Savages (Savages #2) Review

Savages (Savages #2) is a 2010 crime thriller novel written by Don Winslow and published by Simon & Schuster.  Ben, Chon, and O are best friends who’ve made a fortune producing premium grade marijuana in Southern California.  When the Mexican Baja Cartel demands a cut by kidnapping O, Ben and Chon begin a series of negotiations and life risking actions to free her. Positives: Great characters Informative writing Brilliant dialogue Great pacing Highly suspenseful Negatives: n/a Plot:  The concept of the story is pretty damn simple.  Ben has developed a…

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The Cole Protocol (Halo #6) Review

The Cole Protocol (Halo #6) is a 2008 science fiction military novel written by Tobias S. Buckell and published by Tor Books.  Set in the first, desperate days of the Human-Covenant War, the UNSC has enacted the Cole Protocol to safeguard Earth and its inner colonies from discovery by a merciless alien foe. Positives: Great characters Complex story Good writing Good pacing Good setup Negatives: Too many characters Too many subplots Plot:  There are four basic storylines.  One is the Spartan Gray Team sent to the Rubble to destroy any data concerning…

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Forever Evil: Blight Review

Forever Evil: Blight is a 2013 DC Comics superhero graphic novel written by J. M. DeMatteis and Ray Fawkes.  After a battle between the three Justice Leagues, the heroes of the DC Universe have all gone missing. With unspeakable evil called Blight unleashed on the world, it’s up to the Justice League Dark, Swamp Thing, Pandora and the Phantom Stranger to try and stop them from destroying everything around them. Positives: Great art style Good writing Great dialogue Great antagonists Good story Cool characters Negatives: Ending sucked Plot:   There are two main…

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Devil May Care Review

Devil May Care is a 2008 action crime spy thriller novel written by Sebastian Faulks and published by Penguin Books.  Based on the works of Ian Fleming, the story follows James Bond who is investigating a megalomaniac chemist named Dr. Julius Gorner who has a deep-seated hatred of England. Positives: Great characters Great writing Witty dialogue Interesting story Good action Negatives: Can get really slow in terms of pacing Villains are cliche with no real depth Plot:  The story follows a worn Bond who is considering a change of career. …

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Through a Crimson Veil (Crimson City #3) Review

Through a Crimson Veil (Crimson City #3) is a 2005 supernatural romance novel written by Patti O’Shea, published by Love Spell.  Set as Book Three in the Crimson City series, the story follows the half demon half human Conor who must protect the half demon half human Mika from unknown assailants while Mika harbors a terrible secret. Positives: Great main leads Humorous dialogue Good storytelling Great characterization Negatives: Some pacing issues Cardboard antagonists Plot:   Mika Noguchi is a half-demon who enlist the protection of the half-demon Conor McCabe. However, she…

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Dusk (Tales of Noreela #1) Review

Dusk (Tales of Noreela #1) is a 2006 dark fantasy horror novel written by Tim Lebbon, published by Spectra.  Book one of the Tales of Noreela series, the story follows Kosar the thief who enlist the aid of his ex-lover and Shantasi warrior A’Meer, and their band of unexpected allies as he embarks on a journey to protect a special boy from the dark forces closing in on him. Positives: Great characterization Worldbuilding is impressive Great characters Good, descriptive writing Good story Good character development Brutal and gory violence Negatives:…

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Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader (Star Wars) Review

Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader (Star Wars) is a 2005 science fiction space opera novel written by James Luceno, published by Del Rey Books.   The story is set in the immediate aftermath of Revenge of the Sith and focuses on Darth Vader and his rise to prominence in the newly formed Galactic Empire. Positives: Vader is badass Great characters Intense action Strong developing arcs Complex story Compelling writing Negatives: Story can be slow here and there Plot:  When a contingent of clone troopers on the planet Murkhana refuses to open fire on Jedi Masters Roan…

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The Approaching Storm (Star Wars) Review

The Approaching Storm (Star Wars) is a 2002 science fiction space opera novel written by Alan Dean Foster, published by Del Rey Books.  The story follows Obi-Wan Kenobi and padawan Anakin Skywalker are sent to the planet Ansion to join Jedi Master Luminara Unduli and her padawan Barriss Offee to settle a dispute as growing unrest threatens the Republic’s stability prior to Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. Positives: Great writing Awesome, well-written characters Great world-building Compelling story Negatives: Slow paced read Forgettable antagonists Plot: The plot is set on the world Anison, where…

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Zero Hour (Resident Evil #0) Review

Zero Hour (Resident Evil Series #0) is a 2004 science fiction horror novel written by S. D. Perry, published by Pocket Books, and based on the Resident Evil: Zero Hour video game. Sent to investigate a series of grisly murders in Raccoon City, S.T.A.R.S. Bravo Team scrambles into action. On the way to the scene, Bravo’s helicopter crashes. Although everyone survives, what they discover next is gruesome: an overturned military transport truck riddled with corpses — and that’s only the beginning of their nightmare. Positives: Billy and Rebecca are great…

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Naruto Review

Naruto is a 1999 adventure, comedy, martial arts, fantasy Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto.  The series follows a hyperactive and knuckle-headed ninja named Naruto Uzumaki who leaves in Konohagakure village as an outcast. Shunned because of the Kyuubi inside him, Naruto struggles to find his place in the village, while his burning desire to become the Hokage of Konohagakure leads him not only to some great new friends, but also some deadly foes. Positives: Well-written, original story Well-written characters Great art style Rich setting Good humor Awesome…

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