Richard Underwood

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Richard Underwood is an author of software manuals, and other genres including religion and philosophy.

In his earlier working life Richard spent twenty years as an ordained minister of religion working for the Salvation Army and the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. After leaving the ministry he worked for several years as a staff counsellor for West Yorkshire Ambulance Service, and as the Chief Executive of a small national counselling charity in the UK.


Accountancy Help: Introduction to Double-Entry Book-Keeping
Price: Free! Words: 3,550. Language: British English. Published: June 18, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Bookkeeping, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Training
This brief book is published in the hope it may help those completely new to basic accounting and book-keeping. Using sample figures the book explains two different methods of single-entry book-keeping then goes on to use the same figures to produce double-entry accounts and looks at the advantages. The book also has exercises to help you to learn double-entry book-keeping concepts.
Adult Literacy Help Reading and Writing
Price: Free! Words: 2,370. Language: British English. Published: February 1, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy
Picture book designed to help teach adult complete beginners to both read and write. The book introduces no more than eight new words on every page and the PDF version is designed to be printed out so the student can then copy and learn to write the words as well as read them.
Phobia Help
Price: Free! Words: 6,570. Language: American English. Published: January 13, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Anxieties & Phobias, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
This self-help book has a proven four step and four truth approach that will help you overcome any phobia or fears. Is your life being ruined by fear or phobia? Is there some situation that causes you acute anxiety? Are you afraid? The four step and four truth approach will enable you to overcome those fears and beat your phobia.
Dreams Of The Soul Poetry Anthology
Price: Free! Words: 11,000. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - general, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
This poetry collection comprises fifty-three of Richard Underwood poems. The forty-one eclectic poems includes love poems, war poems, funeral poems, comic poems and observational poems, together with many other charming and thoughtful poems on many different subjects. The book concludes with twelve comic monologues based upon famous characters from the Old Testament.
Salvation Army Miscellany
Price: Free! Words: 26,190. Language: American English. Published: November 21, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Religious history
Salvation Army Miscellany is a collection that describes the workings of the Salvation Army in the UK during the 1970's and 1980's from the point of view of a young Salvation Army Officer. It includes stories about the Salvation Army Training College, Salvation Army Social Work, and Salvation Army Corps Work. The book ranges from the sublimely funny to the deeply moving.
Eulogy Help
Price: Free! Words: 3,380. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration, Nonfiction » Reference » Personal & Practical Guides
'Eulogy Help' teaches you everything you need to know to enable you to give a confident and appropriate eulogy. The practical ten point plan shows you how to select and choose your material, how to overcome your nerves and emotions, and how to and to speak in a way that can be heard and understood by everyone present. lessons learned can be used at any business or public speaking event.
Bereavement Help
Price: Free! Words: 6,730. Language: American English. Published: August 24, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Family health, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Family health
"Bereavement Help" offers practical help to deal with some of the more difficult symptoms of bereavement such as being unable to sleep, constantly thinking about your loved one, having your mind in a constant whirl, constantly re-living the death, depression, anger, guilt, inability to accept the death, and seeing the dead person? All these things, and more, are looked at and helped.

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Richard Underwood's favorite authors on Smashwords

Mark Dryden
Latest book: False Witness. Published July 15, 2017. (5.00 from 3 reviews)
Mark Lemke
Latest book: The Elephant's Foot. Published March 28, 2016.

Smashwords book reviews by Richard Underwood

  • Secrets of Successful Writers on Feb. 17, 2012

    An excellent and well thought out book that asks similar questions to lots of famous and not so famous authors in many different genres. Interesting to see how others work and quite inspirational ideas. I particularly liked the idea of reading the top ten books in your own genre and checking out their descriptions and covers to compare them with you own.
  • A Perfect Madness on Aug. 30, 2012

    Brilliant, and timely. Beautifully written.
  • The Man Who Could Fly But Probably Shouldn't've on June 14, 2013

    Half way down the first page I had decided the book was rubbish but by the bottom of the page I was hooked. To say that this book is quirky would be an understatement, but it's quirky in a nice way. Great imagination. This author is one to watch, a Terry Pratchett in the making. Brilliantly written in a style that grabs you and doesn't let you go because the hero is an ordinary person pushed into extra ordinary situations through no fault of his own.
  • Someone Else's War: A Novel of Russia and America on July 25, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book. The author first thought of the characters of the book as a teenager, and she's got to know them well in the intervening years. The book starts off slowly building up the characters, but once you start to care about the participants it builds in tempo and excitement from the half-way point to a thrilling but satisfying ending. Well written and enjoyable.
  • Simon Eady on Aug. 01, 2013

    The previous reviewer said she found it difficult to put this book down and that the plot was believable. I am afraid my review is the exact opposite. I found the book all too easy to put down and the plot was unbelievable. I was put off by the badly written first page. There were almost eighty words in the second sentence so I nearly put the book down then. I hate giving up on a book, and it is very rare that I do so as I know some books take a bit of getting into, so I did persevere to read half the book. In the end the poor style overcame my desire to know how it ended.
  • Any Means Necessary (a Luke Stone Thriller—Book #1) on Feb. 12, 2016

    This book is a page-turner from start to finish. At the start I thought some of the story-line was a bit far fetched, but no more so than any James Bond film, and the excellent writing makes it all believable. the pace is relentless as the hero breaks all the rules to prevent the death of the US president and vice president and restore democratic rule. This author is as good as Tom Clancy was when he started ... if not better. I would have paid for this excellent and exciting book.
  • Red North! on April 29, 2016

    Excellent! This is a real page-turner that convinces by it's authenticity. The hero, Nick Connor is ex special forces who is a security consultant to the nuclear power industry. I've read similar stories before and I am usually unconvinced, but in this instance I found the story thoroughly convincing. I was convinced that the the author did really know about special forces (rather than having just researched the subject) and did really know how nuclear power stations worked (rather than having just researched the subject). The whole book was well written, convincing, exciting, and reeked of realism. This is a free book and an introduction to the author, the hero, and to this whole genre of books, but it did not read like a free book and I would not have felt short changed if I had paid hard cash for it. If the other (non-free) books in this series are similar to this first (free) one, they will be well worth the price.
  • All Against All on May 04, 2016

    This book was brilliantly written, with an original engrosing story-line and a surprise ending I didn't see coming, and I recomend it to anyone who wants a good original story. I love science-fiction, but so science-fiction writers so often seem to be lazy. By this I mean they create a world, or aliens, or a future, that is just not believable. It is as though they think to themselves, "I have created this world, I can make it any type of world I want." The real skill in science-fiction is to make a fictional world that is believable, and people (whether human or alien) who are believable too. Nathan Allen has this skill, and the book was excellently written and a real page-turner. This is the first Nathan Allen book I have read, but it won't be the last. Excellent.
  • Overdue Item on May 16, 2016

    This story kept me engrossed from start to finish. The author has an easy to read style with great characterization and some lovely turns of phrase. A crime story with lots of twists, but believable characters with a touch of comedy. This was a free book and I notice that almost all the other books by this author are priced at $0.99. This is brilliant marketing. If the other books are written with the same quality as this one they will be well worth paying for. Brilliant story.
  • The War On Horror: Tales From A Post-Zombie Society on May 18, 2016

    I don't usually read this genre of story, but I like to stretch myself sometimes by reading something I wouldn't ordinarily read. To my own surprise I enjoyed the book immensely. The author has created a story that could be viewed as a parable of our time. In the story, hatred of zombies is stoked up for political as well as masochistic purposes; demonstrators complaining against the the way zombies are treated are sometimes poor idealists, but sometimes not the poor idealists they appear to be; and in between those two groups are the main characters just simply trying to go about their business. Why I enjoyed the book despite not liking zombie books is that the author has captured the essence of many contemporary issues. change the word 'zombies' to 'blacks,' 'gays,' 'homeless,' 'native,' or 'disabled' people and the story would have still worked.
  • Apache Gunhawk on May 07, 2017

    I don't usually read cowboy stories as they are usually all the same. It must be years since I read one. However, I found this story to be really good. Good story. Good characters. Satisfactory ending. Excellent.
  • Assassins on May 07, 2017

    Amusing story as long as you don't take it to litterally. It's a comedy not real life, and is as close to real life as a 'Carry On' film is. Brilliantly unbelievable story that is extremely funny.
  • Charlie Spark - Villain Extraordinaire on May 07, 2017

    The author believes he is writing about criminals, police and the legal system that most people don't see. Trouble is, people don't see it because the world being written about just isn't there in the way it is being written about. As a former inner city police officer I found the characters completely unbelievable and over the top. Yes, the places are real, but for me (who has been to those and similar places) the characters and story line are just not believable. Sorry!
  • Ham Taylor: Lost In Time! on May 07, 2017

    Book started off well but then got a bit silly, and I almost stopped reading it because the villains were a bit unbelievable and it was just too 'over the top'. However, I did like the lead character and I like time travel SF, and I wanted to know how it ended so I persevered. I was glad I did. Whilst still not my cup of tea, the story did grip me and I did enjoy it. If you like SF with time travel and unbelievable villains, then this will be right up your street. If you like believable aliens then this won't be for you, but if you can put that prejudice to one side then the book is a really good read.