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Home World

The Galactics arrived with their Battle Fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way.
When the Earth is invaded by a rival empire, James McGill’s legion must defend the Home World. The top brass has complex plans, but none of that matters much to McGill, who chooses his own unique path. Traveling to star systems no human has ever visited, he searches for a technological edge to beat the enemy before it’s too late. Along the way he unleashes new terrors, triggering the biggest battles in human history.
HOME WORLD is the sixth book of Undying Mercenaries Series, a novel of military science fiction by bestselling author B. V. Larson.
The series starts with book #1, STEEL WORLD.

History of a Pleasure Seeker

From the acclaimed author of “The Drowning People” (“A literary sensation” –“The New York Times Book Review) “and “Natural Elements” (“A magnum opus” –“The New Yorker”), an opulent, romantic coming-of-age drama set at the height of Europe’s belle epoque, written in the grand tradition with a lightness of touch that is wholly modern and original.
The novel opens in Amsterdam at the turn of the last century. It moves to New York at the time of the 1907 financial crisis and proceeds onboard a luxury liner headed for Cape Town.
It is about a young man–Piet Barol–with an instinctive appreciation for pleasure and a gift for finding it. Piet’s father is an austere administrator at Holland’s oldest university. His mother, a singing teacher, has died–but not before giving him a thorough grounding in the arts of charm.
Piet applies for a job as tutor to the troubled son of Europe’s leading hotelier: a child who refuses to leave his family’s mansion on Amsterdam’s grandest canal. As the young man enters this glittering world, he learns its secrets–and soon, quietly, steadily, finds his life transformed as he in turn transforms the lives of those around him.
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“History of a Pleasure Seeker” is a brilliantly written portrait of the senses, a novel about pleasure and those who are in search of it; those who embrace it, luxuriate in it, need it; and those who deprive themselves of it as they do those they love. It is a book that will beguile and transport you–to another world, another time, another state of being.

Hide and Seek

**Framed police woman D I Helen Grace must survive prison and prove her innocence in M J Alridge’s sixth bestselling thriller.**
**’Addictive. Will have readers scrabbling at the pages as feverishly as an innocent clawing at a prison cell door’ *Daily Express** *
‘A great set-up, and Arlidge keeps the tension ratcheted up throughout’ *Sunday Times* Crime Club
**Prison is no place for a detective**
Helen Grace was one of the country’s best police investigators.
Now she’s behind bars with the killers she caught.
**Framed for murder**
She knows there is only way out:
stay alive until her trial and somehow prove her innocence.
**Locked up with a killer**
But when a mutilated body is found in the cell next door,
Helen fears her days are numbered.
A murderer is on the loose.
And she must find them.
Before she’s next . . .
**PRAISE FOR M.J. ARLIDGE:**
‘The new Jo Nesbo’ JUDY FINNIGAN
‘DI Helen Grace is a genuinely fresh heroine’ *Daily Mail*
‘Helen Grace is one of the greatest heroes to come along in years’ **Jeffery Deaver**
‘The new Jo Nesbo’ **Judy Finnigan**
‘Fast paced and nailbitingly tense … gripping’ ***Sun** *
‘DI Helen Grace is a genuinely fresh heroine … MJ Arlidge weaves together a tapestry that chills to the bone’ ***Daily Mail***

Hexad: The Factory

Dale dug furtively, feeling like a muppet but unable to get the previous evening’s conversation with Amanda out of his mind. A stupid, drunken conversation, full of conjecture about the possibility of time travel. Then one of them, he couldn’t remember which, had come up with the idea that if it really was possible at some point in their future then they’d go back in time and bury proof under the apple tree in the garden.
Dale knew he was acting foolish, and prayed Amanda didn’t wake up to find him digging in the dirt. He couldn’t help it though, however ridiculous it seemed. There was that nagging at the back of his mind: what if?

Hello Swift!: IOS Programming for Kids and Other Beginners

**Summary** *Hello Swift!* is a how-to guide to programming iOS Apps with the Swift language, written from a kid’s perspective. This approachable, well-illustrated, step-by-step guide takes you from beginning programming concepts all the way through developing complete apps. (Adults will like it too!) Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications. **About the Technology** It’s fun to play games and explore new things on your iPhone. How amazing would it be to create your own apps? With a little practice, you can! Apple’s Swift language, along with special coding playgrounds and an easy-to-use programming environment, make it easier than ever. Take it from author Tanmay Bakshi, who started programming when he was just five years old. **About the Book** His book, *Hello Swift! iOS app programming for kids and other beginners* , teaches you how to write apps for iPhones and iOS devices step by step, starting with your first line of Swift code. Packed with dozens of apps and special exercises, the book will teach you how to program by writing games, solving puzzles, and exploring what your iPhone can do. Hello Swift! gets you started. Where you go next is up to you! **What’s inside** * Crystal-clear explanations anyone can understand * Kid-friendly examples, including games and puzzles * Learn by doing &;you’ll build dozens of small apps * Exercises that encourage critical thinking
**About the Reader** Written for kids who want to learn how to program. (Psst! Adults like it, too.) **About the Author** **Tanmay Bakshi** had his first app on the iOS App Store at the age of nine. He’s now the youngest IBM Champion, a Cloud Advisor, Watson Developer, TED Speaker, and Manning author! **Table of Contents** 1\. Get ready to build apps with Swift! 2\. Create your first app 3\. Your first real Swift code using variables 4\. I/O laboratory 5\. Computers make decisions, too! 6\. Let computers do repetitive work 7\. Knitting variables into arrays and dictionaries 8\. Reuse your code: Clean it with function detergent 9\. Reduce your code: Use less, do more with class detergent 10\. Reading and writing files 11\. Frameworks: Bookshelves of classes 12\. SpriteKit: Fun animation time 13\. Time to watch your WatchKit code 14\. Continuing your journey with Swift
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Hell’s Gate

He came out of the dark night with only another man’s name…a man who would soon be found floating in a distant river. He was a man without a past, without a future; he had only a bloody mission. His first act was violent murder! He was a man…or was he? Just who was Victor Salsbury? And if he was not a man, then…what was he? And who were the unseen masters, who issue orders only on whim? What were their plans for the world… plans so horrifying that they could change an unfeeling, nonhuman creature into a frightened human!

Heaven Painted as a Poker Chip

Starting into a brand new series, USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith asks a simple question: What happens if ghosts can fight crime and bad guys?
Just fifteen minutes after Dr. Jewel Kelly meets Deputy Sheriff Tommy Ralston, they both die. They simply become ghosts, hanging around their own death scene in the mountains of Montana, waiting for something to happen. But even as ghosts they find each other really attractive.
In life, they both worked to help people. It seems that in the afterlife, their job continues.
The strangest crime-fighting ghost duo ever. And the sexiest.
“[The Poker Boy] series is unlike anything else out there. It’s quirky and a lot of fun.”
—Amazing Stories
USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith published more than a hundred novels in thirty years and hundreds and hundreds of short stories across many genres.
He wrote a couple dozen Star Trek novels, the only two original Men in Black novels, Spider-Man and X-Men novels, plus novels set in gaming and television worlds. Writing with his wife Kristine Kathryn Rusch under the name Kathryn Wesley, they wrote the novel for the NBC miniseries The Tenth Kingdom and other books for Hallmark Hall of Fame movies.
He wrote novels under dozens of pen names in the worlds of comic books and movies, including novelizations of a dozen films, from The Final Fantasy to Steel to Rundown.
He now writes his own original fiction under just the one name, Dean Wesley Smith. In addition to his upcoming novel releases, his monthly magazine called Smith’s Monthly premiered October 1, 2013, filled entirely with his original novels and stories.
Dean also worked as an editor and publisher, first at Pulphouse Publishing, then for VB Tech Journal, then for Pocket Books. He now plays a role as an executive editor for the original anthology series Fiction River.

Heaven Painted as a Cop Car

Eve Bryson died and found herself dead and lusting after a cop?
And not just any cop. Deputy McCall Cascade: Superhero.
Can a ghost and a superhero find true happiness and sex and stop a few killers along the way?
USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith brings you the fourth book in the crazy Ghost of a Chance series.
“[The Poker Boy] series is unlike anything else out there. It’s quirky and a lot of fun.”
\- Amazing Stories

Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift

Poker Boy and his team have saved the world countless times. The Ghost of a Chance agency follows a similar charge. Superheroes and ghosts, all working for the greater good.
But as the holidays approach, both groups face a challenge with higher stakes than either can tackle alone.
The Ghost Agents, including newly dead recruits Belle and Nancy, team up with Poker Boy and his team to stop a deadly threat—and save Christmas.
Melding his fan-favorite Poker Boy series with his new Heaven Painted series, USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith proves that alive or dead, god or mortal, no one has more fun saving the world.
“[The Poker Boy] series is unlike anything else
out there. It’s quirky and a lot of fun.”
—Amazing Stories
USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith published more than a hundred novels in thirty years and hundreds and hundreds of short stories across many genres.
He wrote a couple dozen Star Trek novels, the only two original Men in Black novels, Spider-Man and X-Men novels, plus novels set in gaming and television worlds. Writing with his wife Kristine Kathryn Rusch under the name Kathryn Wesley, they wrote the novel for the NBC miniseries The Tenth Kingdom and other books for Hallmark Hall of Fame movies.
He wrote novels under dozens of pen names in the worlds of comic books and movies, including novelizations of a dozen films, from The Final Fantasy to Steel to Rundown.
He now writes his own original fiction under just the one name, Dean Wesley Smith. In addition to his upcoming novel releases, his monthly magazine called Smith’s Monthly premiered October 1, 2013, filled entirely with his original novels and stories.
Dean also worked as an editor and publisher, first at Pulphouse Publishing, then for VB Tech Journal, then for Pocket Books. He now plays a role as an executive editor for the original anthology series Fiction River.

Heart of Flame

Former homicide detective Chuck Montiel didn’t believe in vampires until the night he was turned. Now he’s a deadly and powerful predator, struggling to hold onto his humanity, and his only chance at salvation is an offer from Branch Zero – a secret organization dedicated to keeping L.A.’s preternatural populace in check. Chuck can either help them track down a dangerous cult threatening the city or spend the rest of eternity under Branch Zero’s surveillance. He’s got no hope, no options, and nothing to lose. Until Misha dances into his bleak existence. A half-seraph with the face of an angel and hands full of flame, Misha runs the Wayward Heart Hotel, a sanctuary for L.A.’s magical underworld. Branch Zero don’t approve of her or her methods. She and Chuck are on opposite sides of the law, but their connection is shocking and undeniable – they just have to survive long enough to understand it.

Hawthorn Witches: Demons & Dracaena, Sorcerers & Sumac, Werewolves & Wisteria

This omnibus edition of the Hawthorn Witches series includes the first 3 novellas in the series:
Demons & Dracaena, Hawthorn Witches Novella #1
Sorcerers & Sumac, Hawthorn Witches Novella #2
Werewolves & Wisteria, Hawthorn Witches Novella #3
Annie Hawthorn’s life is a living hell. She’s about to graduate from high school in beautiful Bellmoral, Colorado, but she’s caught the eye of the campus mean girl. In order to get back at her, Annie unleashes a little hell of her own when she discovers her late aunt’s grimoire.
Now that there’s a demon on the loose, things aren’t so funny. Annie’s best friend has been turned into a cat. She’s doing her homework in hell. Her after school job at the greenhouse is punctuated by frequent demonic interruptions.
But it’s worse than that, because Charlie, the demon, claims that her aunt isn’t dead, and she owes him a debt. And until Annie can find her, he’s holding her life ransom. **
### Sinossi
This omnibus edition of the Hawthorn Witches series includes the first 3 novellas in the series:
Demons & Dracaena, Hawthorn Witches Novella #1
Sorcerers & Sumac, Hawthorn Witches Novella #2
Werewolves & Wisteria, Hawthorn Witches Novella #3
Annie Hawthorn’s life is a living hell. She’s about to graduate from high school in beautiful Bellmoral, Colorado, but she’s caught the eye of the campus mean girl. In order to get back at her, Annie unleashes a little hell of her own when she discovers her late aunt’s grimoire.
Now that there’s a demon on the loose, things aren’t so funny. Annie’s best friend has been turned into a cat. She’s doing her homework in hell. Her after school job at the greenhouse is punctuated by frequent demonic interruptions.
But it’s worse than that, because Charlie, the demon, claims that her aunt isn’t dead, and she owes him a debt. And until Annie can find her, he’s holding her life ransom.

Hands-On Unsupervised Learning With Python

**Discover the skill-sets required to implement various approaches to Machine Learning with Python**
#### Key Features
* Explore unsupervised learning with clustering, autoencoders, restricted Boltzmann machines, and more
* Build your own neural network models using modern Python libraries
* Practical examples show you how to implement different machine learning and deep learning techniques

#### Book Description
Unsupervised learning is about making use of raw, untagged data and applying learning algorithms to it to help a machine predict its outcome. With this book, you will explore the concept of unsupervised learning to cluster large sets of data and analyze them repeatedly until the desired outcome is found using Python.
This book starts with the key differences between supervised, unsupervised, and semi-supervised learning. You will be introduced to the best-used libraries and frameworks from the Python ecosystem and address unsupervised learning in both the machine learning and deep learning domains. You will explore various algorithms, techniques that are used to implement unsupervised learning in real-world use cases. You will learn a variety of unsupervised learning approaches, including randomized optimization, clustering, feature selection and transformation, and information theory. You will get hands-on experience with how neural networks can be employed in unsupervised scenarios. You will also explore the steps involved in building and training a GAN in order to process images.
By the end of this book, you will have learned the art of unsupervised learning for different real-world challenges.
#### What you will learn
* Use cluster algorithms to identify and optimize natural groups of data
* Explore advanced non-linear and hierarchical clustering in action
* Soft label assignments for fuzzy c-means and Gaussian mixture models
* Detect anomalies through density estimation
* Perform principal component analysis using neural network models
* Create unsupervised models using GANs

#### Who this book is for
This book is intended for statisticians, data scientists, machine learning developers, and deep learning practitioners who want to build smart applications by implementing key building block unsupervised learning, and master all the new techniques and algorithms offered in machine learning and deep learning using real-world examples. Some prior knowledge of machine learning concepts and statistics is desirable.