From the research files of the legendary Volo come tales of all things magical in the Realms - artifacts and auguries, wizards and weapons, heroes and hokum - told by your favorite authors, including: R.A. Salvatore, Elaine Cunningham, Ed Greenwood, Jeff GrubbDavid ´´Zeb´´ Cook, Roger Moore, and others Contents Prologue by Brian Thomsen, ´´Guenhwyvar´´ by R.A. Salvatore,´´Smoke Powder and Mirrors´´ by Jeff Grubb, ´´The Magic Thief´´ by Mark Anthony, ´´The Quiet Place´´ by Christie Golden, ´´The Eye of the Dragon´´ by Ed Greenwood, ´´Every Dog His Day´´ by Dave Gross, ´´The Common Spell´´ by Kate Novak-Grubb, ´´The First Moonwell´´ by Douglas Niles, ´´The Luck of Llewellyn the Loquacious´´ by Allen C. Kupfer, ´´Too Familiar´´ by David Cook, ´´Red Ambition´´ by Jean Rabe, ´´Thieves´ Reward´´ by Mary H. Herbert, ´´Six of Swords´´ by William W. Connors, ´´The Wild Bunch´´ by Tom Dupree, ´´A Worm Too Soft´´ by J. Robert King, ´´Gunne Runner´´ by Roger E. Moore, ´´The Direct Approach´´ by Elaine Cunningham Epilogue by Brian Thomsen 1. Language: English. Narrator: Darren Stephens. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/006632/bk_adbl_006632_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jimmy and James are two young boys who leave on the same block. They are best friends, adventurers in the realm of childhood as they decide to dig up the yard for buried treasure. What they dig up is a terror beyond their ability to put comprehend. Unless that word is - a scream. The adventures of Jimmy and James are continued in the epic Horror book, Death of Heaven. 1. Language: English. Narrator: JZ Murdock. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/005179/bk_acx0_005179_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
College freshman Owen Sage has just started to understand the darkness trying to overtake Everville and the earthly realm. With the help of The Keeper and the Fron army, Owen has managed to buy some time, but new problems have already emerged, new secrets need to be revealed, and the race against time to stop Them from conquering both dimensions has only just begun. The Keeper, Owen Sage, and his friends at Easton Falls University must now battle threats from within. To do it, they must reunite with familiar creatures and join forces with new ones as they navigate their journey to the truth that awaits them in Everville. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jason Lovett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/011939/bk_acx0_011939_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Top cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter tells the story behind the virus that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear efforts and shows how its existence has ushered in a new age of warfare - one in which a digital attack can have the same destructive capability as a megaton bomb. In January 2010, inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency noticed that centrifuges at an Iranian uranium enrichment plant were failing at an unprecedented rate. The cause was a complete mystery - apparently as much to the technicians replacing the centrifuges as to the inspectors observing them. Then, five months later, a seemingly unrelated event occurred: A computer security firm in Belarus was called in to troubleshoot some computers in Iran that were crashing and rebooting repeatedly. At first, the firm’s programmers believed the malicious code on the machines was a simple, routine piece of malware. But as they and other experts around the world investigated, they discovered a mysterious virus of unparalleled complexity. They had, they soon learned, stumbled upon the world’s first digital weapon. For Stuxnet, as it came to be known, was unlike any other virus or worm built before: Rather than simply hijacking targeted computers or stealing information from them, it escaped the digital realm to wreak actual, physical destruction on a nuclear facility. In these pages, Wired journalist Kim Zetter draws on her extensive sources and expertise to tell the story behind Stuxnet’s planning, execution, and discovery, covering its genesis in the corridors of Bush’s White House and its unleashing on systems in Iran - and telling the spectacular, unlikely tale of the security geeks who managed to unravel a sabotage campaign years in the making. But Countdown to Zero Day ranges far beyond Stuxnet itself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Ochman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004027/bk_rand_004027_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Top cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter tells the story behind the virus that sabotaged Iran´s nuclear efforts and shows how its existence has ushered in a new age of warfare-one in which a digital attack can have the same destructive capability as a megaton bomb. In January 2010, inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency noticed that centrifuges at an Iranian uranium enrichment plant were failing at an unprecedented rate. The cause was a complete mystery-apparently as much to the technicians replacing the centrifuges as to the inspectors observing them. Then, five months later, a seemingly unrelated event occurred: A computer security firm in Belarus was called in to troubleshoot some computers in Iran that were crashing and rebooting repeatedly. At first, the firm´s programmers believed the malicious code on the machines was a simple, routine piece of malware. But as they and other experts around the world investigated, they discovered a mysterious virus of unparalleled complexity. They had, they soon learned, stumbled upon the world´s first digital weapon. For Stuxnet, as it came to be known, was unlike any other virus or worm built before: Rather than simply hijacking targeted computers or stealing information from them, it escaped the digital realm to wreak actual, physical destruction on a nuclear facility. In these pages, Wired journalist Kim Zetter draws on her extensive sources and expertise to tell the story behind Stuxnet´s planning, execution, and discovery, covering its genesis in the corridors of Bush´s White House and its unleashing on systems in Iran-and telling the spectacular, unlikely tale of the security geeks who managed to unravel a sabotage campaign years in the making. But Countdown to Zero Day ranges far beyond Stuxnet itself. Here, Zetter shows us how digital warfare developed in the US. She takes us inside today´s flourishing zero-day ´´grey markets,´´ in which intelligence agencies and militaries pay huge sums for the malicious code they need to carry out infiltrations and attacks. She reveals just how vulnerable many of our own critical systems are to Stuxnet-like strikes, from nation-state adversaries and anonymous hackers alike-and shows us just what might happen should our infrastructure be targeted by such an attack. Propelled by Zetter´s unique knowledge and access, and filled with eye-opening explanations of the technologies involved, Countdown to Zero Day is a comprehensive and prescient portrait of a world at the edge of a new kind of war.
For fans of The Hero´s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom comes an offbeat, comedic spin on the Holy Grail legend as told by the lovable Nosewise - talking dog and wizard-in-training! The magical realm of Avalon has gone to the dogs - well, one dog. Nosewise, the hilarious talking pup and wizard-in-training, can wield powers untold...but he has yet to master the powerful sword Excalibur. This dog still has some new tricks to learn. But Lord Oberon´s evil worms threaten to eat all magic in existence. Nosewise and his pack, the street urchin Arthur, the sorceress Morgana, and his beloved master Merlin, must find the Holy Grail, the one item that can save them all. The only problem: the goblet is hidden in the legendary castle of Camelot - which has been missing for centuries! Worse, Queen Mab, sovereign of dreams, is planning havoc of her own. As naps turn to nightmares, Nosewise will have to rely on his smarts and his snout, or the dog days will be over! Popular author Eric Kahn Gale returns with a fast-paced fantasy adventure that stands out from the pack! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Holden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/155868/bk_acx0_155868_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Webster´s Dictionary Definition of Metamorphosis: In Biology. a profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism, as from the caterpillar to the pupa and from the pupa to the adult butterfly. There also comes a time, in the evolution of a species where Metamorphosis of the entire genome of a species due to sudden and radical environmental change must take place in order for the species to survive in the new environment. There have only been a handful of such times in human evolution. This is such a time. In just a few short years, the Human Race will create the AI Cocoon. This is a Quantum Computer that is able to be the first Artificial Intelligence on this planet and it will be capable of storing the Human Consciousness. Many people such as Ray Kurzweil, research scientist at Google, are lining up to be the first to achieve immortality by actually leaving their fleshy brain behind and move their entire being into the realm of the AI Cocoon. I coined this term for what everyone else is calling the Artificially Intelligent Quantum Computer because the reality of the situation is that the human animal will go into this device as a caterpillar inhabits its cocoon. But, as we all know from childhood, the lowly worm emerges from the cocoon a few months later and takes the form of a beautiful Butterfly. When human beings enter our own cocoon, in the next few years, we will bring with us enough knowledge and technology to turn ourselves into anything we want to be, beautiful or horrible, for better or worse, each with earth shaking implications. The choice will be ours to make. We need to start asking the right questions and making the right decisions based on those answers before we we go down the wrong path that may be irreversible. In the billions of years of Evolution on this planet, there has never been such a sudden time of species Divergence as this. Even when humans made the divergence from the apes, t 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Mathiesen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/103988/bk_acx0_103988_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The terrifyingly surreal universe of horror master H. P. Lovecraft bleeds into the logical world of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle´s champion of rational deduction, in these stories by twenty top horror, mystery, fantasy, and science fiction writers. Arthur Conan Doyle´s Sherlock Holmes is among the most famous literary figures of all time. For more than a hundred years, his adventures have stood as imperishable monuments to the ability of human reason to penetrate every mystery, solve every puzzle, and punish every crime. For nearly as long, the macabre tales of H. P. Lovecraft have haunted readers with their nightmarish glimpses into realms of cosmic chaos and undying evil. But what would happen if Conan Doyle´s peerless detective and his allies were to find themselves faced with mysteries whose solutions lay not only beyond the grasp of logic, but of sanity itself? In this collection of all-new, all-original tales, twenty of today´s most cutting-edge writers provide their answers to that burning question. ´´A Study in Emerald´´ by Neil Gaiman: A gruesome murder exposes a plot against the Crown, a seditious conspiracy so cunningly wrought that only one man in all London could have planned it-and only one man can hope to stop it. ´´A Case of Royal Blood´´ by Steven-Elliot Altman: Sherlock Holmes and H. G. Wells join forces to protect a princess stalked by a ghost-or perhaps something far worse than a ghost. ´´Art in the Blood´´ by Brian Stableford: One man´s horrific affliction leads Sherlock Holmes to an ancient curse that threatens to awaken the crawling chaos slumbering in the blood of all humankind. ´´The Curious Case of Miss Violet Stone´´ by Poppy Z. Brite and David Ferguson: A girl who has not eaten in more than three years teaches Holmes and Watson that sometimes the impossible cannot be eliminated. ´´The Horror of the Many Faces´´ by Tim Lebbon: Dr. Watson witnesses a maniacal murder in London-and recognizes the villain as none other than his friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes. With thirteen other dark tales of madness, horror, and deduction, a new and terrible game is afoot: ´´Tiger! Tiger!´´ by Elizabeth Bear ´´The Case of the Wavy Black Dagger´´ by Steve Perry ´´The Weeping Masks´´ by James Lowder ´´The Adventure of the Antiquarian´s Niece´´ by Barbara Hambly ´´The Mystery of the Worm´´ by John Pelan ´´The Mystery of the Hanged Man´s Puzzle´´ by Paul Finch ´´The Adventure of the Arab´s Manuscript´´ by Michael Reaves ´´The Drowned Geologist´´ by Caitlín R. Kiernan ´´A Case of Insomnia´´ by John P. Vourlis ´´The Adventure of the Voorish Sign´´ by Richard A. Lupoff ´´The Adventure of Exham Priory´´ by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre ´´Death Did Not Become Him´´ by David Niall Wilson and Patricia Lee Macomber ´´Nightmare in Wax´´ by Simon Clark