May 03, 2016
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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.

* IndieReader receives compensation for most of the books it reviews, along with copies of those books.

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Angelic forces versus the demonic attacks of a fantastical world in: SERVANT OF FIRE.

By Simon J. Cambridge

Rating:  star star star star star 

Intense world building results in a unique high fantasy epic following Korfax as he studies, masters, and becomes a major player in SERVANT OF FIRE.

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Buried treasure and non-stop action come together in: DRACHEN

By Brendan le Grange

Rating:  star star star star star 

Opposing forces traverse Northern Europe to seek out a medieval treasure of mythical proportions.

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Two humans plot to thwart an alien invasion in: ARCHANGEL DOWN

By C. Gockel

Rating:  star star star star star 

Humanity may have made first contact. Meanwhile, unaware of why they’ve been implicated as members of the mysterious Archangel Project, a potential alien invasion, two strangers set out to save a planet.

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Magic adventure and battle in: THE MARTYR’S BLADE

By Joel Manners

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE MARTYR’S BLADE is a cohesive and exciting debut novel in the classic sword and sorcery style that starts this promising series.

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A young boy takes a spiritual journey in: VERSUS THE MULTIVERSE

By Kyle Darnell

Rating:  star star star star star 

Kyle Darnell is a young boy whose life changes forever after he gets into an argument with his older brother Chris and gets slammed to the ground.

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Combing through the expansive standards of beauty in: CROWNING GLORY

By Stacy Harshman

Rating:  star star star star star 

A spunky twenty-something New Yorker, transplanted from Chicago, has her curiosity piqued by the male attention she receives while wearing a red wig she bought on eBay on a whim.

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A mysterious blog reveals freshman secrets in: EDGE THE BARE GARDEN

By Rosanne Cheng

Rating:  star star star star star 

An outcast freshman’s attempt for revenge makes waves when she posts sensitive student information on her blog.

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Local celebrity and defender of unwitting drug transports, becomes: THE BLIND MULE

By Russell S. Babcock

Rating:  star star star star star 

Well-researched and grounded in legal reality, THE BLIND MULE is intriguing look at the court system through the eyes of an accused.

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Discoveries of love and music intertwine in: DISCOVERING KAYLEE

By Stu Kane, Hannah Wilkerson

Rating:  star star star star star 

Two teens embark on a journey of self-discovery and romance against the turbulent backdrop of the music industry.

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Young adults from a magical kingdom against a force from the Dark Realm in: ERAFEEN. BOOK ONE: THE JESTIVAN

By David F. Ferris

Rating:  star star star star star 

A team of young adults from the Five Kingdoms of the Light Realm must unite and train to face a great danger.

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A nomadic scavenger teams up with others to battle cyber mutants of a futuristic city in: REX STRAND: SCAVENGER OF THE WASTES

By Jonathan Carreau

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young scavenger navigates a devastated and polluted world on his trusty racing bike, battling mutants and mercenaries along the way, in REX STRAND.

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Religion, tradition and change collide within a small Appalachian town in: THIS MADNESS OF THE HEART

By Blair Yeatts

Rating:  star star star star star 

A sleepy college town in the coalfields of Appalachia becomes a dark and bloody ground for professor Miranda Lamden.

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Paths interweave in: SIGNS OF PASSING

By Owen Thomas

Rating:  star star star star star 

SIGNS OF PASSING is a collection of loosely connected short stories, in which Owen Thomas’ eclectic group of characters interact and influence each other in subtle ways, often without knowing it.

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Rocking a balance between stardom and brotherly love in: I AM ED

By R.A. Akerlund

Rating:  star star star star star 

Ed Henderson, left in charge of his brothers when their mother dies, leads them to stardom as a rock band.

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A mother and daughter repeat a negative cycle in: ADDICTED TO LOVE

By Kathleen Murray

Rating:  star star star star star 

This dramatic and surprising coming of age story full of family and betrayal follows the unfortunate life of Sally Smithfield from birth to middle-age.

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An American in England turns her nose up at aristocratic expectations in: WHEN IT RAINED AT HEMBRY CASTLE

By Meredith Allard

Rating:  star star star star star 

A 20-year old, willful American beauty arrives at Hembry Castle with her widowed father, the second son of the 8th Earl of Straton, to begin her resistant acquaintance with Victorian-era England.

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In a sea of guidance books, GIANT KILLERS provides a modern take on an ancient story

By Steve Lawson

Rating:  star star star star star 

Everyone has “giants” in their lives that need slaying—fears, worries, guilt, insecurity, etc.—but those giants can be overcome through self-awareness, combined with God’s grace. The Bible story of David and Goliath has long symbolized how people can overcome seemingly impossible situations to come out ahead. Former pastor and church planter, Steve Lawson uses this story […]

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Tips on achieving the “perfect” relationship in: MY QUEST TO LOVE

By Daniel C. Davis

Rating:  star star star star star 

MY QUEST TO LOVE provides practical guidelines on how to achieve the illusive perfect relationship, based on his familiarity with common pitfalls along the way.

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A man drifts through an indifferent society and sexual encounters in: TANGLED SHADOWS

By Xavier Jay Richards

Rating:  star star star star star 

An aimless young man has a series of sexual encounters with women while navigating his way through an indifferent metropolis.

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A mysterious fire leads to murder and marijuana in: MURDER FOR A CASH CROP

By Sue Star

Rating:  star star star star star 

A mysterious fire leaves behind a dead body and a lot of questions for karate instructor Nell Latterly.

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Control, corruption and big secrets in: THE REASON

By Quentin Brent

Rating:  star star star star star 

Zane Donovan is a man living the life many dream of: a beautiful, smart, faithful wife; two perfect children; a large, beautiful home in a desirable neighborhood and the perfect car.

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Atheism and Religion clash in an apocalyptic world in: CITY ON A HILL

By Ted Neill

Rating:  star star star star star 

After the Cataclysm, all religions were made illegal in the twin cities of Lysander and Fortinbras, the only communities to survive the fundamentalist war.

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Stories about cars, war, and life-altering moral choices in: SNAPSHOTS

By Alasdair Gardner

Rating:  star star star star star 

In this short story collection, the lives of a diverse group of characters occasionally intersect in a particular town – Roanoke, Virginia.

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Adventure and rediscovery of self on the Appalachian Trail in: THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND

By John R. Morris

Rating:  star star star star star 

The author, depressed by a breakup and a meaningless job, starts a thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. John Morris and his fiancee had broken up, and his job as a security guard was starting to seem unfulfilling and dull. He found himself more and more tempted by a dream of achieving something really impressive – […]