Indie Book Reviews (page 6)

Mrs. Valentine's Revenge by Al Ginsberg
Released: Aug. 23, 2015

"Formidable bad guys help retain steady, nail-biting tension for the good guys and for readers."
In Ginsberg's debut thriller, a private detective and a widow become targets of London thugs when looking into the presumedmurder of the woman's husband.Read full book review >
Men of Promise by Chris Fasolino
Released: Aug. 21, 2015

"A promising debut in the footsteps of Patrick O'Brian and C.S Forester, but one that still has a long way to go."
In the late 18th century, a British captain accepts a command to search for mythical Asian islands and a fabulous treasure in Fasolino's historical novel. Read full book review >

TotIs by J. Joseph Kazden
Released: Aug. 21, 2015

"A learned, bold journey to the limits of human perception and beyond."
Kazden offers a mind-expanding debut novel about a symposium examining the core concepts of the universe. Read full book review >
Taxifornia 2016: 14 Essays on the Future of California by James V. Lacy
Released: Aug. 20, 2015

"A spirited, thoughtful anthology."
A collection of essays that skewers California state government for confiscatory taxation and ideological partisanship. Read full book review >
When Dinosaurs go Dancing by Judy Cook
Released: Aug. 19, 2015

"A cute concept with illustrations to match, despite the disconnect between the simple story and the complex second half."
Two paleontologists theorize that fossilized footprints are leftovers from a prehistoric dinosaur dance party in this children's picture book. Read full book review >

Red Flag by Steve McManus
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A story like wildfire—starts cool but only gets hotter."
In McManus' debut thriller, a blogger whose writing has been tracking an arsonist-turned-killer may be so close to his subject that he becomes a target. Read full book review >
Gaza, Wyoming by Seth Colter Walls
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Unusual and flawed yet packed with the kind of imaginative brio that fans of political satire will find irresistibly zany."
America under new (and questionable) leadership provides a creative backdrop for this energetic, offbeat political satire, journalist Walls' (Incesticidal Nurturing: The Life-Affirming Brilliance of Nirvana's Weirdest Album, 2013) fiction debut.Read full book review >
The First Man by Gavin Frankle
Released: Aug. 17, 2015

"A gritty, modern twist on the story of the first human being."
Frankle (Chorus, 2014) reworks the story of Adam and Eve in this novel.Read full book review >
Outside, Inside by Cindy Helms
Released: Aug. 17, 2015

"Helms does an excellent job combining strange and colorful art, the concepts of opposites, and a tale of a friendship surprise."
Outside, Inside by Cindy Helms Seussian shapes and creatures dominate this clever concept book about opposites—and friendship—by debut author/illustrator Helms. Read full book review >
Love and Death by Marty Lewinter
Released: Aug. 17, 2015

"Strong themes keep these traditional poems from feeling outdated."
Lewinter (Elementary Number Theory with Programming, 2015, etc.) channels Tennyson and Dickinson in well-constructed but old-fashioned poems about loss and the search for true love.Read full book review >
Valentine's Day by April Kelly
Released: Aug. 16, 2015

"Detective fiction that's packed with genuinely likable characters who join forces in surprising ways."
An inexperienced detective battles evil politicians, corrupt cops, and ruthless gangsters in this light look at the dark side of sunny California. Read full book review >
Recipes for Redemption by Carole Bumpus
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"An interesting survey of traditional regional French cooking for intermediate to advanced cooks and fans of Bumpus' novel."
This companion cookbook to Bumpus' novel, A Cup of Redemption (2014), provides recipes for traditional, rural French cooking, region by region. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >