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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THE LAST TRAIN

Rating: 3.8
THE LAST TRAIN by Michael Pronko features mystery, intrigue and thrills in the heart of the Tokyo metropolis.
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CREATING STORIES

Rating: 4.5
The author explains how to write a coherent and compelling work of fiction.
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DESPAIR TO DELIVERANCE: A True Story of Triumph Over Severe Mental Illness

Rating: 3.2
DESPAIR TO DELIVERANCE: A TRUE STORY OF TRIUMPH OVER SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS explores the shifting relationship between a therapist and her client in an interesting case study of a woman suffering from multiple psychiatric disorders.
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THE DEAD DAYS JOURNAL: VOLUME 1

Rating: 3.8
Leona (Leo) Marrok is one of the last humans to survive the apocalypse, or “Dead Days.” Life for her small community, held together by her father, Vincent, gets even more difficult with the emergence of a new supernatural threat, causing a tragic rift between father and daughter that threatens to tear their community apart.
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Heartfelt Romance and Complex Characters Make SHELTER MY HEART A Worthwhile Read

Rating: 4.5
When SHELTER MY HEART's Jenny Lynch meets handsome billionaire Devon Soames, she's down on her luck, unsure of her future, and panicking about a family member in mortal trouble.
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WHAT IS MAN

Rating: 3
WHAT IS MAN is a book for Christians looking for a strategy that keeps them sane and happy in the oft-times bruising and unkind modern world.
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An ancient prophecy threatens the fates of a warrior princess and her people in APOLLO’S RAVEN

Rating: 4.5
Caught between a forbidden romance and the loyalty to her kingdom, a Celtic warrior princess with mystical powers must break a sinister curse.
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A LOOSE END

Rating: 4
David Morsilli’s A LOOSE END is an admirable juggling act combining the CIA, stolen art, and Hitler into what is essentially a North-By-Northwest chase novel.
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REFUSING EXCALIBUR

Rating: 3.4
The galaxy is at war, and nobody knows it quite as well as Victor Selan, whose planet has just been blown unceremoniously to smithereens.
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SEX, SHARKS AND ROCK & ROLL

Rating: 5
For those interested interested or having an untapped fascination with sea life, this book is compelling; powered by the author's obvious and contagious enthusiasm.
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THAT WOMAN

Rating: 4
THAT WOMAN centers on a 17-year-old female forced into indentured servitude, and treated in every possible way, as the “master’s” “property.” Once freed, she seeks pay-back amidst the hard-scrabble, impersonal, money-obsessed New York.
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THE TRUTH ABOUT GOODBYE

Rating: 5
In THE TRUTH ABOUT GOODBYE, an aging chorus boy named Sebastian Hart is still grief-stricken a year after his husband’s death.
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WHY THEY STAY: SEX SCANDALS, DEALS AND HIDDEN AGENDAS OF NINE POLITICAL WIVES

Rating: 4
Politics from a fresh angle, WHY THEY STAY offers a slightly cynical yet deeply affecting take on nine powerful relationships, examining philandering husbands and the fallout from their actions in largely US politics.
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SOLOMON BULL

Rating: 4
SOLOMON BULL is a suspenseful tale that makes telling commentary on American Indians and the U.S. government.
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DEVASTATED LANDS

Rating: 4
DEVASTATED LANDS follows Shane Cooper, a loner who prefers wilderness to people. But after the huge eruption of Mount Rainier, Cooper becomes a reluctant savior guiding a group of survivors back to civilization.
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BACKSTRAP

Rating: 5
The theme in BACKSTRAP is damaged goods, personified in the main character, an Iraq War vet and recovering drug addict.
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BORN IN RAINDROPS

Rating: 2.9
A diverse collection of poems from poet Danny Callahan, BORN IN RAINDROPS explores several themes, including love, loss, and 1950’s sex symbols.

A DEATH IN GREENWICH

Rating: 4
Set against the collapse of the Lehman Brothers in 2008, A DEATH IN GREENWICH has the world of a business nerd crash, when a serial killer targets him and his family.
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THE LAST FAITH

Rating: 3
THE LAST FAITH offers a philosophical back-and-forth between the author, and a “God” of his own making, regarding why human beings do what they do.
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THE EDGE OF FARALLON

Rating: 3
THE EDGE OF FARALLON is a book written in short snippets of prose, giving a sense of immediate presence and drawing the reader into the story as it unfolds.
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GIDEON: THE SOUND AND THE GLORY

Rating: 4
Joseph Ganci’s novel takes on the character of the reluctant and self-deprecating warrior Gideon who, as instructed by Yahweh, freed the ungrateful, idol-worshipping Israelites from their seven-year servitude to the Midian Empire.
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SIZE ZERO

Rating: 5
SIZE ZERO involves a cold case crime whose previously-missing girl/victim is literally stitched into a coat worn by a model on the runway.
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CROSSING XAVIER

Rating: 2.1
The people living on the planet Xavier seem to have a pretty good life. They are ruled over by a benevolent monarch also called Xavier, and every once in a while, a few lucky citizens win passage back to the human race's ancestral home planet, Earth.

BRETHREN

Rating: 4
BRETHREN follows a secular soldier and a Christian reformist as they attempt to balance survival and idealism in a world that invites neither.