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Floating Book Fair (Logos Hopedocked in Jamaica

More than 5,000 different books will be on sale to the general public, below market prices, on the MV Logos Hope, the world’s largest floating book fair.

The floating book fair is currently docked at the Caribbean Cement Company, Rockfort, from May 12 to June 11 and then moves to the Montego Bay Cruise Ship Terminal from June 15 to July 2.

“Reading maketh a full man…” so bring your kids and help to foster the habit of reading!

Resident Evil 5 Files: History of Resident Evil (0-4)

Engineer Michael Warren begins the electrification of Raccoon City. The fifth head of the Ashford family, Edward Ashford, begins his research into what would later become known as the Progenitor virus.

Ozwell E. Spencer enlists architect George Trevor to design and construct a reclusive mansion on the outskirts of Raccoon City.

Ozwell E. Spencer, James Marcus, and Edward Ashford officially establish the Progenitor virus which reconstitutes a living organism’s DNA.

The construction of the mansion and lab facilities in the Arklay Mountains is completed.

Jessica and Lisa Trevor are injected with a variant of the Progenitor virus. The virus fails to establish itself in Jessica, and she is subsequently disposed of. The virus shows promise in Lisa, and as a result, she is placed under close observation. George Trevor is chosen to be a test subject; however, due to his intimate knowledge of the Mansion Facility, he is disposed of instead.

Construction of Raccoon City’s public transit trolleys begins in Europe and they are quickly put into use within the city. Spencer founds the pharmaceutical company Umbrella with Marcus and Edward Ashford. The company is established to mask their biological research.

Edward Ashford contracts the Progenitor virus and dies. His son, Alexander Ashford, succeeds him as head of the Ashford family.

The Umbrella Training Facility is established in the Arklay Mountains with Marcus appointed as director.  

Alexander Ashford begins to design a facility in Antarctica. He secretly makes plans to build an underground laboratory for the purpose of the “Code: Veronica” project.

Umbrella’s Antarctic Base and research facilities are completed.

The “Code: Veronica” project is successful. The twins Alfred and Alexia Ashford are born.

Albert Wesker and William Birkin join the Training facility as prospective managers.

Marcus successfully develops the T-Virus.

The closure of the Training Facility is finalized. Wesker and Birkin transfer their T-Virus research to the Arklay Research Facility; Marcus continues his own research in the closed down Training Facility.

Although only ten years old, Alexia Ashford graduates at the top of her class from a prestigious university. Birkin begins to view Alexia as a rival.

Alexia injects her father, Alexander, with the T-Veronica virus, but the experiment ends in failure.

Wesker researches secondary exposures to the T-Virus. He begins to have reservations about Spencer’s plans. Alexia injects herself with the T-Veronica virus and enters a fifteen-year cryogenic sleep. To maintain the secrecy of this plan, it is reported that she died of accidental exposure to the virus.

Michael Warren becomes mayor of Raccoon City.

Wesker, under orders from Spencer, assassinates Marcus. Under Birkin’s guidance, the T-Virus program begins development of the B.O.W. Tyrant. Umbrella begins work on the “Nemesis” project at its sixth European research facility.

Umbrella begins construction of an expansive underground laboratory beneath Raccoon City. Spencer approves Birkin’s G-Virus project and work begins on it. Wesker is transferred to the Information Department.

Umbrella contributes funds for the refurbishment of City Hall and the building of the General Hospital. A statue of Michael Warren is erected in City Hall.  

Raccoon City Police Chief Brian Irons begins conducting negotiations with Umbrella. Birkin transfers to the underground lab in Raccoon City, clandestine meetings with Irons begin.  

Alfred Ashford graduates from a university in England, and becomes director of the Antarctic facility. He rises up the ranks to eventually become an executive of Umbrella, and then director of Rockfort Island.

A training facility for Anti-B.O.W. squad members is completed.

John from the Chicago lab takes over for Birkin at the Arklay Research Facility. Alfred builds a private mansion and prison on Rockfort Island.

Raccoon City Police Department’s S.T.A.R.S. team is founded with Wesker as Captain. HUNK (later of the Umbrella Special Forces) undergoes combat training at Rockfort Island.

A mysterious clone of Marcus’s appears at the Umbrella Training Facility. There is a large-scale viral leak at the Arklay mansion. The research lab there is destroyed. Cerberus claims its first victim: a 20-year-old woman whose body is found dismembered.  

Cerberus sightings are reported in a local Raccoon City magazine.

Two groups are sent to investigate the Training Facility. The first one is wiped out by B.O.W.s located on the premises. There is an increase in reports of accidents and missing persons in the Arklay Mountains. The city sends the S.T.A.R.S. Bravo team to investigate.

Bravo Team’s helicopter experiences engine trouble for unknown reasons and is forced to put down in the Arklay Mountains. Bravo Team takes the Ecliptic Express to investigate the Training Facility, which is later destroyed.

Alpha Team is sent out to search for Bravo Team when communication is lost. The occurrence of the Mansion Incident. Bravo Team leader Enrico Marini learns Wesker’s true identity. Wesker murders Enrico. Ravaged by the virus, the mansion and the lab are destroyed. Four members of the Alpha Team and one member of Bravo Team escape the catastrophe.  


Chris Redfield
Jill Valentine
Barry Burton
Brad Vickers
Rebecca Chambers

Wesker escapes the Arklay Research Facility before it is destroyed.

Former S.T.A.R.S. member Chris Redfield learns of the G-Virus and heads to Europe to investigate Umbrella.

The virus spreads throughout Raccoon City via infected mice. The city is declared a biohazard as incidents of “cannibalism” continue to rise. Birkin completes his work on the G-Virus. A zombie horde attacks the city’s police station.

The police station is destroyed, and Chief Irons descends into mania. Warren escapes the city but leaves his daughter behind. U.B.C.S. (Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service) arrived in the city to begin rescue operations.  

Rookie police officer Leon S. Kennedy arrives in the city at the same time as Claire Redfield.

Umbrella deploys the B.O.W. Nemesis T-Type into the city, and it begins its hunt for former S.T.A.R.S. member Jill Valentine. Umbrella deploys mass produced Tyrants into the city.

Leon and Claire escape the city with William and Annette Birkin’s daughter, Sherry. With the arrival of the U.S. military the city is placed under martial law. U.B.C.S. survivors are exploited by Umbrella’s official observer of the situation, Nicholai Ginovaef, and they die off one by one. The hospital is destroyed.  

Ada Wong and HUNK each acquire samples of the G-Virus. The underground lab in Raccoon City is destroyed.

The U.S. government decides to eliminate the virus threat by destroying Raccoon City with a missile strike.  

Claire infiltrates the Paris laboratory, only to be captured and imprisoned on Rockfort Island. Wesker attacks the island with his own private force and releases the T-Virus onto the island. Claire escapes from the prison and sends an e-mail to Leon asking for help. Her location is made known to Chris.  

Jill escapes Raccoon City and goes to Chris’s apartment, but he has already left for Rockfort Island. Alfred Ashford escapes the island. Chris arrives at Rockfort Island and finds Wesker. Alexia Ashford wakes up from her cryogenic sleep at the Antarctic Base. Alfred dies shortly after.  

Claire and Chris are reunited at the Antarctic Base, and together they defeat Alexia. They escape before the base is destroyed.  

Jack Krauser fakes his own death and joins Wesker’s secret organization.

Chris and Jill take part in the mission to destroy the Umbrella Caucasus Research Facility in Russia. They were successful in destroying a new B.O.W. known as T-A.L.O.S.  

The U.S. president’s daughter, Ashley Graham, is kidnapped by the religious group known as the Los Illuminados. (The actual kidnapping was carried out by Krauser.) Leon Kennedy was scheduled to join Ashley’s Secret Service detail, but is ordered to find her instead.

Leon Kennedy is injected with the Las Plagas parasite by the Los Illuminados. After that he and Ashley, who is also infected with the same parasite, take shelter in a church. After escaping the village, Leon and Ashley are forced to seek refuge in an old castle, but Ashley is once again apprehended. This time she is taken to an isolated island by Krauser under the orders of Roman Salazar, the eighth head of the Salazar family. Leon confronts Salazar and defeats him.

Leon heads to the island to find Ashley, and it is there that he defeats both Jack Krauser and Osmund Saddler, the leader of the Los Illuminados cult. Leon and Ashley use the facility on the island to remove the parasites.  

Ada Wong steals the Las Plagas parasite sample from Leon.

Leon and Ashley escape from the island by jet ski.

RE5 Files: Albert Wesker

The Mansion Incident. The tragedy at Raccoon City. Rockfort Island, Umbrella’s Antarctic Research Facility, and the Umbrella Caucasus Research Facility in Russia. The kidnapping of the U.S. president’s daughter. One man was involved either directly or indirectly with each and every one of these incidents – Albert Wesker. The motivation behind all of Wesker’s actions can be found in this current incident in Africa.  

Wesker had already obtained samples of various organisms and viruses including the T-Virus, the G-Virus, the T-Veronica virus, and Las Plagas. All of these were eagerly and enthusiastically received by Umbrella’s former rival companies who compensated him greatly for each. With wealth, power, and glory, Wesker appeared to have everything a person could ever want. Wesker, however, was not interested in material gains.

An all too familiar sense of trepidation continued to gnaw at him. The source of this uneasiness being Umbrella’s founder, Ozwell E. Spencer. During his time at Umbrella, Wesker could never ascertain what Spencer’s true intentions were. Spencer’s extensive funding of B.O.W. research was unheard of in the field. The whole reason for producing bioweapons was that it could be done relatively inexpensively when combined with a normal weapons delivery system. Spencer’s extreme investment in B.O.W.s seemed unnecessary. Why would Spencer need such B.O.W.s in the first place? To find the answer to that question, Wesker joined Umbrella’s Information Department.  

Even after the downfall of Umbrella, these doubts continued to haunt Wesker. To find the answers he needed, Wesker began to search out Spencer. The only problem was that even before Umbrella’s dissolution, Spencer had removed himself from Umbrella’s day-to-day operations. Wesker had to use every resource at his disposal – all his time, money, and connections. Eventually, he ascertained Spencer’s long-hidden whereabouts.  

On the first night of autumn, as thunder and lightning raged in the skies above, Wesker arrived at the ancient castle in Europe where Spencer resided. Wesker expected the old man to be surprised by his presence, but instead the withered old eyes of Spencer lit up with dark delight as he spoke:

“You’re back…”

The words barely audible amidst his cough-racked laugh. If Wesker had his doubts about Spencer before, he didn’t know what to make of him now. He only knew at that moment that this seemingly feeble old man had been in control of everything that had transpired at Umbrella. Even Wesker’s own actions through the years had been controlled and manipulated by this decrepit old man. With this sudden realization, Wesker now knew the source of his anxiety for all those years.  

Appearing to read Wesker’s thoughts, Spencer laid out everything to him. The development of bio-organic weapons was only a means of achieving his true goal – the forced evolution of mankind via viruses. It would be the end of the current form of humanity and the birth of a new superior human race. With this new race he would build his Utopia, with himself as a god on Earth. In order to realize this dream, he required three things.

1. The Progenitor Virus
Without this key component, his dreams would be no more than abstract ideas. Once he discovered the Progenitor virus, he had the foundation on which all his subsequent plans would be built.

2. The Umbrella Corporation
The manufacture of bioweapons was the perfect method of conducting his research on the Progenitor virus. Any profits gained through Umbrella’s research were secondary to his true goal.  

The third thing Spencer needed in his grand vision was Wesker himself. Spencer knew what was required for his Utopia. He also knew he would need a new human race. But what would that new breed of humans be like? The Progenitor virus would spur natural selection upon the population. That was the fundamental premise behind Spencer’s plan. But if the new breed of humans brought about by this selection process were unwilling to share in his vision, then there would be unwanted complications.  

This forced stage of evolution would give surviving humans increased strength and intelligence, but it would not affect a person’s knowledge, logic, or general character. If any indolent or unsavory individuals survived to be a part of this new race, it would be a blight on Spencer’s Utopia. Spencer was not about to have his vision stained, so he enacted a plan to ensure that would not happen. This plan was called the Wesker Plan, which was named after the chief researcher at the time. According to this plan, hundreds of children born of parents of superior intellect from all nationalities would be collected.

If their knowledge, logic, and self-will could not be altered by genetic manipulation, then Spencer himself would instill his values into his values into these children by whatever means he deemed necessary. These children were all given the surname Wesker, and after completion of their indoctrination/manipulation they were placed into select controlled environments in various locations around the world, ever under Umbrella’s watchful eye.

The children themselves were to be kept unaware they were being monitored. With Umbrella’s concealed aid they all received the best educations available in the fields they pursued. After a few years, one child who showed particular promise was sent to Umbrella’s Training Facility in Raccoon City. This Wesker child’s name was Albert. Spencer was quite pleased by all of Albert’s actions, and if the other Wesker children were like him, Spencer would have nothing but quality individuals for his new race of humanity.  

Spencer then enacted the second phase of his plan. All the Wesker children would be administered an experimental virus. This virus was administered to screen out the more gifted of the Wesker children. Some took the virus on the recommendation of a friend; others were given the virus as part of their medical treatment; still others had it forcibly administered to them.  

Albert Wesker was no different. His partner, William Birkin, gave him the experimental virus, and he administered it to himself. This screening process turned out to be a little too selective. Most of the Wesker children died, leaving only a few survivors. Albert Wesker was one of those survivors, and he disappeared shortly after. Spencer was unconcerned by this development. There was a failsafe device attached to every Wesker—Spencer’s existence.  

This was the discomfort Albert had felt throughout his life. All Wesker children were programmed to seek Spencer out, which manifested itself as a growing anxiety within each of the subjects. Just as Spencer had predicted, Albert soon came to him. Unfortunately, Spencer had made one miscalculation. His failsafe only worked for as long as it remained a mystery. As soon as the mystery was revealed, Wesker no longer had a need to restrain himself. All that was impeding Wesker was a feeble old man on death’s doorstep.

“The right to be a god… That right is now mine.”

With these words, Wesker broke from the shackles that Spencer had laid on him. It was only random chance that brought his former subordinates Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine to Spencer’s mansion at that exact time, but Wesker took it as a sign. The weak would always resist the will of the chosen. With renewed purpose Wesker reflected on his own evolution and the evolution of the human race.

After the incident at the Spencer estate, he went underground and used the news of his death to veil his activities. He had achieved his goal of obtaining the virus and capital he needed from his position at Umbrella. Next he put all his efforts into bringing his Uroboros Plan to fruition, and thereby setting himself up as a god over the new generation of humanity.

More RE5 Files at IGN.

Let's talk about Steve Burnside

Every single day that Steve was on Rockfort Island, he probably heard all those stories of people leaving and not coming back. He probably knew about those people who were tortured, experimented on, mutilated, guillotined, etc. He watched the people who captured him kill his mother. He probably spent every day in fear that he’d be next. The fact that he wasn’t traumatized by the waiting and uncertainty alone is amazing. We don’t even know how long he was there.

“But Steve was whiny and angry for no reason—”