Monday, September 21, 2015

Kraken Rising: Alex Hunter 6 by Greig Beck (Book 2015)

I've been waiting for many years to see if Greig Beck would go back to his roots and continue on with perhaps the most engaging adventure story of this decade. Needless to say, I was thrilled to find out that he wrote this book and I was happy to give up precious hours of sleep in order to clear it in one sitting.

Kraken Rising builds directly upon the story from Beneath the Dark Ice, just fast forwarded a few years and x number of mini-books in the middle. It was wonderful to read about so many old characters from the series and to follow them on their dangerous journey beneath the Antarctic ice for a second time. I'm a sucker for history, military, and anthropology, and the story had all three. Of course the action was exciting and the plot could hold your attention indefinitely. The book was thorough, well paced, and well written. I couldn't have asked for a more solid story to take over where the first book left off. I highly recommended it; I just hope that we don't have to wait 5 more years for gold to be stuck again.
Rating - High

Hercules (Action 2014)

This movie wasn't really good, but that's a known fact just by looking at the poster. It was yet another spin on another mythological character, but I don't think it was meant to be taken seriously. Movies like Troy are supposed to be taken seriously, but films like this one and Wrath of the Titans are totally not; there's a distinctive difference.

This film didn't really try to be better than any other movie in the same genre, so it makes you wonder what its purpose was. Money? Doubtful. Fame? No. Who knows how Hollywood picks their candidates for the year, but I wouldn't have taken a second look at this script. You get some action, some talking, more action, more CG, and then a bland ending. No interesting characters, no fun banter in the dialog, nothing. So it's definitely not worth a rent or a second look.
Rating - D

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Hammer of God by Greig Beck (Book 2015)

This new book from Greig Beck was decent, but I think some of his older novels were a tad better. The whole story seemed a bit rushed and didn't go as in-depth as I would've liked it to.

The story followed around Alex and his team as they searched to find and stop the source of various nukings which had occurred in the Middle East. Nice initial backdrop, but then the plot went too fast and didn't seem to have time to naturally develop and marinate. The team pretty much went into two locations and then bam, the book was finished.

One thing I noticed that was missing was a deeper back-story to go along with the main antagonist. If you read Beneath the Dark Ice and Gorgon, both stories had multiple flashback scenes which I always felt added so much more depth to the main plot. I don't think there was even one of these flashbacks in this book.

The positives are still there of course, Greig's writing always flows so well that I can never put down one of his books until I've finished the whole thing; I just wish it was longer. So yes, unfortunately this one gets categorized with Black Mountain, another book that could've been so much better if more detail was put into the 'mystery' characters.
Rating - Mid

Walking In The Shadow Of Death-WTF Volume 4 by W.J. Lundy (Book 2014)

Yeah this book will be the last in the series that I read. Even though the first few books were very interesting and exciting, the 3rd book and this 4th one dragged on quite a bit. Too little action and essentially a boring read; not sure what happened. Anyway, all good things come to a close and this one ended with this book.
Rating - Low