Monday, June 27, 2016

Stone Work by Dominic Stabile [4.5 stars]

From the Description
City stands in the irradiated dunes of America, nearly two centuries after the Final War. The wall surrounding it is a buffer for the wasteland inhabitants who covet entrance, and a trap for the citizens smothering in its polluted air and drowning in its blood-filled streets. Stone is a criminal for hire. Robbed of his loved ones and scarred almost beyond recognition, he navigates City’s darkest corners, doing some of its darkest deeds. In this collection, he'll pursue an elusive thief, bent on raising an army of juiced up mutants. He'll break into the office building of a mysterious corporation, only to find the executives are less into sending faxes and more into performing hexes. In the final chapter, he'll track a man through the Alleys of South City with the help of his tech savvy partner, Megan, and together they'll face the sentient darkness of City's deepest underbelly, and confront the violent potential of City's most dangerous cults.

Part Blade Runner. Part Sin City. Stone Work is an action-packed ride through the rain-slicked streets of a dark, unforgiving urban landscape, rife with sadistic criminals, inter-dimensional abominations, and a creeping darkness that seeks to erase the last, now almost mythical traces of human goodness left in a world always teetering over the edge of its own extinction.
Publication Date: June 15, 2016
Publisher: Mirror Matter Press
Publication Length: 124 pages
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel. For more information about Stone Work or to join in the fun follow the blog tour over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. If you’d like a review copy or interview with Dominic, please e-mail the always fabulous Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at
Stone Work is a collection of novellas set in a post-apocalyptical world. These stories have a noir feeling that I really enjoyed as they drug me into the dark and seedy underbelly of City. Stone is an assassin/ thief who will take any job as long as the price is right. Megan is a techie and his partner in crime. Together they are a bad-ass duo that are a lot of fun to follow as they fight off mutants, old gods, and the religious followers of Walforg. The creatures and the dystopian society are disturbing, the action scenes are crisp and exciting. My favorite novella in this collection was Godless City. I'm not going to tell you why because I hate spoilers, but I will say that the folks Stone and Megan face kick ass. Just don't eat the BBQ! I had a hard time putting this book down. It had me hooked from the beginning and I didn't want it to end. I will be looking for more of Dominic Stabile's work in the future. I highly recommend this thrilling 4.5 star read.
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About the Author
Dominic Stabile’s short fiction has appeared in Fossil Lake III: Unicornado!, Sanitarium Magazine, The Horror Zine, Atticus Review, Far Horizons, and has been adapted as a radio play by Manor House Productions.
He has held jobs as a warehouse worker, cashier, bookstore associate, textbook manager, and carpenter. He’s a born southerner, transplanted to Penobscot, Maine by a desperate desire to escape retail work.
When not writing or reading, he enjoys horror, sci-fi, and noir films, westerns, and bourbon.
Read his blogs on all things horror at or on Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads
Praise for Dominic Stabile’s Whiskey for Breakfast
"With Whiskey for Breakfast, Dominic Stabile provides a page turning mystery that kept me guessing as to who the real killers might be…."- Brenda Casto,
"I loved the quick pace and witty dialogue. The writing style brought to mind old school murder mystery novels even though the setting is more recent. I can’t wait for the next one!" -Jen Leboeuf, GoodReads on Whiskey for Breakfast