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Sunday, April 11, 2021

The Wild One by Nick Petrie


Peter Ash’s PTSD is becoming more of a focus in the books.  His soul mate, June, and his best bud are not in the picture.  He faces this crisis alone, in Iceland and the cold trying to rescue Oskar, a precocious boy.

Peter discovers that Icelanders are insular and family-oriented.  He discovers this in his usual manner, the hard way.   A ruthless politician will stop at nothing to find the boy before Peter can.  There is a wealth of violence and introspection.

I enjoyed the book. 


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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Tear It Down by Nick Petrie

Peter Ash fuels his helping nature with the white static which is derived from PTSD.   June, his strong-willed lover, sends him to Memphis to help where old friend, Wanda.  The plot includes the Civil War, white supremacist, racism, dope dealing, gangsters, and musicians.

Racism is a subplot to the book.  The white supremacists are a bit simplistic.   The does seem to be an argument that the prison system is contributing to racism.   The plot was fast-paced and bursting with action.  Peter’s white static seemed less debilitating and more motivating in this book.   The historic aspect was intriguing.   Eli was a little more complex than expected.

I enjoyed the action and the retribution. 


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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Kiku's Quest Kindle Version FREE at Amazon on April 7,2021


I finally finished my novel.  The only good thing I found about the pandemic is I had the time to sit down and type the 90K+ words to finish the book. 

I’ve read Sci-Fi since I could read.  I wrote my first Sci-Fi short story on a tiny portable typewriter I won for selling greeting cards. The thousands of books I have read have primed me to write this one.   It took me ten years of perseverance to get the darn thing done.  I can only hope that Volume II won’t take as long.   With the pace of technology, if I take too long it will be science fact and not fiction. 

Kiku is a recessive gen-engineered warrior living on the tough streets of a fringe planet barely out of restricted status. Unbeknownst to Kiku is the wealth of abilities lying within her, waiting for the right trigger to bring her potential to full bloom. Gen-engineered warriors are long forgotten, banned remnants of a galactic-wide dictatorship long since defunct. Kiku’s quest is hardly noble; her quest is mere survival! Little does she know that her survival imperils the entrenched profiteers raping her planet. Little do the tyrannical profiteers know the tiger their persecution is about to unleash!

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Light It Up by Nick Petrie



The legalization of marijuana by a state does not make it legal on the federal level.  Due to that conflict, the money generated by the sales becomes a source of conflict.  Banks won’t take it and buckets of cash can lead to trouble.  Regardless of the book’s plot, with increased legalization by the states, there needs to be some method for the sellers to protect their proceeds.  Peter Ash makes a new friend and that leads to a wealth of mayhem.

The action is typical Petrie.  The attorney was amusing and highly unprofessional. June and Lewis uphold their respective roles.

Good action and adventure. 

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Fire Fly Lane Was Disappointing


The buzz surrounding Fire Fly Lane was positive, the show not so much.   The acting was fine as well as the story line.  Someone, director, producer, mixer decided that flashbacks were more important than the plot.  There were flashbacks within flashbacks.  An occasional flash back can add to a story but these people went overboard, way overboard.   When you are spending all your time trying to discern hairstyle or clothing to determine at what point in the story you are now flashing to, you lose sight of the plot.    Confusing to the point of annoying would be my description.  

In addition to the slavish use of flashbacks someone decided a cliff hanging teaser was the best way to finish the first series.  Cliff hangers are fine but to set up a cliff hanger that is contradictory to verbal testament of unending love that occurred mere minutes before a reversal was more confusing than encouraging.   A cliff hanger should encourage you to look forward to the next season, this ending just made me scratch my head and wonder why would I watch this again, it’s making no sense.  My opinion, a promising series with terrific interpersonal action, tasteful sexual tension, sporadic humor and a plausible plot line was corrupted by the prolific use of flashbacks and a contradictory conclusion. 


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