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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THE BOOK FIX

Rating: 3.5
A librarian in a little town is faced with an effort to censor his book selections, and must choose between his conscience and his job.
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SHEEP TO SHEPHERD

Rating: 3.5
SHEEP TO SHEPHERD is a primer on character and ethics for young men.
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ENCOUNTERS AFTER THE SUNSET: Rescuing Ancestral Memories

Rating: 3
In ENCOUNTERS AFTER THE SUNSET, Ricardo Suárez-Gärtner chronicles the times and tribulations of his ancestors as they settle in the New World to eke out a living and produce descendants both notable and notorious.
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PERFECT PROPHET

Rating: 3.9
PERFECT PROPHET follows the religious journey of an atheist guitar player in a death-metal band after he miraculously survives a highly public assassination attempt.
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A MAGNET TO A FLAME

Rating: 3.8
In A MAGNET TO A FLAME, Shawn Patrick Cooke toys with the delicate line between choice and possibility through 28 short stories and 3 poems.
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FALL ROTTEN

Rating: 4.5
A group of sharp, fun-loving ne'er-do-wells pull off a gold heist in Paris right before the Nazis invade in 1940.
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THE RISK THEATRE MODEL OF TRAGEDY

Rating: 5
THE RISK THEATRE MODEL OF TRAGEDY: Gambling, Drama, and the Unexpected by Edwin Wong provides a new and enthralling theory of tragedy.
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VACANT FIRE

Rating: 4.6
VACANT FIRE is a near-future thriller that pulls in physics and genetics to illuminate the darker aspects of humanity’s social and political flaws.
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ADVENTURES OF ONE UP MAX: Runic and the Crystal Cave

Rating: 4.5
ADVENTURES OF ONE UP MAX: Runic and the Crystal Cave is a book for young readers that includes a loveable dog and a young dragon. 
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THINGS I ONLY TELL MY FRIENDS

Rating: 4
Author Lori-Ann Keenan uses her sense of humor and her love of life to share the lessons she's learned as a wife, entrepreneur, and spiritual medium in THINGS I ONLY TELL MY FRIENDS.
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SPARROW BEACH

Rating: 4
A man must decide what to hold onto and what to let go of, as his marriage fades away, his daughter grows up, and a developer seeks to use his family's business to alter the face of his town forever.
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FROM BROOKLYN TO KINGSPORT

Rating: 3
FROM BROOKLYN TO KINGSPORT recounts the author’s harrowing childhood, as well as his later success as an educator.
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MENDING THE FLAG, HEALING THE WORLD

Rating: 4.5
A Canadian pundit offers a northern take on today’s political turmoil and offers some innovative solutions in MENDING THE FLAG, HEALING THE WORLD.
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THE RIVER RAT MURDERS

Rating: 3.3
The madame of a houseboat brothel, a teenage bootlegger and an enigmatic drifter make up a motley crew of misfit murder mystery solvers in THE RIVER RAT MURDERS, a 1920s gangster saga.
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OUT OF CONTEXT

Rating: 4.5
OUT OF CONTEXT is a collection of poetry by Thom Kudla, the author of COMMENCEMENT, concerning relationships of heart, mind, and soul.
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BILLION OR BUST!

Rating: 4.5
A businessman explains how he helped grow a company, Rackspace Inc., from a startup to a billion dollars in revenue, and why he eventually left.
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DREAMTIME

Rating: 4.4
DREAMTIME is a worthy collection of sci-fi/fantasy stories about a dystopian future that is like a bad dream, due to climate change, menacing technologies, and cruel social policy.
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ADVISING CHIANG’S ARMY: An American Soldier's World War II Experience in China

Rating: 4
ADVISING CHIANG’S ARMY: An American Soldier's World War II Experience in China by Stephen L. Wilson is an extensive war read, rooted both in historical fact and emotion.
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LORI DANIELS MYSTERY: Pillow Talk

Rating: 3.3
A female police detective's love-life complicates a deadly campaign against a major crime organization in LORI DANIELS MYSTERY: Pillow Talk.
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COMMENCEMENT 

Rating: 4.5
COMMENCEMENT is a collection of small poems organized into categories- alphabetical, numbers, senses, colors, directions, and question words.
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PSEUDO PRESIDENT

Rating: 3
A Democratic candidate is nearing Presidential glory, aided not insubstantially by a team of violent, underhand and well-equipped voting fraudsters.
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SECRETS FROM THE CHAIR: Love is Always In Style

Rating: 3.5
Psychologists and bartenders hear a lot of stories from customers, many of them sad and forlorn. Lisa Friesen says hairdressers do also, in her book SECRETS FROM THE CHAIR.
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SIR, I’M NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL!

Rating: 3.8
Author Mary Lynn Archibald creates a memoir of her time as a dancer in San Francisco.     
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THE CHRONICLES OF ALTARAN

Rating: 4.2
THE CHRONICLES OF ALTARAN (Book 1: Shadow Lord Rising) sets the foundation for an epic tale of good versus evil.