Indie Book Reviews (page 625)

OPERATOR by David Vinjamuri
Released: Aug. 10, 2012

"Though Michael Herne laments his return to the life of an operator, readers may hail a new breed of hero."
Vinjamuri's (Accidental Branding, 2008) first novel follows a Special Forces man on a quest to uncover the truth. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 10, 2012

"A courageous account of torture and insanity that beams with hope of a soul's survival."
A shocking glimpse into the mind of a victim of psychological and physical torture at the hands of the Hungarian secret police under Stalinism. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 9, 2012

"The fascinating memoir of a true Hollywood mogul that traces his life from Brooklyn to Warner Brothers. (27 pages of b/w photographs)"
An account of Halloween creator Yablans' rise from a hardscrabble childhood in Brooklyn to the upper echelons of the studio system in Hollywood where he would help change the way movies are made. Read full book review >
TRADE SECRETS by Holly Rozner
Released: Aug. 9, 2012

"A smart, sexy debut."
Rozner's debut novel peeks into the high-powered world of insider trading. Read full book review >
SUPERIOR SACRIFICES by Jan Stafford Kellis
Released: Aug. 9, 2012

"Starts off strong but collapses under the morally suspect musings of a dead man."
Kellis (The Word That You Heard, 2010, etc.) explores a tight-lipped family's private pain and guilt in a novel that plays out among small-town gossip in the Upper Peninsula. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 9, 2012

"An intriguing novel that doubles as a love song to capitalism."
A former soldier exiled to a prison planet takes on a corrupt planetary government in Johnson's debut novel. Read full book review >
NIGHT WEAVER by Madeline Lycka
Released: Aug. 9, 2012

"A satisfying ending hindered by a difficult narrative journey."
Love and deceit rule in a shadowy kingdom populated by lesbian vampires who live on the fringes of society. Read full book review >
GRAND CONCEPTION by Charles Morgan
Released: Aug. 9, 2012

"An innovative and triumphantly bizarre story, with enough material to keep readers eager for an entire trilogy."
Morgan (Heroes of the New Eden, 2012, etc.) delivers the first installment in his Morning Bliss trilogy, an imaginative, allegorical sci-fi tale. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 9, 2012

"A likable memoir, full of the author's love of life, even if it often covers familiar territory."
Walter's debut memoir, set in post-World War II America, delves into the importance of faith and self-reliance. Read full book review >
The Virgin Widow by Andrea S. Gould
Released: Aug. 9, 2012

"A study of grief and empowerment sure to be useful to widows seeking an empathetic guide."
In this slim volume—part memoir, part self-help book—a widow navigates her way through the stages of grief. Read full book review >
LIVING IN THE THEATER OF THE ABSURD by Susan H.  McIntyre
Released: Aug. 9, 2012

"An unflinching look at one woman's life with multiple chronic illnesses."
A personal story of chronic illness combined with life advice. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 9, 2012

"A good basic overview of the theory and practice of relationship selling."
Teaches that building relationships is the key to selling well. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >