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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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.