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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DELPHYS RISING

Rating: 4.5
DELPHYS RISING is suspenseful, speculative science fiction about the scientific and military development of human-dolphin communications, the implications of the cross-species interface, and its unexpected impact on the human world.
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ENCOUNTERS AFTER SUNSET

Rating: 3.7
Ricardo Suarez-Gartner takes readers on a quest for his own family history that starts with his last name and crosses continents and centuries.
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IMMACULATE PERCEPTION

Rating: 4.2
IMMACULATE PERCEPTION introduces readers to Lincoln, an offbeat but highly likable woman whose present life as a quirky introvert is shaped by her unusual, unsettling childhood.
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THE CUFFLINK

Rating: 3
Susan Bolch's family saga, THE CUFFLINK, follows two generations through the twentieth century into the twenty-first, and a daughter's journey to accept her father's fallible humanity.
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QUIETING THE MONKEY MIND

Rating: 4
QUIETING THE MONKEY MIND, an all-encompassing guidebook to the world of meditation, with helpful tips for quieting even the noisiest mind.
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THE DESIRE CARD

Rating: 3
THE DESIRE CARD tells the tale of a train wreck of a hero who can get anything he desires—but at what a cost.
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V.E.N.O.M.

Rating: 5
An elderly Asian couple has been brutally killed and the children they fostered, kidnapped. Enter Jake Penny, a troubled homicide detective whose demons won’t let him get a good night’s sleep.
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TOURMALINE

Rating: 4.5
Named for the most colorful of gemstones, TOURMALINE by Ginger…
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ENEMY IMMORTAL

Rating: 3.1
ENEMY IMMORTAL is a strange and whimsical sci-fi adventure.
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HUNDRED PERCENT CHANCE

Rating: 3
HUNDRED PERCENT CHANCE follows a young Robert K. Brown as he deals with and fights for his life after being diagnosed with cancer.
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TWO LIKE ME AND YOU

Rating: 4
A boy seeking fame, a girl running from her mysterious past, and an old man searching for lost love embark on a bizarre quest across France in TWO LIKE ME AND YOU.
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AUGMENTED MIND

Rating: 3.9
AUGMENTED MIND is a serious book about how humanity and artificial intelligence (AI) can and should interact in the future.
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RENEGADE PAWN

Rating: 3
RENEGADE PAWN is a gritty, suspenseful drama from the city of Rio and book one in the Lucas Rocha Thriller Series.
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THE PLACE OF QUARANTINE

Rating: 4.9
THE PLACE OF QUARANTINE by Vadim Babenko is a hard science fiction story with believable characters, a gripping story, and mind-boggling ideas.
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THE LIGHT OF OUR YESTERDAYS

Rating: 3.4
THE LIGHT OF OUR YESTERDAYS by Ken Hansen is a mysterious thriller with a sci-fi twist.
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THE SOFA SLOTHS

Rating: 5
THE SOFA SLOTHS is a delightful tale by Miriam Kay illustrating the importance of getting up and doing something--anything--other than sitting in front of a screen all day.
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THE LAST SURVIVING DINOSAUR: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris

Rating: 3.5
THE LAST SURVIVING DINOSAUR: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris by Steven Joseph is a unique tale about cranky behavior from the very last dinosaur, from whom humans are descended.
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MOM'S PERFECT BOYFRIEND

Rating: 4
Crystal Hemmingway makes a funny, poignant debut with MOM'S PERFECT BOYFRIEND, a modern epistolary novel.
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THE BOOK OF JOE B: A Love Story

Rating: 4.3
THE BOOK OF JOE B: A Love Story is a contemporary retelling of the Biblical Book of Job, complete with fire, pestilence, and an exploration of the question, “why do the righteous suffer?” 
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INFERNALLY YOURS

Rating: 3.5
A demon plots to kill George Washington in INFERNALLY YOURS.
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IN THE CRADLE OF SILENCE

Rating: 4.5
Performance poet Gary Siegel transcribes his oft-spoken work to the written page in the highly-crafted collection IN THE CRADLE OF SILENCE.
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KINGDOM: Tiber City Blues

Rating: 4.5
KINGDOM: Tiber City Blues is the first in a fantastic cyberpunk series that paints a grim picture of the future.
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TILL TIMES ARE DONE

Rating: 3.2
An eccentric loner finds companionship and purpose with a strange visitor from another world.