Author Archives: portiabridget

The Kremlin’s Candidate (Red Sparrow Trilogy 03) by Jason Matthew

Product info (from Goodreads): The novel opens with Russian president Vladimir Putin planning the covert assassination of a high-ranking US official with the intention of replacing him with a mole whom Russian intelligence has cultivated for more than fifteen years. … Continue reading

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Movie review: Redbad (2018) directed by Noel Reine

Product info: The 8th Century in Western Europe, a time of significant religious tension. When an army of Christian Franks approaches one tribe of pagan Frisians the bloodshed is inevitable. Redbad (Gijs Nabel) is caught right in the middle of … Continue reading

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The Falcon Throne (The Tarnished Crown Quintet 01) by Karen Miller

Product info (from Goodreads): In the distant past, the Kingdom of Harcia was torn apart by royal brothers who could not accept a lesser inheritance. Now, the consequences of their actions are coming to light. Balfre, son of Aimery, Duke … Continue reading

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Movie review: Starfish (2018) directed by A.T. White

Product info: Aubrey Parker ( Virginia Gardner ) comes to the funeral of her close friend, Grace. She is obviously in grief and very uncomfortable to a point of being psychologically volatile. In the spur of the moment she breaks … Continue reading

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The Blue Falcon by Robyn Carr

Product info: The flaxen-haired Chandra watched with love as de Corbney grew to manhood, his hair as black as deep night, his fierce blue eyes shining with the victories of the jousting fields that won him the name heralded throughout … Continue reading

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Movie review: The Emperor of Paris (L’Empereur de Paris) directed by Jean-Francois Richet (2018)

Product info: Legendary escaped from prison, Eugène-François Vidocq (Vincent Cassel) tries to be forgotten by becoming a simple rag trader. But he is overtaken by his past and accused of a murder of which he is innocent. By a sudden … Continue reading

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The Purity of Vengeance (Department Q 04) by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Product info (from Goodreads): In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her in her youth, including Curt Wad, a charismatic surgeon who was part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls with ‘bad genes’ in 1950s Denmark. … Continue reading

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Movie review: The Legend of Barney Thomson directed by Robert Carlyle

Product info: Barney (Robert Carlyle, the director) is a hapless barber, devoid of charm and ‘patter’ as his fellow barbering brethren mockingly remind him. Barney’s mediocre, mundane life of plotting for a way up is about to be transformed, following … Continue reading

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A Winter Haunting (Season of Horrors 03) by Dan Simmons

Product info (from Goodreads): A once-respected college professor and novelist, Dale Stewart has sabotaged his career and his marriage — and now darkness is closing in on him. In the last hours of Halloween he has returned to the dying … Continue reading

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Movie review: Destroyer (2018) directed by Karyn Kusama

Product info: Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) who, as a young FBI agen, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. VERY tragic results. When the … Continue reading

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