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Mark Kenslir is the last of the Cold War super soldiers- and he's just come back from the dead. With no memory of who, or what killed him, he sets out to piece together his past with the help of two teens that find him wandering the Arizona desert. After returning to a modern world he doesn't remember, Kenslir starts to remember his final mission: stop a prehistoric shapesMark Kenslir is the last of the Cold War super soldiers- and he's just come back from the dead. With no memory of who, or what killed him, he sets out to piece together his past with the help of two teens that find him wandering the Arizona desert. After returning to a modern world he doesn't remember, Kenslir starts to remember his final mission: stop a prehistoric shapeshifter that steals the lifeforce, form and memories of its victims- by tearing out and eating their hearts....

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ISBN : 18878932
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Number of Pages : 284 Pages
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Mythical Reviews

  • Jamie
    2018-10-07 21:15

    Like Fantasy? Like superheroes? Then I recommend you take a lot into this book!It starts off with a group of young adults finding a burned boat, with what appears to be a body, in the middle of the desert. Th body turns out to just be a statue wearing pants, with a hole in its chest, or so it seems. A few hours later said statue is found drinking their water supply and appeared as flesh and blood as anyone else with no wound. The group quickly learns this mad is bullet proof and super strong and most take off. Josie and Jimmy stick around and learn that the man's name is Mark remembers dying in 1962. Josie decides to keep him around, to help him out and learn what happened. Meanwhile agents are hot on their trail, desperate to bring Mark in. This story covers Medusa, dragons, shapeshifters, etc with superheroes. Normally I would not like the combination but C.E. Martin really pulls it off well. A great blend of the two. Mark's character is more in depth than what he shares with Josie and Jimmy and I believe, deeper that what we got to see thus far in this first book. Jimmy is a great character whom I wish I was able to get a better feel of. I wanted more from him.One discrepancy I noticed was how Mark uses money. Now, this is going off the fact that Mark has no memory from 1962 to today 2013 (the year they say the story takes place). When the find Mark he has about $4000 in his pocket dated 2000-something, which is how they know there must be a memory lapse. Yet when one of the boys gets hurt he gives enough money to cover a basic doctor visit based on current cost. When they stop for food and gas he pulls out several $20s. Now, how does he know how much to pull. $4000 should have seemed like a WHOLE lot of money to him from the early 1960's. $20 should have easily covered food and gas. How does he know cost and why doesn't Josie comment or notice that he has some memory? Just a question that I came across.One quote seen I like is a flashback scene to 1962 where some men are trapped and Mark is telling his wife that the building is in lock-down for safety reasons and they have to hope the men make it until morning, he tells her it is protocol. Being a odd situation she asks how can there be protocol for it. His answer: "It’s the Army. We have protocols for everything.” I could not help but laugh because it happens all the time, especially in movies. No matter how outrageous the situation, the military will put order to it without hesitating and they make it appear like they expected it.Bottom line, this was a fun book. Relatively short, lacking some detail in areas I would have liked to see more, but still good. I will definitely be hunting down the others in the series over time. *I won this book in a raffle. This is my fair, honest review, done of my own free will and choosing.

  • Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
    2018-10-04 19:27

    Originally posted at: http://lasrsff.blogspot.com/2012/08/m...Five motorbike riders zoom across the desert and find a burnt out boat. With the boat is a scorched and broken corpse. A sudden storm sends the riders back to their camp, leaving the corpse and boat as they found it.The corpse is soaked by the rain and gradually his wounds fill with stone which then becomes flesh. Once he is fully restored the stone man, now human in appearance, crosses the desert and finds the bikers camp. Josie and Jimmy, two of the bikers, join forces with him and help him regain his memory and fend off his enemies, despite the danger to themselves.Definitely a science fiction book with a unique premise. Stone men, ordinary humans and a shape shifter all combine to make a good story. Josie and Jimmy, the two main humans, are typical teenagers. He's fascinated by Josie, she considers him a friend. The stone man is able to reconstitute himself when hit by bullets or knives and even after major attacks on his body. He is both an unusual and well developed character.I was pleasantly surprised by this book. At first slow going, I found it difficult to keep my interest, but I persevered and was glad I did. The more I read the more I got hooked. The excitement builds gradually until it comes to a stupendous climax. It's certainly worth pushing through to the end as the last few chapters make the slow beginning worthwhile. The end brings the story to a finale, but still leaves hooks to bring the reader back for the sequel. Well done C.E. Martin, a book with a good story and well edited.

  • Mommasaysread
    2018-10-17 02:01

    One of the great parts of having started this website is that my horizons are being expanded and I’m reading books outside of my normal preferred genre. So far there have been a few that I really enjoyed and I’m thankful for the opportunity to break out my mold. Mythical: Heart of Stone is one such book!This is an outright testosterone fest, I dare a manly man to read this and not like it. I liked it and will continue reading the series! There were many lengthy fight scenes, but there was also a good amount of character development, twists and turns and even a few surprises. I will say from the eye of the potential skeptics that read this book, if you are a military sort who often finds themselves in movies saying “They would never do that”, then perhaps fantasy isn’t your genre. There are a couple of points where you may question the characters actions in relation to how the real world works, but trust me keep reading, it’s a story it’s only meant borrow from our world not mirror it exactly.Remember Momma does no spoiler reviews so I’m not going to give anything away, but trust me, you will be surprised by some of the twists! The characters are in general likable and I definitely wanted to know more about them, specifically Josie the nearly fearless teenage girl. I couldn’t help myself from thinking “Graphic Novel” while I reading it, I think it would make a fantastic graphic novel and I hope it gets picked up.This is Martin’s first effort and it is pretty well done. The beginning is slow and the writing style improves as the book progresses. I see a great deal of potential in Martin and look forward to seeing in subsequent efforts. He will be one to watch.Anyone can enjoy this book, but you should be able to do the following: hang on through the awkward warming up period (it’s worth it, he really does get his legs under him), suspend disbelief, like guns and detailed battles scenes.

  • Megan Metcalf
    2018-09-21 01:13

    I just finished reading C.E Martin's Mythical (Stone soldiers #1).I am not a big fan of fantasy or sci-fi stories. When I started the book and there was a statue that came to life in the desert, I almost put it down. I remember thinking that this would be the cheesiest book I had ever read. Luckily, I was really pleasantly surprised!The book involves the idea of superheroes and villains in quite a realistic way if that is possible?I really liked the villain, Ketzkahtel. I thought that the idea of a shape-shifting villain was really good.The fight scenes in the book were really graphic and gory and absolutely PERFECT to help my imagination go wild.The book started out quite slowly, but by the end I was hooked.Next read will have to be Brothers in Stone!

  • Tori
    2018-09-24 02:25

    I thought this was pretty good. I think I would like to read the test of the series.

  • Sandy S
    2018-09-21 00:00

    MYTHICAL (Heart of Stone #1) by C E MartinMYTHICAL is a YA/teen novel written in a mixed genre including paranormal, science-fiction, horror and fantasy. The novel and its’ characters read like a comic-book storyline without the pictures, but you can use your imagination as the author manufactures an action-reel of adventure with his telling of the story.18year old Josie Winters and her friends are having one final camp-out and dirt bike excursion before heading off to college. What they didn’t expect was to find the charred remains of a boat in the middle of the desert complete with its’ own badly decomposing corpse riddled with unnatural wounds and a gaping hole where his heart once beat. But upon closer inspection, it wasn’t a body at all, but a statue—or was it?Mark Kenslir needed water. Finding himself burned, injured and without the ability to heal himself. Mark wanders into a campsite that included a cooler full of bottled water and a group of armed teens ready to end his life-again. But it is Josie who recognizes the badly injured man, and to everyone’s horror, it is the corpse from the misplaced ship in the desert.Mark’s ability to heal becomes exponentially faster with the addition of water, as does his strength and speed. Weapons, military style manoeuvres and a slew of specialized abilities will come in handy as Mark and his foundlings including Josie and Jimmy, must outrun and out smart the FBI, Special Ops Forces and teams of ‘super heroes’ brought in by the military. But isn’t Mark one of the good guys?As Mark’s memory returns, he begins to recount to Josie and Jimmy how it is he found himself in the desert and to their horror, Mark is not completely human. And there are more ‘parahumans’ just like him. But it was his last assignment that went horribly wrong and Mark knows that whatever he was hoping to capture is still out there-looking for its’ next meal. Not only does Mark encounter the ‘beast’ that stole his heart, but he and Josie soon become the targets of the US Special Forces and their elite group of super-human heroes. As the ‘beast’ grows in power, so do the number of missing bodies without a heart.To be honest, I am not sure in which direction to point the reader as it pertains to the age level of the storyline. The intended audience is young adult, but many of the military references require a guideline for description and definition. As well, the dialogue is fairly simple, almost adolescent at times, which leads me to presume, it is intended for a younger audience. The passages waver between smart intelligent descriptive narration and then drop to a more-simpler text as though there are two distinct writers. There is plenty of ‘blood, guts and gore’, graphic violence, dismemberment and beheadings, as well as sci-fi military-style weapons and experiments, and the paranormal phenomenon of otherwordly creatures and shapeshifters. The young adults carry guns, knives and tasers as though they were pieces of jewelry and are quick to use their weapons without benefit of doubt. C E Martin deftly avoids a complete explanation as to how Mark and the others became part of an elite operation of super soldiers, but reveals small bits of information when necessary for impact. Like our hero’s memory, I guess that information will be revealed a little at a time and on a need to know basis. Book 2 in Martin’s Mythical series should hopefully reveal more about how and why our hero and his fellow super soldiers are the way they are.MYTHICAL is an interesting story and one that will captivate some readers but I found that many of the passages were very violent especially for younger audiences. Mythical is not for everyone. Although many YA novels are enjoyed by readers of all ages, there should be a warning as it pertains to the graphic nature of the content. Again, MYTHICAL is probably not for everyone. A number of popular YA novels and series include violent storylines with death and destruction but it is the graphic nature of MYTHICAL that may be too much for some younger readers. I am well aware that young adult readers are very knowledgeable and most are able to distinguish between reality and fiction, but sometimes a line has to be drawn and if that line is only a few words of warning-CONTAINS GRAPHIC VIOLENCE-then I will be happy. NOTE: I would have liked to have given the novel a higher star rating, but the amount of violence for a Middle Grade and YA reader, in my opinion, is too much. copy supplied by authorsee all of my reviews at : thereadingcafe.com

  • Grant Gardiner
    2018-10-03 21:21

    *Pulp Warning* Most of my e-reading is e-pulp based. My reviews are therefore written with e-pulp in mind. Reader beware :) *Pulp Warning*Overall: 4 stars.Mythical is a new, interesting take on what could be described as the urban fantasy superhero genre (if such a thing has ever existed). With suitably pulpified concepts and plenty of comic book-style throw downs the story sets up what could be a very interesting world, but suffers the usual problem of developing characters in amongst the flying bullets.Pacing and Action: 4 stars.If you like your pulp comic-booky (that is now a word, cause I said so) then the action will suit you to a tee. This is a world in which people fight up close and personal and the gibbs tend to rain on down with each new showdown. It's good, solid two-fisted gunfu which keeps the story clicking, with a few horror scenes thrown in for variety. Add in all the superpowers and you're not once lacking for thrills.Pulp High Concept: 4 stars.Really solid. This is superhero prose but with an interesting twist. Hard to explain, but it's like your average whiny emo urban fantasy story got itself the purpose of a superhero story and some 1980s action film grit to prove it wasn't being a girly man. Plenty of whacky concepts abound (and in pulp, it's all about the whacky) and just when you think you've got the world figured out someone gets their heart ripped out and it turns to stone in their hands. It's all rather delightful. In the pulp sense of the word.Character development: 3 stars.Once more, this is pulp's archnemesis and Mythical struggles to rise above. There is some very good characterisation when it comes to the teenagers, the sense of petty teen jealousy and ignorance especially well done. But unfortunately some of the characters go AWOL for the second half of the story (they just kind of disappear and aren't mentioned again) and none of the bad guys get far beyond caricature. It's not terrible but people who are interested in motivations etc are going to be disappointed.Production: 4 stars.There were a few spelling mistakes, some weird line breaks and a few misused words but the editting wasn't too bad for an indie. Cover was okay. All up the production did the job but not much more. Which is fine.Series Potential: 5 stars.There's a lot of potential here for future stories. If this story does one thing well it's hint at the wider world that may just exist just beyond the borders of the current book. There should be plenty of space to expand on the mythos. Much much potential. I.e sequels. I.e. NOW.*On a personal note I will say that the mythos of the storyworld is a little... kooky. There seems to be a strong hint of Christian mythology throughout the story (nothing preachy but it's part of the protagonists old school-ness and the monsters have a biblical bent that suggests the author has read their Bible) but it's married to some very gory fight scenes that kind of glory in the blood and the gibbs and the way a certain calibre of bullet bursts inside a human being etc. Again, just a personal thing, but the combination seems... odd.But that's America for you.*And can I just say that the powers of the protagonist are brilliantly set up for further superhero-style dramatics. He's set up as a bloke who can take a lot of damage, recover from it on a regular basis, but still has his own kryptonite that should see many a cliffhanger where he desperately can't get to that enticingly close water bottle - all without the often rediculous Aquaman-fish-out-of-water thing. It's a good set up for a serialised hero. Wrap Up.If you're in any way inclined towards superhero prose then you should check this out. It should be the start of a very good series. Well done.

  • Once Upon a Twilight
    2018-10-06 03:12

    An elite soldier with super powers is dead in the Arizona desert. His lifeless body is found mutilated and burned by five friends that are enjoying a post high graduation vacation. After the friends leave the horrible scene, knowing there was nothing they could do to help and feeling more than a little freaked out, they head a few miles back to their camp.What they soon learn is that the soldier (Mark Kenslir), is no stranger to dying. After stumbling in to the teenagers camp he completely regenerates his body with the help of water. Unfortunately he initially has no memory of anything beyond the year 1962. With the help of two of the teenagers, Josie and Jimmy, he starts the search for answers to who killed him and why.Adjusting to the strangeness of Mark's return to the living, Josie and Jimmy will also be pulled into the world of magic, mind-readers and terrifying monsters. They also quickly learn that even the good guys might not be trustworthy allies. Mark isn't the only creature that is seemingly immortal as they battle a homicidal shape shifter that rips out the heart of it's victims and consumes it to absorb their powers. Mark needs Josie and Jimmy to help navigate the modern world while his memories slowly come back and Josie and Jimmy need Mark just to stay alive.I am not usually a fan of straight sci-fi or short stories. Mythical Heart of Stone was both, but this was a quick enjoyable read for me. I liked the writing and was pulled into the action scenes. Mark and his unlikely team of teenage heroes were captivating characters. I would have really enjoyed more background information into all the characters though, especially Josie. C E Martin creatively wove together a story of super humans, other-worldly powers and the ever fascinating Greek mythology along with typical teenagers in to a thrilling story. The end leaves you hanging... in preparation for sequel?

  • Nicolas Wilson
    2018-09-20 19:18

    Review from the wife.She felt the writing could have been more polished (there were some repetitive phrases, awkward sentence structures, and descriptions that bugged her, as well as a moderate amount of proofreading errors), but the story was engaging enough that she put them aside pretty easily. She's used to the fact that few books hold up to her eye as an editor, and a good story smooths over a lot.She wished the backstory for the main characters would have been a little more vivid, or at least less cloying (she said the main element was Jimmy's jealousy of Mark, but that it was presented in a very juvenile way, that made it feel less organic, less rooted in a shared childhood than in plot expediency and she rolled her eyes through pretty much every scene Jimmy was in, whenever it was present.) She felt that, had it been a little longer, and the love triangle been outlined more in in-jokes between Jimmy and Josie, or telling stories to each other or Mark, it would have added a good bit more depth to the characters. The story is the primary focus, and she said that Jimmy and Josie came across more as sketches anyways. You expect a bit of that with teenagers, but she would have liked them to have a little more individuality, than what she saw. That one's hard to please though.She was surprised how quickly the book went. She read it in about 5 hours. She'll probably be tackling #2 after she handles a few editing tasks.

  • Kelly
    2018-10-06 22:28

    I must admit that I liked the mythology woven into the world here. Colonel Kenslir's abilities are intriguing and his backstory is one that I want to hear in its entirety. Flat out, what he can do as a Stone Soldier makes him cool. But he's more than just a Stone Soldier. MORE!On the bad guy front, Kenslir's memory loss made it difficult to figure out who was a good guy and who was a bad guy at first. As he started to remember more and more, things became clear but there was a time when it didn't seem safe to trust ANYONE. I like not knowing which way is up like that.Meanwhile, Josie and Jimmy's unexpected involvement in this mission adds another level of fun. Well, not fun so much as another level of complication. With them being non-paranormal teen civilians, they're in danger of being seriously injured in the fight against the shapeshifter. Speaking of which, I kind of loved the reasoning behind why the shapeshifter was doing what he/it was doing. I just liked it.Fun with enough twisted mythology to keep things interesting. This book ended with a handful of plot threads that book 2 will undoubtedly pick up. That's right, things happened. And they're going to keep on happening. I like that.-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  • Richard A Peters
    2018-10-11 21:12

    This was surprisingly entertaining. Maybe I just went in with lowered expectations for a paranormal novella, but I was impressed. Mythical is set in an alternative timeline where “superheroes” are a mundane, and often pathetic, part of everyday life. That small percentage of the population with superhuman abilities pretty much all do contractor work for the government… or are hunted down by them. To further live up to the title, the author tosses in magic, alternate universes, commandos, the entire menu of mythical creatures, ancient legends… even Medusa makes an appearance.Despite being an action thriller, there’s also quite a bit of character introspection and slow suspense building. Personally, I found some of the dangers comically ridiculous (a dragon?!), but that doesn’t distract too much from the story.Overall, this well-polished and professionally edited novella rates 5 stars, but with a caveat: only when compared to other novellas in its genre: paranormal military thrillers.As is standard practice in this industry, I received a free review copy of this book.

  • Amber DesHotel
    2018-10-13 00:07

    Exciting, New Creatures Meet Familiar LegendsThis story is gripping in some places and a little too loose in others. I like how all the different legends and stories that I'm familiar with were married to new ideas and creatures and technology that only C. E. Martin can think of. At times, I felt like Martin was "name dropping," sprinkling in familiar legends here and there, whether or not they had any bearing on the plot. But all in all, it is a pretty intriguing, exciting book. I enjoyed reading this story and I will continue into the next installment soon!I forgot to mention that I really like the use of the first-person omniscient point of view. I think it's very hard to write in this point of view without sounding like a child. I'm impressed that Martin is able to write in this way and, not only not sound like a child, but keep it interesting as well. I rather enjoy knowing what's going on in everyone's heads all in the same moment, providing a new point of view.

  • Donna
    2018-10-11 03:16

    Mythical is the first book in an exciting new adventure series by a promising new author.Teens camping in the Arizona desert come across a boat sitting out in the middle of nowhere with what appears to be a stone statue. Suddenly the stone begins to turn flesh colored and becomes a living man: Mark Kenslir, a special breed of soldier developed to be almost indestructible. He awakes not remembering his identity or what his mission is, but gradually his memory returns and he's helped by two of the teens on his mission to stop a shape-shifting ancient killer.Mr. Martin has a strong narrative voice and has created some interesting characters I want to read more about. He has a gift for writing action sequences that will pull you in and make you feel part of the story. The last third of the book moved along at such a rapid pace, action building upon action, that I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I've bought the other books in the series and can't wait to get to them!

  • Magiccats
    2018-10-04 20:08

    Well, talk about exciting, nonstop action. The storyline was excellent and I was totally engrossed in this book which drew me in right from the beginning.It was a really quick read and basically I found myself captivated on a fast-paced,visually exciting journey, even holding my breath during some of the fighting. It had dragons, shapeshifters, stone soldiers. Better than tv. The only drawback to giving it a higher rating was the fact that I felt the first 4 chapters were definitely in need of editing. I found there were periods where commas should have been and painfully short sentences. However, and I do mean however, the story was well worth the perseverance. Great YA fantasy, action story. I would definitely read the series.

  • Mindy
    2018-10-09 01:22

    So I was a little concerned that this story could turn into some sort of GI Joe wanna’ be with a sappy side story, but it so didn’t. The story was exciting, yet down-to-earth. I could totally see this happening, which is key in a good fantasy story.I was hooked from page one and couldn’t put it down. I cannot wait to read the next books in the series. I already added them to my wish list on Amazon and on Goodreads, and I don’t do that very often. I also told my kids about it and told them they had to read it…and then bugged them to see if they had read it yet…another rarity. I have found a new “one of my faves” author.I give this story 5 out of 5 clouds.

  • Thibaldo Manrique
    2018-09-21 01:24

    Simply FANTASTICI have often read reviews that claim a book is a "page Turner", well, I am happy to say that this is exactly that.Very clever writing, seamless story, wonderful characters, interesting and VERY original take on fantasy this is one of the best books I have read in along time.Has a lot of action and having the main character start out an amnesiac is a perfect way to bring you into the story and up to speed while you enjoy a great narrative.Just try it. You'll get hooked!

  • Sydney
    2018-09-19 21:21

    Knowing the author, I was eager to read this book :) in the beginning I had a ruff time getting past the lack of pronouns, but it improves drastically as the book goes on. I was immediately hooked by the unique story, even though this is clearly a guy book :P Its action filled and I made an emotional attatchment to the characters, especially Jimmy. There are some great plot twists and I am excited to read the second one!

  • Robin
    2018-10-04 23:28

    The first couple of chapters of this book were quite slow, and I found it a bit difficult to persevere. I was really happy that I did though. The story becomes interesting, fast-paced and action-packed. The descriptions of the fight scenes were vivid, and I could imagine the shapeshifter morphing into all of his different characters as I read it.I could imagine this book being made into a movie, especially if it's in 3D!Overall, it was a quick and enjoyable read!

  • Erika Barr
    2018-09-19 02:20

    Loved itLoved all of the well thought out details and the fighting scene. I also liked how Jimmy was brought back to life but had to be turned to stone so he wouldn't be cursed.

  • Darby
    2018-10-05 20:27

    1st timeWas an exceptionally good read. fresh and new concepts...awesome.hard to put down which is always a good thing when trying something new.

  • Dana Wood
    2018-10-12 19:14

    lots of action but fell kinda flat for me. not enough backstory. reminded me of a b movie story line.

  • Jilly
    2018-09-22 00:02

    This is so a young Kurt Russel film! LOVED it!

  • Liz Wood
    2018-10-14 00:00

    Ok for quick readthe battle scenes lack veracity, and the plot is on the thin side. the shallow characterizations detract from what motivates each one.

  • Secret Buckeye
    2018-10-14 23:20

    Seemed to end to quickly. Was expecting more background explanation of the characters. Would have liked more info on the current mythical world. Good simple read for a long flight.

  • Charlesvan Buren
    2018-10-16 03:21

    Quick & easy to readVerified Purchase(What's this?)This review is from: Mythical (Stone Soldiers #1) (Kindle Edition)Magic, mythical creatures, super heroes, super villains, super soldiers, action, adventure, romance, mystery, a government research project and a special unit to deal with such things. All of this culminates in the meeting of a seemingly invincible enemy with a near indestructible super soldier. Written in a simple direct style by a good story teller, this should appeal to both adult and juvenile readers. There are a few awkwardly constructed sentences and at least one sentence which means the opposite of what the author apparently intended. There are also a few things which seem to be inaccurate details until the reader understands that wherever the action takes place, it is not in our world. In Amazon reviews it seems that 3 stars are considered to be negative so I'm going with 4 as there is no mechanism to give 3 and a half. I enjoyed the story enough that I intend to read the second volume.

  • Jim
    2018-09-21 23:26

    I really didn’t want to read this book. I wasn’t sure what it was about, but the title, “Mythical” led me to believe it might be about magic and dragons, wizards and sorceress, and idiotic stuff like that. Well, it was! But, it was a very good book and not like you think. This was a fighting book. Combat type fighting with soldiers with weapons and all that cool stuff. It also had a lot of surprises!So, these teenage kids are running around in the Arizona desert on motorbikes. The come up on this blackened area where a boat has obviously been burnt pretty badly. Inside the boat is a body that’s also burned to a crisp. Upon further inspecting the body, they see that it has a gigantic hole where it’s heart should have been and practically half of it’s skull is gone. The guy’s dead for sure. It’s starts to rain, so the kids hightail it back to their camp and talk about what they saw and if they should report it to the police. They decide to sleep on it through the rain that night. Just before dawn, the girl, Josie, hears some rattling outside her tent. Thinking it’s one of the guys getting something to drink she starts to go back to sleep. Then she hears one empty water bottle drop, then another, then another and finally decides that no one in her group should be up drinking that much water. She looks out her tent and sees this guy standing by the cooler and he’s draining another bottle of water. She notices that it looks like his arms are growing as he drinks but she think that can’t be right. So, she comes our of her tent and asks the guy what’s he doing.He turns and tells her that he needed the water badly after walking for a ways in the desert and would pay for it. He’s only got paints and one shoe on and nothing much else. By now all the guys are out of their tents and staring at this guy. Anyway, Josie, who had looked in the boat at the burnt dead guy, gives a yell and says, “You’re him!” or something like that. She then tells the other guys that this was the guy who was burnt dead with a hole in his chest and a huge hold in his head. Of course they can’t believe her. But she asks they guy if that was him and he says, “Yeah, that was me. I died.”Ok, from here on out it gets strange. This guy turns out to be a very nice guy, but he is deadly. He’s on a mission or was on a mission when he got killed. And, this wasn’t the first time he’s been killed, either. By now you should know this story is going to be good. This guy’s name is Mark Kenslir and he apparently has amnesia.Mr. Kenslir’s story or rather Colonel Kenslir’s story is pretty interesting and not at all what I though it would be. By the end of the book, we’ve killed or thought we killed a dragon and about a hundred other people. Unfortunately, one of the deal is one of the teenage kid, but not Josie, her best friend, Jimmy. But Jimmy might be able to come back. Maybe.I’m going to find the rest of these books. I believe there’s a whole series of them out there and if they’re as good as this one, I got a whole lot of reading to do.

  • Dave Markel
    2018-10-16 03:06

    Mythical stone soldiers #1WOW! What a fun rollercoaster ride. I read it from cover to cover in one sitting. I read two or three books a week , usually sci-fi or superhero , or metahuman or sometimes a dystopian future epic. But I have only read two or three books I considered a five-star read , this is one of them. Very entertaining characters , I quickly became emotionally invested in their plight. I usually don't like mythic vampire,zombie,werewolves and similar type fiction. The characters are usually repetitive shallow stereotypes and boring, but I like how the author tied in old historical myths like medusa , the fountain of youth and the basalisk and made mythical creatures seem more real and less hokey! Than in any other book I've read.I can't wait to read stone soldiers #2, it looks to be an Awsome beginning to a series, I really have bit into the mythology of the characters , I love it!!!

  • Liquid Frost
    2018-09-23 02:24

    This is an entertaining sci-fi/YA story with super humans, teens, and good vs. evil. It is a fast read with appropriate chapter breaks and action.Teens motor crossing the dessert for some fun after graduation pull up on a burned boat out in the middle of nowhere; distant from any water source. There is also a charred human, who comes back from the dead looking for answers.The backstory unfolds and a couple teens and a super soldier hunt down a shapeshifter that dines on human hearts. There is some quality gore, brutal fights, and a glimpse at a super-secret military group that defends humanity.In all, a fun read with YA themes and dialogue. 3.5 StarsRead November 2014; Kindle freebie.

  • David Dalton
    2018-10-12 00:28

    Ha! This book turned out to surprise me. I ended up liking the book and will read more about these strange stone soldiers. 3 1/2 stars if I could. I have another E.C. Martin novel about the stone soldiers on my Kindle, as well as a novella. But there are several more. I will read the two I have on-hand and go from there. The main character is this book is one tough guy. A great battle at the end with the shaper-shifter villian/dragib of the book. Well over 12% of the book. Action +. I picked it up free from Smashwords, but it is only $0.99. A fun action read.

  • Jim Kratzok
    2018-10-15 21:05

    A fun book and good start to a new series. Mark Kenslir is a nearly indestructible soldier facing a shapeshifting apparently indestructible foe. Things get a bit hairy for awhile but the series obviously continues so I don't consider it a spoiler to say that things work out ok in the end. Mostly...