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Somewhere On The Road To Key West

by Michael Reisig

In the fourth book of “The Road To Key West” series, Kansas Stamps and Will Bell once again find themselves hip-deep in madcap adventure – from bizarre to hysterical.
The captivating diary of an amateur archeologist sends our intrepid explorers on a journey into the heart of the Panamanian jungle, in search of La cueva de Esmeralda (The Emerald Cave), and a lost Spanish treasure. But local brigand, Tu Phat Shong, and his gang of cutthroats are searching for the same treasure. It’s a cat and mouse game – up the perilous Fangaso River, through the jungle and the boisterous mining towns, and into “The Village of the Witches,” where nothing is as it seemsâ?¦
If that weren’t enough, one of the Caribbean’s nastiest drug lords has a score to settle with our reluctant heroes. (Something to do with an ancient golden medallion they “borrowed.”) The word is out. There’s a price on Kansas and Will’s heads, and a conga line of hit men trailing them. As they careen across the Southern Hemisphere, our adventurers encounter some fascinating ladies as well, and experience an extraordinary romance. Be careful what you wish forâ?¦
“Somewhere On The Road To Key West” offers the standard plethora of zany characters: Rufus, the mystical Rastaman, who’s convinced that luck is nothing more than “da gods adjusting da rabbit ears on da television of life”, Benny The Rat, a struggling larcenist who’s taking correspondence courses to become a bullfighter, Crazy Eddie and his aging but fabulous “Goose,” and last but not least, “The Griffins.” (There are some things you just don’t mess with – like bubonic plague, nuclear weapons, and The Griffinsâ?¦) So sit back, pour yourself margarita, and slide into the Caribbean for another wild and crazy caper. You’re somewhere on The Road, again.

America, It Was Just An Idea

by Rayna Gangi

One person’s chronicle of her relationship with America and politics from the fifties to the present.



by Catalin Gruia

Dear Reader,

You should know from the very beginning this is not an exhaustive, academic paper on Romania; nor is it a travel guide of Romania. I’m a simple journalist and this is just my own private Romania – a subjective puzzle of all the things I know from experience

to be interesting for foreign tourists.

I’ve been working for the Romanian edition of National Geographic for over 13 years. Mostly because of my job I’ve met many foreigners – either when they visited Romania or when I went abroad. I guess now I’ve got more friends from the other side of the Earth than from my native land. I’ve learned a lot from them and from trying to answer their questions:

Do Romanians consider Ceausescu a good or a bad dictator?

Are Gypsies dangerous?

Where do vampires come from?

Why did the Saxons leave Transylvania?

How dangerous is it to ride a bicycle in Bucharest?

Why do most Romanian surnames end in escu?

Where can I find Gerovital?

Recommendations, must-see places?

And so on… I had to research and prepare myself each and every time, for every curiosity they had. After a while, some of these studies became the essays I’ve collected in this book. I’m a fan of Montaigne’s Essays whose model I’ve tried to emulate.

Now I’m bold enough to think that if you want a bite of Romania and for whatever reason you don’t have the stomach or the time to sample it here – for a month, a year or a lifetime – this is exactly the book you need!

History of the Catholic Church

by J.C. Robertson

The beginning of the Christian Church is reckoned from the great day on which the Holy Ghost came down, according as our Lord had promised to His Apostles. At that time, “Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven,” were gathered together at Jerusalem, to keep the Feast of Pentecost (or Feast of Weeks), which was one of the three holy seasons at which God required His people to appear before Him in the place which He had chosen (Deuteronomy xvi. 16). Many of these devout men were converted, by what they then saw and heard, to believe the Gospel; and, when they returned to their own countries, they carried back with them the news of the wonderful things which had taken place at Jerusalem. After this, the Apostles went forth “into all the world,” as their Master had ordered them, to “preach the Gospel to every creature” (St. Mark xvi. 15). The Book of Acts tells us something of what they did, and we may learn something more about it from the Epistles. And, although this be but a small part of the whole, it will give us a notion of the rest, if we consider that, while St. Paul was preaching in Asia Minor, in Greece, and at Rome, the other Apostles were busily doing the same work in other countries.
We must remember, too, the constant coming and going which in those days took place throughout the world; how Jews from all quarters went up to keep the passover and other feasts at Jerusalem; how the great Roman empire stretched from our own island of Britain as far as Persia and Ethiopia, and people from all parts of it were continually going to Rome and returning. We must consider how merchants travelled from country to country on account of their trade; how soldiers were sent into all quarters of the empire, and were moved about from one country to another. And from these things we may get some understanding of the way in which the knowledge of the Gospel would be spread, when once it had taken root in the great cities of Jerusalem and Rome. Thus it came to pass, that, by the end of the first hundred years after our Saviour’s birth, something was known of the Christian faith throughout all the Roman empire, and even in countries beyond it; and if in many cases, only a very little was known, still even that was a gain, and served as a preparation for more…

The Wild Northland: Being the Story of a Winter Journey, with Dogs, across Northern North America

by William Francis Butler

The Wild Northland: Being the Story of a Winter Journey, with Dogs, across Northern North America is the recollections of William Francis Butler’s travels in Canada in the mid 19th century.

Views of Louisiana: Together with a Journal of a Voyage up the Missouri River in 1811

by Henry Marie Brackenridge

Views of Louisiana: Together with a Journal of a Voyage up the Missouri River in 1811 is an amazing account of the West in the early 19th century.

History of the Venetian Republic

by W. Carew Hazlitt

The ancient Italian province of Venetia is of interest to us in the present inquiry as the source to which the first Venetians looked as the home of their fathers or of their own youth. It was a region of Northern Italy, which extended from the foot of the Alps to the Adriatic Sea; but its boundaries seem to have undergone changes. After its subjugation by the Romans, Venetia was considered as forming part of Cisalpine Gaul. The people are described as a commercial, rather than a warlike, community; and it is a curious circumstance that they displayed in their dress, like their insular descendants, a predilection for black. An immense amount of confusion has arisen in the accounts of this country and its inhabitants by a failure to discriminate with proper care between the Veneti of America and their Adriatic namesakes. The former were remarkable for their proficiency in martial pursuits and their brave resistance to the Roman legions and navy; yet it is at the same time questionable whether the trade in amber conducted by Greeks and Phoenicians between Western Europe and the Baltic does not really belong to the Transalpine Veneti, who are also more likely to be the people among whom Herodotus relates that it was a custom to sell their marriageable daughters by auction.
There seems to be some plausibility in the suggestion that a colony passing in the course of migration from their native soil to Asia Minor, proceeded thence, in process of time, to Northern Italy, on the shores of which they formed numerous settlements. These colonists were called Tyrrhenians or Etruscans; they became the founders, at successive periods, of Spina at the mouth of the Po, and Hadria or Hatria in its vicinity, both of which attained the highest degree of commercial prosperity. No vestiges of the former are now visible, though the name may seem to have survived in the islet of Spinalunga, a later alluvial formation. The gradual deposits of nature have had the effect of removing Hadria to a distance of more than fourteen miles from that sea on which it once stood, and which still bears its nameâ??the Hadria iracunda of Horace. Nor has the decline been recent; for even in the time of the Romans these places presented little more than the shadow of their pristine greatness…

Monsters from Mythology

by Maria Small

Mythological creatures such as mermaids, fairies and gnomes and the perceived darker ones such as werewolves and vampires are fully embedded in our imaginations through the stories in our films and books of our time. Though most of our contemporary stories are based not upon the imaginations of writers but inspired from the ancient mythologies of many cultures. This book will look at the stories behind the origins of the mermaids, gnomes, fairies, vampires and werewolves.

Carthage of the Phoenicians: In the Light of Modern Excavation (Illustrated)

by Mabel Moore

Carthage of the Phoenicians: In the Light of Modern Excavation is an interesting archaeological study of the ancient city. The original illustrations of artifacts are included.

Fremont’s Explorations in Wyoming

by C.G. Coutant

Fremont’s Explorations in Wyoming is an overview of John C. Fremont’s expeditions in the early 1840s.

Travels in the Interior of America in the Years 1809-1811

by John Bradbury

Travels in the Interior of America in the Years 1809-1811 is the account by a British citizen of his travels to Upper Louisiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee, and the Illinois and Western Territories.

The Life and Times of Gen. John Graves Simcoe

by D.B. Read

The Life and Times of Gen. John Graves Simcoe is a biography of John Graves Simcoe, a British commander who saw action during the Revolutionary War, and the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada.

Narrative of the Adventures of Zenas Leonard

by Zenas Leonard

Narrative of the Adventures of Zenas Leonard describes the adventures of a company of 70 men, who left St. Louis in the Spring of 1831 for fur trapping in the Rockies.

A Journal of the Operations of the Queen’s Rangers

by John Simcoe

A Journal of the Operations of the Queen’s Rangers is a journal from 1777 to the end of the Revolutionary War, written by the British loyalist John Simcoe.

Letter to Erasmus Fabricius

by Ulrich Zwingli

Letter to Erasmus Fabricius is a letter written by the famous Swiss reformer.

History of the Italian People

by Janet Trevelyan

WHEN the Emperor Diocletian, towards the end of the third century A.D., set himself to reorganize the government of the known world, his stout heart may well have quailed before the magnitude of the task before him. The preceding fourteen years had witnessed a succession of six Emperors, some of them men of exceptional courage and ability, of whom three had been assassinated by their troops, one had been killed by the hardships of campaigning, another by lightning on the borders of Persia, and the last still remained to be dealt with and removed. That task successfully accomplished, Diocletian turned his attention to the greater problem before him, and the conclusion at which he arrived was that in order to save the Empire its constitution must be fundamentally remodeled. His memorable division of the whole into four parts, together with his thorough reform of the administration, enabled the machine of government to run with comparatively little friction for another century and to resist the shattering blows of the barbarian wreckers for many years longer still.
The three associates to whom Diocletian deputed the sovereignty of Europe and Northern Africa were all men of considerable experience and capacity. The eldest of them, Maximian, an unlettered soldier better suited to carry out the suggestions of his patron than to initiate a policy of his own, received with the title of “Augustus” the “dioceses” of Italy, Spain, and Africa; Constantius Chlorus, the most popular of the younger generals, was made “Cæsar” of Gaul and Britain, while Galerius, a man of vigorous but cruel temper, was set to guard the Danube frontier with the title of “Cæsar” of MÅ?sia and Pannonia. Diocletian himself, an “Augustus” like Maximian, kept the whole of the East, with Egypt and Thrace, and was tacitly acknowledged by each of his three partners as the guiding spirit of the confederation. He was indeed one of the most accomplished bureaucrats that have ever left their mark on the world’s history. With the chaotic spectacle of the last hundred years before his eyes, he saw that the real danger lay in the abuse of power by independent generals, and he therefore initiated an elaborate system of divisions, in which the higher and lower officials should act as checks and counter-checks on one another, and thus prevent the abuse of authority. One of his first acts was to curtail the overgrown power of the Prætorian Prefect, an official who, originally the commander of the Prætorian Guards, had gradually become the general factotum and often the assassin of the Emperor, with practical control over military, judicial, and financial affairs. Diocletian divided this great office also into four, giving a Prætorian Prefect to each of his new quarters of the Empire, and at the same time considerably reducing the military power at his disposal…

Potential Russia

by Richard Child

Potential Russia is an overview of Russia’s future, written in 1915 right after the outbreak of World War I.

Henry VIII: Tyrant King

by Maria Small

This is a book about the life of Henry VIII. Henry VIII had more people executed than any other monarch in history, including two of his wives and many close friends. Henry though is also known for his charisma and the younger Henry, was handsome, dashing and brave – chivalric and romantic. The powerful king of England. Mostly though he is known for having six wives and many mistresses.

Evidences of Glacial Man in Ohio

by George Frederick Wright

Evidences of Glacial Man in Ohio is a short piece written by geologist George Wright concerning discovery of paleolithic artifacts in Ohio.

The Re-Making of China

by Adolf Waley

The Re-Making of China is a history of China in the first two decades of the 20th century.

La Isla del Coco: Allí donde la niebla esconde su secreto. (Spanish Edition)

by Bianca Aparicio Vinsonneau


Amparado por las sombras de la noche, el mayor tesoro de la Corona española abandona las costas del Perú escondido en las entrañas de un navío mercante bajo la amenaza de la pérdida del virreinato. Es, sin duda, una carga demasiado tentadora para el capitán William Thompson. Con las manos manchadas de sangre, huye hasta la isla del Coco para ocultar el gran Tesoro de Lima. Lo que debía haberle traído riqueza y fortuna, acaba resultando ser una maldición que le aleja de su hogar y le lleva a perder a sus seres queridos. Tras su muerte, tan solo su hija sabe de la extraña historia de una lejana isla deshabitada, en cuyas profundidades se oculta un inmenso tesoro. Acompañados de un diminuto plano dibujado por la temblorosa mano de su padre, Clara y su esposo August deciden iniciar un viaje cargado de esperanzas. No imaginan que, tras el brillo del oro español, no hay más que oscuridad.

Una magnífica novela histórica que transcurre durante el siglo XIX, recorriendo lugares tan fascinantes como Lima (Perú), Kona (Hawái) y la isla del Coco (Costa Rica), para desvelarnos la magnitud de los anhelos y temores de los hombres.


Bianca Aparicio Vinsonneau es una joven escritora, hija de padre español y madre francesa, nacida el 18 de diciembre de 1983 en Alicante. Cursó estudios superiores diplomándose en �ptica y Optometría y en Magisterio de Lengua Extranjera.

Ha colaborado como voluntaria en varios proyectos en el continente negro, relacionados, principalmente, con la educación infantil, la sanidad y el empoderamiento de la mujer.

Su primera novela, Las Sombras de África (Editorial Círculo Rojo, 2014), nace de esos intensos viajes por cuatro de los cinco continentes. Su relato corto, Fantasmas, es seleccionado para su publicación dentro de la antología De seis a ocho (Ediciones Cardeñoso, 2014). En 2015 resulta ganadora del 2º premio en el VI certamen de microrrelatos Arvikis – Dragonfly, y participó como jurado en el III Concurso de Relatos Cortos de Playa Blanca (Lanzarote). En 2016 obtiene el 2º premio en prosa del II Certamen de narrativa Dolores Ibarruri “Pasionaria”. Actualmente es miembro activo de La Tertulia Literaria de Guardamar del Segura (Alicante) y se encuentra inmersa en sus próximos trabajos.

The Aztecs: History For Kids

by Maria Small

A brief history of the Aztecs for children looking at:
family life; society; gods and goddesses; food and drink; dress; arts and the arrival of the Spanish in 16th century.

Warrior Women of History

by Maria Small

This is a book about brave, gutsy women who learnt to fight like men – mastering the sword or the bow, leading armies into battle, and courageously meeting death. Some were true heroines, risking their lives for others or a higher purpose such as the Native American warrior Pitamakan who rode into the thick of battle to rescue her injured father or Joan of Arc, the teenage girl who led the French against the English to victory. Some of these warrior women were certainly not to be crossed, and were tough, hardened women who wouldn’t hesitate to exact their revenge, such as the Italian noblewoman Caterina Sforza who would stop at nothing to maintain her status and power or the savvy pirate queen Grace O’Malley who controlled the seas.

God: From primitive times to monotheism: How we think of God through the ages (From Egipt & Greece to Judaism, Islam & Christianity)

by Jaime Maristany

In this remarkable book by renowned writer Jaime Maristany, learn the history of the main western religions, and how the interaction between man and god shifted over time.

Maristany, a foremost expert on religion, takes the reader on a fascinating journey across time, in order to understand the historical landscape and how the peoples from biblical times to the present interacted with God.

Starting in Egypt, and Greece, you will understand how religions started, grew, and changed over time. Finally you will understand the context in which Christianity, Islam, and Judaism flourished.

The history of mankind’s search for God is as old as humankind itself. In this book you will learn about:

3.The Koran
7.And much more!

The Trip Into Milky Way

by Gary Paul Corcoran

The sixties, in all its wildness, joys, psychedelics and vagabonding, with a haunting romance and the Vietnam War as a backdrop, author Gary Paul Corcoran calls The Trip Into Milky Way, the other side of Vietnam and what happens to a young man when he refuses to die for his country. Based on his own, real life experiences, the minute Clay Matthews walks out of an induction center in LA, he becomes not only a man without a country, but ostracized from family and friends. Clay’s only hope is to find a place in the sun, an odyssey that leads him from a sojourn in the South Pacific to smuggling drugs across the Mexican border to a sojourn along the Mexican Riviera and ultimately incarceration in a Mexican prison, a crucible through which Clay must pass into manhood. Abandoned by the love of his life, Caroline, his dreams shattered, Clay begins to see that his desperate efforts to avoid the war have led only to an unfettered selfishness on his part. Still, his only thought is to escape from the Mexican prison and regain his freedom. Yet when he does so, Clay finds himself unable to forget Kip, the friend he has left behind. Clay’s quest to rescue Kip leads to a riveting conclusion, in which Caroline and a host of colorful sixties’ characters play their part.

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