Indie Book Reviews (page 5)

MOONLIGHT HELMSMAN by Richard Maule
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A seamless weave of historical investigation and fictional drama starring an African-American hero.
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A debut historical novel chronicles the struggle of a slave to win his freedom in the antebellum South. Read full book review >
MOLLY BELL AND THE WISHING WELL by Bridget Geraghty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 29, 2016

"A heroine struggles to find her way back from despair and anger to joy and acceptance in this highly relatable tale for tweens."
A young girl, wanting things back the way they used to be before her mother died, pins her hopes on a wishing well in this debut middle-grade novel. Read full book review >

The Dark Lord by Jack Heckel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A diverting, heartfelt adventure that provides laughs in between earnest moments and spells."
In this fantasy, a mage tries to save the same world he'd tormented as an evil wizard—part of his university studies—with help from the heroes who'd fought him. Read full book review >
DISAPPEAR OUR DEAD by Gin Mackey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 23, 2016

"Goes beyond a cozy, small-town mystery to consider some immense and difficult matters."
A widow's efforts to become a home-funeral guide entangle her in a murder case in this novel. Read full book review >
SCORING WITH SANTA by Theresa Roemer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"A sexy tale for modern women that's as steamy as a locker room shower."
Roemer (Naked in 30 Days, 2016, etc.) and Rose (His Human Slave, 2016, etc.) deliver an erotic romance that features a battle of the sexes between a fitness club owner and a football legend. Read full book review >

SOPHIE Lost and Found by Rebecca Winkler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 19, 2016

"An appealing couple in a well-intentioned but messy love story."
This debut novel, the first installment of a trilogy, revolves around a woman with a keen intuition, a dark past, and a bright future. Read full book review >
LIFE AFTER YOUTH by Sean Sammon
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 17, 2016

"Not just for the religious; a familiar but useful guide for embracing aging."
A philosophical and theological treatise discussing the emotional upheavals experienced during the transition into middle age and the joys to be discovered if the transition is understood and appreciated. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 16, 2016

"Sympathetic yet bracing advice for authors from a fellow writer."
A successful indie author and book marketing consultant outlines how writers can be resilient after rejections in this self-help guide. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 14, 2016

"An engrossing look at a wide-ranging career in the foreign service as well as a sweeping story of a globe-trotting life."
A memoir details the author's world travels and diverse responsibilities as a United States Information Agency officer. Read full book review >
CLING by Jeff Menapace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 14, 2016

"Elevates the dystopian genre with snappy writing, well-drawn characters, intriguing back story, and bracing battles.


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In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman with special powers and a small band of underground survivors take on a cruel warlord. Read full book review >
Blue News by Lance LoRusso
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A perceptive work provides practical and timely suggestions for improving communication after critical incidents such as officer-involved shootings."
A police officer-turned-attorney examines the relationship between law enforcement and the media. Read full book review >
DAWN OF LEGAIA by A.C. Hachem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"An expansive tale, despite its focus on one character, that offers trendy tech and substantial back story for a planned series."
A scientist aiming to colonize a new planet faces strong—and potentially lethal—opposition from an affluent rival in Hachem's sci-fi debut. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 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 >