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Books Received: 2015

Covert ImageryABOUT THE AUTHOR

Peter Jenkins is the director of surveillance training and investigations company ISS Training Ltd. He has been managing his own commercial and corporate investigation business in Yorkshire for the past 21 years. Previous to this, Peter author spent 12 years in the Royal Marines where he specialised in various roles which included reconnaissance, intelligence, counter terrorism and instructing. Peter Jenkins continues to carry out surveillance work on a regular basis and regularly instructs photography and surveillance training courses internationally. Peter is also the author of ‘Surveillance Tradecraft’.

SYNOPSIS

This manual is primarily designed for Investigators, Enforcement Officers and Intelligence Operators who use digital stills (SLR) cameras and video cameras in order to obtain photographic evidence. Whether you are new to digital photography or experienced, this book will guide you through the basic principles to advanced techniques to ensure that you can obtain acceptable images taken in low light with telephoto lenses. This simple to use manual, heavily illustrated will take you through each step in a practical exercise format. You cannot read this book alone, you will need your camera to hand too. The manual is ideal for those involved in Law Enforcement, Surveillance, Investigations, Intelligence Gathering, Journalism, Close Protection, Security.

The Mermaid Stair

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

As a writer, Maggie loves to find the extraordinary in the every day. As a lover of history, she just can’t stand that something might have happened 400 years ago without knowing who was there, what they had for dinner, and what they were wearing at the time. Her fiction has recently appeared in 5Stories and New Realm magazines, as well as the Forest of Dreams and Spooky Halloween Drabbles anthologies.

Maggie and her very understanding husband live with their cats, hats, and more history books than anyone needs in Los Angeles, California.

SYNOPSIS

A scrap of parchment with a mysterious sigil… A message in a forgotten language… A mermaid paradise of waterfalls and dreams… And Ben Harper’s life is about to get complicated—again.

1593
Scarred by fires inside and out, barred by his heritage from any kind of grace, half-fae Silence Carew longs for the comfort of a human soul. His life is one of unending anger and despair, until the day the voices in his head offer a monstrous solution. If he can find the nerve, and the Mermaid Stair, the reward he seeks can be bought with the blood of his mother’s people, the nymphs and mermaids of England.

2013
When the ageless lord of the River Thames is jolted out of retirement by news of horrific death among his nymphs, he calls on the king of Faerie for aid. Already alerted by disturbing visions, Oberon’s principal gentlemen, Ben Harper and acerbic, shape-changing Raven, find themselves once again in service—this time on the trail of a monster. With only Ben’s gift of finding and faerie music as a guide, vague clues lead them on a terrible chase through London’s many-layered history to a mythic confrontation on the banks of a vanished river. Only the gods know what will come of it all!

Books Received: 2014

Cry HavocABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jack Hanson is a federal agent, veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, and an avid boxer. He lives near Phoenix, Arizona where he keeps bees and cattle.

SYNOPSIS

“Join the military, see the world” still has the same draw in the future of 2410 as it did all the ages in the past. When the military consists of cosmopolitan alien races, conflict on the borders, and intelligent dinosaurs fighting alongside you, it is only that much more enticing. Yet for the cadets in their last year of Ganymede Military Academy, they have other worries than simply what the next year in the Janissary Corps will bring. Jane Harper is a master tactician, but cannot look someone in the eye to speak. Paris Fairnought is greater in all physical aspects to his fellow cadets, but hates the price that was paid for his superior abilities. Salem Winchester is pretty, poised, and looks perfect on the outside, but inside she fears that she will fail as a Janissary. Sand Falconer has a smile for everyone, but his small stature makes him a target for malcontents.

Into the midst of these four teenagers, full of self doubts, steps Assault Sergeant Alexander Black, on special detail to instruct them. The veteran of over a hundred close combat assaults, he has been tasked with molding them into an elite fighting quartet, and he will not be alone in this endeavor. A deadly Khajali Schismatic will show them the meaning of conviction and how to apply to their battles on and off the battlefield. Having turned his back on the wanton, pillaging culture of his people, he knows what it means to walk away from everything to be true to yourself. Two Old Blooded, the self aware and intelligent dinosaurs who fight alongside humanity, will teach them the wisdom they’ve learned through hard struggle in over sixty years of combat.

These external forces act upon Epsilon Squad, and the four cadets begin to bond in spite of themselves. That bond allows them to survive a disastrous live patrol, and brings them together when a monster from Black’s past arrives and brings all the dark secrets of the Terran Empire with it.

Can they overcome their flaws and become the heroes they were born to be? Will the legacy that they are tainted with bring them down, or will it raise them up to become the greatest champions humanity could ever ask for?

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