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Stone Age

(Stone Age #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  580 ratings  ·  57 reviews
A vacationing family is separated;
A friend readies them for a catastrophe;
A young love blossoms;
A prophet's fame rises;
A prepper waits for the violence to come;

All are unprepared for the apocalypse about to strike the Earth, one so great and unprecedented, it will bring humanity into a new Stone Age.
Kindle Edition, 223 pages
Published April 7th 2014 by Toes in the Water Publishing, LLC
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Brad Theado
This was a very quick read and i read most of it in a single sitting. I read a lot of books in this genre, so in comparison I would say the following:

1. Story - matches a lot of other stories in this line of SHTF fiction.
2. Setting - I really enjoyed the setting. Set in Mexico, I think its an interesting jumping off point for the rest of the series.
3. Characters - Likeable. One dimensional for the most part. You have your cranky prepper who sees it all coming. Your father figure. The bad guy (Me
Sandra Knapp
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Certainly did get my attention, and held it throughout. But there are many story lines that will be continuing in consecutive volumes and right now, just not in the mood for a long, drawn out series. I did enjoy this story though, and was sorry that it ended as quickly as it did, and definitely with a cliff hanger.
S.A. Softley
Jun 02, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I do not tend to review books very often, particularly ones I did not enjoy. I suppose I believe in the saying "if you do not have anything nice to say, just don't say anything."

In this case, however, I felt it might be helpful to add a review of this book. I believe that the author shows promise and could benefit from reading reviews of this kind. In addition, people like me, who were intrigued by the post-apocalyptic and original sounding story material will benefit from knowing that this nove
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stone Age by M.L.Banner is a great and different look at the end of the world as we know it.  It's definitely not the typical virus or zombie apocalyptic setting.  It's premise is what happens when we no longer have power and the consequences and how to survive .  I love apocalyptic stories and was thrilled to read a different take on how it could all end.  The idea of a world without power and all the conveniences we take for granted is an interesting and fun idea.

The story starts off with the
Martin King
I purchased M L Banner’s Stone Age after viewing the Author’s promotion of the book on Google+. It was listed as an Amazon best seller for both dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction. For $.99 I would give it a try. The plot centers on the effects of a corneal mass ejection (CME) on modern civilization. Banner references an actual event that occurred in 1859 and in the novel details the catastrophic effects a CME of equal, or greater magnitude would have on modern civilization. It is an interest ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I tried to like this book. The premises was good. The execution was not. Here is an example of useless words slowing the story to a crawl...

Max took a big bite of his burrito. Fragile wisps of steam emptied out of the bitten end, slithering by his face, slowed slightly by the brim of his blue Cubs cap, before emptying through the open air of his Jeep into the soup of the city’s aromas. It was a blended mixture ranging from foul to delightful. A flavorful volcano of fire erupted in his mouth, an
Sarah Crawford
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This apocalyptic novel is based on the premise of cornonal mass ejections (CMEs) hitting the Earth and destroyed virtually all power sources. It centers around Max, a man with a lot of money who has been preparing for this for a long time but also dealing with some very, very shady characters and the Kings, a family of three who are his friends and are taken under his wing to prepare.

There's a lot about what could happen, what is done to prepare and survive and then what actually happens when th
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stone Age...

A massive CME, a family separated and a friend who wants to protect them. Max knows something is coming. Could be huge, could wipe out the world as we know . He must prepare his friends Bill & Lisa and their children from the destruction to come. How successful can he be?
My favorite genre is post apocalyptic, dystopian scenarios. A few zombies every now & then!😉 This author is fabulous. The characters are relatable, the storyline is plausible & there is a nice setup for calamity to c
Sandra Lynch
Kept my interest.

I was dismayed that it took half of the book to introduce characters. Then the real story began. I was disheartened that the main character was wealthy enough to buy his needs to survive. I would have rather it have been a common joe like myself. One can't really identify or learn from one who uses money rather then creativity and work how to survive such an event. I also hate the milking of a story and ones pocketbook by making it a series. I'm most likely not going to buy the
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stone Age II beginning

Several chapters of the science to back up the theory of CME decimation of Earth.
A family of three, vacationing in Mexico, is friends with a man named Max. Max has made years of preparation a reality for himself and this family.
Perhaps book 2 will have more words about the people and less about the science.
I noticed few editing errors, until the last couple of chapters which contained many. Still a great and terrifying story.
Shannon Glen
Good storyline. I like to read post apocolyptic books. I did not like his character development at all. face value only. No development of them. I had no problem though following the storyline, as he goes from character to character. One though dropped off after their plane crashed. Have no idea what happened to them. Of course the first book was free and I will not be buying the others.
I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. It was a quick read, told from multiple POVs in different times, leading to some occasional confusion and backtracking on my part. The author warns readers about the devastation of a massive solar flare and our need to prepare. I'm not fond of cliffhangers, though, and this device was, unfortunately, employed in abundance. ...more
H. Blacksten
As I recall (I read it several years ago) a not too well written book about a subject that should concern us: the potential of major electropoclypse caused by Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), a Carrington-level sun spot, or Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) from hostile nuclear weapon exploded over the US.
Far better book is "One minute after." Or is it "One second after?" addressing EMP specifically.
Kelly Cross
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and intense

I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters are great. While not a lot of action, there is an intensity below the surface that the author brings out with his words and it keeps the story interesting and leads the reader down a path to find out what is going to happen next. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Chrystal Roe
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Now this is a scary, thought provoking story. It is entirely probable. It has happened before. This book was really well done with great characters, realistic situations, and some very real science fact to scare the pants off of you.
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

But scary. The writing in this story when quick without overwhelming the reader with over powering details that are hard to under. The characters are well developed. I enjoyed this story. Recommended
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

Very good scientific basis turn through strong Max is a special strong provided tons of supplies lotta good technical information gives us something to look at the sky for.
Ron Luycx
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It could happen!

An expertly written cautionary tale of life after a coronal mass ejection devastating the world. Though fictional, the story depicts what could happen in this high risk, high impact event.
Karina Halt
I really loved this book! I'm quickly moving on to the second book!! Highly Recommended! ...more
Wancket Enterprises
Very unusual

This book was unusual and I am still trying to process it. However it was good and held one's attention.
Aviar Savijon
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stone Age

Non your average or even close to usual apocalyptic thriller. A interesting view of what could happen if the cosmic rays from the sun destroyed our power grid.
Thomas Zman
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great premise for a story. Something of concern as to how delicate our modern technology is when it comes to Solar Events.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stone Age review

Stone review is the first post apocalyptic book in this series written by author M. L. Banner. Good storyline and characters.
I've given this book three stars but I'm still not really sure if I actually liked it or not. I really liked bits of it but other parts of the book I really disliked.

Lets start with what I liked. I liked Max the prepper, who has his home on a Mexican beach, but is fully prepared for the disasters he believes are coming. His neighbours are Lisa and Bill, who are in their Mexican holiday home with daughter Sally on vacation and Max is ready to look after them when trouble hits. The other kids Dar
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
"Stone Age" the intriguing first book in this dystopian series begins with Dr. Carrington Reid's prediction of a corneal mass ejection (CME) that will devastate the Earth. Like a few preppers who have heeded the warning, in Mexico Maxwell Thompson has been preparing for the event for years to ensure that he and his next door neighbours the King family will survive. When Bill, Lisa and their daughter Sally arrive ahead of their other daughter Darla and their ten year old son Danny they immediatel ...more
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who like survival type post apocalyptic books, with or without zombies, like me, you will like this one. It is a story of the King family (no zombies), who go to their vacation home in Puerto Penasco, Mexico (they call it Rocky Point) where they have been going for years and where they have made friends. The closest friend there is Max, who lives next door and also has two lots and a house across the street. He is a longtime prepper and is ready for the end of the world, which he predi ...more
David Marmillon
I don't normally write reviews for books, but I felt compelled to write a review about this one simply because i finished it with such mixed emotions. I bought this book and its sequel because one of my favorite authors, Hugh Howey, recommended it in his blog. The story was very good. In fact, I have never read a book that dealt with the same subject matter as this one. I work in the Information Technology field, and it was very interesting to read a story about what would happen if suddenly al ...more
Jan 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First Reads winner!

This book was pretty much the exposition for the next book. Fairly slow exposition that did not make me want to get the next book. I'm not invested in the characters. This may have to do with the narrator. I had a few problems with his narration, from mispronunciations (hay is not pronounced the same in Spanish and English) and bad accents to painfully nasal and valley-girl-esque voices for all the women. The young, nerdy computer guy voice for the extremely handsome love inte
I won this book through a Goodreads contest and started it shortly after I received it. I love the premise and the story starts off well but in the end it’s not enough for me. This is book one in a series so it does a great job setting the stage and meeting the characters but the story in this book is lacking. It’s well written and the characters are liable, but plot doesn’t move along far enough for me and there is very little action. I think the series could be very good but you have to commit ...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
It is a good concept for a story. The characters need to be better developed though
This is a doomer story about a CME occurring -it is the first book in a series.
The story follows one family and his neighbor, Max. Max has been expecting "something" to happen and has made elaborate "prepping" plans. This first book in the series is a development of where they all are when the first CME occurs and everything goes dark.
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