Winner of the M.M. Bennett Award for Historical Fiction, announced in June 2015 . LUSITANIA R.E.X is an historical account of the sinking of the Lusitania replete with spies and secret societies, super weapons, millionaires and martyrs. After being struck by a single torpedo on May 7th 1915, the Lusitania sank in only eighteen minutes. Passengers such as Alfred Vanderbilt, one of the wealthiest men in the world, ignored warnings from the German embassy, confident the fastest ship in the world could outrun enemy submarines. Since the time of her sinking, the Lusitania has been wrapped in mystery and intrigue. Experts continue to debate the cause of the second explosion that sealed her fate after the torpedo struck. Imperial Germany immediately claimed she was loaded with explosives destined for the front. LUSITANIA R.E.X weaves a tale around disputed facts to create a plausible explanation of some of the mysteries surrounding her sinking.
As the Lusitania sails from New York on May 1, 1915, local newspapers carry a warning from the German Embassy ignored by passengers confident the fastest ship in the world can outrun German submarines. Among them is Alfred Vanderbilt, possessed of a vast fortune from the age of twenty-two. When a single torpedo hits the Lusitania, she sinks in only eighteen minutes at a list so severe that only eight of the forty-two lifeboats are launched. The loss of life rivals the Titanic, with 1192 drowned and 768 surviving.Alfred Vanderbilt smuggles a rocket prototype aboard the Lusitania because he believes a demonstration of its power will convince Germany to end the war in 1915. Alfred and other members of his college secret society, Skull and Bones, develop the rocket initially for commercial purposes in a laboratory they fund at Yale University. Members of Skull and Bones in 1911 include the President of the United States, the Secretary of War, the Secretary of the Treasury, scions of the wealthiest families in America including Alfred Vanderbilt, Percy Rockefeller and Harry Whitney, the President of Yale and the renowned preacher Henry Sloane Coffin. Alfred learns of the horrors of trench warfare from his nephew Blandford, the son and heir of the Duke of Marlborough, who is serving at Ypres with the First Life Guards. When Alfred learns of the first German zeppelin raids from the 9th Duke, he asks his fellow bonesmen to give the rocket to the British so they can demonstrate its military potential to Germany. He fails to achieve the required unanimous vote because the bonesmen are making fortunes selling war materials to Britain, Russia and France. The first use of poison gas at Ypres on April 22, 1915 galvanizes Alfred to action and he steals the rocket and smuggles it aboard the Lusitania. Irish nationalists watching Alfred attempt to seize the rocket and deliver it to German agents.
Winner of the M.M. Bennett Award for Historical Fiction, announced in June 2015 . LUSITANIA R.E.X is an historical account of the sinking of the Lusitania replete with spies and secret societies, super weapons, millionaires and martyrs. After being struck by a single torpedo on May 7th 1915, the Lusitania sank in only eighteen minutes. Passengers such as Alfred Vanderbilt, one of the wealthiest men in the world, ignored warnings from the German embassy, confident the fastest ship in the world could outrun enemy submarines.Since the time of her sinking, the Lusitania has been wrapped in mystery and intrigue. Experts continue to debate the cause of the second explosion that sealed her fate after the torpedo struck. Imperial Germany immediately claimed she was loaded with explosives destined for the front.LUSITANIA R.E.X weaves a tale around disputed facts to create a plausible explanation of some of the mysteries surrounding her sinking.
How does Dr. Amanda Madrid's faith help her overcome violence and fear after dangerous drug cartels attack the jungle clinics she has established? How will she achieve her desire to bring hope and healing to the wounded and suffering people in the mountains of Central Honduras?In Honduras' "e;Wild West"e; mountain jungles, Amanda Madrid found her calling as a medical doctor to poor farmers.When she was a young girl, Amanda prayed a prayer asking God to help her serve the rest of her life as a doctor. When her father rejected her dream and calling, eighteen- year-old Amanda struck out alone to enter medical school in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.Her work as a medical officer, international consultant, and director of a multi- national Christian medical group called Predisan could have resulted in prestigious luxury for her. Instead, she became a medical missionary in her own country; her faithfulness to her prayer as a little girl led Dr. Madrid to the mountains on horseback and prepared her for the biggest challenge of her life.When a drug cartel captures a Predisan clinic in the jungle, Dr. Madrid goes toe to toe with the cartel's paid mercenaries--she in her signature red high heels and wielding prayer, the soldiers in their combat boots and brandishing AK-47s.This is the compelling story of a Honduran doctor heartbroken about the many killings and bad medicine of the drug cartels. Can the same kind of love and prayer she gives her patients also cause these violent men to lay down their guns?
Sir Richard Hanson was much more than a Judge - although he was an important Judge in his time. Before he became Chief Justice of South Australia in 1861, he was: a participant in a major government enquiry on Canada which laid the foundations for democratic self-government not only there, but in Australia and New Zealand as well; a co-founder of the polities of both South Australia and New Zealand; a campaigner for Maori land rights; and Premier of South Australia for the better part of three years. In his later life he also became a widely-admired author on historical aspects of the New Testament, taking a free-thinking position and doubting the truth of the Bible stories. This book tells the story of his life.
How was it that the Torrens system, a mid-nineteenth-century reform of land titles registration from distant South Australia, gradually replaced the inherited Anglo-Canadian common law system of land registration? In The Law of the Land, Greg Taylor traces the spread of the Torrens system, from its arrival in the far-flung outpost of 1860s Victoria, British Columbia, right up to twenty-first century Ontario. Examining the peculiarity of how this system of land reform swept through some provinces like wildfire, and yet still remains completely unknown in three provinces, Taylor shows how the different histories of various regions in Canada continue to shape the law in the present day. Presenting a concise and illuminating history of land reform, he also demonstrates the power of lobbying, by examining the influence of both moneylenders and lawyers who were the first to introduce the Torrens system to Canada east of the Rockies. An exact and fluent legal history of regional law reforms, The Law of the Land is a fascinating examination of commonwealth influence, and ongoing regional differences in Canada.
This is the standard reference work on the Constitution of Victoria. Since the election of the Bracks government and its gaining a majority in both Houses of Parliament, the Victorian Constitution has undergone far-reaching change, making it markedly different from other Australian State Constitutions in a number of respects. This work analyses and comments on the new and old provisions of the Victorian Constitution and is essential for understanding the effect of the changes, some of which are of doubtful validity.
Gone with the Wind an inspiration for the American avant-garde? Mickey Mouse a crucial source for the development of cutting-edge intellectual and aesthetic ideas? As Greg Taylor shows in this witty and provocative book, the idea is not so far-fetched. One of the first-ever studies of American film criticism, Artists in the Audience shows that film critics, beginning in the 1940s, turned to the movies as raw material to be molded into a more radical modernism than that offered by any other contemporary artists or thinkers. In doing so, they offered readers a vanguard alternative that reshaped postwar American culture: nonaesthetic mass culture reconceived and refashioned into rich, personally relevant art by the attuned, creative spectator.