BOOK BOMB! Unforgettable by Eric James Stone

It is Book Bomb time!

Out of sight, out of mind.

In the near future, a fluke of quantum mechanics renders Nat Morgan utterly forgettable. No one can remember he exists for more than a minute after he’s gone. It’s a useful ability for his career as a CIA agent, even if he has to keep reminding his boss that he exists.

Nat’s attempt to steal a quantum chip prototype is thwarted when a former FSB agent, Yelena Semyonova, attempts to steal the same technology for the Russian mob.

Along with a brilliant Iranian physicist who wants to defect, Nat and Yelena must work together to stop a ruthless billionaire from finishing a quantum supercomputer that will literally control the fate of the world.

by Eric James Stone

This is Eric James Stone’s first Baen book, and I’m really excited for him. I’ve known Eric since I first got published. He’s one of the most prolific short fiction writers alive. In fact, my favorite short story of all time is still probably his Tabloid Reporter to the Stars.

For those of you new to Book Bombs, the goal is to get as many people as possible to buy an author’s book on the same day. The more books sell, the higher it gets in the rankings, the more new people see it. If it is something that you would be interested in reading anyway, getting it the same time as a bunch of other folks pushes it up in the ratings, which means more publicity, exposure, and new fans. Success breeds success, and a good Book Bomb can get an author hundreds of new fans.

We steer people toward Amazon for this because it is big, has lots of eyes on it, and has an constantly updating sales rank, but if you prefer to purchase somewhere else go for it, because the most important thing is that the author GETS PAID. 🙂

Thanks everybody. Eric is a great guy, who could use a publicity boost for his first book. Please check it out and spread the word. The more people who get involved, the better.

I’ll be updating the stats through the day to see what we accomplish.




Right now the sales ranking for the paperback is:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

And the eBook is at

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,228 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)



Okay, it looks like the numbers from last night have started trickling in on the rankings. This morning we are at:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

and in Kindle

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,906 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

So we’re moving right along. Today is the actual Book Bomb. If we keep up the momentum and keep spreading the word we should see that keep ticking up throughout the day. If things go normally we should see the peak late tonight.

EDIT: at 1:00 MST we’re changing the tag line
Out of sight, out of mind. Out of stock.

Apparently we cleaned Amazon out of paperbacks today, so now the books are going to be back ordered. It will probably take a little bit for the paperback ranking to catch up with that. I’m actually curious what that will do to the final numbers tonight, because I’m not sure how they calculate based on orders processed versus back orders. Either way, this is good, because Eric GETS PAID.

Ebooks are still clicking along. I guess you can’t really run out of electrons.
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)


EDIT:  at 3:25 MST the numbers are still ticking along,  but I sure do miss the old Wild West days of crazy hourly swings. 🙂

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,098 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

EDIT: 9:00 MST, it looks like running out of paperbacks did stall the numbers a bit. Shoot. I always like breaking top 100 in a genre.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

But the Kindle book is still moving along

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,407 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

Will we break top 20 in a genre for Eric tonight? Fingers crossed. That’s the best way to start the next morning. But that’s my last update for the night. I’m going to go stream the last few episodes of season 4 of Person of Interest. 🙂


EDIT: It is 9 in the morning here. It does look like the paperback’s ascent stalled out when they ran out of inventory, but the Kindle book is up there. I don’t know what the peak was last night, but as of right now it is at:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

Smash these pumpkins, SJWs 🙂
Next BOOK BOMB, Thursday the 7th! Unforgettable by Eric James Stone

22 thoughts on “BOOK BOMB! Unforgettable by Eric James Stone”

  1. Sortie completed, target hit, winchester, returning to base.

    I admit to being stuck in a Chris Nuttall series at the moment so not reviewing for a while.

  2. Done.
    I take a flyer on about one book a month by authors associated with y’all for a couple reasons:
    – They’re typically better than okay
    – It’s a small yet meaningful thing to do that if consistently done genuinely contributes.
    Sort of like cultural tithing.
    Thanks for your effort,

  3. So Orson Scott card actually wrote a review of this in his column yesterday. Since as far as I know, it’s only available to subscribers, and since we all have the end goal of selling said book, I figured know one will object if I post it below.


    I’ve known sci-fi writer Eric James Stonefor a long time now. He’s won the Nebula Award (given by fellow writers) and been nominated for the Hugo (given by seriously committed fans). He won the Writers of the Future Contest early in his career. 

    He’s also a really good guy, so I’m happy to report that he has recently published his first novel and it’s a wonderful adventure built around a clever, original idea. 

    The main character, Nat Morgan, was born with a weird birth defect: He’s forgettable. 

    No, not a little bit nondescript: Quantum mechanics function in such a way that people cannot maintain any memory of him. Computers can’t keep any record of him. Video surveillance equipment can’t record him. A minute after a person or machine registers his presence, he’s gone from their memory. 

    The standard thing to do with a character who has a totally damaging “talent” like this is to have the talent arise only when he reaches puberty, so he begins to deal with it only after having been fairly normal for a dozen years. 

    But Stone isn’t doing anything the easy way. Nat Morgan was so forgettable as a baby that every morning his mother woke up wondering why there was a baby in her home. She had to keep a journal that explained who this baby was and leave it in the kid’s crib so she could discover, all over again, that this was her child. 

    As long as she kept the baby with her and noticed him at least once a minute, he was safe. But then, when Nat was about fifteen, there was a housefire, and while both Nat and his mother survived, her journals were burnt up and they were taken to the hospital in separate ambulances. 

    She had no idea who he was, and had no memory of ever having a child. This meant he was homeless. 

    When people forget you easily, you can live by stealing. In effect, you’re invisible — not right now, but in a minute. Walk out of the store with a few days’ worth of food and sure, they might chase you for a little bit. But if you can find a hiding place and remain undiscovered for sixty seconds, they forget why they ran out of the store and they certainly stop looking for Nat Morgan. 

    The novel takes place after Nat has managed to convince some key people at the CIA that he can get information nobody else can get. In order to report in, he has to phone his one contact person and tell him to read the report in a certain drawer of his desk. This reminds his contact that Nat even exists, and that his reports should be taken seriously. 

    This is a splendid premise, and it has adventure-movie written all over it. Or even, with the right showrunner, a long-running television series. 

    It solves the problem of invisible man stories on screen: You pay the salary of a top star to play the title role, but the actor is almost never on screen. 

    In Unforgettable, he’s always on screen. 

    Aw, forget movies and television.Unforgettable is already a much better thing — a novel, smart and exciting. You can order the trade paperback or ebook from online stores, or look for it at Barnes & Noble here in town.

      1. He basically has it set up by subscription only, but it comes down to about 2 dollars a month so it’s pretty manageable. You set it up via his website it’s pretty common for him to combine columns to his archives, but if you go that way, it typically takes a few weeks.

  4. I think this may be my favorite book you’ve ever bombed. I downloaded the sample on the 5th when you said it was coming up, but finished what I was currently reading before reading the sample. That meant I read the sample this morning. When I finished I was all like, “This is sweet I gotta buy it.” Then I was all like, “Oh, suck, I’m meant to wait so we all buy on the same day.” Then I looked at the date and hooray happy ending. 🙂

  5. Ironically, given the subject matter, it turns out I had already purchased a copy trough a Baen monthly bundle, and then… forgot it. 🙂

    So now I own two copies. No harm done, and I’m glad to help the author Get Paid.

    90% of the book follows the classic science fiction model: postulate one improbable/impossible thing, then scrupulously extrapolate, without adding new postulates. (He violates this a bit towards the end, but he’s forgiven, because it makes the climax a bit more dramatic, but doesn’t affect the overall plot.)


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