Indie Book Reviews (page 3)

MEMORTALITY by Stephen Provost
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"An adventure that's slow to get started, but its otherworldly aspects help it to race to its conclusion."
Provost (Fresno Growing Up, 2015, etc.) delivers a novel of supernatural suspense about a young woman's ability to shape reality. Read full book review >
ZERO DAY by T.L. Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A skillfully rendered account of superpowers locked in covert war."
In this political thriller, the United States races to thwart a massive cyberattack from China. Read full book review >

Hammond Flux by Alan Killip
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An often entertaining and timely book that keenly examines the vanishing differences between real and electronic worlds."
Killip (Genie and Other Weird Tales, 2016) offers a sci-fi novel about a journey through uncharted technology. Read full book review >
WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE MYSELF by A. Cole
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2017

"A book that will be a hit with young readers, especially in schools with ethnically diverse student bodies."
Debut author Cole and illustrator Embeli, in this energetic debut children's book, question the importance of kids' selecting future careers. Read full book review >
DEW ON GINKGO LEAVES by Todd Shuler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2017

"A ravishing work of historical fiction about devotion and revenge amid the 'bloodstained dust' of war."
A death by poisoned arrow begins this violent epic of the Qing Dynasty. Read full book review >

Jerusalem Ablaze by Orlando Ortega-Medina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2017

"Stylish, sincere tales that go to dark, sometimes-uncomfortable places."
In Ortega-Medina's debut short story collection, characters are consumed by their fascinations with sex, death, and inescapable fate. Read full book review >
YOUNGER & WISER by Gene S. Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 2017

"A loosely themed collection that examines life, love, and mortality with wit and wisdom."
Jones' debut book of poetry offers 65 free-verse poems that are intimate, philosophical, and replete with existential wisdom. Read full book review >
Skunks Dance by St. John Karp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A colorful, exuberant romp with an appealing fortune-hunting duo."
Two California teenagers search for an ancestor's treasure in this comic novel that crosscuts between contemporary and Gold Rush eras. Read full book review >
LAND OF HIDDEN FIRES by Kirk Kjeldsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A quiet and introspective novel of wartime adventure."
A teenage girl rescues a downed American pilot in World War II Norway. Read full book review >
KEPT IN THE DARK by J. Ronald M. York
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A provocative collection of family correspondence, but one that will leave readers with unanswered questions."
A largely epistolary debut memoir about a shocking family secret. Read full book review >
Playbook by Tracy Ewens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A wholesome tale about playing football, taking chances, making the grade, and sometimes even wearing a little glitter."
A contemporary romance about a buttoned-up English professor who falls for her polar opposite, the football coach. Read full book review >
THE BIMBO HAS BRAINS by Cathy Burnham Martin
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Jan. 21, 2017

"Amusing but uneven reflections on relationships."
A volume of anecdotes, lists, quotes, and jokes seeks to illuminate the complexities of gender politics and romance. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >