The Stepping Stone Cycle

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 4 ratings

First Stone Publisher's Summary

Forensic psychologist Dr. Jack Carter wakes from a semicatatonic state in a mental hospital, with no memory of the previous year. His wife, Sarah, has disappeared, and as the last human being to see her alive, Jack is the prime suspect in her disappearance. Without a body, and with no physical evidence to prove foul play, the lead investigator and Jack's friend, Bill West, must continue to search for the truth even if it means fingering Jack for the crime.

When a serial killer in West Virginia's coal country claims to have killed Sarah Carter, Bill and Jack rush to the crime scene. What they find is a deeply disturbed man with no memory of his crimes or of taking credit for Sarah's death. As Jack tries to decipher the mysterious series of runic symbols the killer carved into his slaughterhouse, he unlocks a deeper cosmic mystery that goes beyond anything he could imagine.

©2014 Gary Ballard (P)2015 Gary Ballard
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  • Book 1

    • First Stone

    • The Stepping Stone Cycle, Book 1
    • By: Gary Ballard
    • Narrated by: Steve Rausch
    • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Forensic psychologist Dr. Jack Carter wakes from a semicatatonic state in a mental hospital, with no memory of the previous year. His wife, Sarah, has disappeared, and as the last human being to see her alive, Jack is the prime suspect in her disappearance. Without a body, and with no physical evidence to prove foul play, the lead investigator and Jack's friend, Bill West, must continue to search for the truth even if it means fingering Jack for the crime.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Between It’s Almost Okay and it’s not for me?

    • By Myztikal on 12-24-17

    Regular price: $6.95

  • Book 2

    • The Metal Black

    • The Stepping Stone Cycle, Book 2
    • By: Gary Ballard
    • Narrated by: Steve Rausch
    • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    When forensic psychologist Dr. Jack Carter returned to consciousness, he and his wife, Sarah, had been missing for over a year. With no memory of their last days together, Jack became the prime suspect in her disappearance. Vowing to search for her to the ends of the Earth, he's drawn to the site of a gruesome double murder in small-town Mississippi.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Psychology meets.... well, we aren't sure yet!

    • By DecemberRain on 01-05-16

    Regular price: $14.95

  • Book 3

    • Drowned

    • The Stepping Stone Cycle, Book 3
    • By: Gary Ballard
    • Narrated by: Steve Rausch
    • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Forensic psychologist Dr. Jack Carter has had to question his sanity - a year's worth of memory lost, his wife, Sarah, missing and himself the prime suspect. His most recent cases have led him to meet beings he could only classify as supernatural. Called to consult on a mother's mental health after she confesses to drowning her five children, Jack finds there's more to the death of these kids than a fanatically religious mother's fractured grasp of reality.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Supernatural conspiracy

    • By DecemberRain on 02-07-16
    • The Stepping Stone Cycle, Book 3
    • By: Gary Ballard
    • Narrated by: Steve Rausch
    • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
    • Release date: 01-27-16
    • 4 out of 5 stars 1 rating

    Regular price: $14.95