Saturday, 23 September 2017

Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World by Bryan Davis Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on the Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World blog tour!! I love this author's books, I've read maybe 11 of his, but maybe more ;) There are two giveaways for the tour but for the Grand prize you need to do a little work! At each stop, the blog post will have a number that you need to find, (mine is in pink), add all the numbers together and enter the total into the giveaway below, but wait till you have every number!! Hope you have fun on the scavenger hunt and learning more about this awesome book!!

Title: Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World
Author: Bryan Davis
Pages: 256
Published: October 1st 2017

About the Book
Eddie Hertz is smart, real smart. He has to be. What other twelve-year-old patrols the streets of Nirvana alone, hoping to foil the schemes of the evil Mephisto? Since Eddie is small for his age, he trusts in his Batman-style gadgets belt and acrobatic skills as well as lots of experience, like knowing how to swing across dark alleys without being seen.
Eddie has a dream, to become like Damocles, Nirvana’s great superhero. To make that dream come true, Eddie invented a device that is supposed to give him superpowers, but using it on himself is dangerous, maybe even fatal. He doesn’t have the nerve to try it.
When Mephisto unleashes an earthquake machine on the city, Eddie gets a surprising teammate — his quirky eight-year-old sister, Samantha, who comes up with an unexpected way to help Eddie in the frantic battle to prevent the biggest earthquake of all.Since Damocles has lost his ability to help in physical form, Eddie and Samantha are the only hope for Nirvana and the world.
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Character Interview: 

Interview with Jack – Store clerk at Electronics Depot
Natalie: Thank you for the interview, Jack. Would you please tell me how you know Eddie and Samantha Hertz?
Jack: Sure, I always called them Megahertz and Kilohertz. Really funny, right? Anyway, Eddie used to come to our store all the time looking to get parts for stuff he’s working on. Since his mom doesn’t have much money, Eddie used to trade for the parts. He had this cool Virtual Reality helmet he invented, and he’d let me play with it. You know, I get a few hours on it and he’d get the parts, usually components we’re selling on the cheap to clear out for new models, like solar cells or computer chip sets. So, wanting to be a nice guy, I helped him out, you know, because his mom works hard to make ends meet.
Natalie: Yes, I heard about their father.
Jack: Yeah, really tragic. The way Eddie tells it, he was a great dad. Not too many of them around anymore.
Natalie: And how do you know Samantha?
Jack: One day Eddie brought her into the store, and she had her hair all tied up real cute, you know, pink ribbons, the whole nine yards. That made me suspicious right away. I mean, what little girl gets dolled up so early in the morning just to go to an electronics store, right?
Anyway, Eddie said he wanted a computer/projector combo we had on sale, but I said that it’s worth a lot more than hours on a VR helmet, you know what I mean? Then he offered to trade the helmet itself for the stuff he wanted. Well, that helmet’s worth thousands. It’s like beyond state of the art, so I said sure. But Eddie knew it was worth a lot so he wanted some cash on top of the other stuff.  Reasonable, right? So I went to the boss’s office and told him what it’s worth. The boss said to give Eddie, I don’t remember, maybe a couple of hundred for it, even though it’s worth a lot more.
When I came out, Eddie knew exactly how much we said it was worth, even though there was no way he could’ve heard what we said in the office. I don’t know what happened, but Samantha was grinning like she was about to get cheese fries, or like someone told her to look as cute as possible so I couldn’t argue too much with Eddie. Anyway, the boss and I were busted, so we gave Eddie quite a bit more money, still not as much as the helmet was worth, but Eddie took it.
To this day, I feel like it was a setup. Somehow Eddie must have invented a listening device, and Samantha had something to do with it. Maybe I’ll never know.
Natalie: That’s quite a story, Jack. Have you spoken to either of them since that day?
Jack: Yeah, they both came into the store not long after the big quake. Eddie wanted a whole new computer system, the best we had. As you can imagine, the quake ruined most of the store’s inventory. The ceiling collapsed and crushed a lot of stuff, and we were still cleaning up. Wanting to be a nice guy, I gave him a super deal on a great computer. It just had a bent case. I told him he could pay it off over six months, no interest. Well, he handed me a wad of cash. I asked him what happened? Did he get an inheritance or something? Or maybe he robbed a bank? And again, Samantha just grinned at me, but now she wasn’t wearing pink ribbons. She had a cape, you know, like Superman. Or Supergirl, I guess. That’s the last time I saw either of them.
Natalie: Thank you very much, Jack. I appreciate all the information about Eddie and Samantha Hertz.
Jack: Not a problem. But if you figure out what they’re up to, shoot me an email. Okay?
Natalie: That’s not likely, Jack. I think they’re both too smart to reveal their secrets.

About the Author:
Bryan Davis is the author of the Dragons in Our Midst, Oracles of Fire, Children of the Bard, the Reapers Trilogy, Dragons of Starlight, Tales of Starlight, and the Time Echoes Trilogy, fantasy/science fiction/dystopian novels for youth and adults. His first novel, Raising Dragons, was released in July of 2004, and several books in that series have hit various bestseller lists, including Eye of the Oracle, which hit number one on the CBA Young Adult best-seller list in January of 2007.Bryan was born in 1958 and grew up in the eastern U.S. From the time he taught himself how to read before school age, through his seminary years and beyond, he has demonstrated a passion for the written word, reading and writing in many disciplines and genres, including theology, fiction, devotionals, poetry, and humor.Bryan is a graduate of the University of Florida (B.S. in Industrial Engineering). In high school, he was valedictorian of his class and won various academic awards. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and voted Most Likely to Succeed.Bryan and his wife, Susie, work together as an author/editor team to create his imaginative tales.
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Twitter - @bryandavisauth

Giveaway 1:
Giveaway is the winner's choice of any Bryan Davis book, plus a Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World T-Shirt and bookmark
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Giveaway 2:

Grand Prize - the items from the first giveaway PLUS a complete Bryan Davis book series of the winner’s choice or a $50 Amazon gift card.

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Blog Tour Schedule: 

Wednesday, September 20th

Tour Kickoff @ The Author’s Chair

Book Spotlight @ Backing Books

Book review and YOU WRITE: About Bryan Davis @ Zerina Blossom’s Books

Book Spotlight and Review @ The Spooky Bookshelf

Book Spotlight and Author Interview @ Scattered Scribblings

Book Review and Character Interview @ Light and Shadows

Thursday, September 21st

Book Spotlight and YOU WRITE: About Bryan Davis @ Red Lettering

Spotlight and Author Interview @ The Reader Addict

Spotlight and YOU WRITE: About Bryan Davis @ target verified

Book Review and Character Interview @ Hidden Doorways

Book Review @ Ashley Bogner

Book Review @ The Page Dreamer

Friday, September 22nd

Book Spotlight and Character Interview @ Story of Fire

Book Review @ Inkwell

Book Spotlight and Character Interview @ Liv K. Fisher

Book Review @ writinganyone

Spotlight and YOU WRITE: About Superheroes @ Dreams and Dragons

Author Interview and YOU WRITE: About Bryan Davis @ March to a Different Drum

Book Spotlight @ Author Jaye L. Knight

Saturday, September 23rd

Author Interview @ Jessi L. Roberts, author

You are here: Book Spotlight and Character Interview @ Book Lovers Life

Book Review and Character Interview @ Verbosity Reviews

Book Spotlight, Author Interview and YOU WRITE: Superheroes @ Creature of Graphite

Character Interview @ Wanderer’s Pen

Book Spotlight and Author Interview @ Adventure Awaits

Running with Wolves by Summer Lane Book Blitz and Giveaway!

Running with Wolves
Summer Lane
Publication date: September 22nd 2017
Genres: Adventure, Historical, Romance, Young Adult

Alaska, 1898
“They always come back,” she whispers. “Always.”

He spilled their blood. Now, she’s out for revenge.

Jenna Renee is a woman wronged. When her adoptive parents are brutally murdered by an outlaw named Conroy Parker and his gang of thugs, they take everything from her: her family, her happiness, and her money.

Determined to bring Conroy and his boys to justice, she hires a gruff but dangerous gun-slinging trapper and guide, Jeremiah Black, to help her hunt Conroy down.
But there is more to Alaska than meets the eye.
The cold touch of the arctic winter is dangerous, and the corruption of Conroy Parker and his comrades runs deep. The tundra is unforgiving, and so are the wolves. Nothing is as at seems.

If the wilderness doesn’t kill Jenna, the pack will. Revenge comes with a price, and so does love. There will be no mercy….only the hunt.

A romantic adventure from #1 bestselling author Summer Lane, set amidst the gritty and awe-inspiring setting of Alaska during the last great Gold Rush.
Interview with Bestselling Author Summer Lane

(Courtesy of Writing Belle Publishing)

This is your first historical fiction. How different was the writing process, as opposed to the past 17 novels you’ve written – which have all been post-apocalyptic?
A historical novel is more strictly attached to the time period in which it takes place. The way people talk, dress, act, and even eat are different than how we do all of those things modernly. I had to do a lot of research, of course. I have been slowly working on this book for roughly 2 years, when the idea originally occurred to me. I have read so many books about Alaska…toward the end of the writing process, I was devouring whole college textbooks and double fact-checking everything I had until I was entirely sure my eyes were going to fall out of my head.
With my apocalyptic books, the research is tactically-oriented, if that makes sense. With Wolves, I had to make sure the slang and vernacular was correct and that the history was right on target. I took a few artistic liberties with the story, as all writers do, but everything is based in fact. Everything.

Where did the idea for Running with Wolves come from?
I have always loved animals. I have always loved dogs. I first was enraptured by the idea of setting a story in Alaska when I was a little girl, after watching the animated film Balto for the first time. The concept for this particular novel sprung up about 2 years ago. It took me a long time to cultivate the plot to a point where I liked it enough to go ahead and write the book. I have always wanted to write a western-style novel, and that’s what Wolves is. A western novel set in the snow, with adventure and romance.

Where does the story actually take place?
I have constructed a fictional tale within the boundaries of the boomtowns and mining camps that existed in 1898. The main character, Jenna Renee, lives outside of a town called Dyea. I used prominent and famous historical hotspots, such as the Chilkoot Pass and Dawson City, in the book, too.

Can we look forward to some romance, in addition to adventure?
Yes! One of the central themes of the novel is the romance story between Jenna Renee and the rather callous but handsome United States Marshal Jeremiah Black. I love Jeremiah’s character – he’s got a lot of surprises up his sleeve, and I think readers will love him as much as Jenna does.

What are your upcoming projects?
Well, I have a non-fiction novel coming up in the next several months: Prolific: Writing a Hit Novel. I’m also releasing the first installment of the anticipated Resurrection Series in January 2018. Resurrection will continue the adventures, fights, and romances of Commander Cassidy Hart from the hit Collapse Series.

Author Bio:
Summer Lane is the #1 bestselling author of 18 novels, including the smash-hit Collapse Series. She owns Writing Belle Publishing. Lane is also an experienced journalist and creative writing teacher. Writing Belle is her online magazine, where she has interviewed and featured hundreds of writers from around the globe.
Look for her upcoming books, Prolific: Writing a Hit Novel, and Resurrection: Shadows of Omega, the hotly anticipated continuation of Cassidy Hart’s post-apocalyptic adventures.
Summer lives in the Central Valley of California with her husband, Scott, and their German Shepherd, Kona.

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Audiobook Review: Extinction End by Nicholas Sansbury Smith and Giveaway!

    Extinction End Audiobook
  • Written by: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook

  • Release Date:03-25-16
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Hope rises in the hearts of those still left standing, but safety seems to be just an illusion. In a single night of shattering terror, Plum Island is destroyed, and key scientist Dr. Kate Lovato is abducted.The end has arrived....Almost seven weeks have passed since the Hemorrhage Virus ravaged the world. The remnants of the United States military have regrouped and relocated Central Command to the George Washington Carrier Strike Group. It's here, in the North Atlantic, that President Jan Ringgold and Vice President George Johnson prepare to deploy a new bioweapon and embark on the final mission to take back the country from the Variants.With his home gone and his friends kidnapped, Master Sergeant Reed Beckham and his remaining men must take drastic measures to save what's left of the human race. But not everyone at Central Command has the same plan for victory. As the Variants continue to evolve, only a handful of heroes stand between the creatures and mankind's total extinction.One way or another, the battle for the United States of America ends here.

My Thoughts:

I have started this review many times but wasn't able to formulate the words that I wanted to say, not because this was bad, but because it was exceptional and the words I wanted to say weren't enough. This book, and indeed the whole series, has been phenomenal.

So Kate, Meg, Tasha, Jenny and a few other islanders were taken by the variants and their collaborators back to the lair of the Bone Collector. Beckham and team Ghost (well what's left of them anyway) immediately set out on a rescue mission. It might just be their toughest fight yet because the girls are in danger.

Meanwhile, there is dissension in the ranks, with someone wanting to send a nuclear bomb to wipe out the variants, even with men still in the field, but the president denying the request. The culprit isn't happy though and a mutiny is about to take place. Can Lt. Davis and a handful of hurt marines stop it in time?

This is just a drop in the bucket of what happens in this book!! As with each book, the action is non stop, and I mean non stop. Every page is chock full of it and it's hard to take a breath because you know something is about to happen!! I didn't just read this... I devoured it as I couldn't put it down!!

The author isn't afraid to take risks either. In every book characters die, but he also kills off some prominent ones, and I was afraid to find out who was killed here!!! There are deaths, some of them painful ones, and no-one is left unscathed. My heart was in my mouth so many times with this and I was in tears a lot too, but it all added up to a simply amazing book.

These characters have become some of my favourite and even though this was supposed to be the end, I'm so glad the author decided to write 2 more. This would have been a satisfying ending to Beckham's tale, but there were a lot of unanswered questions and I'm delighted we get to see some of Team Ghost go to Europe and take back the world!!

I don't know what else to say about this... other than it's one of the best series I've read in years! Extinction End was stunning, stupendous, amazing, exceptional and extraordinary!! Brilliantly written and developed, it's a must read for everyone!

To me, Bronson Pinchot is Beckham and Horn and all the other amazing characters!! He nailed the performance and gave every character their own tones and voices. He captured the very essence of the book perfectly and drew me in with his inflections. Brilliant!!




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Friday, 22 September 2017

Audiobook Review: Extinction Evolution by Nicholas Sansbury Smith and Giveaway!

    Extinction Evolution Audiobook
  • Written by: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook

  • Release Date:11-17-15
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • There's a storm on the horizon....Central Command is gone, the military is fractured, and the surviving members of Team Ghost, led by Master Sergeant Reed Beckham, have been pushed to the breaking point. While the strong return to the battlefield, the wounded are forced to stay behind on Plum Island and fight their inner demons.Betrayed by the country they swore to defend and surrounded by enemies on all sides, Team Ghost has one mission left: protect Dr. Kate Lovato and Dr. Pat Ellis while they develop a weapon to defeat the Variants once and for all. But after a grisly discovery in Atlanta, Kate and Ellis realize their weapon might not be able to stop the evolution of the monsters.Joined by unexpected allies and facing a new threat none of them saw coming, the survivors are running out of time to save the human race from extinction.

My Thoughts:

Wow is pretty much the sentiment I had when I finished this one! I was literally breathless. The ending killed me!!!! I cried those big ugly tears and.... and my poor heart!!! There is so much I want to say about a certain part but I can't and I'm heartbroken!!!!

Anyways, book 4 is bigger and better than ever. This one sees some new characters introduced, the Variant Hunters! They are sent on a recon mission and discover something that changes everything. The Variants are breeding!! They are also evolving in ways no one predicted.

Meanwhile, after the ending of book 3, Beckham and his team are on edge waiting for the ramifications of their actions. But what comes is more help for Plum Island whilst Beckham and Kate are taken somewhere else.

Kate and Ellis are so close to a breakthrough but when they learn of the kid Variants, their work just got a thousand times harder. Now they need to capture a live specimen of a juvenile to see if the weapon will affect them as much as their parents. There is so much more happening and so much more I want to say but I can't!!!

One thing I love about these books is the characters. It's not often that a book captivates me so much, but this series has. Every single character has captured my heart and I have become invested in their stories. I found myself on the edge of my seat when they go into danger and gasping and cringing and crying with them! It's a testimony to how good a writer this author is, because he made these characters so real, with so much soul.

Every single book so far has been jam packed with action, but this one takes it to new level. I honestly felt like my heart was in my mouth the whole way through, and then we have the battle on Plum Island, and I just broke!! I'm truly finding it hard to put into words just how good this book is, and indeed the series!!! It's always the way with me though, when I read a book that blows me away, I'm always left speechless and just want to say... go buy it now!! Read it and see!!

I also love how over the course of the series the Variants have evolved. Every single book brings something new about them and it's refreshing to see. It shows how much research the author put into them as well. The way it started and the evolution of them to now was seamless and and extremely well executed. I so would love to see this on the big screen!!!

Anyway, in case you can't tell, I love this series and can't recommend it enough. It is action packed, filled with amazing characters, exceptionally written and filled with so much....... awesomeness that this author has made it firmly onto my favourite list!! After reading the first one I went and bought all the rest of his books. Seriously brilliant series and I highly highly recommend!!!!

Again, Bronson Pinchot was amazing. He brought the book to life and nailed the performance. He has a broad range of tones and voices and had the right inflections at the right time.




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Beyond the Mist by Casi McLean Book Blitz and Giveaway!

Beyond the Mist
Casi McLean
(Lake Lanier Mysteries, #2)
Published by: The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: September 15th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Time-Travel

Piper Taylor concedes she’ll never fall in love, until a treacherous storm spirals her into the arms of the handsome Nick Cramer. Unrelenting remorse over a past relationship haunts Nick, but he can’t deny the mysterious connection and hot desire Piper evokes.
The allure of a secret portal hidden beneath Atlanta’s Lake Lanier tempts him into seizing the opportunity to change his mistakes. But his time slip triggers consequences beyond his wildest dreams.
Can Piper avoid the international espionage and terrorism of 2001 New York, find Nick, and bring him home before he alters the fabric of time, or will the lovers drift forever Beyond The Mist?

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A soft mist hovered over the moonlit lake, beckoning, luring him forward with the seductive enticement of a mermaid’s song. Rhythmic clatter of a distant train moaned in harmony with a symphony of cricket chirps and croaking frogs. Spellbound, Nick Cramer took a long breath and waded deeper into the murky cove. Dank air, laden with a scent of soggy earth and pine, crawled across his bare arms. The hairs on the back of his neck bristled, shooting a prickle down his spine that slithered into an icy pool coiled in the pit of his stomach. He clenched his fingers into a tight fist, determined to fight through the emotion consuming him. Fear sliced through his belly like icy shards until he finally heaved, forcing rancid bile to choke into his throat.
I have to do this––he inched forward––only a few more steps and––
A sudden surge swirled around him, yanking him into a whirling vortex, where a violent blue streak dragged him deeper, deeper beneath the lake into the shadowy depths. Heart pounding, he battled against the force, twisting, thrusting toward the surface with all of his strength but, despite his muscular build, he spun like a feather in wind into oblivion. When the mist dissolved, Nick Cramer had vanished.

Author Bio:
Award winning author, Casi McLean, pens novels to stir the soul with romance, suspense, and a sprinkle of magic. Her writing crosses genres from ethereal, captivating shorts with eerie twist endings to believable time slips, mystical plots, and sensual romantic suspense, like Beneath The Lake, WINNER: 2016 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence for BEST Romantic Suspense. WATCH THE TRAILER
Casi's powerful memoir, Wingless Butterfly: Healing The Broken Child Within, shares an inspirational message of courage, tenacity, and hope, and displays her unique ability to excel in nonfiction and self-help as well as fiction. Known for enchanting stories with magical description, McLean entices readers in nonfiction as well with fascinating hooks to hold them captive in storylines they can't put down.
Her romance entwines strong, believable heroines with delicious hot heroes to tempt the deepest desires then fans the flames, sweeping readers into their innermost romantic fantasies. Ms. McLean weaves exceptional romantic mystery with suspenseful settings and lovable characters you'll devour. You'll see, hear, and feel the magical eeriness of one fateful night. You'll swear her time travel could happen, be mystified by her other worldly images, and feel heat of romantic suspense, but most of all you'll want more.

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Audiobook Review: Extinction Age by Nicholas Sansbury Smith and Giveaway!

    Extinction Age Audiobook
  • Written by: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook

  • Release Date:06-29-15
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.

  • On the eve of extinction, all seems to be lost, but there is still one final hope....
  • Operation Liberty has failed. Humans are losing the war. With no other option, General Kennor decides to pull back the troops and give science a second chance.
  • Trapped in the extensive sewer system beneath New York, Master Sergeant Reed Beckham and the survivors of First Platoon must battle through the tunnels - where they make a grisly discovery in their attempt to escape.
  • At Plum Island, Dr. Kate Lovato is working on a new bioweapon to destroy the Variants. But when a derelict Navy destroyer crashes into the Connecticut shoreline, she is forced to deal with a nightmare she thought had ended.
  • As the doomsday clock ticks down and military bases fall across the country, the human race enters the age of extinction. Will science prevail - or will mankind vanish off the face of the planet?

My Thoughts: 

Here we are at book 3, and you would think that things might slow down a little, well think again!!! In the last book, Beckham and his crew were sent into New York for Operation Liberty, but he had a bad feeling about this mission because he knew that there should have been more Variants than what were showing up on the recon mission. But where are they? They soon found out and Beckham and some of his men were left stranded in New York with only one option, to head down to the sewers to find a way out. Now we pick up with them in the sewers and what they find down there changes everything. 

Meanwhile on Plum Island, Kate and Pat are trying everything to find a way to kill the Variants. With live specimens on the Island, it will hopefully only be a matter of time. But she knows in her heart that the only way to kill them may be another bio weapon. Will she be able to do the unthinkable. 

But that's not all!!! A seemingly abandoned Navy destroyer crashes into the Connecticut shoreline and with resources dwindling on the Island. A team is sent to investigate and retrieve anything they find. What they do find, is something they thought was eradicated! 

I have to say, these books are one heck of a roller coaster. It's pretty much non stop and this one even more so. Beckham and some of his team are left in New York and head to the sewers. During this my heart was in my mouth because I couldn't see how they could get out of it. But it's Beckham!! He even manages to find a survivor, Meg, badly wounded but alive. Then the author says... that's not enough and proceeds to send a certain team to the abandoned Naval Destroyer where they find....., I'm not going to say because it would be a spoiler!! ;) Needless to say, the team are stretched to their limits and it all seems hopeless. 

One thing I love about the series is the characters. There are some of the most memorable ones I've ever read.  I love Beckham, he is such an amazing person and always tries to do what's right no matter what. I also love Kate, she is smart, brave and strong. Then we have Horn, Riley, Fitz and of course Apollo! All are so well written and developed that you can't help but root for them. Apollo is the best though. Such an amazing dog!! Can't wait to read more about him,

This is without a doubt an action packed, addicting, entertaining and engrossing read. I'm listening to each back to back and finding it hard to put them down, because there isn't a good place to pause them. Something is happening all the time and I need to see what happens next, which leads to me staying up way too late and being tired, but it's so worth it. I am deep into book 4 already and absolutely loving it!!! Well worth the credits!!! 

Bronson Pinchot was once again amazing. He has these characters down perfectly and nails the whole performance. I was captivated and enthralled the whole way through. 




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