Indie Book Reviews (page 3)

Forsaken Oath by V.S. Kemanis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2016

"A clever, immersive installment in an ongoing series about a determined prosecutor."
Kemanis (Thursday's List, 2015, etc.) offers a new legal thriller centered on hardworking attorney Dana Hargrove. Read full book review >
Hallow Mass by J.P. Mac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2016

"An imaginative back story and a rollicking plot make this an entertaining addition to the genre of occult fiction."
A university gets ensnared in a paranormal battle over a dangerous book in this debut horror novel. Read full book review >

The Medinandi License by Randall Reneau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2016

"Trouble follows the protagonist everywhere he goes—and so should readers; each new tale's as gripping as the last."
The fifth book in Reneau's (Legend of War Creek, 2015, etc.) thriller series finds returning American geologist Trace Brandon facing off against terrorists in a politically restless West African country.Read full book review >
Leave a Mark by Stephanie Fournet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2016

"A touching and striking modern love story.
"
Opposites attract when a troubled tattoo artist lands in a medical resident's ER in this contemporary romance novel. Read full book review >
Family Business by Colin Beckett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2016

"Paul's a memorable lead, but it's the largely unknown killer who makes the grandest impression."
A sheriff and his ex-detective pal chase a vindictive serial killer menacing North Carolina's Outer Banks in this debut thriller. Read full book review >

Released: April 28, 2016

"A unique, engaging problem-solver, although skeptics may see it as merely a novelty."
An unusual interpretation of the I Ching, devised to aid modern-day readers caring for loved ones. Read full book review >
Being and Becoming by Phalgun Prativadi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 27, 2016

"A brief work that, despite a few problems, still has a lot to say about moral choices and patient-care standards."
A debut novella by a Pennsylvania-based physician about a doctor facing ethical conundrums. Read full book review >
SLEEPING GIANTS by Sylvain Neuvel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Like the giant alien artifact in the story, this novel is so much more than the sum of its parts—a page-turner of the highest order!"
This stellar debut novel—revolving around a top-secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens—masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. Read full book review >
Audubon by Peter B. Logan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A slow but informative read that is likely to appeal to history and art buffs."
A weighty, prodigiously researched biography of John James Audubon. Read full book review >
Chicago Street Cop by Pat McCarthy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A gritty memoir that gives readers a cop's perspective on Chicago crime."
A retired Chicago police officer who served as a SWAT sniper, gang specialist, and undercover agent recounts his time on the force. Read full book review >
Collateral Damage and Stories by Bob Mustin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2016

"Often despondent, but the brooding characters will stick in readers' heads like emotional glue."
A collection of subdued tales features characters who can neither evade the past nor confront the inevitable future. Read full book review >
Dreadlands by Jaimie Engle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2016

"A solid, journeyman effort that shows signs of trying to break free of epic-fantasy tropes but never truly flies."
Engle (The Dredge, 2015, etc.) weaves Viking lore, animalistic shape-shifters, and coming-of-age adventure into a fantasy epic. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >