Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

Ivy League Killers by Dave Cherry

"Killers for hire make a surprisingly charming couple in this straightforward thriller."
In Cherry's (Sweep Rowing, 2014) novel, a young married couple share their love of rowing, spending time at the gun range, and handling contract killings for a covert organization. Read full book review >
This Is Not Where It Ends by Richard Alan Carter
Released: Aug. 6, 2015

"An unusual story of escaping problems and then learning to face them."
An inspiring debut novel about finding meaning in life even when it seems impossible. Read full book review >

The Broom of God by John Bragg
Released: Sept. 2, 2015

"A gripping, entertaining mystery bolstered by spooky ambiance."
An inspector investigating the murder of an American in Patagonia, Chile, isn't short on suspects or motives in Bragg's debut novel. Read full book review >
Gryphon's Heir by D.R. Ranshaw
Released: June 1, 2015

"Fabulously layered mythmaking."
In this debut fantasy, a schoolteacher is thrust into a contest for a medieval throne. Read full book review >
You're in HighSchool Now by Eldot
Released: July 6, 2015

"Fun, frolicsome series with good humor and a message of unity and equality; new readers may want to start at the beginning."
The life and times of an adventurous, gay high school sophomore. Read full book review >

TaXXXi Tales by Richie G
Released: July 21, 2015

"Raw, explicit, and exquisitely raunchy erotica aimed at those who enjoy racy sex stories set in unconventional surroundings."
The kinky, titillating, and marginally fictionalized adventures of a horny taxi driver and his flirtations. Read full book review >
Cast the First Stone by James C. Paavola
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A slow-paced entry that's buoyed by a durable detective and a seemingly never-ending dossier of crimes."
The saga of Memphis police detective Julia Todd continues with this rollicking fifth installment of Paavola's (Blood Money, 2013, etc.) series. Read full book review >
Busker's Holiday by Adam Gussow
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"A strongly written, cool novel about being young, bluesy, and free on a vagabond adventure in Europe."
In Gussow's (Mister Satan's Apprentice: A Blues Memoir, 2009) lively road novel, an American grad student spends a wild few weeks as a street musician in Europe. Read full book review >
PAWN'S GAMBIT by Timothy Zahn
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A grab bag of decidedly less-than-amazing stories."
A collection of science-fiction and fantasy short stories from an author best known for his Star Wars expanded-universe novels. Read full book review >
OBLIVION by Sergei Lebedev
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Lebedev's courageous and devastating first novel, published in Russia in 2011, applies modern insight and poetic force to atrocities past and to his country's unspoken campaign to remove them from history."
Journeying across the tundra on a search through his past, a young Russian is emotionally undone by horrific remnants of gulag atrocities—and the ease with which those crimes were systematically wiped from the national consciousness. Read full book review >
THE BAKER'S TALE by Thomas Hauser
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A smudgy parable of industrialization wrapped in a sappy love story, Hauser's new novel once again piggybacks off the achievements of a genius."
Extrapolating from a Charles Dickens quote and "comingling" his own words with those of Dickens again, Hauser (The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens, 2014, etc.) delivers a preachy vision of Victorian England where idyllic romance and rapacious capitalism collide.Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Oust does the formula proud, adding a kick to this mystery/romance that's so piquant it might have come straight out of Piper's shop."
A divorcée helps her ex-mother-in-law evade murder charges. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >