Indie Book Reviews

 

  • One star = Really bad.
  • Two stars = Mediocre, but one or two bright spots.
  • Three stars = Good; worth reading.
  • Four stars = Very good.
  • Five stars = Excellent; must-read.
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BUTTERFLY HILL

Rating: 4.8
While on the hunt for vengeance (and pursued by two separate armies) professional thief Hiko Shimizu discovers a map that sends him on the search for an ancient Imperial Seal that’s been hidden somewhere in the lush landscape of Hong Kong’s BUTTERFLY HILL.
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THE WOLF AND THE RAIN

Rating: 4.1
Environmental disaster has drastically reshaped North America into two countries--the orderly military state that raised Samarra to be a soldier/assassin and a bewildering land of anarchy to which she escapes.
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FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR GLOBAL LIVING

Rating: 4.2
Many people dream of living and working anywhere in the world, but fail to make adequate financial plans for it. Luckily, FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR GLOBAL LIVING can help.
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THE PASSENGER PROJECT: Part One

Rating: 3.4
THE PASSENGER PROJECT: Part One is a highly imaginative first act to what promises to be a sci-fi extravaganza about alternative, parallel worlds.
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THE STORM OVER PARIS

Rating: 4.7
THE STORM OVER PARIS is a suspenseful story of a Jewish family living in occupied Paris during the summer and fall of 1942.
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THE DEFENDERS OF DOLPHEIM

Rating: 2.5
Brutish men wage brutish war in THE DEFENDERS OF DOLPHEIM.
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ORBIT

Rating: 4.7
ORBIT is a true hyphenate: a gender-bending-science-fiction-mystery. 
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THE CURING ROOM

Rating: 4.5
Two damaged narrators and their individual takes on a freak accident at a college bring THE CURING ROOM to vivid, often tense, psychological life.
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DISCOVERING SIGNIFICANCE

Rating: 3
Philip Giordano discusses his life, and his experiences finding significance and working towards fulfillment.
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DEATH BY THE RIVER

Rating: 3
A golden-boy football star with a nasty secret turns rapist and murderer- but can he be caught before he kills again?
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THE ASTONISHED EARTH

Rating: 4.7
THE ASTONISHED EARTH is a fact-based novel about the early days of aviation.
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ALL FALL DOWN

Rating: 4.5
A minister is a compelled to unofficially investigate the death of a prominent local businessman in ALL FALL DOWN, a small-town, who-dunnit novel containing both a dose of literary flair and poignant nuance. 
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THE CAPTAIN & THE QUEEN

Rating: 3.8
THE CAPTAIN & THE QUEEN is a touching tale of falling in love for the first time.
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THE MIDNIGHT CABARET

Rating: 3
THE MIDNIGHT CABARET is a set of alternately chilling, philosophical, and sentimental short stories.
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WHAT’S LEFT UNSAID

Rating: 3.8
Sasha is deeply committed to taking her family’s horrible secrets to her grave—at least until her son, Zac, finds a mysterious photograph that has him asking questions that Sasha can no longer ignore.
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KILLING ADAM

Rating: 4.5
Most of humanity's problems disappear in the novel KILLING ADAM by Earik Beann, as privacy, autonomy, and self-determination become obsolete.
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DEVEL DJANGO

Rating: 3.8
Two MIT researchers and their mountain guide are besieged in the Italian Alps by debris from a fragmenting asteroid, and an opportunity for discovery instead results in exposure to an obscure—and bizarre—virus that in 1940s Australia spread “hallucinatory” voices through human consciousness.
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50 WAYS TO LOVE WINE MORE

Rating: 4.5
The author, a wine enthusiast, offers suggestions to enhance and deepen the reader's appreciation for wine.
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RED TEARS

Rating: 4
RED TEARS is an uniquely structured historical novel inspired by family history as it fit into the larger canvas of emerging United States history and the Fort Mims Massacre of 1813.
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REAL-LIFE CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT GUIDE FROM A-Z

Rating: 3.5
The author offers advice on managing construction project, gleaned from substantial personal experience in the field.
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LEAN BUT NOT MEAN

Rating: 4.5
LEAN BUT NOT MEAN is a CEO’s advice for sustainable leadership and prosperity.
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WHERE DO THE CHILDREN PLAY?

Rating: 3
Follow a young boy as he uncovers his past and dark truths about his adopted family in WHERE DO THE CHILDREN PLAY?
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FAREWELL TO FOLLIES

Rating: 3.9
FAREWELL TO FOLLIES is a beautiful, literate collection of short stories, set in exotic locations across the globe.
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CONTINENTAL DRIFT

Rating: 4.5
CONTINENTAL DRIFT: A man’s philosophical search for freedom through the ‘60s counter culture to Reagan’s morning in America.