Thursday, February 6, 2014

Stone Soldiers: Mythical (Book 1) by C.E. Martin (review)

Mythical (Stone Soldiers #1) 
 Stone Soldiers:
Mythical (1)
By C.E. Martin 

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
 Published June 2012
Pages: 282 

Buy Mythical (Stone Soldiers #1)

Summary:  "Mark Kenslir is the last of the Cold War super soldiers- and he's just come back from the dead. With no memory of who, or what killed him, he sets out to piece together his past with the help of two teens that find him wandering the Arizona desert. After returning to a modern world he doesn't remember, Kenslir starts to remember his final mission: stop a prehistoric shapeshifter that steals the lifeforce, form and memories of its victims- by tearing out and eating their hearts." 

Review:  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.

This takes nothing away from the book however and I loved the adventure!  Completely worth the read! 4 (almost 4.5) worthy dragons!

**Special Note:  C.E. Martin actually saw this review about my "awesome nitpick" andhow he does the same thing!   Very cool message to get, especially when he sent me a free copy offer for the second book!  Happy times!**


  1. Very informative review, and the story sounds entertaining!

    Trix, vitajex(At)Aol(Dot)com

    1. I enjoyed this one. I wish it had been a bit longer though.


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