Book Review: Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx

Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx, by James Rollins

Jake and his sister Kady use their father’s watch, assuming it will send them to Calypsos. Instead, they are transported to a vast desert, ruled by an ancient Egyptian culture. Marika, Pindor, and Bach’uuk are all pulled to the remote land as well. But the group is quickly attacked and captured by Princess Nefertiti and her people. Believing the outsiders to be dangerous, they are thrown into prison. As Jake soon discovers, the Skull King’s reach is vast. And Jake and his friends are soon racing to find pieces to a seemingly ancient puzzle, before the Skull King’s followers reach them first.

This is the second book in the Jake Ransom series. And it is essential to have read the first novel. Unfortunately, not a lot of backstory or character descriptions are given. And seeing as how I read the last one a year and over one hundred and fifty books ago, it was a struggle to remember critical details. Fortunately, the strengths of Rollins’ novels are action and adventure. And there was no lack of that. Full of suspense, danger, mystery, and thrills, this series for middle readers is non-stop fun from beginning to end. Young readers who love action-packed stories with a blend of ancient civilizations and mythology should definitely pick up this series.

Game Giveaway: Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale

Courtesy of Atari, I have a copy of Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale for PC for one (1) lucky winner.

The original epitome of geekdom is taking another step in its storied pop culture history as the Dalelands of the Forgotten Realms, is brought to life for gamers and enthusiasts across the world by Atari.

The new Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale is a “hack and slash” action role playing game set in the deep mythology of the Forgotten Realms, is the first ever Dungeons & Dragons video game rooted in the 4th edition rules for consoles. Players are summoned by a mysterious mage and given the duty of defending their homeland as Rezlus, an evil Zhentarim Cleric looks to bring the power of the Black Lord Bane onto Daggerdale and the rest of Daggerfalls. Restore order to Nentir Vale by unlocking the secrets of the Mines of Tethyamar, defeating the evil within the treacherous Tower of the Void, leading to the final confrontation with Rezlus himself.Players can take on the role of the melee expert Human Fighter, the quick and nimble Elven Rogue, the master of the arcane arts Halfling Wizard, and the powerful divine Dwarven Cleric. Gamers use intuitive pick-up-and-play combat combined with a wide assortment of weapons, feats and powers to defeat a wide range of deadly enemies.

Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale carries a suggested PC retail price of $14.99 and is available on XBLA for 1200 MS Points.

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Book Review: Flip

Flip, by Martyn Bedford

When 14-year-old Alex wakes up one morning, he discovers that it’s the wrong day and that six months have disappeared. But even more disturbing is that Alex is in someone else’s body, in another home, in another part of the country. Knowing that no one would believe him, Alex struggles to live as Philip (Flip) whose body he has taken. Meanwhile, he searches for answers to what happened to him and his original body – and if it’s even possible to return.

Readers will find it easy to sympathize with Alex. While he wants to find a way back home, he still worries about Flip’s family. Though, he cares little for Flip’s friends and sees them only as distractions. Switching from a skinny asthmatic boy to a fit, athletic one, Alex deals with an identity crisis like none other.

Bedford’s skilled writing pulls the reader into the unfolding story and doesn’t let go. This paranormal drama is full of mystery, suspense, and angst. This is not an action-packed story, but rather focuses on Alex’s inner struggle with his identity and his drive to find his way back home. Stirring and poignant, Flip is unique and inspired.

TV Review: TNT’s Falling Skies

I was lucky enough to receive a press kit for TNT’s upcoming new science fiction thriller Falling Skies, including the pilot and second episode. This post-apocalyptic series will premiere Sunday, June 19, at 9 pm (ET/PT), before moving into its regular timeslot of Sundays at 10 pm (ET/PT). The two-hour premiere begins with the devastating aftermath of an alien invasion, where the aliens won. The remaining human survivors are now coming together, led by citizen soldiers of all ages, who struggle to fight back against their mysterious alien oppressors.

Noah Wyle stars as Tom Mason, the widowed father of three boys – one of whom has been taken by the aliens that now control Earth. Will Patton is Weaver, the harsh, militaristic leader of their small resistance group. And Moon Bloodgood stars as Anne Glass, a pediatrician who steps up to take a leadership role with the civilians under her care.

As this is post-apocalyptic, the mood is of course dark and poignant. The story revolves around Tom Mason (Wyle) and his family, as he searches for his missing middle son – while he and his eldest son continue to fight in the resistance. Each episode has its own sub-story, while continuing the overall story arc. Viewers won’t want to miss an episode.

I was pleasantly surprised with the fantastic special effects. The aliens are creepy, mysterious, and deadly. Despite the dim and seemingly-hopeless situation, Falling Skies is an exciting, action-packed series with plenty of heart. The situation that the human resistance faces causes people to find hope and happiness in small things. This new scifi series is completely engaging, stirring, and intense. This is a must-see for science fiction and action fans. And I have a feeling that with Steven Spielberg’s name tied to the show as Executive Producer, Falling Skies will be generating new fans of many curious viewers. This show certainly lives up to its hype. Don’t miss it.

Book Giveaway: Dark Descendant and Dead on the Delta

On behalf of Pocket Books, I have copies of Dark Descendant by Jenna Black and Dead on the Delta by Stacey Jay for five (5) lucky winners!

Contest is open to US residents only. Please, no PO Boxes. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends June 17. I’ll draw names on June 18, and notify winners via email.

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Dark Descendant
On Sale Now!

From the acclaimed author of the Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist books comes the gripping first novel in a new series about a private eye who discovers, to her surprise, that she’s an immortal huntress.

Nikki Glass can track down any man. But when her latest client turns out to be a true descendant of Hades, Nikki now discovers she can’t die. . . . Crazy as it sounds, Nikki’s manhunting skills are literally god-given. She’s a living, breathing descendant of Artemis who has stepped right into a trap set by the children of the gods. Nikki’s new “friends” include a descendant of Eros, who uses sex as a weapon; a descendant of Loki, whose tricks are no laughing matter; and a half-mad descendant of Kali who thinks she’s a spy. But most powerful of all are the Olympians, a rival clan of immortals seeking to destroy all Descendants who refuse to bow down to them. In the eternal battle of good god/bad god, Nikki would make a divine weapon. But if they think she’ll surrender without a fight, the gods must be crazy. . .

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Dead on the Delta
On Sale: 5/31/11

Once upon a time, fairies were the stuff of bedtime stories and sweet dreams. Then came the mutations, and the dreams became nightmares. Mosquito-size fairies now indulge their taste for human blood—and for most humans, a fairy bite means insanity or death. Luckily, Annabelle Lee isn’t most humans. The hard-drinking, smart-mouthed, bicycle-riding redhead is immune to fairy venom, and able to do the dirty work most humans can’t. Including helping law enforcement— and Cane Cooper, the bayou’s sexiest detective—collect evidence when a body is discovered outside the fairy-proof barricades of her Louisiana town.

But Annabelle isn’t equipped to deal with the murder of a six year- old girl or a former lover-turned-FBI snob taking an interest in the case. Suddenly her already bumpy relationship with Cane turns even rockier, and even the most trust-worthy friends become suspects. Annabelle’s life is imploding: between relationship drama, a heartbreaking murder investigation, Breeze-crazed drug runners, and a few too many rum and Cokes, Annabelle is a woman on the run—from her past, toward her future, and into the arms of a darkness waiting just for her. . . .

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