Inferno is Hot

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Inferno twists and turns like the tentacles of flames in search of oxygen. Having read and loved Dan Brown‘s book of the same name, I was pleased the script followed suit. I’d forgotten about the biggest surprise in the story that blew me away again, seeing it on screen.

I read one review that said Ron Howard didn’t put his best effort into this installment of the adventures of Professor Robert Langdon. Nonsense! The action starts ten minutes into the film and doesn’t let up until the end.

Once again Langdon’s search for clues and his efforts to solve a complex puzzle (to save humanity this time), take him to the ancient cities of Europe, such as Florence, Venice, and Budapest.

Tom Hanks is strong in the role of Professor Langdon, as usual. The historic sites and cinematography made this film a treat to see on the big screen.

Cathryn and I both love the movie and each gave it 10 out of 10.

 

 

Calculating The Accountant

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Ben Affleck really can play a bad guy. Or is he a good guy in The Accountant? It all depends on your moral values. The movie starts out a bit slow, but the writer is showing us the back story, and how it will come into play throughout the movie.

If you really pay attention in those early scenes you might pick up on clues to a couple of neat twists that come to light at the end of the movie. The movie keeps you guessing about a lot of things – how can a special needs child evolve into a clever accountant for one.

Action is added to the intrigue and drama, and Affleck fills his roll superbly. His character is complicated to say the least. Can a hit man really be a good person? Watch the movie and decide for yourself.

Cathryn and I both loved the movie and rate it 10 out of 10.

7 is Magnificent

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The Western is still alive and kicking. The same can’t be said for the dozens of bad guys who go up against Denzel Washington and his hand-selected men with guns and knives and arrows for hire. Antoine Fuqua kept some of the lines from the 1960 original movie with Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen, but he changed up the story and the characters in the magnificent bunch. Movie goers will recognize most of the ensemble, but may have to search their memories for one character in particular.

The Magnificent Seven is a shoot-em-up western that is not for the faint of heart. For western movie fans, it’s got everything you’re looking for, and then some. The cinematography, stunt work, and special effects are top notch. I for one, appreciated that Fuqua didn’t have blood spewing all over the place, like Tarantino did in Jango. Some horses took nasty tumbles, but I’m sure the action was carefully regulated to protect the animals.

Although Denzel didn’t portray “Chris” as in the original and three sequels that featured Brynner and Lee Van Cleef, he personified a capable leader for his talented group of killers. And though the other characters were different than the originals, watch for similar traits. I mention this for those old enough to have seen The Magnificent Seven, or any of it’s three sequels. Even though Cathryn wasn’t crazy about all the killing, she thought the movie was well done. We give it a 9 our of 10.

In Harm’s Way -Doug Stanton

42435In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
by Doug Stanton

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

 
Read from February 07 to 08, 2014

 

A truly amazing story.
It was well researched and written.
I can’t even begin to imagine what the survivors went through. Reading an account of their four days floating at sea with injuries, exposure to the elements and daily shark attacks was an emotionally gut wrenching experience.
The survivors of the U.S.S. Indianapolis are heroes in the truest sense.

The Bone Bed – Patricia Cornwell

13708346The Bone Bed (Kay Scarpetta, #20)
by Patricia Cornwell

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

 
Read from April 28 to May 11, 2014

 

Not my cup of tea.
For a best selling author I expected much more.
Ninety-five percent of the book was dialog, and half of the time I was confused as to who was saying what.
The story evolved at a good pace with great character development, but then it ended very abruptly.
It bothers my how many top authors today divide  chapters wherever they see fit…sometimes in the middle of a conversation, resulting in up to a hundred chapters with no rhyme or reason. Just saying.

Likely to Die – Linda Fairstein

1020956Likely To Die (Alexandra Cooper, #2)
by Linda Fairstein

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

I picked this book up in a small store in Italy, one of only a few English books there.
It was a pleasant surprise and a good read…a bit slow to start, but once I had an idea where the plot was going I had to finish it. The author was a real-life sex crimes prosecutor, who draws from her own experience to tell you a good story.
A very good read.
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The Kill Room – Jeffrey Deaver

16051543The Kill Room (Lincoln Rhyme, #10)
by Jeffery Deaver

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Sep 18, 2016  · 

 

This is the first Jeffrey Deaver novel I’ve read, although I’ve seen the movie, The Bone Collector, based on another of his books.
For anyone who loves forensics and whodunits, this novel will more than satisfy your appetite. It was more of a spy thriller, than the serial killer story in Bone Collector.
I found the story a bit slow at first, but then it changed gears and I couldn’t put the book down. Deaver gives us lots of twists and turns making the good guys into bad guys, then flips it around to make you wonder who is good and who is bad.
Personally, I was let down by what I thought was an anti-climatic ending. It seemed like the story ended chapters earlier, but the author dragged it on to tidy things up.
Overall the book is very well written and it keeps you thinking and guessing until the end.