Blaine Zaid


Blaine Zaid is an author from Los Angeles, CA. He enjoys walking, music, and reading and reviewing other author's work.

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Price: Free! Words: 160. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A short poem about contemplating life's journey. Written in my 5oth year! I have always enjoyed looking at the sea, and ocean travel. Check it out!
A Happy Little Family (Childrens picture book)
Price: Free! Words: 1,610. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / General, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A color illustrated bedtime story of a young family that is fun for children 3 to 8 years old.
Price: Free! Words: 57,650. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
A young New York City detective fights crime in the year 2170. Climate change has submerged the continents, leaving man to live on platform based nations and old ships. Anti-government terrorists create a deadly epidemic that threatens the children of the New Americans. Detective Rivers helps crack the case amidst terrorist and political turmoil. SEE Author's blog at
The Gaines Agenda
Price: Free! Words: 70,380. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
In this action thriller, one of the worlds top computer moguls is kidnapped, starting an epic adventure in which his wife plays a key role in the rescue. Russian mafia, naval warfare, and computer espionage abound! Author's blog at

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  • Freedom Incorporated on Aug. 21, 2011

    A fine science fiction action adventure for adult readers. I read this book 6 months ago approx. Still remember it! Can't say that about much of the fiction out there. Very action packed, and edgy . (not for kids due to adult content) Characters were developed enough to get a good feel. I would watch this one if it were made into a motion picture. (PS I'm not sure about the editing comments below, there was nothing so blaring as to slow my read down.....) Blaine Zaid (author The Gaines Agenda, also free on Smashwords)
  • The Mariner's Ghost on Sep. 06, 2012

    This is a very good book written in the style of Robert Louis Stevenson, and is an equally interesting and entertaining work to Treasure Island. Excellent descriptive imagery. Definitely a recommended book for children, ages 7 to 99, we used it to get away from all the sci fi / fantasy for a change, and I'm enjoying it as much as the kids. Blaine Zaid
  • Peregrin on Sep. 17, 2012

    Ok, reading this one after Xenolith. All I can say is I downloaded all of A. Sparrow's works now. A. Sparrow, whoever he or she is, is one heck of a story teller! Blaine Zaid
  • Sonant on Oct. 20, 2012

    A. Sparrow is a very talented and exceptionally descriptive writer. The story maintained my interest because there are morsels of detail about everything and every chatacter scattered throughout. A little bit of Blair Witch in this tale!
  • 13 Years in America on April 01, 2013

    This book was a relaxing break from the action-fantasy novels I had been reading recently. It tells of a young women's efforts to remain true to her ideals while dealing with marriage, work, college, and parenthood. It is well written, and the main character is believable. Her husband's character is a bit underdeveloped, but she does explain that he's a type of guy who generally goes with the flow, rather than steering the course. The author does present the positive and the negative ramifications of her idealism, and I think it would be a good one for high school students.
  • Allies: Anaconda on April 13, 2013

    This is an interesting little novella about an early important joint multinational military operation at the beginning of the war in Afghanistan. There is quite a bit of military lingo that is explained in the glossary included. It gives some incite into the feelings and concerns of soldiers involved in the on the ground operation to rout out Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, as well as about the practical obstacles they encountered. I grew up watching the Vietnam war on TV, and did find this book entertaining. It's more of a man's topic here, don't know if many women would like it. There is also presentation of the battle from both the enemy's as well as the ally's points of view, which is cool!
  • Coral Sea Affair on May 27, 2013

    If you want a light fun detective story with a classic "cop in trouble" protagonist, then this one's for you! It's fun, a bit corny at times like most of this genre, but has a decent story line. I read this one as a break from my last read, which was more serious and darker subject matter ( a realistic war theme).
  • For Sale in Palm Springs: A Henry Wright Mystery on July 16, 2013

    A good "clean" detective murder who dunnit. Not of the raw edgy style, more Leave it to Beaverish. The story is good though and kept me interested. I liked the view into the main character's (Ex police chief Henry) life dilemmas in retirement. Being from Southern California, I also enjoyed the discussion about Palm Springs, the setting of the novel. I would definitely rate it as an excellent value at the current price!
  • Death Ray Butterfly on July 29, 2013

    As a sci-fi author myself I really appreciate Lichtenberg's combining sci-fi and humor. This short novel is fun and even manages to add some new twists to the idea of parallel universes. I highly recommend it for adults or teens. Also liked this Authors work entitled " The New Guy on Moonbase 12," but more for adults on that one.
  • Angel, Falling on Sep. 09, 2013

    There are a slew of private detective novels out there, but this story is faithfully styled to appeal to readers who enjoy the genre. The main character, a private shamus named Cole, jumps from one questionable move to another, whilst trying to solve the mystery of a missing young dancer. He confides his shortcomings and doubts along the way, although there is no doubt (as in most private dick stories) that he'll triumph in the end. In the last 1/4 of the novel, there is a bit of repetition. I liked this one overall , and it isn't overly verbose or drawn out, making for a quick entertaining read.
  • The Las Vegas Murders on Nov. 19, 2013

    This is a good story. A fun semi hard boiled detective plot. It is narrated in a style as if being told by a casual storyteller at a fireside campout. There are no quotation marks, just a running narration, with the dialogue mixed in. I have to believe that this is probably a style copied from some famous detective novel series, but I don't know whose. I liked the ending because it was believable; and the main character Jake Fuller has good swagger for an aging ex cop. It reads very fast. (Rated M for adult themes inc. sex and violence)
  • The Awakening of Adam Capello on July 26, 2014

    This book is a very worthy read about the history of man's expanding self awareness in a fictional setting. Adam Capello, an adolescent boy learning to "Awaken" and visualize his past lives, narrates the story. There is a mystery involved, in which some eerie skull images appear to Adam in many of his past lives, and he is not sure why. This writer definitely shows some life experience in the work, which is skillfully constructed. The book kept my interest all the way through. I enjoyed it!
  • Another Throw of The Dice on Sep. 28, 2014

    I really enjoyed this one. It's a very down to earth accounting of some young adult's experience working in a third world Pacific Island nation, trying to help out as well as assimilate with the natives. The book does a very good job of detailing their experiences and also how the experience living away from their homelands ends up changing them. New relationships are formed, and some are also lost. Ms Morganti has a good command of creative writing,, so the story telling is rich. I would definitely recommend it for young adult to adult readers.
  • Aztlan on Oct. 11, 2014

    This story is very pertinent to today's issues with terrorism and the Mexican cartels. Although the language is a bit unnatural at times, I can forgive that, because the storyline is interesting and exciting. A good read for older teens I would say.
  • Aspen Allegations - A Sutton Massachusetts Mystery on Nov. 04, 2014

    This is a murder mystery set in the small Mass. community of Sutton. Most of the characters are longtime residents, and the book begins with the narrator finding a body in the woods on her nature walk. It is an easy read, and includes a lot of discussion about the love of nature, as well as the narrator's romantic feelings about her new boyfriend, the park ranger who assists her when she finds the body, and then with the investigation afterwards. That part is a bit mushy at times for me (middle age male reader) , but not ridiculously so. I liked the story, so minor details such as the aforementioned and occasional repetitiveness (had the term wry smile 3 or 4 times on one page) are forgiven. I think it's a worthwhile read overall !
  • Full-Bodied Wine : A Vintage Murder on Oct. 03, 2015

    Full Bodied Wine is a finer vintage detective novel than many found on Smashwords. Taking the reader into the life of a foreign diplomat in Turkey, and a murder plot at the same time via letters written home to his fiancee' was a great idea! The author really seems to have imagined her main character's personality quite fully, and this makes his narrative ring authentic rather than contrived. A nicely done work by Denis O'Gorman, and a recommended fun read by me!