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Agave Kiss

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*Chance was gone; he’d sacrificed himself so Shannon and I could escape Sheol. But we’d succeeded in raising him on Shan’s spirit radio, which meant his soul wasn’t wholly destroyed by the demon gate…*
Once Corine Solomon only had the touch—the ability to read an object’s past by handling it. Then she inherited her mother’s magick, and that ended up being a hell of a burden. But if Corine can wrestle a demon queen and win, she can bring back her lover Chance after he’s made the ultimate sacrifice. Can’t she? All Corine knows is that she can’t leave Chance behind if there’s anything she can do about it.
But the clock is ticking—and she still has to deal with debt-collecting demons and a maniacal archangel who’s running a recruitment drive. The stakes have never been so high…and this time it’s truly Corine’s last chance to save the love of her life.

Against Democracy

Most people believe democracy is a uniquely just form of government. They believe people have the right to an equal share of political power. And they believe that political participation is good for us–it empowers us, helps us get what we want, and tends to make us smarter, more virtuous, and more caring for one another. These are some of our most cherished ideas about democracy. But Jason Brennan says they are all wrong. In this trenchant book, Brennan argues that democracy should be judged by its results–and the results are not good enough. Just as defendants have a right to a fair trial, citizens have a right to competent government. But democracy is the rule of the ignorant and the irrational, and it all too often falls short. Furthermore, no one has a fundamental right to any share of political power, and exercising political power does most of us little good. On the contrary, a wide range of social science research shows that political participation and democratic deliberation actually tend to make people worse–more irrational, biased, and mean. Given this grim picture, Brennan argues that a new system of government–epistocracy, the rule of the knowledgeable–may be better than democracy, and that it’s time to experiment and find out. A challenging critique of democracy and the first sustained defense of the rule of the knowledgeable, Against Democracy is essential reading for scholars and students of politics across the disciplines. Featuring a new preface that situates the book within the current political climate and discusses other alternatives beyond epistocracy, Against Democracy is a challenging critique of democracy and the first sustained defense of the rule of the knowledgeable.
**Recensie(s)**

One of Zocalo’s 10 Favorite Books of 2016 Brennan has a bright, pugilistic style, and he takes a sportsman’s pleasure in upsetting pieties and demolishing weak logic. –Caleb Crain, New Yorker A brash, well-argued diatribe against the democratic system. There is much to mull over in this brazen stab at the American electoral process… Sure to cause howls of disagreement, but in the current toxic partisan climate, Brennan’s polemic is as worth weighing as any other. –Kirkus Important. –Ilya Somin, Washington Post Volokh Conspiracy The book makes compelling reading for what is typically a dry area of discourse. This is theory that skips, rather than plods. –Molly Sauter, Los Angeles Times Among the best works in political philosophy in recent memory. –Zachary Woodman, Students for Liberty Challenging and insightful. –Alexander William Salter, Public Choice Lucidly written in provocative, sometimes brash tones, it is especially useful for the undergraduate classroom. –Choice Against Democracy seems scarily prescient today. Writing well before the twin shocks of the Brexit and the U.S. elections, the Georgetown political scientist makes a powerful case that popular democracy can be dangerous–and, provocatively, that irrational and incompetent voters should be excluded from democratic decision-making. The case for elitism in governance never read so well. –Zocalo Public Square Meticulous [and] crisply written. –Tom Clark, Prospect Mercilessly well-argued. –Niko Kolodny, Boston Review
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Against All Enemies

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*Against All Enemies* is the first Max Moore novel by bestselling author, Tom Clancy.
**When Ex-Navy SEAL and CIA operative Maxwell Moore barely survives a prisoner exchange that goes explosively wrong off the coast of Pakistan, he realises that powerful, cunning forces have been marshalled against him. Determined to dig out the truth, he uncovers a shocking conspiracy.**
The two greatest threats to U.S. security have forged an unholy alliance. For the Mexican drug cartel, it means money, power, and control of the drug trade. But for the Taliban, it is an opportunity to bring the fire of jihad to the heartland of the infidel.
Now Moore and his depleted team must infiltrate the drug cartel in the hunt for terrorists preparing to bring destruction to America’s streets.
From the remote, war-scarred landscapes of the Middle East to the blood-soaked chaos of the U.S.-Mexico border, Tom Clancy delivers a heart-stopping thriller you won’t forget.
In *Against All Enemies* Tom Clancy introduces Max Moore, a character set to join Jack Ryan as one of the great heroes of modern thriller writing. Previous Jack Ryan titles include *Locked On* and *Dead or Alive*.
**Praise for Tom Clancy:**
‘A brilliantly constructed thriller’ *Daily Mail*
‘Truly riveting, a dazzling read’ *Sunday Express*
Thirty years ago, Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history. His first novel,* The Hunt for Red October*, catapulted on to the *New York Times* bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it ‘the perfect yarn’. Since then Clancy has established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting and razor-sharp suspense.
Peter Telep is a *New York Times* bestselling author who has written almost forty novels spanning many genres. A produced screenwriter, he teaches creative writing, fiction writing and script-writing courses at the University of Central Florida.
www.facebook.com/tomclancyauthor
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### Sinossi
*Against All Enemies* is the first Max Moore novel by bestselling author, Tom Clancy.
**When Ex-Navy SEAL and CIA operative Maxwell Moore barely survives a prisoner exchange that goes explosively wrong off the coast of Pakistan, he realises that powerful, cunning forces have been marshalled against him. Determined to dig out the truth, he uncovers a shocking conspiracy.**
The two greatest threats to U.S. security have forged an unholy alliance. For the Mexican drug cartel, it means money, power, and control of the drug trade. But for the Taliban, it is an opportunity to bring the fire of jihad to the heartland of the infidel.
Now Moore and his depleted team must infiltrate the drug cartel in the hunt for terrorists preparing to bring destruction to America’s streets.
From the remote, war-scarred landscapes of the Middle East to the blood-soaked chaos of the U.S.-Mexico border, Tom Clancy delivers a heart-stopping thriller you won’t forget.
In *Against All Enemies* Tom Clancy introduces Max Moore, a character set to join Jack Ryan as one of the great heroes of modern thriller writing. Previous Jack Ryan titles include *Locked On* and *Dead or Alive*.
**Praise for Tom Clancy:**
‘A brilliantly constructed thriller’ *Daily Mail*
‘Truly riveting, a dazzling read’ *Sunday Express*
Thirty years ago, Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history. His first novel,* The Hunt for Red October*, catapulted on to the *New York Times* bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it ‘the perfect yarn’. Since then Clancy has established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting and razor-sharp suspense.
Peter Telep is a *New York Times* bestselling author who has written almost forty novels spanning many genres. A produced screenwriter, he teaches creative writing, fiction writing and script-writing courses at the University of Central Florida.
www.facebook.com/tomclancyauthor
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Thirty Years ago **Tom Clancy** was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history. Years before, he had been an English major at Baltimore’s Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, *The Hunt for Red October*, sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the *New York Times* bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it “the perfect yarn.” Since then Clancy has established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense.
**Peter Telep** is a *New York Times*-bestselling author who has written almost forty novels spanning many genres, including science fiction, fantasy, military action/adventure, medical drama, and film, television, and video game tie-ins. A produced screenwriter of both live action and animation, he teaches creative writing, fiction writing, and scriptwriting courses at the University of Central Florida.

After the Funeral

The master of a Victorian mansion dies suddenly – and his sister is convinced it was murder….
When Cora is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the extraordinary remark she made the previous day at her brother Richard’s funeral suddenly takes on a chilling significance.
At the reading of Richard’s will, Cora was clearly heard to say: ‘It’s been hushed up very nicely, hasn’t it…But he was murdered, wasn’t he?’
In desperation, the family solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to unravel the mystery.
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After Midnight

The uncensored words of real lesbians describing their hottest, wildest erotic adventures.
This real-life erotica collection is like peeking into the secret diaries of some very frisky girls.
In this collection, lesbians from across the country reveal their deepest, most intimate erotic secrets things they wouldn’t dare tell anyone else. Like the blisteringly hot story of 21-year-old Jessica who seduces her mother’s best friend. Or Stacy J.’s confession of her very naughty one-night stand that lasts four days. Plus, swaggering butch studs J.P. and Carla enter a sexual wager that leaves readers breathless.
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Affliction

Per via del suo lavoro di risvegliante, Anita Blake ha spesso a che fare, con i non-morti e sa benissimo che non sono affatto come gli zombie che si vedono al cinema… almeno non lo sono mai stati. Dalla telefonata che Micah riceve dalla madre, sembra invece che in Colorado sia improvvisamente comparsa un’orda di creature assetate di sangue, che trasformano tutti coloro che mordono in mostri simili a loro, compreso il padre di Micah. Determinata a fermare l’epidemia e a salvare mr Callahan, la sterminatrice si precipita sul posto. Ma le bastano pochi giorni per rendersi conto che questi zombie sono molto più pericolosi di quanto pensasse. Incredibilmente veloci e forti come vampiri, non temono nulla, né il fuoco né la luce del giorno. Eppure Anita deve trovare un modo per fermarli, prima che annientino le persone che ama…

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Sterling Illustrated Classics Series) by Mark Twain, Robert Ingpen
*“Saturday morning was come, and all the summer world was bright and fresh, and brimming with life.”*
So starts Mark Twain’s classic tale about a boy’s life in a small town on the Mississippi, which has become an all-time favorite both in America and around the world.
Tom Sawyer’s mischievous and by now famous exploits—venturing into a nighttime graveyard with his friend Huck Finn, getting lost in a bat cave, tricking his friends into whitewashing a fence—make thrilling reading for all ages. Behind the escapades, though, are darker themes, as young Tom learns some difficult lessons about the often hypocritical rules that govern adult society.
This new edition, which celebrates the centenary of Mark Twain’s death, brings together the complete text with more than 70 stunning illustrations by artist Robert Ingpen, each one an enchanting evocation of a forgotten time in the American South.

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

EDITORIAL REVIEW: With an Introduction by Dr. Julian Wolfreys This edition of The Adventures & Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes contains the earliest cases of the greatest fictional detective of all time. It comprises the complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, newly reprinted from the original text of The Strand Magazine. It is illustrated by Sidney Paget, the finest of illustrators, and the man from whom our images of Sherlock Holmes and his world derive. This is the first of three volumes of The Complete Sherlock Holmes. The three books present all the Holmes stories arranged chronologically in order of first publication.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
**About the Author**
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, or Mark Twain, as he was better known was born on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri, the sixth child of John Marshall and Jane Lampton Clemens. His father ran a dry goods and grocery store, practiced law and involved himself in local politics after the family’s move to Hannibal, Missouri, when Sam was four years old.
Hannibal seems to have been a good place for a boy to grow up. Sam was entranced by the Mississippi River and enjoyed both the barges and the people who traveled on them. When Sam was just eleven his father died and Sam went to work for his brother at the *Hannibal Journal* first as a printer’s apprentice and later a compositor. While still in his teens Sam went on the road as an itinerant printer. In 1857 he conceived a plan to seek his fortune in South America but on the way he met a steamboat captain, Horace Bixby who took him on as a cub riverboat pilot and taught him until he acquired his own license.
This enjoyable style of life, which Twain always spoke of later with special warmth was ended by the Civil War. Twain went west with his brother Orion to prospect in Nevada but in 1862 joined the staff of the Virginia City *Territorial Enterprise*, a paper to which he had already begun submitting his work. Later Twain went to California and submitted “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” to the *New York Saturday Press*.
By 1871 Twain had published *Innocents Abroad* and had married Olivia Langdon, the sister of a friend from a socially prominent New York City family. He and his wife moved to Hartford, Connecticut, where they made their family home for thenext 20 years.
Books that he wrote in Hartford confirmed his popular reputation but despite their success Twain found himself in financial difficulty primarily because of his investments in the Paige typesetting business as well as his own publishing company. Eventually Twain was forced to declare bankruptcy.
Twain’s last major books were successful commercially but they also reflect his increasing pessimism. His satire becomes at times more biting and mean-spirited than it is humorous. Despite the downturn in Twain’s outlook in later life and despite the unevenness of much of his work, he remains one of the major writers of the American nineteenth century, and one who has been enormously influential on subsequent writers.

The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

With an Introduction by Dr. Julian Wolfreys.
‘My name is Sherlock Holmes. it is my business to know what other people don’t know.’
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes first introduced Arthur Conan Doyle’s brilliant detective the readers of The Strand Magazine. In these twenty three tales, collected here in one volume, you have some of the best detective yarns ever penned. In his consulting room at 221B Baker Street, the master sleuth receives a stream of clients all presenting him with baffling and bizarre mysteries to unravel. There is, for example, the man who is frightened for his life because of the arrival of an envelope containing five orange pips; there is the terrified woman who is aware that her life is in danger and cannot explain the whistling sounds she hears in the night; and there is the riddle of the missing butler and the theft of an ancient treasure. In the last story, there is the climatic battle between Holmes and his arch enemy, ‘the Napoleon of Crime’ Professor Moriarty. Holmes, with trusty Watson by his side, is equal to these and the other challenges in this splendid collection.
This edition contains the original illustrations from Strand Magazine drawn by Sidney Paget.
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The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding

Agatha Christie’s seasonal Poirot and Marple short story collection, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers.
First came a sinister warning to Poirot not to eat any plum pudding… then the discovery of a corpse in a chest… next, an overheard quarrel that led to murder… the strange case of the dead man who altered his eating habits… and the puzzle of the victim who dreamt his own suicide.
What links these five baffling cases? The little grey cells of Monsieur Hercule Poirot!
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Advanced Image and Video Processing Using Matlab

This book offers a comprehensive introduction to advanced methods for image and video analysis and processing. It covers deraining, dehazing, inpainting, fusion, watermarking and stitching. It describes techniques for face and lip recognition, facial expression recognition, lip reading in videos, moving object tracking, dynamic scene classification, among others.

The book combines the latest machine learning methods with computer vision applications, covering topics such as event recognition based on deep learning,dynamic scene classification based on topic model, person re-identification based on metric learning and behavior analysis. It also offers a systematic introduction to image evaluation criteria showing how to use them in different experimental contexts.

The book offers an example-based practical guide to researchers, professionals and graduate students dealing with advanced problems in image analysis and computer vision.

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Advanced Game Design With HTML5 and JavaScript

How do you make a video game? Advanced Game Design with HTML5 and JavaScript is a down to earth education in how to make video games from scratch, using the powerful HTML5 and JavaScript technologies. This book is a point-by-point round up of all the essential techniques that every game designer needs to know. You’ll discover how to create and render game graphics, add interactivity, sound, and animation. You’ll learn how to build your own custom game engine with reusable components so that you can quickly develop games with maximum impact and minimum code. You’ll also learn the secrets of vector math and advanced collision detection techniques, all of which are covered in a friendly and non-technical manner. You’ll find detailed working examples, with hundreds of illustrations and thousands of lines of source code that you can freely adapt for your own projects. All the math and programming techniques are elaborately explained and examples are open-ended to encourage you to think of original ways to use these techniques in your own games. You can use what you learn in this book to make games for desktops, mobile phones, tablets or the Web. Advanced Game Design with HTML5 and JavaScript is a great next step for experienced programmers or ambitious beginners who already have some JavaScript experience, and want to jump head first into the world of video game development. It’s also great follow-up book for readers of Foundation Game Design with HTML5 and JavaScript (by the same author) who want to add depth and precision to their skills. The game examples in this book use pure JavaScript, so you can code as close to the metal as possible without having to be dependent on any limiting frameworks or game engines. No libraries, no dependencies, no third-party plugins: just you, your computer, and the code. If you’re looking for a book to take your game design skills into the stratosphere and beyond, this is it!

Advanced Data Analytics Using Python

Advanced Data Analytics Using Python: With Machine Learning, Deep Learning and NLP Examples by Sayan Mukhopadhyay
Gain a broad foundation of advanced data analytics concepts and discover the recent revolution in databases such as Neo4j, Elasticsearch, and MongoDB. This book discusses how to implement ETL techniques including topical crawling, which is applied in domains such as high-frequency algorithmic trading and goal-oriented dialog systems. You’ll also see practical examples of machine learning concepts such as semi-supervised learning, deep learning, computer vision and NLP. *Practical Data Analytics with Python* also covers important traditional data analysis techniques such as time series, principal component analysis through examples from real industry projects.
After reading this book you will have experience of every technical aspect of an industrial analytics project. You’ll get to know the concepts using Python code, thoroughly explained in each case.
**What You Will Learn**
* Work with data analysis techniques such as classification, clustering, regression, and forecasting
* Handle structured and unstructured data, ETL techniques, and different kinds of databases such as Neo4j, Elasticsearch, MongoDB, and MySQL
* Examine the different big data frameworks, including Hadoop, Hive, Pig, Storm, and Spark
* Discover advanced machine learning concepts such as semi-supervised learning, deep learning, computer vision, and NLP
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**Who This Book Is For**
Data scientists and software developers interested in the field of data analytics.

Adults Only Volume 3

***WARNING!!! EXPLICIT CONTENT!!!***
How about some quick, hot sex?
In the latest volume of her Adults Only collection, Bebe Wilde takes readers into some really hot and sexy situations. Featuring stories about a woman who seeks sexual pleasure from a man she only sees occasionally to a career girl getting it on with her boss in the conference room and more, Adults Only Volume 3: Seven Erotica Shorts is sure to please. If you like your erotica hot, quick and to the point, this is the book for you.
Adults Only Volume 3: Seven Erotica Shorts is the third volume in the Adults Only collection. Please keep in mind, however, that this book contains explicit content, strong language and is intended for a mature audience.
Want even more erotica? For more erotica shorts, be sure to check out Bebe Wilde’s Adults Only and Adults Only Volume 2.
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Adults Only Volume 2

***WARNING!!! EXPLICIT CONTENT!!!***All’s fair in love and lust! In this sizzling new collection, Bebe Wilde once again brings the heat. This follow-up to the original Adults Only anthology contains seven all new erotic tales of hot sex. Featured are hot and bothered accounts of a lawyer who likes to mix business with pleasure, a woman with a penchant for pilots as well as a lovesick woman who finds a way to meet and make love to the man of her dreams. And those are just a few of the stories that steam up this collection. If you like your erotica hot, dirty and to the point, Adults Only: Seven Erotica Shorts – Volume 2 is the anthology for you. Please keep in mind, however, that this volume contains explicit content, strong language and is intended for a mature audience.
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