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Four Small Stones (A humorous action, adventure, survival series for children, middle grade, teen and young adult) (Urban Hunters Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Gary Taaffe
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Book Description

Did you know New York Book Review’s, WD La Rue, recommends Four Small Stones, The #2 Kindle Bestseller in Teen and Young Adult Action Adventure Series?


Before you purchase this book please be aware that Four Small Stones could make your head fall off. Heads have been seen rolling down suburban streets without their bodies. Please do NOT purchase this book if you do not want people to see you chasing your own head. It will be embarrassing.

However, if you don’t mind being completely grossed out one minute and laughing your head off the next, please read on ...

˃˃˃ Praise for Four Small Stones

“I would read ANYTHING this man wrote.” That’s what Mr La Rue said. Plus he didn’t just read Four Small Stones, he had a little nap and then read all the way through to book 8, Final Straw! Pretty impressive.

˃˃˃ Other 5 out of 5 star reviews for the Urban Hunters series ...

“Mad writing skills you’ve got.” Jessica B, Publisher, BooksATrueStory

“From the first page to last, you'll be hooked. This story is probably one of the best new young adult books out there. It's a great start to a great series!” JB Cacdac, Singapore Review of Books

˃˃˃ Overview of Four Small Stones ...

Billy’s gotta find some girls. The problem is he’s an Aborigine from the Australian bush and all he’s got to wear is a loincloth. Not a good look in the city. And what’s worse, he’s never even seen a girl before. Could life get anymore difficult? Why yes it could. Billy could fall in love ...

But first he has to survive two devious older brothers and a couple of initiations to prove his manhood. Great.

˃˃˃ More praise ...

“I have just finished reading the first three in this series and they were the funniest books I have ever read in my entire life! By the time I had finished Four Small Stones I had tears rolling down my cheeks I was laughing so hard. I couldn't wait to read Tribal Scarring and Walkabout and they were both just as good if not better. Can't wait for number 4.” Wendy and Andres, UK

“While written for a younger age bracket, adult humour has been included. However it has been written in such a way that what seems like a funny incident to a younger audience, holds an underlying meaning for the adults. I highly recommend this series to everybody who is interested in reading a beautifully written story.” Pinky Pollock, Australian Book Review

URBAN HUNTERS is laugh-out-loud, gut-churning, heart-wrenching storytelling at its best. Unlike anything you’ve ever read, in typical Taaffe fashion. Hilarious as usual. Always surprising. Wonderful!

  • #2 Teen and Young Adult Action Adventure Series
  • #3 Teen and Young Adult Humorous eBooks
  • Best selling Children’s eBooks
  • Best selling Middle Grade eBooks
  • Best selling Teen eBooks
  • Best selling Young Adult eBooks
  • Survival is climbing up the charts- fingers crossed :)

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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Gary lives in a small coastal town in NSW, Australia. There's open ocean on one side, a massive saltwater lake on the other and enough virgin bushland in the surrounding areas to lose yourself for a week. When he's not writing, Gary's hunting deer for the freezer or putting around the lake fishing for flathead. He's a Toolmaker by trade, a successful inventor and now, a writer. Urban Hunters is the culmination of his inventiveness, his enthusiasm for the outdoors and his fun-filled sense of humour. There are thirteen books in the Urban Hunters series. Enter your email address on his website to be the first to hear of special events and new releases.

Product Details

  • File Size: 667 KB
  • Print Length: 117 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0987176064
  • Publisher: Bunya Publishing; v10.11.12 edition (November 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FG6486
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,412 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four small stones October 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't normally buy fictional books but was drawn to this because of the subject matter as I am interested in indigenous people. I must say it did not disappoint, in fact I read it in one go and loved it,and am awaiting the next book in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and fun! September 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Four Small Stones (Urban Hunters 1)
By: Gary Taaffe
ISBN: 9780987176004
Published August 3, 2011 by Bunya Publishing
Available Format: ebook

My Rating: '''''

Billy is a thirteen-year-old Aboriginal boy from the bush. The spirit of his mother has chosen him to travel where the whites live. His clan is facing extinction, and it is up to young Billy to find some girls and a future for them. Billy really doesn't want to go, but he has more imminent problems to deal with. Billy's brothers are constantly pulling pranks on each other, and this time Billy is their target. He cooks up a plan to get back at them big time. His plan involves a rotten Roo, some stimulating biscuits, a blanket of bat poop, and a trip to the crystal cave.

I originally thought, with a thirteen-year-old protagonist and low word count, this would be good to read with my son. We did start it together, but I read ahead and decided it was a bit more mature than he is ready for at the moment. We did have an interesting conversation about the Aborigines and Australian animals and culture. It is more toward the end of the story that the plot takes a little turn and the language gets a bit harsh. If he were in his early teens, I would have been more comfortable with him finishing the story.

For me, though, it was truly enjoyable! The young brothers have such a fun rapport, even though they are trying to one up each other all the time. They certainly can pull some disgusting pranks, and Billy's was elaborate and hilarious!

All throughout the story, I marveled at how authentic everything felt. Heartwarming and fun! I can't wait to check out the next in the series...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and Interesting Book with Boy Humor May 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Billy is an aboriginal boy, the youngest of his small clan that makes their home in the wilds of Australia. After the death of Billy's mother during childbirth, the clan no longer has any women, so eventually Billy will have to go on walkabout to find a mate. But in the story of the "Four Small Stones," Billy is still a young boy getting tricks played on him by his older brothers Mallee and Pindaari. Billy gets his revenge, however, in a way that's certain to amuse young boys--and the young at heart.

To me, "Four Small Stones" feels like middle grade fiction. The vocabulary is mature and Billy and his brothers use strong language, but in general, the spirit of the story is one of good-natured, boy-oriented hijinks. There are a lot of fart jokes and gross-out moments. As an adult female and animal rights activist, I found the hunting, animal death, and frequent excrement references a bit disturbing, but as I said before, I have a feeling that young boys would enjoy the story. The description of aboriginal culture was also engrossing and made me want to learn more about the culture of native Australians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Four Small Stones June 19, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Four Small Stones is a hilarious adventure about Billy and his brothers's quest to ensure their family's continued existence by seeking out a mates.

Billy and his family are Aboriginals living in the Outback. They believe in the old ways and work hard to preserve their family traditions. But, as their tribe reaches near extinction they decide they must take action. Now it is up to Billy to venture out into the world and see what he can find in the city. The only problem, Billy doesn't quite fit in and the loincloth he wears is a dead giveaway. Will Billy be able to overcome the challenges of the city or will his way of life come to an end?

Four Small Stones is an incredibly enjoyable read. I love the scene with the kangaroo and feel for Billy when his plan to outwit his prank playing brothers goes awry. Gary Taaffe has a knack for storytelling and creates a vivid world through his use of exquisite detail and identifiable characters. Although there is a lot of goofing around and many comedic events, the bond the Aboriginals share is evident and I found myself being drawn into their world.

I highly recommend picking up a copy of Four Small Stones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars (Jill Paterson) The beginning of the journey December 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
FOUR SMALL STONES is the first book in the Urban Hunters series and is set in present day New South Wales, Australia. The story opens with Billy, a 13 year old Aboriginal boy who lives, with his tribe, hidden in the bush. Tormented endlessly by his older brothers, Billy strives to earn their respect and in so doing, is strengthened for that which he has yet to endure. His tribal initiation and his eventual Walkabout in his quest for the tribes survival.

With well rounded characters, Gary Taffe has weaved a tale that gives the reader a glimpse of the tribal life that Billy and his people live in the Australia bush. An enjoyable, well written book that has its funny, yet serious side, Four Small Stones is the journey's beginning!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written story November 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
When I was contacted by Gary Taaffe to read and review his Urban Hunters Series of books I was interested to see what was in the marketplace for this age bracket that didn't involve sparkly vampires.

Let me just say I was very impressed.

This series follows Billy an indigenous Australian on his journey into manhood. We are introduced to his family and the elders, and learn what it means to be part of a community.

Gary has managed to blend the beauty of the Australian Outback with a story that is as entertaining as it is informative.

While written for a younger age bracket, adult humour has been included. However it has been written in such a way that what seems like a funny incident to a younger audience, holds an underlying meaning for the adults.

I highly recommend this series to everybody who is interested in reading a beautifully written story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and talented YA read, but mature and uncomfortable content...
*I was generously provided a copy of this book to read and review*

A short story about a boy named Billy, and his (mis)adventures in the bush. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Peter Koevari
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to what promises to be an interesting series....
I loved this novel. It was vividly written with the feeling of education on Aboriginal history as well as life in the Outback. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rabid Readers Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet heartwarming story
This is a sweet story of an Aboriginal boy in Outback Australia and his relationship with his family. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Beginning to a Fascinating Story...
The best stories transport you and teach you something you did not now. This book took me out of NYC to the outback of Australia and in to the life of a young Aborigines boy. Read more
Published 17 months ago by W. D LaRue
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the beginning
Well Well Well so different from James Patterson and Lee Childs what I usually read.So so funny.Mind you saves the brothers right for playing tricks on Billy. Read more
Published 19 months ago by ann cook
4.0 out of 5 stars Kristi's Book Nook
Billy is a young Aborigines whose mother wants him to go on his walkabout with his great grandfather, Cobar. Bill is only thirteen and wants more time to grow into a man. Read more
Published on August 6, 2012 by Kristi Bernard
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Delightful
I love stories about different cultures around the world. I have some knowledge of the Aboriginal people, but not a lot. Read more
Published on May 4, 2012 by Donna R. Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Vivid and visual writing
Four Small Stones was like The Jungle Book set in Aboriginal Australia. When I saw the subtitle, "Billy's Gotta Find Some Girls," I knew I had to read it. Read more
Published on April 12, 2012 by Jessica B.
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 small stones
I won this book and the second one and then this book is a great book to read for adult
and kid.The book is in Australia and life the tribe of aborigines. Read more
Published on January 31, 2012 by desi reilly
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More About the Author

Gary survived an aeroplane crash into a petrol station, getting run over by a car and a quarter century of marriage. He invented a security device for Harley-Davidson motorcycles and has flown a hot air balloon over Hong Kong. Sentenced to 5 years in a boys boarding school in Australia has toughened him up and prepared him for a life of mayhem. He's an avid hunter and fisher and loves his girlfriend, Colette the boat, he says with a sparkle in his eye. Gary has a sense of humour that will shock the pants off you and have you running down the street gathering up your head after you laughed it off. Prepare yourself for anything because that is what you can expect from his books. Reader beware!

There are twelve books planned for the Urban Hunters series with books published regularly.


Gary's been selling products direct to consumers for over a quarter of a century. All the way back to when the fax machine was the latest and greatest and was used more often than email. He was there when Netscape, the first popular internet browser gave everyone easy access to the internet and watched in wonder as MySpace and Facebook connected friends and consumers all over the world.

He's used snail mail, fax mail, email and now Stampede, his most successful marketing strategy ever. Many times more successful than anything he's ever developed. To say he's excited about it would have to be the understatement of the century.

He's travelled the world, invented security products for Harley-Davidson and self-published eight books for the Young Adult market. Of all the things he's done, marketing is what he does best and that's what this book is all about. And it's just the beginning. He has lots more up his sleeve so stay tuned for more outstanding products from this savvy marketer.

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