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The King's Buccaneer

The King's Buccaneer is a fantasy novel by American writer Raymond E. Feist, it is the second book of the Krondor's Sons series and was published in 1992. It was preceded by Prince of the Blood, published in 1989. Nicholas, third son of Prince Arutha of Krondor and his squire Harry are sent north to Crydee to learn more about life outside the palace walls. Not long after their arrival in Crydee, the town is attacked by unknown forces; the castle is ruined, many people slaughtered, two noblewomen are among those abducted. The survivors discover that the invaders have come from the Sunset Islands, a stronghold of cut-throats, have gathered to make war on the Kingdom of the Isles, but this is more than simple raids with the cut-throats serving a dark force threatening to end the entire world of Midkemia, something which Nicholas must confront. Nicholas, as third son, is third in the line of succession of the Kingdom of the Isles. However, due to his gentle nature and a deformity, an underdeveloped left foot, his father, Prince Arutha, decides that Nicholas would benefit from a rougher lifestyle than he is used to in Krondor.

Arutha sends Nicholas to stay with Martin, Duke of Crydee, Warden of the West, brother to Arutha and King Lyam. Nicholas is to learn what life is like outside the comforts he is used to as son of the Prince of Krondor, Arutha deems that the distant town of Crydee, though twice the size of when he was a prince there, is rough enough living to make Nicholas learn to think for himself. Nicholas is accompanied by his faithful squire and friend Harry, sails on the Royal Eagle, captained by Admiral Amos Trask, to the small town of Crydee. While there, the boys become friends with two girls of the court, Martin's daughter Margaret, Abigal, daughter of the Baron of Carse. However, after about a month, Crydee is attacked, along with the other coastal towns of Carse and Tulan, by a well-organized army of pirates, hired Tsurani assassins, Durbin slavers. All three towns are destroyed, many are taken prisoner during the attack, including Margaret and Abigail. With Martin injured in an accident following the attack, Nicholas vows to rescue the prisoners and takes command.

He is accompanied by Trask, Martin's son Marcus, son of Tomas and elf queen Aglaranna, the magicians Nakor and Anthony, Ghuda the mercenary, a company of sailors and soldiers of the Kingdom that survived the attacks. They sail to the island city of Freeport, where Nicholas kills his first man, a pirate named Render, involved in the attack. Through the encounter with Render, with the help of a girl thief named Brisa, they learn that the captives were taken on a giant ship to the southwest, across the Endless Sea; the crew of the Royal Eagle, now disguised to hide its origin and renamed the Raptor, follows the captives across the sea with guidance from Anthony, who can sense the whereabouts of Margaret. After two months at sea, they nearly overtake the slave ship, but through magic are first becalmed and sunk; the survivors wash up on the shore of the unfamiliar continent of Novindus. The crew first must find a way up the cliffs that surround the northeastern edge of Novindus before they starve.

After a few days, Calis and Nicholas find a way up the cliffs, but their men are tired and hungry, many have died. At the top is an oasis, the last water to be seen for miles. After some deliberation, Nicholas decides to head southeast, in the direction the captives' ship was heading. After crossing the Hotlands and his company stumble upon a plot that appears to be intended to overthrow the Overlord of the City of the Serpent River. However, it turns out that the Overlord is a pawn of the wizard Dahakon and the Lady Clovis, who in turn are in league with the Pantathian Serpent Priests. After some time, Nicholas gains the trust of one of the clans of the City, Calis learns of the whereabouts of the prisoners, Nakor is able to learn more about the Overlord and Lady Clovis; when Nicholas's men infiltrate the compound where the prisoners are being held, Anthony makes a terrible discovery: the Pantathians have devised a plague that will kill over half of the people in the Kingdom, throwing it into turmoil, allowing them to reach the Lifestone below Sethanon and accomplish their master plan which will destroy Midkemia.

The Pantathians have made copies of the Kingdom prisoners, which are infected with the plague and are to be returned on nearly perfect replicas of two Kingdom ships, including the Royal Eagle. Nicholas and his allies, both those from Crydee and those that joined during their time in Novindus, manage to free the prisoners, capture the copy of the Eagle, begin the journey home following its sister ship, a replica of the Royal Gull; as Trask is wounded during the capture of the Eagle, Nicholas takes command, despite his relative inexperience at sea. After trailing the Gull for the long journey back to the Kingdom and his crew engage the ship in battle, burning it and sinking it to destroy the plague-carrying copies. During the battle, a bireme driven by the wizard Dahakon appears, when all attempts to defeat him fail, Anthony summons the magician Pug, who appears riding the great dragon Ryana and destroys the evil necromancer and his ship and crew of undead minions. Nicholas returns home with his crew to a heroes' welcome, having saved the Kingdom from destruction, proven his worth as Prince as well

Cold Granite

Cold Granite is the debut novel written by Stuart MacBride. It features Detective Sergeant Logan McRae as its central character, who works for Grampian Police in Aberdeen, Scotland. Logan McRae went on to feature in a series of books, it is Logan McRae's first week back after being on sick leave for a year. Someone is kidnapping children, mutilating them afterwards; the local paper screams about police incompetence and is gunning for McRae's boss, Detective Inspector David Insch. McRae discovers that someone is leaking the stories to a journalist, Colin Miller, who inadvertently disrupts Grampian Polices' plans to apprehend the killer by revealing their plan to wait out in a secluded location which the killer thinks is safe. McRae discovers that Miller's source is none other than his ex-girlfriend, Isobel McAlister, the police pathologist, now living with Miller and tells him about her day to unwind. Meanwhile, the local council worker who removes all the dead animals from the roads is found to have a dead girl in his tip and another dead girl is discovered on the local rubbish dump.

The book earned MacBride a Barry Award for Best First Novel. Matthew Lewin, writing in The Guardian, described the book as "Tartan Noir", laced with gallows humour but that the author just can't pull off, he said that the book left him with tears of boredom. Susan Manfield, writing in The Scotsman, said that

Judy Stakee

Judy Stakee is a veteran executive music publisher, artist mentor and speaker based in Los Angeles, California. She is known for signing and developing artists including Katy Perry, Sheryl Crow, Gavin DeGraw, Joy Williams, John Shanks, she was the Senior Vice-President of Creative at Warner Chappell Music from 1989 to 2009. She is the founder of The Judy Stakee Company, an artist development company based in Los Angeles. Judy started her professional career at Arista Music Publishing Group, in 1979, as assistant to the president of the company, Billy Meshel. By 1985, she was the General Professional Manager at the company and marketing the songwriters and their catalogs, she worked with artists such as Dolly Parton, Barry Manilow, The Forester Sisters. In the year 1985, Judy pitched the song Don't Call It Love, by Dean Pitchford and Tom Snow, to Dolly Parton's producer, she represented Dean's portion of the song. The song went on to win BMI's Most Performed Country Song in 1986. At the same award show a single honored for one of the fifty most performed country songs of the year, Just in Case by the Forester Sisters, was one of the four songs that allowed songwriters Sonny LeMaire and J.

P. Pennington to share the BMI Writer of the Year Award. Judy joined Screen Gems Music Publishing in 1985 where she worked with prominent songwriters such as Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, she signed and developed the artists and songwriters like Scott Cutler, Jennifer Kimball and Rick Nowels. In 1989, Judy started working at Warner Chappell Music as Senior Vice President of Creative where she spent 20 years and managing artists and songwriters. Judy developed singer-songwriters early in their careers including Sheryl Crow, Katy Perry, Gavin DeGraw, Michelle Branch, Joy Williams, For King & Country, Kellie Coffey and Lucy Woodward, she was in charge of the majority of pop staff songwriters in Los Angeles and developed writers in Nashville, New York and internationally. She worked with writers including Jamie Houston, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Shaun Shankel, Ben Glover, Dillon O'Brian, Kevin Kadish, John Shanks, Franne Golde, Kasia Livingston, Tim James, Robbie Nevil, Matthew Gerrard, Scott Cutler and Anne Preven.

Judy founded an artist development company, The Judy Stakee Company, in 2009, in Los Angeles, California. She manages producer-writer Jordan Richman who produced and co-wrote Boomerang by JoJo Siwa in 2015, she is the producer of an ongoing video series called Door to Door where she interviews successful songwriters. Notable interviews include Bonnie Tyler, John Shanks, David Hodges. Judy authored the book The Songwriter's Survival Guide, nominated for INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award in 2015

Ben Pomeroy

Ben Pomeroy is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Saint-Esteve XIII Catalan in the Elite One Championship. He has played for Cambridge Park RLFC in the Penrith district went on to play in the National Rugby League for Australian clubs, the Penrith Panthers and the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, in the Super League for the Catalans Dragons and FC Lezignan in the Elite One Championship, his usual position is as a centre. Pomeroy was born in Australia. Pomeroy made his first grade debut for Penrith of the 2004 NRL season. After only sporadic NRL appearances for Penrith, Pomeroy signed with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in 2006. A serious groin injury that year limited his appearances on the field for Cronulla to eight games. In 2007, he became a regular at centre in the run-on side and scored his first hat-trick of tries in Round 6. In the 2008 NRL season, Pomeroy played 26 games for Cronulla as the club reached the preliminary final against Melbourne but were defeated 28-0 at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Pomeroy played with Cronulla up until the end of the 2013 NRL season. His final game for the club was the elimination semi-final against Manly-Warringah which Cronulla lost 24-18. Pomeroy was regarded at the club for being one of the most consistent players during Cronulla's poor run of form from 2009 - 2012, it is agreed that he was unfortunate on not receiving a call up for the Blues due to his utility value. Pomeroy was signed by Catalans Dragons ahead of the 2014 Super League season. In 2015, he was sent off in two consecutive home games against St. Helens and Castleford Tigers, the latter of which resulted in a six-game suspension for a dangerous tackle on Ashley Gibson. Pomeroy was one of seventeen Cronulla-Sutherland players found guilty of using illegal substances under the club's 2011 supplements program, having a twelve-month suspension recorded against his name. Pomeroy was selected on the bench for City Origin in 2007 and was named in the City side in 2008; this same year, his successful season was rewarded with selection in the Prime Minister's XIII side to play the Papua New Guinea Kumuls.

Pomeroy was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm after punching a fellow concert-goer in the face during a performance by American rock band Korn at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on 20 April 2008. The charges were dismissed due to a lack of evidence. First Grade Debut: 2004 - Round 21, Penrith vs Canterbury-Bankstown at Telstra Stadium, 30 July First Hat-trick: 2007 - Round 6, Cronulla-Sutherland vs Canberra Raiders at Canberra Stadium, 21 April, scoring three tries in a fourteen-minute period Representative Selection: 2007 - City vs Country at Coffs Harbour, 3 May Official player profile NRL player profile

David Blumenthal

For the professional basketball player known as David Bluthenthal, see David Blu. David Blumenthal is an academic physician and health care policy expert, best known as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the period 2009-2011 during early implementation of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act provisions on "meaningful use". Blumenthal was born in Brooklyn, the son of Jane M. and Martin A. Blumenthal, the president of a commodities trading firm, his mother was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to a Jewish family that originated in Prussia and Baden, his father was a Jewish immigrant from Frankfurt, Germany. Blumenthal received his B. A. from Harvard College, his M. D. from Harvard Medical School, his M. P. P. from Harvard Kennedy School. His internship and residency were at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1975 to 1980. Blumenthal was associate physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and associate physician at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1991, physician from 1997.

Blumenthal was a lecturer of health policy at the Kennedy School of Government from 1980 to 1987. He was an instructor professor, of medicine, social medicine and health policy, of health care policy at the Harvard Medical School from 1980 and a lecturer on health services, health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health from 1983. Blumenthal was a professional staff member to the U. S. Senate Committee on Human Resources health and scientific research subcommittee in 1977 to 1979, he became chief of the Health Policy Research and Development Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1991 and director of the Institute for Health Policy for the Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners HealthCare System in 1988. From 2002, he was national correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine. During the U. S. presidential campaign in 1987-1988, Blumenthal was chief health advisor to the Dukakis campaign. Twenty years in 2008, he was senior health adviser to the Obama campaign.

On March 20, 2009, President Obama appointed Blumenthal to be the National Health Information Technology Coordinator, just a month after the enactment of a federal stimulus package that included about $19 billion in incentives, by Medicare and Medicaid, for the adoption of electronic health records. Blumenthal's charge was to set enabling policy for a nationwide health information system and to support widespread meaningful use of health information technology. By many reports, he succeeded in putting in place one of the largest publicly funded infrastructure investments the US made in such a short time period, in any field. In 2010, he was named by Modern Healthcare as the most influential physician executive in the U. S. In February 2011, Blumenthal announced that he would leave the post of National Coordinator that spring. David Blumenthal married Ellen Gravitz Blumenthal on August 9, 1970, they have two children. Blumenthal's older brother, Richard, is a United States Senator from Connecticut.

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