Today’s Featured Kindle Book of the Day, Stones: Data, by Jacob Whaler, is regularly $5.99 but has been discounted to just $2.99 today in the Amazon Kindle store. This book has received an average user rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars based on 89 customer reviews.
Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:
#1 Amazon Thriller! A New Take on Good versus Evil!
A novel that will blow your mind and open your eyes!
Alexander the Great. Genghis Kahn. Julius Caesar. Attila the Hun. Mao. Stalin.
For thousands of years, the Stones have been hidden among us, giving a privileged few power to rule over masses, destroy empires and create new ones.
It’s near the end of the 21st century. When Matt Newmark was ten years old, his mother was killed in a vicious corporate assassination. For the last twelve years, he’s been living off grid under the over-protective care of his father, running from dark forces, trying to stay alive. Now Matt finally has a chance to break away and start a new life. On the eve of a trip to Japan, he finds a dark rock in the shape of a claw. Life is never the same again. With the help of a Shinto priest, Matt discovers it’s a Stone, a piece of ancient alien technology that gives him a sweeping view of history and control over time, matter and energy.
But Matt is not alone.
Mikal Ryzaard has a Stone of his own and a burning vision to eliminate suffering from the earth and bring back Paradise. With all the resources of a massive multinational corporation behind him, he tracks down Matt and makes him an offer.
Join me or die.
I remember reading Ray Bradbury’s horror stories as a teenager 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 and Watership Down.
I have experienced the power of words in my own life, and my belief in that power 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 that became the STONES series of novels.
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.
Back in high school, I learned to program computers. It’s a different kind of writing, a different kind of language, a different kind of control. But like any good writing, it’s a string of written instructions that has an effect on the real world.
I’d like to think that the words of my novels are like computer code for human brains.
I hope you will plug in and enjoy.
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