BRAIN WEB – Book Review

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Dear scifi fantasy lovers,

In addition to being a writer, I’m also a reader. In fact I love to read. I read many different genres of books by numerous authors.

My latest read; BRAIN WEB by author, Douglas E. Richards is a NY Times Bestseller.

The novel begins as a terrorist group is planning an attack in the new, Los Angeles, California Cosmopolitan Theater—only thirteen months old and state of the art. The most secure theater ever built.

Brain WebWe meet General Justin Girgler as he’s working out. And Robert Snyder, Secretary of Homeland Security as they discuss a possible terror threat in LA.

Is Nick Hall, the marine biologist alive? Apparently Yes! And hiding. He has the ability to read minds due to four electronic implants in his brain in precise locations; the implants are supercomputers that transmit to the Web. They work like a cell phone inside Nick’s head transmitting what his mind reads. The implants were performed unwillingly on twenty-seven scientists and crew at Fresno California; by Kelvin Grey, CEO of Theia Labs. Twenty-six died from the implants leaving Nick Hall as The lottery winner. He can surf the web with his thoughts and read minds—perfectly; surface thoughts, memories, and experiences.

Megan Emerson responds to Nick telepathically. “Do your thing, Nick,” she thought.

To protect Nick and Megan Emerson, General Girgler faked their deaths. Later in a secret facility in Palm Springs, Hall’s mind-reading ability was studied.

Soon, Nick and Megan are on route to LA by chopper to stop the attack. Re-enforcements are on route as well.

The terrorists had rehearsed their plan many times without being noticed. Abdul Hakim’s two-man teams entered the Cosmopolitan theater in LA through a tunnel. The seven terrorists entered through a closet with trap door. Rolled gas canisters into rooms and closed the doors; afterword’s killing the people inside.

While wearing a classic black tuxedo, Hakim walked to the podium at the Academy Awards. “To director Sebastian Cole, and those of you filming and broadcasting these proceedings,” continued Hakim, “I’ll need you to continue to do so. All of our lives depend on it.” His colleagues in black tuxes rushed onto the stage with their KH2002 machine guns. Hakim and his terrorists seized the theatre on live television. “If the live feed stops, we will blow the theatre.”

Hakim delivers his message of vengeance to President Cochran. “The evil that you and your murderous military have visited upon our children has come home to roost. All of your men and jets and bombs are powerless to stop us.”

Gridler reveals to President Cochran and the Secretary of Defense that Nick Hall’s alive and he has a plan to stop the terrorists.

To stop Hakim and his evil group of terrorists, Nick Hall is forced to use his incredible but unwanted gifts; in doing so, his life is put in mortal danger; more than it already is.

I found BRAIN WEB by author, Douglas E. Richards to be an easy book to speed-read through.

I felt sorry for Nick Hall. All he went through; the capture, the brain surgeries, the trauma, the Madness, etc. He didn’t ask for any of it. Didn’t want it. To not be in control of one’s own mind; how terrifying?

BRAIN WEB is a futuristic fantasy that’s entertaining and fun.

Thanks for stopping by.

J.A. Ireland.

The Visqaser Report; Hatchling Counts On The Rise

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Greetings everyone in the Milky Way,

I’m  J.A. Ireland. It’s good to talk with you again. A lot is happening in our bustling, desert city.

The Mesnuk Stadium Downtown in Kinkorx

The Mesnuk Stadium Downtown in Kinkorx – Home of The Kinkorx Horned Hares

The Kinkorx Horned Hares are on a winning streak as we advance in, “It’s the Rallies.” How far they’ll go is anyone’s guess; the owner, Jeqrix Grexenn is optimistic.  The Guytic City Tobaccos don’t seem as strong this season—much to the owner, Xuro Qashlet’s regret; I’m sure. Could another Sesla Mesnuk Championship be in our future? We can dream.

Recently I’ve read several interesting articles from the wet lands praising Qashlet Lab—to owner Xuro Qashlet’s credit; this is quite a change. Qashlet Lab and Dr. Rewqust are under close scrutiny for their illegal and unethical work. I’ve looked into the news and my latest column in The Visqaser Report is concerning the new trend. I thought you would  find it interesting; here’s my article.

Hatchling Counts On The Rise: By Science Writer; J.A. Ireland

Sesla is a small but beautiful planet within the Croster Slux Solar System—within the Whirlpool Galaxy. Her ancient, yet majestic desert, is full of magnificent plants and animals. Her wet lands are filled with waterways; teaming with life of all kinds.

The Mysterious Sesla Sea – Home of the Doxer

The Mysterious Sesla Sea – Home of the Doxer

The magical seas are home to a variety of marine life including the evolution mastering doxer. Scientists believe the doxer has been the dominate predator of the seas since Sesla was formed many millions of years ago. Today, the venomous creature, and culinary delight, remains unchallenged in the mystical seas. Perhaps the only things keeping this fierce hunter in check is, its low reproductive cycle, along with the few that are taken by anglers. Caught doxers are mostly sold to fish markets, then to eating establishments.

It is widely believed by the scientific community that all Sesleans, or Coteries as many of us choose to refer to ourselves, are evolved from the doxer. Our partial dorsal fin, along with Doxer Fever, is perhaps the strongest evidence that corroborates the scientific theory.

Since doxers are plagued with low hatchling counts, and we are theoretically evolved from the doxer, it is a reasonable conclusion that our low hatchling plight is due to our evolutionary genetics; let’s assume.

The Secret Room In Qashlet Lab

The Secret Room In Qashlet Lab

If our reproductive system is genetically disposed to this condition, in this way, we are all indebted to Xuro Qashlet, the billionaire owner of Qashlet Laboratories Facility. Under the direction of Dr. Myro Rewqust, his chief scientist, through genetic engineering, the scientists are overcoming this obstacle to our low rate of reproduction.

Inside Qashlet Lab

Inside Qashlet Lab

According to recent articles in the daily newspapers, The Wet Lands News, The Kvyutt Travelers News, as well as the Kinkorx Desert News, Qashlet Lab scientists are making encouraging strides in the battle to overcome this reproductive hurtle. Families with one offspring are prevalent on Sesla today and according to statistics, have always been.

If the progress continues at Qashlet lab in the wet lands, it is conceivable that families with several children could become commonplace in time; this seems to be a dream of many.

It is encouraging to read articles praising the work of Dr. Rewqust and Qashlet lab. Their reputation for unscrupulous and unethical work is well deserved. Let’s hope their research has taken a turn for the good of Sesleans, and not directed solely at financial profit.

By Science Writer; J.A. Ireland

What do you think? Quite a change—am I right? We’re used to hearing some very scary stories coming out of that creepy lab. Maybe Xuro Qashlet has taken a turn for the better? We can only hope.

I know many families that desire more offspring but have been unsuccessful at achieving their goals. Perhaps soon, that will change.

Until we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path,

J.A. Ireland

Transport to J. A. Ireland’s Author Blog at: https://jairelandsesla.wordpress.com/

Sea Doxer Controversy – Our Evolution

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Greetings from Sesla,

I’m sitting at my desk, in beautiful downtown Kinkorx, while skimming through numerous back issues of The Visqaser Report. I found an article I wrote some time ago concerning the scientific communities opinion that, as a species, we evolved from the sea doxer. I hope you find this article interesting. Maybe this information will help you to understand us better.

The Visqaser Report, Who is Sesla and Who Are Her Coteries, is a monthly geological, historical, medical and science magazine. Dr. Krag Visqaser—MD and Dr. Qen Pytmor—PhD archeologists, started the monthly journal fifteen years ago, during their later retirement.

The article I wrote, that I would like to share with you is entitled:

The Mysterious Sesla Sea – Home of the Doxer

Qashlet Laboratories Facilities—Dr. Rewqust; Insists Sesleans Evolved from the Sea Doxer

The Visqaser Report; An article by science columnist, J.A. Ireland

Recently, my esteemed colleagues and I interviewed Dr. Rewqust at the Qashlet Laboratories Facility in Guytic City.  In attendance were Sygil Zeeg, Guytic City TV Science Editor; Ti Wopqir, Kinkorx TV Science Editor, and myself.

We discussed the genetic similarities between Sesleans and the sea doxer with the respected scientist.  Due to Dr. Rewqust’s refusal, we were unable to address the very controversial, DNA genetic engineering experiments, or the other questionable research that the scientists at Qashlet Lab are working on.

Dr. Rewqust feels that the scientific evidence is irrefutable.  He stated, “There are many genetic similarities between our species and the doxer.  Sesleans have fair, leathery skin like many varieties of the doxer.  All Sesleans feet have a fin-like look and structure that is similar to the doxer.  We have a sharp row of bone in the entrance of our mouths like many of the doxers; although some species have fangs.

Their young hatch from eggs, as do ours.

One Species of the Deadly Sea Doxer

Many species of doxer have a webbed dorsal fin that runs the entire length of its leathery body, but not all.  Sesleans have the genetic remains of the dorsal fin running down our backs and the back of our legs.  This partial dorsal fin is visible on many coteries, and is perhaps the strongest evidence of our genetic connection.

The evidence is overwhelming, even though many Sesleans do not like it.  The genetic similarities strongly suggest the evolution.  The mutations that occur because of doxer fever validate the genetic similarities as well.  Frankly, I do not understand the controversy or the outrage.”

It would seem, Dr. Rewqust agrees with his colleagues that Sesleans are genetically similar to the sea doxer.  However, he failed to prove the scientific theory that Sesleans are an evolved species, evolved directly from the doxer.  That scientific theory remains just that – a theory.  The theory also remains unaccepted in most circles—circles that are non-scientific.

Written by J.A. Ireland

I hope you find this article interesting, concerning a very controversial topic on Sesla—our evolution. I’m putting this report on my blog for your reading enjoyment and understanding.

Until we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path,

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

The Rise of The Melá-Jutis

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Dear  fantasy fiction fans,

I am pleased to introduce the fifth book in my Maxx Zeqster Creepy Cases series, The Rise of The Melá-Jutis.

The Rise of The Melá-Jutis on Kindle

The Rise of The Melá-Jutis on Kindle

In this scifi thriller, we follow the story as Sesla, Detective Maxx Zeqster, and Detective Art Nekuma as they create The Melá-Jutis.

We also follow Maxx and Art as they work on their most dangerous case so far.

We learn more about Maxx’s new powers as they solve a unique crime involving collectible guns and knives. This book has some creepy scenes with spiders and scorpions. Art gets to know Mustler and the Gang of Five, along with the Joqzonions, a little too well in this book. Art’s crises will have you in tears.

The Rise of The Melá-Jutis is available on Kindle.

My entire Maxx Zeqster Creepy Cases series is available on kindle as well. Thank you for reading them.

And thank you for tuning in to my blog and reading about the characters in my series as well as my book and movie reviews.

“May good fortune guide your path”

J.A. Ireland

The Hunger Games – Catching Fire – Movie Review

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Dear readers,

I watched the second movie in the mega hit series, Hunger Games. Here’s my review of the  movie that takes place in future North America—approaching the end of winter.Catching Fire

Katniss Everdeen is hunting. She shoots at turkeys and imagines she shot a Tribute. Gale is there and comforts her. She and Peeta are going on a Victory Tour.

On Tour Day, she visits Haymitch Abernathy. Later, President Snow visits. “Head Gamemaker, Seneca Crane, should have blown you to bits when you won the Hunger Games. Your trick with the berries was an act of defiance. You defied The Capitol. I’m worried about an uprising. Revolution. A system collapse,” Snow says.

President Snow

President Snow

“It must be a fragile system, if it can be brought down by just a few berries,” Katniss replies.

Snow responds, “Convince everyone of your love for Peeta. For the sake of your loved ones. Convince Me.”

Cinna and the stylists from the capitol are there. They prepare her for a remote broadcast on Caesar Flickerman’s show. “Last year,” Caesar says, from The Capitol, “the 74th Hunger Games brought us the greatest love story of our time.” He introduces Katniss and Peeta.” “Katniss Everdeen! The Girl on Fire. Peeta Mellark! The Baker’s Boy!” They fake their love and kiss for the camera.

Afterward, everyone boards the high speed rail for the 12 day, 12 district, Victory Tour—ending at The Capital. Their first stop, District 11. Effie Trinket gives them their speech. Peeta ignores the speech. “We are donating one month of winnings to the families of the Tributes, every year, for the rest of our lives.” The people give Katniss and Peeta the hand signal for respect. The Capitol Guards kill the older man that was first with the signal.

Katniss and Peeta in the Victory Tour

Katniss and Peeta in the Victory Tour

After that tragedy, they read the speech at the stops. Caesar announces the Quarter Quell on his show. The tour ends at The Presidential Palace.

They meet Plutarch Heavensbee, the new Head Gamemaker—Successor to Seneca Crane. President Snow welcomes the Tributes and congratulates Katniss and Peeta on their engagement.

President Snow and Plutarch Heavensbee, the new Head Gamemaker

President Snow and Plutarch Heavensbee, the new Head Gamemaker

Plutarch Heavensbee tells President Snow how to turn the people against Katniss. They plan their strategy.

At District 12, Commander Thread terrorizes the town and whips Gale for defying him. Snow wants to terminate Katniss, Peeta, their families, and friends, for defiance. Snow announces the rule changes. “The Quarterly Quell. The 75th Hunger Games will be fought by past winners of the games.”

The Reaping takes place and Katniss is the only name in the drawing. Haymitch Abernathy is the male name drawn. Peeta volunteers. Commander Thread takes Katniss straight to the train—no Goodbye’s.

On the train, Haymitch explains, “This game is all new. You’ll be fighting, Cashmere and Gloss, brother and sister, from district 1. Brutus and Enobaria, career pack. Wiress and Beetee. The Morphlings, Masters of Cammouflague. Finnick Odair, youngest winner ever.” Among others.

Katniss and Peeta in Tribute Parade

Katniss and Peeta in Tribute Parade

At The Capitol, The Tribute Parade begins. The crowd cheers, “Katniss…Katniss…” as Katniss and Peeta’s suits are ablaze. Much to President Snow’s disdain.

Haymitch introduces Seeder and Chaff from district 11. They meet the very provocative, Johanna Mason, from district 7. Lumber trees.

On Caesar Flickerman’s show, the Tributes are interviewed. “The 75th Annual Games, the 3rd Quarter Quell. On stage, 24 of Panem’s brightest stars say goodbye. Only one will survive. At Snow’s request, Katniss wears a white wedding dress. She spins and the dress burns and turns into a Mockingjay—per Cinna’s design. Snow considers the dress an act of mockery to him. He has Cinna beaten.

Katniss' Mockingjay Dress

Katniss’ Mockingjay Dress

At the interview, Peeta announces they are married and Katniss is pregnant. It’s a lie. Snow orders the games to continue, anyway. He wants Katniss killed.

The 75th Annual Hunger games begin. “May the odds be ever in your favor.” They battle inside a giant dome, filled with south pacific topography, vegetation, animals, heat, and humidity.

The Gamemaker, Plutarch Heavensbee sends one plague after another to kill the Tributes as the game continues. Poison fog, Baboons, Giant waves, lightening, Spins the giant clock to disorient them, jabberjays.

Beetee

Beetee

Beetee comes up with a plan to use the lightening to kill Tributes and stay alive. Plutarch turns his idea against him and Beetee dies. Katniss uses the idea and electrocutes the dome. It starts crumbling.

Katniss is almost killed

Katniss is almost killed

As the dome crumbles, Katniss is almost dead. She is taken aboard a hovercraft and revived. “The revolution has begun. Katniss is the Mockingjay,” Plutarch Heavensbee says.

Later, Gale tells her, “District 12 was destroyed. I got your mom and sister out safely.”

The movie ends. This is my review of this thought provoking, mega hit movie. It’s about excessive dictatorial government control.

Until we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path,

J.A. Ireland

 

 

 

 

Maxx Zeqster – The Student Artist

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Dear readers,

Thank you to everyone who took advantage of the free day and downloaded my novel, The Unthinkable Duo of Justice.  I hope you enjoy reading about Maxx Zeqster and Sesla; my fantasy planet in the Whirlpool Galaxy.

In this letter, I’m enclosing an excerpt from Maxx’s childhood. He’s a very gifted artist that receives enjoyment and healing from painting landscape portraits. The excerpt begins.***

Maxx Zeqster, 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.

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.

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