Shadow Target – Book Excerpt!

Below is an excerpt from the thriller Shadow Target by David Ricciardi!

About the book:
SHADOW TARGET (Berkley Hardcover; June 2021), finds Jake Keller on a list of CIA agents that have been picked off. Jake doesn’t know who is trying to kill him and he doesn’t know why. Still, it’s a threat he can’t ignore.

When his small plane crashes in the Alps, Jake is the only survivor. A rescue helicopter soon arrives, but the men inside are not there to save anyone. They are determined to complete the murderous job they started.

Jake escapes from the mountainside deathtrap, but it won’t be the only attempt on his life. If he’s to have any chance at surviving, he’ll have to find out who’s behind the killings. But the circle of people Jake can trust is distressingly small as he suspects that someone inside the Agency is feeding his every move to the very people who are trying to end his life.

Jake’s quest takes him to the candle-lit cathedrals of Paris and the rain-slicked streets of London. He makes contact with old friends and new enemies along the way–but his true nemesis may be closer than he imagines.

Excerpt:

JAKE CLIPPED HIS access badge onto his jacket and walked across the CIA seal into the original headquarters building. The white marble lobby was dramatic, meant to inspire confidence and reflect enlightenment. Jake passed the Memorial Wall, where stars had been carved into the stone for the CIA employees who’d lost their lives in service to the country. In front of the wall was the Book of Honor. It held the names of the dead and blank lines for those who had lost their lives in times and places that could never be revealed. Many of the men had died in plane crashes. It was a hazard of an occupation that often demanded spur of the-moment access to dangerous places.

A well-known hazard.

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Among Thieves – Book Giveaway!

Courtesy of Saga Press, I have an extra ARC copy of Among Thieves by M. J. Kuhn for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends July 2. I’ll draw a name on July 3, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

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Infinite Dark, Chapter 1 – Comic Review

Infinite Dark – Top Cow
The universe ended, but humanity survived. And for years, the passengers and crew of the vessel Orpheus found the endless void between realities to be a surprisingly peaceful home. Then they found a body; bloodied, brutalized, and surrounded by inscrutable runes. As Security Director Deva Karrell investigates the Orpheus’ first murder, she’ll come face to face with a horror from beyond…

About Top Cow:
Top Cow Productions is an American comics publisher, a partner studio of Image Comics founded by Marc Silvestri in 1992.”

Review:
Security Director Deva Karrell has suffered loss and is frustrated with command and lack of communication. But when she investigates a missing man and his abducted neighbor, confusion escalates when a body is found.

Chapter 1 of Infinite Dark is a dramatic and strong opening to a heart-pounding science fiction mystery and adventure. The artwork is fantastic, dark and detailed. The story begins dramatically with a heartbreaking accident. And a cliffhanger at the end of chapter 1, made me eager to dive into chapter 2 soon. SciFi comic fans will definitely want to check out this original comic series from Top Cow.

Tomb Raider 2-Movie Collection – 4K Blu-Ray – Review

Tomb Raider 2-Movie Collection (4K UHD + Digital) [Blu-ray]

About the Release:
Relive the globetrotting adventures of Lara Croft in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider with a newly remastered version on Blu-ray June 1, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Originally released on June 15, 2001, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider stars Angelina Jolie as the intrepid adventurer, whose exploits send her on a quest for a mysterious and powerful artifact. The movie also stars Jon Voight (Mission: Impossible), Daniel Craig (Skyfall), Noah Taylor (Almost Famous), and Iain Glen (“Game of Thrones”).

The newly remastered film will be presented in a 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray with access to a digital copy of the film and nearly 90 minutes of previously released bonus content:
• Commentary with director Simon West
• Digging into Tomb Raider
• Crafting Lara Croft
• The Visual Effects of Tomb Raider
• The Stunts of Tomb Raider
• Are You Game?
• Deleted Scenes
• U2 “Elevation” music video
• Alternate Main Title
• Trailers

In addition, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life will be available together for the first time in a 4K Ultra HD set, which includes access to digital copies of both films.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider synopsis:
Exploring lost empires, finding priceless treasures, punishing villains in mortal combat… it’s all in a day’s work for adventurer Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie). But a secret from her father’s (Jon Voight) past is about to lead Lara to her greatest challenge: The Triangle of Light, a legendary artifact with the power to alter space and time. Lara must find the Triangle before it falls into the clutches of the Illumnati, a secret society bent on world domination.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life synopsis:
Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) is back in action and faces her most perilous mission: to recover what ancient civilization believed to be the essence of all evil, Pandora’s Box. She must travel the globe, from Greece to Hong Kong to Kenya and beyond to get to the box before it’s found by a maniacal scientist (Ciarán Hinds) whose plan is to use it for mass annihilation.

Review:
I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since the first film’s release!
I’m not a gamer, but I enjoyed the films and subsequent comics. She’s a female Indiana Jones that is amazingly athletic as well. These movies are action-packed and exciting. With plenty of humor, suspense, mystery, mysticism, and crazy fight scenes – they are still a lot of fun to watch. And the new 4K releases are fantastic. I was happy to replace my old DVD copies with this new, hi-res update.

Received in May

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

DVD / Blu-Ray:
Infinity Train: Book Two DVD
Supernatural The Fifteenth and Final Season Blu-Ray
Primal – The Complete First Season Blu-Ray
Lara Croft Tomb Raider 2-Movie Collection – 4K Blu-Ray

Books Fluent:
Infinite Retribution by Robert Stadnik

Del Rey:
Rabbits by Terry Miles
The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig

Disney Hyperion / Freeform Books:
Like Other Girls by Britta Lundin
Curse of the Specter Queen by Jenny Elder Moke

Macmillan Young Readers / Roaring Brook Press:
The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

Saga Press:
Among Thieves by M. J. Kuhn

Shadow Mountain:
The Die of Destiny by Frank L. Cole
Legend of the Dragon Slayer: The Origin Story of Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull

Simon Teen:
Of Princes and Promises by Sandhya Menon

Subterranean Press:
The Night and the Music by Lawrence Block

Thomas and Mercer:
Constance by Matthew FitzSimmons

Tor:
The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman

GlobalComix Spotlight and FREE COMICS!

Check out this week’s Spotlight and free reads on some of the available comics on GlobalComix.com!
Click on each comic to check them out on GlobalComix.com.

“GlobalComix is a free digital reading and distribution platform that helps creators and publishers share and sell their comics, license them globally, and understand their readers on a deeper level.”


The Resistance – AWA
J. Michael Straczynski – creator of Babylon 5, co-creator of Sense8, and writer of beloved runs on The Amazing Spider-man, Thor, and Superman: Earth One – returns to comics teaming with Mike Deodato Jr. – the blockbuster artist of The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Infinity Wars. Together they plant the flag for a new universe of heroes and villains.

About AWA:
AWA offers best and brightest artists, writers and artisans in the art and craft of comic books and graphic novels the best deals in the industry, provides them with resources to help them do their best work, and affords them the freedom to follow their lights. Our hope, dream and dead reckoning, is that a network of graphic fiction businesses that cooperate with each other will be able to better service our collective readership, audiences, attendees and customers, fix our profoundly broken industry, make a lot of money and have a lot of fun.”
https://globalcomix.com/news/details/100/awa-studios-globalcomix-better-together

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