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Beginners Guide to Limit Texas Hold'em
Beginners Guide to Limit Texas Hold'em
Author: Byron Jacobs
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/16/2012


I haven't finished the book, but I have an impression now that I am half-way through. It's an excellent book for beginners. Most of the material is geared toward getting a beginner to be able to gain Hold'em expertise by analyzing many dozens of displayed hand and board cards. Hold'em hand and board cards are analyzed and then exercises are given for the reader. The answers to the exercises are given in the back of the book with detailed explanations. Too bad that the pages are filled with illustrations of cards that are not in color. It makes it a little harder to recognize different card suits in black and white. The practice would be better with the more realistic red diamonds and hearts. Also, there's no index in the back of the book. Nor is there a glossary of hold'em terms. So, it's not a great reference book. This book is easy to understand for beginners and the chapters are well designed to take the ready from beginner concepts to intermediate ones. Doing, and perhaps redoing, all the exercises should allow the reader to absorb the material.


Pujols: More Than the Game
Pujols: More Than the Game
Author: Scott Lamb, Tim Ellsworth
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/27/2011


Book comes without a dust jacket. Otherwise, it's in excellent condition. Please read the reviews on Amazon if you're not familiar with what to expect when reading this book. It's somewhat spiritual and perhaps most appropriate for believing Christians.


Shanghai Diary: A Young Girl's Journey from Hitler's Hate to War-Torn China
Review Date: 10/15/2014


It was better than I expected. This book, although supposedly giving the experiences of a young girl, seemed to really be more of an adult's subsequent recollections and understandings to some extent based on information that became available after the described events occurred. It seemed a little far-fetched that one of the Jewish underground young men was so prescient about what was and would be going on in the war in the near future. Notwithstanding, I did feel like I was living the young lady's experiences in this terrible time. Sometimes, things dragged a bit because of the monotonous life the Jews were forced to live in Shanghai.


The Unlikely Spy
The Unlikely Spy
Author: Daniel Silva
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/12/2012


I liked this book for a couple of reasons. I'm a history buff, so there was a lot to learn in this book about the pre-D-Day WW II activities in Europe. However, the main protagonists in this novel were fictional people. Also, Daniel Silva is very good at writing action packed spy novels. Some of his main characters can be vicious and aggressive. Silva creates some very detailed graphic violence action (in your mind's eye), that can grab your attention by shocking you. Also, there are sympathetic characters on both the Allies and Axis sides of this WW II spy thriller. The plot is filled with complexities (eg. spies and counter-spies) and some revelations thrown in at the very end of the story. Caution, some of the action, especially near the end of the novel, may not be totally believable. Each of Silva's novels seem like they would make a great TV spy adventure mini-series. Maybe that's why Silva is such a popular author.


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