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Skillful Death [Kindle Edition]

Ike Hamill
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Deep in an Old World forest, an unnamed village lies hidden. Decades pass as the village waits for its special son to return. The boy challenged the lion, bested the snake, and defeated the elephant. He possessed an unearthly skill. His return will bring back balance to the village.

High in the Tibetan mountains, a monk waits for death behind a stone wall. For this last journey, he prepared his body over the course of one-hundred days. Outside his little tomb, another man is learning the secret of immortality.

In Seattle, an old man learns a new skill and finds unimaginable fortune.

It’s my job to document these lives, keep my boss safe, and find that unnamed village. At one of these tasks, I will fail.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1639 KB
  • Print Length: 532 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: (May 31, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692230939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692230930
  • ASIN: B00KP17Q6U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,110 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliantly Told Epic Tale June 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
In a small, hidden Russian village, an undersized baby boy is stolen from his birth mother, who is unaware of his existence; she knows only the healthy twin baby girl presented to her. Thus begins Constantine's tale, an epic global journey through decades of deadly challenges, euphoric triumphs, and devastating failures. When the tale is finally told to Malcolm so it can be preserved for all time, it seems incredible, yet Malcolm instinctively believes what he is told, convinced that Constantine is, indeed, an extraordinary human being.

Credit brilliant author Ike Hamill's skillful mastery of the narrative for this engrossing novel. Stepping away from his usual horror genre, Mr. Hamill has created a unique and mesmerizing story rich in details and descriptions. His characters are complex, fully realized, and entirely believable. While multiple narrative lines are presented, the graphics at the beginning of each chapter make it easy to follow each thread.

Skillful Death is an amazing achievement. Although not in the horror genre, it shares many of the intriguing qualities of Mr. Hamill's other epic novels, The Hunting Tree and Extinct. The wait for Skillful Death was most definitely worth it. Thank you, Mr. Hamill, for once again providing an extraordinary literary experience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four in One June 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Although I am only 60% through this book, I wanted to stop and leave a review. This is like four great novels in one (so far) may be another surprise in the second half. Mr. Hamill plays with your mind, teasing you with a wild boy in one time period, jumping forward in time with another surprising character, back again, and so on. What is confusing at first, eventually comes together and you just can't wait to see what is going to happen next. This book keeps you guessing. I don't remember when I enjoyed a read quite this much.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story June 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Mr. Hamill has once again produced another great read, only this one is different: while his previous books are horror stories based seemingly on area specific myths and legends, much like the yeti and sasquatch tales are area specific, this book seems to write the myths and legends as it goes.
Malcolm is a skeptic of things that are weird or magical. His job is to find the logical explanations for all things odd, from reading people's palms to unique card tricks, and he's very good at it. His boss, Bud, is somewhat of a very wealthy hermit who has lived a very interesting life. Bud asks Malcolm to chronicle his life. Along the way Bud and Malcolm decide to try to visit Bud's childhood village. While this book was very interesting before their adventure, it becomes a wild ride with many unexpected twists and turns. It also leaves a few questions unanswered, at least directly, not the least of which is "who is Malcolm?"
Mr. Hamill's books have always been very well written and a joy to read. This one is no exception. If you love reading King or Koontz or Hamill, you will really enjoy his latest.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible journey June 12, 2014
By Josie
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read everything I could find by this author and am pleased and suprised by his latest book. It's an incredible journey with the characters and I did not want it to end. This book is different from his others, but in a great way. I did miss being frightened of my own backyard, as I was with other Hamill books, but the characters and the story were so compelling I easily forgot my own desire for horror and became engrossed within a new storyline that was so different I really cannot compare it to his other works. I highly recommend this book to anyone, it's actually nice that I can recommend one of my favorite authors to my mother and not shock her into another lecture about my genre choice in books. I refuse to give away plot lines so you just have to read it and take the journey on your own.
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I really enjoyed the book "Skillful Death". For the past few years I have really had trouble finding books that would hold my attention. I found that many books I was reading were predictable and didn't have realistic characters. I love fiction and fantasy but it seems like every fantasy book was a coarse rehashing of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. This book is refreshing and unique. It was full of excitement and adventure but also unflinchingly captured the essence of the mundane and the human spirit. I feel that the emphasis on the mundane is often overlooked in fiction but when used well it can breathe life into the characters and make the story more believable. The characters were very well developed and idiosyncratic. The sad parts (Dikis death for example) were heart-wrenching but not over dramatized. In many books I've read emotional parts are over dramatized and nothing unexpected or wild happens. These things make painfully obvious to me the control that the omnipotent author has over the story. I loved how the entire book seemed to have a "this is life and sometimes crazy s*** happens" attitude. I've never read a book with such a creative twists in it! I absolutely can't wait for the next book. One thing to keep in mind is that this book wont outright knock your socks off or anything (at least not at the beginning of the story). Its more subtle, odd, and realistic aspects were what I enjoyed most. I apologize if this message is entirely incoherent but I stayed up late last night reading this excellent book and I've been doing the same past midnight tonight.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and completely surprising
I have recently discovered Ike Hamill and have enjoyed his books greatly. This book however was completely unexpected. so different from the others, but amazing.
Published 20 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars not what you expect
This book kind of sucked me in. They let you think for yourself and do not tell you exactly what the mysteries mean. It is rather long but keeps your interest. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BT
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother, terrible
I have given it way to much time. An author has to make some effort to pull the different segments together, before that last few chapters. Makes no sense. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jean McDaniel
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but with reservations
This is the screwiest book I ever read. While exciting, intriguing and adventurous in many parts, other parts dragged to such an extent that I skimmed through many pages just to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Silver M
3.0 out of 5 stars He has great ideas and his writing
I don't understand this author. He has great ideas and his writing, while not exceptional, is strong. Unfortunately he doesn't seem to know how to actually end a book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by VB
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreary! Had to wade through!
Dreary ! Had to wade through !
Published 2 months ago by Cheeri D. McDonald
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read
This was the first novel by this author that I have read. It was very well-written and I enjoyed the story, even though I did find the plot and characters a bit odd.
Published 2 months ago by SanfordFan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and Unique
This is one of the most original stories I have read in a long time. I love Ike Hamill anyway, but I had never read anything by him that wasn`t in the horror genre. Read more
Published 3 months ago by kora87
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved his other books though
Only made it a quarter of way through. Couldn't get into it. Loved his other books though. Seemed too focused on one character. Hopefully next book is as good as his others.
Published 3 months ago by Matt R
4.0 out of 5 stars This Book Has A Lot Going On!
This book was different from the author's previous works, but kept me guessing all the way to the end. Read more
Published 4 months ago by cathy bell
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Ike Hamill writes fast-paced horror novels with strong, relatable characters. Since 2011 his books have gained a steady following amongst readers who enjoy his blend of sci-fi, paranormal, occult, and suspense. His first series, "The Hunting Tree," became popular enough for Ike to leave his day job and focus entirely on writing. Since that series, Ike's popularity has grown, with "Extinct" becoming his most-read book to date. In some of his books, Ike takes on the entire world. With his recent book, "Migrators," Ike presents a story that focuses on a small family. In either setting, Ike draws compelling characters whom readers are sad to leave behind when the book is finished.

Reviewers compare Ike to Dean Koontz and Stephen King--two of his favorite authors. His narrative often jumps between interwoven stories, presenting readers with a fresh perspective and keeping them guessing until the last chapter. Join Ike's mailing list at and he'll send you a free copy of his next book. Most of Ike's readers are repeat customers. Pick up one of his books to learn why.

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