Valhalla Rising (Dirk Pitt Adventure Book 16)

"Clive Cussler has no equal," writes Publishers Weekly, and he proved it again with the intricate plotting and astonishing set pieces of his number-one bestselling Atlantis Found. Fans wanted to know how he could possibly top it—and the answer is Valhalla Rising.It is July 2003. In the middle of its maiden voyage, the luxury cruise ship Emerald Dolphin suddenly catches fire and sinks. What caused it? Why didn't the alarms go off? What was its connection to the revolutionary new engines powering the ship? NUMA special projects director Dirk Pitt races to rescue the passengers and investigate the disaster, but he has no idea of the bizarre events that are about to engulf him.Before the next few weeks are over, Pitt will find himself confronted by an extraordinary series of monsters, both human and mechanical, modern and ancient. He will tread upon territory previously known only to legend. And, at the end of it all, though many lives will be lost, and many saved, it is Pitt's own life that will be changed forever. . . .Filled with dazzling suspense and breathtaking action, Valhalla Rising is Cussler at the height of his storytelling powers.

History and Philosophy of Marriage; or, Polygamy and Monogamy Compared.

Interesting title and book. Especially considering it was written over 140 years ago!! This history is fascinating no matter what your opinions on the subject are. Check out the 1860's reviews of this book below. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ OK, here's a switch. Instead of having current reviews of this book, lets go back to 1869 for a few: NOTICES OF THE PRESS. From " The Boston Advertiser" Sept. 1, 1869. " ' The History and Philosophy of Marriage, or Polygamy and Monogamy Compared/ ... is a serious defence of polygamy from a Christian standpoint. The author is a New-Englander by birth, a Puritan by education, who has lived many years in India. . . . His observations there, and acquaintance with missionary laborers, have inclined him to look with favor upon polygamy, and he has evidently given much study and thought to the subject/' From " The Banner of Light," Boston, Sept. 8, 1869. " Here is a Christian plea for polygamy/ As such it will be read, first out of curiosity, and afterwards for the ideas it advances. The latter are nowise new, yet the author puts them together in an original manner, and with much force. It is well to have the subject of marriage discussed in all its bearings. This book attempts that. It considers the primary laws of love and marriage, the origin of polygamy, the origin of monogamy, the development of the rule of monogamy, how it is related to crime, the current objec- tions to polygamy. Appended to the whole is a chapter of notices and reviews, including a searching one of Lecky's History of European Morals/ The book will excite to reflection wherever read, and is well worth reading." From " The Springfield Republican," Sept. 8, 1869. "Here we have a devout person, learned in the Scriptures and in other lore, who stoutly charges that monogamy is the relic of barbarism, and calls polygamy the proper and civilizing institution. . . . Startling and repulsive as this position is, there is really more to be said in its favor than any one who has not read this book may imagine." From " The Evening News" Salt Lake City, Sept. 8, 1869 " It is gratifying to every lover of truth — in these days, when, instead of worshipping God, men bow down to the shrine of popularity — to see a man fearlessly step forward, and declare the sincere convictions of his soul, though, in so doing, he comes directly in contact with the prejudices of the age. The views of the writer of this book are considered peculiar and startling ; but he is credited with sin- cerity. Hon. Geo. Win. Curtis, M.A., Professor of Recent Literature in Cornell University, and F. B. Sanborn, M.A., associate editor of i The Springfield Republican/ who read the proof-sheets of the work, say that it has the curious distinction of being a Christian plea for polygamy ; but that the author has treated a very difficult and delicate subject wiih knowledge, candor, and evident sincerity of purpose; and while it advances opinions with which they cannot agree, they cannot quarrel with its spirit; and as its statements and arguments are founded on extensive observation and reading, it is entitled to attention, respect, and refutation, not to be met with mere contradiction, but with argument. " This is fair, and an evidence that the world moves. . . . It is a book that should have a wide circulation and an attentive perusal; both of whicli it will doubtless receive."