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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HOW A MONSTER IS MADE

By RaShell Lashbrook
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

The Carters are a 1950s American family fighting personal demons. Dad’s an abusive drunk and Mom is mentally ill. Their children bear the brunt of...

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CENTRAL CITY

By Indy Perro
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

Detective Vinnie Bayonne and ex-con Kane Kulpa appear to be on opposite sides of the law, but when Bayonne realizes that the unsavory murder he's...

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MY TRAVELS WITH A DEAD MAN

By Steve Searls
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

In MY TRAVELS WITH A DEAD MAN Steve Searls explores the possibilities of time travel and parallel worlds while questioning the premise of free-will that...

ANARCHY OF THE MICE

By Jeff Bond
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

The dystopian novel ANARCHY OF THE MICE by Jeff Bond is an exploration of what might happen should activist hackers succeed in bringing down all...

MINDING MY OWN ME

By Nik O.K.
Rating:
2.9 / 5.0

MINDING MY OWN ME is a light-hearted and comedic view of a working-class thief.

THE ANCESTOR

By Lee Matthew Goldberg
Rating:
3.1 / 5.0

After being buried in an Alaskan avalanche in the late 1890s, a gold-prospector comes to in the year 2020 and is befriended by his unknowing...

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TAKING TIME

By Mike Murphey
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A ensemble cast navigates not only spacetime, but corporate intrigue, parallel universes, and personal relationships in TAKING TIME.

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THE CODE

By Jacqueline Ruby, Marcellus Moses
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

Male identity, the nature of celebrity, and the cynical manipulation of American groupthink are carefully observed in THE CODE.

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SINAI UNHINGED

By Joanna Evans
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

A therapist races to the uncover the truth about a particle physics experiment gone horribly wrong before it has even deadlier consequences.

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PIRATE RADIO

By Merms
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

PIRATE RADIO by Merms opens five years following 2020 when humankind has fallen apart with tyrants and buffoons in charge, civil rights declining, and an...

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ANNA’S DANCE: A Balkan Odyssey

By Michele Levy
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

In this sprawling, vivid bildungsroman, a young American woman quits college and visits Europe in the summer of 1968, as the world seems to be...

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DAK ACKERTHEFIFTH AND THE ETHICS OF HEROISM

By Joshua S Joseph
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

Dak Ackerthefifth is the son of a ballpoint-pen magnate father who is eaten by cannibals and a mother who dies while over-enthusiastically pursuing homeopathic cures....

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