Indie Book Reviews

  • One star = Really bad; there’s a reason this book is self-pubbed.
  • Two stars = Mediocre, but one or two bright spots.
  • Three stars = Good; worth reading.
  • Four stars = Very good.
  • Five stars = Excellent; must-read.
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An ancient prophecy threatens the fates of a warrior princess and her people in APOLLO’S RAVEN

Rating: 4.5
Caught between a forbidden romance and the loyalty to her kingdom, a Celtic warrior princess with mystical powers must break a sinister curse.
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A LOOSE END

Rating: 4
David Morsilli’s A LOOSE END is an admirable juggling act combining the CIA, stolen art, and Hitler into what is essentially a North-By-Northwest chase novel.
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REFUSING EXCALIBUR

Rating: 3.4
The galaxy is at war, and nobody knows it quite as well as Victor Selan, whose planet has just been blown unceremoniously to smithereens.
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SEX, SHARKS AND ROCK & ROLL

Rating: 5
For those interested interested or having an untapped fascination with sea life, this book is compelling; powered by the author's obvious and contagious enthusiasm.
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THAT WOMAN

Rating: 4
THAT WOMAN centers on a 17-year-old female forced into indentured servitude, and treated in every possible way, as the “master’s” “property.” Once freed, she seeks pay-back amidst the hard-scrabble, impersonal, money-obsessed New York.
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THE TRUTH ABOUT GOODBYE

Rating: 5
In THE TRUTH ABOUT GOODBYE, an aging chorus boy named Sebastian Hart is still grief-stricken a year after his husband’s death.
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WHY THEY STAY: SEX SCANDALS, DEALS AND HIDDEN AGENDAS OF NINE POLITICAL WIVES

Rating: 4
Politics from a fresh angle, WHY THEY STAY offers a slightly cynical yet deeply affecting take on nine powerful relationships, examining philandering husbands and the fallout from their actions in largely US politics.
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SOLOMON BULL

Rating: 4
SOLOMON BULL is a suspenseful tale that makes telling commentary on American Indians and the U.S. government.
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DEVASTATED LANDS

Rating: 4
DEVASTATED LANDS follows Shane Cooper, a loner who prefers wilderness to people. But after the huge eruption of Mount Rainier, Cooper becomes a reluctant savior guiding a group of survivors back to civilization.
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BACKSTRAP

Rating: 5
The theme in BACKSTRAP is damaged goods, personified in the main character, an Iraq War vet and recovering drug addict.
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BORN IN RAINDROPS

Rating: 2.9
A diverse collection of poems from poet Danny Callahan, BORN IN RAINDROPS explores several themes, including love, loss, and 1950’s sex symbols.

A DEATH IN GREENWICH

Rating: 4
Set against the collapse of the Lehman Brothers in 2008, A DEATH IN GREENWICH has the world of a business nerd crash, when a serial killer targets him and his family.
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THE LAST FAITH

Rating: 3
THE LAST FAITH offers a philosophical back-and-forth between the author, and a “God” of his own making, regarding why human beings do what they do.
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THE EDGE OF FARALLON

Rating: 3
THE EDGE OF FARALLON is a book written in short snippets of prose, giving a sense of immediate presence and drawing the reader into the story as it unfolds.
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GIDEON: THE SOUND AND THE GLORY

Rating: 4
Joseph Ganci’s novel takes on the character of the reluctant and self-deprecating warrior Gideon who, as instructed by Yahweh, freed the ungrateful, idol-worshipping Israelites from their seven-year servitude to the Midian Empire.
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SIZE ZERO

Rating: 5
SIZE ZERO involves a cold case crime whose previously-missing girl/victim is literally stitched into a coat worn by a model on the runway.
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CROSSING XAVIER

Rating: 2.1
The people living on the planet Xavier seem to have a pretty good life. They are ruled over by a benevolent monarch also called Xavier, and every once in a while, a few lucky citizens win passage back to the human race's ancestral home planet, Earth.

BRETHREN

Rating: 4
BRETHREN follows a secular soldier and a Christian reformist as they attempt to balance survival and idealism in a world that invites neither.
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KINGS AND CONCUBINES

Rating: 3
A criminal past comes back to haunt a group of friends in the thriller KINGS AND CONCUBINES.
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KILLER IN THE HOLY CITY

Rating: 4
A mysterious murderer seems to be copying the Boston Strangler – can the police, with the help of forensic consultants Danie and Cal Callahan, track down the killer before he strikes again?
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30-DAY BOOK MARKETING CHALLENGE

Rating: 4
In a “It’s not all about you” guide to effectively using social media to boost book sales, Rachel Thompson’s book gives daily tasks and explanations on how to sell your work and what to do to ensure success once the hard graft of putting pen to paper is over.
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BIG DREAMS, a drama full of heart-tugging surprises

Rating: 3.8
Teenager Lily Davis is an anomaly in Britain’s era of free love and drugs: she refuses to have sex until she can begin birth control.
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ACCIDENTAL EVILS

Rating: 4
In this excellent adventure novel, Steve Dimodica displays his insider knowledge about the military and a highly skilled approach to hidden conspiracies and bizarro world politics.
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Heartbreak and time travel make for a powerful mix in NO TIME TO SAY GOODBYE

Rating: 4
NO TIME TO SAY GOODBYE follows Dr. Dennis Tanner, a New York surgeon who one day begins to mysteriously lose time. Soon enough, Tanner realizes he's being fast-forwarded into the future.