The Devils of Cardona Book
Score: 4
From 49 Ratings

The Devils of Cardona


  • Author : Matthew Carr
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2016-06-14
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101982754

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The Devils of Cardona Excerpt :

"A thrilling quest for justice... [A] novel that is as exciting as it is enlightening from its first pages to its satisfying end.” —The New York Times Book Review “A page-turner in the proper sense… Mr. Carr has written a gripping and enjoyable novel.” —The Wall Street Journal The gripping story of the dangerous high-stakes worlds of politics and religion in sixteenth-century Spain as a mysterious Muslim killer retaliates against the Catholic Church. In March 1584, the priest of Belamar de la Sierra, a small town in Aragon near the French border, is murdered in his own church. Most of the town’s inhabitants are Moriscos, former Muslims who converted to Catholicism. Anxious to avert a violent backlash on the eve of a royal visit, an adviser to King Philip II appoints local magistrate Bernardo de Mendoza to investigate. A soldier and humanist, Mendoza doesn’t always live up to the moral standards expected of court officials, but he has a reputation for incorruptibility. From the beginning, Mendoza finds almost universal hatred for the priest. And it isn’t long before he’s drawn into a complex and dangerous world in which greed, fanaticism, and state policy overlap. And as the killings continue, Mendoza's investigation is overshadowed by the real prospect of an ethnic and religious civil war. By turns an involving historical thriller and a novel with parallels to our own time, The Devils of Cardona is an unexpected and compelling read.

The Devil on Screen Book

The Devil on Screen


  • Author : Charles P. Mitchell
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2015-06-08
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476605333

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The Devil on Screen Excerpt :

The Devil has been represented in many film genres, including horror, comedy, the musical, fantasy, satire, drama, and the religious epic, and in these works has assumed many shapes and forms. This book begins with a discussion of how the devil has been portrayed on stage, how that portrayal carried over to the big screen, and what are the standard elements of a satanic plot. Each entry in the filmography includes year of production, running time, writer, editor, cinematographer, producer, and director, evaluative rating, annotated cast list, plot synopsis, overall appraisal, and a spotlight on the actor playing Satan.

Blood and Faith Book
Score: 3.5
From 4 Ratings

Blood and Faith


  • Author : Matthew Carr
  • Publisher : Hurst Publishers
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Christianity and other religions
  • Pages : 383
  • ISBN 10 : 9781849040273

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Blood and Faith Excerpt :

In 1609, Philip III signed an edict denouncing the Muslims of Spain as heretics & the entire population was given three days to leave, on threat of death. In the exodus, 300,000 Muslims were deported & by 1614 Spain had successfully implemented the largest act of ethnic cleansing in European history. The author chronicles this episode.

Blond Cargo Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Blond Cargo


  • Author : John Lansing
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-04-25
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501110283

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Blond Cargo Excerpt :

Jack Bertolino's son, Chris, was the victim of a brutal murder attempt and Vincent Cardona, a mafia boss, provided information that helped Jack take down the perpetrator of the crime. Jack accepted the favor knowing there'd be blowback. In "Blond Cargo" the mobster's daughter has gone missing and Cardona turned in his chit. Jack discovers that the young, blond, mafia princess has been kidnapped and imprisoned while rich, politically connected men negotiate her value as a sex slave.

The Devil s Necktie Book
Score: 5
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The Devil s Necktie


  • Author : John Lansing
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-06-20
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501110290

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The Devil s Necktie Excerpt :

Retired inspector Jack Bertolino had strict rules when dealing with confidential informants. But Mia had the kind of beauty that could make a grown man contemplate leaving his wife, his job, and his kids. After a passionate night together, Mia is found murdered--and Jack is the lead suspect.

At the Devil s Table Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

At the Devil s Table


  • Author : William C. Rempel
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2011-06-21
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780679604877

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At the Devil s Table Excerpt :

In this riveting and relentless nonfiction thriller, award-winning investigative reporter William C. Rempel tells the harrowing story of former Cali cartel insider Jorge Salcedo, an ordinary man facing an extraordinary dilemma—a man forced to risk everything to escape the powerful and treacherous Cali crime syndicate. Colombia in the 1990s is a country in chaos, as a weak government battles guerrilla movements and narco-traffickers, including the notorious Pablo Escobar and his rivals in the Cali cartel. Enter Jorge Salcedo, a part-time soldier, a gifted engineer, a respected businessman and family man—and a man who despises Pablo Escobar for patriotic and deeply personal reasons. He is introduced to the godfathers of the Cali cartel, who are at war with Escobar and desperately want their foe dead. With mixed feelings, Jorge agrees to help them. Once inside, Jorge rises to become head of security for Miguel Rodríguez Orejuela, principal godfather of the $7-billion-a-year Cali drug cartel. Jorge tries to turn a blind eye to the violence, corruption, and brutality that surround him, and he struggles privately to preserve his integrity even as he is drawn deeper into the web of cartel operations. Then comes an order from the godfathers that he can’t obey—but can’t refuse. Jorge realizes that his only way out is to bring down the biggest, richest crime syndicate of all time. Thus begins a heart-pumping roller-coaster ride of intensifying peril. Secretly aided by a pair of young American DEA agents, Jorge races time and cartel assassins to extract damaging evidence, help capture the fugitive godfather, and save the life of a witness targeted for murder. Through it all, death lurks a single misstep away. William C. Rempel is the only reporter with access to this story and to Jorge, who remains in hiding somewhere in the United States—even the author doesn’t know where—but has revealed his experience in gripping detail. Salcedo’s is the story of one extr

Art of Estrangement Book

Art of Estrangement


  • Author : Pamela Anne Patton
  • Publisher : Penn State Press
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 206
  • ISBN 10 : 9780271053837

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Art of Estrangement Excerpt :

"Examines the influential role of visual images in reinforcing the efforts of Spain's Christian-ruled kingdoms to renegotiate the role of their Jewish minority following the territorial expansions of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries"--Provided by publisher.

The Coke Machine Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Coke Machine


  • Author : Michael Blanding
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2011-09-06
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101551066

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The Coke Machine Excerpt :

The Coke Machine takes readers deep inside the Coca-Cola Company and its international franchisees to reveal how they became the number one brand in the world, and just how far they'll go to stay there. Ever since its "I'd like to teach the world to sing" commercials from the 1970s, Coca-Cola has billed itself as the world's beverage, uniting all colors and cultures in a mutual love of its caramel-sweet sugar water. The formula has worked incredibly well-making it one of the most profitable companies on the planet and "Coca-Cola" the world's second- most recognized word after "hello." However, as the company expands its reach into both domestic and foreign markets, an increasing number of the world's citizens are finding the taste of Coke more bitter than sweet. Journalist Michael Blanding's The Coke Machine probes shocking accusations about the company's global impact, including: ? Coca-Cola's history of winning at any cost, even if it meant that its franchisees were making deals with the Nazis and Guatemalan paramilitary squads ? How Coke has harmed children's health and contributed to an obesity epidemic through exclusive soda contracts in schools ? The horrific environmental impact of Coke bottling plants in India and Mexico, where water supplies have been decimated while toxic pollution has escalated ? That Coke bottlers stand accused of conspiring with paramilitaries to threaten, kidnap, and murder union leaders in their bottling plants in Colombia A disturbing portrait drawn from an award-winning journalist's daring, in-depth research, The Coke Machine is the first comprehensive probe of the company and its secret formula for greed. COKE is a registered trademark of The Coca-Cola Company. This book is not authorized by or endorsed by The Coca-Cola Company.

Queen of the Air Book
Score: 3.5
From 15 Ratings

Queen of the Air


  • Author : Dean N. Jensen
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2013-06-11
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307986580

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Queen of the Air Excerpt :

A true life Water for Elephants, Queen of the Air brings the circus world to life through the gorgeously written, true story of renowned trapeze artist and circus performer Leitzel, Queen of the Air, the most famous woman in the world at the turn of the 20th century, and her star-crossed love affair with Alfredo Codona, of the famous Flying Codona Brothers. Like today's Beyonce, Madonna, and Cher, she was known to her vast public by just one name, Leitzel. There may have been some regions on earth where her name was not a household expression, but if so, they were likely on polar ice caps or in the darkest, deepest jungles. Leitzel was born into Dickensian circumstances, and became a princess and then a queen. She was not much bigger than a good size fairy, just four-foot-ten and less than 100 pounds. In the first part of the 20th century, she presided over a sawdust fiefdom of never-ending magic. She was the biggest star ever of the biggest circus ever, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, The Greatest Show on Earth. In her life, Leitzel had many suitors (and three husbands), but only one man ever fully captured her heart. He was the handsome Alfredo Codona, the greatest trapeze flyer that had ever lived, the only one in his time who, night after night, executed the deadliest of all big-top feats, The Triple--three somersaults in midair while traveling at 60 m.p.h. The Triple, the salto mortale, as the Italians called it, took the lives of more daredevils than any other circus stunt.

Amexica Book
Score: 1
From 1 Ratings

Amexica


  • Author : Ed Vulliamy
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2010-10-26
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 1429977027

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Amexica Excerpt :

Amexica is the harrowing story of the extraordinary terror unfolding along the U.S.-Mexico border—"a country in its own right, which belongs to both the United States and Mexico, yet neither"—as the narco-war escalates to a fever pitch there. In 2009, after reporting from the border for many years, Ed Vulliamy traveled the frontier from the Pacific coast to the Gulf of Mexico, from Tijuana to Matamoros, a journey through a kaleidoscopic landscape of corruption and all-out civil war, but also of beauty and joy and resilience. He describes in revelatory detail how the narco gangs work; the smuggling of people, weapons, and drugs back and forth across the border; middle-class flight from Mexico and an American celebrity culture that is feeding the violence; the interrelated economies of drugs and the maquiladora factories; the ruthless, systematic murder of young women in Ciudad Juarez. Heroes, villains, and victims—the brave and rogue police, priests, women, and journalists fighting the violence; the gangs and their freelance killers; the dead and the devastated—all come to life in this singular book. Amexica takes us far beyond today's headlines. It is a street-level portrait, by turns horrific and sublime, of a place and people in a time of war as much as of the war itself.

A Scary Little Christmas Book
Score: 1
From 1 Ratings

A Scary Little Christmas


  • Author : Matthew C. DuPée
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2022-06-07
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 370
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476645407

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A Scary Little Christmas Excerpt :

Controversial yet beloved among audiences, Christmas-themed horror movies emerged in the early 1970s and gained a notorious reputation with Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984), depicting Santa as an ax-wielding maniac. Some parents and conservative groups condemned the film, while others embraced the portrayal of Yuletide as a backdrop for fear and dread. Drawing on interviews with directors, producers, special effects artists, photographers and actors, this book celebrates the sordid, colorful history of the Christmas horror subgenre. Psycho Santa films such as Christmas Evil (1980) and 3615 code Pere Noel (1989) are examined, along with "Yule-Die" slashers like The Dorm that Dripped Blood (1982), Black Christmas (1974) and Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972). Commercial successes like Gremlins (1984) and Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) are covered, as well as more recent releases such as Better Watch Out (2016), Red Christmas (2016) and Deathcember (2019). Rare photographs, promotional materials and an annotated filmography are provided.

The Magical State Book

The Magical State


  • Author : Fernando Coronil
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 1997-11-10
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 470
  • ISBN 10 : 0226116026

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The Magical State Excerpt :

In 1935, after the death of dictator General Juan Vicente Gómez, Venezuela consolidated its position as the world's major oil exporter and began to establish what today is South America's longest-lasting democratic regime. Endowed with the power of state oil wealth, successive presidents appeared as transcendent figures who could magically transform Venezuela into a modern nation. During the 1974-78 oil boom, dazzling development projects promised finally to effect this transformation. Yet now the state must struggle to appease its foreign creditors, counter a declining economy, and contain a discontented citizenry. In critical dialogue with contemporary social theory, Fernando Coronil examines key transformations in Venezuela's polity, culture, and economy, recasting theories of development and highlighting the relevance of these processes for other postcolonial nations. The result is a timely and compelling historical ethnography of political power at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary reflections on modernity and the state.

Little Bear Teddy Book

Little Bear Teddy


  • Author : Erika Cardona
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2020-05
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 0999163019

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Little Bear Teddy Excerpt :

Little Bear Teddy has the perfect plan of practicing his football skills on the lawn after school, but a big storm comes and ruins the neighborhood. He has to move to a home in a new city and isn't very thrilled, but it turns out that moving isn't so bad after all.

Plays of the Year Book

Plays of the Year


  • Author : John Courtenay Trewin
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1970
  • Genre: English drama
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015067453871

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Belching Out the Devil Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

Belching Out the Devil


  • Author : Mark Thomas
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2009-03-26
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781407022284

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Belching Out the Devil Excerpt :

Coca-Cola and its logo are everywhere. In our homes, our workplaces, even our schools. It is a company that sponsors the Olympics, backs US presidents and even re-brands Santa Claus. A truly universal product, it has even been served in space. From Istanbul to Mexico City, Mark travels the globe investigating the stories and people Coca-Cola's iconic advertising campaigns don't mention. Child labourers in the sugar cane fields of El Salvador. Indian workers exposed to toxic chemicals. Colombian union leaders falsely accused of terrorism and jailed alongside the paramilitaries who want to kill them. And many more... Provocative, funny and stirring, Belching Out the Devil investigates the truth behind one of the planet's biggest brands.