Exoskeleton: A Novel

Exoskeleton: A Novel

by Shane Stadler
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Exoskeleton: A Novel by Shane Stadler


" ... a cleverly executed [blend] of science fiction, suspense and horror. ... a certified dark journey into madness." - David Gammon, HORROR NEWS

"Stadler - an experimental physicist by trade - effectively uses his background working in government and defense labs in painting vivid, appropriately clinical looks at the very base concept of torture. He spins it, however, into a horrifying tale of supernatural vengeance, one wrought with complex questions of faith, spirituality, and the after-life." - Chris Hallock, CHIZINE

"Exoskeleton utilizes several science fiction and horror tropes: the medical experiment gone horribly wrong, the malevolent secret government organization that will stop at nothing to achieve its aims, vengeful spirits against which the fleshbound have no defense, [still] Stadler never lets the story devolve into cliche, but instead uses these tropes with originality and energy." - Tracie McBride, EXQUISITE CORPSE


A convicted felon is given a choice following his sentencing ... Serve a twenty five year conventional prison sentence ... Or spend 365 days in a new, experimental corrections program. He opts for the experimental program ... Only to realize he has made a horrible mistake. A dark tale of science spun dangerously out of control, Exoskeleton will leave even the most jaded of readers quaking in their boots.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615679198
Publisher: Dark Hall Press
Publication date: 08/02/2012
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 834,493
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Shane Stadler is an experimental physicist. He has worked at numerous government research and defense laboratories, and is currently a professor of physics at Louisiana State University. EXOSKELETON is his first novel.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me reading all night … I was completely hooked. It is a great mix of  sci-fi, horror, suspense, and psychological thriller. A philosophical thread was woven into the plot, and I found this novel to be quite mind expanding. Note: this book is not for the squeamish -- it contains a bit of violence, especially in the first half of the book. However, the violence wanes, and you'll understand its relevance (it was ESSENTIAL) to the plot.  I highly recommend this book -- and am looking forward to the sequel that I hear is to be coming soon! Five Stars!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply superb. Analytical and intriguing. Although officially classified as a science fiction, it comfortably fits the characteristics of a suspenseful psychological thriller. In my opinion, creative nonfiction would be a more accurate genre for Stadler’s first book. His style of writing is fluid, unpretentious and non-threatening. He is concise and brief in his delivery and shies away from frill hence making the storyline and his writing all the more engaging. He cleverly utilizes physically tangible and visually illuminated metaphors to establish uncanny parallels to all that is indeed the opposite. Features that are, perhaps reflective of his scientific background. He is descriptive enough to prime the canvas of a scene but leaves ample dimension for the readers’ creativity to develop and establish a personal platform to carry the story. There are many poignant moments and connections throughout the book. The storyline’s development and climax and even the book’s title are skillfully linked to the Pentateuch and the New Testament, with what I would consider to be some deliberate omissions- perhaps to serve as the basis for future writings. Despite the aforementioned, the subject matter is free of religiosity but rather deals with life, fate, strength of human character and belief (or lack of), fear, growth, mortality, unfiltered emotions and unanswered questions. Highly recommended!
groovyman More than 1 year ago
Enthralling first novel! Very suspenseful and well written. I’m not big a fan of gore, but the ideas and questions at the core of this book are really interesting. The graphic parts of the experiment are a means of introducing the greatest parts of the book, which are questions about mortality, spirituality, and the supernatural. The author creatively weaves philosophical themes into an exciting plot. The reader is confronted with questions about the soul, it's time of origin and its existence outside of the body. The story thoughtfully addresses out-of-body experiences, the mind-body connection, revenge, trusting our own perceptions, and the material and emotional connections which define our lives and experiences, and whether those things can ever be stripped from us. Highly recommended!
bdmip More than 1 year ago
Very well crafted novel, a book that is hard to put down, a very original plot, highly recommended!
AudiobookReviewer More than 1 year ago
First thoughts about the cover of Exoskeleton? What in the world!? Looks like a warped take on the Vitruvian Man sketch by Leonardo da Vinci. Is this going to be an observation book about the human form? How do those other symbols tie in? Hmm… This should be interesting. The main character is Will Thompson. He’s an inmate in an advanced treatment facility. He’s there to do a condensed sentence. Rather than spending the majority of his life in jail, he agrees to this ‘treatment’ to condense his time to one year. In doing so, he unknowingly signs up to be tortured. The Exoskeleton is a full body suit designed to go over every inch of the body. It in-cases the person in steel, wires, and tubes. They do nothing without the Exoskeleton’s consent. It makes the person a puppet to the whims of the controllers. It feeds, you, it nourishes you, it tortures you to the brink of madness. In some cases it pushes the wearer past the brink. Will is accused of a crime he did not commit, but he is still being punished for it. The corporation that runs the Exoskeleton program has a sinister motive. They are doing human torture testing to try to activate human telekinetic abilities. They want to figure out how to trigger abilities to make people into weapons. This story takes awhile to get going, but once it does it doesn’t stop or go down easy. The tortures are in vivid detail. Very descriptive. At times I had to pause the book because it would give me cold chills so bad that it set my teeth on edge. This is not for an easy reader or young audience. Scenes where it describes bending the limbs to the point of breaking the bones made my muscles ache. The narrator is Patrick Conn. His voice is smoky, smooth, and with a bit of a southern draw. He pronounced several words oddly at times. Words such as Lived or Whirred. The author is Shane Stadler. This book is 7 hours and 37 minutes long. This book left me with the feeling that sometimes bad people will do bad things in the name of justice, for knowledge, and for the gain of power. Sometimes these people look like regular people, but inside they are monsters. Hold fast to what you know is true, what you believe in, what drives you onward. Do not let bad people corrupt you into doing their bad deeds. Be true to yourself, always. Audiobook submitted for review by the author. Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]