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Stealthy Steps

(Nanostealth #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  649 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Gemma Keyes is an ordinary, unexceptional young woman with a lackluster life until an overheard conversation ends her budding career-and her loyalty to an old friend puts her life in jeopardy. As the truth emerges, Gemma discovers-the hard way-that invisibility comes with its own set of problems.

My name is Gemma Keyes. Other than my name, I am utterly forgettable-so those
ebook, Apple Books, 471 pages
Published July 28th 2015 by Faith-Filled Fiction (first published June 1st 2015)
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Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This book blew me away! The narrator's voice was so powerful and compelling, that even though the structure was atypical, it definitely worked for this story! The characters, major and minor, are thoughtfully portrayed, and the science is so well-described that it totally believable. The plot was so twisty I could not guess what would happen next, and the ending was completely unexpected. The spiritual aspect was deftly woven into the plot and felt organic to the characters. I am anxious to ...more
Angie Thompson
I'm going to admit I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I picked this book up. And yet, it ended up not being quite what I expected, whatever that was. But I think in most ways, that was a good thing. Let's see if I can sort out some of my mixed-up impressions.

The style was definitely more random and humorous than I expected. I particularly enjoyed Gemma's internal dialogue--and yes, I'm purposely calling it dialogue instead of monologue, especially because of her tendency to argue/discuss
“You think you’re scared I’m the invisible freak!”

I liked it. Well-developed tale with a strong, if emotionally immature protagonist. Self-depreciating humor fits the character and story. Everything breaks her way, even the bad breaks. Too easy. Italics overused. “Giggles” a lot.

“He’s a hardcore Christian. I couldn’t keep seeing [him] anymore.”

Christian literature, but protagonist realistically resists the initial gospel hard sell. Christian characters well drawn. Some antagonists border on
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Very slow, interesting, if one skips several pages of extraneous information. 3.5 stars
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julianne by: my mom

That's the sound of me realizing that I don't have enough Amazon gift card money to purchase the sequel to this book.

This must be remedied.

I need it.

Okay, maybe I don't need it but I enjoyed this and I'm anxious about what's going to happen next! Which is good because I felt like this book had a sloooooow start. There were loads of technical explanations combined with a snarky/whiny narrator. There were some annoyed yawns going forth from my mouth for the first quarter of this
Sheila Holmes
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the most unique novel I've read in some time.

Not only was it told both in first person, but also the entire plot was presented as though it were a letter to the reader. Very, VERY interestingly presented.

The plot itself engaged from the beginning and held me to the last word. I didn't skim once during the reading of it. (Unusual for me.)

Rather than summarize the plot, I would rather just recommend this book to ANYONE who is intrigued by sci-fi, and a plot that is not ashamed to present
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Hey Pumpkin, thanks for recommending this book. You do know what kind of TV shows I like. And obviously books too. Thank youuuuu)

What a cool book. Star Trek, Wizard of Oz, and Pinterest references - plus great Christian messages. Then you throw in the suspense, technology, awesome characters (I may or may not have found a couple to ship), and crime drama, and what could be better?

Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Very different book. I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I started it, but I certainly hadn't seen this coming. Nor have I any idea why I purchased the Audible version of it a couple years ago.

First of all, though, I have to say Reba Buhr is an amazing narrator. Simply amazing. Recently I had an opportunity to have a video of me doing "90 Second News", our church's way of doing of announcements. It gave me such an appreciation of good reading in audio versions of books. This young lady
Lisa Johnson
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Stealthy Steps (Nanostealth #1)
Author: Vikki Kestell
Pages: 298
Year: 2015
Publisher: Faith-Filled Fiction
My rating is 5 stars.
What a brilliant and well-crafted story that will definitely keep you enraptured and turning pages until you either have to take a break or finish the book! I simply sat down and over a couple of days lost myself in the multilayered, suspense-filled thriller written by Vikki Kestell, who is a new author to me. She has written other books if you look her up on Amazon.
David Bergsland
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is exceptional urban sci-fi

The world built shows great inventiveness. The story grows taut, tighter and tighter, very believable. The characters grow on you, both good and bad—very complex. It's a wonderful tale...
M.H. Elrich
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gemma Keyes is an interesting narrator. She projects a pleasant smile or blank expression, intent on blending in with her surroundings. Yet, since the whole book is told from her point of view, you know that she is quite different than her projection. She is snarky, angry, and insistent. At the same time, because of her Aunt’s influence, she strives to do the right thing. She struggles to embrace the faith of her Aunt, her adopted grandfather, and her new friends.

Abe is Gemma’s adopted
David B Smith
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My comments on “Stealthy Steps” are offered up with mixed emotions, because this is actually a really good book! Vickki Kestell writes very well; the story is interesting and streetwise. It’s a gritty saga with international conspiracies and drug busts and meth labs and gangs threatening each other, but the violence and ghetto talk aren’t gratuitous. The Christian element just comes along every now and then – it’s no more than a 5% thing overall – but I do like her tone. It’s muscular and not ...more
Kristi Drillien
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
(3.5 / 5)

I didn't fully understand the premise of this book going into it, because the synopsis is more like a boiled-down excerpt from part of the book, with a little extra character introduction. Most of the information is there, but it's cryptic. Here's my synopsis though: Gemma Keyes is a young woman fresh out of college, and takes a job as a project manager at a top secret lab. She mostly organizes things and takes meeting notes, but this makes her privy to some classified information. When
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this. I’m not sure what I was expecting when I first started reading but I must say, it is not what I received. That’s a good things though. It exceeded all my expectations.

Sometimes I found it hard to follow along with all the “sciencey” stuff but otherwise, I had a really good time with this. I loved the characters and how some of the options I had of them in the beginning changed by the end. I was also surprised about the religious aspect of this book - it was unexpected but
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very unusual book which I discovered in a boxed set of eight authors. It wasn't what I expected to find in a Christian boxset, but it was a very interesting and intriguing find. The story is mostly about a character, Gemma, who was born as a twin with her sister, Genie. The twins parents die when they are both very young and the girls are brought up by an aunt. Because Genie is very dominant, Gemma makes a conscious decision to be as much the opposite of her sister as possible, ...more
Carol Pummell
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read!

I received this book free on book bub. I haven’t read any of this author before ohhhhhh how much I was missing! Miss Kestell is a fabulous storyteller. I’m most definitely hooked! I’ve gone ahead and ordered this whole series. There’s no doubt in my mind that I will love the rest of this story. There’s laughter, tears, cheers, and love.
Gemma is easy to love, she made me want to fight her battles and with all the loss in her life she made me want to hold her while she cried. She’s
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I absolutely loved this book!! Great character development, great story line, great twist at the end!!! This is my first book by this author and I am ecstatic!! Loved the Christian message woven in. It wasn't awkward in any way but flowers so well with the characters and story!! She also captured real life in these characters good and bad!! Very believable!! I LOVED the cat!! I have laughed, been intrigued over the nanomites, been on edge of my seat and love the relationship
Juanita Rockhill
STICK WITH IT - the writing actually DOES become a story!

I really had to work at staying with this book, but I'm glad I did. The style of writing at the beginning seemed juvenile at best, boring at times, even. However, Kestell's ability to draw the reader in with great characters and an interesting storyline finally reveals itself...but WAAAY into the book. It isn't until nearly the end that the reader finally can appreciate all the details laid out in the seemingly boring beginning. I have
Carol Caldwell
There is a lot of technical scientific information in the book that is probably necessary for an understanding of what is going on. I liked the main character Gemma and I especially liked the fact that she is unable to see that her sins are as great as anyone's. She's a nice person, a caring person that has experienced harm from others, so she can't see what God sees. I had a similar experience at one time and know the reality of it.

Kestell put her character in a situation that required a lot of
Julie Conner
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book!

I so love this author's style. She started in the narrative and then at the climax of the action switched to the first person, speaking to the reader. The book started with the most critical part of the story, but just before you knew what happened, she took you back to the beginning. She switched from narrative to first person throughout the book, making you feel like she was having a conversation with you, " the reader". The story revolved around nanotechnology, which I knew
I really enjoyed this read. I actually listened to most of the Audible audiobook, which is conveniently paired with the Kindle book so when I couldn't listen, but also couldn't wait to find out what happened next, I could just continue in Kindle. I actually added both the book and audiobook to my libraries a year ago, but didn't listen right away because I thought the story might be too far beyond the realm of possibility for me to enjoy it. I was so wrong about that! I loved the story, will ...more
Julia Lee
I really enjoyed the storyline. I liked the characters. I felt the dialogue of the heroine was sometimes pretty juvenile. I felt the comparison of Gemma's past with her sister to Emilio's struggles were an imbalanced comparison. Some the events were redundant but I won't go into detail because it would be a spoiler. I would recommend to others. I don't know if I would read this again, though, which is kind of a test for me on how good a book is. Oh, and I found a small error that while in a ...more
Alesha  Kuechler
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This series is wow. From the start I was intrigued and impressed. It's well written and the main character Gemma is complex and flawed, making her relatable. I really love the spiritual aspects. I haven't found a fictional author with spiritual content that so closely aligns with my personal beliefs. If you attend a non-denominational church, you'll relate to Zander and his church, especially in the second and third books. Read this series! I plan to collect all four in hard copy. That's
If you can somehow move past the corny title, and you enjoy sci-fi or speculative fiction you will definitely be rewarded. This was an engaging read that appealed simultaneously to my inner geek and interest in nanotechnology. The protagonist, Gemma, at times behaves more like an adolescent than an adult but overall, the characters and plot development are believable. Vikki Kestell manages to weave Christian principles into the narrative without beating you over the head or sounding preachy. I’m ...more
Charles Miske
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won't dock this one points for horrible science, or overbearing "stop the storyline for a few pages" preaching, or for a few unrealistic characters. It's a decent enough story.

It's odd the way most everyone is like monotone voice "oh, hey, invisible, wow, so now what?" - seriously?

I'm not convinced that this totally unskilled newbie can defeat the US Gov by any description of her skillz or motives.

But still, fun story. Next books? Probably not. I'm glad she ended as she did. Good enough.
Tracy Wainwright
Christian Sci-fi at its best

I had no idea what to expect from this book. However, it draws you in from the very beginning. There are a lot of details that makes it slow and little bit at times, but they are necessary for the story. The only negative I would say is I had to keep reminding myself it wasn't young adult fiction because the is a bit whiny like a teenager. Overall, great character development and engrossing story.
Elizabeth Kling
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A surprisingly good read

I normally do not read this genre but it was a free book so I thought I would give it a try. I was amazed that it held my interest. I really liked the style of writing and someone did a great job of editing. It was intriguing and gave a real picture of God with no preaching. Even though it was fantasy there was a lot of realism included. I intend to purchase the second book in the series.
Kim O'Hara
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Engaging, Engrossing, Enjoyed!

I downloaded this as a free book over a year ago. There it sat, on my to-be-read list, until yesterday. Once I started, I was hooked. I immersed myself in the very convincing, very dangerous, and very baffling situations that the main character finds herself in the middle of. And now I care so much about four of the characters that I'm off to buy the second book. Highly recommended!
Y.I. Lee
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great story! First book in ages I've struggled to put down. The narrators voice / author, is powerful. Characterisation is brilliant, even the cat.
The beginning of the story was a little slow, and much of it I didn't understand, so admit to skipping a page or two, but once I got into the story, wow!!
One of the best stories I've read in a long while. Desperate to read book two, but will have to wait. :(
This would make a fabulous film.
I loved it.
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Vikki Kestell’s passion for people and their stories is evident in her readers’ affection for her characters and unusual plotlines. Two often repeated sentiments are “I feel like I know these people” and “I’m right there, in the book, experiencing what the characters experience.”

Vikki holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies. She left a career of twenty-plus years in

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“I dislike religion, Gemma. Religion does a lot of damage to people. It takes what should be the simplest, purest expression of God’s love, something even a child can understand, and replaces it with some kind of formula—a complex and impossible set of rules and behaviors—when it is really about God’s gift of grace and his power to transform us.” 0 likes
“The worst kind of sin, though, is more insidious. It hides inside of our comparisons of ourselves to others. It says, ‘I’m not as bad as her,’ or ‘He’s really a bad person but I’m nothing like that—so I must be all right.’ “It’s the sin of hubris, Gemma, the sin of pride and its close cousin, presumption. Presumption justifies our actions when we rank another person as beneath or below us. Presumption tells us that it’s okay to talk down to a weaker individual or to treat them badly based on our own sense of superiority; pride allows us to denigrate another human being—someone made in the very image of God—for their weaknesses and flaws.” 0 likes
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