Delphi Newbie Needs Help!

I am learning Delphi and I have a Database project that I am working
on.  I have 2 questions:
1. Does anyone have exerience with accessing databases through delphi
that are hybrid? In particular a local Access Database with attached
network sql tables as read only.
2. Does anyone know of any good books that could help me to be able to
use the database without being tortured?

I have several books but they only address the database access with
direct reference to only the paradox databases.

Thanks for the help!!