Mythical (Stone Soldiers #1)

Mythical (Stone Soldiers #1)

by C.E. Martin
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Mythical (Stone Soldiers #1) by C.E. Martin

Colonel Mark Kenslir is the last of the cold war supersoldiers, and he's just come back from the dead. With his memory partly missing, he sets out to remember who, or what killed him. Can the Colonel complete his last mission, or will the heart-eating shapeshifter he hunted kill him again?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045524568
Publisher: C.E. Martin
Publication date: 06/05/2012
Series: Stone Soldiers , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 120,023
File size: 920 KB

About the Author

A Desert Storm-era USAF veteran, C.E. served four years in uniform before returning home to Indiana and worked for seventeen years as a criminal investigator. A long-time fan of pulp fiction and men's adventure, C.E. was first inspired to write by classics like The Destroyer and Doc Savage. When not authoring the latest in his own Stone Soldiers military thriller series, C.E. can be found watching B-movies with his kids or battling virtual communists on X-Box.

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Mythical 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Jay_Riv More than 1 year ago
Like Fantasy? Like superheroes? Then I recommend you take a lot into this book! It starts off with a group of young adults finding a burned boat, with what appears to be a body, in the middle of the desert. Th body turns out to just be a statue wearing pants, with a hole in its chest, or so it seems. A few hours later said statue is found drinking their water supply and appeared as flesh and blood as anyone else with no wound. The group quickly learns this mad is bullet proof and super strong and most take off. Josie and Jimmy stick around and learn that the man's name is Mark remembers dying in 1962. Josie decides to keep him around, to help him out and learn what happened. Meanwhile agents are hot on their trail, desperate to bring Mark in. This story covers Medusa, dragons, shapeshifters, etc with superheroes. Normally I would not like the combination but C.E. Martin really pulls it off well. A great blend of the two. Mark's character is more in depth than what he shares with Josie and Jimmy and I believe, deeper that what we got to see thus far in this first book. Jimmy is a great character whom I wish I was able to get a better feel of. I wanted more from him. One discrepancy I noticed was how Mark uses money. Now, this is going off the fact that Mark has no memory from 1962 to today 2013 (the year they say the story takes place). When the find Mark he has about $4000 in his pocket dated 2000-something, which is how they know there must be a memory lapse. Yet when one of the boys gets hurt he gives enough money to cover a basic doctor visit based on current cost. When they stop for food and gas he pulls out several $20s. Now, how does he know how much to pull. $4000 should have seemed like a WHOLE lot of money to him from the early 1960's. $20 should have easily covered food and gas. How does he know cost and why doesn't Josie comment or notice that he has some memory? Just a question that I came across. One quote seen I like is a flashback scene to 1962 where some men are trapped and Mark is telling his wife that the building is in lock-down for safety reasons and they have to hope the men make it until morning, he tells her it is protocol. Being a odd situation she asks how can there be protocol for it. His answer: "It’s the Army. We have protocols for everything.” I could not help but laugh because it happens all the time, especially in movies. No matter how outrageous the situation, the military will put order to it without hesitating and they make it appear like they expected it. Bottom line, this was a fun book. Relatively short, lacking some detail in areas I would have liked to see more, but still good. I will definitely be hunting down the others in the series over time. *I won this book in a raffle. This is my fair, honest review, done of my own free will and choosing.
DMCourt11 More than 1 year ago
Mythical is the first book in an exciting new adventure series by a promising new author. Teens camping in the Arizona desert come across a boat sitting out in the middle of nowhere with what appears to be a stone statue. Suddenly the stone begins to turn flesh colored and becomes a living man: Mark Kenslir, a special breed of soldier developed to be almost indestructible. He awakes not remembering his identity or what his mission is, but gradually his memory returns and he's helped by two of the teens on his mission to stop a shape-shifting ancient killer. Mr. Martin has a strong narrative voice and has created some interesting characters I want to read more about. He has a gift for writing action sequences that will pull you in and make you feel part of the story. The last third of the book moved along at such a rapid pace, action building upon action, that I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I've bought the other books in the series and can't wait to get to them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first couple of chapters of this book were quite slow, and I found it a bit difficult to persevere. I was really happy that I did though. The story becomes interesting, fast-paced and action-packed. The descriptions of the fight scenes were vivid, and I could imagine the shapeshifter morphing into all of his different characters as I read it. I could imagine this book being made into a movie, especially if it's in 3D! Overall, it was a quick and enjoyable read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading C.E Martin's Mythical (Stone soldiers #1). I am not a big fan of fantasy or sci-fi stories. When I started the book and there was a statue that came to life in the desert, I almost put it down. I remember thinking that this would be the cheesiest book I had ever read. Luckily, I was really pleasantly surprised! The book involves the idea of superheroes and villains in quite a realistic way if that is possible? I really liked the villain, Ketzkahtel. I thought that the idea of a shape-shifting villain was really good. The fight scenes in the book were really graphic and gory and absolutely PERFECT to help my imagination go wild. The book started out quite slowly, but by the end I was hooked. Next read will have to be Brothers in Stone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well thought story and characters. Looking forward to the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mythical by CE Martin--good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
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awsome books, recommended, adventure, action packed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this, might get other books
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I loved how action packed this book is! Ready to read the rest ofthe series!
shelcheesy More than 1 year ago
A few teenagers camping in the Arizona desert come across a boat sitting out in the middle of nowhere and a corpse…made out of stone. Then the stone begins fades into flesh and becomes a living person. This is our protagonist, Mark Kenslir, who is a soldier developed to be almost indestructible. But he has no memory of how he got there or what his mission is~ As the story goes on, his memory comes back, and he embarks on a mission to hunt down the shape shifting villain who killed him and his team. I wouldn’t say literary genius, or recommend this to fellow book lovers – but this book was entertaining! I had a lot of fun reading it. I thought the author did a decent job blending aspects from vastly different cultures; nothing was too clunky or overly contradicting. Other than a few grammatical errors and a lack of detail in some places that needed more fleshing out, this was a fun read. Interesting characters, a lot of humor, action packed violence and a fascinating villain. I look forward to reading more of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done c e martin Thank you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well crafted combination of myth and fictional science: a story of warriors and battles.  Although it features teens, the story is not about teenag. I can recommend this as a good read with interesting imaginings.  Although the characters are interesting, I am not ready to commit to over $30 for the rest of the series. This book is complete in itself and I found it worth the time and with possibilities for growth and development in further stories.
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A black tom with white marks on his back like Aquila the eagle constellation (it looks like this +-) padded in. "Hello?"