Coral and Brass by Holland M. Smith and Percy Finch

Coral and Brass is the biography of General Holland McTyeire “Howlin’ Mad” Smith, known as the “father” of modern U.S. amphibious warfare. His book is a riveting first-hand account of key battles fought in the Pacific between the U.S. Army and Canadian troops against the Japanese, including assaults on the Gilbert Islands, the Marshall Islands, the island of Saipan, Tinian in the Marianas and Iwo Jimo.

Author: Holland M. Smith and Percy Finch

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
290 reviews

Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana

This legendary account of a voyage around Cape Horn captures the majesty and misadventure of life at sea in the early nineteenth century In 1834, nineteen-year-old Richard Henry Dana left Harvard University to enlist as a deckhand on a brig sailing from Boston to the California coast. For the next two years, he recorded the terrifying storms, awe-inspiring beauty, and dreadful hardships of the journey in a diary he would later expand into this riveting memoir of “the life of a common sailor at sea as it really is.”   Dana spares no detail in portraying the wretched conditions he endured and the cruelty of the ship’s captain, but he also paints vivid, unforgettable pictures of natural wonders such as icebergs and schools of migrating whales. His descriptions of the missions and presidios of pre–Gold Rush California captured the imagination of the country when the book was first published in 1840, and they serve as valuable historical documentation to this day.   An instant classic and inspiration for contemporaries such as Herman Melville, Two Years Before the Mast is one of the most remarkable and influential adventure stories in American literature.   This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

Author: Richard Henry Dana

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
801 reviews

Tom Hiddleston Trivia: Take A Fun Quiz To Test Your Knowledge And Learn Cool Things About This Proper English Gentleman (Celebrity Trivia Book 1) by Susanne Sholander and G. B. Sholander

So you’ve watched his movie performances, listened to his interviews, and seen him dance on YouTube videos.

But how well do you really know the phenomenon known as Tom Hiddleston?

Whether you’ve been a fan for years or you’re just discovering this versatile actor who was propelled to stardom playing Loki, the Norse god of mischief, you’ll find plenty of interesting facts in Tom Hiddleston Trivia.

Answer a group of questions at a time and check your responses. Tally your score and discover what kind of fan you are! Why not have a Tom Hiddleston Trivia Night with friends?

Take a look at some of the questions you’ll find here:

Question 6: How many languages can Tom speak?

Question 13: What is Tom’s favorite tea?
a. Earl Grey with a splash of milk
b. Moroccan Mint with a spoonful of honey
c. Jasmine tea, iced
d. Argentine Mate, sweetened with stevia

Question 31: Has Tom ever acted in a production with any of his family members?

Question 68: On his birthday, Marvel Studios gave Tom a souvenir from Thor, the first movie where he played Loki. What was it?

Complete with quotes, facts and bonus material, Tom Hiddleston Trivia includes all of this:

A Special Kind Of Guy
Level 1: Basic Facts About Tom
Level 2: A Star Is Born
Level 3: Pre-Loki, Before He Became Crazy Famous
Level 4: Flung To Fame Playing The Bad Guy
Level 5: A Few Of His Favorite Things
Level 6: Tom’s Ideas, Thoughts And Musings
Level 7: What He’s Been Up To Beyond Loki
Level 8: He’s Just A Super Awesome Human Being
Level 9: Did You Know?
Add Up Your Score: What’s Your Fan Level?
About The Authors
BONUS Material!

Tom Hiddleston Trivia informs while it entertains. Have fun testing and boosting your knowledge about this proper English gentleman.

Scroll back up now and take a peak inside the book using Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature.

Author: Susanne Sholander and G. B. Sholander

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
7 reviews

Please Excuse the Mess: a Memoir by Heather Portenier

In 2007, a near-fatal car accident on a Colorado highway left the Porteniers’ eight-year-old son with a severe traumatic brain injury that changed the course of their lives forever. It was the first in a series of tragedies over the following six years, testing their familial bond and marriage.”Please Excuse the Mess” is an inspirational story of courage, forgiveness, faith, strength and the power of love.

Author: Heather Portenier

Rating: Rating: 4.70 / 5
11 reviews

I Was Geeky When Geeky Wasn’t Cool by Marc Allie

Being geeky isn’t really geeky these days. But back in the 80s, being a geek was a death sentence for a kid’s social life. Nobody knew that better than me.

I was the stereotypical nerd: I was smart, wore glasses, was terrible at sports, and had my nose stuck in a book most of the time. I was different, and that meant I was made fun of. To cope with all the teasing, I would lose myself in other worlds, those with spaceships and lasers, or longswords and dragons. I devoured TV, movies, and comic books with a fervent passion. None of these obsessions made me any more popular.

Inside this book are my most vivid memories of being a weird, nerdy kid. Some of these stories detail the different crazes I threw myself into, ranging from comic book heroes and form-shifting robots to Dungeons & Dragons and pop music. Some of these tales are about trying hard to fit in and be “normal”. A healthy dollop of nostalgia flavors all these anecdotes of what it was like growing up geeky in the 80s.

Author: Marc Allie

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
18 reviews

Pittsburgh to Cadiz – What’s the Difference? (Part One Book 1) by Mitchell Phillips McCrady

The first book of a series, the adventure begins near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While painting for the summer, Mitch Phillips and his coworker Kevin make plans for Europe. Long days mean nothing when there’s a reason. Fall comes and they catch a ride to NYC. Buying one-way tickets from a cheap airfare voucher company, they wait a couple days for an available flight at Kevin’s buddy’s flat. After landing in Luxembourg, they get lost in Amsterdam and then wait for the final leg in Manchester, England.A hard, cold place. A dark humor, with stark personalities, they are greeted with mumbling accents, black hash, and wild mushrooms. Drugs and searching minds. Losing time. Anything is better than there or here or wait …Up the road a bit, after a brief yet dramatic stop in Bolton, on Mitch’s twenty-seventh birthday they are finally driven to the Highlands of Scotland for real purpose. Contracted to harvest Christmas trees, of all things, Mitch battles with his traveling partner, the weather, and his penchant for drugs and alcohol. He’s searching for the difference in life and the real meaning of art. He has a guitar, a camera, and a snowboard—nothing out of the ordinary. Everyone does this, right?

Author: Mitchell Phillips McCrady

Rating: Rating: 4.80 / 5
45 reviews

Abraham Lincoln: A Concise History of the Man Who Transformed the World (Biographies of US Presidents Book 16) by Hourly History

Abraham Lincoln
As president, Abraham Lincoln had one goal and that was to preserve the Union at all costs. His determination to hold the North and South together would ultimately lead to the bloodiest war in American history, the abolition of slavery, and his own untimely death from an assassin’s bullet. But to see Lincoln solely as a tragic figure consumed with the strife of mid-nineteenth century America is to miss meeting him as a man who never allowed himself to be defeated by adversity or grief or turmoil. From his earliest days on the frontier, he endured the loss of his beloved mother and the demanding physical challenges of a rough-and-ready land where death came easily and education was rare; where ambition was rewarded if a man proved himself willing to work hard; where love was attainable, even for a man whose physical appearance was most charitably described as homely.

Inside you will read about…
✓ Born on the Frontier
✓ Lincoln’s Life in New Salem
✓ The Election of 1860
✓ The House Divides
✓ The Tide Turns
✓ The End
✓ The Legacy of Lincoln

Lincoln arose from poverty and ignorance to become a man of influence and eloquence whose speeches continue to resonate with a nation that aspires to meet his ideals. Lincoln had his detractors and enemies but throughout his years, he had a remarkable ability to remain unpoisoned by his foes and to retain compassion for those who opposed him. Meet Abraham Lincoln, the frontier president whose death made him a martyr but whose life made him a hero.

Author: Hourly History

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
149 reviews

Murder in Palm Beach: The Homicide That Never Died by Bob Brink and Robert Brink

Murder in Palm Beach: The Homicide That Never Died is based closely on a real murder that happened in 1976. Rodger Kriger, a prominent resident of the posh town, is fatally shot one night through a window of the six-member family’s home. A politically ambitious prosecutor gets a hoodlum/karate expert named Mitt Hecher convicted on the basis of testimony by jail mates, and he is sent to the brutal and anarchic state prison at Raiford prison. While attorneys appeal for a new trial, Hecher’s wife contracts a usually fatal disease, and he is devastated. Did Hecher kill Kriger? A newspaper reporter who questions Hecher’s guilt continues to investigate the murder for years, and digs up shocking new information. A number of scenarios cast suspicion on other possible perpetrators. Did the sons of a wealthy Cuban do it? Were the operators of a gambling enterprise out to get Kriger? Was a prominent politician behind the slaying? Did a vicious underworld figure do the bidding of a criminal gang? Was a love triangle the basis for the shooting? Murder in Palm Beach is the tale of a man whose deeds have sent him plummeting to the bottom, and powerful forces determined to keep him there. A murder mystery with all the ingredients to keep the reader riveted, it is primarily a powerful story of redemption.

Author: Bob Brink and Robert Brink

Rating: Rating: 4.00 / 5
106 reviews

The Last of the Giants: How Christ Came to the Lumberjacks by Harry Rimmer LL.D.

In its early years, Duluth was a gold mine for lumber barons. Men were employed as lumberjacks and worked like beasts, only to be tossed aside like used equipment when no longer needed. The grand forests were raped for their prime timber, the balance burned wastefully. The men were coarse and hard, but they had to be to survive. More than any other people that ever lived in our land, these old-time lumberjacks could truthfully say, “No man cared for my soul.”

That is, until God sent three men to the great Northwoods of our country ¬– Frank Higgins, John Sornberger, and Al Channer. These men blazed new trails of the Spirit and founded an empire for God. They reached a sector of humanity for which no spiritual work had ever been done before, storming the Northwoods with a consuming passion for Christ. And with that passion, they also brought a heart as big as all outdoors, a love for men that burned like a flame, and a desperate desire to see these men saved.

Author: Harry Rimmer LL.D.

Rating: Rating: 4.90 / 5
49 reviews

Speak Swahili, Dammit!: A laugh-out-loud, chaotic, and tragic African childhood by James Penhaligon

The inspiring true story of a young boy’s chaotic life in a remote, wild, corner of East Africa.

James’s childhood is spent on an isolated gold-mine near Lake Victoria, Tanganyika, with just his sister and mother; his father tragically dying through injuries sustained from World War II. His upbringing is mainly left to a tribal ayah called Amina and an elderly Swahili man, and he learns to speak Swahili before English.

In this unusual setting he soon discovers some stark facts about life through tragedy and danger, but it is the local watu, imbued with kindness and irrepressible humour, that save him from despair, and with whom he learns to fish with home-made lines, eat insects and famously abuse the European hierarchy in real Swahili!

Known as ‘Jimu’ to his friends, he marks out his own country with a Sukuma boy named Lutoli, falls deeply in love with the beautiful, but older, German girl Gretchen and throws himself out of the back of a bus to avoid being sent away to school.
Once at school, in Arusha, James tends to mix with other non-conformers and presents a dilemma to teachers – he is a white boy with a ‘black spirit’. His gang gets up to nefarious enterprises, bringing them into a state of permanent conflict with the system.

James is fascinated with the history of Tanganyika back to the time when it was a German Colony until 1918. The unparalleled courage of the German leader Paul von Lettow Vorbeck against the British is a beacon to the young boy of what can be accomplished against adversity

Above all James discovers the world, and life, a little by education, a lot by accident, but overwhelmingly by fate and happenstance, in circumstances few people in the developed world have experienced.

Author: James Penhaligon

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
183 reviews