Saturday, November 28, 2009

BEAT TO A PULP #52!

BEAT TO A PULP #52!

BROTHERLY LOVE BY J.E. SEYMOUR

It rocked him back, aside from the fact that his little brother hadn't ever called him, that he could remember, that his little brother would ask for his help, and the kind of help he couldn't talk about on the phone to boot. His mind went to the only logical conclusion, that his little brother was setting some sort of trap for him. Paully was a cop, Kevin remembered that much, even if he had to struggle to remember what the man looked like.

Is blood thicker than water? J.E. Seymour explores what one brother will do for another in Brotherly Love.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

J.E. Seymour lives in a small town in seacoast NH and has had short stories published in three anthologies of crime fiction by New England writers - "Windchill," "Deadfall," and "Quarry," in Thriller UK Magazine, and in numerous ezines.
http://jeseymour.com

TO READ THE STORY CLICK HERE

NEXT WEEK: KIERAN SHEA'S CHARLIE AND STEVIE DO A REPO

007 MAGAZINE #52!


007 MAGAZINE #52!

PER COMMANDERBOND.NET
:

James Bond fans around the world can now order 007 Magazine #52.
This latest issue comes after the recent news that the popular Bond magazine would be returning to print to mark its 30th anniversary after three years as an internet-only publication.

As stated on the official 007 Magazine website, 007 Magazine #52 will showcase exclusive new articles, features and many never-before-published images. These include:

PICTORIAL – When Harry Met James (Palmer and Bond that is!)GRAHAM RYE spotlights the 1963 luncheon meeting between authors Len Deighton and Ian Fleming (with new exclusive comments by LEN DEIGHTON).

PICTORIAL – Just a perfect day at Pinewood Studios…GRAHAM RYE focuses on a historical 1963 gathering of the movers and shakers of the Bond franchise-to-be on the set of From Russia With Love.

PICTORIAL – Bond Bound: Ian Fleming and the Art of Cover Design GRAHAM RYE visits the private view of the 2008 exhibition at The Fleming Collection in London’s Mayfair.

FEATURE – “STOP GETTING BOND WRONG!”GRAHAM RYE sets the record straight on the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever.

INTERVIEW – Cuadra…Jaime Cuadra!STEVE OXENRIDER talks with the Peruvian singer and arranger whose work was featured in the 2008 James Bond film, Quantum of Solace.

FEATURE – To Russia, With LoveRussian Journalists NATALIE GOLITSYNA and ANDREY SHARY, authors of the first in-depth study of James Bond, the literary & cinema hero, in the Russian language, examine 007’s impact on their homeland.

FEATURE – Lost ‘Warhead’ Production PaintingsGRAHAM RYE reveals previously unseen pre-production illustrations from Kevin McClory’s ill-fated Bond project (with new exclusive comments by LEN DEIGHTON).

PICTORIAL – FlashbackThe 1989 Licence To Kill Royal World Charity Premiere at London’s Odeon Leicester Square, in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince And Princess of Wales.

Bond fans can purchase 007 Magazine #52 at the official
007 Magazine website for the following prices: £9.99 (UK) $15.99 (US) €11.99 (EU) £9.99 (Worldwide). Please be aware that prices do not include shipping.

JAVA’S BATCHELOR PAD!

JAVA’S BATCHELOR PAD!

2009 CHRISTMAS SHOW #1

PLAYLIST:


Esquivel—Mini Skirt (Theme Music)
June Christy—The Merriest
Dean Martin—My Love To Keep Me Warm
Rosemary Clooney—Winter Wonderland
Esquivel—Frosty The Snowman
Kay Martin—Santa's Doing The Horizontal Twist
Kay Kyser—Hello Mr. Kringle
Gene Autry—'Round 'Round the Christmas Tree
Jimmy Boyd—I Saw Mommy Do The Mambo
Wayne Newton—Jingle Bell Rock
Lenny Dee—Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Patsy Raye & The Beatniks—Beatnik's Wish
Louis Armstrong—Cool Yule
Elvis—If Every Day Was Like Christmas
Lou Rawls—A Merry Little Christmas
Don Ho—Mele Kalikimaka
Martini Kings—Christmas Time Is Here
David Rose—The Christmas Waltz
Tijuana Brass—Let It Snow, Let It Snow,
Frank Sinatra—I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Capitol Studio Orchestra—Cha-Cha All The Way
Ella Fitzgerald—Sleigh Ride
Billy May—Do You Believe In Santa Claus?
Perry Como—White Christmas
Yule A Go-Go—Hark The Herald Angels Sing
The Blue Hawaiians—Blue Christmas
The Ventures—Rudolph
Lushy—Baby It's Cold Outside
Peggy Lee—The Christmas Spell
Pete Fountain—Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Nancy Wilson—What I Want For Christmas
Frankie Carle—Little Jack Frost Get Lost
Bing Crosby—Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Johnny Mercer—Winter Wonderland
Doris Day—Old Saint Nicholas
Brenda Lee—I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus
Mel Torme—The Christmas Song

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

JACKIE CHAN ~ THE SPY NEXT DOOR ~ JANUARY 2010!

JACKIE CHAN ~ THE SPY NEXT DOOR ~ JANUARY 2010!

Bob Ho is an undercover CIA superspy who decides to give up his career in espionage to settle down with his next-door neighbor and girlfriend, Gillian. But Bob has one more mission to complete before Gillian agrees to marry him: winning over her three opinionated kids. When Gillian suddenly has to leave town, Bob volunteers to babysit the children so he can earn their approval.


But when one of the kids mistakenly downloads a top-secret formula from his computer, Bob's archenemy, a Russian terrorist, moves in for the attack, forcing Bob to juggle the roles of spy and prospective stepfather in the most challenging mission of his career!

COCKTAIL NATION #102 ~ MARTINI HEAVEN!

COCKTAIL NATION #102 ~ MARTINI HEAVEN!

It's the Cocktail Nation! Thanks to Tiki Shark there's a big show planned again! Coming up Koop talks to producer extraordinare Bill Roebuck, who has produced the Martini Heaven series.


Koop also has some Christmas news, a look at the work of swank, the regular segment, Ask Koop, and he's got a great place to pick up a cool shirt. All this plus brand new music from Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited, Pink Martini and Don Tiki.

PLAYLIST:

Leonard Nimoy ~ Music To Watch Space Girls By
Cocktail Angst ~ Ecstatically Mine
Martini Heaven ~ Tangonova
Al Caiola ~ La Dolce Vita
Moonrays ~ Run Spy Run
Pink Martini ~ Ohayoo Ohio
Ann Richards ~ Be Easy Be Tender
Tiki Joe's Ocean ~ Baxter Pad
Don Ralke ~ Blue Moon
Janet Seidel ~ Charade
Space Sound Unlimited ~ Robotheque
Quincy Jones ~ One Note Samba
Mancini ~ Peter Gunn
Sammy Davis, Jr ~ The Goin's Great
Don Tiki ~ Bla Bla Cha Cha
Peggy Lee ~ Bewitched

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE DEATH CLOUD!

YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE DEATH CLOUD!

I BLOGGED ABOUT THIS NEW SERIES WHEN IT WAS FIRST ANNOUNCED, BUT THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES SERIES, DEATH CLOUD, FROM AUTHOR ANDREW LANE, HAS NOW BEEN SET FOR BRITISH RELEASE IN JUNE 2010.

KEV WALKER, ILLUSTRATOR OF THE YOUNG BOND GRAPHIC NOVELS IS THE COVER ARTIST.

YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE DEATH CLOUD!

The year is 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. His life is that of a perfectly ordinary army officer’s son: boarding school, good manners, a classical education – the backbone of the British Empire. But all that is about to change. With his father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously ‘unwell’, Sherlock is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire. So begins a summer that leads Sherlock to uncover his first murder, a kidnap, corruption and a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent . . .

The Death Cloud is the first in a series of novels in which the iconic detective is reimagined as a brilliant, troubled and engaging teenager – creating unputdownable detective adventures that remain true to the spirit of the original books.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Andrew Lane is an author, journalist and lifelong Sherlock Holmes fan. This is his first book for young adults. He lives in Hampshire with his wife and son. Andrew's passion for the original novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his determination to create an authentic teenage Sherlock Holmes made him the perfect choice to work with the Conan Doyle Estate to reinvent the world’s most famous detective in this new series.

FOR MORE DETAILS CLICK HERE

AGE OF ACES PRESENTS!

AGE OF ACES PRESENTS!

DOWNLOADABLE PDF AIR WAR PULP STORIES!


AGE OF ACES BOOKS NOW OFFERS A NEW FEATURE ON THEIR WEB SITE CALLED AGE OF ACES PRESENTS, WHERE YOU CAN DOWNLOAD FREE PDF VERSIONS OF SOME GREAT AIR WAR PULP STORIES.

NEW THIS WEEK:

HAWKS FROM THE SMOKE, BY ARCH WHITEHOUSE, FROM THE AUGUST 1939 FLYING ACES


In this adventure, two of Arch Whitehouse’s most popular flying duos team up to foil a Japanese invasion of the Phillipines. Tug Hardwick and Beansie Bishop are joined by Coffin Kirk and his simian assistant, Tank.

Peculiar white wisps on the ocean below! What sinister thing did they hide? Tug had to know. But Beansie had no time for that mystery—what with gun-bristling Mitsubishis swarming down the skies to face his twin Brownings. What’s more, he now was encountering a mystery of his own. For a strangely-marked Breda had suddenly dived in among those vengeful “Rising Sun” fighters. And the gunner aboard that Breda was too efficient to be human!


TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

ICEBOX RADIO THEATER: DOME DOG! RISE OF THE HUNTER!

ICEBOX RADIO THEATER: DOME DOG! RISE OF THE HUNTER!

EPISODES 3&4


Dome Dog: Issue 02 continues with Episodes 3 & 4 of this 5-part saga. Dome Dog has been signed by his beloved Vikings, but why? And what part does the evil Hunter have to play in what appears to be a vile scheme? All shall be revealed in the next-to-last installment of this audio comic book saga. Then, Jeff comes on for a few words about the upcoming IBRT event: Calls to Santa!

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW!

CALLAN ~ THE MONOCHROME YEARS!

CALLAN ~ THE MONOCHROME YEARS!

TANNER'S DOUBLE O SECTION BLOG HAS THE LOW DOWN ON THE FORTHCOMING RELEASE OF THE SURVIVING BLACK AND WHITE EPISODES OF THE FIRST TWO SEASONS OF THE CLASSIC SPY SHOW CALLAN, STARRING THE LATE EDWARD WOODWARD.

TO GET THE DETAIL CLICK HERE

Friday, November 27, 2009

BAMBOO LOUNGE!

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #79 ~ HOLIDAY JUBILEE 2009 #1!

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #79 ~ HOLIDAY JUBILEE 2009 #1!

Join the BIG W for the next 5 Friday evenings as he explores, with eggnog in hand, the Space-Age Pop Holiday Hi-Fi musical sounds of the 1950’s and the 1960’s in LIVING STEREO!

PLAYLIST:

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL


Radio City Hall Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Raymond Paige
Richard Leibert at the Grand Organ
Radio City Music Hall Choral Ensemble

• THE NATIVITY
Silent Night
Cantique De Noel
Hark! The Herald Angeles Sing
Adeste Fideles

• INTERLUDE
Joy To The World
Sleigh Ride
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

• CINDERELLA BALLET

• CHRISTMAS ORGAN MEDLEY
Deck The Halls
Good King Wenceslas
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Under Christmas Mistletoe
The First Noel

• COMMERCIAL CAROLEERS
Chances Are

• RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL ROCKETTES
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Merry Christmas Waltz
Pienic For Strings

• FINAL
Chances Are

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

SPY GIRLS ~ AGENT 99!

SPY GIRLS ~ AGENT 99!

SIXTIES SPY GIRL ICONERY WOULD NOT BE COMPLETE WITHOUT INCLUDING BARBARA FELDON AS THE UBIQUITOUS AGENT 99 – STRAIGHT AGENT TO SLAPSTICK AGENT 86 MAXWELL SMART IN THE SPY FARCE GET SMART.


FELDON DID A FABULOUS JOB OF PLAYING SIXTIES INNOCENT SEXY – MORE TWIGGY THAN MATA HARI. SHE WAS THE PERFECT FOIL FOR DON ADAMS/MAXWELL SMART, DISPLAYING COMEDIC TIMING COMPARABLE TO STRAIGHT MEN FROM THE BEST COMIDIC DUOS.

IN 2008, GET SMART WAS MORE-OR-LESS SUCCESSFULLY REVIVED (I ENJOYED THE FILM), WITH THE GEORGEOUS ANNE HATHAWAY TAKING OVER AS A MORE AGGRESSIVE, AND CERTAINLY MORE GLAMOROUS, AGENT 99.

FELDON’S SWEET VULNERABILITY WAS MISSING IN HATHAWAY’S PERFORMANCE, BUT SHE STILL MANAGED TO MAKE THE ROLE HER OWN DESPITE COMPARISONS. HATAWAY WAS DEFINITELY THE AGENT 99 FOR THE NEW MELLINIUM.


DOC SEVERINSEN: THE BIG BAND’S BACK IN TOWN (1962)!

DOC SEVERINSEN: THE BIG BAND’S BACK IN TOWN (1962)!

KELLY’S LOUNGE SOUNDZ DELIVERS AGAIN . . .

PER KELLY:

For 25 years Doc Severinsen was arguably the best-known trumpet player in America appearing on television every weeknight as the leader of the Tonight Show Orchestra. Known for his exceptionally loud wardrobe, Severinsen often bantered good-naturedly with host Johnny Carson while supplying the show's incidental music (bridging commercial breaks, introducing guests, etc.). Despite the musical limitations of that format the Tonight Show Orchestra was increasingly considered one of the best big-band jobs available as time passed: generous exposure, steady work, and declining options elsewhere.


Severinsen maintained a side career to allow himself to stretch out, recording bop, big-band swing and crossover-friendly instrumental pop for a series of labels beginning in the '60s. When The Tonight Show was on hiatus he toured with smaller groups and guested with numerous jazz and pops orchestras around the country.

He had his critics in the jazz world partly because his albums weren't strictly jazz, but also partly because he didn't display his chops very often. However he was an able bebop soloist with a bright, clean tone and a tremendous range in the upper register of his horn.

TRACKLIST:

Side 1:
01) Love For Sale
02) Flamingo
03) Blues In The Night
04) Granada
05) When Your Lover Has Gone
06) Johnny One Note

Side 2:
01) Lonesome Road
02) My Funny Valentine
03) St Louis Blues
04) The Look Of Love
05) I Cried For You
06) Poor Butterfly

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

HOT-SHOT HAMISH ~ 2009 ANNUAL!

HOT-SHOT HAMISH ~ 2009 ANNUAL!

Hot Shot Hamish is one of Britain's all-time most popular football comic heroes. For twenty years, the adventures of comic strips in Scorcher, Tiger and Roy of the Rovers. It was the golden age of British comics and this brand new annual relives his greatest moments. When Hot Shot Hamish was brought from a remote island to play for big-time Princes Park FC, he soon became famous for hitting the ball so hard that it broke the net.

With his massive frame, a football shirt that barely fitted, a slightly eccentric father and a pet sheep called McMutton, Hamish's adventures soon established him as a favourite on the terraces and beyond. And with other colourful characters like club manager Ian McWhacker and Scotland manager Mr McBossy, Hot Shot Hamish and his pals became football legends and heroes to the legions of fans who followed their every move both on and off the pitch.

HOT SHOT HAMISH ANNUAL 2009 relives Hamish's highlights in glorious technicolour for the very first time. Each comic strip has been hand-coloured to make this a unique and nostalgic must-read annual for football fans everywhere.

HAPPY BLACK FRIDAY!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: DEAD RECKONING BY SAM LLEWELLYN!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: DEAD RECKONING BY SAM LLEWELLYN!

There have been many pretenders to the throne of Dick Francis. For most, the comparison falls far short. A few, however, manage to understand the Franics plot and character structure and do a credible, if finally forgettable, job of storytelling. There are also a rare few who capture the Francis magic and make it their own.

Sam Llewellyn’s yacht racing thrillers are an excellent example of a writer capturing the essence of Francis and channeling it through their own creation. Dead Reckoning was not Llewellen’s first novel – he’d previously written a number of non-fiction titles and a massive pot-boiler (Hell Bay) – but it was his first mystery. In and of itself, it is a good novel, capturing voice, character, and plotting all in the Francis mold, but it is also the work of a writer in progress. In later titles, such as Death Roll, Blood Knot, and Riptide, Llewellyn honed his craft to a point where he broke away from the Francis comparisons to stand on his own.

As a side note, trying to emulate Francis is something I attempted myself. I literally tore apart a Francis paperback, page by page, laid it all out on the floor of my office, and worked to figure out how Francis paced and plotted his tales. The result was my novel Chapel of the Ravens (set in the soccer world). One of the coolest moments of my career came when I received a letter of praise from Francis (who I did not know at the time) after he read the novel while vacationing in Barbados. To this day, I still don’t know how he happened to get his hands on a copy to read, but I was grateful for the kudos.

DEAD RECKONING

Charlie Agutter’s in serious trouble. When one of the sailing yachts he designed, the Aesthete, breaks up in a storm – killing his brother, Hugo, and a companion – the ugly rumor emerges that Charlie’s revolutionary rudder design caused the accident. Word is spreading like wildfire, and his contracts are being suspended.

For Charlie, an up-and-coming yacht designer, the stakes couldn’t be higher: his entire career is in jeopardy, and his brother is dead. Hoping to persuade the powerful members of Pulteney’s yachting scene that his rudder design is sound. Charlie invites them on a demonstration spin aboard the Ae, twin sister to the doomed Aesthete. Charlie has planned a rough test – but not the near disaster that lies in wait. Who is trying to sink Charlie’s reputation? And why?

Charlie’s search for a killer leads him into the highest reaches of the yachting scene, where fortunes are spent to win races, where a quest for glory can lure someone to deadly thoughts.

With a strong sense of place and authentic details about the world of offshore yacht racing, this edge-of-the-seat tale races to a stunning climax. Dead Reckoning is a terrific story that rivets and rewards mystery fans much in the same way that Dick Francis takes them into the winner’s circle at the track.

IN LLEWELLYN’S OWN WORDS:

As you have probably worked out by now, the sea is one of the ruling passions of my life. While cruising and racing in boats ranging from dinghies to megayachts, I noticed that they have a kind of pressure-cooking effect on the emotions. It might be the trivial fury of someone whose last chocolate biscuit has been stolen when she is two thousand miles from the nearest shop. It might be the thwarted ambition of a man who has invested millions in a giant yacht, and has been cheated in a race. Or it might be the usual levers - greed, jealousy and spite - beefed up when surrounded by water.

So, I wrote a series of sailing thrillers, set in and around the fishing village of Pulteney, on the southwest coast of England. Pulteney is a village once inhabited by fishermen, since bought up by bankers. It is the place you keep your boat for the winter, probably to have it refitted under the benevolent guidance of Charlie Agutter, local yacht designer, whisky drinker, and occasional detective. Pulteney is a place where you meet people who will be the other side of the world next week, and hear their stories. The object of these books is to give you all the thrills of yachting with none of the excess moisture, and to keep your heart in your mouth long past your bedtime.


Llewellyn’s last fiction novel, Maelstrom, was published in 2001. His lengthy output, however, is well worth seeking out – strong characters, fast moving plots, and enviable readability.

SEBASTIAN THORN!

SEBASTIAN THORN!

THANKS TO SFF AUDIO VIA THEIR FRIEND JULIE D. FOR THIS TIP ON A PODCAST OF SHERLOCK HOLMES PASTICHES FEATURING HOLMSIAN DETECTIVE SEBASTIAN THORN, CREATED BY ANDREW EVELYN.

PER SFF AUDIO:


No doubt recalling my fondness for August Derleth’s Solar Pons, my friend Julie D. dropped me a line saying: “the Sebastian Thorn stories paint a nice ‘modern’ Holmesian figure.”

Who? Thorn? Never heard of the fellow.

So, curious, I followed the link that Julie provided and saw that a young gentleman named Andrew Evelyn has been self-publishing his own present day Sherlock Holmes pastiche stories starring a character named Sebastian Thorn.

SERIES DESCRIPTION:

Consulting detective Sebastian Thorn follows in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot in solving baffling crimes and mysteries accompanied by his friend and partner James Ashton.

THERE ARE BOTH SHORT STORY AND AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE

TO GO TO THE SEBASTIAN THORN WEDSITE CLICK HERE

TO DOWNLOAD THE PODCAST EPISODES CLICK HERE

FANTASY CORNER ~ TOME OF THE UNDERGATES!

FANTASY CORNER ~ TOME OF THE UNDERGATES!

BY SAM SYKES (COMING IN 2010)


Lenk can barely keep control of his mismatched adventurer band at the best of times (Gariath the dragon man sees humans as little more than prey, Kataria the Shict despises most humans, and the humans in the band are little better). When they’re not insulting each other’s religions they’re arguing about pay and conditions.

So when the ship they are travelling on is attacked by pirates things don’t go very well. They go a whole lot worse when an invincible demon joins the fray. The demon steals the Tome of the Undergates – a manuscript that contains all you need to open the undergates. And whichever god you believe in you don’t want the undergates open. On the other side are countless more invincible demons, the manifestation of all the evil of the gods, and they want out.

Full of razor-sharp wit, characters who leap off the page (and into trouble) and plunging the reader into a vivid world of adventure this is a fantasy that kicks off a series that could dominate the second decade of the century.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

THE CAT'S MEOW!

SHIRLEY BASSEY ~ REJECTED QOS THEME!



WITHOUT A DOUBT THIS REJECTED QUANTUM OF SOLACE THEME WRITTED BY DAVID ARNOLD AND SUNG BY THE WONDOROUS SHIRLEY BASSEY OUT RANKS THE JACK WHITE/ALICIA KEYS DISASTER.

A POINT OF THE PISTOL TO HMSS WEBLOG

SPY GIRLS ~ SHE SPIES!

SPY GIRLS ~ SHE SPIES!

THIS CHEESY, BUT CHEERFUL ESPIONAGE VERSION OF CHARLIE’S ANGELS RAN FOR TWO SEASONS FROM SEPTEMBER 9, 2002 UNTIL MAY 17, 2004.

THE SHOW WAS SOLD INTO SYNDICATION, BUT THE FIRST THREE EPISODES PREMIERED ON THE NBC NETWORK, WHOSE SYNDICATION ARM WAS ONE OF THE PRODUCERS.


Every once in a while, an elite crime fighting team emerges - a highly sophisticated covert ops, specially trained in global intelligence maneuvers.

This is not one of those teams.

They are three career criminals with one shot at freedom. Now they are working for the feds who put them away. These are the women of She Spies, bad girls gone good!

Working for the very feds who put them away, the career con-girls have turned their backs on their former lives, waging weekly war on the lowliest of the world's sleaze and scumbags, armed with sleek moves, street smarts and enough attitude to make a sailor blush.

What if the government established a clandestine organization to rid the world of evil-doers?

What if the spies recruited for this covert organization were multitalented convicted felons played by Natasha Henstridge, Kristen Miller, and Natashia Williams?

What if there were no rhetorical questions in the world?

Hard to imagine?

Meet the felonious femmes fatale of She Spies.

NATASHA HENSTRIDGE/CASSIE MCBAINE

KRISTEN MILLER/D.D. CUMMINGS

NATASHIA WILLIAMS/SHANE PHILLIPS

Three female convicted felons who were incarcerated for electronic crimes (DD), con tricks (Cassie), and battery (Shane) get paroled out of prison in exchange for work as secret operatives for the US government under 'ComCent', a branch of the ISD.

In addition, the trio has to answer to a special agent in charge of success of their operations and of making sure the terms of their conditional release are consistently abided by.

As you can imagine, She Spies had very strong comic and chick flick elements which in many instances proved even more relevant to the storytelling than the spy-related situations and gadgets themselves.

THE TYPE OF HUMOR CHANGED MARKEDLY FROM SEASON ONE TO SEASON TWO, WITH THE FORMER CONTAINING MUCH SELF-REFERENTIAL HUMOR AND BREAKING OF THE "FOURTH WALL," WHILE BOTH THESE ELEMENTS WERE REMOVED IN SEASON TWO IN A SEARCH FOR HIGHER RATINGS – WHICH DIDN’T MATERIALIZE, LEAVING THE SHE SPIES VIXENS AT THE MERCY OF THE ULTIMATE VILLAIN, BROADCAST CANCELLATION.

IF YOU ARE THAT INTRIGUED, OR THAT STARVED FOR ENTERTAINMENT, THE FIRST SEASON OF SHE SPIES CAN BE FOUND ON DVD. NOW ALL WE NEED IS SOME GOOD SHE SPIES FAN FICTION. WAIT, ISN’T THAT AN OXYMORON?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

THE REAL SPY'S GUIDE TO BECOMING A SPY!

THE REAL SPY'S GUIDE TO BECOMING A SPY!

PETER EARNEST WITH SUZANNE HARPER
IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM


Created by the founding executive director of the International Spy Museum, who is also a former operative in the CIA’s Clandestine Service, this is the official handbook for kids who dream of one day becoming a spy or working in the intelligence field. Have you ever wondered what spies really do.


What kind of training is involved?
Do you have to go to a special school or take a polygraph test?
How do you live your “cover”?
How does your work life affect your relationships with your friends and family?
Is there danger involved?

This fascinating, fact-filled book answers these questions and more while providing a historical timeline, definitions of key terms, suggestions for further reading, an index, quizzes, and exercises to see if you have the right spy stuff.

Y/A CORNER ~ THE MIDNIGHT GUARDIAN!

Y/A CORNER ~ THE MIDNIGHT GUARDIAN!

SARAH JANE STRATFORD

WWII & VAMPIRES... I’M THERE!


It’s 1938, and the tentacles of Hitler’s terrifying Third Reich have commenced their stranglehold on Europe. The Nazi empire will soon be clean of all bloodlines deemed tainted or undesirable…including vampires.


London’s ancient tribunal of vampires is aghast at the destruction taking place on the Continent. Though vampires try not to interfere with human politics, Hitler’s terrible plans force them into action. They resolve to send five of their most formidable vampires to Berlin— millennials that have lived over 1000 years and whose age and wisdom make them close to invulnerable— to infiltrate, disrupt, and destroy the growing Nazi war machine.

The brilliant and beautiful millennial Brigit is loath to go, but her powers are needed if the mission is to have any chance of success. She must summon all her strength to endure the separation from her lover Eamon, whom she made almost eight centuries ago, but whose lack of millennial status makes him an unacceptable choice for this operation. Though he longs to join her, his duty to Brigit is best served from afar, by nurturing their deep psychic connection and reinforcing her spirit with his fierce devotion and memories of his tender embrace.

But as the millennials attempt to penetrate and sabotage Hitler’s armies, they discover that the Nazis are more capable than any human force they’ve yet encountered and more monstrous than they'd ever imagined. Forced to take bolder, more dangerous steps, they soon attract the attention of specially trained vampire hunters loyal to Hitler and his vision of a vampire-free Europe. Exposed, deep inside enemy territory, with vicious Nazi officers and hunters at her heels, Brigit must attempt a daring escape from the Continent, guarding precious cargo that marks the only hope of salvaging their mission.

Y/A CORNER ~ LOCKDOWN: ESCAPE FROM FURNACE!

Y/A CORNER ~ LOCKDOWN: ESCAPE FROM FURNACE!

ALEXANDER GORDON SMITH


Furnace Penitentiary: the world's most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth's surface. Convicted of a murder he didn't commit, sentenced to life without parole, "new fish" Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world. Except in Furnace, death is the least of his worries. Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where inhuman creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood-drenched tunnels below. And behind everything is the mysterious, all-powerful warden, a man as cruel and dangerous as the devil himself, whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the walls of the prison.

Together with a bunch of inmates — some being innocent kids who have been framed, others being cold-blooded killers — Alex plans an escape. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace's deeper, darker purpose, Alex's actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that's hidden from the eyes of the world.


TO VISIT ALEXANDER GORDON SMITH'S WEBSITE CLICK HERE

THE AUTHORIZED ENDER COMPANION!

THE AUTHORIZED ENDER COMPANION!

The Authorized Ender Companion is a complete and in-depth encyclopedia of all the persons, places, things and events in Orson Scott Card’s Ender Universe. Written by Jake Black under the editorial supervision of Card himself, The Authorized Ender Companion will be an invaluable resource for readers of the series.

If you ever wondered where Ender went after he left Earth, before he arrived at Lusitania, you’ll find the answer here. If you ever wondered how the battle room worked, you’ll find the answer here. If you forgot the names of the people were who discovered the descolada, the answer is here. The history of Gloriously Bright’s world? Here.

The Authorized Ender Companion contains all that and more. There are character biographies, time-lines, colony histories, and family trees.

THE MUPPETS: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY!

SPY GIRLS~ ALIAS!

SPY GIRLS ~ ALIAS!

POSTING ABOUT LA FEMME NIKITA BROUGHT TO MIND ANOTHER SPY GIRLS SERIES, ALIAS ~ STARRING THE BEAUTIFUL (AREN'T ALL SPY GIRLS?) JENNIFER GARNER AS SYDNEY BRISTOW, A CHARACTER WITH A FAMILY SO DISFUCTIONAL SHE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO BECOME A SPY . . .

WHILE LA FEMME NIKITA: THE SERIES RESONATED WITH ME MORE, I ENJOYED WATCHING ALIAS DESPITE THE EVER MORE COMPLEX FAMILY DYNAMICS.

SPY GIRLS ~ LA FEMME NIKITA III ~ THE SERIES

SPY GIRLS ~ LA FEMME NIKITA III ~ THE SERIES

ACTUALLY, THE IS A POINT IN REMAKING A MASTERPIECE - NOT WHEN YOU DO IT SHOT FOR SHOT, BUT WHEN YOU TAKE THE CONCEPT AND ADD TO IT AND EXPAND IT BRILLIANTLY. LA FEMME NIKITA: THE SERIES STARING PETA WILSON DID JUST THAT IN EVERY WAY . . .

FROM JANUARY 1997 UNTIL MARCH 2001, THE USA CHANNEL’S LA FEMME NIKITA: THE SERIES GAVE THE CONCEPT A WHOLE NEW TWIST AND MADE A STAR OUT OF THE STUNNING PETA WILSON.

PER WIKIPEDIA:

In the original Luc Besson film (and in the American remake Point of No Return, also released by Warner Bros.), Nikita is a drug-addicted juvenile delinquent who is accused of killing a police officer in cold blood during an attempted robbery of a convenience store. She is later arrested and sentenced to death, then "recruited" by a secret government organization and transformed into a highly trained assassin who cannot be traced, since as far as the outside world is concerned, she has died in prison and no longer exists.

The television series differs from the film versions in one fundamental respect: Nikita (Peta Wilson) is innocent. She is not a killer, nor a drug user, just a homeless young woman in the wrong place at the wrong time. Section One — an elite, top-secret counterterrorist organization with no affiliation to any specific government — falsely believes Nikita is a killer, and has what it takes to become a deadly operative. Because Nikita will be killed (or "canceled") if she fails to comply, she is forced to carry out the organization's ruthless methods of fighting terrorism, while attempting to keep her moral integrity — and her soul — intact. This personal struggle becomes the primary conflict of the series.

Over time, Nikita's secretive and risky romantic involvement with her trainer, the mysterious Michael Samuelle (Roy Dupuis), becomes another source of conflict, and the series' most significant relationship. Just before the conclusion of the series, Nikita also learns the truth of why she was recruited into Section One.

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