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 SOJOURNERS

Rating: 4
A young man roams through Europe, meeting interesting people and having adventures along the way.
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AWAKENING

Rating: 3
AWAKENING is the story of one woman’s journey through the pitfalls of everyday life.
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THE DREAM STITCHER

Rating: 4.9
THE DREAM STITCHER is a memorable book that combines strong themes of love, hope, and family with a tender love story and the absolute horrors that can be unleashed when hatred and war run amok.
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LESSONS IN PRINTING

Rating: 4.8
LESSONS IN PRINTING combines the  history of 20th century Abderdeen, Washington, with the author’s attempt come to grips with her father’s mental illness.
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DEAR JANE

Rating: 4.3
DEAR JANE is a harrowing story of abuse and the power of stories.
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KING OF THE BLIND

Rating: 4
KING OF THE BLIND is the charming story of Ireland’s greatest harper.
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TWISTED FATE

Rating: 2.8
The historical novel TWISTED FATE explores the lives of the Huguenots--regarded as respected members of society one day, while having their businesses burned to the ground or being sent to sea as slaves on French galleons the next. 
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DROPS OF CERULEAN

Rating: 3.5
Unfinished business between a mother and her son leads to a new loop in the cycle of reincarnation.
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THE TIGER IN THE YARD

Rating: 2
In THE TIGER IN THE YARD Barbara Weber examines the psychological and physical impact of childhood sexual abuse on her adult life.
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TWO YEARS OF WONDER

Rating: 4
Ted Neill’s TWO YEARS OF WONDER is a clear-eyed retelling of time spent as a humanitarian treating childhood AIDS patients.
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BUTTERFLY HILL

Rating: 4.8
While on the hunt for vengeance (and pursued by two separate armies) professional thief Hiko Shimizu discovers a map that sends him on the search for an ancient Imperial Seal that’s been hidden somewhere in the lush landscape of Hong Kong’s BUTTERFLY HILL.
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THE WOLF AND THE RAIN

Rating: 4.1
Environmental disaster has drastically reshaped North America into two countries--the orderly military state that raised Samarra to be a soldier/assassin and a bewildering land of anarchy to which she escapes.
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FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR GLOBAL LIVING

Rating: 4.2
Many people dream of living and working anywhere in the world, but fail to make adequate financial plans for it. Luckily, FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR GLOBAL LIVING can help.
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THE PASSENGER PROJECT: Part One

Rating: 3.4
THE PASSENGER PROJECT: Part One is a highly imaginative first act to what promises to be a sci-fi extravaganza about alternative, parallel worlds.
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THE STORM OVER PARIS

Rating: 4.7
THE STORM OVER PARIS is a suspenseful story of a Jewish family living in occupied Paris during the summer and fall of 1942.
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THE DEFENDERS OF DOLPHEIM

Rating: 2.5
Brutish men wage brutish war in THE DEFENDERS OF DOLPHEIM.
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ORBIT

Rating: 4.7
ORBIT is a true hyphenate: a gender-bending-science-fiction-mystery. 
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THE CURING ROOM

Rating: 4.5
Two damaged narrators and their individual takes on a freak accident at a college bring THE CURING ROOM to vivid, often tense, psychological life.
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DISCOVERING SIGNIFICANCE

Rating: 3
Philip Giordano discusses his life, and his experiences finding significance and working towards fulfillment.
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DEATH BY THE RIVER

Rating: 3
A golden-boy football star with a nasty secret turns rapist and murderer- but can he be caught before he kills again?
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THE ASTONISHED EARTH

Rating: 4.7
THE ASTONISHED EARTH is a fact-based novel about the early days of aviation.
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ALL FALL DOWN

Rating: 4.5
A minister is a compelled to unofficially investigate the death of a prominent local businessman in ALL FALL DOWN, a small-town, who-dunnit novel containing both a dose of literary flair and poignant nuance.