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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Paint Stop Boom

Rating: 3
Michael’s life is torn apart when his mother and sisters are killed in a terrorist bombing. He flounders about not knowing what to do next. When he meets David, it seems that Michael has found purpose. He has also found a group of people who want to stop the terrorist attacks in a way that is strange but profound.
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The Woman at the Well

Rating: 5
This extraordinary historical novel takes place in the Middle East in the time of the Prophet Muhammad with the focus on a man named Khalid ibn al-Walid (aka “The Conqueror”) who never lost a battle, but who struggles daily with his past.
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Matadors

Rating: 3
What begins for Mike Norton as a night of catching up with friend-turned-acquaintance becomes a series of emails, to his ex-wife of thirteen hours, in which he re-examines life and the connections he has made.
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This River Called Life: A Letter to My Children

Rating: 4
The night before surgery, author Velinda Peyton realized that if she didn’t make it through she’d regret never having said a number of things to her children. She decided to put heartfelt words down on paper in a finale of “love, meaning and happiness,” intended originally for her children only.
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How to Manage Your Money When You Don’t Have Any

Rating: 3
Wecks, who has experienced financial hardships first hand, has written a book for those who want to make a lasting change in their belief about and the way they view and spend money. In order to do this, it is important to not only look at our financial situation, but the financial thinking of our culture. Only by doing so can people reclaim financial control of their lives and their self-respect.
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Event Horizon Conspiracy

Rating: 4
The actual conspiracy in Event Horizon Conspiracy begins when the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds a DNA project meant for good. But when DNA researcher Jason Menard discovers that the project is actually intended to create mass replication of rDNA doses, he disappears, starting an aggressive undercover search of funeral homes, graves and a jaunt to France, where the evil is housed.
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Easy

Rating: 4.5
Jackie has made the unfortunate decision of following her high school boyfriend, Kennedy to the state school he chose, rather than follow her talents to the first rate music university programs she could have gotten into. Thinking that their love would last—or at least continue on campus, Jackie is blindsided when she is promptly dumped by Kennedy and left in a place that she isn’t sure she should even be.
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The Burly Man

Rating: 4
Zachary Lewis, aka “The Burly Man”, writes an insightful and intimate biographical journal disclosing his struggle from his very first symptom until the definite diagnosis of Polymyositis, a rare and painful autoimmune disorder.
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Maria’s Duck Tales

Rating: 5
A collection of stories about the ducks that lived in the author’s backyard and taught her about Mother Nature’s hope and heartbreak.
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Red, Right, Return

Rating: 4
If you’re suffering the gloom of a northern latitude spring, you could do a lot worse than joining Chad and his sister Georgene on this charming Florida Keys adventure.
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Cassie Draws the Universe

Rating: 4
A combination of Catcher in the Rye, A Clockwork Orange, Silence of the Lambs and Girl Interrupted, “Cassie Draws the Universe” is opera. It is opulent, grand and brilliant in strange ways, executed with a low grade fever.
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The Siren's Call

Rating: 3
Steve and Kip are successful lawyers. Initially rivals, they teamed up in high school to form an unbeatable team. As the story begins, Steve's girlfriend has been tragically killed by a drunk driver. Steve begins hearing voices. After he confides this to Kip, his friend decides to take him to Hawaii to help him recover. But Kip is hiding a terrible secret from his partner and best friend, one that could destroy their relationship.

The New Ghost

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It's a ghost's first day on the job and things are not going well for him in Robert Hunter's first mini-comic "The New Ghost."
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No Straight Lines

Rating: 4
No Straight Lines is the call for change, for creativity, new leadership and a change in the culture of unfairness, stagnation and inflexibility caused by linear. The author argues that it’s imperative to find alternative ways to do business and manage services because, in today’s society and life, there are no straight lines.
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Zenker

Rating: 2
Teddy Mathews is a decent, hard-working middle class guy who stumbles upon a sinister plot to steal a mind control formula from a gifted, eccentric scientist.
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Charlie Chan Meets Tom Swifty

Rating: 4.5
This little book opens with Charlie Chan sitting on a bench talking to his friend Tom Swifty, who decides to make a list of the pearls of wisdom inspired by Chan’s life and experience as a famous detective. And so begins a list of Tom Swiftys, which the author quotes Wikipedia defining as: “a phrase in which a quoted sentence is linked by a pun to the manner in which it is attributed.”
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Magic in the Moonlight

Rating: 1
A disjointed tale of a love triangle in which all three participants have no realistic reasons for their actions.
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The Seven

Rating: 3
While there are elements of known works like I Am Number Four, such as the absent parents, the best friend assigned to watch over the main character, a strange and sudden development of paranormal powers, The Seven draws on a new premise involving a battle within all the of Earth’s personified elements in order to control the very powerful protagonist.
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Father Tierney Stumbles

Rating: 5
Father Joe Tierney is a gay, Catholic priest who just found out he is HIV positive. We first meet Tierney as a devastated, disguised, man leaving an STD clinic in a part of town where he is sure not to be recognized. His world has basically crumbled, and will continue to break down. Not only is Father Tierney very much in the closet, he is terrified of what this diagnosis will mean if it gets out.
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Unvanquished: Joseph Pilsudski, Resurrected Poland, and the Struggle for Eastern Europe

Rating: 5
"Unvanquished" is an important and majestic biography as complex, as engrossing, and as important as its subject. It's required reading for anyone who wants to understand all of Europe as well as Poland.
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Born in Rio

Rating: 4
Rita Ray is uprooted by her mother, Maia, from their home in Brazil for a new life in Florida. She works hard and becomes a successful banker in New York but seldom dates and keeps everyone at a distance, until the day she gets a call informing her that her mother is dying from cancer. Rita rushes to the hospital, anxious to make up for her fifteen years of absence. The reunion is not to be.
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Essential Nourishment

Rating: 3.5
Visually stunning and packed full of mouthwatering recipes, Essential Nourishment puts the emphasis on an appreciation for the sensual pleasures of natural foods with a sensible approach to nourishment.

"Clutch" and "Invincible Summer"

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Clutch McBastard and Nicole J. Georges are friends with comic book series -- "Clutch" and "Invincible Summer," respectively. They're buds who had the happy idea to occasionally co-publish their series into fun little split-minis like this one.
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Since 1959: An Eight Year-old’s Initiation into the World of Cleveland Indians Baseball and Life in the Fifties

Rating: 2
The book follows the fortunes of the Cleveland Indians baseball team in their 1959 pennant race. It opens with eight-year old Andy rising at 5:30AM to retrieve the newspaper (and milk delivered to the door step) and read the “Cleveland Indians starting line up for the 1959 baseball season opener.”