- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 4529.0 KB
- Print Length: 93 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Shadowstone Books (26 Feb. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IOVO3C8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #599,954 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A unique and refreshing time travel tale with three equally intriguing timelines: the Neolithic, WWII and the 2000s.
The author also has a great sense of humour, even if he's also creepily prescient!
Quote from the author preface:
"Warning If this book is left in a To Be Read pile for too long, it will trigger an automatic alert, resulting in a helicopter full of highly trained authors descending on your house, shimmying down ropes and bursting in through your bedroom window. And some of them have been sharpening their pencils for years."
Oops. That may explain the phantom helicopter zipping over my roof in the dark and early morning hours. Except it was an Army chopper, large, noisy and distinctly unsettling. Weirdly synchronous timing though and I was on full alert for rapidly rappelling authors, sharpened pencils in hand. Luckily, they didn't appear. Yet.
Intriguing introduction to the Darkeningstone trilogy, and of course, I've already downloaded the trilogy! Trespass (book 1) was a compelling read and I'm all set to open Outcast.
And I'm still a little wary of low-flying helicopters in the dead of night…
*Purchased from Amazon Au*
It's just my sort of story -- a type of sci-fi/fantasy undertone mixed with a dash of mystery and intrigue regarding what's going on. But readers who don't normally dip a toe into this genre will also enjoy what develops into a fascinating tale.
If you're looking for all the answers handed to you on a plate -- forget it! As readers, we're left very much to our own devices when it comes to interconnecting if and how the action from three different times are linked. We have a few years skirting around 3500BC, a doomed flight from 1944, and metal detecting in 2007. And that's what makes this novella so good...apart from the fact that it's extremely well-written, of course...it draws you into those three worlds individually, and makes you think about them.
We're certainly drawn into the brutal and harsh world of 3500BC with a graphic and gory description of a fight: "tearing open his cheek, slicing through his nose and gouging out his right eye," being just a somewhat tame sample.
This is a stand-alone novella, but also serves as a pot boiler and prequel to Mikey Campling's full-length Darkeningstone novel, Trespass.
I am certainly looking forward to seeing where Mikey takes us next with Darkeningstone
It follows the stories of a range of characters - a child from 2007 who yearns to discover interesting trinkets with his metal detector , a young boy and his father in the stone age, who are the only people to understand a beautiful black obelisk and its mysterious powers, and a group of soldiers in 1944 who board a plane with a flight path that takes them over the mysterious stone's location. The way the tales all connect becomes apparent gradually and the reader is left with an intriguing story. What I particularly love about this writer is the way he feeds you with clues but doesn't spell it all out for you. Much of the story is up to you to put together and draw your own conclusions from. It means that you are wholeheartedly drawn into the plot and are left with a thousand questions that only the next great Mikey Campling book can reveal! Another classic - simply dying for the next in the series!
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