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Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms [Kindle Edition]

Mark Whiteway
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Book Description

On the planet Kelanni, life is cheap.

With the aid of the fearsome "Keltar" enforcers in their flying cloaks, a ruthless invader is forcing the native population to mine the colloquially named "lodestone" - a substance from another universe with infinitely destructive power.

The only ones who can stop him are a tiny girl with a fiery disposition, a former Keltar, a failed revolutionary, a musician and the mysterious creature Boxx, who seems to speak only in riddles.


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From the Author

Rising from the remnants of a shattered civilization, the native people of the planet Kelanni begin to discover the technology left behind by their ancient forebears. So begins the epic adventure of the award winning Lodestone Series...

The science in Lodestone is based on the concept of 'negative matter', as theorised by Dr Robert Forward,  Hermann Bondi and others. 
  
Those interested in the science aspects behind the story may wish to check out the following papers, as well as the article 'The Power of Negative Matter' by Robert Forward in the 17 March 1990 issue of New Scientist. 
Bondi, H. "Negative Mass in General Relativity," Reviews of Modern Physics, Vol. 29, No.3, July 1957, pp. 423-428.
Winterberg, F. "On Negative Mass Propulsion," International Astronautical Federation, Paper 89-668, 40th Congress of the International Astronautical Federation, Malaga, Spain, Oct., 1989.
Forward, R. L. "Negative Matter Propulsion", Journal of Propulsion and Power (AIAA), Vol. 6, No. 1, Jan.-Feb. 1990, pp. 28-37.

About the Author

Mark Whiteway (1959- ) lives in rural West Sussex, England, near the former home of H G Wells. The Lodestone series of novels is built around the speculative concept of negative matter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 729 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Whiteway; 1 edition (December 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BU9KJ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,274 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid start to a promising new fantasy series March 2, 2011
Format:Paperback
As an indie book reviewer, I come across a lot of, um, less than stellar fiction. Then, once in a while, I come across a self-published book like The Sea of Storms and I am reminded of why I do this in the first place. Planet Kelanni has three suns: a white and yellow that move across the sky much like our own Sun, and a large, dim, red sun that never moves, in much the same way as the Earth doesn't when viewed from the Moon. The inhabitants of this planet, though never described in detail, are (presumably) humanoid creatures ruled by a mysterious Prophet and his Keltar emissaries who routinely collect citizens as "tributes," never to be seen again. A young girl named Shann joins two men - Lyall and Alondo - in their quest to overthrow the Prophet and free the tributes. Meanwhile, forbidding Keltar Keris receives shocking information from the strange, somewhat beetle-like creatures known as Chandara, information that turns her world completely upside-down. Woven throughout the drama is a mysterious and precious mineral known as lodestone.

Though the book's title is somewhat misleading - the Sea of Storms is not actually reached until the last few pages - the story itself is quite good. The action is well-paced and the world is solidly constructed. I especially liked that while there were creatures clearly meant to stand in for familiar animals such as dogs and horses, nothing was described in comparison with Earth since, obviously, the Kelanni know nothing of Earth. Shann, Keris, Lyall, and Alondo are engaging characters, easily distinguishable without relying on stereotypes. Oliah came out of left-field, making her relationship with the leads rather unbelievable, but her appearance is so brief I can almost ignore it.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Starships and Aliens Review September 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Concept/World
This is a complex world both physically and culturally. Physically it has three suns, mysterious lodestones and a variety of alien creatures. Culturally it is almost medieval in feel, dominated by a tyrannical religion. The concept of the book is almost more fantasy than science fiction. I would have been perfectly happy to accept the lodestones as magical and wasn't entirely convinced by the scientific explanation of the lodestones or by the science underlying the "storm barrier". It is a mark of the quality of the writing, however, that I didn't start to question the scientific feasibility of the storm barrier until I was reading it for the second time, analytically, for review.

Story
The plot moves along at a good pace. There are surprises and mysteries that kept me reading late into the night to find out what was going to happen. There was one inconsistency that poked me in the eye - Shann is described as riding a graylesh early in the story and then later has to learn to ride one because it says she's never ridden one before. That did stop me reading as I had to go back then and check that I'd read it right the first time.

Characters
The characters are a great strength of this book. The Kelanni are not human but think and behave like humans. I really liked Shann to begin with though she became a rather whiny adolescent in her rivalry with Keris, a tormented soul with fierce combat skills. Lyall reminded me of Don Quixote, a would-be hero who just doesn't quite have the skills to pull it off. I liked Alonso and his dry humour. My favourite, however, was Boxx, truly alien in the way that he/it thinks. I loved his/its cryptic pronouncements, baffling the heck out of everyone else.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For a debut author, this is amazing! July 17, 2010
Format:Paperback
When something is strange to you, your instinct makes you take caution. When entering a strange land, you automatically go into defense mode. A strange world can make you scared, excited and anxious to learn all of its secrets. But sometimes that strange world disappoints you. Perhaps it is too strange. Perhaps the secrets it holds aren't that exciting. Perhaps the strange world is intolerable. Perhaps this strange world just makes you want to shout out loud about how stupid it is.

This strange world of Kelanni is the exact opposite. It makes you want to explore the whole land. Learn the secrets that it holds. Devour every piece of information that is available and makes you want to beg for more.

I dove into the book with extreme caution. From the synopsis only, I knew that it would be an interesting book but I didn't know how the writing, characters and the world would be. When I began, my interest grew, but I must admit that I was a bit wary of reading it. I mean, I wasn't going to stop reading it. I promised myself that I would finish it regardless of how bad it was. But, it wasn't bad! As the pages went on, I began to understand more of this different land. I began to get these feelings for the characters that showed how much I cared for them. And when the villains were introduced, I began to hate them just like our heroes did.

The Sea of Storms holds many stories in one. It's a book where five main lives get together. Shann is a simple village girl working day in and day out with her "adoptive" parents. Keris is a Keltar working for the Prophet and is beginning to question what is right and what is wrong. Lyall is a man who is trying to fix what is in his past by changing the future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable!
I thought this was a creative book and a fun read. Kept my interest enough to go ahead and pick up the other three!
Published 10 days ago by M. D. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Lodestone Book One
The Sea of Storms again was a Christmas gift for a grandson. This is a large family of people who read and I get lists of things they want and Books are usually at the top.
Published 14 days ago by Brenda Stelle
5.0 out of 5 stars All I could ask.
took only a few pages to immerse me in the strange land and held me to the end. excellent writing and editing. I will definitely be ordering the sequel. Thanks for a great read.
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Richardson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but wordy
I like the story line and I consider myself well read, but when I have to stop 19 times in a book to look up a word for its meaning... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kat R
3.0 out of 5 stars Cliffhanger Fantasy
This is a ‘group quest’ fantasy with the “save the world” goal that in this case is effective and interesting. The technology involved makes more sense than just being “magic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fitzwoman
5.0 out of 5 stars All about books!
I was totally intrigued by this book, and very much enjoyed it. I want to read the rest of the series.
Published 2 months ago by pattipat
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
I downloaded this book and it basically was the first and last page. No content. Kind of a mean joke by the author.
Published 2 months ago by Dave Bozzuto
5.0 out of 5 stars High Adventure and Fun!
Wonderful characters, extremely intense drama, and hard to put down once you have started. Highly recommend this book, series and author to all.
Published 3 months ago by AZsunwoman
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Read
Average Read with average characters and an average plot which is a shame as I have read others by the same author and enjoyed them
Published 3 months ago by Emnz
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocks!!
Great book. Good character development. Story moves at a good pace but still plenty of detail. I highly recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by Phil
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More About the Author

Mark Whiteway (1959- ) lives in rural West Sussex, England, near the former home of H G Wells. For more information on published books as well as future projects, please join me at www.markwhiteway.weebly.com

"Writing SciFi has been a long held ambition of mine. As a kid, I read everything-Wells, Verne, Heinlein, etc., etc. At twelve years old, I wrote a novella. (I still have it, hand-written in a huge ledger). It was about our sun going nova, and the resulting breakdown of society, as told through the eyes of three boys. It had a pretty surreal ending.

"Following that, life intervened, and it was only in April '09 that I determined that I wanted to get back to writing. I had had several ideas running around in my head for some time, of which the Lodestone concept was probably the strongest. As I began to develop the story, it rapidly became clear that there was no way I was going to be able to cover it all in a single book, and so the Lodestone Series was born.

"For more information on published books as well as future projects, please join me at www.markwhiteway.weebly.com."

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