Indie Book Reviews (page 2)

LOGOS by John Neeleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Especially for those interested in theological history, an extraordinary amalgam of fiction and fact."
A fictional account of the birth of Christianity. Read full book review >
THE FLIPSIDE by Kimbeth Wehrli Judge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2015

"A dark, complex tale with very few winners."
Judge's (Mothers and Others: A Story Collection, 2014) new novel tells a story of addiction, betrayal, and death. Read full book review >

GIDEON'S CHILDREN by Howard G. Franklin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A thriller with a unique story idea and a well-captured historical mood but hampered by one-dimensional characters."
An idealistic young public defender and his colleagues decide to stop plea-bargaining in Franklin's (An Irish Experience, 2008, etc.) historical novel.The year 1968 was a tumultuous time in America. Read full book review >
OUT OF SYNCH by Warren Firschein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Though suffering from some craft problems, the novel stays afloat thanks to a winning protagonist and good pacing."
A light, mostly engaging middle-grade sports novel focused on the competitive world of synchronized swimming. Read full book review >
THE LEGACY OF LOST THINGS by Aida Zilelian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A lyrical description of a family's search for their daughter and for their humanity."
Debut author Zilelian's story follows a family of Armenian immigrants struggling to adapt to the American way of life while also contending with traditional coming-of-age conflicts. Read full book review >

THE JOURNALS OF BOB DRIFTER by M.L.S. Weech
THRILLERS
Released: March 3, 2015

"An often engaging supernatural thriller with an immortal protagonist with meritorious human traits."
In Weech's debut supernatural thriller, an empathetic soul collector must stop one of his own from reaping dark souls and committing murder. Read full book review >
JUST PRU by Anne Pfeffer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2015

"Psychological seriousness adds depth to this romantic coming-of-age tale."
In this novel, an anxiety-ridden young woman finds new friends and inner resources after an apartment fire forces her to accept a neighbor's hospitality. Read full book review >
LUCIFER'S PROMISE by Alan Thompson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2015

"A complex, thought-provoking story that defies genre conventions to remind us of difficult questions and tangled answers."
Thompson's new novel is equal parts legal thriller, medical ethics conundrum and old-fashioned murder mystery. Read full book review >
Auschwitz #34207 by Nancy Sprowell Geise
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2015

"A riveting, well-documented account of survival that's harrowing, inspiring and unforgettable."
Debut biographer Geise (The Eighth Sea, 2012) tells the remarkable story of Joe Rubinstein, a survivor of the Holocaust. Read full book review >
VOICES by R.E. Rowe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 27, 2015

"A well-written, if somewhat overambitious, YA tale."
Rowe's (Creatures of the Lake, 2011, etc.) genre-spanning YA novel features a romance between an ex-track star with a heart problem and a brilliant street artist who hears voices. Read full book review >
TERRIBLE SWIFT SWORD by Nancy Hendricks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2015

"An often vivid, heartbreaking story full of great historical detail and human pathos."
Five American Civil War survivors connect onboard the ill-fated steamer Sultana in Hendricks' (Senator Hattie Caraway, 2013) historical novel. Read full book review >
BAD MOOD DRIVE by Alan Douglas
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 25, 2015

"Sturdy characters and an endless batch of surprises make the glaring translation problems relatively easy to overlook."
Getting the largest piece of a wealthy man's inheritance may drive his children to undertake a few bad deeds, including murder, in the English-language version of Douglas' debut thriller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >