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Featured Book - Merger by Sanjay Sanghoee
AUTHOR REVEALS A NEW BREED OF CORPORATE CRIMINAL
"Glamour, gore and more…The plot, like a speedway with hairpin curves, centers around an icily amoral CEO whose scheme for the takeover of a satellite company brings into play the heavy hitters and bit players that feed on M&A dealings."
“Timely, gripping and original!.” – Chicago Tribune
Merger, Sanjay Sanghoee’s fast-paced corporate thriller, has just been released on Kindle and reissued in paperback. Tightly plotted and executed with precision, the book reveals the realities of multi-billion dollar deal-making and ruthless plays for money and power that have defined the corporate world since the 1980s. Coming on the heels of the worst financial crisis in American history, Merger is a wake-up call for readers everywhere. Critics like Susan Shwartz, author of Hostile Takeover, are raving about the book. Walter Wager, author of Die Hard 2, calls it “Wall Street meets The Firm."
Vikram Suri, a powerful Indian industrialist, is a new breed of global corporate criminal: smarter, richer and infinitely more dangerous than anyone we have ever seen. Behind the facade of oak-paneled boardrooms, fancy personal jets and lavish mansions, Suri is masterminding a grand scheme of market manipulation, smuggling, money laundering, and extortion through an international network of banks, brokerage houses and dummy corporations. He is a megalomaniac who will stop at nothing to grow his corporate empire, even murder...
As Merger races to its climax and the clock winds down to Suri's deadly triumph, no one suspects his hidden agenda...except for Tom Carter, an investment banker working on the deal. Torn between his job and his conscience, and locked in the crosshairs of the SEC, Carter enlists the help of Amanda Fleming, a beautiful and intrepid New York Times reporter eager to "break" a big story. Together they must not only outsmart the brilliant Vikram Suri and stay alive, but prevent a shocking betrayal of the US financial system.
Merger is an exciting novel that keeps the reader engrossed with every twist and turn. Expect even more thrills in Sanghoee’s upcoming novel, Portait of Malice, which combines history and current events to examine the emotional, political and financial realities of war reparations, justice and terrorism. Sanghoee speaks more about financial greed and corporate crime on his blog at www.sanghoee.com as well as on his weekly radio address, which is broadcast in both English and Spanish on five stations.
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Featured Book - Richer by Jean Blasiar
How many teens have their poetry adapted to music by today’s rock star? Every teen’s dream, but actually a nightmare for Rich Cameron. Despite his mother’s divorce, another broken home, his friend’s ruined Olympic dreams and his own major health complication, it’s a very interesting year for U2’s favorite genius.
Just as his life started to make sense again, Rich receives a letter from his former au pair, leading to revelations that set the tone for an unforgettable year. The mysteries, pains and ecstasy of love will force Rich and his family to redefine what is 'normal' all over again, in this funny, touching, and thrilling new chapter in the life of Rich Cameron and his constant companion, U2.
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Featured Book - Jesus: God, Man or Party Label? The Dead Sea Scrolls' Messiah Code by Chris Albert Wells
What did the gospels really mean to those who wrote them?
For 2000 years the question has generated vivid opposition between tenants of the Church mystery interpretations and those who consider that they record a lot of nonsense. In order to disentangle the debate on the evangelist’s intentions, we have to focus on the ancient texts from a completely different angle.
As a professor of surgery, I can easily claim expertise in helping bodies. Souls however are never far away, accounting for a long-standing interest in sacred answers. The result of my renewed quest is a book that is a surgical strike clearing up the gospels from later doctrinal overgrowth, reviving them with their original strength. The resulting “Jesus” becomes alien to church traditions, common sense replacing mysteries.
Basically, religions are political parties. Their founding documents, as with any association, reflect rivaling and consensual policies. Within this frame, the gospels are no exception: they inform on community strategies.
The New Testament roots go back to the Essenian schism conducted by a Legislator also called Teacher of Righteousness. The antecedents are reported in the sectarian Dead Sea Scrolls with which the gospels share, according to all scholars, so much in terms of dogma, organization and lexicology.
The connection between scrolls and gospels is not as direct as previously thought — some seeing in Jesus an astonishing reincarnation of the Teacher of Righteousness— but indirect and messiah-mediated. This new perspective introduces fresh insight into the previous attempts to clarify proximities and distances between texts and messiahs, between real people and emblems. Let me explain. The legislator’s school is changing posthumously (after 65 BC). Sectarians are learning to react without him while still claiming a strong allegiance. The two scroll messiahs, a priestly one and a Davidic one, coined decades after the legislator’s execution were not real people but represented two community factions such as an Essene avant-garde opposed to Essene traditionalists within the same sanctuary. The gospels that owed so much to Essene teachings were written according to the same modus operandi: an avant-garde personified by messiah Jesus rivaling against Essene traditionalists caricatured under the traits of John the Baptist. The evangelists invented both gospel messiahs to deliberate on contemporary matters, around 75 AD. The gospels give an account of community past and community struggles at successive stages of a rapidly evolving school, from open crisis in Mark to consolidation in Matthew.
The picture that emerges is a very realistic one, in continuity with Judean history and far from everlasting Church mysteries or current academic interpretations. The working hypotheses — that the scroll messiahs as well as the gospel messiahs stood for party labels, comparable to the emblematic donkey and elephant within a same democracy — reveals a refreshingly different biblical message and explains the many unsolved divergences.
Finally, contrary to all that is generally accepted by apologists, the gospels do not give us a report on Jesus Messiah, Son of God, as seems remembered by independent eyewitnesses (Mark, Matthew and Luke). They offer us an account of community conflicts, recorded at successive phases of community evolution, (from open quarrels to the healing process) explaining the baffling discrepancies between evangelists.
The gospel community, called Essene before being referred to as Christian, used the same editorial language as the scroll community: The tandem Dead Sea Scroll Essene messiahs were different ‘come-back’ identities given to their executed Teacher of Righteousness, asking him to arbitrate between incompatible positions. Likewise, the Gospel writers eye-witnessed their own party quarrels and recorded their ancient community history and wisdom sayings under the bold avant-garde emblematic messiah, fighting against Essene traditionalists and Pharisees.
During the first century of the Common Era, there was no commonly shared answer to such important questions as afterlife. Revival was still reserved to the elite. Religious parties were bitterly competing to administrate the new trend that could give enormous power to the winner. The Resurrection slogan that gave the community tenants in Antioch (Syria) the nickname of “Christian”, (meaning only messianic) was no more than a priority claim, hopefully excluding all other factions with a “too late” sticker.
The interpretation of the gospels changed when they were exported, out of context, toward the Western world and candidly understood at face value.
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