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Cauldron of Ghosts

*NEW YORK TIMES* BESTSELLER IN HARDCOVER. Sequel to national bestsellers *Torch of Freedom* and *Crown of Slaves,* Book Three in the Crown of Slaves, Honor Harrington universe. Secret agent Anton Zilwicki and Victor Cachat return in this classic tie-in series set in David Weber’s Honorverse.
** The Mesan Alignment: a centuries-old cabal that seeks to impose its vision of a society dominated by genetic rank onto the human race. Now the conspiracy stands exposed by spies Anton Zilwicki and Victor Cachat—one an agent of Honor Harrington’s Star Kingdom of Manticore, the other a Havenite operative. The outing of the Alignment has turned the galaxy’s political framework topsy-turvy. Old coalitions have disintegrated. New alliances have been born.
For starters, the long and hard-fought war between the Republic of Haven and the Star Empire of Manticore is not only over, but these bitter enemies have formed a new pact. Their common foe: the Mesan Alignment itself.
But more information is needed to bring the Alignment out of the shadows. Now, defying the odds and relying on genetic wizardry themselves for a disguise, Zilwicki and Cachat return to Mesa—only to discover that even they have underestimated the Alignment’s ruthlessness and savagery.
Soon they are on the run in Mesa’s underworld, not only hunted by the Alignment but threatened by the exploding conflict on the planet between Mesa’s overlords and the brutalized slaves and descendants of slaves who have suffered under their rule for so long. But if Zilwicki and Cachat succeed in rooting out the ancient conspiracy, a great evil may be finally removed from the galaxy—and on a long-oppressed planet, freedom may finally dawn.
The Crown of Slaves Honorverse Series:
*Crown of Slaves
Torch of Freedom
Cauldron of Ghosts*
**About the Crown of Slave Series:**
“Fans of Weber’s Honor Harrington series … will be delighted with this offshoot in which he and coauthor Flint develop several situations and characters from other stories. …This outstanding effort transcends the label ‘space opera’ and truly is a novel of ideas.”— *Publishers Weekly* **

Cats Are the Worst

From shredded furniture to messy litter boxes to fur on everything, there are times when every cat owner wants to shout, “Cats are the worst!” This playful book shows what it looks like if cats could shout back, “No, humans are the worst!” For every grievance humans have about their feline friends (knocked over glasses!), cats have one about their humans (unprovoked vacuuming!)—and each is explored in a lively exchange that is as funny as it is familiar. Filled with watercolor illustrations that perfectly capture every moment of cat-titude, *Cats Are the Worst* is a relatable laugh for anyone who might agree that cats are the worst—but also, maybe, a little bit the best.

Captives: Homeward VI

Jan, son of Nadia and Cadell, is conscripted along with every able male in Chemestúk by one faction in a rising civil war. Soon after, another faction burns the village to the ground, leaving Jan’s parents and other survivors to seek refuge in an aging keep.
Inside the worn and crumbling stronghold, young and long-ago orphaned Julianna hides away with the survivors and Jan’s parents. Left to wonder if he or any others of their men will survive to return home, all she can do is help those around her.
When armed deserters come to raid the keep, Julianna is lost in how to best help Nadia and Cadell, the village elders, keep everyone alive. Soon, she faces choices and actions she never would have even considered in better days.
Meanwhile, Jan has only his wit and trickery, his charming appeal to women and his violin, all of which he has leaned upon too often in a lazy life. To his shock, he realizes these limited skills are not enough to save him as he is pressed into a forced march toward the front line of a battle.
Neither Jan nor Julianna had ever given serious thought to their feelings for each other. Now separated, they both realize they’ve lost someone important. How far are they willing to go and what can they live with, to stay alive and find each other again? 
**About “Tales from the world of the Noble Dead Saga”…**
No knowledge of the Noble Dead Saga or related works is necessary to read and enjoy these stories. They are written for fantasy enthusiasts in general and not just our established readership. Readers new to this world can step into it through any of these short works.
Tales are organized into “collections” where all stories therein share a theme and/or premise. When one or more link together, subsequent stories will mention “sequel to…” on their covers to guide you. Even so, each is self-contained enough to be your first adventure into this world.
—Barb & J.C. Hendee

Capitalism, Alone

For the first time in history, the globe is dominated by one economic system. Capitalism prevails because it delivers prosperity and meets desires for autonomy. But it also is unstable and morally defective. Surveying the varieties and futures of capitalism, Branko Milanovic offers creative solutions to improve a system that isn’t going anywhere.

Calculus Essentials For Dummies

*Calculus Essentials For Dummies* (9781119591207) was previously published as *Calculus Essentials For Dummies* (9780470618356). While this version features a new *Dummies* cover and design, the content is the same as the prior release and should not be considered a new or updated product.
Many colleges and universities require students to take at least one math course, and Calculus I is often the chosen option. *Calculus Essentials For Dummies* provides explanations of key concepts for students who may have taken calculus in high school and want to review the most important concepts as they gear up for a faster-paced college course. Free of review and ramp-up material, *Calculus Essentials For Dummies* sticks to the point with content focused on key topics only. It provides discrete explanations of critical concepts taught in a typical two-semester high school calculus class or a college level Calculus I course, from limits and differentiation to integration and infinite series. This guide is also a perfect reference for parents who need to review critical calculus concepts as they help high school students with homework assignments, as well as for adult learners headed back into the classroom who just need a refresher of the core concepts.
***The Essentials For Dummies* * ***Series* *
Dummies is proud to present our new series,* The Essentials For Dummies*. Now students who are prepping for exams, preparing to study new material, or who just need a refresher can have a concise, easy-to-understand review guide that covers an entire course by concentrating solely on the most important concepts. From algebra and chemistry to grammar and Spanish, our expert authors focus on the skills students most need to succeed in a subject.


### From Library Journal
Foster’s Cachalot is a “well-written story of a women biologist and her spoiled daughter who find love, adventure, and self-realization” (LJ 4/15/80). Severn House’s version is the only hardcover edition available.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Cachalot, landless Ocran planet, long ago reserved by guilt ridden Man as a refuge for the great sea-creatures they had hunted to near extinction? Something was moving in the depths and rising murderously to the surface.

C++ for Lazy Programmers

Learn C++ the quick, easy, and “lazy” way. This book is an introductory programming text that uses humor and fun to make you actually willing to read, and eager to do the projects — with the popular C++ language.
*C++ for Lazy Programmers* is a genuinely fun learning experience that will show you how to create programs in the C++ language. This book helps you learn the C++ language with a unique method that goes beyond syntax and how-to manuals and helps you understand how to be a productive programmer. It provides detailed help with both the Visual Studio and g++ compilers plus their debuggers, and includes the latest version of the language, C++17, too.
Along the way you’ll work through a number of labs: projects intended to stretch your abilities, test your new skills, and build confidence. You’ll go beyond the basics of the language and learn how build a fun C++ arcade game project. After reading and using this book, you’ll be ready for your first real-world C++ application or game project on your own.
**What You Will Learn**
* Program for the first time in C++ in a fun, quick and easy manner
* Discover the SDL graphics and gaming library
* Work with SSDL, the Simple SDLwrapper library
* Use the most common C++ compilers: Visual Studio, and g++ (with Unix or MinGW)
* Practice “anti-bugging” for easy fixes to common problems
* Work with the debugger
* Acquire examples-driven concepts and ideas
* Build a C++-based arcade game application
* Apply built-in Standard Template Library (STL) functions and classes for easy and efficient programming
* Dip your toe in C, C++’s ancestor, still extensively used in industry
* Use new C++11/14/17 features including lambda functions, constexpr, and smart pointers

**Who This Book Is For**
Those who are new to C++, either as a guide for self-learners or as an accessible textbook for students in college-level courses.

C++ Crash Course

A fast-paced, thorough introduction to modern C++ written for experienced programmers. After reading C++ Crash Course, you’ll be proficient in the core language concepts, the C++ Standard Library, and the Boost Libraries.
C++ is one of the most widely used languages for real-world software. In the hands of a knowledgeable programmer, C++ can produce small, efficient, and readable code that any programmer would be proud of.
Designed for intermediate to advanced programmers, C++ Crash Course cuts through the weeds to get you straight to the core of C++17, the most modern revision of the ISO standard. Part 1 covers the core of the C++ language, where you’ll learn about everything from types and functions, to the object life cycle and expressions. Part 2 introduces you to the C++ Standard Library and Boost Libraries, where you’ll learn about all of the high-quality, fully-featured facilities available to you. You’ll cover special utility classes, data structures,…

Building REST APIs With Flask

Develop RESTful web services using the Flask micro-framework and integrate them using MySQL. Use Flask to develop, deploy, and manage REST APIs with easy-to-read and understand Python code. Solve your problem from a choice of libraries. Learn to use MySQL as the web services database for your Flask API using SQLAlchemy ORM.
***Building REST APIs with Flask*** provides a primer on Flask, RESTful services, and working with pip to set up your virtual environment. The key differences between NoSQL and SQL are covered, and you are taught how to connect MySQL and Flask using SQLAlchemy. Author Kunal Relan presents best practices for creating REST APIs and guides you in structuring your app and testing REST endpoints. He teaches you how to set up authentication and render HTML using views. You learn how to write unit tests for your REST APIs, and understand mocks, assertions, and integration testing. You will know how to document your REST APIs, deploy your Flask application on all of the major cloud platforms, and debug and monitor your Flask application.
**What You’ll Learn**
* Use MySQL to create Flask REST APIs
* Test REST endpoints
* Create CRUD endpoints with Flask and MySQL
* Deploy Flask on all of the major cloud platforms
* Monitor your Flask application

**Who This Book Is For**
Python developers interested in REST API development using Flask and web developers with basic programming knowledge who want to learn how Python and REST APIs work together. Readers should be familiar with Python (command line, or at least pip) and MySQL.

Building Ethereum Dapps: Decentralized Applications on the Ethereum Blockchain

**Summary** *Building Ethereum Dapps* introduces you to decentralized applications based on the Ethereum blockchain platform. In this book, you’ll learn the principles of Dapps development by rolling up your sleeves and actually building a few! Foreword by Thomas Bertani. Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications. **About the Technology** Imagine unbreakably secure applications that handle personal and business transactions without any central agency controlling the process. Decentralized applications, or Dapps, do just this, shifting power to users. The Ethereum blockchain platform provides the tools you need to build Dapps, including an innovative “smart contracts” model and Solidity, a Dapp-aware JavaScript-like programming language. **About the Book** *Building Ethereum Dapps* teaches Dapps development on the Ethereum blockchain platform. You’ll begin with a mental model of how Dapps operate, and then dive into designing and implementing smart contracts in Ethereum’s Solidity language. You’ll explore Ethereum smart contract development tools, like Truffle and Web3, and pick up best practices for design and security. Practical exercises throughout give you valuable hands-on experience. **What’s inside** * Ethereum’s key components * Implementing smart contracts in Solidity * Communicating with a smart contract in Web3 * Developing Dapps with Truffle * Best practices for design and security improvement
**About the Reader** For developers with intermediate experience in JavaScript or an OO language. Familiarity with blockchain concepts is helpful. **About the Author** **Roberto Infante** is a software development consultant who specializes in finance. He currently works on financial risk management systems and on blockchain technology. **Table of Contents**
#### PART 1
1. A first look at decentralized applications
2. Understanding the blockchain
3. The Ethereum platform
4. Deploying your first smart contract

#### PART 2
1. Programming smart contracts in Solidity
2. Writing more complex smart contracts
3. Generalizing functionality with abstract contracts and interfaces
4. Managing smart contracts with Web3.js

#### PART 3
1. The Ethereum ecosystem
2. Unit testing contracts with Mocha
3. Improving the development cycle with Truffle
4. Putting it all together: Building a complete voting Dapp

#### PART 4
1. Making a Dapp production ready
2. Security considerations
3. Conclusions


Building Android Apps in Python Using Kivy With Android Studio

Start building Python-based Android applications using Kivy with Android Studio. Through in-depth examples, this book teaches you everything you need to create your first Android application in Python and publish on Google Play.
***Building Android Apps in Python Using Kivy with Android Studio*** takes you through the basics of Kivy by discussing its application structure, widgets, and event handling. The KV language is then introduced for separating the logic and GUI by adding widgets within a KV file. You will then learn how to utilize Android camera using Kivy, build the HTTP server using Flask, and create and manage multiple screens to help you design your own applications. Through detailed step-by-step instructions, you will create your first multi-level cross-platform game that includes animation and sound effects. Following this, the process of converting the Kivy application into an Android application using Buildozer and Python-4-Android is covered in detail. You will then learn how to edit the generated Android Studio project into Android Studio by adding extensions to the original application. The widgets added in Kivy could be handled within Android Studio. Moreover, Android views could be added to enrich the Kivy application. The resulting Android application created with Kivy can be hosted on Google Play to download and install as a regular Android application.
At the end, this book will give you the basic knowledge of Kivy needed to build cross-platform Android applications, produce an Android Studio project, and understand how it all works in detail.
**What You Will Learn**
* Build cross-platform applications from scratch using Kivy in detail
* Create a cross-platform interactive multi-level game from the ground up
* Examine the pipeline of building an Android app from the Python Kivy app
* Understand the structure of the Android Studio project produced by Kivy
* Recognize how to extend the application within Android Studio by adding more Android views to the application main activity.

**Who This Book Is For**
Python developers with no previous experience in Kivy who are looking to create their first Android application completely in Python.