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The Geek: by Jonathan Latt

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The Geek

Gary Geiecki (pronounced Gee-ecki) is a skilled assassin. He's been an unofficial CIA killer for the past twenty years and has decided to retire. There is no such thing as a truly perfect assassin and Gary was no exception. He was, however, very good. Gary left a wide trail of bodies behind him, over his long and productive career. Riddled with childhood insecurities and social awkwardness Gary desperately tries to move forward with his life after retirement. He quickly finds it is far easier to kill someone else than it is to kill the ghosts of the past. Gary soon learns that what is in the past doesn't always stay there. His greatest enemy... a man thought long dead... is back and seeking vengeance. Gary must now fight for not only his life, but everyone he holds dear and finally put this last ghost to rest. Gary will learn that the old saying You can't go home again isn't exactly true. You can go home again, but you shouldn't.

About the Author

Jonathan Latt was born in Los Angeles, has traveled the world, and lived in Asia (mainly Tokyo) for a year and a half. He has written for film, television and video games and is a script doctor and consultant in those genres. The authors he admires and who have influenced him most are Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Robert Heinlein and William Gibson. He is an avid gamer and Lego builder. His greatest childhood memory is waiting in line at age eight with his father to see the original Star Wars movie. His greatest regret is actually playing with his Star Wars games, which renders them no longer valuable in the area of collectibles. He is convinced that: If you think there is something scary in your closet or under your bed, there probably is, so don't go to sleep, or it will get you. If you put a monkey or a robot in a movie it instantly gets better. If you put a monkey that is a robot in a movie that will probably be the best movie of all time. "Violence is never the answer" is said by people who don't understand the question. Your life is a precious thing, but not as precious as mine. If you are compelled to tell stories, even if no one is listening... just do it! Jonathan resides in the San Fernando Valley surrounded by his vast collection of books ranging from everything to the occult, UFOs and espionage, as well as his noteworthy collection of comic books.

Reviews

Hungry Monster...14 Likes...5 Stars, November 20, 2015

"This book grabbed my attention because it was never what I expected. From the beginning, the character's codename "The Geek" to the plot twists that happened throughout the book.. It was also a little darker than I expected in the beginning. It featured great description, though with just the right amount of detail and insight I needed to understand the characters. The switch to action jolted my attention. The more you read, the more layers are exposed. I especially liked the cat and mouse games that is mirrored between the characters as well between the reader. A good example of thi iis the Geek's interaction with Joana. It starts innocent enough, then descends into a cat and mouse game between Gary and the operative. A chapter or two later, that scene shows up as only one layer of a deeper drama that neither Gary nor Joana expected.

The author only provides a few lines of detail to provide the backstory, but it's more than enough to keep readers intrigued. Nowhere was this more prononced than in the lead character, Gary. The book found an interesting twist to the 'Army dude who was hired by CIA' cliche that has been repeated ad nauseam in spy films and books. That twist is especially pronounced midway in the book, when the character makes a key decision that starts a whole new chain of events. The Geek seems to go in one direction, but once a reader thinks they have figured it out the book goes in another. These changes aren't dramatic, over-the-top plot twists (in most cases), but tiny details (like a death or even a simple gesture) that alters the story's direction in a way that a reader never saw coming.

The story is a highly engrossing read. Readers can easily find themselves lost in another world filled with spies, secrets, and lies played on a global stage. Despite the exotic locations, the book doesn't suffer from being too out of the realm of reality. Every character has a history based in a reality that is plausible. The way the author treats each character's origin as hero or villain (most often both) is what draws readers further into the book. Overall, It's not just another espionage novel. It's an incredible story about an assassin and the choices he has to make in a world where evil and good isn't clear cut. All of the characters add or peel back a layer of depth on the journey. As a result, The Geek is a ride you will never forget. The ending chapters tie everything together in slightly predictable fashion (at first), then ends on a cliffhanger similar to a really good TV series."

... ... 5 stars... The past is always with you. By lynne on December 9, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase..

"What a great addition to the pulp-fiction genre doing exactly what the cult classics before it have done. There is a darkly fascinating humor at work here and enough plot twists and turns so that you never quite know what to expect will happen next. While the book is both funny and exciting it also runs seriously enough so that it never becomes in danger of being a parody of itself. I've read novels in the past that have attempted to overdo many aspects and gotten into a teeth-gratingly awkward niche that they don't escape from. Great writing, excellent plot, I now want to read more by Latt."

5 stars...Unique thriller By TFL Reader TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 6, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

"If you like your fiction fast, hard-hitting and close to the bone then The Geek is the book for you. Its un-apologetic approach is as refreshing as it is entertaining, especially after the current young-adult craze that seems determined to have all issues tackled in books wrapped in cotton wool. Despite being over 300 pages I found this to be a quick read. Kind of a Bret Easton Ellis book on speed, which for me is no bad thing. It's reminded me there are authors out there determined to buck the trend and give us books that don't strive for political correctness. A great find and one I'll be sharing with friends.

The story is a highly engrossing read. Readers can easily find themselves lost in another world filled with spies, secrets, and lies played on a global stage. Despite the exotic locations, the book doesn't suffer from being too out of the realm of reality. Every character has a history based in a reality that is plausible. The way the author treats each character's origin as hero or villain (most often both) is what draws readers further into the book. Overall, It's not just another espionage novel. It's an incredible story about an assassin and the choices he has to make in a world where evil and good isn't clear cut. All of the characters add or peel back a layer of depth on the journey. As a result, The Geek is a ride you will never forget. The ending chapters tie everything together in slightly predictable fashion (at first), then ends on a cliffhanger similar to a really good TV series."

3.0 out of 5 stars...If you like Quentin Tarantino films you will like this book By Otteron October 18, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

 "If you like Quentin Tarantino films you will like this book. Violence is frequent and graphic, along with sexual sadism and mature language. That said I think the underlying focus is comedy, much like a Tarantino film. The pulp mayhem is front and center, but not the point of the story so much as a vehicle for dark humor through pretty well developed characters. It's too violent for me (minus one star), and I'm a bit squeamish of profanity like the 'c' word (minus the 2nd star) ... but I can't deny it's a page turner, and I could not abandon it. Chapters are short, pacing is great."

Good Reads...Cracked Spine...5 Stars December 15, 2015

"I guess some professions you just don't retire from, at least that's what Gary Geiecki finds out in Jonathan Latt's The Geek. This is a real blockbuster novel that packs a punch and doesn't apologise for the lack of kid gloves. The plot is excellent but it's protagonist Geiecki that really made it all work for me. An exceptional lead just begging to be made into a funny (dark that is) and compelling action movie. A rollercoaster ride and, maybe not one for the light-hearted, but I loved it."

5 stars...What a great fast read this was By Tony Garcia on September 26, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

"What a great fast read this was. Like Clive Cussler books, you seem to know the characters in real life as you read. They developed quickly, but then their backstory was brought it to really open them up. I can't wait to see where the author goes from here. It's most definitely a fun and fast ride."

4.0 out of 5 stars...Hard driving page turner. Well defined characters pop out ... By George A. Weinstock on September 24, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition

"Hard driving page turner. Well defined characters pop out at you from the pages in all their glory and obstacles. A well defined story full of grit and muscle."

5 stars...Exciting... Fast paced By Amazon Customer on September 16, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

"Loved the character development. I became invested in the players involved. Detailed and told the back story of the parties involved. I can not wait to the next book by this author."

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Jo by Viedelle Smith

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"JO by Nigel Wyndham"

Author, Viedelle Smith

 

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JO by Nigel Wyndham
by Viedelle Smith
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Reviewed by J. Duffield

"And then his voice turned into a solemn but deliberate whisper. 'I am betrothed to another, my love.'"

Smith has crafted a well-written historical romance, based on historic facts. The novel is produced as a story within a story. Newspaper man, Nigel Wyndham, upon hearing Josephine Mary’s tale of unfair imprisonment and subsequent banishment to Sydneytowne, vows to tell the world her story. Born in New York in 1764, Josephine witnesses English felons working alongside black slaves. When Jo’s brother runs off to join the Northern troops, Jo runs away to find him–infuriating her father, Victor. Jo finds her brother dead on a battlefield, and English Sergeant Brian Eagan is ordered to protect her.

Brian and Jo fall in love, but their romance is forbidden by Victor. Heartbroken, Jo travels to England to find Brian–only to discover that he is betrothed to another. The strong-willed Jo runs away again and is taken in by Susie and Sean, the latter of whom is an Irish political activist. Jo’s world collapses when she is found guilty of treason by association and sent to the Australian women's prison in Sydneytowne. She could never have imagined that her life in Australia would be made even more difficult by the resurgence of Brian, who is determined to win her back one way or another.

The author writes with a great familiarity of both dialect and history. The vivid settings Smith creates bring the reader deep into the world of war and imprisonment. Female readers will especially empathize with Jo’s plight as a woman with very little say in her own future. Bound by so many men, Jo attempts to make the best of each of the situations she finds herself in. In the end, she proves to be the strongest character of all—surviving challenges that even the most controlling and cruel men in her life cannot manage. The story of Josephine’s harrowing life is an engaging, emotional read. The heroism and perseverance she shows in the face of such adversity makes her an excellent role model for women and girls alike. Her story is not only timely but arguably needed, which would translate well to the big screen.

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REVIEWS:

I am in complete awe of this book! It truly is flawless with great, well drawn characters that I became thoroughly vested in - meticulously researched history that comes to exciting life within this carefully crafted presentation. This is LITERATURE encased in a compelling, easy to read novel that should be at the top of everyone's reading list. 

Roberta Fresh - Valley Glen Bi-Monthly Newspaper-2014.

"JO" is a sweeping drama filled with romance and adventure that grabs the reader from page one. Filled with colourful characters, Viedelle Smith takes us on an epic journey through early America; London; finally unravelling against the vast expanse of an unchartered continent. It reminds me of the historical epics Hollywood used to make. 

John-Michael Howson - OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) Fairfax Radio Australia, Writer, Reporter, Entertainer-2014.

One of the most exceptional stories I've ever read. Completely engrossing: meticulously researched: rich in characters and storytelling. A historical masterpiece filled with fictional and non-fictional characters - an exciting comparative to, "Gone With the Wind," a MUST on every avid reader's book-list! I'm already envisioning top international actors who I will want to cast in key roles. Every character, a gem. With extraordinary writing, each setting will make JO an epic on the screen today, and for all future generations to come! 

Melissa Skoff - Casting Director, Producer, Acting Coach-2014.

JO - thumbs up! Riveting: a powerful tour de force: a page-turner of exciting fictional characters amongst colourful non-fictional happenings during times when women were to be seen and not heard: a story that captures the hearts and souls of every reader as our leading lady takes us on a historical journey of unrequited love - to chaos - to finally reaching her own self-proclaimed sovereignty. 

Brian Leonard - Composer, Violin Master, World Renowned Concert Violinist-2014.

By clarezview on September 21, 2015 Format: Paperback I hope this book is the first of a series about this wonderful heroine, Jo. I believe this book gives young women of today a true heroine...a young girl who becomes a woman of strength and remarkable character as she confronts the consequences of her own choices and the unrelenting systems that condemn her for them.

Viedelle Smith is a brilliant storyteller that takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride in this extraordinary novel. She uses her pen like a brush painting sweeping strokes of reality into her vivid scenes-we see the lush forest of the English country side and feel the scorching heat of the land down under. Our leading lady is forced into an unmanageable life of degrading hardship, survival and redemption and through it all redefines the meaning of courage. If ever a novel belongs on the silver screen it is this epic masterpiece by Veidelle Smith. 

By Gardner Doolittle - Filmmaker Review on October 4, 2015 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

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Nuclear Lies, Deceptions and Hypocrisies: By Mehdi Sarram

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By Mehdi Sarram

For the first time in decades, this timely book attempts to document the lies, deceptions and hypocrisies in seven countries, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Iran, Pakistan, India and the US. Certainly, not all these seven countries have lied and deceived to the same extent. It will be shown that the lies and deceptions have changed the world we live in today. The unacceptable consequences of some of these lies and deceptions have resulted in a more unsafe world. There is plenty of public information on nuclear issues in these countries except Israel where the nuclear program has been kept secret from the beginning. 

Mehdi Sarram is a Professional Engineer with 47 years nuclear experience and has traveled to 38 countries, many with nuclear programs. He holds a postgraduate degree, University of Michigan, in nuclear engineering (1967) with a US Atomic Energy Commission Senior Reactor Operator License (1965). Was an assistant professor at the University of Tehran, 1968-1974 and was one of eight directors of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, 1974-1979, reporting to the Deputy Minister of Iran. In April 1977, he organized the first International Conference on Transfer of Nuclear Technology in Persepolis, Iran attended by 500 senior government and industry representatives from 42 countries. He left Iran for Vienna in 1981 and worked for the International Atomic Energy Agency department of safeguards. He immigrated to the US in 1982, working for the nuclear industry including Raytheon Nuclear, Duke Engineering, AREVA NP and URS and has over 30 publications in the nuclear field. In the recent years, he has been lecturing at various Universities in California about Iran nuclear program since 1955. Most recently, he gave lectures at UC Berkeley, UCSD and SDSU about Iran and P5+1 nuclear negotiation.

Reviews:

We know that truth is the first casualty in war. We should be more aware that when it comes to the development of nuclear weapons truth is lost even in peace time. Mehdi Sarram, a nuclear power expert with solid American and international experience, is well placed to show it. Through expert knowledge, dedicated research and extensive documentation he demonstrates how we are subjected to disinformation and deception and how this can lead to dangerous confrontations, arms races and conflicts in an already risky world.

Dr. Hans Blix, former IAEA Director General

I have greatly enjoyed my professional and personal relationship with Mehdi. When I first heard his personal story, from education in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Michigan, to the first Senior Operator at the research reactor in Iran, to working at the IAEA, to working in the West...I knew he had to share this with a wider audience. His insights based on his life experiences offer lessons for us today as nuclear proliferation remains an important issue in the headlines.

 David H. Johnson, ScD MIT, Nuclear Engineering (Applied Radiation Physics), Orange, California

Mehdi Sarram has a very difficult challenge: to describe what he defines as 'nuclear lies, deceptions and hypocrisies,' which he imputes to seven countries Iraq, Syria, Israel, Iran, Pakistan, India, and USA. Knowing Mehdi's nuclear experience, this book will shed light on nuclear proliferation which is a current issue and I imagine that this taxing subject should make a good reading. I met Mehdi for the first time in the 70's. At that time he was a high officer of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, which was under the direction of Dr. Akbar Etemad, who is popularly called the father of Iran's nuclear program, during the administration of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The successful Iranian nuclear programme started at that time. Mehdi was a real insider of these early stages, remaining involved until 1979. After that, he has continued to be acquainted of the programme evolution until present days through personal contacts. Immediately after that period, he joined the IAEA, which at that time was under the direction of Sigvard Eklund. Shortly he attached himself to professional nuclear activities in the US and our professional contact became partial.

Abel J. Gonzales, Former IAEA Director of Radiation Safety

Mehdi Sarram pulls no punches as he reveals the shadowy 50-year history of lies and deceptions by seven countries, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Iran, Pakistan, India and the US. Fascinating reading for anyone concerned about the threat of nuclear proliferation and terrorism.

Martin Judge, former State Department executive and author of The Fifth Coup

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The Nursing Home Crisis By William Dorich

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Stolen Glory

As our population continues to age, more of us will one day need to face the possibility of nursing home care for ourselves or a loved one.

That decision is far too important to be left to chance and urgency does not allow us the luxury of learning by trial and error. Research writer William Dorich found this out the hard way when dealing with his own family experience with nursing home care. In this new eBook The Nursing Home Crisis William Dorich sheds valuable light and shocking detail on the problems of physical and sexual abuse as well as neglect and medical malpractice in some nursing homes today. William Dorich provides his readers with the tools they need to find and evaluate a good nursing home for themselves or a loved one.

While this book graphically exposes the Good, the Bad and the Terrible in nursing home care today it also brings a clear understanding about the rights of the patient and how to wisely spend down assets. This book will also show you how to apply for Social Security and Medi-Care benefits while still protecting the rights of your loved one. This book is an important addition to any home research library and an especially valuable tool for anyone facing nursing home decisions.

This Book Contains:

  • The Good, The Bad, and the Terrible
  • Elder and Sexual Abuse
  • Recognizing Abuse Warning Signs
  • Common Types of Abuse in Nursing Homes
  • Other Nursing Home Problems
  • Where to Turn if the Unthinkable Happens
  • How to Report Elder Abuse
  • Gathering Evidence
  • Helping Your Loved One Cope
  • Non-Nursing Home Options
  • Determine What You Can Afford
  • Choosing a Nursing Home
  • Managing the Costs
  • Nursing Home Litigation
  • Information Everyone Should Know
  • Legal Issues That Will Arise
  • Power of Attorney, Guardian and Conservatorship
  • How Care is Monitored
  • Know the Laws and How They Work For you
  • Directing Medical Care and Final Expenses
  • Nursing Home Regulations
  • Personal Privacy Rights ... and more!

About the Author:

William Dorich has lived and worked in Westwood, California for more than 30 years. His early training was at Art Center College of Design in photography and journalism at UCLA. His career includes ten years as regional sales manager for two major west coast printing companies prior to founding his publishing firm in 1985, GM Books. William is the author of 5 books on Balkan history and music. His newest book, Defeat Foreclosure, preceded the publication of this book. The book was written to help homeowners save their house, their credit and prevent fraudulent foreclosure scam artists from victimizing them a second time. His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, and the Washington Times, among other publications.

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This Bible Talks: by Pamela Fischer

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A Child's First "Press & Play" Talking Bible Storybook

This unique Bible storybook features 16 major stories from the Old and New Testaments. This will help young children to grasp key concepts of faith by being exposed to pictures and listening to the stories at the same time.

This simple retelling of the core narratives of faith will introduce children to the vocabulary and the message of God's unconditional love.

Ideal for toddlers, pre-school and kindergarten age children.

As your child selects one of their favorite bible stories and presses the corresponding button, that story is read to them in the gentle voice of Michael David McGuire. This interactive book will be one of your child's constant choices for playtime. Great for the car and for bedtime reading.

A "Child-Safe" Toy...A Perfect Easter, Christmas, Newborn, Baptism and Birthday Gift.

About the Author

Pamela Fischer lives with her husband and three children in Los Angeles, California. She is a graduate of California State University, Northridge, with a degree in Business Management. A practicing Roman Catholic, Ms. Fischer felt a true calling to share God's Kingdom with the little ones by creating this unique way to expose them to Bible lessons in advance of learning to read and write. She also volunteers for various causes that promote Christian Unity among Orthodox, Protestants and Catholics.

A substantial portion of the author's proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to various Christian charities.

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Jasenovac: by William Dorich

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The Jasenovac Concentration Camp of WWII Croatia has been nicknamed by historians as the "Auschwitz of the Balkans." The reader needs to be reminded that hundreds of thousands of Serbs were slaughtered in their fields, on the thresholds of their houses and burned to death inside their churches. Most Serbs were murdered by their own neighbors who were encouraged to kill by Roman Catholic priests who led the genocide of over one million victims.

The Jasenovac Concentration Camp of WWII Croatia has been nicknamed by historians as the "Auschwitz of the Balkans." The reader needs to be reminded that hundreds of thousands of Serbs were slaughtered in their fields, on the thresholds of their houses and burned to death inside their churches. Most Serbs were murdered by their own neighbors who were encouraged to kill by Roman Catholic priests who led the genocide of over one million victims.

After Hitler brought Ante Pavelic to power in 1941, Pavelic created 34 "summary" courts throughout Croatia. He empowered every Croatian to arrest and kill Serbians without being charged with a crime. Any Croat could sit on these "courts," including former convicts who issued arrest warrants and passed out death sentences. Mobile courts roamed the countryside in which Serbs were arrested, tried, convicted and hanged-within hours of their capture. Numerous photographs of this period show thousands of victims hanging from trees and lamp posts throughout Croatia and Bosnia. Not a single person was brought to justice for these crimes against humanity. While the crimes of Jasenovac have finally, after 55 years, become the subject of discussion at an American college, it is paramount that we do not over-emphasize Jasenovac, as the vast majority of Serbian victims in the Holocaust were eliminated without being prisoners of any death camp, and were spared the grotesque deaths at camps like Jasenovac where victims were bludgeoned to death to save bullets, or worse, slowly dismembered to the pleasure of their tormentors.

This book is the presentation of William Dorich at the First International Conference and Exhibition on the Jasenovac Concentration Camp sponsored by the Holocaust Resource Center at Kingsborough Community College, C.U.N.Y., New York. Its 60 pages reveal first person testimonies of some of the worse crimes of the 20th century including a partial list of 430 Roman Catholic priests who participated in the slaughters of tens of thousands of Serbs, then fled to Argentina with false passports created inside the "Vatican Ratline."

About the Author:

William Dorich is the author/compiler of the 1991 book, The Serbian Genocide-1941-45, with contributors, the late David Martin, author of The Web of Disinformation (1989) and the late Michael Lees, author of The Rape of Serbia (1989), Dr. Michael Mennard and Dr. Milan Bulajic, international attorney and considered a genocide expert by the United Nations. Mr. Dorich's 1992 book, Kosovo, was written by 6 Balkan historians including: Dr. Dimitrije Djordjevic, Prof. Thomas Emmert, V. Rev. Mateja Matejic, Slavko Todorovich and Dr. Alex Dragnich, recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award for Distinguished Service to Vanderbilt University. The book was published by the Kosovo Charity Fund in association with I.O.C.C.-International Orthodox Christian Charities. Proceeds from the sale of the book were used to aid the more than 30,000 Serbian orphans of the Bosnian Civil War.

In 1994, with such contributors as Peter Brock, Yossef Bodansky, Major Richard Felman USAF (Ret.), Dr. Peter Maher, Dr. Michael Mennard, Dr. Raju G. Thomas, Mr. Dorich compiled the book, The Suppressed Serbian Voice and the Free Press in America, published by the Serbian American Voters Alliance. Mr. Dorich's current books include, A Brief History of Serbian Music in its second edition and Hilandar's Octocentenary which commemorates the 800th anniversary of the Hilandar Monastery on Mt. Athos. On Easter Sunday, 1997, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church bestowed The Order of St. Sava on Mr. Dorich, the highest recognition given to a lay person by the Serbian Orthodox Church. He is also the 1997 recipient of an Award of Merit by the Serbian Bar Association of America. His views have published in the American Srbobran, Washington Times, Washington Post, Arizona Republic, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Chicago Tribune, American Bar Association Journal, and Heritage Southwest Jewish Press.

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Hilandar's Octocentenary: by William Dorich

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Octocentenary... simply stated means 800th aniversary. But the historic commemoration of Hilandar, the Serbian Orthodox monastery on the Holy Mountain of Athos, is replete with complexity.

Over the centuries, Serbian rulers, unlike their contemporaries in the West, did not build enduring castles... each one of them felt duty-bound to build monasteries and churches and hundreds were founded. Serbian kings were not praised in their biographies for conquest, but for their piety and their generous endowments that were established with the intent to achieve personal salvation while benefiting their people in a lasting way.

Stefan Nemanja set a precedent to be followed by the other members of the Nemanjic dynasty, their noblemen, and their high clergy. The results are a legacy of incomparable religious, architectural, cultural, and scholarly riches. These accomplishments are not there for us to merely admire, but, rather, to emulate in each consecutive generation. In this spirit, Stefan Nemanja (1168-1196) followed his son Rastko in forsaking his throne to enter a Serbian Orthodox monastery, which he built and in which he died. SS Simeon and Sava were followed by the entire Holy Dynasty of Serbian rulers from the Houses of Nemanjic, Lazarevic, and Brankovic, including a multitude of Church leaders, archbishops and patriarchs, many of whom are venerated today as saints... some died as martyrs.

In spite of five centuries of Ottoman slavery in which Serbian churches, icons and frescoes were destroyed by enemies of the Serbian people and Orthodoxy, we remain endowed with an incredible wealth of documentation about the life of St. Sava, Hilandar and the founding of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the 12th century. St. Sava and Hilandar are synonymous with Serbian Orthodoxy, just as Hilandar and the Holy Mountain of Athos are essential to Orthodox Christianity. St. Sava's contribution and influence are incalculable.

Eight centuries after his death scholars from around the world continue to study St. Sava and the virtues he bequeathed to his people and all mankind.

I have respectfully dedicated this volume to the Very Rev. Dr. Mateja Matejic, a priest, a scholar, and an enlightener who has spent his life preserving the archives of Hilandar so that this, and future generations, will continue to benefit from his devoted work. Dr. Matejic received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and was full professor at Ohio State University from 1971-1990. He was also director of the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies... the largest repository of Slavic documents in the Western Hemisphere. Dr. Matejic was editor of The Path of Orthodoxy, the official periodical of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the West. He has been director of the Kosovo Publishing Company since 1968. Author of more than 25 books and 230 articles in various languages, he has lectured and presented papers in more than 15 countries. Father Matejic was a guiding hand in my authoring the 1992 book Kosovo and this volume. I am honored to call him my friend.

It would be impossible and a great disservice to attempt to pay tribute to Hilandar or to Dr. Matejic in a mere sixty-eight page presentation. Rather, the intent of this book was to bring the reader's attention to the most important aspects of Hilandar on this memorable occasion, and to inspire interest in the Holy Mountain and its spiritual significance for Orthodoxy.

Hilandar tells its own story without embellishment or much effort... as the hard work was done eight hundred years ago by a monk called Rastko, who is now venerate as St. Sava. It is part of his heritage to which this book is dedicated.

William Dorich 

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String of Pearls: A Mother's Wisdom - by Marie True Evans

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The perfect gift for a new bride,Mother's Day, a close friend, a birthday, a "get well" gift and a thoughtful hostess item the entire family will enjoy.

String of Pearls: A Mother's Wisdom is dedicated to Mary True, an accomplished and well known Baltimore musician. In 1983 Baltimore Magazine named Mary True "Baltimore's Best Cocktail Pianist" and in 1989 she received a Congressional Achievement Award praising her for her "exemplary contributions to the field of performing arts."

Marie True Evans, her daughter, and author of String of Pearls, fondly remembers her mother's "pearls of wisdom" which she shares in this book along with selected "pearls" from the author's relatives, friends and colleagues. There are also quotations from first ladies Barbara Bush, Betty Ford, Lady Bird Johnson and Nancy Reagan. The book includes photos and quotations from such celebrities as Lolita Davidovich, Phyllis Diller, Patty Duke, Meryl Streep and Natalie Wood. Laura Huxley leads the literary section.

In color, soft cover with 92 pages, its 5" x 8" size is a great gift book for any occasion.

 A majority of the profits from the sale of this book will go directly to benefit breast cancer research.

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Marie True Evans majored in dance and drama at the University of Maryland. During her early career in theater she was a professional dancer and actress. In 1959, Marie was selected "Miss Maryland" and represented her state in the Miss America Pageant. In more recent years, she has worked as a fashion consultant for several American and European design firms. Marie and her husband John have three adult children, Adrienne, Brett and Gardiner. They divide their time between Baltimore, Maryland; Beverly Hills, California; and Harbour Island, Bahamas.

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This book is, ostensibly, about a sinlge basketball game. Officially, the Soviet Union beat the United States, 51-50, in the gold medal game at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich on a desperate basket at the final buzzer. 

In many ways, the game was for the Soviets a mirror image of what the U.S. Olympic hockey team would experience eight years later at the Winter Games in Lake Placid: an improbable, almost unthinkable, victory over the sport's long-time Olympic standard-bearers and a Cold War shot in the arm for a politically struggling government.

But that is where the similarities end. Because there's one Olympian-sized difference between what is, arguably, each country's greatest Olympic achievement: the Soviets didn't actually win the gold medal in basketball in 1972. Or, more specifically, they have never been recognized as having won by their American opponents. To this day, 40 years after that final buzzer sounded, 12 silver medals lay unclaimed in a storage room maintained for the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. History says those silver medals belong to the Americans. Doug Collins and his teammates say that "history" is mistaken.

Why do Collins, the sparkplug of the '72 team and now the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, and his former teammates--all of whom are still alive--continue to insist the gold medals were wrongly awarded to the Soviet Union?

To understand, it helps to go back to Benton, Illinois just for a moment, where Collins would imagine countless times what it would be like to sink a historic winning basket. In his mind, he was playing in the state championship for the Benton High Rangers or in the NCAA title game for Illinois State (the alma mater of his high school coach and the school Collins would attend, too). Or, just maybe, he would hit those shots someday in the NBA finals. The whip-thin, 130-pound high school sophomore would always use the same routine as he practiced shooting that pair of free throws that would make history: Bounce the ball three times. Spin it in his hands. Shoot.

But Collins never could have imagined what would transpire in the wee hours of September 10, 1972, in Munich, West Germany, just days after the kidnapping and murder of 11 Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists, an atrocity that led Olympic officials to consider cancelling the rest of the Games. With three seconds remaining on the clock, Collins stood at the free throw line for the United States of America, with his team, after mounting a heroic comeback, down by one point to the Soviet Union in the Olympic gold medal game. Collins, as it happened, couldn't even see straight. Moments earlier, after making a spectacular open-court steal from one of the best Soviet players, he had been knocked out cold as he drove the lane for a potential game-winning layup.

In his haze, a bruise welling under his left eye, Collins grabbed his aching left wrist, on which he had landed, and tried to gather his faculties. Confusion reigned as assistant coaches scrambled to find a player they trusted to replace Collins and shoot the two free throws. That's when Collins heard the team's 68-year-old head coach, Hank Iba, say in his trademark raspy tone: "If Doug can walk, he's going to shoot." It was the last game Iba ever coached in a long and celebrated career--and one of the best moves he ever made.

Collins blocked everything out: the crowd, his injuries, the Cold War, the potential gold medal. He was trying to become that kid on the playground again. He had come full-circle: the schoolboy who imagined being in the big game became the Olympian who imagined being back in the schoolyard. "I thought about the one thing that I had always counted on regardless of the situation," Collins says. "Three dribbles, spin, and shoot it."***

Even though their loyalties had seemed divided throughout the game, the 6,500 spectators crammed into Munich's basketballhalle cheered wildly as Collins made both free throws to put the U.S. ahead, 50-49. Olympic gold seemingly belonged to the Americans. But after the Soviets' first unsuccessful attempt at scoring during the last three ticks of the clock, they were given another chance to inbound, because of reasons still disputed to this day. When the Soviets failed on their second attempt, the ball harmlessly clanging off the backboard, the U.S. players erupted at midcourt, jumping up and down with their arms raised in triumph. This was the era, long before the strict stadium security of today, when fans would storm the court or playing field after a championship game, and sure enough they swarmed the American team. One fan tried to pull off Tom Henderson's jersey; another stole Iba's wallet. ABC's Frank Gifford, calling the game for TV viewers back in the States, announced that the U.S. had capped an unlikely comeback. The game was over. Collins, the man, had fulfilled his boyhood dream, and on the biggest stage of all. He had sunk two foul shots that instantly made history.

Except, fantastically, they would not. As the American team rejoiced, the head of FIBA, basketball's international ruling body, ordered that the Soviets be given a third chance to take the ball out of bounds.

This time, Aleksandr Belov, the Soviet player who earlier had let his poor pass be filched by Collins, leapt high in the air to catch a full-court heave from a teammate, shed two U.S. defenders, one on either side of him, and laid the ball into the basket.

Belov, arms aloft, sprinted all the way to the other side of the court to be enveloped by his teammates, all dressed in Soviet-issue red jerseys. The Soviet players rolled around on the floor, hugging each other as well as their coaches and trainers, and swigging from bottles of vodka that had appeared out of nowhere.

The scene in the Americans' locker room moments later was chaotic. Some players were despondent; others gathered to form a plan. Soon, they all agreed: if the protest they would file did not result in the Soviets' victory being overturned, the American players would refuse to accept the silver medals. Forty years later, say Collins and many of his teammates, what hurts the most is the memory of that celebration at midcourt, the euphoric moment when they felt and believed they had won.

**Unless otherwise indicated, all interviews cited in this book were conducted by the authors.

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