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When Rembrandt goes back to stop the untimely death of his partner, he finds himself wrapped up in the disappearance of two missing children in the middle of an epic Minneapolis blizzard. But, can he save the children in time--and if he does, will he also be able to save his partner? The continuing adventures of Rembrandt Stone from the creative minds of James L. Rubart, Su When Rembrandt goes back to stop the untimely death of his partner, he finds himself wrapped up in the disappearance of two missing children in the middle of an epic Minneapolis blizzard. But, can he save the children in time--and if he does, will he also be able to save his partner? The continuing adventures of Rembrandt Stone from the creative minds of James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren and newcomer David Curtis Warren, writing as DAVID JAMES WARREN.


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When Rembrandt goes back to stop the untimely death of his partner, he finds himself wrapped up in the disappearance of two missing children in the middle of an epic Minneapolis blizzard. But, can he save the children in time--and if he does, will he also be able to save his partner? The continuing adventures of Rembrandt Stone from the creative minds of James L. Rubart, Su When Rembrandt goes back to stop the untimely death of his partner, he finds himself wrapped up in the disappearance of two missing children in the middle of an epic Minneapolis blizzard. But, can he save the children in time--and if he does, will he also be able to save his partner? The continuing adventures of Rembrandt Stone from the creative minds of James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren and newcomer David Curtis Warren, writing as DAVID JAMES WARREN.

30 review for Sticks and Stone

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    My favorite one in the series so far! That may be because I have become so invested in this story line and these characters. I adore Rem, I love the deep perspective we get with his POV. With the cliffhanger that book two left me with I was desperate for the next book. And I was not disappointed! You get the multilayered mysteries that are going on and the clues to interconnected one that has yet to be solved.....or has it? We get another piece of the story, but just enough of a hook to leave you My favorite one in the series so far! That may be because I have become so invested in this story line and these characters. I adore Rem, I love the deep perspective we get with his POV. With the cliffhanger that book two left me with I was desperate for the next book. And I was not disappointed! You get the multilayered mysteries that are going on and the clues to interconnected one that has yet to be solved.....or has it? We get another piece of the story, but just enough of a hook to leave you eager for the next book! I love the perspective that we get from Eve's point of view. We get the action, we get the character development, all the things I love about this series!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarita

    This is a lifetime I haven't lived, and although the pieces are starting to form, I'm going to need a lot more coffee. Just when I think the authors can’t turn Rembrandt’s life more upside down, they throw in a major TWIST! I loved this. It was thrilling, suspenseful and I gave up sleep to finish it. At when I closed the last pages I wanted to cry, because the teaser for book 4 is just mean and now I have to wait! Really, it's not that hard to change history when you know the time and place history This is a lifetime I haven't lived, and although the pieces are starting to form, I'm going to need a lot more coffee. Just when I think the authors can’t turn Rembrandt’s life more upside down, they throw in a major TWIST! I loved this. It was thrilling, suspenseful and I gave up sleep to finish it. At when I closed the last pages I wanted to cry, because the teaser for book 4 is just mean and now I have to wait! Really, it's not that hard to change history when you know the time and place history is going to happen. I love the inner battle in Rembrandt to not change the past but also not accept things as is. He is a hero at heart and it is so difficult for him to stand back and let events play out. I love Eve. She is just the perfect partner for Rem and she had me holding my breath a few times. I wish I could see more of John Booker and the role he played in Rem’s life. I'm not trying to be a hero. I just wanted to be a good guy for a change. I’m loving this series and if you like thrilling suspense, go read this series. You need to read it in order though. Maybe the only way I don't completely screw anything up in the future is to...well, listen to my regrets today. Looking forward to the next book, but also scared for what else poor Rem will have to endure. Come on August 1st! *I received a complimentary copy from the author. All opinions expressed are my own.*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (The_CozyBookworm)

    Goodness. I feel like Rembrandt Stone is ruining me for other books. Like, nothing compares to Rem ::que Sinead O'Conner's rendition from the early 90's:: Seriously, nothing compares. I am just blown away by this series and book three, Sticks and Stones may just be my favorite yet. Susan May's voice is by far my favorite to read in the Christian fiction genre, and she has outdone herself with this series. The twists and turns of the plot leave me with nerves frazzled, but somehow desperate for m Goodness. I feel like Rembrandt Stone is ruining me for other books. Like, nothing compares to Rem ::que Sinead O'Conner's rendition from the early 90's:: Seriously, nothing compares. I am just blown away by this series and book three, Sticks and Stones may just be my favorite yet. Susan May's voice is by far my favorite to read in the Christian fiction genre, and she has outdone herself with this series. The twists and turns of the plot leave me with nerves frazzled, but somehow desperate for more. The characters - oh the characters! I couldn't love Rembrandt and Eve more if I tried. I am rooting so hard for those two it hurts. I love the slow build toward faith in Rem's life. I love how natural it has been introduced. A phenomenal installment that left me desperate for book four. Need. More. Rem.

  4. 5 out of 5

    MJSH

    “Rembrandt, your life isn’t written in the past. Yes, your past makes you who you are, but when you get here, you have the choice of who you want to be. Your life is written in the right now. Your choices are the only thing you can control. You have to let go of the rest. And occasionally, ask for help.” This third book in the series takes us back in time to 1997 or somewhere thereabouts, a few months after Rem’s last trip back in time. His present timeline is completely messed up but it allows h “Rembrandt, your life isn’t written in the past. Yes, your past makes you who you are, but when you get here, you have the choice of who you want to be. Your life is written in the right now. Your choices are the only thing you can control. You have to let go of the rest. And occasionally, ask for help.” This third book in the series takes us back in time to 1997 or somewhere thereabouts, a few months after Rem’s last trip back in time. His present timeline is completely messed up but it allows him room to think, process, and mature. Rem is definitely more introspective in this book and allows the reader to see and feel his emotions, thought processes, and maturation though it’s quite painful at times. His voice is more funny, self-deprecating, honest, raw, real than in the previous books and definitely less cocky and self-absorbed. I loved that he’s more conversational with the reader here and works his charm quite effectively to suck the reader into his world. This is also a more poignant and nostalgic Rem than we’ve encountered before and I absolutely loved seeing this side of him. His devotion to his wife Eve and his friend Burke is truly touching and his romance with Eve in the past is totally swoon-worthy. And, yes, there is plenty of action and adrenaline...for how could this book be a Rembrandt Stone book without the chills-racing-down-the-spine suspense? But the ending?!?! I’m biting my nails already in anticipation of the next book! August can’t come soon enough. I received the book from the publisher and via JustRead Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are solely my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ochegba

    It keeps getting better. This whirlpool we seem to have thrust ourselves into that won't let us quit. Going on this journey with Rem, it's fun to see how he has matured through his previous experiences or has he 😏 and the repercussions that come with changing a thing or two. He vows to just change a little thing but it sets the ball rolling again. It's fun and frustrating at the same time because you just have to know what happens next. Looking forward to Rem's new adventure. I received a complime It keeps getting better. This whirlpool we seem to have thrust ourselves into that won't let us quit. Going on this journey with Rem, it's fun to see how he has matured through his previous experiences or has he 😏 and the repercussions that come with changing a thing or two. He vows to just change a little thing but it sets the ball rolling again. It's fun and frustrating at the same time because you just have to know what happens next. Looking forward to Rem's new adventure. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All opinions expressed are solely mine

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Higgins

    The third installment of The True Lies of Rembrant Stone is just as good, if not better, than the first two. The worst thing about this series is finishing one book and having to wait for the next! Such a fantastic fun series that I can’t get enough of! Don’t miss this epic adventure! If there is one thing Rembrant Stone has learned, it’s this: messing with time is not easy and has a ripple effect no one could see coming. This is the third time he has used the watch given to him by his mentor to The third installment of The True Lies of Rembrant Stone is just as good, if not better, than the first two. The worst thing about this series is finishing one book and having to wait for the next! Such a fantastic fun series that I can’t get enough of! Don’t miss this epic adventure! If there is one thing Rembrant Stone has learned, it’s this: messing with time is not easy and has a ripple effect no one could see coming. This is the third time he has used the watch given to him by his mentor to go back in time and try and change the past to correct the future, his future. Now, his closest friendship is no more, Andrew Burke is not the man he once knew, and he goes back to try and save him without messing anything else up. As he arrives in the past, he is not only trying to save his best friend, he is also trying to stop a serial killer and save two children that have gone missing in the middle of a Minneapolis blizzard. With lives at stake and a future he can live with and be happy in, Stone races time to do the impossible once more. With the third installment of the Rembrandt Stone series at my fingertips I have found myself more and more enthralled with these characters and their stories. A perfect length, I finished in a day and found myself craving more, just as I have with the finish of each in the series. The combination of Susan May Warren, James Rubart and David Warren is, without a doubt, one of the best groupings I have ever read. They have a way of crafting a story that is unputdownable, engaging, intense, exciting, and so much more. All the characters have me invested in their lives and if they are going to end up with their happily ever after. Everything I have ever read by Warren and Rubart has left me so satisfied and in that happy book hangover. Such great writing brought together to make a fantastic story and series. Each book has a cliffhanger ending that leaves you thirsting for more and Sticks and Stone is no different. I loved the softer side of Rembrandt in this one along with the deeper look into some of the secondary characters. I have no clue what is going to happen with the rest of the series, but I know for certain I will be along for the ride. I recommend this book to readers that enjoy time travel and suspense thrillers and don’t mind staying up way too late to read. I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rosalyn

    Once again, I am sitting here, a bit at loss for words. This incredible, crazy, absolutely outstanding, thriller of a series...it continues! Rembrandt Stone and his time travel is about enough to drive me insane. IN a good way. ;) I love this series, but I hate how it attaches itself to me, how the story won't leave. Rembrandt continues to try to make his life better, and it just seemingly gets increasingly worse each time. Sigh. One thing I appreciated about this story...I think this book shows a de Once again, I am sitting here, a bit at loss for words. This incredible, crazy, absolutely outstanding, thriller of a series...it continues! Rembrandt Stone and his time travel is about enough to drive me insane. IN a good way. ;) I love this series, but I hate how it attaches itself to me, how the story won't leave. Rembrandt continues to try to make his life better, and it just seemingly gets increasingly worse each time. Sigh. One thing I appreciated about this story...I think this book shows a definite progression in the thought and maturing process of Rembrandt Stone. I like seeing him trying to analzye things, do what he can to make his 'present day' reality better. I did feel like maybe the action wasn't quite as intense in this one as the earlier books. But, saying all of that, it still has plenty of action! And it always blows my mind how these authors looked at things from every angle, trying to best show how one small change in any direction can have mindboggling consequences in future years. This is definitely another exciting tale you won't want to miss!! Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    Stick and Stones by David James Warren returns to Rem Stone's world as he time travels through time to try to solve another one of his Cold cases. The Jackson Killer is still on the loose. If readers are fans of procedural detective stories, then this is the right book for them. However, this story also features returning to moments in time that had a different outcome. This time around Rem tries to solve another case featuring dead children. The story is suspenseful and has enough of moments wh Stick and Stones by David James Warren returns to Rem Stone's world as he time travels through time to try to solve another one of his Cold cases. The Jackson Killer is still on the loose. If readers are fans of procedural detective stories, then this is the right book for them. However, this story also features returning to moments in time that had a different outcome. This time around Rem tries to solve another case featuring dead children. The story is suspenseful and has enough of moments where Rem tries to change the outcome to where he ends up with his wife. Just like in the previous two novels. What events do people actually do that can throw a ripple affect into the future? What if everyone could time travel? I know one big regret in my past that I would love to change. Rem gets this unique experience, but overall, it affects how the "future" turns out. God has given everyone a path to follow, and we are not allowed to have a do over. Our decision have consequences, which is why it is important to think on things before jumping head first into anything. The novel kept me glued to the pages, and I can't wait to see what happens in the next three novels. The story is only half way over. I really like the structure of the novels. They are not complete in each novel. They are left in a cliff hanger for the readers. Definitely something I enjoy. With each installment, Warren has crafted a unique story with a truly rememberable hero who is a delight to spend time with. I received a complimentary copy of Sticks and Stones by David James Warren through JustRead Tours, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tressa (Wishful Endings)

    4.5 Stars STICKS AND STONE is another suspenseful story in this series where there are always twists as Rembrandt Stone tries to repair the past. An engaging protagonist and a thrilling story will continue to entrance fans of the series. Definitely one to check out if you like cold-case fiction or suspense with a sci-fi twist. Rembrandt Stone's voice is still fully engaging in this third book. He's easy to cheer on through all the cringe-worthy, awkward moments as well as the stellar ones. I felt 4.5 Stars STICKS AND STONE is another suspenseful story in this series where there are always twists as Rembrandt Stone tries to repair the past. An engaging protagonist and a thrilling story will continue to entrance fans of the series. Definitely one to check out if you like cold-case fiction or suspense with a sci-fi twist. Rembrandt Stone's voice is still fully engaging in this third book. He's easy to cheer on through all the cringe-worthy, awkward moments as well as the stellar ones. I felt a bit more frustrated in this story. I think because I'm now really invested, but things are just so complicated and messed up. I literally have no idea what will happen and what the repercussions will be and that is a bit scary when you really want things to work out. This whole series is cold-case suspense with the whole sci-fi aspect that literally keeps you on edge from beginning to end. You don't know what you'll find at any point, in the past or the future, as things keep changing based on what Rembrandt does or doesn't do. In the end, was it what I wished for? This was another thrilling ride with a great character to get behind and an ever evolving story. I'm very much looking forward to reading book number four! Content: Some violence and innuendo, but clean. Source: I received a complimentary copy through JustRead Publicity Tours, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Meagan Myhren-Bennett

    Sticks and Stone The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone #3 By David James Warren Rembrandt Stone has a problem, one of his own making though it began accidentally. First he isn't the man he knows and thought himself to be. No he isn't delusional, though that would be preferable to the reality he now finds himself living. His wife is not his wife and she never was. His daughter has never existed though he has another daughter he never knew. And his best friend/ex-partner is married to his wife who was nev Sticks and Stone The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone #3 By David James Warren Rembrandt Stone has a problem, one of his own making though it began accidentally. First he isn't the man he knows and thought himself to be. No he isn't delusional, though that would be preferable to the reality he now finds himself living. His wife is not his wife and she never was. His daughter has never existed though he has another daughter he never knew. And his best friend/ex-partner is married to his wife who was never his wife. If you think you are confused you have just a small understanding of what Rem's week is like. And this doesn't even touch the serial killer who he somehow enabled with his major blundering through the past! Rem doesn't want to keep messing up and he doesn't want to ruin Eve's life more than he has, but he keeps being drawn to the past and the killer whose killings are all on him. Can he figure out what he messed up without totally destroying his future? Or will he forever be changing who he is? This is one series where reading the books out of order will seriously mess with your mind. This is the third book and you have to read them in order! This newest book finds Rem once again totally clueless when it starts and how do you carry on a conversation with anyone when everything you thought you knew yesterday has changed overnight and you've lost years of memories in the process. You have memories but they are the wrong ones for the life you are now living. I have to say I really feel Rem - he has a life that he is satisfied with, a wife and daughter he loves, and then everything is gone with a simple windup of a watch. With three books to go in the series, one has to wonder if it is possible to restore what he has lost and what the ultimate cost will be to him and those around him. This series reminds me of a Star Trek Voyager episode (The Year of Hell) when a scientist in an attempt to help his people inadvertently affects the universe around him and deletes his wife from existence he then spends decades trying to restore what he has lost. What means the most to him is the one thing he can't restore. If you are looking for a read that takes you from your every day and demands that you suspend your disbelief you absolutely have to read Sticks and Stone, after reading the two previous titles - Cast the First Stone and No Unturned Stone. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion ~ All thoughts expressed are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Wren

    So, the directions: Use the watch. Travel back in time. Solve the cold case in the folder you've just skimmed through. But do not, under any circumstances, try to change anything else. Do you think that Rembrandt Stone can follow those directions? No, I didn't either. Rem was warned that he could change everything, the entire future, if he did. But he just can't resist. He is sure that he can solve or prevent the cold case crime...and all the other problems he's created! Because he has created mor So, the directions: Use the watch. Travel back in time. Solve the cold case in the folder you've just skimmed through. But do not, under any circumstances, try to change anything else. Do you think that Rembrandt Stone can follow those directions? No, I didn't either. Rem was warned that he could change everything, the entire future, if he did. But he just can't resist. He is sure that he can solve or prevent the cold case crime...and all the other problems he's created! Because he has created more problems. He's already been back and forth in time. And the extra changes that he made in the past have drastically affected his future; his work, his personal relationships...and the crimes and criminals he'd ostensibly been trying to prevent or capture. In Sticks and Stone: A Time Travel Thriller, Rem is in a world of hurt. He just knows that if he can fix the mistakes he's made, he can return to his own future, the one that he's supposed to be living in, rather than this crazy one that has spun out of his other efforts. But by trying to fix those mistakes, he's violating the very rule he was told to follow: to only solve the cold case. This time, he may not recover from the choices he's made. Jump in for another incredible read, in the latest book in David James Warren's series, "The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone." Sticks and Stone is fascinating and compelling. I cannot wait for the next installment. Read the first three books in this series...and I'm sure you'll agree with me! I received a digital copy of this book from the authors. All opinions are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Sticks and Stone, the third installment in the True Lies of Rembrandt Stone, continues the saga of time-traveling, former detective Rembrandt Stone. Once again, Stone is thrust back in time to solve a cold case. And as in the previous books, the trip is filled with intrigue, action, and a sometimes-confused Stone. Time-traveling has a few drawbacks because each time his reality has changed, and it’s hard to keep up when you don’t know what’s just happened in your new reality. This aspect of the Sticks and Stone, the third installment in the True Lies of Rembrandt Stone, continues the saga of time-traveling, former detective Rembrandt Stone. Once again, Stone is thrust back in time to solve a cold case. And as in the previous books, the trip is filled with intrigue, action, and a sometimes-confused Stone. Time-traveling has a few drawbacks because each time his reality has changed, and it’s hard to keep up when you don’t know what’s just happened in your new reality. This aspect of the series makes for a little levity in what is otherwise an intense story. Stone is evolving with each novel and becoming more self-aware. He’s not only seeing he has been a jerk, but he’s trying desperately not to be one in whatever reality he finds himself. Inside, the watch that affords him the time-traveling capability, are the words Be Stalwart. And, with each new adventure, he is proving those words describe the person he’s becoming. In addition, his faith is reawakening. While the details of his life change, dramatically, with each trip back, one thing doesn’t change – his love for is wife Eve. And no matter what reality Eve is living, there is always a spark between her and Rembrandt. Sticks and Stone, like its predecessors, keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next, and there are a few heart-dropping moments where you can imagine all kinds of bad happening. It’s witty, funny, poignant, and a great mystery yet to be solved. Sticks and Stone is another excellent novel you don’t want to miss.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    4.5 stars I'm loving this series! I think this installment is my favorite one yet. Rem's going back to the past again to solve one more of his old cold cases. He vows not to screw up the timeline like he did the previous times he went back. He's just gonna solve a crime and catch a bad guy or two. Simple, right? Not so much. This one had more romance than the previous books, but there was still a lot of action and suspense. And that ending has me so curious to find out what happens next. I can't w 4.5 stars I'm loving this series! I think this installment is my favorite one yet. Rem's going back to the past again to solve one more of his old cold cases. He vows not to screw up the timeline like he did the previous times he went back. He's just gonna solve a crime and catch a bad guy or two. Simple, right? Not so much. This one had more romance than the previous books, but there was still a lot of action and suspense. And that ending has me so curious to find out what happens next. I can't wait!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    No matter what, his choices come out wrong... I've been waiting for this book since first starting The True Lies Of Rembrandt Stone series. I wanted to see Rem's conscience start to wake up and needle him about the choices he's made during his time travels. Finally, Sticks And Stones delivered just that. Time Travel is not a genre that I usually go to but this series from the super talented combination of James Rubart, Susan May Warren, and David Warren intrigued me and has held my attention thro No matter what, his choices come out wrong... I've been waiting for this book since first starting The True Lies Of Rembrandt Stone series. I wanted to see Rem's conscience start to wake up and needle him about the choices he's made during his time travels. Finally, Sticks And Stones delivered just that. Time Travel is not a genre that I usually go to but this series from the super talented combination of James Rubart, Susan May Warren, and David Warren intrigued me and has held my attention through three books. I've been enjoying the suspense/thriller plots as well as trying to guess what new disastrous results of Rem's meddling with history will hit him next. And they will nail him harder each time than the last. David James Warren brings up some great questions in Sticks And Stone, and the entire series for that matter, from man's mortality to free will versus fate, and whether the things that make up the past happened the way they were supposed to the first time. This book is also a great reminder of how easily even our tiniest choices can affect the people around, for good or for bad. Definitely a lot to ponder...which is not bad for a quick reading time travel story... (I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    This was another wonderful time travel novel about Rembrandt trying to fix the new messes he caused when he was fixing the last ones! I loved how he kept trying to learn from his mistakes, not just in time travel but in life. He had regrets about his original timeline and he decided he's going to be a better man and put Eve first. It's wonderful to see him grow and change as his story continues. There were some great romantic moments. I loved the cop stuff, though there wasn't as much investigat This was another wonderful time travel novel about Rembrandt trying to fix the new messes he caused when he was fixing the last ones! I loved how he kept trying to learn from his mistakes, not just in time travel but in life. He had regrets about his original timeline and he decided he's going to be a better man and put Eve first. It's wonderful to see him grow and change as his story continues. There were some great romantic moments. I loved the cop stuff, though there wasn't as much investigation in this story, which I missed. I loved the classic rock references. There was some great advice about choices and what-ifs. Apparently Rembrandt had faith at one time but is a little unsure now what he believes. There's some suspense and action. I would recommend reading the first two books in the series first and I highly recommend this one! I can't wait for the next! I received a kindle copy of this book from JustRead Tours. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachel DeVaughn

    Book 3 was even better than the last two books! A brief recap was given in the first chapter about time travel , how Stone got the watch, how the time travel works and the purpose behind it; which is really helpful since these books come out every couple months and sometimes I forget specifics. I definitely liked book 3 better than book 2 because it was less traumatic for Stone in regards to his wife and daughter. It’s interesting how Stone continues to use his time travel to try to help others an Book 3 was even better than the last two books! A brief recap was given in the first chapter about time travel , how Stone got the watch, how the time travel works and the purpose behind it; which is really helpful since these books come out every couple months and sometimes I forget specifics. I definitely liked book 3 better than book 2 because it was less traumatic for Stone in regards to his wife and daughter. It’s interesting how Stone continues to use his time travel to try to help others and to solve cold cases, while still trying not to change too much that it alters his future. Typically I don’t read time travel books, but this series has been incredible to read and once I start reading the book I don’t put it down until I finish. The characters are great, and the flow of the book is intriguing and easy to read. I really like the conversation that Stone had with his dad during one section of the book- about “ wishes and what if‘s don’t change things. The only thing that matters is right now.” I can’t wait to read book 4- Set in Stone! I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    4.5 Stars If I ever time travel, Rembrandt Stone has provided several lessons on how changing the past affects the future (and I’m sure there will be more lessons to come). One of the great things about this series is seeing Rembrandt’s personality shaped by his circumstances. He’s still the same guy we met in the first book with his somewhat self-deprecating humor, his honesty and bluntness but he’s also mellowed out. He’s paying more attention to the other people in his life and is less focused 4.5 Stars If I ever time travel, Rembrandt Stone has provided several lessons on how changing the past affects the future (and I’m sure there will be more lessons to come). One of the great things about this series is seeing Rembrandt’s personality shaped by his circumstances. He’s still the same guy we met in the first book with his somewhat self-deprecating humor, his honesty and bluntness but he’s also mellowed out. He’s paying more attention to the other people in his life and is less focused on himself. Somehow the powerhouse that is David James Warren brings a new level with each now book in the series. And we’re only halfway done. The twists, the turns, the characters, the outcomes, the throwbacks, all of it combines for a wild ride that you both want to rush through and savor because the next book is two months away! And oh my, does this one leave you ready for book four. Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stella Potts

    Every time I read a book in this series I think it can’t be better than the last one but it seems each one gets better. This is definitely an Epic story in the sense that it is beyond the usual. I am in love with Rembrandt Stone and Eve is growing on me. I liked her better in this book than the last two. I love the way REM is learning as he goes along to try to make things better and not fail. Such a different kind of story, very unique and intense. At the end of every book is a small cliffhang Every time I read a book in this series I think it can’t be better than the last one but it seems each one gets better. This is definitely an Epic story in the sense that it is beyond the usual. I am in love with Rembrandt Stone and Eve is growing on me. I liked her better in this book than the last two. I love the way REM is learning as he goes along to try to make things better and not fail. Such a different kind of story, very unique and intense. At the end of every book is a small cliffhanger that makes you wish the next book was available now. This series needs to be read in order or you would have no clue what is going on. This is definitely page turning suspense at it’s best. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through book funnel with no obligation for a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carol R.

    Three authors -- bestselling author Susan May Warren, award-winning author James L. Rubart, and debut author David Curtis Warren -- team up to write this time travel series. In Sticks and Stone, Rembrandt Stone returns to the past to try to fix what he altered during his earlier time travels. Solving a cold case in the past affects the future (current) reality. Can he save those he cares about and reset the future to one he can live with? Since each book ends on a cliffhanger, the reader should st Three authors -- bestselling author Susan May Warren, award-winning author James L. Rubart, and debut author David Curtis Warren -- team up to write this time travel series. In Sticks and Stone, Rembrandt Stone returns to the past to try to fix what he altered during his earlier time travels. Solving a cold case in the past affects the future (current) reality. Can he save those he cares about and reset the future to one he can live with? Since each book ends on a cliffhanger, the reader should start with the first book, Cast the First Stone. This is the third time Rem has traveled back in time to solve a cold case, and the future/current reality keeps changing. The books are filled with intense action as Rem chases down leads, and the plot twists will keep the reader on the edge of their seat.  Rem revisits the decisions he made earlier, ones that led to a future he cannot embrace. He is less self-absorbed and more introspective, reflecting more on how his choices affect others. Faith elements are becoming more developed, as Rem starts thinking more of others, and making Rem more likeable and heroic. It is interesting to see his relationship with Eve and his partner in different scenarios and watch them evolve. Recommended for adults who enjoy crime fiction, time travel, and fans of these authors. Readers will be eager for the next installment, Set in Stone, coming in August 2021.  Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis

    Another great book! As was the case in No Unturned Stone, Sticks and Stone was full of surprises! When Rembrandt Stone travels back in time - yet again - he swears he won't really change anything. He's just planning on maybe fixing a wrong - or 38 - and then returning. I loved the maturity he had in looking at things. Well, mostly. Thrust into a world that was so similar and yet foreign to the one he remembered, he had to keep his head, and his heart, as he continued attempting to solve the serial Another great book! As was the case in No Unturned Stone, Sticks and Stone was full of surprises! When Rembrandt Stone travels back in time - yet again - he swears he won't really change anything. He's just planning on maybe fixing a wrong - or 38 - and then returning. I loved the maturity he had in looking at things. Well, mostly. Thrust into a world that was so similar and yet foreign to the one he remembered, he had to keep his head, and his heart, as he continued attempting to solve the serial murder mystery. Readers who enjoy crime stories with a touch of time travel will want to be sure to read Sticks and Stone. But do yourself a favor and read the first two books of The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone series first! I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tabitha Bouldin

    Poor Rembrandt. I have to say, this series is getting better with each book. Having Rembrandt continually attempting to make everything right kept me engaged with the story. I never knew what he might do next, and since he's not exactly a rule follower, I could count on one thing: surprises. The authors in this series are doing a wonderful job of creating a character who might not do the right thing every time but has the ability to draw a reader into his world and make them want his success. En Poor Rembrandt. I have to say, this series is getting better with each book. Having Rembrandt continually attempting to make everything right kept me engaged with the story. I never knew what he might do next, and since he's not exactly a rule follower, I could count on one thing: surprises. The authors in this series are doing a wonderful job of creating a character who might not do the right thing every time but has the ability to draw a reader into his world and make them want his success. Engaging characters and a highly addictive story line make Sticks and Stone one of my favorite books this year. The love he has for Eve, no matter which reality he finds himself in, is a definite selling point, especially as Rembrandt begins to understand more about himself. I received a copy of this book from the author through JustRead. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Courtney | Soul of a Librarian

    I am so invested in this dang series, it's not even funny. At this point, Rem feels like more than a friend. He's a family member and I need good things for him or SO HELP ME. Which is what makes this trippy series work so well. My brain is twisted, I struggle to keep up with the timelines, and I'm fairly certain I'm gonna have to break out a whiteboard pretty soon to keep all the characters and clues straight. But Rem is the constant, the never-changing but always-growing heart of this circus, an I am so invested in this dang series, it's not even funny. At this point, Rem feels like more than a friend. He's a family member and I need good things for him or SO HELP ME. Which is what makes this trippy series work so well. My brain is twisted, I struggle to keep up with the timelines, and I'm fairly certain I'm gonna have to break out a whiteboard pretty soon to keep all the characters and clues straight. But Rem is the constant, the never-changing but always-growing heart of this circus, and I can't quit him. Or Eve. Or him and Eve together. They're my favorite. Honestly, Sticks and Stone has probably been my favorite of the series so far. I feel like these books just keep getting better and I can't wait for the next one. (Seriously. I can't wait. I need answers. Like, now.) I received a complimentary copy of this book. All expressed opinions belong to me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Easily the best of the series so far! Can't wait for book 4... Easily the best of the series so far! Can't wait for book 4...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Becky Dempsey

    "Sticks and Stones" is the third book in this series and you need to read the books in order. I found the book to be well written and well paced. I never knew what was going to happen and I kept wondering how Rembrandt's trip back in time was going to affect the "present". There was more mention about God in this book which I appreciated. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation wa "Sticks and Stones" is the third book in this series and you need to read the books in order. I found the book to be well written and well paced. I never knew what was going to happen and I kept wondering how Rembrandt's trip back in time was going to affect the "present". There was more mention about God in this book which I appreciated. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received for my review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This is the third book in the “True Lies of Rembrandt Stone” and I just have to say do not for any reason read these out of order or as a stand-alone. This series is meant to be read in order and in its entirety. I will also warn you that once you start this series you will feel the need to finish and then I have a feeling we will all hope that the author writes more. In this book, Rembrandt has now been back in time a couple of times and each time he has come back to the present not recognizing This is the third book in the “True Lies of Rembrandt Stone” and I just have to say do not for any reason read these out of order or as a stand-alone. This series is meant to be read in order and in its entirety. I will also warn you that once you start this series you will feel the need to finish and then I have a feeling we will all hope that the author writes more. In this book, Rembrandt has now been back in time a couple of times and each time he has come back to the present not recognizing anything about his life. So he again goes back into the future to try to reclaim the life he remembers before he received the watch that was given to him by his old boss. Words cannot fully describe how good this book or the series so far has been. At the end of this book, I am again attempting to wait patiently for the next book. I am so glad the author decided to put the entire series out in 2021 and not make me wait so long between books like most do. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in order to give an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Sticks and Stone by David James Warren Book 3 in the True Lies of Rembrandt Stone series Rating: 5/5 Release Date: June 1, 2021 Wow. This "episode" might be my favorite so far. It's ridiculously packed with some great quotes and self-reflections. If you are new to this amazing series, you must read the other two books first. This series must be read in order. I think I prefer this book to the others because I get more romance between my main characters. At this point, I know my characters a lot more Sticks and Stone by David James Warren Book 3 in the True Lies of Rembrandt Stone series Rating: 5/5 Release Date: June 1, 2021 Wow. This "episode" might be my favorite so far. It's ridiculously packed with some great quotes and self-reflections. If you are new to this amazing series, you must read the other two books first. This series must be read in order. I think I prefer this book to the others because I get more romance between my main characters. At this point, I know my characters a lot more and am rooting for them. "My life is broken into fragments that refuse to align. All I know is that some mistakes you can never escape, no matter how you try. And believe me, I’ve tried." Rembrandt Stone is back in the present but his life is incredibly different. Though his professional life seems to be doing well, his personal life is drastically different and he mourns the loss of his former life. He regrets the scars on his best friend, Andrew Burke, that somehow occurred after he made changes to the timeline. Can he fix what went wrong? Can he win back the love of his life and save his best friend without doing more damage to the timeline while still trying to solve a case involving a serial killer? "Be stalwart. It means loyal and reliable and hard-working, and I’m brought back to the words my father said about becoming the man I want to be. Choices." This theme is throughout the series and definitely takes on a new meaning when time-travel gets thrown in. I adore this series and all the crime-thriller aspects. This author team is incredibly talented and keep the reader guessing what will happen next. I read the whole book in a few hours because I needed to know what happened next. The chemistry between Rem and Eve is great and I love seeing them fall in love. It's an interesting concept to discuss how you would pursue someone if you had the chance to do it again. I love Rem's discussion with his father about regretting the past. “Wishes and what-ifs don’t change things. The only thing that matters is right now. What you choose is who you are, and the future you’re writing. Get that right and you don’t have to worry about the what-ifs.” Highly recommend if you enjoy fast-paced time-traveling crime thrillers with some romance. I cannot wait to read the next book soon. My thanks to the author and publisher for providing me with an ARC of the book. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. No positive review was expected and no compensation received.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy Bradsher

    Help! I need a time-traveling watch or Delorian or whatever it takes, because there’s no way I can wait until August for the next Rembrandt Stone story! Carve my heart out with a spoon, why don’t ya? Sticks and Stone is the best Rembrandt story yet – and it looks like each one will just keep getting better! I love the way that Rembrandt seems to have come into his own now. He’s seeing his past self more clearly: the good choices, the bad ones, and the consequences of both. He’s understanding the Help! I need a time-traveling watch or Delorian or whatever it takes, because there’s no way I can wait until August for the next Rembrandt Stone story! Carve my heart out with a spoon, why don’t ya? Sticks and Stone is the best Rembrandt story yet – and it looks like each one will just keep getting better! I love the way that Rembrandt seems to have come into his own now. He’s seeing his past self more clearly: the good choices, the bad ones, and the consequences of both. He’s understanding the potential ramifications of his new ability and is past the denial and anger stages and firmly into a determination stage. Is that a thing? I don’t know – but he’s no longer fighting the system but instead is determined to use it for good. So – determination stage. That makes this new Rembrandt more kind, more caring, more generous, more thoughtful, just … more. More mature. Better. I liked him before, but he’s really becoming the stuff that heroes are made of now. Not just the kind that you read about in the news, but the kind that you want to know personally – the kind you could sit down and talk to. The kind that you want as a good friend. Or, in Eve’s case, a husband. It’s this growth that gives this story a big boost in the character department. Being able to see Rembrandt’s progression and, understanding what he’s been through, makes you feel more invested in the story – and I love that. Sticks and Stone isn’t without it’s own explosive moments, though – literally. Like every Warren story, Rembrandt faces incredibly high stakes, and he battles all sorts of physical challenges, dangers, and threats to save the day. They’ll keep you on the edge of your seat – and isn’t that, really, the very best place to read? f you’re a fan of series, time-travel, adventure, steamy (but clean) romance, or crime-fighting sagas, you have to read Sticks and Stone. Put it on your TodayBR list. I received a free copy of this book from the authors. All opinions are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    I would say that these stories just keep getting better, but that would do a disservice to the books that came before. I'll just say the amazingness is continuous. I can NOT get enough of these stories and unfortunately, I devour it so fast I end up wanting the next book NOW! I love Rem. I love Eve. I love Rem and Eve. Get to know them, and you will love them, too. Trust me, they are one of my all time favorite love stories. Crazy, I know, because of the way this series is going, but Rem's love f I would say that these stories just keep getting better, but that would do a disservice to the books that came before. I'll just say the amazingness is continuous. I can NOT get enough of these stories and unfortunately, I devour it so fast I end up wanting the next book NOW! I love Rem. I love Eve. I love Rem and Eve. Get to know them, and you will love them, too. Trust me, they are one of my all time favorite love stories. Crazy, I know, because of the way this series is going, but Rem's love for Eve deepens and grows with each book. Eve, it's fun (and painful) to watch her love for him grow from the start, but also differently each time. Listen, these time travel novels are hard to explain my thoughts on because I know the "things". lol And Rem knows this too. He's always talking at us, giving us a hard time, but also inviting us to kind of agree with the choices he's making. Once again, Rem is trying to not mess with time, but also trying to stop a crime. Unfortunately, changes are changes and time is affected. This story is such a build up for the next one I can hardly stand the wait. I think about halfway through I was already anticipating book 4! It's so hard to wrap my mind around the "real time" happening in Rem's life because when he's back in time days go by! I can understand why Rem needs an assistant. He, and we, needs someone to keep track of all of the events. HA! I also love how Shelby is becoming more entwined in the story. Burke continues to be one of my favorite characters in the story. Of course, there are a couple of twists that I hadn't seen coming and now I'm just sitting here trying to take it all in and wondering how book 4 will unfold! *I was sent the ebook for review. This is my personal opinion.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Linda Horin

    David James Warren Does It Again I got my copy of this book at midnight last night, stayed up until 4 am reading it because I couldn't put it down, and still don't regret it this morning! I am now waiting impatiently for the next installment. Book 3 did not disappoint. The fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat action and the twists and turns of Rembrandt Stone's career and personal life as he travels through time will continue to keep you wanting more, I guarantee it. If you haven't started this series, David James Warren Does It Again I got my copy of this book at midnight last night, stayed up until 4 am reading it because I couldn't put it down, and still don't regret it this morning! I am now waiting impatiently for the next installment. Book 3 did not disappoint. The fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat action and the twists and turns of Rembrandt Stone's career and personal life as he travels through time will continue to keep you wanting more, I guarantee it. If you haven't started this series, grab all three books now and preorder the next one. Just be prepared to get nothing done and little sleep because you will not want to stop until you finish them all! Highly, highly recommend!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Best In Suspense - Kelly Underwood

    What a crazy ride! This story picks up with time-traveling adventures of Rem Stone. He has to reset things in the past to get back to the way things should be should be in the future. I love that he has to make his wife fall in love with him over and over again. But he gets the chance to do things right, the way he always regretted not doing. Of course, every action he takes can permanently alter the future - that's just time travel 101, which Rem learns the hard way. Definitely another thrillin What a crazy ride! This story picks up with time-traveling adventures of Rem Stone. He has to reset things in the past to get back to the way things should be should be in the future. I love that he has to make his wife fall in love with him over and over again. But he gets the chance to do things right, the way he always regretted not doing. Of course, every action he takes can permanently alter the future - that's just time travel 101, which Rem learns the hard way. Definitely another thrilling installment in the Rembrandt Stone series and I'm looking forward to the next one. Start with book one and you'll be hooked like I am!

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