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In post-war 1952, the good guys are supposed to have won. But not everything is as it seems when ex-Spitfire pilot Captain Samantha Moxley is dragged into a fight against the shadowy US government agency she used to work for. Now, with former Nazis and otherworldly monsters on her trail, Captain Moxley is forced into protecting her archaeologist sister in a race to retrieve two ancient keys that will unlock the secrets of a long-lost empire – to ensure a civilization-destroying weapon doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. But what will she have to sacrifice to save the world?
After my initial bad experience I had reading Fury From the Tomb, I was somewhat hesitant to jump into a similar themed novel; ancient artifact(s), adventurous trip around the globe, Indiana Jones-inspired death traps. However Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire is what Fury from the Tomb should have been. So let’s dive into the adventures of Captain Samantha Moxley.
I love the way the author makes the reader feel like this is just one of many crazy adventures for Captain Moxley. I wanted to hear more of her stories or join her on wacky quests around the globe whether it was during her time with a secret organization called The Nine, or after this story where she is trying to stop the Nine from becoming too powerful.
Once the action starts, it rarely stops long enough to grow bored. From Captain Amanda Moxley getting shot down mid-air, to arriving in Egypt on the run from The Nine. Amanda and her entourage are on the run to keep two ancient artifacts out of the bad guys’ hands.
However, as much as I want to rave about this novel I do have one small negative. If you have been reading my reviews for awhile you can probably guess I’m about to talk about the plot twist. I saw this one coming a mile away. I won’t spoil what the plot twist was, but it’s my only complaint about Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire.
Overall, I enjoyed this globe-trotting adventure to save the world from evil. I would highly recommend this novel for lovers of adventures, Egyptology, and are a fan of The Atlantis Code by Charles Brokaw. I know I’m giving a light spoiler by the title, but trust me. If you want more adventure then check out The Atlantis Code or vice versa.
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The adventures of Aquaman continue as old memories resurface as members of The Others return in the search for Aquaman for help. Black Manta has been hunting each member down for a piece of their jewelry, but why?
Aquaman, Mera, and The Others start the hunt for the infamous arch-nemesis to figure out why he’s needing these pieces of jewelry. However, will Aquaman let his long lost friends aid him in the search?
As the saga continues, I’m enjoying every moment of this storyline! The art, the relatable characters, I just love a good story. This is that story.
I think this could be a stand-alone graphic novel, it doesn’t bring up the plot from the previous volume. So if you’re just reading this for Black Manta, then you’re good to go.
I am not familiar with The Others, and some of their own storylines left me confused and made me felt like I needed to research them. Hopefully, this will be resolved to go further into the main storyline.
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The reader follows Aquaman as he tries to live with the humans. However, he and his wife Mera face harassment and prejudice from the humans. He doesn’t want to be the ruler of the Atlantis because of the fact that he’s half human and half Atlantian. The people of Atlantis won’t accept him as their ruler.
Things go awry when these unknown creatures arise from the trench and start feeding on the human fisherman. So, it’s up to Aquaman to save the day for the tiny fishing island. To unravel the mystery of what these creatures are and how to stop them from attacking humans ever again.
I think people have this idea of Aquaman as a lame superhero. Thinking him as useless to the Justice League, and the DC comic universe as a whole. However, he keeps the waters safe for both the sea life and the humans.
I thought the conflicts within Aquaman that occur throughout this story made him feel like a fully fleshed character. He and Mera just want to live a quiet life amongst humans, but the prejudices and jokes can make people unbearable.
I hope you enjoyed Marvel week! Even with some minor complications on my end (insufficient library), we got it figured out. Jessica Jones is one of my favorite female superheroes! She’s relatable, realistic, and she’s got the hottest husband ever!
I also hope you also enjoyed my review of The Ballad of Black Bart by Loren B. Estleman! This western, even with its difficult vocabulary, has won me back to the genre so you might be seeing more westerns in the future!
However, let’s get this pony show on the road, let’s announce what the theme for DC week will be *insert drum roll here*
Next week’s theme is Aquaman! Can this seemingly “lame” superhero be given new life both on the big screen and in the comics? Let’s find out together!
I wish to see you soon!
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