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The Twelve Stones (The Twelve Stones, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

RJ Johnson
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Twenty two years ago, Alex McCray found the first of the Twelve Stones, a set of powerful artifacts left for Humanity to find and use to save Earth from certain destruction.

Returning to his hometown of Onyx, California, Alex reunites with his father who returns the stone Alex found so many years ago. Their reunion is cut short however after Alex's father is murdered by billionaire industrialist Rupert Kline, a madman who will stop at nothing to collect all twelve stones for himself.

Driven by revenge, Alex McCray vows to bring his father's killer to justice and keep the remaining Twelve Stones out of Kline's hands.

A thrilling tale that mixes romance, cutting edge science, and oh yeah, the fate of human civilization.

*Note* This is the second edition of The Twelve Stones. Edits have been made to address the typos mentioned in the reviews below.The book might still suck, but at least it sucks with 99% less typos.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1098 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Smashwords (January 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070CSKE4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,409 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A page-turner February 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
RJ Johnson's The Twelve Stones is an action-adventure tale about Alex McCray, his pursuit of justice for the death of his father and the secret behind the mysterious twelve stones. He's up against the ruthless multi-billionaire, Rupert Kline, and his army of thugs. But not to worry. He's got his trusty lifelong best friend and ex-girlfriend to help him out. This is a fun book to read and it's quite the page-turner.

The story begins twenty-something years ago when Alex and Scott were just young kids out having an adventure. Alex even then thought of himself as an adventurer and nerdy Scott, forever grateful that he's got a friend, liked following Alex around. Alex found the first of the twelve stones, which for some strange reason seems to have the magical power to heal even the severest of injuries. Ted McCray decided to keep the stone for a while until Alex was ready for the responsibility of possessing the mysterious item.

Fast forward to the present and Alex shows up on the homestead to see his father after apparently having been "dead" for six years. The story really takes off when Rupert Kline shoots Ted McCray in front of his son and left Alex for dead. After that, it's a thrilling cat-and-mouse game as Kline's thugs attempt to locate Alex in order to finish the job they botched up while Alex seeks out his old sidekick Scott and ex-girlfriend Emily for help.

Like I said, the story is fast-paced. You get a sense of purpose on every page as each word propels the story forward. No meandering whatsoever. Even the flashbacks are purposeful. There are things that I didn't particularly like however.
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112 of 121 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Promising premise but poorly executed December 18, 2012
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When I started reading The Twelve Stones, I was initially hooked and settled down for what I expected to be an enjoyable read. Unfortunately, the more I read, the less I enjoyed it.

The story follows Alex, a man with a past, as he battles an evil billionaire who is intent on taking over the world. The author has a vivid imagination, and his ability to paint a picture with words is good. Formatting and the copy-editing were adequate. (I must admit that the author's comments in the book description on the re-edited version were pretty funny and were ultimately what made my decision to buy the book.)

I have several problems with the book, though. The first one is the author's lack of adherence to reality. I am not writing here about the stones, but the disregard for physics, martial arts, law enforcement, the military, anatomy, history, timing--the list goes on. Science fiction or not, you can't pinch "soft tissue" and hit a disabling nerve, kung fu does not have "sensei," (nor is the art anything like what was described, for that matter), blowing a gas pocket would not cause the "biggest natural disaster in history," Camp Pendleton is not an Army base, colonels do not go to basic training together then serve together in combat with their "buddies," cars would not be able to travel for six hours on California highways at 126 MPH and not get stopped by the highway patrol--and on and on in this vein. The book is quite frankly rife with these mistakes, most of which could be alleviated with a simple Google search. To me, as a reader, it seemed like the author was so caught up with his storyline that he had too many throw-away aspects that he just invented their reality as an easy way out.

Coincidences were too pat for me, too deus ex machina.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty bad but promising! June 10, 2012
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The novel needs a good editor and decent formatting. It is not as bad as many but the errors start to wear on the reader, distracting from the book. The book itself demonstrated the writer's vivid imagination, which shows promise, but is not really much more than one long chase. You know the type, run here, run there, run from the bad guys and finally defeat them. Today, after finishing, I can remember a couple of the character's names. I am sure I won't remember them tomorrow. The characterizations are not only very flat but also very sterotypical. The premise is original but the books draws from other, much better, works. I was able to finish it. I found it mildly entertaining if irritatingly flawed. Two stars since I was able to finish a pretty bad book.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for all readers January 22, 2012
By L.
Format:Kindle Edition
I will start this review by saying I am not a huge fan of Science Fiction novels. Having said that, this book is defiantly worth the read and I recommend it to all readers!

RJ Johnson's writing is filled with vivid descriptions that will transport you to a fantasy land based off California . As you read, you feel as though you are in the action and living out the story with Alex. Each chapter offers new adventure that will be hard to put down. The book is well-rounded as it is filled with action, but maintains a love story and intermitted comedic relief.
I highly recommend this book!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time with this one October 4, 2013
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I purchased this book as a bargain and was interested that it had received some good reviews. I quit reading after about 1/2 way. It appears to be written by a 14-year-old who has never had a date, never had sex, and has no clue how real people live. Everybody has terrible temper tantrums, all the women are fabulously attractive unless they are chubby, and there is no coherence even within a chapter. In the first chapter, the lead characters meet in 8th grade when one stands up for the other to a bully---but then they are 10-years-old and out hiking around. I could look past that but the writing is poor, disjointed, and the actions haphazard. Take a pass on this loser. I gave it one star because you can't give it zero stars!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Twelve Stones
I actually enjoyed this book. When I was considering it, I read some of the reviews, the one's I saw were not extremely favorable. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Spratzkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I really enjoyed reading this book. Will probably go on and get the others in the series so I can find out how it ends.
Published 3 days ago by Jeri C. Hastings
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a great read
Published 5 days ago by BYRON S. MAXWELL
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved It & Strongly Recommend This Book! FIVE STARS*****
The story will DEFINITELY CAPTIVATE YOU! It is definitely a fun read and worth picking up for a good time reading. Read more
Published 6 days ago by RM
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
Totally unrealistic even for fantasy. Dependence on :Deus ex Machina at every turn Every time main characters face a problem, here comes a magic gun or magic vehicle, etc. Read more
Published 11 days ago by nana99
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Pretty good read, left me wanting more.
Published 12 days ago by Lisar
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed this book and liked it for it's fast pace and that there are more stories to be told!
Published 14 days ago by debi howard
1.0 out of 5 stars Get a good editor and a proofreader
It started as an interesting idea. But the story and the writing style went down after a few pages. I had a really hard time finishing the story... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Guyot
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good story line, keeps you guessing.
Published 1 month ago by J. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars good sci-fi read
Good continuing story line and it made me want to find out what happened to Alex and his friends in the future.
Published 1 month ago by Pat G.
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More About the Author

RJ Johnson is an award winning author from San Diego, California. He was inspired to write novels back in the second grade when his teacher bound together a short story he'd written for class into a small book. His passion for writing ignited, Johnson spent the next twenty years learning everything he could to become an author.

His greatest hope is to write something worth reading. The results of his efforts so far, are available below.

In addition to writing, RJ also spends his days producing talk radio in San Diego.

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