Indie Book Reviews (page 6)

HIGH SCHOOL RUNNER by Bill Kenley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2015

"A solid debut set in the demanding world of high school distance runners, lit with pathos and humor."
A ninth-grade distance runner learns the meanings of loyalty, compassion, brotherhood, and self-reliance in Kenley's lively debut coming-of-age novel. Read full book review >
LOVE SPELL by Mia Kerick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"A comical, thought-provoking YA novel for those who believe in the magic of love without all the hocus-pocus."
A teenage boy has a crush on a fellow student in Kerick's (The Red Sheet, 2014, etc.) first-person YA charmer. Read full book review >

Eat It Later by Michael Alvear
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 2015

"A wellness strategy that's more about changing the way one thinks about food than about controlling every morsel that passes one's lips."
A weight-loss guide that relies on the power of delayed gratification to reach one's goals. Read full book review >
Clarion Call of the Last Kallus by Peter  Krass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2015

"This clever mystery will particularly delight hard-core wordophiles—and send them scrambling for the dictionary."
In Krass' (Carnegie, 2011, etc.) novel, a National Security Agency assassin finds that things aren't what they seem after he carries out orders to kill a fellow agent. Read full book review >
Second-Class Sailors by Lance Garland
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2015

"A courageous exploration of the power of love and sexuality to transcend institutional boundaries."
A crime novel about the aftermath of a brutal act that examines sexuality's uneasy place within the strictures of military life. Read full book review >

WARRIOR by Terry Irving
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 2015

"A brisk, suspenseful adventure nestled in real, historical drama."
Irving's (Courier, 2015) historical thriller, the second in his Freelancer series, offers a provocative reinterpretation of the infamous Wounded Knee incident. Read full book review >
AFTER THE GAZEBO by Jen Knox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2015

"Complex, assured stories that describe the complications of love and need with perfect pitch."
These well-observed short stories describe sometimes-uneasy, sometimes-hopeful reconciliations with fortune. Read full book review >
The Dark by Forrest Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2015

"This is a rollicking adventure with religious, philosophical, and technological overtones; for science fiction die-hards."
When a dimension-hopping spacecraft ventures beyond the boundaries of the universe, literally ending up nowhere, strange and disturbing events play havoc with it. Read full book review >
THE MASTER YESHUA by Joyce Luck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2015

"An ideal example of how fiction can be used to present and explore alternative concepts in history and religion."
A grounded retelling of Christ's life and the early days of the church from the gospel of his ailing nephew. Read full book review >
The Fine Print by Jack Schwartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 2015

"A fond, nostalgic celebration of a decadeslong career in media."
Vivid personal dispatches from the heyday of print journalism. Read full book review >
A YEAR OF LEARNING, LAUGHTER, AND LIFE by Jaishen Rajah
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 29, 2015

"Pithy portions of wisdom well-told."
A lifetime of collected anecdotes in an excellent and entertaining resource for speakers, writers, and storytellers. Read full book review >
MEASURELESS NIGHT by Chris Culver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 2015

"A riveting page-turner whose author is a worthy heir to the late Robert B. Parker."
In Culver's (Nine Years Gone, 2014, etc.) latest police thriller, a woman is killing the people who sent her husband to death row, and police detective Ash Rashid must stop her. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >