Review: Revelation

Robert Parker’s Revelation by Robert Knott

That’s a mouthful, isn’t it? And is it really Robert Parker’s Revelation or Robert Knott’s?

This was my first taste of the Robert Knott “fan fiction” continuance of Robert Parker’s characters Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch. As with any review, this is simply my opinion.

I thought it was decent, and I can understand why someone wants to continue the series.

When Robert Parker first published Appaloosa more than a decade ago, I felt like he’d captured something magical and revitalized the Western. It was different from the Spenser series, and yet, familiar enough to make it feel like I was coming home. I thought those four novels were truly something great. And timeless. He wasn’t chasing what’s en vogue; he was writing something special.

While Knott’s interpretation of the characters and setting is okay, I think it falls flat when compared to how this series began. Some of the dialogue felt a little forced. The plot involved a few situations that were somewhat outside the odds of probability, enough to leave me wondering versus being engrossed.

If you’re a fan of Western novels, I think you’ll find enough to keep yourself entertained. But if you are expecting the magic that Parker created, this isn’t it. I’m debating whether I should read the others by Knott–this wasn’t bad–but I suppose I am disappointed because it’s not great, either. I think the author should create his own characters and series (if he hasn’t) and see what happens versus living in Parker’s significant shadow.

3/5 Stars

You can check it out on Amazon by clicking the cover:

Just Speculating: A Review

Geoff Sturtevant is back with another trio of awesome shorts in his book, Just Speculating.

True to the Sturtevant style, each tale offers a penetrating view into humanity, opening the doors that people usually keep shuttered tight from prying eyes, and doing so with razor-sharp dialogue and a healthy dose of (sometimes) dark humor.

The human struggle is layered … beautiful at times, wretchedly ugly at others, and so often with an undercurrent of humor. The author captures it, clear and true. This is our struggle, with curlers in its hair, and without its make-up on.

Bravo!

If you’d like to check it out on Amazon, just Click the Pic!

TGIF

Saturday is my favorite day of the week. Always has been.

But FRIDAY is the day that heralds the coming of Saturday. It’s sort of like the pre-Saturday. The trumpets playing proudly. It should almost be considered part of Saturday.

The opposite of that, of course, is that Sunday evening is the pre-Monday. Monday being the dreadful wolf of the apocalypse. Just thinking about Monday makes me shiver a little bit. Even now that I’m retired from the Air Force and without a traditional job, Monday is still cringeworthy. (I do drive my kids to school, so there’s that…)

My latest book launched on Tuesday, so it’s been a busy week, but an excellent one. I’m ready for a little R&R.

Glorious Friday and Saturday…

Bring it on. I’m ready.

Free Book Alert

Hello Word Lovers,

There are about 80,000 words in FLUKE, just waiting to be devoured by you and all of your friends.

FREE through March 15th.

Click on the book to go to Amazon and read the blurb. It’s about a guy in his twenties, stumbling through life without many goals, when he meets his “it” girl. Except weird stuff happens then.

Give it a look and let me know what you think…

 

Kane and Lucy

Meet Kane and Lucy in this brief excerpt from … THE BENDS:

“You look like the genie in I Dream of Jeannie,” Kane told her. “With the blonde hair and the ponytail…”

“Who’s that?”

He groaned. “Oh, my God … you don’t know I Dream of Jeannie?”

“Is it on Netflix?”

“What the … Netflix? What is it with everyone and Netflix?”

“Netflix and chill,” Lucy said. “That’s what they say now.”

“Who?”

“Everyone.” She shrugged and smiled. “Everyone born in the last thirty years.”

Coming soon

Readers will have the opportunity to meet Kane Montgomery soon.

Kane is sort of like a cross between Roland Deschain and Longmire. Sort of, but not exactly. He’s a little more modern. Plays the guitar. Has some secrets of his own…

Find out more about Kane on March 14th.

Pre-Order The Bends: 99¢

Hello Friends,

Just a quickie to let you know that The Bends is coming out on March 14th! And, f you pre-order it, you can grab it for less than a buck.

I’m super excited, and I hope that you are, too!

Click on the Book to go to Amazon and check it out.

Hope you’re having a great night, despite the fact that Monday is looming just a few hours away.

“Sounds like someone’s got a case of the Mondays!”

Take care,
Bart

 

 

Top Ten: TV Shows

That’s right, it’s what you’ve all been waiting for …

Another TOP TEN list. Cue the sound effects. Maybe a race car engine. Or the Miami Vice theme.

For whatever reason, this is one of the least difficult Top Ten lists I’ve created, though it would be very difficult to truly “rack and stack” them, or as the Air Force people say … “stratify” … these  delectable morsels of American entertainment.

So I’m going to take the easy road and just say they are in no particular order.

– TOP TEN TV SHOWS –

#10 – The Cosby Show

Classic! I don’t know if the stuff that’s happening with old Bill right now is true, but his show was a wonderfully wholesome addition to my childhood. The Huxtables rocked.

#9 – Sons of Anarchy

The grungiest entry into my elite Top Ten. I became addicted and knocked out the whole series in just a couple of months on Netflix.

#8 – Three’s Company

Wow, what would life have been like without Jack Tripper, Janet, and Chrissy, and all of their ridiculously misunderstood scenarios? Jack was quite the lady’s man back then – what? John Ritter? – and he was always talking about his Bistro.

#7 – Family Ties

Michael J. Fox is the man. I can still sing every word to the theme music. Don’t hate.

#6 – Fresh Prince of Belair

Funny, funny, funny. Will Smith is one talented dude. Yo homes, smell ya later!

#5 – The Walking Dead

Okay, yeah, I even have a zombie show in my favorites. Weird how that happened.

#4 – Chuck

Chuck and Sara are television’s most awesome couple. What a great show. Who doesn’t like it when the geek prevails as the hero?

#3 – Scrubs

I remember watching this religiously on AFN while we lived in Germany. Overall, a phenomenal cast that really came together and made something special. JD, Turk, Elliot, Dr. Cox, and the Janitor. Amazing. All of the 80s injects were just icing on the cake.

#2 – Longmire

The most recent addition to my favorites. I’ve always been drawn to people defined by a rigid moral code. It doesn’t always have to equal what society believes is right. Great show. Great dialogue. Longmire rules.

#1 – Seinfeld

The king of television shows, the show about nothing. This could possibly be my numero uno, overall. You can sit down and watch any episode, any time of year, and it’s funny and smart. Smart funny. I saw this shirt on Amazon … click it and buy yourself one. You’ll be the envy of the town.

And, that’s it! Another fine day of memorializing my favorites. Survivor probably would have made the list, except I decided to exclude the reality stuff.

#11 – #17: Survivor, Cheers, Brady Bunch, Facts of Life, Night Court, Married with Children, and Everybody Loves Raymond

Happy Reading & Happy Writing,

Bart

PS – Coming Soon: THE BENDS! Images are of my proof copy. Release date TBD. What do you think of the cover?

This drives me crazy…

This drives me crazy. (See what I did there?)

Drivers of the world, please let me impart some wisdom on you. When there exists a turning lane, like the one in yellow in this picture, you should move fully and completely into that turning lane before bringing your car to a complete stop and/or turning.

This happened to me twice today.

Twice in one day! I’m cursed, I tell you, and to top it off, during one of those moments they flipped on the old turn signal after they had already started turning, ha ha ha ha.

I was inspired to create these lame drawings, too.

On a lighter note, I started reading The Affair by Lee Child. I think it’s the sixteenth in the Reacher line, and it’s fantastic so far. If you like suspense, you can’t go wrong with a Reacher book. Click the image if you want to check it out on Amazon.

That’s all I have today. I wish you all happy reading, happy writing, and easy driving. Be safe out there!

~ Bart

 

Top Ten Movies

I’ve been busy lately and ignoring my blog. To use the vernacular of the youngsters … my bad.

I’ve been living in this purgatory that other writers can understand, maybe. That period of time after you query agents when you are waiting for either glorious acceptance or rejection.

To take my mind off that, I’ve decided to post a quick Top Ten. This time: movies. I’d love to hear what your faves are, too.

In no particular order, drum roll, please …

10) Big

Tom Hanks just when he was making it, well, big. A concept most everyone daydreams about as a kid. Excellent idea portrayed very well!

9) The Impossible

This might be the newest movie on my list. I thought the cinematography and direction of this based-on-truth film was fantastic and the acting superb.

8) Can’t Buy Me Love

What a great movie, starring Patrick Dempsey before he underwent the Clooney transformation from dorky dude to … heartthrob, I guess? I still have all the moves in the African Anteater Ritual memorized.

7) Shawshank Redemption

Phenomenal movie. Great cast. Probably the best thing of Stephen King’s to go to film.

6) Back To The Future

My 15-year-old and I share a love of all the Back To The Future movies. Michael J. Fox was the man when I was growing up, and this is classic stuff. Great scott!

5) Top Gun

Probably my cheesiest addition to the list, but unlike the rest of you out there, I’m not going to pretend I didn’t spend a decade thinking it was cool. I feel the need … the need for speed!

4) The Rookie

I love underdogs and second chances and chasing dreams. There’s something magical about the way this movie nailed those themes. Hats off to Disney and Dennis Quaid.

3) The Help

A moving film, but it touches all the emotions. So many memorable moments.

2) Say Anything

I’m a huge John Cusack fan. This is probably the one that started my appreciation of his work.

1) Good Will Hunting

Okay. This probably really is my number one. I think I watched this 30-40 times in 1998. I know there are some Damon and Affleck haters out there. Mostly guys my age who feel threatened, I think, but don’t be haters for GWH … this movie totally rocks. “I gotta see about a girl.”

*Honorable Mentions: Breakfast Club, Ace Ventura, Indiana Jones, Superman, The Godfather, Pulp Fiction, Star Wars, Cast Away, and Rocky.

Happy Writing & Happy Movie Watching!

–> Bart

Living the Writer's Life