“Hope’s Hopes” is a tale of international romance depicting an unconventional and forbidden relationship between a teenager and an older man. It is a story that will cause the audience to ponder as they witness the protagonists in their search for “Hope’s Hopes”.
Eighteen-year-old Hope has grown up in Hungary, stuck with a father who ignores her growing interests. In the summer of 1982, while visiting Los Angeles with her father, George, she has a chance encounter with a much older man named John. Her father’s lack of interest propels Hope into John’s overly interested arms, sparks begin to fly and soon, the two are in a highly unorthodox and controversial relationship. Hope is unusually sophisticated for her age, but she still can’t avoid the pitfalls of her heart. In a shocking move, John proposes to her, but Hope’s father is outraged. George takes an unwilling Hope back to Hungary, but John pursues the love of his life – intending to free her from her father’s control.
Now, John and Hope must defeat all of George’s devious and underhanded tricks to cause trouble and drive a wedge between the lovers. Increasingly desperate to “save” his daughter, George begins to lose perspective—and the support of the rest of the family and his friends. Just when he starts to express an interest in his daughter’s life, his actions force her away from him.
Only time will tell whether George will manage to destroy the relationship and keep the couple apart—or whether Hope and John’s love for each other will triumph in the end.
“Hope’s Hopes” is a tale of romantic fiction with an intercontinental scope, a highly unconventional subject matter, and a gripping plot replete with twists and turns.
Readers fond of romance will surely be in for one wild ride as the narrative takes them to places most conventional love stories seldom dare to tread.
James Hancock has everything—a comfortable marriage, grown children who launched into their chosen careers, and the wealth and jet-setting lifestyle of a successful banker. He’s a geeky slightly naive quant who’s risen to the highest echelons of the cutthroat world of high finance on the strength of his prodigious mathematical abilities. But even with all the outward signs of personal and professional achievement, he feels an emptiness inside, a yearning for something more.
Then he’s sent to London, where he meets Roxy Reid, a girl from the mean streets of the East End, the survivor of a tough childhood with a drug addict mother. Lost waif and formidable warrior, unschooled illiterate and genius savant, artless guttersnipe and sophisticated lady, childlike innocent and wise sage, with trusting immaturity and weary cynicism–Roxy is an impossible bundle of contradictions. She enters his life like a bolt of lightning, showing him in a flash how cold and sterile his life has been. Everything about her is wrong—she’s far too young, totally alien to everything in his experience, and has long standing ties to organized crime. Drawn into her violent world of drugs and gangs, he must decide whether to risk everything to pursue her.
ASSASSIN JULIA HAMPTON IS READY TO QUIT THE GAME AND RETURN TO HER SCHOOLTEACHER ROOTS — ONLY TO LEARN SHE’S MARKED FOR DEATH.
Primary teacher Julia Hampton’s quiet life in Oregon upends with the murder of her parents and sister. Julia seeks revenge against those responsible, and against all odds, she succeeds. Her success is noticed by an organization dedicated to the same task on a grand scale: eliminate anyone importing and selling narcotics. Julia accepts assignments as a contract killer for The Company and makes a name for herself as J.
Settling in rural Idaho to live alone as a substitute teacher offers a low-profile base for assignments. Dawson Pelletier owns a nearby farm and looks after Julia’s place when J is away. All goes well until she’s wounded and barely makes it home. She finds her neighbor is much more than a gentleman farmer when only one of his many hidden resources is to become her expert caregiver.
Her thirst for vengeance sated and faced with her mortality, Julia notifies The Company that the assignment she barely survives is her last, and she’ll return to teaching fulltime, but her resignation is rejected unless she fulfills a final contract. Against previous rules of engagement, her target is outside US borders, and she must leave her familiar firearm behind and find alternate means to terminate a giant ex-athlete responsible for importing tons of drugs stateside each week. J must take on a brute three times her size if she is to have a chance to return to the quiet life and budding romance wants.
As Oron continues his investigative excavation on earth, he starts to uncover other dealings that have caused humanity to go down the path it has been driven to. Oron then presents his findings to the one being he is reluctant to talk to the most but must face due to the role he has inhabited for the greater good of the universe. God has always loved Oron, but Oron can say that he has never fully loved God, which cause their engagements to be full of Ice and Fire.
In ĺife you are either a passenger or a pilot, it’s your choice now. #TAKETHESTEP
Entrepreneurship can seem like a risky, challenging, and even stupid idea when compared to a steady, stable job. But when you have the right tools, the path to entrepreneurship is clear. This book gives you the know-how, inspiration, and courage to take the first steps toward your dreams. It teaches how to become an innovator, curb risks, source capital, and stand out as an entrepreneur.
The Book of General Demonology presents the reader with a handbook with dealing with demons. It includes various theories but mostly a God/Jesus centered view that the demonologist works side by side with God as well as using their own authority to drive these beings out.
Ditches to Riches offers up some real life lessons, from the author Will Smith who had it all, lost it all, and got it all back again. Will was dealt a bad hand and sentenced to prison for more than two years, for a crime he did not commit. Once free, he moved to a new state with no money and a felony conviction still marring his otherwise perfect record. The only thing he had was a friend who let him sleep on a couch and a job digging ditches in the Florida heat. Will did have one other thing, a desperate desire to climb out of that ditch.
An Old House With Secrets…
Charlie Love is terrified. Something is taking over her mind and body at night while she sleeps. There is a presence in her newly renovated home, and she’s facing it alone. Soon, she discovers that she’s up against insurmountable evil, and has no idea how to fight against it.
A Team Ready To Take On The Unknown…
Doug and Scott McQueen are experienced paranormal investigators, but they aren’t prepared for what haunts Charlie. Sheila Mathers wants to help, using her psychic abilities, but it’s an evil unlike any of them have ever encountered.
A Blood Feud From The Past…
Charlie and the team are stunned by the rancid evil. The hauntings are too incredible for them to ignore. Their tail leads them to a blood feud, long buried in the old, haunted house. Why did the spiritual battle begin? Why is Charlie the target? How will the small team fight the deep darkness that they face? Follow the team’s investigation as they strive to solve the most dangerous case of their lives.
BASED ON THE TRUE STORY OF THE VIETNAM VET WAR HERO, KNOWN AS THE “AMERICAN GANGSTER” WHO RAN A COVERT CIA OPERATION AND EMERGED AS VIETNAM’S ‘OSKAR SCHINDLER’
A great historical fictional work on ‘Vietnam’s mobbed-up late 1960s – 1970s Saigon, Pearl of the Orient, Vietnam, “American Gangster – Operation Beaucoup Dinky Dau”
In the best-selling tradition of the world’s master historical fiction storytellers, Mario Puzo’s, “The Godfather”; Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried”; Winston Groom’s Forrest Gump; Victor Hugo’s, “Les Misérables”; Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”; Norman Mailer’s, The Naked and The Dead; Gore Vidal’s Lincoln: A Novel; and Graham Greene’s “The Quiet American”
Steve Murphy, Network TV and Documentary Film Producer, Writer, and Combat Vietnam Veteran, tells the extraordinary story of a never before told, top secret covert CIA operation, known only as “OPERATION BEAUCOUP DINKY DAU”, that served as the unofficial covert Logistics operation to the CIA’s Phoenix Montagnard fighters, fighting the North Vietnamese forces during 1968-1973.
“This I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-fiction” tale has it all: a Marlboro- Man handsome Vietnam War Hero, a parade of impossibly gorgeous women, sex, spies, copious quantities of booze, drugs, and enough violence to take Arnold Schwarzenegger and his Terminator scriptwriters through several more sequels. It’s both a rip-roaring expose and harrowing.
It’s the story of the underbelly of the Saigon metropolis like few others. Corrupt Generals, shady Politicians, gangsters, prostitutes, bootleggers, opium addicts, jazz musicians, deserters, black marketeers, and your run of the mill criminals, murderers, thieves, and con artists….
Casting light on the Federal Government’s links with organized crime and how a highly decorated American MAT Team Advisor Vietnam Veteran, Johnnie Walker, known in Saigon, as “The America Gangster”, became Saigon’s most successful Criminal Mastermind, as well as the most influential “unofficial” Defense Attaché Office (DAO) “Contractor” to the CIA’s Phoenix Program, and the owner of the famous supper club and casino, “Beaucoup Dinky Dau”, and who had unparalleled connections leading all the way up to Vietnam’s Presidential palace and the CIA.
It’s a story most Americans have never heard of and shines a new and disturbing light on the role of the United States in the creation of communist Vietnam, and their treatment of the indigenous tribes that fought for the CIA’s Phoenix Program.
Johnnie Walker dominated Saigon’s War profiteering, Black Market, Money Laundering, and Drug Trafficking for all the major Vietnamese Crime Lords Generals in Saigon, as well as for South Vietnam’s President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, and Air Marshall /South Vietnam’s VP, Nguyễn Cao Kỳ.
His astounding metamorphosis from criminal mastermind to Vietnam’s ‘Oskar Schindler’ began in 1968 when he discovers that Washington intends to abandon his friends and former MAT Team CIA Phoenix program Montagnards, “The Yards”, fighters that he’d fought side by side with as a MAT Team Advisor in Pleiku. He loved “The Yards” and the War Orphans the Yards took care of, and he was going to make sure he did the “Right Thing” for them.
It was an amazing turnabout for the once money-hungry Walker, because even though he did not begin his journey as a hero, by the time the war was winding down, he became one. He used his cunning to bend the system to help him and his over 600 Yards and 100 Orphans escape Vietnam. He was strong in the face of constant danger and double-cross, and he placed the well-being of The Yards and Orphans above his own well-being.
Based on real historical events, the suspense and intrigue of the story carries larger-than-life qualities and heightened reality. It’s about 90% historical basis and 10% creative license, but it adds up to 100% spellbinding story. It has more political intrigues, more suspense, more intense psychological analysis, and more technological know-how than anything Tom Clancy or Robert Ludlum could fantasize about.
And it has something else besides: It’s based on a true story, depicts the courage and shrewdness of an unlikely savior, a man who is a flawed mixture of hedonism and decency and who, in the presence of unutterable evil, transcends the limits of his own humanity, and the pragmatic triumph of good over evil, a triumph in eminently measurable, statistical, unsubtle terms.
Set in his adopted hometown, Saigon, Vietnam, where he spent over six years, American Gangster – Operation Beaucoup Dinky Dau, is the book that Steve Murphy has been building up to for his whole career. From its opening fusillade to its astonishing conclusion, it’s that rarest of literary creations: a book that combines spectacular elegance of craft with a kinetic wallop as fierce as the Monsoons and Tsunamis bringing torrential rains to the Pearl of the Orient.
They were here before us.
They are here now.
They will be here when we are gone.
The Autobiography of Jimmy Lee.
Jimmy Lee has led some sort of life!
He had a start in life few would have survived; he was taken into care at three years old and by the time he was eleven he had moved home ten times and attended nine different schools.
His early adolescence was hard by any standards. At fourteen, he ran away to join the Royal Navy and was sent, along with 2000 other boys, to the notorious HMS Ganges at Shotley, in Suffolk, a training establishment where a harsh regime held sway.
He had the misfortune to be placed under the care of two particularly brutal instructors, prone to drunkenness, whose continual bullying and abuse proved too much for his emerging free spirit.
Jim fought back and deserted on numerous occasions. Among his many punishments, he suffered ‘cuts’, a particularly brutal form of naval punishment. The next six years passed with regular naval detentions in the Royal Naval Detention Quarters, Portsmouth, involving exhausting routines and solitary confinements, which ended with a twelve month sentence in the infamous HM Military Prison Corradina, Malta, after which he was dismissed from the Service and returned to civilian life.
Then his troubles really began!
Winner of 20 book awards, SHOT DOWN is set within the framework of World War II in Europe and recounts the dramatic experiences of each member of a ten man B-17 bomber crew after their plane, piloted by the author’s father, was knocked out of the sky by German fighters over the French/Belgium border on February 8,1944.
Some men died. Some were captured and became prisoners of war. Some men evaded capture and were missing in action for months before making it back to England. Their individual stories and those of the courageous Belgian people who risked their lives to help them are all different and are all remarkable.
Even before the dramatic battle in the air and the subsequent harrowing events on the ground, the story is informative, insightful, and captivating. Prior to the fateful event, the book covers the crew’s training, their journey to England, what life was like on base as well as in London and the English countryside, and the perils of flying combat missions over occupied Europe and Germany.
Through personal letters, oral and written accounts, declassified military documents, and interviews – all from people who took part in the events that happened over 70 years ago (even the German Luftwaffe pilot who shot down the Susan Ruth) – the stories come alive. Adding to the feeling of “being there”, are more than 200 time period photographs interspersed throughout the book.
To add background and context, many historical facts and anecdotes about and surrounding World War II are entwined throughout the book so that the reader has a feel for and understanding of what was occurring on a broader scale. SHOT DOWN is an account about brave individuals, featuring pilot Howard Snyder, set within the compelling events of the greatest conflict in world history.
An American family in crisis and how they deal with it. An aging WWII veteran with dementia, a pregnant daughter bein stalked by her meth using boyfriend, and a preteen becoming a teenager are what we see. Behind the scenes, a greater crisis is gathering as an old enemy of one of the family gets ready to take revenge from his post as manager of a security firm contracted to the NSA. By the end of the story you will be wondering who has your information and what are they going to do with it. Available in both Kindle and paperback.
The Warramunga’s War is a sweeping narrative of the friendship that forms between a young Australian army officer, Jamie Munro, and an educated half-caste Warramunga aboriginal NCO, Jack ‘Jacko’ O’Brien, during the Syrian campaign against the Vichy French in World War II. Jacko rescues a wounded Jamie after which they are conscripted in Cairo by MI6. Here, Jamie and Jacko learn about the seamy side of war in counterespionage as they track down German spies. The principal fictional characters interact with actual historical figures and events throughout the story.
As the desert war escalates to the west of Cairo, the MI6 team confuses the enemy with misleading radio messages using German codes and using local entertainers as undercover agents. On one of his day leaves, Jacko meets a beautiful young Syrian-French girl and a strong romantic bond forms between the two during his time in Cairo.
Following the end of the desert war, Jamie and Jacko are assigned to wartime intelligence work in Southeast Asia. After the end of the Pacific war, they initiate the Darwin operations of the CIS, the Commonwealth Investigation Service. On the trail of two suspected wartime German agents, they discover the agents have formed a dangerous criminal gang with an individual they had known during their time in Cairo. The tracking skills of the Warramunga are needed to finally catch up with the murderous gang in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.
Are you one of the elect?
Dr. Helen Hope is a lecturer in eschatology – the study of death, judgement, and the destiny of humankind. She is also a Calvinist nun, her life devoted to atoning for a secret crime.
When a body is found crucified on a Liverpool beach, she forms an unlikely alliance with suspect Mikko Kristensen, lead guitarist in death metal band Total Depravity. Together, they go on the trail of a rogue geneticist who they believe holds the key – not just to the murder, but to something much darker.
Also on the trail is cynical Scouse detective Darren Swift. In his first murder case, he must confront his own lack of faith as a series of horrific crimes drag the city of two cathedrals to the gates of hell.
Science meets religious belief in this gripping murder mystery.
After being left at the altar, Jade Roberts seeks solace at her best friend’s ranch on the Colorado western slope. Her humiliation still ripe, she doesn’t expect to be attracted to her friend’s reticent brother, but when the gorgeous cowboy kisses her, all bets are off.
Talon Steel is broken. Having never fully healed from a horrific childhood trauma, he simply exists, taking from women what is offered and giving nothing in return…until Jade Roberts catapults into his life. She is beautiful, sweet, and giving, and his desire for her becomes a craving he fears he’ll never be able to satisfy.
Passion sizzles between the two lovers…but long-buried secrets haunt them both and may eventually tear them apart.
Welcome to Whistle Stop…where anything can and most likely will happen.
The notorious cowboy meets his match…
Cord Lawson instantly distrusted the young woman in a smart suit who’d just arrived in Whistle Stop. She was very pretty and clearly a city girl—but with memories of his failed marriage still darkening his mind, he’s determined to steer clear! But she’s sniffing around his land—land that has been in his family for generations.
Alexis Greer had one mission—close the deal on the Lawson ranch; without it, her father’s land development company would go bankrupt. But the word around town is to keep clear of Cord and to stay away from his precious land. However, determination was Lexi’s middle name. She just had to keep on trying to breach Cord’s barriers, to appeal somehow to his head and heart—even if it put her in danger of losing both of hers…to him.
An Amazon bestseller with more than one million pages read.
It’s always darkest before the Dawn.
When the Blackout arrives, Dax Harper finds himself alone and fighting for survival on the chaotic streets of New Orleans. He is on the run, desperately searching for his estranged sister as the riots intensify. An unexpected encounter with his ex-girlfriend thrusts Dax into a leadership position—one he’s not sure he can accept. As the hours pass, the city floods, pitting Dax in an epic battle against time and a mysterious new enemy threatening the future of humankind.
Dawn is the new post-apocalyptic thriller from bestselling authors, J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon, the first book in the Final Awakening trilogy.
The war between mankind and beast is over. And mankind lost.
Earth lies in ruins. Billions of people are dead. Enormous creatures–behemoths–tower over everything, devastating cities and feeding on the scattered remnants of humanity.
Zach Caplan is a survivor. After war broke out, he fled to Maine’s remote wilderness. Hiding in the shadows, he salvaged supplies and lived off the dying land. He thought he was safe. But a sudden and brutal attack proved otherwise.
Rising from the ashes, he launches a desperate search for answers. Unfortunately, the stakes are higher than he could ever imagine. For a terrifying new threat is on the horizon. And Caplan is the only thing standing between mankind and a fate worse than extinction.
Survival expert Zach Caplan faces the Behemoth Apocalypse in this spectacular new novel from international bestselling author David Meyer!
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The Amazon rainforest is hiding a secret.
One woman has uncovered it.
…And it’s a secret worth killing for.
When her company discovers a remarkable hidden message in the dreaming brains of her subjects, Dr. Amanda Meron unknowingly invites disaster unto her company.
The clues seem to be pointing her to one of the remote places on the planet:
The Amazon Rainforest.
When Harvey “Ben” Bennett gets a hint that the nefarious organization he’s been searching for has turned up in Brazil, he and his new girlfriend Juliette Richardson race to the jungle to discover what they’re after – and hopefully stop them.
From the myth of the lost city of El Dorado to emerging science technology, The Amazon Code has it all: action-packed adventure, an exotic setting, and characters you’ll fall in love with.
Don’t miss the next Harvey Bennett thriller – the new action/adventure, science-fiction series from bestselling author Nick Thacker!
Sometimes you have to fight for what – for who – you love.
Shannon Vanderhoff’s childhood taught her early on that nothing was hers to keep, not clothes, or toys, or even people. So she lives, loves, and lets go. She’s not looking for a hero.
But with custody of her traumatized six-year-old nephew on the line, she needs help. Charming Greg Hawkins, a comic book artist and art therapist insists he can coax Ryan into speaking again, enabling the boy to reveal what he saw the night of his mother’s death at his father’s hands. And though Shannon’s skeptical of Greg’s methods, there’s no denying that he brings light and color to their lives.
Greg, one of twelve siblings, knows anything worth having is worth fighting for. If anyone can prepare Shannon for the upcoming battle, it’s Greg and his family.
But will she fight to keep him, too?
A Hero to Keep is a contemporary family drama romance set near Lake Erie, featuring the Hawkins Family. Grab your copy today!
With close to a half million copies of her books sold worldwide, award-winning author Susan Gable is known for her ability to weave realistic characters and powerful emotions, to make readers both laugh and cry.
“Emotionally charged scenes and a terrific plot make this novel a must-read. Gable’s writing is clever, and the emotions she portrays are exceptionally realistic.”- 4.5 Stars, Top Pick Alexandra Kay – Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine
***This book was originally published under the title A Kid to the Rescue.***
The complete Gone Trilogy is a USA Today bestselling title.
One poor decision will haunt her forever.
Macy Mercer only wants a little independence. Eager to prove herself grown up, she goes to a dark, secluded park. She’s supposed to meet the boy of her dreams who she met online. But the cute fifteen year old was a fantasy, his pictures fake. She finds herself face to face with Chester Woodran, a man capable of murder.
Distraught over his own missing daughter, Chester insists that Macy replace his lost girl. He locks Macy up, withholds food, and roughs her up, demanding that she call him dad. Under duress from his constant threats and mind games, her hold on reality starts to slip. Clinging to her memories is the only way of holding onto her true identity, not believing that she is Chester’s daughter. Otherwise she may never see her family again.
Gone is the first novel in the Gone saga, a trilogy of psychological suspense thrillers. If you enjoy page turning suspense with constant twists and turns, then you’ll love this nail-biting read by USA Today bestselling author, Stacy Claflin.
You may prefer reading the complete trilogy to have all three parts together.
(Since the trilogy is about a single kidnapping, the story isn’t resolved in this part.)
Other books in the Gone Saga:
The Complete Trilogy
Dean’s List – Lydia’s story about being married to a serial killer.
No Return – Rusty is determined to prove his sister didn’t commit suicide without getting himself killed.
Girl in Trouble – Ten years after Gone, Alex must face his demons.
Turn Back Time – Coming Summer 2017
Terrorists have never been more afraid …
★★★★★ “Reminiscent of the original Bourne books by Robert Ludlum, but with a sprinkling of the relationship of David Baldacci’s King and Maxwell” – Amazon reviewer
To those with the highest security clearance, the line item is known only as Project X. But to the half dozen agents and personnel working for it, it’s known as Firestorm, a black ops group so dark that the U.S. President doesn’t even know about them . . . yet.
And no operative is as skilled as former Navy SEAL Brady Hawk.
Amid the smoldering ashes of another terrorist attack on U.S. interests in Iraq, Hawk searches for Nasim Ghazi, the chief bomb maker for the terrorist group Al Hasib. Hawk must return to quietly navigate through Iraq and Afghanistan to hunt down Ghazi before he strikes again. But is Ghazi really Hawk’s primary target? Or a diversion to keep him from discovering a darker secret?
In a world where nothing is as it seems, Hawk must stay focused in order to put down another threat before it’s too late … both for himself and the world.
Fans of Vince Flynn, David Baldacci, and Brad Taylor are loving this new pulse-pounding action thriller series from award-winning and bestselling author R.J. Patterson.
What Amazon readers are saying:
★★★★★ “R.J. Patterson is up there with Baldacci.”
★★★★★ “First Strike delivers excitement, intrigue and action from the first page to the last.”
★★★★★ “This story was imaginative, but certainly came across as realistic.”
★★★★★ “This is a first rate action thriller!”
★★★★★ “If you are looking for some adrenalin packed action, don’t think twice, just grab a copy and start reading, you won’t be sorry.”
★★★★★ “A well crafted page turner.”
★★★★★ “Brady hawk is the next Jack Reacher!”
★★★★★ “Another great book by R.J. Patterson! I liked that way he makes his characters so real.”
★★★★★ “This book is in the vein of Brad Thor and Vince Flynn with a bit of Ian Flemming.”
★★★★★ “R.J. Patterson’s short chapters and fast moving plot render this novel impossible to put down.”
Buy First Strike today and start a series that will keep you up all night reading!
His long-ago lover brings a cryptic letter to Paris, pulling Eddie Grant reluctantly into a web of intrigue and death — but giving him one slim chance to find the terrorists who murdered his family seven years before.
The letter sparks a dangerous quest across Paris, the Loire Valley, and the gleaming beaches of the Florida Gulf Coast for the most valuable Nazi loot that remains missing, a famous Raphael self-portrait from the early 16th century. The painting and the crates of bullion that accompanied it were intended to finance the Fourth Reich, or so the rumors said.
Jen Wetzmuller, daughter of his late father’s World War II colleague in American Army intelligence, found the letter after her father was run down by a car in the streets of Sarasota. For Eddie, it brings the long-cold case of his family’s murder back to life.
Its clues propel him from his Paris home to Florida, where he barely escapes with his life. Then it’s back home, to burrow into the darkest reaches of the German occupation.
Along the way, he and Jen restart the brief, fiercely passionate affair that he abandoned, to his regret, 20 years before.
Most of all, Treasure of Saint-Lazare is a novel of Paris.
The painting, Portrait of a Young Man, remains missing, although the Polish government said recently that it still exists and is in a safe place.
“Bravo!” (Ronald Rosbottom, author of When Paris Went Dark)
“An exceptionally well written book with a fast-paced story line and many plot surprises.” (Connield, Amazon reviewer)
A “fast-paced thriller spanning the globe from Paris to the states.” (Carole P. Roman, Amazon reviewer)
“I read it once and then waited a week and read it again.” (Amazon reviewer)