Indie Book Reviews (page 625)

The Blood of Tyrants by Peter S. Fischer
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 21, 2009

"An engaging, complex political thriller."
In former TV writer-producer Fischer's debut thriller, a seemingly random assortment of U.S. citizens targets members of Congress. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 19, 2009

"An enjoyable, eloquently told tale."
Sutherland's (Windsong, 2008) contemporary novel takes readers to the small, fictional Australian town of Trundle, offering a peek at the lives of its residents over the course of a year. Read full book review >

CRAZY PEOPLE CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS. . . AM I? by Catherine Santi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 19, 2009

"Melancholy and madness that envelops the reader in its halting, frightful precincts."
The sorrowful days of a single welfare mother who can't get what she wants and can't get rid of what she doesn't. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2009

"Those who enjoy detailed historical study may find this fascinating."
A historical novel following feudal lord Arima, several of his samurai guardsmen and their lady friends, through a single eventful day in August 1646. Read full book review >
THE SEVEN WATCHMEN by David F. Ruppert
Released: Oct. 16, 2009

"Fans of John Le Carré will appreciate this solid effort."
Ruppert's debut thriller chronicles the heroic exploits of a clandestine group of seven men. Read full book review >

TRANS4MATION by Gillian Mercuur
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 16, 2009

"A riveting biography weighed down by dull, superficial pensées."
Struggles against racism, marital abuse and obesity yield life-lessons in this self-help manifesto. Read full book review >
BREAD OF SHAME by Marjorie Meyerle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"A thoughtful mystery and romance about the convoluted process of self-discovery."
In Meyerle's debut novel, the main character's story begins when his girlfriend dies in her sleep. Read full book review >
THE STAR OF CHRISTMAS by Maria T. DiVencenzo
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"A well-crafted tale that delivers an old, important message in a fresh, attractively imagined vehicle."
A sleepy child, addressed by the ornaments on her Christmas tree, teaches them and young readers about the true meaning of the holiday. Read full book review >
All The Talk Is Dead by Michael Ebner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2009

"Unrefined but infectious, like a barely legal high."
Two aspiring rock musicians think that the way to success is for one of them to fake his own death, then capitalize on the phony tragedy. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 14, 2009

"An overlong but thorough personal diatribe."
Antigovernment invective with some redeeming qualities. Read full book review >
FOUR FLAGS by Ray von Rosenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2009

"While in need of polishing and at times lapsing into straight historical note-taking, the novel is a compelling, at times humorous, means of experiencing important checkpoints in history."
Von Rosenberg's debut novel explores war-torn life in Russia, Prussia, Texas and Mexico in the days of Napoleon. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Of special interest to native Chicagoans, but will appeal to those who don't mind keeping a scorecard of the many players."
Along its meandering way, this narrative details the inner workings of a longtime political machine. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >