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Although this is a series the first one also works well as a standalone although it does end in a, to be continued mode. I try very hard not to give away the plot of books but this is at the very beginning of chapter 1. Varanasi the holder of a stone is killed and then vanishes apart from there being inconsistencies in the method of his killing as told in the book I did expect him to pop up again as he had vanished. Perhaps more will be explained in subsequent books.
This was a nice easy read book which is no bad thing, the theme is not that original with rivals trying to obtain artefacts, in this case stones which give the holder powers that they can use for good or ill. I did however like the writing style and the description of the characters. I also liked the original way that the power of the stone had been used to predict 13 seconds into the future to make money on the stock exchange.
An interesting book and I will read the next in the series.
He got to the top the same way Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great and many other warlords of old have done, by bonding and harnessing the power of the Stone. He's not satisfied with controlling one Stone, he wants them all. He wants the world.
When Matt Newmark finds a strange stone while skiing, he thinks nothing of it. He's planning a trip to Japan, time away from his paranoid and protective father and all the gyoza he can eat. Once he's in Japan the dreams that began in Colorado get stranger, he's tailed by the Yakuza and he can't get rid of that rock he found. He was positive he'd left it at home.
Stones, Data is a highly detailed, well thought out and well written story full of high tech gadgets and action entwined with a creative link to the past. Not sure if book two is out yet, but looking forward to it.
Yes, it's a long one. Good thing, too. I would have been mightily annoyed if it had finished any sooner than it did.
This book is very descriptive - not overly so, but very precise for those who have never been in some of the places and situations described. The only time I felt the description was too much was in the detailed accounts of how the Japanese food is prepared and where the best restaurants are - I'm familiar with both of these things, so for me it was overkill. For any reader who hasn't spent a fair bit of time in Japan and frequented the ramen bars...after reading this book, believe me, you'll want to.
Unusually, this isn't a dystopian scifi - whilst set in the near future, the society seems to be muddling along about as well as we are now. That doesn't make it a perfect world - but not one that's impossible to live in, either.
The action flows effortlessly - from scene to scene, though there are two split plot lines here, as Matt and his dad are in different places, living out different stories in the same timeline.
I'm very interested to see where Whaler takes this story next, for I'll definitely be looking out for the sequel.
This tale follows Kent and his son, Matt who have been used to living their lives on the run and hiding from an unknown threat.
Then there is the strange character of Ryzaard. Part of me wanted to feel sorry for this Polish Jew who survived the horrors of WW2 and Auschwitz. Yet he has become evil and obsessed with gaining ultimate power.
The stones of the title give their holders magical powers and abilities and when Matt comes across a stone he is destined to face Ryzaard in a battle of good versus evil which continues to the final pages of the book and promise an exciting sequel.
This book is a must for lovers of fantasy and will not fail to reel you into its world.
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