Indie Book Reviews (page 10)

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 28, 2015

"A genuinely original position on a historically significant cultural issue."
A scientifically rigorous and philosophically challenging argument that digital media is not merely shaping culture, but also the very nature of the human brain. Read full book review >
OUT OF SILENCE by Martin Beck Matustik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 28, 2015

"An important examination of what it means to discover one's self and to reclaim one's sense of belonging."
A philosophically charged memoir of a man connecting with a Jewish heritage that he only discovered later in life. Read full book review >

THE KHAZAR CODEX by Graham Fulbright
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 28, 2015

"A complex, out-of-the-ordinary thriller loaded with worldly characters."
Fulbright's (The Man with a Charmed Life, 2014) novel details a hostage situation and the mysterious information it uncovers. Read full book review >
RISKING IT ALL by Tessa Bailey
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"This intense, erotic romance pairs brisk action with well-developed characters."
An undercover policewoman falls for the criminal assigned to protect her in a taut romantic thriller by author Bailey (Staking His Claim, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
Betrayal by Blood and Demons by Ian McBride
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"An admirable but too-squeaky-clean protagonist in a story that capably manages its contentious subject matter."
In first-time novelist McBride's dramatic thriller, a successful businessman is shocked when his troubled teenage son accuses him of molestation. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A moving memoir that's particularly timely given the current health care debate in the United States.
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A heart-rending debut nonfiction account of a couple's struggles with insurance companies as they tried to recover from a catastrophic accident. Read full book review >
SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF DUST by Scott Michael Bowers
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 26, 2015

"A riveting story about a man whose self-discovery will end violently or with a woman who loves him."
Three friends' annual Panama City Beach, Florida, getaway turns into a violent quest for vengeance in Bowers' debut thriller. Read full book review >
The Dark Dwarf Saga by Ronald William Shaffer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2015

"Pleasant 'chosen one' YA fantasy, with little tension, a few bracing scenes, and a likable hero."
In sibling authors Shaffer and Shaffer Kaminski's debut novel, the first volume of a trilogy, a young dwarf with magical powers undertakes an important mission. Read full book review >
THE GAMERS by Shauna Sare Little
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2015

"An apocalyptic YA adventure with a familiar setup but refreshing young characters and unexpected plot turns."
In Little's YA dystopian sci-fi debut, teenagers who've spent most of their lives in virtual reality escape to a real world of nuclear and viral devastation. Read full book review >
BUFFALO CLOUDS by Craig Sanders
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2015

"A charming coming-of-age story full of humor, mystery, and romance set in the Old West."
In Sanders' debut YA novel, a 17-year-old boy unravels the truth behind the mysterious circumstances of his father's death, discovering love and courage on the way. Read full book review >
Peripheral Neuropathy: Nine Simple Steps To Reduce The Pain by Dean S. Lewis
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 26, 2015

"A concise, coherent account of one man's experience with pain."
Advice for managing chronic pain without medication, based on the author's experience with a neurological condition. Read full book review >
SIMESTA by Marianna Palmer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 25, 2015

"Strong in concept, shaky in execution."
Marianna and Esther Palmer's debut fantasy-adventure novel takes readers to the world of Telda, where gods and humans with elemental powers battle for control. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >