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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Birdie Down (Rebellion)

Rating: 3.5
It is 2210 and a rebellion is underway in the outer reaches of human settlement. Earth doesn’t know about that yet, as the rebels have disabled the long-distance communication infrastructure.
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Lahn’s Edge

Rating: 4
Patrick Lacher leads a charmed existence for a lowly staff sergeant in the U.S. Army. Handsome, highly intelligent and financially well-off , he scores easily with women, drives an expensive car and lives in a fashionable apartment, rather than at the base where he is stationed in Giessen, Germany.
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Mischief

Rating: 3
Richard Kast, a British operative for the MI-5 begins his adventure in Scotland as a British ship is bombed. A scrappy street kid who found safe haven as a cop, Kast has evolved to higher status but retains his boxing roots with vigor.
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The Minefields

Rating: 5
The Minefields is a witty, coherent, yet wildly intriguing joy-ride that captures the essence of hit dramas like Mad Men, without feeling like an imitation.
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One Pink Line

Rating: 4.5
One Pink Line is a beautifully written and well-crafted story about Sydney, a senior in College, who gets pregnant by someone other than the love of her life, but decides to keep her baby.
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Amo, Amas, Amat

Rating: 4.5
Appropriately titled, Amo, Amas, Amat, which is the Latin conjugation of the verb to love, this book is about love triangles and connections in life and love.
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The Intentional Networker

Rating: 5
This handbook for assessing your goals, focus and gaining networking skills and inspiration is chock full of strategies and tips for self-improvement and networking.
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Rebooting My Brain

Rating: 3
In her memoir, Rebooting My Brain, Maria Ross writes about life before, during, and after a brain aneurysm that hit her unexpectedly in 2008.
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How To Raise A Good Kid

Rating: 4
In this entertaining series of essays, O’Dwyer mines his comfortable middle-class American childhood for life lessons.
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The Able Seaman's Mate

Rating: 4.5
Author William Cheevers provides a glimpse into America’s cultural history in this beautifully written tale about Irish immigrant James Patrick Delaney adjusting to life in America.
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The Meteor Predicament

Rating: 3
Thirteen-year-old Jen and her ten-year-old brother, Simon Peterson are hanging around outside their home in Ganth, Vermont, when suddenly Jen sees a large shiny object heading straight for the house. In the crater of the meteor the children find a small box, which they discover has the power to control weather.
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The Darkening Dream

Rating: 4
It is 1913 and the residents of Salem, MA, have no idea that their bustling town has recently become home to feuding vampires on the trail of a long lost treasure.
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New Leash on Life

Rating: 3.5
New Leash on Life is the tale of Lieutenant Spencer Watley, a good, albeit cranky cop who, after a surveillance case that goes awry, ends up reincarnated as his police dog.
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The Unsimple Truth

Rating: 4
Kevin and Evan are twin brothers who couldn’t be more different. Growing up neglected they were there for each other every step of the way. As adults they seem to have chosen very different paths. The Unsimple Truth is their story.
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Blood Porn

Rating: 4.5
This fast-paced mystery begins with a missing person—Jeremy Young, a runaway from Maple Grove, an institution for juveniles who've run afoul of the law. Jeremy’s brother, Derek, sees him in a porn film and contacts detective Brad Frame and his side-kick, former probation officer Sharon Porter, for help in locating him.
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Medallion

Rating: 4
J.R Scott’s heroine is a feisty young woman, Alie McCull. With wit, brains and brawn, she is trapped in a male dominated profession and tired of reporting the fluff.
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Island Eyes, Island Skies

Rating: 4
Island Eyes, Island Skies is the story of two pre-teens and their friendships with one another that help them get through life as pre-teens and some personal tragedies.
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Learning to Haight

Rating: 4
Learning to Haight’s main character, Jack is a rather naive young man, who—bored with his P.R. job back East and hoping to find himself—leaves to become a journalist at the San Francisco Daily Mirror. J
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The Girl You Deserve

Rating: 4.5
Edite Vidins, a woman of Latvian heritage raised in Australia, begins this compelling memoir with the disclosure that the love of her young life, a man named Warwick, has died of hypothermia after wandering out of a bar and into a blizzard.
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The Way Things Work In Life

Rating: 4
In The Way Things Work In Life, Dr. Basimah Khulusi M.D. examines the often asked and illusive questions "Who is God and why do bad things happen to good people?

Freddy Stories by Melissa Mendes

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Freddy is a scruffy oddball who enjoys being active, messy, daring and imaginative. Her parents may be separated but her home life with mom and their dog Frank is happy enough.
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Eye of the Redeemer

Rating: 4
Author Richard I. Levine sets up the theme of redemption in several of his characters, effectively developing their personalities, histories and revealing their moment of redemption.
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Death with Dignity

Rating: 5
Death with Dignity is author Robert Orfali’s passionate and persuasive argument for legalized physician-assisted dying, based on personal opinion and experience and extensive research into the debates and issues revolving around this controversial issue.
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The Vig

Rating: 3.5
“We facilitate financial transactions for a fee. That…is what we call the Vig.” Everything has a price, as the three main protagonists of this story find out.