Indie book reviews

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Our Reviewers won’t judge your book as compared to other self-published titles, but against other books, period. Our ratings are based on the following criteria, although reviewers are able to award partial stars (i.e. a 1.3 or a 4.7), rather than rounding up or down to a whole or half number.

1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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IR Approved

HANDS OF THE SUN: Christ Victorious

By Michael E. Doren
Rating:
4.0 / 5

The year is 2093 and Armageddon is just seven years away. The world is ruled almost exclusively by Sharia Law and Lucifer is preparing for...

Three Degrees and Gone

By J. Stewart Willis
Rating:
3.8 / 5

By the year 2086, climate change ravaged the United States. Now, a group of US migrants hope to illegally cross the Canadian border and start...

IR Approved

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT STUART’S DESERT BURIAL?

By David Bath
Rating:
4.0 / 5

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT STUART’S DESERT BURIAL? is a sex and crime-infused Western-American road story, with hints of “Lolita” and “Thelma & Louise.”

IR Approved

UNTOLD MAYHEM: An Assortment of Violence

By Mark Tullius
Rating:
4.0 / 5

UNTOLD MAYHEM is a collection of short horror stories, each of which revolves around or culminates in an act of violence. Some feature supernatural specters...

IR Approved

ENTWINE

By Tracey Shearer
Rating:
4.0 / 5

The central mystery of ENTWINE concerns who is murdering the young women of a sleepy Scottish town and why.

IR Approved

SPIRALS OF FATE

By Tim Holden
Rating:
5.0 / 5

SPIRALS OF FATE takes readers through a fictionalized account of Kett's Rebellion, an uprising by farmers and laborers that took place in Edward VI's short...

THE MADNESS OF GRIEF

By Panayotis Cacoyannis
Rating:
3.5 / 5

THE MADNESS OF GRIEF deals with the rift between lie and reality in a melancholic spin of drama, intrigue, mystery and the coming-of-age for a...

ARCADE

By MF Thomas
Rating:
3.5 / 5

When Walter Jackson’s wife leaves him, taking his daughter with her, he finds his search curtailed by a global disaster and chases the narrowest of...

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WATER IS WIDER

By Marie Green McKeon
Rating:
4.0 / 5

Sydney has quietly kept her head down for years, working a steady but unrewarding job as a proofreader. But now her mother is dead, the...

IR Approved

A MAN OF HONOR, or Horatio’s Confessions

By J. A. Nelson
Rating:
4.4 / 5

Told in first-person by Horatio, author J.A. Nelson’s novel follows in the tradition of historical fiction.

IR Approved

TRANSFERENCE

By B.T. Keaton
Rating:
5.0 / 5

TRANSFERENCE explains the purpose of human suffering and the essential nature of hope in the struggle that is life. 

THE POINT

By Angel I. Hawkins
Rating:
2.9 / 5

Angel I. Hawkins' THE POINT tracks a young adult relationship through five seasons, starting the summer after Willoughs' senior year in high school and throughout...

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