Indie Book Reviews (page 2)

Those Bones at Goliad by Judith Austin Mills
Released: Sept. 27, 2015

"Texas history on a broad, complex scale."
A sweeping tale of 19th-century Texas. Read full book review >
Grendel's Mother by Susan Signe Morrison
Released: Sept. 25, 2015

"An enchanting, poignant reimagining of Beowulf."
Morrison's (The Literature of Waste, 2015, etc.) historical novel explores the legend of Beowulf.Read full book review >

Blue Moon Luck by Linda Collison
Released: Sept. 25, 2015

"A well-written novel that rushes through its second half; readers might want another 100 pages."
In the early 1980s, two aspiring musicians yearn to escape their sleepy West Virginia hometown in Collison's (Water Ghosts, 2015, etc.) short, lyrical novel.Read full book review >
The President Factor by Pat Obermeier
Released: Sept. 24, 2015

"A timely caricature of the worst and the best of American politics."
Incisive political satire by television veteran and debut novelist Obermeier that features two banes of modern-day society—bipartisan posturing and reality television shows. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 24, 2015

"An oral history that delves deeply into video stores and the film movement they nurtured."
Using interviews with a wide array of filmmakers, former Premiere editor Roston brings the magic of video stores to life.Read full book review >

Thank You For the Shoes by Raffaela Marie Rizzo
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A heartwarming amalgam of personal fact, fiction, and history."
An affecting tale of an Italian immigrant's struggle to make a life for himself in the United States. Read full book review >
A Blind Eye by Jane  Gorman
Released: Sept. 17, 2015

"An astutely crafted, action-packed read."
A murder mystery revolving around government corruption in Poland. Read full book review >
LIBERTY BAZAAR by David Chadwick
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"This offbeat, refreshingly absorbing Civil War novel features impeccable research and well-realized main characters."
In Chadwick's (High Seas to Home, 2012) historical novel, an escaped slave girl and a former Confederate general meet in 1863 Liverpool. Read full book review >
In Search of Tom Candy by Dairl M. Johnson
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A well-crafted book that weaves together historical facts and fiction to explore interesting but far-fetched conspiracies behind Lincoln's assassination."
Historical fiction that explores a young journalist's quest to understand the link between his father and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Read full book review >
At the Center by Dorothy Van Soest
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A provocative, thoughtful, and entertaining story about crucial social issues and believable, realistic situations."
Retired professor and social worker Van Soest once again tackles tough social justice issues through fiction in her second novel (Just Mercy, 2014).Read full book review >
Wilhelmina and the Willamette Wig Factory by Whitney Dineen
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Light fantasy with wholesome messages for tweens."
Dineen (She Sins at Midnight, 2014) incorporates spirit advisers into a feel-good, small-town mystery for middle-grade readers. Read full book review >
Mountain Mantras by Kathryn Kemp Guylay
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"An intriguing life story effectively mixed with sports metaphor to provide useful wellness/life advice."
A founder of a nonprofit shares the guiding life principles that she discovered while learning how to ski as an adult in this debut memoir/self-help guide. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >