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1. The Steel Kiss (2016)

DEAVER, Jeffery

Assessment: L-B2 

5. The Ethan I Was Before (2017)

STANDISH, Ali

Assessment: L-B1 

6. A History of India, vol. 1 (1966)

THAPAR, Romila

Assessment: P-A1 

7. Stalin's Ghost (2007)

CRUZ SMITH, Martin

Assessment: L-B2 

8. Slumdreamer (2016)

MWANGI, Wilfred

Assessment: P-A1 

10. Philip Of Australia (1972)

ELDERSHAW, M Barnard

Assessment: L-A2 

11. The Stormlight Archive, 2: Words of Radiance (2014) [El archivo de las tormentas 2: Palabras radiantes]

SANDERSON, Brandon

Assessment: L-A2 

12. Camino Island (2017)

GRISHAM, John

Assessment: L-B2 

14. TK Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot (2014)

CHAMBERS, Anne

Assessment: L-A1 

15. Was heisst akademisch [What Does "Academic" Mean?: Two Essays on the Chances of the University Today]

PIEPER, Josef

Assessment: P-A1 

16. Mandami il tuo angelo custode, padre Pio (1984) [Send me your Guardian Angel, Padre Pio]

PARENTE, Alessio

Assessment: L-A1 

17. One Would Think the Deep (2016)

ZORN, Claire

Assessment: L-B1 

18. Bombproof (2009)

ROBOTHAM, Michael

Assessment: L-B2 

19. The Incredible Power of Prayer (1997)

MORNEAU, Roger

Assessment: P-B2 

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Hannigan has written a gripping story of this large nation. The uninitiated will be surprised with the complexity and difficulties of the history of this country through the centuries. The author combines convincing historical analysis with fine writing style. It is a useful and enjoyable introduction to the long history of this country of Southeast Asia... read more

 

 

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Avenger
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‘Avenger’ is the story of vigilante Cal Dexter's pursuit of a Serbian warlord into the jungles of the fictional Republic of San Martin. Dexter, a former Vietnam tunnel rat, now small-town attorney and clandestine kidnapper of refugees from justice, is after Zoran Zilic, a gangster who has escaped Serbia with a fortune but not before savagely killing an American aid worker who happens to be the grandson of a billionaire mining magnate... read more

 

 

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Augustus
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The assessments are divided into two groups, one for Literature (L) and the other for Thought (P). For Literature the assessments are as follows:

  •  L-A1: Nothing morally inappropriate.
  •  L-A2: Nothing morally inappropriate, although may be unsuitable for younger readers (e.g. because there are topics requiring a certain maturity on the part of the reader).
  •  L-B1: Some morally inappropriate content.
  •  L-B2: Contains significant sections contrary to faith or morals.
  •  L-C1: Contains some lurid passages, or presents a general ideological framework that could confuse those without much Christian formation.
  • L-C2: Contains several lurid passages, or presents an ideological framework that is contrary or foreign to Christian values.
  •  L-C3: Explicitly contradicts Catholic faith or morals, or is directed against the Church and its institutions.

What do the moral assessments mean in relation to non-fiction works?

Works of Thought (P) are assessed according to the degree of knowledge required to evaluate the implications of affirmations made with respect to the Christian faith.

  • P-A1 or P-A2: These books present doctrinal matters in accordance with the teaching of the Church as set out, for example, in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. They avoid complicated topics and subjects not yet theologically settled. They are grouped according to whether or not they require a certain minimum of Christian formation.
    •  P-A1: General readership.
    •  P-A2: Readers with general cultural or basic Christian formation.
  • P-B1 or P-B2: To appreciate how certain topics impinge on the faith, the reader requires a good cultural formation with respect to the matters dealt with (P-B1), or even university-level studies in these areas (P-B2). In particular, these books may take for granted certain widely-held opinions opposed to the faith, even though such ideas may not be central to their argument – and can be easily detected by readers with a certain amount of formation.
    •  P-B1: Requires prior general knowledge of the subject.
    •  P-B2: Readers with Christian formation and knowledgeable about the subject matter.
  • P-C1, P-C2 or P-C3: Because of the implications of the topics dealt with, or the need to be aware of the reasons why some of the theories set out in the book are invalid, it is always necessary for the reader to have very good formation in the area in question, whether university-level (P-C1) or specialist (e.g. a doctorate: P-C2). Hence the assessments place emphasis on the objective content of the book, rather than on its possible readership. The P-C3 assessment is reserved for those works which set out to contradict or deny certain aspects of the faith or the teachings of the Catholic Magisterium.
    •  P-C1: Contains doctrinal errors of some importance.
    •  P-C2: Whilst not being explicitly against the faith, the general approach or its main points are ambiguous or opposed to the Church’s teachings.
    •  P-C3: Incompatible with Catholic doctrine.

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