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Follow the Stone (An Emmett Love Western Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

John Locke
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)

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Book Description

International best-selling author John Locke (Saving Rachel, Wish List, Now & Then, Lethal People, Lethal Experiment) tackles a new genre, with hilarious results.

Follow the Stone (An Irreverent Western Adventure) is a good-hearted, rollicking story about a former gunslinger and his crablike scout, who journey West with a mail order bride, a witch, and a wagon full of prostitutes!

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About the Author

John Locke is the international best-selling author of seven Donovan Creed novels, all of which have made the Amazon/Kindle Top 20 Best Seller's List! Saving Rachel held the #1 spot for more than three weeks and remains one of the all-time best selling ebooks in history! Locke has had four books in the Top 10 at the same time, and six in the Top 20! His Emmett Love western, Follow the Stone, has been ranked #1 Western since the first week after release. John lives in Kentucky, where he is working on his second Emmett Love Western, Don't Poke the Bear!

Every 7 seconds, 24 hours a day, a John Locke novel is downloaded somewhere in the world!

Product Details

  • File Size: 624 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935670484
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (February 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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91 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Westward, ho.... February 6, 2011
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Westward, ho...
Excellent read! The characters jump off the page... this author can really bring them to life! Fun, original story of love, loyalty, and life in the early western United States in late 1860. Meet Emmett Love, a rugged rough trail driver who escorts mail-order brides and ladies of the evening to the untamed lands out west. Meet Shrug or rather Wayne, a tragically disfigured man with a heart as tender as any man's can be. Meet Rose, an intelligent resourceful woman who many suspect may be a witch. Meet Phoebe, the mail-order bride from Philadelphia headed for her arranged marriage in Witchita. Each of these characters is delightful and well written as well as the cast of other characters included in this unique book. The story is a fun adventure that will stick with you long after you've turned the last page... well worth the price!

Keep in mind that this is a thrilling original read. 5* of 5*
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All the Makings of a Great Novel, But... April 6, 2011
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I'm not sure why I tossed this one on the back burner for so long. As a devotee of Locke's Creed series, I bought this book some time ago but somehow never got to it. Perhaps I was afraid of a letdown.

I shouldn't have worried. As usual, Locke constructs a strong plot that keeps the pages turning like a top. The characters are vividly technicolor. The women, in particular, shine. Leading man and gunfighter Emmett Love is as appealing as Creed in a decidedly different milieu. And the mysterious Rose from NOW AND THEN reappears some 150 years later.

It's a very readable novel.

However, there's a problem here. All of Locke's books are spare. And short. But this one feels skeletal in places. And incomplete. There are so many ares of interest that could have been mined: the unfortunate couple living in Kansas in a sod hut or the mysterious child who they find or the wealthy land owner/pirate. These parts of the book are merely touched upon and very lightly examined.

The character of Phoebe is well introduced and developed, but she inexplicably and begins a shocking sexual relationship with the most unlikely character in the book. It's fascinating stuff. But Locke doesn't ever let us in on the how, the when, the where or, more importantly, the WHY. We simply never find out anything, and the relationship fizzles out. Phoebe's climactic moment with her more suitable suitor happens "offstage," and she's left to report the action somewhat later. It could have been a great scene if Locke had written it for us.

One wonders if Phoebe mightn't have a made a better first person narrator for this story than Emmett. Or perhaps FOLLOW THE STONE may have benefited from having both narrate different sections.

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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Follow the Stone-by Mr. Locke January 20, 2013
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"One thing that made a difference [to Locke's sales] is not mentioned in [his best-selling guide to self-publishing] "How I Sold One Million E-Books." That October, Mr. Locke commissioned Mr. Rutherford to order reviews for him, becoming one of the fledging service's best customers. "I will start with 50 for $1,000, and if it works and if you feel you have enough readers available, I would be glad to order many more," he wrote in an Oct. 13 e-mail to Mr. Rutherford. "I'm ready to roll."

From Forbes Magazine, Fake Reviews

The August 2012 piece by the NYT on paid reviews which kicked off the latest furore fingered the collar of Todd Jason Rutherford. His service,, was used by self-publishing's ex-posterboy John Locke who bought 300 reviews. But, says Duns, Amazon hasn't removed all the fake reviews commissioned by Rutherford:

Another article from Forbes Magazine, Fake Reviews

My review: If I had seen this, before buying the book, I would not have purchase this. Unfortunately, I already did, so I read it. The book is poorly written, too many exclamation points and adverbs are used. Too many "and then he said," "and then she said,". The humor is juvenile at best. Maybe if you were 10 there would be a chuckle. I also did not like the fact that (at the beginning of the novel) there are 21 pages of reviews (kindle swipes-yes, I counted) before getting to chapter 1. I'm sure this review will not be added to those 21 pages of fake reviews.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Western For Everyone February 13, 2011
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Another outstanding book by John Locke. I have never been one to pick up a Western to read but I am glad I did! Of course I love all the other books by John Locke and this is the reason I wanted to pick up and read Follow the Stone. What a fun, fast-paced page turner. This book has a little bit of everything in it. A western suspenseful adventure with romance!
Lethal Experiment: A Donovan Creed NovelSaving Rachel: A Donovan Creed NovelLethal People: A Donovan Creed Crime NovelNow & Then: a Donovan Creed Novel
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! March 9, 2011
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I enjoyed this book so much that the less then perfect reviews actually hurt my feelings! I know, ridiculous!
John Locke is so much fun. I purposely took my time reading this because I didn't want it to end. I was sad it was over but thrilled to see a new DC available. I have it loaded up and ready to go next.
I recommend this book to anyone who just wants to have a good time and meet some fun new people.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Western with a Witch?
This was a fast-paced read and fun overall, but thought the use of the f-word was totally unnecessary!!!!! Read more
Published 2 days ago by LCH
5.0 out of 5 stars Follow the Stone
This rating was chosen for the consistency in the story line,improving and building a crescendo to the end. It maintained a special flavor of interesting real life potentials . Read more
Published 4 days ago by Marilyn monroe
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
I gave this book a 4 star rating because it was fun to read. The characters were likeable and the story moved along at a good pace.
Published 4 days ago by P. Morrisey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good but not great
Published 8 days ago by Jerome E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Western / Romance
Was a quick read ,I enjoyed the adventures with Emmett and Shrugs and the girls,couple of plot twists and some pretty raunchy cussin... Read more
Published 12 days ago by jan
4.0 out of 5 stars This was kind of a funny book. Not funny laughing
This was kind of a funny book. Not funny laughing, but funny strange. Don't get me wrong, I liked it. At the end I decided to keep it in my library. Read more
Published 14 days ago by David Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Love
Totally enjoyable book. Engaging characters and the writing style was good. Highly recommend this series. Want to read more by this author.
Published 15 days ago by tracy
3.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended; D + at best.
Even among westerns, where most stones have long been overturned, I didn't find this impressive. Two stars is probably generous. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Jack L. Knapp
5.0 out of 5 stars DO NO READ THIS BOOK ...
... because you will get "hooked" on reading the whole series. There's 4 in the series and I'm anxious for the the next edition. Read more
Published 16 days ago by PJT
5.0 out of 5 stars New Reader
I found this to be a easy and enjoyable read, as evidenced by finishing it in one day. I look forward to reading all of his books going forward.
Published 18 days ago by Irene M Kennedy
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More About the Author

New York Times best-selling author John Locke is the international best-selling author of 25 books in 5 different genres. Every book he has written has become a national best-seller. Locke is one of only 14 authors in history to have sold one million eBooks on Kindle (others include James Patterson, Lee Child, Janet Evanovich, George R.R. Martin, and David Baldacci). Locke has had 4 books in the top 10 at the same time, including #1 and #2. His Donovan Creed thriller series has sold millions of copies. Foreign rights have been acquired by 6 major publishers for Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Hungarian, and Lithuanian translations.

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