Avenging Angel – A Review

Avenging Angel featuring Kevin Sorbo and, for a short time, his wife Sam.

Another western, only this one runs more along the lines of the old style with hints of Pale Rider.

A preacher’s wife and daughter are killed by the local rich man’s gang of thugs.  The preacher goes off the deep end slightly and becomes a bounty hunter.  His last catch brings him back to the town where his family were killed.  He decides to stay and help a woman and her daughter, in doing so he also aids the rest of the town.

Kevin Sorbo plays the preacher (the man with no name).  He acts his, not so wee, socks off bringing his character to life.  He brings to life the sorrow, anger, guilt, confusion and emptiness that this man must have felt.  This is a thoroughly enjoyable film although personally I prefer Prairie Fever (see previous reviews).


Prairie Fever – A Review

Growing up I watched a lot of westerns, and musicals.  Both allowed me to escape, for a short while, life as I knew it.  My particular favourites within the western genre were those featuring John Wayne and my favourite of those was True Grit.  So, when I say Prairie Fever is a good western I mean it in every sense.  It is not a western of the John Wayne type  with cowboys, army and indians, but it does give the same sense of escapism and adventure found in the old films.Prairie Fever potrays a romanticised (as most Hollywood films do) idea of individual hardship in the old west, getting away from the constant people fighting against each other.  This film concentrates more on the personal fight, the fight within each person/character to survive whatever hardships that come their way.Kevin Sorbo plays the main character Preston Biggs, once sheriff and now out of work alcoholic who has to take four women from Clearwater to Carson City, a journey that takes about a week.  Three of the four women have ‘prairie fever’ the fourth he has picked up on the road.  Each of these characters have their own story of hardship and this journey is not only a journey to Carson City but one where each of them finds the courage to survive and in some cases actually live their lives beyond just survival.  Of course there are a couple of bad guys thrown in to keep things interesting and there is a gun fight for those who might feel short changed without one  :-)I would rather not give too much of the story away, sufice to say the good guys are triumphant.This is a very enjoyable film and one worth giving some consideration to when next you are choosing a film to watch.  I’d also like to point out that this film has bits for both male and female.  It has the rough outdoors, barfights and gunfights for the guys and along side that is the female and love story 🙂

Nods to the Old Gods: The Pagan and Magical References of the Scottish Romantics

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

I’m very pleased to announced the publication of my new book: “Nods to the Old Gods: The Pagan and Magical References of the Scottish Romantics”.

This enchanting collection includes poetry by eight Scottish romantic poets:

Robert Burns
Anne Bannerman
Dorothea Primrose Campbell
Joanna Baillie
Anne McVicar Grant
Janet Little
Sir Walter Scott
George MacDonald

These poets included in their writing poems about ancient gods and other ethereal beings such as ghosts, witches, sprites, mermaids and fairies. Many readers might pass these references without realising the deeper meaning behind their literary use. These poetic tales prove that the Romantics had a respectful knowledge of myth, magic and ancient religion. Their nods to the old gods are recorded for posterity so that we might learn about the Old Ones and the beliefs of our ancestors.

Purchase now on Amazon Kindle for only £3.90!

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