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Born in Helsinki, Finland, Mark Everett Stone arrived in the U.S. at a young age and promptly dove into the world of the fantastic. Starting at age seven with the Iliad and the Odyssey, he went on to consume every scrap of Norse Mythology he could get his grubby little paws on. At age thirteen he graduated to Tolkien and Heinlein, building up a book collection that soon rivaled the local public library’s. In college Mark majored in Journalism and minored in English. Mark has published six other books with Camel Press: Things to Do in Denver When You’re Un-Dead, What Happens in Vegas Dies in Vegas, I Left My Haunt in San Francisco, Chicago The Windigo City, and Omaha Stakes (Books 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the From the Files of the BSI series) as well as a standalone novel, The Judas Line, which was a finalist for the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award in the Fantasy Category. Mark lives in Denver with his amazingly patient wife, Brandie, and their two sons, Aeden and Gabriel.
on Sep. 07, 2011 :
It requires an adept storyteller to transform ghouls and zombies into believable characters worth a reader’s time. THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOUR UNDEAD is outrageous to the extreme, but oddly a very believable story. I’m pretty sure there is an ultra-sexy undercover agent working for the BSI as I speak, putting his life on the line to keep damsels like me safe from all the creatures that go bump in the night. This puts Stone at the top of my “A List” for adept storytellers.
THINGS TO DO IN DENVER starts with a hangover—which seems to be how Kal Hakala, our butt-kicking protagonist, starts every day—and ends with a bang. Nothing about this plot is cliché. Stone takes his readers into a world more imaginative than Disney Land (and far more dangerous), but at a much cheaper price. Every boogey-man he tosses into this story is detailed with non-typical abilities and limitations. Even the vampires show up in unique form. What?! A vampire that doesn’t burn when splashed with holy water? Frightening! I totally dug these night-time creatures.
I’ll tell you this much: I can’t wait for the next Mark Stone read!
Author of Surviving Xcarion
(reviewed 47 days after purchase)