In the Heart of the Sea – Movie Review

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Friends,

If you like whales and sea adventures, this may or may not be a good review for you. I was disheartened with many parts of this movie. Here’s my review.

In the Heart of the Sea

The Essex is stove by Giant white whale in The OffShore Grounds

In the Heart of the Sea – The quest for whale oil to light cities is a global demand. Man ventured further and further into the deep blue unknown.

Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. February 1850. Nerman Melville, the writer, is planning to write the novel, Moby Dick.

Tom Nickerson is a shop owner in Nantucket. Herman is there to see him. He offers three months lodging for a night of talking. Herman wants to know what happened to the Essex. Tom is in his early 50’s. He tells the true story from his childhood. His story begins…

Peggy Chase

Peggy Chase

Owen Chase’s wife, Peppy, is with child.

The Essex has just been refitted and is scheduled to put to sea. Owen is offered a job as first mate. He is not happy, thinking he should be the captain due to his excessive experience at seamanship. He will have to wait until next time. He has it in writing. The Essex is a whaling vessel. Collecting whale oil is the mission.

George Pollard will be the captain. Pollard comes from a long line of famous whalers in his family. Also his family is prominent, scion in the area.

At home, Owen is angry at his position. Peggy doesn’t want him to be a whaler any more. He’s gone too long. Life’s at risk. They bicker.

Tom Nickerson

Tom Nickerson tells the story. A true tale.

As Owen rows a small boat to the Essex to set sail, there’s a prayer gathering on the dock. A minister prays for the safety of the crew and a full ship of whale oil.

Tom Nickerson was 14 at the time. It was late in the year. That’s why they got a birth. His friend, Barzillai was 17. Both orphans. Grew up on the wharf.

Owen and Captain Pollard meet on the EssexGeorge and Owen meet on the ship as it sails. “Essex Nantucket” An estranged relationship from the start, due to George’s inexperience and Owen’s excessive experience. Too much so to be a first mate. The relationship is doomed from the beginning.

They sailed toward Cape Verdes, takes two weeks; their goal. Then onto the Pacific. Soon, they’re close to Halifax.

At dinner we learn that Owen’s father was in jail most of Owen’s childhood. Tom’s mother is buried in Smith’s Hill. A stone for his father too. He was lost at sea before Tom was born.

Captain Pollard

Captain Pollard

They are two days behind. Captain Pollard wants speed to catch the easterlies. He orders, “Set stunsails.” Owen questions the order. Even though they are in the Gulf Stream traveling at five knots. Is that wise? The captain’s orders are followed at Owens disapproval.

Before long they’re sailing into a squawl at eight knots. Owen is worried.

The storm is tearing the sails apart. Owen makes the best of the situation. Afterward Pollard wants to return to Nantucket for repairs. He also wants Owen to resign as first mate for disobeying orders. They quarrel.

Owen tells him his plan is a mistake. To keep going, out to sea. To fill the barrels with oil. Pollard grudgingly agrees. Their relationship worsens.

South Atlantic Ocean –3 months at sea

Whales in the Atlantic

The crew rows for the first whale

“Blows!” Sperm whale flukes!

They launch three small boats. Go after the whales. They killed a large bull. 47 barrels of oil.

Then sail farther out to sea. Past the Horn of South Atlantic. In the Pacific, not much luck. Nearly a year at sea.

ATACAMES ECUADOR – They meet Capitán Clemente Pelaez, of the Santa Maria. Another whaling ship. He sailed a thousand leagues along the equator. Into The Offshore Grounds.  More whales than you’ve ever dreamed of. Hundreds of flukes. 3000 barrels in a single day. Except for that demon. A whale. White as alabaster. Hundred feet long. Killed six of his crew.

Greed got the best of Captain Pollard. He wanted to set sail immediately. Catch the south easterlies. They sailed a thousand leagues along the equator. Planned to be home with a ship full of whale oil in six months.

They sailed to the edge of sanity. Madness to sail out so far. The crew is scared.

In The OffShore Grounds

The OffShore Grounds. Hundreds of Whale flukes!

The Off Shore Grounds –14 months at sea.

“Whales!”

They lowered the boats and rowed into the sea full of flukes. Hundreds of them.

The Whale stove the Essex

Essex is stove by the whale

A giant whale attacked. Turns over the boats. Attacks the Essex. Owen gets a harpoon in the beast but it’s too big. It destroyed the Essex with its fluke. Also by ramming.

Essex is crippled. The whale stove the ship. Easton and Sanborn are dead. Drowned. The ship is taking on water fast. They salvage what they can. It becomes aflame!

The Essex sinks to its watery grave. The survivors are in three small boats with paddles.

2000 Nautical Miles West of South America. They hear the giant whale taunting in the distance. Fear sets in. Their goal, catch the westerlies to Easter Island. A 3000 mile journey.

34 Days Stranded in row boats- Open Sea

Ducie Island

Ducie Island

“Land ho!” They see land. Owen sees the giant whale at the same time. The whale attacks all three boats, capsizing them.

Everyone swims to the island. Perhaps Ducie Island. The boats wash up on shore, damaged but repairable. After a short time, the repairs are made and they sail for home. Four crew remain on the island. Owen vows to send a ship for them.

48 Days Stranded – Dying of dehydration and starvation, one crew dies. The rest resort to cannibalism to survive.

71 Days Stranded – 1200 Nautical miles west of South America. The men are drawing straws. Captain Pollard has the short straw. Cap hands Mr. Ramsdell the pistol. Ramsdell is to shoot the Cap in the head but cannot. Shot himself in the head instead. The pistol falling into the sea. Ramsdell is eaten by the men.

Owen doesn't throw the harpoon

The White Whale stares at Owen as he prepares to throw the harpoon

They were weeks in the doldrums. The Pacific Ocean – Desert. 800 miles from land. They are taunted again by the giant whale. It swims next to the boat as a very emaciated Owen is prepared to launch a handheld harpoon. Knowing he would only anger the great beast and get them all killed due to his lank of strength, while thinking about his wife and child at home, he wisely chose to forego the throw and let the monster leave in peace. Hoping the whale would extend them the same mercy.

Currents drew the boats apart. They never saw Pollard’s boat again at sea.

90 Days Stranded – February 18th 1821. The crew is gaunt to the point of near death. They are finally rescued off the island of Más Afuera, Chile. Ninety days after the sinking of the Essex. They were given food, shelter, and clothing on the island while recovering. Before long they sailed again.

The voyage home took another three months.

Owen finds Peggy on the dock with Phoebe

Owen, Peggy, and their daughter Phoebe Ann

Nantucket Harbor—June 11, 1821. The mood was somber at the dock. Everyone knew the crew had been through something horrific.

Owen spots Peggy. He’s introduced to his daughter, Phoebe Ann.

Chase and Pollard in the meeting at the dock

Owen and George argue about the report

At the docks, in a business meeting, Owen is told to lie on the report for profit. Report the Essex ran aground. The men that died, drowned. George is there. Owen refuses and walks out.

Later, Owen gives Thomas Nickerson a neck charm for friendship. Thomas treasures the charm as an adult telling this story.

George Pollard is called before the inquiry. The important men of Nantucket were there. He told the truth, “The Essex was stove by a white whale 1200 leagues west of Ecuador.”

Pollard went out again. Looking for the white whale. Never found it. Ran a ship aground off Hawaii.

Chase sent a boat to Ducie Island. Mr. Joy was dead. The other three were still alive.

Owen Chase moved his family to New Bedford. Became a merchant captain. Sailing on his own terms.

Herman Melville heads back to Pittsfield, Massachusetts to write his fiction novel.

Nerman Melville

Herman Melville

Herman Melville completed his novel in 1850.

A year later Moby Dick was published.

Of Moby Dick Nathaniel Hawthorne said, “It is an epic worthy of Homer. It will be America’s epic.”

The End

In the Heart of the Sea-2I found In the Heart of the Sea to be a disturbing sea adventure. The hardships the Essex crew suffered in the pursuit of whale oil was horrendous. To the point of nearly death. Some died.

Also, to hunt a species nearly into extinction for the oil is unimaginable. But it happened.

Being a whale enthusiasts, I found the scene in the South Atlantic Ocean after 3 months at sea, when they slay the bull whale, to be disturbing and difficult to watch.

My rating: 2.5 stars

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

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An Opportunity To Become A Published Author

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Grand Novel Contest-2

The Kinkorx Horned Hares Slasher

Friends,

Recently I was contacted by Leo from Inkitt leo@inkitt.com. He invited me to enter my novel, The Kinkorx Horned Hares Slasher, into their contest. If my story does well, it might be published. A chance.

I was honored to be contacted by a professional publisher and be considered for their contest. Every writer dreams of being published beyond ebooks. Please help me by reading and voting for my novel.

A brief synopsis of my story. Meet Zith Fleen, the star mesnuk player and lean about his tragic life. Also follow the Kinkorx Horned Hares, a professional mesnuk team in the desert on Sesla. Mesnuk is the global sport on Sesla.

As the Kinkorx police attempt to catch a murderer, out of desperation, the owner of the Horned Hares hires Maxx and Art to catch the Slasher. Art begins the case.

Maxx drives to the wet lands for a life threatening adventure. He battles the heinous genius, Mustler and the mutant Gang of Five along with numerous alien Joqzonion followers from the planet Joqzon.

When Maxx arrives back home in Kinkorx, Art has a plan to catch the serial killer, Zith Fleen and his pet wolf, Neechehe.

If you like serial killers, space aliens, and sports, The Kinkorx Horned Hares Slasher will keep you on the edge of your seat. You will love the thrilling conclusion.

To vote, go to the link below. At the website, read my story and vote for The Kinkorx Horned Hares Slasher. https://www.inkitt.com/stories/67014

The Grand Novel Contest ends June 7th. Please read my story and vote for The Kinkorx Horned Hares Slasher today. Help me become a published author.

My blog address is: https://detectivemaxxzeqsterscreepycrawlyamazingadventures.wordpress.com/  There’s an easy link to the website from there if you like.

Thank you.

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

Art Nekuma Has Double The Worries

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Dear horror fans,

When I wrote the Maxx Zeqster Creepy Cases, I wanted a crippling, mutating disease and a revolting asylum to institutionalize the unfortunate victims. Doxer fever and Dunjyn Asylun were the answers to my imaginative search.

This is an excerpt from The Dunjyn Asylum Escape. This brief cut from my story includes both features and a lot more.

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Rydon was lying on his small bed in his rented room in Tos-Xiron. He was burning up with fever. His red rash covered arms and hands were unbearably painful. The grotesque red rash was spreading to his body. He thought as he lay feverous on his bed, “I need to go to Tos-Xiron Mitzid Hospital.”

The Dunjyn Asylum EscapeHe slowly and painfully crawled out of his drooping bed while moaning. His clothes were soaked with his fever perspiration. He slowly and painfully put on fresh clothes. “Oh…,” he moaned.

Rydon slowly exited the room and entered his small, rusty car. He had trouble focusing as he drove due to his high fever. He incoherently drove the short distance to Tos-Xiron Mitzid Emergency Entrance. Parked and hobbled inside.

The emergency room attendants quickly surrounded him and evaluated his condition. The staff recognized his condition and assigned Dr. Teqre Zewio, doxer fever specialists, to his case. The staff took him straight to a room.

Dr. Zewio was notified of his new patient. He prescribed the overnight treatment. He would check the progress of his new patient tomorrow morning.

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Dr. Zewio entered Rydon Nekuma’s room. “How are you feeling?” he asked as he reviewed the charts.

Rydon painfully replied from his hospital bed, “A little better. Last night was scary. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.”

Dr. Zewio replied, “Your fever was very high last night. It’s lower today. How is your rash? Let me have a look.” He rolled back Rydon’s blanket. “Your rash is a little better. It isn’t as red as was reported last night. It seems to cover both of your hands, arms, and much of your torso.” He paused to check the charts again. Without looking up. “How did you acquire doxer fever?”

Rydon was shocked. “That’s impossible!” He exclaimed. “I don’t have doxer fever!” Suddenly he remembered the storm. “While distracted by a storm and financial concerns, I unloaded fish and doxers from my boat without gloves. The doxer’s ridged dorsal fins stabbed me several times on both of my hands. I didn’t even notice. I was so distracted,” he said as a panic began. He looked at Dr. Zewio with horror. “Am I going to mutate?” he asked as he trembled.

Dr. Zewio replied, “At this point, I couldn’t say. Doxer fever is a little different for each patient. When did you encounter the doxers?”

“Maybe two weeks ago. I’m not really sure.” He trembled with fear.

“Usually the doxer’s venom reacts much faster than that. With many victims, it’s instantaneous. Your symptoms are developing much slower than usual.”

Trembling he replied, “I had a small case of doxer fever once before. I only got a little rash. It was nothing. Went away quickly.”

“That could explain it. You might have some resistance to the doxer’s venom,” he said with hope.

Rydon looked hopeful as well. “You think that will help? You think that will stop me from mutating?” he asked as he panicked and trembled.

“Only time will tell. For now, I’m going to keep you one more day and continue with the medications that I have you on. Your symptoms should go into remission, at least for a while. Again, only time will tell.”

Terror gripped him as he said, “You mean, I’m going to be sick again?”

Dr. Zewio replied, “I’m afraid that’s the nature of doxer fever. The symptoms seem to repeat. We’ll get you feeling better and send you home.” He quickly exited the room.

Instantly, he recalled Lyndi’s doxer fever. “Her condition slowly progressed to the point she’s in Dunjyn Asylum.” He was horrified. He began to imagine and fear the horrific possibilities of his mutations…

Several Days Later

Rydon was admitted in Tos-Xiron Hospital, again. The doxer fever had returned. He was very sick again. He was terrified as he waited for Dr. Zewio.

Thirty minutes later: Dr. Zewio entered his room and began reading his charts again. “I see you’re back. How do you feel?”

“Not so good.”

“I see from your charts that you came in late last night with the same high fever and painful rash. The staff restarted you on the same medications as I prescribed before. Do you feel they are working?”

“I’m not sure. I don’t feel very good right now. Is there anything else you can do?” Rydon asked while frightened and trembling.

“Let me take a look at your rash.” Dr. Zewio rolled back his blanket. “The rash is covering your torso.” He was alarmed at what he saw. “I’m afraid the mutations have begun. Your hands and arms are in the beginning phase of mutating into doxer fins.”

Dr. Zewio rolled back the blanket on Rydon’s legs. The sight was equally alarming. “It would appear your legs are also mutating. Your feet are mutating into fins as well. You’re also forming a dorsal fin. Are you experiencing bewilderment, psychosis, or incoherence?”

With horror, Rydon replied, “I don’t know!”

“That would be normal. Patients with those symptoms are usually not aware of their condition.” He scanned Rydon’s chart again. “At least your fever is subsided again. I’m afraid at this point, there isn’t anything more I can do for you. I will have you discharged. When the fever returns, give us another visit if you like. I put the medications on your medical records in case you need to return here or somewhere else. I want to make it as easy as possible for you.” He put the charts away. “Good luck.”  Dr. Zewio exited the room.

Rydon was horrified. “I’m mutating. I’m going to be just like Lyndi. I’ll end up in a doxer fever asylum.” As he waited for the staff to discharge him, he continued with his frightening and horrifying thoughts and predictions about his grim future as a doxer fever mutant…

Later That Night

Rydon sighed deeply as he lay on his bed in his small, rented room. “I can feel my fever returning. My body is aching from this rash and mutations.” He wiped the clammy sweat from his forehead.

“My clothes are soaked from my high fever sweat.” He wiped the sweat from his forehead again. “I feel sick. I’m mutating. I hope I don’t have to go to the hospital again.”

He mumbled as he lay on his fever soaked bed, “Mr. Punmirre will want his rent money for this room soon, plus the back shortages I owe him. I don’t have it.”

He wiped the sweat from his forehead as he thought, “My boat rent is also due. Mr. Zinqwin will want his rent money soon plus the back shortages. I don’t have his money either.”

He pondered his dilemma as he wiped his feverous sweat again. “I also owe money to Dymor Zur, my gambling agent in Tos-Xiron. Thanks to this doxer fever, I’m going to lose everything.”

The pain in his hands was becoming unbearable again. He quickly checked his rash and mutations. He was horrified.  “I’m mutating fast! My hands are turning into doxer fins. I’m growing a dorsal fin. My feet are mutating into doxer fins. If I start getting the bewilderment, mania, or delusions, I’ll end up in a doxer fever asylum. I’d rather die!”

He tried to regain his sanity. “I need to remain calm. I don’t have the money that I owe, anybody! I’ve made some powerful enemies. It’s not safe here for me. I’d better leave Tos-Xiron before everyone that I owe money to, comes after me. I’d better leave while I still can.”

He pondered his dangerous dilemma as he feverishly sweated. Due to his high fever, he was soaking through his clothes again. “I’ll leave tonight, after midnight. But where will I go?”  He wiped the fever sweat from his face again.

Three Days Later

Rydon awoke from his feverish sleep. He had fallen asleep in the back of his car again. Now that he had fled from Tos-Xiron, his car, and his clothes that he was wearing were his only possessions. His clothes were soaked from his fever perspiration. “I know my fever is really high again. I feel very sick.”

He peaked at his painful, red, rash covered hands and arms. He was horrified at what he saw. “I’m mutating fast! I’m mutating into a sea doxer! My arms are becoming shorter and my hands are fin-like. This grotesque red rash covers my entire body!” he exclaimed with terror.

Rydon terrifyingly pulled up his pants legs and examined. He was even more horrified at what he saw. “My legs have dorsal fins growing out of the backs of them! My feet are more like fins than feet!” he said with terror. “Can I still walk?”

“I don’t know where I am. I don’t remember how I got here. I don’t know where this is or what time.” He was terrified as he recalled Dr. Zewio’s warning, “A psychosis that includes prolonged bewilderment, mania, delusions, hallucinations, incoherence, and distorted perceptions of reality will soon start.”

Rydon said while panicking, “I’m already experiencing the bewilderment, mania, hallucinations, and delusions. I don’t remember how I got here. I don’t know where I am. I don’t know when this is.”

He was horrified, as he lay soaked from the high fever sweat in his back seat. “I’m mutating fast! The mania and delusions are starting. Soon, I won’t be able to drive or walk.” He was horrified. “The psychosis has started. Soon I won’t be able to think or function.”

Suddenly he remembered Lyndi at Dunjyn Asylum. He was terrified as he thought about the horrific possibility. “I don’t want to be in a doxer fever asylum like Lyndi. I need help. I don’t know where to go. I have to think of something while I can still think.”

Later That Night

Rydon was delirious and grotesquely mutating as he drove. He could hardly stay on the Wyluxx Hwy as he swerved back and forth while attempting to drive with his mutating feet and hands toward Wyluxx City. He was in tremendous pain.

“Am I on the right road?” He wondered as his doxer fever manipulated his brain. He drifted in and out of hallucinations as the psychosis played tricks with his very ill mind. He was swerving back and forth, as he incoherently drove. He wasn’t sure where he was or when it was. “I hope I’m heading toward Wyluxx City.”

The psychosis from his doxer fever was causing him to drift in and out of reality. It was overpowering his sanity. He was experiencing extended periods of prolonged bewilderment, mania, delusions, hallucinations, incoherence, and distorted perceptions of reality. He was experiencing the full effects of the doxer’s powerful venom. “I’m going insane!” he said loudly as he drove toward Wyluxx City.

The pain from his full body grotesque rash and mutations were unbearable, as he swerved. The venom was mutating him into a sea doxer. His arms and hands were mutating into fin like appendages. His legs and feet were mutating into fin like extremities as well.

He was growing a full length, ridged, very sharp, webbed dorsal fin. His dorsal fin started at his forehead, just above his eyes and ran along his back all the way to his lumber where it split. It continued down the back of both of his mutated legs. “The pain from my dorsal fin is excruciating!” he said loudly as he winced from the pain while driving on the Wyluxx Highway through the desert toward Wyluxx City in the blackness of night.

He was incoherent and almost unconscious as he deliriously drove into the Wyluxx City Memorial Hospital Emergency Entrance. The emergency room staff removed him from his car and quickly evaluated his condition and reviewed his medical records.

The staff doctor admitted him into room number 1642 and notified Dr. Vinco Blixs, the hospital’s doxer fever specialist. Dr. Blixs checked Rydon’s medical records and prescribed the same treatments that Dr.  Zewio, doxer fever specialist at Tos-Xiron Mitzid Hospital prescribed, only a stronger dosage. He attempted to lower the extremely high fever and abate the quickly advancing mutations.

The Next Morning

Rydon continued receiving the heavily dosages of medications that Dr. Blixs prescribed the previous night in an attempt to reduce the extremely high fever and force the mutations into remission.

Dr. Blixs entered Rydon’s room. He reviewed his patient’s chart with concerned. “Even with the higher dosages, the medications seem ineffective in abating his mutations,” he thought, “To me, the mutations seem more advanced than what the emergency room doctor previously described on this medical chart, only his fever is improving.”

With alarm, he changed the medications in a frantic attempt to stop the progressing mutations. Thinking, “I’ll know in a few hours if this medication works.”

With little confidence, Dr. Blixs exited the room as Rydon lay in his bed unconscious due to the heavy medication. He had a high fever, grotesque red full-body rash, and was mutating rapidly.

Several Hours Later

Dr. Blixs returned to Rydon’s room. He was still unconscious. Blixs checked the charts again. “At least his fever is improving,” he thought  rolling back his fever sweat soaked blanket in anticipation of improvement. He was alarmed and horrified at what he saw. Rydon’s mutations were progressing at an alarming rate. He appeared more doxer than Seslean. Dr. Blixs shook his head as he made the grim decision. He thought shaking his head. Staring at the floor, “I’m powerless to slow the mutations.” He exited the room.

He walked to his office. “Nurse Koytin, get me Rydon Nekuma’s family,” he said grimly.

Nurse Kaayt Koytin searched on her computer. She was alarmed at what she read. “His former wife Lyndi Nekuma is a resident in Dunjyn Asylum. His son lives here in town. His name is Arthor Nekuma. His phone number is 577-301-22.”

Dr. Blixs dialed Arthor Nekuma’s phone number.

At Art’s Home in Wyluxx City

Arthor Nekuma, Detective Maxx Zeqster’s unlicensed apprentice, had just arrived home after buying a few groceries and a magazine at LyMuuke’s Food Center in Wyluxx City.

He was sitting on his well-worn, frugal couch while eating and reading. He was enjoying a copy of The Visqaser Report, “Who is Sesla and Who Are Her Coteries,” which he purchased at the store. The monthly geological, historical, medical and science magazine that Dr. Krag Visqaser, MD and Dr. Qen Pytmor, PhD, scientists started fifteen years ago during their later retirement. An article by freelance science writer J.A. Ireland entitled: Qashlet Laboratories Facilities, Dr. Rewqust, Insists Sesleans Evolved from the Sea Doxer

The Visqaser Report: Recently, my esteemed colleagues and I interviewed Dr. Rewqust at 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 his scientists at Qashlet Lab are working on.

Dr. Rewqust feels the scientific evidence is irrefutable. He stated, “There are many genetic similarities between our species and the doxer. Sesleans have fair, leathery skin like 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 doxer species but not all.

Their young hatch from eggs, as do ours.

The doxers has a webbed dorsal fin that runs the entire length of its elongated leathery body. 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 choose to ignore it. The genetic similarities strongly suggest our 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 that 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.

After reading the article, Art thought sadly, “That would explain mom’s condition. She’s mutated into half Seslean and half sea doxer. She even swims like a doxer when she dreams.”

Suddenly he remembered his road trip to the Qashlet Lab. He thought, “We sure outsmarted Dr. Rewqust and his Mad scientists when we rescued Dr. Leqtus Kin, the genetic engineer, from his clutches, right under his noses. His thug, Fyrtee Huytek, was going to inject Leqtus Kin with doxer venom and enjoy watching him mutate.” He laughed.

Suddenly his phone began to ring. “That must be my boss, Detective Zeqster,”   He hurried to the phone. “Hello,” he said with a smile as he anticipated his cherished employer, Detective Maxx Zeqster.

“This is Dr. Vinco Blixs from Wyluxx City Memorial Hospital. Is this Arthor Nekuma?”

Art was horrified. He wondered frantically if his mom was in the hospital. “This is Art. What’s wrong with my mom?”

Dr. Blixs replied grimly, “This is about your father. He’s here at Wyluxx City Memorial, he’s very ill. Can you come over?”

Art was shocked. “What! I’ve never seen my father.  I’ll be right there.” He hurried out of the house and jumped into his car. He hysterically drove to the hospital. It was a brief, but panic filled drive.

A Short Time Later

Upon arriving at the nurse’s desk, Art asked, “Rydon Nekuma’s room number please?”

“Are you a relative?” asked Nurse TeDia Beem while sitting at her desk.

He paused. “I’m his son,” he replied uncomfortably with hesitation.

She began searching for his name. She had difficulty finding it. Sighed with irritation. “Spell it,” she said.

He shook his head with exasperation. “N…E…K…U…M…A!”

She did not appreciate the demeaning, exasperated look or sarcasm. She scowled as she said, “He’s in room 1642. It’s just down the hall.” Pointing.

“Thanks.” He hurried along the hallway to his dad’s room.

As he entered room 1642, Dr. Blixs was examining his father’s chart. “I’m Art, we spoke on the phone,” he said while still in shock.

Dr. Blixs put down his charts. “Your father admitted himself last night. He’s suffering from acute doxer fever. I have him on the strongest medications available. His fever is reduced,” he frowned. “I have been unsuccessful in slowing his mutations. Take a look,” he said as he pulled back Rydon’s blanket.

Art was horrified at what he saw. The unfamiliar Seslean lying there was unconscious. He was more doxer than Seslean. His arms and hands were long mutated fins. His legs and feet were mutated, disfigured appendages with malformed fins. He had a prominent dorsal fin running the entire length of his forehead, back, and the back of his mutated legs. A grotesque red rash covered his entire mutated body. The ghastly sights instantly made Art feel sick.

Dr. Blixs continued. “There is nothing additional that I can do for him. My recommendation is to assign him to a doxer fever asylum. Asylum doctors can continue with these medications. Hopefully in time he will improve,” said the doctor grimly.

Art was horrified. “What about his,” he paused to control his nausea, “mutations?”

“As I said, there seems to be very little that I can do to lessen or even stabilize them. An asylum doctor can continue these medications. Let the nurse’s staff know what your decision is.” He quickly exited the room.

Art stood next to his doxer fever stricken father. His shock was overwhelming. He thought for a moment. He made his decision. He walked back to the nurse’s station. Nurse Beem was still working the desk. “What did you decide?” she asked coldly as she anticipated his decision.

“I’m putting him in Dunjyn Asylum.”

She was horrified at his cruel, uncaring decision. “Are you sure?”

He ignored her strong body language. “Yes,” stating strongly.

“Ok…I’ll have him transported there immediately. He’ll be there in less than an hour,” she said with a disgusted, “How can you put your parents in Dunjyn Asylum?” expression.

Art further ordered as she glared with disdain, “Put him in room 38. It’s the room next to Lyndi Nekuma, my mother. It’s available.”

Nurse Beem was appalled, and shocked. “You’re in charge. I’ll take care of it. He’ll be there in about an hour,” she stated disgustedly.

Art walked away from the nurse’s desk. He thought as he walked toward the exit, “I’ll check on them tomorrow. I’m sure Dr. Neafyndrer will handle the situation properly.” He sighed as he walked and thought, “Now both of my parents are in Dunjyn Asylum. I have double the worries.”

Art exited the hospital and began his short drive home.

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This has been an excerpt from my book, The Dunjyn Asylum Escape. This segment offers a good description of doxer fever and the resulting mutations. We also learn a small amount about Rydon Nekuma’s character. Plus the evolution controversy on Sesla.

I offer all my novels free on Kindle Unlimited for your reading pleasure. Just click on the book covers on the side column.

Until we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path,

J.A. Ireland.

The StepDaughter – Movie Review

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Dear horror fans,

Recently I watched The StepDaughter. A revenge driven horror, thriller. Here’s my review of this movie staged in Los Angeles, California.

The movie begins on a horse ranch. The Connor’s Ranch.

The StepDaughterKaren Mills is talking to her doll, Cheryl Ann. “270 million people live in this country. 35 million in California alone. I’m gonna make things right now that I’ve found them. Father and son. The Connors.”

Will, a local ranch hand, picks up Karen at the local bar. Takes her to the Pink Motel in Los Angeles. There she stabs him in the heart with an ice pick. He dies instantly.

Karen is on her way to Lancaster Springs. To the home of Jesse and Maggie Connor, and their son Buddy. Their daughter Linda also.

Once there, she tells then she had car trouble. She assumes the name, Susan Heller.

Jesse offers her the guest room for the night. Karen has horrible nightmares. She dreams a lady is shooting her.

The cops find Will dead. Murdered in a motel in LA.

Jesse Connor

Jesse Connor

Karen has experience working with horses. Now that Will is dead, Jesse is short-handed. He hires Karen. Much to Linda’s dismay. Will was a ranch hand at the Connor’s ranch.

Karen gets Linda’s old room, since she’d moved out a while back.

Karen and Buddy become new best friends. Buddy is mentally challenged.

Maggie is a very bitter person.

Karen quickly gains the family’s trust. All but Linda’s. She makes a romantic move on Jesse.

Linda Connor digs deep to try and discover Karen’s background.

Calista Davis shows up at the ranch. She talks to Karen. Knows Karen from an institution in LA. Karen stabs her in the stomach with a chef knife. Calista collapses onto the floor. Dead.

Karen Stabs Calista Davis

Karen Stabs Calista Davis

Karen has the day off. Everyone leaves Maggie alone at the ranch. She takes a bath. Karen comes into the bathroom. Surprises Maggie.

Karen was born in Wichita. It’s her birthday. Maggie is her mother. Maggie gave her up for adoption as an infant. Karen was tossed from foster home to foster home. Out of revenge, she tosses a radio into the tub. Electrocuting Maggie. She dies.

Karen plans to be the next Mrs. Jesse Connor.

Linda finds her mom dead in the tub.

Karen Mills

Karen Mills

After the funeral, Linda searches through human resources at the hospital where Calista Davis worked. She discovers Calista’s previous employer. Carson Correctional Facility, LA. She drives to the facility.

Linda learns that Karen was an inmate there. She was abused by her stepfather. She murdered him. She also knows that Karen is Susan at the ranch.

Karen kills Paris in Buddy’s cave. The family’s mechanic. Later in the barn, she tells Linda that Maggie was her mother. She gave her up for adoption as an infant.

Karen and Linda fight. Karen strangles her as Jesse approaches.

Buddy kills Karen with a pitch fork.

The End.

This was a good, horror thriller. Easy to follow. The movie illustrates well how Karen was driven mad.

My rating: 3.5 stars

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

Hansel and Gretel – Movie Review

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Greetings horror fans,

I have a thrilling horror review from The Brothers Grimm. This is a remake of the original Hansel and Gretel and it’s even better.

Hansel and GretelA teenage girl is in shackles in a cabin in the woods. She is captured and roasted in an oven like a Thanksgiving turkey.

At The GingerBread House, Lilith works there. She is the owner. She is famous for her delicious meat pies. She overhears Deputy Carter saying there’s been another child turn up missing in the area.

Hansel and Gretel’s dad is getting re-married to Ruby. They are moving out of Candlewood. Selling the house. Getting a boat and traveling the world. Ruby is three years older than Hansel. They barely know each other. Hansel blames himself for his mother’s death. She was getting his medicine when she was killed.

Hansel isn’t happy about the decision and leaves. Gretel follows him into the dark woods. He gets caught in a steel snare, around his ankle. She frees him. Soon they find a cabin in the woods. Lilith lives there. She invites them in. She feeds Hansel meat pies and sweets. While doctoring his ankle, she gives him magic candy.

The Cabin in the woods

The Cabin in the woods

Lilith had twin boys and a girl, Abigail. Her brother Nathan died a long time ago.

Lilith serves Gretel tea. She falls asleep. The next morning she awakes. Lilith says Hansel was taken to the hospital. She gives Gretel candy for her headache.

Hansel is in shackles in the cellar with the other captives. Kevin. Jane. And other teenagers. More sweets are brought in. Doughnuts and cookies. They are being fattened for the slaughter. Meat pies.

Lilith gives Gretel the deed to The GingerBread House. She only needs to sign on the line. Gretel drops a glass vase breaking it. The glass cuts her finger. A drop of her blood falls on the deed and forms her signature on the line in blood. The deed is signed!

Lilith blows magic powder in Gretel’s face—drugging her. Afterward she finds Hansel in the cellar. At the same time, another teen girl is being roasted in the cellar.

Hansel and Gretel’s parents report their kids missing to the sheriff.

Lilith and her boys

Lilith and her boys eating dinner. Lilith is Mad!

John and Bobby are Lilith’s boys. Gretel is with them. Lilith tries to bring Gretel into their family. She refuses. This makes Lilith angry as she shows her true self. She’s crazy! “Take her to the cellar with the others!” Lilith yelles.

Hansel and Gretel’s parents go into the woods to the hand tree in search of their kids. By Fells Point.

Gretel is delivered to the cellar in a burlap bag. Jane is the next victim to be roasted in the oven. Hansel and Gretel escape.

John goes after them.

Gretel kills Bobby. She slits his throat.

Lilith goes into The GingerBread House. The deputy follows. “Why are you closed today Lilith?” Deputy Carter is suspicious. “Sheriff Meckes will want to talk to you.” She bashes him over the head with a rolling pin. His uniform is covered in blood.

Back at the cabin in the woods. Hansel and Gretel are trapped in the house. John gasses them. Hansel starts eating his own flesh thinking its candy. Then he disembowels himself in a really gross scene.

Lilith as a ghost

Lilith as a ghost

Gretel is hallucinating in a different room. She thinks she’s talking to her abusive father. Then to Lilith as a ghost.

Soon Hansel and Gretel find where Lilith roasts the kids and makes her famous meat pies. Hansel loves her meat pies.

John finds them and kills Jane. Hansel kills John—or so they think.

Sheriff Meckes finds blood in The GingerBread House were Deputy Jerry Carter was murdered. He kicks open a door and finds Jerry’s dead body.

Hansel and Gretel’s dad and Ruby find the cabin. They enter. He sees Lilith’s car. A VW bug. Lilith stabs him in the gut with a pitch fork. “Where are my kids?” he screams with a mouth full of blood. She cuts Ruby’s throat.

Hansel and Gretel escape into the woods

Hansel and Gretel escape into the woods

Sheriff Meckes accidently runs over one of the teen boys as he tries to escape. The boy dies. As he dies, he tells the sheriff about an old woman that eats kids in a cabin.

Hansel and Gretel finally escape the cabin and flee into the woods.

John comes after them with an axe. Sheriff Meckes shoots John multiple rounds in the chest killing him.

Lilith captures Gretel after shooting her

Lilith captures Gretel after shooting her

Lilith sinks an arrow into the Sheriff’s mouth killing him. Next she shoots Gretel in the arm. Hansel pulls out the arrow. Lilith takes them back to the cabin.

She’s a witch. She wants to eat Hansel’s heart. “It’s youth.”

Gretel stabs her just above the eye with a small cross and they run. As the witch pursues, they trick her. They trap Lilith in her own oven. “I picked you Gretel cause you’re just like me.”

“You know what they do to witches? They burn them.” Gretel turns on the oven.

Lilith being burned alive

Lilith being burned alive

Lilith is burned alive. The cabin explodes into a giant, fiery, mushroom cloud.

Later at The GingerBread House. Gretel re-opened the place for business. Lilith’s spirit is in her. She’s the young witch.

The End

Hansel and Gretel is a good horror movie. If you enjoy cannibal horror. There is one really gross scene. Hansel and Gretel is a well-written with good acting.

That’s my review. I hope you liked it.

Until we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path,

J.A. Ireland.

The Kinkorx Horned Hares Fall Short Of Championship

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Greetings from Sesla,

After a late night, I’m in my office early writing my sports column for the Kinkorx Desert News. It’s going to be a long day. Functioning on inadequate rest.

Seslean Desert Sunrise

Seslean Desert Sunrise

The bright morning sun is shining through my office windows. Normally that would be spectacular. This morning, the glare is difficult to deal with. Actually, it’s giving me a headache.

I just finished writing my article about the mesnuk game last night. Thought you would like to know how the Kinkorx Horned Hares’ season concluded.

It was a long and glorious “The Set of Games” and “It’s the Rallies” mesnuk season for our Horned Hares. I had the opportunity to attend and announce many of the home games with my colleague, Kinkorx TV Sports Anchor Derrix Weyd. We announced the game together last night at The Mesnuk Stadium Downtown. The hares home field.

The Mesnuk Stadium Downtown in Kinkorx

The Mesnuk Stadium Downtown in Kinkorx. Home of the Kinkorx Horned Hares

Throughout the course of the Rallies, the physical toll on the hares became tremendous. Several of the star players received severe injuries. Wounds that eliminated them from competing.

Due to the loss of the primary players, their winning percentage dropped. As you may know, all teams advance from The Set of Games into It’s the Rallies regardless of their records. However, once in the Rallies, when a teams win percentage falls below 50%, they’re out. The season is over.

The hares have struggled for several weeks now, due to the absence of several key players. Another Sesla championship has looked  bleak.

I spoke to Jeqrix Grexenn, the owner of the Horned Hares, in the locker room after the disappointing loss to The Tos-Xiron Doxers last night. Here’s my brief interview.

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Marina at Tos-Xiron

Marina at Tos-Xiron

Jeqrix Grexenn. “Hi JA. Good to talk with you again.”

“Nice to see you too. A disappointing loss tonight? Wouldn’t you say?”

Jeqrix smiled. “Not at all. I couldn’t be prouder of my team. They fought hard. The Doxers are a much improved mesnuk team. They deserve to move further in the Rallies.”

I asked, “Are you concerned about any of the injuries? Some were severe. Will all your players be back next season?”

Grexenn Park Landscape View

Grexenn Park Landscape View

Smiling, Jeqrix replied, “I’m not concerned whatsoever. My players are very dedicated. I’m confident they’ll all be back next season. It’s nice to see you again JA. Let’s have lunch again soon . ”

“Sounds good. Grexenn Park again?” I asked.

Jeqrix nodded. “My favorite park. Can’t imagine why?” He chuckled. Then began exiting the Hares locker room.

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That was my brief interview with Jeqrix Grexenn, the owner of the Horned Hares, following the hares devastating loss last night to the Tos-Xiron Doxers that ended their season.

There was a bright moment in the night, however. I’ll take you there live to the scene:

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Derrix said, “This is a full stadium tonight JA.”

“It sure is Derrix. Looks like coteries are standing in the isles. They’re here to support their mesnuk team.”

Fans Are Going Wild

Fans Are Going Wild!!!

“Just listen to the crowd noise. It’s deafening. These fans are excited. Ha JA. Check out the special lighting. Aren’t those engineers something?” Derrix added.

JA laughed. “The strobe lights are amazing. But, the screaming’s coming from the Horned Hares side of the mesnuk stadium. Jeqrix Grexenn, the owner of the Horned Hares, is making his way through the crowd to his owners box. He always walks through the coteries while shaking hands.”

“The fans love their owner,” Derrix said. “He’s gonna have to be real careful walking in the dark with those swirling lights.”

JA laughed. “Yes he will and yes they do,” JA added. “But that’s not all they’re cheering about. The commentator just announced that Detective Maxx Zeqster and Detective Art Nekuma are sitting in the first row.”

“There they are. The lighting engineers are shinning lights right on them.” Derrix said. “Sesla’s super detective duo. They’re waving to the cheering crowd while smiling.”

Maxx Zeqster's Private Detective Badge“Are they ever popular?” JA asked. “Just listen to the roar. Between the applause for Jeqrix Grexenn, Maxx and Art, and the special lighting, this stadium might just explode.”

Derrix added, “You can be sure of one thing. The crime lords that are watching this broadcast are gritting their teeth in rage right now. You know they hate Maxx and Art.”

“No one hates them more than Zog Morxoc. He’s still serving his time in prison for sand trafficking,” JA further added.

“Here comes the Horned Hares,” Derrix said.

As the engineers returned the lights to normal, The Kinkorx Horned Hares mesnuk team ran onto the field. Their fans stood and went crazy. They tossed their snacks into the air while standing on their seats and screaming.

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Sunny Day in Kinkorx

Sunny Day in Kinkorx

As I sit at my desk, drinking a cup of hot tea, the morning sun is continuing to get brighter. It’s going to be a beautiful day. But, my headache is worsening. Better take something for it.

During the game last night, the much improved Doxers edged out the Hares 5 to 4 to advance in the Rallies. A strong, late game effort by the doxers lead them to victory over the battered hares.

It’s been a long and difficult season for the hares due to injuries. Hopefully over the off season, their wounds will heal.

Next season the hares will make another attempt at the Sesla Championship. A feat the team has accomplished once. I was fortunate to announce that game here at The Mesnuk Stadium Downtown in Kinkorx. That was a thrilling game. Thought you would want to know how the hares season turned out. We are very proud of our Kinkorx Horned Hares.

Until we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

The Song of Kings – Book Review

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Dear medieval times readers,

Recently I was contacted by author Richard Chance. He invited me to read and review his novel, The Song of Kings. Since he put a lot of work into the offer, I agreed to do so. I read his entire novel. Here’s my review of the medieval times tale.

The story begins as a bearded, old man is in a cell. He’s being tortured. His captors want to know who he is. Which he does not remember. Instead, he tells them a story…

The Song of KingsThe Crystal Palace was ten centuries old and still growing. It’s magical. Samakand, the capital city of Regis lay in the distance. The seat of the galactic empire. On a mountain of ice, a hidden world lay beneath the surface. The Emperor Ptolemy Sy’r Darya rules Regis.

Phalon, is the physician that is attending to the royal mother, Queen Eugenia. She is having twins. Phalon makes certain one baby dies. He plans to kill the Queen as well. The living child is named. “Little Leonidas.” The first born. The second child is allowed to die. Never encouraged to begin breathing. Therefore still born.

Dr. Langstrum, the court physician examines the dead infant. Pronounces it dead . Never suspects foul play by Phalon.

Phalon’s plan is to kill the Queen next. Her marriage was political to settle long standing disputes. He plans to control the only heir to the throne. He hung a ruby red, crystal around Little Leonidas’ neck. He said the ancient words, “vallo of regnum.” The necklace was activated.

The child is King Ptolemy’s son. Prince Leonidas Ptolemy Sy’r Darya.

Alexander Phalon is a wizard. He can read minds.

Noblemen gathered to celebrate the birth of the prince.

A clone is buried alongside Queen Eugenia. The royal child lives. Gwendolyn kidnaps the child along with her partner Tichtius, the fisherman. Gwendolyn and Tichtius met at The Wheel. Also where they meet the Stranger. Dressed in black. Blue eyes. He explains to them about a democracy form of gov’t. Afterward, Gwendolyn and Tichtius flee in a boat with the infant king. Soon, Tichtius kidnaps the baby from Gwen.

The Scholar, and old man, Nur’ed’ Din, lives on the River Ashoka. Soldiers are invading his home. Written on his cellar wall. “Sapiens Qui Prospicit” He is wise that looks ahead. He is killed by the soldiers. Shot in the head. The house is searched without success.

Leonidas has a new tutor. “Theolon.” He was the kings tutor. Now he will tutor the king’s son. Teaching him what he needs to know to rule.

“Was is coming to this kingdom!” King Ptolemy declares. “Seven years ago today the aliens attacked. The Rifters!” Causalities were catastrophic. They look like The Rifters.

King Ptolemy wants to attack The Rifters in their home-world. Through the nebula. He wants to capture and occupy the Rift Nebula. They need to amass a fleet of ships.

The supply station on the edge of the Monoceros system for the Regis fleet on route to the Great Rift Nebula is almost abandoned. One ship guards the facility. Using a stolen transport ship, they attack the supply station.

Leonidas’ instructor is Professor Theolon Alexander Kâldân. He teaches him history.

His father, King Ptolemy teaches him The Song of Kings. How to fight with a sword.

Greylean tells Ja’din a story. The Iliad. The story of gods and men, the warriors of two great warring nations.

An old man, Theolon, shows Leonidas a secret tunnel. It leads to outside the Great Palace. “I’m finally outside!” Leonidas declares. They go into an alley, into the village. Leonidas is hooded for his safety.

Lillian is dying. Greylean is her husband. Ja’din is their son.

King Ptolemy has visions.

Leonidas turns eight. He has a birthday party. Theolon reads the story; The Lion and The Unicorn; The Fairy Tale.

King Ptolemy is sick. He’s paralyzed. He turns to Theolon for help. The king opens a chest. Inside they find the Crystal Shard of Salâhad-Dîn. It’s black. A magic crystal. Alive. Like the palace. More objects in the chest. Dagger of Vajrakîlaya—capable of space travel.

Theolon, the wizard, takes kingship away from Ptolemy. He causes a hideous creature to appear. Like a creature in a nightmare. It’s a hologram.

Calanus is another wizard in the book.

Leonidas and Ja’din escape the castle through the same tunnel on route to the village. Inside the cavern, the encounter a giant, metallic, motion sensitive spider. After visiting the village, they return to the castle where they’re safe.

The End.

The Song of Kings by author Richard Chance is a charming story set during medieval times. His story incorporates daggers, kings, knights, a magical castle, magic spells, wizards, etc… Many of the features one might expect to find in a novel of that genre are present.

Also mentioned very briefly are aliens, cloning, deep space travel, and past inner-galactic war—without needed details connecting them to the story. R J Chance indicates this is the first novel in a series. Perhaps we will read more about how these and other open plot lines connect to the main story line in further books. It should make for interesting reading.

I read The Song of Kings by author R J Chance due to a special invitation via facebook. I downloaded it through my Kindle Unlimited subscription.

My rating: 3.5 stars

Until we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland