Alpha


Author: Jus Accardo
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
ISBN: 1640631860
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 304
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Sera has no memory of her life before. Before captivity, before experiments, before the only lifeline she had was the voice of a boy in the cell next to hers. Before G. G wishes he could forget everything before Sera brought him back to life. Forget his memories as a ruthless mercenary on an alternate version of Earth. Forget that he was part of an experiment simply known as Alpha. Now on the run from their captors and in need of an antidote to save his life, G and Sera’s clock is ticking. And they’ll have to gamble everything on the bond they forged in captivity if they want to survive. The Infinity Division series is best enjoyed in order. Reading Order: Book #1 Infinity Book #2 Omega Book #3 Alpha

The Things They Carried


Author: Tim O'Brien
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547420293
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
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A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. Taught everywhere—from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing—it has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing. The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Regicide


Author: Dakota Krout
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781722493417
Category:
Page: 410
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After the encounter at the Mage's College, Joe's name has become well-known in Eternia. While the majority of his guild is ecstatic over the bonuses that he brings them, not everyone is pleased with his rising influence. In fact, someone has been spreading rumors that Joe is unbalanced, sacrificing comrades for personal power. As a result, Joe is forced to recruit a team of misfits and discovers that their unique abilities complement his own. With their assistance, Joe moves forward with his plans to specialize into a more powerful version of his Ritualist class. But when the dust settles, he will be forced to ask himself a simple question: was it his actions that lit the fires of war?

Genesis Alpha


Author: Rune Michaels
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1442419911
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 224
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Josh worships his older brother, Max. They look alike, they talk alike, and they both have the same interests, including their favorite massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Genesis Alpha. But Josh and Max have an even deeper connection. Because Josh was born for a reason. It was Josh's stem cells, harvested when Josh was newly born, that saved his dying older brother's life. Now that same beloved older brother is arrested, accused of the brutal murder of a teenage girl. Josh is bewildered. Is Max really a monster, or is all of this a terrible mistake? And if the worst is true and Max is guilty, does that mean Josh is guilty too? After all, Max wouldn't exist without him. But this is only the beginning. Before long, Josh will come to a number of searing revelations -- revelations that have dire implications not only for Max's future, but for Josh's as well. Rune Michaels explodes onto the teen literature scene with this gripping, chilling debut -- a compelling picture of the intersection where science, family, and morality collide.

Big Money Thinks Small

Biases, Blind Spots, and Smarter Investing
Author: Joel Tillinghast
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231544693
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 320
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Investors are tempted daily by misleading or incomplete information. They may make a lucky bet, realize a sizable profit, and find themselves full of confidence. Their next high-stakes gamble might backfire, not only hitting them in the balance sheet but also taking a mental and emotional toll. Even veteran investors can be caught off guard: a news item may suddenly cause havoc for an industry they’ve invested in; crowd mentality among fellow investors may skew the market; a CEO may turn out to be unprepared to effectively guide a company. How can one stay focused in such a volatile profession? If you can’t trust your past successes to plan and predict, how can you avoid risky situations in the future? In Big Money Thinks Small, veteran fund manager Joel Tillinghast shows investors how to avoid making these mistakes. He offers a set of simple but crucial steps to successful investing, including: · Know yourself, how you arrive at decisions, and how you might be susceptible to self-deception. · Make decisions based on your own expertise, and do not invest in what you don’t understand. · Select only trustworthy and capable colleagues and collaborators. · Learn how to identify and avoid investments with inherent flaws. · Always search for bargains, and never forget that the first responsibility of an investor is to identify mispriced stocks. Patience and methodical planning will pay far greater dividends than flashy investments. Tillinghast teaches readers how to learn from their mistakes—and his own, giving investors the tools to ask the right questions in any situation and to think objectively and generatively about portfolio management.

Company


Author: Max Barry
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307279668
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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Stephen Jones is a shiny new hire at Zephyr Holdings. From the outside, Zephyr is just another bland corporate monolith, but behind its glass doors business is far from usual: the beautiful receptionist is paid twice as much as anybody else to do nothing, the sales reps use self help books as manuals, no one has seen the CEO, no one knows exactly what they are selling, and missing donuts are the cause of office intrigue. While Jones originally wanted to climb the corporate ladder, he now finds himself descending deeper into the irrational rationality of company policy. What he finds is hilarious, shocking, and utterly telling.

Rules-Free VRMMO Life

Omnibus III: Volumes 9-12
Author: Stuart Grosse
Publisher: Stuart Grosse
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: N.A
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Having bested the Trials of the Gods, Zayn Darkmore now sets his eyes squarely on the lands of the Drow, the fabled residents of the Underdark. But it doesn't take long for Zayn to learn that there are things in the dark places of the world that are far more malevolent and strange than those he's encountered on the surface. What will happen when he goes up against a race known by all to be some of the most vicious and cunning schemers in the world? ------------------------------------- Author's Note: If you haven't guessed, there's going to be all kinds of nastiness in this story. Violence, language, racism, sexism, sex, gore, vore, and more! If you have triggers of any kind, this is your warning. If you're looking for a nice, heartwarming tale like Sword Art Online, keep looking. There will be 'good guys' as well, but this is a story where Might IS Right. However, if you've read Watchmen and Wanted, and like what you read (READ, not the movies!), then you just may find this story in your strike zone. And for f*ck's sake, this is just a story! Don't take this as an endorsement of any of the actions in this story. **This is an Omnibus edition of Volumes 9-12.**

Adventures on Terra - Book 1

Beginnings
Author: R. A. Mejia
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781540894984
Category:
Page: 434
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Armon Ellington is nineteen year old kid that always felt out of place. He's an orphan, a gamer, and a role playing game geek. When he dies after a seventy-two hour gaming marathon, instead of going to an afterlife he's transported to a new world governed by rules that are eerily similar to the RPG games he loves. On this new world, Terra, he can be anything he wants, a warrior, mage, or even a crafter. Only, Armon wants more than that, he also wants friends and family. Join Armon on his journey through this amazing new world where he'll go on adventures, explore dungeons, slay monsters and hopefully find the friends and family he never had on earth.

Rapture


Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher: Ember
ISBN: 0385739192
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 448
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While searching for the place where the angels fell to earth to stop Lucifer from erasing the past, Luce and Daniel make a startling discovery about their love.

Hard to Forget

An Alpha's Heart Novel
Author: Bella Jewel
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 1466891378
Category: Fiction
Page: 300
View: 809
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Delaney is a professional bodyguard who's spent years trying to prove herself in a male dominated industry. Now she's facing her greatest challenge yet. Bad boy billionaire Jax Shields has made plenty of enemies on his climb to the top, and now his life is at risk. When he hires a bodyguard, he never expected to put his life in the hands of a petite woman with a big attitude. Jax demands the best in everything, and he doesn't think Delaney has what it takes to protect him. He'd rather have her on her back than covering his. Will Delaney be able to prove herself to the most arrogant—and devastatingly handsome—man she’s ever met? *This book is a standalone that contains a HEA*

Can Finance Save the World?

Regaining Power Over Money to Serve the Common Good
Author: Bertrand Badré
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
ISBN: 1523094222
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 288
View: 4293
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Can Finance Save the World? Regaining Power over Money to Serve the Common Good Just as Thomas Piketty offered a sweeping critique and progressive reassessment of capitalism, former World Bank Group chief financial officer Bertrand Badré looks at the destructive role finance played in the global economic crisis of 2007–2008 and offers a bold prescription for making it a force for good. Badré says that finance is inherently neither good nor bad. It's just a tool—the most powerful tool on earth. Used correctly, it can be at the heart of the way we address many of the world's biggest problems, ranging from climate change to the eradication of poverty to building much-needed infrastructure. He describes innovations in financial tools and approaches that are already happening around the world and looks at the role regulation can play in channeling the power of finance in a positive direction. He details options for strengthening international cooperation for financial stability and prosperity and overcoming the blinkered nationalism currently on the rise. And he tells what is working and what needs to change in financing the sustainable development of the world. This book is rich with practical examples, some developed by Badré himself. For instance, he describes how at the World Bank he devised an innovative way to use insurance, a financial tool rarely considered in international development, to buttress fragile emerging economies against natural disasters and pandemics. Initiatives like these show that, as Badré writes, “when controlled and used intelligently, with benevolence and inventiveness, finance can accomplish great things.”

Shards of Reality

Enter the Realm
Author: Timothy W. Long
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781976573897
Category:
Page: 424
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Walt and Oz need to level up to survive and every minute is going to hurt. Walter LePointe and Oswald Blackwell just woke up inside of the online role playing game Realms of Th'loria. With no memory of how they arrived, Walt and Oz soon learn the hard way that living in an epic fantasy world isn't all it's cracked up to be. As level 1 characters with no skills or experience, nothing can prepare them for their new lives as they prepare to Enter the Realm.

The Accidental Investment Banker

Inside the Decade that Transformed Wall Street
Author: Jonathan A. Knee
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198042051
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 288
View: 1659
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Jonathan A. Knee had a ringside seat during the go-go, boom-and-bust decade and into the 21st century, at the two most prestigious investment banks on Wall Street--Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. In this candid and irreverent insider's account of an industry in free fall, Knee captures an exhilarating era of fabulous deal-making in a free-wheeling Internet economy--and the catastrophe that followed when the bubble burst. Populated with power players, back stabbers, celebrity bankers, and godzillionaires, here is a vivid account of the dramatic upheaval that took place in investment banking. Indeed, Knee entered an industry that was typified by the motto "first-class business in a first-class way" and saw it transformed in a decade to a free-for-all typified by the acronym IBG, YBG ("I'll be gone, you'll be gone"). Increasingly mercenary bankers signed off on weak deals, knowing they would leave them in the rear-view mirror. Once, investment bankers prospered largely on their success in serving the client, preserving the firm, and protecting the public interest. Now, in the "financial supermarket" era, bankers felt not only that each day might be their last, but that their worth was tied exclusively to how much revenue they generated for the firm on that day--regardless of the source. Today, most young executives feel no loyalty to their firms, and among their clients, Knee finds an unprecedented but understandable level of cynicism and distrust of investment banks. Brimming with insight into what investment bankers actually do, and told with biting humor and unflinching honesty, The Accidental Investment Banker offers a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of the most powerful companies on Wall Street.

Gun Meister Online

Adult and Uncensored
Author: Noah Barnett
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780998965420
Category:
Page: 404
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Gun Meister Online is a recently released Virtual-Reality Combat Simulator. Players assume the role of a Meister; fighting in matches and ranking up into higher divisions. Within the game, weapons take on human shape. These NPC's use a new Dynamic Distributed Personality System recently implemented, and many are excited by how life-like the AI characters are becoming. Charlie has only just begun to play, and he struggles to grow as a Meister. At the same time, he starts to take charge of his real-life outside. Eventually, Charlie finds friendship among a group of erratic misfits along with an arsenal of beautiful weapons. Follow him on an adrenaline filled adventure, one that may decide the fate of Earth. Online experience may vary from person to person. Gun Meister is rated [Adult] and only those eighteen or older are allowed to enter a world of guns, violence, profanity, fast cars, pretty girls, and a hot mess of sexual content. Have we mentioned harems, yet? Every Meister gets one. This version contains uncensored and detailed descriptions of sex. Enjoy.

The Shipping Man

A Novel
Author: Matthew McCleery
Publisher: Marine Money, Incorporated
ISBN: 9780983716310
Category: Fiction
Page: 260
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When restless New York City hedge fund manager Robert Fairchild watches the Baltic Dry Cargo Index plunge 97%, registering an all-time high and a 25-year low within the span of just six months, he decides to buy a ship.Immediately fantasizing about naming a vessel after his wife, carrying a string of worry beads and being able to introduce himself as a "shipowner" at his upcoming college reunion, Fairchild immediately embarks on an odyssey into the most exclusive, glamorous and high stakes business in the world.From pirates off the coast of Somalia and on Wall Street to Greek and Norwegian shipping magnates, the education of Robert Fairchild is an expensive one. In the end, he loses his hedge fund, but he gains a life - as a Shipping Man. Part fast paced financial thriller, part ship finance text book, The Shipping Man is required reading for anyone with an interest in capital formation for shipping.

Alphablock


Author: Christopher Franceschelli
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
ISBN: 9781419709364
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 104
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"Features thick pages cut into the shape of each letter, creating a sort of peek-through guessing game around the letter form itself. As children interact with the pages, they will familiarize themselves not only with the 26 letters and associated words, but also with each letter's physicality--angles, holes, and curves, both front and back"--

Engineering the Alpha

A Real World Guide to an Unreal Life: Build More Muscle. Burn More Fat. Have More Sex
Author: John Romaniello,Adam Bornstein
Publisher: HarperOne
ISBN: 9780062220899
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 288
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Despite what most guys think, hormones are just as important for them as they are for women. However, by the age of 30, the typical man’s testosterone levels start to drop 1 percent each year, which can result in less muscle, less energy, more fat, and a flagging sex drive. After a decade of research, health and fitness expert John Romaniello has discovered safe, natural, and highly effective ways to produce more testosterone and bring about remarkable changes in a man’s body. His program is based on cutting-edge science that counters the online “noise” about male hormones. In Engineering the Alpha, Romaniello and Adam Bornstein, editorial director of Livestrong.com, present a powerful way to improve physical, emotional, sexual, and psychological health for men. From research in Olympic labs to real-life results with their clients, they are reinventing masculinity and showing every man how to be who he wants to be.