Snapshots - #38: Only the Brave, Jane, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Only the Brave (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Based on the true story of the effort it took to get a municipal crew of firefighters from Prescott, Arizona, certified as Hotshots. After battling thousands of wildfires since their inception, the Granite Mountain Hotshots answered a call to battle the Yarnell Hill fire—about 30 miles away from Prescott—along with several other crews. How they got to that point and what happened is what this movie is about.
Only the Brave is a drama with some thriller on the side, and excellent performances to boast of. It's got a dynamic pace, engaging plot, amazing shots of wildfires, fun camaraderie, and great music to underscore the action. As an audience, we care for the journey of that crew, individually and as a group, and as heartbreaking as the closing scenes are, we stand in awe at the sacrifices that firefighters and their families make every day of their lives. Only the Brave is a darn great tribute to them, and elite firefighters such as the Granite Moun…

Ghost Walk by Heather Graham (♦♦♦♦)

It has taken me a while to post anything and it is because I’ve become lazy every time I think about going to the movies or starting a new book. Luckily, I could finish Ghost Walk by Heather Graham and I hereby posted my review.

An undercover FBI agent named Tom Garfield, known to all to be “cleaned as a whistle”, mysteriously dies in New Orleans of a heroin overdose. Within hours, Andrea Ciello (Andy), who--in the company of Nikki DuMonde--is one of the last few people to see Garfield alive, is dead also of a heroin overdose. Unlike Garfield, Andy has a past of drug addiction; thus, very few suspect foul play…
Waking from a daze at four o’clock in the morning, Nikki Du Monde sees at the end of her bed the image of Andy asking her for help. She dismisses the sight as a prank, though hours later she learns that Andy died at precisely the time she saw her. Was Andy’s sight a ghost? Absolutely. Nikki must learn to communicate with the beyond if she wants to stay alive, for it seems that the dark forces that took her friend’s life are intent on taking hers as well.

Meanwhile, Brent Blackhawk, a paranormal investigator, is sent to New Orleans to probe Garfield’s death. Brent learns that Garfield’s ghost is making appearances around the city and he partners with Nikki to conjure the agent’s ghost to find out the motive behind his killing.

I liked this book, though I found the ending implausible; not the general idea, just the way the conclusions were arrived at and further explained as if to make sense of it all. Despite that flaw, the rest of the story is compelling and engaging, the characters very well outlined. The legends of New Orleans are as quaint as the city itself. I felt the urge to book a trip!

The romance is scorching hot, and despite of making me almost forget this is a mystery, I found it quite refreshing.

This is the second book I read by Heather Graham. I previously read Ghost Shadow, which I also reviewed in this site.