Musings & Thoughts for Monday, June 20, 2022, or: Keeping My Eye on My Amazon Orders…and Pre-Orders!

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Hi, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, June 20, 2022. It is a hot early summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 87°F (30°C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 68% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 4 MPH (6 KM/H), the heat index is 93°F (34°C). Today’s forecast calls for scattered rain showers and a high of 96°F (36°C). Tonight, scattered rain showers will continue. The low will be 73°F (23°C).

As is my habit whenever I order anything from Amazon – or any other online retailer – I have been tracking my package with Fire & Steel: The End of World War II in the West, the third book in Peter Carrick-Adams’ “Steel Trilogy” of non-fiction books about important battles that took place during the last 11 months of World War II in Europe. The first book, Snow & Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-1945, was published in 2014 and covers, naturally, Adolf Hitler’s last great offensive on the Western Front in the winter of 1944-1945. Sand & Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France, 1944 was published in 2019 and even though it was published second, begins the narrative of Carrick-Adams’ narrative since the Normandy invasion preceded the Battle of the Bulge by six months.

(C) 2022 Oxford University Press

Fire & Steel wraps up the trilogy by covering the events that took place in the four months after the Allied victory in the Battle of the Bulge, including the Anglo-American push to the Rhine River, the Germans’ failure to destroy the critical bridge at Remagen in March of 1945, the rivalry between British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and U.S. Lt. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr. and their race to be the first to vault over the Rhine in strength, Hitler’s Nero Order to destroy Germany’s infrastructure so it would not fall into Allied hands, even if that meant that the German people would suffer great privation after the war, and Allied arguments over whether or not they should race their Soviet allies to Berlin.

Presently, the package with my copy is not yet out for delivery, but since the Seffner distribution center sends out its delivery vans between 11;30 AM and noon, my order’s status will change. Who knows? By the time I post this on WordPress it will be in the Amazon Prime van and on its way here.

Provisional image; final cover design has not been released yet. (C) 2022 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Today I also pre-ordered the Jurassic World: Ultimate Collection 4K Blu-raybox set with all six movies, from 1993’s Jurassic Park to this year’s Jurassic World: Dominion. I have not seen Dominion yet; but I decided to go ahead and get the six-film set, which will consist of six 4K UHD discs and six high-definition discs. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has not announced a release date yet, but I ordered it today because the $74.96 price is 32% off the regular price.

Other than that, there’s not much to say. It’s incredibly hot, and since the Caregiver is working from her home office, I can’t go watch anything in the family room TV set, so I will just stay here in my room and either putter about online or watch something on my 4K UHD TV set. If I get bored, I’ll pick up a book and go read in the living room for a change of scenery.

With that, Dear Reader, I’ll close for now. Until next time, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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