Indie Book Reviews (page 625)

CURSE THE MOON by Lee Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"Highly enjoyable when in all-out-action mode, though it tends to get stuck in the lower gears."
In this two-fisted melodrama, the debacle of the Bay of Pigs invasion is only the start of the troubles facing a luckless Cuban counterrevolutionary who, following the awful kidnapping of his beloved daughter, becomes the frustrated puppet of a nasty KGB officer. Read full book review >
ENCOUNTERS WITH AUTHORS by Dale Andrew White
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"An eclectic collection that illuminates the writing processes but too often feels incomplete."
Headlined by discussions with Lonesome Dove (1985) author Larry McMurtry and Watership Down (1972) writer Richard Adams, White's (A Florida Anthology, 2013, etc.) selection of stories contains intimate sit-downs with authors from a wide range of genres. Read full book review >

THE CRITICAL TASK by Bryan A. Mantz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"A thriller that offers an entertaining roaster-coaster ride until it goes off the rails at the end."
A breakneck debut thriller that fuses elements of sci-fi and espionage fiction. Read full book review >
THE NEW KING by Martin McAlear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"A quick but endlessly diverting fantasy story."
In the authors' debut medieval fantasy, a newly established kingdom finds that it isn't immune to the machinations of rival leaders. Read full book review >
ADVENTURES IN DYSTOPIA by Daniel Sellen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"Missing a unifying narrative but nonetheless an intimate, intercontinental voyage through a series of disparate lives."
Sellen's debut novel interweaves a series of vignettes from across the globe to create a broad diorama of modern-day culture clashes. Read full book review >

88x50 by Adam Tendler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2013

"An honest, searching exploration of the artist as a young man."
In this debut memoir, a young pianist recalls touring the United States with his program of contemporary American music while struggling with his closeted sexuality. Read full book review >
THE PAPER FACTORY by N. K. Sinclair
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 9, 2013

"A fast-paced thriller full of action, murder and betrayal."
A man's thirst for power has serious consequences for shadowy American power brokers in Sinclair's debut thriller. Read full book review >
SEARCHING FOR THE CASTLE by Barbara Leigh Ohrstrom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2013

"An absorbing story, still fresh from the pain of adoption and loss."
A woman's ardent odyssey to retrace her path from foster care to adoption, reconstructed through court documents and annotated with honest musings on how and why her family fell apart. Read full book review >
APEX PREDATOR by Kelvin Kwa
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 9, 2013

"A thriller with the speed and precision of a tightly edited action film, headlined by a colossal monster that could give the kraken a run for its money."
Chinese soldiers and Navy SEALs race to retrieve a fallen satellite in the Arctic Circle only to discover a common enemy in a gigantic sea creature in Kwa's debut sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
DEATH NEVER SLEEPS by E.J. Simon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 9, 2013

"A fine technological thriller that only gets better as it goes along."
In Simon's debut thriller, a corporate CEO takes over a gambling and loan-sharking operation from his murdered brother. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET by Layne Lieberman
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 9, 2013

"While not a game-changer, this book repackages familiar diet advice in a friendly, inspiring and practical format."
Cheese, chocolate and wine do have a place in a healthy lifestyle—that's what this debut author and registered dietitian says we can learn from Europe's longest-lived populations. Read full book review >
GROWING UP STORIES by Martha Tolles
Released: Dec. 8, 2013

"A vivid, well-meaning collection, but one that offers too-easy resolutions."
Children face moral dilemmas in these stories for middle-school readers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >