Indie Book Reviews (page 10)

Secret Wars: An Espionage Story by Joe Goldberg
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 30, 2014

"A remarkable thriller that delivers exactly what its title promises, despite a few disconnected characters."
In Goldberg's debut thriller, the mid-1980s' war on terrorism is waged via military action, covert operations and propaganda. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 30, 2014

"A thorough, readable and passionate exploration of an inclusive faith."
Campbell's personal and intellectual understanding of the Bible's historical, man-made roots. Read full book review >

LIBELLUS DE NUMEROS by Jim West
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 30, 2014

"A mix of mathematics, sorcery and heroism that's not to be missed."
West's debut middle-grade novel asks: What happens when a young girl finds herself in a city governed by magic and math? Read full book review >
THE ENIGMA WRAITH by Charles V Breakfield
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 30, 2014

"Another stellar installment. Breakfield and Burkey show no signs of slowing down in an ever improving series."
The fourth entry in Breakfield and Burkey's (The Enigma Ignite, 2014, etc.) techno-thriller series pits the R-Group against a seemingly untraceable computer virus and what could be a full-scale digital assault. Read full book review >
DANDLE & LION by Louis Eliopoulos
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 29, 2014

"An engaging effort, though it reads mostly like a bridge between more eventful books."
The second book in Eliopoulos' (The Mythic Forest, 2013) Fabelwald saga tells the tale of twins Dandle and Lion, children of the first volume's Erich and Rapunzel, as they begin to discover the magic inside them and the struggle between Light and Dark that defines the world around them.Read full book review >

THE ORPHAN OF TORUNDI by J.L. McCreedy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 28, 2014

"Fun female teen fantasy with blurry adventures but fine romance."
In this kickoff to a new YA series, Sam Clemens is sent to a boarding school on a remote jungle island in Malaysia, where she deals with new relationships and dangers. Read full book review >
THE LAST POINT by Alana Josephson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 28, 2014

"A children's book with a fine moral and beautiful illustrations but uneven prose."
Josephson's illustrated children's book tells the story of a girl's triumphant tennis match. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 27, 2014

"A reasonably clear philosophy of relationships that will make sense to many, despite its occasional awkwardness.
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A debut self-help book that offers advice on how to connect with others in a mindful way, using self-knowledge and compassion. Read full book review >
THE SLIP by Katie Smith Matison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 2014

"An often satisfying marriage of legal thriller and police procedural."
In Matison's debut novel, a deep-sea diver is killed after stumbling upon the wreckage of an old ship carrying valuable gemstones, inciting an international legal battle. Read full book review >
My Little Brother's Dirty Room by Laura P. Holton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 26, 2014

"Could use mild tweaking in content and layout to enhance its narrative rhythm, but the tale's lighthearted sibling silliness is sure to appeal to its young target audience."
Holton's silly debut children's book tells of a little boy's messy room, described in loosely rhyming, comic hyperbole by his horrified big sister. Read full book review >
WAITING FOR A SIGN by Esty Schachter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 26, 2014

"Simplistic at times but gently informative."
Schachter's (Anya's Echoes, 2004) sophomore YA novel explores the changing relationship between a girl and her deaf brother. Read full book review >
The Tale of Nottingswood by J. R. Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 26, 2014

"A touching fable that speaks to readers of all ages."
A "humdumly Sister and hohumly Brother" are unlikely heroes in Young's debut work of middle-grade fantasy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >