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The Lodestone Trilogy (Science Fiction Adventure): Box Set (Limited Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Whiteway
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Book Description

Epic Science Fiction Adventure

On a distant planet ruled by a brutal tyrant, an alien girl comes to the aid of a stranger and is plunged into the midst of a titanic struggle that will decide the fate of her world.

For the first time in a single volume, this limited edition version includes all three books of the first Lodestone story arc, including a revised and updated version of Book One, a unique cover featuring a scene from the second book, and a special chapter navigation system. Fully and professionally edited, the combined 360,000 word epic is available for a limited period only.

Lose yourself in the astounding world of Kelanni!

Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms

Ail-Kar, a white-hole portal from another universe, rains meteoroids onto the surface of the planet Kelanni. But the so-called "lodestones" behave according to different physical laws, transforming Kelanni's society. With the aid of the fearsome Keltar in their flying cloaks, the Kelanni are being put to forced labor to mine the lodestones. Shann, an orphan with a fiery disposition, witnesses a battle between a Keltar and a stranger bearing a similar flying cloak. She tracks down the stranger, and learns of the technology behind the Keltars' power, joining him on a mission to free the slaves and cut off their supply of lodestones. Meanwhile Keris, a Keltar, is sent on a mission to track down the rebels. She is attacked by a flying creature and saved by the enigmatic Chandara. At their Great Tree, she learns that a mysterious "Prophet" is out to destroy the Kelanni people. Their only hope is a powerful instrument hidden in the distant past. Pursued by Keltar, the party will encounter bizarre creatures, ancient technologies and terrifying dangers. Finally, they must seek to cross a massive storm barrier in order to reach the other side of their world, where a world-shaking revelation awaits.

Lodestone Book Two: The World of Ice and Stars

The desperate race to save a world continues. Washed up on a distant shore on the unknown side of her planet, together with the Chandara Boxx, the orphan Kelanni named Shann must uncover the fate of her companions, whilst searching for an artefact hidden there in the distant past. As she journeys farther into this new land, she will encounter strange sights, come up against new enemies and meet new friends, until finally coming face to face with the truth of her own past.

Lodestone Book Three: The Crucible of Dawn

Having finally secured the four components of Annata’s ancient device, ten Kelanni, together with the enigmatic Chandara Boxx, set sail for the Island of Helice in order to neutralize the human weapon designed to eradicate the planet’s indigenous life and to give them control over lodestone—the most powerful substance in the universe.

After fending off an attack from an immense sea creature, the party is attacked by human flying machines. Shann and Rael, two of the four component carriers, are lost somewhere on the island, their fate unknown.

Will the Kelanni be able to reach the human weapon and disarm it? With time against them, they must battle to overcome internal conflicts and along the way uncover shocking new truths about themselves; about their enemies, the humans; and about the strange creature Boxx, whose ultimate purpose yet remains a mystery.




Editorial Reviews

Review

"The balancing of action against character development is sublime. This volume is packed with action, but the reader is feels grounded by the solid personalities of the hardened and conflicted Keris, maid-turned-leader Shann, and mysterious creature Boxx. This is no mere pulp fiction between these covers. Whiteway is good enough to grace the world with a science fiction masterpiece." Highly Recommended by Terence P Ward, Allbooks Review.

"An evocative and compelling work. I found myself considering the characters and their plight even when I was not reading and this is always a sign of an excellent storyline with characters who have become three-dimensional. I came to the end with a sense of sadness - a sign of a strong book." Annette Young - The Creative Competitor 

"Author Mark Whiteway pulled me into the Lodestone series with his creative and imaginative description of both setting and characters. Whiteway is a gifted storyteller who takes you to an amazing new world." Joyce M. Gilmour - Editing TLC
 
"The more pages I turned, the more I wanted to read. I love the way the author has us use our own imagination. If you have never read a Science Fiction book, then may I suggest you start with this one? You won't be disappointed. Five Stars." - Sandra Heptinstall - Midwest Book Review 
 
"A very exciting story. Somehow, Lodestone combines humor, adventure, suspense, conspiracies, politics, science, and interpersonal power struggles effortlessly and believably. The product of an excellent imagination." - J.P. Ballinger, ELS
 
"Masterful story-telling. Read the new Heinlein before 90% of the world does." - Jaime Mathis, The Independent Authors' Review
 

From the Author

"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.

"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."    

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  • File Size: 2480 KB
  • Print Length: 995 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Whiteway; 2 edition (December 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OOC5MC
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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain-priced SF treasure January 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
SF and Fantasy readers rejoice! A trilogy in our genre (the three volumes of which have all been seriously well reviewed by our fellow Amazon shoppers) is now available in one volume for the absurdly low price of seven bucks. This is one of the reasons I bought a Kindle.
As far as I can determine from Amazon's listings, these three books seem to be the author's first works. Wow! I guess he (she?) is new enough to listen to his editor emphasizing "Story, story, Story!", because the action never stops and feelings are introduced in the context of their consequences for action by the characters. I wish that David Weber could have had the same editor whispering in his ear for the last few books in the Honour Harrington series.

In some ways, the Lodestone books remind me of Anne McCaffrey's Pern books. As a scientist, I have to fight to suspend belief (phosphine-bearing rocks in an O2-rich atmosphere?!? All my thermodynamics tables say: Kaboom! ) In the Lodestone books, you have to suspend your notions about gravity and the possibility of anti-gravity and other aspects of physics. But, Hey! I'm a biologist; lampoon the science of the department next door, and I don't have a dog in that fight. Bring it on, if it's fun enough to make up for the improbability of the ideas. The other respect in which the Lodestone books resemble the Pern books is the people-centered nature of them all. Great characters. Lots of interaction. Passion. Warmth. Humanity.
In the Lodestone books, a lot of that warmth and humanity is exhibited by the non-human (dark-green-skinned) Kelanni, who are remarkably like us: They can be strangled; they can have their hands tied behind their backs; they will die if they are shot in the head. I hope you will not regard this as an unforewarned SPOILER, but there are humans in this book, and some of them are good, while some are pretty damned evil.

I loved the daylights out of this book.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True science fiction epic! April 11, 2012
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Mark Whiteway's Lodestone trilogy is a true work of art. The writing is superb, the editing immaculate, and the world-building is outstanding. I also like the geo-science involved with the (reverse magnetic) Lodestone's. Although I would never claim to understand that kind of technology, the principle is sound.
My Whiteway has a truly outstanding ability to describe his worlds (in ways I envy and would love to imitate...) There is only one rub- and the reason for 4, rather than 5 stars on the overall work.
I titled this review, "True science fiction" for a reason. Often, science fiction plunges the reader into a new and unheard of world or galaxy. Hold on tight, because Lodestone will do the same! Usually, if you hang in there long enough the strange new world will begin to make sense. This was the case with Kelanni as well, but I admit, for quite a while, I wasn't quite sure what creatures were what-
I don't want to put ANY spoilers in here but I was taken aback when I found that some of my favorite people had green skin and tails!Some of the animals were not described as well as I might like either- the graylesh is graceful and fast but is it a horse, an elephant, a giraffe?
BUT- this is TRUE science fiction and lovers of the genre will appreciate this fine effort by a truly gifted story-teller!
I bought this trilogy as a verified purchase and am glad I did!
Linell Jeppsen (author of SOFT sci-fi and fantasy, because I couldn't do what Mr. Whitaway did on a bet!)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new twist on the quest story April 8, 2012
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I read the first volume of this trilogy and came back for the rest. As other reviews have mentioned, you'll need to disregard the science anomalies. Once you do, this is an interesting approach, with gravity/antigravity technology in a technologically primitive society. The characters are not only believable but sympathetic, with good and evil not necessarily black and white. I thought there were a bit too many aerial fighting scenes, but I'm not a fan of that sort of thing; it may appeal to those who prefer a lot of action sequences. The story, although it follows a traditional line of the quest to save civilization, had enough plot twists to keep me engaged and even wishing there was a 4th volume. I recommend this to sci-fi and fantasy fans.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! April 25, 2012
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I enjoyed this so much!! Like others, I read the first volume (which I downloaded for free :-)...and then bought the trilogy. I didn't regret a minute of reading this wonderful series. And, yup...when the 4th volume comes out later this year, I *will* buy it.

Oh, sure. I wanted to slap some of the characters at times. Often lots of times :-( But, hey...many of them *were* very young, so I had to remember that being immature jerks is to be expected :-)

And I really wish that the author had formatted the Kindle version better. He uses dashes a lot...which I don't have a problem with. But they all were formatted as hyphens, which occasionally made things very confusing.

But the writing overall was wonderful. The pace moved really well. And I loved his use of language.

Plus, for those of you who, like me, absolutely hate it when a Kindle author writes about things that, because of the way they're written, make you figure that, as much as you want to find out what happens right now, the author must be setting these important things up to be revealed later...and then the author never refers to those things ever again!!! Whiteway *never* does this! Whatever he sets up, he completes! And he does it in a timely, appropriate manner!

[As an aside, I feel a bit sorry for the reviewer (frequent reader) who found the series tedious...well, what he read of it. I admit that I always approach books like these with a "willing suspension of disbelief"...and it appears from his review that he doesn't do so. Indeed, based on his comments, I don't think he realized that this *is* a science fantasy series, not science fiction. For those of you who enjoy science fantasy, please don't let his review turn you off.]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Still reading it but it is good Sci-Fi.
Published 12 days ago by David G. Bingham
4.0 out of 5 stars Word usage can hurt!
Great story and character development; only one thing I think the author should be wary of. Let me preface this thought, though ... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
This great trilogy is set on an alien world that is unique yet enough similar to earth to be believable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mike Perlowich
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I didn't even finish this because it got boring / lost me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this series very much
From the first page to the very last, The Lodestone Trilogy novels are an engaging and interesting read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kelley Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!
I absolutely loved the trilogy and highly recommend it! I am starting book 4 now and look forward to it.
Published 2 months ago by Douglas Royal
5.0 out of 5 stars A Science Fiction Trilogy Not to be Missed
A work of splendid imagination and superb storytelling prowess The Lodestone science fiction series by author Mark Whiteway is more than just science fiction, it is science... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mochalove
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-Notch Sci-Fi Trilogy with Solid World-Building Interwoven
I absolutely love stories that are about a group of individuals, each with their own special characteristics, which go on a journey to kill the evil plaguing their land (which, in... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Vanessa D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Adventure Story You Won’t Soon Forget!!!
In the far-away land of Kelanni there was a young girl named Shann without thinking she steps in to help a cloaked rebel named Lyall and so the adventure begins…

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Published 3 months ago by Cheri Clay
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I've noticed, the more and more I read, that you never seem to find a story that mimics another and this is another. Read more
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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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