Unhappy with the election outcome, the Banker plots to kill the US president. It is the year 2028, and the terrorist group Guns Against Globalism attacks the Factual News Network headquarters owned by the corrupt media mogul Damien Vanderbilt. This attack sets a dangerous chain of events in motion. The attack leads to the idealistic independent presidential candidate Eva Moreno, coming in possession of damning evidence against the Banker, Pierre Beaumont, regarding the Hei Bai virus outbreak and the dangerous drug Reversogene that Pierre released in 2021. Pierre sets out to make Damien Vanderbilt the US president to save himself and he gets help from his co-conspirators; the Monocle Conspiracy, an underground group in possession of monocles holding the secrets of an ancient alien artificial intelligence. Meanwhile, the democratic president of China, Eileen Lu, is desperately trying to support Eva to bring down Pierre once and for all. In the end, who will win and who will lose in this dangerous game of chance?
When a new virus emerges, one man is set to change the future. The Australian agent Jared Pond is sent to investigate the rumours of a new Chinese bioweapon, the Hei Bai virus. During his assignment, Jared meets and falls in love with the Chinese civil rights activist Eileen Lu, the enemy of the CPOC. Together, Jared and Eileen try to uncover the dark secrets of the villainous dictator Chairman Jing Xi and his assistant Tzi Cheng. But who is Pierre Beaumont, and what is the connection between the spread of the virus and the World Bank's CEO?
After his daughter tries to kill him, the Banker sets out to steal an ancient artifact to bring his daughter back to life. The Banker and the Empath is the concluding part of the Banker Trilogy. In the year 2039, Pierre Beaumont is performing testing to determine which of his progeny to succeed him as the head of House Beaumont. The testing ends in a disaster, as Pierre’s favourite daughter, Delphine, snaps and murders his other children. Delphine's actions force Pierre to kill her in self-defence. To bring Delphine back to life, Pierre sets out to steal the primordial Zeto Crystal from the mysterious Sabina Hines. Meanwhile, Vladimir Kravchenko, is planning to usurp power from Pierre. Vladimir plans to use a new terrible technology, remote-controlled nerve-pain-amplifiers, to tyrannise humankind. To power his technology, he also needs to steal the Zeto Crystal from Sabina. In Australia, Jared Pond receives a mission that puts him on the path of the love of his life, Eileen Lu. Jared and Eileen escape Eileen’s crooked husband, and they travel to Mexico to stop Pierre’s associate Jesus Ortega from starting a civil war. In Indonesia, Elaine Orchard is preparing to start a war against Pierre and Vladimir to stop their villainy, and to save Martin Orchard who is enslaved by Vladimir’s nerve-pain-amplifiers. Who will survive the war to come, and will someone put an end to Pierre’s and Vladimir’s crimes against humanity?
This Anthology contains the following short stories: The Dinner at Darkwood Mansion Keila halts the Terran drug smugglers in the year 2869. Daydreaming in the shoe shop. The Escargot Conspiracy. How I met your mother (and almost got arrested for murder). The Snailkeeper at Lupusserra. The Cathedral Date. The Clinic Murders. The Golden Duck Dinner. The Escape from the Tang Emperor.
This anthology contains the following 10 short stories: The Dungeon Date: Geoffrey is seduced by a crazy beautiful woman who plans to kill him for his dodgy calls on the field. Fiona and the Red Dragon: A young girl dreams about dragons and how to make the different dragon races stop fighting each other, which has unintended consequences. The Robot Date: The clueless Geoffrey goes on a date with a robot, just to find out the truth when his robot date is hit by lightning. The Ladyboy Date.Geoffrey's ex-girlfriend set him up on a date, with ladyboy! The Matrix Date: Jasmine Xi convinces Geoffrey that the only to stop his cycle of terrible dates is to confront the author who runs the Martrix. Jared Pond and the Tajikistani Ram: Jared Pond is sent to Tajikistan to collect a ram for Scurry Morrissette. Unfortunately, the local dictator uses Jared as a pawn to infiltrate the opposition, and in the end, Jared is deported for refusing to have sex with the dictator's daughter. The Coming out of Dwayne Beesly: A flash fiction story about a man who is disowned by his Hollywood mother for coming out as straight. The Father Resurrection: After seeing her mother crying, Diah decides to travel back in time to stop her father from dying. However, changing timelines come with unforeseen consequences. The Champagne Incident. A cowardly fireman fails to save a burn victim due to his phobia of popping champagne cork. Or is there another dark secret behind his actions? Fiona and Ptolemaeus: Fiona uses her imagination to dream of ancient Egypt where she meets Ptolemaeus, the founder of the geocentric model for the universe.
After surviving the Rwandan genocide, Samantha sets out to avenge her family. This book follows the adolescent Samantha Nyamwasa as she travels through a war-torn Rwanda during the genocide of Tutsis in 1994. Samantha survives rape, genital mutilation, and the murder of her family. Despite all her ordeals, she stays strong and is determined to reach her goal, to murder Colonel Patrick Bagosora and avenge her family.
This Anthology contains the following short stories: 1 Diah Lubis and the Roman God. 2 Jared Pond and the Gregorian Faceoff. 3 Fiona and the Halloween Alien. 4 Jared Pond and the Kiribati Confrontation. 5 Jared Pond and the Pirate Treasure. 6 Fiona and the Healthy Lollies. 7 Fiona and the Einstein Encounter 8 Fiona and the Elven King 9 Fiona and the Purest Diamond. 10: Fiona and the Vikings.
This edited collection offers a critical appreciation of talent management in contrast to the extensive literature adopting mainstream approaches to the topic. The authors explore fundamental questions in the field to better understand why managing talent seems so attractive as a management practice, the meaning of talent, and how talent is recognised in organisations. The mix of conceptual and empirical chapters in the book teases out some critical perspectives that will provoke thought and reflection among practitioners and stimulate ideas for new research topics and approaches. The diverse contributions presented in this book will undoubtedly be of use to academics, practitioners and postgraduate students of human resource management.
'Kindness and co-operation have played a crucial role in raising humans to the top of the evolutionary tree ... We have thrived on the milk of human kindness.' Observer BY THE AUTHOR OF ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE? 'There is a widely-held assumption that humans are hard-wired for relentless and ruthless competition ... Frans de Waal sees nature differently - as a biological legacy in which empathy, not mere self-interest, is shared by humans, bonobos and animals.' Ben Macintyre, The Times Empathy holds us together. That we are hardwired to be altruistic is the result of thousands of years of evolutionary biology which has kept society from slipping into anarchy. But we are not alone: primates, elephants, even rodents are empathetic creatures too. Social behaviours such as the herding instinct, bonding rituals, expressions of consolation and even conflict resolution demonstrate that animals are designed to feel for each other. From chimpanzees caring for mates that have been wounded by leopards, elephants reassuring youngsters in distress and dolphins preventing sick companions from drowning, with a wealth of anecdotes, scientific observations, wry humour and incisive intelligence, The Age of Empathy is essential reading for all who believe in the power of our connections to each other.
Dr. Pandora B. Angel was a practicing physician for thirty years. She spent twenty-three of those years as an emergency physician at a university medical center and an affiliated hospital. In Elusive Equity, Empathy, and Empowerment, she shares the challenges she faced as a female emergency physician in what is still perceived as a male profession. Addressing the gender bias and inequality she experienced while striving for and achieving a career in medicine, this memoir addresses workforce power and control, double standards, gender bias, discrimination, the boys’ club, harassment, contrived narratives for predetermined goals, retaliation, disregard for objective data, and misconceptions. Through thoughtful vignettes, lessons, and appendices, this memoir explores the persistent culture of inequity in the workplace from Angel’s perspective as a female physician in a male-dominated field. Teaching tools and lessons are provided at the end of each chapter to stimulate wider discussions of inequality, harassment, bias, and discrimination that still occur.