The 100-Pound Gangster

The 100-Pound Gangster

Synopsis: Henry Lin spent most of his precocious youth involved with the international criminal underworld. By the age of fourteen, he was involved with a notorious San Francisco triad with links to Hong Kong and mainland China, and by the age of eighteen, he had seen, and done, more than most will in a lifetime. Unsure of himself and his place in the world, he fought to survive and earn respect from his peers. But when he learned that his grandfather was a high-ranking member of the Chinese Secret Service, and was one of the most powerful and well-connected men in China until his death a few years before, Henry discovered that he was descended from a kind of underworld aristocracy. After being sent to a series of reform schools in an attempt to rehabilitate him, Henry was eventually incarcerated as a juvenile, and sentenced to eight years in one of the toughest prisons in the United States. It was there that he realized his internal compass had been pointing him in the wrong direction, and through a writing workshop called The Beat Within, he learned to channel his misplaced energies into writing, battling his demons as he set out on the road to redemption… But not before pulling off one last heist, an audacious, real-life Ocean’s Eleven with millions of dollars at stake and the price of failure a long jail term… or a bullet in the head. Metadata: Publication date: September 20, 2016 Print edition: 5″ x 8″ perfect bound trade paperback Page count: 226 ISBN: 978-988-12198-6-2 Price (paper): US$18.95 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 46,000 eISBN: 978-988-12198-0-0 Price (e-book): US$8.99 Buy E-book: Amazon Smashwords Paperback: Amazon Book Depository   Blurbage:   Author Bio: Henry Lin is a pen name. The author lives in Northern California.  ...

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Always Forever

Always Forever

From the depths of sorrow begins a journey of hope. 從悲傷深淵出發,展開希望之旅。   Note: This book is available in English and Chinese. Synopsis 本書簡介 The dream of a life together is shattered when AD finds himself attending Mikee’s funeral. He is overcome with grief. But Mikee’s brief appearance in his life was not by chance; it was to trigger a spiritual awakening. With help from Mikee’s family and friends, AD sets about piecing together Mikee’s story. As he begins to discover life’s lessons through Mikee’s eyes, AD finds himself falling in love with an entire nation. AD想和愛人雙宿雙棲的夢想隨着出席Mikee的葬禮被粉碎,他悲慟萬分。Mikee在他生命中的短暫出現並非偶然,它觸發了AD在靈性上的覺醒。在Mikee的家人和朋友的幫助下,AD開始重組拼湊真正的Mikee。透過Mikee雙眼發掘生命教誨的同時,AD亦愛上了菲律賓這個國家。 Metadata Imprint: Signal 8 Press Publication date: May 23, 2012 Print edition: 5″ x 8″ perfect bound trade paperback (English only) Page count: 280 ISBN: 978-988-15542-8-4 (Paperback) / 978-988-12195-1-0 (English) / 978-988-12195-5-8 (Chinese) Price (paper): US$16.95 / HK$140 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle Word count: 61,180 (English) / 76,900 (Chinese) eISBN: 978-147-60374-2-4 (English on Amazon) Price (e-book): US$4.99 (English) / US$2.99 (Chinese) Buy 买 English: Kindle version: Amazon.com (US), Amazon.co.uk (UK), Amazon.co.de (Ger), Amazon.co.jp (Japan) Apple (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch & iBooks) version: iTunes (US) Nook version: Barnes & Noble ePUB: Smashwords Paperback: Createspace, Amazon.com (US), Amazon.co.uk (UK), Amazon.de (Ger), Barnes & Noble, Book Depository 中文: Smashwords Blurbs “A deeply personal and beautifully crafted memoir.” – Peter Moss (author of The Singing Tree) “More than a personal tribute, this is a story about love and loss. It is a story about soulmates and a promise that is kept, Always Forever.” – Dale Bacar (Photographer) “This is not a love story. This is a story about life written in the most honest way. In so many ways we have forgotten about the essence of living and dying.” – Natalie Tong “This book was a touching tribute to a young man who was loved by so many.” – Kate Cornwell (author of A Face Within) Gay Star News “People always say love knows no boundaries. But it’s only after AD’s heartfelt words that we truly believe the emotion transcends the distance even between life and death.” – TimeOut Hong Kong “The love that lasts forever, despite meeting up in a short period of time, has brought them to another level of spiritual levitation.” – Jackson’s Doctrine “Flamboyance is balanced with emotional turmoil…” – Dim Sum Magazine Kaosgl.com “It is the story of a family’s strength in grief and the belief that the spirit of those who are beloved to us never truly leave us behind but are merely awaiting our arrival in the where that lies beyond.” – The Novel Approach “This is no fairy tale love at first sight, but the speed of its progression is astonishing and yet strangely it appears to evolve quite...

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A Muslim on the Bridge: On being an Iraqi-Arab Muslim in the Twenty-First Century

A Muslim on the Bridge: On being an Iraqi-Arab Muslim in the Twenty-First Century

              Synopsis A memoir and meditation on faith, A Muslim on the Bridge: On Being an Iraqi-Arab Muslim in the Twenty-first Century tells a story of transformation and reflection as the author thoughtfully but pointedly deconstructs the widespread misconceptions about Islam, arguably the world’s most-misunderstood major religion. The son of a Shia father and a Sunni mother, Ali was born in Baghdad in 1969. At this time in Iraq’s history, the country had a Muslim heritage but was a secular, diverse society. Neither of Ali’s parents prayed, fasted, or visited the mosque. He and his friends grew up listening to Western pop music and watching Western films. They studied at a school established by American Jesuit priests in the early twentieth century… and Saddam Hussein’s sons Uday and Qusay were among the students in that school at the time of Ali’s enrollment. The years that followed saw drastic changes in Iraq as Saddam strong-armed the country into a strict, fundamentalist application of Islam, an interpretation Ali rejects. A Muslim on the Bridge is an essential read for our times, a book that takes a close, informed, and rational look at problematic issues in Islam like polygamy, violence, divorce, homosexuality, veiled women, interfaith marriages, apostasy, and the perception of other cultures and religions. Metadata Publication date: Nov. 19, 2013 Print edition: 5″ x 8″ perfect bound trade paperback Page count: 296 ISBN: 978-988-15542-9-1 Price (paper): US$16.95 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 70,000 eISBN: 978-988-15542-2-2 Price (e-book): US$7.99 Blurbage With almost a quarter of the world’s population embracing Islam, Ali Shakir’s work provides a timely insight into the dilemmas facing contemporary Muslims caught between the desire for modernity and respect for tradition. Having set out to determine whether other religions might be “better, worse, or just like Islam”, his journey is also an articulate exploration of the rivalry between monotheistic faiths that has always existed and, along with politics, kept the flames of hatred in the Middle East burning for so long. He particularly examines the Koran whose teachings are wide open to interpretation, being written in a language that is different from the ordinary Arabic of today, and focuses on the “most quoted verse on Muslim bigotry word wide” which states that they should avoid dealings and friendships with non-believers in every possible way. The Prophet Mohammed acknowledged both Judaism and Christianity on several occasions, he says; the commandment said nothing about friendships, being merely an instruction not to take non-believers as protectors or leaders. It is hard to disagree with his conclusion that between Muslims, Jews and Christians it is extremely difficult to determine who are the promised descendants of Abraham....

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