Pixelscroll Daily Deals for Sunday, 11/04/2012
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Circle of Six: The True Story of New York’s Most Notorious Cop Killer and The Cop Who Risked Everything to Catch Him by Randy Jurgensen, Robert Cea
Genre(s): Nonfiction, True Crime, True Accounts, Serial Killers, Biographies & Memoirs
ircle of Six is the true story of what is perhaps the most notorious case in the history of the New York Police Department. It details Randy Jurgensen’s determined effort to bring to justice the murderer of Patrolman Phillip Cardillo.
Cardillo was shot and killed inside Harlem’s Mosque #7 in 1972, in the midst of an all-out assault on the NYPD from the Black Liberation Army. The New York of this era was a place not unlike the Wild West, in which cops and criminals shot it out on a daily basis.
Despite the mayhem on the streets and the Machiavellian corridors of Mayor Lindsay’s City Hall, Detective Jurgensen single-handedly took on the Black Liberation Army, the Nation of Islam, NYPD brass, and City Hall, capturing Cardillo’s killer, Lewis 17X Dupree. He broke the case with an unlikely accomplice, Foster 2X Thomas, a member of the Nation of Islam who became Jurgensen’s witness. The relationship they formed during the time before trial gave each of the two men a greater perspective of the two sides in the street war and changed them forever. In the end, Jurgensen had to settle for a conviction on other charges, and Dupree served a number of years. The murder case is still officially unsolved. In 2006 the NYPD re-opened the case, and it is once again an active investigation with full media attention.
The book has received acclaim from current New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, as well as former Commissioner William Bratton.
Randy Jurgensen’s co-author is Robert Cea (No Lights, No Sirens), also a former NYPD detective.
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Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes
Genre(s): Children’s eBooks
ohnny Tremain, winner of the 1943 Newbery Medal, is one of the finest historical novels ever written for children. As compelling today as it was fifty years ago, to read this riveting novel is to live through the defining events leading up to the American Revolutionary War. Fourteen-year old Johnny Tremain, an apprentice silversmith with a bright future ahead of him, injures his hand in a tragic accident, forcing him to look for other work. In his new job as a horse-boy, riding for the patriotic newspaper, the Boston Observer, and as a messenger for the Sons of Liberty, he encounters John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Dr. Joseph Warren. Soon Johnny is involved in the pivotal events shaping the American Revolution from the Boston Tea Party to the first shots fired at Lexington. Powerful illustrations by American artist Michael McCurdy, bring to life Esther Forbes’ quintessential novel of the American Revolution.
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ew! Topple Drop now has a total of 90 levels (50 new ones)!
Use your noggin’ deleting blue cubes and purple-blue platforms to topple the red one-eyed monsters from platforms without toppling the green cubes. Sound easy? It is at first, but then it gets more challenging. Topple Drop features challenging physics-based puzzles adding up to lots of fun for all ages.
*Note: The previous 40 levels are mixed in among the 90 as required to spread the challenges evenly.
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The Outsiders [+digital booklet] by Needtobreathe
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative Rock
From an Amazon Top Reviewer:
hings are about to get a lot bigger for the guys from Needtobreathe. They successfully avoided the dreaded “sophomore slump” with their stellar, Dove-award-nominated album, The Heat, back in 2007. Songs from that album appeared in movies, TV shows, and even on ESPN. Now, their third studio release, The Outsiders, showcases a band that has found its identity: outsiders who don’t fit neatly into anyone’s boxes, but can connect with most. Masterfully blending earnest lyrics with elements of southern rock and a modern rock sound all their own, Needtobreathe has produced easily their finest work to date, and possibly the best rock record of the year thus far.
Fans of The Heat will recognize all the stylistic components that made that record fantastic, but production, musicianship, and song-writing have all improved here, the result being an extremely professional-sounding record that doesn’t lose the gritty, southern rock feel. The album leads off with the title track, and the acoustic-driven “Valley of Tomorrow,” both of which would have fit right in on The Heat.
“Through Smoke” follows and shows the improved and diverse song-writing skills of the band. Pounding drums, along with subtle guitars and piano support the glorious vocals of Bear Rinehart as he sings of seeing truth through confusion and doubt. Rinehart has one of the best rock voices I’ve ever heard, and his voice sounds spectacular here. The crescendo, with group vocals and even a harmonica, is simply beautiful and leads right into the current single, “Lay `Em Down.” This is straight-up southern rock, hand claps and foot stomps included.
The album hits its stride then slows things down with “Stones Under Rushing Water,” as Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins joins Rinehart on a gorgeous acoustic-based song about longing for the past (Note: the deluxe version includes a video of a live acoustic version of this song and makes the deluxe version completely worth it). Rinehart’s voice shines throughout the album, but even more so in this stripped down tune. The lush harmonies evoke powerful emotion and again showcase the amazing song-writing on The Outsiders.
There is honestly not a weak track on this 14-song album. Other highlights include “Prisoner,” which could be off a CCR or Skynyrd album with its straight southern rock and smoking guitar solo, and “Girl Named Tennessee,” an up-tempo, piano riff-driven gem. Just try to listen to either of these songs without tapping a toe or bobbing your head. “Garden” beautifully paints a picture of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the album closes with “Let Us Love,” which possesses one of the most beautiful verse structures I’ve heard. Subtle guitar picking and piano build to a driving, group-sung chorus.
The Outsiders is an interesting title for this collection. Without trying to be everything to everyone, Needtobreathe have refused to adhere to any kind of sacred/secular label for their music, choosing instead to let the music speak for itself. They’re not preaching, but they don’t hide the worldview from which the music springs.
Obvious spiritual aspects are present in the lyrics, and the music itself connects with the soul at times, but this is simply solid music that reflects the artists who produced it. It will connect with believers and cynics alike, taking each of them on a beautiful musical journey. Needtobreathe may still feel like outsiders, but this album is sure to convince many to let them in to stay.
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