Posts by Joni

Movie Review: “The Foreigner”

Jackie Chan stars as Quon, the father of a young woman killed in an IRA bombing in London. The bombing marks the first in 19 years and is claimed by a group called the Authentic IRA. Distraught, Quon seeks revenge on the men who did it and is frustrated by the lack of progress by […]

Movie Review: “Blade Runner 2049”

This movie stars Ryan Gosling as a replicant known as K and the time is 2049 in Los Angeles. As a blade runner, his job with the LAPD is to hunt down the older model replicants and kill them. On one mission, he uncovers a mystery and the key to solving it is Deckard, a […]

Book Review: “Host” by Robin Cook

This book was published in 2015 and is the thirty-fourth novel of Dr. Robin Cook. It takes place in Charleston, South Carolina and is about a four year medical student, Lynn Pierce, and her best friend, Michael Pender as they attempt to find out what happened to Lynn’s boyfriend, Carl. He went in for surgery […]

Book Review: “A Thin Dark Line” by Tami Hoag

Published in 1997. This story begins with the acquittal of Marcus Renard for murder when a key piece of evidence is thrown out by the judge. The detective, Nick Fourcard, is blamed for planting evidence, but stops the victim’s father from extracting his own justice. The community is outraged at the turn of events. Annie […]

Movie Review: “Jackie”

This movie came out last year, but I could never find it in my local theaters. So, I finally found it on HBO. Natalie Portman stars as Jackie Kennedy, the wife of our slain President, John F. Kennedy. When the story opens, she’s at the family home in Kennebunkport, Maine waiting for a reporter to […]

Book Review: “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee

Published in 2015, this book takes us back to the 1950’s when Eisenhower was President and the equal rights movement was in its infancy. Jean Louis Finch, or Scout as she was known as a child, returns to Maycomb, Alabama for a two week vacation, something she’s done ever since she left home and moved […]

Movie Review: “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

When all of ten Kingsman locations in the UK are destroyed, the two remaining agents, Eggsy and Baldwin, implement the doomsday protocol where they join forces with the agents of the Statesman, an American counterpart headed by Champ. The person responsible for the destruction is Poppy, the head of the world’s largest drug cartel who […]

Book Review: “Hard Time”

This book was published in 1999 and features V.I. Warshawski, a private detective in Chicago. On her way home from a gala event, Warshawski nearly runs over a body lying in the road. Her car swerves to miss it and runs into a fire hydrant instead. She calls 911 and the police and ambulance arrive […]

Movie Review: “American Assassin”

Michael Keaton stars as Stan Hurley, a grizzly old veteran of the CIA who trains Mitch Rapp, played by Dylan O’Brien as a new assassin. The story begins 18 months earlier when Mitch and his girlfriend, Katrina, are on vacation. He’s just proposed to her and to celebrate, he gets a couple of drinks. While […]

Book Review: “The Prisoner of Zenda”

Do you know I never read this book? I’d heard about it, but never picked it up. Now I have and I can say that I enjoyed it. It was first published in 1894. The style of writing is indicative of the time, but it’s still readable. Interestingly, it was written in first person–was this […]

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