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"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.

PRAISE FOR '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. " SFsignal.com, 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"…so 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 ReviewWant to download the first few pages of this book for FREE so that you can try before you buy? Click the 'Send sample now' button on the upper right hand side of this page to do just that!

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1860 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482643472
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AHJIJF2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Gripping

2 people found this helpful.
 on 10 July 2017
By Susan Thomas
I have read a LOT (a LOT) of post-apocalyptic/post-martians invading/meteors striking/viruses turning us into zombies – you get the drift. I am fascinated by the idea of a split second event changing everything, and the way that tests characters and throws everything you thought mattered up in the air.

Sci-Fi and phychological horror

One person found this helpful.
 on 10 October 2017
By Stuart Burton
What a great Sci Fi Horror novel. There are some scary moments but its the building tension and fear that makes this a real gripping page turner. The two main characters couldnt be more different yet complement each other perfectly as they are both changed dramatically by the course of events. One is a cold Anti-Hero who finds his humanity and realises friendship is the most valuable thing. The other is an Everyman who starts off humane and strong loses his grip on life and his mind but when the end is in sight volunteers to make a huge sacrifice. The ending is perfect and leaves you thinking.

Entertaining, well written and well worth investing £1 and a couple of evenings

2 people found this helpful.
 on 6 June 2017
By Pete B
A really enjoyable and engaging story. You have to just accept what’s happening as it’s not really explained where the stone men come from or why they were sent. I think it would make a pretty good film. I accept that there is more that could have been done with the story but The quality of writing is really very good, such that I immediately bought another of Luke’s books; “In The Darkness, That’s Where I’ll Know You” which is also an excellent novel. He seems to be a talented author and deserves to be successful IMHO.

Loved this – gripping story and interesting characters whose fate …

3 people found this helpful.
 on 23 June 2017
By Joanne
Loved this – gripping story and interesting characters whose fate you quickly grow to care about. This is one of those books where you can’t wait to find out what happens, but at the same time you don’t want the story to end. Warning – if you read it on kindle, there’s a sample of another of the author’s books at the end – which is a nice touch, except for the fact that I was gutted that this one ended before I was mentally prepared for it!

The inexplicable alien

One person found this helpful.
 on 21 August 2017
By Jeff B
This is a great piece of SF, I really love the way nothing is explained in detail, why / who the Stone Man is or where he is from, this is alien encounter at its best. How would we recognise alien life or motives?

Really good.

2 people found this helpful.
 on 14 April 2016
By D Sutcliffe
I did not know what to expect with this book so gave it a go….and I am glad. How would you react to a large stone statue that just appeared. Then to top that is starts walking. Wow brilliant concept. Loved the main characters, I cried for them too. Very realistic emotions. I did not want to stop reading it and now I have finished I cannot stop thinking about it. Very good read shall definitely look for more by Mr. Smitherd

A truly captivating read!

One person found this helpful.
 on 7 October 2017
By Amazon Customer
So I’m currently on holiday in Prague, and have barely left the hotel room so I could finish reading this book as quickly as possible. I just HAD to know what happened next.

Excellent Read

One person found this helpful.
 on 7 June 2017
By Iggy69
I thoroughly enjoyed this original and well written book. I thought the story read very well in terms of plot and , given the subject , there was a dark humour running through it which really appealed to me.

This is simply a terrific book – A wonderful read with a super storyline …

One person found this helpful.
 on 21 June 2017
By Amazon Customer
This is simply a terrific book – A wonderful read with a super storyline with a terrific plot and great characters. Written with great assurance and aplomb. Hopefully there will be a sequel. Unputdownable.Highly recommended.
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