Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE MASTER YESHUA by Joyce Luck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2015

"An ideal example of how fiction can be used to present and explore alternative concepts in history and religion."
A grounded retelling of Christ's life and the early days of the church from the gospel of his ailing nephew. Read full book review >
THE SAGE OF WATERLOO by Leona Francombe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2015

"Engaging, pleasantly written, and endlessly inventive: all promising signs and a reader's delight."
If Watership Down were to meet the Flashman novels—well, the result still wouldn't be quite like this perky debut, not until you threw in a little Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, maybe.Read full book review >

HIGH SCHOOL RUNNER by Bill Kenley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2015

"A solid debut set in the demanding world of high school distance runners, lit with pathos and humor."
A ninth-grade distance runner learns the meanings of loyalty, compassion, brotherhood, and self-reliance in Kenley's lively debut coming-of-age novel. Read full book review >
PRESIDENTIAL DECLARATIONS by Douglas J. Wood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2015

"Readers who enjoyed Presidential Intentions won't be disappointed by this action-packed sequel."
A political thriller that explores the grim consequences of a cataclysmic terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. Read full book review >
SKYSCRAPING by Cordelia Jensen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Compelling snapshots of contemporary family drama and the AIDS epidemic as captured through a teen's eyes. (Historical fiction/verse. 14 & up)"
A teenage girl grapples with her family's growing pains. Read full book review >

SURVIVING SANTIAGO by Lyn Miller-Lachmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"A riveting story of love and acceptance amid a tumultuous political landscape. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Tina, 16, travels from Madison, Wisconsin, to Santiago, Chile, to spend her summer visiting her father, whom she hasn't seen in three years. Read full book review >
BECAUSE YOU'LL NEVER MEET ME by Leah Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"A witty, unusual take on friendship and parlaying weakness into power. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Opposites attract—and repel—in Thomas' epistolary debut novel. Read full book review >
SAINT MAZIE by Jami Attenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Too much concept and not enough story, but Mazie might win your heart anyway with her tough-talking mensch-iness."
Early 20th-century New York and its denizens portrayed through the fictional diary of a nonfictional heroine. Read full book review >
THE SURFACING by Cormac James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Meditative and spare, this is not a fast read but one worth the effort: underneath all the ice, there is real emotional depth."
An Arctic expedition gets stuck at sea with a pregnant woman hiding onboard in Irish author James' hypnotic North American debut that's less a high-stakes adventure than a slow-burning psychological study. Read full book review >
THE UNFORTUNATES by Sophie McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"The rich are not like you and me, but if they're as awful as they are in this book, God help them."
The decline and fall of a wealthy family, including a clinical drug trial, insider trading, subprime mortgages, and a terrible opera. Read full book review >
LET ME DIE IN HIS FOOTSTEPS by Lori Roy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"A sure winner with fans of backwoods country noir."
Roy (Bent Road, 2011, etc.) draws a Faulkner-ian tale of sex and violence from the Kentucky hills.Read full book review >
THE PINCH by Steve Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Audacious, hilarious, unabashed fiction."
The Pinch—for many years in the early 20th century a predominantly Jewish section of Memphis—has found its Whitman and its Faulkner in Stern, who's written a stylistically effusive, verbally extravagant novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >