Monday, May 30, 2011

Book Review on Tease by D.K. Gaston

Keith Gaston stretched his writing chops with this story and hit it out the park. Tease is about a mysterious man who sometimes works (off the books) for the government, when the government can't get the job done legally. This mysterious man goes by the name Shaw, and he's chasing a want-to-be world player, named D-Shroud, who stole three suitcase nukes. Now D-Shroud wants to sell them to the highest bidder. The problem is, Shaw has to get by a one woman hit squad, appropriately named Tease. She is sexy, dangerous and cunning...a combination that knocks Shaw for a loop. Warning: this book has graphic sex scenes that would make James Bond blush.

Tease is vivid, thrilling and exciting.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Book Review on Revenge - Osguards Guardians of the Universe

"World Building At Its Best!”

Everyone has a defining gift. For Michael Genesis, the First Osguard of the Universal Science, Security and Trade Association of Planets-USSTAP, that gift is vision. Just as Michael is being prepared to assume position as Chief Executive Osguard and President of the Universal Science, Security and Trade Association of Planets, a space storm causes havoc, sending him to an alternate universe. Similarly, Billy Red, a street thug, murderer, pimp and drug dealer, becomes intertwined with his world situation. When their paths had crossed as teenagers, Michael and Billy became bitter enemies. Billy Red carries his thirst for revenge to the end.

In this fourth entry, the author spins a complicated plot in which the main character must deal with political intrigue in the universe, as well as survive on Earth in a drug infested neighborhood. It seems that everyone is out to kill him, including Billy Red. Personally, I felt the author was at his best in military war strategies and space battles, and was a little distracted by the urban fantasy element in the adventure. But the story was well told, and kept my interest throughout. The Star Trek Prime Directive element didn’t escape me, either. I even got a kick out of the main character’s “escape phrase”.

There is one closure at the end concerning Earth, but I’m not sure if this is the final volume in the series, or if more stories are planned. I can certainly see possibilities for future novels in the series, but would like to see the author move away from the urban background on Earth, and give us a better look at the many worlds comprising his universe; the galaxies, planets, moons, and races that inhabit them.

Tom Johnson,
--Editor Fading Shadows



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Osguards:Guardians of the Universe is a gripping ride through time and space, detailing the horrors of antebellum south, the strife of the post reconstruction era, the grit of U.S. urban life at the turn of the century and ultimately the terror of an escalating war played out in the heavens above present day unsuspecting Earth--all surrounded by complex military and political stratagems for power. Osguards is a detailed space odyssey, framed in American History, peppered with intrigue, filled with adventure and coated with technical wizardry.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Do you think reading sci fi makes you a Geek?

Why don't you like science fiction? Is it because you think only Geeks enjoy science fiction. Or is it because you think it will turn you into a Nerd. Or is it simply because you think it is not cool and only the lonely, social outcasts follow science fiction. It is a common misconception that people who like science fiction are Geeks or Nerds.
This is not so. Science fiction is a misunderstood genre. Science Fiction is a complicated genre made up of many genres that tell love stories, adventures, mysteries, spy thrillers, and even comedies with imagination, innovation, technology and science. Science fiction stimulates the imagination with eye popping, jaw dropping scenes and plots that move a story along while dealing with the future, alternative timelines, space travel, aliens, time travel, dreams, wars, and even comic book superheroes.
Think of James Bond movies, Jason Bourne movies, Harry Potter, Avatar, Iron Man movies, Inception, X-Men movies, Transformers movies, I Am Number Four, Tron, Priest, Star Trek movies, Paul, Green Lantern, Thor, Cowboy vs. Aliens, Alien movies, Predator movies, The Adjustment Bureau, Hitchcock, Megamind, Superman movies, Batman movies, Species, Monsters vs. Aliens, Time Travelers Wife. The list is too exhausting to write, but you get my point. You've probably seen a science fiction movie and didn't realize it. Now think of your favorite T.V. Shows, Lost, 24, V, Walking Dead, The Event, Undercovers, Charmed, and Supernatural just to name a few.
Hopefully, you can see, science fiction is where man first dreamt of computers, flight, rocket ships, moon landings, cell phones, laptops, iPads, smart phones, Velcro, GPS, Radar, calculators, HDTV, microwaves. Face it, without science fiction or at least the imagination that science fiction stimulates, we would still be riding horses, sailing in wooden ships and hunting for our food.
So no…liking science fiction doesn't make you a Geek or a Nerd, it makes you exciting, stimulating and insightful. It fuels you as a soldier of the future.
Do you still think science fiction is only for the Geek or Nerd? Sound off; let me hear your voice.
Malcolm D. Petteway, Rage Books LLC

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - Rage on the Movies

Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too.

If you are a fan of the Pirates movie, I say this one is one of the best…right next to the first movie. Jack is back!

Captain Jack Sparrow finds himself stranded in London in search of a ship. After saving his friend and first mate Gibbs (Kevin McNally) from the gallows, he searches for the person impersonating him. The fake Capt Sparrow is, gathering men for a voyage on a ship. His finds his former lover, Angelica (Penélope Cruz ), impersonating him. Angelica then kidnaps and ferries him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, commanded by Angelica's (maybe) father, Captain Blackbeard (Ian McShane). There aboard a ship full of enslaved pirates and comatose zombies, the adventure begins. Their quest is the fountain of youth. But they aren’t alone, a Spanish fleet and Capt Barbossa are also in search of the fountain of youth, although for different reasons.

The movie is filled with special effects; off-the-cuff humor; swashbuckling sword fights; explosion; and the requisite fantasy/horror that make the Pirates franchise such a hit with fans. The mermaids were a very nice touch, reminiscent of the walking dead and zombies of the earlier movies. Depp owns this movie. His screen presence is grand. Rush plays a very likable and convincing bad/good guy and Cruz’s character was an exciting addition to the cast.

A small love story plays out that I feel added nothing to the film and doesn’t really have a solid conclusion. McShane’s character was more bark than bite. McShane walked through his lines like a third year college student and did not elicit any emotion (fear or hate) from the audience. The rollercoaster ride was well over prior to McShane’s exit, because the audience really didn’t care what happened to him.

Overall, this is a great movie. I did not see it in 3-D, but I’m sure if you do, it will be well worth the money. The Pirates saga is back on track. I rate this movie 8 out of 10 stars--tied with the second Pirates movie.

Malcolm D. Petteway

Rage Books LLC

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Rage on the Movies: Priest

A priest (Paul Bettany) disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.It is as simple as that, not complicated at all. The only complication with this movie was setting it up for the audience. It is an apocalyptic tale of man versus vampire. After the obligatory action opening scene to grab the audience's attention, a graphic animation plays out to set the scene. The animation is full of promise that the movie will be gory and blood-filled. The movie delivers on that promise. It is also jam packed with special effects and action sequences. However, the action sequences seem a bit forced and the special effects are reminiscent of the Matrix movies. The plot is somewhat rehashed. It is about a bruiting good guy simultaneously fighting against the establishment and the forces of evil. Along the way he picks up two sidekicks that offer nothing to the plot other than a distraction. This movie is a club sandwich of special effects layered between three slices of action. If you are looking for the excitement and thrill of Ironman or even Thor, you won't get it here. But if you like slaying vampires, fight scenes, explosions and stimulating visual effects, this is your movie. I rate it 3 stars out of 5…wait until it comes out on video

Saturday, May 14, 2011

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It is the third generation and the fourth age of mankind. Earth has become an unwitting pawn in the Kulusk Empire's thirst for revenge against the Universal Science, Security and Trade Associations of Planets—USSTAP. Maxum Ritchen, the leader of the Kulusk Empire, has set into motion the destruction of USSTAP and with it the destruction of Earth. Michael David Genesis, the First Osguard, and his family are the leaders of USSTAP. He and his family are descendants of twin princesses from the planet Chaktun who fled their war ravaged world, escaped to Earth and lived in the antebellum South as slaves. USSTAP is the Osguards’ inheritance. They facilitate scientific advancement, assure universal security and promote fair trade amongst the sixty known galaxies. Michael and the other Osguards use diplomatic, economic and military tools of power to keep the peace. But like most peacekeeping organizations, there are always challenges. For Michael the challenges are the Kulusk – the dogmatic empire that has waged war with Chaktun for centuries; the Tuits – a warrior race bent on revenge; and the Moslecks – universal nomads terrorizing the universe. Can the Osguards save USSTAP…can they save themselves?

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Rage on the Movies: Thor

When the warrior Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard for his arrogance, he is sent to Earth to live among humans. Falling in love with scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), he learns some much-needed lessons, and his newfound strength comes into play as a villain from his homeland sends dark forces toward Earth.

I really didn’t expect much from this movie. Frankly, I thought the superhero genre in the movies was fading after Iron Man II. But I must say this movie was a pleasant surprise. I am not much of a Marvel Comics Fan, so I knew little about Thor, which I think was an advantage. I watched the movie, learning as it played. It was full of adventure, special effects and humor. Chris Harmsworth did an excellent job bringing the Nordic god to life. The character’s arrogance was overpowering. So the audience loved it when Thor was taken down a notch or two by normal humans with their puny little gadgets. I never warmed up to Natalie Portman’s character. Jane Foster is one of those women that can give you a headache. She is so driven, to the point of stupid. Kate Dennings as Darcy Lewis was the real gem of the picture. Additionally, Tom Heddleston as Loki gave a sparkling performance. We see his transformation better than we see Thor’s transformation. The action was exciting, grand and worth watching in 3D. The storyline was good, but had dry spots.

For a superhero movie, I give it 4.5 stars.