Mar 25, 2018

The Chase–Book Review

I am a fan of Clive Cussler and I am crazy of Dirk Pitt adventures. First time I am reading a story entirely different from what Clive has written all these years. From a Facebook group this book The Chase was selected for reading in the month of February 2018, but I was busy with my work schedule and I finished this book couple of days back.

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What to say I was awestruck by Clive's writing skill, he can also write detective/mystery stories. I started to like Isaac Bell, second to Dirk Pitt. Bell is the fastest gun in the west and he has given a job by Von Dorn Detective agency to arrest the evil personified Butcher Bandit. The real face of the bandit is a twist to the story.


Clive is very clever is using the original backdrop to his stories in this novel he had included the great San Francisco earthquake that struck on April 18th 1906. He made us feel we were transported back to the streets of San Francisco on that fateful day.


The car chase and train chase scenes unfolded nicely with vivid description as though I was watching a movie. It would be great if Hollywood produce The Chase.


Clive Cussler again proved that he is the Grand Master of action adventure.


My ratings

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Mar 18, 2018

James Bond: Kill Chain

I like to thank Net galley for giving me an opportunity to read and review this awesome action thriller graphic novel.

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For me this is not just a graphic novel, as a fan of Bond, the story unfolds like a movie. The art is fantastic and top notch.


Expecting many more of this kind of stuff from the author Andy Diggle and the artist Luca Casalanguida.

My rating

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Some of the panels I like to share most of them are action and one a serene mountain looks photo realistic.

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Bond escaping from his adversaries and car chase.

Mar 8, 2018

Ali on Ali: Why He Said What He Said When He Said It

Muhammad Ali is one of my favourite sports person. My father used to say about Ali’s boxing talent to me. Muhammad Ali paid a visit to India in January 1980, and he stayed in Chennai and did an exhibition bout in old Nehru Stadium arranged by Tamil Nadu Amateur Boxing Association and a private sponsor Apeejay group. He did a fight with former heavy weight champion Jimmy Ellis. The function was presided by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu MGR, who is a sport enthusiast. Below are two images from the exhibition bout. 

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Image in the left the then Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and darling of the masses MGR (fur cap and black glasses) holding hands with King of Boxing Muhammad Ali and Jimmy Ellis. To the right MGR congratulating Ali after the fight.  An info both MGR and Muhammad Ali share the same birthday. Below image of MGR who acted as a boxer in Kavalkaran (1967).  Images and  post is from my another blog srimgr.com

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I liked the book so much and I strongly recommend every Muhammad Ali fans should have. And I came to know that Ali also wrote some poem. The book has beautiful photos of Ali in the ring and some with his family & friends.

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The book is full of quotes of Ali. The writer has given brief description for each quote when it was said and for whom. Most of his quotes are hilarious some are thought provoking. My most liked quotes of Ali is given below.

1. If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize.

2. I understand you have a queen of England but you don't have a king.

3. I ain't Superman. If the fans think I can do everything I say I can do then they're crazier than I am.


4. The man who will whup me will be fast strong, and hasn't been born yet.

5. I hated every minute of training. But I said, Don't Quit. Suffer now, and live the rest of your life as a champion.

6. I've seen George Foreman shadow boxing and the shadow won.

Poem (March 1963)
Marcellus vanquished Carthage
Cassius laid Julius Caesar low.
And Clay will flatten Dough Jones
With a mighty, muscled blow.

And my most favourite one is the 7th quote.

7. Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.


My rating  177042407

Mar 3, 2018

Review: A Wasted Hour

A Wasted Hour A Wasted Hour by Jeffrey Archer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have already read collection of short stories authored by Jeffrey Archer more ten years before. I happened to see many of his short stories free in Kindle edition. I downloaded this book.

A beautiful short story and a little twist at the end. Kudos Jeffrey I always enjoy your stories.


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