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February 26, 2024

THE ROADIE CARTEL

By Phil J Kriz
Rating:
3.4 / 5.0

Phil J. Kriz's THE ROADIE CARTEL is a promising debut that blends music industry insider knowledge with the cutthroat world of cocaine trafficking. The novel’s...

February 21, 2024

AFTERLIFE: Cool Assassins 3

By J. O. Quantaman
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

J.O. Quantaman's AFTERLIFE: Cool Assassins 3 is an ambitious book that sets out to do many things, and it does enough of those things well...

February 5, 2024

BADGES, BULLETS, AND BLOOD

By Henry Silva
Rating:
2.5 / 5.0

Author Henry Silva's BADGES, BULLETS, AND BLOOD promises much but ultimately falters in its execution. The potential for a gripping action thriller is overshadowed by...

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February 2, 2024

SONS AND FATHERS: SOUL AND SHADOW

By Chris Kassel
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

The deceptively rough and rugged start of Chris Kassel's SONS AND FATHERS: SOUL AND SHADOW gives way to a deep, convoluted, and emotional journey, as...

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January 29, 2024

RED QUEEN: Skies of Freedom

By R.F. Reynolds
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A rollicking steampunk adventure, R.F. Reynolds's RED QUEEN: Skies of Freedom will satisfy readers who enjoy engaging characters, solid worldbuilding, and an energetic plot.

January 5, 2024

PROJECT BOING;)

By Brian W. Robinson
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Brian W. Robinson's PROJECT BOING;) offers a sleek and efficient satire of a specific era of dotcom corporate culture. 

Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Keith A. Hamilton's solidly-written DESPERATION ISLAND (21st Century Pirates in the Caribbean) is an enjoyable, if slightly simplistic, maritime thriller with plenty of drama.

IR Approved
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Amidst its rough language and irreverent subject matter, Colin Dodds's THE REIGN OF THE ANTI-SANTAS (A Christmas misadventure for grownups) presents a compelling story of...

November 10, 2023

DECAY OF SORROW

By Jacqueline Garcia
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

An engaging debut, Jacqueline Garcia’s DECAY OF SORROW is a short novel that fans of Gothic romance should enjoy. Though never especially credible in terms...

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November 1, 2023

QUEENS OF MOIRAI

By Rhiannon Hargadon
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A myth retelling that uses familiar fantasy and romance genre tropes, Rhiannon Hargadon's QUEENS OF MOIRAI is a refreshing, enchanting first installment in a proposed...

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October 6, 2023

THE LEGEND OF TRIQUETRA

By Tara Rewa
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Author Tara Rewa delights new readers with a fascinating, fresh take on Hindu myths with THE LEGEND OF TRIQUETRA, a captivating YA debut. Inventive, dense...

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Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

With a touch of romance, a hint of heartbreak, and some old-fashioned adventure, Troy Hollan's CLUCKED (A Quirky Nautical Tale of Adventure, Misadventure and Justice...

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