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

TRUE CRIME STORIES YOU WON’T BELIEVE

By Romeo Vitelli
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

A collection of ‘stranger than fiction’ tales focusing on the more obscure corner of the true-crime genre.

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MYSTIFIED

By Julia Ash
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

When a beauty pageant participant comes back as a ghost after her mysterious death, she follows the homicide investigation and watches as drama unfolds and...

THE STORY ELSADORE SPOOK WROTE

By S W Curragh
Rating:
3.6 / 5.0

Guided by a book written by the mysterious Elsadore Spook, Sandy Locksmith and her companion Dire are about to embark on a journey that could...

IR Approved

THE FAITHFUL DOG: A Civil War Novel

By Terry Lee Caruthers
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A loyal dog follows his master into battle when he joins the fight in the Civil War, even as the brutality escalates in this inspiring...

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THE MASSIVE PLANET: The Adventures of Deep Contact (Book 1)

By Jeff Walker
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Deep Contact is the first space explorer to be built by man able to travel beyond the solar system. With Captain Christopher Riley in command,...

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WHERE IS SER (The Brave Lion)

By River Rainbow O'Mahoney Hagg
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

When U.S. Navy veteran and videographer River Rainbow O’Mahoney Hagg heads to Iraq to document the story of brave foreign volunteers defending their northern Syrian...

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ALL WE HAVE TO BELIEVE IN

By Jeffrey Lousteau
Rating:
4.1 / 5.0

Enduring themes and heartfelt romance set amid the cultural chaos of the Roaring Twenties.

GRIND SLOWLY, GRIND SMALL

By Thomas Holland
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

In 1960, Split Tree, Arkansas Chief of Police “Big” Ray Elmore investigates a cold case murder that pits him against prominent neighbors while navigating his...

REAL PRISON REAL FREEDOM

By Rosser McDonald
Rating:
3.7 / 5.0

REAL PRISON REAL FREEDOM is the story of career criminal Rickie Smith, whose life of extreme violence lead him to spend decades behind bars and...

ELIJAH GOES TO CLEVELAND

By Mark Darden
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

In ELIJAH GOES TO CLEVELAND, a young boy explores the Ohio city as part of a scavenger hunt and learns about some of its more...

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THE RESURRECTIONIST

By Paul T. Scheuring
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

London. 1820. Job Mowatt is a grave-robber, a resurrectionist. Now hired to steal a specific corpse, the full horror of his profession is about to...

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THE BEAN SIDHE

By Ernest L Canning
Rating:
4.9 / 5.0

Disillusioned with his life, Percy quickly learns that murder isn't nearly as easy to carry out as it's sometimes made to seem.

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