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The Sea of Storms (Science Fiction Adventure) (Lodestone Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Whiteway
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Now available on Kindle as part of the bargain priced 360,000 word epic Lodestone Trilogy!

On the planet Kelanni, life is cheap.

With the aid of the fearsome "Keltar" enforcers in their flying cloaks, a ruthless invader is forcing the native population to mine the colloquially named "lodestone" - a substance from another universe with infinitely destructive power.

The only ones who can stop him are a tiny girl with a fiery disposition, a former Keltar, a failed revolutionary, a musician and the mysterious creature Boxx, who seems to speak only in riddles...

Ail-Kar, a white-hole portal from another universe, rains meteoroids onto the surface of the planet Kelanni. But the so-called "lodestones" behave according to different physical laws, transforming Kelanni's society.

With the aid of the fearsome Keltar in their flying cloaks, the Kelanni are being put to forced labor to mine the lodestones. Shann, an orphan with a fiery disposition, witnesses a battle between a Keltar and a stranger bearing a similar flying cloak. She tracks down the stranger, and learns of the technology behind the Keltars' power, joining him on a mission to free the slaves and cut off their supply of lodestones.

Meanwhile Keris, a Keltar, is sent on a mission to track down the rebels. She is attacked by a flying creature and saved by the enigmatic Chandara. At their Great Tree, she learns that a mysterious "Prophet" is out to destroy the Kelanni people. Their only hope is a powerful instrument hidden in the distant past.

Pursued by Keltar, the party will encounter bizarre creatures, ancient technologies and terrifying dangers. Finally, they must seek to cross a massive storm barrier in order to reach the other side of their world, where a world-shaking revelation awaits.


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From the Author

Rising from the remnants of a shattered civilization, the native people of the planet Kelanni begin to discover the technology left behind by their ancient forebears. So begins the epic adventure of the award winning Lodestone Series...

The science in Lodestone is based on the concept of 'negative matter', as theorised by Dr Robert Forward,  Hermann Bondi and others. 
  
Those interested in the science aspects behind the story may wish to check out the following papers, as well as the article 'The Power of Negative Matter' by Robert Forward in the 17 March 1990 issue of New Scientist. 
Bondi, H. "Negative Mass in General Relativity," Reviews of Modern Physics, Vol. 29, No.3, July 1957, pp. 423-428.
Winterberg, F. "On Negative Mass Propulsion," International Astronautical Federation, Paper 89-668, 40th Congress of the International Astronautical Federation, Malaga, Spain, Oct., 1989.
Forward, R. L. "Negative Matter Propulsion", Journal of Propulsion and Power (AIAA), Vol. 6, No. 1, Jan.-Feb. 1990, pp. 28-37.

About the Author

Mark Whiteway (1959- ) lives in rural West Sussex, England, near the former home of H G Wells. The Lodestone series of novels is built around the speculative concept of negative matter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 729 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Whiteway; 1 edition (December 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BU9KJ6
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid start to a promising new fantasy series March 2, 2011
Format:Paperback
As an indie book reviewer, I come across a lot of, um, less than stellar fiction. Then, once in a while, I come across a self-published book like The Sea of Storms and I am reminded of why I do this in the first place. Planet Kelanni has three suns: a white and yellow that move across the sky much like our own Sun, and a large, dim, red sun that never moves, in much the same way as the Earth doesn't when viewed from the Moon. The inhabitants of this planet, though never described in detail, are (presumably) humanoid creatures ruled by a mysterious Prophet and his Keltar emissaries who routinely collect citizens as "tributes," never to be seen again. A young girl named Shann joins two men - Lyall and Alondo - in their quest to overthrow the Prophet and free the tributes. Meanwhile, forbidding Keltar Keris receives shocking information from the strange, somewhat beetle-like creatures known as Chandara, information that turns her world completely upside-down. Woven throughout the drama is a mysterious and precious mineral known as lodestone.

Though the book's title is somewhat misleading - the Sea of Storms is not actually reached until the last few pages - the story itself is quite good. The action is well-paced and the world is solidly constructed. I especially liked that while there were creatures clearly meant to stand in for familiar animals such as dogs and horses, nothing was described in comparison with Earth since, obviously, the Kelanni know nothing of Earth. Shann, Keris, Lyall, and Alondo are engaging characters, easily distinguishable without relying on stereotypes. Oliah came out of left-field, making her relationship with the leads rather unbelievable, but her appearance is so brief I can almost ignore it.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Starships and Aliens Review September 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Concept/World
This is a complex world both physically and culturally. Physically it has three suns, mysterious lodestones and a variety of alien creatures. Culturally it is almost medieval in feel, dominated by a tyrannical religion. The concept of the book is almost more fantasy than science fiction. I would have been perfectly happy to accept the lodestones as magical and wasn't entirely convinced by the scientific explanation of the lodestones or by the science underlying the "storm barrier". It is a mark of the quality of the writing, however, that I didn't start to question the scientific feasibility of the storm barrier until I was reading it for the second time, analytically, for review.

Story
The plot moves along at a good pace. There are surprises and mysteries that kept me reading late into the night to find out what was going to happen. There was one inconsistency that poked me in the eye - Shann is described as riding a graylesh early in the story and then later has to learn to ride one because it says she's never ridden one before. That did stop me reading as I had to go back then and check that I'd read it right the first time.

Characters
The characters are a great strength of this book. The Kelanni are not human but think and behave like humans. I really liked Shann to begin with though she became a rather whiny adolescent in her rivalry with Keris, a tormented soul with fierce combat skills. Lyall reminded me of Don Quixote, a would-be hero who just doesn't quite have the skills to pull it off. I liked Alonso and his dry humour. My favourite, however, was Boxx, truly alien in the way that he/it thinks. I loved his/its cryptic pronouncements, baffling the heck out of everyone else.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For a debut author, this is amazing! July 17, 2010
Format:Paperback
When something is strange to you, your instinct makes you take caution. When entering a strange land, you automatically go into defense mode. A strange world can make you scared, excited and anxious to learn all of its secrets. But sometimes that strange world disappoints you. Perhaps it is too strange. Perhaps the secrets it holds aren't that exciting. Perhaps the strange world is intolerable. Perhaps this strange world just makes you want to shout out loud about how stupid it is.

This strange world of Kelanni is the exact opposite. It makes you want to explore the whole land. Learn the secrets that it holds. Devour every piece of information that is available and makes you want to beg for more.

I dove into the book with extreme caution. From the synopsis only, I knew that it would be an interesting book but I didn't know how the writing, characters and the world would be. When I began, my interest grew, but I must admit that I was a bit wary of reading it. I mean, I wasn't going to stop reading it. I promised myself that I would finish it regardless of how bad it was. But, it wasn't bad! As the pages went on, I began to understand more of this different land. I began to get these feelings for the characters that showed how much I cared for them. And when the villains were introduced, I began to hate them just like our heroes did.

The Sea of Storms holds many stories in one. It's a book where five main lives get together. Shann is a simple village girl working day in and day out with her "adoptive" parents. Keris is a Keltar working for the Prophet and is beginning to question what is right and what is wrong. Lyall is a man who is trying to fix what is in his past by changing the future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great fantasy story. Looking forward to how this too shall continue.
Published 18 hours ago by F. Coombs
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This is a good read and something different from the vampires and werewolves that abound. I would recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by postgal7
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Sci-Fi with Enjoyable Characters
I could talk about the overall splendor of the world featured in The Sea of Storms, but I think the best reviews are the ones that dig into the actual storyline and mechanics of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kelley Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars High adventure on land and sea
A rollicking adventure with advanced technology thrown in. I love a fantasy where the people in the created world just happens and the people in it just live their lives. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. L. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't want to put it down, I had ...
I didn't want to put it down, I had to buy the next 2 books and am sure that I will have to get the rest of them.
Published 2 months ago by Roger Ziegler
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic series start
Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms Paperback by Mark Whiteway brings you firmly into the world of Kelanni a planet were life is cheap. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ambrosia Jefferson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Start to a New Sci-Fi Series
I wanted to start this series because I had a friend that is already to book 5 and swears that the author is one of his favorites. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vanessa D.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great start to a dynamic science fiction series
As imaginative as it is fascinating, Sea of Storms, Book 1 of the Lodestone Trilogy is a science fiction adventure, which introduces readers to the world and beings of planet... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mochalove
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very impressive.
Found it very shallow. Not super engaging, read it only cause is was better than being bored. Lacked drama. I wont continue the series.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
It was written well and full of adventure! It made me eager to read the rest of the series of books
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Ahlstrom
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More About the Author

Mark Whiteway (1959- ) lives in rural West Sussex, England, near the former home of H G Wells. For more information on published books as well as future projects, please join me at www.markwhiteway.weebly.com

"Writing SciFi has been a long held ambition of mine. As a kid, I read everything-Wells, Verne, Heinlein, etc., etc. At twelve years old, I wrote a novella. (I still have it, hand-written in a huge ledger). It was about our sun going nova, and the resulting breakdown of society, as told through the eyes of three boys. It had a pretty surreal ending.

"Following that, life intervened, and it was only in April '09 that I determined that I wanted to get back to writing. I had had several ideas running around in my head for some time, of which the Lodestone concept was probably the strongest. As I began to develop the story, it rapidly became clear that there was no way I was going to be able to cover it all in a single book, and so the Lodestone Series was born.

"For more information on published books as well as future projects, please join me at www.markwhiteway.weebly.com."

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