Category Archives: Fiction

Trailer for “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”

Trailers – The latest installment in the Mission: Impossible movie franchise will be in theaters this July. The synopsis from IMDB:

Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.

That synopsis doesn’t really say much. The rather long trailer does make the new movie look enticing. I have enjoyed all of the Mission: Impossible movies and was a fan of the TV series back in its day. This looks to be a movie I will want to see.

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Review of “The White Ghost”

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Book Reviews – “The White ghost” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by James R. Benn (http://www.jamesrbenn.com). Mr. Benn has published twelve novels in his “Billy Boyle Mysteries” series. This is the tenth novel in that series.

I purchased this novel through the Barnes & Noble on-line store and read it on the Nook App on my iPad. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set during the late summer of 1943. The primary characters are Lieutenants Billy Boyle and Piotr ‘Kaz’ Kazimierz.

Just starting on a well deserved leave (this occurs between books three and four of the series), Boyle and Kazimierz receive orders to meet someone in Casablanca. The meeting turns out to be with Joe Kennedy Jr. The Boyle family had a history with the Kennedy’s back in Boston. Now young Jack Kennedy had gotten his PT boat sunk from under him and, while convalescing, had gotten implicated in a murder. Knowing Boyle’s position on Eisenhower’s staff, Ambassador Kennedy pulls strings getting Boyle and Kazimierz temporarily assigned to the murder investigation.

The two fly nearly half way around the world to the Solomon Islands from Morocco. Boyle and Kazimierz begin to dig into the evidence surrounding the murder. Before long they have other bodies on their hands that seem tied to the same killer. The Solomons are near the front lines in the Pacific, so Boyle and Kazimierz must evade dangerous encounters with the Japanese as their investigation progresses.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 10 hours I spent reading this 353 page World War II Mystery. I have read the first ten books in this series and have enjoyed each and every one. I like the plot, mixing mystery with the drama of World War II. I like the way too that Benn mixes well known characters from the period into his novels. I think that the cover art is well chosen. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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

Review of “French Kiss”

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Book Reviews – “French Kiss” eBook was published in 2017 (the original paper edition was published in 1989) and was written by Eric Van Lustbader (https://www.ericvanlustbader.com/). Mr Lustbader has published more than 45 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 ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations.

Sometime during or shortly after the Vietnam war a powerful artifact was taken from Cambodia. This three bladed sword is said to hold great power. Now it is sought to take control of the Asian drug trade.

New York lawyer Chris Haye and NYPD lieutenant Seve Guarda are drawn into the story after their respective brothers are killed. Bloody action moves from New York to France and then Southeast Asia as they seek justice.

I enjoyed this 498 page thriller. I have read many of Van Lustbader’s novels and enjoyed most of them. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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

Trailer for “The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2”

Trailers – This trailer for the second season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” looks interesting. The first season was very well received and earned an 8.6/10 on IMDB. The synopsis for the series per IMDB:

Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.

I don’t subscribe to Hulu, so I have not seen the first season, though I have heard and read many good things about it. If you do have access to Hulu this looks like a good series to try.

Trailer for “Tomb Raider”

Trailers – The second trailer for the reboot of the Lara Croft movies is out and the new “Tomb Raider” looks to provide the excitement and action we are used to in the franchise. The synopsis per IMDB:

Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.

I liked the two prior Lara Croft movies. I hope that this one does indeed live up to the taste we have been given in this trailer. We will be able to see it in the theaters in mid March.

Short Science Fiction Film “The Problemless Anonymous”

Short films – This short (13:03) film is a little on the odd side, but has a creative twist at the end. The film was published to YouTube in December of 2017 by DUST. The synopsis per IMDB:

Ivan has tested positive for perfection, but sadly in this world it’s illegal and the law states he must attend a private clinic to be made imperfect.

I would not categorize this as science fiction exactly. The film is sort of slow, but I think it has a redeeming twist at the end.

Review of “In the Crosshairs”

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Book Reviews – “In the Crosshairs” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Sgt. Jack Coughlin (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Coughlin_(author)). Mr. Coughlin has published 10 novels, with this being the 10th in his “Kyle Swanson Sniper” 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. The story is set in contemporary times. The primary character is former Marine sniper Kyle Swanson, who is now out of the service, but who occasionally does work for the CIA.

A Mexican police officer who was a good friend of Swanson’s is killed in the line of duty. The drug cartel responsible sets off a bomb at the funeral. This sets Swanson on the trail of the man he thinks is responsible. Concurrent to this, a new Congresswoman is stirring up public concern over the CIA and its involvement in the drug trade.

Swanson heads to the middle east in pursuit of the bomber on behalf of the CIA. He has been paired with another sniper who has been employed on special missions for the CIA. The two close in on their quarry, but things take an unexpected turn. A far larger plot is underway than Swanson and the CIA leadership had imagined.

I enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this suspenseful 301 page thriller. The characters were well developed and the plot was good, though far from unique. The cover art is OK, though I would have preferred something more closely related to the story. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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

Review of “Red Swan”

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Book Reviews – “Red Swan” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by P. T. Deutermann (https://www.ptdeutermann.com). Mr. Deutermann has published 20 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 ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. The story takes place in the contemporary US. The primary character is Dr. Preston Allender.

Psychiatrist Allender was an officer at the CIA, dealing with training and senior officer evaluations. He masterminds a masterful plan to discredit a ranking Chinese intelligence official that is very successful. But the administration needs a scape goat for the firestorm that results and Allender is forced to ‘retire’.

Almost a year later he is approached to come back on a consulting basis to act as the liaison between the CIA and FBI for an FBI task force investigating the death of a top ranking CIA officer. The more that Allender discovers, the less he feels he has been told the whole truth. He finds himself the focus of both Chinese and American agents, and everything he has been told comes into question.

I really enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this 282 page modern suspense thriller. I liked this story. It was not a high-action plot with lots of firefights or hand-to-hand combat. It was more of a suspenseful mystery. The cover art is eye catching, but not directly related to the story. This is the second novel written by Mr. Deutermann that I have read and I have enjoyed them both. 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 of “The Rogue Agent”

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Book Reviews – “The Rogue Agent” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Daniel Judson (http://danieljudsonbooks.com/). Mr. Judson has published a dozen novels. This is the second book in his “The Agent” 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. The story is set in the contemporary US. The primary character is former covert ops agent Tom Sexton.

Sexton thinks he has been hiding and invisible to his former boss. He finds that is far from the truth. He is drawn back into his past when he is approached by his former boss to help protect a young girl.

This quickly leads Sexton and his girlfriend into one dangerous situation after another. He also learns much about his family that had been kept hidden from him up to now.

I really enjoyed the 7 hours I spent reading this 354 page fiction thriller. I liked the characters that were developed for the novel as well as the plot. The cover art is OK. 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).

Trailer for “A Quiet Place”

Trailers – The trailer for the film “A Quiet Place” is very different. The family living in the remote farm must be quiet at all costs, thus the trailer is without dialog. Should the family make sound by accident, they will be hunted. The synopsis from IMDB:

A family lives an isolated existence in utter silence, for fear of an unknown threat that follows and attacks at any sound.

It looks interesting as a ‘horror’ movie. We’ll see how good it is when it opens in April of 2018.