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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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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Message from the King Review

Message from the King is a 2016 American revenge action thriller film directed by Fabrice Du Welz (Alleluia), starring Chadwick Boseman (Captain America: Civil War), Luke Evans (Dracula Untold), Teresa Palmer (Lights Out), and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2). The film’s plot revolves around a man from South Africa who travels to Los Angeles in order to avenge his younger sister’s death. Positives: Great performances by Boseman and Palmer Fights are brutal Great shots of the city Negatives: Unoriginal, generic story Paper thin characters The writing is lackluster Jacob King is a flat character Plot:  The story is painfully predictable especially…

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Penny Dreadful Review

Penny Dreadful is a 2014 supernatural dark fantasy horror drama thriller television series created by John Logan, starring Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani, Harry Treadaway, Josh Hartnett, Helen McCrory, Simon Russell Beale, Patti LuPone, and Wes Studi.   The series follows explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, scientist Victor Frankenstein, and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London. Positives: Great performances Deep, compelling characters Awesome soundtrack Engaging story Very violent Terrific special effects Clever writing Negatives: Stories don’t…

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones Review

Marvel’s Jessica Jones is a 2015 superhero detective psychological thriller web television series created by Melissa Rosenberg, starring Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor, Wil Traval, Carrie-Anne Moss, David Tennant, Erin Moriarty, and Eka Darville.  The series follows Jessica Jones who is a former superhero who decides to start over utilizing her abilities as a private investigator in her detective agency. Positives: Great characters Great performances Great cast Compelling storyline Great score Great dialogue Great use of special effects Negatives: n/a Plot: Jessica Jones is a former superhero who decides to…

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Relic (Pendergast #1) Review

Relic (Pendergast #1) is a 1995 science fiction horror thriller novel written by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, and published by Tor Books.  As the first installment in the Agent Pendergast Series, the plot follows NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D’Agosta, FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast, and graduate student Dr. Margo Green who hunt a mythical creature that is killing people in a New York City’s American Museum of Natural History. Positives: Fantastic main characters Mbwun is freakin’ awesome Great atmosphere Well-written story Great dialogue Intense, brutal scenes Great pacing Very educational…

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2017 October is Here

As a part of our monthly themed schedule, October, the month of Halloween, has been the month designated as horror themed.  So throughout the month, every Thursday the majority of content will be focused on horror theme including slashers, thrillers, supernatural, and psychological…basically just scary stuff in general.

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God Save the Queen (The Immortal Empire #1) Review

God Save the Queen (The Immortal Empire #1) is a 2012 steampunk paranormal thriller mystery novel written by Kate Locke and published Orbit.  Set as the first installment in the The Immortal Empire series, the story follows elite Royal Guard, Alexandra Vardan, who after searching for her missing sister, discovers a conspiracy that could shake the foundations of the very hierarchy she is sworn to protect. Positives: Good characters Great world building Interesting story Good writing Witty dialogue Negatives: Cliche subplots Cliche characters Plot:  The story picks up in an…

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Witchling (Overworld/Sisters of the Moon #1) Review

Witchling (Sisters of the Moon #1) is a 2006 paranormal fantasy romance thriller novel written by Yasmine Galenorn and published by Berkley.  Set as the first book in the Sisters of the Moon series the book follows the D’Artigo Sisters, operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency, who are tasked with keeping the mysterious Shadow Wing and his minions at bay. Positives: Great characters Witty dialogue Interesting story Good writing Negatives: Lackluster writing Main three feel like troupes Plot:  The story follows the D’Artigo Sisters: Half-human, half-Faerie, who are operatives for…

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Be Afraid Review

Be Afraid is a 2017 horror thriller film directed by Drew Gabreski, starring Brian Krause, Jaimi Paige, and Louis Herthum.  After moving to a small town with his family, a man is afflicted by a mysterious sleep paralysis linked to dark beings threatening his young son. Positives: Good performances Decent soundtrack Negatives: Lackluster story Lackluster special effects Lackluster script Plot:  The story follows Dr. John Chambers and his family who arrive at their new home in a town of Pennsylvania.  Not long after, John begins to experience sleep paralysis, experiencing…

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