C.J. Schmidt

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  • Syndrome on June 11, 2011

    This is a great book by a terrific author. He tells a compelling story that is also pretty technical, but in a way that doesn't "talk down" to the reader. The scary part is that it could be happening right now, in real life.
  • Stolen Fears on Aug. 10, 2011

    Fantastic story!!! I can only hope you will use this as as building block for a full length novel! The characters are easy to care about quickly, but the story is over way too fast. I wanted to know more, how it ended, what happened to the earth. I would recommend this to any one who enjoys a great story that is also well written.
  • Lonely Child on Aug. 10, 2011

    Thoughtful well written short story.
  • The Last Bard on Aug. 12, 2011

    Great short story! Would recommend to all. Only wish it could have been longer, would love to spend more time with these caracters and followed them further.
  • Inseparable on Aug. 12, 2011

    Absolutely the best story I've read in a long time. Offbeat, uplifting, funny and unique! Recommend highly. Can't wait to start the vampire trilogy (or quad from what I've read). Thank you for this thoughtful story.
  • Birth of the Shepherd on Aug. 22, 2011

    Recommend this story to mature teens and adults. I've never read a story that shocked me so quickly, yet kept me wanting to read more. I hope this is expanded to a full length novel, because it's that good. I also hope to read more from this author soon.
  • OtherKin: Tranquility on Sep. 14, 2011

    Very explicit, I'm over 50 and it made me blush. Good story line, just wish more time had been spent on the story, and less on the mechanics of the sex act.
  • OtherKin: Fury on Sep. 14, 2011

    Good story line, though not particularly unique. Also very sexually explicit.
  • Dancing on a Razorblade on Sep. 15, 2011

    Great stories! Highly recommend
  • The Realm Shift (RS:Book One) on Sep. 15, 2011

    Great series.
  • Strange Magic: 12 Short Works on Sep. 17, 2011

    Very good book. I liked 'Marys Garden' the best.
  • Rising Fears on Sep. 21, 2011

    Good story, need to read "stolen fears" first so it makes sense.
  • Rising Fears on Sep. 21, 2011

    Good story.
  • Rising Fears on Sep. 21, 2011

    Good story.
  • Rising Fears on Sep. 21, 2011

    Good story.
  • Alinora on Sep. 23, 2011

    I loved this story! It kept me guessing for a while, but the ending was perfect. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to more from this author.
  • Luna's Sokjan on Sep. 27, 2011

    Love this book, and can't hardly wait for part two. Despite some grammer and punctuation problems this is one of the best books I' ve ever read. Very unique story line, and the dialogue (even when she's talking to herself!) is wonderful.
  • Last Dance of a Black Widow on Oct. 06, 2011

    Highly recommend. A very thought provoking story.
  • Last Dance of a Black Widow on Oct. 06, 2011

    A thought provoking story, well written. Highly recommend.
  • Indifferent (A Short Story) on Nov. 02, 2011

    Karma, as this story shows, comes to us all. Great story, very descriptive.
  • Mother Dearest on Nov. 02, 2011

    I really liked this, especially the way words were put together in unusual ways. One phrase that stuck in my head (silly, I know) was about "the nostril-like slits in the toaster", that was guarding his sandwich. I highly recommend this story.
  • In The Midnight Of His Heart on Jan. 25, 2012

    Liked this one alot. Unique story line, and enough twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat. This is the 2nd book I've read by this author, and his stories are good enough for me to over look misspellings, word usage errors and the like. I think you will like them too.
  • Hook Line And Internetted on April 16, 2012

    I'm sorry, I hate writing this kind of review, but anyway... This book was slow, repetitive, inane, and the story took forever to end. I felt it could have been completed about 50 pages before it was. This so-called revenge story fell pretty flat. It's listed as fiction, but after the story ends the author tells us otherwise. Hopefully her next book will be a lot better. Thank you for the free book
  • Filthy Night on April 18, 2012

    I enjoyed this book very much. Great characters who are interesting, and a story that has many twists right up til the very end. Not being a Brit I did have questions with terminology, my Nook dictionary, google and wiki got a workout just to keep up. Looking forward to the next book "Death of a messenger", and hopefully to find out more about Michael St.Cloud other than how much good whiskey he can drink before being falling down drunk. Thanks for the free book!
  • Death of a Messenger on April 19, 2012

    Wow! What a story! Nothing pretty or funny here, just liars and murderers and cheats, and a picture of London and her people that is not very nice. It's a great story, especially when it's dialog, but when it goes into long drawn out descriptions of St. Cloud going between point a b or c it gets a little tiresome, and the main character does alot of driving/walking between point a,b and c. Otherwise it's a great read, and I'm looking forward to the next installation of St. Clouds adventures. Thanks for the free book!
  • A Haunting Beauty: A Novel on May 03, 2012

    What a twister. I've read alot of this authors short stories, and liked them enough to keep on reading more. I was physically ill at the ending of this novel. And scared. I'd recommend this book for 18+ only. Joshua you did your job well on this one.
  • The Sweet Man on May 03, 2012

    Spooky! Like all the things our parents warned us about, going from one highly commercialized holiday to the next with the worst possible boogie man! Scary sad read. Well written.
  • Broken Sigil on May 09, 2012

    What a great tale...can't wait for the next book! Loved the characters and the mystery behind some of them, like Al, good guy? Bad guy? Liked the way it turned out. Thanks for the free read!
  • Valley of Sorrows on May 12, 2012

    Great book, wonderful characters that felt like real people. Very well written, I couldn't put it down! I'm looking forward to reading more from this talented author. Thanks for the free book!
  • 80AD - The Jewel of Asgard (Book 1) on May 15, 2012

    Love this book, and I am neither a teenager (50+) or a gamer. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. I can't understand why such a well written and edited book is free. As I was looking for the next in this series I figured it would be well worth it to pay for the remaing books, they are really that good. Thank you for the free books, looking forward to reading more from this very talented writer.
  • Not Forgotten on May 23, 2012

    Funny, scary, shocking and heartwarming, this book is great! While some of it seems a little choppy in places the story outweighs any technical complaints. I was raised in Arlington, it was really wonderful to read a story written by a local writer writing about this area. Can't wait to read more books from Mr. Evich. Thanks for the free book!
  • A Perfect Madness on May 27, 2012

    This was a well written story, but due to subject matter it was hard to read and even harder to finish.
  • ALBERT AND THE CROWS; PART TWO on May 30, 2012

    Unique story with quite an unexpected twist near the end. While written rather simply the characters seemed well developed and interesting. After reading "Albert and the crows part one" I couldn't wait to find out what happened to this poor horribly abused family.
  • Jack:Revenge and Retribution on June 02, 2012

    This is a great book. Much better than "albert and the crows 1 and 2". Looking forward to reading more from this author.
  • Sorrento Beach on June 22, 2012

    This is the first book I have ever quit reading before the end. I'm on page 178 of 280, and I just don't care any more. The beginning was pretty good, and I figured from the prologue this would be a pretty good read. He sets up how much Jack means to him and Jack disappearing. But then its a 150 pages of very little to do with Jack's disappearance. I keep waiting for something to happen, anything, at all, but it just doesn't happen. I'm sorry, but it's just not worth my time.
  • The Island - Part 1 on July 02, 2012

    While this story looks promising, it is a little hard to follow at times. Lots of long rambling explainations, by the time we get to the point (sometimes we get there) I've forgotten where we were headed. I am hooked however, and am eagerly getting ready to read part two. Thanks for the free read!
  • The Island - Part 2 on July 03, 2012

    Wow! This part is so much better than the first part. So much more concise and to the point. They are starting to realize things are bad, and are going to get much worse. Can't wait for part three!!! Thanks for the free read!
  • Scars: An Amazing End-Times Prophecy Novel ~ Top Rated ~ Thriller Christian Fiction ~ Compare to Left Behind on July 03, 2012

    I found this to be very simply written, as if for 5th or 6th grade reading level. I also felt like a few elements were "lifted" from the story this one tries to compare itself to. For instance, the giant idol of the anti christ and the manner in which true believers of Christ were put to death. Not really something I can recommend.
  • Fatal Boarding on Aug. 07, 2012

    Awesome book! Couldn't put it down! Hope to read more of Adrian Tarns' adventures. Thanks for the free read.
  • Deep Crossing on Aug. 10, 2012

    Great story. It seemed to get a little bogged down in the beginning with alot of in depth details, but as the story progressed it picked up the pace. The last third of the book was worth the wait, hoping to read more about Adrian Tarn and his adventures soon! Thanks for the free read!
  • Death Can Dance Too: and Other Stories of Mayhem, Machines and Monsters on Aug. 14, 2012

    These are some really great stories. I enjoyed every one! I'll look forward to reading more from this author. Thanks for the free read!
  • The Empty Door on Aug. 14, 2012

    Great story, quite the imaginative tale! The story only took place over a week or so (or thats how I read it) and the two main characters didn't seem to warm up to each other til the very end. I still really liked this book, and would recommend it highly. I also can't wait to read more from this author. Thanks for the free read!
  • The Island - Part 3 on Aug. 20, 2012

    Fantastic series! Each part is better than the one before. Can't wait to see what happens next. Thanks for the free read!
  • The Island - Part 4 on Aug. 20, 2012

    Fantastic series! Thanks for the free read!
  • The Island - The Final Chapters on Aug. 20, 2012

    Fantastic series! Can't wait to read the next book in the series "The Rock". Thanks for the free read!
  • The Virtual Dead on Aug. 20, 2012

    Very good story. I like these characters alot, and the story line is unique and interesting. Thanks for the free read!
  • The Glass Hummingbird on Aug. 20, 2012

    Great story! This is the third adventure of Scott and Cassiopia, joined again with FBI agent Ann Rogers. Cass takes the lead in this story from a plane wreck on top of a snowy mountian to the depths of a fanatical terrorists mind. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author, who writes some of the best stories I've ever read. Thanks for the free read!
  • Box of Rot on Aug. 20, 2012

    Good collection of short stories. Thanks for the free read.
  • Box of Darkness on Aug. 20, 2012

    Well written collection of short stories. Thanks for the free read.
  • Memories of Hel on Sep. 09, 2012

    Terrific short syfy story, with just enough details thrown in so you can jump right into the action and still have some idea about what in the 'Hel' is going on! Looking forward to reading more from this writer. Thanks for the free read!
  • The Mobile Phone on Sep. 09, 2012

    Wonderful short story! Can't wait to read more from this very talented writer. Thanks for the free read! (Wish I could give more than 5 stars, his stories are worth it!)
  • The Only Way to Know on Sep. 09, 2012

    Good story, not as good as some others he's written. Still worth a look! Thanks for the free read!
  • The Tender Kiss on Sep. 09, 2012

    Great story, I loved this one. Even though you just knew it was going to end badly for the guy (or maybe not!?) I just had to find out! Very well written. Thanks for the free read.
  • The Beast Within on Sep. 10, 2012

    The imagery created by the first sentence of this short story absolutely grossed me out to the point that I hesitated to read on. I am so glad I did. This is a heartbreaking story, one I will never forget. I can't wait to read "Songs of Bliss" a full length novel by this author. Thanks for the free read! Awesome short story!
  • Fancy and the Flutter on Sep. 10, 2012

    Unique, interesting and scary, especially if you value your immortal soul. I've found that most of the descriptions for Clive Gilsons stories don't tell you what the story you're about to read is really about. Sometimes thats good, othertimes maybe not. Like this story, I would not have downloaded it based on the title and description, but I am enthralled with the way he writes. This is another great short story, one I'm so glad I read. Thanks for the free read!
  • Lord of the North Wind on Sep. 10, 2012

    OMG!!! I can't ever remember reading a short story and wanting it to go on and on more than this one! While it's a bit wordy, I enjoyed it very much. This is a great short story, packed with more imagery than most stories twice or three times this length. Thanks for the free read!
  • Nine Lives on Sep. 10, 2012

    Creepy short story about greed, and plotting against elderly "relatives". Well written, I liked this one alot. Thanks for the free read!
  • Ragtrade Gepetto on Sep. 10, 2012

    Very well written short story. I didn't like this near as well as most of his other stories, mostly because I didn't like the ending. Still a great story. Thanks for the free read.
  • The Marchese's Gift on Sep. 11, 2012

    Well written intriguing story, but made my skin crawl a bit. Definitely worth reading. Thanks for the free read!
  • The Mechanic's Curse on Sep. 11, 2012

    Great imaginative short story, very well written. Thanks for the free read!
  • The Television Bride on Sep. 11, 2012

    Interesting unique short story, paralleling real life in a way. Kind of a weird twist at the end. Thanks for the free read!
  • This Song is for You on Sep. 11, 2012

    Heartbreaking tale of love, loss, madness and murder. Wonderful short story. Thanks for the free read.
  • The Faithful Gardener on Sep. 11, 2012

    Awesome short story!
  • The Assistant Shop Manager on Sep. 11, 2012

    Great funny short story! This is one ending I never saw coming (pun intended!) Thanks for the free read!
  • Terry's Amazing Shin Pads on Sep. 11, 2012

    Good story, a fun tale with a sad though predictable ending. Thanks for the free read!
  • Upwardly Mobile on Sep. 11, 2012

    Great story! I loved it! Thanks for the free read!
  • Where the Grass is Greenest on Sep. 11, 2012

    Terrific cautionary tale for those who judge a little too harshly, while waiting, always waiting for the "one" who will surely be well off, have taut glowing skin and will be crazy about you, no matter how far you've let yourself slide. I loved this short story! Thank you so much for the free read!
  • The Phantom of the Sixpenny Stalls on Sep. 12, 2012

    Good short story. Thanks for the free read.
  • Devil in the Detail on Sep. 15, 2012

    If you could only read one of Clive Gilson's short stories this would be the one. His stories, even when loosely based on Anderson or brothers Grimm, are truly imaginative and always leave me wishing for more. Thank you for the free read!
  • Tears From a Clown on Oct. 22, 2012

    This story started out fairly well, but towards the end it took some twists and I didn't understand the end. Was this guy nuts all along? Anyway, thanks for the free read.
  • Hell.org on Oct. 22, 2012

    Great short story! Looking forward to reading more from this talented writer. Thanks for the free read!
  • The Nocturnal Voice on Oct. 28, 2012

    Very good short story. Highly recommend. Thanks for the free read!
  • Thirty Minutes on Oct. 29, 2012

    This is a fantastic short story, I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a great story that is also very well written. I just bought your book "Thirty Years", and I can't wait to read it. Your writing is so descriptive I can almost smell the terrorists' hands as he places the watch necklace around Sarahs' neck, and the feel the pushing and shoving of the people trying to get the best seat on the train. Thank you for sharing your talent. This is one story I will never forget.
  • Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso on Oct. 30, 2012

    Amazingly imaginative story! Richly detailed throughout, you can see and almost smell what he is describing. I got a little lost switching back and forth in the beginning, but its still a 5 star story. I'm really looking forward to reading more of your work. Thanks for the free read!
  • Fate Fatale on Nov. 01, 2012

    This is a great story, full of thrills, chills, horror, heartbreak and love. I could not put it down! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great story told by an even greater storyteller. Thanks for the great read!
  • Oblivion Calls: Welcome to the Apocalypse on Nov. 03, 2012

    I like this story alot. It ranges far and wide to present a story that somehow connects us all in the end. Lots of really great characters too. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author soon! Thanks for a great read.
  • The Soul: The Dawn of The Overseer on Nov. 04, 2012

    What an awesome story! And apparently this is only book one, with book 2 "The Soul Book 2 The Draconian Council" due out some time, hopefully really soon! The characters in this story are very well drawn, and I was sad to have to leave them. The only reason this book is not getting 5 stars is the torrent of misspelled words, words used in the wrong tense or meaning, and the punctuation is awful. I can over look alot when the overall story is worth it, and its dang well worth it in this case. Thanks for a great story. Can't wait for "The Draconian Council"!!
  • REX-34-Metal Messiah on Nov. 05, 2012

    Awesome story! The last thing I expected when I got to the end of this book was tears (my own!). This writer has created characters that quickly found their way into my heart. I couldn't put this amazingly unique story down. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story. Looking forward to the next book in the series. Thanks for a great read!
  • Laws of Innocence on Nov. 06, 2012

    Great short story. Thanks for the free read!
  • Bottle Full Of Scorpions on Nov. 06, 2012

    This is one sick, funny, twisted, laugh out loud, can't-put-it-down book! Can't wait to read more from this talented writer. Thanks for the free read!
  • Dark Corners on Nov. 07, 2012

    Funny, snarky, scary story! This is a great book! Looking forward to reading the next book in the series "Dark Passing" as soon as I get done with this review. Thanks for the free read!
  • Dark Passing on Nov. 09, 2012

    Wonderful story! I love Ella Reynolds and her crazy life. Hope there is more to come. Thanks for a great read!
  • Secrets (The Guardian Trilogy Book 1) on Nov. 11, 2012

    Wonderful book! Its a funny, scary, fresh adventure love story, and an absolute page turner. I'm really looking forward to reading the next 2 books in this trilogy. Thanks for the free read!
  • Choices (The Guardian Trilogy Book 2) on Nov. 11, 2012

    Awesome story! I love Holden and Olivia's story, they are such real feeling characters, I can't wait to see what happens next! Thanks for a great read!
  • Consequences (The Guardian Trilogy Book 3) on Nov. 11, 2012

    Wonderful story! I just hated seeing it come to an end. This trilogy is so well written, and the characters feel like long time friends. I highly recommend this book and this author. She tells a fantastic story with so much life and a great sense of humor. Thanks for a great read!
  • Blur (Night Roamers) on Nov. 13, 2012

    Great Book! I really enjoyed the story. Thanks for the free read!
  • Rule 14 on Nov. 16, 2012

    This is a fantastic book! The characters feel so real, it almost like reading an account of something that happened to your friends. I found myself hoping and praying that Dana and Jackson and the kids would all make it out of this thing alive (Barney too!). Thank you for a great story and thanks for the free read!
  • The Government: Dark Days (Book 1) on Nov. 18, 2012

    I really like this book, and can't wait to read the next one "The Government: Underground (Book 2) The author has taken our world and given it a good swift kick in the pants, and then twisted it hard for good measure. Whats so scary about this story is the way people act in real life is not so far from the way they are portrayed here. Always looking for the easy way, thinking they "deserve" to have everything just handed to them for nothing. The only problem I had with this whole story is the way the 2 main characters are described kissing for the first time- "sucking each other's lips, letting their tongues dance like earthworms in moist soil." Sorry man, but that is totally gross!! Aside from that this book is still still worth 5+ stars! Great story! Thanks for the free read! Now on to book 2 "The Government: Underground"!!!
  • Evan Burl and the Falling on Nov. 21, 2012

    Fantastic story! I can't wait to find out what happens next! Thanks for the free read!
  • The Evanescence Chronicles: Volume I on Nov. 27, 2012

    Fantastic hugely imaginative story! A whole new world (or 5 or 7!) With characters that draw you in and keep you caring. I couldn't put it down. I'm about to start book 2 in the series, can't wait to see what happens next! Thank you for sharing such an epic story, and thanks for the free read!
  • I'm So Embarrassed...Sort Of on Nov. 27, 2012

    This is some of the funniest laugh out loud til you pee your pants kind of stories I've ever read! Anybody whos got brothers and/or sisters or in-laws will appreciate several of these for sure! My favorite is the one about the Yeti brother-in-law in shorty robe! Thank you for sharing, and thanks for the free read!
  • The Cover Up on Dec. 16, 2012

    This is a great story, a real page turner I could not put down! It's got believeable characters and some really spooky villians. It is well written with the exception of some misspelled words and grammer problems, otherwise this would be a 5 star book in my opinion. I highly recommend this book especially if you like a great story that speeds along and will carry you with it to an exciting and unexpected conclusion. Thanks for the free read!