Indie Book Reviews (page 625)

Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Memoir as social commentary, but far more of the former than the latter."
A man chooses freedom over stability in an uncertain job market and gains a unique perspective on working in America. Read full book review >
THE HAPLESS VALET by Lenhardt Stevens
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Although there's nothing especially new or unique about the book, its accessibility and great cast of characters are more than enough to please mystery readers."
In Stevens' debut novel, a celebrity with a history of eco-terrorism, a 1950s film noir star's mysterious past and a jazz club owner looking to make fast money collide in rainy Portland with professional valet Draper Burns (that's the jack-of-all-trades servant kind, not the kind that parks cars). Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"Appealing to readers of multiple genres, this book is not to be missed."
Hayes' debut is a blend of suspense novel and morality play. Read full book review >
A CURE FOR CANCER by Andrew P. Smith
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"A fast-paced, twisty book of scientific research enlivened by crime."
The new book from cancer and neurodegenerative disease researcher Smith (The Dimensions of Experience: A Natural History of Consciousness, 2009) is a medical suspense novel exploring the high stakes world of cancer research. Read full book review >
THE GATEWAY by JoAnna Daniels
Released: Aug. 27, 2010

"Christopher's blind belief in his relatives and himself can make the exploration plot feel a bit trite compared to its many action-adventure peers, but the young man's heartfelt quest to find and create his family is richly engaging."
When a young man embarks on a quest in the South American jungle to find the physical and emotional remains of his explorer great-grandfather who disappeared 72 years earlier, he discovers an unbelievable truth. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 25, 2010

"Lacking as a total package, but the interactive bits promise hours of undercover fun."
This interactive spy caper entices kids to concoct their own detective missions while helping the main character solve a sweet-tasting mystery. Read full book review >
TATOR'S BIG RACE by Diane Shapley-Box
Released: Aug. 25, 2010

"Appealing to kids while parents may declare the writing and story the winner, with the illustrations a distant second."
An alligator learns that friendship is more rewarding than winning in this children's tale from writer/illustrator Shapley-Box. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 25, 2010

"An endearingly homespun tale that could nevertheless better balance its entertainment and education."
Aimed at elementary schoolers, Wagner's heartwarming salute to recycling features the reincarnation of a friendly bottle and can. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

"A fulfilling read for both mystery and chick-lit aficionados."
The new novel by Russell (Deed So, 2010) is the first in a promised mystery series that takes place in the "wacky" world of biotech. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 22, 2010

"Poems that may or may not be marvelously ahead of their time—but they're intriguing to watch unfold either way."
A loose collection of energetic poems. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 21, 2010

"Desta's strength and tenacity in this first volume will entice many readers to eagerly anticipate the next installment of the young boy's journey and the continuation of his family's saga."
Set in Ethiopia in the 1950s, Ambau's moving tale is a lively coming-of-age story with merging themes of forgiveness and redemption. Read full book review >
WALKOUT by Henry C. Woodrum
Released: Aug. 20, 2010

"An understated, uplifting memoir that shows the best of humanity in a time of war and horror."
A young World War II airman learns hard-won lessons in bravery and generosity during an extended stay behind enemy lines in occupied France in Woodrum's affecting, low-key memoir. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >