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Benjamin King puts a new twist on the old mystery of Lincoln's death. Deep within the plot is the manipulative and corrosive character Anderson. The same man who outwitted the Confederates in King's first novel, A Bullet for Stonewall, is back to execute the most history-altering plan of his career. King has done extensive research on the assassination as well as the years that followed. In his work, he looked at how political plans changed following Lincoln's death. The guiding factor of his sleuthing was to determine who seemed to benefit from the aftermath. And thus he found the premise for this, his second novel. A group of young Wall Street entrepreneurs, including soon-to-be-tycoon J. P. Morgan, analyze the impact of the end of the war. They are angered by Lincoln's plan to invest in rebuilding the South. They search for a way to guarantee that the government will, instead, invest in their economic interests in the West. That search leads them to Anderson, the assassin with a money-back guarantee. Under numerous guises, he begins to assemble a plot to frame the South for the death of the president. Befriending Booth, Anderson inspires the actor to take control of his Southern sympathies and put actions behind his feelings. Meanwhile, he also infiltrates a Confederate spy ring, adding more names to the list of scapegoats he will leave behind. Relying heavily on historical accuracies, A Bullet for Lincoln minimizes its fictional medium, making Anderson and his task highly believable. The pressure of a federal agent closing in for his own kill heightens the challenge and suspense for Anderson. He faces unparalleled dangers as he tries to maintain his secret identity and still pull off the greatest coup in the nation's history.
This new edition of Victory Starts Here is a short history of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) as it is completing four decades of organizational existence. Established in July 1973 to solve the cumbersome command and control issues of the old US Continental Army Command (CONARC), TRADOC's mission was to oversee Army schools, training, doctrine, and combat developments. Through time those missions have evolved, and TRADOC also has become responsible for preparing the Army for war and functioning as the Army's architect of the future. General William E. DePuy, TRADOC's first commander, understood that the Army required sound training, coherent organization, modem weapon systems, and relevant doctrine. His successors built on that foundation and addressed the need for future planning. Readers will learn that TRADOC's story is generally one of success. Still, as this monograph is published in spring 2013, the full effects of about a dozen years of conflict in Southwest Asia as part of the Global War on Terrorism, the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure effort that largely concluded in 2011, and now the fiscal uncertainty caused by the budgetary process known colloquially as sequestration altogether are presenting TRADOC with a set of postwar'' challenges that bear useful comparison to those the nation and the Army faced when the command was established in the wake of Vietnam. Where these trials will take TRADOC in the years to come cannot, of course, be determined with certainty right now. Assuming that the past is a reliable guide to the future (which is one of the compelling justifications for the study of history in the first place), then the Army is likely to continue to need an organization to train and educate Soldiers, to formulate and promulgate doctrine, to devise and determine weapons and organizations, and to puzzle out tomorrow's Army. TRADOC's future survival, therefore, seems to be imperative to a successful US Army. This latest version of Victory Starts Here provides an overview of 40 years of TRADOC's service to the Army and the nation.
Victory Starts Here is the history of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command's (TRADOC's) 35 years as the architect of the Army's future. During the first years of the 21st century, "Transformation" became a new buzzword for the Army changing from the Cold War era to a new conti-nental United States (CONUS) based rapidly deployable Army. TRADOC, however, has been transforming the Army and itself since its establishment in July 1973. Created to solve the cumbersome command and control prob-lems of the Continental Army Command (CONARC), TRADOC's mis-sion charter was to oversee Army schools, training, doctrine, and combat developments. Through time those missions evolved and TRADOC also became responsible for preparing the Army for war and being the Army's "architect of the future." TRADOC's first commander, General William E. DePuy, understood that the Army required sound training, coherent orga-nization, modern weapons systems, and relevant doctrine. His successors built on that foundation and addressed the need for future planning. This brief history provides an overview of the first 35 years of TRADOC's service to the Army and to the nation. Combat Studies Institute.
Two thrillers starring Colin Farrell. In 'S.W.A.T.' (2003), Farrell stars as Jim Street in this big-screen adaptation of the 1970s police-action television series. Street is a young special weapons and tactics team member who has just been demoted after a bad incident and is then chosen by S.W.A.T. expert Hondo Harrelson (Samuel L. Jackson) to join an elite team which plans to heighten its public image. Tough single mother Chris Sanchez (Michelle Rodriguez) and veteran T.J. (Josh Charles) are put together with Street and the team survive a series of tests before their first big assignment. The assignment involves transporting an international criminal, who has offered $1 million to anyone who can help him escape, to federal authorities. 'Miami Vice' (2006) is the big-screen adaptation of the classic 1980s television crime drama from director Michael Mann. Undercover Miami-Dade police detectives Sonny Crockett (Farrell) and Rico Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) are summoned to help out on an FBI undercover operation that has gone disastrously wrong. Infiltrating a dangerous world of international drug dealers, somehow linked to a home-grown neo-Nazi group, Crockett and Tubbs pose as experienced criminals able to transport goods anywhere in the world. But as they dig deeper into the criminal underworld, Tubbs worries that the mission will be compromised as Crockett finds himself falling for drug dealer Jesus Montoya's (Luis Tosar) girlfriend Isabella (Gong Li). When the two cops are sold out by a rival dealer in the operation, Crockett and Tubbs break cover and lead their team to a climactic, brutal show-down.
An in-depth account of Hitler's V-Weapons, the devastation they caused, and the massive Allied countermeasures taken to destroy them
"Ben King has woven a masterpiece of historical fiction. His artful blend of historical facts about Nazi Germany and a masterful writing style has created an exciting suspense-filled thriller about the German nuclear research program of World War II. I could not put down the book." Timothy J. Kutta, military weapons expert and coauthor, Impact: The History of Germany's V Weapons in World War II This exciting third novel by critically acclaimed author Benjamin King asks: What would have happened if Nazi Germany had developed an atomic bomb . . . before America did? Dr. Maximilian Lamm, professor of physics and SS officer, is determined to create an atomic bomb for the Fuhrer, whether Hitler knows he needs it or not. By disguising the Loki Project as a means of achieving the "Final Solution," Lamm earns necessary funds, as well as the support of none other than Gruppenfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich. Despite the secrecy surrounding the project, the Resistance uncovers Lamm's scheme and is determined to stop him at all costs. An intricately plotted novel in which fictional characters interact with historical figures, including Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, and Wilhelm Canaris, The Loki Project presents a startling-and plausible-"What if . . .?" scenario.
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