Legion by Simon Scarrow

I had no internet connection at home for over a month so that I had to visit the local library quite frequently to try finish my school chores. You know, you always have to meet deadlines and everybody wants their share as quickly as possible. I had a look at the English section and I ran into a book with the picture of a Roman soldier. Wow! I thought. This is like a magnet for me, one of my favourite time in history. I lost nothing by borrowing the book for a few days. Even though I am keeping some other books I bought on my SONY  digital reader, I thought this one might be worth the while.

I was completely right. This is a thrilling stoty set in the Roman Epire times. There are two high rank soldiers who chase an evil pirate. The pirate put Eypt at risk as a Roman province and the Romans do all they can to get hold of the pirate. There are some exciting battles involved, a lot of war strategies, weapons, fights, skirmishes and every kind of adventures you can think of. Sorry, I would not spoil you the end of the story.

So, fantastic story that you won’t put down until your are done with it. Quite cheap on Google books. Get ready to read on your digiral reader and find a good excuse to get away from your daily routines for a while.


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Review on Origin

The latest masterpiece by the acclaimed author of Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and Inferno among others is a new turn of the screw to settle Robert Langdon as a household fictional character all around the world.

The story is set in different locations all over the Spanish geography: Bilbao, Madrid and Barcelona. In this sense, the author proves to have a deep local knowledge of every single site and outstanding landmark, like for example The Guggenheim Museum, Valle del Los Caidos or Sagrada Familia Cathedral among others.

This is an amazingly thrilling story. Mr. Langdon, the Harvard Professor, is invited to attend an event in Spain. In this event,organised by Mr. Edmond Kirsch, one of Langdon’s eccentric acquaintances, Mr.Kirsch is about to present his stunning new theories about the origin of human beings and life on Earth. Somehow, the presentation is suddenly cut off and Langdon struggles to release his colleague’s previously recorded presentation. An eerie artificial intelligence guides Landon and his gorgeous Spanish partner through a number of different locations while facing some difficulties on their way to achieve their goal. Mr. Kirsch, who turns out to be a multimillionaire geek and university scholar, claims that religions around the world are at risk of being wiped out. He has protected his knowledge under high-tech security measures and Mr. Langdon follows every clue to go public with these discoveries.

When it comes to evil characters there is always an formidable and infamous one in each of Brown’s novels. In this occasion, a retired Spanish ex-navy officer, who thinks Mr. Krisch and Professor Langdon himself are among his sworn enemies and of course, makes every effort to chase and kill them.

The downside of the story is the fictional characters, king and price of Spain that the author simply makes up in a half baked and sloppy attempt to depict the Spanish monarchy.

Surprisingly enough, Mr. Brown stated in a interview that he does not like reading fiction himself. He manages though, to write in a smooth, clear and neat way, so that any reader either advanced or not, can make sense and cope with every bit a piece in the story.

This is the kind of book you get hooked with and you simply can’t put down at night before going to sleep. In my opinion, lower in quality than the previous Langdon’s stories, but still keeps the thrill of a real adventure.

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Why’re you put together all wrong like that?

This is a compelling story about a dog whose behaviour would be considered unacceptable to most humans. Houdini is an abandoned dog who has lived on its own in the countryside all of his life. He used to feed himself from human beings’ leftovers and its behaviour would, in most cases be based on mere instinct and sheer desire for survival.

Houdini is rescued from the shelter by an elderly couple. They own another dog, but this one is completely used to living in a human background. Houdini, as well as his new family have to face up to an unexpected ordeal: the adventure of living in a human environment.

In spite of all the difficulties, the book provides the reader with a different insight and perspective in terms of explaining animal behaviour. Empathy is the clue: you seem to understand why dogs do these things.

The book is brilliant, very consistent and well written, neat, straightforward, amusing and illustrative. I would like to point out that the author is an expert in animal relationships and behaviour, which lets the reader get a formidable and realistic viewpoint.

I came across this book in April, during the book fair. The town hall had set up a stall in the park. Most books had been written by local authors and I picked out this one as the author was originally British and had written her book in English.

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Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol”

No doubt I’m a big fan of Dan Brown and that’s why I decided to read The Lost Symbol:
This is again a thriller whose main character, a rather eccentric Harvard profesor is summoned to help and start his search – in all cases involving a mystery – of a lost or hidden object or secret he’s got to tackle with.

All of Brown’s stories I’ve read follow the same pattern: Robert Landon, a Symbolism professor has to start a journey to a diffferent country or city, where he encounters an evil character of sorts and, one reason or the other, he is being chased by the police or other security forces. On his way to sort out these mysteries, he has to follow some enigmatic clues, he comes across some other characters to rely on and some difficulties to face up to. All of a sudden, there is always a twist in the story so that things are not what the reader presumes.

All of Brown’s stories are gripping; the kind of books you can’t put down until you’ve
gone through the last page. Their evil characters are always harrowing while as
Langdon is an admirable character: a helpful, wise, handsome scholar who practises sports and has extraordinary common sense. An example to new generations.

In this particular book, the author analyses the relationship between religion and science and let his readers know about Masons, their customs and traditions and explains how most people have the wrong ideas about this organization and others. Brown’s analyses in detail what the philophy was when the US was born as a contry. There are many other topics as for example, the newborn science of Neoetics and its breakthroughs so far, the controversial discussion between science and religion and the existence of god, and so on.

I would strongly recommend anyone to read this book. The downside is that at some point, the situations were quite inconsistent or I thought some of the events were not following a logical pattern. For example, Peter Solomon ushers Robert to a guided tour to The Washington Capitol the same day he got his hand cut – or maybe I misunderstood the whole thing – Most importantly, you acquire a lot of knowledge by reading this stunning story.

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World War Z. Movie review.

This movie, starred by Brad Pitt us a macabre and chilling story based on the eponymous novel by Max Brooks. Even thouh the script doesn’t fit in with the novel’s timeline or events, the story is so thrilling and compelling that it keeps you stuck to your chair until the end.

The story combines the idea of the always fearful and apocalyptic end of the world with the traditional and eerie zomby tales. This product of its time, takes one step further for a number of reasons: on the one hand, monsters are not depicted as the sluggish creatures shown in The Walking Dead series, on the contrary, they behave in a quite intelligent way and this is why they look even more scary. On the other hand, for example, the story turns out to be more realistic since it includes real scenarios, like different countries and places and how the situation would be faced up to in different backgrounds and locations.
Special effects were not great though, especially when trying to show massive amounts of monsters moving forwards at the same time. I don’t think that would have been possible without the use of technologies, but it doesn’t look realistic anyway.
I would definitely recommend to spend a rainy afternoon watching this exciting movie, but be careful and get ready to dwell in a realm of creepy creatures for almost two hours.

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