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

01/06/16

I really didn’t want to read this book. I wasn’t sure what it was about, but the title, “Mythical” led me to believe it might be about magic and dragons, wizards and sorceress, and idiotic stuff like that. Well, it was! But, it was a very good book and not like you think. This was a fighting book. Combat type fighting with soldiers with weapons and all that cool stuff. It also had a lot of surprises!

So, these teenage kids are running around in the Arizona desert on motorbikes. The come up on this blackened area where a boat has obviously been burnt pretty badly. Inside the boat is a body that’s also burned to a crisp. Upon further inspecting the body, they see that it has a gigantic hole where it’s heart should have been and practically half of it’s skull is gone. The guy’s dead for sure. It’s starts to rain, so the kids hightail it back to their camp and talk about wha they saw and if they should report it to the police. They decide to sleep on it through the rain that night. Just before dawn, the girl, Josie, hears some rattling outside her tent. Thinking it’s one of the guys getting something to drink she starts to go back to sleep. Then she hears one empty water bottle drop, then another, then another and finally decides that no one in her group should be up drinking that much water. She looks out her tent and sees this guy standing by the cooler and he’s draining another bottle of water. She notices that it looks like his arms are growing as he drinks but she think that can’t be right. So, she comes our of her tent and asks the guy what’s he doing.

He turns and tells her that he needed the water badly after walking for a ways in the desert and would pay for it. He’s only got paints and one shoe on and nothing much else. By now all the guys are out of their tents and staring at this guy. Anyway, Josie, who had looked in the boat at the burnt dead guy, gives a yell and says, “You’re him!” or something like that. She then tells the other guys that this was the guy who was burnt dead with a hole in his chest and a huge hold in his head. Of course they can’t believe her. But she asks they guy if that was him and he says, “Yeah, that was me. I died.”

Ok, from here on out it gets strange. This guy turns out to be a very nice guy, but he is deadly. He’s on a mission or was on a mission when he got killed. And, this wasn’t the first time he’s been killed, either. By now you should know this story is going to be good. This guy’s name is Mark Kenslir and he apparently has amnesia.

Mr. Kenslir’s story or rather Colonel Kenslir’s story is pretty interesting and not at all what I though it would be. By the end of the book, we’ve killed or thought we killed a dragon and about a hundred other people. Unfortunately, one of the deal is one of the teenage kid, but not Josie, her best friend, Jimmy. But Jimmy might be able to come back. Maybe.

I’m going to find the rest of these books. I believe there’s a whole series of them out there and if they’re as good as this one, I got a whole lot of reading to do.

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