Indie Book Reviews (page 4)

Darkness & Light by Kyle Hoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 19, 2015

"A bold myth with solid worldbuilding, hampered by weak characters and a conclusion that's more like likely to irritate than tantalize readers."
A sweeping fantasy epic that combines magic and mysticism with space exploration and high drama, set amid a primal struggle between Darkness and Light. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 18, 2015

"A studious, provocative hodgepodge of history, conspiracy theory, and philosophy that's heavier on vitriol than veritas."
Debut author Divjak attempts to rebut Ta-Nehisi Coates' 2015 prizewinning memoir Between the World and Me.Read full book review >

The History Major by Michael Phillip Cash
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 17, 2015

"The threat's intangible, but the imagery in this imposing tale is discernibly moody and uncanny.
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In this existential thriller, a college student's disconcerting history class may force her to face troubling memories. Read full book review >
The Making of a CEO by Oswald R. Viva
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 17, 2015

"An intentionally broad, somewhat cursory survival manual for beginning CEOs."
A management consultant offers a coaching session for small-business owners. Read full book review >
The Bermuda Key by B.R. Bentley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 17, 2015

"Not exactly a genre buster but still an enjoyable mystery best devoured immediately after Bentley's first effort."
A suspenseful thriller that weaves together journalistic research and fictional embellishments in a tale of a stolen religious artifact. Read full book review >

Where Lemons Bloom by Blair McDowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 2015

"A heartwarming, perceptive romance with just enough high-stakes drama to keep readers turning the pages."
A young woman falls in love with an ex-con who's desperately trying to clear his name in this charming romance-cum-mystery. Read full book review >
Royal Progress by Pen Fairchild
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Epic in scope, boasting a vast cast and intricate mythology; the sexual nature might be too much for its intended audience, though."
When a princess suddenly inherits her family's domain, she learns there's more to her ascendancy than meets the eye. Read full book review >
Cast the First Stone by James C. Paavola
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A slow-paced entry that's buoyed by a durable detective and a seemingly never-ending dossier of crimes."
The saga of Memphis police detective Julia Todd continues with this rollicking fifth installment of Paavola's (Blood Money, 2013, etc.) series. Read full book review >
The Too-Brief Chronicle of Judah Lowe by Christopher Carter Sanderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"An unusual bildungsroman that mostly transcends the limitations of its formats."
In two linked novellas with strict word/character limits, Sanderson (Theatre/State Univ. of New York, Oswego; Gorilla Theater, 2003) playfully narrates the coming-of-age of a New Jersey high school student.Read full book review >
Red Rain by Toby Neal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Persistently riveting; should pique interest in the series' follow-up—and the preceding 10."
In Neal's (Bone Hook, 2015, etc.) latest thriller, Hawaiian cop Sgt. Lei Texeira returns to find the killer of a child, while her husband, Lt. Michael Stevens, struggles to escape captivity in Central America. Read full book review >
Retroactive Romance by Everette Lemons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2015

"A classic story of nostalgia fulfilled, the narrative moves slowly but delivers a number of unexpected revelations."
From Lemons (Jeannie-Centristasis, 2011, etc.) comes a sci-fi novel about one man's rare opportunity to connect with the love of his life. Read full book review >
When Every Breath Becomes A Prayer by Susan Plunket
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2015

"A poorly plotted novel that nonetheless offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of analytical psychology."
After nearly losing her daughter and having her heart broken by divorce, a 56-year-old Greenwich Village psychologist gains the strength to welcome life's pleasures—and pains—in this meandering debut novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >