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Old 01-01-2010, 04:16 PM   #1
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Altar of Eden by James Rollins - Free at Barnes and Noble

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Following the fall of Baghdad, two Iraqi boys stumble upon armed men looting the city zoo. The floodgates have been opened for the smuggling of hundreds of exotic birds, mammals, and reptiles to Western nations, but this crime hides a deeper secret. Amid a hail of bullets, a concealed underground weapons lab is ransacked—and something even more horrific is set free.
Seven years later, Louisiana state veterinarian Lorna Polk stumbles upon a fishing trawler shipwrecked on a barrier island. The crew is missing or dead, but the boat holds a frightening cargo: a caged group of exotic animals, clearly part of a black market smuggling ring.
Yet, something is wrong with these beasts, disturbing deformities that make no sense: a parrot with no feathers, a pair of Capuchin monkeys conjoined at the hip, a jaguar cub with the dentition of a saber-toothed tiger. They also all share one uncanny trait—a disturbingly heightened intelligence.
To uncover the truth about the origin of this strange cargo and the terrorist threat it poses, Lorna must team up with a man who shares a dark and bloody past with her and is now an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol, Jack Menard.
Together, the two must hunt for a beast that escaped the shipwreck while uncovering a mystery tied to fractal science and genetic engineering, all to expose a horrifying secret that traces back to humankind's earliest roots.
But can Lorna stop what is about to be born upon the altar of Eden before it threatens not only the world but also the very foundation of what it means to be human?
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Old 01-01-2010, 04:28 PM   #2
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Ooh, that sounds good, I wish I could get it for my Sony.
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Old 01-01-2010, 04:40 PM   #3
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Ooh, that sounds good, I wish I could get it for my Sony.
You can. "Buy" and strip of DRM
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Old 01-01-2010, 04:42 PM   #4
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Is there a 'how to' here to do that? Just downloaded it & would like to put it on my 700
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Old 01-01-2010, 04:57 PM   #5
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You can. "Buy" and strip of DRM
Don't know how.
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Old 01-01-2010, 09:04 PM   #6
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Don't know how.
Well crap. I thought it was going to be an ePub but it is not. Ugh. No strip DRM for me.
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Old 01-01-2010, 09:33 PM   #7
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The file that I received was ePub and I was able to remove the DRM and put it on my Sony.
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:09 PM   #8
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The file that I received was ePub and I was able to remove the DRM and put it on my Sony.
I got a pdb
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:47 PM   #9
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I got a pdb
Even though it said it's a pdb file when downloaded, when you find your BN folder located in your document, the file says ePub.
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I got an EPUB when downloaded with the B&N reader application. I got a PDB when downloaded from the B&N website. I wonder whats with that?
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I got an EPUB when downloaded with the B&N reader application. I got a PDB when downloaded from the B&N website. I wonder whats with that?
Trying to limit the freebies to their own reader and hardware, perhaps? Easy enough to get around, although not for the average windows user, perhaps.
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Do you guys know why B&N ePub files are so huge? I mean that book is 2167kb (2.1 MB) and it's only 350 pages in small font.

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It's probably illustrated.
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It's probably illustrated.
Probably so, as Harry mentions.

Although I don't yet have this, much of Rollins's work contains maps at the beginning of his books.


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Do you guys know why B&N ePub files are so huge?
It's odd. I downloaded it, stripped the DRM and looked at it. The images folder is about 2MB. There are two copies of the cover in there; one's a .png that's a little over 900KB, and the other's a .jpg that's over 600KB. The dimensions of both images are 617 X 926. Of the remaining images, one of the maps is about 100KB, and the others are pretty small.

I don't see any difference between the two covers. Seems like a big waste of space. They could have just used one file, and compressed it a lot more without hurting the apparent visual quality.
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