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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BECOMING AMERICAN: A POLITICAL MEMOIR

By Cary D. Lowe
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Cary D. Lowe tells the story of his life: from growing up in postwar Europe as the son of an intelligence officer, to his immigration...

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A SINGLE DESPERATE PRAYER

By Ludmila Ritz
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

An honest, sometimes raw, account of a young girl’s first years as a street kid that is both heartbreaking and life-affirming – A SINGLE DESPERATE...

SHAKEN AWAKE: The Complete Trilogy

By Allen Madding
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

After a homeless man dies on the steps to his Atlanta church, and a freak snowstorm leaves his church full of stranded people, the Rev....

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TEN PAST NOON: Focus and Fate at Forty

By Tucker Lieberman
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

What do trains, eunuchs, and writer Edward Dilworth Cumming have in common? Tucker Lieberman's unusual biography TEN PAST NOON: FOCUS AND FATE AT FORTY.

AGAINST ALL ODDS: How to Play LOTTERIES, If You Must

By G. Rubin Thomas
Rating:
2.8 / 5.0

In AGAINST ALL ODDS: How to Play LOTTERIES, If You Must, mathematics professor G. Rubin Thomas makes it clear that there is no strategy that...

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THE SURVIVOR STORY OF ARNELLE

By Arnelle Cruz
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

THE SURVIVOR STORY OF ARNELLE by Arnelle Cruz details the events of one woman's somewhat traumatic life, and how she lived to tell the tale.

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MORE…Journey to mystical union through the sacred and the profane

By Mariah McKenzie
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

In this open-hearted memoir, author Mariah McKenzie travels the world from Mexico to India, following many different spiritual paths on her journey to sexual healing...

TOUCHING THE ELEPHANT: Values the World’s Religions Share and How They Can Transform Us

By Nancy J Thompson
Rating:
3.7 / 5.0

Drawing from ancient texts and contemporary stories (including autobiographical ones), author Nancy J. Thompson campaigns for compassion in this exploration of eight values shared by...

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THE BLACK SUITCASE MYSTERY

By Gail Elliott Downs
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

THE BLACK SUITCASE MYSTERY is the true account of how a bundle of WWII letters sparked a four-year journey of discovery and remembrance.

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STARGAZER

By David Scott
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

David Scott's STARGAZER is a memoir filled with stories about growing up in mid-century, rural Australia and its movie-theater industry.

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THE GROWTH AND COLLAPSE OF ONE AMERICAN NATION

By Donald J. Fraser
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

THE GROWTH AND COLLAPSE OF ONE AMERICAN NATION is an erudite history of the country’s early development as a republic.

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HARD EASY: A Get-Real Guide to Getting the Life You Want

By Arthur F. Coombs III
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

If you want to live an exceptional life, hard work is crucial. Arthur F. Coombs has dedicated his latest self- improvement book, HARD EASY, to...

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