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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COME HOPE OR HIGH WATER

By Candi S. Cross, Steve Knuth
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

COME HOPE OR HIGH WATER is Steve Knuth's tell-all biography--written by Candi Cross--about alcoholism and hard work, strained relationships and lifelong risk management.

IR Approved

RAVEN’S APPRENTICE

By D Robert Hardy
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

RAVEN’S APPRENTICE, by D. Robert Hardy, is a fascinating hybrid of autobiography and travelogue full of excitement on the high seas.

IR Approved

THE POSTER BOY

By Chad Scott
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

The journey of farm boy turned million-dollar business owner unfolds as a precisely detailed treasure map in Chad Scott's autobiographical THE POSTER BOY: SMALL TOWNS,...

IR Approved

THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF GIDON LEV

By Julie Gray
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Combining features of biography, Holocaust memoir, family history, philosophical (and personal) dialogue, cultural geography, and political history, THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF GIDON LEV presents both...

OUR ANCESTORS THROUGH THE AGES

By Evelyn Haywood Friend
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Several generations of family members are sweetly acknowledged page by page in Evelyn Haywood Friend's OUR ANCESTORS THROUGH THE AGES.

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WALKABOUT (An Open Letter to my Grandson)

By Ricardo Suarez-Gartner
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Author Ricardo Suarez-Gartner, in an effort to provide his grandchildren with a sense of their family history, tells first his own story, then that of...

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TEN PAST NOON: Focus and Fate at Forty

By Tucker Lieberman
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

What do trains, eunuchs, and writer Edward Dilworth Cumming have in common? Tucker Lieberman's unusual biography TEN PAST NOON: FOCUS AND FATE AT FORTY.

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A TOUCHSTONE OF DETERMINATION – TRUE GRIT

By Linda Eatmon-Jones
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Linda Eatmon-Jones’ A TOUCHSTONE OF DETERMINATION – TRUE GRIT recounts with insight and acumen the life, trials and accomplishments of progressive educator and visionary, Dr....

IR Approved

WILLED IN HIS GRACE

By Laura Jaka
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Laura Jaka's memoir, WILLED IN HIS GRACE is a journey from her native home of Sierra Leone to America, by way of Italy.

IR Approved

UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL: In-Country, Chieu Hoi, Vietnam 1969-1970

By Robert C. Bogison
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL recounts, in painstaking detail, young Robert C. Bogison’s deployment to Vietnam in July 1969 and his ensuing year-long tour.

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STEALING HOME: A Father, A Son, and the Road to the Perfect Game

By Ron Seybold
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

STEALING HOME: A Father, A Son, and the Road to the Perfect Game explores family and baseball, where each new inning offers the chance to...

ENCOUNTERS AFTER THE SUNSET: Rescuing Ancestral Memories

By Ricardo Suarez-Gartner
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

In ENCOUNTERS AFTER THE SUNSET, Ricardo Suárez-Gärtner chronicles the times and tribulations of his ancestors as they settle in the New World to eke out...

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