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What is your favorite action adventure actor? It can be a current actor, or an actor who made movies back in the early days of Hollywood.
My favorite action-packed actor would be a tie between Matt Damon from the Jason Bourne character, and Humphrey Bogart from the character of Sam Spade.
I love both characters because they are seemingly calm cool and collected, yet men of action.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Author: Athol Dickson
Publisher: Author Author November 30, 2012
Labels: Action Novel, Suspense, Murder Mystery
Format: eBook on Kindle
Pages: 701 KB (307 pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reeling from his wife's unsolved murder, Malcolm Cutter is just going through the motions as a chauffeur and bodyguard for Hollywood's rich and famous. Then a pair of Guatemalan tough guys offer him a job. It's an open question whether they're patriotic revolutionaries or vicious terrorists. Either way, Cutter doesn't much care until he gets a bomb through his window, a gangland beating on the streets of L.A., and three bullets in the chest. Now there's another murder on Cutter's Mind. His own.
ONE OF THE STRANGEST THINGS ABOUT THE CITY was the sudden way it disappeared around the edges. One minute you were down on Sunset Boulevard surrounded by glass and concrete, and the next thing you knew you were up on Mulholland Drive, alone in the rough country. From a high window or a rooftop almost anywhere in Los Angeles you could see the mountains, and there was always something ravenous up there looking down.
I was up among the hungry creatures, standing at the edge of a cliff, with Hollywood and Santa Monica far below me in the distance. One step forward and I would be in midair. I was looking down and wondering if Haley had considered how suddenly you could go from city to wilderness. Then I wondered if it was a distinction without a difference, if the city might be the wilderness and the wilderness the city, and maybe Los Angeles’s edges seemed to disappear so suddenly because there really was no separation between sidewalks and mountain paths, buildings and boulders. Up in the mountains or down in the city, either way the carnivores were in control.
I imagined Haley, out of her mind, running full speed off the cliff. I wondered what it had been like, that final second or two before she hit. Had she realized what was happening? Did she recognize the city lights below for what they were, or did she really think she was flying toward the stars? And did she think of me?
Stepping closer to the edge, I slid the toes of my shoes into the air. I looked down two hundred feet, toward the spot where she had broken on the rocks. I stood one inch from eternity and tried to imagine life without her. I could not summon up a single reason why I shouldn’t take that final step, except for one. I thought about the kind of animal who would drive someone to do what my wife had done. Predators like that were everywhere. I should know. I had trained for half my life to be one of them. I was hungry, looking down on the city. If I was going to live, the hunger would have to be enough, for now. But I would sink my teeth into him, sooner or later. I would do that for Haley, and for myself, and then maybe it would be my turn to see if I could fly.
I stepped back from the edge.
I loved this story!
January Justice is a story with unscrupulous characters, who are ex-revolutionaries, desperadoes, criminals, kidnappers, and people who are experienced in firearms and bomb-making. At times I wondered who was truly trustworthy. I hoped the main character and hero, Malcolm Cutter, had the training and resilience and wisdom to know how to deal with them.
January Justice is told from a first person voice, Malcolm Cutter. At times he reminded me a bit of Humphrey Bogart's character Sam Spade, in the movie The Maltese Falcon.
The main character Malcolm Cutter is a man's man. He is confident, bold, resilient. He's sarcastic, but charming. He's a thinker and planner, but he's also a man of action. He's methodical, but plans for surprises. His training in the military prepared him for his job as a chauffeur, and later bodyguard. I enjoyed reading a story that was full of action, and at the same time plausible and believable. So often an action type novel just doesn't seem like it could be anything other than fantasy type fiction. I'm hoping there will be a sequel to January Justice .
Thank you to Partners in Crime Tours, Athol Dickson for my FREE eBook copy!
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A master of profound suspense!
Athol Dickson's mystery, suspense, and literary novels have won three Christy Awards and an Audie Award. Suspense fans who enjoyed Athol's They Shall See God will love his latest novel, January Justice, the first installment in a new mystery series called The Malcolm Cutter Memoirs. The second and third novels in the series, Free Fall in February, and A March Murder, are coming in 2013.
Critics have favorably compared Athol's work to such diverse authors as Octavia Butler (Publisher's Weekly), Hermann Hesse (The New York Journal of Books) and Flannery O'Connor (The New York Times). Athol lives with his wife in southern California. Please visit his website at www.AtholDickson.com, and like his Facebook fan page.
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Sunday, May 19, 2013
Judges chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
Ruth chapters 1, 2, 3, 4.
Ezekiel chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48.
Romans chapter 3.
Treasury of Truth Mini-Challenge hosted by Becky at Operation Actually Read Bible~~~
Psalm 139 read 3 times
Psalm 25 read 3 times
Colossians chapters 1, 2, 3, 4.
A quote I read this past week that I loved.
"God appoints leaders-God's assignments are always based on character. The greater the character, the greater the assignment. Before God gives greater assignments He builds in them greater characters." Kay Arthur
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Author: James Allen
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
Labels: Christian Living, Christian Growth
Rating: 3 Stars
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James Allen (1864-1912) wrote the short book or essay, As A Man Thinketh, from Proverbs 23:7a.
"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:" NKJV."According to Wikipedia James Allen, was a "pioneer in self-help/modern inspiration thought."
My copy of this tiny book is from a collection of old books of my dad's. He probably bought this book in the early 1960's. I'd read this book many years ago and coming across it again I decided to re-read it.
James Allen's, mission in his book is to teach the reader that they really can control what they think, which changes their attitude, and future.
To a point I agree with James Allen. We do have the ability to control what we think, and what we think about does change our attitude. We should never be a victim to our thoughts. I also agree that to have an attitude that is positive, we are better able to have a personality that achieves dreams, aspirations, goals, progress.
What I disagree in, is that we can think as positively and graciously as we can, and still bad things can happen to us. There are many things in this life we have no control over. Accidents happen all the time. Other people make mistakes that affect us.
James Allen, is quoted as saying,
"Suffering is always the effect of wrong thought in some direction." page 26.
"The circumstances which a man encounters with suffering are the result of his own mental inharmony. The circumstances which a man encounters with blessedness are the result of his own mental harmony. " page 12.I don't agree with either statement. Suffering happens because we live on earth, and we live in blemished-frail-human-bodies.
Suffering happens sometimes because of other people's wrong choices that affect us.
Suffering happens sometimes because we made a choice that we may have thought was the right choice, but later we find out it was a wrong choice.
Maybe the real point, lesson, goal, is not to blame ourself in thinking because we were out of harmony with ourself and now we are suffering, but rather what can I learn from this journey of suffering, how can I help other's, and how can this affect me in a positive way.
I'll give you an example so you'll better understand what I'm saying.
I had an early stage breast cancer in 2005. I had radical surgery, no other treatments.
What I learned was that I'm human, frail, blemished, and vain. I needed to get over myself and not be prideful. I needed to learn I'm infallible. Most importantly my faith needed to deepen in Jesus.
I can help other's going through this same type of situation because I can identify with them.
This affected me in a positive way by turning my pain outward (away from myself) and to actively help other's. The most positive affect in me after this experience is that it brought me to a deeper level of faith and relationship with Jesus Christ.
My favorite quote from this book and one I heartily agree with.
"A man's mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind."I don't want any weed-seeds growing in my mind.
How do you feel about this author's thoughts?