Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

DOWN IN LAOS by Francis J Partel Jr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"A riveting tale of war that stumbles a few too many times."
The lives of three very different men intersect on an aircraft carrier in this Vietnam-era military thriller. Read full book review >
City Times and Other Poems by Vihang A. Naik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2014

"Aiming toward philosophical, even existential concerns, these light-fingered lyrics leave too much unsaid."
Meditations on love and wisdom in a slim poetry collection from Naik (English/Shree Ambaji Arts Coll.; Poetry Manifesto, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

DEAD HEAT by Amy Elizabeth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2014

"An often engrossing if at times predictable novel whose strengths make it well worth a read for those on the lookout for a refreshingly mature love story."
In Elizabeth's (Showdown, 2014, etc.) latest novel, an Aussie man living in Thailand in 2004 has his world turned upside down when he discovers an unconscious, apparently amnesiac American woman washed up on his boat. Read full book review >
SAPIENT by Jerry Kaczmarowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"A timely, winning adventure that brings up serious questions about technology and medical research."
Kaczmarowski's (Moon Rising, 2014) scientific thriller pits a medical researcher against the government. Read full book review >
DIRTBAG by Aldric J. Saucier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"A gleefully absurd romp that may appeal to readers whose interests are a bit off-kilter."
Unbelievable adventures and an unexpected reunion complicate a quest to locate a wicked, calculating woman in Saucier's (In the Sanctum of Entropy, 2013, etc.) comic novel. Read full book review >

Singing with Starlings by Victor Altshul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 2015

"Readers who appreciate a warm poetic voice would do well to dive into Altshul's quick-witted, gregarious work."
Altshul (Stumblings, 2013) brings a gentle wit and a multifaceted view of human existence to his second poetry book. Read full book review >
MRS. SINCLAIR'S SUITCASE by Louise Walters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A breathtaking, beautifully crafted tale of loves that survive secrets."
Letters and postcards once used as bookmarks flutter out of used books, forgotten signs of liaisons. Read full book review >
THE FLICKER MEN by Ted Kosmatka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"Though it loses steam when it covers familiar ground, Kosmatka's novel delivers a number of thrills, along with believable science and ominous themes."
In this science-fiction-laced thriller, a researcher runs afoul of a sinister organization after making an ominous discovery about human consciousness. Read full book review >
THE CARTEL by Don Winslow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"Like its hero, this novel hovers between two styles—pulp fiction and literary seriousness—which, taken together, render the genre formulas leaden."
A Mexican drug lord heads into a final showdown with the obsessed American Drug Enforcement Administration agent who has been dogging him for years in this vast and ambitious thriller from Winslow (The Kings of Cool, 2012, etc.).Read full book review >
ONE BOY MISSING by Stephen Orr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"A sweetly told tale of fatherhood and loss, but American readers may have difficulty trying to deduce the meaning of a 'footy club' and other expressions peculiar to Australia."
A small-town detective fights demons from his past as he scrambles to find a kidnapped child in this Australian import. Read full book review >
THE UNNOTICEABLES by Robert Brockway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A nasty, freaky, and haphazardly funny horror story."
A punk-rock vagabond circa 1977 and a struggling Hollywood stuntwoman circa 2013 find themselves connected through a grotesque paranormal underground society. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER OF GOOD INTENTIONS by Wendy Francis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A compassionate and warm family drama filled to the brim with characters who feel like old friends."
A traditional family trip is fraught with complications in Francis' (Three Good Things, 2013) second novel.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >