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Book Review of Bullet Rain

Bullet Rain – A Nova Bartkowski Novel novel is a book in a series called the Holly Lin Series, by Robert Swartwood.

The teaser text reads,

“Nova is a free man. Having just walked away as a non-sanctioned hit man for the U.S. government, he’s purchased a classic Mustang to drive across the country. But when his car breaks down in the middle of the Nevada desert, Nova ends up in the small town of Parrot Spur. There’s something strange about Parrot Spur. Something … off. Maybe it’s the fact the town is full of ex-servicemen. Maybe it’s the fact the abandoned mine might not be abandoned. Maybe it’s the fact the knockout brunette in the bar is clearly more than what she seems. In the end, none of it matters. What matters — and what Nova is soon going to learn — is that in the desert, the only thing that rains is bullets.”

Bullet Rain on Amazon.

Reading this book, it felt like I found a decent update or replacement for my Rambo fix. We follow Nova, as he’s driving through a small desert town. But we meet him via the sniper on a hillside, who is told on a radio to take out the tires of his car. Two sniped shots later, Nova is walking back to town to get help.

But once there, he gets into an altercation while protecting a girl from some local hoodlums looking for a good time. This gets Nova put in jail, but only as a place to stay because the Sheriff thinks that’s best for everyone involved.

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Book Review YESTERDAY’S GONE, By Platt and Wright

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–Yesterday’s Gone: Season One book review by Sean Platt and David W. Wright. Yes, I said “season one,” but that’s how the authors labelled their chapters. That’s because the authors admit to loving cliffhangers and serialized fiction. That in itself is a bit of a warning but I read this AFTER I read the book.  With […]

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This is a piece about becoming a vegetarian and dealing with the world around you and not about choice or what’s right or wrong for any one person. It’s an observational piece. We all make our own choices, like whether we want to ingest cigarette smoke or not, eat smoked foods or not, drink alcohol to […]

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For a long time I have been looking for a fan that does not roar and drown out my TV or other sound sources. And I finally found one in the form of the Honeywell Quietset 16 fan. It is wonderfully quiet, nearly silent with those big blades. First impressions were awesome! But there’s something […]

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Daylight Saving Time (DST) is quite the mystery to me so I tried looking it up but even when the information is one place like Wikipedia, it can be a convoluted collective of information. I saw let’s just move it ONE LAST TIME by half-an-hour and leave it be! But as it is, Congress has […]

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Netflix’s SPECTRAL (2016) Review

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Spectral is not a bad film. It’touches on basic premises but it’s fun to kill some time with and to be honest, it does not disappoint. – Directed (and written) by Nic Mathieu (Um…  this is his first credit!), it stars  James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer, Bruce Greenwood, Max Martini, and other military looking type […]

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– So supposedly this is the last of the Resident Evil franchise movies, and if it is, so be it. Most of these films have been mindless popcorn fun, but this last film felt like they barely mailed it in. There’s a reason its fan base gave The Final Chapter  a 5.6 out of 10 […]

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Review of TEENAGE NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS (2016)

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Well, they did it. While the first movie/attempt by Michael Bay to translate the reimagining of The Teenage Ninja Turtles felt a bit boring, the unthinkable happened and I think they managed to make the sequel better than the first film! Megan Fox reprises her role of April O’Neil, Will Arnett as Vernon, while we […]

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I used to be a pretty big NASCAR fan…  that is, until the big networks showed up, dropped their big buck sponsor dollars and started calling the shots on how they think NASCAR should be run. And to be honest, since they are dropping the big bucks, they are the bosses of NASCAR and they […]

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A sad movie review for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. I came into this film with unusually high expectations. I normally don’t build myself up for sequels, and this film reminded me why. It opens with a splash bang of action and closes the same way, but the middle two-thirds tries your patience, unless you like […]

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