Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

Show Fever by Daphne Masque
Released: July 31, 2016

"A somewhat predictable but enjoyable diversion for lovers of cozy mysteries, romance, and theater."
A debut novel introduces a contemporary, community theater-based romance series. Read full book review >
The Millennial Reincarnations by Daniel Mark Harrison
Released: Sept. 18, 2015

"While ambitious and high-flying, this millennial tale remains bedazzled by the elite."
A novel follows the fortunes of young people in Shanghai and New York City who seek status, wealth, and sex against the backdrop of dynastic reincarnation. Read full book review >

Searchers by Stephen Finlay Archer
Released: March 3, 2016

"An engrossing beginning of what promises to be an involving generational saga about Irish immigrants."
This first book in a four-volume series highlights differences in the experiences of Irish natives fleeing their homeland in the early 20th century. Read full book review >
THE BEACH AT NIGHT by Elena Ferrante
by Elena Ferrante, illustrated by Mara Cerri, translated by Ann Goldstein
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"For Ferrante's adult fans who are longing for occasional pictures to accompany her words. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A once-favored doll abandoned at the beach anguishes at her fate. Read full book review >
Unassimilated by Michael Benzehabe
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Riveting, even as the protagonist struggles more with losing her personal identity than espionage."
An Israeli immigrant, coding for the FBI's Cyber Crime Unit, hopes to bring her adopted sisters to America but winds up in the midst of a cyberwar in this thriller. Read full book review >

Wings of the Pegasus by Mark Kirsch
Released: Aug. 21, 2016

"An engaging, albeit unoriginal, premise, laid low by uninspiring storytelling."
Kirsch's debut sci-fi adventure novel tells a story set in a colossal starship containing 52 massive biospheres called Cylinders, inhabited by human colonists escaping an overpopulated Earth. Read full book review >
The Needle's Eye by Deanna Nese
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"A tantalizing glimpse into a captivating world and an intense friendship, sure to leave readers wanting more."
The fates of two young students remain forever changed when two parallel realms intersect in this YA fantasy novel. Read full book review >
Quantum by Dean De Servienti
Released: Sept. 30, 2016

"Smart sci-fi with a much-desired object that's far more engaging than the average MacGuffin."
Various agencies hunt six scientists who've gone into hiding after unearthing an ancient artifact of indeterminate origin in De Servienti's (Life Turns, 2016, etc.) sci-fi thriller.Read full book review >
Game Over by Derek Edgington
Released: Sept. 26, 2016

"Lots of sci-fi twists and turns, some more believable than others, lead to a galvanizing finish."
The latest novel by Edgington (Immortal, 2016) features a rogue artificial intelligence and a virtual reality world holding 12 billion trapped souls.Read full book review >
Code-One Dancing by Michael Ellman

"A tale that should appeal to fans of medical fiction, particularly those who've undergone the real-life rigors of hospital training."
Short story writer and retired physician Ellman (Let Me Tell You About Angela, 2015) offers a novel about a wisecracking medical resident. Read full book review >
To Never Know by Thomas Duffy
Released: Aug. 11, 2016

"A meandering tale of a singular relationship between two needy New York souls."
A Queens resident becomes consumed by the desire to find a girl from his high school days in this novel. Read full book review >
Death by Revelation by K.M. Wood
Released: July 12, 2013

"A well-plotted tale about family secrets with a plethora of suspense and intrigue."
A writer's obsession leads to revenge in this debut mystery novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >