Following the Korean War, Air Force veteran Carl Wolf longs to replace the tortured memories of his fighter-pilot past with a quiet life dedicated to marine science. But despite the tranquility of his surroundings, his past always keeps him at arm’s length from the emotional connections he so deeply desires. Then, a chance encounter on a scientific expedition to the island of Cozumel changes everything. A newfound soul mate reveals a startling coincidence relating to one of his most traumatic episodes from the war, and Carl gets a glimpse of the future he’d always hoped for. Then, just as quickly, he loses contact with her. In the interim, he finds companionship with a beautiful colleague. The dueling relationship compounds his struggles to come to grips with life, love, and his nagging torturous past. And beyond its beauty, this lovingly crafted period piece is a compelling reminder that the pain of hard choices can often be tempered by nature’s miracles...like the green flash itself.
A simple jeep accident and the end to a military career, enough to send a man into a permanent funk. A San Diego beach town proves to be a poor place to lick the wounds of battle and career loss. If the resident zanies are not enough, there are the rotating tourists who rent for a week. Among them, Lia, the beautiful Brazilian temptress, a giddy sorority and Howard Grout, who's in tiles. It's no wonder Choppy's psychiatrist sees his progress as slow, at best, and why Choppy does not share with him the incidents of confrontation which seem to occur all too frequently. Much like the beach culture itself, the women in Choppy's life range from the erratic to the illusive. But even romance can't be simple for Choppy Spencer and the danger to the women becomes one more test of his own courage.
Ben and Billy Mac have saltwater running through their veins. Not only do they love the fishing life in their coastal town of York, Maine, but they are the best of friends. Born just days apart in 1949, they are truly like true brothers, as close as blood can be. But life holds different promises for these two young men. Ben, whose father died at sea before he was born, quit school at age thirteen to help support his mother. Billy is a star hockey player on the high school team and accepts an offer to play at Boston College. During this time of international turmoil, Ben receives his draft letter and is sent to Vietnam as an army ranger. While Ben is fighting the war in Vietnam, Billy fights his own war on the ice, and moral and physical challenges lead him down a dark path. To See a Green Flash follows these two best friends as their life’s paths diverge. Telling the tales of fishing and the toll of war, author Corky Decker captures the heart and soul of a small, New England fishing community and the unbreakable bonds of friendship.
A life of crime can be very alluring, especially to one who falls between law-abiding respectability and the underworld. For David Abden, a baronet's nephew who loves fast cars and women, illegitimate opportunities present more than mere temptation, and when the glamour of risk begins to consume his life, Abden is presented with few easy ways out. '. . . never strikes a false note' "Daily Mail"
Alexis McTeal thought her life had become complicated when she learned that her boyfriend had been murdered. She had no idea; after receiving a fortune in precious gems and cash, along with a letter from her deceased boyfriend in which he explains his involvement with the Russian Mafia and the reason for his impending demise, Alex has to make a quick decision. She flees to the Caribbean and charters a boat. The problem is that unknown to Alex, the boat is owned and operated by a man whom the Russian Mob boss would do anything to find and kill. Federal agents, former spooks, and the Russian Mob are all in a race to find Alex and her charter captain first, each with different motivations. Meanwhile, back in New York, the homicide investigation into the death of Alexs boyfriend transforms into something quite unusual and extremely deadly.
An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein's Ideas, and Why They Matter
Author: Jeffrey Bennett
Publisher: Columbia University Press
It is commonly assumed that if the Sun suddenly turned into a black hole, it would suck Earth and the rest of the planets into oblivion. Yet, as prominent author and astrophysicist Jeffrey Bennett points out, black holes don't suck. With that simple idea in mind, Bennett begins an entertaining introduction to Einstein's theories of relativity, describing the amazing phenomena readers would actually experience if they took a trip to a black hole. The theory of relativity reveals the speed of light as the cosmic speed limit, the mind-bending ideas of time dilation and curvature of spacetime, and what may be the most famous equation in history: E = mc2. Indeed, the theory of relativity shapes much of our modern understanding of the universe. It is not "just a theory"—every major prediction of relativity has been tested to exquisite precision, and its practical applications include the Global Positioning System (GPS). Amply illustrated and written in clear, accessible prose, Bennett's book proves anyone can grasp the basics of Einstein's ideas. His intuitive, nonmathematical approach gives a wide audience its first real taste of how relativity works and why it is so important to science and the way we view ourselves as human beings.