The unique team-ups of man and machine return in Titanfall 2. Become a pilot of a massive Titan, a powerful mech equipped for many ways of laying waste on your enemies. Learn about the world in a solid singleplayer campaign and test yourself against other players in several engaging multiplayer modes. The fate of interstellar conflict rests in your and your mech's hands.Fast and three-dimensional Pilot gameplayWith the addition of the grappling hook and Phase Shift abilities to your Pilot's potential loadout, the traversal and mobility reach a never before seen level. Phase Shift helps you backstab enemies. Grappling hook will have you swing around the maps, drag your enemies closer for a bullet in the face, or help you rodeo enemy titans in a revamped Titan takedown system. With jump-packs and wall running coming back from Titanfall 1, playing as a Pilot is an acrobatic and graceful dance of death.Brand new TitansTitanfall 2 features six new freshly manufactured titans with diverse abilities. From fire-spitting Scorch able to create walls of fire and flaming shields to sword-wielding Ronin able to phase across the battlefield, the mechs of Titanfall 2 have something for everyone. Fans of mobile snipers will enjoy Northstar, while heavy weapon enthusiasts will find Legion's Gatling-like Predator Cannon a blast. Every Titan has four active abilities to use at any time.Full singleplayer campaignThe conflict between Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation and the Militia gets personal. Play as rifleman Jack Cooper, a regular soldier who is suddenly granted a veteran Vanguard Class BT-7274 Titan, BT for friends. See them progress through a hostile world, sharing war stories, interacting, and building a connection, the nature of which you will determine with the help of a dialogue system. Experience what the developers call "a vision of grand global colonial warfare, retelling the story of the American Revolution and the American Civil War in space".Futuristic gadgets enrich Titanfall 2 gameplayIn Titanfall 2 (PC) the Pilots have some interesting and devastating technology to play with even outside of their Titans. From a Firestar igniting the enemies it hits, to a game-changing Gravity Star which creates a sphere of increased gravity pulling in Pilots and letting you shoot them at your leisure. Use cloaking systems, deployable particle shields or enemy-detecting pulse blades and define your playstyle.Three new multiplayer modesTitanfall 2 multiplayer introduces three modes new to the franchise. Bounty Hunt gives random objective to both teams, focused about hunting AI grunts, rogue Titans or enemy pilots to gather money rewards. But be careful, dying before putting the cash in the bank takes half the money from you! Pilot vs Pilot takes the Titans out of equation letting the Pilots duke it out between themselves. Finally Amped Hardpoint is a domination mode, where you can capture the same point twice for double points!
Since men and women in battle not only face the prospect of their own deaths but also must fashion a moral rationale for killing, the battlefield is often a place of tremendous religious transformation. Do men and women at war revert to the faith of their youth or do they gravitate to the spirituality around them? Do they lose all faith in the face of horror, or do they piece together an informal faith that simply gets them through the fight? Are they better warriors and do they experience less post-traumatic stress if they believe their war is righteous and that they are agents of good? These are the questions Stephen Mansfield addresses in The Faith of the American Soldier. The book opens with the core question which lies at the heart of the matter: what happens religiously to America's warriors when they go to battle, and what impact does this have on the nation's conduct of war? Mansfield surveys America's wars from a theological perspective in order to understand the theological framing and religious rationale for each, where they came from, and what effect they had on behavior on the battlefield. Mansfield examines the religious nature of the warrior ethic today. There is a new generation on the battlefield now, one raised with less religious training and less connection to history than any that has come before. Soldiers are left to their own religious choices to frame their moral perspectives on war, on killing, and on the possibility of death. Mansfield explores these choices through the lens of his deep respect for the military - he comes from a long line of U.S. Army officers - and from his background as a Ph.D. in American history, and his more than 20 years' experience as a pastor. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Phil Gigante. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/001123/bk_brll_001123_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The word avant-garde, so much used in connection with the various manifestations of contemporary art, is starting to have a strange, ironic ring to it. One might even claim that it is starting to signify what is behind the times, rather than in front of them.Like all such terms, it is in fact a metaphor, rather than a direct description. Borrowed from old-fashioned military terminology, it seeks to describe a situation where social norms are being perpetually challenged by artists. In the military sphere, where it originated, it is long out of use. Armies no longer marshal themselves in regular formations of the battlefield. There is now no recognized grammar of warfare - any more than (come to think of it) there is a recognized grammar of art. The mantra now is: "It’s art because I say it’s art!" In these circumstances, it is increasingly difficult to define what is positioned ahead of what - who is at the head of the column and who is near he tail end of it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Wynters. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/109184/bk_acx0_109184_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Voices and stories of veterans and their families and care providers reveal what is necessary for post-war healing. This book argues that the elements that contribute to healing war trauma - including safety, connection, community, dialogue, mutual respect, diversity, and compassion - can help build a stronger nation. But this message comes with a warning and a challenge not just for caregivers, veterans service organizations, governmental departments, Congress, and the White House, but for all Americans. War creates incalculable suffering - not only among those on the front lines, but also among those left behind. For every soldier killed or injured on the battlefield, countless others are affected - particularly relatives and friends - often in isolation and silence. As a nation, the US must do everything it can to repair the injuries caused by war, whether physical, emotional, or moral, both for those who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, and for the country itself. Only after the nation provides the top-quality care our veterans have earned will we be able to begin to end our reliance on war and truly build a durable peace. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rich MIller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/065473/bk_acx0_065473_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
ABOUT THIS GAMEPhantom Doctrine is a strategic turn-based espionage thriller set at the peak of the Cold War. Drawing on a wide variety of influences and capturing the subtle intrigue of classic spy films, the game thrust the player into a mysterious world of covert operations, counterintelligence, conspiracy and paranoia. As leader of a secret organization known only as The Cabal, you are charged with preventing a global conspiracy that seeks to pit leader against leader, and nation against nation. By carrying out secret missions, investigating classified files, and interrogating enemy agents, a sinister plot is uncovered. With the clock ticking, it must be thwarted in order to save the world from an unthinkable fate. Features A Deep Single Player Story Campaign: the 40+ hour Single player campaign mode features a rich gripping plot woven with numerous historical events and characters to bring the terrifying reality of the Cold War to life from a unique perspective.Next-generation turn-based combat: offers unprecedented flexibility of movement and actions, including variable Overwatch modes and assault-oriented Breach ability.Expanded battlefield: assets can be positioned around the world, enabling you to call for assistance in the heat of battle. But the enemy can also bring in reinforcements, including heavy weapons and even air support. Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.Knowledge is power: Improve your chances of success by infiltrating mission locations with undercover operatives. Attempt to stay one step ahead of enemy agents, who are also preparing to spring their own devious traps. Lurk in the shadows with fully-fledged stealth gameplay: Clandestine operations can be completed with muffled weapons, silent takedowns and cutting edge Cold War technology.Take charge of the crucial counterintelligence operation: Recruit from both the KGB and the CIA, the criminal fraternity, or even utilise the unique talents of subjects of secret government experiments. Weapons, resources and contacts can be secured around the globe, enabling you to command from afar. But if the situation requires a hands-on approach, you will be locked, loaded and ready to fight.Innovative Investigation Board: Utilizing a classic pinboard and string approach, the Investigation Board is the hub from where cases, locations and individuals can be researched to reveal new missions, resources and technologies. In Phantom Doctrine, investigation and intel is an active and vital element of success. Multiplayer Battles: lose friends and make new enemies in ruthless online multiplayer matches. Experience the deviousness and lethality of Phantom Doctrine in accessible 1v1 skirmishes.Utilize ruthless Technology: New capabilities can either be stolen from the enemy or researched, and then ruthlessly used to your advantage. Often experimental and morally dubious, brainwashing, interrogation, body engineering and chemical enhancement are all fair game as you extract information by any means necessary.Fully customizable character creation: Operatives can be customized each time they need a new identity. Change their appearance, forge their documents, train them in the deadly arts and send them back into the field.Carefully Designed hand-crafted levels: Combining the best of both worlds: the quality of large, hand-designed maps and meticulous, smart design ensuring visual and gameplay variety. Travel the world of the 1980s in the grip of the Cold War on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Replayable modular campaign: a wide array of mechanics ensures markedly different playthroughs. A unique experience is guaranteed by randomly generated character names and backgrounds, algorithmically populated and adapted maps, and randomized intelligence snippets.A spy thriller from two different points of view: Play as either a former KGB counterintelligence operative or a renegade CIA wet work commando. Each has to come to terms with the truth and challenge the global conspiracy. Complete the campaign to be rewarded with an additional protagonist in Extended Playthrough.No mission is too big or too small: whether infiltrating a busy government facility to clinically assassinate a target, or mounting a full frontal assault on an enemy base. With optional objectives linked to a mission’s complexity, as well as loot and intelligence to collect, every decision has an impact.MATURE CONTENT DESCRIPTION The developers describe the content like this:This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS MINIMUM:Requires a 64-bit processor and operating systemOS: Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 / AMD Phenom II X4 965 or equivalentMemory: 6 GB RAMGraphics: GeForce GTX 550 Ti / Intel HD 620 / Radeon HD 5770DirectX: Version 11Storage: 35 GB available spaceAdditional Notes: Online connection required for Multiplayer
A widow scarred by love and loss.... After years spent following her husband as he fought against Napoleon's troops, Lady Lettie Hughes returns to London a widow to take her rightful place among the ton as the daughter of an earl. Her parents and friends expect her to enter the marriage market and secure the match she should have pursued in her debut season. But Lettie is not the same innocent girl she was before Waterloo. Nightmares of the battlefield plague her, and she doesn't see a place for herself in society anymore. A lord determined to save the woman he loves.... Daniel Greaves, the Duke of Linwood, is a man who knows rejection and loss. He's lived the last six years alone after the woman he was betrothed to cast him aside for another man. Instead of taking control of his title and lands, Daniel fell into a life a debauchery - gaming, women, and spirits. But now the woman who stole his future and left him hollow is back in London. When Lettie and Daniel are reunited, their connection burns as bright as it once did. But neither of them are the same people they were in their youth - they must trust one another to heal the wounds of their past to find a love that lasts forever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Marie Damman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/084633/bk_acx0_084633_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
She was King Arthur's healer, his love, the Faerie Queen destined to help him evoke peace throughout war-torn Britannia. And so, Avalon's brightest hope became human. Mortality proves a double-edged sword that dulls Morgen's memories, especially when fate separates her from Arthur at birth. Magical in every sense of the word, the newfound princess so irritates King Uther Pendragon that he imprisons her in a nunnery where she forgets her purpose - even her connection to Arthur. What can she have in common with a brother who instigates bloodshed every time he enters a battlefield? How can they share the same peaceful goals? Darkness clouds all perception until Merlin, a mysterious enchanter, captures Morgen's affections. This arch mage holds the key to uniting warrior and fairy, if he ignores the secret longings of his own heart. Passion and prophecy consume Morgen as she finds herself torn between two vastly different men while the battle for Britannia increases its fury. Set amidst the backdrop of King Arthur's turbulent rise to power, Morgen of Avalon: Dreamspell is the first in a series of romantic fantasy novels that introduces Arthur and Morgen as star crossed lovers - not the typical adversaries found in many Arthurian novels. Will their love be strong enough to override convention and free Britannia once and for all? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carol Weakland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/109135/bk_acx0_109135_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Atlas has long watched his friends and fellow warriors find their mates. He's heard all about how it's supposedly the most magical thing that can happen, how you feel complete and happy and whole, and he's tried not to be bitter over the fact that he still hasn't found his mate. It hasn't been for lack of trying, either. With his skill on the battlefield, he's highly sought after by the females of his kind and other kinds as well, but there has never been that spark. When he's chosen to accompany the princess of their people to Earth, he thinks nothing of it. It'll be a good distraction from things that aren't going the way he wants them to, if anything. Certainly he doesn't anticipate any kind of foul plot afoot with consequences that reach far beyond their own kind. He definitely doesn't expect to meet Katlyn Pierce, bartender by night, student by day, with her sharp eyes and sharper tongue. By the end of his escort duty, Atlas is honestly not sure which is more surprising: that he's fighting his own people to save a planet he barely understands or that he's fairly sure he's found the other half of his soul. But the princess isn't above exploiting his newfound connection, and Atlas just might find himself fighting to save his mate as well as the rest of the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rita Rush. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/063509/bk_acx0_063509_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On January 17, 1776, one week after Thomas Paine published his incendiary pamphlet "Common Sense", Connecticut minister Samuel Sherwood preached an equally patriotic sermon. "God Almighty, with all the powers of heaven, are on our side," Sherwood said, voicing a sacred justification for war that Americans would invoke repeatedly throughout the struggle for independence. In Sacred Scripture, Sacred War, James Byrd offers the first comprehensive analysis of how American revolutionaries defended their patriotic convictions through scripture. Byrd shows that the Bible was a key text of the American Revolution. Indeed, many colonists saw the Bible as primarily a book about war. They viewed God as not merely sanctioning violence but actively participating in combat, playing a decisive role on the battlefield. When war came, preachers and patriots alike turned to scripture not only for solace but for exhortations to fight. Such scripture helped amateur soldiers overcome their natural aversion to killing, conferred on those who died for the Revolution the halo of martyrdom, and gave Americans a sense of the divine providence of their cause. Many histories of the Revolution have noted the connection between religion and war, but Sacred Scripture, Sacred War is the first to provide a detailed analysis of specific biblical texts and how they were used, especially in making the patriotic case for war. Combing through more than 500 wartime sources, which include more than 17,000 biblical citations, Byrd shows precisely how the Bible shaped American war, and how war in turn shaped Americans' view of the Bible. Brilliantly researched and cogently argued, Sacred Scripture, Sacred War sheds new light on the American Revolution. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Runnette. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018783/bk_adbl_018783_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.