Review of ‘Flesh Worn Stone’

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If you like stories that explore the darker side of human nature, you’ll enjoy reading Flesh Worn Stone by John Burks, Jr. I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my review.

Steven Alexander awakes in a cage along with five other people, including his wife, Rebecca. He has no idea where they are, or how they came there, only remembering that a group of masked men invaded his Houston home, killed his two sons, and abducted him and Rebecca. Slowly, he comes to realize that he has been transported to a living hell, a place where hundreds of other similar captives are forced to participate in the Game – a competition to the death, where one must win in order to survive, and where losers become the meal of the day.

Determined not only to survive, but to get vengeance for his son’s deaths, and escape, Steven learns that a person is capable of doing things that are so far from the reality that he grew up in, he finds himself on the verge of losing his mind, and his humanity. Most disturbing, though, is his discovery that his fellow captives are not what they first appear to be.

Burks weaves a tale that is not for the faint of heart or overly sensitive. Descriptions of the Game’s competitions, and their aftermath, are graphic and disturbing. He takes us deeper into the human psyche than will be comfortable for some readers, but if your stomach can take it, the insight gained is worth the journey.

The ending of this book will disappoint some, but sets readers up well for the next in the series. Entertaining is hardly an appropriate word for Flesh Worn Stone. Chilling is perhaps a better description.

Well-written, it has a few too many typos, misspellings, and formatting errors, so I can only give it three stars.

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