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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.

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

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

The Arctic ice is gone, blasted apart in decades-long resource wars, and global tsunamis have scoured the world into ruin. Survivors hide in utopian cities behind vast flood-walls, or on lawless floating slums on the open ocean, living in fear of the next big wave.

Ex-Arctic marine Ritry Goligh doesn't care. He lost more in the wars than anyone could understand. Now he lives in the slums, and spends his nights in an alcohol-soaked blur of 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 rusted hull of a belly-up cathedral ship, he offers Ritry a better life, built on the back of stolen thoughts. 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.

Caution- Features violence and strong language.

- Book 2 King Ruin, is available here:
- Book 3 is coming in November 2014.

Amazon readers have said:
- "Brilliant and heart-stopping … I couldn't put it down ... mixes an Iain M. Banks-ish lyrical style with high-octane science-fiction action seamlessly."

- "A gorgeously drawn sci-fi world blends with an action-packed plot that reminded me of Inception, though very different … an adventure unlike anything else."

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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
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PAYBACK IS HELL August 11, 2014
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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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Michael John Grist is a British science-fiction & fantasy author, and ruins photographer who lives in Tokyo, Japan.

- His short stories have been published in Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Andromeda Spaceways, Ideomancer, Kaleidotrope, as well as in numerous other publications. He typically writes heroic science fiction and epic fantasy with a dark, surreal humor.

He also explores and photographs the modern ruined buildings of Japan, known as haikyo (AKA urbex), driven by a childhood spent re-enacting the adventures of Indiana Jones and the Goonies in the fields behind his house.

Now that he's grown up, this kind of 'exploring' may seem a bit of a silly thing to do (as one friend pointed out- 'they're just dirty old buildings'), but the appeal of photography, travel, and yes, still adventure, keep him coming back for more.

Some of the 70 or so locations he's visited include abandoned theme parks, military installations, ruins of the sex industry, and ghost towns.

- He has contributed haikyo articles and photography to books, web magazines, encyclopedias, print magazines, and is featured in the award-winning haikyo documentary movie Silent Visitors.

Michael was born in Manchester, England, to an American mother and British father. He was raised in Bolton, where as a kid he wrote snippets of fantasy stories and explored the horse's field behind his house. Nothing much has changed since then, except the snippets became full stories and the horse's field got a whole lot bigger.

In his childhood summers he visited his family in Kentucky, where he learnt how to make s'mores, enjoyed night-time hay-rides, and worked in his uncle's bike shop. In his late teens he worked at a summer camp for disadvantaged kids in Massachusetts, and after graduating high school in the UK he went (glutton for punishment, yes) to high school again, in Indiana, on an exchange program for two semesters. It was there that he first took creative writing classes, and started work on his first novel (which is now maturing on his hard drive like a fine wine). He also took a Greyhound trip around the country (six days and nights on a bus), which reinforced his thirst for exploration.

Now he enjoys the odd game of squash and badminton, working out in the gym, going to ruins, and of course writing stories and novels. He lives in a central Tokyo apartment with his wife and their pet King Frog, and works as an English lecturer at university.

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