DVD Review: The Darkest Hour

DARKEST HOUR Universal Home Entertainment I’ve always been a fan of movies about the European WWII stuff. I just can’t get enough. We recently finally saw Dunkirk and I quite enjoyed it. DARKEST HOUR came out on disc this week so I popped in the Blu-Ray last night. I am pretty familiar with this period of history and even more so having just watched Ken Burn’s The Roosevelts. So going into this I had some knowledge of the events. This movie did give a nice look into the turmoil that Winston Churchill was dealing with both personally and with his war cabinet. He was never popular with the people in charge but the people grew to love and...

Review of A PROMISE TO KILL by Erik Storey

A PROMISE TO KILL Erik Storey 2017 Scribner Publishing an outstanding debut is a blessing and a curse. On one hand, the author can say he or she has “made it” and bask in the glory of a book received with praise by both readers and critics. On the other hand, a great debut creates high expectations. That’s probably the cause of the sophomore curse. In any case, I was worried about author Erik Storey because his first book in the Clyde Barr series, Nothing Short of Dying, was full of action and great writing and, perhaps more importantly, a ton of heart. Two chapters into the second entry in the series, A Promise to Kill, it was clear that...

Review Of TRUE FICTION By Lee Goldberg

TRUE FICTION Lee Goldberg April 1st, 2018 Thomas and Mercer Lee Goldberg has written a lot of great books that I have enjoyed. I also enjoy Lee, I’ve seen him on panels and do interviews and have met him a number of times. If anyone out there truly knows what it is like to live the lifestyle of a working author it’s Lee. He knows the business and he knows the aspects of writing for a living. TRUE FICTION is Lee’s latest and I it seems really obvious that the saying “write what you know” played a big part in Lee’s idea for a new series. This first book introduces Ian Ludlow, a thriller writer. (This is a pseudonym Goldberg used back in the...

WATCHMEN: THE ANNOTATED EDITION Edited by Leslie K...

WATCHMEN: THE ANNOTATED EDITION Edited by Leslie Klinger, Forward by Dave Gibbons Dec 2017 DC Comics WATCHMEN is possibly the most famous graphic novel ever published. Trade editions have never gone out of print and it still sells BIG numbers. It was on Time magazine’s list of 100 best novels of all time. There has been a movie made, prequels were published and the characters are being introduced into the DC Universe proper. There have also been a lot of articles and even whole books about WATCHMEN. People can’t seem to get enough. Now Leslie Klinger who has done annotated versions of Sherlock Homes, Dracula and more has tackled this...

Review of CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW By Brad Parks

CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW Brad Parks March 2018 Dutton This is one hell of a ride, and one that is impossible to get off until the very last page. Anxiety swelled in my chest from the word go, but I couldn’t put it down. Melanie Barrick grew up in the system. But she’s made good now, after years of bouncing from one foster home to care facility to another, even living in her car for a while. But she has a loving husband and new baby Alex. Both parents dote on the little boy even though he’s the product of the night Melanie was raped by the Whisper Rapist. But disaster strikes again when Melanie goes to pick up Alex from daycare and learns that...

Review of OATH OF HONOR by Lynette Eason

OATH OF HONOR: Blue Justice Series Book 1 Lynette Eason January 2nd, 2018 Revell Publishers OATH OF HONOR by Lynette Eason is the first in a new series. This thrilling story is a shout out to those in law enforcement who put their lives on the line each and every day to keep everyone safe. The action never ceases as the plot combines a mystery, criminal investigation, politics, gang wars, shootings, and bad cops. What makes this story stand out is that Eason also brings to life engaging and well-developed characters, including some who have a subtle romance. The plot begins with childhood friends who are now police partners, Izzy St. John...