What is the true cost of security? Amid a wave of unprecedented terrorist attacks on American soil, a panicked and inexperienced president declares a state of emergency and hands over control of the country to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The quiet and unassuming Administrator Hall soon becomes the most powerful man in America. Determined to stop the attacks, Hall enforces his order across the US, using a newly empowered State Guard to deal with anyone who gets in his way. As totalitarianism descends across the country, battle-weary reporter Jack Emery is faced with a terrifying new reality when friends, colleagues, and sources are imprisoned before his eyes. Among weekly terrorist attacks, FEMA atrocities, and the clamp tightening on every element of society, Jack becomes one of the few struggling to stop the madness. This time though, he´s on the wrong side of the law and fighting the very government he´s trying to save. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Menesses. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/124334/bk_acx0_124334_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Science to build a starship. Wizardry to take it past light speed. A crew to give it a soul. The Mobius is a cobbled-together ship with a matching crew. Captain Carl Ramsey is an ex-Earth Navy pilot whose crew won´t let him fly his own ship. The pilot is his ex-wife, the mechanic is a drunk, and the chief of security is from a predatory species. Instead of a star-drive to travel through the astral space between worlds, the ship´s wizard does it by hand. Mission 1: Salvage Trouble A salvage mission turns into a rescue, and no good deed goes unpunished. With two refugees onboard, the Mobius crew is hounded by bounty hunters, border patrols, and corporate enforcers. Mission 2: A Smuggler´s Conscience ´´Don´t open the package.´´ It´s the smuggler´s credo for good reason. When the Mobius crew takes a peek at their illicit cargo, the entire job takes an about-face. Mission 3: Poets and Piracy The Mobius crew gets caught in a turf war between a pirate fleet and a galactic criminal syndicate. The trick is getting everyone out alive (and maybe getting paid in the process). Mission 4: To Err is Azrin Sometimes, you can´t go home again. When a job takes the crew to their security chief´s homeworld, she gets dragged into a familial power struggle. Can the rest of the crew bail her out of an old feud gone horribly wrong? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mikael Naramore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059755/bk_acx0_059755_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Thomas Pynchon brings us to New York in the early days of the Internet. It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire. There may not be quite as much money around as there was at the height of the tech bubble, but there´s no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what´s left. Maxine Tarnow is running a nice little fraud investigation business on the Upper West Side, chasing down different kinds of small-scale con artists. She used to be legally certified but her license got pulled a while back, which has actually turned out to be a blessing because now she can follow her own code of ethics - carry a Beretta, do business with sleazebags, hack into people´s bank accounts - without having too much guilt about any of it. Otherwise, just your average working mom - two boys in elementary school, an off-and-on situation with her sort of semi-ex-husband Horst, life as normal as it ever gets in the neighborhood - till Maxine starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm and its billionaire geek CEO, whereupon things begin rapidly to jam onto the subway and head downtown. She soon finds herself mixed up with a drug runner in an art deco motorboat, a professional nose obsessed with Hitler´s aftershave, a neoliberal enforcer with footwear issues, plus elements of the Russian mob and various bloggers, hackers, code monkeys, and entrepreneurs, some of whom begin to show up mysteriously dead. Foul play, of course. With occasional excursions into the Deep Web and out to Long Island, Thomas Pynchon, channeling his inner Jewish mother, brings us a historical romance of New York in the early days of the Internet, not that distant in calendar time but galactically remote from where we´ve journeyed to since. Will perpe... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeannie Berlin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/002184/bk_peng_002184_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The third Kiszka and Kershaw crime thriller. Things are looking up for Janusz Kiszka, big-hearted ´fixer´ to London´s Poles. His girlfriend/the love of his life, Kasia, is finally leaving her no-good husband to make a new life with him, and he´s on the brink of a deal to ensure their financial security for years to come. Then Kasia vanishes and the big Pole´s world is torn apart. Convinced she´s been abducted, he must swallow his pride and seek the help of an old contact, maverick cop Natalie Kershaw, who´s been suspended following a fatal shooting. But the search swiftly takes an even darker turn…. What connects Kasia´s disappearance and a string of brutal East End murders? And who is the mysterious and murderous enforcer stalking the streets of London? Meanwhile, time is running out for Kasia. To reach her, Kiszka must confront a gut-wrenching dilemma that will shape the rest of his life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Fenner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/002098/bk_hcuk_002098_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cash McLendon has always had an instinct for self-preservation, one that was honed by an impoverished childhood and life with an alcoholic father barely scraping by on the streets of Saint Louis in 1872. He’s always had a knack for finding and capitalizing on the slightest opportunities, choosing the path of financial security over happiness or real friends. He eventually builds himself up from a Saint Louis street urchin to the son-in-law and heir apparent to industrial mogul Rupert Douglass. Though it lacks passion, his life seems securely set: a wife, a career, property, standing. But when tragedy strikes, all of his plans and his entire future dissolve in an instant. McLendon’s instinct for survival kicks in; he flees Saint Louis, and Douglas assigns his enforcer, an ominous skull-cracker with steel-toed boots, to track him down. With nothing to lose, McLendon attempts to reconcile with an old flame - a woman he was nearly engaged to but put aside in exchange for the life now in shambles. He heard through the grapevine that she and her father moved their dry-goods store out west, to a speck-on-the-map mining town named Glorious, in the Arizona Territory. There, McLendon tries to win her back, and in the process discovers a new way of life at the edge of the final American frontier. But he can’t outrun his past forever.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Carpenter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/002363/bk_peng_002363_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Washington Post ´´Brilliantly written... a joy to read... Bleeding Edge is totally gonzo, totally wonderful. It really is good to have Thomas Pynchon around, doing what he does best.? (Michael Dirda) It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire. There may not be quite as much money around as there was at the height of the tech bubble, but there´s no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what´s left. Maxine Tarnow is running a nice little fraud investigation business on the Upper West Side, chasing down different kinds of small-scale con artists. She used to be legally certified but her license got pulled a while back, which has actually turned out to be a blessing because now she can follow her own code of ethics?carry a Beretta, do business with sleazebags, hack into people´s bank accounts?without having too much guilt about any of it. Otherwise, just your average working mom?two boys in elementary school, an off-and-on situation with her sort of semi-ex-husband Horst, life as normal as it ever gets in the neighborhood?till Maxine starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm and its billionaire geek CEO, whereupon things begin rapidly to jam onto the subway and head downtown. She soon finds herself mixed up with a drug runner in an art deco motorboat, a professional nose obsessed with Hitler´s aftershave, a neoliberal enforcer with footwear issues, plus elements of the Russian mob and various bloggers, hackers, code monkeys, and entrepreneurs, some of whom begin to show up mysteriously dead. Foul play, of course. With occasional excursions into the DeepWeb and out to Long Island, Thomas Pynchon, channeling his inner Jewish mother, brings us a historical romance of New York in the early days of the internet, not that distant in calendar time but galactically remote from where we´ve journeyed to since. Will perpetrators be revealed, forget about brought to justice? Will Maxine have to take the handgun out of her purse? Will she and Horst get back together? Will Jerry Seinfeld make an unscheduled guest appearance? Will accounts secular and karmic be brought into balance? Hey. Who wants to know? Slate.com ´´If not here at the end of history, when? If not Pynchon, who? Reading Bleeding Edge, tearing up at the beauty of its sadness or the punches of its hilarity, you may realize it as the 9/11 novel you never knew you needed... a necessary novel and one that literary history has been waiting for.´´ The New York Times Book Review Exemplary... dazzling and ludicrous... Our reward for surrendering expectations that a novel should gather in clarity, rather than disperse into molecules, isn´t anomie but delight.? (Jonathan Lethem) Wired magazine ´´The book´s real accomplishment is to claim the last decade as Pynchon territory, a continuation of the same tensions ? between freedom and captivity, momentum and entropy, meaning and chaos ? through which he has framed the last half-century.´´ ***A New York Times Notable Book of 2013***
System Center Configuration Manager Current Branch provides a total systems management solution for a people-centric world. It can deploy applications to individuals using virtually any device or platform, centralizing and automating management across on-premise, service provider, and Microsoft Azure environments. In System Center Configuration Manager Current Branch Unleashed, a team of world-renowned System Center experts shows you how to make the most of this powerful toolset. The authors begin by introducing modern systems management and offering practical strategies for coherently managing today´s IT infrastructures. Drawing on their immense consulting experience, they offer expert guidance for ConfigMgr planning, architecture, and implementation. You´ll walk through efficiently performing a wide spectrum of ConfigMgr operations, from managing clients, updates, and compliance to reporting. Finally, you´ll find current best practices for administering ConfigMgr, from security to backups. Detailed information on how to: Successfully manage distributed, people-centric, cloud-focused IT environments Optimize ConfigMgr architecture, design, and deployment plans to reflect your environment Smoothly install ConfigMgr Current Branch and migrate from Configuration Manager 2012 Save time and improve efficiency by automating system management Use the console to centralize control over infrastructure, software, users, and devices Discover and manage clients running Windows, macOS, Linux, and UNIX Define, monitor, enforce, remediate, and report on all aspects of configuration compliance Deliver the right software to the right people with ConfigMgr applications and deployment types Reliably manage patches and updates, including Office 365 client updates Integrate Intune to manage on-premise and mobile devices through a single console Secure access to corporate resources from mobile devices Manage Microsoft´s enterprise antimalware platform with System Center Endpoint Protection Using this guide´s proven techniques and comprehensive reference information, you can maximize the value of ConfigMgr in your environmentno matter how complex it is or how quickly it´s changing.
Police who engage in torture are condemned by human rights activists, the media, and people across the world who shudder at their brutality. Stark revelations about torture by American forces at places like Guantanamo Bay have stoked a fascination with torture and debates about human rights. Yet despite this interest, the public knows little about the officers who actually commit such violence. Just Violence reveals the moral perspective of perpetrators and how they respond to human rights efforts. Through interviews with law enforcers in India, Rachel Wahl uncovers the beliefs that motivate officers who use and support torture, and how these beliefs shape their responses to international human rights norms. Although on the surface Indian officers´ subversion of human rights may seem to be a case of "local culture" resisting global norms, officers see human rights as in keeping with their religious and cultural traditions, and view Western countries as the primary human rights violators. However, the police do not condemn the United States for violations; on the contrary, for Indian police, Guantanamo Bay justifies torture in New Delhi. This book follows the attempts of human rights workers to both persuade and coerce officers into compliance. As Wahl explains, current human rights strategies can undermine each other, leaving the movement with complex dilemmas regarding whether to work with or against perpetrators. The book is published by Stanford University Press. "This provocative book offers new insights into human rights education and the enduring tensions between rights and security." (Sally Engle Merry) Will resonate widely with academics and practitioners who want to better understand how local cultures vernacularize ideas about human rights." (Jack Snyder Columbia Uni University) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colleen Patrick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/100468/bk_acx0_100468_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this electrifying novel from USA Today best-selling author Kennedy Layne, the Safeguard team is coming ever closer to catching an elusive serial killer who might very well be hunting one of their own.... Sawyer Madison has spent the last few months hunting down a sadistic killer. He and his team don´t seem to be any closer to solving this particular case that has hit a little too close to home. Fortunately, they had all served in the corps. That kind of training and dedication meant none of them considered quitting before the mission was done. Camryn Novak had spent most of her childhood, and a large part of her adult life, dealing with her overprotective brother. So when an admirer becomes a little too obsessed with her due to her high-profile career, she decides it would be simpler to reach out to someone a little less emotionally invested. Sawyer never expected to bump into the sister of one of his teammates while traveling on assignment. Women like her were off limits - one shouldn´t mix business with pleasure. One burning touch was all it took to make his good intentions go up in flames. Unfortunately, it won´t just be her brother´s wrath he´s forced to face when an unknown perp targets Camryn - it might very well be the same psychopath they´ve been hunting all along. Series description: Safeguard Security & Investigations (SSI) is owned and operated by Townes Calvert, a retired marine gunnery sergeant who returned home to the States a bit more damaged than he´d care to admit. Not that anyone could tell outside of a very select group of former active duty buddies. It took Townes quite a while to acclimate to civilian life, and he kept himself busy in the interim working in treacherous situations with even more dangerous friends. The final result is a close-knit unit of highly trained former military men who have the experience to protect the innocent, investigate crimes on the gritty edge, and aid local law enforc... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Basil Sands. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/031561/bk_adbl_031561_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.