I’m Ray Stone, an accomplished author with a variety of published works to my name. Born just outside London in 1946, I grew up in post war Britain during a period of depression and ration books, bombed out housing and BBC radio. At school I won a writing competition at the age of eleven and later in my teens went on to widen my interest in the arts by having no fewer than four self-developed monochrome photos hung in the ESSEX Worldwide Salon of Photography competition in my home town of Southend on Sea. At the age of eighteen I began writing poetry and lyrics whilst studying at college. Two years later I was working in theatre as a technician and worked with many orchestras' and artists including the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Mantovani, The Doyle Carte Opera Company, Harlequin Ballet, Joan Baez, Jimmy Hendrix, Oscar Peterson and worked on local shows such as My Fair Lady, Camelot and West Side Story. My poetry won me first place in 1998 in an international internet poetry competition with ‘An Angry Silence.’ Moving to Colchester in the same year I wrote a full page article about the historical significance of the locale and was published with a by-line in the local press. Whilst writing my first novel I returned to writing lyrics and teamed up with a local composer. Together we produced and recorded five blues numbers. I also published a short poetry and lyric book entitled Life over a cup of Tea. My novel, ‘THE TROJAN TOWERS,’ was published in 2005. A second political thriller, ‘ISIA'S SECRET,’ the first in a trilogy of Enda Osin mystery novels, was published in 2013. The second in the trilogy, TWISTED WIRE, was released in 2014. The last thriller in the trilogy, GLASSFROGS and CHAMELLIONS, is due to be published in early 2017. In 2016 I will be publishing AMBER,AMBER ON THE WALL, the sequel to THE TROJAN TOWERS.All books are available through Amazon and other leading outlets and starting with Isia's Secret, I am having my works made into AUDIO at ACX. My favourite authors are Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Neville Shute, Alistair Maclean, C.S.Forrester, Len Deighton, Daniel Silva, Ernest Hemingway - and the list goes on. I have lived in and around London's colourful EastEnd and the café sets of Westminster and Kensington. Rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous-and infamous I have acquired a unique insight into the lives of both criminal and upper classes that give my works a believable realism. I moved to the USA in 2003 and married. I have since retired from a successful landscape design business and now live on Cyprus with my wife and fellow author, Mrellan Harahan. I am now the serial manager for The Story Mint, a unique New Zealand publishing company that encourages and teaches new writers the art of literary creativity . My ambition is to publish several books and appear on a TV chat show. I would love to meet novalists Daniel Silva, Michael Connelly, and Dan Brown.I would also like to meet Julia Roberts but I guess I'll have to wait until I'm rich and famous.
on Nov. 14, 2013 :
Having an early copy, I read this book only to find I was hooked after the first couple of chapters. I completed it within the week and really enjoyed all of it.
The prehistory - for which I was grateful, the story, the intrigue, and even the romance. Details were sufficient to make me picture the scene as Ray puts you into the story and making you a part of it. Even is it does have an odd British flair in some parts it makes an easy read!
After his re-release of the newly edited copy, I was pleased to see the changes and the new formats available. This is now part of my permanent Library Selection! May have to read it again before the new one arrives!
Enda's future pends and hangs lustfully in my future. Did he marry? Will he Live? Is he still an infamous column writer, will he take the world on his shoulders again? Who knows besides Ray. I can't wait for it. Ray's next book is completely too long in the process for me to wait, so I'll have to move to Malta and read it as he writes!
Thanks Ray for the much needed entertainment and I look forward to more
(reviewed the day of purchase)
E L Russell
on Nov. 13, 2013 :
Ray Stone has given us a modern struggle for power in the Eastern Mediterranean set in the political background of the European Union.
His protagonist for the series of mystery thrillers is Enda Osin, an unforgettable and controversial writer for the world famous Herald. Forced to lower his profile, his boss assigns him to write a series of back page articles about billionaire Paul Hrisacopolis, a power driven shipping magnate and a strong supporter in the movement for securing the political union of Greece and Cyprus for Cyprus. Enda is soon entangled in the dark and secret Hrisacopolis family mystery.
We are fortunate that the author completes this almost incomplete hero with what I hope will be his long-time partner, a beautiful and sophisticated a West Indian woman half his age, Jessica Du Rosse.
In spite of their Editor forcing them to work together writing inane, non-controversial pieces about billionaire Hrisacopolis, Enda and Jessica quickly find themselves immersed in murder and intrigue with a long, surprising history of deceit and revenge. Together they must survive deadly danger, a murderous conspiracy and a political catastrophe.
The author constructs several memorable characters that endure his plot twists, and surprises.
His descriptions of venue and artifact are authentic renderings that pull the reader into the story and support each character’s journey to the climatic ending.
I am looking forward to reading the rest of Ray Stone’s series with Enda Osin.
E L Russell, Ph.D.
(review of free book)
on Oct. 02, 2013 :
As a fan of Ray Stone's earlier novel, The Trojan Towers, I couldn't wait to read isia's Secret. I'm so happy that I did - and that Stone didn't disappoint. Isia's Secret is better, bolder, richer and more lively than his first novel.
Enda Osin is a London journalist with a few chips on his shoulder and more than a little bit of talent for getting himself into trouble. Most of all he's a good journalist with a story to nose out. Where his natural talent runs out is where it concerns the fairer sex - and Jessica Du Rosse is very fair and very much of the opposite sex. She proves more than a match for Enda in romance game and real help on his quest to ferret out what seems fishy about shipping magnate Paul Hrisacopolis.
Can Enda get his story, get his girl and get out with his life intact?
It's a great read. Fast, funny and the characters - particularly Enda and Jessica - are engrossing and believable. I understand that there's a sequel in the works and I can't wait to see what happens to Enda next.
Take the time to read Isia's Secret. If you like thrillers and espionage, you'll love it. If you like great visualizations and wonderful, human characterizations, you owe it to yourself to read Isia's Secret. And don't forget about The Trojan Towers - it's a great read as well.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Sep. 27, 2013 :
Look for the name Ray Stone, now and in the future for the best in political fiction and intrigue. ISIA’S SECRET, is Stone’s second published offering, with TROJAN TOWERS, being the first. In these days of two dimensional super heroes and poorly plotted stories it is refreshing to read an author who has learned his craft and knows how to tell a story that will keep you reading until sunrise the next morning.
Enda , a political columnist for a large London newspaper, is a flawed man with an extraordinary sense of integrity who expects everyone else to live by traditional ethics and the conventions of basic human decency. Nothing less is acceptable to him. His Irish personality and workingman’s attitude make for outstanding news articles that constantly offend the corrupted hearts and minds of the men at the top of the British government. There is no gentle tempering influence in his life—until he meets Jessica Du Ross. Paul Hrisacopolis exemplifies all the things that Enda hates; corrupted power, dirty money and greed. He also has a closet full of skeletons. Some skeletons are not as dead as Hrisacopolis would like them to be.
Stone not only knows how to draw three dimensional characters that you would recognize walking down the street, but is also brilliant at weaving a story full of intrigue, suspense and blind corners through London, Istanbul, the French Riviera, and the Mediterranean Sea.
My biggest disappointment in Stone is that he does not write fast enough.
(review of free book)