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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THE IMPORTANCE OF NOW

By Paul Schumacher
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

THE IMPORTANCE OF NOW is a story, narrated by its three principal characters, about overcoming one's poor choices and learning to live in the moment...

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THROUGH A FOREST OF STARS

By David C. Jeffrey
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

The reissue of an originally published a stand-alone dystopic sci-fi adventure, the newest incarnation of THROUGH A FOREST OF STAR is now in a shorter...

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GLORY DAYS

By J.P. Michaels
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

GLORY DAYS is a novel about a sportscaster who goes back to his hometown for his silver-anniversary high-school reunion and confronts the reality of racism...

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SEASON OF WAITING

By Jim Christopher
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

Jim Christopher’s debut novel, SEASON OF WAITING, is an evocative father and son journey about the weight of one’s choices. As each man seeks a...

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ACTS OF HOPE

By Martin Elsant
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

In ACTS OF HOPE, Book Two of Martin Elsant’s Inquisition Trilogy, star-crossed lovers Maria Lopes and Aristedes Coelho go their separate ways, each trying to...

HE LANDS IN PALM SPRINGS

By John Shekleton
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Joseph Tierney, recently diagnosed with HIV in the novel HE LANDS IN PALM SPRINGS, is the former pastor of Mater Dei, a large urban Catholic...

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STREET OF STORYTELLERS

By Doug Wilhelm
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

STREET OF STORYTELLERS is a unique historical coming-of-age adventure focused around cross-cultural friendships during a period of heightening political and religious tensions in 1980s Pakistan.

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POLK GULCH

By Andrew Bardin Williams
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

POLK GULCH by Andrew Bardin Williams is the story of love and loss, featuring a girl from a punk rock band and the husband who...

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DEAR DURWOOD

By Jeff Bond
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

A modern, semi-Western thriller in which the resourceful Durwood Jones pits himself against cruel, corporate behemoths as the fate of a small Texas town hangs...

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RING ON DELI

By Eric Giroux
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

RING ON DELI is a subtle satire of the promise of the American Dream in which the losers and outcasts of society show creativity and...

ANARCHY OF THE MICE

By Jeff Bond
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

The dystopian novel ANARCHY OF THE MICE by Jeff Bond is an exploration of what might happen should activist hackers succeed in bringing down all...

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MORE THAN HALFWAY THERE

By David Hartshorn
Rating:
4.9 / 5.0

MORE THAN HALFWAY THERE, by David Hartshorn, is the touching story of a man’s journey of self-discovery and how it ultimately leads him home.

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