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The Twelve Stones (The Twelve Stones, Book 1) by [Johnson, RJ]
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  • File Size: 1488 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Smashwords (January 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070CSKE4
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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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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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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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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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I do not like serialized books. When I pick up and read a book I expect it to have an ending and not a statement about the next book in a series. If the author plans to serialize a book that should be stated at the beginning.
The author's style and writing were all right but the story line was so far fetched it was difficult to continue.
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