In Bloomfield, someone has been committing grisly murders, and the targets have been carefully chosen. The killer has no intention of stopping until he reaches his goal. Enter Matt Greaves. Slightly jaded, 30-something, divorced, and unable to pay his tea bill on time at the school where he teaches. Greaves loves his job, but has one golden rule;never, under any circumstance, get involved romantically with one of the parents at school. Having done so, and without knowing it, his actions will see him engaged in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with an opponent with a score to settle, and who believes in total control and dominance over those around him.With the aid of a local policeman with a penchant for going above his pay grade, and with assistance of his self-confessed nerd brother, Greaves will see not only his own life, but those of all around, him changed forever.In a battle where there can only ever be one winner, and where the lives of many others hang in the balance, Greaves will be the only one who can try to teach his opponent the hardest of lessons. In order to win the war, sometimes self-control is not an option. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Iannis Ireland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/159079/bk_acx0_159079_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From New York Times best-selling author Nancy Bush comes a tense, intricately plotted novel of suspense, as one woman becomes the focus of a killer's warped game of revenge and murder. The Rules Are Simple It's the ultimate test of strategy and skill. The killer chooses each opponent carefully, learning each one's weaknesses. Every meticulously planned move is leading to a devastating checkmate. Because in this game, all the pretty pawns must die. First You Play Andi Wren is fighting to keep her late husband's company safe from vindictive competitors. When she receives an ominous note "little birds must fly" - she turns to PI Luke Denton. Though Luke has personal reasons for wanting to take down Wren Development's opponents, his investigation suggests this is deeper and far more dangerous than a business grudge. Then You Die In a basement on the outskirts of town, police detectives unearth piles of skeletons. As they learn the shocking truth about each victim's identity, their case collides with Andi's, revealing a killer's ruthless plot and a chilling, lethal endgame.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Udall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/026511/bk_adbl_026511_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Strength & Power is the 10th audioook of W.J. May's best-selling series the Chronicles of Kerrigan. So Rae and Devon are broken up. Gabriel's furious he wasn't chosen. Angel is back in the picture, Kraigan is out of the picture, and Molly and Luke have turned into one of those hilarious, obnoxious, perfect couples....After discovering a cryptic clue left by her father, Rae Kerrigan finds herself facing off against an opponent she never expected: the Privy Council. The lines between "good" and "evil" are blurred once again, only this time, Rae isn't sure who's left on her side. Life in London becomes a dangerous dance - one she must navigate carefully because the stakes have never been higher.Could it be possible the Council was behind everything all along? Is Rae really willing to cut all ties and go rogue like her father? How far will the agents at Guilder go to stop her? Who might she be leaving behind? Series order: Prequel series:Christmas Before the MagicQuestion the DarknessInto the DarknessFight the DarknessAlone in the DarknessLost in DarknessThe Chronicles of Kerrigan series:Rae of HopeDark NebulaHouse of CardsRoyal TeaUnder FireEnd in SightHidden DarknessTwisted TogetherMark of FateStrength & PowerLast One StandingRae of LightThe Chronicles of Kerrigan Sequel:A Matter of TimeTime PieceSecond ChanceGlitch in TimeOur TimePrecious TimeThe Chronicles of Kerrigan: Gabriel:Living in the PastPresent for Today 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sarah Ann Masse. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/127202/bk_acx0_127202_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Not everyone approves of the practice of negotiation. There are those who hate it because they think it is too confrontational, or they simply don't want to be bothered. This audiobook will demonstrate that negotiations in everyday transactions do not necessarily have to be confrontational, instead, they can be fun. Becoming a master negotiator requires that you develop certain qualities, such as problem solving abilities, confidence, and the flexibility to change your tactic during the negotiation process. Practice always makes perfect, and the more time and resources you put into planning your negotiation, the higher the chances that you will succeed and get what you want. Remember that you are not the only one at the negotiation table, so be aware of the wide range of interests and perspectives present. Try to accommodate the views and concerns of others by listening carefully to what they are saying. Do not try to win every argument, this can make you look aggressive and rude to your opponent. On the contrary, strive to make your argument reasonable and fair across the board. The guidelines in this audiobook will teach you new ways to deal with people, regardless of how difficult or insensitive they are. You will become a better negotiator during both simple, day-to-day negotiations and complex negotiation situations, which many people fear. In a negotiation process, every person is significant and there is no ultimate decision maker. Do not dictate what needs to be done or the perspectives that should be catered to. Instead, win people over through your communication skills. Be open to positive criticism and do not take anything personally. Being calm and composed will put you in the position to win any negotiation. Here is a preview of what you will learn: What negotiation is Different ways to negotiate 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles Orlik. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/036173/bk_acx0_036173_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book constitutes the thoroughly refereed post-proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Advances in Computer Games, ACG 2005, held in Taipei, Taiwan, in September 2005 in conjunction with the 10th Computer Olympiad.The 20 revised full papers presented were carefully selected during two rounds of reviewing and improvement from 32 submissions. The papers cover all aspects of artificial intelligence in computer-game playing. Reasearch topics addressed are automatic generation, optimization, opponent modelling, search, knowledge representation, and graph history interaction. Games covered are western chess, chinese and japanese chess, checkers, lose checkers, amazons, go, poker, loa, mastermind, awari, ataxx, pool, as well as the two theoretical games connect and sumbers.
In 1963, Howard S. Becker gave a lecture about deviance, challenging the then-conventional definition that deviance was inherently criminal and abnormal and arguing that instead, deviance was better understood as a function of labeling. At the end of his lecture, a distinguished colleague standing at the back of the room, puffing a cigar, looked at Becker quizzically and asked, 'What about murder? Isn't that really deviant?' It sounded like Becker had been backed into a corner. Becker, however, wasn't defeated! Reasonable people, he countered, differ over whether certain killings are murder or justified homicide, and these differences vary depending on what kinds of people did the killing. In 'What About Mozart? What About Murder?', Becker uses this example, along with many others, to demonstrate the different ways to study society, one that uses carefully investigated, specific cases and another that relies on speculation and on what he calls 'killer questions', aimed at taking down an opponent by citing invented cases.Becker draws on a lifetime of sociological research and wisdom to show, in helpful detail, how to use a variety of kinds of cases to build sociological knowledge. With his trademark conversational flair and informal, personal perspective Becker provides a guide that researchers can use to produce general sociological knowledge through case studies. He champions research that has enough data to go beyond guesswork and urges researchers to avoid what he calls 'skeleton cases', which use fictional stories that pose as scientific evidence. Using his long career as a backdrop, Becker delivers a winning book that will surely change the way scholars in many fields approach their research.
This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 5th Computer Games Workshop, CGW 2016, and the 5th Workshop on General Intelligence in Game-Playing Agents, GIGA 2016, held in conjunction with the 25th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IJCAI 2016, in New York, USA, in July 2016. The 12 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 25 submissions. The papers address all aspects of artificial intelligence and computer game playing. They discuss topics such as Monte-Carlo methods, heuristic search, board games, card games, video games, perfect and imperfect information games, puzzles and single player games, multi-player games, combinatorial game theory, applications, computational creativity, computational game theory, evaluation and analysis, game design, knowledge representation, machine learning, multi-agent systems, opponent modeling, planning.
For the first time on a Nintendo console, get ready for one of the most intense, visually spectacular fighting games franchises ever, as DEAD OR ALIVE Dimensions launches on Nintendo 3DS. Enjoy the 3D effect without the need for glasses, battle through rich and varied environments and compete in wireless multiplayer match-ups as one of 25 playable characters.Offering fast-paced combat, devastating counter attack combinations and interactive environments which can be used to inflict heavy damage on opponents, DEAD OR ALIVE Dimensions is a full-throttle smack-down experience. In a unique addition to the gameplay, the Nintendo 3DS Touch Screen will show players the combination moves each fighter can carry out during the game. Learn the controls to perform these powerful combos or use the Touch Screen to pull them off for instant impact.With 12 distinct game modes, DEAD OR ALIVE Dimensions keeps the explosive 3D combat coming thick and fast. Fight alongside a friend against the computer in TAG CHALLENGE, face a stream of opponents in SURVIVAL or perfect your craft in TRAINING – plus a whole lot more!DEAD OR ALIVE Dimensions retells the saga of the franchise in a never before seen way, as you discover the secrets behind the ongoing power struggle within the Mugen Tenshin ninja clan and the carefully guarded “Torn Sky Blast” fighting technique. The evil DOATEC company, host of the DEAD OR ALIVE tournaments, tries to uncover the secrets for perfecting the creation of a “super fighter”. DEAD OR ALIVE Dimensions will see the return of an array of female characters, renowned for their beauty and classic to the DEAD OR ALIVE series, such as Kasumi, Leifang and Tina Armstrong, along with more recent characters such as Kokoro, Eliot and Hitomi, which are sure to appeal to fans old and new.In another first, every character in the DEAD OR ALIVE series is available in one game. Through the CHRONICLE mode players will follow certain characters’ journeys to unravel the truth behind each of their stories. With the first four chapters representing the first four DEAD OR ALIVE games, the fifth chapter acts as an epilogue to the epic saga. Using the Touch Screen, players will be able to learn how each of the characters relates to one another and unravel the story behind DEAD OR ALIVE Dimensions.Also new to DEAD OR ALIVE Dimensions is the ability to use unique features of Nintendo 3DS in order to add new depths to the gameplay. In THROWDOWN mode players get to fight against the character of another player encountered via StreetPass for a chance to add character figurines to their arsenal. This virtual opponent is an AI created by the game, based on the battle records of the player. Team NINJA will also use SpotPass to distribute special THROWDOWN challenges - with special figurines up for grabs. Exclusively utilising SpotPass you can also collect up to 34 new costumes which will be distributed via SpotPass.With the SHOWCASE mode players will be able to marvel at the full range of 3D figurines that can be unlocked whilst completing the game and position them in one of seventeen backgrounds to take pictures. Saved pictures taken in SHOWCASE mode can be viewed in the DEAD OR ALIVE Dimensions 3D PHOTO ALBUM. Show off the dynamic snaps that you have captured to others in full 3D, on your very own Nintendo 3DS.Step into a world of spectacular 3D combat and witness the evolution of a cherished fighting franchise in DEAD OR ALIVE Dimensions - exclusively for Nintendo 3DS.- Choose from 25 playable characters and battle in interactive environments that come to life in stereoscopic 3D.- Play in 12 game modes and tackle friends or fight by their side in wireless multiplayer combat.- Everyone can jump right in thanks to a Touch Screen control option that makes triggering combos easy.- Acquire new content via SpotPass and keep the combat flowing when your Nintendo 3DS is in Sleep Mode thanks to StreetPass challenges against other players.
In Dangerous Weapons: The Sicilian, John Emms and Richard Palliser team up to investigate by far the most popular and widely-played chess opening, but in a revolutionary way. They concentrate on fresh or little-explored variations of the open Sicilian, selecting a wealth of ideas and options for both colours. Many of the carefully chosen weapons are innovative, visually shocking, incredibly tricky, or have been unfairly discarded; they are guaranteed to throw even your most experienced opponent off balance. Whether playing White or Black, a study of this book will leave you assured and fully-armed, and your opponents running for cover! Dangerous Weapons is a brand-new series of opening books that provide the reader with an abundance of hard-hitting ideas to revitalize his or her opening repertoire. Opening weapons for both White and Black The Sicilian in a completely new light Ideal for ambitious and adventurous players