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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WALKS BY BIG ALEX’S POND

By Henry Van Berkel
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

A quasi-biography exploring the cyclical nature of life through a pair of life stories set a century apart.

IR Approved

LEAVES IN THE WIND (HOJAS AL VIENTO)

By Ricardo Suarez-Gartner
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

An atypical and bilingual memoir that gives readers a thorough and poetic summary of the author's ancestry and, in turn, paints a realistic and poignant...

IR Approved

WARRIOR IN THE MUD

By Nicole Martin Salter
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

From childhood abuse through an up-and-down adult life that culminated in her husband’s breathtaking betrayal, Nicole Salter tells her story with honesty and conviction.

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TESLA’S WORDS

By Ellis Oswalt
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

TESLA'S WORDS is an edited presentation of Nikola Tesla's memoir of his career in electricity and electrical engineering.

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MIDNIGHT FLIGHT TO NUREMBERG: The Capture of the Nazi Who Put Adolf Hitler Into Power

By Marcus A. Nannini
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

MIDNIGHT FLIGHT TO NUREMBERG is Marcus A. Nannini's biography of World War II First Lieutenant, C-47 pilot Harry E. Watson Jr.

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WONDERS ALL AROUND

By Bruce McCandless III
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

An ode to a dedicated father that offers an in-depth look at an unprecedented era of technological development through the eyes of one of the...

THIS BUSINESS OF LIFE AND BUSINESS

By Ray Byfield
Rating:
2.5 / 5.0

In 1999, Ray Byfield migrates from Jamaica to Canada and begins his journey as a bright-eyed, eager entrepreneur. What he finds, instead, are chilly weather...

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JUSTICE DENIED: A Personal Requiem

By Roger Lawrence
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

An ex-IRS* employee turned private tax accountant procures hundreds of millions of research and development money while leaving lawyers to pay the price in JUSTICE...

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THE LIVES OF LOWBROW ARTISTS: Vol 1

By Fritz K. Costa
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

LIVES OF LOWBROW ARTISTS takes readers behind the scenes of iconic pop surrealist artwork, exploring the lives, loves, and losses of five artists.

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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,...

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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...

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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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