Description : Corporate greed, the raid of America's pension funds, and a good old fashioned murder plot make this book a page turner. Like the Cicada, an insect that emerges from the ground on a 17-year cycle, company executives driven by the need for power, also evolve through a cycle from being magnanimous to being corrupt. Jack Barker, a retired Marine Captain, working in Washington D.C. as a computer systems specialist, stumbles onto a plot to assassinate Donna Carlyle, a feisty newspaper journalist. When Donna is found floating face down in the Hudson River with a knife in her chest, Jack Barker sets out to solve her murder. In the process, Jack exposes a group of 12 corporate CEO's who are systematically weakening the laws designed to protect pensions and chipping away at the controls put in place to protect shareholders from corporate greed and mismanagement of company funds. With the help of some old friends and his new family, Jack sets out to avenge the death of Donna Carlyle and expose the corruption and greed of the Corporate Cicada.
Description : MANKIND'S GREATEST DREAM: THE CONQUEST OF DEATH IS FINALLY REALIZED... BUT IT COMES WITH A CATCH. In the near future, medical science discovers the secret to achieving immortality and eternal youth. But in order to preserve everyone's youthful vitality they must undergo an operation before passing into adulthood that locks their body in the form of a pre-adolescent eleven year old. Under the auspices of the United Nations Global Longevity Initiative led by brilliant neurosurgeon Dr. Richard Ross, the program promises a peaceful utopian society where emotionally and intellectually mature juveniles rule the world. But not everyone is happy with the new arrangement. A small but passionate group of rebels from the Garden of Eden church, led by the mercurial Calvin James, plots to overthrow the new regime and return the world to its natural order. Starting with a shocking revelation at the end of the first chapter, the idyllic setting is quickly overturned through a series of sinister schemes and escalating medical complications, where suddenly the world finds itself on the brink of imminent extinction. Building to an exciting climax, Dr. Ross and his endocrinologist girlfriend must save the one remaining adult female queen, whose mature eggs represent the final link to the continuity of the human race. Search words: future, utopia, dystopia, genetic engineering, eugenics, longevity, immortal, immortals, medical thriller, medical, thriller, science fiction, sci-fi, michael crichton, aldous huxley, michael heinlein
Description : A riveting, true story about a families journey when their son falls 180 feet and suffers a traumatic brain injury. This book is a page turner, you can't put it down. The courage, inspiration and tenacity of this family will stick with you. This book has so many twist and turns that you can't help but to personally relate, regardless of what your cliff is.
Description : The year is 2450 C.E. and the world has enjoyed two centuries of peace. The population of the planet has stabilised at 3 billion following the devastating effects of climate change, famine, disease and wars that raged for nearly 200 years. One central government, the World Federation of Nations, administers the judicial needs of all nations through its General Assembly and funds scientific research dedicated to restoring the planet's fragile ecosystems. At a principal research facility located in Melbourne, Australia, a scientist is assaulted and vital data stolen from their computer records. Almost simultaneously, four other facilities around the world are similarly compromised. When murder impacts upon the course of events, Federation investigators realise they are dealing with a dark conspiracy that stretches across the globe. They enlist the support of the scientists and their sometimes capricious cats; mysterious creatures bred in special centres.
Description : Bugs and insects have always fascinated children. This book in the Creepy Crawly Critters series introduces young readers to cicadas. Readers can discover physical characteristics, habitat, diet, and more.
Description : Heather Buckland is a nine-year-old girl growing up in the late 1960s in the working-class Melbourne suburb of Noble Park. She has an older sister, Colleen, and a younger brother, Roland. Her grandparents and a maiden aunt live across the road. Heather is one of the less popular children in her area and is teased and bullied for her thin body and lack of confidence. Her very small group of friends is also ostracized for their appearances and social status. However, Heather always manages to triumph over diversity and enjoy the relative freedom the 1960s has, and she engages in various adventures. Her observations of other children, teachers, and adults are outlined in the story and incorporated as innocent and often hilarious ponderings. The vast differences of living in that era as compared to modern day are also implicated, particularly how children at that time relied on their imagination, internal resources, and outdoor activities to fill in their days without television and computer games.
Description : This lucid book is a compelling introduction to corporate communications and its practical application in the modern organization. Joseph Fernandez makes a case for corporate communications as the cornerstone of any corporate growth strategy. He does this by highlighting communication approaches drawn from the worlds of advertising, journalism and public relations. Among the topics discussed are: - The evolution and nature of the new era and its unique communication needs. - The role of advertising and public relations as potent tools to build corporate brands and nurture them in global environments. - The advantages of the complementary use of traditional and new media in reaching the entire targeted audience. - The importance of subscribing to healthy corporate citizenship practices for both businesses and non-profit outfits.
Description : This accessible guide helps streamline the process of planning weddings and special events. It features nearly 200 locations, including private estates, wineries, museums, luxury inns, and yachts, all with details about capacities, services, and pricing. Also included are profiles of 75 of Southern California's best event services, and valuable tips on saving time and money.