Category Archives: Fiction

Review of “Countdown to Terror”

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Book Reviews – “Countdown to Terror” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by David Holman. Mr. Holman has published two novels.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in 1969 England. At the height of the cold war, England, the US and Russia are all actively pursuing space programs.

A former German, now working with the British space program is seen attacked and killed. This involves the prime character of the novel, former MI5 officer Alex Swan. Swan is now with the secretive Ministry of Defense Services Investigations Department. Swan, along with ex-detective colleague Arthur Gable, delves into the murder and soon finds themselves involved with a much larger issue.

There are more deaths and Swan soon discovers that there is a clandestine organization that evolved out of Nazi Germany actively at work trying to sabotage space efforts by the British, US and Russians. Swan works hard to identify those involved and stop them from bringing catastrophic results on the space efforts.

I enjoyed the nearly 9 hours I spent reading this 318 page espionage thriller. While there was only a little action, I enjoyed the intrigue and plot twists. Given that the plot involves the space programs the cover are is appropriate. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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Trailer for “Tomb Raider”

Trailers – This reboot of the Tomb Raider movies looks interesting, though I think that I like Angelina Jolie instead of Alecia Vikander as Laura Croft. That may change after the movie is out. It is hard to really tell from a 2:13 trailer.

This new Tomb Raider movie is supposed to be more in line with the rebooted game released in 2013. We have a while to wait as it isn’t currently scheduled for release until March 16, 2018. From this brief look the movie has real possibilities.

Review of “Operation Armageddon”

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Book Reviews – “Operation Armageddon” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Richard Freeman. Mr. Freeman has published 17 books.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story takes place in 1943 Europe. The primary characters are Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander James Bosanquet and French resistance leader Marie Le Faucheur.

The war is beginning to turn for the Nazis. Their army at Stalingrad is in danger of being surrounded and the Allies will soon invade North Africa. Hitler himself comes up with a daring plan to strike a blow against the Allies with a submarine loaded with 250 tons of explosives.

Faucheur in Cap d’Enfer, France comes across information about the U-boat in her job at the German naval base. Bosanquet, working for British Naval Intelligence, is dropped behind German lines to take action against the threat. Working together with Faucheur, Bosanquet comes up with a plan to at least delay the sailing of the U-boat.

As with most plans, things fall apart quickly and their attack is thwarted with many injured or killed. The U-boat sails and it becomes a race to see if it can be found and stopped before the Germans can strike their ‘Armageddon’ blow against the Allies.

I enjoyed the 6.5 hours I spent on this 258 page World War II thriller. The main characters were a bit bungling in their jobs, but that is more realistic than the ‘James Bond’ like heroes we normally read about. The cover art is reasonable given that a German U-boat is central to the story. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Review of “Sandstorm”

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Book Reviews – “Sandstorm” eBook was published 2016 (original paper edition was published in 1991) and was written by Laurence Gough. Mr. Gough has published eight novels.

I received an ARC of this novel on promotion by the publisher. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations. The story is set in 1990s Egypt. The two primary characters are CIA agent Jack Downey and American businessman Charlie McPhee.

McPhee has spent the last few years in Egypt after a failed marriage. He is there illegally now that his visa has expired and takes odd jobs to make ends meet. Back in the US he had owned a very successful business that produced security systems and locks.

Downey is a very ruthless CIA agent. He begins to put together a team to penetrate Libya and assassinate Qaddafi. He brings in a pair of contractors that he has worked with before as the muscle of the team. McPhee is involuntarily involved with terrorists, and seeks help from the US embassy. That brings him to Downey’s attention and soon McPhee is part of the hit team.

Plans seem to come apart as the mission progresses. McPhee and fellow team member Jennifer Forsyth, whose father was killed at the hands of Qaddafi, are to play the part of husband and wife. Soon there is a real attraction between the two. But there is more to this mission that is first revealed. Will they succeed? Will they even survive?

I enjoyed the nearly 9 hours I spent reading this 320 page Thriller. It was a little slow at times, though it did have moments of excitement. I was never really drawn to any of the characters in the novel. I thought the plot was good and it had a nice twist at the end. I’m not sure why the cover art was chosen as helicopters played a very minor role in the story. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Trailer #2 for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

Trailers – This second trailer shows a little more of what can expect to see when this sequel opens September 22. I liked the first Kingsman movie (it ranked 7.7/10 on IMDB) and look forward to this one as well. The synopsis:

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” introduced the world to Kingsman – an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called  Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the  world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…

Review of “Revenge of the Seventh Carrier”

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Book Reviews – “Revenge of the Seventh Carrier” eBook was published in 2017 (original paper edition was published in 1992) and was written by Peter Albano. Mr. Albano published 14 novels, this being the 7th in his “Seventh Carrier” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. The story is set in the late 90’s. The Japanese aircraft carrier Yonaga survived world War II trapped in Siberian ice. When it was finally freed, it completed its mission of attacking Perl Harbor. Arriving back in Tokyo, the aging crew finds that Japan had surrendered nearly 40 years earlier.

A anit-missile satellite system launched by the Chinese goes haywire shooting down all missiles and jet aircraft around the world. This leaves the Yonaga as the most powerful weapon on Earth with its complement of World War II aircraft. Soon they become entangled in a fight against terrorists supported by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Yonaga is all that can stand up to the terrorists.

US Navy Lieutenant Brent Ross is only one of several international volunteers aboard the Yonaga helping in the fight. He is also the primary character of the story. He meets a young woman who is a reporter and develops strong feelings towards her while the Yonaga is anchored in Tokyo. The Yonaga sets out on a secret mission to bomb a poison gas plant in Libya. The mission is dangerous and there is an increasing fear that the mission plan has leaked.

I enjoyed the near 9 hours I spent reading this 352 page Alternate History Thriller. I have read most of the books in the series and have enjoyed them all. While there are several book preceding this one in the series, it still reads well on its own. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Review of “The Woman Who Knew Too Much”

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Book Reviews – “The Woman Who Knew Too Much” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Tom Savage (http://tomsavagebooks.com). Mr. Savage has published nine novels, two under the pseudonym of T. J. Phillips. This is the second of his “Nora Baron” thrillers.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story begins in the US, but most of it takes place in Venice, Italy. The primary character is actress and now college professor Nora Baron.

Baron’s husband is a CIA agent. Her husband’s boss approaches her with a special request. He wants her assistance to help a Russian actress defect from the touring troop she is with when it appears in Venice. The job is supposed to be easy and relatively harmless, but it proves to be much more complicated. Baron begins to have serious questions about the woman who has asked for help in defecting.

I enjoyed the 8+ hours I spent reading this 251 page Mystery Thriller. I found this book particularly interesting since my wife and I were in Venice in November of 2016. I liked the character of Nora Baron. While this is the second novel in the series, it does read well as a stand-alone novel. There is some action, but most of the story is about finding out what is behind the proposed defection and the intrigue between the major characters. The cover art is OK, with a hint of Venice. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

Review “Operation Firedog”

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Book Reviews – “Operation Firedog” eBook was published in 2017 (original paper edition was published in 1982) and was written by Robert Jackson. Mr. Jackson has published more than 50 books, mostly non-fiction about the military. This is the 8th novel in his fictional “Yeoman” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. The story is set in and around Singapore during the late 1940s. The primary character is Wing Commander George Yeoman.

Yeoman is assigned to a new base in Malaya. Yeoman, his air crews and British troops are there to fight the communists that are threatening to displace the government and take over. They find themselves in a situation every bit as dangerous as the recent war.

I enjoyed the 4 hours I spent reading this 177 page Military Fiction novel. I have read most of the other Yeoman novels, but this one does well as a stand-alone read. Even though it was written more than 35 years ago, it is still a good read. The cover art depicts the jungle warriors that are a prominent part of the story. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Short Science Fiction Film “The Highwaymen – Episode 1”

Short film – The Highwaymen series is produced by ThePsychoJellyfish and this first short (10:17) episode was posted to YouTube in September 2013. The synopsis:

Years after the Scourge virus brought humanity close to extinction, three travelers make their way through the forested wastes that were once civilization. However, an unexpected confrontation makes them realize the area isn’t as empty as they thought.

It isn’t too bad a production overall, though the three travelers seem to be traveling pretty light. The acting seems a little week to me, but as independent production it isn’t bad.

Trailer for “Rememory”

Trailers – “Rememory” looks like it could be a very interesting movie. The synopsis:

REMEMORY was written by Michael Vukadinovich and Mark Palansky and produced by Daniel Bekerman and Lee Clay. The film explores the unexplained death of Gordon Dunn (Martin Donovan), a visionary scientific pioneer whose body is found shortly after the unveiling of his newest work: a device able to extract, record and play a person’s memories. Gordon’s wife, Carolyn (Julia Ormond – Mad Men, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Legends of the Fall), retreats into her house and cuts off contact with the outside world when a mysterious man (Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Station Agent) shows up. After stealing the machine, he uses it to try and solve the mystery, beginning an investigation of memories that lead him to unexpected and dangerous places.

I like Peter Dinklage from his role in Game of Thrones. This movie also has a very interesting plot as a SciFi/Mystery. This movie is unusual in that it “will be available for free exclusively on Google Play Movies starting on August 24 before being released in select theatres on September 8“. If it sounds interesting, you can watch it now via the Google Play Store.