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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Misfits & Heroes: West From Africa

Rating: 5
The act of a social outcast releasing a wanderer from her bonds begins a story that soon intertwines the lives of many with the history of Africa and Western exploration. The time is approximately 12,000 BC when Naaba and Asha meet and start their unconventional journey.
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The Price of Guilt

Rating: 3.5
The Price of Guilt begins with a flashback, as Thomas Walsh sits in a jail cell and tries to come to terms with how he got there.
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Transcender-First Timer

Rating: 3.5
Jaden Beckett is a 17 year-old girl whose mom has died. She lives with her dad and older brother, Drew, in Madison, WI. She's 5'10, a Tae Kwon Do champion and trying her best to deal with her dad's detachment after his spouse's passing.
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Justice in America: How it Works – How it Fails

Rating: 4
It doesn’t take much to realize when someone has “wronged” us. Yet Russell F. Moran’s Justice in America: How it Works – How it Fails examines how our simplest instinct – the ability to identify right from wrong – isn’t always so simple in the eyes of the law.
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Beautiful Disaster

Rating: 3.5
Abby Abernathy (aka Pigeon) from Wichita, Kansas, is a freshman at Eastern University, trying to escape a disturbing past; there, she meets campus stud extraordinaire Travis “Mad Dog” Maddox, who sidelines as a prizefighter, sports a buzz cut and a wealth of tattoos, has a lifetime supply of condoms in his apartment and a string of “clueless bimbos” lined up to try them out.
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The Angry Woman Suite

Rating: 4.5
Frances Grayson never quite gets over been raised by the overbearing, obsessive and disturbed women in his family. His demons raise their ugly heads, especially with his stepdaughter Elyse who tries desperately to maintain a sense of ‘normalcy’ for herself and her young sister Bean.
One Blood by Qwantu Amaru
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One Blood

Rating: 5
Not only is One Blood an amazing narrative, told from the perspectives of various characters stretching from slavery to present day, but it builds upon these characters with plot twists aplenty.
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The Jinson Twins Science Detectives and the Mystery of Echo Lake

Rating: 5
Twelve-year old twins, Debbie and Joe Jinson have a summer job - Mrs. Gray needs help clearing out her house. It sounds straightforward enough, until the twins discover a mysterious map with clues. With the help of Mr. Benjamin, the twins try to solve the mystery they have uncovered, but they are being watched and followed.
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Murder Takes Time

Rating: 5
Giacomo Giammatteo’s riveting thriller delves into the relationships between childhood friends who lead very different adult lives.
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Heart of Darkness

Rating: 2.5
Aleksandr is a vampire prince who has renounced his heritage in order to fulfill a 400-year-old bloody and self-appointed quest, to vindicate the death of his sister by a vampire hunter. Elise is a vampire guard living to protect her bloodline family. Both are quite content in the lives they have chosen.
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Untraceable

Rating: 5
Spunky sixteen-year old Grace Wells is the daughter of wildlife enforcement officer, Joe Wells, who disappeared in the woods three months earlier on a normal work day. The local authorities want to close the case, so Grace steps up her search.
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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.