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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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.”
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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.