Indie Book Reviews

Under the African Sky by Mona Sehgal
Released: July 16, 2016

"A quiet but winsome African tale, in which ordinary landscapes and animals become extraordinary."
In this debut middle-grade novella, a young New Yorker's trip to South Africa takes a rousing turn once he accepts an elephant's invitation to a wondrous pond. 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 >

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 >
Released: Aug. 24, 2016

"A remembrance that beautifully underscores the severity and complexities of mental health issues."
An evocative debut memoir of a psychiatric nurse. 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 >

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 >
The Peaceful Daughter's Guide To Separating From A Difficult Mother by Karen C.L. Anderson
Released: Dec. 10, 2015

"This short, forceful work about mother-daughter dynamics gives clear pathways to relief and empowerment."
A book presents emboldening ideas to help readers deal with dysfunctional mother-daughter relationships. Read full book review >
Blowback '07 by Brian Meehl
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A vibrant time-travel tale that offers inventive storytelling along with sports, romance, and secrets."
A YA adventure finds a high school football star stuck in the past thanks to a mysterious musical instrument. Read full book review >

"A book provides a beautifully rendered introduction to a remarkable healing initiative and a useful tool kit."
The founder of SafeArt, which focuses on creative expression to prevent and heal abuse and other traumas, discusses its genesis and methods in this debut educational guide. Read full book review >
Hanging on to Hope by Annette Newcomb
Released: March 30, 2016

"A sweet, inspiring tale of overcoming troubles through faith."
In this debut memoir, a woman confronts her life's challenges, armed with a deeply held faith. Read full book review >
Finding Albert Strange by C.C. Canning
Released: Feb. 7, 2013

"A family saga shines in its depiction of the oddities and inanities of real life and in its delving into the numerous concerns of each day."
A debut novel paints an intergenerational portrait of an Australian clan in crisis over one fateful day. Read full book review >
Vengeance by William Crow Johnson

"Filled with dark, sardonic humor and absurd, exhilarating situations, this book delivers an intelligently written police drama with a shrewd protagonist."
A down-home murder mystery in a small Midwestern town leads a lawman to big-city criminals and a PTSD nightmare come to life. 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 >