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For the first time, all five novels in the epic fantasy series that inspired HBO’s Game of Thrones are together in one boxed set. An immersive entertainment experience unlike any other, A Song of Ice and Fire has earned George R. R. Martin—dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine—international acclaim and millions of loyal readers. Now here is the entire monumental cycle: A GAME OF THRONES A CLASH OF KINGS A STORM OF SWORDS A FEAST OF CROWS A DANCE WITH DRAGONS “One of the best series in the history of fantasy.”—Los Angeles Times Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms. Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys. “Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers.”—The New York Times
For the first time ever the game will be offered on the day of the release as a complete game not unveiled in episodes. Also, for the first time in the history of the franchise, a multiplayer mode will be available. Hitman 2 was developed by IO Interactive, publisher is Warner Bros and Interactive Entertainment.This will be the first Hitman game offered by Warner Bros, after Square Enix parted ways with developers of the series. Do not confuse this video game with Hitman 2: Silent Assassin that was released back in 2002 as the second title in the series.Are You Ready for the Sequel?In 2016 Agent 47, the main character of Hitman series, was fulfilling his contracts for International Contract Agency. At first they all seem unrelated, then it turned out the shadow client was standing behind attacks on a secretive organization Providence.His aim was to make ICA look culpable. Agent 47 managed to uncover the shadow client’s plan and prove Providence his role in attacks. The sequel starts exactly where the previous game left us. Agent 47 is still on the hunt for the shadow client as he plans to disassemble his forces and weapons.Additionally, he is looking for the truth about his past life and this time he might finally managed to crack it down. The third person perspective game will take the player through six different locations as the bald sniper hunts down the victim. Some of locations include sunny, party spot Miami, tropical forests or a racing circuit.During his journey he has missions to take down various targets. What is worth to notice is that this time the player gets the full package on the release date. The previous game, released in 2016, was episodic in nature. Each episode was unveiled at specific time with a given contract and mission to accomplish.It means that players had to wait months to complete the whole season. This time all missions are available from the first day, which is a great news for all the impatient fans of the series. Majority of gameplay and mechanics stayed the same as in the previous Hitman, but the content is much richer and improved.About the Game – Storyline and GameplayAgent 47’s main mission in Hitman is to find the shadow client and take him down. He also has to demolished his militia so he is longer a threat. As a side quest, the barcoded, bald, mysterious assassin and sniper is about to finally uncover the truth about his past.Hitman 2 comes with much more elaborate sandbox levels and a brand new mode called Sniper Assassin, that allows co-op. The game covers six maps located all over the world. Each locations has variety of activities and quests both connected to main task and side one.Contracts from the Escalation mode will be at hand, as well as challenges prepared by fans of the series and so-called elusive targets. During his quests in various locations, Agent can use different techniques to take down targets.He can fight them in open combats or stealth and shoot them down from long range. Those more subtle methods requiring stealth and discreet motions will be rewarded the most. As the professional assassin, the Agent’s task is not only to kill but also to stay undercover. He might use disguise, guns with damper, stealth methods, poisons, faking accidents to cover murders and more.Changes to monitoring system should make it easier to sneak in close to the target unnoticed. Now also those unsupervised areas will be lit up, so the player can clearly see them and avoid being recorded. Another new thing to the game are gadgets, that might made NPCs lose consciousness. A briefcase for concealing, carrying huge riffles makes its comeback to the game.Co-op Multiplayer ModeFor the first time ever, players will have the opportunity to play in co-op mode in Hitman! The Sniper Assassin mode is available straight away to all those who pre-purchase the game. Upon the game release, the mode will come together with each copy of the game.How does the co-op mode work? Players get tasks like eliminating given targets using a sniper rifle in a time frame. The mode introduces two new characters, apart for Agent 47. Stone and Knight are two assassins that have some unique ammunition, each has their own story, dialogue, weapons and skills. Stone has access to shockwave ammo, whereas Knight can take down the target by shooting through walls. The player can form a group or play this Sniper Assassin mode as a loner. The mode has specially crafted location with manor house, gardens, hedge maze, all set in the Austrian range of mountains. The mission takes place during a lavish wedding party.
Although the Romans gained the upper hand over Carthage in the wake of the First Punic War, the legendary Carthaginian general Hannibal brought the Romans to their knees for over a decade during the Second Punic War. While military historians are still amazed that he was able to maintain his army in Italy near Rome for nearly 15 years, scholars are still puzzled over some of his decisions, including why he never attempted to march on Rome in the first place. Regardless, Hannibal was such a threat that the Romans responded in an unprecedented nature when the Carthaginians resumed the campaigning season in the spring of 216 BCE by capturing the city of Cannae, a crucial supply hub, and placing themselves along the line that convoys from the ports and warehouses of the south needed to travel to reach Rome. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Kollins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/078454/bk_acx0_078454_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The second book in Raymond E. Feist's super-selling quartet: "The Serpentwar Saga". Triumphant but overconfident after his defeat of the reptilian Sauur army, Roo must resist a beguiling seductress who threatens to undo him and all of Midkemia. Recently returned from a harrowing brush with the armies of the Emerald Queen, Roo is now free to choose his own destiny and his ultimate ambition is to become one of the richest and most powerful merchants in Midkemia. But nothing can prepare him for the dangers of the new life he has chosen, where the repayment of a debt can be as deadly as a knife in the shadows. Even those closest to him are suspect and as Roo struggles to build his financial empire, betrayal is always close at hand. But while Roo works towards achieving his goal, memories of the invasion haunt him still. For the war with the Emerald Queen is far from over and the inevitable confrontation will pose the biggest threat yet to his newfound wealth and power. Rise of a Merchant Prince is the second book in the Serpentwar Saga. Rage of a Demon King is the third book in the quartet. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Joyce. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/001793/bk_hcuk_001793_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What’s the harm in taking a break from protecting the city for one date? Alison is about to find out....Bounty hunter license in hand and attitude in place, Alison is ready to house-train the city’s malevolent magicals. But even a Brownstone needs a little downtime! Cleansing Seattle of the Eastern Union’s threat was hard business.Exhausted and dripping with sweat at the gym, she collides with a man who gets her pulse pounding. Great first impression...Courting can be tricky when you’re busy taking out the neighborhood trash and facing off assassination attempts by power-armored goons. Add in an unknown entity attempting to hack her computer and an ancient Oriceran Drow woman searching for a princess to worship. Finding time to enjoy a date quickly slips from the top spot of Alison’s to-do list.On Her Own is the second action-packed adventure in the Alison Brownstone series.Cast a spell to send it to the top of your to-listen list today! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Rudd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/153675/bk_acx0_153675_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Inception Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in this sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the world of dreams. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the best there is at extraction: stealing valuable secrets inside the subconscious during the mind's vulnerable dream state. His skill has made him a coveted player in industrial espionage but also has made him a fugitive and cost him dearly. Now he may get a second chance if he can do the impossible: inception, planting an idea rather than stealing one. If they succeed, Cobb and his team could pull off the perfect crime. But no planning or expertise can prepare them for a dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy only Cobb could have seen coming. Special Features: Extraction mode - Infiltrate the movie's imaginative landscape to learn how Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio and the cast and crew designed and achieved the films signature moments Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious - Can the dream world be a fully functional parallel reality? Joseph Gordan-Levitt and leading scientists take you to the cutting edge of dream research Inception: The Cobol Job - Comic prologue in full animation and motion: See the events that led to the beginning of the movie 5.1 soundtrack selections from Hans Zimmer's versatile score Memento Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) remembers everything up to the night his wife was brutally raped and murdered. But since that tragedy, he has suffered from short-term memory loss and cannot recall any event, the places he has visited or anyone he has met just minutes before. Determined to find out why his wife was killed, the only way he can store evidence is on scraps of paper, by taking Polaroid photos and tattooing vital clues on his body. Throughout his investigation, he appears to have the help of both bartender Natalie (Carrie-Ann Moss), who may have her own secret agenda and police officer Teddy (Joe Pantoliano) whose friendship is always suspect. The Prestige Is there a secret you would kill to know? In this electrifying, suspense-packed thriller from director Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, Memento), Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale play magicians whose cutthroat attempts to better each other plunge them into deadly deceptions. Scarlett Johansson also stars as the stage assistant who's both a pawn and player in their rivalry. A brilliant supporting cast (including Michael Caine and David Bowie). An ingenious story. An astonishing payoff. Once you see The Prestige, you'll want to see it again. Watch closely. Special Features: Director's Notebook: The Prestige - The Cinematic Sleight of Hand of Christopher Nolan: 5 Making-Of Featurettes The Art of The Prestige: Production Photos, Costumes/Sets, Behind-the-Scenes Photos and Poster Art Galleries Theatrical Trailer Batman Begins Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents' murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city. Special Features: The Dark Knight IMAX Prologue Tankman Begins Batman: The Journey Begins Shaping Mind and Body Gotham City Rises Cape and Cowl Batman: The Tumbler Path to Discovery Saving Gotham City Genesis of the Bat Reflections on Writing Batman Begins Digital Batman Batman Begins Stunts The Dark Knight Christian Bale once again embodies the man behind the mask in The Dark Knight . The film reunites Bale with Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan and takes Batman across the world in his quest to fight a growing criminal threat. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman has been making headway against local crime - until a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker (the late Heath Ledger in his Oscar-winning role) unleashes a fresh reign of chaos across Gotham City. To stop this devious new menace - Batman's most personal and vicious enemy yet - he will have to use every high-tech weapon in his arsenal and confront everything he believes. Special Features: Gotham Uncovered Batman Tech Batman Unmasked Gotham Tonight The Galleries The Dark Knight Rises It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.
It is the end of June, and President Jordan Fletcher has just negotiated a historical treaty with Cuba, and its signing will be held at the end of October in Miami. Because of Fletcher's past relationship with him in the Benjamin Matthews matter, he has asked Jake Sullivan to coordinate the treaty-signing ceremony. Just as Jake and his investigator and close friend, Mike Lang, begin their job, they receive the astounding news that Benjamin Matthews has died in prison of a heart attack and at the same time learning that an assassination plot has been hatched against the president and Raul and Fidel Castro. Working with a threat analysis expert from the Secret Service, Jonathan Clark and Paula Cortez, a specialist in Cuban affairs from the FBI and who appears to be more than just a former colleague of Mike Lang, Jake sets about trying to diffuse the plot by discovering the identity of a mysterious assassin known only as "The Agent", employed by an even more secret organization, The Birth of New Madrid. As the summer months move by, with the assassin still on the loose, the tension builds at Jake's office, just as tension builds out on the open water as a very active hurricane season is underway. Worrying about Mother Nature and the plot at hand, Jake and his team finally come face-to-face with their mysterious assassin and soon come to realize he is only part of a much greater threat. Racing to save the treaty signing and the lives of the president and the Castro brothers, this second novel by Chip Bell heads to an explosive finish where Jake discovers the true nature of the danger they face and finds himself in one final battle - a battle for his life and the lives of his family now that he realizes the ultimate truth that the target, all along, was him. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Thomas Block. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/170551/bk_acx0_170551_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.