Indie Book Reviews

The Ex Lottery by Kim Sanders
ROMANCE
Released: May 19, 2014

"A light, uplifting romance that's equal parts comedy, fairy tale and travelogue."
Contemporary romance about a young woman who wins the lottery and travels to Ireland to buy a castle.Sanders (Shades of Gray, 2011) has a sympathetic character in art teacher Tory Adams. Read full book review >
Through the Eyes of A Tiger by Jay Hoyland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2009

"An officer caring for soldiers in the field distinguishes this Vietnam account, and the fierce war setting will leave history enthusiasts content."
This semiautobiographical historical novel tells the story of a medical doctor in 1962 drafted into the Army and assigned to a tour of duty in Vietnam.When medical intern Jay Hoyland is drafted, he's deferred so he can finish his internship. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

"A forceful economics text that tells a damning tale of hubris."
In his debut, Greek journalist Papadogiannis argues that the triumph of economics as a science is a tragedy of human arrogance.In this stinging critique, the author writes that mainstream economics has lost touch with reality. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2014

"A strikingly insightful gem."
Proverbs for modernity.Mattewada, a physician as well as a victim of chronic fatigue syndrome, begins his work with an arresting statement: "At the very moment you are complaining about your life, there is somebody, somewhere in the world, begging for it." Read full book review >
The Gas Hat by Richard Harlan Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2014

"This engaging comic novel's story and characters will draw readers in."
Residents struggling to survive Marin County's high cost of living resort to robbery, blackmail and murder in Miller's (All You Can Eat, 2011) dark comedy.Thirty-one-year-old Casey, unemployed and living with his mother, finds a friendly soul in Doug, as both men are looking for ways to make money in their affluent California county. Read full book review >

The Devil's Handshake by Michael Reagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 2014

"Readers may be distracted by grammatical issues, but Reagan turns his 500-plus pages into a searing epic."
A former British Special Forces officer becomes a billionaire businessman and finds the corporate world and global politics just as bloodthirsty as the battlefield in Reagan's debut thriller, the first in a proposed series.Years after Sir Thomas Litchfield has left the Special Air Service, he's built his own empire as owner of the TLH Group, a national resources company worth $60 billion. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

"An absorbing introduction to a rich source of paleontological information."
This photo-packed book illustrates fossil discoveries from Blackberry Hill, Wisconsin, which give clues to the first animals that walked the Earth.Blackberry Hill—the collective name for a group of quarries and outcrops in Central Wisconsin—contains many intertidal trace fossils preserved in Cambrian rock, dating from the first geological period of the Paleozoic Era. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: May 7, 2014

"An intriguing, readable memoir aimed squarely at the post-faith modern era."
A faith-oriented autobiography with an unconventional approach."All we have is our stories," writes novelist Schaeffer (Crazy for God, 2008, etc.) in this entertaining, energetic new memoir. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2014

"As much a philosophical novel as a travel story, Guest's first book is well worth a read."
Guest's first novel follows one man's journey across continents and out of an ordinary life.Mitch Nevin hasn't heard from his best friend, Mark Reddox, in four months; as it turns out, neither has Mark's own wife, Kiyomi. Read full book review >
Sin Walks Into The Desert by Matt Ingwalson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2014

"A sterling achievement, featuring an ultracool protagonist and doting descriptions of all types of guns."
A man's search for his missing uncle leads him into the Arizona desert, where secrets—and maybe some bodies—are buried in Ingwalson's (WDYG, 2013, etc.) latest thriller. Read full book review >
The Mystery of The Missing Buddha by Maulshree Mahajan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 13, 2014

"Beginner mystery, light on menace, for young sleuths in the making."
In Mahajan's debut kids' book, vacationing sisters encounter a mystery in India.Twins Tara and Meera, 14, of New Delhi, aren't identical. Read full book review >
Clawing for the Stars by Bob Villarreal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2014

"An often riveting account that details the interior life of the solo mountaineer as well as his adventures scaling some of the highest and most treacherous peaks in the world."
An aging former Catholic seminarian, ex-Marine and businessman, debut author Villareal recounts solo climbing the high Andes.The author has navigated Andean superpeaks again and again to discover anew the extreme challenges of high-altitude climbing alone in the deserted mountain vastness of the Andes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Diana Gabaldon
July 21, 2014

Diana Gabaldon was crossing genres in her action-flled Outlander series long before that was considered cool. We talk to Gabaldon about her latest in the series, Written in My Own Heart's Blood, this week on Kirkus TV. View video >