*Both eBook and Audiobook
I had no idea this wasn't a full novel, but a prequel. I gave it a go anyway, but I was sorta bummed. It reminded me of the old movies on Kung Fu Theater, that I used to watch on the USA cable channel, back int he day.
Am I showing my age?
Anyway, Evil Rises, by Wesley Robert Lowe is about the rise of an empire based on Shaolin beliefs. Sadly, Chin took the teachings of Master Wu and became a Chinese Kingpin, but that's not really what this introduction to the Noah Reid series is about.
It gives background, history to what made Chin what he was. How he found a teacher and a family, who offered the best of Shaolin tradition and corrupted it. He became what Master Wu detested most. The short story shared a lot of information that will be necessary for the following three novels.
I can tell you, this story will have you riveted. Though I found a bit predictable, I have a feeling I'll be grabbing the other books. This was good and with later, listening to Lowe read the story through Audible, I found myself still happy with the storyline. The audio is a bit annoying and he doesn't have the best voice for the story, but Cheers to this guy!
Evil Rises (A Noah Reid Action Thriller)
Wesley Robert Lowe
Published by Wesley Lowe Productions
June 5, 2014
Narrated by Scott Brick
Omg! Omg! Oh - my - Gosh was this book a fantastic listen! I wish I'd learned of it so much sooner! If all of Michael McDowell's books are like this, I am a fan for life! Do you like ghost stories? Do you like hauntings? And do you like it when the bad guy gets his just desserts? (Oops! Did I say too much?) You have to either read or listen to this book. I say, "Listen!" because it'll give you the shivers...
*Narrated by David Linski
When I saw movies like The Bad Seed and The Good Son, I wondered: How on earth does a child manage to manipulate in such a way? How do they kill and nobody notice? It was always a mystery to me; a disappointing mystery. I was hoping this story wouldn't disappoint me. I can understand a parent not wanting to see the ugly truth, but simply turning a blind eye...?
Why Do I Write?
Why do I write?
This is a good question and can say I knew only one answer to it years ago and as I’ve aged and grown, other reasons have presented themselves to me. The first reason was simply, back in college, struggling as I was with my academic coursework, I decided that I need an alternative and for it, I prayed. I asked God for a gift. Honing the gift He gave and uncovering that gift is really also passion and purpose, I’ve come to discover other reasons I must write. Let’s see if you agree and what’s cooler is, you may find some things that resonate with you and end up being YOUR WHY for doing whatever it is you do.
It’s just plain fun. I have always loved the written and spoken word. Before poetry slams (today's “spoken word”, it was simply a teacher or the author his/herself reading aloud to whichever ears were piqued for listening. I have been reading for as long as I can remember. I used to sit under my teacher for circle time and when he read Judy Blume, I was riveted. I could imagine every word and my imagination was satiated with a great story and an awesome storyteller. I want people to be drawn into the drama just as much as I was way back then.
Okay, so I'm approached by Marbro Enterprises on creating some hype for Jaime Martinez's Cochina. I'm happy, as always on being approached by author's and their reps. What I didn't not imagine was how Cochina [which, by the way is derogatory for 'dirty girl' and worse...] was unreal! Oh my goodness!
The story focuses a set of siblings: Lola, Marisol and Josephina Valdez. They're from Little Mexico, in Chicago and so are their husbands - except for Marisol, who's unwed. They fought to go from broke to ballers, but that's not enough. From name dropping on anything material, to eyeballing every hot and hunky man on two legs, these made women seem hungry but only want real love.
But there are secrets that divide them. Some of the secrets are so deep (the ones they know of) that it pains them whenever there's a family get together. A few secrets are just un-freaking-real and should be deal breakers...
A fiction movie with non-fictional facts makes for a creepy, horrific thriller. Taken from Amarillo, TX headlines, the story of Johnny Frank Garrett is brought with a supernatural flair in Simon Rumley’s Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word.
The semi-fictional tale begins with a young Garrett in the courtroom, accused, tried and convicted for the brutal rape and strangulation of Sis. Tadea Benz inside the St. Francis Convent. Though one of the jury members feels there’s not enough evidence to convict Garrett, he’s swayed to convict anyway. The day of Garrett’s execution, he lets everyone involved with his death know they’ll pay, and so will their their children …
The movie was superb entertainment. From the merging of fact and fiction, to the startling special effects (Adam’s arm), I was captured by the storyline. The realism of the story is what actually made the paranormal flick so unnerving. Ninety-five minutes of solid acting, instead of jump scares and gore, made it a pleasant change of pace.
Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word is due to release March 14, 2017. Be sure to catch it.
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