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

Michael John Grist
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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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 events of the Arctic war, he leads a directionless life of alcohol, violence, and sex, until a man calling himself Mr. Ruins offers him a devil's bargain- gain a future, but forfeit his soul.

At the same time, a crew of hardened marines rouse in a unique submarine designed to dive through lava 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 their mission is, or what the stakes 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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3 of 4 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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars The story was good but not really great September 19, 2014
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I bought this book for .99c. I haven't been into science fiction for a bit, and this book was a welcome return to the genre. The story was good but not really great, so only four stars. The writing is very competent, and I noticed only a few minor typos. This purports to be the first in a trilogy. I don't know if I will pick up the remaining two books when they become available, though that's mostly because I have a pretty long list of books to read on the old Kindle. If they're free or low cost like this one, I might drop them in the queue.

Anyway, the characters remained consistent throughout, as did the setting. No real quibbles with anything. I just felt it wasn't a full five star story. Pure science fiction, so if you're looking for such a diversion, this one's a good bet.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Vivid Images, Intricate Story August 7, 2014
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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 Mr Ruins November 4, 2014
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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. A man calling himself Mr. Ruins offers Ritry a devil's bargain.
Meanwhile, the crew of an improbable submarine makes an impossible dive on a desperate mission.
This is powerful science fiction with lyrical prose.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An interesting take on post apocalypse in general & particularly mental health.
Published 9 days ago by J Balmer
3.0 out of 5 stars PAYBACK IS HELL
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. Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Not finished but this is good!
This will be a short review for now as I haven't finished reading this yet. However, I wanted to review now for the benefit of those new to the science fiction genre, as I myself... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lunara Dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, yet accessible prose. World building as a metaphor for the...
Mr. Ruins is a compelling first of a series by Michael John Grist, whose wonderfully ethereal Bells of Subsidence appeared in Clarkesworld a year or so back. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nostalgianaut
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and Unique world
Michael John Grist has created an intriguing and complex world that is fun to explore. The vision of this desolate world is incredibly textured and believable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Geoffrey Marschall
5.0 out of 5 stars and does a great job of world building
This is a very ambitious new book, stylistically unlike anything I've read before. It's well written, has an interesting premise, believable main characters, and does a great job... Read more
Published 3 months ago by MAF
5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Futuristic Adventure
[Mr. Ruins] by [Michael John Grist] is a mind twisting thriller through the tsunami ravages future. The main character Rit is a diver of minds and the plot goes back and forth... Read more
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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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