Indie Book Reviews (page 4)

King Peso by Carmen Amato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A satisfying read with plenty of bad guys and a solid, well-defined heroine."
Emilia Cruz Encinos is back for her fourth outing as Acapulco's only female detective, once again confronting institutionalized corruption while trying to solve a string of murders. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A moving tale that's emotionally powerful and historically edifying."
A daughter chronicles her father's extraordinary life, including the suffering he endured under both Nazi and Communist tyrannies. Read full book review >

Haylow by Gray Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2016

"A funny, thoughtful campus tale."
A Georgia college professor attempts to escape the ghosts of history in Stewart's debut novel. Read full book review >
Blood Divine by Greg Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2016

"An exciting, romantic tale anchored in a great sense of place."
In this paranormal romance, a man returns to his hometown, where he must learn truths about his family, join a battle against supernatural evil, and save the man he loves. Read full book review >
A Pilgrim for Freedom by Michael Novakovic
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 31, 2016

"A remarkable and gripping account of a boy fleeing a war-torn nation and eventually flourishing in America."
As the rumble of World War II draws closer, a young boy leaves behind his once-comfortable life in Split, Yugoslavia, to embark on a turbulent adventure. Read full book review >

As God Looked On by Jim Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A tale for readers intrigued by the intersecting lives of hard-luck cases."
Harris (A Bottle of Rain, 2007, etc.) delivers a literary novel about a number of ramshackle characters based in modern-day FloridaRead full book review >
Slave Queen by H.B. Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A satisfying historical thriller."
Omar Zagouri must delve into a mystery dating back to the 16th century when he's targeted by murderous conspirators in Moore's (Exodus, 2016, etc.) sequel.Read full book review >
Poor Will's Almanack for 2017 by Bill Felker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"While the weather forecasts may be debatable, this almanac still features beautiful essays by the author and some useful details about seasonal events and gardening."
An annual almanac attempts to predict weather-related phenomena based on patterns observed in previous years. Read full book review >
Poseidon & Cleito by Andrew J. Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2016

"A fresh twist on an old sea myth, complete with magic, intrigue, and plenty of old-school adventures."
A novel offers a historical reimagining of ancient tribes, the story of Atlantis, and the man who would become known as Poseidon, Bridler of the Sea. Read full book review >
The Blackmail Photos by Michael P. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2016

"A tightly executed thriller and the high point of a great series."
In this third installment of his Travelers series, King's (The Computer Heist, 2016, etc.) con-artist couple target a would-be politician.Read full book review >
The Complete Martin Forn Series by Matt Wilk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2016

"All the perks of a sturdy spy tale, marred by some stumbles."
A former Interpol operative and Green Beret comes out of retirement to battle terrorists, a cult, and a Russian crime syndicate in this trilogy of thrillers. Read full book review >
HMMM? by Simon Plaster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2016

"A humorous take on genre conventions in which the farce overtakes the mystery."
An Oklahoma reporter and a fairly novice shamus work a case involving presumed adultery and a strong possibility of murder in Plaster's (Boobs, 2015, etc.) sendup of traditional whodunits. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >