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EXOSKELETON II: Tympanum

(Exoskeleton #2)

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The thrilling sequel to 2012's Techno-Horror/Sci-Fi masterpiece, EXOSKELETON.

"Stadler - an experimental physicist by trade - effectively uses his background working in government and defense labs in painting vivid, appropriately clinical looks at the very base concept of torture. He spins it, however, into a horrifying tale of supernatural vengeance, one wrought with com
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Kindle Edition, 421 pages
Published October 11th 2015 by Dark Hall Press
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RedemptionDenied
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this as much as the first book. Will Thompson is a scary guy, especially when pissed off. I like how he's become more adept at separating from his body for longer periods of time and can do all kinds of crazy shit.....it seems as if he's evolving.
This book took an unexpected direction and it becomes more clear why he and the other inmates at the Red Box facility were experimented on. There were a few twists and turns I didn't see coming and I hope there's an Exoskeleton III........ an
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Michael Adams
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am really enjoying this series... I hope the third book is coming out soon, this is just one of those stories where you want to find out what happens next. This is an international thriller, a tale of corporate intrigue and hideous medical experiments dating back to the very beginnings of the third reich. A program has been developed to separate the human soul from its body; a project with one success case (read the first book, Exoskeleton to learn those details) but the process has an endgame ...more
N.P. Martin
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am really glad I didn’t have to wait almost four years for this story the way a lot of people did. I only got to reading Exoskeleton, the previous novel from Shane Stadler, a couple of months ago (read my review here), so thankfully I didn’t have long to wait on the follow-up novel, Tympanum. Though even if I did have to wait years instead of months to catch up with William Thompson and the story of “Red Wraith”, I still would have deemed the wait worth it. Which can only mean one thing: that ...more
Derek Davis
Nov 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed the first Exo and was both surprised and delighted to see a sequel. Until I read it. Some good ideas here, but unlike the first, it's skimpy on action, real character and a sense of immediacy.
Will Thompson, who learned to "separate" his soul from his body under an horrendous torture experiment conducted through the CIA, now finds that the clandestine program (destroyed at the end of the first book) is part of a larger conspiracy going back to the Nazis. It's also tied in to
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Marcus
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book started out with a decade long secret and took off from there. There were/are a lot of elements going with this book and if you can't follow divergent threads, you might want to skip it. The action is there, but it's not the in your face type, as stated earlier there is a mystery that spans decades, there's espionage, murder, death, horror, torture, and even romance. The characters were well developed and seem to work well together and there are several cliff hangers. Read it with an o ...more
Mandy
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I really really hope there's another one to this, so many questions left unanswered, as I said about the first one not my usual type of book but really loving all aspects of it. ...more
Alan
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Magnificent

Having read "Exoskeleton" and enjoyed it I couldn't wait to read the 2nd book of the Trilogy. I thought that I a good base from which to formalise how that story might unfold. Boy was I wrong! The crazy thing is I'm delighted I was wrong. This second book in the series took me totally by surprise and led me down paths that both captivated and frightened me. In summary, two words; READ IT!
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Barry Duggan
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Page Turner

This is a really compelling book. The only reason for 4 stars and not 5 is that there are far too many point-of-view shifts and not all the little sections add anything to the story. Apart from that this is a great read. I highly recommend it. I'm buying number 3 now and starting on it straight away.
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Lee Sherred
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having read Exoskeleton, the first in the series, I was really looking forward to where Mr Stadler would go with the series. I wasn't disappointed. I actually really enjoyed it, even more so than the first, and it left me eagerly awaiting the next instalment. Well recommended. ...more
Mike
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent continuation

Great sequel to his first book...Exoskeleton...continues the story. Cleverly mixes the story with history to create a fascinating chronology. Difficult to read in places as has some graphic descriptions...nonetheless one of my favourite reads..
jospeh jack
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing, exciting, book!

If you're a fan of Science fiction stories, that keep your attention and you cannot wait to see the next page! Here is a great written story for you! BUY THIS BOOK NOW! I loved reading this book! 😍😍😍 OH, YES! 😍😍🤗
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karen bray
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Exoskeleton

Really enjoyed this continued story line. I am gripped again throughout. Enjoying where this is leading and the clever combination of physics spectral and let's say outside influence
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Keren Hill
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Cracking read

Loved this book couldn’t put it down. The only downside are the amount of errors that weren’t picked up at the proofreading stage but those aside it’s a highly recommended read
Rob Grace
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Not what I expected - the scale is upped significantly and reminded me of the Three Body Problem series. Quite a compliment..,
Craig Keeling
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great Expanse from Exoskeleton 1. I really wondered where this book would go with so many twists and turns. I could really visualise every scene.
Aaron Anderson
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Both interesting and weird in a good way. No more torture porn. :) I'm looking forward to seeing where book 3 takes us. ...more
Jasz Woodyard
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wasn't into it as much as the first, but was still a great read ...more
Heather Doughty
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
***If you are at all squeamish about blood, dentistry, violence, or the paranormal, then you should not read this!***

Mr. Stadler begins this book right where Exoskeleton left off. Will is recovering and trying to move on with his life. But the world has other plans for him. And so does the author.

This sequel is well-written. It has a lot of characters to remember and new ones to learn. Because the setting is a global stage, above and below ground, there is room for confusion at times. I found t
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Sarah
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Bradley Myers
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Tympanum picks up almost immediately where exoskeleton left off. You could look at exoskeleton as an origin story and Tympanum expands the story exponentially. The only minor complaint I have is Mr. Stadler could have spent a little more time developing the characters. Aside from Will, the main character that you get to know very well in the first book, the other characters seem to be there just to advance the story. But what a story it is, where the mystery keeps unraveling until and through th ...more
Jo
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cliffhanger!!!

Read this directly after finishing book one. This one is not so much a horror book as a detective thriller with mystery, supernatural and history thrown in for good measure.
About half way through I couldn't see the need for another instalment but , my goodness., I am now in breathless anticipation....
Can Will save the world, how will that work? Are we doomed or is the judgement going to let us start again? I know its fiction but I am gripped!
Book 3 PLEASE!!!!!
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Carl
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Building for something bigger

Amazing read, a little slower than the first book. Seemed more like a book you need to read to understand the next book.
By how this one's ends I believe the next book will be very interesting indeed.

Downfall to this kindle book was the amount of mistakes. Badly edited sentences that you had to make sense of.
No fault to the author of the story but was badly processed onto kindle
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Josh Bradham
Dec 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Solid work, bad editing

I thought the book was well written with an intriguing story that begged you to continue turning the pages. The pain and suffering that resulted from the lack of proof reading was truly remarkable. The book for me was a 4 star for story 1 1/2 star for editing.
Dakota Knutson
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was blown away by the first book in this series and had no idea that there was a second book out until I began to read it. I found it to be very slow moving. I also thought that it jumped around a little too much. Even though I didn't necessarily enjoy this book, I will most likely go on to read the 3rd one. ...more
Geoffrey
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Certainly one of the more original tales I have read in recent years, the chilling horrors of the first book suffered by protagonist Will now sees him enmeshed in a tight international thriller with a sci-fi twist. Anxious to see what awaits our protagonists in the next book!
Iain Mitchell
Dec 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Not a bad book but things get a little silly. Even for a main character that can 'separate' from his body, things get a little silly. Glad I got to the end but if there's a third book will I read it? Probably but I'm not particularly excited about the idea. ...more
Philip Bateman
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding

The first book was excellent and this sequel had everything! Playing on history, science, religion, the occult and a fear of the unknown, all interwoven into an amazing read! Can't wait for the next in the series!
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brian
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great follow up to Exoskeleton!

I really enjoyed this book. Action packed and moves at a very readable pace. Great mix of history and science. Looking forward to more from Shane Stadler.
Eddy Russell
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Better than the first.

Exoskeleton, was a great book, so when I saw it had a sequel, I had to read it. This book is the real story, book 1 was just an introduction. Shane Stadler, my hat is off to you sir. What a great story. Thank you.
Mark Sansom
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not as good as the first book, slow to start, got better as it went on
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Shane Stadler is an experimental physicist. He has worked at numerous government research and defense laboratories, and is currently a professor of physics at a major research university. EXOSKELETON is his first novel.

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Exoskeleton (3 books)
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  • Exoskeleton III: Omniscient

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