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Daily Deals: The Perfect Assassin and Star Diamonds Paradise

The Perfect AssassinToday Amazon offers you to read The Perfect Assassin by Ward Larsen just for $0.99. This book has positive customers reviews. Average assessment is 4.3 out of 5 stars.

 

While sailing solo across the Atlantic, young American doctor Christine Palmer spots a man clinging to debris and rescues him. This sole shipwreck survivor, David Slaton, has a secret. He’s a Kidon, a highly-trained Israeli assassin, being hunted by double agents with a terrifying nuclear plot aimed at Slaton’s homeland.

One perfect shot will change the course of history. Christine Palmer, a young American doctor sailing solo across the Atlantic, makes an incredible discovery – a man narrowly clinging to his life in the frigid waters. But there is much more to this desperate survivor than meets the eye.David Slaton is a Kidon – a highly-trained, highly-precise, and highly-dangerous assassin. The Kidon is both the hunter and the hunted, and he and Christine are in grave danger. Will they win in this race against time?With the precision of a sharpshooter, author Ward Larsen weaves an intricate tale of espionage and intrigue.

Some words about the author

Award-winning novelist Ward Larsen is a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who flew combat in Operation Desert Storm. Currently a captain for a major airline, Ward lives with his family in Florida. The Perfect Assassin is Larsen’s debut novel. His second novel, Stealing Trinity will be released in October 2008.

 

Star Diamonds ParadiseAlso you can get Star Diamonds Paradise. It is a game for your Kindle Fire. And you can download it from Amazon for free today only here.

Your Ticket to Paradise

Star Diamonds Paradise is the relaxing sweep-all-you-can sister of Star Diamonds Capture. The game strategy is very similar: capture a large enough area of the play field to win. The Paradise version offers a unique twist with the gems now arranged in a honeycomb formation, making it possible to create new and inventive combos. There also some added special items to help you in your quest. Are you ready to dominate?

Take Control of the Honeycomb

In Star Diamonds Paradise, your objective is to link three or more diamonds in the honeycomb to gain control of that area. Your captured area is shown in blue and your opponent’s area in red. Link enough diamonds together to unlock a pack of dynamite, which you can activate to capture a larger area. You can also earn a honey bee if you link an extra-long chain of diamonds. The honey bee will help you gain control of an even larger area of the honeycomb. You have a limited amount of time, so get busy.

Get Social with the Star Arcade Community

Star Arcade is a social gaming platform where gamers from all over the world meet and play against each other. Joining Star Arcade is quick, easy, and best of all, free. You only need to register once to play all Star games with your Star account. Once you have created your account, remember to verify your e-mail address.

The latest version of Star Diamonds Paradise features a Social Lounge where you can chat with other players and make new friends. There is also a shop where you can access Special Items and customize the gaming experience for your needs.

Target Tosses the Kindle, Says Goodbye to Amazon

Target was among the first major Brick & Mortar retailers to begin offering the Kindle to its customers.  For many people there was a period when this was literally the only place they could try out an eReader in person rather than blindly trusting that it would meet their needs.  Now, with the Kindle everywhere and Amazon widely demonized as the bane of all storefront business, Target has decided that it would be best to say goodbye to the Kindle and Amazon for good.

Target Corp manages over 1,700 stores as well as a major retail website of its own.  The company become a huge name recently by beginning to pass Walmart as the most inexpensive shopping location available for a variety of goods.  While overall still slightly behind Walmart in general, it was reported last year that Target had begun to reliably offer less expensive grocery and household goods to its customers.

This is relevant to the company’s ending their Kindle partnership because the reason cited for the move was an increasingly popular practice called “showrooming”.  Showrooming is what retailers have come to call the act of window shopping in a local store while comparing prices with online outlets like Amazon.com on a smartphone.  It can result in impressive savings for customers, but big retailers complain that it amounts to little more than exploitation.

Amazon is tied into this practice fairly deeply.  In addition to offering the widest selection of inexpensive goods on the internet and a subscription-based service that allows free two day shipping to reduce wait times, the internet giant has even created smartphone apps to make the act of showrooming as painless as possible.  Using their smartphone apps, customers can simply scan the barcode of whatever they are interested in and be taken to the Amazon.com page selling it.

While it is definitely understandable that Target would be upset by the practice and with Amazon in general, it is hard to imagine this as a particularly productive move on their parts.  While Target undoubtedly earned little money off of individual Kindle device sales, the Kindle line was their bestselling tablet/eReader this past holiday season and it is almost impossible to actually use a Kindle for showrooming given that even the Kindle Fire lacks a camera and cellular connectivity.  At best this is a punitive move rather than an obviously productive one.

Interestingly, this plan does coincide with the decision to add internal Apple shops to a number of storefronts over the coming year.  The Kindle and all related accessories might be in the process of disappearing from stores, but they have stated that “We will continue to offer our guests a full assortment of e-readers and supporting accessories.”  Presumably that means the Nook will be sticking around.  If you are in the market for a Kindle, you can still find them at any number of retailers including Best Buy, Walmart, and Staples.