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Matt Legend: Veil of Lies

by Denis Mills

All Matt Legend wanted to do that dangerous summer was win the affections of a certain mysterious small town girl and get back to L.A. But when they discover a 26-foot human skeleton inside an ancient burial mound they are warned if they tell anyone terrible things will happen and terrible things do. He doesn’t believe in ghosts but that is about to change.

They have stumbled upon a stasis giant, an entity Abraham Lincoln warned mankind about and what the Dead Sea Scrolls reveal as one of the millions of offspring of the Fallen Ones, who become evil spirits upon the death of their physical bodies. Having a normal life ever again is out of the question as Matt and the super heroine-like girl of his dreams find themselves pitted in a war against the spirit world â?? a war they cannot possibly win. Not without help. Demonic forces pull the stops to try to kill them, their families and their friends when they discover the fallen angels’ secret that ghosts are not dead people. When they try to tell the world, things go from terrible to worse when they discover the demons have an even greater secret to protect â?? extraterrestrials are not extraterrestrial.

With an ending you won’t see coming, if he wins, Matt will get the girl. If he loses, seven billion people will perish.

This is the first of the Matt Legend series of young adult/adult fiction paranormal adventures and encounters of the strange kind that deal with every supernatural thing from giants and mermaids (yes they really do exist), to aliens, UFOs, USOs, cryptids, fallen angels and other extra-dimensional beings, the hollow earth, the hollow moon, subterranean civilizations, chemtrails and all strange and terrible things. Heralded as a paranormal Spykids meets Raiders of the Lost Ark, this thrilling series is inspired by little-known hidden true events.

The Reconquista: The History and Legacy of the Conflicts Between the Moors and Christians on the Iberian Peninsula

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures
*Includes medieval accounts
*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

The term “Reconquista” is a Spanish word transferred to the English language to represent the nearly 800 years in which the Moors and Christians struggled against one another for control of the Iberian Peninsula. Although the phrase typically refers to the time when the numerous Christian kingdoms mobilized to overthrow the Islamic Caliphates set up in the peninsula, the term can additionally be used to refer to the entire situation starting in the 8th century, when Islamic civilization slowly moved out of North Africa, across the Mediterranean Sea, and into southern Iberia.

Not surprisingly, three religions attempting to coexist during medieval times resulted in nearly incessant conflicts, marked by high taxation, disparate societies, rigid cultural controls, and systemic violence. Despite the odds, these three religions managed to live in a state of quasi-acceptance and peace in most of the major cities like Cordoba and Toledo, with sporadic warfare occurring on the borders between Al-Andalus and the Christian kingdoms near the Pyrenees Mountains. Muslims, Christians, and Jews would attempt to reorganize their societies several times over the centuries through warfare, always with Jews on the lower rungs and Christians and Muslims fighting it out above them.

Though it’s often forgotten today, the fighting that took place during the Reconquista was not originally driven by religion. Instead, the majority of the battles were fought by ambitious rulers who sought territorial expansion, like many other civilizations during the Middle Ages. In fact, the Reconquista would not gain its unique religious flavor until the 13th century, when the territories that would become Castile and Aragon drummed up religious fervor to achieve its aims and gained papal support from Rome.

After the Reconquista officially ended, the anger, bitterness, and resentment fostered by the fighting resulted in further warfare as the newly created Christian kingdoms of Spain and Portugal continued their fight by chasing after and conquering Muslim territories and civilizations in Africa. Another byproduct of the Reconquista was the notorious Spanish Inquisition, and Ferdinand and Isabella’s choice to expel the Jews had dire consequences not only for the Jewish population but for Spain as well. The country’s economy suffered after the expulsion, as the country lost many skilled craftsmen, money lenders and bankers, a critical part of their economy. Meanwhile, the Jews who took refuge in Turkey were welcomed by the Ottoman Sultan and put to work making weapons to use against Europe. The famous Renaissance political philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli later cited the expulsion of the Jews as an act of “pious cruelty”. For many years afterward, the very same people of Castile who had perpetrated the anti-Semitism blamed the expulsion of the Jews for many of their troubles.
The legacy of the Reconquista has reverberated throughout the peninsula ever since, resulting in a diverse culture, continued religious tensions, and historical accounts and legends about glorious warfare, brutal torture, and the formation of devoutly religious states that lasted until the 20th century.

The Reconquista: The History and Legacy of the Conflicts Between the Moors and Christians on the Iberian Peninsula examines the events that shaped the modern history of Spain and Portugal, and the ramifications. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Reconquista like never before.

Battles of the Pacific War 1941 â?? 1945

by Matthew Adams

On the 7th of December, 1941 hundreds of Japanese aircraft took off from a group of aircraft carriers. Their target was Pearl Harbour in Oahu, Hawaii which was home of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. The Pacific War began here, and for almost four years the United States and their allies remained at war with the Japanese Empire. During this period the war in the Pacific engulfed much of Asia, from the borders of India to the Indonesian Islands on the outskirts of Australia.
This is a concise, yet detailed, historical account of the Pacific War that recounts some of the largest battles in the Pacific Theatre. Famous 20th century battles in the vast seas, islands and jungles of the Pacific
region, beginning with the devastating Japanese airstrike at Pearl Harbour. A tale of epic confrontations, Battles of the Pacific War 1941 – 1945 recalls where, when and how the Pacific War was won and lost within the battlefields of the Pacific.

Reconstruction by Way of the Soil

by Guy Wrench

This important but neglected book shows the reader how farming practices, and the care – or lack of care – with which the soil is treated have brought about both the rise and fall of civilizations, from the ancient Romans, to the Chinese, and the Muslim world.

Soil is at the heart of civilization. This is a fully re-edited version of this classic and important text.

– Introduction
– Rome
– The Roman Foods
– The Roman Family
– Soil Erosion in ancient Rome
– Farmers and Nomads
– Contrasting Pictures
– Banks for the Soil
– The Economics of the Soil
– The English Peasant
– Primitive Farmers
– Nyasa
– Tanganyika
– Humanity and the Earth
– Sind and Egypt
– Fragmentation
– The East and West Indies
– The German Colonies: The Mandates
– Russia, South Africa, Australia
– The United States of America
– A Kingdom of Agricultural Art in Europe
– An Historical Reconstruction

The Delphic Oracle: Apollo Speaks (The Great Persian Saga Book 3)

by Dr. Jeffrey Donner

The world was shuddering.  The course of history was reaching a deadly confrontation between the most powerful Empire that the world had ever known (the Great Persian Empire), and the fledgling Democracy that was hatching in Athens.

The enigmatic King of Kings of the Persian Empire, Xerxes, was bent on revenge against the Greeks, and Athens in particular. He could taste the blood and could smell the burning of his hated rivals. He promised to lay waste to the Greek peninsula.

Xerxes, although secure in his power, still decided to send a delegation to consult the great Oracle at Delphi. It was thought that the predictions of the Oracle came directly from the Greek God, Apollo. Both Athens and Sparta also send delegations to Delphi to consult with the God.

Would this lead to war, or would compromise rule the day? What were Apollo’s predictions?

This novel is the third in the Great Persian Saga. The first book “Persia- Pride and Power,” explores the great King and the Empire that ruled most of the known world. The second book, ” Greece- the Rise of Democracy” outlines the parallel occurrences being born in Attica.

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