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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Ladies of the Borobudur

Rating: 3.5
Barbara Haines Howett’s eleven interlinked stories take us into the lives of ex-pat women in Indonesia in the early 1970s. There are two worlds to explore here: colorful Indonesia and the claustrophobic world of corporate wives--before feminism made its mark.
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Wool Omnibus Edition

Rating: 5
This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.
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Milkshake

Rating: 4
Milkshake is a funny and insightful look at the issues of new motherhood and an eyebrow-raising spoof on political causes run amok.
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Wal-Mart’s Egonomics Always

Rating: 4.5
The tale of how ADDvantage Media Group, Inc, (AMG) a vendor of shopping cart calculators, partnered with Wal-Mart and were systematically destroyed by the corporate mega-store through continual mishandlings, turnovers in high level associates who were working on the accounts and an overall attitude of greed and deception.
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The Black Stone Prophecy

Rating: 3
Alex Baj’s Young Adult Fantasy novel The Black Stone Prophecy is the first in a series centered around 12 year old Tom O’Malley and the magical realm of Nyi.
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When Comes What Darkly Thieves

Rating: 5
Ben Rubin’s dark fairytale, When Comes What Darkly Thieves, weaves a story of poetic strangeness.
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Superman’s Cape

Rating: 5
A spellbinding story of Sara Connely, a mother of two boys, who is rebuilding their lives after her husband was brutally murdered six months earlier. It is also the story of Jacob Hanson, a weatherman with a gift of sight, who is drawn into Sara’s life when Kyle, Sara’s eldest son gets lost in the woods just as a devastating hurricane is about to hit the town.
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Damian’s Oracle

Rating: 3
An intricate tale, starring a humdrum suburban young professional named Sofia who courageously, if a bit too effortlessly, faces the gravitas of her inescapable destiny: she transforms into an Oracle, (an immortal clairvoyant).
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Ros

Rating: 2.5
Ros is the story of Marci Cramer and her race against time to save Ros, who has crash-landed her spaceship near Marci’s house. Add into the mix, Marci’s ex mother-in-law, a neurotic cat, a handsome government agent, and a die-hard alien hunter, and you have a wild, unconventional adventure filled with romance and intrigue.
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Spoonful

Rating: 5
Michael Lira is a crafty heroin addict with all sorts of sordid things going on. Not only does he manage not to work and always have enough cash for drugs, but his escapades along the way make for a great story.
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Rising Sunsets

Rating: 2
David Fletcher is an American who is starting a new life as a teacher in Japan. He leaves behind him his loving and supportive mother, but also a failed relationship with his girlfriend and his abusive father.
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Stop Praying

Rating: 4
This concise, 80-page book is a motivational quick-start guide to move you forward to a better life by giving you five disciplines to follow for 21 days.
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Rosedale in Love

Rating: 5
Part love story, part lush description of New York social history, Rosedale in Love is a multi-layered look of New York society at the turn of the century from the point-of-view of Jewish characters who are outside of the social strata while completely remaking that world as they enter it.
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West Pacific Supers: Rising Tide

Rating: 4
Imagine an alternate world full of mutant super heroes and super villains. The police can't handle the latter, so teams of super heroes, including the West Pacific Supers, do the heavy lifting.
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Loving Emily

Rating: 5
Ryan Miller’s life is in upheaval following the death of his best friend Michael – a death Ryan believes he could have prevented if only he hadn’t turned his back on Michael to seek out Emily. Now, the only thing he can do to make things better is to take care of the secret Michael told him before he died.
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KenKarta: Battle of the Onoxmon

Rating: 3
Princesses Veronica and Sophia live in a warm, safe, loving world where their parents just happen to be the King and Queen of KenKarta. It is part of another world that is filled with magic, talking creatures, and opportunities to develop their “Gifts.”
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Spire

Rating: 4
The central conflict of the story—which include strong fantasy elements cooking side-by-side with the sci-fi--exists between The Collective’s police state, the 'samples' or persons exposed to their drug experiments, and those making and distributing illegal drugs for profit.
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Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure

Rating: 5
Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure is a collection of ten short stories, each a snapshot revealing gritty irony in the lives of various characters.
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A Real Piece of Work

Rating: 5
In a thrill-ride of a mystery that leads from Manhattan to the Catskills to Washington, D.C., what begins as the simple recovery of a painting soon reveals an international art scam and a chilling secret hidden for decades.
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She Tells All

Rating: 2.5
Although Judah Lee Davis is no Dickens, Shakespeare or Fitzgerald, I doubt that any of those men could annotate the life of a nymphomaniac Southerner trying to find a man.
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Dead or Alive

Rating: 4
Journalist Erika Hayaski indulges a life long fascination and examines the mysteries behind Near Death Experiences, including her Uncle Richard as her personal case study.
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Lucy Wagner gets in Shape

Rating: 2.5
After being dumped by her handsome and exercise obsessed boyfriend, couch potato Lucy Wagner decides to rein in her love for food, break out the running shoes and get into shape!
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Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story

Rating: 5
Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story is a young girl’s coming of age story showing her struggles as she grows up with a religious fanatic mother, a step-father she can’t stand and the man she idealizes – her father.
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Blaze of Glory

Rating: 4
Sixteen-year old Tea and twenty two year old Jaden are desperately trying to fight their attraction to one another because they are certain their parents will not approve – after all, they are cousins.