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

Luke Smitherd
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (602 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"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.
"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. " -, 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
" 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: 1107 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (602 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #982 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.

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4 of 4 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it. Turn off the phone. Enjoy. 9 Feb. 2014
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Hooked from start to finish. Idly searching for a new sci-fi novel for holiday reading and so glad I found this. Deserves to be paid for. I usually avoid the free stuff illogically believing the quality is less - nothing further from the truth here. I can't agree more with other reviewers finishing at 5am or being late for work. Put aside a clear day to read it.

It's ages since I've found a book I literally didn't want to put down - thank you Luke. This is the only one I've read so far in what I see is quite a collection now. To indulge the author I don't think "TSM" is really a horror novel but that depends on your own psyche. I'm definitely going to get "TPOTD" and the others. TSM is real storytelling. You quickly grasp the concept but have no idea how it will turn out. Some great character detail and insights of emotional intelligence. Good pace and movement plus a few surprises. I'm hpoing for a bit more "science" in the sci-fi as I read on.

Great to see the excellent reviews of the latest releases and hope to be able to add to them myself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary, scary Stone man! 10 Dec. 2012
By Daisy
Format:Kindle Edition
How do you deal with a huge, unstoppable stone man that is doggedly destroying everything in it's path? Why is it here? What is the strange link between Andy, Paul and the stone man? Will anyone be able to stop it?

I had a dreadful time trying to read this book! How frustrating to have to shop, cook, bathe etc! I just didn't want to put it down!

The concept of the actual stone man is quite terrifying and the some of the scenes made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

I love the way Luke Smitherd's characters are so well observed. They are are so very believable, I genuinely worried on their behalf.

This is a book that is not as predictable as many. The author really keeps his cards close to his chest. However, when he wants you to follow his trail of breadcrumbs to a conclusion in advance of the event, there they are. I really enjoy Luke Smitherd's writing style and look forward to reading more!
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11 of 12 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a good yarn 8 Dec. 2012
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Why do I think this is more than a good yarn? Partly because I feel like I lived through it, not just read it. And partly because Luke Smitherd offers an insight into the writing process and the ending that could have been.

The story itself races along from virtually the beginning, picking up pace and getting darker as it goes along. The central voice is strong and realistic, I believed Andy, and believed IN Andy (and Paul too for that matter). Due to this, the science fiction elements fit naturally into the world of the story, not an easy task, I'm sure.

I don't know whether I agree with the author that this is a 'better' work than TPOTD... Perhaps that's just my personal preference. I guess the only way you will find out is to buy and read both!

Honestly, I'm really looking forward to the next offering(s). Great to see that there are plans for some short stories too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What if .. ?
What a cracking read. I really couldn't put this down.

A very interesting and original take on an 'alien' encounter. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by Mr. Richard James Hustwit
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, thought-provoking scifi at its best
At its heart, The Stone Man is a simple 'what if' story. What if a strange and in-explicable event suddenly occurred in the middle of our mundane human lives. Read more
Published 1 day ago by The Fury Zone
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced thriller - a real page-turner
The Stone Man is a fast paced page-turner of a thriller. A great concept for a Sci-fi plot and well-realised and, on the whole, believable characters. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Richard Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Stone Man. The plot is original and engaging plus with Luke's writing style I found the book very hard to put down. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Derek Watt
5.0 out of 5 stars I cried I felt angry I felt hopeless & hopeful ...
I cried I felt angry I felt hopeless & hopeful...what a book!...Hollywood must make a film out of this book...thx Luke!
Published 3 days ago by Eduardo Dias
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly enjoyable read
Very glad I ran across this book. Most enjoyable read from a new author (to me at least) for many a year. Now off to sample some of Luke's other work.
Published 3 days ago by David G
3.0 out of 5 stars Science (no) Fiction (yes). Guess classed as SF because ...
Science (no) Fiction (yes). Guess classed as SF because aliens involved. Far too much introspection and too little action for me. Read more
Published 3 days ago by dtp man
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing but simple plot....
The alien entity Stone Man/statue suddenly appears on earth. When people touch it they go mad. Then the Stone Man starts moving inexorably towards a human victim chosen for some... Read more
Published 3 days ago by gainsb1
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a science fiction Da Vinci Code
I read this book via the Kindle Unlimited as I was intrigued by the promise of a Science Fiction Thriller. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Gemma T
4.0 out of 5 stars well worth a read.
unique and absorbing story with a twist.Highly recommended.
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