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Internet of Things Projects With ESP32

**Create and program Internet of Things projects using the Espressif ESP32.**
#### Key Features
* Getting to know the all new powerful EPS32 boards and build interesting Internet of Things projects
* Configure your ESP32 to the cloud technologies and explore the networkable modules that will be utilised in your IoT projects
* A step-by-step guide that teaches you the basic to advanced IoT concepts with ESP32

#### Book Description
ESP32 is a low-cost MCU with integrated Wi-Fi and BLE. Various modules and development boards-based on ESP32 are available for building IoT applications easily. Wi-Fi and BLE are a common network stack in the Internet of Things application. These network modules can leverage your business and projects needs for cost-effective benefits.
This book will serve as a fundamental guide for developing an ESP32 program. We will start with GPIO programming involving some sensor devices. Then we will study ESP32 development by building a number of IoT projects, such as weather stations, sensor loggers, smart homes, Wi-Fi cams and Wi-Fi wardriving. Lastly, we will enable ESP32 boards to execute interactions with mobile applications and cloud servers such as AWS.
By the end of this book, you will be up and running with various IoT project-based ESP32 chip.
#### What you will learn
* Understand how to build a sensor monitoring logger
* Create a weather station to sense temperature and humidity using ESP32
* Build your own W-iFi wardriving with ESP32. Use BLE to make interactions between ESP32 and Android
* Understand how to create connections to interact between ESP32 and mobile applications
* Learn how to interact between ESP32 boards and cloud servers
* Build an IoT Application-based ESP32 board

#### Who this book is for
This book is for those who want to build a powerful and inexpensive IoT projects using the ESP32.Also for those who are new to IoT, or those who already have experience with other platforms such as Arduino, ESP8266, and Raspberry Pi.

**Create and program Internet of Things projects using the Espressif ESP32.**
#### Key Features
* Getting to know the all new powerful EPS32 boards and build interesting Internet of Things projects
* Configure your ESP32 to the cloud technologies and explore the networkable modules that will be utilised in your IoT projects
* A step-by-step guide that teaches you the basic to advanced IoT concepts with ESP32

#### Book Description
ESP32 is a low-cost MCU with integrated Wi-Fi and BLE. Various modules and development boards-based on ESP32 are available for building IoT applications easily. Wi-Fi and BLE are a common network stack in the Internet of Things application. These network modules can leverage your business and projects needs for cost-effective benefits.
This book will serve as a fundamental guide for developing an ESP32 program. We will start with GPIO programming involving some sensor devices. Then we will study ESP32 development by building a number of IoT projects, such as weather stations, sensor loggers, smart homes, Wi-Fi cams and Wi-Fi wardriving. Lastly, we will enable ESP32 boards to execute interactions with mobile applications and cloud servers such as AWS.
By the end of this book, you will be up and running with various IoT project-based ESP32 chip.
#### What you will learn
* Understand how to build a sensor monitoring logger
* Create a weather station to sense temperature and humidity using ESP32
* Build your own W-iFi wardriving with ESP32. Use BLE to make interactions between ESP32 and Android
* Understand how to create connections to interact between ESP32 and mobile applications
* Learn how to interact between ESP32 boards and cloud servers
* Build an IoT Application-based ESP32 board

#### Who this book is for
This book is for those who want to build a powerful and inexpensive IoT projects using the ESP32.Also for those who are new to IoT, or those who already have experience with other platforms such as Arduino, ESP8266, and Raspberry Pi.

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Infinite Risk

**In a world of infinite risk, the stakes have never been so high.**
Beyond the pull of life and death lies the Immortal game. Edie Kramer has leaped back to put things right and save the boy she loves. Alone in the wrong timestream, she must reinvent herself and square off against dangerous Immortals determined to win this mortal match once and for all.
But righting past wrongs carries fresh dangers. As she navigates a new school and tries to put Kian on a different path, she also battles those will stop at nothing to keep her from derailing their deadly schemes. With few allies and her first love treating her like a stranger, Edie faces the most dangerous enemy of all – time itself. Yet she’s come a long way from that dark night on the bridge, and when her back’s to the wall, she’ll go down fighting…
The conclusion of *New York Times* -bestselling author Ann Aguirre’s Immortal Game trilogy is thrilling and unforgettable.

**In a world of infinite risk, the stakes have never been so high.**
Beyond the pull of life and death lies the Immortal game. Edie Kramer has leaped back to put things right and save the boy she loves. Alone in the wrong timestream, she must reinvent herself and square off against dangerous Immortals determined to win this mortal match once and for all.
But righting past wrongs carries fresh dangers. As she navigates a new school and tries to put Kian on a different path, she also battles those will stop at nothing to keep her from derailing their deadly schemes. With few allies and her first love treating her like a stranger, Edie faces the most dangerous enemy of all – time itself. Yet she’s come a long way from that dark night on the bridge, and when her back’s to the wall, she’ll go down fighting…
The conclusion of *New York Times* -bestselling author Ann Aguirre’s Immortal Game trilogy is thrilling and unforgettable.

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Indistractable

“Indistractable provides a framework that will deliver the focus you need to get results.” —James Clear, author of Atomic Habits “If you value your time, your focus, or your relationships, this book is essential reading. I’m putting these ideas into practice.” —Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind National Bestseller Goodreads Best Science & Technology of 2019 nominee Featured in the 2019 O.W.L. Award Shortlist You sit down at your desk to work on an important project, but a notification on your phone interrupts your morning. Later, as you’re about to get back to work, a colleague taps you on the shoulder to chat. At home, screens get in the way of quality time with your family. Another day goes by, and once again, your most important personal and professional goals are put on hold. What would be possible if you followed through on your best intentions? What could you accomplish if you could stay focused? What if you had the power to become “indistractable?” International bestselling author, former Stanford lecturer, and behavioral design expert, Nir Eyal, wrote Silicon Valley’s handbook for making technology habit-forming. Five years after publishing Hooked, Eyal reveals distraction’s Achilles’ heel in his groundbreaking new book. In Indistractable, Eyal reveals the hidden psychology driving us to distraction. He describes why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off our devices: Abstinence is impractical and often makes us want more. Eyal lays bare the secret of finally doing what you say you will do with a four-step, research-backed model. Indistractable reveals the key to getting the best out of technology, without letting it get the best of us. Inside, Eyal overturns conventional wisdom and reveals: Why distraction at work is a symptom of a dysfunctional company culture—and how to fix it What really drives human behavior and why “time management is pain management” Why your relationships (and your sex life) depend on you becoming indistractable How to raise indistractable children in an increasingly distracting world Empowering and optimistic, Indistractable provides practical, novel techniques to control your time and attention—helping you live the life you really want.

“Indistractable provides a framework that will deliver the focus you need to get results.” —James Clear, author of Atomic Habits “If you value your time, your focus, or your relationships, this book is essential reading. I’m putting these ideas into practice.” —Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind National Bestseller Goodreads Best Science & Technology of 2019 nominee Featured in the 2019 O.W.L. Award Shortlist You sit down at your desk to work on an important project, but a notification on your phone interrupts your morning. Later, as you’re about to get back to work, a colleague taps you on the shoulder to chat. At home, screens get in the way of quality time with your family. Another day goes by, and once again, your most important personal and professional goals are put on hold. What would be possible if you followed through on your best intentions? What could you accomplish if you could stay focused? What if you had the power to become “indistractable?” International bestselling author, former Stanford lecturer, and behavioral design expert, Nir Eyal, wrote Silicon Valley’s handbook for making technology habit-forming. Five years after publishing Hooked, Eyal reveals distraction’s Achilles’ heel in his groundbreaking new book. In Indistractable, Eyal reveals the hidden psychology driving us to distraction. He describes why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off our devices: Abstinence is impractical and often makes us want more. Eyal lays bare the secret of finally doing what you say you will do with a four-step, research-backed model. Indistractable reveals the key to getting the best out of technology, without letting it get the best of us. Inside, Eyal overturns conventional wisdom and reveals: Why distraction at work is a symptom of a dysfunctional company culture—and how to fix it What really drives human behavior and why “time management is pain management” Why your relationships (and your sex life) depend on you becoming indistractable How to raise indistractable children in an increasingly distracting world Empowering and optimistic, Indistractable provides practical, novel techniques to control your time and attention—helping you live the life you really want.

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In the Deadlands

David Gerrold burst onto the science fiction scene in the late sixties with more Hugo and Nebula nominations than any other writer had ever received at the beginning of his career.
His first collection of stories, With a Finger in My I, showcased his remarkable range. The jewel in that collection was “In the Deadlands,” a bizarre and disturbing journey into a landscape of madness—not so much a story as a sculpture made of words. Nominated for the Nebula award for best novelette of the year, “In the Deadlands” has been out of print for 40 years.
This new collection contains all the stories from With a Finger in My I, plus four other works written in the same period, with revealing notes from the author.

David Gerrold burst onto the science fiction scene in the late sixties with more Hugo and Nebula nominations than any other writer had ever received at the beginning of his career.
His first collection of stories, With a Finger in My I, showcased his remarkable range. The jewel in that collection was “In the Deadlands,” a bizarre and disturbing journey into a landscape of madness—not so much a story as a sculpture made of words. Nominated for the Nebula award for best novelette of the year, “In the Deadlands” has been out of print for 40 years.
This new collection contains all the stories from With a Finger in My I, plus four other works written in the same period, with revealing notes from the author.

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In Oceans Deep

**In the spirit of Bill Bryson and Ian Frazier comes this fascinating examination of our past, present, and future beneath the waves.**
In an age of unprecedented exploration and innovation, our oceans remain largely unknown, and endlessly fascinating: full of mystery, danger, beauty, and inspiration. Bill Streever-a longtime deep-sea diver himself-has masterfully woven together the science and history of Earth’s last remaining frontier: the sea.
*In Oceans Deep* celebrates the daring pioneers who tested the limits of what the human body can endure under water: free divers able to reach 300 feet on a single breath; engineers and scientists who uncovered the secrets of decompression; teenagers who built their own diving gear from discarded boilers and garden hoses in the 1930s; saturation divers who lived under water for weeks at a time in the 1960s; and the trailblazing men who voluntarily breathed experimental gases at pressures sufficient to trigger insanity.
Tracing both the little-known history and exciting future of how we travel and study the depths, Streever’s captivating journey includes seventeenth-century leather-hulled submarines, their nuclear-powered descendants, a workshop where luxury submersibles are built for billionaire clients, and robots capable of roving unsupervised between continents, revolutionizing access to the ocean.
In this far-flung trip to the wild, night-dark place of shipwrecks, trapped submariners, oil wells, innovative technologies, and people willing to risk their lives while challenging the deep, we discover all the adventures our seas have to offer-and why they are in such dire need of conservation.

**In the spirit of Bill Bryson and Ian Frazier comes this fascinating examination of our past, present, and future beneath the waves.**
In an age of unprecedented exploration and innovation, our oceans remain largely unknown, and endlessly fascinating: full of mystery, danger, beauty, and inspiration. Bill Streever-a longtime deep-sea diver himself-has masterfully woven together the science and history of Earth’s last remaining frontier: the sea.
*In Oceans Deep* celebrates the daring pioneers who tested the limits of what the human body can endure under water: free divers able to reach 300 feet on a single breath; engineers and scientists who uncovered the secrets of decompression; teenagers who built their own diving gear from discarded boilers and garden hoses in the 1930s; saturation divers who lived under water for weeks at a time in the 1960s; and the trailblazing men who voluntarily breathed experimental gases at pressures sufficient to trigger insanity.
Tracing both the little-known history and exciting future of how we travel and study the depths, Streever’s captivating journey includes seventeenth-century leather-hulled submarines, their nuclear-powered descendants, a workshop where luxury submersibles are built for billionaire clients, and robots capable of roving unsupervised between continents, revolutionizing access to the ocean.
In this far-flung trip to the wild, night-dark place of shipwrecks, trapped submariners, oil wells, innovative technologies, and people willing to risk their lives while challenging the deep, we discover all the adventures our seas have to offer-and why they are in such dire need of conservation.

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In Miniature

Bestselling, award-winning writer Simon Garfield returns with an enthralling investigation of humans’ peculiar fascination with small things—and what small things tell us about our larger world.
“[Simon Garfield is] an exuberant truffle-hound of the recondite and delightful factoid.” —Sunday Times (London)
Simon Garfield writes books that shine a light on aspects of the everyday world in order to reveal the charms and eccentricities hiding in plain sight around us. After beguiling fans with books about everything from typography to time, from historic maps to the color mauve, he’s found his most delightful topic yet: miniatures.

Tiny Eiffel Towers. Platoons of brave toy soldiers. A doll’s house created for a Queen. Diminutive crime scenes crafted to catch a killer. Model villages and miniscule railways. These are just a few of the objects you will discover in the pages of In Miniature.

Bringing together history,…

Bestselling, award-winning writer Simon Garfield returns with an enthralling investigation of humans’ peculiar fascination with small things—and what small things tell us about our larger world.
“[Simon Garfield is] an exuberant truffle-hound of the recondite and delightful factoid.” —Sunday Times (London)
Simon Garfield writes books that shine a light on aspects of the everyday world in order to reveal the charms and eccentricities hiding in plain sight around us. After beguiling fans with books about everything from typography to time, from historic maps to the color mauve, he’s found his most delightful topic yet: miniatures.

Tiny Eiffel Towers. Platoons of brave toy soldiers. A doll’s house created for a Queen. Diminutive crime scenes crafted to catch a killer. Model villages and miniscule railways. These are just a few of the objects you will discover in the pages of In Miniature.

Bringing together history,…

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In Enemy Hands

**The Road to Hell**
Honor Harrington’s career has its ups and its downs. She’s survived ship-to-ship battles, assassins, political vendettas, and duels. She’s been shot at, shot down, and just plain shot, had starships blown out from under her, and made personal enemies who will stop at nothing to ruin her, and somehow she’s survived it all.
But this time she’s really in trouble.
The People’s Republic of Haven has finally found an admiral who can win battles, and Honor’s orders take her straight into an ambush. Outnumbered, outgunned, and unable to run, she has just two options: see the people under her command die in a hopeless, futile battle… or surrender them-and herself-to the Peeps.
There can be only one choice, and at least the People’s Navy promises to treat their prisoners honorably. But the Navy is overruled by the political authorities, and Honor finds herself bound for a prison planet aptly named “Hell”… and her scheduled execution.
Put into solitary confinement, separated from her officers and her treecat Nimitz, and subjected to systematic humiliation by her gaolers, Honor’s future has become both bleak and short. Yet bad as things look, they’re about to get worse …for the Peeps.
At the publisher’s request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
A lifetime military history buff, David Weber has carried his interest in history into his fiction.  In the *New York Times* best selling Honor Harrington series, the spirit of both C.S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower and history’s Admiral Nelson are evident.  With over five million copies of his books in print, David Weber is the fastest rising star in the Science Fiction universe.  His Honor Harrington series boasts over 3 million copies in print, and Weber has had over thirteen of his titles on *The New York Times* Best Seller List.  *War of Honor* , book 10 in the series appeared on over twelve Best Seller lists, including *The Wall Street Journal* , *The New York Times* , and *USA TODAY*.
While he is best known for his spirited, modern-minded space operas, he has also developed a fantasy series, of which two books have been published:  *Oath of Swords* and *The War God’s Own*.  David’s solo work also includes three novels of the “Dahak” series, and the stand alone novels:  *Path of the Fury* and *The Excalibur Alternative*.
Weber’s first published novels grew out of his work as a war game designer for the Task Force game Starfire.  With collaborator Steve White, Weber has written four novels set in that universe: *Insurrection* , *Crusade* , *In Death Ground* , and *The Shiva Option*.
Recent bestsellers in planetary adventures also include the teamwork of John Ringo in the best selling Empire of Man series where the titles *March Upcountry* , *March to the Sea* , *March to the Stars* and *We Few* have made appearances on *The New York Times* List.
Weber’s proliferation continues with author Eric Flint, where they joined forces in the Best Selling “Ring of Fire” alternate history series, for *1634: The Baltic War* , coming in May.
A popular guest at science fiction conventions, Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife Sharon, three children and a passel of dogs. **
### Recensione
“Honor, my favorite space war character, doesn’t give up easily when In Enemy Hands. I can’t wait for the next”. \–Philadelphia Weekly Press
### Sinossi
**The Road to Hell**
Honor Harrington’s career has its ups and its downs. She’s survived ship-to-ship battles, assassins, political vendettas, and duels. She’s been shot at, shot down, and just plain shot, had starships blown out from under her, and made personal enemies who will stop at nothing to ruin her, and somehow she’s survived it all.
But this time she’s really in trouble.
The People’s Republic of Haven has finally found an admiral who can win battles, and Honor’s orders take her straight into an ambush. Outnumbered, outgunned, and unable to run, she has just two options: see the people under her command die in a hopeless, futile battle… or surrender them-and herself-to the Peeps.
There can be only one choice, and at least the People’s Navy promises to treat their prisoners honorably. But the Navy is overruled by the political authorities, and Honor finds herself bound for a prison planet aptly named “Hell”… and her scheduled execution.
Put into solitary confinement, separated from her officers and her treecat Nimitz, and subjected to systematic humiliation by her gaolers, Honor’s future has become both bleak and short. Yet bad as things look, they’re about to get worse …for the Peeps.
At the publisher’s request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
A lifetime military history buff, David Weber has carried his interest in history into his fiction.  In the *New York Times* best selling Honor Harrington series, the spirit of both C.S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower and history’s Admiral Nelson are evident.  With over five million copies of his books in print, David Weber is the fastest rising star in the Science Fiction universe.  His Honor Harrington series boasts over 3 million copies in print, and Weber has had over thirteen of his titles on *The New York Times* Best Seller List.  *War of Honor* , book 10 in the series appeared on over twelve Best Seller lists, including *The Wall Street Journal* , *The New York Times* , and *USA TODAY*.
While he is best known for his spirited, modern-minded space operas, he has also developed a fantasy series, of which two books have been published:  *Oath of Swords* and *The War God’s Own*.  David’s solo work also includes three novels of the “Dahak” series, and the stand alone novels:  *Path of the Fury* and *The Excalibur Alternative*.
Weber’s first published novels grew out of his work as a war game designer for the Task Force game Starfire.  With collaborator Steve White, Weber has written four novels set in that universe: *Insurrection* , *Crusade* , *In Death Ground* , and *The Shiva Option*.
Recent bestsellers in planetary adventures also include the teamwork of John Ringo in the best selling Empire of Man series where the titles *March Upcountry* , *March to the Sea* , *March to the Stars* and *We Few* have made appearances on *The New York Times* List.
Weber’s proliferation continues with author Eric Flint, where they joined forces in the Best Selling “Ring of Fire” alternate history series, for *1634: The Baltic War* , coming in May.
A popular guest at science fiction conventions, Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife Sharon, three children and a passel of dogs.

**The Road to Hell**
Honor Harrington’s career has its ups and its downs. She’s survived ship-to-ship battles, assassins, political vendettas, and duels. She’s been shot at, shot down, and just plain shot, had starships blown out from under her, and made personal enemies who will stop at nothing to ruin her, and somehow she’s survived it all.
But this time she’s really in trouble.
The People’s Republic of Haven has finally found an admiral who can win battles, and Honor’s orders take her straight into an ambush. Outnumbered, outgunned, and unable to run, she has just two options: see the people under her command die in a hopeless, futile battle… or surrender them-and herself-to the Peeps.
There can be only one choice, and at least the People’s Navy promises to treat their prisoners honorably. But the Navy is overruled by the political authorities, and Honor finds herself bound for a prison planet aptly named “Hell”… and her scheduled execution.
Put into solitary confinement, separated from her officers and her treecat Nimitz, and subjected to systematic humiliation by her gaolers, Honor’s future has become both bleak and short. Yet bad as things look, they’re about to get worse …for the Peeps.
At the publisher’s request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
A lifetime military history buff, David Weber has carried his interest in history into his fiction.  In the *New York Times* best selling Honor Harrington series, the spirit of both C.S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower and history’s Admiral Nelson are evident.  With over five million copies of his books in print, David Weber is the fastest rising star in the Science Fiction universe.  His Honor Harrington series boasts over 3 million copies in print, and Weber has had over thirteen of his titles on *The New York Times* Best Seller List.  *War of Honor* , book 10 in the series appeared on over twelve Best Seller lists, including *The Wall Street Journal* , *The New York Times* , and *USA TODAY*.
While he is best known for his spirited, modern-minded space operas, he has also developed a fantasy series, of which two books have been published:  *Oath of Swords* and *The War God’s Own*.  David’s solo work also includes three novels of the “Dahak” series, and the stand alone novels:  *Path of the Fury* and *The Excalibur Alternative*.
Weber’s first published novels grew out of his work as a war game designer for the Task Force game Starfire.  With collaborator Steve White, Weber has written four novels set in that universe: *Insurrection* , *Crusade* , *In Death Ground* , and *The Shiva Option*.
Recent bestsellers in planetary adventures also include the teamwork of John Ringo in the best selling Empire of Man series where the titles *March Upcountry* , *March to the Sea* , *March to the Stars* and *We Few* have made appearances on *The New York Times* List.
Weber’s proliferation continues with author Eric Flint, where they joined forces in the Best Selling “Ring of Fire” alternate history series, for *1634: The Baltic War* , coming in May.
A popular guest at science fiction conventions, Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife Sharon, three children and a passel of dogs. **
### Recensione
“Honor, my favorite space war character, doesn’t give up easily when In Enemy Hands. I can’t wait for the next”. \–Philadelphia Weekly Press
### Sinossi
**The Road to Hell**
Honor Harrington’s career has its ups and its downs. She’s survived ship-to-ship battles, assassins, political vendettas, and duels. She’s been shot at, shot down, and just plain shot, had starships blown out from under her, and made personal enemies who will stop at nothing to ruin her, and somehow she’s survived it all.
But this time she’s really in trouble.
The People’s Republic of Haven has finally found an admiral who can win battles, and Honor’s orders take her straight into an ambush. Outnumbered, outgunned, and unable to run, she has just two options: see the people under her command die in a hopeless, futile battle… or surrender them-and herself-to the Peeps.
There can be only one choice, and at least the People’s Navy promises to treat their prisoners honorably. But the Navy is overruled by the political authorities, and Honor finds herself bound for a prison planet aptly named “Hell”… and her scheduled execution.
Put into solitary confinement, separated from her officers and her treecat Nimitz, and subjected to systematic humiliation by her gaolers, Honor’s future has become both bleak and short. Yet bad as things look, they’re about to get worse …for the Peeps.
At the publisher’s request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
A lifetime military history buff, David Weber has carried his interest in history into his fiction.  In the *New York Times* best selling Honor Harrington series, the spirit of both C.S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower and history’s Admiral Nelson are evident.  With over five million copies of his books in print, David Weber is the fastest rising star in the Science Fiction universe.  His Honor Harrington series boasts over 3 million copies in print, and Weber has had over thirteen of his titles on *The New York Times* Best Seller List.  *War of Honor* , book 10 in the series appeared on over twelve Best Seller lists, including *The Wall Street Journal* , *The New York Times* , and *USA TODAY*.
While he is best known for his spirited, modern-minded space operas, he has also developed a fantasy series, of which two books have been published:  *Oath of Swords* and *The War God’s Own*.  David’s solo work also includes three novels of the “Dahak” series, and the stand alone novels:  *Path of the Fury* and *The Excalibur Alternative*.
Weber’s first published novels grew out of his work as a war game designer for the Task Force game Starfire.  With collaborator Steve White, Weber has written four novels set in that universe: *Insurrection* , *Crusade* , *In Death Ground* , and *The Shiva Option*.
Recent bestsellers in planetary adventures also include the teamwork of John Ringo in the best selling Empire of Man series where the titles *March Upcountry* , *March to the Sea* , *March to the Stars* and *We Few* have made appearances on *The New York Times* List.
Weber’s proliferation continues with author Eric Flint, where they joined forces in the Best Selling “Ring of Fire” alternate history series, for *1634: The Baltic War* , coming in May.
A popular guest at science fiction conventions, Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife Sharon, three children and a passel of dogs.

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Il Gigante

At the turn of the 16th century, Italy was a turbulent territory made up of independent states, each at war with or intriguing against its neighbor. There were the proud, cultivated, and degenerate Sforzas in Milan, and in Rome, the corrupt Spanish family of the Borgia whose head, Rodrigo, ascended to St Peter’s throne as Pope Alexander VI. In Florence, a golden age of culture and sophistication ended with the death of the greatest of the Medici family, Lorenzo the Magnificent, giving way to an era of uncertainty, cruelty, and religious fundamentalism.
In the midst of this turmoil, there existed the greatest concentration of artists that Europe has ever known. Influenced by the rediscovery of the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome, artists and thinkers such as Botticelli and da Vinci threw off the shackles of the Middle Ages to produce one of the most creative periods in history – the Renaissance.
This is the story of twelve years when war, plague, famine, and chaos made their mark on a volatile Italy, and when a young, erratic genius, Michelangelo Buonarroti, made his first great statue – the David. It was to become a symbol not only of the independence and defiance of the city of Florence but also of the tortured soul who created it. Anton Gill’s *Il Gigante* is a wonderful history of the artist, his times, and one of his most magnificent works.

At the turn of the 16th century, Italy was a turbulent territory made up of independent states, each at war with or intriguing against its neighbor. There were the proud, cultivated, and degenerate Sforzas in Milan, and in Rome, the corrupt Spanish family of the Borgia whose head, Rodrigo, ascended to St Peter’s throne as Pope Alexander VI. In Florence, a golden age of culture and sophistication ended with the death of the greatest of the Medici family, Lorenzo the Magnificent, giving way to an era of uncertainty, cruelty, and religious fundamentalism.
In the midst of this turmoil, there existed the greatest concentration of artists that Europe has ever known. Influenced by the rediscovery of the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome, artists and thinkers such as Botticelli and da Vinci threw off the shackles of the Middle Ages to produce one of the most creative periods in history – the Renaissance.
This is the story of twelve years when war, plague, famine, and chaos made their mark on a volatile Italy, and when a young, erratic genius, Michelangelo Buonarroti, made his first great statue – the David. It was to become a symbol not only of the independence and defiance of the city of Florence but also of the tortured soul who created it. Anton Gill’s *Il Gigante* is a wonderful history of the artist, his times, and one of his most magnificent works.

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I Am Not A Serial Killer

John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it.He’s spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential.He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he’s written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation.Dead bodies are normal to John. He likes them, actually. They don’t demand or expect the empathy he’s unable to offer. Perhaps that’s what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there’s something different about the body the police have just found behind the Wash-n-Dry Laundromat—and to appreciate what that difference means.Now, for the first time, John has to confront a danger outside himself, a threat he can’t control, a menace to everything and everyone he would love, if only he could.Dan Wells’s debut novel is the first volume of a trilogy that will keep you awake and then haunt your dreams.

John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it.He’s spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential.He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he’s written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation.Dead bodies are normal to John. He likes them, actually. They don’t demand or expect the empathy he’s unable to offer. Perhaps that’s what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there’s something different about the body the police have just found behind the Wash-n-Dry Laundromat—and to appreciate what that difference means.Now, for the first time, John has to confront a danger outside himself, a threat he can’t control, a menace to everything and everyone he would love, if only he could.Dan Wells’s debut novel is the first volume of a trilogy that will keep you awake and then haunt your dreams.

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How to Read Skyscrapers

Throughout history, the story of the skyscraper has been defined by our desire for ascendance—politically, militarily, economically, religiously, culturally, and, of course, physically. These spectacular superstructures epitomise more than architectural aspiration, they excite the imagination and inspire awe. The scope of the book is deliberately broad with a thematic first section and a geographical second section. Conceptual chapters, introduce the origins of our desire to build high and explore the skyscraper’s role in fuelling our imaginations through different modes of cultural expression. *How To Read Skyscrapers* offers a deep and rich understanding of the skyscraper by providing a comprehensive account of this unique and captivating building-type, from its origins in myth and legend to its future potential in satisfying humankind’s needs and aspirations.

Throughout history, the story of the skyscraper has been defined by our desire for ascendance—politically, militarily, economically, religiously, culturally, and, of course, physically. These spectacular superstructures epitomise more than architectural aspiration, they excite the imagination and inspire awe. The scope of the book is deliberately broad with a thematic first section and a geographical second section. Conceptual chapters, introduce the origins of our desire to build high and explore the skyscraper’s role in fuelling our imaginations through different modes of cultural expression. *How To Read Skyscrapers* offers a deep and rich understanding of the skyscraper by providing a comprehensive account of this unique and captivating building-type, from its origins in myth and legend to its future potential in satisfying humankind’s needs and aspirations.

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How to Land on Your Feet: Life Lessons From My Cat

**Why spend one life worrying . . . when you could spend nine lives napping?**
Take it from artist Jamie Shelman’s wry and furry felines: Cats work reasonable hours (zero), love wisely (from a distance), and live boldly (until someone starts vacuuming). Don’t go without these 100 sage lessons:
Be especially attentive to the one person who doesn’t like you.
Get away with murder by looking cute.
Ignore anyone who doesn’t worship you.
Be pleased with your achievements, however small.
The best solution to a problem is a nap.
Live *better* —live like your cat!

**Why spend one life worrying . . . when you could spend nine lives napping?**
Take it from artist Jamie Shelman’s wry and furry felines: Cats work reasonable hours (zero), love wisely (from a distance), and live boldly (until someone starts vacuuming). Don’t go without these 100 sage lessons:
Be especially attentive to the one person who doesn’t like you.
Get away with murder by looking cute.
Ignore anyone who doesn’t worship you.
Be pleased with your achievements, however small.
The best solution to a problem is a nap.
Live *better* —live like your cat!

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How to Draw Without Talent

Want to draw but don’t think you have the talent? This book is for you–no experience or formal training required! Danny Gregory, co-founder of the popular online Sketchbook Skool, shows you how to get started making art for pleasure with fun, easy lessons. Get started fast with just a pen and paper, learn to see your subject with new eyes, and enjoy the creative process.

Want to draw but don’t think you have the talent? This book is for you–no experience or formal training required! Danny Gregory, co-founder of the popular online Sketchbook Skool, shows you how to get started making art for pleasure with fun, easy lessons. Get started fast with just a pen and paper, learn to see your subject with new eyes, and enjoy the creative process.

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How Rich Countries Got Rich … and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor

A maverick economist explains how protectionism makes nations rich, free trade keeps them poor—-and how rich countries make sure to keep it that way.

Throughout history, some combination of government intervention, protectionism, and strategic investment has driven successful development everywhere from Renaissance Italy to the modern Far East. Yet despite the demonstrable success of this approach, development economists largely ignore it and insist instead on the importance of free trade. Somehow, the thing that made rich nations rich supposedly won’t work on poor countries anymore.

Leading heterodox economist Erik Reinert’s invigorating history of economic development shows how Western economies were founded on protectionism and state activism and only later promoted free trade, when it worked to their advantage. In the tug-of-war between the gospel of government intervention and free-market purists, the issue is not that one is more correct, but…

A maverick economist explains how protectionism makes nations rich, free trade keeps them poor—-and how rich countries make sure to keep it that way.

Throughout history, some combination of government intervention, protectionism, and strategic investment has driven successful development everywhere from Renaissance Italy to the modern Far East. Yet despite the demonstrable success of this approach, development economists largely ignore it and insist instead on the importance of free trade. Somehow, the thing that made rich nations rich supposedly won’t work on poor countries anymore.

Leading heterodox economist Erik Reinert’s invigorating history of economic development shows how Western economies were founded on protectionism and state activism and only later promoted free trade, when it worked to their advantage. In the tug-of-war between the gospel of government intervention and free-market purists, the issue is not that one is more correct, but…

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How Firm a Foundation

**David Weber’s *How Firm a Foundation* is the latest novel in the *New York Times* -bestselling Safehold series begun with *Off Armageddon Reef* , *By Schism Rent Asunder* , *By Heresies Distressed,* and *A Mighty Fortress*.**
The Charisian Empire, born in war, has always known it must fight for its very survival. What most of its subjects don’t know even now, however, is how much more it’s fighting for. Emperor Cayleb, Empress Sharleyan, Merlin Athrawes, and their innermost circle of most trusted advisers do know. And because they do, they know the penalty if they lose will be far worse than their own deaths and the destruction of all they know and love.
For five years, Charis has survived all the Church of God Awaiting and the corrupt men who control it have thrown at the island empire. The price has been high and paid in blood. Despite its chain of hard-fought naval victories, Charis is still on the defensive. It can hold its own at sea, but if it is to survive, it must defeat the Church upon its own ground. Yet how does it invade the mainland and take the war to a foe whose population outnumbers its own fifteen to one? How does it prevent that massive opponent from rebuilding its fleets and attacking yet again?
Charis has no answer to those questions, but needs to find one…quickly. The Inquisition’s brutal torture and hideous executions are claiming more and more innocent lives. Its agents are fomenting rebellion against the only mainland realms sympathetic to Charis. Religious terrorists have been dispatched to wreak havoc against the Empire’s subjects. Assassins stalk the Emperor and Empress, their allies and advisers, and an innocent young boy, not yet eleven years old, whose father has already been murdered. And Merlin Athrawes, the cybernetic avatar of a young woman a thousand years dead, has finally learned what sleeps beneath the far-off Temple in the Church of God Awaiting’s city of Zion.
The men and women fighting for human freedom and tolerance have built a foundation for their struggle in the Empire of Charis with their own blood, but will that foundation be firm enough to survive?
**Safehold Series**
1. *Off Armageddon Reef*
2. *By Schism Rent Asunder*
3. *By Heresies Distressed*
4. *A Mighty Fortress*
**5. *How Firm A Foundation***
5. *Midst Toil and Tribulation*
6. *Like A Mighty Army*
7. *Hell’s Foundations Quiver*
8. *At the Sign of Triumph*

At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

**David Weber’s *How Firm a Foundation* is the latest novel in the *New York Times* -bestselling Safehold series begun with *Off Armageddon Reef* , *By Schism Rent Asunder* , *By Heresies Distressed,* and *A Mighty Fortress*.**
The Charisian Empire, born in war, has always known it must fight for its very survival. What most of its subjects don’t know even now, however, is how much more it’s fighting for. Emperor Cayleb, Empress Sharleyan, Merlin Athrawes, and their innermost circle of most trusted advisers do know. And because they do, they know the penalty if they lose will be far worse than their own deaths and the destruction of all they know and love.
For five years, Charis has survived all the Church of God Awaiting and the corrupt men who control it have thrown at the island empire. The price has been high and paid in blood. Despite its chain of hard-fought naval victories, Charis is still on the defensive. It can hold its own at sea, but if it is to survive, it must defeat the Church upon its own ground. Yet how does it invade the mainland and take the war to a foe whose population outnumbers its own fifteen to one? How does it prevent that massive opponent from rebuilding its fleets and attacking yet again?
Charis has no answer to those questions, but needs to find one…quickly. The Inquisition’s brutal torture and hideous executions are claiming more and more innocent lives. Its agents are fomenting rebellion against the only mainland realms sympathetic to Charis. Religious terrorists have been dispatched to wreak havoc against the Empire’s subjects. Assassins stalk the Emperor and Empress, their allies and advisers, and an innocent young boy, not yet eleven years old, whose father has already been murdered. And Merlin Athrawes, the cybernetic avatar of a young woman a thousand years dead, has finally learned what sleeps beneath the far-off Temple in the Church of God Awaiting’s city of Zion.
The men and women fighting for human freedom and tolerance have built a foundation for their struggle in the Empire of Charis with their own blood, but will that foundation be firm enough to survive?
**Safehold Series**
1. *Off Armageddon Reef*
2. *By Schism Rent Asunder*
3. *By Heresies Distressed*
4. *A Mighty Fortress*
**5. *How Firm A Foundation***
5. *Midst Toil and Tribulation*
6. *Like A Mighty Army*
7. *Hell’s Foundations Quiver*
8. *At the Sign of Triumph*

At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Only registered users can download this free product.