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The Lost Stones

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  84 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
1600s Mexico- The Aztec Prince Ixtililxochitl writes that the first people to inhabit his land came from the Tower of Babel at the dividing of tongues…Scholars dismiss his writings as myth.
1800s Mid Western United States- Settlers dig into ancient burial mounds and discover thousands of slate tablets covered with a strange hieroglyphic writing and drawings depicting
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Bonneville (first published November 1st 2011)
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Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
This book contains a lot of references and delves into the beliefs of the LDS religion. I think that overall, for those that enjoy reading about the church and the Mormon history that this is a fun and very well put together adventure for adults to enjoy.
It's fast paced and a lot of history and discoveries, caves, museums, traveling.
It has a focus on the Lost Stones and the background of that story, it's history and a lot of the beliefs. So if you are not interested in the Church you'd want to
Michelle Christensen
Mar 29, 2016 Michelle Christensen rated it it was ok
Shelves: lds-fiction
This book was poorly written as far as fiction goes. For example, things were way too convenient, such as the protagonist ALWAYS being warned of danger by a tingling in his neck. Other things were too convenient for me, as well. The characters were not really well developed. Many facets were rather fantastic. The ending wrapped up way to easily and was unbelievable as well.

I finished the book, though, because it wasn't a hard read and the archaeological data was interesting. I learned somethings
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
As you can tell from the blurb above, this is an LDS based book that centers around the teachings found in the Book of Mormon. Like the bible or any scriptural account of Jesus Christ, or any historical writing for that matter, there are always people looking for ways to prove and disprove that they actually happened. You can tell by reading this book that the author has done a ton of research into this subject. There is a passion there that was not lost on me. I admire people who find something ...more
Rebecca McKinnon
Aug 30, 2012 Rebecca McKinnon rated it really liked it
This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

This is a fun, quick read. Short chapters keep the story moving, and tons of research and true knowledge fill the pages. The characters are well-rounded and likeable

While the theme is LDS (Mormon), I think anyone interested in archaeology, history, or adventure would enjoy the story!

Some thoughts:

When I started the book, I was a little worried. Book openings can be tough to right, and I didn't really feel drawn into this one. *** Spoiler***
Ryan Burt
Dec 29, 2011 Ryan Burt rated it really liked it
1) Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

2) Genre: Mystery

3) Synopsis: Ammon Rodgers is an Iraq War Veteran and college student. Expecting a relaxing Christmas break instead, he is pulled into a mystery that might bring him answers or even death.

4) Feelings: I bought this book not only because it sounded interesting and the author was in the bookstore signing the books. He talked about how much he liked the DaVinci Code but wished it had more references so you could know what was fact vs. what was fiction. Th
Nov 10, 2011 Misty rated it really liked it
I found The Lost Stones to be a face-paced, enjoyable read. It contains sufficient amounts of humor, romance, action, suspense, mystery, and intrigue. Rimmasch effectively weaves his research of Ancient America into a fantastic fictional story.

But enough of the stuffy reviewer's voice. I loved reading this book! The story was fantastic, but I was torn between wanting the fiction to go away entirely so I could read it more like a research paper (I'm weird like that) and wishing the story was way
Jesse Kimmel-Freeman
Dec 05, 2012 Jesse Kimmel-Freeman rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It is filled with Mormon concepts. some of which I was completely unfamiliar with and had to ask my husband what it was talking about- which was frustrating. But I obviously liked the book enough to ask. Which says something by itself.

This book has a great character arc development. I love how they change throughout the entire thing. Ammon's constant questioning really adds to his character. He's a real character- one that could easily be that guy who sits in class and
MaryAnn Dennis
Sep 05, 2012 MaryAnn Dennis rated it really liked it
The Lost Stones by Paul Rimmasch

This book was so much fun to read! It has everything--adventure, Book of Mormon archaeology, and a wee bit of romance.

Ammon's seemingly innocent question regarding the sixteen stones the Jaredites used leads him into the adventure of a lifetime. He gets to meet some very interesting people and some dangerous people. He is pushed beyond what he thinks his physical and spiritual limits are as he tries to keep up with his new friends, John, and his daughter Sariah. I
Jul 16, 2012 JoAnn rated it really liked it
"The Lost Stones" Written by Paul Rimmasch

I didn't know what to expect when I started reading, "The Lost Stones." What I found was the amazing story in store for me. Once I began to read, it was difficult to put it down, which I only did once.

Not only was I captivated with the story but with the research Paul had done in order to bring this story alive. And, though the characters are fictional, the topic is not.

A young man named Ammon Rogers served his country in Irag, giving him a great deal of
Meagan Myhren-bennett
The Lost Stones
by Paul Rimmasch

"The latest news of the progress of the explorations of what is now regarded by scientists as not only the oldest archaeological discovery in the United States, but one of the most valuable in the world, which was mentioned some time ago in the Gazette, was brought to the city yesterday by G. E. Kinkaid..."

On Monday, April 5, 1909, the Phoenix Gazette ran a story detailing an important archaeological discovery deep within the walls of the Grand Canyon. A group of
Oct 21, 2012 Kara-karina rated it really liked it
You know how long it took me to read this book? A very long time! Is it because it was bad? NO. The topic was simply so fascinating I kept spending a lot of time online researching it :D

That's the strong part of this book - it's unique topic, because let's face it: how often a blogger like me will read an archaeological conspiracy involving lost civilisations and their ancient technologies, The Book of Mormon and evil corporations covering up the research into alternative sources of energi
C.C. Thomas
Oct 20, 2012 C.C. Thomas rated it did not like it
It's hard to decide if this book is mostly adventure or mostly at attempt to convert unbelievers to the Latter Day Saint Faith. Definitely a good mix of both.

Ammon is an ex-solider and current college student who has never really been secure in his LDS faith. That changes when his new college professor tells him the story of some magical lost stones that are apparently important in Mormon history (I am guessing this might be part of the faith as I am not a believer in it.) Ammon enlists the hel
Aug 19, 2012 Sugar rated it liked it

Conspiracies, world changing secrets, historical mysteries, be it fact, fiction or a mixture of both, as long as presented in a fascinating truthful way, is always a success. In this sense The Lost Stones reminded me a lot of The DaVinci Code. They possessed a similar flow and build up with the choice of mystery and the reason for the plot driving search for answers being the part that sets them completely apart. And the book of Mormon genuinely was a pleasant surprise for the main topic
May 15, 2012 Kristian rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
This book reminds me a lot of Dan Brown's stories, even though it was a lot shorter and written from a completely different worldview - the author does obviously not try to hide the Mormon influences in the book, but what I really appreciated is that it was not as missionary as I was afraid it might be. Instead he focused on the story even though he seemingly did his research when it comes to the scientific and pseudo-scientific backgrounds of the story. I was well entertained and would definite ...more
Jul 11, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
Ammon Rodgers served two tours in Iraq and his experiences there made him realize that there is a God and that he should pursue an education in renewable energy. Unfortunately, those who get power and wealth from oil keep an eye on people that are making strides in renewable energy-and they have the "problem" eliminated.

Ammon's journey is an exciting adventure in building his faith in God and His gospel, along with daring rescue missions, lost "treasure", and even romance.

Paul Rimmasch did an ex
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Sep 13, 2012 Lisa (Bookworm Lisa) rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting book. I was impressed with the amount of research that Paul Rimmasch underwent to delve into the lost and hidden world of LDS Book of Mormon relics.

Ammon is a student at BYU. An innocent question in a religious class leads him on an unexpected journey. The archaeologist, John, who is helping him find the answers to his question is taken as hostage in Mexico. He teems up with John's daughter to liberate him. From there they visit many interesting places and are chased b
Dec 06, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing
I was a little afraid that I wouldn't like this book and that I would have to lie to my brother-in-law and tell him that I did. But, happily, I really did enjoy this book. It has adventure, romance, short chapters, and footnotes that made me want to some of my own investigation and also made me think. It starts a bit slow, but picks up very quickly. Once they start their adventures in Mexico, you can't wait to see where they will go next and what will happen. My only complaint is that it really ...more
Suzanne Bertussi
Nov 02, 2014 Suzanne Bertussi rated it liked it
Interesting and fun, especially if you're into Book of Mormon archaeology.
K. Smith
Jan 12, 2012 K. Smith rated it did not like it
So our intern brought this in and I have to say that it was--not good.
Phrases like "his heart swelled with compassion" left me more in fits than interest. I do have to say that the author did his research--and well too. You could also tell that he knew a lot about rock climbing--it was almost a pity that the rock climbing part was so short.
I'm glad it was a quick read too and I can see why it would be an appealing book to some, but as I am such a word snob, this book fell flat.
Jul 11, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it
The subject matter here was very interesting! - Book of Mormon archeology. The author knows his stuff, and there's a great bibliography at the end. The story felt to me (at times) like it was just a vehicle to expound on various theories of BofM archeology, like it was just the bare bones of a plot. The characters were interesting, just not well developed.
This is a Good reads First reads book. It is an excellent story with an interesting plot. I think this would be a great book for young adults and teens. Especially for those who are at a crossroads in their life. If I was asked if this is worth reading, my reply would be.....hell (sorry) it!
Mar 06, 2013 Patricia rated it liked it
If you are interested in archaeology information associated with the Book of Mormon, this will be the book for you. I liked the story and thought the author wrote well, although the story seemed to take a backseat to the archaeology information. It was a quick read.
Nov 14, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing
Great book! Intriguing, clean. Fast (think Dan Brown-short chapters). Didn't waste action time with too much explanation of down time (cut to after an airplane ride)-kept it moving along well. Thought provoking and intelligent. Totally recommend-"Mormon" or not!
Feb 10, 2015 Marian rated it liked it
Interesting read with some archaeological facts placed into a fictional story. Loved the conclusion of the book. The basis for the truth of the Book of Mormon must come through revelation to each individual in order for faith and testimony to become solid.
Peter Giorno
Jan 31, 2013 Peter Giorno rated it really liked it
A wonderful, interesting book of adventure. A lot of research, and detail went into it, and for a non-Mormon such as myself, the book became an eye-opener. It was well written, and had me intrigued until the very end.
Feb 24, 2012 Katy rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, it was the first book I was able to read after my son was born and I couldn't put it down I stayed up late into the night to finish this book. It was a great book that got me thinking!
Jeanette Dummer
Oct 27, 2011 Jeanette Dummer rated it it was amazing
Excellent, excellent book! SO much history and research went into this book! The plot is very intriguing and draws you in very quickly. Great character development, also. Highly recommended!
Sep 26, 2012 Valerie rated it liked it
Being a person who enjoys Book of Mormon archaeology, I was interested in this book and enjoyed reading it. That said, however, it seemed to be almost a list of evidences thinly veiled as a novel.
Mar 09, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it
Very interesting and fun book! It has some history, some Book of Mormon archaeology, a little bit of Army stuff, and a little bit of a love story. All things I love!
Marla Milligan
Feb 17, 2013 Marla Milligan rated it liked it
This is a fun story of the 'Book of Mormon' history and archeological sites and 'The Lost Stones'. Light read and fun!
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Paul Rimmasch was born and reared in the Salt Lake Valley. He graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminalistics and a minor in Photography. Paul has spent the last fourteen years working as a Crime Scene Investigator for Weber-Metro CSI and is active in Forensic Science education and Law Enforcement training. He lives in Ogden Utah with his wife and three children ...more
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