Some of you know and love Prince Breslyn already, others may meet him here for the first time. This is how Bres got his introduction to humans and formed his everlasting love of them. It is a short story/novella. Fact one: By tradition and treaty, Fae do not interfere with the human world - it is against the rules. Fact two: For a Royal Fae prince who suffers from the ennui of immortality, watching and interacting with humans - especially lovely, spirited human females - can be entertaining. Fact three: When entertainment changes to affection, and affection becomes love, rules will be broken. His name is Breslyn, Prince of Dagda of the Tuatha De. He is a royal Fae, immortal and endowed with more than eye candy looks. He is a being with immeasurable powers but life for him lacked something - so he looked around, and found... humans. Watching their lives and interactions, from another dimension filled him with feelings he had thought long lost in the ennui of immortality. The more he watched - the more addicted to their antics he became. An affection for the human race grew inside the heart Fae are not supposed to have, and it was inevitable that he began to have preferences with regards to them. In 1314, when Scotland´s rule was in jeopardy and the British were about to take more than they should, he chose a side - and then he saw her, and nothing would ever be the same for the prince ever again... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anthony Goring. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/024866de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Not for nothing did Napoleon say, ´´Give me enough medals and crimson ribbon and I will conquer the world.´´ Soldiers fight for a variety of reasons: a sense of patriotic duty, the lure of financial gain, or the desire for honor and glory. Some want a bit more than what life has to offer. Others feel that war is their destiny; they can see the writing on the wall and know they must be part of it. It has been said that wars are fought for God (and country), gold (power and wealth), and glory (honor and heroism). Beneath these identifiers are several subcategories that explain the reasons why governments send troops to war, and why men and increasingly more women voluntarily enlist in the armed forces and fight for their country (or for somebody else´s). This book sheds light on those individuals who commit their lives to armed service for reasons related to patriotism, financial gain, adventure, and heroism. Although the focus is the armed forces of the United States and the staffing of the military since the birth of our nation, the recruitment practices of other countries are also explored from ancient to modern day to illustrate the continuity that runs through thousands of years of world history. In his classic, Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph , T. E. Lawrence says, ´´All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.´´ For God, Gold, and Glory: A History of Military Service and Man´s Search for Power, Wealth, and Adventure is of interest to military and social historians, as well as armchair warriors dreaming of the glory that ´´mischance´´ prevented them from obtaining. The book comprises approximately 350 pages of text and 15 photographs and covers the following topics: 1. Patriotism 2. Family Tradition and Kinship Obligation 3. Revenge, Social, and Political Pressures 4. Poverty and Military Enlistment 5. Financial and Material Incentives 6. Mercenaries and Volunteers in Foreign Armies 7. The Ennui of Everyday Life 8. War and Recruitment Propaganda 9. Once a Soldier, Always a Soldier 10. Membership in an Elite Society 11. Military Training as a Pleasant Pastime 12. Growing Fond of War 13. Ninety Percent Boredom and Ten Percent Action 14. Desertion and Disillusion 15. Finding the Holy Grail War volunteering is an aspect of military history that has received surprisingly little academic attention. In 2007 at the University of Tübingen´s Heinrich Fabri Institute in Germany, scholars engaged in what is believed to have been the first ever international discussions on the subject of war volunteering in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Although this book by no means is conclusive, the hope is that it will provide a solid base upon which further research and study can be built.
Fraa Erasmus is a young avout living in the Concent of Saunt Edhar, a sanctuary for mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers, protected from the corrupting influences of the ´´Saecular´´ world by ancient stone, honored traditions, and complex rituals. Over the centuries, cities, and governments have risen and fallen beyond the concent´s walls. Three times during history´s darkest epochs, bloody violence born of superstition and ignorance has invaded and devastated the cloistered mathic community. Yet always the avout have managed to adapt in the wake of catastrophe, becoming out of necessity more austere and less dependent on technology and material things. Erasmus, however, has no fear of the outside - the Extramuros - for the last of the terrible times was long, long ago. Now, in celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent´s gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious ´´extras´´ in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn´t seen since he was ´´collected´´. But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change. Powerful unforeseen forces threaten the peaceful stability of mathic life and the established ennui of the Extramuros - a threat that only an unsteady alliance of Saecular and avout can oppose - as, one by one, Raz´s colleagues, teachers, and friends are all called forth from the safety of the concent in hopes of warding off global disaster. Suddenly burdened with a worlds-shattering responsibility, Erasmus finds himself a major player in a drama that will determine the future of everything - as he sets out on an extraordinary odyssey that will carry him to the most dangerous, inhospitable corners of an unfamiliar planet...and far beyond. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, Neal Stephenson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/000841de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.