My inspiration for writing Action-Adventure (Alaskan Storm: Part 1 of Blood Stone Impact now out on Kindle)

Around four years ago, when I had just finished reading a complex Ludlum classic in 11th grade, I gave Matthew Reilly’s Temple a try due to praises it received from a book club. This was an eye-opener for me. Temple made me realize that books can be an epic action movie with a limitless budget when compared to Hollywood where the filmmakers are limited in creativity despite all the advancements in CGI and VFX technology.

Temple  Reilly’s narrative in all his books isn’t just limited to limitless action. His plots are critical of the real problems in today’s world like capitalism, white supremacy and the unchecked strategic power of the first world nations. Though a casual reader may just enjoy his books, the critical parts can be observed when reading with a focus on the subplots and the bigger picture of his stories. This made me realize that I can inspire a social change in the readers along with just the fun of action. But I don’t think I have achieved this yet.

Inca gold   After browsing the net for fun books that I’d enjoy, I borrowed Clive Cussler’s ‘Inca Gold’ from a library around the same year. This book read like a classic mix between an amphibious Indiana Jones and James Bond. I instantly admired Cussler’s flagship protagonist, Dirk Pitt, who inspired me to pit characters against nature’s fury and survive with hellish damage. Pitt is classy, funny and a person every man wants to be. Cussler has used detailed technical descriptions in his classic books which made me understand the vehicles and machines in his stories to a good extent. I’ve tried my best to do it in my book – Alaskan Storm.

I then bought Cussler’s ‘Atlantis Found’ and was stunned by the outrageously epic magnitude of plotting the book had. The historical conspiracy in it breathes life to multiple myths and legends with enough realism which is done using science. The climactic battle in this book with an Antarctic setting was chaos multiplied exponentially. The fun in this memorable scene is something I aim to reinvent and surpass someday in my career.

Bloodline   James Rollins, on the other hand, showed me the level of research that is needed for a serious action adventure thriller through his scientifically accurate writing. About two years ago, I borrowed Bloodline from a library and got hooked onto the Sigma Force series which makes science scary with grim realism. Rollins’ characters, the Sigma operators, are fleshed out so well, that his books are like an emotional journey. The use of animals like Kane, the Belgian Shepard, for tactical purposes in his book fascinated me enough to use Buck, a St. Bernard in my book – Alaskan Storm. I plan to flesh out Buck much more and give him an emotional role in the 3rd part of Blood Stone Impact, but just imagining that scene in my head makes me curse myself.

These books have shaped how I currently write and I hope to evolve my content into a new style. Every day of inaction in my limbo floods ideas into my head’s limited memory space that’s filled with a lot of weird stuff. I wish to write faster to put all my characters into the public sphere but I’m just figuring out how to write. I’ve learned that the only cure for impatience is actually doing the work that is going to take me from point A to Point C through Point B instead of trying to jump the distance.

I’m immensely lucky to know two great Indie authors whose unique masterpieces are something I hold as a standard for my writing to level up to someday. One of them, Aiden L. Bailey, has brought out a fictional socio-political revolution around the world through quantum computers in his book – The Benevolent Deception. Amazingly, he hasn’t gone into the technical part of the story but has focused on four unique characters whose lives are socially changed by this revolution. The other author, Andrew Warren, has brought out the dark side of life in his neo-noir book – Tokyo Black. His descriptions and characterizations are something that traditionally published authors should aim to achieve. These two awesome gentlemen have mentored me with patience and I feel very lucky to have known them.

Tokyo Black - Andrew Warren    The Benevolent Deception

My book Alaskan Storm is available on Amazon Kindle for just $0.99 and I hope that I eventually do justice to everyone who’ve inspired me, directly or indirectly, by constantly learning and evolving my writing skills.

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Players involved in my new book: Alaskan Storm (Part 1 of Blood Stone Impact – An action-adventure technothriller)

With the first e-book in the Taskforce COBALT Action-Adventure series about to release in a few hours, here’s a sneak-peak/teaser into the major characters involved in the conflict. Remember to order it and enjoy a thrilling ride as a virtual #COBALToperator.

 

  1. Chris Flynn – Former SEAL Team 6 (DEVGRU) operator who was honorably discharged at the age of 22. He studied Medieval Archeology at Harvard and is fluent in over ten languages. Current status: Private contractor/Freelance gun-for-hire specializing in chasing myths and legends.

 

  1. Neha Rao – Former Indian Para Special Forces Commando turned logistics and security manager for Flynn.

 

  1. Nick Park – Former Major in the 75thRanger Regiment who is also a microbiologist. Currently involved in cancer research at a remote island in Alaska. He lost his wife to cancer and lost hope and faith in his country.

 

  1. Colonel Harold Ryan – Former element leader of the 1stSpecial Forces detachment Delta and is the founder/director of Taskforce COBALT. He owes his life to Nick Park.

 

  1. Damian Blood – Former MARSOC squad leader and the current commander of field team Hounds at COBALT. He has studied Psychology and Mechanical Science and is a brilliant inventor of defense technology. He’s recovering from a recent trauma that he suffered at the Arctic. This giant, bulky operator loves to leave behind serious damage in his wake. Callsign: Bloodhound.

 

  1. Logan Tanner – Former SEAL Team 3 sniper who has finished an MBA in International Business. This redhead is Damian Blood’s lifelong friend and shares his sense of humor. He is the Hounds team’s glue. Callsign: Redwolf.

 

  1. Will Lark – Former Green Beret intelligence specialist who still has faith in the spiritual. He survived the ghettos and Afghanistan with pure skill. He’s the Hounds team’s demolition and K9 expert. Callsign: Stealth-hound

 

  1. Buck – He’s a three-year-old St.Bernard who is Lark’s partner and COBALT’s mascot. This canine is an expert in Search And Rescue(SAR) and hopes to do something other than save Cap. Blood in the field.

 

  1. Linda Moore – She’s trained with the DIA and at the Strategic Studies Institute to be an expert at analysis. Col.Ryan uses her as his chief operations manager.

 

  1. Sheriff Edna Morgan – NewLeaf Island County’s Sheriff and Park’s friend. She’s untrained and untested in combat but is fast to learn.

 

  1. Dominic Quill – Data Classified.

 

  1. Nate McCain – He’s a self-made billionaire who served in the 75thRanger Regiment in the 80’s. Park works for McCain in NewLeaf Labs.

 

  1. Darius Cross – Data Classified.

 

Prepare to be mind-blown at the outrageously treacherous chaos that is churning in Alaskan Storm. Order it here for just $0.99

Get ready for Taskforce COBALT. New book launching on November 20th.

Get ready for going on a wild ride and to become a COBALToperator – Blood Stone Impact Book1

Alaskan Storm (Part 1 of Blood Stone Impact): A Taskforce COBALT Action-Adventure Technothriller. 

 

Expect the action and technical descriptions of Matthew Reilly, Clive Cussler, and Jeremy Robinson all on a level higher.

Synopsis – INTRODUCING TASKFORCE COBALT – The covert action unit of DARPA and DIA designed to control scientific threats.

Nick Park has invented a cure for cancer from a virus found in a mythical stone. Soon, the vaccine is stolen and is used as a weapon.

The former Army Ranger turned microbiologist faces betrayal and pain from those he trusted. Park must now go on to face beasts, traitors and nature’s fury.

Captain Damian Blood from COBALT is sent to Alaska with his strike team – Hounds – to secure the virus and help save Park. But everyone involved is dragged into a heated battle at the heart of a storm.

A stone of legend that was with the ancient Greeks, Templar Knights and the Ottomans is now used for a greater conspiracy. Creating regenerating warriors is within humanity’s reach.

The Union of the greatest evils on Earth has been active all along. Regeneration is only the beginning. Their reach is everywhere.

Alaskan Storm is the first part of a three-part military thriller – Blood Stone Impact – which goes on an epic action-packed adventurous journey of techno-thrills.

Fans of Matthew Reilly, Clive Cussler, and Andy McDermott will love this book.

Pre-order it here and be a COBALToperator

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Evolution of World Cinema – Brief History

The journey of motion pictures is a long story of experimentation and innovation which goes from the Kinetoscope in 1891 to the modern 3D IMAX technology. We can say that the illusion of movement by recording and subsequent rapid projection of many still photographs on a screen is cinema. Though it began in the 19th century as a scientific undertaking, this art form has now become a booming industry of entertainment and communication that employs millions of people.

In 1891, the Edison Company in the US invented a device called the Kinetoscope that allowed a single person at a time to view moving pictures. This inspired the Lumiere Brothers to create and showcase the first cinema in Paris, in December 1885. A small, unedited clip of a train moving towards a station left the Lumiere Brothers’ paid audience awestruck.

Initially, films were shorter than a few minutes and were projected in darkened rooms, accompanied by music. Georges Milies, a professional magician in France was enchanted by the illusionist possibilities of cinematography and bought an animatograph projector in 1896. After that he made around 500 movies till 1913 using stop motion method.

At the beginning of the 20th century, there was a rapid rise in the number of cinema production and distribution companies in Europe and America. This led to a humongous number of theaters which allowed the majority of the public in those nations to view motion pictures.

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Multiple reel films had appeared by 1907 and in 1909. Vitagraph produced and released a five-reel film called The life of Moses, which was released in a serial form at the rate of one reel per week. Until World War 1, European cinema was dominated by France and Italy.

D.W.Griffith, a revolutionary filmmaker has been titled – The father of film technique, The man who invented Hollywood, and The Shakespeare of the screen. Griffith experimented on and invented the concept of film editing, that is, cutting and joining two shots together. He discovered multiple camera angles like close up, long shot, and medium shots and by combining these, he created a dramatic narrative to the cinema. In 1915, Griffith released a film called The birth of a nation, which contained 1544 separate shots and was hailed as a hallmark achievement for its complex artistic narrative.

After World War 1, a new technique grew around Europe called the German Expressionism. This method used decor and lighting effects to create a highly subjective mood. Most of these films were made in a studio and were along the tropes of fantasy and horror. An ideal example of a movie in this style is F. M. Murnau’s Der Januskopf.(This movie is an adaptation of the classic book Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde written by Robert Louis Stevenson.) Fritz Lang who mastered the form of Expressionism made a futuristic masterpiece called Metropolis, in 1926, which is hailed as one of the the greatest science fiction movies ever made.

After the fall of the Czar/Tsar in 1917, the Soviets gave prominence to the art of cinema and thousands of nationalist films were sponsored by the government. Lev Kuleshov, a teacher at a Russian film institute called the VGIK, tried juxtaposing short shots together to create an understanding of a bigger meaning. This was called the Kuleshov Effect.

This effect led to the creation of an editing technique called the Soviet Montage. The Soviets coined this term from a French verb – monter – meaning To assemble. Kuleshov’s two most brilliant students – Sergei Eisenstein and Pudovkin are some great filmmakers. Eisenstein created a modernist theory of editing based on the Marxist dialectic. His most effective use of montage is seen in the scene called The Odessa Steps, from the 1925 movie, Battleship Potemkin.

At the post-World-War 1 period, slapstick comedy emerged in the USA, pioneered by Charles Chaplin who was an experimental filmmaker. Chaplin never scripted his films, as he chose to shoot on instinct and edit afterwards.

Before the second World War, there were two revolutions in the field of cinema. Sound began integrating with movies and color films started to arise in the form of Technicolor. Citizen Kane was a prominent film in the 40s that had sound in the form of dialogues. Alfred Hitchcock, a famous British director made terrifying use of his sound effects to convey emotions. He introduced the Film noir concept.

From the 50s, films became phenomenons and the advent of television expanded the motion picture industry. In Italy, a concept called Neo-realism came into place. This style started from places ravaged by the World War and it visually narrated the stark contrast in the society between the extremes of classes. It repulsed from the artificial showy life of Hollywood and showed the struggles of the common man’s reality. An example of this style is the 1948 Italian movie The Bicycle Thief. This Italian movement had affected movements like the British Social Realism, the Brazilian Cinema Novo, and the French and Czech New Wave.

In Japan, a legendary director, Akira Kurosawa created a narrative technique called Rashoman, from a film with the same name. In this method, he used the narratives from the perspectives of multiple characters to recreate a single incident, to show all the angles of a story. This technique has been recreated in Hollywood in the last decade with a movie called Vantage Point. Kurosawa’s popular movie Seven Samurai, has been remade by Hollywood multiple times under the title The Magnificent Seven, where the Samurai trope has been shifted to a Wild West setting.

In India a director named Satyajit Ray created the Apu trilogy which has been associated with Italian Neo-realism. Ray is a director who’s hailed as the greatest by Kurosawa himself.

The later Hollywood cinema was revolutionized by great directors like Stanley Kubrick and Francis Ford Coppola who both had a keen eye to detail and were critical of their society. Recent directors like Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie have revolutionized storytelling in cinema. Tarantino experimented and created unique narratives in movies like Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill. Ritchie has mixed contrasting genres and created new styles of cinema in the movie Snatch.

In the present day, there are technologies like Dolby surround sound, 4K audio, IMAX 3D and even 4D entertainment has evolved and split the art of cinema into numerous branches and sub-branches. No matter how much technology develops, good films which come out will be the creations of artistic and innovative minds which continue to experiment to explore further into the visual narrative.

– Ananthsimha M.A. (Kronos)

My 1st Book “Orient Knights” – After a year.

My twenty years of making one mistake after the next did sometimes lead to ideas that could be executed better than they have been. When I hopelessly tried to start writing more than four years ago, I had big dreams and hopes. Even though I was sure of my delusions, I was only making a fool of myself.

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A little more than a year ago, I made an attempt to publish an anthology of short stories which could also be read as novella. Despite my grand ideas of exposing the dangers of the political and corporate military-industrial complex to the liberty of the free world, my language sucked.

Some sympathetic folk say that my language skills are good enough, but good enough doesn’t just cut it. Even today, I’m mostly dwelling my mind in ideas, worlds, characters and conflicts, but fail to give enough attention to vocabulary and grammar. Hopefully I’m in the process of changing it with slow hard steps.

When I ask for advice, people always say write what you know and have experienced. I feel one must write what he/she likes. Anyone can learn anything due to the dangerous network called the internet. But now I’m realizing my mistake of not concentrating on the basics and so, this essay, here, is my first piece of personal truth learned from experience.

Being a keen fan of Action-Adventure mixed with political thrillers, I’ve easily enjoyed the books of Matthew Reilly, Andy Mcdermott, James Rollins, Clive Cussler, Chris Kuzneski and a few others. They have a brilliant talent of mixing real science with historical facts to create magnificently destructive yet educational plots that keep me glued and addicted to their books. Though I’ve learned numerous fun stuff in my research for prospective plots over the years, I’m sure I’ll need many decades to match up to their strengths in mixing knowledge with fun.

In times when I crave serious emotional yet philosophical content, I jump to read the political thriller masterpieces of Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, Brad Thor, Ben Coes, Mark Greaney, Matthew Betley, Robert Ludlum and a few others. These authors taught me what great books should be made of in my teenage years.

With a keen interest in defense technology and tactics, I’ve been living fantasies in my head from as long as I can remember. I assume myself a realist in my mental simulations of modern conflict, thinking in terms of power struggles and economic, psychological and cultural reasons for conflict.

Now, I realize that my first book, Orient Knights, has been published more than a year ago. I’ve made no attempt to market this book widely as I kind of felt ashamed of writing in a level of language that is light years behind the quality of writing the authors whom I look up to write in.

Slowly, I’m understanding that my first attempt at writing could get some sympathy as I did work hard to make it though I feel that it was a half ass effort.

Though I’ve received a few good opinions of my 1st book, I feel that I could have done much better. But I have to accept that I’m learning from my mistakes and my each attempt at writing is surely better than the last. So, I request you all to buy the book Orient Knights, from wherever you are to get your own opinions on my work while encouraging me.

https://www.amazon.in/Orient-Knights-Kronos/dp/8193298853/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1517921333&sr=8-2&keywords=orient+knights

 

Currently, I’m working on a script for a comic book series about a mystic mercenary. My side projects that have been completed to a third each are a novella and its full length sequel about a DIA-DARPA controlled covert task-force called COBALT. This upcoming action-adventure series involving the escapades of Task-force COBALT mixes history, mythology, science, and the best modern pieces of weaponry.

-(Ananthsimha M. A.)

– Kronos

 

 

 

 

THOR RAGNAROK – Movie review

Exotic 3D effects and crazy action makes – Ragnarok – the most visually appealing movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chris Hemsworth’s virtuous Thor keeps escaping trap after trap in his usual charming vigor. The cast includes appearances from a varied bunch of Marvel folk.

Ragnarok in the MCU is about the end of Asgard, the home of Norse gods. This includes the loss of many major characters, which is regrettable. In this journey across space and time, fun sure is endless. In this movie, the height of comedy steals the show away from the actual plot. Stan Lee’s cameo puts a major change to Thor himself that you cannot forget.

The funniest scenes are in Planet Sakaar(from Planet Hulk event in the comic books), where Thor and Hulk face off in a gladiatorial style match – the Contest of Champions. Loki being Loki, weasels his way around that wasted planet, betraying everyone at some point or the other. Bruce Banner actually hopes to help out without becoming the Hulk in a world filled with gods and monsters. The short appearance of Doc Strange is one of rapid laughter.

Hela, the Goddess of Death who is also Thor’s sister, is the meanest MCU villain who dies at a great cost. Surtur, a gigantic fire demon makes the ending truly amazing.

Spaceship chases here are even better than the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. That’s ‘cause Thor and Valkyrie keep jumping from one spaceship to another cutting down everything in their path.

Valkyrie is the most awesome female character in the MCU that can rival the Black Widow. She’s older than Thor and even drinks more than him.

I hate to say this, but this movie is more fun than BVS: Dawn of Justice ever was.