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Drago’s Revenge Book Two in The Blood Chronicles by S.B Knight

DragoS.B Knight’s novel Born of Blood introduced the reader to one of the more vicious vampires in literature that comes to mind over the past few years. This is not the feel good vampire you see in books such as Twilight but one that takes the reader in a far darker mindset of a creature. 

Born of Blood gave the reader the back drop on Drago, his family tree and how was related to Elizabeth Bathory. Bathory was a countess in Hungary, who is known to be the world’s deadliest female serial killer as she killed a rumored hundreds of young women. Her obsession was the blood of these young women as she felt by bathing in their blood she would stay forever young. Such madness cannot be understood and as a reminder Drago is her descendant. 

Drago’s Revenge takes us just months into the continuing saga of The Blood Chronicles as we find a dark figure entering a Goth night club.  The figure keeps his identity hidden but is there for a dark reason. The figure is looking for help and will use any means necessary to get that help. This involved even killing the group’s leader to get someone more willing to listen to his demands in charge. The demand that the figure gives the group is simple to grab a new born baby from its parents from the hospital after its birth. 

As you continue to read the novel you find that the parents are Sam and Reba who survived the events of Born in Blood. Reba is now nearing the birth of her child and Sam is not the father. Instead it was someone from the previous book who had not survived. Sam was also left with a hole in his soul as the woman he loved, Jesse, did not make it.  Sam and Reba both care for those they lost but have gained a relationship through their mutual loss.

Drago’s Revenge not only reminds the reader of those who survived but it will bring in a whole new set of characters. There will surely be the band of individuals being recruited at the beginning of the book, but also Sam finds out he is not alone in this fight as well. Sam is thankfully helped by some great friends and as you read the book you get to see how involved they become. You will also be impressed in just how far they are willing to go to help their Sam.  

Drago continues to repeat his actions from the first book but doing anything to get what he wants. No one should get in his way and try and stop him.  He also finds pleasure in many of the dark and twisted thing he does for “sport”. This is what  makes Drago’s character so deadly but at the same time you could find yourself wondering what will he do next.

As in the first book, Drago finds himself a woman that is just as dark and twisted as he is to help him do some “redecorating” in an office Drago claims as his own. It’s these dark moments that a bit of twisted humor is put in the story to break down some of the darkness. 

S.B Knight continues the great story from the first book in Drago’s Revenge. The story elements continue to have a dark side to them but flashes of humor can be found in just the right moments. It’s not just for the reader but used in a way to create a break for what his characters are going through. One of the best moments in my mind is when we find out how Sam earned a nickname as a child. 

If you read and enjoyed Born of Blood you will want to see how the story continues, and Drago’s Revenge is a great follow up. There are twists in this book that will surprise you and draw you into the story.  I will add there are some violent images that are created in the mind in some of the scenes so parents, be sure to read the book before letting younger children.  

To conclude Drago’s Revenge can be a stand-alone book as you get enough from the story as you read on some of the things that happened in Born of Blood. As this book is part of The Blood Chronicles I would recommend reading Born of Blood prior to this book so you get an idea on where the characters come from and what has driven them to this point in the Chronicles.

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2012 in Reviews

 

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Dark Passages DVD Release – December 2012

I’m thrilled to be announcing that the short film Dark Passages will be released in the month of December. I did a review of the short when I was a staff writer for Horror Addicts and below is some of that review. At the end of that there is a link to the original review for those who may be interested.

I will add that I did get to interview Cesar Cruz who is the mind behind Dark Passages. The man showed he cared about his film and shared some great insights in what he was doing with the movie. So with that stated please take a moment to read the below snippet of my original review.

 

Dark Passages is a short film that came out of the mind of Cesar Cruz and Outworld Entertainment. The film may have had a limited budget but there is enough action and drama in the film that it appears to have been made for much more.

Dark Passages starts with people awakening in a wooded area having no idea how they got there. After a period we find that they start to question each other blaming the other for the mess they have found themselves in. It’s only when a maniac woman runs up to them trying to get them to be quiet and get them to run.

What’s after her? What’s got her so scared? It’s simple a man with a GIANT Hammer. The man can swing the thing with little effort and if he hits you with the device, well they don’t want to be hit.

The above is just a bit of the review I did for Dark Passages which is going to be coming out for sale on DVD in December. If you wish to read the rest of the review please head on over to Horror Addicts, where I was a staff writer.

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2012 in Reviews

 

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Tom Turkey, Protector. (A Dark Tale for Thanksgiving)

The story below is a bit on the dark side as it shows the investigation that Protector, Tom Turkey takes to find out why those in his community disappear each year.  The story is not gory but just a thought it may not be for little kids.  It’s an original story by me.

 

Tom was the best cop on his beat. He had solved every petty crime that had come his way and had only one major crime that had gone unsolved for decades. It has been an ongoing case since he could remember from his short time on the force.  The old timers told him about the case and how it had been going on as long as anyone could remember.

The problem was that every year a large number of people would suddenly disappear and never return.  One night the small town would be asleep and the next morning a stranger down the block, a neighbor, or a family member would be just gone. There was no warning and no explanation it appeared that someone came in, picked them up and like that they were gone.

Tom had been brought into the case early into his career among the protectors. The community was too small so instead of a police force they had protectors and Tom was one of the newest members. So instead they had the protectors. They had the same basic jobs as a police officer would in a city but just not the title.

Tom knew the time for the next mass disappearances was coming and he was going to do all he could to prevent it this year. He planned for a week in advance of the big day as it approached. He began walking his beat and paying more attention as people came and went. He watched for strangers or people hanging around were they should not be.

Over those few short weeks nothing came to his attention as it was always business as usual. People would go to the communal dinning location and eat dinner. They would get to their homes and sleep next to each other in a very safe manner. It was rare when the people did not have others around them at all times.

Tom was running out of time he started to get nervous, stopped eating and lost weight. As the day finally came he stood back as the others in the community enjoyed their meals. He watched as they ate together and for the first time he saw something strange happening. He told him this was not the day that events were wrong but there was no escaping what he saw.

The community started acting funny. They were walking into each other staggering around the ground. People who had been friends for years walked up and into each other knocking them down to the ground. Tom looked on in panic and ran up and using his arms reached out and tried to shake people to see what was going on. He shuck them so hard some even lost a few feathers.

It’s then that Tom saw something out of the corner of his eye. Someone, no something was entering their home and it was tall. It was really tall, it walked on two legs like he did but it had long things hanging off its side. They looked funny they didn’t have feathers across their body and had some type of outer cover. They started to pick up members of the community by their necks and carry them away.

Tom went crazy when he saw this happening. He charged the creatures and started to try and attack one of them. He saw the creature lift its leg and felt the kick as it pushed him aside and then he was grabbed. He was being taken no how could this be happening to him. Why wasn’t anyone else fighting?  Tom got back up from the kick and he blacked out as something grabbed him by the neck cutting off air to his brain.
Tom awoke and he had no idea where he was. He heard a noise that brought a bit of a chill through his spine. He knew that he had solved the case but in his situation there was nothing he could do to tell the others. The fact that he had been abducted by these strange creatures along with so many others did no help him feel any better.

As his mind cleared more he started to look around and found he was trapped in a small space. He had no way of getting out and the others with him still seemed to be dazed.  He watched in horror as one of those creatures came up to the space and one of the others was grabbed and pulled out an opening.

The way the group of six of them was stuck together he had no way to try and help. He had to watch in horror as the creature carried the unmoving body to a location just barely in sight. He watched as they placed the neck down and the body laid there not putting up much of a fight. Something else appeared in the creatures hand and he gobbled in horror as he saw the creature cut the head off the community member.

Tom hung his head in sober way realizing what was coming for the rest of them stuck in this enclosure. He had solved the case, but at the same time was to become one of the missing. He watched as the creature came back and grabbed another community member one at a time till he was alone. He thought about putting up a fight but he knew what was going to happen and had reserved himself to his fate.  So he thought, Tom Turkey, you had a great life and I hope no one in the community ever finds out what is happening.

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2012 in Short Stories

 

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Three Miles Below by Kevin Hopson

A sound penetrates the miles of rock that you are working within and the earth begins to shake. It’s an earthquake and one of the biggest fears a miner can face when working miles under the Earth’s surface. A fear that can become reality at any time and for three co-workers it happens in the short story, Three Miles Below published by Museit Up Publishing.

Kevin Hopson is the writer of this short tale and takes the reader into the world of three friends. The group consists of Daemon, Tayt and Mack. The story is told from Mack’s point of view and we get to read along as he guides his coworkers in a struggle to survive so far underground.

The problem these men face is not just the possibility of dying down below but at times they wonder if there will ever get rescued. They have to take it upon themselves to leave their shelter and try and  make their way through the rubble to the elevator to the surface. They have to hope that there will not be continued aftershocks that could bring the walls down on the, or the air turning foul.

What Kevin Hopson does in this short story is bring you deep within the mindset of this small group of men. He gets you inside their minds and helps bring the comradeship they feel out in this brief story. Things may not go the way they hope but as other factors start to come to light you wonder what is really going on. It’s as you get closer to the end, and the men to the surface, that you find out that maybe they should have stayed below.  There was a possible good reason why their contacts to the surface went unanswered and it’s up to you, the reader, to find out why.

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2012 in Reviews

 

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Skyfall – (2012)

The below review is nearly Spoiler Free as the few comments to the film are found in some trailers.

When one thinks of James Bond the bulk of people asked will mention an actor or movie. Few of those will mention the authors behind the books that gave birth to this movie franchise. The person I think of most when it comes to James Bond is Ian Fleming the man who wrote the original stories. Fleming used his experience in World War 2 to help frame the character and create a literary character that has lasted as long as the films, if not even longer in book form.

When Fleming spoke of his creation he mentioned how he wanted a character that had the dullest name he had ever heard, and thus James Bond was born. He also wanted to create a man who was just a dull instrument that fulfilled a need in the intelligence community. I am paraphrasing a bit with that last comment but Fleming did state that is what he wanted the character to be.

This takes me to the recent Bond film Skyfall which shows the audience a type of Bond I envisioned Fleming wanted to see. James Bond is again played by Daniel Craig and we find him again in danger at the beginning of the movie. Bond is found chasing a killer who has stolen a very important hard drive and M (Judi Dench) will do anything to get it back. This “anything” may even be allowing her agents to be killed and will bring the reality of the job to James Bond.

As the movie progresses we get an idea into the relationship of Bond and M. The two of them have a complex relationship of trust and possible betrayal.  Bond will also hear from the new head of Q Branch (Ben Whishaw) about his role in the world as he is told that the reason for agents like Bond is that someone needs to pull a trigger.

Its comments and innuendos spread out throughout the film that helps to bring the viewer deeper into Bond’s world. The fact he and M are found at the end of the film doing battle together that we get an idea of how important M has been to Bond over the years since her start in the Pierce Brosnan films to the Daniel Craig films. After all, it was M who told Bond, “I have the balls to send you to your death” in a previous film.

The other unique story in this film has to be in the villain, Raoul Silva, played masterfully by Javier Bardem. Silva is the type of character that will have viewers questioning his motives, and his sanity. There is even a scene in the film that will leave some uncomfortable as Silva gets very “hands on” with Bond.

Skyfall is a film that has a plot that main point seems to be that your decisions in life may come back to haunt you.  I say this as there is things Bond does in this film that will create some minor problems for him later in the film. M seems to be the biggest benefactor of this plot point as she gets cryptic messages from the villain that she must pay for her sins.  This will give you the idea that M maybe the person Silva is really after.

The greatest aspect to his film for this Bond fan was the subtle winks to older Bond films. The director, Sam Mendes, made sure to give nods to the older films including some jokes and older Bond devices. One of my favorite jokes is a reference to an exploding pen that comes up when Bond first meets Q.

Skyfall is a Bond film that reminds its fans why the franchise has lasted 50 years and has seen 23 movies. The movie gives the viewer a taste of the darker side of Bond that can be found in the Fleming novels, and a man who is a blunt instrument.   A man who will do all he can to protect the country he loves, and those that employ him.  It’s a film that Albert “Cubby” Broccoli would be proud to see come out of his Eon Productions that he started with Harry Saltzman. Cubby’s daughter Barbara has carried on a great tradition of Bond films and this is just another great film.

Now here is my personal list of James Bond Actors and a brief reason on why the rank where they do.

  1. Sean Connery… The original Movie Bond, who started it all with Dr. No.  The man played a Bond I felt came out of Ian Fleming’s books and had an edge to him.
  2. Daniel Craig… Continues Connery’s work playing a bond that uses his brains and body to get the job done. A hard edge to the secret agent blessed with great scripts and directors.
  3. George Lazenby… Only played Bond one time, his decision, but had a unique Bond moment as he got married in the film. The movie was rough due to the time it was made but having done more he would have been a great Bond.
  4. Pierce Brosnan… Brought Bond into the 1990’s and rode the line between the gadget heavy eras of Moore to the rougher Connery. Some rough scripts but a Bond that shared the screen with some beauties of his time. The villains were just a bit to over the top.
  5. Roger Moore… A good Bond but had too much of the “pretty boy” look and features. A lot of his films used a comedic departure from Connery’s films to separate the two Bonds. Moore was also the one to use gadgets to the “Nth” degree and just over did the comedic side and not serious enough for me.
  6. Timothy Dalton… An attempt to take Bond back to the darker side of his psyche that came from the Fleming books. He just didn’t care the mantel of Bond well enough to catch on. Also he suffered from having Moore’s comedic Bond in front of his turn as Bond.
  7. David Niven/Woody Allen/Peter Sellers… These three actors were some of the huge cast in the satire movie Casino Royale.  The film had MI6 direct its network of 6 spies all be called James Bond to stop the villains in the film. Although a satire the movie is a classic and some in the film easily could have played Bond in the other film
 
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Posted by on November 12, 2012 in Reviews

 

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Coming in November 2012 – The month of NaNoWriMo

For many that write it’s known that the month of November is National Novel Writing Month, or as most now it NaNoWriMo. It’s a period were writers from young to old are challenged to write a novel of 50,000 words or more over the course of the month.  Those taking part in NaNoWriMo are not just writers, but according to their website, teachers, mechanics and more.

So you’d think that I’d be taking part this year as I am going on and on about the event, but you would be wrong. I’m not going to be working on a novel this month, but instead I’ll be reading my way to 50,000 words or much more.

You see I have a very busy month planned, and when you toss in a Holiday, it will be quite the thing. I’m also going to be stepping outside of my normal comfort level when it comes to reading.  You see the month has some more horror readings with in the titles listed below but one is far from it.  The book, “The Falcon’s Chase” is actually an erotica title that is published by Pink Pepper Press.

So since I’ve given away one title already below is the list of books I am hoping to review by the end of the month. These titles should easily get me past the number of words that many NaNoWriMo writers are going to be writing this month.

I realize my reading is not going to help them but how many new novels are going to come out from the massive effort that is going on? I would never be ever to read them all, if they push to publish them. I just hope that may be some day I may get a chance to read a book that came from NaNoWriMo.

So here is the list of books for this month.

Three Miles Below by Kevin Hopson

White Zombie Anthology Created by Richard Evans; Edited by Andrew Ardizzi

The Falcon’s Chase by Katie Monroe (Erotica) from Pink Pepper Press

Drago’s Revenge Book 2 in The Blood Chronicles by S B Knight

On top of what I have listed above I may be sneaking in a Movie Review and some short story work, but we’ll see if I can find the additional time.

As always, if you are a writer and would like me to take a read of one of your books please contact me. My email is knightmist72@gmail.com.

Photo Credit belongs to me as this was taken outside my home on a cold early November afternoon.

 

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2012 in Personal

 

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