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Stones: Data (Stones #1) by [Whaler, Jacob]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in Stones (4 Book Series)

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About the Author

As a teenager, I read Ray Bradbury's horror stories into the dark hours of the night, afraid to move for fear that I'd stir up something evil. I consumed Alan Dean Foster's Alien in one sitting, glued to the La-Z-Boy recliner in our family room, heart beating in unison with the characters on the page as they pursued, and were pursued by, the nightmare aboard their starship. I sat in a secret corner of our house with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat as I savored the end of The Lord of the Rings. My belief in the power of words to fire our imaginations and lift our minds to new heights pushes me to write. My favorite places are near oceans or mountains. I love to spend time in Japan exploring its unique culture, history and language. As a six-year-old on a fishing trip with my dad and grandpa, I found an obsidian rock half buried in the mud, blunt on one end and pointed on the other, about the size of an adult fist. My grandpa, a lifelong rock hound, tried in vain to get it away from me. He begged, threatened and offered me money. He told me what a perfect addition it would make to his collection. But I refused to let it part from my fingers. For some reason, I felt an immediate bond to that rock. I took it home, washed it off and put it on the window ledge above my bed. (There's a photo of it on my website.) Decades later, I still keep that rock close by and often pick it up to feel the way it naturally fits the curve of my palm. I like to stare into its glassy surface and daydream about where it came from and the secrets it might hold. It was on such a day, as I looked into my Stone, the seed of an idea took shape in my mind. Little by little, that idea grew and sprouted tentacles until it got such a hold on my brain that I was left with no choice but to start writing it down. The result was four long books. In a way, I think of the STONES novels as keeping a promise to my six-year-old self, a promise to always keep room in my heart for child-like wonder. A promise to stay who I am. In my professional life, I've used words to build meaning into arcane corporate documents that control the flow of hundreds of millions of dollars around the globe. But I've grown tired of using words to control something as mundane as money. So I've become a writer of novels. Jacob Whaler

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1374 KB
  • Print Length: 540 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jacob Whaler (22 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EQEF2LI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #266,390 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An interesting sci-fi novel set not too far into the future with a believable level of technology. Well-written with none of the plot holes so common in this type of story.
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EASY READING
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I received this book free to read and review.
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.
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It's 2045 and a Dr. Mikal Ryzaard has risen to the top of a global company, MX Global. He's not satisfied with high returns or stock yields and he didn't get to the top the old fashioned way, oh, wait, yes he did.

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.
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Gotta say I really enjoyed this one. It's very well written. The world he created was fantastic and well described. Well developed characters and an action packed plot kept me turning the pages long after I should have gone to bed. I even resorted to the text to speech so I could get farther into the story while driving. Not quite an audio book, but when you've gotta keep going, it'll do in a pinch. Loved the concept behind the stones and the inevitable clash between those with differing ideas of how that power should be harnessed. I'll be sure to continue on reading this series. Great sci-fi thriller.
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I love scifi and alternative history, I have a thing for snow and I'm particularly partial to Japan and its food - even more so because I've spent time there. How could I not pick up this book?

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.
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Having no idea what to expect when I started this book, I was totally unprepared for how much I would enjoy it! From the very beginning there is a sense of menace and the action is fast-paced and exciting.

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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