Stealthy Steps (Nanostealth Book 1)

Stealthy Steps (Nanostealth Book 1)

by Vikki Kestell
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Stealthy Steps (Nanostealth Book 1) by Vikki Kestell

Stealthy Steps, Nanostealth | Book 1

Gemma Keyes was an ordinary, unexceptional young woman with a lackluster life until an overheard conversation ends her budding career-and her loyalty to an old friend puts her very existence in jeopardy.

My name is Gemma Keyes. Other than my name, I am utterly forgettable-so those who never paid much attention to me in the first place haven't exactly noticed that I've disappeared. Vanished. Oh, it's much more complicated than it sounds. And let me tell you, invisibility comes with its own set of problems.

I should tell you about Dr. Samuel Bickel, world-renowned nanophysicist. We used to work together, but I'll be candid with you: He's supposed to be dead. Well, he's not. (Imagine my surprise.) Instead of the proverbial "six feet under," he's subsisting in an abandoned devolution cavern beneath the old Manzano Weapons Storage Facility on Kirtland Air Force Base here in Albuquerque.

"I need to show you what I'm protecting here, Gemma," he insisted.

I stared into the clear glass case. I could hear . . . humming, clicking, buzzing. A faint haze inside the box shifted. Dissolved. Came back together. It reminded me of how mercury, when released on a plate, will flow and form new shapes. Only this, this thing was "flowing and forming" in midair.

"Do you see them?" Dr. Bickel asked.

"Them?" I was confused. My mouth opened to a stunned "o" as the silver haze resolved into blue letters.


Dr. Bickel hadn't pressed any buttons. Hadn't said anything to them. Hadn't gestured.

He grinned. "Ah. They've noticed you. They know they haven't seen you before."

"Well, I wish they wouldn't notice me!"

And I need to warn you about General Cushing. The rank and name likely conjure images of a lean but muscled old soldier, posture rigid, face cemented in unyielding lines, iron-gray hair cut high and tight. Let me disabuse you of that impression. General Imogene Cushing is short and a tiny bit plump. She wears her silvered hair in an elegant braid knotted at the nape of her neck, and she knows how to smile sweetly. With the deadliest of sharks..

You wouldn't suspect a two-star general, an Air Force O-8, of being a traitor, would you?


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986261527
Publisher: Faith-Filled Fiction
Publication date: 06/01/2015
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 912,165
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Vikki Kestell's passion for people and their stories is evident in her readers' affection for her characters and unusual plotlines. Two often repeated sentiments are, "I feel like I know these people," and "I'm right there, in the book, experiencing what the characters experience."

Vikki holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies. She left a career of twenty-plus years in government, academia, and corporate life to pursue writing full time. "Writing is the best job ever," she admits, "and the most demanding."

Also an accomplished speaker and teacher, Vikki and her husband Conrad Smith make their home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
To keep abreast of new book releases, visit her website,, or find her on Facebook,

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Stealthy Steps (Nanostealth, #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well thought out. Moves smoothly. Protagonist(s) and antagonist(s) well defined. Professionally edited. Technically a joy to read. BAM! What a story! Remember the creator of Star Trek? How Gene projected the technology of the time and leaped years? Remember "Starship Troopers"? Remember "Silence of the Lambs" (ok, the antagonist isn't a cannible, but nasty ... You bet). Roll them all together, crank Hannible down one or two levels of intensity (still psychopathic), and this is what you get. The "final proof"? I'm buying the SECOND and third books AT THE SAME TIME!
Anonymous 4 months ago
I throughly enjoyed this well written book. I recommend.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Interesting theories plenty of action.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts a bit odd n you think is this worth it all the random details. Yes. Yes it is. Keep reading buy the next book read it to cuz now Your hooked
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read. Unique story idea and real characters. Great dialogue. The only critique was it got a bit overmuch with the mundane and minutia details after the character becomes altered. But it eventually picked up the pace again towards the end. Kudos and thanks to the author. DMB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome! Reading the next one right away.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I began with a free book and actually ordered the second and third books in the series. I’ve always liked science fiction. Not the end-of-the-world battles of future worlds, but about technologies. I was raised with Dick Tracy ‘wrist radios’ that was science fiction then, and became reality with cell phones. I loved this book because it has plausibility in the technology and nearly explains how the technologies in the first Star Trek series were created. The story is helps you actually helps you envision the possibilities both good and bad of the technologies. Of course, it also has the mandatory evil people from ‘Big Business’ and ‘Big Government’ but these are balanced somewhat by the evil drug dealer(s). While that may sound like a predictable scenario in a book, it is far from predictable. The writer has created a riveting story spiced with realistic sub plots throughout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This free book was wonderful and I could not stop reading it. The only ARE going to have to buy the next two books, I guarantee it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not being a Sci-fi fan will not stop you from being pulled into the plot of this book! I am not, and I loved it! Characters and story were excellent. Vikki Kestrel is now one of my favorite authors !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The casual, first person voice draws you right in to the story. Dramatic, original, fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely a different book. I enjoyed reading it. Liked the idea. Wasn't overly preachy. Will read the rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable .
LiTay More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. Plan on reading the rest of the series and they aren't free like this one was.