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    War In 140 Characters: How Social Media Is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century

    David Patrikarakos - Basic Books - 2017 - 320pp

    A leading foreign correspondent looks at how social media has transformed the modern battlefield, and how wars are fought.

    We live in an extractive state, in which a ruling elite extracts wealth from the rest.

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    "Indentured To Liberty Peasant Life And The Hessian Military State 1688-1815"

    Peter K. Taylor

    I think the title does a good enough job explaining the subject matter.
    "Oh no no no, you got me talkin' politics. I didn't wanna. Like I said y'all, I'm just happy to be alive. -- Sheriff Chris Mannix

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    The Knife - Jo Nesbo

    France, A Modern History from the Revolution to the War with Terror - Jonathan Fernby

    When Faith preaches Hate, Blessed are the Doubters. - Amin Maalouf

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    Furies of Calderon
    By Jim Butcher

    Since I have enjoyed The Dresden Files so much, I decided to start reading his Codex Alera series. Though, while the Dresden Files is preparing to release volume 16, Codex Alera is a 6 book series.

    I've completed book one, The Furies of Calderon, and I'm about half way through book two , The Academ's Fury, and I like it quite a bit. It has the same kind of palace intrigue fantasy feel of the George RR Martin books, but for my money, Butcher is just better and writing believable characters and gripping action sequences than Martin is. I've read all of Martin's published A Song of Ice and Fire books and I think there is less valuable insight into the characters in the whole million pages than Butcher fits into a single conversation in one of his books.

    The first book just sets up the main characters, and the overarching plot. The fantasy world of Alera is one where everyone in it knows magic, or not really. The world of Alera is filled with elemental spirits which control, well, the elements... these spirits sort of adopt a person at some point in their youth, and bind themselves to the will of that person, at which point the person becomes a "Crafter". the person can then commend the spirit (called a fury) to perform actions within the realm of that element, water to heal, wind to fly and move quickly, earth to shape stone, wood to shape wood, and also make deadly archers, metal craft to make and wield weapons.. and so on. When a fury binds to you the magic it gives you is yours for life. Some people get weak furies, others get strong, some get one fury, some get many and of varying element.. except for the main character, a young boy named Tavi, an orphan, living with his aunt and uncle (they are not married, they are brother and sister) who is 15 when the story opens. He controls no furies.

    While Tavi is a key figure in the story, the primary thrust of the story, that you learn very early on, is that the political system in Alera is in turmoil. The Aleran society heavily utilizes slaves, and is run as a fiefdom where Houses rule under an all powerful Lord. The lord is one of the most powerful crafters in the known world, but he is aging, and his only heir was killed in battle with a foreign barbarian army, and the system is collapsing.

    That's as far as I will go. It is an interesting and exciting book with its own self contained story, while beginning the longer 6 book story arc. Butcher is very good at this kind of thing.

    You never could have convinced my 30 years ago that I would be writing book reports for fun!

    Oh, also, I should add that my only time with books lately has been with books of the audio variety, and when I post a report on a book here it means I have completed it, that the book is available on loan through Audible. Just PM me is you are interested in any books I have reported on and we can work out how I can loan the book to you.

    I have all 15 books in the Dresden Files series

    I have 2 books in Codex Alera (though I am still working through book 2)

    I have The Killer Angels

    I have Band of Brothers

    .. eh... A Good Clean Fight (war fiction in the North Africa campaign in WWII)

    A lot of other stuff too that I can't recall right now.
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