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 LAST PASSENGER TRAIN

By Robert M Goldstein
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

In 2017, Robert M. Goldstein and his wife Mindy boarded The Canadian, one of the rare remaining passenger trains traveling thousands of miles from Toronto...

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TRAVELS WITH HAFA

By Nathan Pettijohn
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

In TRAVELS WITH HAFA, author Nathan Pettijohn paints a realistic picture of the “great American road trip” as he travels around a corner of the...

AMSTERDAM EXPOSED

By David Wienir
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

An American law student abroad develops an unlikely friendship with a Red Light District worker in the heartfelt memoir AMSTERDAM EXPOSED.

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DANCING WITH DEATH

By Jean-Philippe Soulé
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

DANCING WITH DEATH is an epic travel adventure novel centered around leaving the past behind to embrace an uncertain future.

Interactive travel and history in: THE WORLD HERITAGE SITES OF FRANCE

By Jèrộme Sabatier
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A comprehensive collection of the most beautiful and historic cities, castles and monuments in France as classified by the World Heritage Sites by the United...

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Adventure and rediscovery of self on the Appalachian Trail in: THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND

By John R. Morris
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

The author, depressed by a breakup and a meaningless job, starts a thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. John Morris and his fiancee had broken up,...

Tokyo experiences in: MOTIONS AND MOMENTS

By Michael Pronko
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Michael Pronko shares his detailed observations of the culture and life of one of the busiest cities on the planet.

The Angkor Guidebook

By Andrew Booth
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

THE ANGKOR GUIDEBOOK is a beautiful, compact travel guide to the temples of Angkor in Cambodia.

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Music of the Malinke people in: Djoliba Crossing

By Dave Kobrenski
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A musician tells the story of his travels in Guinea, West Africa, learning about the people, history, music and rituals of the country.

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The Punk Rock Las Vegas Survival Guide

By Bob Oedy
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

As unlikely as it sounds, every Memorial Day weekend a crowd of punk rockers arrives in Las Vegas for a long weekend of music, partying...

Showdown At Shinagawa: Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil

By Bill Zarchy
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

SHOWDOWN AT SHINAGAWA is a collection of essays relating the author's experience as a director of photography, shooting in various locations around the world, and...

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May This Be the Best Year of Your Life

By Sandra Bornstein
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A trip to India accompanying her husband for his job becomes the catalyst for author Sandra Bornstein’s life transformation.

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