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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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THE BLACK DOG EATS THE CITY

By Chris Kelso
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

A strange, often nightmarish, ride through a post-apocalyptic landscape.

IR Approved

TALI NOHKATI, A Piece of Earth Under the Stars: Tome II

By Koza Belleli, Dorine Heller ( Translator)
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A mythical hero leads his people through adversity to a safe haven in TALI NOHKATI, A Piece of Earth Under the Stars: Tome II, a...

PUBLIC OPINION

By Nathan Pettijohn
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Herbert Ritkin’s problems get progressively more serious as he plunges into one precarious situation after another, doing things that aren’t exactly legal and certainly not...

IR Approved

FIRE AND ICE

By B.T. Polcari
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

When museum intern Sara Donovan suspects a rare diamond on display has been stolen and replaced with a fake, her amateur investigative skills kick into...

IR Approved

THIS IS (NOT ABOUT) DAVID BOWIE

By FJ Morris
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A genre-bending collection of short stories featuring a healthy dose of emotive prose and, of course, David Bowie.

JEROME KLINGEMANN, LOSER MAGNET

By Joseph F. Delgado
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Jerome Klingemann spends years unsuccessfully searching for the right mate. When he meets the man with whom he believes he could spend the rest of...

IR Approved

FAR OUT MAN

By Chuck Snearly
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

A throwback genre-bending mystery/thriller that consistently toys with expectations.

IR Approved

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR TREASURE FOUND

By Bart Rice
Rating:
4.1 / 5.0

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

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.

THE HOSTAGE CHRONICLES

By Rene K. Tyo
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

An acclaimed fantasy novelist kidnaps his editor and publisher and forces them to listen to his new collection of horror short stories.

IR Approved

IN DANGER OF JUDGMENT

By David Rabin
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Two Chicago detectives investigating drug cartel-related murders become embroiled in a deeper conflict of revenge and betrayal spanning back to the Vietnam War.

GOD’S INTERVENTION: A Second Chance for Humankind

By Kenneth B. Little, Helen Davies
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

God's emissary Sarah, a composite of 40 million female souls, appears to the American president with a plan to avert the disaster that is set...

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