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The Great Stone of Sardis   By: (1834-1902)

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The Great Stone of Sardis by Frank Richard Stockton is an enchanting novel that takes readers on a captivating journey through a world filled with magic, mystery, and unexpected twists. Stockton's writing effortlessly combines elements of adventure and suspense, creating a unique reading experience that leaves a lasting impact.

The story follows the protagonist, Oliver Lyon, a young man who unexpectedly inherits a valuable stone from his late uncle. Little does Oliver know that this stone possesses extraordinary powers capable of transforming his life in unimaginable ways. From the moment he takes possession of the stone, Oliver finds himself entangled in a web of secrets, with numerous individuals vying to claim the stone's powers for their own greedy desires.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Stockton's writing is his ability to create characters that resonate with readers. Oliver is portrayed as a relatable and endearing hero, driven by his genuine intentions to do right by those around him. His encounters with the supporting cast, including the eccentric inventor Professor Sympor and the enigmatic fortune-teller Madame le Marchant, add depth and richness to the story, making it even more immersive.

What makes The Great Stone of Sardis truly outstanding is Stockton's masterful use of suspense. With every turn of the page, readers are kept on the edge of their seats, eagerly following Oliver's journey as he navigates a treacherous path paved with deceit and danger. The author skillfully weaves together a series of unexpected plot twists, leaving readers guessing and continually surprised.

Another notable aspect of Stockton's storytelling is the attention to detail and vivid imagery he employs throughout the novel. Whether he is describing an ancient, hidden chamber or a bustling city street, Stockton's prose brings each scene to life, allowing readers to vividly imagine the world in which the characters reside.

While The Great Stone of Sardis is undoubtedly an engaging and thrilling read, some readers might find that the pacing slows down in certain sections of the book. Nonetheless, the slower moments serve to enhance the anticipation and build-up towards the eventual climax, ensuring that readers remain engrossed until the very end.

In conclusion, The Great Stone of Sardis is a must-read for fans of fantasy and adventure. Stockton's imaginative storytelling, well-crafted characters, and clever plot twists make this novel a truly remarkable and enjoyable experience. Whether you are a long-time fan of the author or new to his works, this captivating tale is sure to leave you wanting more.

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THE GREAT STONE OF SARDIS

BY FRANK R. STOCKTON

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I. THE ARRIVAL OF THE EUTERPE THALIA

II. THE SARDIS WORKS

III. MARGARET RALEIGH

IV. THE MISSION OF SAMUEL BLOCK V. UNDER WATER

VI. VOICES FROM THE POLAR SEAS

VII. GOOD NEWS GOES FROM SARDIS

VIII. THE DEVIL ON THE DIPSEY

IX. THE ARTESIAN RAY

X. "LAKE SHIVER"

XI. THEY BELIEVE IT IS THE POLAR SEA

XII. CAPTAIN HUBBELL TAKES COMMAND

XIII. LONGITUDE EVERYTHING

XIV. A REGION OF NOTHINGNESS

XV. THE AUTOMATIC SHELL

XVI. THE TRACK OF THE SHELL

XVII. CAPTAIN HUBBELL DECLINES TO GO WHALING

XVIII. MR. MARCY'S CANAL

XIX. THE ICY GATEWAY

XX. "THAT IS HOW I LOVE YOU"

XXI. THE CAVE OF LIGHT

XXII. CLEWE'S THEORY

XXIII. THE LAST DIVE OF THE DIPSEY

XXIV. ROVINSKI COMES TO THE SURFACE

XXV. LAURELS

THE GREAT STONE OF SARDIS

CHAPTER I. THE ARRIVAL OF THE EUTERPE THALIA

It was about noon of a day in early summer that a westward bound Atlantic liner was rapidly nearing the port of New York. Not long before, the old light house on Montauk Point had been sighted, and the company on board the vessel were animated by the knowledge that in a few hours they would be at the end of their voyage.

The vessel now speeding along the southern coast of Long Island was the Euterpe Thalia, from Southampton... Continue reading book >>




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