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Children of the Night
Accompany auditors Richard Elliott and Jude Levy as they discover improper accounting practices that their client has engaged in, through account-author Peter Ponzio’s gripping and fast-paced story, Children of the Night. Faced with the decision to disclose unethical practices or to condone them, the young men’s decision could lead to tragic consequences. Twenty years later, Jude together with Richard’s son, William, take on another audit with the same client; but this time, they face higher risks and more far-reaching consequences. Will they live to tell it all? Find out in this riveting story.
Around here, reality is what you make it. You want to spout off about some pervasive, all-encompassing, inter-connected network of eyeballs linked together twentyfourbyseven? Go Ahead.Look, it’s a game. The only rule is, don’t be stuck holding the bag at the end of the game. That’s the only cardinal sin; remember that. Don’t be stuck holding the bag at the end of the game. Build something, flip it, get a piece of the action, check-out. That’s all there is to it. In the meantime, turn up the hype meter full blast, and hang on for the ride. The internet at the dawn of the world-wide web; populated by characters that were, well, somewhat eccentric. Take the case of the Peckersniffs, a reverend and his wife who run a religious website which caters to those who succumb to sins of the flesh. Or the Twerdle brothers, whose gaming site also serves as a foundation for the cure of repetitive motion syndrome. Then there’s Mr. Kudzu, who runs the urban clothing outfit known as Bufu, and delights in the irony of an urban clothing outfit founded by an openly gay man.Of course, the web doesn’t develop itself; it needs people to provide infrastructure, programming, and order. Ubiquity Engineering, the highly acclaimed web designing/imagineering firm located in the South of Market district in San Francisco, is a premier web development company, long on imagineering and somewhat short of order. Jonathan Skimpole, head of Ubiquity, provides insights into the world of web development, including his penchant for visioning, meditation and charging large fees for his insights.
Dreams Deferred is a collection of eight short stories, set in a Chicago neighborhood in the nineteen-sixties. The neighborhood depicted in the stories is a place where no one lived permanently: “no one grew up in this area; they just came here while they waited to make more money and move to one of the better neighborhoods, or held on for awhile before descending to a worse neighborhood.” Life in this neighborhood was often cruel; its inhabitants ranged from a theater manager who ran numbers on the side, to a priest whose ministrations to his flock were misguided and unhelpful, to a run-down prize fighter looking to make a better life for the neighborhood kids, to a mentally retarded boy who was abused by his mother’s various boyfriends.Yet despite the grit and dirt, moments of sublimity sometimes occur: witness the case of Hector who recited verses from the Iliad to an illiterate prize fighter; or Dr. Abraham Weissman, former concentration camp survivor who ministered to the sick and needy; and finally Perry, a deaf mute whose paintings inspired his friends, teachers and immigrant parents. Like the poem Harlem, these stories ask the question – “What happens to a dream deferred?” In some cases, the dream is shattered by the harsh realities of life in the city; in others, redemption seems possible. The common thread that binds these stories lies beyond the neighborhood, however. As the narrator of “Teach Your Children” relates at the end of the collection: “David was right; sometimes you can take the anger, the bitterness and the disappointment, and make something beautiful grow from them. Oh, and one other thing; everyone has a disability, some just happen to have theirs on the inside.”
What if. . . We are not alone in the Universe?What if . . .Other planets were settled, but are now barren?What if. . . The struggle for good and evil was not limited to the Earth?What if. . . You were part of an elite group sent to confirm these facts, and then cover them up at any cost?What would you do?Deus Ex is also available at XLIBRIS: DEUS EX