Indie Book Reviews (page 625)

Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"More screwball than satire, the amusement factor can't raise the narrative from the weight of its too-familiar elements."
In a town where everybody is for sale, how is an agent of hell supposed to corrupt anyone? Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"Family-oriented cooks will appreciate this collection of thoughtful prayers and traditional and original recipes that range in culinary complexity."
Anderson (The Complete Book of Homemade Ice Cream, 1972) invites the home cook back to the table for traditional mealtimes centered on God and family. Read full book review >

The Last Victim by Christopher Rudy
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"A disturbing, haunting account of a sexual predator."
A true-crime account of a forgotten but horrific monster terrorizing the United States, written by one of the police officers responsible for his capture. Read full book review >
THE DIARIES by Chuck Driskell
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"Uninventive and fairly exploitative, but still an engaging, enjoyable thriller."
During a routine mission, a troubled spy stumbles upon a cache of diaries—the lost accounts of a Jewish house servant brutalized by Adolf Hitler—in Driskell's thriller. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 30, 2012

"An inspirational tale that travels the road back from hardship and abuse."
McLeod's memoir recounts decades of abuse at the hands of her father and husband before she discovered God and turned her life around. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 29, 2012

"Self-help intended for religious leaders but equally suitable for the laity looking to balance the demands of work and life."
In a loosely structured memoir, a Southern pastor presents his own struggles in order to help other pastors. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 28, 2012

"Full of potential but undone because of a lack of control."
Part historical thriller, part philosophical exploration of religion, this occult detective story attempts to marry metaphysical musings with literary adventure. Read full book review >
The Golden Chalice Of Hunahpu by William Vlach
Released: Jan. 28, 2012

"An often enthralling look into a little-known period of history, but one that lacks the dramatic structure for maximum impact."
A historical novel about a Spanish conquistador's invasion of Guatemala as narrated by three witnesses: a Mayan prince, the conquistador's wife and a Dominican monk. Read full book review >
OP-DEC by K. Williams
Released: Jan. 27, 2012

"Excels at historic details and characterization but lacks intrigue."
Williams' World War II spy thriller brings to life a shadowy world of espionage, Nazis and secret agents. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 27, 2012

"A well-intentioned but slender invitation to explore the natural world through sight and sound."
A cheerfully illustrated and alliterative stroll through a child's garden. Read full book review >
EVERYDAY NOIR by Con Chapman
Released: Jan. 27, 2012

"There's a chuckle or a laugh in every one of Chapman's noir-tinged stories."
A tongue-in-cheek mapping of the mean streets of suburbia. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 27, 2012

"A treat for China buffs, yet broadly appealing."
In first-time author Gray's serpentine thriller, an American lawyer becomes a pawn in a vicious power struggle sparked by the death of Chairman Mao Zedong. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >