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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
January 13, 2023

ANGELS OF ANTILA

By RG Shacklett
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

What if small pox was passed from the indigenous Americans to the Spanish explorers instead of the other way around?

IR Approved
November 11, 2022

THE UNMOORING

By Ken Fireman
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A scopious recollection of the 1960s political environment sets the stage for protagonist Michael McMaster as he begins his journalistic career. But it doesn’t take...

October 28, 2022

DESTINY OF DETERMINATION: Faith and Family

By Cathy Burnham Martin
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

An Armenian family immigrates to the United States in 1916 to flee the wrath of the Turkish Empire. Strong faith and family ties enable them...

IR Approved
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

BOURGUEIL TAPESTRY is a social history of the life of French commoners from the 11th to the 19th centuries richly illustrated with informed by artwork...

August 22, 2022

PETER OLAF

By Richard H. Grabmeier
Rating:
3.2 / 5.0

A smart and ambitious teenage immigrant leaves behind his family and the girl he loves in Sweden to make something of himself in America.

August 12, 2022

THE LIVING LEGEND

By Dan E Hendrickson
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

A work of historical fiction that follows a United States Navy SEAL and a political campaigner against human trafficking in her native Kenya.

IR Approved
July 22, 2022

THE RAPE OF PERSEPHONE

By Monica Brillhart
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

THE RAPE OF PERSEPHONE brings historical fiction to the realm of ancient Greek gods who, through a veil of desire and fury, examine the lives...

IR Approved
Rating:
4.1 / 5.0

A hypothetical version of an otherwise unknown story featuring the Knights Templar and their famed treasure.

June 27, 2022

STEAMBOAT SEASONS: Dawn of a New Era

By Kendall D. Gott
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

Kendall Gott’s STEAMBOAT SEASONS: Dawn of a New Era follows an intrepid steamboat captain through the complexities of Reconstruction and the advent of rail power.

IR Approved
June 24, 2022

LIKE DUST, I RISE

By Ginny Rorby
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A harrowing tale of one girl’s mission to become a pilot in spite of her family’s poverty and hardships during the Great Depression and the...

June 22, 2022

SIDE LAUNCH

By Brock Martin
Rating:
3.3 / 5.0

Through the eyes of the Captain of the corvette HMCS Collingwood, and an electrical engineer, SIDE LAUNCH gives a direct portrayal of the efforts of...

IR Approved
June 17, 2022

BONES

By Audrey Taylor Gonzalez
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

A stunning display of storytelling blending a soul-stirring, transcontinental journey with the Deep South and a touch of magic.

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