The Dunjyn Asylum Escape; Free Today

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Dear SciFi Readers,

My entire life I’ve dreamed of being a writer. Several years ago I pursued that dream. I created Detective Maxx Zeqster, Sesla…The Enchanted Planet, and a lot of other characters that makes my Maxx Zeqster Creepy Cases work.

The Dunjyn Asylum EscapeSesla is a magical planet within the Whirlpool Galaxy; she’s bewitched and beautiful; just as spectacular as the galaxy she dwells within. She loves and provides for her beloved animals, coteries, and plant life that dwells on her surface and in her mystical seas.

Just as the Whirlpool Galaxy is similar to the Milky Way in many ways, in many ways Sesla appears similar to a very small earth—in some ways. In other ways, she’s very different—very different indeed.

Today I’m giving away free downloads of the fourth book in my Maxx Zeqster Creepy Cases series, The Dunjyn Asylum Escape. In this youth, SciFi horror book, we join Detective Maxx Zeqster as he travels to the wet lands on a daring, life-threatening, mission to find a cure for Art’s dying parents in Dunjyn Asylum. Will he be successful or will he become another doxer fever mutant?

I hope you take advantage of my free offer and meet Detective Maxx Zeqster, Art Nekuma, and many of the other characters including the Mad Scientist; Dr. Myro Rewqust at Qashlet Lab. 

If you like, click on my book cover and get transported to my Kindle page for a free down-load.

Check out my author’s blog at: https://jairelandsesla.wordpress.com/ .

Thanks for stopping by and for following my blogs. May good fortune guide your path.

J. A. Ireland.

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Kinkorx Horned Hares Chasing Another Mesnuk Championship

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Greetings from Sesla,

Cloudy sky Over Kinkorx

Cloudy Sky Over Kinkorx

I’m J.A. Ireland. I’m sitting at my desk in beautiful downtown Kinkorx while writing my column for the newspapers. It’s an unusually cloudy day. The Kinkorx TV Weather girl, May Willowman, called for rain later this morning. From the looks of the sky, maybe she’s right. It’s been a while since we’ve had rain in this part of the desert. Everything needs water; our reservoirs are a bit low as well.

My column today is about the Kinkorx Horned Hares. As you may know, I follow our local mesnuk team closely and co-announce  home games regularly. It’s always fun to work with Derrix Weyd, Kinkorx TV Sports Anchor. He’s the official voice of the Kinkorx Horned Hares and announces all their games. Stin Gismurr, Kinkorx TV program director, is always there to insure to the quality of the broadcast.

Now that “The Set of Games” has concluded and we’re in “It’s the Rallies” the Horned Hares are chasing another Sesla Mesnuk Championship.

The Mesnuk Stadium Downtown in Kinkorx

The Mesnuk Stadium Downtown in Kinkorx

Since Jeqrix Grexenn, the desert furniture giant, purchased the team several years ago, the hares are vastly improved. They’ve even won a Sesla Championship. What a moment that was? I was there and co-announced that game; it was thrilling. In a last minute victory, the hares defeated the Guytic City Fighting Tobacco Farmers. Billionaire owner of the tobaccos, Xuro Qashlet, looked none too happy. His enormous payroll athletes couldn’t overcome the determination of the new, and driven with will-power players for Mr. Grexenn’s team.

Kinkorx Horned Hares Sesla Mesnuk Champions

Kinkorx Horned Hares Sesla Mesnuk Champions

Moments after that game, lines began forming inside the gift ships within the stadium. The Horned Hares memorabilia sold out so fast. I was lucky a friend of mine there stashed a mesnuk cap for me. Now that we’re in “It’s the Rallies” and the hares are in I’m wearing mine everyday to support the team.

One of Hundreds of  Beautiful Wet Lands Waterfall

One of Hundreds of Beautiful Wet Lands Waterfalls

The Hares are traveling to the wet lands and playing the Guytic City Tobacco Farmers, the defending Sesla champs. That game will be brutal—as always. Xuro Qashlet, the billionaire owner, has the highest payroll of any professional mesnuk team on Sesla. His players are the best; they’re big, fast, and strong.

I spoke with Jeqrix Grexenn recently. He’s confident the hares will be triumphant. He admitted in our brief lunch chat, that he misses Zith Fleen. He feels Zith was the most aggressive player he’s ever had on the team. If you’d like to read that story, I’ve written a novel about it. The Kinkorx Horned Hares Slasher details the tragic story.

It’s time to get back to my column. May Willowman was right—it’s raining. The plants and our reservoirs sure need the water. Until we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path,

J.A. Ireland

Robo Cop – Movie Review

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SciFi fans,

I have a futuristic fiction cop movie review that you’re sure to like. The setting is Detroit Michigan.

Robo CopWe meet Pat Novak; The Novak Element. Tonight’s State of the Union segment he’s joined by General Curtis Monroe live from the war room in the Pentagon: General Monroe is live. Monroe explains in detail his operation. He shows the green ED-209’s. The purple EM-208’s. Security drones at work in Tehran.

Operation Freedom Tehran; Kelly Perkins. ED-209’s are keeping the peace. EM-208’s are mopping up the mess.

General Curtis, “We had Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan. Never again. From a military perspective this has been invaluable. No loss of American lives.”

Raymond Sellars' ED-209's and EM-208's

Raymond Sellars’ ED-209’s and EM-208’s in Tehran

Pat Novak

Pat Novak; The Novak Element

During the live broadcast there is a terrorists attack in Tehran. The terrorists are quickly killed by the large ED- 209’s and the human looking EM- 208’s. Pat Novak wants to use the machines here in America to keep the peace. He says America is robophobic.

Raymond Sellars, entrepreneur and true American, invented the robots.

Senator Hubert Dreyfus has a bill that prohibits the use of drones on U.S. soil. The American people support the Dreyfus Act.

Pat Novak supports Mr. Sellar’s efforts to make our country and our viewers safer. “What’s more important than the safety of the American people?” Novak asks.

Police Chief Karen Dean, of the DPD

Police Chief Karen Dean, of the DPD

Detroit Police Headquarters – Detective Alex Murphy works there. He got a lead on Antoine Vallon. He talks to his boss, Police Chief Karen Dean, of the DPD. She wants to know what the lead is. “Ok Alex Murphy, tell me,” Karen says.

Jack is Alex’s partner. “We got a line on some guns. We met up with this low-level G called Jerry who ends up havin’ a piece he’s not supposed to have. Where the hell you get a gun like that, Jerry?”

Jerry replied, “I can get you two whole crates full, man.”

“Two crates?” Murphy asks.

Jack, “No disrespect, J, but how a clown like you get so much product, man?”

Jack and Alex Murphy in Gun Fight

Jack and Alex Murphy in Gun Fight

“What’s it matter where it comes from?” Jerry.

Murphy, “No dirty guns, Jerry.”

“These guns got bodies on em’ Jerry?” Jack.

The meeting quickly becomes ugly. Jerry says, “Man, I work for Antoine Vallon.”

Murphy to Karen, “I ran the serial numbers on the rifles. The guns are supposed to be in our evidence room; not on the streets. The intake papers are blank; no signatures. Vallon thinks me and Jack are gun buyers; he bought it.”

Earlier – Upon investigation, Murphy discovers the guns are indeed missing from the evidence room. “How could this happen? Inside job. Dirty Cops; but who? Can’t trust anyone.”

Vallon was tipped offed just before the deal was closed. Someone informed him that Murphy and Jack were cops. “Make sure you kill them both!” Vallon yells angrily as he exits the building. The gun battle begins as Vallon flees the sceen.

(Jack) Lewis is shot in the gun fire. “Officer down! Officer Down! 331 Hamilton. This is Detective Alex Murphy. Need immediate medical assistance. 331 Hamilton Rd.

Back at Police Headquarters- Police Chief Karen Dean tells Murphy, “It’s up to IAD to determine if officers are supplying Vallon with police guns. I’ll handle it.”

Senator Hubert Dreyfus AT Washington Senate

Senator Hubert Dreyfus At Washington Senate

Washington D.C.- Mr. Sellars and Liz Kline are speaking before the Senate, “My droids feel no anger, no prejudice, no fatigue which makes them ideal for law enforcement.”

Senator Hubert Dreyfus, author of the Dreyfus Act, “72% of the American people are against these robots. They feel nothing if they kill an innocent child.”

Omnicorp Headquarters; Detroit – America is their most valuable market and they can’t touch it; a $600 billion per annum market. They’ve tried to buy Senators to revoke the Dreyfus Act without success. “So unless we sway public opinion, the battle’s lost. An aggressive new campaign, wow factor off-the-charts.”

Liz Kline, “Sir, there are No loop holes in the Dreyfus Act. We can’t put a machine on the streets.”

Raymond Sellars idea, “We’re gonna put a man inside a machine.”

Omnicorp Foundation Rehab Ward – Dr. Dennett Norton Ph. D – “You’re not you because of your legs, your arms, your hands. You’re you because of your brain. It’s your brains capacity to process information that makes you who you are. Relax and do what you’ve always done, Micheal.”

Micheal is learning to play the guitar again with his new artificial hands. He’s attempting to play the CONCIERTO DE ARANJUEZ.

Raymond Sellars and Dr. Norton at Omnicorp Rehab Facility

Dr. Norton and Raymond Sellars at Omnicorp Rehab Ward

Raymond Sellars comes to Omnicorp Rehab Ward to speak to Dr. Norton. He wants Norton to develop combat applications. “I can put real revenue stream behind your research and save thousands of lives in the process.”

“Vallon, Lewis’ hospital. Alex is stopping by this afternoon. Detective Murphy’s a little impulsive. Do you want to send flowers?” Vallon listening on his cell phone.

Vallon replies, “I kill a cop, I’m lookin’ over my shoulder the rest of my life. That’s not good for business.”

“Who do you think’s gonna be investigating you?”

Later – Alex Murphy visits Lewis at his hospital room. He’s going after Lake and Daniels; arrests in a month, he feels confident.

Marcus reports to Vallon as he approaches Murphy’s car. He puts an explosive device in the left front wheel housing of Murphy’s car.

Later at home- Murphy’s car alarm goes off by itself. Murphy investigates. When he opens the car door; BOOM!

Alex Murphy the Patient

Alex James Murphy the Patient

The Patient Alex James Murphy at Omnicorp Rehab Ward and Dr. Norton – “Alex suffered 4th degree burns over 80% of his body. His lower spine was severed. He’ll be paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Blind in one eye. Deaf. If he survives.”

3 Months Later – Alex Murphy is dreaming he’s dancing with his wife, Clara. She’s wearing a sexy evening dress. Frank Sinatra is singing.

Alex Murphy -The Fraction of A Man

Alex Murphy -The Fraction of A Man

He wakes and is shown what he has become. He’s a robot; a metal man. He escapes Omnicorp. Soon, Dr. Norton shuts him down and has him brought back. “I want to Die!” he says when he sees how little is left of him. He is only a fraction of a man. “Never show me this again.”

Murphy quickly learns how to use his suit and weapons. He also begins to investigate his own assassination attempt. He learns that the Detroit PD has let Vallon off the hook; lack of evidence. Closed the case.

Omnicorp Testing Facility in China

Omnicorp Testing Facility in China

Omnicorp Testing Facility in China. Alex is transported there for testing. EM-208’s attack with .47 caliber rifles. During the battle, Alex is programmed so the machine within him takes over. It’s an illusion for the American people. In reality the machine is fighting inside him; not him. Quickly and easily Murphy wins the battle and the test; destroying all the EM-208’s.

Alex Murphy visits Home

Alex Murphy visits Home

Back in Chicago- Alex goes for a difficult but long overdue visit to his family. The visit goes well. It’s good for his son to see his dad. Now he’s going after Vallon.

Detroit Police Headquarters – He’s given instant access to criminal records plus archive of CCTV footage from 2011 to present. Kim uploads the footage. The entire DPD database into his brain. He has a seizure. His dopamine levels are dropped to 2% to stop the seizure. “Now he’s only a machine,” Dr. Norton orders.

Meanwhile Outside: Mayor Durant is about to speak on the stage and introduce Detroit’s new weapon on crime. Murphy walks out on stage, past his wife and son without acknowledging them, and analyzes the crowd.

Pat Novak; The Novak Element reports, “He does recognize Thomas King, the convicted felon, from the DPD data base; wanted for arson, murder, and rape. On the loose for six years; apparently hiding in Detroit. Detective Murphy brought him down immediately. Robo Cop is here. In 60 seconds, Detective Murphy brought him down. Men weren’t up to the task. Robo Cop was. Robo Cop is on the job.

The Novak Face Off

The Novak Face Off

Now, the CEO of Omnicorp, Raymond Sellars is on The Novak Face Off. Omni’s stock is through the roof. Robo Cop is a Big hit. Detroit has a brighter future. The senate has agreed to vote on the repeal of the Dreyfus Act. Mr. Sellars wants all Americans to be safe.

Senator Hubert Dreyfus, also a guest, has an entirely different opinion.

Sellars, “One system has cut crime by 80% in one large American city. Imagine if we put 100 systems into place in America.”

Pat Novak closes his show with the question, “Has the U.S. Senate became pro-crime?”

Vallon

Vallon

Vallon speaks to his police friends , “$5000. I want protection. Robo Cop’s hurting my business. I can’t move any product.”

Murphy begins to overpower his programming. His dopamine levels begin to stabilize within normal range. He’s going after Vallon. He’s solving his own murder. Vallon has a plan to stop him; .50 caliber aimed for Robo Cop’s head. Quickly a vicious gun battle erupts. Automatic weapons are firing everywhere in the night.

Detroit Police Headquarters – Murphy, “I recovered 26 guns from Vallon’s warehouse. I lifted John Lake and Andre Daniel’s prints off some of them. Thirteen serial numbers matched weapons missing from police evidence. Daniels panics and implicates Police Chief Karen Dean, “Karen was in on it too. She tipped off Vallon.” Murphy kills Lake and Daniels. At gun point, “Karen Confess! Confess!” He’s taken off line before he can kill Chief Dean.

The Next Day – The vote for the Dreyfus Act takes place in Congress. 63 for repeal 22 against; The Dreyfus Act is repealed.

Dr. Norton wants Murphy’s family taken care of beyond their wildest dreams. Full funding. Ten years. New staff, all my own people.

“Deal,” Raymond Sellars says.

ED-209’sRaymond Sellars calls Mattox; his hit man, “Dennett’s on board. Get it done.”

“My pleasure,” Mattox.

Sellars tells Murphy’s wife her husband’s dead.

Mattox shut Murphy down before he got a confession from Police Chief Dean. Dr. Norton removed his transmitter. He can’t be shut down again. Sellars can’t afford to wake you up; he wants you dead.

Robo Cop

Robo Cop is on the Job!

Alex is going after Sellars. He enters Omnicorp and fights ED-209’s. He’s injured in the battle. Lewis, Murphy’s partner comes to his aid; he gets shot.

On the chopper pad Murphy shoots Sellars as Sellars shoots Murphy. Murphy’s wife and son are there.

Alex lives and Dr. Norton gives him a new suit. Soon he’s back to work.

The president vetoed the senate bill and upheld The Dreyfus Act. Much to Pat Novak’s disapproval.

This is one of the most interesting movies I’ve ever seen and one of my favorites. Could this be the future of law enforcement? I wonder?

Hope you enjoyed my review. Thanks for stopping by. J. A. Ireland.

Transformers: Age of Extinction – Movie Review

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Optimus Prime Fans,

The Transformer series is one of my favorites. Here’s a Transformers movie review for you. I hope you enjoy reading it.

Transformers are attacking the earth during the dinosaur era. The great reptiles are being changed into metal machines.

The Arctic- Darcy and her excavating operation from KSI (Kinetic Solutions) of Chicago, Ill. U.S.A. unearthed several frozen metal dinosaurs. “I think history is about to change,” Darcy proclaims to her crew in the frozen ice world. Mr. Joyce, owner of KSI, sent her on this mission to investigate the reports of metal dinosaur discoveries and report back to him in his Chicago Headquarters.

Transformers Age of Extinction

Chicago – Cade Yeager, owner of Yeager Research and Development is standing next to his old truck. Lucas Flannery drives up speedily in his economy beater and jumps out; he was at South Padre Beach. “I came as soon as I could, Boss. The serf was flat anyway. Do you have a paying job for me this time, boss? An actual paying job?” Lucas asks with concern and skepticism.

Cade responds, “Do you have any cash?”

“Well, yes I do,” Lucas replies with question.

“There you go,” Cade finishes.

Mexico City – Since 1928 an old theatre has been in the family- Grandaddy ran it all his life. Lucas discovers an old tractor truck inside the rundown auditorium. There are several fired mortar shells hulls in the cab. Cade borrowed $150.00 from Lucas to purchase the old tractor truck in the theatre. They towed it back to Chicago.

Yeager Robotics in Chicago – repairs small home robots. Cade and Tessa Yeager, his seventeen year old daughter, build robotics in their large garage. Cade’s wife Emily is deceased.

The battle of Chicago is on Headline News. Congress ended all operations between the military and the Autobots, ending the alliance. Attinger, “As this committee knows, the invasion of Chicago was a defining day for our nation five years ago. The day millions of people realized that never again can we allow aliens to fight our battles for us. A handful of Autobots were given sanctuary after joint combat operations were abolished. Fewer than a dozen Decepticons are still on the run. Thanks to our CIA unit. “Cemetery Wind.” The age of the Transformer is over.”

A Transformer rises out of the swamp.

Medical Officer Ratchet

Medical Officer Ratchet being fired upon

The military finds Medical Officer Ratchet and open fires. He’s a transformer. He was hiding on an abandoned cruise ship. He says he’s a friend; an Autobot. “Optimus sent this distress message: Calling all Autobots. We are under targeted attack. Cease all contact with humans. We’re all hiding. All Autobots are being hunted. We’re all in danger.”

“Where is Optimus Prime?” the military officer asks.

Meanwhile at CIA Headquarters: The President would like specifics about how the CIA is hunting the enemy Decepticons and how many are left.

Mr. Attinger has been in the CIA for 25 years. “Black Ops. No Specifics.” The war will be over soon.”

Cade has discovered his old truck is an old Autobot. It transforms into Optimus Prime. Cade begins making repairs on the damaged Autobot.

CIA – Paris Texas, Cade Yeager was spotted towing the old tractor truck away from Mexico City. Attinger, “Scramble Cemetery Wind.” His team is on the move.

Optimus Prime Injured

Optimus Prime is Injured

Cade is making repairs to Optimus. His spark was almost damaged; his life force and memories was almost hit. “It’s like our soul,” Cade says.

“Dad!” Tessa yells as Attinger’s group drives onto their property; accompanied by a chopper. Tess fearfully watches from the front porch of their dilapidated old farm house. The group swarms the unsuspecting Yeager home. Optimus hides.

“Mr. Yeager, my name’s James Savoy. I’m a Federal Agent. My men and I are trying to track down an abandoned truck.”

When no one cooperates, Savoy threatens to kill Tess. Optimus Prime comes to their rescue. Tessa’s twenty year old boyfriend, Shane, drives up speedily in his fast car. They escape in his car. But the battle continues. Out of guilt, Lucas admits he turned Cade in for money. There’s a reward for turning in Autobots to the gov’t.

Lucas is killed in the battle. Cade, Tess, and Shane escape when Optimus transforms back into the old tractor truck and drives them back to the desert. Finally the Autobots know Optimus is alive. “There is Hope! Mr. Leader of the Free Galaxy is Back!” There are only five Autobots left.

“Autobots, Lockdown is hunting us,” Optimus reports. “And humans are helping. We need to know why.” They are on the move back to Chicago.

Mr. Joyce and Darcy

Mr. Joyce and Darcy at KSI

Chicago – KSI ( Kinetic Solutions ) Headquarters Top Secret Military Wing. Mr. Joyce is the owner. Darcy has returned from the Arctic Expedition and is reporting to her boss, Joyce. “The metal machines caused the dinosaurs to become extinct 65 million years ago. KSI has discovered the metal that the alien machines are made of.

Wembley is a scientist for KSI. “Transformium. That’s what we’re calling it. Programmable matter.” Mr. Joyce has mapped it’s genome. It can be instructed. We can change anything into anything.

KSI’s Military prototype is Galvatron, the fifth iteration, modeled after Optimus Prime. “He looks like Megatron. Algorithms! Math! Why can’t we make what we want to make?” Joyce screams.

Cade, Tessa, and Shane drive past the front gates and into KSI Headquarters; in Autobot cars.

Attinger retired from the CIA, received a seven-figure piece of Joyce’s (KSI) and they revolutionize national defense together. He must deliver the Seed; that’s the deal.

Cade Yeager is captured. Attinger asks him, “Where’s Optimus Prime?” Upon hearing this, the Autobots quickly invade KSI. Optimus orders, “Distroy the lab! Distroy it all!”

Galvatron Attacking Innocent person

Galvatron Attacking Innocent person

The order is given. “Transform Galvatron! Stinger on Line!” In minutes. Galvatron and Stinger are on the move. “Engage! Transform!” 200 meters.

Galvatron Kills innocent people as the battle rages; at Mr. Joyce’s dismay. “Pull Galvatron back!” Attinger orders.

Tessa and Optimus are captured in a net and pulled into a space ship hovering above. Onboard the alien machine ship, Tess escapes. She looks for Optimus.

Optimus is in the Knights’ Temenos as a captive of Lockdown. Lockdown’s deal with Attinger; “One Optimus Prime for one Seed. Handle it with care. I trust your species is ready!”

Lockdown, “Engage dark – matter drives. Full Power.”

They have 10 minutes to find Tess and get off Lockdown’s ship before it leaves Earth; spaceship powering up.

Cade and Shane find weapons and discover how to use them. Tessa is fighting off robots that are trying to capture her; one robot has a three foot long, slimy tongue. Soon all three escape the ship on cables high in the air to a building. Robot dogs peruse them on the cables. Bumble Bee rescues them.

Lockdown on his Spaceship

Lockdown on his Spaceship

Optimus Prime left Lockdown’s ship in an escape pod as it took off from Earth.

Mr. Joshua Joyce wants the Holy Grail, the Seed, delivered to his Guangzhou, China facility. He considers Galvatron a failure. The robot was out of control. Megatron’s mind is in Galvatron. Megatron reincarnated!

Now the Autobots, Cade, and team go after the Seed.

Beijing China – Mr. Joyce wants to detonate the Seed in the Mongolian desert, next month. The purpose is to create Transformium; enough for 100 years.

Lockdown discovers that Optimus Prime escaped. He rockets back to Earth.

Five million shares of KSI stock – Attinger receives for delivering the Seed to Mr. Joyce; Joyce suddenly has second thoughts. Galvatron becomes active all by himself. He begins making more transformer robots and takes control of KSI China facility. Galvatron, “Go find my Seed. Detonate the Seed in the largest city.”

Joyce tries to get away before the Seed explodes. The battle rages in Guangzhou China. Soon Lockdown arrives on the scene.

Optimus Prime and the Metal Dinosaur

Optimus Prime and the Metal Dinosaur

Prime realizes they need reinforcements. “Recognize one of your Knights. Optimus speeks a foreign language.” The Knight Rises! The Giant Metal Dinosaur awoke . Optimus battled with it for it’s obedience. “You defend my family or die.” Soon many great metal dinosaurs join in the great battle.

The battle is soon won by the Autobots, with the help of the metal dinosaurs. Optimus orders, “Take the Seed safely to the hills.”

Lockdown arrives at earth. He turns on a giant magnet and draws metal into his ship. He’s trying to suck Optimus in. Then dropping the metal.

Optimus Prime

“I Am Optimus Prime”

Beijing China – Optimus Prime and Lockdown meet and the battle begins. Mr. Joyce tries to get the Seed out of the city. Cade tries to help Optimus but Attinger gets in his way; tries to kill him. Prime sees the altercation and blows Attinger away.

After being sent away by Cade, Tessa and Shane return to help. Everyone fights Lockdown together. Tessa and Shane pull a sword out of Prime’s chest. Using the sword, Optimus cuts Lockdown in half; killing him. Lockdown pukes as he dies. “Honor to the end,” Optimus Prime.

“We shall meet again Prime for I am reborn,” a dark Decepticon said then flew into space.

“I am Optimus Prime and this message is to my creators; Leave planet Earth alone. ‘Cause I’m coming for you.” He flies into space.

The End

Hope you enjoyed my review.

My rating: 5 stars

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

Young Maxx Zeqster

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Dear Readers,

I’m J.A. Ireland. Here’s an excerpt from The Unthinkable Duo Of Justice. I hope you find it interesting.

Maxx, the 10th grade art student at Kinkorx High School, proudly stood next to his picturesque landscape painting. He was excited to have an example of his work on display at the Art Fair at his high school.

Art Supplies

Maxx’s Landscape Portrait Art Equipment

Every year, Mrs. Watersmyth held her annual Art Fair at the Kinkorx High School where she was the high school art teacher. This year contained possibly her best talent ever. She had several very gifted students who were proudly displaying their best work. Each artist displayed one painting in the show. It was the artist’s own decision to choose a single painting that exemplified their unique artistic talent.

As a tenth grade artist, Maxx proudly stood next to his acrylic painting. On this painting, he used a direct painting technique to apply paint thickly, straight from the tube. This technique gave his landscape portrait an opaque appearance. He then used a sponge to further the application, creating a patterned effect.

The entire gymnasium displayed exciting works from not only Mrs. Watersmyth’s art class, but other area high schools art student’s work as well. It was a splendid show of student art. The area art teachers who had competing art students in the show were the judges.

It was time for the judging. There were five sought after ribbons. The teachers would award the coveted ribbons. Mrs. Watersmyth would serve as the chief judge. Due to the uneven number of judges, she also had the deciding vote. Ultimately, she could decide the winners.

The student artists stood proudly next to their single exhibit as the judging commenced. The teachers slowly made their way through the gymnasium. They carefully scrutinized each painting. They were judging on the overall talent of the artists and on the uniqueness of the painting. In addition, they were interested in how well the artists understood their subject.

Maxx’s anxieties were raging as he impatiently waited for his judging. His hands were sweaty and his face was perspiring. His anxious heart was racing as he waited.

The judges were slowly making their way around the large room. Previously, Mrs. Watersmyth had persuaded him to enter the exhibit. She thought he had real talent as a landscape artist. Since she was the lead judge, he fully expected to win a ribbon. He was inwardly exploding with anticipation.

The judges were slowly making their way down his row. He was bursting with expectation as he wondered. “Could I possibly win first prize?” The idea was enchanting as he anxiously anticipated.

His painting was next. He began to lose his grip. He rubbed his sweaty hands on his casual pants and he quickly and discretely wiped the flowing perspiration from his brow, as his heart raced.

The judges finally walked to his painting. They carefully examined it. They were very careful not to reveal any hints as to what they were thinking as they slowly judged his painting. His emotions were overpowering him as he stood helplessly and watched. His tense expectations were almost uncontrollable as he inwardly expected to receive an award.

The judges sauntered on to the next edgy artists. Maxx stood by his landscape portrait as he impatiently waited for the judges to finish their work. Inwardly, he was sure of a ribbon, maybe even first place. He already knew where he would be placing it in his room.

The judges ambled past the remaining artists one by one. They gave each painting equal time. Finally, they were finished with their evaluations. The esteemed judges walked to their table and began their difficult but very pleasurable decisions as the panicky artists waited in agony.

They entered their votes as to which artists won each of the five ribbons. They split their votes. That gave Mrs. Watersmyth the deciding vote on all five awards. For each ribbon, she had the deciding vote. One by one, she made her decisions.

She was down to the last ribbon. It was a tie between Maxx Zeqster’s acrylic landscape portrait and another students painting from Mr. Wittnex’s class. She would make the final choice.

The other judges were confident that she would choose her student over Mr. Wittnex’s art student. She had made the same choice on the previous tiebreakers that were between her students and theirs.

As she pondered her choice, her mind flashed back to the recent phone conversation that Maxx’s mother, Winox Zeqster, had with her. Mrs. Zeqster stated, “Maxx told me you encouraged him to enter the art contest. He has a tendency toward foolish ideas. He has already chosen his career. Make sure he isn’t distracted.” Because of her husband, Winox was very prominent and powerful in the community. Mrs. Watersmyth didn’t need the trouble that would follow if she ignored Winox Zeqster’s instructions.

She inwardly sorrowed as she stated, “Mr. Wittnex, I’ve decided the fifth place ribbon will be going to your student.

Mr. Wittnex was delighted and shocked. The other judges were irritated. The delighted Mr. Wittnex declared, “Let’s hand out the ribbons!”

Maxx’s heart raced with eager anticipation as he watched the judges, as they begin handing out the awards. He was very confident he would receive a ribbon, maybe even first place. After all, his acrylic landscape portrait was the best painting there.

As he watched, the judges, led by Mrs. Watersmyth, delivered the first place ribbon. It went to one of his fellow art students. He was somewhat disappointed.

He watched as the judges issued the second and third place ribbons. They also went to his fellow classmates. He was becoming inwardly upset.

As he watched, the judges issued the fourth place ribbon to another one of his classmates. He knew that he was a better artist than she was. His heart began to hurt. His eyes were attempting to tear.

His heart was racing with painful anxiety and his chest hurt as he watched with anticipation as Mr. Wittnex proudly issued the final ribbon to one of his students.

The ribbon awarding was over and he had not won a single award. His heart was broken. He was devastated. He felt that his painting was better than many of the winners. He wanted to cry, but he knew he could not. He valiantly fought back his tears. He quickly dismantled his art display as he shielded his teary eyes from his fellow artists. He quickly left the art show with his property as not to show his devastation.

That Same Night; He was having dinner with his parents. He was depressed as he ignored his food. He had no appetite.

His parents knew he just participated in an art contest. His mother noticed his depressed mood. “How was the art show?”

“I didn’t win any awards,” Maxx said depressingly.

Winox responded, “You’ve already decided to go to The University of Kinkorx to be a detective like your father. Not getting a ribbon was the best thing for you.”

Immediately he knew. “You told Mrs. Watersmyth to give the ribbons to other artists. Mom, I’m a better painter than they are. How could you?” He was angry and devastated.

His mother scowled at him. “You’ve already chosen your career. You don’t need any distractions right now.”

His anger and inner pain was raging. “You’ve determined my career choice. Maybe I don’t want to be a detective. What if I want to be an artist or an astronomer?” He was devastated. He quickly left the table and went to his room where he quietly began to cry.

At His Home In Bedsult; Maxx’s mind flashed back to reality. He was having a cup of tea as he remembered the painful art show from his youth. He shook his head at his naiveté when he was a child. “I should have known not to enter that art contest. At that time, I didn’t realize how limited my control was over my life or my future.” He smiled in astonishment at his innocence.

He sighed in an attempted to regain his focus. “Wesloff Qezerr, the manager of The Mesnuk Stadium Downtown never called. Now that I know Jen’s full name and last address, maybe he can give me more information. I’ll visit him again.” He nodded his head.    The excerpt ends.

This segment further defines Maxx’s character. A large part of his compassion as an adult is due to the pain he endured as a child and early adult.  Arguably, the reason he accepts a relationship with Art Nekuma, the Pirtt-Coterie, is due to his inner pain.

May good fortune guide your path,

J.A. Ireland.

Sesla…The Enchanted Planet in the Whirlpool Galaxy

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Greetings from Sesla,

My name is J.A. Ireland. I am a Seslean of the Miflixx-Coterie clan. I live in beautiful downtown Kinkorx with my family. I am a professional writer. My office is on the 12th floor of the beautiful Grexenn Building, also in downtown Kinkorx. From my large, windowed, high-rise office, I enjoy a spectacular view of the morning sunrise over the multicolored desert. The view from my office desk, with my morning tea, is breathtaking. My office is near The Mesnuk Stadium Downtown. I can see the spectacular structure from my window. This is the home of the Kinkorx Horned Hares, our professional mesnuk team.

Kinkorx is a bustling and beautiful, magical desert city. She is the delight of Xcuymir Territory. Xcuymir Territory is one of the mysterious and breathtaking territories of the desert region on Sesla.

Kinkorx Desert Flowers

               Kinkorx Desert Flowers

I would like to tell you about the mystical planet; Sesla. I would also like to tell you about her beloved coteries. I will begin by sharing a secret with you. Before time was measured, when the Croster Slux Solar System formed, the Whirlpool Galaxy gave the sun the task of naming the planets. The fifth planet in the solar system balked at this absurd idea. She wanted to choose her own name. The sun, of course, did not agree. The very bold fifth planet stood her ground. Eventually, the sun conceded and gave the planet her wish. She chose the name Sesla, which means “Enchanted Planet” in the Whirlpool Galaxy. It’s a charming name, don’t you think?

Sesla is a beautiful, small planet that is part of the Croster Slux Solar System. She is the fifth planet from her sun of twelve undersized planets. These planets all know each other very well, and are close friends. Sesla’s solar system, the Croster Slux Solar System, exists within the Whirlpool Galaxy.

Whirlpool Galaxy

                     Whirlpool Galaxy

The Whirlpool Galaxy, where the Croster Slux Solar System spirals inside and Sesla spirals within it is a bright galaxy. She is much brighter than her friend the Milky Way. The Whirlpool Galaxy is 23.5 million light years away from its neighbor and close friend, the Milky Way. These two galaxies have always had a bond. They are very good friends. The Whirlpool Galaxy is a very friendly galaxy, and it has many other friends in the vast universe as well.

Her other planetary friends in the Croster Slux Solar System all support life. However, their planetary life is much different from the life on Sesla. Sesla’s perfect climate and terrain allows its remarkable citizens to evolve, live, and thrive.

Due to Sesla’s beloved inhabitants, her magical animals and plants, and her diverse regions, she appears to be a happy planet that is teaming with life and personality. On this beautiful and dreamlike planet, the coteries have evolved to be the dominate species because of their adaptability to the hot, dry climate of the deserts, as well as the cooler, damp, rainier climate of the wet lands.

Most of the spectacular residents of this beautiful planet would all agree that Sesla is a mystical planet. Sesla seems to have a character of her own.

Sesla is proud of her beloved coteries, her desert terrain, her seacoast, her seas, and her wet lands. Each spectacular feature on this magnificently beautiful planet has its own exceptional features and unique splendor. She is delighted by and cares immensely for her beloved inhabitants. Her many clans of citizens refer to themselves as coteries. Her beloved coteries form the attractive population of this picturesque planet.

All coteries have attractive leathery skin. Their skin has an alluring appeal. Their pleasing complexion, along with their thick, wavy, flowing hair, adds to their attractive nature.

Sesleans have two arms and hands with five fingers. They have two legs with fin like feet. They have a miniscule dorsal fin that runs down the center of their back. The fin splits at their lumbar, and continues down the back of both of their legs. It is more visible on some coteries and less on others.

They have a sharp row of bone in the entrance to their mouths. This serves them well for biting and tearing of their food, which they then swallow.

Their young hatch from eggs.

The Mesnuk Stadium Downtown in Kinkorx

The Mesnuk Stadium Downtown in Kinkorx

The many coteries of Sesla are, by their very nature, a very athletic race. For this reason, their global sport, mesnuk, is extremely popular. Actually, mesnuk is the only sport on Sesla. There are numerous professional mesnuk teams and stadiums positioned throughout our planet. Almost every school and town has its own mesnuk team and field.

Mesnuk is a very simple, fast-paced team sport that young coteries learn and play during childhood. Competitions begin during youth and go to the professional level. Mesnuk is simple with full contact. There are two separate seasons in the sport of mesnuk. The first is “The Set of Games,” followed by “It’s the Rallies.” The winner of “It’s the Rallies” is the Sesla Mesnuk Champion. In the sport of mesnuk, there have never been pads allowed, and there never will be. The sport is simple and brutal.

Sesla’s very proud and spectacular citizens have evolved to permit walking upright and the wearing of very fashionable clothing. They are educated at many different universities, some more prestigious than others. Some become judges and law enforcement personnel, while others choose to be astronomers, aviators, doctors, and scientists, just to name a few. Others prefer different forms of employment that allow for lesser levels of education. There is no end to the different professions on Sesla.

The clans of Sesla group into different coteries. In the desert territories, the residents are the Razion-Coterie, KyMox-Coterie, Miflixx-Coterie, and the Pirtt-Coterie. The Razions are the highest status and the tallest, while the Pirtts are the lowest status and the shortest. The others fall in between. Joyously for the Razions, they are the tallest coteries on Sesla. Unfortunately, for the Pirtts, they are the lowest, in both status and height of the coteries on Sesla.

In the desert territories, the Joxel is the financial currency.

Sesla’s desert terrain has its own unique beauty. The natural beauty of this area is picturesque. The desert offers unlimited ancient and unusual colored stone formations, as well as a multitude of natural desert flowers that add to the scenic beauty. The multicolored sand adds to the picturesque splendor of the vast, ancient, unchanging desert.

Sunset on Sesla Desert

One Spectacular Sunset on Sesla in the Desert

Her desert sunsets are also quite spectacular. The sky seems to light up with majestic colors as her sun sets. Due to the picturesque desert views, many artists through the centuries have taken great pleasure in painting her alluring desert landscape. The picturesque views of this magical and mystical desert are infinite.

The desert terrain also offers hills and valleys, beautifully breathtaking canyons, along with other rolling picturesque desert topography. The desert terrain is teaming with an abundance of enchanted plants and animals. Many of the captivating and mystical desert plants have beautiful, fragrant flowers.

Many of Sesla’s beloved coteries live in the desert climate. They are more comfortable in the very dry, desert climates. These inhabitants prefer living in the beautiful, scenic, desert topography with all of its spectacular colors. The alluring mystery of the ancient stone formations, along with different colored desert sand, is pleasing to them. These coteries seem to enjoy the many varieties of aromatic, flowering plant life in the desert. They seem to appreciate the absence of rain that characterizes the very hot and dry desert terrain on Sesla.

The buildings in the desert are not as impressive as the wet land buildings, but they are still very beautiful. Many desert structures are older stone and bricks structures. Many of the desert residents use adobe bricks with stucco to build their homes and structures.

The residents with more Joxels have also constructed lavish stone fronts and spectacular stone columns on their buildings.

The two largest and most majestic desert cities are Kinkorx and Wyluxx City. They are both very vibrant desert cities that offer much splendor and lifestyle opportunities for their coteries. The desert coteries that built these cities have also used advanced architecture in their designs. They built these weather resistant structures using ancient desert stones as well as adobe bricks and stucco fillers. The magnificently crafted stone columns that grace the front of many businesses in the desert cities are stunning to view. The skill that is required to create these artistic column fronts and other stonework is considerable.

The most advanced and astonishing structure in Kinkorx is The Mesnuk Stadium Downtown. With its state of the art enclosed design, it is the pride of Kinkorx. The Kinkorx Horned Hares have the pleasure of calling this incredibly designed and built mesnuk stadium their home.

Wyluxx City enjoys its own mesnuk stadium. The exciting Wyluxx City Stadium is a tribute to the ingenuity of the Wyluxx City engineers and builders. The Wyluxx City Generals enjoy calling this mesnuk stadium their home.

The desert coteries have also built many other beautiful and extraordinary homes and businesses in several other rural cities in the desert territories.

The care that these coteries take in their landscape work is equally inspiring. The many homes and businesses in this climate reflect this ingenuity.

                    Mystical Sesla Sea

The many roadside parks in the desert territories also display these talents. When driving along the many well-maintained desert roads, there are numerous lavishly designed pullovers. They are for resting, as well as enjoyable viewing and painting.

In the seaport territory, the residents are the Iinzler-Coteries. The Iinzlers are the native coteries of the seaport. They are the merchants and boat owners, as well as landowners. The Iinzlers mostly own and operate their charming little fishing and resort town. There are exceptions to that rule, but they are few. The Iinzlers are of reasonable status due to their business skills and average height. They tend to be very intolerant with their non-native renters and visitors. They are an impatient and unforgiving group of coteries.

In the seaport territory, both the Joxel and the Mylux are accepted currencies.

Sesla’s seacoast features a popular, quaint, fishing village named Tos-Xiron. With her beaches, waterways, and beautiful parks, it is a remarkable sight. Many of Sesla’s beloved coteries have made this seaport their home.

Tos-Xiron is the only town on Sesla’s sea and the only seaport. Each day, many of her beloved coteries make their living fishing Sesla’s magical and mysterious waters from this charming seaport.

The coteries of Tos-Xiron enjoy mesnuk at their own stadium. Jyitsen Stadium is the home of the Tos-Xiron Doxers. The Mighty Doxers have yet to win a Sesla Mesnuk Championship. Actually, they never seem to go very far in “It’s the Rallies.”

Builders constructed Tos-Xiron partly on both Sesla’s land and sea. This charming fishing village is nestled south of both the wet land territories and the desert territories. It lies on the Sesla Sea between the two contrasting areas of this inspiring and intriguing planet.

Due to Tos-Xiron’s midpoint location, it not only draws its own coteries, the Iinzlers, but others Sesleans as well. Tos-Xiron’s buildings and structures reflect the mixed cultures of the Iinzlers, as well as all of Sesla’s other coteries.

Builders constructed many of her charming homes and businesses using adobe bricks and finished with a stucco exterior, other structures have stone fronts. These buildings seem to exist on the beautiful, multi-colored sandy terrain.

There are also numerous homes and businesses that are constructed directly on the Sesla Sea. These buildings are brilliantly designed and built in a variety of ways to accommodate their watery foundations. Many of these homes float on floating supports, while others are constructed on stilts.

There is also a vast amount of boardwalks in Tos-Xiron. The numerous walkways accommodate the local residents, as well as the many tourists that wish to enjoy a day on the waterfront.

There is a main harbor with numerous boats docked seemingly everywhere. Residents also own many types of watercraft on other areas of Sesla’s seas, waterfronts, lakes, and streams.

One Variety of  the Deadly Sea Doxer

Sesla’s seas are not only beautiful and mystical they are teaming with marine life. Her magical seas have a variety of native fish as well as its very own predator. The sea doxer is the unchallenged, dominating predator species that lives and thrives in Sesla’s vast oceans. The doxer has existed since the beginning of Sesla herself.

The doxer is a fanged, sea creature that lays eggs to reproduce. It has two pectoral fins for steering, and a tail fin for forward motion. Many species also have a large webbed dorsal fin that begins at the doxer’s forehead just above its two eyes, and runs along its back, all the way to its tail fin and is somewhat elongated. The dorsal fin is sharp and ridged. There are several varieties of doxers living in the Sesla seas.

The doxer has a sharp row of bone in the entrance of its powerful mouth for cutting and tearing of its food, which it swallows; some species have fangs.

The doxer is equipped with two venomous weapons that quickly subdue its attacker or prey. The first is its saliva. The doxer’s salivary glands secrete a solution consisting of enzymes, mucus, protein, water, and poison when biting. The second venomous weapon is the ridged, very sharp, dorsal fin. The doxer’s dorsal fin is hollow, and serves as a series of hypodermic needles to deliver the same type of poison as found in its saliva to fight off its attacker. Once the attacker or prey is bitten, pricked, or scratched, the poison’s effects quickly result.

Reactions to the doxer’s venom may vary. If a foolish or unfortunate Seslean, or sea creature, is poisoned, sometimes the poisoning only results in a simple rash or fever, for the lucky ones. For the numerous Sesleans and sea creatures that have engaged the doxer, or have been attacked by the doxer, whether accidentally, foolishly, or as prey, the resulting illness is doxer fever.

Dunjyn Asylum in Wyluxx City

Dunjyn Asylum in Wyluxx City

Doxer fever is widespread throughout Sesla. It sometimes causes a paralysis, but usually causes a psychosis that includes prolonged bewilderment, mania with delusions, hallucinations, incoherence, and distorted perceptions of reality. The worst cases of doxer fever exhibit these mental illnesses, as well sometimes very alarming, frightening, and horrifying mutations. There are several mental hospitals and asylums on Sesla that attempt to treat and accommodate the worst cases of doxer fever. The prisons on Sesla are also plagued with criminals that are nothing more than doxer fever victims that turned to crime.

In the wet lands, the residents are the Qirdotz-Coterie and the Zepler-Coterie. The Qirdotzs are the more prominent and the best-educated coteries on Sesla. They are also the best athletics. With all of this going for them, over time they have adopted a very arrogant, self-righteous, and even snobby attitude. Their sharp, condescending manner makes them very difficult to associate with in social and work environments. The Zepler are the taller of the two coteries. They enjoy their own prominence as well. They are simply not equal to their wet lands neighbors, the Qirdotzs.

In the wet lands territories, the Mylux is the financial currency. Mylux are worth more than Joxels by 15 percent.

Sesla’s wet lands consist of picturesque hills and valleys, spectacular waterfalls, rolling countryside, abundant woodlands, farmlands, marshes, bogs, swamps, and waterways. The wet lands are teaming with enchanted plants and animals.

Sesla provides a considerable amount of rainfall for the dreamlike plants and animals, as well as coteries in the wet lands.

Many of Sesla’s beloved coteries are in the wet lands. They prefer the very marshy, boggy, waterways of the wet lands. In addition, many coteries enjoy the fertile farmlands there as well. They seem to prefer the cooler, damper, rainier weather in this area. They also seem to appreciate the abundant aquatic plant life and creatures that the wet lands offer.

Qashlet Lab is hidden within the swamp.

Qashlet Lab is in the Wet Lands. What are Dr. Rewqust and his Mad  Scientists up to now?

The Qirdotz-Coteries thrive in the wet lands, and are a very brilliant and influential clan. They are the best and brightest, and their wet lands architecture reflects it. They are the dominant species.

The Zepler-Coteries also reside in the wet lands. They are less intelligent and educated than their Qirdotzs neighbors. However, they are also part of Sesla’s upper class.

Sesla’s wet lands residents are better educated and have more prestigious occupations than the desert and seas dwellers. The area highlights these advantages.

The wet lands also feature beautifully constructed cities. The Qirdotzs largely created these works of art.

The two most beautifully impressive and best-loved cities in the wet lands are Guytic City and Kvyutt. These two magnificent cities are the pride of the wet lands. Their marvelously designed buildings are simply brilliant. The creative architectural design that the Qirdotzs used to build the magnificent buildings in these two cities is incredible.

Guytic City also boasts its own very impressively designed and constructed mesnuk stadium. Qashlet Stadium is the home of the Guytic City Fighting Tobacco Farmers. Many Sesleans refer to them as simply the Tobaccos. The Tobaccos have won the Sesla Mesnuk Championship many times.

Kvyutt contains its own professional mesnuk stadium. The Kvyutt Travelers call the Kvyutt Stadium their home. The travelers do not enjoy the same success as the Sesla Champion Tobaccos or their extravagant home stadium.

The wet lands have an abundance of magnificent and creative buildings and roads. There seems to be no end to the wet lander’s design ideas in these towns and cities. The buildings and roads accommodate their unique water climate. Many of them float on the water or are on stilts above water.

There are also many other impressive cities and towns in the wet lands regions that reflect the many influences of the Qirdotz-Coterie. The other unique towns have their own special structures depending on how much water there is in their community.

There seems to be no limit to what the clever and smart Sesleans of the wet lands can conceive and build.

Sesla’s roads throughout the territories are also an engineering marvel. The inhabitants of Sesla are very good at building and maintaining splendid thoroughfares. The different territories on this friendly planet enjoy a series of well-constructed, well-maintained motorways. The highways are not excessive. They are adequate for their needs. Due to the superb road system, the most popular way for Sesleans to travel from city to city is by vehicle. Vehicles are very popular on Sesla, and their diversity is numerous.

Sesla also features a daily aircraft transport system that connects the natives of this beautiful intriguing planet together. Each day, numerous cargo planes fly back and forth from city to city, carrying cargo items. The trade on Sesla is extensive. The cargo planes also carry a limited number of passengers as they commute.

Sesla’s territories have their own government, as well as their own laws. Each territory has their elected officials, as well as their own court system, which enforces their laws. Sometimes these different regional laws can cause controversy and arguments between the territories.

Detective Maxx Zeqster's Private Detective Badge

Detective Maxx Zeqster’s Private Detective Badge

Sesleans engage in many different types of activities. In fact, the residents of Sesla do just about anything that you can think of. They even break the territory laws.

When the local law enforcement authorities are unable to effectively deal with the local crime and criminals, the coteries of Sesla call their own private detectives.

After introducing you to Sesla; our beloved and enchanted planet, this article would not be complete with mentioning my friend and from my POV the best detective on Sesla. I’m referring to Maxx Zeqster, of course. He’s my life long friend and the protagonists of my series; Maxx Zeqster Creepy Cases. As I write more stories about Sesla, I’ll tell you more about him. Thanks for reading. Ja.

Star Trek: Nemesis – Movie Review

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Greetings trekies,

I have a Star Trek – Nemesis movie review that you’re sure to like.

Star Trek NemesisThe movie begins in the Romulan Imperial Senate. A representative from the military is presenting Shinzon of Remus’ proposal.  Shinzon wants to unite Romulus and Remus. The Praetor, the leader of the Senate, rejects his proposal.

Green Dust kills the Romulan Imperial SenatorsSenator Taláura had an urgent appointment with the Tholian Ambassador. Upon leaving, she left a small round box on the table.  The box opened and sprayed a green dust in the air above the Senators.  The dust killed them all. Their bodies turned to stone and crumbled.

The movie switches to Captain Picard as he makes the best man toast at Will Riker and Deanna Troi’s wedding reception.  They will have a wedding ceremony on Betazed, the “no clothing allowed,” planet.

Later, Mr. Worf picks up a Positronic Signal on Kolarus III, in the Kolarun System. The signal is from an android like Data.

Mr. Warf

Mr. Worf

“There is a problem!”  said Geordi, “The Kolarun System is close to the Romulan Neutral Zone. With Captain Picard’s approval, Will Riker orders, “Warp five to the Kolarun System.”

“I am reading six Positronic Signals,” said Geordi.

On Kolarus III they discover a replica of Data, in six pieces as Captain Picard tries out the Argo. The Argo is a new, small ATV.

Later:

Back on the Enterprise, they learn that Dr. Soong created this prototype of Data and named it B-4. He created B-4 before he created Data.  B-4 is less sophisticated than Data.  Data and B-4 are brothers.  “Geordi, reassemble B-4,” orders Captain Picard.

Captain Picard gets an alpha priority communication from Starfleet.  Admiral Janeway wants Jean-Luc to go to Romulus. The Romulan Imperial Senate has a new Praetor, Shinzon of Reman. Captain Picard orders, “Warp eight to Romulus.”

At Romulus, they face the Reman War bird, Scimitar. They meet Praetor Shinzon, the human, and his Viceroy, the Reman.

Reman War Bird  Scimitar.

Reman War Bird Scimitar.

They later learn that Shinzon is a clone of Captain Picard.  Shinzon and Jean-Luc become acquainted.

Geordi learns that Shinzon’s ship is a Thalaron Generator.  They now know that Shinzon is no diplomat.

Shinzon and his Viceroy perform a violation on Deanna in her and Will’s room.

We learn that Shinzon put B-4 on Kolarus III to gain information about Starfleet.  The information that B-4 receives from the Enterprises computers is incorrect, thanks to Data.

Data reaffirms that Shinzon’s ship is a Thalaron Generator , a great weapon.

They learn that Shinzon was created with temporal RNA sequencing. He has accelerated aging, he is dying.

The Dying Shinzon

The Dying Clone Shinzon

Geordi is concerned, “Shinzon’s ship has a Cascading Biogenic Pulse!”

Captain Picard orders, “He is going to attack earth. He must not be allowed to use his weapon. All other concerns are secondary,”  He further orders, “All hands…battle stations.”

The Enterprise warps toward sector 1045 where there are seven star ships. There is protection in numbers.  The problem is, Shinzon’s fully cloaked ship is right behind the Enterprise as it speeds through space.

The Enterprise enters the Bassen Rift. They lose all communications due to the space interference.   Captain is concerned for the ship’s safety. He orders, “Commander Riker, evasive maneuvers.”   Shinzon attacks the Enterprise.

As Captain Picard attempts to talk Shinzon out of destroying earth, he reveals his true plan.  “I want to be remembered for all time.”

Suddenly two Romulan ships appear. “This is Commander Donatra of the War bird Valdore. Might we be of assistance?”

The battle begins; two Romulans and the Enterprise vs. Shinzon.

As Shinzon overpowers his opponents, Deanna gets revenge for the earlier violation by Shinzon and his Viceroy. She enters Viceroy’s mind and pinpoints their ship.  “Remember me. Now!”    Mr. Worf fires!    “Fire at will,” ordered Captain Picard.

As the Enterprise is crippled, Captain Picard orders the Enterprise to ram Shinzon’s ship.

Captain Picard

Captain Picard

Shinzon orders, “Deploy the weapon. Kill everything on that ship. Then set a course for earth. We must complete our mission.”  The Thalaron intermix procedure is initiated.

Captain Picard beams to Shinzon’s ship to stop the weapon from destroying the Enterprise. Data secretly follows, through space. Picard battles Shinzon as the weapon readies itself.  Picard kills Shinzon.

With 30 seconds left before the Thalaron Generator fires, killing the Enterprise and everyone on board, Data puts a portable transported on Captain Picard.  “Good-bye,” said Data.  Captain Picard is beamed on board the Enterprise.

With two seconds before the annihilation of the Enterprise, Data blows up the Thalaron Generator.  Data dies in the explosion.

Captain Picard defeats Shinzon

Captain Picard defeats Shinzon

The deck crew honors Data’s memory.

Later, Commander Riker says good-bye to captain Picard.  Will Riker is assuming command of the Titan.

The movie ends.

As a writer, I love a story with a strong antagonists. Shinzon is a great antagonist. I really liked the design of the space ships as well. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Until our paths cross again.

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland