Stan Adelman

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Stan Adelman's favorite authors on Smashwords

B.B. Irvine
Latest book: The Secret Navigator (2182) Spacer Series: Book 10. Published November 23, 2016.
Betty Byers
Latest book: Don't Shed A Tear. Published September 13, 2013. (4.82 from 11 reviews)
Greg Rohloff
Latest book: Dog on a Rope. Published August 15, 2014.
Jackie McCarthy
Latest book: The Secret's Keeper and the Heir. Published February 5, 2014.
John Angus
Latest book: Rated X. Published April 6, 2012.
Kenneth Browning
Latest book: Butchery: A Mystery of Tudor London. Published January 8, 2016. (5.00 from 1 review)
Layne Winklebleck
Latest book: Moral Turpitude. Published May 7, 2012. (5.00 from 4 reviews)
Lee Driver
Latest book: Nightfall. Published May 14, 2015.
Liana Hakes-Rucker
Latest book: Made in the Shade. Published July 30, 2012.
Merilyn Dignum
Latest book: Deception. Published May 31, 2014. (5.00 from 2 reviews)
Penny Greenhorn
Latest book: Adelaide Annoyed. Published February 27, 2016.
Ranae Glass
Latest book: Chasing Midnight. Published April 21, 2015.

Smashwords book reviews by Stan Adelman

  • Remembering on July 09, 2013

    Absolutely superb. As indicated by the author, there is rape and sexual abuse heart of the story, but that is integral to the story, the story portrays efforts bring justice to the perpetrators. The pacing is excellent, the characters are well described and believable, and the action is nonstop. It is really a great novel.
  • Never Say Spy on July 11, 2013

    Great book: I really enjoyed reading this one. The characters were well fleshed out and really interesting. The story moved along very rapidly and really drew you in. The plot was really engrossing, and it was very hard to put the book down this time for bed. I'm looking forward to reading the next books in the series.
  • Ties That Bond on Oct. 07, 2013

    Great read, novel base idea, logical progression, appealing characters -- what's not to like? One of the best books I've read in a long time, and certainly one with a very unique and believable premise
  • Nexus Point on Oct. 13, 2013

    Really enjoyed the story. Only 4 stars because a few too many of the incidents seemed to just happen by coincidence for my taste. Other than that a really fun read. I wish the rest of the series was available here in epub format. Not a fan of paper or Kindle; my Kindle app can't tts, but my epub reader can. Great for continuing the story you're reading while in the car.
  • Don't Call Me Baby on Dec. 22, 2013

    Once in a while I encounter a book I just can't put down. This was one of them. The characters are well drawn, the actions flow logically, and the characters themselves are extremely interesting. The mystery itself is also interesting and unique. If you don't believe me, download the free 20% and see if you don't get hooked!
  • The Windfall Sheriff on Jan. 31, 2014

    The Millie series consistently presents entertaining stories. My wife & I enjoy listening to them when we travel. They seem to make the drive shorter! We use Moon+ Reader Pro which has a text to speech feature that works very well. This book was perfect for our recent 8 hour trip.
  • The Mogul Sheriff on Feb. 03, 2014

    Best yet in a very good series. I recommend reading them in order; start with happenstance. You'll care about what happens to the people in the story.
  • Don't Shed A Tear on Feb. 18, 2014

    Once again Betty Byers has come up with a really good book. The pacing of the novel was wonderful, and the action flowed logically. The fact that the novel is written from Lola's perspective helps the reader understand her behavior which, from the outside, might seem illogical. l really enjoyed reading the book, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
  • Fyire Blue on March 19, 2014

    Wonderful book. I really cared what happened to the characters, and I hope there's a sequel. The action followed logically, and the characters' development made sense. There were almost no grammatical errors or typos -- just a few places where words ran together. It's been a long time since I was in high school (I'm 71), but I can distinctly remember being an oddball, and certainly never part of the in crowd, but the setting the author painted rang true to me. I urge you to read the book!
  • Death By A Dark Horse on April 17, 2014

    Superb mystery. You care about the characters; when their actions don't seem to make sense from one character's point of view, the focus switches to the person who performed the actions, and, from his/her point of view, the actions are logical. I really couldn't put the book down, and I'm looking forward to reading the next 4 in the series.
  • The Rose's Garden and the Sea on April 18, 2014

    A really compelling story in a unique setting. I couldn't put the book down. The characters were complex, and I really cared what happened to them. I'm looking forward to reading the 2nd book in the series. 3 cheers for a new author - May she go from strength to strength!
  • A Killer Body on May 06, 2014

    Absolutely a great read. McKenna's an incredibly intriguing main character, and I really enjoyed following her exploits. The author certainly left open the possibility of a sequel, and I hope he writes one quickly.In the meantime,based on the excellence of this book, I'll start reading his other books. Though it's trying to say so, I really couldn't put this book down. Though its trite to say so, I really couldn't put this book down.
  • Hybrid (The Evolution Trilogy) on May 12, 2014

    The book is a very interesting and unique take on the vampire story genre. I enjoyed the read, and I'm looking forward to reading subsequent books in the series. I found the characters' actions to be logical within their individual mindsets, and that added to my enjoyment of reading the book.
  • Options on May 14, 2014

    Great story. The setting was very unique, and from their own points of view, the characters' actions were understandable. I cared what happened to the people in the story. I just bought the second book in the series, and I'm looking forward to reading it.
  • Deception on June 06, 2014

    Once again, another winner. Since it had been so long since I read the first book in the series, I reread it prior to reading this one. Still, I was a bit confused at the beginning of Deceptions. On the other hand, as I kept going through the book, the factors that confused me were resolved, and by the end of the book, everything made a great deal of sense. The characters are once again well-defined, and I identified with them right away. Given each person's context, their actions made a great deal of sense. I strongly suggest that you read Ties before you read Deception. I'm looking forward to reading the third book of the trilogy, and I hope that the delay between books 2 and 3 shorter than the delay was between books 1 and 2!
  • The Pursuit of Revenge on June 20, 2014

    I really enjoyed this book. Although I did not read the first book in the series, I had no problems beginning the series at this point. The characters were well drawn, and I was especially drawn to Avalon. The actions of the characters were logical, given their knowledge and predilections at the times of their choices. Given the ending, I'm hoping there will be a sequel to this novel.
  • The Good Die Twice on July 09, 2014

    Great start to a wonderful series. I love the characters, and really was interested in what happened to them. If I had to classify this set of novels, I would say it is primarily mystery, although action and fantasy also play a role. The actions flow logically, given the knowledge of the characters at the time, and the mystery really keeps you guessing until the end of the story. The one caution I would make is that you definitely should read the books in order.
  • Full Moon Bloody Moon on July 09, 2014

    Great start to a wonderful series. I love the characters, and really was interested in what happened to them. If I had to classify this set of novels, I would say it is primarily mystery, although action and fantasy also play a role. The actions flow logically, given the knowledge of the characters at the time, and the mystery really keeps you guessing until the end of the story. The one caution I would make is that you definitely should read the books in order.
  • The Unseen on July 09, 2014

    Great start to a wonderful series. I love the characters, and really was interested in what happened to them. If I had to classify this set of novels, I would say it is primarily mystery, although action and fantasy also play a role. The actions flow logically, given the knowledge of the characters at the time, and the mystery really keeps you guessing until the end of the story. The one caution I would make is that you definitely should read the books in order.
  • Chasing Ghosts on July 09, 2014

    Great start to a wonderful series. I love the characters, and really was interested in what happened to them. If I had to classify this set of novels, I would say it is primarily mystery, although action and fantasy also play a role. The actions flow logically, given the knowledge of the characters at the time, and the mystery really keeps you guessing until the end of the story. The one caution I would make is that you definitely should read the books in order.
  • The Cover Up on July 21, 2014

    Fantastic book! The characters were exceptionally well drawn, and the interaction between them was amazing. The action flowed logically, given what the characters knew at the time. I hope Ms.Stern writes a sequel!
  • Defiant (An Ell Donsaii story #9) on Sep. 24, 2014

    This is a fantastic series, but I urge you to read the books in order. While each novel is complete in itself, later books do refer to events and characters that were introduced in earlier works. I can't say enough about how good this series is, from the well-drawn characters about whom I care deeply to the exciting action scenes to the what-if nature of each book to the logic flow of the plot. Do yourself a favor and try this fantastic science fiction series.
  • The Forgotten Mission on Oct. 03, 2014

    I really enjoyed this book - the plot was unique, the characters fleshed out & believable. The story line proceeded logically from the characters' perspectives. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
  • Center Fire on Nov. 11, 2014

    Absolutely superb! I hope the author publishes additional works in this series. I'd hate to see a work as good as this remain a stand-alone novel.
  • A Hero's Journey (Tales of the Scarlet Knight #1) on Nov. 24, 2014

    Very good book with a unique premise.The characters are well drawn, the situations are realistic, and the action scenes are compelling. As one would expect from the book's description, our young heroine has a great deal of learning to do to become the Scarlet Knight. That learning process is one of the things that makes this such a great book to read. (review of free book) Report this book About Press Room Blog Affiliates FAQ Support Privacy Statement Terms of Service Sign Out Copyright © 2014 Smashwords, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • Dying to Get Published on Dec. 01, 2014

    An enjoyable light read. My wife and I look formysteries that we could listen to in the car, and this one fit the bill. The storyline was interesting, and we enjoyed reading about the characters in the novel. Add to that, a very surprise ending. We find that some novels don't work well in the car because there were too many characters, or the plot is too complicated, but we did not find that to be a problem with Dying to Get Published. We use Moon Reader Pro for epub books because it has a wonderful TTS engine.
  • Tales of Aradia The Last Witch Volume 1 on Dec. 03, 2014

    Great story! I found that I really cared what happened to the characters in the book.The interaction between them was fascinating. Given each character's perspective, the actions they took made sense. The book was compelling; it was really hard to put it down when it was time for bed! I'm looking forward to reading the remaining volumes in this series.
  • Sky Hunter (Targon Tales 1) on Dec. 07, 2014

    Great start to a new science fiction's series. The characters were well drawn, and the action scenes were incredible. It's the kind of book that's almost impossible to put down. I can't wait to begin reading the rest of the books in the series.
  • Tales of Aradia The Last Witch Volume 2 on Dec. 09, 2014

    I bought the unedited version, and, while there were errors, it was still an excellent book. All of the things I said in my review of the first book apply to this one, as well. my advice: don't bother to wait for the edited version to come out; read it now!
  • Watcher's Web on Dec. 15, 2014

    This is a unique, interesting story. The characters are well drawn, and there actions, in context, make sense. I enjoyed reading about Jessica's growing maturity, and her interactions with the other characters in the story. The action sequences were compelling and well written. I am looking forward to reading the other three novels in this series; in fact, I've already purchased the omnibus set that includes all four books.
  • Mariposa (2173) on Dec. 18, 2014

    Wow! What a great book! This reminds me of the old CS Forrester Hornblower series that I read as an adolescent. It was really easy to identify with the characters in the book , and their actions made sense from their points of view. The action scenes were extremely exciting and well described. I've just purchased the next two books in the series, and I'm really glad there are so many left to read. If you like Weber's Honor Harrington series, you'll love this one.
  • Dairyland Murders Book 1: Head in a Haymow on Dec. 29, 2014

    Very enjoyable read - both my wife & I liked it. Characters were interesting & engaging, and we both cared what happened to them. Our reader has a tts function so we listened to the story on our recent trip. I partly agree with Jay re the $$, but, in defense of the author, we think it's alluded to about midway through the story. We've just bought the second book in the series for our next trip.
  • Thorn Fall (Rust & Relics, Book 2) on Dec. 31, 2014

    Great book in a great series! The characters were well-defined, and I really cared what happened to them. In addition to everything else I like about the book, the action scenes were absolutely fantastic. I do recommend that the series be read in order, and I really hope that the author continues with it. Without being a spoiler, I can say that she certainly left possibility for additional books in the future.
  • The Emperor's Edge (a high fantasy mystery in an era of steam) on Jan. 10, 2015

    Great story. Excellent mix of excitement, character development, and humor. Great writing as well: throughout the book keeps your interest level very, very high. I enjoyed it so much I've just purchased the second book in the series.
  • Fearless on Jan. 17, 2015

    Great teenage coming of age fantasy. The characters were well drawn and very appealing. I really cared what happened to them. The action in the story was consistent - everything that happened made sense, given the context. I've just bought the second book in the quartet and I'm looking forward to reading it.
  • Dark Currents (The Emperor's Edge Book 2) on Jan. 23, 2015

    I enjoyed this book as much as the first one in the series (please see my comments on that book, because they apply to this book, as well). I have already bought the next book in the series, and I'm looking forward to reading it.
  • Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer on March 18, 2015

    Extremely well-written novel. It kept my interest from beginning to end. it was easy to empathize with the characters. My extremely strong reaction to Caitlyn and all that happened to her, as well as her struggles to recover, demonstrates, for me, how powerfully written this novel is. I'm about to buy the two sequels that exist at this point.
  • Mrs. Bambi Knows on April 06, 2015

    My wife and I really enjoyed this book. Our E-reader has a text to speech function, and we used it with this book during our recent trip. It really kept our interest (but didn't interfere with driving!). The pacing was excellent, the characters were well – drawn and believable, and the plot was really unique. we highly recommend this book.
  • Vampire Career on April 15, 2015

    While not normally a fan of vampire books, I am a fan of Phoebe Matthews, having become hooked on her mudflat magic series. I've read the first two books in this vampire series, and they don't disappoint. One major difference between these and the mudflat magic books is length: these books are much shorter, and can usually be read in one day. Nevertheless, the characterizations, settings, and action all are excellent, just as they are in the other series. I've just bought the last two books so far published in this series, and I'm looking forward to reading them.
  • Vampire Disaster on April 15, 2015

    While not normally a fan of vampire books, I am a fan of Phoebe Matthews, having become hooked on her mudflat magic series. I've just finished the second book in this vampire series, and both have been excellent. One major difference between these and the mudflat magic books is length: these books are much shorter, and can usually be read in one day. Nevertheless, the characterizations, settings, and action all are excellent, just as they are in the other series. I've just bought the last two books so far published in this series, and I'm looking forward to reading them.
  • Past, Present, and Future (2176-2194) on May 03, 2015

    While usually not a fan of short stories, I really enjoyed this set because each of the stories is related to the spacer series that I have thoroughly enjoyed. I all means read the first eight books in the series before you read this series of short stories. Stories will make much more sense by reading them in order.
  • Georgia Heat on May 05, 2015

    A fun read. Good pacing and interesting characters. Sample is long enough for you to decide whether you'll like it. I liked the sample, and the rest of the book didn't disappoint. Do try the sample first, though, because it's by no means a traditional law enforcement mystery!
  • Ambassador on May 19, 2015

    Thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing book.The characters are well fleshed out, interactions are believable.The mystery involved in the story was also very compelling. I'm looking forward to reading book 2 in the series.
  • Portrait of Conspiracy on May 24, 2015

    Excellent! Great mystery with lots of twists & turns. Really believable behavior of the characters. I really cared about what happened to them.
  • Hawkdove-Afghanistan, 11 December 2012 on June 06, 2015

    Superb book - gripping - couldn't put it down - finished it in one day - intriguing speculation based on actual events. Love Irving's spacer series, as well.
  • A Diamond In My Pocket on June 11, 2015

    I enjoyed this book, and it is very appropriate for both teenage and adult audiences. The characters were well-drawn and the actions they performed made sense from their point of view. I look forward to the subsequent books in the series as Ms. Angell more fully spells out the details of the universe in which the stories take place.
  • My Sister's Keeper on June 13, 2015

    Great book, really twisted plot, interesting characters who acted logically, given what they knew. I hope there will be a sequel. This is the third Angus book I've read, and all have been excellent.
  • Desert Kill on June 15, 2015

    Very good book. The actions were believable, given the knowledge the characters had at the time. Characterizations themselves were excellent; it was easy to sympathize with many of the book's actors. I'm looking forward to reading another of his books.
  • Jimmyed Coffin on June 29, 2015

    Thoroughly enjoyed this series. Well-written, interesting characters & situations. Lots of wry humor, no unexplained surprises. Matthews is one of my favorite authors.
  • Beneath the Canyons (Daughter of the Wildings #1) on July 23, 2015

    Having grown up on weekly TV westerns, I was intrigued to find this series combining that setting with one of my favorite genes: fantasy. I've just finished the 1st book, and I enjoyed it so much that I've already purchased books 2 & 3. The protagonists are appealing, and the villains are dastardly. The actions of the characters make sense from their points of view, and the flow of the story is consistent with what they knew at the time. The pacing of the novel is also excellent. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
  • The Callindra Chronicles Book One - First Quest on July 23, 2015

    I really enjoyed this book. The protagonists are appealing, and the villains are dastardly. The actions of the characters make sense from their points of view, and the flow of the story is consistent with what they knew at the time. The pacing of the novel is also excellent. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
  • Republic on Aug. 18, 2015

    Another great book in a superb series. The protagonists are appealing, and the villains are dastardly. The actions of the characters make sense from their points of view, and the flow of the story is consistent with what they knew at the time. The pacing of the novel is also excellent. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series. A suggestion: I think you'll get more enjoyment out of this series if you read the books in order. Be sure to read Encrypted & Decrypted before Forged in Blood II.
  • Balanced on the Blade's Edge (Dragon Blood, Book 1) on Aug. 23, 2015

    This is the second series of Ms. Buroker's books that I've begun, having almost finished (much to my sorrow!) the Emperor's Edge series. All of her works are excellent: The protagonists are appealing, and the villains are dastardly. the actions of the characters make sense from their points of view, and the flow of the stories is consistent with what they knew at the time. The pacing of the novels is also excellent. I'm so glad that I have one more Emperor's Edge and four more Dragon Blood novels to read. Hopefully by the time I've finished those five books, Ms. Buroker well have completed additional fantastic gems!
  • Deathmaker (Dragon Blood, Book 2) on Sep. 07, 2015

    I really enjoyed this book. The protagonists are appealing, and the villains are dastardly. The actions of the characters make sense from their points of view, and the flow of the story is consistent with what they knew at the time. The pacing of the novel is also excellent. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series
  • Witch's Bell Book One on Nov. 12, 2015

    I really enjoyed this book.The characters of Ebony & Matt were extremely appealihng, and the way Ms. Bell described the interaction between them was fantastic. The actions of all the characters make sense from their points of view, and the flow of the story is consistent with what they knew at the time. This was an extraordinarily hard book to put down -- fortunately I'm retired, so staying up past 2am isn't really a problem, though old eyes do eventually demand rest! Ebony's road to self-discovery was extremely well portrayed, and there were many points of humor, as well. The pacing of the novel is also excellent. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of books in the series.
  • Playing With Fire on Dec. 06, 2015

    Fantastic story. Well fleshed out characters, well paced, very hard to put down. I'm buying the second volume right now!
  • Yin and Yang: A Fool's Beginning on Jan. 02, 2016

    A good story, interesting characters about whom you care. A bit wordy & redundant at times, but overall a very good read. Plot itself was unique & compelling.
  • Fox Hunt on Jan. 12, 2016

    Great mystery in near-term science fiction. Wonderful characterizations, plot, pacing. Flow of the story was fine: characters acted logically given what they knew at the time. Just finished 2nd book & bought the 3rd.
  • Inescapable on Jan. 12, 2016

    Great mystery in near-term science fiction. Wonderful characterizations, plot, pacing. Flow of the story was fine: characters acted logically given what they knew at the time. Just finished this book & bought the 3rd in the series.
  • Chasing Shadows on Jan. 20, 2016

    Great story! I really couldn't wait to see what would happen next. The protagonists are appealing, and the villains are dastardly. The actions of the characters make sense from their points of view, and the flow of the story is consistent with what they knew at the time. The pacing of the novel is also excellent. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
  • Shades of Grey on Feb. 06, 2016

    Great story! I really couldn't wait to see what would happen next. The protagonists are appealing, and the villains are dastardly. The actions of the characters make sense from their points of view, and the flow of the story is consistent with what they knew at the time. The pacing of the novel is also excellent. Some of the humorous parts had made laughing out loud! I'm looking forward to reading the remaining books in the series.
  • Kentucky Shade on Feb. 06, 2016

    Very good story. Fire the most part I really couldn't wait to see what would happen next, though a few of the parts set in Fairie dragged a bit.. While, for the most part, the protagonists are appealing, and the villains are dastardly, there are definitely shades of grey, as well. The actions of the characters make sense from their points of view, and the flow of the story is consistent with what they knew at the time. The pacing of the novel is also excellent. Some of the humorous parts had made laughing out loud! I'm looking forward to reading the remaining books in the series.
  • See How She Runs on March 17, 2016

    I really enjoyed this book and the characters in it. Finding out what happened to each of them really became important to me. The events took place in a logical manner – there were no unexpected "surprises" that leave you scratching your head asking, "Where did that come from?". I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
  • Ghost Light on April 14, 2016

    Good series. Interesting characters, good pacing. Original take on non-humans. I've just finished this series' second book and am about to buy the third.
  • Invaders (a sequel to Vaz, Tiona and Disc ) on Oct. 21, 2016

    I've read each of the books in this series and in the Donsai one. All are "5"'s. Unfortunately, when I start reading one, I literally have great difficulty putting it down. Then, when I've finished, I think to myself, "Maybe, if I'd read it more slowly, I could have savored it longer." Unfortunately, I'm just not able to do so. So now I have to wait until another book comes out in either series. The characters in all the novels are exceptionally well crafted, and the pacing of each of the books is superb. I'm also fascinated by the author's "What if...." approach to science fiction. In my younger days I taught history, and enjoyed the using same technique in that field. What if, for example, Napoleon had not decided to invade Russia? Do yourself an enormous favor and try the first book in either series!