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

Michael John Grist
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 296 pages
  • Series: Ruins War (Book 1)
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Book Description

Give the devil his due.

Ritry Goligh is a former Arctic marine living in a tsunami-wrecked future. Scarred by the Arctic war, he leads a directionless life of alcohol, violence, and sex, until the psychopathic Mr. Ruins offers him a devil's bargain: unlimited power, but at a terrible price- the souls of everyone Ritry ever loved.

And Ruins won't take no for an answer.

Caution- Features violence and strong language.

Book 1 of the Ruins War trilogy.

- 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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  • Print Length: 296 pages
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  • Language: English
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8 of 9 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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6 of 7 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Ruins is ruined by slow plot December 9, 2014
By Steven
Format:Kindle Edition
While the author is very descriptive and the characters are complex, the story is so disjointed and multidirectional that you find yourself losing interest. Even the author's preview is misleading and that makes it hard to enjoy the story.
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2 of 2 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing and cold December 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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. The writing structure is at once intricate and confounding. There are two interweaving storylines and it's not until the end that they make sense together. Which leaves most of the book sounding like so much incoherent dream babbling. The main character is well-detailed, but everything else around him is grayed out. His wife and children are tortured and frankly, I didn't much care because they weren't real to me.

The world building that went into this was obvious, but unfortunately, confusing. I got that it was post-apocalyptic and that waves of water are still killing people off, but what the people were warring over and how they did battle was unclear.

The main antagonist was also hard to understand. He has godlike abilities and yet the main character is able to defeat him. Who and what was the villain? I presume the rest of the series answers that. I hope the rest of the series answers that.

I also found a glaring typo. Therm instead of them.

The book was interesting, but lacked the ability to make me care.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real mind trip March 28, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
Ritry Goligh is a wordsmith, a person capable of going into the mind of another. He spent years fighting in a war that helped destroy the Artic ice cap. Now, most of the remnants of humanity perch behind tsunami walls and the rest live in slums attached to the front of those protections. Ritry lives a life of alcohol, violence, and debauchery in those unprotected slums until he meets a being with immense powers. A being that wants to make Ritry like himself. Now, Ritry has to decide whether to be predator or prey or something else entirely.
Running at the same time, there is a story line of a group of soldiers trying to accomplish a mission that they can not remember. In fact, they only remember their names and almost nothing else. How will their mission tie into and change Ritry's life?

This book has a lot going for it. Most of it is good, but some isn't. It is not an easy read but any stretch. It has not one, but two, complex stories running throughout the book. The reader gets only a hint here and there of how they tie together until almost the very end of the book

The world in the book has had a lot of thought and work put into it. From new sciences, types of warfare, climate change, and many other things, this world has been crafted. At points, some of this world is vague and left to the reader to flesh out for themselves.

The characters are complex and well developed for the most part. There were things about Mr. Ruins that were not fully addressed and so I was left with questions about him. Ritry is very interesting, but I did not necessarily like him even though he was the protagonist.

Ritry goes through a lot of changes in this story. He is broken down and completely rebuilt more than once.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A grim look at a tsunami ravaged world through the eyes of an equally...
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Published 19 hours ago by DED
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Took to long to get started. Couldn't get interested in it
Published 4 days ago by ron hoyt
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Published 10 days ago by Robert Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally-charged, mindgame of a novel
Ritry Goligh lives in a society constantly in the verge of destruction by deadly tsunamis. But until the next one, Ritry will continue his work: diving in the minds of others,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nichole M
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Published 2 months 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 4 months ago by RJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Thriller
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. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bartleby
5.0 out of 5 stars mr. Ruins rules!
excellent protagonist and interesting supporting characters
Published 5 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 5 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
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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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