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The Stone Man - A Science Fiction Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Luke Smitherd
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)

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THE #1 AMAZON BESTSELLER!

"THE STONE MAN is a novel that intrigues, enthralls, horrifies, thrills, and hits the reader with an emotional resonance as only the best stories can."
- Ain't It Cool News


Nobody knew where it came from.

Nobody knew why it came.

When an eight feet tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city centre one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt.

Indeed, so does everyone else ... until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it and killing several people inside as a result.

As efforts by the local police - and soon, the government - to halt the Stone Man's inexorable progress prove futile, only three questions are on the watching world's lips:


Where has it come from, where is it going, and what does it want?

Andy is determined to be the first person to answer those questions; after all, he was there when it arrived. Surely the headaches and visions he's experiencing are proof of a mental connection to The Stone Man? Clearly his dreams of champagne and notoriety are all about to be fulfilled once he uncovers the truth ... and the scoop of a lifetime.


In a pursuit that carries him the length of the country and the breadth of the Atlantic, Andy uncovers the jagged pieces of an increasingly terrifying puzzle. As the number of lives lost in the wake of the Stone Man reaches grim figures, the terrible results of Andy's blind determination force him to confront the savagery of human nature.


When irresistible forces aren't met by immovable objects, how far is too far?  Andy must discover the answer - and find out who he really is - in the shadow of the Stone Man.


PRAISE FOR 'THE STONE MAN':
  • "Tagged as both science fiction and a thriller, this is a book that has it all: strong characterization, moral quandaries, mystery, and a whole lot of tense moments all presented through the narration of a fallible, all too human protagonist that you can't help but root for. Reading the final sentence of the The Stone Man was truly a bittersweet moment. " SFsignal.com, Hugo award-winning website
  • "If you've read anything else by Luke, you will be wanting to read this. If you've not, then this is as good a place as any to start." simon211175, Amazon Vine Voice
  • "Tremendous. I was looking for something completely original and different, this nailed it. Highly recommended." Neil Novita
  • "It was one of those books where you tell yourself you will read just one more page, then look at the clock and realise that it's 2 hours later. I would thoroughly recommend it" Elaine Hosegood
  • "...so my 5-star review? That's five stars in comparison to REAL books; not just the stuff you'll find self-published on Kindle. The Stone Man is the sort of book that, if I'd splashed ten quid on in an airport or train station, bookstore, I'd have considered it money well-spent." Militant Ginger, Amazon USA Review
  • "Fantastically written characters who make you care about them right from the off, an unfathomable villain who defies all understanding and a supporting cast that flesh out the story beautifully." Andy Pettifer, Goodreads Review
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 769 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482643472
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AHJIJF2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born under a Derbyshire sky, to the sounds of a doctor saying "I know they all look bad fresh out of the oven, but bloody hell..."

Professional singer and guitarist, part-time writer, darts enthusiast, workaholic suffering from chronic procrastination (conflict!) comics nerd.

If you like my stuff, please leave a nice star rating, and tweet/post a status about it. You'll be doing me a bigger favor than I can say, and it'll mean the work keeps coming. Thanks for reading.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!! Couldn't put it down... 23 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Being a kindle-only book I had low expectations. What a mistake. This is a brilliant and engrossing tale, really drawing the reader in - I just HAD to find out more and couldn't put it down. Rarely do I find a book so addictive but I would read this at lunch on my iPhone and at night on iPad, I couldn't get enough. Get this book, you won't regret it!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down. 21 May 2013
By DandE
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Like other reviews have said this book is a great read. For two nights I refused to put it down until I was too tired to read. Cannot recommend this book enough.

Whilst the idea of something visiting the planet isn't original the way the book goes from there and the reason why they have come is. So many times you are kept on the edge of your seat waiting for what is going to happen.

The characters are so well written and although sometimes you do find yourself disliking the main character at times-due to his questionable motivations-that just shows what good writing this is.

This does not descend into the usual 'Hollywood' aliens-army-weapons-war and is all the better for it. From the start you are left wondering just how everybody would deal with this situation were nobody has any idea in the beginning what they have come for or how to stop them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 14 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
What an unexpected treat this book was. A really original story line. Very thought provoking and quite sinister. mI'm now going to give Luke's other book a go "The physics of the dead" or TPOTD as its known in literary circles (Eh! Eh! Luke!). 5* for The stoneman
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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To describe this tale as a page-turner is an understatement, but of course it was and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. It was a rollercoaster ride from start to finish with a mystery developing surrounding the appearance of a creature, dubbed The Stone Man. Why it appeared no one knew. What it was there for no one could guess, but as the story gained pace my heart was in my mouth as the 'dreadful' truth started to unfold. It went, for me, from intrigue, and excitement to dread, anxiety and out-and-out fear. It also invoked the kind of horror that made my own imagination ran away with me. The characters were easy to root for, as human, flawed and vulnerable as you or I, and sheer curiosity kept me going and I didn't want the story to end. But end it did, and what an ending? I, for one, was pleased with the ending (my nerves simply couldn't take any more and I was glad when my heart went back to a normal rythmn once again)

I know my review is sounding somewhat cryptic but I dare not say anymore for fear of letting something slip and spoiling the fun for other readers. All I can say is, it's one of the best books I've read all year and I am over the moon to find other gems by this writer. To sum up, The Stone Man was written with such original imagination and yet a truly human story running through it made it gripping. I also loved the small synopsis at the start of each chapter (that's unusual and I've never seen it before) just to give you a head's up as to what was coming next - it was a very nice touch.

The author managed to turn the subject of a visitor (maybe an alien, who knows) from nowhere into a race against time, getting right into the heads of those involved, and for a scary story there were some very humourous bits in it as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Set in a familiar place (the Midlands) at a familiar time (as in now), the story starts with everyday life as we know it, but in a few short steps, turns into anything but. Not perhaps as surreal as the first novel (The Physics of the Dead, also set in the Coventry of today), but this story is gripping, relentless and (to coin a phrase) unputdownable. Hard to believe this is only the second novel by a talented young writer (though there are other works, all of which have recently found their way onto my Kindle), who seamlessly combines the everyday banality of life with the downright weird world of indestructible walking statues on a mission.

Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Review 19 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I got myself a copy of this book through one of those Kindle book deal newsletters. Always looking to try new authors. I do read through the peek inside feature on amazon, check for typos and poor editing. This book opened pretty clean, so I gave it a go.

It started slow for me, with the main character at his current time recounting the story of the Stone Man's arrival and subsequent events. It built tension, with the reader being given glimpses into the current situation which was made out to be grim. And the switch of characters at the end was a nice touch.

The ending was extremely interesting. I appreciate stories that don't leave off with everything well and good. The situation put forth by the author fit the story very well. I especially liked the not blatant way this ending was revealed to the reader. Nice touch there.

Spoiler alert!

One thing that bothered me was the genetic component. I felt it didn't wrap up as perhaps as thoroughly as it should have. When the Stone Man first arrived, before it left a number of characters were repeating the proteins of the genetic code. Theirs? Maybe. The object of the Stone Man's hunt? Likely. But no mention is made by the powers that be if those in custody are saying the same string of letters, and if there's any way a test can be done on number 4's genetic code to verify that that's what they were all mumbling. I don't know if this could be done, though, but in the overall scheme, the author went out of his way to drop this in, more to let everyone know what the Stone Man was after than anything, I think. I felt there should have been some follow-through on this plot point at the end's wrap-up. Just my thought.

Anyway, buy yourself a copy and enjoy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing read
Lacked imagination and was the muses of an unreal character - filled with missed opportunity to build that character and focused too much on a boring alien object.
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This is a fantastically good book. It's not science fiction in the space vessel-robot-dystopia manner but one about people trapped in a (science) fictional situation. Read more
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A very god story that keep you going till the very end which I didn't see coming. I strongly recommend it.
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