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The Alchemist’s Secret by Scott Mariani

The curse of Dan Brown lives on in this adventure novel as one man (and a woman he picks up along the way) battles against a church-related organisation to retrieve the secret of eternal life. By curse, I don’t mean that it’s a bad novel, just that it’s buried in amongst a lot of similar […]

The Dealer by Paul Kilduff

The Dealer

Once in a while you find a new author that you’ve never heard off and end up very pleasantly surprised, wanting to hunt down anything else they’ve written. Paul Kilduff, for me, is one of these.

I’m not even sure where I picked up this copy of The Dealer – I […]

Heavy Metal in Baghdad

The first thing to clear up is that Heavy Metal in Baghdad is not, primarily, about heavy metal. It’s about people, and the war in Iraq and the after-effects of it.

Plot-in-a-nutshell: a film crew from a US-based metal magazine travel to Baghdad (and later Syria) to interview the only Iraqi heavy metal band, […]

The Butterfly Effect 2

I think I’m about the only person in the world who liked The Butterfly Effect, at least according to every review I’ve ever seen. This sequel, imaginatively called The Butterfly Effect 2, was a straight-to-DVD effort and it deserved to be as such.

As with many of these lower-budget outings, none of the original cast […]

Pay the Devil by Jack Higgins

Jack Higgins – Pay The Devil

After the last Jack Higgins book, I wasn’t holding out much hope but Pay The Devil was much better. Originally written under a pseudonym, it was re-released some time ago and bundled in a 2-novel volume that I picked up in Ko Tao.

The archaic writing style […]