After the initial victory over the threat of annihilation from the Powers; the Nephilim as led by Aaron, the Chosen One are called once more to face aAfter the initial victory over the threat of annihilation from the Powers; the Nephilim as led by Aaron, the Chosen One are called once more to face a new and bigger threat. And this comes in the form of a "contigency" plan set in by Verchiel, the vanquished leader of the Powers, a renegade band of Angels hell bent on riding the world of the offsprings of Angel and Man; the Nephilim.
Just when I thought that the story had reached its apex, author Thomas Sniegoski surprises us once more with another volume that both delves deeper into the mythos of the Angels and the world that is and was, as created by God.
There were enough twists and turns to keep you hooked. The battle scenes were written clearly and well and one could almost imagine it being adapted for film or as in the case of the very first book, a tv series. Sadly that TV series, entitled FALLEN didn't live up to the promise and prose of the book but it was good while it lasted. Plus, if in case you didn't know, it starred Paul Wesley of the Vampire Diaries. Yes, Stefan Salvatore to you and me.
The book on the other hand, is also a fast read in itself if you would give it the chance to grow on you and not allow other books and everyday life to distract you; which when you think about it is a daily challenge for any reader. :)
Do yourself a favor, read the previous 2 volumes of this and like me (again), reward yourself with the next volume because ya know its gonna be worth it.
Sniegoski writes beautifully and simply. And although he does cater to the YA crowd, writing effectively and writing simple is no small trick. And it is a trick that any writer will always aspire to, regardless of the genre and of the target market one hopes to capture.
Thank you Mr. Sniegoski, you have a fan in me. And hopefully this will help further develop my own Craft as I embark on my own writing life. ...more
I usually stay away from prequel stories leading into the cinematic versions but given that this copy was on sale, I figured why the heck not. Plus thI usually stay away from prequel stories leading into the cinematic versions but given that this copy was on sale, I figured why the heck not. Plus this is all about Fury and all the background scenario that happens from Iron Man 2 up to the beginning of the Avengers.
All this is told from Fury's point of view, from monitoring the progress of Tony Stark following his offer about the Avengers Initiative at the end of Iron Man to Stark's drunken fit from his condo in Iron Man 2 to the recruitment of Clint Barton, aka. Hawkeye in Thor as well as Natasha Romanov's confrontation of Dr. Samuel Sterns in his lab in Hulk 2 after Banner storms thru the streets of New York battling the abomination General Ross has created.
As not everything can be told or divulged in the movie versions or even in the bonus scenes, the comics are the best medium to provide additional material that will complement and enhance once's knowledge of the Marvel cinematic Universe and equally provide a little more character insight into our favorite heroes.
Fury has got his hands full with keeping the peace and he doesn't need a man like General Ross on his hands either who remarked the best line of this graphic novel for me.
Ross - "The World needs people like us Fury. I'm out on the battlefield killing our enemies and you're safe behind a wall protecting all the secrets that everyday citizens can't handle. You're the SHIELD and I'm the SWORD."
Fury - "You're not sharp enough to be a SWORD, General."
This may be an Avengers Prequel graphic novel but most of the solo films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are a way of building up to the Avengers itself and so its only natural that the flow of 4-issue graphic novel be of the same vein.
So is there Continuity in this graphic novel? YES
Is there a fair amount of exposition for our characters? YES
Do other secondary but equally important characters like Coulson, Sitwell, Selvig and others make an apperance? YES
When I first saw the audiobook was on sale, I immediately thought of it as a rare find for not only was it marked down, it was also the unabridged verWhen I first saw the audiobook was on sale, I immediately thought of it as a rare find for not only was it marked down, it was also the unabridged version. Having seen the book as well several times in different Book Sale branches, I figured getting this version was better than adding another book to my already growing To-Read Pile.
Fast forward to now and to say that it wasn't the epic read that I thought it was, is an understatement. Like most of the reviews here, the novel itself leaves much to be desired. Having been a fan of the superb Anne Rice forever, her cadence and flow of characterization and plot were always the standard by which I pick my reading and sadly this one falls flat.
I felt it would be harsh to give it one star and at the very least I would acknowledge the effort made into this book but alas it was more of a chore to finish it and get it over with, rather than genuinely wanting to know what's next.
From the get-go we all know that the antagonist named Vlad was a supernatural creature and a “vampire” of sorts but it is to the author’s detriment to keep the reveal too far into the novel that you can’t help but want to beat the protagonists, Tomas Nicolescu, a Russian general in love with his charge, with a stick for failing to piece the clues together. Perhaps the author wanted to keep us readers in suspense for the big reveal but I felt that effort was wasted in prolonging the “agony” of a reveal and it could have been made more effective in making a more engaging plot and the sprucing of some characters who seemed shallow and not worthy of one’s care of empathy.
This is my first time to read Ted Dekker, although a proliferation of his books can be found in almost all branches of Book Sale where I got this from. This perhaps is also not the right book to start off reading him. With him being a prominent Christian author, I take it that his books are popular but maybe it was just not the story for me. Or his brand of darkness was just not dark enough to ensnare me and keep me in.
To his credit, Ted was able to construct a different origin and cosmology for his “vampires”, being angelic and nephilim in nature, the usual conventions were in place like the crucifix and holy water. I liked it too that he took it a step further and added the element of wood as another deterrent for these creatures of pleasure and sloth.
But however, he did say at the cover blurb that this story is not for everyone. Is that a disclaimer in itself or just a shallow prelude to whatever “greatness” he feels that lies there in the book. But alas, great it is not. Readable, it is not for me and perhaps debatable for those who prefer more meat into their reading. But just like him, I did warn you and venture forth should you decide to.
Remember, it’s not for everyone. And I would gladly return back to my Vampires of New Orleans anytime. Lestat forever. Sorry Vlad, you’re not my type. ...more
Following the events of the groundbreaking, IDENTITY CRISIS by thriller author, Brad Meltzer, this 18th volume of the Justice League of America, colleFollowing the events of the groundbreaking, IDENTITY CRISIS by thriller author, Brad Meltzer, this 18th volume of the Justice League of America, collects Issues 115-119. Take note, all this happens before the New -52, just in case you got suddenly confused and wondering.
I felt IDENTITY CRISIS, blew the ball out of the park and so our heroes are left to deal with the memory tampering that they did with the villains but also with Batman. Crisis of ethics come into play with this collection and along with that the return of the villains memories, which lends them to resume their attacks on our heroes on a more personal scale for they already know of our superheroes true identity as well as personal lives.
So what's the logical step to do in order to protect the one you love? Lois lane has been hurt as well as Bruce's on and off girlfriend, Selena Kyle, aka. Catwoman. Do you repeat what was done by lobotomizing the villains again or does ethic dictate that one stays thy hand, or this case, Zatanna's magical hand, and look for a solution.
This Aftermath issue for me will only work if one has read, IDENTITY CRISIS. And since the New 52 has already happened, all these past crisis are moot. But for those who enjoyed the world of DC before the New 52, then this is a must!...more
What a fortuitous event to have found this at Book Sale yesterday after coming out of the cinema following my first day viewing of Captain America 2:What a fortuitous event to have found this at Book Sale yesterday after coming out of the cinema following my first day viewing of Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier.
While the movie deserves more than a two thumbs up and certainly ups the ante for Marvel in terms of their Cinematic Universe, reading this volume as a part of a bigger and collective work pertaining to the ever unfolding events of the Winter Soldier himself, make me regard the book as something that is best read in its entirety along with the other volumes. This being Volume 4, after all.
But it certainly makes me even more curious for the other compilations and henceforth with this volume, I will certainly be on the lookout for more.
Winter Soldier, or he who I will not name (don't want to spoil Muggles), has gone thru a lot and I wait for more compilations to turn up to further enhance my history of this tragic and broker character.
Redemption is indeed possible. That is is if one is aware on how to tread the road for it and if one is brave enough to get on it....more