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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.

"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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews


 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.

The Stone Man kidnapped me for two days

 on 27 August 2017
Figuratively speaking, of course. I was so gripped by the unique scenario created by Luke Smitherd that I managed to read it over two days. The only reason I’ve given it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I was a little frustrated by the ending – I wanted to know what happened! And then Luke made me wade through a lot more pages to find out!!

Excellent, original SciFi, beautifully written.

 on 27 April 2018
By Bob Peters
Definitely the best and most original science fiction novel I’ve read in a long time. It’s an easy read, it flows well, and cracks along at quite a pace. It’s also very believable and plausible, and I could relate to all of the characters. How the ordinary people caught-up in the simple but outrageous situation reacted, how they felt and what they did, carries the reader along. No cliches. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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

 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 …

 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!

Good ideas but… (spoiler alert!)

 on 25 March 2018
By Zombat 5
Have to give it 4 stars for ideas which is a very important aspect of SciFi. However the writing was very clunky and I kept reading bits and thinking ‘Actually you could have put it like this and it would have worked better’. You do need an editor.

Not sure if my house insurance will cover me for this eventuality!

 on 18 August 2017
By Siltone
It’s a rare occasion when I sit down and invest my quality time in reading science fiction. However, The Stone Man kept cropping up on my radar and I was continually reading rave reviews, so I thought I would check it out. I particular enjoyed the opening chapters where The Stone Man is ‘revealed’ and it was interesting to see that the action initially took place in an area not too far away from where I live.

Fascinating read!

 on 16 May 2016
By jek
I read The Stone Man a while ago and have since read three other Smitherd novels because of how wonderful it was. This novel stays with you.

A Real Page Turner!

 on 30 November 2017
By Mr. S. Kerzman
Great read, although I would classify it as more thriller / horror than sci-fi……the sci-fi aspect really only comes about from the fact that the stone men of the title are of alien origin, but we never really learn very much detail about them or their masters. IMHO most of the enjoyment to be had from this book is the excellent character development and interactions of the main protagonists, as well as the wonderful feelings of foreboding elicited by having unstoppable giant stone men moving inexorably through the landscape towards their terrifying goals, unleashing mayhem along their paths due to their ability to walk through ANYTHING that may be in their way. I normally read hard sci-fi, space opera, military thriller and historical documentary sorts of books……and this had some of those attributes….but mostly it was just something a bit different that, for me anyway, delivered a gripping narrative!

Great Read

 on 29 January 2018
By Writearound
Enjoyed the whole idea of how Coventry can become the portal to a nightmare and ordinary blokes deal with suddenly becoming important but expendable. The two main characters are a mix of decent,selfish,traumatised and heroic whilst still ordering take away Sci fi yes but managed to make you care about the outcome because the book is driven by the creation of people we actually care about even when they behave in less than heroic ways.
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