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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Two teens become targets of a mysterious shooting in CHICO BOY

Rating: 4
A teenage boy and his best friend find themselves in the middle of a bizarre situation when they witness a nearby shooting.
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PLAINS TO THE PACIFIC

Rating: 5
PLAINS TO THE PACIFIC is the autobiography of Robert Slothower, a pioneer farmer and rancher whose life and adventures spanned several states and over eighty years.
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DARK HEALER

Rating: 3.5
E.J.Powell takes the romantic Dracula image and applies it to a female vampire who has the power to seduce even a male character bent on making all vampires extinct.
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WALKING WITH THE ENEMY

Rating: 2
WALKING WITH THE ENEMY is the story of C. Read, a former Marine and Christian fundamentalist, and her experience fleeing a cult.
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THE FEDERAL PRISON HANDBOOK

Rating: 5
Christopher Zoukis, a prison inmate turned writer, advocate, and law student, offers a comprehensive guide to how to survive, avoid conflict, and seek out opportunities to better oneself while incarcerated.
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A SUMMER OF GOOD-BYES

Rating: 4.5
A man's vacation in Provence with his wife and adopted son brings him into contact again with his lost love and her dying partner.
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EPHAIDRIA

Rating: 3.5
An end-of-the-world sci-fi full of vivid descriptions and magical elements, EPHAIDRIA is nevertheless character leaning, and full of knowing geeky references that’ll endear it to the target reader.
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EXPECTING SUNSHINE

Rating: 5
The author, mourning for a baby son who died in her arms at birth, must confront the depths of her loss and find healing when she becomes pregnant with her third child.
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AHE’EY Has It All: Magic, Enchantment, Romance, And Inverted Gender Roles

Rating: 2.7
Open Jamie Le Fay’s AHE’EY to a random page, and you could be forgiven for thinking it’s a standard fantasy epic. Flick to another and you might instead decide that you’re holding a contemporary thriller with a feminist edge. Actually, it’s both.
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TRUTH & DARE: INSIDE OUT MARKETING

Rating: 3.5
Marketers are encouraged to focus on their company’s purpose before investing time and money in promoting products or services in TRUTH & DARE: INSIDE OUT MARKETING.
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#eSociety: In the Digital Age, No One Should Be Left Behind

Rating: 4
Part memoir, part clarion call, #eSociety makes an impressive argument for how to democratize the tech industry for all classes.
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MEMORIES OF A HOME: ELM STREET

Rating: 4
MEMORIES OF A HOME is a charming time-capsule treatment of Americana in the mid-1960s.
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THE HACKER CHRONICLES

Rating: 4
A young man finds that a job with a surveillance organization offers him opportunities for adventure and danger as a cyber-detective.
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DEVIL IN THE DARK

Rating: 3.6
A fast-paced and fantastical thriller that takes the reader to the dark, drug-ridden landscape of Mexico, DEVIL IN THE DARK follows three central characters as they become tangled in a web woven by Mexico’s most power drug lord.
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CLASSICS: Why and how we can encourage children to read them

Rating: 3.5
The author, a schoolteacher, argues that a steady dose of classical novels can improve a child's intelligence, scholarly and emotional success, and morality.
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THE APOLOGY

Rating: 5
What Raymond Chandler's oeuvre did for sunny, corrupt, and haunting L.A, Eric Haggman's THE APOLOGY--an effectively noirish tale--does for Vietnam.
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MOONSTROKE

Rating: 4
Set twelve years after a Moon colony lost contact with Earth, MOONSTROKE is a stellar account of human resilience, ingenuity, and courage.
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THE SLOPE RULES

Rating: 3.5
A breezy ski romance packed full of high school drama and ski/snowboarding action.
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WATERSHED Might Seem Crazy, But It Knows What It’s Doing

Rating: 4.7
For Raquel – phone-addict, lost soul, being post-coitally ejected from the belly of a light aircraft (albeit with what is hopefully a functional parachute) is just the start of her problems.
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TEENAGE DEGENERATE

Rating: 4
A young man's life degenerates into a haze of crystal meth addiction and self-destruction – but can he escape on his own?
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THE AMERICAN SWEENEY TODD

Rating: 5
A brilliant but troubled surgeon becomes a serial killer – but can he evade the famous Elliot Ness?
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Unseal LETTERS TO ALICE for an inspiring tale both intimate and epic

Rating: 4
Frazier and Margaret Pickett are 21st Century American writers blocked in both art and life. Katya Ivashov is a spirited young writer in Stalinist Russia, blocked only by the oppression of the regime. Their stories interweave in a narrative ode to love, literature, and the eternal struggle for change.
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VOID IF DETACHED

Rating: 4.5
The author, a minister's daughter who questioned her faith, finds new connections to a higher power through her late father's sermons.
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A young girl makes friends in nature in PICCADILLY AND THE WALTZING WIND

Rating: 4.5
A little girl tries to make friends with the autumn wind, so that it will dance with her.