Sunday, December 15, 2013

Task Force Gaea: Finding Balance by Bavid Berger

During the age of Olympos, when a vengeful goddess shatters the Sacred Scales, both immortals and humans alike suffer. Apollo, the god of truth, goes from a glorious existence as The Shining One to a victim of Zeus’ wrath, and his journey makes him question his godhood, his role in the cosmos, and his views on humanity. Prophecy and the Fates direct his course, and he must make difficult, yet vital, choices. Millennia pass, and Dan, Aleta, Brandon, and Sarah—four reluctant modern-day heroes gifted by ancient civilizations born of the gods—bound by prophecy, have to choose whether or not to save their world when it could mean they never existed. They must master their new powers while battling against incomprehensible forces from the Underworld and repairing the Sacred Scales, destroyed long ago. With the equilibrium between Order and Chaos unhinged, and the Olympian gods struggling to exist, these four must ally themselves with the United Nations to protect an endangered world, becoming the only group who can fight against metaphysical threats to the Earth, forging Task Force: Gaea. Can mortals succeed where gods cannot go?

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David Berger
Boston born, I grew up on Long Island in New York, and have my B.A. in English with a Master's in Secondary Education. I currently teach AP English Literature, IB English, and Creative Writing in Land O' Lakes, FL. My avid appreciation for fantasy fiction came from a childhood love of Greek mythology and comic books, especially Wonder Woman. Stemming from this literary love affair, I published my first novel, Task Force: Gaea—Finding Balance, in February 2012.

In addition to my fantasy writing, I have written poetry, much of which was influenced by my travels abroad, namely to Ireland. My hibernophilia extends not only to a great love of the Emerald Isle itself, but also to the writers who hail from there, namely W. B. Yeats, and I studied this poet in a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship at the National University of Ireland in Galway in 2005.

Additionally, I have traveled to Spain, France, and England—all with trips I have led with students—and hope to show more of my students what the world beyond Florida looks like.

I'm "living the dream," as it were, and I love life—I just hope it loves me in return. I reside in Land O' Lakes, FL with my partner of 13 years, Gavi, and our two cats, Yankel and Shayna.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

IF IT WERE UP TO ME - Ladyhawke

Welcome to my new section on the blog called "IF IT WERE UP TO ME." in this section, what I will be doing is taking a classic movie from the 70s 80s or 90s and recasting it for a remake. This first one is the  1985 classic titled LadyHawke, starring Rutger Hauer, Matthew Broderick and Michelle Pfeiffer. Rating FOUR FANGS. At the time of filming Rutger was 41, Matthew was 23, and Michelle was 27, so we will stick with this formula for a recasting.

The Recasting!
So for our 2013 – 2014 remains will need to select a cast equal, if not better, than the original, in order to even have a chance at making a decent movie. For our tortured hero Captain Etienne Navarre, we need a rugged looking yet softhearted male lead. I can think of no better choice than:

Karl Urban

Everything matches with this pick. He is 41, rugged yet soft spoken, has has prior experience in swordplay films, LOTR, no brainer here.

Next our female lead, Michelle Pfeiffer is a tough act to follow, and choices in Hollywood today are slim pickings for actresses of her caliber and the beauty. Let's give it a shot shall we? My pick for the beautiful and beloved Isabeau d'Anjou is none other than:

Teresa Palmer

This South African beauty is also 27 and has had roles in such films as Warm Bodies, I Am Number Four, and the Sorcerer's Apprentice. I think she'd be a great fit into the cast, and possesses the acting skills needed to pull off the role. She also, looks like a beautiful and more talented Kristen Stewart.

The last pick for the trio was perhaps the hardest and most important pick of all.

The role of Philippe Gaston, or Philippe the mouse, had to go to just the right actor. He needs to be witty, funny, and a little bit awkward, yet charming. So without further ado, my Hollywood today pick would be none other than:

Logan Lerman

Mr. Percy Jackson himself. My pick of Logan had nothing to do with his Percy Jackson films, instead I mostly remember his portrayal of D'Artagnan in the recent incarnation of the Three Musketeers. His action sequences were good, agile and believable, and he also had a smart mouth to go along with his portrayal of the character.

Well there you have it, feel free to leave your thoughts and comments on my picks and would you pick if it were up to you.

Thursday, December 5, 2013



Rated: 4 Fangs

Seen on: Redbox

It is had to followup a great movie with a suitable sequel, RED 2 delivers. The story is action packed from the word go and keeps the throttle open. The original cast is back minus Morgan Freeman for obvious reasons. Now we add Catherine Zeta-Jones and Byung-hun Lee into the mix of things. As before, retired Frank Moses is minding his retired self and get dragged into the midst of a plot regarding a super weapon. Tons of action as well as a great plot (for an action movie) equals an over all success. It left me wondering when the next RED film would make its debut.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Series: Souls of Aredyrah
Book #4


In this final installment of the award-winning Souls of Aredyrah series, Dayn and Reiv find themselves facing an old foe and falling into the trap of a new one. Struggling to make their way home through a bitter landscape, they soon discover they are not alone. A tribe known as the Taubastets has captured them in a life-or-death scenario, and the tribe’s chief is determined that one of them must be sacrificed. When a young warrior named Tyym vows to see them home, they face decisions that will not only affect their survival, but the spiritual salvation of their world.
While Reiv, Dayn, and Tyym navigate a web of conspiracy and doubt, Dayn’s sister Alicine struggles with loss and the impending threat of invasion. The king of Tearia has not abandoned his quest to slay them, and his seemingly unstoppable army is nearly through the pass. But when Tyym enters the scene, hope is rekindled. Even Alicine cannot deny the charisma of the mysterious warrior who has wormed his way into their lives, and into her heart.
The game is in play. A traitor is in their midst. Can the souls of Aredyrah hope to defeat a monster disguised as a king? Or will they succumb to a darkness beyond their understanding?
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Tracy A. Akers is a former language arts teacher and an award-winning author. She grew up in Arlington, Texas, but currently lives in Florida with her husband, three naughty pugs, and a feisty chihuahua. She graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a degree in Education, and has taught in both public and private schools. She currently divides her time between writing, lecturing, spending time with her family, and costuming at fantasy and science fiction conventions.

Ms. Akers has won numerous awards for her Souls of Aredyrah fantasy series for young adults. As a Florida Book Awards winner, she was acknowledged for her contribution to YA literature by the Governor of Florida during the 2008 Florida Heritage Month Awards Ceremony. Books One and Two of the Aredyrah Series are included in the Florida Department of Education’s 2008 Just Read Families Recommended Summer Reading List. In addition, Ms. Akers has been an invited guest author at major book events and writers’ conferences, a panelist at fantasy and science fiction conventions, and was on the steering committee for Celebration of the Story, a literary event held at Saint Leo University.

The Souls of Aredyrah Series is Ms. Akers’ first series of novels for young adults.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013



(Rest in Peace Department)

Rated: 2 Fangs
Seen on: Redbox

RIPD had a novel concept, lawmen die and are then recruited into the heavenly police force to try to contain Deadohs (souls that refuse to go up for judgement) I went into the movie with an open mind. I really tried to like this movie a lot more than I did. It just didn't do anything for me. Jeff Bridges was excellent playing his over the top 1800s lawman, but like he does in every movie I see him in, Ryan Reynolds stinks it up. I don't know what it is with him, but its like he plays the same character in every movie, He seems to have no range in the active department. Sure he is a hunk and eye candy and whatever, but he never disrobed in the movie, so his female fans get nothing. It's Van Wilder the dead cop. Reynolds in not a good actor, his best role was Van Wilder, where I am pretty sure he just acted like himself. Even Mary Luise Parker who played a straight edge emotionless bureaucrat did a better acting job. If you love Reynolds then this movie will be for you, but if you are like me the movie will leave you a bit dissapointed. It did have that MIB buddy cop feel to it, but the Will Smith part was sadly under cast. It could have been better, maybe if the job had been given to someone else it would have been a better flick.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

R.I.P Paul Walker

 PAUL WALKER 1973 - 2013

There are a lot of reports out there, and some may be false, but it is overwhelmingly seeming like Paul Walker has died in a car accident. The star of the Fast and Furious films lost his life this after noon. He was a passenger in a vehicle that collided with a tree and then exploded. He was 40 years old and is survived by a daughter, Meadow.

John Dies at the End

John Dies at the End

Rated: 1 Fang

Seen on: Netflx

I initially became interested in this book when I was creating my own book trailer. The trailer for the book that the movie was based on seemed funny and so I became interested in the book. I never got around to reading the book before the movie came out. Nor did I jump to go see the movie when it came out either. Glad I didn't on both counts. This movie was awful, plain and simple. It's a skip even on Nexflix. I am positive that the book was head an shoulders about the theatrical release, but it did not translate well on to the silver screen. The opening and end scenes were polar opposites and did not seem to connect the story at all, plus "spoiler alert" JOHN doesn't die at the end. The film was just plain weird and moved along at a snail's pace. I kept waiting and wanting more, but too much was left unexplained and/or not covered again. The film looked file as was the acting, so there is at least that, but that was all. Skip it, you won't miss a thing.

Monday, November 25, 2013



Rated: 3 Fangs

Seen at: Local Movie Theater

I really enjoyed Elysium, but I could not bring myself to give it 4 fangs. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the movie, but the story seemed to lack, something. I can't say for sure what that was. The plot moved at a descent click, and there were not real plot sinks that made me go, ugh, I have to think that it was the world itself, the elite living in space while the poor suffered on earth, while the whole time the residents of Elysium could help those on Earth but chose not to care. Jody Foster gave a lackluster performance as if she was just there for a paycheck. I have seen and expected better from her. On the reverse Sharlto Copely, gave a great performance, he was a complete psycho and I loved it.( He played Murdock in 2010's The A-Team) Matt Damon gave a worthy performance, going back a bit to his Bourne days, but I would not  hold out for a sequel.

Sunday, November 24, 2013


Stake Land

Rating: 3 fangs

Seen: on Netflix

This film was definitely interesting to watch. It takes place in the near future after a vampire plague sweeps across the world. A vampire slayer who only goes by the name of Mister finds a young boy after his family (including an infant) has been killed by a vampire. The vampires in this movie drink blood but act more like zombies. So it was a weird mix of zombie/vampire monsters. They move like vampires, IE fast, but are basically undead mindless killing machines ala zombies. There are several types displayed like the Bezerkers that has an armored breastplate and must be killed by stabbing its brain at the back of the base of its head. Mister trains young Martin in the ways of killing the undead, as they head North to a place called New Eden. Along they way they pick up several stragglers, one of which is a nun played by Top Gun Star Kellie McGillis, although she is not recognizable as such.
The film is slow at times, but the story continues at a good pace, which allows for character development Although you never learn much about Mister, from his actions we can discern what type of man he is and what he must have lost/gone thru when the plague hit the world..
The plague is never explained, which is good, because it would have taken away from the story I felt. A sequel could work for this movie, but I doubt we will ever see one. It ends in the way it began, with Mister being a complete mystery to the viewer, and you know what, I was OK with that and you will be too. 

Saturday, November 23, 2013


Werewolf: The beast among us.

Rating: 4 Fangs!!!

Seen on: Netflix

This is a period piece, circa 19th century. 
What I liked the most about this film was the fluidness of it. I can usually spot the "bad guy" early but this film had several twists that kept me guess until the near end of the film. The "WHO" is the werewolf was written so well with so many distractions and false leads for the viewer that it made the whole film worthwhile. Some of the dialog was not dated to the time period, but it was minimal and unless you are a super stickler for such thing, you wont even notice.
I would highly recommend anyone that likes werewolf to give this little surprise a try. You will not be disappointed. . 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Welcome to The Blood Flow.
I am author R.M. Garcia, and this blog will be dedicated to Book, Movie and Game Reviews.
But first a little about myself. I am the author of the Award Winning Foundlings Vampire series, currently on its fifth book.
I love everything Paranormal, and love giving my thoughts on such things.I enjoying all types of gaming from console to tabletop, and movies are a real passion for me.
I hope you enjoy the Blog, which to some is long over do. 

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