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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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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King Kong Review

King Kong is a 2005 epic monster adventure film directed by Peter Jackson, starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Andy Serkis, Jamie Bell, and Adrien Brody.  Serving as a remake of the 1933 film of the same name, the story follows an ambitious filmmaker who coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island, only to encounter Kong, a legendary giant gorilla. Positives: Great performances Great cast Some characters are great Terrific music Terrific visuals Emotionally, compelling story Well-written script Great direction Great action Negatives: Characters…

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F.E.A.R. First Encounter Assault Recon Review

F.E.A.R. First Encounter Assault Recon is a 2005 survival horror first-person shooter video game developed by Monolith Productions and published by Sierra Entertainment and Vivendi Games, released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Microsoft Windows. Serving as the first installment in the F.E.A.R. series and the game’s story revolves around a special forces team called F.E.A.R. called to contain supernatural menace in the form of a little girl name Alma Wade. Positives: Great combat Maintains good suspense Awesome lighting Interesting story Awesome antagonists Good graphics Terrific score Extensive campaign…

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Crimson City (Crimson City #1) Review

Crimson City (Crimson City #1) is a 2005 supernatural romance novel written by Liz Maverick and published by Love Spell.  Set as the first installment in the Crimson City series and follows vampire Fleur Dumont, who struggles to attain her family’s legacy after the murder of her brothers, and Dain Reston, a B-Ops member struggling with his own inner demons, as the two of them attempt to solve the murder of her brothers. Positives: Good writing Good lead characters Good world building Negatives: Predictable story Slow story progression Repetitive info-dumping…

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Resident Evil 4 Review

Resident Evil 4 is a 2005 third-person shooter survival horror video game developed and published by Capcom, released for GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.  Set as the sixth major installment in the Resident Evil series and the story follows the U.S. government special agent Leon S. Kennedy, who is sent on a mission to rescue the U.S. President’s daughter, Ashley Graham, from a sinister cult. Positives: Great characters Great score Great voice performances Compelling story Extensive campaign Fun gameplay experience Negatives: Grainy, worn…

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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Review

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is a 2005 Japanese computer-animated science fantasy film directed by Tetsuya Nomura, based on the 1997 video game Final Fantasy VII.  The story takes place two years after events of Final Fantasy VII, focusing on Cloud Strife and his comrades who must stop a mysterious trio from resurrecting the villain Sephiroth. Positives: Great characters Terrific action Phenomenal cgi effects Terrific soundtrack Compelling story Great cinematography Great voice performances Negatives: n/a Plot:  The story is fast paced but does take the time to focus on the…

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