Snapshots - #42: Thor: Ragnarok, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, LBJ

Thor: Ragnarok (2017), (♦♦♦♦½): Thor has saved earth twice by now and has, for the last two years, wandered the universe searching for infinity stones. He hasn't found any. He has, however, become prisoner of an enemy of Asgard, Surtur, who tells Thor that his visions of Asgard engulfed in flames is a premonition of Ragnarok—the destruction of Asgard, which is already in motion. Thor frees himself and arrives at home to find Loki sitting on the throne, passing as Odin, and neglecting his duties to protect the Nine Realms. With Odin's exile, Asgard's enemies have been reassembling, but Odin's death may just free Hela, a goddess against whom neither Thor nor Loki are enough.
It was in Thor: The Dark World where Loki, an antagonist, first threatened to steal the show. He became the villain that Marvel fandom loves to hate. While Loki is at his most charming in this film, the director, with the help of a sparkling screenplay, has very much exploited the great chemistry of t…

Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci (♦♦♦)

Skillful former CIA assassin John Carr, a.k.a. Oliver Stone, is summoned to the White House for a special mission that is going to send him south of the border. On the eve of his departure Oliver Stone stands on Lafayette Park, a place dear to him right across from the White House, when he hears a motorcade supposedly carrying Britain’s PM on his way out from a state dinner. As the PM is exiting his limo at Blair House, gunshots and a bomb go off in the park. Stone’s mission is soon replaced by the more urgent investigation on the motivations behind the attack and catching the people responsible for it.

Britain’s MI6 bring onboard Mary Chapman, one of its best field agents, to aid in the investigation, after all, the PM could have been a target in the attack. Chapman and Stone pair up with the backing of some administration’s higher ups. However, they soon run into a lot of trouble since their opponents prove to be more cunning and deceptive than anyone ever anticipated.

This book is an easy read. Its greatest strength is also its greatest weakness: the investigation takes two steps back for every step forward; thus, it is easy getting tired of being out of the loop. Fortunately, Baldacci manages to reel in the reader enough to keep him/her reading despite of it. I did like this book, but I think the solution to the case was somewhat silly. I’ve read other books by David Baldacci, namely The Winner and Split Second, which were top notch.

Definitely this book is not the best this author can offer.