Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

ONCE IN A BLUE YEAR by Michael D. Durkota
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A bold debut, filled with unforgettable moments and characters."
In this lyrical debut novel, the lives of two U.S. Navy men take dramatic turns after they're cut from a submarine mission during the Gulf War. Read full book review >
THE JAGUAR ORACLE by Kurt Frederick Mähler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2015

"Readers with a love for the mystical and fantastical will enjoy this unique tale."
Educator and doctoral student Mähler offers an imaginative debut folk tale featuring animals, trees, humans, and even planets as characters. Read full book review >

LINCOLN'S STORY by Vel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2012

"A thoroughly idiosyncratic work of biographical collage."
Vel combines fiction and history in this unorthodox account of the life of President Abraham Lincoln. Read full book review >
ALL SIMPLE THINGS BUT TIME by Howard Bernstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2014

"A slim volume of short poems packed with delightful insights both rueful and celebratory."
Powerful yet gentle musings on the nature of growing old. Read full book review >
WHEN EVERYTHING ENDS by Romeo Suhan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2013

"A dense novel that puts too much emphasis on its message and not enough on its plot."
Suhan's debut novel, based on true events, tells the story of life in communist Romania. Read full book review >

Naked Soul by Salil Jha
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2015

"Erotic poetry that evokes feelings of joy, happiness, and an overall celebration of the arts of physical and romantic love."
Jah's collection of concise, warm, and erotic poetry explores the delights of physical love from (primarily heterosexual) male and female perspectives. Read full book review >
Musings of Yukiyu' by Rosa C. Scoushe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"A slow-paced novel with a beautifully portrayed tropical setting."
In Rosa's (Fractured, 2013, etc.) historical novel, tragedy forces a Puerto Rican teenager to become his family's sole provider as America's influence begins to slowly change his native land. Read full book review >
STRIKE by Joseph J Bakewell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A historical novel that's long on plot but short on character."
Bakewell (Will's War, 2010, etc.) offers a historical novel about a textile strike that's part love story, part crime novel and part period piece.It's January 1912 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and the city's Italian immigrant textile workers have gone on strike. Read full book review >
LYING FOR THE LORD by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"Another of Townsend's shrewd, evocative, wryly humorous, occasionally didactic scenes of Mormonism and its discontents."
Countless fibs, evasions, and hypocrisies buttress the verities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in these slyly subversive stories. Read full book review >
EARTH'S IMAGINED CORNERS by Tamara Linse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2015

"An overly expository but moving tale of love and marriage."
A young couple tries to make their marriage work under the trying circumstances of the American West during the1880s. Read full book review >
ELEVATOR UP by Emma Fay
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Serendipity leads to a touching story of loving and being loved."
Three people meet in a broken elevator, and their lives change forever. Read full book review >
CAGING THE ROBIN by Tom Crawford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2014

"A sweet song from an uncaged poetic talent."
"Bird" is the word in this superb collection of verse. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >