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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Mooring Madness

Rating: 3
A charming, fast-moving mystery, set in the small coastal village of Seaford in the eastern US, where Lars Erikson and his wife, Ava, have retired.
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Sector 64: Coup de Main

Rating: 3
A fighter pilot on a routine assignment happens upon a craft that can’t be anything but a spaceship. Before he knows it, his wingman and friend has apparently slammed into the desert floor.
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The Meteoric Rise of Simon Burchwood

Rating: 3.5
Weaves a heartrending portrait of lowered expectation: of a man eschewing, and ultimately embracing, mediocrity.
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Cocksmith at the Helm

Rating: 3
NOTE: THIS IS A SEXUALLY EXPLICIT BOOK Myron Cocksmith is the Principal, wrestling coach and former student of Our Lady of Gethsemane, a Jesuit school rampant with talking portraits of past principals and staff and students preoccupied with sex.
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Her Last Letter

Rating: 3.5
The discovery of a hidden letter left by our narrator—Gwyn’s dead sister, Kelly—sends Gwyn searching for answers about Kelly’s recent death.
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Open Source

Rating: 2.5
"What if a ship carrying a cargo of stolen Russian missiles bound for Iran was mysteriously hijacked? What if Israel was secretly behind the hijacking? What if the guy who fills the vending machines in the break room figured the whole thing out?"
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The Righteous

Rating: 4
A woman is found brutally murdered, body mutilated and dumped in the desert. But she’s a member of a tight-knit polygamist sect, and that means no cops.
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Diary of a Mad Fat Girl

Rating: 4.5
Ace’s troubles start when her beach trip falls through. Before she knows what’s happening, the sarcastic protagonist of "Diary of a Mad Fat Girl" finds one friend ensnared in a sex scandal and another friend has them spying on her dirt-bag husband.
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Second Sight: Views From An Eye Doctor's Odyssey

Rating: 4.5
With honesty, candor and a great sense of humor, David Paton MD, brings to the pages of his memoir the very essence of his journey though his life and career.
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Alternate Ending

Rating: 3.5
Josh Miller is a high school sophomore and tennis-pro wannabe. When his physics teacher presents the theory of alternate universes Josh wonders if it's possible that there’s another world in which he’s not such a nerd.
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Vampire Vintage Book One: Belladonna in Hollywood

Rating: 2
Belladonna hops aboard a bus to Hollywood, chasing her dream of starring in pictures opposite the magnetic Bela Lugoisi--only to get mixed up with a real vampire.
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Detecting Magic with Dick Hunter: The Mort des Hommes Files

Rating: 1
A Seattle private eye is searching for a missing husband, only to witness his gruesome murder at the hands of an unearthly beast named Mort des Hommes.
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Nineteen Angels

Rating: 4
An evangelist preacher is kidnapped while visiting Israel by a rogue group that no one can pinpoint.
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Glorify Each Day

Rating: 3
Tommy Morrison is too complex a guy for his own good and the story he tells reflects the depth of his complexity.
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Besserwisser: A Novel

Rating: 3.5
Like a double wheat dark brew in a Munich biergarten, Steve Anderson’s latest book goes down easily. It is the loving tour of Munich you never got to take in your twenties.
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The Indie Cred Test

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It's like what a standardized test would be if it grew a pair.
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An Inconvenient Marriage

Rating: 3
It’s the late 1800s in Virginia, and Sue Lewis, a “spinster” in her early thirties, is hell bent on saving her family’s farm.
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The Faithful

Rating: 2.5
A Presbyterian pastor who is seriously questioning his faith is suddenly thrown into the midst of a paranormal murder mystery.
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Whole Truth Eating and Recipe Guide

Rating: 3.5
Designed to give the reader a deeper understanding of food and its effect on long-term health and vitality.
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Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living

Rating: 4
Includes over 200 dairy-free recipes, a comprehensive guide to dairy substitutes and more.
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The Braces Cookbook

Rating: 3.5
Fifty comfort-food recipes perfect for tender-teeth days, including stay-soft cookies, soothing drinks, and delicious dinners.
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A Girl Like You

Rating: 3.5
The sixth book in the Donavan Creed series opens with Creed on the hunt for his kidnapped girlfriend, Rachel Case.
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A Crack in Everything

Rating: 3.5
A Crack in Everything introduces us to Tamina, a sex education counselor with unconventional addictions and a phobia to mismatching colors.
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Ruling House

Rating: 4
Part two of Lopatin's astrological thriller, The Rising Sign.