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Best Reviewed Books – September

SMART LOVE

By Vincent Fudge II

Genre: Sexuality

IR Verdict: A profusion of lessons learned saves SMART LOVE from being a merely unpleasant time immersed in the perspectives of two people who may or may not be entirely better off apart.

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MY PERSONAL WAR WITHIN

By Ted Bagley

Genre: Self-Help

IR Verdict: Ted Bagley gives a thoughtful, chatty, philosophical account of his life growing up black in segregated Alabama just before and during the Civil Rights era in MY PERSONAL WAR WITHIN, a valuable resource, both for young people looking for inspiration and courage in difficult times, and for current and future historians as a valuable primary source concerning events rapidly moving out of living memory and into the history texts. 

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THE MAN ON THE RAILS

By Rovshan Abdullaoglu

Genre: Literary Fiction

IR Verdict: THE MAN ON THE RAILS is a powerful work. Rovshan Abdullaoglu writes with passion and grace with an impressive sense of detail and atmosphere in a modern novel crackling with ancient wisdom.

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PATCHWORK

By Carol Wilson-Mack

Genre: Self-Help

IR Verdict: PATCHWORK by Carol Wilson-Mack is a charming book of authentic stories relayed from an earlier era concerning rampant racism (which still exists today) and an affected extended family who trusts in the Lord that there is a larger picture at play, as they struggle to love each other and endure.

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THE ALBATROSS: CONTACT

By Connor Mackay

Genre: Science Fiction

IR Verdict: THE ALBATROSS: CONTACT by Connor Mackay balances the large scope of worldbuilding with small details of character to create a science fiction epic that is both immersive and engaging.

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ALL THOSE TEARS WE CAN’T SEE

By Gita Audhya

Genre: Literary Fiction

IR Verdict: The novel ALL THOSE TEARS WE CAN’T SEE by Gita Audhya takes a brave look at a range of true-to-life multi-cultural injuries from the physical to the psychic to the little deaths sometimes initiated against those we say we love the most.

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PIERCING THE CELESTIAL OCEAN

 By Kip Koelsch

Genre: Science Fiction

IR Verdict: An ensemble cast plus inventive worldbuilding makes Kip Koelsch’s PIERCING THE CELESTIAL OCEAN an engaging, memorable start to a sweeping space epic of the struggle between religion and science, ambition and the collective good.

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CHAWLGIRL RISING

By T.K. Young

Genre: Science Fiction

IR Verdict: T.K. Young’s CHAWLGIRL RISING is an exemplary model of apocalyptic science fiction with a unique setting, writing that is suitably gruesomely morose and gritty, powerful use internal and external conflict and a plot that is sharply organized and enticing. 

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THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF GIDON LEV

By Julie Gray

Genre: Biography

IR Verdict: Inventively structured and impeccably written, THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF GIDON LEV is a must-read book for anyone interested in Holocaust narratives. But it is also a compelling example of family memoir, a compact introduction to the history of Israel, and a personal history that adumbrates the larger story of the Jewish diaspora—not to mention an illuminating account of the writing process itself.

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LOST ONE STANDING

By Hector Hill

Genre: Young Adult

IR Verdict: Hector Hill’s LOST ONE STANDING delivers all of the suspense and action of a heist film for the YA crowd and is a tense, high-stakes thriller with an extremely likeable protagonist and enough twists and turns to keep the plot barreling along at a breathless pace.

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IN ONE LIFETIME

By Graham Forlonge

Genre: Memoir

IR Verdict: Graham Forlonge’s memoir IN ONE LIFETIME is an expansively honest and brutally detailed submersion into aspects of trauma that left the author with a lifelong case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is most touching when detailing his healing process.

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SEX, ROMANCE, AND INDISCRETION

By Sean Develin

Genre: Romance

IR Verdict: Sean Develin has created the perfect mix of steamy passion and heartwarming story in SEX, ROMANCE, AND INDISCRETION, hitting all the markers of a great romance.

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MOOSE

By Ron Potter

Genre: Memoir

IR Verdict: With his spirit guide Mick Jagger by his side, Ron Potter skillfully subverts the memoir genre with MOOSE: a deeply absorbing, sometimes spiritual, often psychedelic journey through space, time, and the events that shape his life and death.

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THE RING OF MANN

By David Thomas Kay

Genre: Historical Fiction

IR Verdict: THE RING OF MANN is a fast-paced, engaging and well-written historical thriller with an intriguing plot that skillfully intersperses fact and fiction.

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TRUMP DOG

By Jim Tilberry

Genre: Humor

IR Verdict: TRUMP DOG by Jim Tilberry is a rip-roaringly funny read that also scores a few good political points, stealthily looking at a handful of unresolved issues from fresh angles. 

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THE VOYAGES OF RALF

By R.M. Kozan

Genre: Humor

IR Verdict: Trading on science fiction’s most-established themes, R.M. Kozan’s THE VOYAGES OF RALF makes up in thrills and comic brilliance what it lacks in originality.

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NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON THE TIDE 

By Kergan Edwards-Stout

Genre: Memoir

IR Verdict: NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON THE TIDE (Or, How I Married a Lying, Psychopathic Wannabe-Murderer and Kinda Lived to Tell) by Kergan Edwards-Stout is a beguiling look at the long, lively years of this thoughtful, rainbow-hued advocate for loving male/male relationships, fatherhood, an inclusive society, and pursuing one’s creative dreams.

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THE IRA AND RETIREMENT PLAN OWNER’S GUIDE TO BEATING THE NEW DEATH TAX

By James Lange

Genre: Finances

IR Verdict: For those persons who are anywhere over the 24% tax bracket, THE IRA AND RETIREMENT PLAN OWNER’S GUIDE TO BEATING THE NEW DEATH TAX is a useful alarm on the need to modify their IRAs now.

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UTOPIA FOUND

By Troy Reicherter

Genre: Inspirational/Spiritual

IR Verdict: For anyone who ever wanted to know whether creating World Peace was possible and, if so, how civilization might go about getting there, the rousing UTOPIA FOUND: A Blueprint for Spiritual Renaissance and World Peace by Troy Reicherter–like the best transformational spiritual resources–can be considered a sacred text in and of itself.

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LOST ON THE WAY

By Isabel Jolie

Genre: Romance

IR Verdict: LOST ON THE WAY by Isabel Jolie is such a heart-palpitatingly good romantic tale, it’s likely to make readers want to check out what else this author has written.

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THE THIEF AND THE WASTE BOOK II

By Tanya Lee

Genres: Dystopian

IR Verdict: Tanya Lee’s writing creates a feeling of suspense that’s cinematic in THE THIEF AND THE WASTE, a tense sequel that outpaces its predecessor in an emotionally stirring story that packs a punch and is impossible to put down.

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THE POSTER BOY

By Chad Scott

Genre: Business, Biography

IR Verdict: Chad Scott’s hard-won business success is outlined in fine detail in the marvelously compact heartening and practical THE POSTER BOY: Small Towns, Big Ideas, and the Reality of Becoming an Entrepreneur.

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PROPHET REBORN 

By Diane M. Johnson

Genre: Horror

IR Verdict: Sympathetic characters and strong pacing make PROPHET REBORN, the sequel to PERFECT PROPHET, a white-knuckle thrill ride.

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THE ART STONE

By Jesse A. Ellis

Genre: Fantasy

IR Verdict: Jesse A. Ellis’s THE ART STONE is an exciting fantasy novel of epic proportions–across a world constructed with such comprehensive cultural and ecological detail as to make it feel real–that shows the power of cooperation when one’s destiny feels impossible to achieve.

 

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RAVEN’S APPRENTICE

By D Robert Hardy

Genre: Biography

IR Verdict: D. Robert Hardy’s RAVEN’S APPRENTICE is a great and compelling story, both nuanced and vivid, that will leave readers wanting to head off on adventures of their own.

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SUMMER’S END

By Jill Sanders

Genre: Romance

IR Verdict: SUMMER’S END is a sweet and satisfying conclusion to Jill Sanders’ Wildflowers series. Full of heart, emotion, and a bit of heat, this low-stakes contemporary romance about two people learning to trust and to love is both delightful and engaging.

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THE COLORLESS CHAMELEON

By Hayley Irvin, Rachel Bostick, Cassidy Reynolds, Tuscan Knox, Samantha Jo Phan (Illustrator)

Genre: Children’s (Board books and Pre-reading)

IR Verdict: THE COLORLESS CHAMELEON, written by Rachel Bostick and Hayley Irvin, and illustrated by Samantha Jo Phan, is an adorable children’s book with an important message.

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THRIVING WHILE BLACK

By Cori J. Williams MSW LCSW

Genre: Political + Current Events

IR Verdict: A brief, targeted text exploring racism and related stresses faced by Black Americans in corporate environments, Cori J. Williams’ THRIVING WHILE BLACK covers the obvious, but also does a great, fact-led job of exposing the wrought emotional consequences of race issues in the professional world.

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WHO’S THERE? A Collection of Stories

By Dimas Rio

Genre: Horror

IR Verdict: WHO’S THERE? is a short sampler that demonstrates author Dimas Rio’s deeply-felt intelligence and promise as a writer of suspense. 

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