Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

Soldier On by J.D. Wynne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2015

"A knowing service-drama/romance that's neither an armed forces recruiting tool nor a trendy political broadside."
In this debut novel, a young heroine on an American Air Force base in Afghanistan confronts a minefield of interpersonal relationships. Read full book review >
The House of Baric Part One by Jillian Bald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2015

"An engrossing, research-heavy tale of Croatia in the early modern period."
A debut historical novel follows an aristocratic family in 17th-century Croatia, at the conclusion of the Thirty Years' War. Read full book review >

The Journals of Empress Galla Placidia by Naomi  Feigelson Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2016

"Allusive, spare poems whose twin voices enrich each other as they relate the life of an empress."
A collection of poems, some previously published, tells the story of Galla Placidia, regent of the Western Roman Empire from 425 to 437. Read full book review >
Shadows from the Past by Judith Erwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2015

"A well-plotted Southern romance, despite some shortcomings."
A novelist falls in love with a fabulously wealthy but aloof scion in Erwin's (Shadow of Doubt, 2015, etc.) contemporary romance with Gothic overtones. Read full book review >
Dark Matters: Seven Variations on a Theme by Benet Kolman
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Erudite tales that should prompt readers, just like the characters, to contemplate existentially."
A debut collection of seven stories follows the struggle of ordinary characters facing extraordinary circumstances. Read full book review >

In the Shreds of Reality by Christopher Mart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2016

"While its style falls short of its substance, this globe-trotting sci-fi tale has intrigue to spare."
In this first installment of a projected trilogy, a nameless man risks waking up in the body of a new person every time he falls asleep. Read full book review >
Jagged Edge of the Sky by Paula Marie Coomer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"A lusty, tragic tale for readers who are willing to work for its satisfying moments of connection."
Coomer's (Dove Creek, 2010, etc.) second novel tracks the impact of an Australian lothario on two families, one Australian and the other American. Read full book review >
Star Racers by Martin Felando
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2016

"A fun and fast-paced space opera."
A young racer enters a competition to save his planet in this sci-fi debut. Read full book review >
A Crowded Heart by Andrea McKenzie Raine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2015

"A military tale explores the strengths and frailties of the human mind in the aftermath of war."
A soldier struggles to come to terms with the psychological impact of war in this historical novel. Read full book review >
Curse the Day by Zachary Koala  Hardison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"An ardent tale about a formidable creature that will synchronize cheers and ruminations."
In this supernatural debut, a shadowy figure begins killing humans he marks as truly evil, while apparently trying to ignite a war between the corrupt and the incorruptible. Read full book review >
The Wrong Bus by John Noel Hampton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2010

"A pleasant, modern Christmas tale, but one that may be too mawkish for some."
Debut author Hampton delivers a novella about a chance meeting of two troubled people during the winter holiday season in Los Angeles. Read full book review >
Dead Cow Road by Mark Wentling
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A wonderful account of Somalia's troubles that fails to deliver a fully developed protagonist."
An American diplomat assigned to war-ravaged Somalia struggles to comprehend its interminable troubles. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >