Indie book reviews

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Our Reviewers won’t judge your book as compared to other self-published titles, but against other books, period. Our ratings are based on the following criteria, although reviewers are able to award partial stars (i.e. a 1.3 or a 4.7), rather than rounding up or down to a whole or half number.

1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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June 12, 2023

WITNESS FOR MY FATHER

By Barbara Bergren
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Barbara Bergren's WITNESS FOR MY FATHER is a richly detailed story and a testament to the indomitable human spirit.

Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Genealogy lovers will be enthralled by author Stephen Watts’ SEARCHING FOR CHARLES, a fascinating, authentic and epic search to uncover his American family tree.

IR Approved
January 27, 2023

HE CHARGED ALONE

By John R. Strasburg
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

John R. Strasburg's HE CHARGED ALONE is an impeccably researched biography of one of the most decorated American soldiers in history - scrupulous, thoughtful, and...

IR Approved
January 20, 2023

LADY OF THE ARMY: The Life of Mrs. George S. Patton

By Stefanie Van Steelandt
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A magisterial recounting of the life of George S. Patton's wife Beatrice, Stefanie van Steelandt's LADY OF THE ARMY offers a frank and sympathetic portrait...

November 23, 2022

LOVE ALWAYS, ALICE

By Mary Matthews Fetterman, Captain Alice Matthews, ANC
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

In LOVE ALWAYS, ALICE, Mary Matthews Fetterman shares a collection of World War II letters written by her aunt, Captain Alice Matthews, that create a...

IR Approved
July 20, 2022

WALKS BY BIG ALEX’S POND

By Henry Van Berkel
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

Exploring the cyclical nature of life through a pair of life stories set a century apart, Henry Van Berkel’s WALKS BY BIG ALEX’S POND is...

IR Approved
June 10, 2022

LEAVES IN THE WIND (HOJAS AL VIENTO)

By Ricardo Suárez-Gärtner
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

Ricardo Suárez-Gärtner’s LEAVES IN THE WIND (HOJAS AL VIENTO) is an intriguing, unique journey through the author’s lineage, using brief stories and two languages to...

IR Approved
February 2, 2022

WARRIOR IN THE MUD

By Nicole Martin Salter
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Nicole Martin Salter's WARRIOR IN THE MUD is an uplifting memoir of an extraordinary life, written with skill, insight, and no small amount of courage.

IR Approved
October 13, 2021

TESLA’S WORDS

By Ellis Oswalt
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

TESLA'S WORDS is an excellent and inspirational document of a man's revolutionary talent and beautiful vision for a better world that speaks to us even...

IR Approved
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

Marcus A. Nannini's MIDNIGHT FLIGHT TO NUREMBERG: The Capture of the Nazi Who Put Adolf Hitler Into Power, is an emotional true story and an...

IR Approved
June 30, 2021

WONDERS ALL AROUND

By Bruce McCandless III
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

By channeling a unique perspective informed by a lifetime of personal memories, Bruce McCandless III offers readers both a meticulously researched and well written portrait...

March 17, 2021

THIS BUSINESS OF LIFE AND BUSINESS

By Ray Byfield
Rating:
2.5 / 5.0

Entrepreneur Ray Byfield puts it all out there in his biography, THIS BUSINESS OF LIFE AND BUSINESS, as he wades through the sticky dramas of...

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