Shadow of Betrayal

Shadow of Betrayal

Shadow of Betrayal, by Brett Battles, is the third in his Jonathan Quinn series.

Jonathan Quinn is a professional, contract “cleaner” making bodies disappear and covering tracks. When a simple job gets out of hand, Quinn and his apprentice Nate begin to uncover a vast conspiracy. But when Quinn is targeted for a crime he didn’t commit, things get personal.

Following events in the previous books The Cleaner and The Deceived, Quinn must deal with the consequences of making a decision that cost his apprentice his leg. And with Orlando back in his life, Quinn’s character is growing and changing from who he was in the earlier installments. With loose ends being tied up from previous books, it is helpful to read them in sequential order. In fact, I wish I had read them closer together, as I had forgotten a lot over the past year because of the number of book that I read. But the main characters are hard to forget.

This latest novel also revolves around Marion, a UN worker who mysteriously flees Africa with a young child. We are kept in the dark until the very end, why this ominous group is after Marion and the girl she is trying to protect. With just as much suspense and intensity as Battles’ previous novels, Shadow of Betrayal is another exciting and fun thriller. Don’t miss this series.


Shadow of Betrayal releases July 7th from Delacorte Press.

Virtuality Tonight!

Virtuality

Don’t forget to watch Virtuality on Fox tonight at 8/7 central!

Originally meant as a TV show pilot, there are still hopes that Virtuality gets picked up beyond this 2-hour movie event. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to see it continue as well! Besides the drama of living a reality show and dealing with personal conflicts, there is a little humor, loads of suspense, and fun technology. The characters are diverse. And the premise is promising. Set in the not-too-distant future, even non-scifi fans should enjoy.

Follow the Phaeton on its five year journey to another system looking for another planet capable of sustaining life, and maybe even intelligent life. The crew of the Phaeton also doubles as reality show for those back on Earth. To help cope with the monotony of the length of time aboard a ship with so few people, the crew is able to “escape” through virtual reality programs. But something seems to be going horribly wrong with the programming.

Fun Friday Links & Trailers

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Here’s an extended preview clip for Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince that aired during Merlin on Sunday:

The Last Airbender Trailer:

Star Trek Magazine #19 Interview Excerpts

Star Trek Magazine #19

Interview with Eric Bana (Nero):

Writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have noted that their successive iterations of the movie script beefed up the character of Nero, but for Eric Bana, many of the ingredients were in place from the start. “Essentially, I was trying to draw on an incredibly tragic and brutal past,” he says. “For me, that was the most important thing about him. I felt like Nero had this incredibly tragic back story, and had become a villain as a result of the things that had happened to him. That was more interesting than just him being born as the villain. To me, he was just a Romulan who had had a lot of amazingly treacherous things done to him, so whilst he wasn’t human, I felt there was some sort of characteristics there that humans could definitely relate to, and I wanted to draw on that.”

Bana agrees that the days have gone when audiences will accept two-dimensional bad guys. “I always like it when we have a reason to know why our villain is the villain, and not just have to accept that he’s the villain because we’re told that he is.” However, that initial reading did flag up one potential problem. “I guess the only concern I had initially was that I identified the fact that Star Trek was definitely a ‘heroes’ movie’ not a ‘villain’s movie,’ and the danger would have been to not have given enough to Nero,” he says. “But J.J., Robert and Alex were already attentive to that, so that really came along and was being really well serviced by them. They gave me enough to play with!”

One element really attracted him. “I was fascinated by the notion of Nero being in jail on Rura Penthe for so many years, him biding his time, and being unbelievably patient in enacting his vengeance,” Bana says, adding, “Some of that is not played out in the film, because it’s not in the final cut, but it’ll be out on the DVD.”

Interview with Star Trek Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci:

Where did you come up with the idea of making this film a genesis story for the original crew, or was that a no-brainer as far as you were concerned?

Alex Kurtzman: When we were first asked in the broadest sense if we would ever consider doing Star Trek, it was like someone had just punched us in the solar plexus – just the idea that we would be able to inherit something like that. Before we even had any specific conversations, the idea of joining the legacy was so intense – and frightening, frankly, because it meant so much to us as kids. The fear of messing it up was the first feeling that we had. But talking about it, that’s when we realized that’s exactly why we had to do it. When something is that important to you, you have to protect it. The immediate answer for all of us was that the only way we were interested in this was to do Kirk and Spock, going back to the genesis of the ship. We weren’t interested in The Next Generation. This is where we wanted to live in it.

But we faced an immediate problem: we knew the fate of all the characters. Roberto Orci: It occurred to us very early on that the show began on the five-year mission, and we realized that we hadn’t actually seen all these characters meet and go on their first adventure. That became an obvious place to explore because the goal was to make sure that we had a Star Trek that made new audiences learn why fans like Star Trek. It couldn’t rely on a previous knowledge of Star Trek. The fact that the origin story had not been covered, and that’s what you’d naturally want to do to get new fans, just made it seem like a perfect thing to do.


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