There is a book which has shaped the course of history. For thousands of years, a secret society of inventors have guarded it. From the Greeks and Persians to mighty Hannibal and the formidable Caesars of Rome. Viking raiders. Crusaders. Even Genghis Khan and the Conquistadors sought it. Yet none have come close to finding it, until now.
Taking a seemingly innocent summer apprenticeship, fifteen-year-old Sam is drawn into the mysterious world of The Few. He and three new friends are chosen to be trained in forgotten arts by this ancient order of inventors, whose existence is shrouded in dark science, marvellous modifications and incredible creations. It’s the beginning of an epic and relentless adventure that will blur the boundaries of their reality – full of action, gadgets and intrigue.
The stakes are high and The Few must adapt if they are to survive this new threat, for Ms Keller and Harbinger Robotics are poised for victory. They have learned of a scroll which will lead them to the book and, with it, change the world forever...
Encumbered with a very common name, David writes as Eddy Telviot, which is an anagram of his children's names. They love it!
David very nearly became a mad scientist (and we're probably all still alive because he didn't).
Shelving ambitions in Biochemistry and Genetics for another day, he chose to pursue a career in technology and channelled his penchant for science into the realm of fiction.
The first love child of this union is The Stone Thieves and the Honourable Order of Inventors, which launched The Atomverse and forms part of The Fabulous Arrangement of Atoms series.
Its release was expertly timed with a global pandemic and so his meteoric rise to literary stardom is temporarily on hold. Timing is everything. However, The Stone Thieves did reach #2 on Amazon and has been enjoyed by thousands of people around the world.
David lives in God's Country (Yorkshire, England), with a very tolerant wife, his children and three dogs. When he's not incubating an endless stream of hairbrained ideas, David can often be found dreaming of sunshine and wishing for far less rain.
David is currently working on book two in the series, The Tricky Devils and the Adams Atom, an audio book of The Stone Thieves and the graphic novel of The CruciBowl with his Aussie bestie, Holly.
He's concocting a gin (The Fabulous Arrangement of Botanical Atoms), as well as an exciting collaboration with visionary Hollywood Director, Neill Blomkamp and Oscar nominated screenwriter, Terri Tatchell. The first part of the project has yielded an Augmented Reality edition of The Stone Thieves using the concept art from the project. There is certainly a lot going on in the Fabulous Atomverse, so join us online @fabtoms or find out more at www.fabulousatoms.com
This book follows four teenagers as they take part in a summer ‘apprenticeship’ for The Few - a secret society designed to protect the world from it’s worst inventions.
It gripped me from the very beginning - the idea of the book, that all of these amazing inventions are hidden from us, felt like something that could be (and probably is) happening in the real world and that really interested me!
The story and characters are so easy to become invested in and the writing is so fun to read that u couldn’t help but love this this book!
What an adventure for four hapless teenagers who have been enrolled into a summer apprenticeship like no other. They learn of The Few and their quest to guard ‘a book’ against the evils of Harbinger Robotics. As the four learn secrets, martial arts, how to weld weapons and face the dangers lurking in jungles they become friends and a force to be reckoned with. Eddy has written a brilliantly compelling story with countless twists and turns, enjoyable characters and witty banter. I eagerly await the next in the series.
I found this to be a really cool novel. This YA sci-fi almost gives me some Mark Lawrence feels, it reminded me his Impossible Times series. They aren’t the same at all, but they do feature a band of young adults, a lot of science, and a desire to help the world. I loved that this had a good dose of history in it as well. I’m a sucker for books that weave history or mythology into the story.
There was a natural progression of closeness that our characters felt within each other and through their exploration of this secret society. The story starts off and immediately pulls you in, making you curious about Sam’s dad and what his job really entails. The writing was superb, too. The flow was natural and the banter seemed like it came easy. Sometimes when adults are writing kids, it’s like they forget how kids actually sound. That wasn’t the case here. If you’re looking for a SFF that blends secrets, science, history, and action... look no further!
A Fabulous Arrangement of Words. Absolutely brilliant.
The overall premise of this book could be happening right now, with maybe a few exceptions. The main characters are great, the supporting characters are also well written. I could not help thinking about this as a film as I read the book. It would make a great family film, in the way Harry Potter did. This may of been aimed at the young adult market but I am 51 and cannot wait for the next book to come out. The world Eddy has created is unique but based in what we all know. Best £1.99 I have spent in a long time.
The Stone Thieves is a YA sci-fi novel that combines chemistry with legend to create an interesting and complex novel filled with action, technology and intrigue.
#gifted | I was very kindly sent a copy of this book by Eddy Telviot (@fabatoms) in exchange for an honest review.
The Stone Thieves is the first book in a new sci-fi series that follows four teenagers as they are invited into a group they never knew existed and taught extraordinary secrets. They are offered an opportunity few would refuse, but their failure will result in the expulsion of their family from the order they are attempting to become a part of. I really enjoyed this book – it was fun, action-packed and interesting – and it shows a lot of promise; I'm hoping the series will continue developing over the next instalments. The only reason it didn't rate higher for me is due to a couple of personal preferences that I just couldn't overlook whilst reading. I'll start with those first, and then move on to the rest of the bits that I really loved.
Personally, I'm not a huge fan of third-person omniscient narrators, especially when there are a lot of perspective changes. It does allow for the exploration of a lot of characters and I enjoyed learning more about them, but it did occasionally feel a bit jarring as the narrative could shift between characters across successive paragraphs or even sentences. I prefer to stay in the head of a single or a few characters in chapters as I find it easier to compartmentalise the different narratives if they are restricted to their own chapters, so switching perspectives multiple times in the same chapter just wasn't my favourite element of the novel. However, if this doesn't bother you, or you enjoy multiple perspectives, then you'll almost certainly enjoy this novel.
The second thing is a very specific pet peeve of mine, but I couldn't stop noticing its usage throughout the novel. That is, referring to known characters by something other than their name – as I said, very specific. I completely understand referring to an unknown character as "the stranger" or "the tall boy" and that it works well to add intrigue and description to a new character. However, if I know the character's name, I don't like them being referred to as "the hungry boy" or "the French boy" when their names could just have easily been used. It is a super-specific pet peeve and I doubt most people would even notice, but it was something that I just kept spotting!
Right, now, onto the amazing parts of this book, of which there were several. Firstly, I loved how logic-based the scientific elements were – almost everything had an explanation and I'm sure that the elements that were not explained will be part of the successive novels – and I always appreciate it when technology is explained in futuristic novels. It is obvious that the author's interests lie in chemistry, biology and genetics! I do only have an A-level Biology understanding of things like genetics, but at least it sounded as though it was logical and well-thought through. All of the different gadgets and technologies that the characters are given all sounded interesting and fun (and only a little dangerous!). I also loved how these technologies interacted with ancient arts and crafts, such as meditation, extracting poisons from plants and Tai Chi. I felt like I was learning alongside the characters.
I enjoyed the friendship that developed between the four main characters. They are thrown together but learn to get along and become firm friends as the novel progresses. A lot of the humour in this book developed from the character's interactions with each other, as well as the strange situations they find themselves in. They definitely exhibit some of the classic traits of 15-year-olds in YA books, mainly that they believe they are all-knowing and invincible, and I mostly enjoyed seeing them realise that that is not the case! They annoyed me at times, but I was rooting for them by the end. I am hoping to learn even more about their backgrounds – particularly Veronique's – in the next book in the series.
The secret world of the Few that this book has created is intricate and complex, spanning across time and continents. Again, Eddy Telviot offers detailed explanations of how the group originated and continued to grow and survive over the past millennia. I think I will enjoy the second book even more now that a lot of the world-building has been done and the focus can be on the action. My favourite part of this book was the last 100 pages or so as it was action-packed and very tense.
I am going to be carrying on with this series, though I'm not sure when the next book is due out. And another huge thank you to Eddy Telviot for sending me a signed copy of his book for me to review.
Wow! I'm not going to lie, when I first started this book, I had my doubts, but it is so amazing and I'm glad I gave it a chance. So Stone Thieves is written in *mostly* short scenes. In the beginning, it was a little hard to follow and get in to, but as the book goes, it really drives the pace. It also gives you the chance to see things from multiple view points, which Telviot switches through seamlessly. Doing this made the book seem fuller, more details, more characters that I connected with, a better look at some of the shifty secrets....it just made the reading experience even better. I have to say, my favorite part is the sleight of hand tricks Telviot has going on. He gives you these little twists that you start figuring out fairly easily, and you get this feeling that maybe more is going on, but maybe not.....then he smacks you in the face with things you didn't see coming. I loved it! Technically, the book was very well written. You get to travel to so may places and the descriptions make you feel like you are there without bogging down the story. The characters are well developed, even though you don't get to see all of their secrets just yet, they are easy to care about. Even the bad guys have stories that you want to know. The plot and adventures that ensue are fast paced and brilliantly weaved together. Seriously, this is a fun, fantastic read! I highly recommend! (And I can't wait for the next one, who knows where it will go!)
Oh my goodness! I’m not even sure there are enough superlatives to write a review for this! It is honestly one of the best books I’ve read, not only this year but ever! Eddy effortlessly makes you care for the characters and the world in which they inhabit. I shall leave no spoilers, but I implore you to read it. Your world will be better off for it!
It is written by a phenomenal storyteller and I have absolutely no doubt that it is a name and book we will remember for years to come!
The story follows 15 year old Sam and friends as they enter an apprenticeship for The Few, part a secret society that seeks to protect humans from themselves. The action jumps from a monastery in the Himalayas to a South American jungle to a circus in NYC. Fast paced, action filled and gadgets/inventions galore.
Great premise, great execution, I loved this book. Cannot wait for the next entry. Fabulous atoms indeed.
A brand new sci-fi thriller, brilliant writing and a great combination of science and ancient history, I have never read a book in such depth before. Eagerly waiting for the next books in series, looks very promising.
Sam thought his father worked in the boring patent office in London, pushing papers and stamping documents. After his father brings him to work one day, Sam discovers that the patent office is far more than he ever thought. It turns out, his father is one of the Few, aiming to protect humanity from risky inventions that threaten to take over the world. After an attack occurs in a room that shouldn’t exist, Sam is offered a “summer internship” of sorts to begin his induction process into the Few. With his new friends, Joe, Fedor, and Veronique, they are tasked to become the new generation of the Few…or their families will be cast out for good.
In a fast paced adventure, filled with well defined characters, unique technology, and a blend of sci-fi with fantasy, we enter the world of the Few. Everything we think we know is turned on its head. Immortality exists. People can be modified. You can “fold” to different locations. And the world is not quite as small as people think. Eddy Telviot creates a unique sci-fi world that has not been explored in these lengths.
Telviot’s knowledge of technology, patents, and science shine in this book. He has put a lot of thought into all these elements, and it shows! Equally, he also has done a great job defining the four main characters. Sam is the traditional protagonist, with a hero complex and self-righteous desire to protect his friends. Fedor is the stereotypical “strong man” with a heart of gold. Joe is the standard smart, little nerd with big glasses but a hidden toughness. Then there is Veronique, who only pretends to be aloof, but is actually very attentive to her place in the world. They form a great rag-tag team, and their strengths and weaknesses come together to excel as a cabre.
While the story gripped me from beginning to end, I realized while reading this that books written in third-person omnipresent need to be done a certain way for me to love them. While the writing in this book was well done, sometimes I struggled to figure out who’s perspective we were in, or the perspective switched too quickly. It almost read as if it were ultimately designed to be a graphic novel. In fact, I can even picture it as such. As a graphic novel, the reader would be able to see all the technology, as well as get those momentary glimpses into the antagonist’s lives, the side characters, and so forth.
Even so, the plot does not get lost despite the constant shifts. It is a wonderful induction into the world of the Few and the Fabulous Arrangement of Atoms. The ending will leave you wanting more.
So do you want to become one of the Few? Why not check out The Stone Thieves and the Honourable Order of Inventors! You’ll have a fun, action packed time!
Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Stone Thieves is a traditional childrens’ adventure story with a futuristic twist that I feel will be enjoyed by teenagers and adults alike. There are flavours of Lord of The Rings, The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, The Night Circus and Harry Potter but make no mistake; this is a unique book in its own right.
The world building really drew me in. It was imaginative and vivid with lots of recognisable ‘real world elements’ which helped me as a reader connect to the story. You can tell the author has a keen interest in science as the inventions and creations are plentiful and beyond the realms of most humble imaginations. Saying that, I did like how many of the inventions were based on technology that we’ve almost developed because this gave the story an element of believability. I won’t give anything away because I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone but I will say this: Pass me the anti-ageing stuff now!
The characters are well drawn and the fact the main group are teens, shone through brilliantly. Their nativity at times, and curiosity at others gave them added dimensions, as did the banter between Sam and friends.
Overall, fans of science fiction and fantasy will love this book - I’m pleased to see the author has more novels planned (I for one can’t imagine where he’ll take us next).
Breath-taking opening act to a sci-fi must-read series!
A month ago, I stumbled across an ad on Instagram about this fiction book on Amazon, and now, after finishing it, I couldn’t be more grateful to that algorithm! It’s not every day that we see such a promising first book to what I think will become one of my favorite fiction series. To me, there’s almost no way to love reading, fiction, and science fiction and not to fall in love with The Fabulous Arrangement of Atoms. The story is captivating, and I’ve seen some comparisons with The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and many other well-established series. Well, although the comparison doesn’t fall short by any means, I assure you that TFAA is its own thing. It finishes with a beautiful plot twist, leaving you wanting more, and I do! Maybe the only downside is having to wait for a sequel hahaha. I can only imagine how even better the story will become in the next book when we’ll probably see more of the character's personality, and of course, more of this new world that unfolded in the pages of The Stone Thieves.
I recommend it to anyone who is into this genre, wants something new and exciting, and wants to see some beautiful writing, world-building, and storytelling!
A fun book full of action that I couldn’t put down!
I absolutely loved this book! It was so different to what I’ve read before. The unique inventions and technology were integrated well into the narrative, so it was easy to understand and gave the story an added layer of depth.
The characters were all very well-written, and some of my favourite parts of the book involved the interactions between them. I really loved seeing how the relationship and dynamic in the group evolved as the book progressed.
Overall, a highly entertaining read that I would definitely recommend to those looking for something with a fast pace and an incredible cast of characters!
Been a while since I wrote a review, but this is a cracking read. Squarely aimed at the YA market, The Stone Thieves has some awesome concepts wrapped inside a fantastical adventure/science fiction story that has “movie” written all over it.
The ideas make this stand out from the crowd, and even though this is clearly a “set up” book for more in a series of novels, it still works great as a stand alone story.
Intricate, yet believable - and totally fascinating! The young protagonists spring vividly to life through their realistic dialogue and repartee. Descriptions are word paintings of the highest order, while the attention to detail given by the writer's incredible imagination would make creating a film script a task worth undertaking. Scope for special effects could be amazing. Please continue the series, we need to know what happens next!
This is a compelling action-packed science fiction adventure with plenty of suspense. I loved reading about all of the characters, from the very likeable Sam and his cohort of friends to the ruthless Ms Keller! The world of The Few is fantastical and fascinating with elements of His Dark Materials and Harry Potter - it introduces a world of pure escapism that will keep readers gripped until the very end. I could see it translating incredibly well from book to screen! Looking forward to Book 2.
The Stone Thieves is a meticulously crafted tale full of verve and wonder,that will suck you in and leave you breathless. This globetrotting,highstakes adventure, follows a band of young protégés as they struggle to protect the world from dark forces. I haven't read such an exhilarating book in a very long time. The only downside is the wait for the next installment!
I really loved this story. All the characters were relatable and the pace of the story was also beautifully written. This is a great escapism from the real world. If you are a fan of harry potter or divergent series, I strongly suggest you read this story. This book gave me similar vibes along with a really strong vocabulary. Splendid book to start a series.
Wonderful story I can’t wait for the next book! The writer draws the reader in from the start, it’s a book that’s difficult to put down. It’s well written with amazing detail - immensely enjoyable ! I highly recommend it.
This Book is Brilliant. I am awed by your imagination and sheer knowledge, passion and insight into Science, Creativity and Fantasy. Beautifully written. A truly excellent Book, that will definitely captivate readers worldwide! Loved the fact that all 3 of my girls, 13 to 17 will all enjoy your writing, and with the full assurance that this book, is 100 % child rated. No worries of foul language, or dodge 'scenes', and yet, the vocabulary and detailed descriptions, will challenge even adult readers as we add to our personal dictionary of new words. A rewarding adventure, with a vast array of settings and backdrops. I learnt so much while reading along on this energetic, fun and action packed, summer journey!
Well had me hooked from the beginning, the getting together of the characters and how they all worked together using their different skills, ‘the adventures’, and the way the plots took their twists and turns. Anyone from age 10 (competent readers)up could read this and enjoy it, and would be looking forward to the follow up too. Totally believable and love the fact it ‘The Few’ kind of looking after the rest of us here on earth!
Meticulously written and researched. The incredibly wrought storylines and character arcs of this book are effortless to read and impossible to put down. The tale itself is a quantum journey through time and imagination within infinite possibilities on every page. Comparing the Stone Thieves to any other tale would sell it well short, although one might imagine a combination of a supra-competent version of JK Rowling, a dash of Carl Feynmann, sprinkles of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Rudyard Kipling, all wrapped up in a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book where the best options have been selected for you. I haven't enjoyed or been so satisfied with a book of fiction in decades. This is a work of art and demonstration of genius.
This book was actually really good. When I read the synopsis I was little put off but I was thinking about reading a Sci-Fi and I'll honestly give anything a shot. 🤷🏻♀️ I was pleasantly surprised by Mr. Eddy Telviot. I do not think that the synopsis on Goodrrads does this book ANY justice at all. The Stone Thieves is a really great take on sci fi in current society. I was getting Doctor Strange x Matrix vibes once I got to the good part.
The story mostly follows 15 year old Sam Van Sandt but when the 3 others teens are introduced, their point of views on situations plays into effect as well. These teens are chosen due to their family connections to become a part of a secret society that pretty much protects mankind from itself (cuz let's be honest, we evil SOB's 😇). The teens are then put through training and tests to see if they could thrive being a part of this society.
There were some parts that I felt were too vague to really mean much to the story or a character's trait (Sam's flashbacks, Veronique's multiple personality skill). Then there parts that were absolutely perfect (mods and the krusa), that I would completely forget about anything I had concerns about. Overall, 4.5 stars and I can't wait to read the next book!!
There is a book which has shaped the course of history. For thousands of years, people have been sworn to protect it. From the Greeks and Persians to mighty Hannibal and the formidable Caesars of Rome. As of yet, no one has come close to finding it... until now. You join Sam, a typical teenager who leads a pretty typical life and with it a father who works a menial job for the patent office, but little does Sam know just what sort of wonders, modifications and dark science dwells within the walls of his workplace... That is, until one day after an encounter with someone in his fathers office leaves him with one too many questions, he is thrust into a seemingly innocent apprenticeship but soon discovers a world no one could have ever thought possible... Along with three new friends who find themselves in a similar situation, Sam will undergo many trials which will see him become something he could only have ever dreamed of, from enduring the harsh elements of the Himalayas which hides a monastery, to the unforgiving heat of a South American jungle, the ever-shifting world around Sam bombards all of his senses and as he uncovers more about The Few and the mysterious book everyone wants to get their hands on and the boundaries of reality blur forever.... However, Ms Keller is waiting in the shadows to claim what she thinks is rightfully hers, and after learning of a scroll which will lead them to the book, much more than just Sams life is on the line. How far will Ms Keller go to stop anyone else from getting to the book first, and will Sam be able to trust his new friends in retrieving something that will truly alter the future forever? Full of true wonder, intriguing worlds, fabulous gadgets, and memorable characters along with a good dose of humour, this book will take you away on an adventure you won’t soon forget!