July 11th, 2020


Book Critique – The Release (Prey #3)

For review of all books in the series: Go here.

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: Hope & Despair; Friendships & Betrayals; Love & Hatred; Cruelty & Revenge; Rulers & Subjects; Captures & Escapes; every page gives you a variety in characters, emotions, plans, mishaps and terrors. A recipe for a dystopian novel successfully executed.

The Release is the conclusion to The Prey Trilogy by Tom Isbell published in February of 2017. The plot begins n Camp Liberty two months after where it ended in previous book, The Capture, with Book, Cat and Hope, rescuing the surviving Sister and Less Thans, but stuck there for now.

The series is set in post-apocalyptic United States after the world was destroyed by nations who go on nuclear war against each other - an event called Omega. One enormous burst of electromagnetic radiation and everything electronic gets destroyed - no modern amenities left for common man to use. The US becomes the Republic Of The True America and divided into different Resettlement Camps and Territories. The Camps are handled by Military Sergeants, Colonels and Majors and myriads of Soldiers called Brown Shirts. The specific territory that this plot takes place in is the Western Federation Territory.

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Movie Critique – The Lady from Shanghai

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: A dark home movie made by a true artist, though considered a wreck, created some stepping stones for future film making, showing the genius behind the camera and on screen, despite the battles the cast and crew faced. 

The Lady from Shanghai is a 1947 film noir directed by Orson Welles. He also starred in it along-side his estranged wife Rita Hayworth and Everett Sloane. The film is based on the 1938 novel If I Die Before Awake by Sherwood King.

Irish sailor Michael O'Hara (played by Orson Welles) is hired by Elsa "Rosalie" Bannister (played by Rita Hayworth) to help her and her husband Arthur Bannister (played by Everett Sloane), a disabled criminal defense attorney, sail their yacht around America. Little does he realize he would be caught in a whirlpool of intrigue and murder. 

The movie contains a narrative style with Welles doing the narration as the story progresses. The film was shot in 1946 but wasn’t released until 1947. The film has two very volatile ingredients that could have burned on screen - explosive genius of Orson Welles; and America's reigning love goddess, Rita Hayworth. 

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