Indie Book Reviews (page 2)

WATERSHED by Colin Dodds
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2017

"An appealing mix of adventure and contemplation."
Dodds (Windfall, 2014, etc.) delivers a speculative novel about a powerful former politician and those he seeks to manipulate. Read full book review >
PROTOTYPE by Robert D. Gallagher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 2017

"A crafty futuristic yarn brimming with inventive ideas to fill the forthcoming series installments."
In this sci-fi debut, a prison escape artist faces his greatest challenge yet aboard a computer-run space station facility revolving near a black hole. Read full book review >

SHARKBAIT by Guy Clark
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 2017

"Heavy on the technical details but rich with vividly recalled episodes of aerial warfare."
A thorough memoir of a flight surgeon's adrenaline-filled experiences in the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
WHEN PLANETS FALL by Abby J. Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2017

"A propulsive, sharply crafted tale about a planetary war."
In this YA sci-fi debut, an alien world plays host to conflict among three humanoid tribes. Read full book review >
CREWE CHASE AND THE JET REAPERS by E. Sisco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"An intriguing tale that combines the fantasy structure of the Potter series with the persecution narrative of the X-Men."
This series opener introduces a world where ordinary humans called Cados oppress and execute wizards—and a school becomes a recruiting ground for elite magical soldiers. Read full book review >

YOUR YOSEMITE by Robert O. Binnewies
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"A solid, engaging history of a venerable institution."
An overview of Yosemite's past as a national park and as a part of American history. Read full book review >
THE LAST TRAIN by Michael Pronko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2017

"An absorbing investigation and memorable backdrop put this series launch on the right track."
In Pronko's (Motions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo, 2015, etc.) first foray into thrillers, a Tokyo detective investigates a death by train that may be just one in a series of murders. Read full book review >
THE PREP DIARIES by Evan J. Peterson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2017

"Readers curious about how HIV prevention drugs can influence a sexual revolution should find lots of vivid details in this ambitious and honest story."
A young gay man shares his anxieties and epiphanies about safe sex in this memoir. Read full book review >
THE PROTECTORS' PLEDGE by Danielle Y.C. McClean
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 4, 2017

"A fast-paced read featuring a smart, young protagonist."
In McClean's debut middle-grade novel, a 12-year-old Caribbean boy must save the day when he discovers danger lurking in the forest in the first installment of the Secrets of Oscuros series. Read full book review >
THE DESPLAZADOS by Martin Zehr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2017

"A story of reawakening and self-acceptance, well worth the trip."
Overcome by the monotony of his lackluster life in Kansas City, Mo., Dr. Gregory Barth heads west in Zehr's debut novel. Read full book review >
INSURRECTION AT 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE by Rob Tenery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Consistently blends dual medical and political storylines, each with its own worthy protagonist."
A physician and the White House chief of staff both suspect something sinister behind the vice president's sudden, unexplained death in this debut thriller. Read full book review >
EDEN by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"An engrossing, character-driven family saga."
The 2000 summer season in fictional Long Harbor, Rhode Island, becomes the setting for a family reunion and the revelation of a long-held secret, not to mention the airing of more than a few resentments, in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >