Indie Book Reviews

 

  • One star = Really bad.
  • 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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Out, Out: A Novel of Women and Apes

Rating: 4
Deb Solomon, married and the mother of a two-year-old daughter, isn’t expecting her life to take any unusual turns when she lands a position as business manager of a Southern University primate lab outside of Atlanta.
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Immortal Desire

Rating: 4
Immortal Desire is a journey through history and an exquisite account of a female vampire’s quest for love.
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American Girl

Rating: 2.5
Roseann Fontana begins her story years before her name change to Roxanne. She begins it in Brooklyn as a girl in love with music. Young Roseann is obsessed with The Beatles and is also filled with love for Brian Jones, and starts a fan club for him that goes international. It doesn’t matter that Jones is already deceased; he is loved and missed by many.
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Glen & Tyler’s Honeymoon Adventure

Rating: 4
Glen and Tyler, two decidedly heterosexual and stereotypical manly-men, decide to marry each other in an "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry"-style plot. Turns out that Tyler's trust inheritance states that he must be married in order to claim the cash.
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Sleeper's Run

Rating: 4.5
In this suspenseful, tightly written thriller, protagonist Eric Caine, an ex-Air Force Special Operations Command pararescuer is on the run, trying to find out who set him up to be the fall guy in an international assassination plot.
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The Girl Who Fished With a Worm

Rating: 5
Harry Groome’s latest book, "The Girl Who Fished With a Worm", takes Steig Larsson's "Dragon Tattoo" trilogy and re-imagines it as a sharp and witty who-done-it.
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Dogs Have Angels Too

Rating: 4
Miss Pink has been laid off from her job as a high-powered marketing exec. She has also been divorced, and swindled out of all her investments thanks to Bernie Madoff.
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The Holiday Party

Rating: 4
The Holiday Party takes you into the lives and psyche of the players involved in a corporate takeover. Though all the players appear to have a common goal, they all have their own agendas, and secrets.
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Prophecy

Rating: 4
Prophecy opens with a quote from Revelation 6:8 that warns of a holocaust that will claim the lives of one-fourth of the earth’s population. “Behold the pale horse,” the prediction goes. “The rider was named Death and Hades was following close behind him.”
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The Bridge Club

Rating: 4
The Bridge Club is the story of eight women who started off as a monthly bridge club, and transformed themselves over the decades into what they call a “life raft” or a “support of sisters” (SOS) group for one another.
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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.