Indie Book Reviews

  • One star = Really bad; there’s a reason this book is self-pubbed.
  • 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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DEGREES OF LOVE

Rating: 3.5
An office affair shows business woman and mother Susan Sinclair what’s been missing from her marriage in this interesting and thoughtful portrayal of love.
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Armchair philosophers can believe in THE LAST FAITH

Rating: 3.5
THE LAST FAITH is a mediation on big questions, which the author attempts to answer in a few simple axioms arising from an imagined conversation with God, putting the book right in line with philosophical literature stretching back to Plato.
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Sex, Drugs & Corruption: WELCOME TO PERU

Rating: 3.1
A mad, stream-of-consciousness tale about drugs, sex, and crime, from a self-assured narrator who is sometimes the villain, sometimes the hero, and often both.
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Conspiracy thriller fans keep their ears to the ground for ROOTS, RUMORS & WRATH

Rating: 2.5
In ROOTS, RUMORS & WRATH, the destinies of a young intern and relocated Syrian refugee, an honorably discharged former solider, and a cast that includes shadowy religious figures and zealous government agents converge on an ancient chest that might contain a globe shaking secret.
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AUNT SOOKIE & ME, teaching us to find the beauty in life’s peculiarities

Rating: 4.5
It’s 1968 in the deep South. After the death of her grandmother, Poppy Wainwright boards a Greyhound bus to start a new life with her crotchety old Aunt Sookie in Savannah, Georgia.
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The perils of navigating romance, sex, friendship, drugs, Judaism, and New York City in STAINER

Rating: 4.2
While coming of age stories set among wealthy Ivy Leaguers typically take a decidedly WASPy bent, STAINER has tackled that genre with a twist.
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NOW THAT WE’RE ALONE, just the right mix of horror and humor

Rating: 3.5
NOW THAT WE’RE ALONE is a darkly humorous blend of death, gore, and terror, featuring oddly relatable characters in horribly normal situations.
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LIFE SHOULD BE SIMPLE AND EASY: IF YOU’RE DOING IT HARD, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG

Rating: 3.5
LIFE SHOULD BE SIMPLE AND EASY is a nonfiction self-help book offering the first steps in changing a stressful, disappointing life into a calmer, richer existence.
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BLOOD BUSINESS: Crime Stories from this World and Beyond

Rating: 4
BLOOD BUSINESS is an anthology that tracks the underbelly of human nature as it drags itself through the muck of our lesser angels in twenty-seven crime stories set in this world...and beyond.
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THE POWER OF EFFECTIVENESS THERAPY: Don't Just Survive, Learn to Thrive!

Rating: 4.5
THE POWER OF EFFECTIVENESS THERAPY is a complex and revealing psychological primer on various therapies and the mind.
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TIMING THE INFINITE

Rating: 2
TIMING THE INFINITE is an attempt to craft a love story out of a 21st century youth culture obsessed with computers, drugs and depression.
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A science fiction space romp in ROADKILL ON THE FLIPSIDE

Rating: 4.5
In the 4th book in the Warrensberg Trilogy, a nervous, persistent 16-year-old and a 17-year-old fiery warrior/business mogul embark on a whirlwind adventure, trying to solve the puzzle of how to prevent the entire universe from being sucked into a giant black hole.
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CITY OF ANGELS

Rating: 3
An orphaned young man must deal with government bureaucracy and an accusation of murder in order to become a champion boxer.
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Magic and mischief make for fluffy, harmless fun in STORIES FROM THE WITCH STORE

Rating: 3.2
In the sleepy town of Burnaville, Arelia the witch runs a potions store. To stave off boredom, she keeps a journal of her daily routine as she serves suspicious customers and makes magic with her supernatural friends.
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CLEAN OUT YOUR LIFECLOSET: A Self-Help Book for When You’ve Given up on Self-Help Books

Rating: 4
Corbie Mitleid has read a lot of self-help books, and now she wants you to write your own – with some guidance.
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THE AMENDMENT KILLER

Rating: 4
A lofty mix of complex legality and toxic kidnapping, THE AMENDMENT KILLER is a wonderfully portrayed political car crash that will have a certain familiarity to many a reader right now. Not a literal parallel, perhaps, but a poignant one: a fast-paced yet complexly accomplished drama worthy of a full exploration.
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SPIRITUALITY 103, THE FORGIVENESS CODE

Rating: 5
The philosophically written pièce de résistance of a trilogy told through the eyes of a worldly doctor with a hope to promote a life of peace among people and enliven the human spirit.
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Dating depicted as a horror movie in DON'T GO IN THAT ROOM!

Rating: 3.7
DON'T GO IN THAT ROOM! is a book of cautionary advice for single women, aimed at guiding them through the hell of modern dating.
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An Adventure of the ILLEGAL kind

Rating: 4
ILLEGAL tracks how one man’s spontaneous trip to South America results in a constant battle with borders. This is a true story about how disillusionment in America leads to a whole new life involving love, friendship and self development.
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YESHUA'S LOOM: A TAPESTRY OF CATS

Rating: 4.5
A pair of cats accompany Aeliana and Chariton, followers of Yeshua of Nazareth, and act as their spiritual guides and companions through love, bereavement and newfound purpose.
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ELECTRIFYING AMERICA: From Thomas Edison to Climate Change

Rating: 4
In ELECTRIFYING AMERICA, author I. David Rosenstein shows that what sustained the electric industry through the capitalist corruption of the 1920s to the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown of the 1970s was its idealistic mission to provide excellent service to the public.
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EAGLES AND HAWKS AND ALSO PEOPLE AS WELL is a bittersweet tale about growing up

Rating: 5
Enzo Prinziatta wants to become a baseball pro. However, his family, his girlfriend and his friends have other plans for him.
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LAST SONG AND DANCE

Rating: 2
An author goes back to his home town to write his final work before dying - but reality and fantasy collide and blend until it's unclear who's writing and who's being written.
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THE ABCs OF RETAIL MANAGEMENT

Rating: 4.5
A retail manager explains the basics of how to successfully run a store.