Men of Extreme Action - Book Review
"Action, thriller and humor - this book has it all! Men of
Extreme Action by Joseph Kochanoff is one of the better
books I have reviewed this year. Based in the action movie
making industry, Joseph incorporates murder, excellent
fight scenes and sabotage.
The two main characters are action movie stars that have
difficult personal issues keeping them from doing their best.
Wolfe Neilson is an aging man who is losing the battle both
in his career and with alcohol. Steele Taylor is an older
egomaniac who has become ruthlessly rude and
demanding. These two actors are forced to make one last
stab at reviving their dying careers (and personalities) by
making an action movie together. Neither is used to sharing
the 'lime light' and the antagonism between these two
ancient enemies is quite entertaining. Steele and Wolfe are
constantly trading insulting wisecracks that had me
guffawing aloud - yet in the end they will depend on each
other to live through another day.
Colorful characters such as Mr. Pang, the torture-trainer who
forces Wolfe and Steele to cooperate, and Tina, the agent
who mediates many antagonistic situations, brighten the
story line. The rival -the most popular action movie star of
the day - Blaze Vansome, is easy to hate.
Steele and Wolfe are soon living as if inside one of their
movies. Who can they trust? Where do they go for help?
How does one fight a well-connected crime organization on
In their desperate efforts to solve the mystery of who is
trying to sabotage their movie, Wolfe and Steele stumble
into one hilarious situation into another. Their banter keeps
the mood light and the action is so fast paced you will not
want to put the book down.
I highly recommend this book."
Author: Joseph Kochanoff
Publisher: Publish America, Inc.
~ Lillian Brummet - Book Reviewer - Co-author of the book Trash Talk, a guide for anyone concerned about his or her impact on the environment Author of Towards Understanding, a collection of poetry.
The term "thought provoking" is over-used but that does describe eighth grader Melissa Shang's opinion piece in the New York Times in which she asks why "there are very few stories about kids in wheelchairs, and there are even fewer with a disabled person who is cheerful and happy." Her powerful article questions why "disability is always seen as a misfortune, and disabled characters are simply opportunities to demonstrate the kindness of the able-bodied protagonists."
Tracy K. Smith has been named the 22nd poet laureate of the United States. Smith's poetry has won her such top awards in her field as the James Laughlin Award, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, and, for her 2011 collection Life on Mars, the Pulitzer Prize.
For many years, the publishing industry's major annual event, BookExpo, was aimed at publishing insiders only. A few years ago, organizers ReedPOP, started experimenting with allowing in more readers, which morphed into a separate one-day event in 2014 called BookCon which immediately followed BookExpo. In 2015, BookCon moved to two days; then in 2016 back to one day.
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"The speech is extraordinary and, as one might expect, eloquent," Sara Danius, the Swedish Academy's permanent secretary, wrote in a blog post. "Now that the Lecture has been delivered, the Dylan adventure is coming to a close."
Listen to the speech
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