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url 2017-10-10 00:21
Blog Interview with Hollywood Specialist Bodyguard Kris Herzog

 Bodyguard Kris Herzog with Jessica Alba

 

The sick things people sent to movie stars in the mail, in addition to assassination attempts. Scary.

 

The interview coincides with my novel, Gun Kiss, which features a specialist protection agency guarding a movie star.

 

These guys do more than the average bodyguard. The stuff these guys do is close to how I had described in Gun Kiss. Kris had also protected some of the U.S. presidents, children of Saudi royalty, foreign dignitaries and top businessmen.

 

To join The Bodyguard Group of Beverly Hills, you must be a specialist police officer, ex-Navy Seal or other elite units.

Source: khaledtalibthriller.com/an-assassin-in-a-burqa-a-sniper-in-the-vicinity-an-explosive-laden-car-poison-in-the-mail
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review 2017-07-28 20:19
Sunset Song - Canongate Books Ltd,Lewis Grassic Gibbon,Eileen McCallum
Why did I read it? Sunset Song is supposedly regarded as an important Scottish novel, and is (sometimes) studied in secondary schools, because it touches on important themes from the time period in which it is set. I thought I might enjoy it.
 
What is it about? Sunset Song follows the life of Chris(tine) Guthrie from arrival in Kinraddie (north-east of Scotland) as a young girl in the early 20th century. The Guthries' lease a croft, and we follow the fortunes of the Guthries, and other families in the rural community through to the end of the first world war.
 
What did I like? Very little. Kudos to the narrator, [Eileen McCallum, for her vocal skills, both as a speaker, and singer when required. Ms McCallum created unique voices for each character, and her Scots accent was such that the dialogue will still intelligible. If there had been a duller narrator, I might not have been able to finish the novel at all. The one star rating is entirely for Eileen McCallum.
 
The author used some very interesting, and unique similes.
 
What didn't I like? From the start, this novel strained to keep my attention. It opens with a description of every family within Kinraddie, and tells quite a bit of their history, some of which occurs after the novel's actual end, as I was later to learn. This opening section of the novel felt interminable. I kept waiting for some semblance of a plot, and, after quite some time, began to wonder if there was one, or if this was a collection of short stories.
 
The descriptions of people, and places seemed to stretch on, and on, too. I like rural settings, I like descriptions of rural places that can evoke a character of the land itself. Other authors manage this beautifully, and elegantly, without devoting paragraph, after paragraph to the description of a single character before relating their part in tale.
 
The inner thoughts of Chris were far from cheery, which is not a complaint in itself, but Chris's sombre, morbid musings were just too much to bear for this listener. I found myself turning the volume down, waiting a few minutes before turning the volume back up, and then hoping that there was movement in the time line. I don't think I missed much by doing this. I got quite depressed listening to these sections of inner dialogue, and there were too many of them in my opinion.
 
Lewis Grassic Gibbon constantly jumped forward in time, and then would proceed to reflect on the events between the last point at which he left the tale, and the point to which he had just jumped. Why not just progress in a linear fashion? I am of the opinion that nothing would have been lost in the telling by doing so. I have seen this time jump technique used to great effect in other novels, but, in Sunset Song, it was pointless.
 
Other thoughts: My sympathies go to any secondary student for whom Sunset Song is required reading. I get it: There is no such thing as the rural idyll; it's a tough living. It is not necessary to cram your story with as many instances of human defect as you can recall into one novel.
 
Would I recommend it? No. Nor will I be reading the remaining two books in the trilogy, because I cannot face any more dark, depressing navel-gazing.

 

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review 2017-01-07 00:00
Texas Twist
Texas Twist - Cynthia D'Alba When one door closes another one opens. Paige and Cash are both dealing with heartbreaking losses. Can they help each other through the healing process? Texas Twist is a merger of the best assets of Cynthia D'Alba. She blends painful scenarios with uplifting emotions and the lover of a good family to create another great novel within her Texas Montgomery Mavericks series. As long as there are Montgomery's to discover, I'll keep coming back for more.
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review 2017-01-07 00:00
Texas Fandango
Texas Fandango - Cynthia D'Alba Drake just lost the woman of his dreams to the man of hers. In the game of love his score and his spirits have reached an all time low. What's the best remedy for a broken heart? A vacation. A little fun in the sun and an unwanted guest could be just what the doctor ordered to chase away the blues. Texas Fandago has many themes. For Drake, it's a second chance that leads to a wake up call. For KC, it's a game changer that leads her to her heart's desire. For me, KC and Drake prove a delicious distraction that take me away from the winter snow and allows me to bask in the heat of tempting glow. Seductive with a side of laughter. A winner all the way.
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review 2017-01-07 00:00
Texas Bossa Nova
Texas Bossa Nova - Cynthia D'Alba Magda Hobbs is back with her grit and wit. When she first came on the canvas in Texas Two Step, I knew she had a story to tell and Ms. D'Alba did not disappoint. Magda fools the world with her caustic charm, bad girl image and street girl smarts. On the outside she's built a tough shell so that past hurts can not be revisited upon her heart. To be wanted and loved is her most secret of dreams but the risk for her is far too great to sacrifice the pain of disappointment that has followed her all her life. Reno is her chance at forever. If she's willing to take the chance. As I dive further into the series I'm impressed with Ms. D'Alba's ability to deliver intense stories with the same fluent flow of a less emotional story and come out on top with every one.
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