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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November 23, 2022

LOVE ALWAYS, ALICE

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

A series of letters detailing the career of a World War II Army nurse.

IR Approved
July 20, 2022

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
June 10, 2022

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
February 2, 2022

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.

IR Approved
October 13, 2021

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.

IR Approved
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.

IR Approved
June 30, 2021

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...

March 17, 2021

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...

IR Approved
February 1, 2021

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...

IR Approved
December 7, 2020

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.

IR Approved
October 9, 2020

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
September 24, 2020

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.

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