Drifter's Folly

Drifter's Folly
  • Author : Glynn Stewart
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 372
  • Relase : 2021-06-15
  • ISBN : 198967416X

Drifter's Folly Book Review:

An enemy on the run to neutral space An elite squadron beyond the reach of any backup A secret deal that could doom the whole sector... When United Planets Alliance Captain Henry Wong and Ambassador Sylvia Todorovich attempted to bring peace to the Ra Sector, they turned to the Drifters for neutral ground. Instead, the nomadic spacers betrayed the summit and attempted to kill everyone there. With peace forged despite the Drifters' betrayal, Henry and Sylvia take an elite squadron in pursuit of the Drifter Convoy. Their enemies have friends at every turn, neutral worlds who will give them shelter-and if the UPA breaches that neutrality, everything Henry and Sylvia have worked for could crash down in flames. If the UPA is to keep the peace in the stars of a fallen empire, their diplomats must be untouchable, their honor unblemished. But as Henry's superiors prepare for all-out war, his ships fly ever closer to a deadly trap laid by an enemy that knows them all too well...

Raven's Course

Raven's Course
  • Author : Glynn Stewart
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 328
  • Relase : 2020-11-24
  • ISBN : 1989674232

Raven's Course Book Review:

Old friends have turned to foes Old oaths have shattered But old ties still promise redemption Amid the ruins of a fallen empire, humanity fights to secure the fates of once-enslaved worlds. Captain Henry Wong and Ambassador Sylvia Todorovich of the United Planets Alliance have mustered force and diplomacy alike to drive their former allies in the Kozun Hierarchy back from their invasion. With their superiors unwilling to fight a war this far from home, Todorovich leans on the Drifters, old allies of both the UPA and the Kozun, to broker a peace summit that could bring peace to a dozen worlds-if she can trust anyone. Fearing treachery, Captain Henry Wong and the battlecruiser Raven accompany Todorovich to the summit. Even among former friends, he can trust no one-not the Drifters and, most especially, not the old friend in command of the Kozun delegation!

Exile

Exile
  • Author : Glynn Stewart
  • Publisher : Faolan's Pen Publishing
  • Pages : 338
  • Relase : 2018-07-17
  • ISBN : 9781988035727

Exile Book Review:

A shackled Earth, ruled by an unstoppable tyrant An exiled son, and a one-way trip across the galaxy A perfect world, their last hope for survival Vice Admiral Isaac Gallant is the heir apparent to the First Admiral, the dictator of the Confederacy of Humanity. Unwilling to let his mother’s tyranny stand, he joins the rebellion and leads his ships into war against the might of his own nation. Betrayal and failure, however, see Isaac Gallant and his allies captured. Rather than execute her only son, the First Admiral instead decides to exile them, flinging four million dissidents and rebels through a one-shot wormhole to the other end of the galaxy. There, Isaac finds himself forced to keep order and peace as they seek out a new home without becoming the very dictator he fought against—and when that new home turns out to be too perfect to be true, he and his fellow exiles must decide how hard they are prepared to fight for paradise…against the very people who built it.

Why Peacekeeping Fails

Why Peacekeeping Fails
  • Author : D. Jett
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Pages : 236
  • Relase : 2000-03-01
  • ISBN : 9780312292744

Why Peacekeeping Fails Book Review:

Dennis C. Jett examines why peacekeeping operations fail by comparing the unsuccessful attempt at peacekeeping in Angola with the successful effort in Mozambique, alongside a wide range of other peacekeeping experiences. The book argues that while the causes of past peacekeeping failures can be identified, the chances for success will be difficult to improve because of the way such operations are initiated and conducted, and the way the United Nations operates as an organization. Jett reviews the history of peacekeeping and the evolution in the number, size, scope, and cost of peacekeeping missions. He also explains why peacekeeping has become more necessary, possible, and desired and yet, at the same time, more complex, more difficult, and less frequently used. The book takes a hard look at the UN's actions and provides useful information for understanding current conflicts.

Sword & Planet

Sword & Planet
  • Author : Christopher Ruocchio
  • Publisher : Baen Books
  • Pages : 352
  • Relase : 2021-12-07
  • ISBN : 9781625798497

Sword & Planet Book Review:

NEW STORIES IN THE GRAND SPACE FANTASY TRADITION! SCIENCE FICTION? FANTASY? IS IT TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR BOTH? The distant future—like the distant past—is a place of myths, of legends, and of great heroes. Cyborg knights battle extraterrestrial demons to rescue a peaceful village. A young girl unlocks an ancient power to protect her world from offworld colonists. Here are stories not where magic is science, but with magic and science. Not knights and castles, but knights and starships. Wizards and ray guns. Swords and planets. In D.J. Butler’s “Power and Prestige,” a pair of two-bit mercenaries are hired to solve a murder in a labyrinth beneath a crumbling city at the end of time. A young knight must face down an alien menace and awaken the power within in R.R. Virdi’s “A Knight Luminary,” and in “Saving the Emperor” Simon R. Green takes us deep into the Imperial City of Virimonde . . . and offers a glimpse at how the Deathstalker clan rose to power and fame. Enjoy tales from Tim Akers, Jessica Cluess, L.J. Hachmeister, Susan R. Matthews, T.C. McCarthy, Jody Lynn Nye, and Tom Toner; a new world from Warhammer 40,000 author Peter Fehervari; and a new chapter in the Sun Eater saga from Christopher Ruocchio. Contributors: Tim Akers D.J. Butler Jessica Cluess Peter Fehervari Simon R. Green L.J. Hachmeister Susan R. Matthews T.C. McCarthy Jody Lynn Nye Christopher Ruocchio Tom Toner R.R. Virdi At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

Revolution (The Sol Saga Book 1)

Revolution (The Sol Saga Book 1)
  • Author : James Fox
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 538
  • Relase : 2021-01-05
  • ISBN : 1954344104

Revolution (The Sol Saga Book 1) Book Review:

Greed and corruption are the bedfellows of war.When the president of the UN's Interplanetary Council is assassinated, General Keith Brennan's investigation points to the entitled son of a Martian billionaire.Was he framed? The conspiracy soon goes deeper than anyone believed.As the tentative peace between Earth and the Martian Colonies fractures, Brennan's career is on the line. He must prevent the system from plunging into war... if it isn't already too late.

Refuge

Refuge
  • Author : Glynn Stewart
  • Publisher : Faolan's Pen Publishing
  • Pages : 456
  • Relase : 2019-07-30
  • ISBN : 9781988035918

Refuge Book Review:

A dying world, shattered by a broken machine A desperate flight, their only hope for refuge A robotic race, ally and destroyer alike The Republic of Exilium has grown in strength and confidence at the far end of the galaxy from the rest of mankind, sending out scout ships to survey the worlds around them as they try to learn more about the mysterious Construction Matrix AIs. Finding one of the genocidal rogues of that mysterious “race” in the process of destroying an inhabited world, Captain Octavio Catalan takes his ship into a desperate battle. He is victorious—but he is too late. The world of the strange aliens he has encountered is doomed. The distant Republic can barely help, but the honor of their leaders will not permit them to stand idly by. Ships and crews are set into motion to commence a desperate evacuation of their newfound friends, and debts with the strange Matrices are called in. One branch of Matrices destroyed the planet. Another may well save it—but the AIs have their own agenda and the price they ask may be beyond the Republic and its new allies…

Making War and Building Peace

Making War and Building Peace
  • Author : Michael W. Doyle,Nicholas Sambanis
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Pages : 424
  • Relase : 2011-04-22
  • ISBN : 9781400837694

Making War and Building Peace Book Review:

Making War and Building Peace examines how well United Nations peacekeeping missions work after civil war. Statistically analyzing all civil wars since 1945, the book compares peace processes that had UN involvement to those that didn't. Michael Doyle and Nicholas Sambanis argue that each mission must be designed to fit the conflict, with the right authority and adequate resources. UN missions can be effective by supporting new actors committed to the peace, building governing institutions, and monitoring and policing implementation of peace settlements. But the UN is not good at intervening in ongoing wars. If the conflict is controlled by spoilers or if the parties are not ready to make peace, the UN cannot play an effective enforcement role. It can, however, offer its technical expertise in multidimensional peacekeeping operations that follow enforcement missions undertaken by states or regional organizations such as NATO. Finding that UN missions are most effective in the first few years after the end of war, and that economic development is the best way to decrease the risk of new fighting in the long run, the authors also argue that the UN's role in launching development projects after civil war should be expanded.

The Russian Military and the Georgia War

The Russian Military and the Georgia War
  • Author : Ariel Cohen,Robert E. Hamilton
  • Publisher : Strategic Studies Institute
  • Pages : 100
  • Relase : 2011-01-01
  • ISBN : 9781584874911

The Russian Military and the Georgia War Book Review:

In this monograph, the authors state that Russia planned the war against Georgia in August 2008 aiming for the annexation of Abkhazia, weakening the Saakashvili regime, and prevention of NATO enlargement. According to them, while Russia won the campaign, it also exposed its own military as badly needing reform. The war also demonstrated weaknesses of the NATO and the European Union security systems.

Unintended Consequences of Peacekeeping Operations

Unintended Consequences of Peacekeeping Operations
  • Author : Chiyuki Aoi,Cedric De Coning,Ramesh Chandra Thakur,Ramesh Thakur
  • Publisher : United Nations Univ
  • Pages : 316
  • Relase : 2007
  • ISBN : UOM:39015070735561

Unintended Consequences of Peacekeeping Operations Book Review:

The deployment of a large number of soldiers, police officers and civilian personnel inevitably has various effects on the host society and economy, not all of which are in keeping with the peacekeeping mandate and intent or are easily discernible prior to the intervention. This book is one of the first attempts to improve our understanding of unintended consequences of peacekeeping operations, by bringing together field experiences and academic analysis. The aim of the book is not to discredit peace operations but rather to improve the way in which such operations are planned and managed.

Rise and Kill First

Rise and Kill First
  • Author : Ronen Bergman
  • Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • Pages : 784
  • Relase : 2019-07-09
  • ISBN : 9780812982114

Rise and Kill First Book Review:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The first definitive history of the Mossad, Shin Bet, and the IDF’s targeted killing programs, hailed by The New York Times as “an exceptional work, a humane book about an incendiary subject.” WINNER OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD IN HISTORY NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY JENNIFER SZALAI, THE NEW YORK TIMES NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Economist • The New York Times Book Review • BBC History Magazine • Mother Jones • Kirkus Reviews The Talmud says: “If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first.” This instinct to take every measure, even the most aggressive, to defend the Jewish people is hardwired into Israel’s DNA. From the very beginning of its statehood in 1948, protecting the nation from harm has been the responsibility of its intelligence community and armed services, and there is one weapon in their vast arsenal that they have relied upon to thwart the most serious threats: Targeted assassinations have been used countless times, on enemies large and small, sometimes in response to attacks against the Israeli people and sometimes preemptively. In this page-turning, eye-opening book, journalist and military analyst Ronen Bergman—praised by David Remnick as “arguably [Israel’s] best investigative reporter”—offers a riveting inside account of the targeted killing programs: their successes, their failures, and the moral and political price exacted on the men and women who approved and carried out the missions. Bergman has gained the exceedingly rare cooperation of many current and former members of the Israeli government, including Prime Ministers Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon, and Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as high-level figures in the country’s military and intelligence services: the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), the Mossad (the world’s most feared intelligence agency), Caesarea (a “Mossad within the Mossad” that carries out attacks on the highest-value targets), and the Shin Bet (an internal security service that implemented the largest targeted assassination campaign ever, in order to stop what had once appeared to be unstoppable: suicide terrorism). Including never-before-reported, behind-the-curtain accounts of key operations, and based on hundreds of on-the-record interviews and thousands of files to which Bergman has gotten exclusive access over his decades of reporting, Rise and Kill First brings us deep into the heart of Israel’s most secret activities. Bergman traces, from statehood to the present, the gripping events and thorny ethical questions underlying Israel’s targeted killing campaign, which has shaped the Israeli nation, the Middle East, and the entire world. “A remarkable feat of fearless and responsible reporting . . . important, timely, and informative.”—John le Carré

Security Sector Reform and Post-conflict Peacebuilding

Security Sector Reform and Post-conflict Peacebuilding
  • Author : Albrecht Schnabel,Hans-Georg Ehrhart
  • Publisher : United Nations Univ
  • Pages : 356
  • Relase : 2005
  • ISBN : UOM:39015063222106

Security Sector Reform and Post-conflict Peacebuilding Book Review:

Military and police forces play a crucial role in the long-term success of rebuilding efforts in post-conflict societies. Yet, while charged with the long-term task of providing a security environment conducive to rebuilding war-torn societies, internal security structures tend to lack civilian and democratic control, internal cohesion and effectiveness, and public credibility. They must be placed under democratic control and restructured and retrained to become an asset, not a liability, in the long-term peacebuilding process. External actors from other nations, regional organizations, and the United Nations can be of assistance in this process by creating a basic security environment, preventing remnants of armed groups from spoiling the fragile peacebuilding process, and by facilitating reform of the local security sector. This book offers examples and analyses by an international group of academics and practitioners with direct experiences with security sector reform programs. The case studies offer the reader a useful laboratory in which comparisons can be made and observations tested. It will be useful to policymakers interested in understanding the complexity of addressing security sector reform and civil-military relations.--W. Andy Knight, University of Alberta, Canada.

The 71F Advantage

The 71F Advantage
  • Author : National Defense University Press
  • Publisher : NDU Press
  • Pages : 548
  • Relase : 2010-09-01
  • ISBN : 9781907521652

The 71F Advantage Book Review:

Includes a foreword by Major General David A. Rubenstein. From the editor: "71F, or "71 Foxtrot," is the AOC (area of concentration) code assigned by the U.S. Army to the specialty of Research Psychology. Qualifying as an Army research psychologist requires, first of all, a Ph.D. from a research (not clinical) intensive graduate psychology program. Due to their advanced education, research psychologists receive a direct commission as Army officers in the Medical Service Corps at the rank of captain. In terms of numbers, the 71F AOC is a small one, with only 25 to 30 officers serving in any given year. However, the 71F impact is much bigger than this small cadre suggests. Army research psychologists apply their extensive training and expertise in the science of psychology and social behavior toward understanding, preserving, and enhancing the health, well being, morale, and performance of Soldiers and military families. As is clear throughout the pages of this book, they do this in many ways and in many areas, but always with a scientific approach. This is the 71F advantage: applying the science of psychology to understand the human dimension, and developing programs, policies, and products to benefit the person in military operations. This book grew out of the April 2008 biennial conference of U.S. Army Research Psychologists, held in Bethesda, Maryland. This meeting was to be my last as Consultant to the Surgeon General for Research Psychology, and I thought it would be a good idea to publish proceedings, which had not been done before. As Consultant, I'd often wished for such a document to help explain to people what it is that Army Research Psychologists "do for a living." In addition to our core group of 71Fs, at the Bethesda 2008 meeting we had several brand-new members, and a number of distinguished retirees, the "grey-beards" of the 71F clan. Together with longtime 71F colleagues Ross Pastel and Mark Vaitkus, I also saw an unusual opportunity to capture some of the history of the Army Research Psychology specialty while providing a representative sample of current 71F research and activities. It seemed to us especially important to do this at a time when the operational demands on the Army and the total force were reaching unprecedented levels, with no sign of easing, and with the Army in turn relying more heavily on research psychology to inform its programs for protecting the health, well being, and performance of Soldiers and their families."

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel)

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel)
  • Author : Suzanne Collins
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Pages : 528
  • Relase : 2020-05-19
  • ISBN : 9781338635188

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) Book Review:

Ambition will fuel him. Competition will drive him. But power has its price. It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. The odds are against him. He's been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined - every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute . . . and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

Crusade

Crusade
  • Author : Glynn Stewart
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 506
  • Relase : 2019-12-10
  • ISBN : 1988035945

Crusade Book Review:

A newborn Alliance, forged to stop the destroyers of worlds A potential ally, with secrets hidden by a thousand lies A long-doomed star, whose ruins hold a vital answer Isaac Lestroud, Admiral of the Exilium Space Fleet, has spent the last three years working with Ambassador Amelie Lestroud to build an alliance against the Rogue Matrices, AIs bent on converting every world into a paradise--regardless of whether anyone lives on it. As Isaac hunts the Rogue that destroyed one of their allies' homeworlds, Amelie begins negotiations with a potential new ally that could tip the balance. The Governance is a power to rival the human homeworlds the Lestrouds were exiled from--but like those homeworlds, not all is as it seems. And far from the war, Octavio Catalan leads an expedition into the shattered wreckage of the home system of the Matrices' builders. Among those dead worlds, he hopes to find the answer to the question that haunts the survivors of that race: why did their AIs go genocidally insane?

Searching for Normal in the Wake of the Liberian War

Searching for Normal in the Wake of the Liberian War
  • Author : Sharon Alane Abramowitz
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Pages : 280
  • Relase : 2014-07-03
  • ISBN : 9780812209938

Searching for Normal in the Wake of the Liberian War Book Review:

At the end of Liberia's thirteen-year civil war, the devastated population struggled to rebuild their country and come to terms with their experiences of violence. During the first decade of postwar reconstruction, hundreds of humanitarian organizations created programs that were intended to heal trauma, prevent gendered violence, rehabilitate former soldiers, and provide psychosocial care to the transitioning populace. But the implementation of these programs was not always suited to the specific mental health needs of the population or easily reconciled with the broader aims of reconstruction and humanitarian peacekeeping, and psychiatric treatment was sometimes ignored or unevenly integrated into postconflict humanitarian health care delivery. Searching for Normal in the Wake of the Liberian War explores the human experience of the massive apparatus of trauma-healing and psychosocial interventions during the first five years of postwar reconstruction. Sharon Alane Abramowitz draws on extensive fieldwork among the government officials, humanitarian leaders, and an often-overlooked population of Liberian NGO employees to examine the structure and impact of the mental health care interventions, in particular the ways they were promised to work with peacekeeping and reconstruction, and how the reach and effectiveness of these promises can be measured. From this courageous ethnography emerges a geography of trauma and the ways it shapes the lives of those who give and receive care in postwar Liberia.

The Human in Command

The Human in Command
  • Author : Carol McCann,Ross Pigeau
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Pages : 441
  • Relase : 2012-12-06
  • ISBN : 9781461542292

The Human in Command Book Review:

This book brings together experienced military leaders and researchers in the human sciences to offer current operational experience and scientific thought on the issue of military command, with the intention of raising awareness of the uniquely human aspects of military command. It includes chapters on the personal experiences of senior commanders, new concepts and treatises on command theory, and empirical findings from experimental studies in the field.

Canada and Missions for Peace

Canada and Missions for Peace
  • Author : International Development Research Centre (Canada)
  • Publisher : International Development Research
  • Pages : 168
  • Relase : 1998
  • ISBN : UCBK:C097168538

Canada and Missions for Peace Book Review:

Canada and Missions for Peace: Lessons from Nicaragua, Cambodia and Somalia

UnArcana Stars

UnArcana Stars
  • Author : Glynn Stewart
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 358
  • Relase : 2018-12-10
  • ISBN : 1988035406

UnArcana Stars Book Review:

A humanitarian mission into unfriendly stars A training cruise under the watch of a fortified fleet base The closing jaws of a trap years in the making

HIV/AIDS and the Security Sector in Africa

HIV/AIDS and the Security Sector in Africa
  • Author : Obijiofor Aginam,Martin Revai Rupiya
  • Publisher : United Nations Univ
  • Pages : 300
  • Relase : 2012
  • ISBN : UCSD:31822039597083

HIV/AIDS and the Security Sector in Africa Book Review:

Throughout history, communicable diseases have devastated armies and weakened the capacity of state institutions to perform core security functions. Today, the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa has prompted many of the affected countries to initiate policies aimed at addressing its impact on their armed forces, police, and prisons. This volume explores the dynamics of how the security sectors of selected African states have responded to the complex and multifaceted challenges of HIV/AIDS. Current and impending African HIV/AIDS policies address a range of security-related issues: - The role of peacekeepers in the spread or control of HIV - The dilemma of public health (the need to control HIV) versus human rights (protection against mandatory medical testing) needs - The gender dimensions of HIV in the armed forces - The impact of HIV on the police and prisons The chapters in HIV/AIDS and the Security Sector in Africa are written by African practitioners, including commissioned officers who are currently serving in the armed forces, medical officers and nurses working in the military, and African policy and academic experts. While the book does not comprehensively address all aspects of the impact of HIV/AIDS on the security sector, the contributors nonetheless highlight the potentials and limits of existing policies.