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Blood Line: A Thriller (Granger Spy Novel Series - Book 1)
Blood Line: A Thriller (Granger Spy Novel Series - Book 1)
by John J. Davis
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.48
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Pre-School Reader?, December 18, 2014
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As I began this book, I thought I was reading a first-grade Dick and Jane first reader. The story itself is silly, at least from the standpoint of the approach taken by the author to present it. The dialog is juvenile, and that's being kind. The over-the-top-precocious sixteen-year-old protagonist is completely unbelievable. And what is the CIA doing so openly involved in activities within the U.S.? I read about 80% of the book but the self-inflicted torture was just too much and I couldn't finish it. So this review may have missed something -- a situation I strongly doubt. The 4 and 5 star reviews have ot be the author's children and friends. I don't know hoe anyone who possesses anything that passes for an intellect could have gone into the book even as far as I did. Very disappointed.


The November Man [HD]
The November Man [HD]
DVD
Price: $5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Usual CIA Rogue Thriller, December 1, 2014
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Typical rogue CIA operative out to save someone. Brosnan appears a bit long-in-tooth for some of the escapades featured. A good way to pass the time if not much else to do.


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Haggar Mens Work To Weekend Hidden Expandable Waist Corduroy Plain Front Pant, Khaki,38x29
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pockets - Only Complaint, November 7, 2014
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Very acceptable product, very comfortable trousers. My only complaint is that the front pockets are way too shallow, allowing items to fall-out if one sits or reclines in a certain position.


Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow [HD]
Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow [HD]
DVD
Price: $4.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars All CGI and Special Effects, October 15, 2014
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A typical Tom Cruise film. No need to even attempt to act as long as special effects and CGI move the story along. Script is also lame. Avoid this and most Cruise films of late.


Captive Justice: A Private Investigator Mystery Series (A Jake & Annie Lincoln Thriller) (Volume 4)
Captive Justice: A Private Investigator Mystery Series (A Jake & Annie Lincoln Thriller) (Volume 4)
by Rayven T. Hill
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.69
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26 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Had to be a Children's Story, October 8, 2014
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I suppose if one were under the age of twelve, some entertainment might be obtained from this book. Otherwise, much of the book mimics a “Dick and Jane” children’s story. I will give a kudo to the plot line. It contained a few characteristics that, in the care of an experienced crime-fiction writer, could have developed into a decent thriller (though the major point of the plot has been done before). But in this effort, the dialogue was annoyingly and insultingly (to the reader) juvenile – it was trite and predictable. The characters were all stick figures with no meat on the bones. They are so shallow and stereotypical that the reader is not allowed any empathy for a single figure in the book. A literary crime novel it is not.

The mother of Annie Lincoln, the son of the Lincoln's, and the reporter (the latter with qualities so boilerplate that you keep hoping she doesn't make another appearance) do nothing to move the story forward. serve to increase the reader's level of boredom and only exist to add bulk to the novel.

I found that if I just read the first sentence of most of the paragraphs, I wouldn't miss a beat. The whole novel reads like one is digesting a newspaper story about a crime of kidnapping. It is shallow with, "just the facts, maam."

Throw a dart at a list of other Amazon crime fiction novels offered by Amazon and you'd find a story more interesting and better written than this tome.
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Men's Fleece Lined snoozies! (Large, Faux Suede Chocolate)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Expectations Met, September 14, 2014
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Received what I expected -- a fur-lined, comfortable slipper with a good sole and heel.


Roku 2 Streaming Player (Black) (Roku 2720R)
Roku 2 Streaming Player (Black) (Roku 2720R)
Price: $59.96
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good, dependable product at an affordable price, September 10, 2014
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Third one of these I've purchased. All of the devices performed as expected. A good, dependable product at an affordable price. Would highly recommend!


The Machine [HD]
The Machine [HD]
DVD

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Uninteresting, Tired Plot, May 20, 2014
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Typical AI science fiction with the robot deciding to do its own thing. How these sorts of films get financing, other than for tax dodges, is a mystery. There have been so many artificial intelligence run amok films made to date that it's difficult to formulate a new story line. Move on . . . nothing interesting here.


Doing Harm
Doing Harm
by Kelly Parsons
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.92
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1.0 out of 5 stars I guess I Missed the Thrills and Mystery, April 24, 2014
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This review is from: Doing Harm (Hardcover)
I do hope that the author, Kelly Parsons, MD is a better urologist than he is a writer of mystery/thrillers. I have read many, many medical thrillers, but this book offers as the protagonist one of the most obtuse physicians I have ever encountered. In addition to his clearly being the dimmest bulb in the lighting of the hospital’s surgical suite, he is a complete Caspar Milquetoast in almost every behavior he exhibits. Why he is considered one of the most gifted physicians at the highly praised University Hospital is one of life’s great mysteries.

There is really not much mystery to this novel and the characters (except for one), contrary to what the 5-star rated reviews have stated, are mostly cardboard depictions of boring, lifeless and dreary people with whom you would not care to have an after-work drink. And the protagonist is the worst of all. He’s a pathetic Caspar Milquetoast who spends much of the novel in a helpless woe-is-me state and only develops a spine when, suddenly, the novel reaches a point in the storyline where the doctor amazingly has to develop a backbone. The one cast of mundane characters exception might have been the person who helps the protagonist in his effort to thwart the serial killer, but the helper is killed-off at just about the time you’d like to delve deeper into the character.

And the evil serial killer has a completely nonsensical motive for killing the ill patient victims. The reader can also identify the serial killer about 20% of the way into the book. As far as the “thriller” aspects to the novel, there aren’t many, except maybe when this brilliant doctor-protagonist assumes a god-like role and perseveres in a surgery in which the attending physician told him that going beyond a certain point was more-or-less above his pay grade, but he pursues the surgery anyway – maybe not so brilliant after all. And at the end of the novel, the protagonist is saved by a deus-ex-machina contrivance and everyone lives happily ever after.

I would hope that Dr. Parsons learns a bit from this shallow effort and that his next novel contains richer, more believable characters, with a storyline that includes more sensible, rational events. Otherwise, there is a surfeit of better medical thriller/mysteries out there that offer genuine mystery and thrills and that are written by more experienced writers in the genre.


Wolf Of Wall Street [HD]
Wolf Of Wall Street [HD]
DVD

2.0 out of 5 stars A Best Film Nominee? I don't think so!, April 14, 2014
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Overly long scenes, over-the-top emphasis on the debauchery, insufficient telling of how the protagonist achieved his rags-to-riches accomplishment, the endless partying got old quite rapidly, film was about 70-minutes too long. Good performance by DiCaprio.


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