Category Archives: Thriller

Trailer for “Armed Response”

Trailers – The movie “Armed Response’ opened in theaters and on-demand August 4. The synopsis is:

A team of special forces soldiers approach the designer of a high-tech military compound to investigate the disappearance of another team guarding the facility. The compound, known professionally as a Temple, is an artificial intelligence powered facility designed for interrogating high level prisoners. Upon entering the Temple, the soldiers quickly find the earlier team horrifically slaughtered but no evidence as to who is responsible.

Almost immediately, the crew begins to experience strange and horrific supernatural phenomena as they attempt to uncover who killed the previous team. Soon enough, they find a lone survivor, a dangerous terrorist who may hold the key to who killed the soldiers. But as the story goes on, we’ll learn that there’s more to it than we’ve been told and a dark secret the soldiers share may hold the key to surviving The Temple.

I can’t tell from the trailer if this is one to see or not.

Review of “The Judas Battalion”

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Book ReviewsWWII – “The Judas Battalion” eBook was published in 2017 (original paper edition published in 1983) and was written by Peter MacAlan. Mr. MacAlan published seven 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 Language. The story is set during 1944. The primary character is Charlie Collins, a British soldier.

The Germans have formed an SS unit, the Britisches Freikorps, made up of British POWs. The Germans plan to use the unit to build tension between the British and the Russians. To highlight their existence, Hitler plans to use the unit as a special honor guard at his birthday celebration.

The British see this as an opportunity to kill Hitler and shorten the war. They find Collins in jail doing time for mutiny. He is only 4 months into a twelve year sentence and he has a bleak outlook for the future. He is approached with a wild plan to get him into Germany and into the British SS unit.

Collins takes the assignment even though it sounds like a suicide mission. He is completely on his own and goes though one misadventure after another in his attempt to reach Germany and find his way into the SS unit. Along the way the meets and falls in love with a German woman who is part of the growing resistance within Germany.

Will Collins be able to carry out his assignation mission? Will he be able to escape Germany and take the woman he has fallen in love with to safety?

I enjoyed the 7 hours I spent reading this 303 page World War II Fiction novel. Even though it was published more than 30 years ago, it still reads well. The characters were interesting and they plot had a few twists along the way. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Trailer for “Geostorm”

Trailers – The plot of this science fiction/disaster movie centers around satellites in orbit that malfunction causing atmospheric (weather) anomalies on Earth. Geostorm is rated as PG-13. The synopsis is:

After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong — the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything … and everyone along with it.

Gerard Butler stars as Jake, a scientist who, along with his brother, Max, played by Jim Sturgess, is tasked with solving the satellite program’s malfunction. Abbie Cornish stars as Secret Service agent Sarah Wilson; Alexandra Maria Lara as Ute Fassbinder, the ISS astronaut who runs the space station; Daniel Wu as Cheng, the Hong Kong-based supervisor for the Dutch Boy Program; with Andy Garcia as U.S. President Andrew Palma; and Ed Harris as Secretary of State Leonard Dekkom.

Well, I’m not sure about this movie. There are lots of great digital animation sequences seen in the trailer. How good the movie is will remain to be seen when it opens October 20. I’m not holding out a lot of hope for this one though.

Book Review of “War Shadows”

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Book Review – “War Shadows” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Jeffrey Wilson and Brian Andrews (http://www.andrews-wilson.com). Together they have published four novels. In addition Mr. Wilson has published one novel on his own, and Mr. Andrews two. This is the second novel in their “Tier One” 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 Language. The novel is set in our contemporary world. The primary character is John Dempsey, who in his former life was a US Navy SEAL.

Dempsey, in his new life, is now a Tier One operator. Part of a very clandestine organization intended to do what it takes to keep America safe. He, and his team, are involved in stopping terrorists that are trying to infiltrate the US and then cause a distributed, but coordinated attack.

Dempsey and his team are on their trail, but always seem to be one step behind. It becomes a race to see if they will be able to stop the terrorists before they can carry out their plan to kill and wound as many as possible.

I enjoyed the just shy of 9 hours I spent reading this 400 page Thriller. I liked the plot and the characters. While I have read the prior book in the series, this one reads well on its own. The cover art is OK as it depicts part of the pursuit in tunnels. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Book Review of “Trojan”

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Book Reviews – “Trojan” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Alan McDermott. He has published ten novels. This is the first in his new “Andrew Harvey” 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 Europe, mostly in England. The primary character is MI5 agent Andrew Harvey.

MI5 hears of the threat of attack by terrorists using a powerful nerve gas. Harvey and his fellow agents must find out who is going to carry out the attack. They must sift through many leads to track down those who are involved in the pending attack.

While there is some action, this is mostly a story of intrigue and misdirection. I enjoyed the 4.5 hours I spent reading this 302 page thriller. I liked the characters in the novel as well as the plot. The plot in this novel was not as predictable as many of this genre that I have read. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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Book Review of “Ring of Fire”

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Book Reviews – “Ring of Fire” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Brad Taylor (http://bradtaylorbooks.com). Mr. Taylor has published 17 novels thus far with this being the 11th in his “Brad Pike” 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 Special Operations operative Pike Logan.

Years earlier a failing business man makes bribe to win a lucrative aerospace contract. Now this is about to come back to destroy him and his business when he hears that inside information is about to be leaked that might disclose his illegal activities. His fear is heightened as he finds that his company is tied to terrorist activities because of the bribe.

Logan and his partner Jennifer Cahill are dispatched by the Taskforce to investigate this pending leak. The Taskforce fears that they may be outed by the revelations. Terrorists begin a series of attacks on the US, their “ring of fire” intending to hit ports around the US in an effort to impact US shipping. These terrorists are those tied to the business man through the bribe.

This begins a mad dash by Logan and Cahill to discover the terrorist’s plans and stop them any way they can.

I enjoyed the 11 hours I spent reading this 443 page Thriller. I have read other “Pike Logan” novels and liked them as well. The thriller is full of action and daring do by the heroes, Logan and Cahill. The plot was interesting, but did not contain any real surprises. The cover art is OK, but doesn’t really relate to anything in particular. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Book Review of “Cry Spy”

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Book Reviews – “Cry Spy” eBook was published in 2016 (original paper edition was published in 1990) and was written by William Hood. Mr. Hood published five books, all in the espionage/spy genre.

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 some scenes of Violence. The story is set duing the height of the cold war. The main character is retired American spy Alan Trosper.

The death of Trosper’s friend, Peter Gandy, starts Trosper on the path of finding out who killed him and why. Gandy was a retired spy who was poisoned using methods attributed to Russia.

Trosper follows one clue after another until he finally finds a connection to who he thinks was behind the assassination. This is a story of tactics and well thought out strategies, no high tech toys. This is a story of people and takes a more realistic look at the world of espionage and counter intelligence that is usually seen.

I enjoyed the 8 hours I spent reading this 303 page Mystery/Spy Thriller. It is more of an ‘old-school’ spy tale. It doesn’t have a lot of excitement, but it is a very engaging novel. I thought that the plot was well thought out and did not have many predictable twists. While it was written over 25 years ago, it still reads well. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 4.2 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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Review of “Skyeater Rewake”

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Book Reviews – “Skyeater Rewake” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by J. Alex McCarthy (http://jalexmccarthy.com). This is Mr. McCarthy’s fourth novel and the first in his “A Universe Without Stars” 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 Language. The story is set in contemporary times. The primary character is Cole, a man who feels lost and wants to kill himself.

That is forced to change when Earth is invaded by aliens that are so powerful that they quickly decimate Earth’s military. But Cole, along with a handful of others on Earth, have been given near god like capabilities by another group of aliens that hope their gift will be enough to save human kind. There are lots of battles on Earth with the losses extensive on both sides. These battles leaves Earth nearly destroyed.

So I invested nearly 10 hours in this Science Fiction Thriller. I’m not sure it was worth that. The basic plot is OK, but I think dividing the book into two parts, one the war on Earth and the second the war on the alien ship would have been better. That would have allowed for the story parts to be fleshed out more. I personally did not enjoy the surreal nature of this story. I came very close more than once of calling a Rule of 50 on this and moving on to something else. I don’t think I will be reading any of the other books in this series. The cover art is OK, but not the best tie in to the story. I give this novel a 2.8 (rounded up to a 3) out of 5.

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Review of “Hunger Makes the Wolf”

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Book Reviews – “Hunger Makes the Wolf” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Alex Wells. This is Mr. Wells’ first publication.

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 is set on the planet Tanegawa’s World far from Earth. Humanity has spread to many planets. The planet is under tight control by TransRifts Inc. The primary character of the story is a young woman named Hob.

Hob has been on Tanegawa’s World about ten years, growing up there. She had come off one of the infrequent rift ships, all alone and penniless. She was taken in by Nick Ravani and grew up as part of his Ghost Wolves mercenary band.

Now she finds Nick’s brother murdered in the desert. The murder and the growing paranoia by TransRifts over people who have developed special abilities, sets up a confrontation between the Ghost Wolves and TransRifts. Hub is caught in the middle and soon finds herself in a leadership position she never wanted.

I enjoyed the 11 hours I spent reading this Science Fiction Thriller. It has an interesting plot and a well developed set of ‘science’ to go with Tanegawa’s World. Hub is a strong but damaged leading character. The way the story ended, there could easily be a sequel, which I would be interested in reading. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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Review of “Voice of God”

Book Reviews – I came across the blog site “Voice of God” when the author started following my blog. This is a mystery told in a series of short, serial posts. The synopsis is:

Voice of God is a multimedia mystery about a dystopian future of surveillance. Follow Gaia, her crew, and enigmatic Luc as they set out on a journey to learn the value of truth in a society that seems to be doing remarkably well without it.

The first three episodes of this mystery have been posted so far and they begin a compelling story. Each post so far is readable in five minutes or less and they begin an interesting mystery. The story takes place in a dystopian society, in an unidentified country.

The world is in the throws of an economic collapse. Suddenly people around the world have begun to hear a booming voice from the sky that tells them to be good. No one knows the source and it quickly is attributed to the voice of God. People also start going up in flames. Mostly the victims are those who are known to be criminals or who have profited at the expense of others. Again, there is no claim as to who, or why or how it is being done. An act of retribution by God?

I have followed this blog and look forward to the next episode to be published. This may be a site you want to follow too. Go to