Richard Underwood

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  • 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.