Out of Stone, the fourth book by john g rees revolves around a young character and her adoptive Aunt, whom we meet in Halocline, the second book from this prolific writer. Twenty years have passed since the revolution that freed Romania from the yoke of Megacorp and a tyrannical, cruel and insane despot. The country grew and prospered. Slavery and slaughter during the revOut of Stone, the fourth book by john g rees revolves around a young character and her adoptive Aunt, whom we meet in Halocline, the second book from this prolific writer. Twenty years have passed since the revolution that freed Romania from the yoke of Megacorp and a tyrannical, cruel and insane despot. The country grew and prospered. Slavery and slaughter during the revolution, however, left the country with a nationwide epidemic of PTSD. Most dealt with it. A few unfortunately, did not. This opened the gates of hell once again. A metaphor, actually, for they never really had closed at all. Our protagonist, Sechra Kcirb, against the odds, survived the barbarically horrendous revolution, at which she had a front row seat. What was witnessed in her early years hardened the tender areas of youth. The seeds of hatred fell upon the fertile soil of her mind, giving her strength to endure the madness. Her life on the run from the madness of the revolution was replaced with one of privilege, education and art. As her talent blossomed, so did the darkness that so early in life reached out for her. Her adopted aunt, Karuna Danesti, raised the young Sechra. Her love for the child kept her from seeing the darkness within the girl’s work. Through her art, the girl turned woman, and was able to relieve herself of some of the memories life had bequeathed her. Notoriety and fame would come from her ability to carve stone, touching her life, changing it forever. The hatred, anguish, and horror at seeing her family and community brutally tortured, slain, and placed in chains, created an evil that hid away deep within her child’s heart, where it still remained. This thing, this hatred, this evil would use the girl it bonded with so long ago, to bring it to life again. It wanted to live amongst men. The first few pages set the hook of the story. Then, we get deep into our characters’ heads to understand the nightmare their lives have become. More than one antagonist exerts pressure on the tale. Hatred, evil, greed, revenge - rees’ usual nemeses, once again rear their ugly heads to wreak havoc on mankind, being truly the sources of all that ails us....
|Title||:||Out of Stone|
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|Number of Pages||:||279 Pages|
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Out of Stone Reviews
'Out of Stone' by john g rees is horror in its true sense, with bloodshed galore and graphic descriptions to boot. This is not one for the faint-hearted, with impalings and disfigurements of the most gruesome kind, but horror-fans will no doubt expect and relish rees' exploitation of the genre. This was my first rees novel and, knowing that he'd been awarded the 2011 Silver IPPY Award for HORROR from Independent Publishers for his previous novel 'Halocline', I was keen to dip in. According to the book's description, Out of Stone continues the 'award-winning' anoxic zone series, though there is no reference to which book number it is. Unfamiliar with Rees' work myself, I am not sure if this was meant as a stand-alone read or whether it is best read in conjunction with the others books in the series. Personally, I found it read fine, though I was left wondering whether I might have developed a closer connection to the script or its characters had I read rees' previous titles, as there were subplots within plots, and more than a dozen characters to contend with. At times, I found the storyline difficult to follow, though I must admit, rees did a fine job of tying everything together at the end.This book is broken into three parts and an epilogue, which helps with comprehension. It is set predominately in Romania, and the main theme behind the story is overcoming the evil which predominates the land and which a young Sechra has unwittingly flared, through her dark and tortured sculptures. Karuna, with the help of Ahmed, must sacrifice her future to enter the past through the mosaics, her only chance at reaching Dracine, an evil female presence who dominated the 1400's. Dracine was buried alive and has since left her powerful and un abating influence on centuries to come. Evil is wreaking havoc and stopping 'this thing' that Dracine had conjured is the only way to rectify the current tragic events across the land. An interesting read, sure to appeal to fans of this genre.
What an awesome way to wrap things up! While I love these books I can't help but sit and think about how his writing really reflects our world and the current situation and can actually be thought to be a commentary on our situation in the world today. What a ride John!
This was a novel I was not sure where it was going to go but I was unprepared for the horrible beginning chapters or for the story that unfolds as I read this novel.It is a multifaceted plot and the jumps in time while adding depth to this story always seemed to take a minute for me to get my bearings. The story was riveting but while the novel of horror, magic and evil rolled out before me I could not help but notice a few things.The author apparently has a penchant for depicting people as either unbelievably strong (as in ignoring all pain) or horribly weak (all of whom seem to empty their bladder and bowels into their clothes) and while this might have made a strong impression one time, after the 3rd or 4th time it became distracting to me, especially after the beginning chapters.The story does however pull you in and soon you are following a story that meanders along while giving you pieces of a larger puzzle while keeping the reader involved in small subplots along the way, also the fact that you will have a character that you are sure is going to be a problem that suddenly is killed off keeps you guessing which is a good thing.I will not try to give out spoilers in this tale of ultimate evil but it will keep the reader involved and the writing was good and the story excellent.I scarcely mention the characters since the point of view switched many times and gives the reader full knowledge of most things that are happening. I have to say in many ways these are the weakest vampires I have read about in a long time and very storng in other ways. This was an interesting take since I read a lot of vampire novels.4 Stars because it was a story that you could hardly put down but I did have the problems mentioned above so enjoy and realize this is a very dark, mainly horror novel that is not going to fill you with rainbows and sunshine.