Sep 28, 2016
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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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IR Book Review  |  

A JOURNEY WITH PANIC

By Dr. James Manning and Dr. Nicola Ridgeway

5.0

IR Rating

The authors explain cognitive behavioral techniques for dealing with panic attacks.

first-kill
IR Book Review  |  

Racing against the clock to save a missing real estate mogul in FIRST KILL

By Robert Roy Britt

5.0

IR Rating

The fourth Eli Quinn outing finds the P.I. racing against the clock to save a missing real estate mogul in the increasingly dangerous Arizona suburbs.

the-girl
IR Book Review  |  

THE GIRL WHO COULD READ HEARTS

By Sherry Maysonave

3.5

IR Rating

Kate Kindrick reads at the third grade level, has artistic potential and an active, playful imagination. She also has one power that sets her apart from her peers: she can see people’s hearts and read their emotions.

as-oceans
IR Book Review  |  

AS OCEANS FALL poses complicated questions in a complicated world.

By Brian Birkland

3.0

IR Rating

A mystery, a musing on ethics, and a character study, AS OCEANS FALL poses complicated questions in a complicated world.

the-color
IR Book Review  |  

THE COLOR OF LOVE, a slightly over-the-top rom-com

By Ty Mitchell

2.0

IR Rating

The story of a struggling artist and a Hollywood talent agent who fall into a relationship based on ulterior motives, but find themselves developing feelings for one another.

smith
IR Book Review  |  

Smith (The Beckett Boys)

By Olivia Chase

3.0

IR Rating

Aubrey moves to a new town in a new state when things with her ex-boyfriend turn abusive. When she lays her eyes on sexy bartender, Smith Beckett, she knows she’s in for trouble, and pleasure beyond her wildest dreams.

the last
IR Book Review  |  

THE LAST MA-LOO, an offbeat cosmic adventure

By Dean Ammerman

4.2

IR Rating

Funny, weird, delightful, THE LAST MA-LOO is an unforgettably eccentric romp through the multiverse.

everything
IR Book Review  |  

Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Erectile Dysfunction and Penile Implants

By Rick Redner, MSW and Brenda Redner, RN

4.5

IR Rating

Husband and wife authors discuss their experience with erectile dysfunction and penile implants and offer advice to others.

a-pyre
IR Book Review  |  

A Pyre of Roses

By Roland P. Joseph

4.0

IR Rating

“A Pyre of Roses” centers around Michael Attzs, a foundling raised by nuns, who has had more than his share of hardship and tragedy.

GRACELAND
IR Book Review  |  

Chaos and hilarity on a family getaway in VACATION TO GRACELAND

By Phillip Cornell

3.8

IR Rating

Phillip Cornell has a simple story to tell: at his mother’s instigation, he and his relatives will take a weekend road trip to Memphis for a family barbecue/reunion.

SUPERMAN
IR Book Review  |  

Parental love with or without biological connections: DO YOU KNOW THE STORY OF SUPERMAN?: Loving Children Who Are Not Your Own

By Francis V. Adams

4.0

IR Rating

Adams ruminates on life and what it means to love a child as much as a biological parent, even without the biological connection.

tools
IR Book Review  |  

TOOLS OF THE TRADE is a hysterical anti-morality play

By Philip B. Persinger

4.8

IR Rating

Two billionaire playboys engage in a high stakes pissing contest while the women in their lives attempt damage control.

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IR Book Review  |  

A young man comes of age under the tutelage of his astrologer uncle in ASTROLOGER’S APPRENTICE

By David John Jaegers

2.0

IR Rating

A young man comes of age under the tutelage of his astrologer uncle, but must decide whether or not to follow him on his quest to prove astrology’s scientific validity.

PARTFAMILY
IR Book Review  |  

Saving children of the Holocaust in PART OF THE FAMILY

By Jason Hensley

5.0

IR Rating

The horror of the Holocaust and the rise of Nazi Germany can never be overstated, but conveying the tragedy effectively is often best when an author humanizes it by focusing on a single incident or aspect and investigating it thoroughly.

denial
IR Book Review  |  

Living without in DENIAL (SINGULARITY’S CHILDREN, BOOK 1)

By Toby Weston

3.0

IR Rating

While certain characters shine, DENIAL is a slow and patchwork start to a dystopian science fiction series.

drone
IR Book Review  |  

DRONE, a fast-faced detective story with some thought-provoking twists

By Robert Roy Britt

5.0

IR Rating

Fledgling detective Eli Quinn investigates an assassination attempt on a prominent Arizona politician in this engaging new installment in Robert Roy Britt’s mystery series. Most detectives take up residence in a gritty urban setting where the gloom is just as overpowering as the skyscrapers. Not true for Eli Quinn, who has instead put down roots […]

SHADOWGAMES
IR Book Review  |  

A young girl explorers her powers in SHADOW GAMES

By Jay J. Falconer

4.0

IR Rating

In the current glut of movies and tv shows featuring superheros, the main characters are usually thrilled to find themselves with super-powers. But for 15-year-old Emily Heart, those abilities aren’t always welcome or easy to control.

BUDDHADOIT
IR Book Review  |  

A search for a statue turns into a spiritual journey in: THE BUDDHA MADE ME DO IT

By Marla Martenson

4.5

IR Rating

Housecleaning in preparation for the move into their new home, Marla figures her hubby won’t notice if his dust-collecting Buddha statue goes missing.

TITAN
IR Book Review  |  

A determined mother battles for her family’s safety in a futuristic world in: TITAN

By Michael Van Cleve

3.0

IR Rating

TITAN begins with an ominous poem/list of reasons why America fell and brought the rest of the world with her before rising as “Amerikka.”

searching
IR Book Review  |  

Beautifully written and engagingly presented, SEARCHING FOR PARADISE is a road trip worth taking

By T.L. Hughes

4.0

IR Rating

When life becomes too routine, dreams aren’t coming true, and restlessness sets in, the only choice for three friends is to get in the car and make their way back to their familial roots.

COWBOYVAMPIRE
IR Book Review  |  

A Western Gothic adventure with a unique take on vampire mythology in: THE LAST SUNSET

By Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall

5.0

IR Rating

THE LAST SUNSET is the fourth—and presumably final—book in the Vampire and the Cowboy series

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IR Book Review  |  

Throwing off the wolfskin unleashes the beast in: STORM WOLF

By Stephen Morris

3.5

IR Rating

Wearing the wolf skin he inherited from his grandfather, Alexei fights the storms that threaten his town’s livelihood . . . until he loses control of the wolf within.

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IR Book Review  |  

A steampunk and fantasy adventure in: IRONHEART

By Dakota Kemp

3.0

IR Rating

A young man in a steampunk world discovers he has extraordinary fighting abilities, which elevate him from small-time gangster to revolutionary hero.

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IR Book Review  |  

Preparing to be unprepared for surprises in AUTOFLICK: A Study of Whales and Cigarettes That Became a Novel

By John R. Bancroft

3.8

IR Rating

Izzy, a perpetually-unprepared Boy Scout, tags along on his father’s madcap study of people who toss cigarette butts from their cars in John R. Bancroft’s coming-of-age story.