The Blurb: This gripping thriller is set in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and chronicles the dramatic events when a former detective, Joseph Carter, sets out to gain redemption from the consequences of an old case that cost him everything. Carter is still haunted by the murders of his niece and brother-in-law at the hands of a … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: WHERE CROWS LAND by PAUL McCRACKEN
I enjoy Iain’s posts and so ordered my copy from Amazon which arrived last week.
Our main characters are Danny, a State Cop grieving the loss of his family, Gabriella our assassin and Phillips, a Secret Service guy.
The book gives good descriptions of a world in the not so distant future, where technology has come a long way in prolonging life and automating jobs. Housing as we know it today is a rarity with people living in unit cubes, most food is artificially produced, power cuts are frequent due to an energy shortage, and a curfew is in place.
Clubs, entertainment, gambling and smoking are illegal, and law enforcement is a presence more than an active service.
The assassination of a politician takes place on page three, so we get straight into the story, fanning back to how Assassin and Victim met in the first chapter.
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Rian Johnson's Looper is a good film, with touches of brilliance, but equally with a central dubious morality and the plot weaknesses inherent in any film that uses time travel as a central plot structure. The way that these central problems are addressed by Johnson, and how they interact with one another are essential to … Continue reading BAD BRUCE WILLIS: The Forgivable Sins of LOOPER
If I was to be topical, of course, this blog should be a review of the current Taken sequel taking vast amounts of box office money around the world, the imaginatively titled Taken 2. It's not though, for one fundamental reason - I shan't be going to see Taken 2 at the cinema. I may stumble … Continue reading A Rant About TAKEN
A film review with a bit of a difference: a letter, reprinted below, published in the British Film Institute's Sight & Sound magazine (November 2012 edition, edited slightly by the journal). I wrote them in response to a largely positive review from Thirza Wakefield, of Disney Pixar's Brave. Whither Pixar? It's not so much the … Continue reading BRAVE