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Exoskeleton: A Novel | [Shane Stadler]

Exoskeleton: A Novel

A convicted felon is given a choice following his sentencing: serve a 25-year conventional prison sentence...or spend 365 days in a new, experimental corrections program. He opts for the experimental program, only to realize he has made a horrible mistake. A dark tale of science spun dangerously out of control, Exoskeleton will leave even the most jaded of listeners quaking in their boots.
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Publisher's Summary

"[A] cleverly executed [blend] of science fiction, suspense and horror. ... a certified dark journey into madness." (David Gammon, Horror News)

A convicted felon is given a choice following his sentencing: serve a 25-year conventional prison sentence...or spend 365 days in a new, experimental corrections program. He opts for the experimental program, only to realize he has made a horrible mistake.

A dark tale of science spun dangerously out of control, Exoskeleton will leave even the most jaded of listeners quaking in their boots.

©2012 Shane Stadler (P)2013 New Street Communications, LLC

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    Molly Lakewood, OH, United States 08-13-13
    Molly Lakewood, OH, United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Exoskeleton - now I get it"

    Very compelling, with scenes of cringe-inducing torture. I found myself saying "oh...oh..oh no...oh no..." a lot! This isn't about gratuitous violence - the torture scenes serve to make you understand how truly awful and hopeless the character's situation is, and also to bring about the interesting twist that I didn't see coming. The ending was somewhat abrupt, but I didn't feel like there were loose ends. Definitely recommended.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Columbia, MD, United States 12-18-13
    Ryan Columbia, MD, United States 12-18-13 Member Since 2003
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    "An Excellent Novel"
    Where does Exoskeleton: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely one of the better ones I've read recently. Great writing style, compelling story and original plot elements that keep you guessing. The story keeps it's secrets until the climax, and while it has good detail and thought provoking sections, it never lets them get too technical or too esoteric.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrative structure is definitely the strongest part. He cuts around to various characters and scenes, stays with them long enough to convey the meaning of the scene and moves on to the next. The resulting narrative flow is excellent, it never drags and results in a real page turner. He avoids the pitfalls of this type of writing by focusing on a core cast of characters and never padding it out with throw away characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This book clearly leaves some questions unanswered and there are definitely hooks for a follow-up if the author plans to write one. So if you are the type of person who wants every last detail explained, you may be disappointed.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Derek Partridge new england 04-21-14
    Derek Partridge new england 04-21-14 Member Since 2010
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    "WOW-not for the faint of heart! A very good listen"
    Any additional comments?

    I chuckled at the reviews of how some of the scenes made people squirm. They weren't kidding. The imagery is at times intense, evocative and disturbing - but not excessive or superfluous. Blew a couple nights of good sleep listening to this before bed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Igrat777 Hollywood, CA 12-04-13
    Igrat777 Hollywood, CA 12-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not what I expected"
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    This was a very interesting, and well-written book. First time in a long time that I had to skip ahead at some parts (the dentist scene had me cringing like nothing I've ever read before! - pure genius!). I really felt for the main character but was skeptical of him as well. His character was written in a way that made you question his innocence. It took quite a few chapters into the story before I realized that he was indeed guilty?/innocent? (I won't spoil it for you!) I would actually really like a sequel to this book. It ended in such a way that I would love to know what this character does next.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Herndon, VA 11-21-13
    Marie Herndon, VA 11-21-13 Member Since 2008
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    "The best book I have read in a very long time"
    What did you love best about Exoskeleton: A Novel?

    I go through 3 - 4 books a month and I have never written a review until I finished reading Exoskeleton. It gripped me from the very start and I was hooked until the end. Note to author: Please hurry up and write more books!


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne D'Arcy Roanoke, VA 07-23-14
    Jeanne D'Arcy Roanoke, VA 07-23-14

    Sailor. Reader. Adventurer. Liberal.

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    "Excellent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Exoskeleton: A Novel to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the narrator brings so much to characterizations of the voices. His voice is very easy to listen to, and his pace just right.


    What other book might you compare Exoskeleton: A Novel to and why?

    Any of the books by Dean Koontz, as well as Peter Straub and other excellent writers of thrillers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The culminating scene when the entire plot resolves itself, quite surprisingly and engagingly.


    If you could take any character from Exoskeleton: A Novel out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I'm not sure. In fact I'm not sure there are any of these folks with whom I would care to hang out with in real life - even though I enjoyed hearing about them and following them through this twisted tale.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Derender 08-12-14
    Derender 08-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Average story. Narrator needs to study English."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Faster development of the story. A bit slow moving for my taste.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Shane Stadler? Why or why not?

    Maybe, depends on subject matter.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    His command of the English language is not great. For instance, he pronounced the word "epitome" as epi-tome rather than epi-tuh-mi. He made a couple of these types of blunders during the story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Reston Boston, MA 07-23-14
    William Reston Boston, MA 07-23-14

    (like the soup)

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    "This Is Great Listening"
    If you could sum up Exoskeleton: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

    Addictive, Chilling. Terrific.


    What other book might you compare Exoskeleton: A Novel to and why?

    I suppose Jack London's THE STAR ROVER, also about a man wrongly convicted and suffering greatly in prison.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The resolution when all the wires came together.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Freaked me out, actually. I don't doubt that some parts of our government - notably the NSA - are capable of such deviousness as portrayed here.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James corning, CA, United States 06-29-14
    James corning, CA, United States 06-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Made me feel like I was there at times."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Exoskeleton: A Novel?

    The pian that he was going thru, It seemed so real at times.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this story. It's a crazy ride.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Johnson 07-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting concept, slow and painful story"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Shane Stadler again?

    No, I did not enjoy the writing style or pace of the novel. It was an entire book of gratuitous violence built around a single plot line.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Patrick Conn’s performances?

    He has a perfectly nice reading voice, but there is little distinction between characters. I was also thrown off by the mispronunciation of a number of words.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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