Book Review: “The Signal” by Ron Carlson

This is a novella, first published in 2009, but was located in the new releases section of the library. The story starts out slowly with great descriptive narrative of the Wyoming landscape as Mack and his ex-wife trek deep into the wild to fish. This is their last planned meeting. His wife, Vonnie, has already […]

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Book Review: “Rebellion’s Message” by Michael Jecks

This is a Jack Blackjack Tudor Mystery, published in 2016, but takes place in 1554 in England. Jack is a thief, a cut-purse, as they were known back then. He finds a gull (a target) and buys him ale at a pub. Once drunk, he will cut off his purse and make his getaway; however, […]

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Movie Review: “The Dark Tower”

This movie was based on a series of books written by Stephen King. I really enjoyed this film in spite of what other reviewers said. Like all fantasy movies, you have to accept the premise to begin with–there is a dark tower in the middle of the universe that protects Keystone Earth and other planets […]

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Book Review: “Final Act” by J.M. Gregson

Sam Jackson was a TV producer for the Horror in Herefordshire show, starring Martin Buttivant as Inspector Loxton. No one liked Sam; he was a boorish man with never a kind word to anyone. He kept secrets on his actors, forcing them to accept lower pay in exchange for work. One day, he’s found dead […]

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Book Review: “A Divided Spy” by Charles Cumming

Thomas Kell left MI6 after the last operation when Rachel, a woman he loved, was killed. He didn’t recover, but found an opportunity for revenge. The man who executed his love has been spotted in Egypt in a compromising situation. Tom drops everything and heads to the Egyptian resort, but arrives too late. He follows […]

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Movie Review: “Atomic Blonde”

Charlize Theron stars as the Atomic Blonde, even though she’s never referred to by that moniker. In fact for a secret agent, she’s too striking and stands out in a crowd, but she does an outstanding job in her role. The movie is based on a graphic novel, “The Coldest City” by Antony Johnston and […]

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Cover reveal: “Blood Mission”

The last book of the Seaward Isle Saga, Blood Mission, has a new cover: Alex thwarts an assassination attempt on the life of her cousin, Prince Darin of the Water Elves.  He assigns her a mission to find the assassin called a Blood Mission.  Can she find him before he strikes again? Ebook: Link to […]

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Book review: “The Trespasser” by Tana French

Antoinette Conway has been a detective on the Murder Squad of the Dublin Police in Ireland for two harrowing years. Filled with incidents of harassment, her nerves are almost shot. But she’s teamed with a new partner, Steve Moran, someone she knows and trusts. At the end of one of their overnight shifts, they’re assigned […]

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Movie Review: “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”

The movie begins with an explanation of what the City of a Thousand Planets is. It began as a space station orbiting around Earth, but it became too large to stay, so it was sent into space. It continued to grow and its name was changed to Alpha. The scene shifts to an unknown planet […]

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Movie Review: “Dunkirk”

At the end of May in 1940, the Allied forces in France were pushed west to the beachhead at Dunkirk. Over 400,000 men and equipment were trapped with nowhere to go. The air was filled with German planes and their ships patrolled the sea. Commander Bolton of the Royal Navy, played by Kenneth Branagh, supervised […]

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