and even the gruesome live burials of people during times of military crisis. Religion was integral to the conduct of war in the ancient world and the Romans were certainly no exception. No campaign was undertaken, no battle risked, without first making sacrifice to propitiate the appropriate gods (such as Mars, god of War) or consulting oracles and omens to divine their plans. Yet the link between war and religion is an area that has been regularly overlooked by modern scholars examining the conflicts of these times. This volume addresses that omission by drawing together the work of experts from across the globe. The chapters have been carefully structured by the editors so that this wide array of scholarship combines to give a coherent, comprehensive study of the role of religion in the wars of the Roman Republic. Aspects considered in depth will include: declarations of war; evocatio and taking gods away from enemies; dedications and ceremonies; the cult of the legionary eagle; the role of women in Republican warfare; omens and divination; live burials of people in times of military crisis; and the rituals of the Roman triumph.

Dark Horizons

Author : Tom Moylan,Raffaella Baccolini

ISBN10 : 1317793544

Publisher : Routledge

Number of Pages : 288

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 930


Book Summary: First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Greek and Roman Religions

Author : Rebecca I. Denova

ISBN10 : 1118542770

Publisher : John Wiley & Sons

Number of Pages : 336

Category : Religion

Viewed : 1416


Book Summary: Offers an introduction to the basic beliefs, practices, and major deities of Greek and Roman religions A volume in the Blackwell Ancient Religions, Greek and Roman Religions offers an authoritative overview of the region’s ancient religious practices. The author—a noted expert in the field—explores the presence of divinity in all aspects of ancient life and highlights the origins of myth, religious authority, institutions, beliefs, rituals, sacred texts, and ethics. Comprehensive in scope, the text focuses on myriad aspects that constitute Greco-Roman culture such as economic class, honor and shame, and slavery as well as the religious role of each member of the family. The integration of ethnic and community identity with divine elements are highlighted in descriptions of religious festivals. Greek and Roman Religions presents the evolution of ideas concerning death and the afterlife and the relation of death to concepts of ultimate justice. The author also offers insight into the elements of ancient religions that remain important in our contemporary quest for meaning. This vital text: Offers a comprehensive review of ancient Greek and Roman religions and their institutions, beliefs, rituals, and more Examines how the Roman culture and religions borrowed from the Greek traditions Explores the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean Basin Contains suggestions at the end of each chapter for further reading that include both traditional studies and more recent examinations of topical issues Written for students of ancient religions and religious studies, this important resource provides an overview of the ancient culture and history of the general region as well as the basic background of Greek and Roman civilizations.


Author : Edward J. Renehan, Jr.

ISBN10 : 046501030X

Publisher : Basic Books

Number of Pages : 400

Category : Biography & Autobiography

Viewed : 683


Book Summary: Armed with a trove of previously unreleased archives, Edward J. Renehan Jr. offers a compelling portrait of Cornelius Vanderbilt, who built large shipping and rail enterprises into cornerstones of the American economy, and amassed one of the greatest fortunes the world has ever known. This is the definitive biography of a man whose influence on American business was unsurpassed in his day—or any other.

The Birds of Northern Melanesia

Author : Ernst Mayr,Jared Diamond

ISBN10 : 0195349660

Publisher : Oxford University Press

Number of Pages : 548

Category : Science

Viewed : 1528


Book Summary: Speciation is the process by which co-existing daughter species evolve from one ancestral species - e.g., humans, chimpanzees, and gorillas arising from a common ancestor around 5,000,000 years ago. However, many questions about speciation remain controversial. The Birds of Northern Melanesia provides by far the most comprehensive study yet available of a rich fauna, composed of the 195 breeding land and fresh-water bird species of the Bismarck and Solomon Archipelagoes east of New Guinea. This avifauna offers decisive advantages for understanding speciation, and includes famous examples of geographic variation discussed in textbooks of evolutionary biology. The book results from 30 years of collaboration between the evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr and the ecologist Jared Diamond. It shows how Northern Melanesian bird distributions provide snapshots of all stages in speciation, from the earliest (widely distributed species without geographic variation) to the last (closely related, reproductively isolated species occurring sympatrically and segregating ecologically). The presentation emphasizes the wide diversity of speciation outcomes, steering a middle course between one-model-fits-all simplification and ungeneralizable species accounts. Questions illuminated include why some species are much more prone to speciate than others, why some water barriers are much more effective at promoting speciation than others, and whether hypothesized taxon cycles, faunal dominance, and legacies of Pleistocene land bridges are real. These years of study have resulted in a huge database, complete with distributions of all 195 species on 76 islands, together with their taxonomy, colonization routes, ecological attributes, abundance, and overwater dispersal. Color plates depict 88 species and allospecies, many of which have never been seen before. For students of speciation, Northern Melanesian birds now constitute a model system against which other biotas can be compared. For population biologists interested in other problems besides speciation, this rich database can now be mined for insights.

Icons of Mystery and Crime Detection: From Sleuths to Superheroes [2 volumes]

Author : Mitzi M. Brunsdale

ISBN10 : 0313345317

Publisher : ABC-CLIO

Number of Pages : 700

Category : Literary Criticism

Viewed : 797


Book Summary: This book provides an introduction to 24 iconic figures, real and fictional, that have shaped the detective/mystery genre of popular literature. • Parallel chronologies placing each of the book's 24 subjects in their historical/cultural context • Individual selected bibliographies for each of the 24 figures plus a selected general bibliography of critical sources treating the genre

Russian Renewable Energy

Author : Indra Øverland,Heidi Kjærnet

ISBN10 : 1317060334

Publisher : Routledge

Number of Pages : 198

Category : Political Science

Viewed : 1584


Book Summary: What is Russia's potential as a partner in the global race towards a low-carbon economy? This book provides a balanced analysis of Russia's impressive, understudied and sometimes surprising strengths in the renewable energy sector. The work is a first of its kind, exploring the significant political and economic obstacles to developing renewable energy in Russia. The volume explores whether effective partnerships may be achieved by combining Russia's excellence in basic research and its diverse natural resources with Western management skills - and aiming for innovation and exports. Solar power, electricity reform, market niches for renewable energy and Nordic-Russian partnership are all examined in detail. Providing crucial insights for academics, policy-makers and business actors seeking to cooperate with Russian partners, this groundbreaking book raises the vitally important question of how key countries such as Russia will approach global climate politics and their own energy supply in the post-Kyoto world.

The Sea Warriors

Author : Richard Woodman

ISBN10 : 1780339240

Publisher : Robinson

Number of Pages : 160

Category : History

Viewed : 543


Book Summary: Extraordinary maritime heroes of the late 18th and early 19th centuries stride across these pages - some, like Warren, Pellew, Cochrane and Collingwood, are still renowned; others are almost unknown today, yet their brilliant exploits deserve to be pulled from under the long shadow of the greatest naval figure of all, Horatio Nelson. The Royal Navy's struggle is set against the political backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and the sea war with America.

Red Rising - Livre 1 - Red Rising

Author : Pierce Brown,H. Lenoir

ISBN10 : 2010003691

Publisher : Hachette Romans

Number of Pages : 480

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1327


Book Summary: « J’aurais pu vivre en paix. Mes ennemis m’ont jeté dans la guerre. » Darrow n’est pas un héros. Tout ce qu’il souhaite, c’est vivre heureux avec l’amour de sa vie. Mais les Ors, les dirigeants de la Société, en ont décidé autrement. Ils lui ont tout enlevé : sa raison de vivre, ses certitudes, jusqu’à son reflet dans le miroir. Darrow n’a plus d’autre choix que de devenir comme ceux qui l’écrasent. Pour mieux les détruire. Il va être accepté au légendaire Institut, y être formé avec l’élite des Ors, dans un terrain d’entraînement grandeur nature. Sauf que même ce paradis est un champ de bataille. Un champ de bataille où règnent deux règles : tuer ou être tué, dominer ou être dominé. ÉLU MEILLEUR PREMIER ROMAN 2014 PAR LES LECTEURS DE GOODREADS ET BUZZFEED.

Fortune's Children

Author : Arthur T. Vanderbilt, II

ISBN10 : 0062288377

Publisher : Harper Collins

Number of Pages : 544

Category : Biography & Autobiography

Viewed : 691


Book Summary: Vanderbilt: the very name signifies wealth. The family patriarch, "the Commodore," built up a fortune that made him the world's richest man by 1877. Yet, less than fifty years after the Commodore's death, one of his direct descendants died penniless, and no Vanderbilt was counted among the world's richest people. Fortune's Children tells the dramatic story of all the amazingly colorful spenders who dissipated such a vast inheritance.

Complete Novels

Author : Jack London

ISBN10 : 229101546X

Publisher : WS

Number of Pages : 643

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 631


Book Summary: Contents: The Son of the Wolf The God of his Fathers & Other Stories A Daughter of the Snows The Call of the Wild The Sea Wolf The Faith of Men & Other Stories The Game Tales of the Fish Patrol Moon-Face & Other Stories White Fang Before Adam Love of Life & Other Stories The Road The Iron Heel Martin Eden Burning Daylight Lost Face Adventure The Abysmal Brute South Sea Tales When God Laughs & Other Stories The Scarlet Plague The House of Pride A Son of the Sun The Valley of the Moon The Night-Born The Mutiny of the Elsinore The Strength of the Strong The Star Rover The Little Lady of the Big House The Turtles of Tasman Jerry of the Islands Michael, Brother of Jerry Hearts of Three The Red One On the Makaloa Mat Children of the Frost Dutch Courage and Other Stories

The Faerie Queene, Book Six and the Mutabilitie Cantos

Author : Edmund Spenser,Abraham Stoll,Andrew Hadfield

ISBN10 : 1603844236

Publisher : Hackett Publishing

Number of Pages : 264

Category : Poetry

Viewed : 1331


Book Summary: Book Six and the incomplete Book Seven of "The Faerie Queene" are the last sections of the unfinished poem to have been published. They show Spenser inflecting his narrative with an ever more personal note, and becoming an ever more desperate and anxious author, worried that things were falling apart as Queen Elizabeth failed in health and the Irish crisis became ever more terrifying. The moral confusion and uncertainty that Calidore, the Knight of Courtesy, has to confront are symptomatic of the lack of control that Spenser saw everywhere around him. Yet, within such a troubling and disturbing work there are moments of great beauty and harmony, such as the famous dance of the Graces that Colin Clout, the rustic alter ego of the poet himself, conjures up with his pipe. Book Seven, the "Two Cantos of Mutabilitie", is among the finest of Spenser's poetic works, in which he explains the mythical origins of his world, as the gods debate on the hill opposite his Irish house. Whether order or chaos triumphs in the end has been the subject of most subsequent critical debate.

Moon-Face and Other Stories

Author : London J.

ISBN10 : 552107497X

Publisher : Рипол Классик

Number of Pages : 273

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 546


Book Summary: Jack London (1876 — 1916) was an American novelist, journalist and social activist. Pioneering the genre of magazine fiction and prototyping science fiction, he became one of the first writers, who gained worldwide fame and a large fortune. “Moon-Face and Other Stories” is a collection that contains many wonderful stories like “The Leopard Man’s Story,” “Local Colour,” “Amateur Night,” and “The Minions of Midas.”

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Author : Edward Gibbon

ISBN10 : 1605201294

Publisher : Cosimo, Inc.

Number of Pages : 580

Category : History

Viewed : 493


Book Summary: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is Edward Gibbon's magnum opus, written and published over a 13-year period beginning in 1776. It not only chronicles the events of the downfall starting with the end of the rule of Marcus Aurelius, but proposes a theory as to why Rome collapsed: the populace, Gibbon theorizes, lost its moral fortitude, its militaristic will, and its sense of civic duty. History is considered a classic in world literature, and Gibbon is sometimes called the first "modern historian" for his insistence upon using primary sources for his research. Many scholars today still use his highly regarded work as reference. In this sixth of seven volumes, readers will find Chapter 52 ("More Conquests by the Arabs") through Chapter 63 ("Civil Wars and the Ruin of the Greek Empire"), which cover the continued wars between Constantinople and the Arabs; the rise of Harun al Rashid; Islamic advances in the sciences; the invasion of Rome by the Saracens; the state of the Byzantine Empire in the 10th century; the rise of Greek power and influence in the Eastern Roman Empire; the Paulicans; the establishment of a Bulgarian kingdom; the origin of the Russian monarchy; the rise of the Normans in Italy; the life of Robert Guiscard; the many conquests of Sicily; the origin of the Seljuk Turks and their empire; the Turkish conquest of Jerusalem; the First, Second, and Third Crusades; the break between the Greeks and Latins in Constantinople; the rule of Emperor Baldwin I; the resurgence of Greek power in Constantinople; the origins of the family of Courtenay; and the establishment of the Greek Empire. English parliamentarian and historian EDWARD GIBBON (1737-1794) attended Magdelan College, Oxford for 14 months before his father sent him to Lausanne, Switzerland, where he continued his education. He published Essai sur l'tude de la Littrature (1761) and other autobiographical works, including Mmoire Justificatif pour servir de Rponse l'Expos, etc. de la Cour de France (1779).