Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Third Target

A nearly flawless novel!
A gripping, page-turning, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride.
BE FOREWARNED: this book ends with a massive cliffhanger!
(I haven't looked this forward to next year, so soon in the year before)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Brotherhood

Completely not what I expected from this book, yet it is still a great read, from its horrifically tragic beginning all the way through to its climatic ending!

Monday, January 12, 2015

High Moor II: Moonstruck

Just as good, if not better than, the 1st book!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

High Moor

Posted on G+:

I now have a new favorite UK author!
(and along with that, a new favorite werewolf novel)
I couldn't have asked for a better atmosphere to read this book, than with the latest full "wolf" moon the last few nights.

Graeme Reynolds has crafted a superb novel, fleshing out great characters, and he has absolutely no hesitation on the violence factor!

I read this one on my Kindle App and, at the end, it gave me the option to buy 'High Moor 2' (good thing too, with the cliffhanger ending of this one!)
Needless to say, I purchased the 2nd book, immediately, so stay tuned!

Jason

Friday, January 2, 2015

Sons of Anarchy: Bratva

I posted this on G+ earlier this afternoon.
Figured I would post it here as well...
(just remember that I can no longer answer comments on here - see prior post - feel free to comment on my G+ profile though)

What do we do now that 'Sons of Anarchy' has ended its seven-season run?

I recommend reading 'Sons of Anarchy: Bratva'!

I couldn't have started the year off better than choosing to read this book (a Christmas gift from my wife).

The book takes place after the 4th season of the show...

Jax learns that Trinity (his Irish half-sister; discovered in season 3 - my personal favorite of the seasons) is in the U. S. and has gotten herself mixed up with some Russian Bratva gangsters.

Jax, along with Opie (yea!) and Chibs, head to Nevada where they team up with some members of SAMNOV to search for his sister.

This book is a quick, fantastic read that plays out, in your head, just like an episode of the show!

The author, Christopher Golden, nailed the characters and added some new, endearing ones into the mix as well.

Here's to hoping that he continues to write some more original SOA novels!
I will be the first in line...

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Blog Comments

Happy New Year everyone!

I just wanted to post this for those of you who have been leaving me comments.

I post everything on my phone, nowadays, which has different access than my home computer did (I no longer have internet at home) and my phone's default account is different than my blog's, and every time I try to switch accounts, on my phone, it doesn't work - it just kicks back to the default account, which means that I am unable to publish/reply to your comments. For this, I apologize.

Feel free to look me up on Google+ [google.com/+JasonBerry - I believe] or you can just e-mail me your thoughts, and I can reply to you, directly via either choice.

Thank you all,

Jason

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014: Year in Review

Aside from authors that I generally read, on a regular basis, (of which there were only two this year) I decided, this year, to read books by authors that I was unfamiliar with.
This made for some rather bland reading, sometimes, however I did discover some new authors whose works I will continue to read, such as John Connolly [The Book of Lost Things], Greg Iles [Mortal Fear], and Christopher Reich [Rules of Deception].

Joel C. Rosenberg is the author who I am most glad that I discovered this year. His "Twelfth Imam" trilogy is outstanding!
[The Twelfth Imam/The Tehran Initiative/The Damascus Countdown]

I also was happy to come across a pair of local [East Tennessee] authors, Gary Yeagle & Marlene Mitchell who co-wrote the 'Seasons of Death' trilogy [The Smoky Mountain Murders] (of which I bought all three, yet have only read the 1st one, at this time)

All of the above, is well and good, however they are all pre-2014.
What about this year's releases?

Top Two Books of 2014:
Severed Souls by Terry Goodkind
and
The Specimen by Pete Kahle

Runner-Ups:
Eaton Falls by Franklin E. Wales
and
Stand Your Ground by William W. & J. A. Johnstone

Which novel comes out on top?!?

As heart-wrenching a read as 'Severed Souls' was, I have to go with Pete Kahle's extremely entertaining debut novel 'The Specimen' as Best Book of the Year.

TopTen Movies of 2014:
This year seemed somewhat kind-of "blah" movie-wise - saying that, here are the ten that I most enjoyed.
(in alphabetical order)

1. Blended (I am as surprised as you are!)
2. Captain America 2: Winter Soldier
3. Edge of Tomorrow
4. Guardians of the Galaxy
5. I, Frankenstein (I have heard nothing  but awful things regarding this one, however I enjoyed it!)
6. Odd Thomas
7. The Raid 2: Berendal
8. Ride Along (another surprise!)
9. Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For
10. 300: Rise of an Empire

Notable Mentions:
[Non-2014]

Big Ass Spider (loved this one!)
47 Ronin
The Hobbit 2: The Desolation of Smaug (my favorite of The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings films!)
Nurse

Best Film of 2014?!?
This is a toss-up between Captain America 2 and Edge of Tomorrow, with the latter having a slighter lead.

Best New 2014 TV Show:
Stalker (I have been digging this one!)

Remember that I have cut the cable-cord, so if it's on cable, and I am interested, I just wait until it hits DVD.

Some "newly-discovered" shows that I have thoroughly enjoyed watching, this year, on DVD are:

Army Wives (begins to get a bit sluggish in season 6, though still a good show)
Bones (love this show - great cast of characters!)
Castle
Dollhouse (the 2nd/final season is just okay)
From Dusk Till Dawn
NCIS
Revenge
Supernatural
The Unit (gets progressively better as the series continues. I actually started watching Army Wives because I wanted something similar to The Unit)

*If you have any other recommendations, let me know!!

Well, I think that about sums up the year in entertainment.
I will leave you with...

My Most-Played Apps of the Year:
Marvel's 'Contest of Champions'
Spiderman Unlimited
Subway Surfer

May you all have a Blessed 2015!

Jason