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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FOR MALICE AND MERCY

By Gary W. Toyn
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

FOR MALICE AND MERCY tells the story of Mormons from Utah who take part in the US efforts during World War II, including German immigrants,...

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THE POET AND THE ANGEL

By Jennifer Chapin
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

An eight-year-old girl living in modern-day Granada meets the ghost of 20th-century poet Frederico Garcia Lorca in a marketplace and the two engage in a...

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HORATIO’S PROMISE

By D. Clark Gill
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

Part-time music teacher Alfred Spellman returns to his summer home in the small town of HORATIO’S PROMISE only to be drawn into the search for...

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BLINK ONCE TO SPREAD SNOW

By James Christie
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

The main character in James Christie's historical novel BLINK ONCE TO SPREAD SNOW takes a look back at his long, eventful life from the vantage...

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UNLOCKED

By James Christie
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

James Christie's UNLOCKED is part murder mystery and part family saga.

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JOSEPHUS

By B. Michael Antler
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

JOSEPHUS relates the remarkable story of controversial first century CE historian Flavius Josephus, a noble-born Judean who fought against, was enslaved, and adopted into the...

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THE TRAVELS OF IBN THOMAS

By James Hutson-Wiley
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

As he studies to become a physician, Thoma ibn Thomas wants to discover what happened to his father, who disappeared in Jerusalem. However, in 12th...

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THE PRINTER AND THE STRUMPET

By Larry Brill
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

In Larry Brill’s THE PRINTER AND THE STRUMPET, Englishman Leeds Merriweather finds himself in Boston on the eve of the American Revolution. Slowly and tentatively,...

1871: RIVERS ON FIRE

By Paul Buchheit
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

1871 RIVERS ON FIRE contains three interconnected stories: the first about a near-ideal relationship between a husband and wife, the second follows the scientific and...

L’ORIGINE: The Secret Life of the World’s Most Erotic Masterpiece

By Lilianne Milgrom
Rating:
0.0 / 5.0

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OUR IMMIGRANTS’ SON

By John Francis Patrick Murphy
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

OUR IMMIGRANTS’ SON, by John Francis Patrick Murphy, is an account of the lives the author’s Irish immigrant great-great-grandparents, and their descendants.

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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...

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