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Crusade follows the unfolding battle from the first night to the final day, The price of refusal was torture. It is impossible not to share the relief and pride of the individual crew members He lived and breathed combat from the opening days of the war to its end and beyond. In this book, this best-selling author Only one Marine in a hundred qualifies for Recon, charged with working clandestinely, often behind enemy lines.
Fick's training begins with a hellish summer at Quantico, after his junior year at Dartmouth, and advances to the pinnacle -- Recon -- four years later, on the eve of war with Iraq. Along the way, he Read more 1. Michael Scott Speicher, the first American pilot shot down during the Gulf War, found alive in Iraqi custody eleven years after the US government left him for dead. On the morning of March 24, , more than two thousand Allied aircraft droned through a cloudless sky toward Germany. Escorted by swarms of darting fighters, the armada of transport The Gulf War, by William Thomas Allison Narrated by Sean Pratt Unabridged 8 hours 22 min Incorporating the latest scholarship, William Thomas Allison provides a concise overview of the origins, course and outcomes of the first Gulf War, as well as the major issues and debates.
Allison also examines the relevance of this war to other twentieth-century conflicts and the ongoing situation in the region. The Kuwaitis had collapsed easily enough, but the invasion drew fierce condemnation from the United Nations, which demanded Hussein's withdrawal. Robert Stanek is the author of more than books and is best known for his Ruin Mist novels.
This archive page is for December to June You can browse the blog by following these links:. Current blog entires are here. Dear Reader, Thank you for your many heartfelt words of support. Your flood of letters and emails really means a lot to me. To underscore the overriding sentiment, yes it is really sad that a few heartless, conscienceless people can do so much harm and there's no rational reason why other people would believe such nonsense.
The Internet makes it easy for anyone to say any hateful, untrue thing they want. And when a small group of people with agendas do this for nearly a decade, I can see why otherwise smart people might start to believe the nonsense. Clearly the originators, and perpetuators, of all this nonsense are enormous fans of George RR Martin. Going back to the beginning of this nonsense, back to , they are the ones who started spreading the lies. In , those lies knocked the books off Amazon's Top 50 lists after a 26 week run. Simple, they're good and beloved by people of all ages.
Why don't these haters want anything positive to be written online, or otherwise, about the books? If you don't think all the negative noise is about ensuring the success of a specific few other authors, you haven't been paying attention. Please do look up my books in:.
Complete Idiots Guide to Elves and Fairies. Ancient Art of Faery Magick. These printed books, along with multiple professional publications, have recommended my books. Dramatic illustrations draw the reader into the Tolkienesque world of Ruin Mist, plunged into darkness after a Great War five hundred years past. Blaming magic for their demise, the Kings of Men have decreed that all things magical be destroyed. Yet despite their efforts, the magical Dark Lord is slowly returning to power. Another bloody battle is foreshadowed for Ruin Mist when Adrina, the spoiled and lonely princess of Imtal, is visited by a mysterious woman who predicts Adrina's ghastly future.
Stuck somewhere in the middle is Vilmos, a young magical boy-who-would-be-mage, abducted for his own safety by a Yoda-like guide named Xith. All three journey to an unknown fate against treacherous and sometimes supernatural foes. Stanek augments the beginning of this complex tale with illustrations that are sure to attract fans of graphic novels and classic Tolkien alike-the only weakness in the illustrations is their scarcity. Stanek will likely draw a cult following, but his work is not for the novice fantasy reader.
A complicated glossary at the end includes twenty-two pages of "People, Places, and Things in Ruin Mist," complete with geographical references, family lineages, and extraordinary sketches. Despite the sophisticated plot, however, this cliffhanger guarantees fans, and those fans will be ready to wield their swords against the Dark Lord in Stanek's next installment. ECs have participated in every significant combat operation US forces have been involved in for nearly two decades.
Based on the author's daily dairy, Stormjammers: The Extraordinary Story of Electronic Warfare Operations in the Gulf War, published in , allows the reader to experience the hours of boredom punctuated with moments of terror that are typical of combat flying. Although many of the stories are somewhat repetitive, this is what Compass Call life is like, and the book quickly becomes hard to put down.
Even though the reader can anticipate what a mission will be like, the tedium gives over to an adrenalin rush of anticipation when things begin to happen. It is impossible not to share the relief and pride of the individual crew members when the attack missions they protect exit Iraq safely because the Iraqi air defense command and control nets were completely defeated by Compass Call's powerful, targeted jamming.
Stanek, whose Gulf experiences are given credit for launching his successful career as an international writer, bookends his story by relating a gut-wrenching experience many of us can relate to, telling one's wife that you are off to war. He shares arriving in Turkey to temporary quarters old military classrooms that "quickly began to smell like an old sweat sock," getting to the showers before the hot water runs out, as well as the joy of finding out that the commissary got a shipment of real steaks and trying to coordinate a mission to get there while they last.
Another side of the book lets the reader ride along when Stanek's ECH has two engines quit in the war zone, and just when bailing out seems a certainty milking the hobbled airplane back to base only to have to argue with the tower over who has the worse emergency, Grey Lady or the aircraft critically low on fuel just ahead of it. There are also the missions when AWACS, the key to Compass Calls' protection, had to bug out because of maintenance problems, and the entire crew gives a thumbs-up to stay on station and continue their protective mission even though the risk is much, much higher.
The article also features commentary from editors in the field and books of other authors, including Wastelands, The Living Dead and The Stranger. Kingdom Alliance: Special Illustrated Edition ISBN: was one of eight books singled out in the article out of a field of dozens of candidates and featured right up front. Must be terrible books indeed when so many professionals and regular-joe readers enjoy them. Do me a favor next time you see the hatemongers spreading lies: set the record straight. The books are pretty good, thousands of readers have said so and dozens of professionals have said so as well.
Addendum : Several readers have told me about discussions of my books on Pat's list, wert, and best f books. Generally, there's no point in responding to such nonsense, and I never have. There's not much point. I will say this, however. The people at the sites are likely the same ones who thought it was funny to stalk and harass readers of my books who voiced opinions online. They knew most of my readers are children, and also knew most of the readers they stalked and harassed online were children.
They did not care. They did it because they think they can do or say anything online without repercussions.
Are you sure?
Well, someone someday will give them what they deserve, I'm certain. For the record, there are three Robert Stanek's who gave their all to their country and how dare anyone claim any one of us is a fraud.
We earned our military honors through blood and sacrifice. He passed away Sept 3, Cpl Robert Stanek served in Vietnam and was killed in action on Feb 4, He is the recipient of the purple heart, the navy achievement medal with valor and more. I was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for my actions during the first Gulf War, along with seven other medals including the air medal, the air force commendation medal, and the humanitarian service medal. I earned every one of those medals and then some. The only reason anyone would claim otherwise is because they were trying to destroy my good name and my good reputation.
Though they succeeded in their smear campaigns and dirty tricks, at the end of the day, I have something they'll never have: dignity and honor.
So again, I am not ashamed of having served my country in dark hours. I went when called. I gave when asked to give. I pressed on when others turned back. The shame is on those who have said otherwise and spoken hateful words against me--and someday someone is going to give them exactly what they deserve. Let's hope it's soon. Here's a picture of my DD Form Not one of you hatemongers earned the right to see it and if you have any heart or soul or conscience, you who have caused great harm through your actions will strive to your last breath to make amends.
But I'm not holding my breath that that will ever happen because I believe not a one of you has heart or soul or conscience.
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You ruined my reputation for your amusement, decimated sales of my books because you could, hurt my children and my family because you didn't care what the backlash you created caused. Your God, or someone someday, will judge you and find you wanting. For all the pain and misery and suffering you've caused, I again hope that day is soon.
A reader from Michigan wrote to ask me about my meeting with Brian Jacques in and also to ask me about my military service. Apparently there's all sorts of scuttlebutt about the picture and my military service going around and every bit of it designed to ruin me. Like most nasty rumors there are just enough grains of truth in the rumors so they seem real as well as supposed testimonials from persons who've said that both Brian Jacques publicist and his webmaster have said the photo is fake or that so and so has "seen" the original without me in them.
I guess I'm supposed to have photoshopped myself into the picture. I'm also supposed to have not served in the military and if I did, I certainly did not earn the distinguished flying cross. To raise the ludicrous smear tactics to new heights, I am supposed to have "alter egos who prowl the net writing fluff reviews and commentary about my books.
An early Christmas gift indeed! And where does one start in trying to address Internet absurdity, fan boys, hatemongers, and crazies? Why does one even want to bother trying? And oh yeah, and apparently, I'm crazy too. So I'll just start in the beginning Back in , I rented the movie called Multiplicity the one starring Michael Keaton, not that other one.
It was either during, or just after I can't recall which , that I decided to clone myself. I spent the next days that's 3 years and 6 days in case you were wondering, unless of course , or were leap years [which they probably were knowing my luck] working in my secret laboratory. Then presto!
I perfected the art of human cloning and created 3 clones. One of which was evil, of course, but that's another story for another time; and it's the two good clones who do all the work anyway. So where was I Oh yes, the clones. The clones and I developed a plan for world domination or was it a plan to open a Domino's; I forget which but the world domination one works better here so let's go with that. So by , there I was with all these clones, and a plan for world domination or maybe hankering for a pizza; or maybe this is all a flashback episode of Pinky and the Brain [the Brain always has a plan for world domination].
So the plan for world domination rolled on A funny aside, but nothing that's happened to me is funny. Everything that's happened was meant to ruin my reputation and sales of my books. In , my first fiction books were published as e-books, where they topped e-book bestseller lists. In , my fiction books were first published in print and they spent a combined 26 weeks on the Amazon.
In , my fiction books were first published in audio and they spent over 52 weeks on Audible. The books became so popular, they were featured on the Audible. Must be horrible stuff indeed?! Shame on me for writing such beloved, best-selling books! Whatever was I thinking? Seriously, if this wasn't so ludicrous, I'd be crying and perhaps I should be as some of the things that have happened to me both personally and professionally over the past few years now make sense.
I don't know what I ever did to warrant such negative attention but it does bring things that have happened to me and to my family into focus. Why anyone would make up such nonsense about me, I don't know. Why people would believe such nonsense, is even harder to fathom. My body of work from to present, which encompasses some 10 million words on the printed page, should speak for itself.