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Mr. Ruins: A Thriller (Ruins Sonata Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Michael John Grist
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Book Description

Book 1 of the Ruins Sonata trilogy.

Ritry Goligh is a former Arctic marine living in a dystopian, tsunami-wrecked future. He works as a graysmith- a specialist capable of diving the minds of others and implanting or erasing memories. Scarred by the Arctic war, he leads a directionless life of alcohol, violence, and sex, until a shadowy figure with an excellent hat drops the corpse of Napoleon at his feet.

This is Mr. Ruins, a sadist and mass murderer. In the musty dark of an abandoned shark-fighting arena, he offers Ritry a better life, built on the back of stolen memories. But he asks a terrible price, and Ritry must decide what kind of man he wants to be- predator, prey, or something wholly new, before Mr. Ruins steals the one thing he has left- his soul.

At the same time, a crew of hardened marines rouse in a disintegrating sub-lava ship, diving deep within a planet's molten core. They have no memories except their names, ranks, and a burning urge to complete their mission- yet none of them know what that mission is, or how vast the cost will be if they fail.

Caution- Features violence and strong language.

- Book 2 King Ruin:
- Book 3 God of Ruin:

Amazon readers have said:

"Loved Mr. Ruins and look forward to reading the rest." - Bestselling thriller author Robert Ferrigno.

"... a mind-twisting thriller through the tsunami-ravaged future." - Christine Hooker.

"This is powerful science fiction with lyrical prose." - John Chris.

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  • File Size: 532 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,030 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, dramatic & will draw you in deep! August 4, 2014
By Bethany
Format:Kindle Edition
Read this book with an open mind.. Much is going on that will seem rather confusing at first but don't be discouraged! Stick with it & soak up the ambiance as it will all make sense. The more you read, the more you'll be sucked in, feeling, hearing, smelling the surroundings and not wanting to step away. MJG is a master of this, and this addictive tale proves it yet again! From the start you begin to feel for the characters as though you're in their minds, feeling & thinking as they are. This bond only gets stronger as you read on. The situations they get into & the suspense, oh the suspense!! Nearly impossible to put down & full of mini-cliffhangers, each section drive you on to want to know what happens next. There was more than one time I yelled at the text.. No! Arg!! So engrossed in the story that I'm physically reacting to it.. More than once my mind was twisted around in the emotions of the characters.. be it their confusion or their desperation.

A couple lines in the book that really struck a chord for me .. "The unconsidered life is not worth living" Something to think about...

"But is that all you are, casualty of a specific kind of surrender? Are you the lion who will not bloody his claws or fangs for the pain it will cause his prey? So the lion pines and dies, and what does he honor any living thing that he will not do as his nature dictates, to the best of his ability? What do you honor Ritry, to deny yourself?"

"What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul?"

These hit me hard & really brought up the thoughts of my own life.. I then identified even more with Ritry & where he starts in this story..
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PAYBACK IS HELL August 11, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The writer creates a very complex world with villinous characters with many flaws. The story is very descriptive, well developed, and the writing is unique. It does take a while to figure what is going on in the book and where you are. It took me almost half way through it to figure it out, and by then I almost quit. I did finish the book, and it was worth the time an frustration. I would recommend this book to all sci-fi readers.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deep, creative, compelling! August 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is Grist's best work yet! The entire premise of the story is extremely creative; and answers one of the biggest questions in my life! The characters have a rich backstory, and it's great to see both main characters have character arcs.

The text pulls me along to read more more more! "What happens next?" "Oh no! There's no way he can get out of this!!" "Oh my god how could he do that?" I winced viscerally at a couple scenes, shouted at the characters in others.

The villains are shockingly villainous, and yet each has their own good reason to do so.

The two disparate storylines may seem strange at first, but keep reading! They come together at the end like, "wow!" Each one is compelling enough on its own to engage me completely.

Mr Ruins is sci-fi + adventure + emotional roller coaster at its best!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book August 6, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is unlike anything I have read before but I really enjoyed it. It did take me a while to get into but I think that was more the I was on holiday and distracted by other things. I love how this book is unlike every other sci fi novel and really comes into its own. The author's writing makes your imagination come alive and you to feel as if you are right in the story along side the characters feeling and discovering the same things that they are. I was given an arc copy of this book and I am so thankful to the author for allowing me to read his work it is simple magnificent. I would definitely read this book again and highly suggest that others also read his work. Five out of five stars and i would highly recommend this book to anyone
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vivid Images, Intricate Story August 7, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Like other readers, I found that this story took time to get into and was a little confusing at first. But the images are vivid and compelling - a world ruined by tsunamis, where people get drunk on alcohol made on eons-old berries thrust out of Arctic ice and a man meets his nemesis in an abandoned shark-fighting arena full of dust and shadows. People plunge into others' brains and fling themselves through vast spaces on missions as a team of "chords." Like most of the author's work, it's unusual and set on a detailed, uniquely-realized world whose images will stick with you long after you're done reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Thriller December 17, 2014
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Mr. Ruins by Michael John Grist is a post-apocalyptic adventure thriller. Ritry Goligh is a graysmith, a doctor of the mind in the run down skulks. With the aid of technology he dives into peoples minds and implants or erases all sorts of data, languages, memories and dreams. After a night of drunken bar crawling, he awakens in an abandoned shark fighting arena with a dead body dressed as Napoleon. There is a man in that arena that talks strangely and claims to want to help him, but leaves him only with a folder full of riddles. That night sets off a chain of events that changes Ritry’s life forever. The dead body happened to the the son of the local crime boss Don Zachary and the Don wants his son’s body back. Ritry barely escapes the Don and his men after leading them to the Don’s son’s body. Ritry can never go back to the skulks and flees to the ruins godships, huge ships that were supposed to weather melting of the Arctic circle and were supposedly unsinkable. On these ships Ritry can feel the hopes and dreams of all those who lived here before the ships sank and, with the help of Mr Ruins he discovers that he can dive people’s minds without the help of technology. With this new found power he goes straight to enact his revenge on Don Zachary but finds he doesn’t want to. Instead, Ritry erases all trace of himself from the skulks and tells Mr Ruins to take his power and shove it. Mr Ruins isn’t happy with Ritry and says one day that Ritry will live to regret his decision. Fast forward ten years, Ritry has a wife, two children and has moved to the Upscale city of Calico. Life seems to be settling in for Ritry when Mr Ruins returns and holds Ritry’s family hostage. Rirty can’t go near his family or Ruins will kill them. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 day ago by Dennis and Rosemary
3.0 out of 5 stars Complex, descriptive storytelling!
I just finished Mr. Ruins. If you are a true sci-fi lover with a touch of the mind blowing altering realities, this is your book! Read more
Published 2 months ago by RJ
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing and cold
I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This could be a good book. It's hard to tell. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Deshanya
5.0 out of 5 stars mr. Ruins rules!
excellent protagonist and interesting supporting characters
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An Immersion in Imagination
Got a bad memory you’d like to expunge or a language you need to learn? Graysmith Ritry Goligh, former Arctic marine, can do that for you – within your own mind. Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Kindle Book Review
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes You Think
I found this very engaging; it is written in future-jargon that can be hard to follow, but that made it more interesting for me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by BL
2.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Ruins is ruined by slow plot
While the author is very descriptive and the characters are complex, the story is so disjointed and multidirectional that you find yourself losing interest. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steven Wade
1.0 out of 5 stars Moving On!!!
Don't waste your time!!!
Published 3 months ago by L G Beauvais
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An interesting take on post apocalypse in general & particularly mental health.
Published 3 months ago by J Balmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Ruins
Ritry Goligh is a former Arctic marine in a dystopian future. He works as a graysmith-a man capable of diving the minds of others and emplanting or erasing memories. Read more
Published 4 months ago by johnchris
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More About the Author

Michael John Grist is a British author and ruins photographer who lives in London, UK. He writes dark and weird science fiction and fantasy books, such as the fantasy novel Ignifer's Rise and the SF series The Ruins Sonata.

For 11 years he lived in Tokyo exploring Japan's modern ruins, such as abandoned theme parks, military bases, and ghost towns, gaining millions of hits on this website with his photographs and stories.

The best of these adventures are now collected in his unique travel book Into the Ruins, which thriller bestseller Barry Eisler calls, "gorgeous, haunting, stunning."

Now Michael enjoys working out in the gym, watching TV and movies, and of course writing stories and novels. He lives in London with his wife, and works as an academic English lecturer at university.

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