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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CROOKED PATHS: A Chautauqua Murder Mystery

By Deb Pines
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

When the body of a wealthy socialite is found in a Chautauqua gorge, a local reporter and amateur sleuth challenges the law enforcement’s findings to...

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TIME TO PAY THE PIPER

By Andrew Mooney
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

In TIME TO PAY THE PIPER, the US government taps into World War II-era science from the Nazis in order to control the runaway debt....

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TAKE ME OUT THE BACK

By Carolyn Geduld
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

A mentally ill maintenance man commits mass murder in his workplace — a dementia nursing home — which sets ripples of misery spreading throughout a...

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THE BENEVOLENT LORDS OF SOMETIMES ISLAND

By Scott Semegran
Rating:
4.9 / 5.0

Four friends, collectively known as the "Benevolent Lords," are chased to an abandoned house by a ferocious gang of teenage drug dealers. While isolated and...

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FOREVER: A Medical Thriller

By Geoffrey M Cooper
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

FOREVER: A Medical Thriller stays true to its name by following Dr. Brad Parker as he navigates politics and intrigue in the world of research.

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TORCHED: SUMMER OF ’64

By Joe Edd Morris
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

TORCHED: SUMMER OF ’64 is the story of sacrifice, interracial friendship and romance at a dark time in America's history.

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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...

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.

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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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THE ULTRA BETRAYAL

By Glenn Dyer
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A cryptologist working with Alan Turing on a top-secret project to decipher German codes, has gone missing, and the British government fears he might be...

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THE INSURMOUNTABLE EDGE (Book One)

By Thomas H. Goodfellow
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A tough-as-nails general who cares for a troubled teenage niece as well as a fellow soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder, is called out of retirement...

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