Indie Book Reviews (page 592)

Drake's Passage by Barrett Richey
Released: March 27, 2013

"Multifaceted characters and vivid detail make up for moments of implausibility in this taut debut thriller."
A tormented Iraq War vet battles drug smugglers in this high-seas techno-thriller. Read full book review >
Released: March 26, 2013

"An engaging, humorous take on a familiar topic."
No-nonsense fitness tips from a New Jersey tough guy. Read full book review >

Released: March 26, 2013

"An engaging, if occasionally disjointed, memoir."
A proud father shares correspondence with his son, who served in the Peace Corps in Fiji. Read full book review >
Heaven's Gold by David McMurtry
Released: March 26, 2013

"A sincere, well-written study of why youth leave religion and how to lure them back."
An accessible, relatable guide for bringing young adults back into the church. Read full book review >
Released: March 26, 2013

"An able, if incomplete, rendering of Genesis in elegant verse."
In this streamlined, sprightly debut collection of biblical poetry,Sheahan tries to make Genesis rhyme—and mostly succeeds. Read full book review >

THE REACTOR by C Douglas Taylor
Released: March 26, 2013

"A nimble, engaging novel that showcases Taylor's storytelling skills."
Taylor's (Football in America, 2004, etc.) sweeping novel chronicles the upheaval in Carson, Tenn., when a crew comes to town to secretly build a nuclear reactor. Read full book review >
Mansa Musa and the Empire of Mali by P. James Oliver
Released: March 26, 2013

"A thoughtful, engaging history for intermediate students interested in Africa."
Oliver's debut, about one of West Africa's most powerful and charismatic leaders, delivers a vibrant mix of history and historical fiction for young adults. Read full book review >
The Well by David A. Epperson
Released: March 25, 2013

"A swiftly moving thriller that thrives more on suspense than mystery."
In Epperson's thriller, a water-company repairman discovers a woman's dead body and soon finds himself a target. Read full book review >
The Rebel Within by Lance Erlick
Released: March 25, 2013

"A stimulating, worthwhile story of a dystopian future."
Adebut young-adult novel set in a militaristic, sexist society. Read full book review >
Released: March 25, 2013

"A notable look at a less-publicized chapter of environmentalism."
A Seoul National Universityprofessorrecounts the transformation of South Korea from barren moonscape to tree-filled landscape and the pivotal role in that process played by former President Park Chung-Hee. Read full book review >
A Family of Geese by Chlele Gummer
written and illustrated by Chlele Gummer
Released: March 25, 2013

"An enjoyable children's book that should make better use of its educational aspects."
In this illustrated tale, a baby goose, the last of his clutch to hatch, learns the skills he'll need to fit in with the other geese at the lake. Read full book review >
Beyond Compulsion by D. Valencia
Released: March 25, 2013

"A taut, accomplished novel about two lost souls finding—and destroying—each other."
In Valencia's well-orchestrated erotic thriller, a sexual predator seduces the stepdaughter of a wealthy businessman and sets out to ruin her life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >