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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The Demon Stone is a powerful supernatural thriller that leads you from the killing fields of Africa to the quiet Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota. In braided narratives, Datta spins a terrifying story about the spiritual forces—both real and supernatural—that incite the basest, bloodiest and most frightening of human behaviors.

When Kevin volunteered to travel to a w
Paperback, 280 pages
Published May 4th 2014 by Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
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Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm going to up this to a four-star rating. For as much as I was anxious to wrap it up and get on to the next book, I can at least say that the story was creepy and I liked the settings. It flopped back and forth between Africa and Minnesota. Africa seemed horrible, with its heat and brutality; the bullet-ridden, battle torn structures, dry and desolate landscape, horribly impoverished conditions. Oh, and the 'field of arms' where it's literally stacks of hacked limbs.

Then we're taken to prese
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never heard of the author, never even heard of the publisher, but was in a mood for a supernatural thriller enough to take a chance on this random find and lo and behold…it worked out. Towering above usual freebie genre kindle finds, this book doesn’t just feature professional cover and editing, it’s actually written quite well. A dual plot narrative interweaves to create a story of an ancient artifact that possesses the power to arouse the basest and most evil of behaviors in those who come in ...more
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’m not a huge fan of scary stories: I know I repeat it often, but a scare just to get the adrenalin rush is not one of my go-to activities. But, I can’t speak highly enough of Datta’s writing style and his ability to tell a story, weaving in his own experience and observations to bring a story to life.

In The Demon Stone, he subtly reveals the Demon’s existence and influence with gradual changes and twists in behavior that are more chilling since they creep up. I have to admit – it took me seve
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
The Demon Stone
By Christopher Datta
Pages 273 Supernatural Thriller
Copy Courtesy of Goodreads First Reads

When Kevin leaves his wife and daughter
to visit Bill, an old college friend in Africa.
He never thought what may be visiting him
once he returned back home. Tragic events
takes place during his stay. Kevin must find
A way to cope with terrible loss, and hold on
to his sanity.
Returning home, a terrible presence disrupts
his home life, tearing apart his relationships
with the people that are the wo
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not particularly "demon scary," but scary in a psychological way. The characters are believable, and work well together & plot wise, it's good. I would definitely recommend this to folks who like psychological turmoil in their characters. After al, is said & done, the Epilogue pretty much sums up all of humanity. Well done. The antagonist, the demon (or perhaps angel??) does a wonderful job in explaining it's nature. Over all, a very enjoyable book (if you like this kind of stuff!!!) ...more
donna g dubois
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Paranormal at its best! It will you up reading far into the night. Good writing g mixed with human emotions!
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This story just jumps right in with the horror factor and grabs you in the first few pages! You find yourself asking yourself "Why is this happening?" before you even understand what is truly happening.

The Demon Stone had some huge symbolism connected with it concerning the evil that is haunting our main characters. It makes us question the things we see in the world now as compared to what is happening in the story line too. Was the stone
Brienne Dubh
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

*****Possible Spoilers*******

What's the book about? Basically, this man (Kevin) takes a trip to an unspecified African country to visit his best friend (Bill) who's working for Doctors Without Borders, a whole mess of stuff happens and he returns to his wife and teenage daughter in the States where a whole other mess of stuff happens.

The book takes turns, chapter by chapter, in telling the story of the incident in Africa, w
Lilac Reviews
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Thriller & adventure readers
Shelves: suspense-horror
“The pilots were drunk, and the plane lurched left and right like a falling leaf as it dropped to the runway.” I love when an author packs a punch in the first line. You are introduced to Kevin as he joins a longtime friend, Bill, in Africa. I was concerned at first that I wouldn’t know enough about foreign politics to grasp part of the storyline. But the author showed me the crucial parts of life in Africa and the way things worked there. We begin seeing how Bill and Kevin relate to each other ...more
Michelle Willms
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Demon Stone by Christopher Datta

Christopher Datta, with his supernatural thriller The Demon Stone, provides readers a substantial taste of true evil.

The Demon Stone leads the reader on a journey between the dangers of war-scarred Africa to the seemingly less dangerous environment of a camping trip as the protagonist tries to work through the issues of a friend’s death (in Africa) and the dissolution of his marriage (in Minnesota).

As the tale switches from Africa to Minnesota, the reader begi
C.p. Bialois
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In The Demon Stone, we’re introduced to the two main characters, Kevin and Liz. Kevin volunteered to travel to a war-torn country in Africa to work with his lifelong friend, Bill. When he arrived, he was introduced to a part of the world and humanity he hadn’t experienced previously. When he and Bill have a confrontation with the leader of the rebels, Kevin had his life torn apart and was given an idol possessed by a demon. After he arrived home and following a family catastrophe, Kevin talked o ...more
Doug Brunell
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Note: I was provided a review copy, but that does not ever come into play when writing a review.

Christopher Datta was not a writer I was familiar with prior to receiving this book. By the end of the first chapter, I was impressed.

Being a fan of horror, the African setting of half of this book instantly brought to mind Alan Dean Foster's Into the Out Of, a work I thoroughly enjoyed. The Demon Stone gives that novel a run for its money, though the stories are wildly different, they both invoke tha
Kathryn Svendsen
The Demon Stone is a paranormal thriller that alternates between the darkest places of Africa where the story originates to Northern Minnesota where the story reaches its climax. In between you’ll find the terrifying spiritual and human forces at work in Africa, kidnapping, murder, survivor’s guilt, a juju man in service to a warlord and a powerful demon.

You’ll also experience a devoted friend, a daughter who despises bother her parents, grisly murder and suicide, increasingly bizarre behaviour
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.

I really enjoyed this book! The concept of the demon stone was interesting and the introduction of the demon slowly over the course of the book was nice. It lead up to an exciting and suspenseful climax. I also really enjoyed the ending. The characters were well written and connected well with each other. At the beginning, I was a little put off by some of the characters, like Morgan, because I was afraid she was going to be a kind of one dimens
nora m malotte
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Demon Stone

This story captures the essence of not just evil but feelings in general. We as humans have it all. The stone was POWER. The possessed have a choice do the use it for EVIL, GREED and POWER? It relayed the message that it would bring out what you chose to be. So would it be a force for GOOD WITH A GOOD PERSON. PROBABLY NOT..IT WAS USED BY CAIN TO SLAY ABLE! Saturated with his blood. I never heard it said that Cain repented or apologized for what he did. EVIL LIVES ON ! A GREAT TALE
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.

I really enjoyed this book. It captured my attention from the beginning and kept it through the end. One of those books that you just have to finish.
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A chilling novel Surprisingly of poignant messages
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The best book I have read in a while...great characters and storyline...left me wanting more and hoping to catch the rest of Datta's work!!
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Debut author CHRISTOPHER DATTA is no stranger to civil conflict or the still-extant scourge of slavery. Most recently the acting ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan where he helped end a war in April of 2012, he has spent a distinguished career moving from one strife-torn country to another, including Lebanon, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. A lifelong student of the American Civil War, h ...more

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