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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IR Approved

NAKED TRUTH: OR EQUALITY THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT

By Carrie Hayes
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Regardless of where many think a woman's sole place and situation must be, in the historical novel NAKED TRUTH: OR EQUALITY THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT by...

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THE NEWTON CODE

By Liam Fialkov
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

THE NEWTON CODE gives one man, professor and part-time intelligence agent Michael, the responsibility of saving the world from Armageddon. To do this, Michael must...

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A THIN PORRIDGE

By Benjamin Gohs
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A story of family and forgiveness, strength and personal sovereignty, Abeona Browne struggles to make sense of life upon the death of her father in...

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EMPIRE PALADIN: Realm of the Dead

By M. S. Valdez
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

Zombies, and zealots, and magic – oh my! EMPIRE PALADIN is a ton of Dungeons & Dragons-esque fun with a little of the Borgias thrown...

IMPROBABLE CONNECTIONS

By Ron W Germaine
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Two teenage girls, one English and one Native American, develop a strong friendship against the backdrop of the founding of the Plymouth Colony in IMPROBABLE...

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PESTILENCE (Second Son Chronicles Volume 3)

By Pamela Taylor
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

PESTILENCE the third entry in a story that is part historical fiction and part fantasy, set in a progressive medieval kingdom.

SAINT ILLUMINATOR’S DAUGHTER

By Mike Ippen
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

SAINT ILLUMINATOR'S DAUGHTER is the tale of one woman’s journey of self-discovery in 1950’s New York.

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THE ROAD TO DELANO

By John DeSimone
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

THE ROAD TO DELANO uses a coming-of-age story to illuminate the historical significance of a conflict that, rooted in the exploitation of agricultural laborers, changes...

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TERRIBILITA

By Ben Wyckoff Shore
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

The Ferrando family mingles with real-life historical figures during Italy’s 19th century struggle for independence and colonial expansion. It falls on Lucca Ferrando to break...

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ACTS OF FAITH

By Martin Elsant
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Martin Elsant’s ACTS OF FAITH follows the story of a Jesuit seminarian who is devoted to his calling and upcoming vow of celibacy until he...

INTO THE SUFFERING CITY: A Novel of Baltimore

By Bill LeFurgy
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

INTO THE SUFFERING CITY is a historical murder mystery set in Baltimore in 1909, which follows the efforts of Dr. Sarah Kennecott and Jack, a...

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FAREWELL MY LIFE

By Cynthia Sally Haggard
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Set amid interwar Washington, D.C. and Berlin, FAREWELL MY LIFE examines timeless patterns of change and consistency, love and loss.

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