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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
February 19, 2024

THE HUMAN DISPERSAL PROJECT

By Adam James Chouinard
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Pleasantly complex and filled with heart, Adam James Chouinard's THE HUMAN DISPERSAL PROJECT melds exuberant sci-fi storytelling with a compelling existential mystery.

IR Approved
February 12, 2024

TITAN’S TEARS

By Chad Lester
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

Chad Lester’s TITAN’S TEARS is an intelligent and entertaining sci-fi thriller that grips the reader from the first page. Cleverly plotted, it has some well-disguised...

February 9, 2024

A FLASH IN TIME

By J.N. Frye
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

An inventive and manically fast-paced thriller with the feel of a Hollywood movie, J.N. Frye's A FLASH IN TIME is exciting, nerdy, energetic, and engaging. 

IR Approved
January 22, 2024

IN THE TIME OF THE FLASH

By W. G. Hladky
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A thoroughly modern addition to W.G. Hladky's dystopian series, IN THE TIME OF THE FLASH presents an intriguing puzzle piece for long-time readers and a...

December 18, 2023

THE ANDROBIOTICA FILE: Nearly Human

By David Gittlin
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Though lacking the humor of the author’s excellent The Silver Sphere Trilogy, David Gittlin's THE ANDROBIOTICA FILE: Nearly Human is a similarly fast-paced and fun...

December 13, 2023

DEZUN

By Daniel Hou
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Well-written and implying a deeply-imagined universe, Daniel Hou's DEZUN leaves too much off the page and never finds focus for its familiar plot.

December 1, 2023

BISENTIENT

By Patrick O'Connor
Rating:
3.3 / 5.0

BISENTIENT by Patrick O’Connor is an uneven blend of science fiction, fantasy, politics and the occult that works best as a cinematic action-adventure tale.

IR Approved
September 1, 2023

OGRE

By Shanna Terese
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Shanna Terese's OGRE is a propulsive, coming-of-age genre mashup of sci-fi, horror, and thriller with terrifying non-human antagonists in a futuristic world.

IR Approved
August 21, 2023

GREEN CORROSION

By Costi Gurgu
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

Full of fresh ideas and dynamic action sequences, Costi Gurgu has created a fine, detailed eco-based sci-fi thriller in GREEN CORROSION, with heroes and villains...

August 16, 2023

PYRAMIDS OF MERIDIAN

By Sam Arnold
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Sam Arnold‘s rollicking PYRAMIDS OF MERIDIAN is a creative but uneven story that combines thoughtful theology and action-packed military science fiction to tackle death and...

August 11, 2023

SYMUTAL

By Dean Alexandrou
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

SYMUTAL author Dean Alexandrou’s dynamic tech-geek heroes and unique settings will enchant readers, eclipsing the failings of the book’s many abstract sections about computer code...

IR Approved
August 4, 2023

THE ODYSSEY OF FLETCHER

By Erik Dargitz
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

In THE ODYSSEY OF FLETCHER, Erik Dargitz tells a solid story of identity, morality, and personal growth for the last man on Earth.

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