May 10, 2019 - General    2 Comments

Avengers – Endgame Review (Spoilers)

Well, that was the longest 2 weeks imaginable. While my wife and I would’ve loved to see what has to be the most hyped movie in recent history the second it was released, we had to wait. Talk about a pain. Everyone wanted to talk about what happened. Trying to avoid spoilers proved difficult, but doable. I’ll hide any spoilers here, in case you haven’t seen the movie yet.

Okay, I usually look for three aspects of a movie when critiquing it: story, f/x, and acting. First up is the story. Personally, I thought they did an absolutely fantastic job. The writers managed to wrap up all 22 previous Marvel movies with one magnificent story, using not-unheard of methods to correct the events of Infinty War. Thanks to the last couple of minutes of Ant Man and the Wasp, we know Scott Lang is stuck in the quantum realm. How’s he going to get back?

Spoiler

A rat. Wouldn’t have called it. Plus, I wouldn’t have called the passage of five years before any action is attempted, either. But, for Ant-Man, time hasn’t touched him. Why? Because of the quantum realm, which, if someone could build a “quantum GPS”, someone could then theoretically go back in time.

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So, with a “Fix” now plausible, it’s up to the survivors to pull it off. Do they do so? Yep, but not without some major setbacks.

Spoiler

We all knew from Infinity War that he/she who searches for the Soul Stone will only get it if someone sacrifices another. In this case, Hawkeye and Black Widow are sent to retrieve it, meaning one of them has to die. Both fight for the “honor”, but Black Widow is clearly a better fighter. Natasha dies.

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I figured most of the characters would come back to life if they reversed Thanos’ almighty Snap o’ Death (and those that “dusted” do), but there were some who didn’t. Plus, others did die during the battle.

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But Tony? Didn’t see that one coming. Oh, sure, I heard RDJ was tired of the role, and wanted to move on, but I didn’t think they’d seal his fate. Same for Chris Evans. Captain America didn’t die, but did end up going back in time to be with his one, true love: Peggy Carter, effectively retiring himself. Who becomes the next Capt. America? Not Bucky, but Sam!

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As I said, I thought the story was fantastic. The special effects? Mind blowing. They must be seen to be believed. That last battle will leave you breathless. As for the acting, I really didn’t have any problems with anyone’s performance, either. Guys, if you’re a fan of the Marvel universe, you gotta see this on the big screen.

Grades:
Story, A-
F/X, A+
Acting, A.
Final grade: A

Why the A- for the story? Well, that’s because I have a gripe or two. Yep, spoilers follow.

Spoiler

First (and biggest gripe) happens at the extreme end of the movie. We’re shown what life is like after the events of undoing The Snap. Peter Parker is back in school, embracing his friends. Ok, hello? Peter was gone for 5 years. Presumably, so was half the school, yet when Peter goes back to school, it’s like no time has passed? None of the people that survived the Snap would still be there, having GRADUATED.

Second gripe: are we to believe that Tony and Banner really have the ability to create a gauntlet of their own which will harness the power of all 6 Infinity Stones? In Infinity War, we learn the huge dwarf, the same one who forged Thor’s new axe, was the only one who could’ve made the gauntlet, which he admits he did. By the way, my wife and I argue about this one. She feels, since both Tony and Banner are brainiacs, then they’d be able to figure it out. Agree to disagree, dear.

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That’s it for me. Avengers – Endgame was a highly satisfying 3 hour movie that deserves to be seen, especially in the theater. Two thumbs way the hell up!

Mar 21, 2019 - General    15 Comments

Paperback Giveaway!

In celebration of the release of my newest mystery novel, Case of the Chatty Roadrunner (Corgi Case Files #6), I’m going to be hosting a giveaway. Up for grabs is a signed, paperback copy of the book. The contest is open to all fans, regardless of location/country. Want to enter? All you have to do is caption the photo below. What do you think Kinsey is thinking?

New Mystery Novel!

The next installment of the Corgi Case Files mystery series has just appeared on Amazon’s shelves! Case of the Chatty Roadrunner (Corgi Case Files #6) will see Zack, Jillian, Vance, along with Sherlock and Watson, travel to Phoenix, Arizona, to look into the death of Zack’s late wife, Samantha. Was it an accident, like everyone thought? Or… could it be murder?

Pick up your copy to find out! I’ll post links to the stores as they go live.

Amazon Amazon UK Apple Barnes and Noble Google Kobo Smashwords

For fans of fantasy, the next project I’m working on will be to finish up the Pirates of Perz trilogy. I apologize for the delay. We’ll be catching up with Sarah and Steve in a month or two!

J.

New Audiobook in the Works!

I’m proud to announce Bob Johnson, audio narrator for the first three Corgi Case Files audiobooks has agreed to start work on Case of the Pilfered Pooches (CCF#4). We’re predicting the project should be completed by mid April. Damn, he’s catching up! Which reminds me…

CCF6 is almost done. Should be finished by today or tomorrow. Posse members, are you ready to read?

Next up, it’s high time to wrap up the Pirates of Perz trilogy, and then it’ll be off to the lawless land of Cazel and Doiron’s quest to discover his true heritage. Not sure what I’m talking about? Ask me for a copy of Senthyd. It’s a short story which introduces the rare & unique hybrid creatures just trying to survive. Unless you’re the most rare of all senthyds, like our hero, Doiron. Stay tuned! It’ll be my first ever full-length dark fantasy story!

Dec 31, 2018 - General    3 Comments

Delay of game…

I’m sorry for not posting more. There’s been a number of huge changes going on with me. Yeah, yeah, I know. No excuses.

But, in no particular order, here’s what I’ve had to deal with.

  1. Scrambled to make some (unwilling) repairs to our Havasu house so that we can…
  2. Listed the Havasu house for sale.
  3. Found a buyer, which precipitated a massive cleaning/dumping/donating trip to Havasu from Phoenix. This was what we did for the week of Thanksgiving.
  4. My sweet little corgi, Keeley, crossed the Rainbow Bridge two days after Turkey Day, while we were in Havasu. Was extremely thankful for all the hard work on the house, otherwise losing her would’ve been unbearable.
  5. My wife’s grandfather passed away. Had to make an emergency trip to northern CA, while being in no mood to socialize.
  6. Had to fit Xmas shopping in.
  7. Arranged for a new family member to join our clan.
  8. Back to northern CA for Xmas.

I’ll get CCF6 finished shortly. I promise!

Allow me to show you reason #7…

Paperback giveaway!

I hope everyone had a great summer! As for me, it was a blast, only the weather here in Arizona is still incredibly warm. Summer just doesn’t wanna let go of us.

I went to put one of my paperbacks up for a giveaway on Goodreads, which I’ve done countless times, only they are now asking an outrageous amount to do it. Me, being the cheapskate that I am, refused, so no more Goodreads giveaways for me. Therefore, I’ll host my own giveaway, here on my blog. So, if you’re interested in getting a free paperback copy of any of the books that I have currently released, make sure you’re signed up for the newsletter AND leave a comment below (specify which title you’d like). I’ll choose a name at random and, regardless where you’re at, I’ll send the book to you.

Good luck to all who enter!

J.

Jul 12, 2018 - General, Giveaways, Indie Authors, Latest, News, Updates    Comments Off on Audiobook Promo Codes!

Audiobook Promo Codes!

Just a quick note looking for guinea pigs. I’m trying to build up reviews for my new audiobooks, so if you’re willing to leave a review after you’re done listening (on Audible.com), then I can email you a promo code.

Interested?  Head over to my Facebook page and send me a private message. If you don’t have a FB account, then send me an email, using “jmpoole(at)gmail dot com”, and in exchange for a review, you can pick up one of my audiobooks for free!

I have two currently available, with a 3rd ready soon:

  1. Case of the One-Eyed Tiger (Corgi Case Files #1)
  2. Case of the Fleet-Footed Mummy (Corgi Case Files #2)
  3. Lost City (Tales of Lentari #1) – ready soon!

Promo codes will go fast, so if you’re interested, be sure to let me know ASAP!

J.

Apr 27, 2018 - General    Comments Off on Audiobook giveaway!

Audiobook giveaway!

Hello!

To help celebrate the release of Case of the One-Eyed Tiger (Corgi Case Files #1) in audiobook form, I’m giving away a promotional code which will allow you to listen to the book for free!  The code only works at Audible.com, and you’ll need to have an account with them, but it won’t cost you a cent!

So, how do you enter?  Easy!  Answer the simple math question below and email me the answer:  jmpoole(at)gmail dot com. I will add comments with the name of each entrant who guesses correctly!  Good luck!

# of dogs stolen from PV in Pilfered Pooches    +

# of dead bodies that have turned up in PV since Zack moved to town  +

# of wines Zack loves   =  ??

Good luck to all who enter!

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