British author David Gemmell has written many bestselling novels in three series, The Drenai Saga, The Stone of Power Cycle, and The Rigante Epic. Even though these novels are interconnected within each series, Gemmell strives to write each book as a stand alone novel, providing a complete story in each book.
The Stones of Power Cycle, including three adventures featuring another popular Gemmell character, Jon Shannow -- the Jerusalem Man
Color A Creation Gemstones, The 6th installment in the Color a Creation series. Walk through these hand drawn pages designed specifically with a Gem lover in mind. These 20 illustrations have a variety of difficulty levels and intricacies. To See a preview video of some of these pages go to this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfXPb71Z7fk
This full-colour, laminated field guide is your introduction to the beauty and wonder of the gemstones found in the Pacific Northwest, a region famous for its variety and quality of earth treasures.
This book identifies the key factors that explain differing degrees of coherence in EU crisis management, and offers a comparative analysis of its peace operations in Africa. How does the European Union (EU) bridge the member states' varying interests and norms to play its desired role as a comprehensive international security actor? The past decades have shown that the degree to which the Union succeeds in this endeavour varies. This book identifies the key factors that explain differing degrees of coherence in EU crisis management. 'Coherence' is understood here as the absence of contradiction and existence of synergies between various EU and national crisis management policies, instruments, and activities geared towards a set of overarching objectives; it thus constitutes an essential precondition for EU security actorness. The analysis starts from the assumption that coherence is a function of competing and conflicting interests and norms. Overall, the book argues that the EU represents a rather unpredictable security actor, whose multi-level coherence depends on the context-specific balance between domestically defined economic and electoral interests and stakes on the one hand, and salient, embedded norms on the other. The influence and interaction of these factors across governance levels are viewed through two theoretical lenses: liberal intergovernmentalism and sociological institutionalism. The lenses are applied to three post-Lisbon cases of EU crisis management in Africa, namely Libya (2011), Somalia (2011-2012), and Mali (2012-13). The analysis traces the activities and interaction of EU institutional actors and member states, with a focus on France, the United Kingdom, and Germany. It shows that the degree of coherence in EU crisis management is contingent on the congruence of domestic economic and electoral interests, as well as national threat perceptions. But it also depends on the extent to which EU-level coherence norms resonate with national norms on the use of force and preferred modes of multilateral cooperation. In sum, this book offers systematic insight into EU crisis management and clarifies the conceptual and empirical boundaries of the comprehensive approach. Finally, the study of the micro-foundations of coherence allows for policy-relevant suggestions on the state of the art and future prospects of the Union's security actorness. This book will be of much interest to students of EU policy, European Security, Peace and Conflict Studies, African Politics and IR in general.
A Milestone Day takes place in St. Louis, Mo. and covers one day in the life of three young boys and a few colorful peripheral characters as well. It takes place in the late summer of 1957, a beautiful time to be alive, with flashback chapters for each of the three main characters and events significant to their character development. The basic theme of A Milestone Day is "How much trouble can three young boys get into (and hopefully out of) in a single day's adventures." The book is geared to be most enjoyable for boys and girls in the 11 - 15 year old age group, but is really a great book for all ages. The era in which the book takes place was a great time to be alive. It was a simpler way of life then. Most neighborhoods had their own grocery store, drugstore, shoe repair shop, delicatessen, etc. Just about everything you needed then was in access without requiring a vehicle. We had seasons marked by the burning of autumn leaves, snow in the winter, and long, very hot summers. The summers were full of life - bats in the evenings, katydids and crickets by the thousands, There were numerous street vendors - from the local hot tamale vendor with a hand cart to long vegetable trucks with every conceivable kind of fruit and vegetable to be sold right in front of your house. It was a magical era that doesn't exist today, replaced by mega malls, mega stores of every kind, and a world of electronic devices that were only science fiction at that time. Given a choice, I would take then over now any day.
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