Murder, Kidnapping, Intrigue

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Finally, I finished another book that is not political. I found this book in the Frankfort library using the same system I used in Arizona this winter; walk in, scan the new releases, and take the first book that catches my eye. This time it was the cover art for a book titled The Yellow Packard. I immediately knew it involved old cars, and probably was about the period in history that matched the car.

The Packard car remains in my memory as one of the classier cars on the road. The styling characteristic that turned me on was the grill. Packard spewed elegance, opulence, speed and class.  One of the most popular customers for the Packard were funeral homes, they used them for hearses, flower cars, and limo’s.  I guess having your last ride in a Packard meant one had finally made it to the big time.

Once I began reading, the book held my interest until I completed it two days later.

The author, Ace Collins is someone I never heard of, but upon reading his bio it surprised me to learn he has sixty published novels. Collins is a master of character development, and his writing allows the reader to see what is happening throughout. He does an amazing job with details about the depression era.

I won’t get into details about the plot, because it is a mystery and talking about the plot may spoil the mystery. The plot has many sub-plots expertly woven into the main story. The central theme of the story details how people’s lives changed after the yellow Packard enters their lives. Some of the changes are very positive, and others not so.  Even though the Packard is an inanimate object, in this story the car has a life and becomes as central a character as the people who come to own it.

It was delightful not to read any foul language, nor be titillated by sexual content. Keeping true to form to the depression era the language and morals of the country were much different from what they are today. In fact, I enjoyed the story more because it was clean.

I thought Collins wrapped up the story in a comical way when he did a Perry Mason like ending with all the people who owned the Yellow Packard assembled in one place for a recap of the clues that allowed the FBI to solve the kidnapping, and to unveil of a surprise mystery.

This book is a must read for mystery fans, old car nuts like me, and those who want to learn what it was like during the First Great Depression, or for anyone who enjoys a genuine good story.

I’m Not Buying It

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Peggy and I enjoyed a day at the movies yesterday. For once we saw a film that just came out. Usually, we wait until we hear about a good film from many friends. The movie is “Olympus Has Fallen.” We sat on the edge of our seats throughout the entire two hours. Normally, by the 90 minute mark I bolt to the  men’s room for reasons I’d rather not get into.

The suspense was great, the action unbelievable, the characters very believable, and the plot, well, let me just say, I’ve seen this plot before. The plot has a new place, and a new hero, but the general circumstances parallel the Bruce Willis “Die Hard” story. In Olympus, the hero is not a police officer, he is a Secret Service Agent.The idea of a foreign country getting into the White House to create mayhem was novel. In fact, I’d say it was genius. The circumstances surrounding the way they did it are totally plausible, at least for me it was. I’d love to hear the military and the Secret Service talk about the reality of taking down the White House in the way this author did it.

Several other things bothered me about the movie, and here is where you the reader will probably label me a right-wing extremist and a racist. Do you know what? I don’t give a darn about what you label me, I believe speaking the truth is an absolute necessity, especially to the liberals among us.

Many Hollywood people, actors, directors, producers are liberals. They all profess a love for our very liberal socialist president, and promote his agenda to share the wealth (as long as it is not theirs). The liberals are behind the current and ongoing gun grabbing gun control laws, yet they use all the latest and most lethal guns in their movies to tell a good story. All I can say is that the bad guys in this movie were slaughtering innocents with high-capacity guns and the audience was loving it. It  would have been a much different story if the tourists milling about the White House grounds were all packing fire. If gun control is such a high priority for liberals why do they support stories like this one which relies on lots of bullets flying? I can answer that simply, they like money, especially the money they get from living and working in a capitalist system. Of course they give it all back to the government to share with the rest of us, right?

A glaring hypocrisy exposed in the film is at odds with the liberal disdain for war and the military. Hollywood liberals glorify super heroes like the police Sargent in Die Hard, and the Secret Service agent in Olympus. These guys received their very excellent training in the military, and the writers love using their training experience to create characters who are the equal to comic book heroes like Rambo, Super Man, Spider Man, Bat Man, Seal Team Six, etc.   Liberals profess concern about the 99 percent in the world but love taking money from the masses to create lifestyles of the rich and famous without really giving back their own blockbuster-earned dollars. However, they love giving back the hard-earned dollars of the rest of us.

The last thing I didn’t buy in this movie or any other movie is an obvious attempt to glorify the black race. (This is when you call me a racist.) There are two main characters in Olympus who are black, the Speaker of the House, and the head of the Secret Service. Both play characters who are strong leaders. The rest of the President’s Security Council is white.  All portray imbecilic-doofuses. I’m not buying it, if you do, you are part of the problem we have in this country today. I happen to believe we have many competent blacks in all areas of life, but I don’t believe the whites we have in the same areas are all ass holes as Hollywood portrays them in their stories, even if it is for comedic reasons.

In spite of what I just wrote I believe you should pay the money, go see Olympus, you will be well entertained for two hours. Be sure to make a pit stop before you go in, you don’t want to miss one second of the film.

 

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