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Smashwords book reviews by Old Grouch

  • The Gold Nugget - Book 2 in the Sweetwater Saga on Jan. 18, 2013

    DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. Don't know whether it is the author or Smashwords, but the online book is incomplete. It ends in the middle of a chapter (p372) with no follow up or reference to another book.
  • The Bodies Out Back on Feb. 01, 2013

    I enjoyed this book. It is a well written mystery with just a touch of criticism of society. It is a better book than many I have purchased.
  • A Hot, Bright Light on Feb. 12, 2013

    I enjoyed this book immensely. I think it is well written. The ending was a surprise that I did not see coming.
  • Death of a Messenger on Feb. 12, 2013

    It is a great read. This is the third St. Cloud book I have read. As the other reviewer noted, some of the descriptions are a little tiresome, but overall, it is a very good book.
  • Filthy Night on Feb. 12, 2013

    I think the reviewer who gave it 2 stars validates the other 5 STAR ratings. Either you like this kind of story, or you don't. If you like it, and I do, it is a very good book.
  • Blood Money - The Collected Placido Geist Bounty Hunter Stories on Feb. 27, 2013

    This is a well written book. Each story stands alone. The geographic and historical details are accurate. The stories capture early 20th century life in the southwest with a good mix of modern and old west technology. The protagonist is an older bounty hunter who has plenty of faults. I just recently reread the book.
  • Enigma on July 09, 2013

    The book is well written. For my taste, there is a little too much time spent in describing clothes and costs. Nevertheless, it is a very enjoyable book.
  • Tanner Oaks Texas Ranger on Oct. 14, 2013

    This is a very good,entertaining story. Some editing is needed, but not to the point of distraction. The story is great. I grew up in the area where the story is centered. Some of the geographical details were distracting until I reminded myself that this was a story, not a historical account.
  • Horse Trader on Oct. 14, 2013

    After readin some of the author's other stories and reviewing his statement of goal, Iconcluded that my previous rating was unfair. It is really a good story.
  • Numbers on Jan. 13, 2014

    This author mixes humor with the violence of a "new" old west. I have just read this for the second time. Iliked it well enough the first time to read it again. I have enjoyed the whole series and am disappointed that there is not a follow up story. I hope there is more to come.
  • Surge on Jan. 18, 2014

    If this had been a shorter book, I would not have been able to put it down. Since it was too long to read at one sitting, I was eager to get back to it each time I had to take a break. The characters are very well developed and interesting. It is a terrific book. WELL DONE!!
  • Crossroads on Jan. 18, 2014

    Another good story. Hope we don't have to wait long for the next chapter.
  • Signal Fire on March 06, 2014

    The book is pretty well writen until the ending. It seems as though the author just stopped writing rather than write some sort of conclusion. If this was intended to be a continuing story, it should be labeled as such. Good writing, poor marketing. It will make me wary of other works by this author.
  • A World Gone Gray on March 06, 2014

    Well written. Unlike "Signal Fire" the writer supplied a conclusion for this story.
  • Love in the A Shau on June 12, 2014

    This guy is good. Great story. Well written. I enjoyed his other two books, but this one is the best. This is a very good book. I will buy his next offering.
  • A Questionable Lady on June 20, 2014

    This book is about men spanking their wives/sisters. The plot is pretty good but the men's obsession with spanking women is distracting. I reluctantly finished the story, but would not purchase another book by this author.
  • The Assassin Evolves Book Two of the Irrevocable Change Trilogy on Aug. 02, 2014

    I read all three books in sequence. I just finished my second reading and realized I had not given a review. It was hard to stop reading. The books are very well written. I think they are the best I have seen on Smashwords.
  • The Blonde Heiress, a Carter A. Johnson novella on Aug. 02, 2014

    This author is good. Someone commented on grammar and punctuation issues. I noticed one or two but was not bothered by it. Great Story. Great Read!
  • The Dogtrot Murder - a Carter A. Johnson novel on Aug. 02, 2014

    Another Five Star read.
  • Texas Angel on Oct. 13, 2014

    The story is great. I have read most of the books by Ms Shayne. One thing that is bothersome is that the author is unfamiliar with Texas geography. In this book, it is implied that the distance to the Texas Brand is only a short drive from Louisiana. In fact, if the Texas Brand is in the area of El Paso, it would be close to 900 miles. The area around El Paso is not lush and green as implied in earlier stories. Good story line and well written. Just needs a little "tuning" for a Texan.
  • River Crossing on Nov. 04, 2014

    Not sure whether the last page is the end or the author just got tired and stopped writing. Overall the story is good and well written, but the end (if it is the end) is incomplete.