Amazon Is Giving Away a Popular Thriller in Audiobook Format

Advertorial by Nathaniel Hutchinson

A genius … a mysterious organization … and a dark plot to change the world.

Widely praised for its unique and suspenseful story, The Xactilias Project had already been one of this year’s hottest sellers. Now, Amazon is allowing readers to listen to the audiobook for free. Check it out below or get it for Kindle, paperback or audio format at Amazon.com.

What People Are Saying

“This is a uniquely intriguing thriller with surprises around every corner,” says Sarah McDaniels of The Candid Book Review. “From the incredible opening line to the pulse-pounding finish, each chapter sucks readers deeper and deeper into a spell-binding world, filled with mystery, danger and one surprising revelation after another.”


From the incredible opening line (“Have you noticed any insects behaving strangely? … Avoiding you perhaps?”) to the pulse-pounding finish, each chapter sucks readers deeper and deeper into a spell-binding world, filled with mystery, danger and one surprising revelation after another.

The HBC Literary Review’s Ronald J. Bushwell agrees, calling the book a “thrilling, suspenseful and unforgettable.”

It all starts with Claire Foley, a fascinating genius who spends her days working in the safe confines of a university research facility. Somewhere in the shadows, a mysterious organization has watched her from afar. When the time is right, the organization begins manipulating Claire’s every move until she finds herself in their employ. That’s when things really get delightfully strange, and soon readers are turning pages feverishly to see if this compelling figure can use her incredible talents to escape her predicament.

“One of the great things about this book is its ability to merge great writing and literary merit with good old-fashioned commercial entertainment,” says Lois McGinty of The Best Books Journal. “Right now, I have The Xactilias Project at the top of my recommendation’s list, because it’s intelligent, a bit nerve-wracking and a whole lot of fun.”

Large Breasted Women May Die Early, says Study

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According to many, large breasted women have a significant advantage over their smaller breasted counterparts. Why else would so many pay thousands to increase their bra size via surgical operations? Contrary to popular belief, however, a new study suggests that having large breasts might be a dangerous burden.

What Does the Study Indicate?

Large breasted women are subject to a higher risk of disease mortality, according to a study by a group in the United Kingdom. Through their examinations, accredited researchers, Chaminda Sellahewa, Peter Nightingale and Amtul R Carmichael, determined that large breasted women have a higher risk for nodal metastasis, a particularly fatal type of breast cancer.


According to the study, large breasted women had a significantly greater tumor size than similar patients with smaller breasts. The researchers determined that the size of the women’s’ breast tended to be a precursor of greater lymph node activity which may lead to wider expansion of the disease; however, interestingly, the weight of the breast measured after mastectomy had little correlation with mortality.

The researchers were unable to determine the cause of the increased risk, although they theorized that it might have something to do with the fact that large breasted women tend to be heavier and exercise less. They also hypothesized that large breasted women might have trouble detecting their tumors early enough for positive intervention, because the overall mass of the breast impeded physical detection.

6 Hilariously Weird Things for Sale on Amazon

The fastest company in history to reach $100 billion in sales, Amazon is a money-making giant with the world’s most diverse product line. Don’t believe us? These seven bizarre products show just how far the online retail giant will go to make a buck.

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Pre-soiled Gush Pants

Tired of having to put in all that effort to get that coveted soiled pants look? For just $23.95, Amazon will send you a comfortable pair of pre-soiled pants without the unpleasant smell.



The #MeToo Movement Is Infantilizing Women, and that’s Bad for Everyone

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Framed as a long-overdue feminist call for action and awareness, the #MeToo movement has quickly devolved into a bully pulpit for angry women who would rather cast blame than take responsibility for bad choices.

The most recent example involves Aziz Ansari, who was hurled into the #MeToo wood chipper, based on an article published on the website Babe.net. In it, the writer and her anonymous subject “Grace” detail the latter’s uncomfortable encounter with Ansari, during which both willingly performed oral sex on the other, despite Grace giving what she calls verbal and non-verbal cues that she wasn’t much interested.


Since its publication, the Babe article has sparked heated arguments, not just between men and women, but among feminists, who have questioned the merit of the accusations. After calling the article little more than revenge porn, Atlantic contributing editor, Caitlin Flanagan was joined by other prominent female media members, including HLN host Ashleigh Banfield, who ridiculed Grace for harming the credibility of the #MeToo movement, while calling the Babe article “a story of a bad date.”

Despite these characterizations, many women have applauded Grace and Babe for shedding light on what they say is an issue of consent. While the law may seek to define consent in definitive terms, modern women are attempting to redefine it with a broad, unrealistic definition.

According to New York Times writer Bari Weiss, many women claim that consent is only consent when it is “affirmative, active, continuous and enthusiastic.” While it shouldn’t surprise anyone that this definition has stirred up plenty of debate, few seem to realize that neither side’s opinion really matters that much.

Feminism in the Real World

Many women are tweeting the need to educate young males on how to judge consent, at least from the modern female perspective. In fact, there is some evidence that this type of early education can help reduce instances of sexual coercion, harassment and even assault.

It seems unlikely, however, that any amount of education or tweeting will completely eradicate confusion over consent. What it has done, however, is infantilize women to the point where they are unwilling or unable to assume responsibility for bad choices.

For her part, Ashleigh Banfield expressed dismay that Grace did not respond to her experience with Aziz by standing up, smoothing her dress and leaving. In her Atlantic article, The Humiliation of Aziz Ansari, Caitlin Flanagan expressed similar concerns when she decried “a country full of young women who don’t know how to call a cab.”

Yet, while #MeToo is now polarizing key figures within the movement, its failure really lies in the length of its tentacles. While important in workplaces where men of power have control over female subordinates, #MeToo really has no place in general society, where women are free to stand up for themselves against men who have no real power over them.

In that arena, there are people – male and female – who lack integrity and scruples. There are politicians who will lie to get votes. There are salesmen who will bilk senior citizens out of money. And, yes, there are men who will try to get in a woman’s pants, even if she isn’t “enthusiastic” about the idea.

Despite our best hopes, there will always be people who put their needs above others and seek to fulfill these needs without regards for the other person’s feelings. To teach young women otherwise by championing an idealistic notion is to render them defenseless against reality. No, not every man is out to trick women into putting out. But, don’t kid yourself; there are wolves out there, and nonverbal cues aren’t what strong, feminist women should use to defend their interests.

Instead of railing at reality and nurturing the ridiculous concept of an ideal world, we are much better off teaching our daughters how to stand up for themselves, when they inevitably cross paths with someone who seeks to use them.

Study: Milk Keeps You from Getting Sick

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The next time you dip a cookie in a glass of milk, you might be warding off potentially dangerous infections.

According to a study appearing online in The BMJ, milk may have the ability to ward off illness, thanks to high levels of Vitamin D. Funded by the U.K. National Institute of Health Research, the research found that the essential vitamin helps the body fend off acute respiratory infections, which are responsible for millions of global deaths every year.

According to investigators, daily or weekly Vitamin D supplementation cut the risk of respiratory infection in half for people who had significant deficiencies. At the same time, it also appeared to offer beneficial effects to subjects who did not have deficiencies before entering the study.


A Major Revelation

Each year, acute respiratory infections send millions of people to emergency rooms in the United States. According to the study’s senior author, Carlos Camargo, a professor of emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School, his research could have a significant effect on the health system by supporting efforts to fortify foods with vitamin D.

Getting More Vitamin D

Traditionally, humans have received the majority of their vitamin D from sunlight; however, rising rates of skin cancer have led many people to avoid the sun. In turn, more and more people are experiencing Vitamin D deficiencies.

According to skincancer.org, U.S. doctors diagnose over 4 million new cases of skin cancer every twelve months. Sadly, many of these new cases are deadly melanoma, which kills thousands of Americans every year. In turn, more and more people have begun staying out of the sun. This has led to widespread vitamin D deficiencies, which can have a serious impact on the nation’s collective health.

Because very few foods naturally contain relevant levels of Vitamin D, some food products are fortified with the essential fat-soluble vitamin. Nearly all commercially produced pasteurized milk is fortified with 100 IUs of Vitamin D per 8-ounce cup. This makes it a practical source for people who fail to get adequate amounts of Vitamin D from sunlight.

If this recent study is correct, it may also mean that milk could be an effective tool for helping people reduce their risk of respiratory infections.

5 Cool Book Covers that Scream “Read Me Now!”

You really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Unless, of course, the cover is really cool.

The following five books feature unique covers that make you want to tear them open to see what’s inside.

Click one to get it now at Amazon.