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EXOSKELETON - A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Shane Stadler
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"Stadler - an experimental physicist by trade - effectively uses his background working in government and defense labs in painting vivid, appropriately clinical looks at the very base concept of torture. He spins it, however, into a horrifying tale of supernatural vengeance, one wrought with complex questions of faith, spirituality, and the after-life." - Chris Hallock, CHIZINE

" ... a cleverly executed [blend] of science fiction, suspense and horror. ... a certified dark journey into madness." - David Gammon, HORROR NEWS

"EXOSKELETON utilizes several science fiction and horror tropes: the medical experiment gone horribly wrong, the malevolent secret government organization that will stop at nothing to achieve its aims, vengeful spirits against which the fleshbound have no defense, [still] Stadler never lets the story devolve into cliche, but instead uses these tropes with originality and energy." - Tracie McBride, EXQUISITE CORPSE


A convicted felon is given a choice following his sentencing ... Serve a twenty five year conventional prison sentence ... Or spend 365 days in a new, experimental corrections program.

He opts for the experimental program ... Only to realize he has made a horrible mistake.

A dark tale of science spun dangerously out of control, EXOSKELETON will leave even the most jaded of readers quaking in their boots.


Shane Stadler is an experimental physicist. He has worked at numerous government research and defense laboratories and is currently a professor of physics at Louisiana State University. EXOSKELETON is his first novel.

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  • File Size: 324 KB
  • Print Length: 467 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615679196
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dark Hall Press (August 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,801 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expect the Unexpected February 14, 2013
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While advances in technology, medicine, and society have improved our everyday quality of life, this novel explores their oft overlooked potential to serve a more sinister, darker purpose. I, like others, found myself reading through this riveting, well-paced story in a single sitting. Many levels of horror and suspense are employed, ensuring an engaging read for all. The author successfully provokes a sense of empathy for the main character during his plight, making the story much more believable. The scenes are very descriptive but to the point, not bogged down by wordiness, yet vividly portrayed. Those who love science fiction or psychological horror novels, and especially anyone working in scientific fields, will enjoy this novel.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Hello, 911? Can you send an officer over? October 2, 2013
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Because I've just been brain raped." Wow. Now this book was fiendishly clever. I cannot think of what could better describe this story. The author grabs you immediately, dragging you down into the hellish world of the military underground. Think Cold War style experimenting, the era of human experiments... where one's own government would dose you with LSD just to see what would happen, or try to break your mental barriers to create a mind controlled soldier. This is the world where the lead character of the book finds himself. A deniable human experiment. A non-person.

I don't like reviewing and telling about the plotline too much, so I'll leave that top paragraph as my dust jacket blurb. Now to tell you about the writing itself. The author is genius. I am an avid reader, and enjoy savoring a good book. My kindle alone has over 450 titles on it, my bookshelf more. This book was read in one day. I was literally unwilling to put it down. I have not done that more than a dozen times. The author captures the mood of being locked inside a building, with no hope of escape. Not just a building, but fully encased and trapped in a hellish neurosuit. Locked in, on a timer. The psychological horror of it all, trapped in your own mind is perfectly captured by the writer. There are points where the simple thought of the extreme circumstances will give you goosebumps.

The characters are well developed, personable. The main character in particular is masterfully done, giving the reader a clear look into the mind as it tries to cope and comprehend what is happening to it. The details are crisp and clear, the writing sharp and vivid, and drew me right in. Twenty pages in, and the author had me as much a prisoner as his character.

Overall: Read it. If you like psychological games, with the dark overtones of government conspiracy (Think X-files twisted with Saw), then this is your dream book. Worth every penny, and each page will drag you further in.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A legitimate "can't put down" book! March 3, 2013
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I can't think of many things more repulsive than a book that revolves around sophisticated new ways to torture a person. Why I chose to read it, I don't know . . . . but I'm glad I did.

First of all, Shane Stadler is a wonderfully talented writer. Few books have ever sucked me in so fast. The tension build- up had me wanting to cover my face with my hands and read through the gaps in my fingers!

Once William Thompson (the main character) began his exoskeleton Compressed Punishment "treatments," the descriptions literally made me feel sick to my stomach. For a brief moment, I even considered dumping the book. But just as the exoskeleton machinery had the ability to judge just how far it could push Thompson, Stadler has the ability to judge just how far he can push his readers. Once he made his point, Stadler shortened the graphic scenes and spent more time on other aspects of the story.

In retrospect, the graphic descriptions were necessary to make the book work, and there is nothing wrong with making readers feel uncomfortable from time to time. The end result was a story so compelling that I had to put aside an entire Saturday, just so I could read the last half straight through!

I haven't read horror writing this good since The Silence of the Lambs. Hopefully, Shane Stadler will also match Thomas Harris's productivity with a long string of read-between-your-fingers books!

Marty Essen, author of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Quick read. Makes you think! October 4, 2013
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This book was repeatedly recommended to me on Facebook and Goodreads until it got thoroughly annoying. I finally relented after reading some of the reviews and picked it up. I was pleasantly surprised. It's a short read (took me a day or so), but it packs a punch! It really got my mind working. I don't want to spoil anything, but it's very suspenseful. I had trouble putting it down and when I wasn't reading it, I had trouble thinking about anything else!

A couple caveats:

The book is VERY graphic, gruesome and intense. I was quite literally uncomfortable at times while reading it. I think this all serves the point of the story and it fits within what the author was trying to do, but it's definitely not for the faint of heart.

I was a little disappointed in the ending. The entire book was meticulously written and all possible holes were covered, but the end kind of dropped off. That's definitely not a reason not to read the book, but it was a little disappointing.

It may not be for everyone, but the book is awesome!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the book and the ideas of the author
Really interesting concept, I liked the book and the ideas of the author. The end was not really a best one, but not a bad one either. Recommended
Published 16 days ago by Gregor
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Didn't know what to expect when I went with a recommendation from Amazon, but after this quick read I'm a fan. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Larry Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
Could not put this book down. One of the best I've read in a long time. Great
story, characters and well written. Do yourself a favor and READ IT.
Published 27 days ago by Amy M.
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping,with an emotional feeling of yes. what if!!
I loved this book! First. Book I have ever continuously read, could not, and did not want to put it down! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carl
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
It's been ages I haven't read something as good as this. In the middle of so many bad quality prosa constantly being shoved on our faces, 'exosqueleton' is breath of fresh air. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. L. Oliveira [R.D.]
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
Some parts of this book had me cringing. Other parts had me cheering for Will. It took me on quite a rollercoaster of emotions, nearly bringing me to tears by the end. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Weedon
5.0 out of 5 stars must add to library
Excellent read, hard to put down.
Published 2 months ago by Cheryl Hamby
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly thrilling and recommended tale!
One question, will there be another with character? Seriously though this story had me on pins and needles all through it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dionne Washington
5.0 out of 5 stars great original story
the story kept you guessing what direction it would take you. it is a story that is well worth your time to read.
Published 2 months ago by Bernard H. Alfers
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS GREAT! *not for the squeamish* Know what you read before you...
*If you do not like horror, if you are squeamish about medical things, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK*

It's hard to believe that this is the author's first book. Read more
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Shane Stadler grew up in southern Wisconsin. After graduating from Beloit College (WI) in 1992, he earned a Ph.D. in experimental physics at Tulane University in 1998. He has since worked at numerous government research and defense laboratories, and is currently a professor of physics at Louisiana State University.

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