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Best Reviewed Books of the Month

THE WILL TO DIE By Joe Pulizzi

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: First-time author Joe Pulizzi hits it out of the park with THE WILL TO DIE, a funny, sharp and action-heavy thriller that combines the world of marketing and business with murder–and a paean to the forgotten small towns of America.

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THE TRANSITION MISSION By Herb Thompson

Genre: How-To

IR Verdict: Full of tidbits and in an easy-to-read style, former Green Beret Herb Thompson has created the definitive guide for soldiers in search of civilian careers in THE TRANSITION MISSION.

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THE NOSFERATU CONSPIRACY By Brian James Gage

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: Rasputin makes a fun villain and author Brian James Gage finds intriguing and original ground in the well-traveled landscape of vampire fiction in THE NOSFERATU CONSPIRACY, a fun and interesting twist on vampire tropes and the Russian Revolution rolled into an action/adventure tale.

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TERRIBILITA By Ben Wyckoff Shore

Genre: Historical Fiction

IR Verdict: Romance and adventure on the high sea gives TERRIBILITA the thrill and chills of a Saturday morning “B” movie marathon, only with more interesting characters and better dialogue.

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KILL NOTICE By Marta Sprout

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: Marta Sprout’s KILL NOTICE is impressive—a tense, fast paced police procedural with a kick-ass heroine that will leave readers wanting more.

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METROFLOAT NEW YORK By William Quincy Belle

Genre: Science Fiction

IR Verdict: For fans of the “Mortal Engines” series and dystopian books with a dark sense of humor, William Quincy Belle’s METROFLOAT NEW YORK is a deeply imagined and engaging post-apocalyptic crime novel where the wealthy rule from a floating metropolis.

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THE ROAD TO DELANO By John DeSimone

Genre: Historical Fiction

IR Verdict: Through the experiences of its invented teenage protagonist, THE ROAD TO DELANO, John DeSimone’s page-turning historical novel, effectively evokes the milieu of Cesar Chavez’s nonviolent protests on behalf of exploited farm workers in California during the late 1960s.

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ARNOLD FALLS By Charlie Suisman

Genre: Literary Fiction

IR Verdict: Charlie Suisman’s ARNOLD FALLS is a kaleidoscopic, funny and compassionate tale of small town life and human fallibility, written in prose that is lyrical, compelling and compassionate. Readers will relate to at least one of Arnold Falls residents, if not see pieces of themselves in all of them.

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THE TRIAL OF CONNOR PADGET By Carl Roberts

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: THE TRIAL OF CONNOR PADGET is a quiet, tender look at loyalty, family, friendship, and justice, with a wistful Southern charm and a solid heart.

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TATTLE TALES By Brandy Isadora

Genre: Photography

IR Verdict: TATTLE TALES combines visually-stunning tattoo art with the people and stories connected to them, while demonstrating their ubiquity to those who cling to judgments about who is likely to have them.

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TREASURE OF THE BLUE WHALE By Steven Mayfield

Genre: Literary Fiction

IR Verdict: TREASURE OF THE BLUE WHALE is a charming, nostalgic story full of lively characters, entertaining escapades, and dramatic flourishes, punctuated by moments of delightfully farcical humor.

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SOMETHING AFTER ALL By John F Daulton

Genre: Literary Fiction

IR Verdict: SOMETHING AFTER ALL by John F. Daulton is an odd twisty snake of a novel, entwining archetypes and ennui into a blend that does not always make sense, though still somehow manages to end up being inexplicably satisfying.

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BRASH FLOW By Patrick Holm

Genre: Science Fiction

IR Verdict:

Author Patrick Holm has a big imagination and the talent to match; despite its hasty end, BRASH FLOW is an uber-unique, heartfelt, and thoughtful entry into the dystopian genre.
 
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ENEMY OF THE GODS By C. Hofsetz

Genre: Science Fiction

IR Verdict: In a world full of parallel planets, biotech and alien gods, protector angels and the dead resurrected, author C. Hofsetz explores themes of what makes us conscious, love, loyalty and the meaning of death in ENEMY OF THE GODS.

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NEPHI’S COURAGE By Rory McFarlan

Genre: LGBTQ

IR Verdict: Readers may come away having more feelings about the ins-and-outs of Mormonism than about the characters themselves in Rory McFarlan’s NEPHI’S COURAGE, but it’s still a worthy tale of faith, friendship, being true to one’s self, and the miracle of falling in love.

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SWIMMING SIDEWAYS By Cami Nihipali

Genre: Young Adult

IR Verdict: SWIMMING SIDEWAYS features a classic (and very well done) love triangle, complemented by the main character’s internal conflict, which is fueled by a loss of connection with her Hawaiian heritage. It’s a perfect example of how diversity can enhance and improve the young adult genre.

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BLOWBACK ’94 By Brian Meehl

Genre: Young Adult

IR Verdict: Billed as a novel in the “young adult” genre, Brian Meehl’s BLOWBACK ’94 is a witty and engaging tale that readers of all ages can enjoy, especially those with an interest in seeing history brought to vivid life. Lush and gritty descriptions of past Paris, well-researched history, quirky characters and family drama, make this a hugely enjoyable and fast-paced adventure.

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GIMME LIBERTY I CAN SMELL! By J.Flaherty

Genre: Poetry

IR Verdict: Just a few poems of J. Flaherty’s thematic collection GIMME LIBERTY I CAN SMELL! is all it will take for readers to see that, when it comes to poetry, Flaherty is first and foremost an accomplished craftsman.

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A TOUCHSTONE OF DETERMINATION By Linda Eatmon-Jones

Genre: Biography

IR Verdict: Linda Eatmon-Jones’ A TOUCHSTONE OF DETERMINATION – TRUE GRIT is an inspiring must-read for anyone interested in civil rights and life-changing educational opportunities made manifest by one man’s refusal to let barriers remain barriers.

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THE LATECOMERS By Rich Marcello

Genre: Literary Fiction

IR Verdict: Rich Marcello’s highly original novel THE LATECOMERS blends humor, suspense, and poetic prose while tackling big issues like graceful aging, chosen families, corporate ethics, personal fulfillment, and the unending quest for self-discovery, and brims with philosophical depth about the world and life’s possibilities.

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ANTI-SELL By Steve Morgan

Genre: Business

IR Verdict: ANTI-SELL functions as a resource goldmine for anyone new to freelance life while providing a detailed guide on how to increase client numbers minus irritating sales tactics.

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THE SWIFT UPLIFTING RUSH AND DRAWING HANDS By J. C. Weston

Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, LGBTQ

IR Verdict: A superhero story for the modern era, J. C. Weston’s THE SWEET UPLIFTING RUSH AND DRAWING HANDS offer readers a unique protagonist, an abundance of action, and all-encompassing inclusivity.

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FROM RATS TO CADILLACS By Fred Anthony Lamac

Genre: Memoir

IR Verdict: Though not in step with today’s new-millennium pacing geared towards ever-diminishing attention spans, there is something deeply satisfying about taking the time to sit with the thoughts in Fred Anthony Lemac’s rambling memoir FROM RATS TO CADILLACS which explores life like it is, based on the opinions of this 80-year-old elder.

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HARD EASY By Arthur F. Coombs III

Genre: Self-Help

IR Verdict: Arthur F. Coombs’ HARD EASY uses a mixture of practical advice, scientific studies, meaningful quotes, and parabolic stories to encourage his reader to put in the hard work that will lead them to an easier future. This is a must read for anyone interested in self-improvement.

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HIDDEN GEMS: Quest for the Great Diamond By H. K. Boughazian

Genre: Kid’s Action/Adventure

IR Verdict: HIDDEN GEMS by H. K. Boughazian is a creatively conceived and skillfully executed adventure book, with larger messages, for young readers as well as adults.

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HONEYMOON ALONE By Nicole Macaulay

Genre: Chick Lit

IR Verdict: Nicole Macaulay’s HONEYMOON ALONE is a delightful. hijinks-y, laugh-out-loud funny tale sure to satisfy readers (regardless of their marital status).

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