Kindle Scout Campaign will start May 20, 2016, at 12 a.m.

My new book has been accepted for a Kindle Scout campaign, which will begin on May 20, 2016, at 12 a.m.  I will provide the link so that you will be able to read the first eight chapters of my book for free at that time and for the following thirty days.  It’s a new Ethan Carr thriller.  Keep watching my blog entries for additional information.

Damien on TV

I’ve been watching the TV series Damien.  It’s based on the classic horror movie The Omen, which starred Gregory Peck as an ambassador and the father of the Antichrist Damien.  In that movie Peck finds out that Damien isn’t really his son, who was killed by Satanists and replaced by the evil Damien, son of Satan, to grow up in Peck’s household.

As a TV series, Damien isn’t bad.  It has its share of horrific scenes.  But Damien, for some inexplicable reason, is a nice guy.  In a recent episode he saved a child from being run over by a speeding locomotive.  It seems out of character for the Antichrist to be saving children.  But that’s the premise of the TV series.  Damien is the reluctant Antichrist.  He doesn’t want to grow up to be evil, even if Barbara Hershey, his protector, encourages him to assume his true role in life–as Satan’s son.  She serves as his psychologist.  She understands his true identity, even if he, as yet, doesn’t.

I don’t know how long Damien can continue to be nice.  After all, this is the kid on his tricycle who crashed into his mother and knocked her over a balustrade down to the first floor in their mansion, where she broke her back and leg and ended up in traction in the hospital.  Now how could such an evil brat grow up to be a nice guy who saves children from being run over by trains?

It remains to be seen whether Damien will become more evil as the show progresses. Certainly, anybody who annoys him or attacks him meets with a horrible death.  His attackers tend to be members of a religious order that use special knives to try to kill him.  These relic knives were introduced in the original movie directed by Richard Donner.  Peck tried to kill Damien with one not long after he watched David Warner lose his head.  Like anybody else, Damien has the moral right to defend himself from being murdered, and, since he’s acting in self-defense, he could still be considered a good guy.

I like the creepy atmosphere that this show has, enhanced by the Satanic choir singing in the background accompanied by frenetic organ music, which worked to the same effect in the movie.  Created by Glen Mazzara, this show has potential, and I will continue watching it to see if Damien will become more evil.  Don’t forget, this guy is the Antichrist.

 

Another Good Bond Movie

I saw Spectre today.  I enjoyed it.  I especially liked the first scene that unfolds during a ceremony of the Day of the Dead in Mexico.  The whole movie has a brown and sallow murky feel to it, emphasizing its dark thrills and adding to the tension.  Don’t expect to see the sun in this movie.  Even when the action takes place during the day, the light looks smoggy or grey, conveying a feeling of dread.  Bond drives a beautiful new Aston Martin DB 10 this time around.  It’s a shame the way it ends up.  I would have liked to see it in the next Bond flick.

The Bond franchise is alive and well.  Hands down, one of the most entertaining thrillers of the year.  Just overlook the net and sofa that are conveniently present to prevent Bond from falling to his death a couple of times and enjoy the ride.

Pawn Sacrifice

Interesting movie about the chess master Bobby Fischer as he plays Russian roulette with a mental breakdown even as he becomes the number one chess player in the world.

According to this movie, the federal government was helping fund his participation in tournaments around the world, hoping Fischer would promote the United States of America as the Cold War raged and Russia was grabbing headlines with their dominance in chess.

Seemingly on the verge of a mental breakdown, Fischer takes on the Russian grandmaster Boris Spassky for the world chess championship.  Spassky thought Fischer’s public tantrums were an act staged to throw off Spassky’s game.  Meanwhile, Fischer was tearing apart phones in his hotel rooms searching for bugs.

Ironically, life hit the skids for Fischer after he became the world’s chess champion.  He refused to play chess anymore and disappeared from the public stage. He was convinced the US government was spying on him.  Indeed, they did issue a warrant for his arrest, which was why he couldn’t return to the US in his later years.  Like one of Fischer’s biggest fans Henry Kissinger said, even paranoids have enemies.