Indie Book Reviews (page 642)

SCENT OF SKIN by Ercan Akbay
Released: Oct. 16, 2011

"Akbay demonstrates an adept ability to take a complicated story and craft a universal, relatable narrative."
Akbay's novel transcends a traditional genre to include elements of love story, crime mystery and science fiction. Read full book review >
Arboregal, the Lorn Tree by D. G. Sandru
Released: Oct. 16, 2011

"Satisfying action and adventure."
Four young Americans attempt to uncover a prophecy as they search for a way home after being transported to a fantastic world similar to our own. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 15, 2011

"While the bare bones of the plot and the characters are inherently interesting, much retooling and polishing of the basic elements would be needed to make the story function as a workable thriller."
Even hard-bitten security consultants can get in over their heads, as is made clear in Boyle's novel introducing the team of Miles Warwick and Lucy Clewes. Read full book review >
A SNOW DAY FOR HANNAH by Linda Petrie Bunch
Released: Oct. 15, 2011

"With a cute hero and gorgeous vistas depicted in clear, bright photos, young readers will happily curl up on a parent's lap to see Hannah's antics."
A puppy goes on joyful adventures in this photo-filled rhyming picture book. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 2011

"One of life's most important lessons is at the heart of this refreshingly original story; adults as well as elementary-age children will benefit from Alto's journey to find time."
After squandering almost all of his time, 10-year-old Alto Quack sets off on a desperate journey to find the Emperor of Time and beg for some more in this inventive children's story. Read full book review >

Sisters in Mischief by S'who
Released: Oct. 15, 2011

"A sprawling novel that, despite its huge cast, may charm fans of contemporary romance."
A debut novel that follows the ups and downs of a British rock band, on the charts and in their lives. Read full book review >
SHANGHAIED by David Paul Collins
Released: Oct. 15, 2011

"An entertaining, poignant coming-of-age memoir."
After being forced into service on a freight ship, a naïve teenager sails around the world, learning more about life than he bargained for. Read full book review >
A NEW LEASH ON LIFE by Erna Mueller
Released: Oct. 15, 2011

"Cop-dog comic YA novel-fantasy doesn't lead the pack but still may collar a following among adolescent readers."
Tough Seattle cop Lt. Spencer Watley, killed in the line of duty, is reincarnated in the body of his former police dog to redeem himself not only by nabbing the cyber-crooks responsible, but also by helping a troubled teenager face physical and emotional challenges. Read full book review >
THE TASTE OF SNOW by Stephen V. Masse
Released: Oct. 15, 2011

"A fresh Christmas story interspersed with joyful, age-old holiday traditions."
Through trials and small miracles, a young girl gains a true appreciation for the magic of the holiday season in Masse's children's novel. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 14, 2011

"An eye-opening, inspiring read for Muslims and non-Muslims alike."
Amana, a well-traveled and well-spoken layman, demystifies Islam. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 14, 2011

"A candid portrait of a man torn between two worlds, whose struggle will reverberate in readers' souls."
When a young, wildly successful ad executive is unexpectedly fired from a 1970s Madison Avenue ad agency, he must come to terms with his closeted identity as a Stonewall-era gay man and differentiate the truly meaningful from the inconsequential in Baker's debut. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 14, 2011

"Casual and scholarly interests alike will find this book useful as a desk reference or a non-continuous read."
Korea was just a country after that conflict, but Vietnam is still a war 40 years later—that is the assertion and question of Radford University professor Brown in her encyclopedic dictionary comprising various concepts and terminology of the conflict. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >