A Writer of Historical Fiction
The Parting: A Story of West Point on the Eve of the Civil War
Eben Kruge: How A Christmas Carol Came to be Written
Charlie's Ashes: A Greatest Generation Story
Sông Bé: A Legacy of Vietnam
Gold Medal Award
(Military Writers Society of America)
In The Parting, Richard Adams has very neatly merged a wonderful view of West Point just before the Civil War with the national turmoil of that time, and in the process, shows the impact of that turmoil on individuals from all sections of our country. Well done, my heartiest congratulations!
Dave R. Palmer, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Ret.), former superintendent of West Point, historian, Distinguished Graduate of West Point, and Author
Eben Kruge is fiction, although it reads compellingly like nonfiction. Adams's writing has a formal tone, and it is easy to accept most of what he writes as truth. His skill at seamlessly incorporating verifiable facts into his story often renders the transitions into fiction unnoticeable. Between his dialogue and his descriptions, Adams presents a well-planned story that moves almost effortlessly. The text has been well edited, reflecting the care of a proficient writer and offering a stellar example of finely polished prose. Eben Kruge is an intriguing book, historically and creatively.
Clarion ForeWord Review
by Cheryl Hibbard
Five Stars out of Five
Charlie's Ashes—a story based in fact—is an absolute joy to read. Before I finished page three, I sensed chills running up my spine and the need to fight back tears. Charlie's passing hits Lombardo hard, and after living a century on this earth, he is determined to make one last statement.
Adams, a masterful storyteller, keeps you guessing as he spins this tale, juxtapositioned with the chronicling of the lives of Lombardo, Beard, McCowen, and Gossen. These four men come alive again as the book's primary characters on their final two missions, one on a misappropriated bus and the second in a vintage B-25 WWII Bomber.
Doug Stauffer, PhD, Pastor, Major General, USSC Chaplain, Author of more than twenty books, including the Best Selling Trilogy, “One Book.”
Sông Bé: A Legacy of Vietnam is an extraordinary story by an excellent author. I’ve had the pleasure of reading and supremely enjoying everything Adams has written, and Sông Bé—his latest novel set during the Vietnam War—may excel them all. Whether or not you love historical fiction or the Vietnam era in particular, you will enjoy this book. Adams has an easy and familiar writing style—like talking to an old friend—and he tells his story in a way that captures your attention from the first moments and doesn’t let go until the very end. After you finish Sông Bé, be sure to read The Parting, Eben Kruge, and Charlie's Ashes. In fact, I’ll bet you’ll have purchased them before even finishing Sông Bé, so eager will you be to read everything this man writes.
Emily Prather, Editor