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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The IX Series


Prelude to Sorrow


Fight or Die

The task force dispatched to eradicate the Horde menace on far Exordium has failed, and for those left alive, that axiom resounds as never before.

Now marooned – out of time and out of place – the survivors lick their wounds and struggle to recover while the fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance. But fate, it seems, isn’t done with the Ninth, and our heroes find themselves forced to mount a last-ditch attempt to end the threat once and for all.

But just how much will they have to sacrifice and what implications might this entail? Will the darkness be vanquished, or will our heroes’ efforts finally signal the beginning of the end of their adventure?

Find out soon in – Prelude to Sorrow – the stunning conclusion to the IX saga.



Watch this space for the forthcoming cover reveal

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Taboo


Last week I had the rather delightful experience of delving into a dark and macabre BBC drama entitled, Taboo.
I knew I’d be onto a winner as it involved collaboration between “Peaky Blinders” creator Steven Knight, Ridley Scott of “Alien – Blade Runner – Gladiator – and a shedload of other hits” fame, and Tom Hardy (in the title role), to name a few.

Here’s the scenario:

It’s 1814. James Keziah Delaney is a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what’s left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But his father’s legacy is a poisoned chalice. Enemies – especially among the “all-knowing & all-powerful” East India Company – lurk in every shadow and under every rock.

A man with ungodly, terrible secrets, Delaney is forced to navigate increasingly complex waters to avoid a death that just about everyone seems to lust after. Why?

Ah, that begins to emerge in this sinister, brooding, slow burning and gritty drama that shows you the depths some will plunge to in order to protect their interests.

******

Often brutal, sometimes poignant and always gritty, Taboo is utterly original, packed with a stellar cast who blend together perfectly, and the perfect murder mystery to watch...so long as you’re not easily shocked.



As Oliver Twist might say: “Please sir, can I have some more?”


Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Clue Is In The Title


I’ve spent rather an entertaining week – courtesy of Netflix – watching one of the most enjoyable series I’ve seen in a long time.

The show? The Santa Clarita Diet.

Now, I’m never one to give the plot of a film or series away, so I’ll promise not to do that, but you know you’re onto a winner with this little gem from the start.

Imagine the scenario:  Husband and wife realtors Joel and Sheila (Timothy Olyphant & Drew Barrymore) are stuck in a humdrum middle of the road existence. Living in a suburban street sandwiched between a sheriff on one side and a cop on the other, they’re nothing out of the ordinary and something of a boring couple.
The first sign that something’s amiss is when Sheila complains she’s not feeling too good. Later that day, they’re showing a couple around a house, and, when they get to the plushy carpeted bedroom and bathroom area, Sheila commences to add a wall to wall veneer to the thoughtfully laid out d├ęcor by projectile vomiting.
Professional to a tee, Joel ushers the shocked prospective customers downstairs where he tries vainly to portray the benefits of the kitchen to the background and somewhat echoing accompaniment of his wife’s gastric misadventure upstairs. (She literally brings up the contents of her stomach...internal organs an all).

Thus begins a gory, nose turning, dry humored adventure where Joel and Sheila have to come to terms with a drastic change, and what that entails.
Though we’re not told directly what that change is, the clue is in the title:

The Santa Clarita Diet.

Clue - Sheila need 100% fresh meat off the bone. Preferably while it’s still alive.

Awesome fun. Don’t forget the cop and sheriff neighbors. Adding to the mix is Liv, their dry teenage daughter and Eric, her next-door shadow who worships the ground she walks on and who just so happens to be geeky enough to help out.

I’ve got to say, I absolutely loved it. Lots of twists and turns, close to the knuckle laughs, last second surprises and most of all...unashamedly gory.
The interaction between the main characters is top notch and I wished this was one of those 20 episode series you get from time to time.


An 5 star comedy gore-fest....and roll on series 2.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Terminate All Piracy


But not until you've run a shot across the bow of the very latest offering from Janet Morris' Heroes in Hell Universe - Pirates in Hell

That's right! You'll find no fool's gold or bootlegged booty inside this little treasure chest of 12 authentic adventures that'll light a fire in your hold and make you feel inclined to splice the mainbrace on a bottle of Captain Gorgons finest!
******

Just look at the list of scurvy sea dogs waiting to pressgang you into perdition:



If you like what you see then rest assured, there's no need to scour the seven seas to get your grimy hands on one.

No, YOU can get your very own genuine pirate copy right here:



Press the link to avoid the worse case of black spot you'll ever suffer this side of 
Davey Jones' Locker.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Blast From the Past


I don't know about you, but I enjoy delving into the odd blast from the past here and there, especially when it comes to treasured favorites.

Back in 1979, I read my first ever Terry Brooks novel, The Sword of Shannara, and was hooked. The sequels followed, as did a separate The Word and the Void trilogy.

Little did I know at the time how the two worlds would blend...especially as time and circumstance took me away from this particular writer for many years.

Long story short?
I recently got back into the Shannara series, and found it has expanded way beyond anything I ever realized from the 1970's. What's more, I was delighted to discover Terry had laid the seeds for the Shannara saga through The Word and the Void adventures.

Over the past few weeks, I completed the latest in a run-up to the original story I read all those years ago. Bearers of the Black Staff, and A Measure of Magic.

Here's what I thought.






I really enjoyed the way Terry Brooks wove the world as it is now into what it becomes in the far distant future. See what you think...there's plenty to keep you busy.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Pirates in Hell


Have you availed yourself of the bounty yet?

It’s all hands on deck in this swashbuckling extravaganza that leaves no bone unturned. And the great thing is, you don’t need a map to avail yourself of the treasure trove of tales inside...

Just look at the list of characters from myth & legend, history and the stuff nightmares are made of to keep you entertained:


Pirates in Hell Contents:


Bitter Business – Janet Morris and Chris Morris

Pieces of Hate – Andrew P. Weston

Evil Angel –  Janet Morris and Chris Morris

Who’s a Pirate Now? – Nancy Asire

Curse of the Pharaohs – S.E. Lindberg

Lir’s Children – Paul Freeman

Unholiest Grail – Larry Atchley, Jr.

The Bitter Taste of Hell’s Injustice – Jack William Finley

Serial Recall and Beautiful Tortures – Michael H. Hanson

Drink and the Devil – Rob Hinkle

The Pirates of Penance – Joe Bonadonna

Muse of Fire – Janet Morris and Chris Morris

Hell Hounds (excerpt) – Andrew P. Weston

See something you like?
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Little Look into the World of Shannara


A skilful blending of two into one

I first read Terry Brook's Sword of Shannara back in 1980, and took to the series with relish. On the basis of that, I followed his other works too, and in particular, Running with the Demon detailing the exploits of John Ross, a Knight of the Word.
Boy, was I glad I did, for in Genesis of Shannara, we see a skilful introduction/evolution of the two series into one. (And I might add - a delightful surprise)
Genesis of Shannara takes place in a postapocalyptic world fifty years into our future, where the seeds of the Shannara world really begin to flourish. Civilization has fallen into darkness and stands little chance of surviving long. However, hope exists in the shape of two Knights of the Word, and the resilience of one of the Chosen, guardian of the Ellcrys who senses the fall of mankind also heralds the demise of the Elves - hidden as they are.
How the story develops - thereby weaving the two together - well, you'll have to find that out for yourselves. But it's skilfully and credibly done.
I look forward to the next in the series soon.
(Just a note to avid fans. Although this book/series stand alone, you can gain a great deal of insight and history by reading the Word & Void series first. Let's just say it will lay fine foundations for what's to come)


In “The Elves of Cintra” we continue the story of Logan Tom and Angel Perez, two knights of the word, intent on their own individual missions.
Logan seeks to recover an ancient talisman of wild magic – the gypsy morph – and icon that can prevent humanity’s destruction. In doing so, he inadvertently becomes the surrogate protector of a ragtag bunch of street kids fleeing south from Seattle in their search for a safer place to live.
Meanwhile, Angel Perez is heading north, escorting the ephemeral ambassador of the fey – the tatterdemalion – to the elves of Cintra. Though isolated from mankind’s affairs for centuries, the elves are also in danger and need to take drastic measures to ensure they are not also swept away in the coming destruction. But will they listen?
If their job wasn’t difficult enough, both knights are forced to contend with the dross of a ruined civilization, mutants, freaks, once-men and demons. They also have to battle their own shortcomings, proving once again that in the post apocalyptic world of the future, the streets are always paved with so many hidden traps and snares, you never know who to trust
…until it’s too late.
A thoroughly enjoyable romp through the seeds of the Shannara legend. I look forward to the next installment.

(And that will hopefully follow in about a week's time)