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Adam Blake knows what fate awaits him after death. He has died before, and will die again, and always it’s the same. For Adam, there is no heaven, no hell, no reincarnation, or cold, final sleep. When he dies, his life flashes before his eyes; it rushes backward—nothing skipped or overlooked—until it stops, suddenly, at age twelve, one week after he had mysteriously disapp ...more
Kindle Edition, 218 pages
Published February 22nd 2014
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This book was nothing like I expected, and I loved it! Ryan Gladney blew my mind with this amazing and sophisticated gem of a novel. This story touched my soul in such a way that I have to pause and wonder if it was fate that I won the giveaway for this. Sorry if my gushing induces any eye rolling, I am just so in love with this book.

Nine lives of Adam Blake is the kind of book that just makes everything click, and put everything in perspective. It's the kind of book that you devour late at nigh
David Torres
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Okay, WOW. This book SCREAMS classic. I saw the potential this book has and I am actually shocked that this book hasn't gotten that many reviews. I can see this book becoming a nice classic like The adventures of huckleberry finn or Run, Rabbit. Not that they are of the same genres, though.

Warning. There might be some spoilers, but this is strictly for review purposes.

So... the title didn't grab my attention. It's bland and boring. It isn't very unique or exciting. But then again "The Adventure
I received this via Goodreads First reads in exchange for an honest review.

An interesting tale... Adam finds himself living the same life over and over... each time coming back as atwelve year old after he mysteriously disappeared in the woods. No matter what path he takes, ormhow he dies, he always comes back. Adam's sear ch for answers takes place over many lifetimes, and as answers elude him, he wonders what his purpose is, if he has any

I enjoyed this story and getting to know Adam throu
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-books
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

This book is probably one of the best independently published books I've read, especially in a long while. It was nothing like I'd expected! I was expecting a lot of weird, paranormal happenings haunting every page (because I'd been recommended to read it from the Book Group I've joined), so I was surprised when I realized it was anything but. That's not to say that the story is not gripping. The writing in this book is excellent
S.J. Pierce
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. For more reviews and book-related things, visit my blog at

Where to begin with a story like this? It’s so uniquely crafted and worlds apart from anything I’m used to reading. When I accepted this book for review, I knew I was stepping out of my typical reading comfort zone, but man… am I glad I did. This part fantasy, part sci-fi, part paranormal, part contemporary novel (okay, I know all thos
Marigold Dicer
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, favorites
This is a different sort of time-travel book, one where the main character, upon his death, gets transported back in his own lifetime to his twelve-year old self. Adam Blake gets to go through his life again and again, making new discoveries and pursuits in order to be the best he could be, thinking that that would be the path to end his (quite literal) life cycle. But then, what is the ‘best’ we can be?
I was hooked by the mystery presented in this book. Every life he lived was very different, m
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
This one sounded like Groundhog Day and I had to read it. Of course, it is not a comedy. Interesting read. 3.5 stars

Some passages I highlighted:

"For it is only when the past is forgotten and the future released from our worried grasp that life may be lived as truly intended; as a joyful, steady procession of everlasting nows."

"Perhaps we are better off living every moment - every action, idea, choice, and word - as if it were the very reason we were born. How much more beauty and meaning would y
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
Ryan Gladney pulls you into this book with the first sentence and keeps you intrigued to the very end. I was very pleased with this book, it is a bit different from what I usually read but is still in the basic genre I enjoy. Adam Blake is by no means any different than you or I in his struggles and concerns, but what happens to him and what he learns is. Once I got started on this book I couldn't put it down! I tried at midnight but I just kept wondering what was going to happen when Adam died ...more
Chris Bernardi
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
A sign of great things to come

Nine Lives is the premier book from author Ryan Gladney. It's story touches of something we have all questioned at one point in our lives and at very depths: why are we here? What's our purpose? The story builds quickly and takes some unexpected turns yet moves quickly, keeping the reader engaged. I look forward to more from Ryan.
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic book from a first time writer.
I was impressed with the story, left me wanting more and more.
I read this in 24 hours. Could not get enough.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.25 of 5

Adam Blake is a young, pre-teen boy who is stuck in a never-ending loop of re-living his life. But each life he lives is not exactly the same as the one before it or the one before that. Adam can remember each life and make changes. He can follow a different path, make different decisions. The only constant is that he will return - older (in over-all years lives) and (presumably) wiser.

This might sound wonderful at first
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ryan Gladney’s odyssey titled “Nine Lives of Adam Blake” is about a man who experiences death after making a ridiculous series of decisions.

After getting himself offed in a car accident which involved an 18-wheeler (DO NOT TEXT AND DRIVE), 30-year-old Adam Blake is killed while trying to reconcile with his girlfriend Tamar. He awakens in a hospital where his deceased mother was there to greet him.


DECEASED MOTHER?! He is dead, yet he awakens?! How is this possible? Even more, he awakens in t
Erika Reyes
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
There are many types of books in this genre but I appreciate the grittiness and regrets in this book. Makes you think about what things are really important and if you should live in the moment more.
J.B. Garner
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing

It doesn’t matter if you are a literary foodie sampling a wide variety of gourmet morsels from around the literary world or a mad scrabbling Starving Reviewer simply trying to get enough to eat. The fact remains that if you don’t take a moment to cleanse your palate between dishes, you can turn it into one big mush. After my recent spate of undercooked, overspiced dishes, I was about ready turn a blind eye to the next book on my plate. Thank the literary Gods that I
Queen Spades
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: peasantville
Note: This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

When I started reading “Nine Lives of Adam Blake”, it was a light reminiscence of two things—a movie and a series. One was the movie “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray where he is living the same day over and over again.

The other was the series “Quantum Leap” where the main character was transported to different time frames, becoming different people for the purpose of righting a wrong before going on to the next time,
Frederick Crook
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book sent me into a tenseness that I often experience when indulging in a “Groundhog Day”-type of story. I’m uncomfortable, but curious. Entertained, yet annoyed. This in no way dissuades me from watching “Groundhog Day” over and over as the years go by, nor do I shy away from that one episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” where the Enterprise gets blown up again and again.
Adam Blake is stuck in a loop, reasons unknown, for duration unknown. He has lived time and again for entire lif
Eisah Eisah
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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A. Fae
Aug 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Nine Lives of Adam Blake
By Ryan Gladney

Have you ever wanted a life do-over? The opportunity to try just once more to get it right? The chance to be who you know you're really supposed to be? Or hell, maybe just to be someone different? The concept in The Nine Lives of Adam Blake,, a good piece of contemporary fiction by Ryan Gladney is not foreign to any who read, or watch TV for that matter. But Gladney deals with it in a unique way.

Reincarnation is a belief held by several religious ideologies
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was definitely interesting: Adam finds himself in a loop in which he keeps coming back to his 12th year after he mysteriously disappeared in the woods. Sometimes he lives a long time, sometimes he ends his life early to try and get back to the love of his life.

I enjoyed the story, even if I feel like I could stand to know a little more about Adam. Some of the “shifting” was a little confusing, but honestly, I believe that was intentional. Adam’s circumstances were confusing for him, s
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Nine Lives of Adam Blake starts with the death of it's main character. Sometimes this device is cheesy and under realised in fiction but not in this book. It kills it's main character and then wakes him up as his 12 year self where he is destined to relive his life again and again.

It is very groundhog day but with Adam's whole life from 12 upwards. It deals with the nature of the soul, what makes you happy as a person? what you would do with foreknowledge and it's a very gripping read.

Adam i
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Fascinating premise built into an elegant narrative structure. Gladney's got a gift for smooth, descriptive prose. Sadly, he doesn't have the same gift for dialogue. Most of what the characters say is static and on-the-nose. There's very little subtext and very little of the dialogue actually does anything aside from inform us what the character is thinking. It doesn't sink the book, but it's certainly a glaring weakness.

There's a neat sci-fi element to Adam's plight, though at times you get the
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pretty unique look at a few things. Read the majority of the book in a single sitting as I couldn't put it down. Great job Ryan! ...more
Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This is one of those books that deserves more than 3 stars but really isn't four star worthy. However, if the book was given some editorial instruction and republished, it has the potential.

It needs to be fleshed out more. The lives are summarized as two points - what happens with Tamar and a quick review of his life. Instead of the constancy of his dedication to Tamar, which, honestly is a little too extreme to feel genuine, means we replay the same scene over and over, even though his life wo
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from the author (autographed, which is pretty awesome) through Goodreads, and I have to say that I truly enjoyed it! There were a couple of grammatical errors, but not enough to make it a tough read, and not enough to stop me from finding out what happens to our main character! I find it was well-written, thoughtful, and once I started it was hard to put down. My first thought once I finished it, was that the ending was rushed; however, I think that's only because I just didn't w ...more
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Nine Live of Adam Blake is a tale of an individual stuck in constant reborn cycle. After his first death 6 months after his 30th birthday Adam is forced to relive life again and again and again, starting from when he was twelve (awaking from a week long coma after getting lost in the woods). With every life comes a different path him trying to figure out why this is happening to him and how to fix his life.

Personally I found the novel enjoyable and a good effort for the authors first time p
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Absolutely amazing book! In reading the Acknowledgements section at the end, I couldn't believe this was a new author.
Adam Blake is stuck in a neverending time loop, where he lives the same life over and over...well, sort of. Just like the butterfly effect, small changes can make large ripples from one life to the next. He is fully cognizant of all his past lives, which is where this is a departure from other reincarnation tales. As Adam struggles to find out the meaning of it all, he stumbles o
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I made a mistake by not reading this in one sitting

I picked this book because I'm an ancient Minneapolitan. I know the highway and Lake Nokomis, though I haven't been back in years. I kept waiting for the Foshay Tower to make its appearance. My high school played a school named Blake Academy, alas, no longer there. I enjoyed this book, but the complexity of it made me wish I had read it in one sitting. Next time I'll take notes and settle down for a long ponder.
James Johnston
Mar 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting Read

Written to make you pause to consider all of the things that happen or don't happen in your own life. Very interesting concept for the story and there are some good twists. Some of the character's dialogue could have been less stilted though and some sections were a bit tedious. Overall good stuff and I would recommend it for the perspectives.
William C. Moore, Jr.
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
A truly Great read

This is a book that you have to read once you start it. It is imaginative and will most definitely keep you turning the pages. Each character comes alive as you get to know Adam Blake, his friends and family. Well done Mr. Gladney.
Ted Powell
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very unique

Good job. Thanks for letting me read it. Keep in writing. You have a good concept and went with it.
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Ryan Gladney is the author of Nine Lives of Adam Blake, released in February 2014.

Ryan was born in St. Louis, and has lived in Boston, Orange Country, Ann Arbor, Los Angeles, and Minnesota. He attended college at the University of Michigan. When not writing (or working), Ryan spends most of his time with his wife, son, and cats. He’s an active book-clubber, kickballer, bike-rider, brunch-eater, an

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