Definitely the darkest book in this series. Very violent and bloody but also with a sense of futility. The Punisher has to ask himself what he's doingDefinitely the darkest book in this series. Very violent and bloody but also with a sense of futility. The Punisher has to ask himself what he's doing and why, and he's placed in the situation of being seen as Public Enemy Number One, when he's just doing what he can to protect society from violent criminals who want to kill and destroy others. The conclusion is a segway that feels odd and not strictly harmonious with the overall story arc of this series. The ending makes me question if this is truly the end for the Punisher. Of course, I'll keep reading these if they make more....more
I was interested in reading Big John and Connie's story because they seemed intriguing from the later books in the series. I liked the idea of a heroiI was interested in reading Big John and Connie's story because they seemed intriguing from the later books in the series. I liked the idea of a heroine who is very shy and how that would play out in a romance. It was different from what I thought. I don't think that calling Connie shy is adequate. She not so much shy as socially awkward and withdrawn from others. Because of her father's death and their lifestyle, Connie has never connected with others very well. People get a mistaken impression of her and her withdrawn nature and her extreme brilliance puts people off. John at first, doesn't like Connie, but he's fascinated with her. The more time they spend together, working side by side as mechanics in the SOAR unit, the more they get to know each other, and a romantic relationship develops.
My problem was that Connie stays too remote in the book for me. I didn't feel connected to her, and so that made it hard for me to buy into the relationship on a deeper level.
The action was good, although most of it was later in the book. There are some very tense moments as the team has to deal with some nukes in the wrong hands. I liked how Connie stepped up to the plate and gained a big win for the team, and also it did help her to see that John was worth taking a risk on. People die, all the time, but withdrawing and refusing to feel doesn't necessarily protect you from loss. You just end up being alone.
This is a seriously creepy graphic novel series. Definitely in the classic horror vein and unrelentingly dark in theme. This book deals with witches aThis is a seriously creepy graphic novel series. Definitely in the classic horror vein and unrelentingly dark in theme. This book deals with witches and witchcraft, and in a disturbing way. One of the reasons that witches are so detestable to me is their tendency to take over and control people's wills and casting curses against and on people. These are the kind of witches that Baltimore is dealing with. Baltimore is searching for the way to bring the Cult of the Red King down for good, and his cohorts split up in the search for leads and they all end up in extreme danger. Baltimore and Co end up in a Russian village deeply under the spell of evil witches. His other brothers (and sisters) in arms are in just as deep as they land right in the middle of a practicing Red King cult.
Baltimore has lost so much and he's about to lose someone very close to him. He is the ultimate tortured hero, and also very stoic and stonelike. And he's a bad*ss. I am glad that the world has Baltimore to protect them from these supernatural horrors. I hope this series continues indefinitely....more
This was a group read for the Dangerous Hero Addict Support Group, and I'm glad it got voted for. It gave me that push to read Shelly Laurenston. I'veThis was a group read for the Dangerous Hero Addict Support Group, and I'm glad it got voted for. It gave me that push to read Shelly Laurenston. I've heard from many that she's a good author, and I actually have most of her Dragon books written under G.A. Aiken, but I just hadn't gotten around to reading her books written under this name.
One thing that one needs to understand about this book is that it's very heroine and women-bonding centered. Kera is a woman who needed strong bonds with women who had her back and who accepted her no matter what, and she found that with the Crows. At the same time, it's a romance, but the romance doesn't really develop until maybe 70 or so pages into the novel. Having said that, I found this very enjoyable. It's really funny and every character is a real 'character'. There's even a dog that manages to steal some scenes.
I liked Vig, a lot. He's a dangerous hero, but in a cuddly kind of way (when he's not in battle mode and ripping people's arms off.) He's very supportive to Kera, and I'd call him the perfect boyfriend. I would say the cover is highly misleading. I tried not to be embarrassed about it when I'd have it at work and my coworkers saw it. Vig has a big beard and lots of hair. He's not a clean-shaven male model type. I guess the publishers didn't think people would go for a cover with Vig as he looks in the book. It seems to me that having big beards is very much in vogue, so I'd find that intriguing if the cover actually reflected that (not that like facial hair, because I don't). I like that Vig was comfortable with himself and thus with Kera as she was. I think that's so crucial in a relationship that people accept you as you are. They want the best for you, but they aren't constantly trying to change you. The romance worked for me because it was built on mutual like and respect, as well as passion and strong emotion.
This book is pretty violent, with descriptive action scenes. It wasn't over the top, and after reading Matt Reilly this past month, it seemed kind of mild, to be honest. The story is about a violent subculture of fighters for the Norse gods who go all out. I wasn't surprised for it to be violent with that expectation. The story itself is intriguing and makes me want to keep reading this series.
So I really liked this one. I liked Kera a lot. She was a real person and I appreciated her strengths and weaknesses. She was very caring, but tough as well. I loved the multicultural feel to this book. There are people of just about every race and ethnicity. And considering this is based on Norse mythology, it was cool that Laurenston was able to achieve this. I also loved how the Crows are all strong women but not all cut from the same mode. I love when the diversity of strong women is presented instead of making it seem like all women have to be the same to be strong and confident.
There was a lot to appreciate about this book. Four well earned stars....more
"Slow Bullets" is just the right length and digestibility for a reader who wants a quicker science fiction novel. It's an interesting look at humanity"Slow Bullets" is just the right length and digestibility for a reader who wants a quicker science fiction novel. It's an interesting look at humanity and the hard choices people have to make to survive, and how a common need can help people get past superficial differences.
The jargon was rough getting used to, but I really liked this. I mean, it's bonafide military romance with a Navy SEAL hero and a heroine's an Army avThe jargon was rough getting used to, but I really liked this. I mean, it's bonafide military romance with a Navy SEAL hero and a heroine's an Army aviator. What's not to like? Want to read more Night Stalkers books!
I have said it before and I will say it again. I love these GhostWalkers books! It was lovely to get a new book. I'm glad I finally got to read it, evI have said it before and I will say it again. I love these GhostWalkers books! It was lovely to get a new book. I'm glad I finally got to read it, even if it's a year late! I am happy to say that I really loved this book. Now let's talk about this book!
Wyatt: My dear Wyatt, you are a hot, delicious mess. When he is in his brother Gator's book, you think of him as a jocular, easy-going little brother. Well, things have changed. He's very intense and somewhat tortured. And freaking jealous as a house on fire. I will freely admit I love jealous/possessive heroes. I felt he did toe the line in how he was treating Pepper when she was around his friends. Yes, there are some considerations with it all. Pepper has an allure that is highly potent, and Wyatt spends most of this book learning to deal with it. At least he realizes it's a problem and tries. He's very bossy. Oh yes, I think he also knows this about himself and he's called by his boys and Pepper about it. What I love about Wyatt is his love and protective nature over his family and friends. When Pepper and the baby come, he's all in. No question. He's a formidable warrior but also an incredible thinker. I love brilliant men. What a great combination. And he's definitely all that in the bedroom. What's not to love? But seriously, I don't know that I could live with a man like Wyatt as my husband, but he sure is right for Pepper and a very appealing hero. I like that he is willing to change the areas that he needs improvement in.
Wow, she's gorgeous, inside and out. I felt so bad for her situation. I hate that she was experimented on that way and has such a profound enhancement. At first I didn't really get it. It took me a while to figure out what was going on with her enhancement. When I did, I was pretty thrown. That would suck. I've have read books with a similar issue in a heroine (but it's usually paranormal). How to deal with that. Wyatt's solution was certainly practical and it made for some hot bedroom (and other places) moments for sure. Even though she hated that she had to do it, she uses her unique ability to devastating effect in the climax, and I thought that was a very cinematic moment. I definitely wouldn't want to be irresistible and gorgeous like her (For real, I mean it). How difficult did that make her life? It was Wyatt's fault that he was so jealous, but it sucked that she couldn't do a lot about it. He had to understand that she was who she was, and he clearly loved her, so it comes with the package. I loved Pepper. Thought she was an awesome character. Ms. Feehan is really upping the ante with the GhostWalker storyline. Pepper's enhancement and backstory ties in very well but takes things to another level.
Oh my gosh. So adorable. This book made my baby fever even worse. I loved the scenes where they bond with the adults and Pepper and Wyatt. I love seeing the GhostWalker nursery get bigger. Keep it coming, Ms. Feehan!
The new guys that get introduced in this book are officially my boys. Loved them all. Even though Trap is a grumpy, socially awkward hot mess, he's my hot mess. Excited to read his book. Ezekiel is probably my new favorite GW. I can't wait until his book! I always love the relationship between the GWs. How they have each other's backs and rib each other because they know each other so well. How their loyalty is ride or die and when their men find their women, they will fight to the death to protect them and their children. I couldn't ask for more.
She's awesome. I loved her snark and how she welcomes all the GWs into her home, and the babies. Can she be my honorary Cajun grandmother?
I hate hot weather, and I still kinda of wished I was in the Bayou with them. That's because it was so well-described I felt like it was real to me. How Wyatt was a product of the swamps and it was integral to his nature. It was a sort of symbiosis for him.
She's my girl. I love bad-a** chicks and she's definitely that. Her skill set, ah yess! Can't wait to read Spider Game. Trap and her already have melting hot chemistry. Trap is a bit of a butthead, but I hope Cayenne stays strong and handles her man and keeps him in line.
As I said above, I think this story really does escalate the ongoing GhostWalker narrative. The introduction of the French GW girls is brilliant, and I'm excited to see more of them. The new physical enhancements of the bad guys was freaky and made for some fantastic action scenes. One of the things I love about this series is the action is hard and fast and incredible. These books satisfy my love Jones and my action Jones, and that's just what I want in a good action romance/romantic suspense.
This series continues to be one of my top favorite romance series, and I'm glad that Feehan has sustained the writing quality. She's going very hot with the love scenes, but not going into places I won't follow, so I'm thankful for that. I can deal with the hero being a bit more dominant in the bedroom than I like, and actually Wyatt was pretty hot.
It was great to see Michael get his own woman. He almost messed it up, but he pulled his head out of his rear in enough time to fix things. I enjoy thIt was great to see Michael get his own woman. He almost messed it up, but he pulled his head out of his rear in enough time to fix things. I enjoy this series. Lots of special ops actions and good romance. I also like the SOAR camaraderie.
I'm so glad that some of my discerning buddies on the Harlequin Presents Reader group raved about this book. It was an excellent short and sexy romancI'm so glad that some of my discerning buddies on the Harlequin Presents Reader group raved about this book. It was an excellent short and sexy romance to read before the end of the year. At first, I was thrown by the writing style, very descriptive and emotive to the degree that it was hard to get a feel for the tone initially. But it didn't take long before I was soaking this book up like a sponge. Parker taps into my need for an intense, escapist, passionate romance book. It definitely gave me my angsty/dramatic romance fix.
Thane is all that and a bag of chips! Intense, honorable, grumpy, dedicated to his one and only woman (that alone made me swoon over him), and sexy as all get out. I could totally see why Luciana found him irresistible. He touches on all my hero qualities that I love. Luciana is a great heroine. Her motives are sound and her heart was good. She's strong in the best ways. Even though I did want her to cave and fall in with Thane's plans head first ('cause he was just so very...), I could understand her misgivings and her pain and anguish because of what she'd seen in her parents' marriage and scars from her own childhood. She made the best decision she could have at the time, even though she did deny Thane four years of his child's life. She regretted that she had cost him that and understood how wrong she was about him. While I don't care much for secret baby romance, this was well done. Scenes of Thane bonding with his son made me all cartoon starry eyed.
This is the kind of Romeo and Juliet tale I love. Honestly, I didn't care much for the original play, but Parker has given die hard romantics the version of that tale of young lovers and feuding families that they will love.
The sexual chemistry and tension was off the charts, but what made it so powerful was the delirious and intense love that Thane and Luciana found together and never got over. You could tell it was a once and a lifetime connection and you wanted them to get their happy ending.
Parker has convinced me that she's an author to watch for in the Harlequin Presents line. If she has more heroes in the vein of Thane (no rhyming intended), I'm sold!
Definitely recommend this book. Overall rating: 4.5/5.0 stars....more
This is the darkest volume, and that's saying something. Rachel Cole-Alves really has to count the cost of her mission to punish criminals. Castle doeThis is the darkest volume, and that's saying something. Rachel Cole-Alves really has to count the cost of her mission to punish criminals. Castle doesn't take it easy on her. He treats her like the soldier she is. Lays it out on the line for her. The storyline building up from the first books culminates in a way that is very intense. I can't say anything more without spoiling it.
This is a riveting read. I love this series, even when it's hard to read....more
I'm really sucked into this series. There is a tremendous meeting of the minds between Castle and Cole-Alves. They almost don't have to talk, but commI'm really sucked into this series. There is a tremendous meeting of the minds between Castle and Cole-Alves. They almost don't have to talk, but communicate via body language. This is probably a good and bad thing, because they both understand their rage and need to punish those who have taken their loved ones away and will do the same to others. Even the secondary characters have an impact on the storyline. I liked the dialogue between the two detectives on the trail of the Punisher and his new ally. One represents the side of the person who is sympathetic to the Punisher, and who thinks he's doing the right thing, the other on the side of the law and true justice. I think they represent the duality of the reader, their thoughts on both sides of the equation.
The artwork is gorgeous. I think the artist is excellent at conveying the sense of purpose and the intensity of the characters on their faces, making up for a lack of dialogue, and also conveying action on the page.
I especially liked the Punisher/Spider-Man/Daredevil crossover. Daredevil is determined to steer Cole-Alves off the path she has taken, when he failed to do so with Castle.
I am going to be sad when I run out of this run of The Punisher. I still don't know if I'm ready to read the more hardcore Garth Ennis version, and I like the dynamic of Cole-Alves....more
I wasn't sure about this series. I loved the first movie and hated the second (I'm totally excluding the very first movie with Dolph Lundgren, which wI wasn't sure about this series. I loved the first movie and hated the second (I'm totally excluding the very first movie with Dolph Lundgren, which was execrable), and I am not 100% sold on the idea of the Punisher. I like some vigilantes, such as Batman and Daredevil. I can understand what drives them to use force and violence in the cause of justice. In the case of the Punisher, his justice is very final and brutal. He doesn't kill innocent people, but if you're a violent criminal, you're fair game.
I decided to give this a try because I have read other work by Greg Rucka, and I figured this character would be in good hands with him. My conclusion is that I was right that he would do a good job with Castle.
Castle's motivations are completely understandable, and he doesn't come off as a sociopath or someone who has parted entirely with morality. Instead he is a fatal solution to the devastating disease of crime. With criminals of the sort in this book, I think Castle is probably necessary. I'm not saying I condone lethal violence in real life, so let me make that clear.
This story arc features a young bride whose entire wedding party (including her husband) were murdered. She survived and has to deal with the aftermath of losing everyone. Castle goes on the hunt for all the men who committed the savage mass murder. The survivor turns out to lead to a cabal of organized criminals who are even worse. They know the Punisher is on their trail and he won't stop until he's Punished them all. They take some measures to see that he is unable to get his work done, but they have underestimated how determined the Punisher is to 'punish' criminals, like the ones who savagely murdered his innocent family.
The artwork is good. While the imagery is violent, it's not over-the-top and too graphic. The movie Punisher: War Zone is an example of how excessive violence can be depicted in the wrong way, and stands in sharp contrast to the first movie, which was also violent, but certainly not shlocky about it. The artist has a way of capturing motion in an extremely vivid way that feels real time. The depiction of the wedding massacre was done in a way that was transmitted the horror of the situation without being gratuitous or exploitative. I liked that particularly violent scenes are given soft focus. While there was some gory imagery, it wasn't over the top.
I like the look of the Punisher. His spray-painted shirt and his slightly flyaway black hair. The rocklike expression that reveals little and inspires fear in his prey. It takes talent to depict a character like the Punisher without him appearing wooden. Instead, his face is a mask that hides so much emotion and thought, but most of all, sheer, adamant determination.
I'm glad I gave this series a chance. I really liked this book and plan to read more by Rucka. I'm not sure I'm ready for Ennis' incarnation, but we'll see....more
I am very tardy at writing this review! I have read so many graphic novels in the past couple of months, and I've just been fatigued and sadly, writinI am very tardy at writing this review! I have read so many graphic novels in the past couple of months, and I've just been fatigued and sadly, writing reviews has felt like a chore lately. Having said that, I am glad to get back and review this very good graphic novel.
When one thinks of Marvel characters, your mind doesn't necessarily go right to Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD, but honestly, he's a bit like the glue of the Marvel universe in some ways. Or at least the Kevin Bacon (as in Six Degree of Separation). Definitely when it comes to the Avengers-related storylines. Well, in this one, it's his show. He's a man on a mission.
SHIELD has been infiltrated and disavowed by the government. It's essentially been rolled over into HAMMER, headed up by Norman Osborn. Nick knows something is stinking in Denmark, and he's going to make things right. Even though SHIELD is no more, he still has plenty of tricks up his sleeve. He's been a warrior, spy, and commander, so he knows what he's doing, and ruthless and determined enough to do it.
The villains are nasty and formidable. The good guys feel like underdogs, even though Nick, Dum Dum Dugan and his Howling Commandos are very skilled at taking on 'nasty' bad guys (see what they did in WWII, if you have questions about it). Fury called in his contingency plan, activating SHIELD assets and individuals with potential. Some of them are quite young, but needs must. If I think really hard, it seems really scary for teens to be taking on nasty foes like the Gorgon and Lady Hydra. However, they know what they are getting into and want this opportunity to serve their country, even knowing that some of them will die in the process.
I liked the way this book was put together. It had plenty of graphics and visuals about the enormity of SHIELD and their long-time adversary, HYDRA. Being a geek, I read each and every chart, table and map. It helped to expand my understanding of the incredible task that Nick has set for himself.
This was a great find at the library. I'm just sad that my library doesn't have the rest of this series. I want to finish it. It's kind of pricy to buy, so I have decide if I'm willing to splurge to read the rest of these. I was glad I took a chance on this. No, it's not the X-Men or The Avengers, but it was just as cool in a different way. I didn't underestimate Fury before, but I have gained even more respect for him.
Secret Warriors is a very good adventure series with a touch of the superhero fiction vibe to satisfy comic book lovers. If you can find a copy, it's worth reading....more
I think that reading this alone out of the whole series doesn't give you the entire picture. I feel like I have some holes in my understanding. I am hI think that reading this alone out of the whole series doesn't give you the entire picture. I feel like I have some holes in my understanding. I am hoping my library has all or most of these. I like the idea of presenting the situation through the eyes of various characters in the Marvel world. Each one would have a different vantage point based on their worldview and life experiences.
It's not a big surprise that Captain America and Iron Man come out on different sides of the issue. However, Captain America stands against the Superhero Registration out of sheer belief that it is wrong and it goes against the principles of a free society. As a true patriot, he is willing to fight for the rights of others. Iron Man doesn't have a POV in this story, so it's hard to argue his viewpoint, but I believe in his own way, he thinks he's doing the right thing as well. That's the anguish of the situation, that there are good people on both sides, although the baddies like HYDRA and Dr. Doom are going to use the discord to advance their own agendas.
The Winter Soldier has a big role in this book, as well as some protegees of well known superheroes, such as the next Hawkeye, Kate Bishop. Even Namor, who fought with Cap back in WWII shows up. It was neat to read more about TWS after seeing the excellent movie a couple of months prior to this. I hadn't even heard of him until the movie came out and from watching Marvel's Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
The artwork is lovely and the writing touches on the emotional battlefield that Captain and others around him face. Civil War is an apt title for this series, because we are seeing the Marvel heroes well and truly divided. ...more
This book is for fans of scintillating dialogue and stimulating back and forth between the hero and heroine. It brings to mind "Taming of the Shrew" iThis book is for fans of scintillating dialogue and stimulating back and forth between the hero and heroine. It brings to mind "Taming of the Shrew" in the best ways. The chemistry is excellent, and while this is on the lighter side for a historical romance, it's a fun ride to watch Lucy and Derek go at it, and fall deeper in love with each encounter. It has a love scene that made me fan myself!
As always, I enjoyed this book by Ms. Thomas. Her writing is warm and sweet and beguiling. Her characters are distinct with interesting layers. I feelAs always, I enjoyed this book by Ms. Thomas. Her writing is warm and sweet and beguiling. Her characters are distinct with interesting layers. I feel like I am an honorary member of Harmony, Texas. I am always happy to go back there for a visit.
I'm going against the crowd in my rating for this book. I loved it. Honestly, I didn't think a book about the Napoleonic invasion of Russia would floaI'm going against the crowd in my rating for this book. I loved it. Honestly, I didn't think a book about the Napoleonic invasion of Russia would float my boat (despite my history appreciation), but it did. I loved the mix of military history and murder mystery. I think that the well-done characterization was a deciding factor in gaining my interest. I found the fact that the main characters are part of Napoleon's Army, thus, sort of on the bad guy side, and I rooted for them to survive what history tells me was a devastating campaign added to my high rating. I'm sure that some reviewers could find more things to pick apart in this book, but I found it fascinating. I also give points for the fact that it was very coherent, considering it was translated from French to English. Not a quick read by any means, but a fulfilling one.