"Intelligent, multi-layered thriller" The Demon Stone by Christopher Datta #99cents #horror

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The Demon Stone

Written by Christopher Datta

Genre(s): Thriller, Horror



Other retailer(s):   B&N

“Don’t read this one before you go to bed. And if you do, leave the lights on.”—Hill Rag Magazine 

The Demon Stone is a powerful supernatural thriller that leads you from the killing fields of Africa to the quiet Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota. In braided narratives, Datta spins a terrifying story about the spiritual forces—both real and supernatural—that incite the basest, bloodiest and most frightening of human behaviors.

When Kevin volunteered to travel to a war-ravaged country in Africa to help out his childhood buddy, Bill, now a physician with Doctors Without Borders, he knew he might face danger. But he could not have envisioned the brief, nightmare encounter that would rob him of his friend, his principles, and quite possibly his sanity. When he returns to his family in the United States, he carries with him not only survivors’ guilt, but, according to a grizzled old juju man in the service of a warlord, a powerful demon.

Liz cannot understand why, precisely, she agreed to go camping with her old college friend Kevin and his sullen teenage daughter, but it was clear that in the wake of his sudden divorce and a horrific family tragedy, Kevin needed someone to lean on. The canoeing trip in the Boundary Waters was supposed to be an escape, an opportunity to bring back the old Kevin. But once in the forests, Kevin’s behavior grows increasingly off-kilter, and Liz feels a growing sense of unease, one that ripens into fear. As the trio glide further into the wilderness, it becomes clear that someone, or something, is stalking them.

"Reading Chris Datta is like riding a rollercoaster. It’s a fast ride filled with twists and turns. His Demon Stone is scary fun. Stephen King, watch your back!" -Richard Rashke, author of The Killing of Karen Silkwood

An excerpt from

The Demon Stone

Here's what

Fans are saying

Intelligent, multi-layered thriller

The writing in this novel is intelligent and there are lots of layers in thoughts of the characters and the themes involved. There are novels you breeze through comfortably like southern comfort food. This is more like a good dinner at a high class restaurant.

There are nuances and multiple layers of flavors to the courses and sauces. It’s a meal that you are thoughtful about. I don’t like to give away parts of the story. I can say that there is much to make you worry about the characters that you like.

Tension builds and the story really does make you think about evil and how it manifests in our world. It is a thriller and suspense novel as advertised. But in my mind it comes really close to being mainstream literary for the depth of the characters and the thought behind the themes and interrelationships.

I’d call it an intense drive down a dark road where you increasingly feel something awful is going to happen, so you grip the steering wheel tighter and strain to see what is up ahead.

A brilliant and unique story involving raw and basic human emotions 

Chris Datta once again thrills his audience as he connects the intensity of life and death in African to an North American academic who finds unexpected questions and answers about life long relationships....but the questions and answers don't start or end where the reader anticipates them.

A brilliant and unique story involving raw and basic human emotions that range from the savage actions of a brutal military sociopath to the twisted and savage revenge of a woman who believed she was scorned.

Datta takes the reader back and forth from the widely different cultures of Africa and North America and weaves a story that involves the dynamics of friendship and love between men, women and children... and oh yes, a dog who reminds us how special that canine-human relationship can be!

— Ken Cal 

Author Bio

Christopher Datta

THE DEMON STONE is a supernatural thriller from a newcomer to fiction, but a man who is no stranger to the darkest of human impulses.  Author Christopher Datta has been a civil conflict specialist with the U.S. State Department, last serving in the newly established embassy in Southern Sudan. In the course of a long and distinguished career, he has gone into places best known for genocide and bloody conflagration. This novel, which grows out of his experience in the field, is an edge-of-your-seat thriller and a provocative meditation on the nature of evil.

Born in Washington, DC Chris Datta, Foreign Service officer, has been on numerous battlefields for his job and country. He has seen mass graves, brought war criminals to justice and in this new chapter, Datta brings readers a stunning historical account of the American Civil War withTouched with Fire. His attention to detail is superb, and his experiences abroad have given him ample stories to tell for years to come.

His action packed life has taken him across the world from the United States to Liberia and Southern Sudan. Not only serving in active war zones but often battling tropical diseases, Datta has nurtured his fascination with civil conflict by diving into the history books and historical records of America’s past. His research is meticulous, and his attention to detail creates vivid pictures of the past.