Indie Book Reviews (page 642)

HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA by Christine Lavin
Released: March 14, 2012

"Play—don't read—this important environmental message. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An oil spill jeopardizes sea life in this environmental songbook. Read full book review >
MERIBAH by Arthur Mokin
Released: March 14, 2012

"A tale of the Exodus that brings Israel's prophet and people to life."
Documentarian Mokin draws on the Book of Exodus in a novel about a man who learns to balance his love for a woman with his love for his adopted nation and their God. Read full book review >

THE MERMAID PICNIC by Kitty Leech
Released: March 14, 2012

"Sure to meet the approval of mermaid lovers everywhere."
A disappointing deluge dampens Emily's spirits, but imagination and resourcefulness save the day. Read full book review >
HAMILTON CASHEW AND THE STORY WEAVERS by Maria Kallinikos
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2012

"A charming fantasy tale with contemporary elements that may occasionally stretch the limits of credibility."
In Kallinikos' debut YA fantasy novel, an intrepid elf must foil a plot to stop the production of stories. Read full book review >
Released: March 14, 2012

"A steady narrative drive from an author who knows when to stay the course and when to turn."
In Kase's debut novel, a man's brutal attack may be related to the murder of six young girls. Read full book review >

THE GOOD LAWYER by Thomas Benigno
Released: March 14, 2012

"Readers who like their courtroom thrillers packed with lawyer-speak and zigzagging plot developments should find much to savor."
In Benigno's debut legal thriller, a criminal defense lawyer facing his biggest case yet is hardly prepared for the onslaught of treachery and subterfuge. Read full book review >
Released: March 14, 2012

"Subverts expectations with a twisting plot crossing cultural and religious boundaries."
In Rana's debut novel, a reclusive, conservative Islamic leader and family man falls for a vivacious fashion model half his age. Read full book review >
RED NOVA by Paul L. Centeno
Released: March 14, 2012

"A familiar but exciting sci-fi epic for readers of all ages."
Centeno's debut sci-fi novel follows a group of human soldiers on an intergalactic adventure in the 27th century. Read full book review >
ROLLOVER by Paula J. Longhurst
Released: March 13, 2012

"Between the fully realized setting and complex heroine, Longhurst's novel adeptly juggles the plot threads into a briskly moving tale that's one part thriller and two parts family drama."
Longhurst's debut mystery-thriller revolves around a team that protects lottery winners in the United Kingdom. Read full book review >
Released: March 13, 2012

"A gritty, realistic portrait of the aftermath of deceit."
A man's infidelity rocks the lives of many New York women five months after his death, as former lovers discover that he was infected with more than just an electric personality. Read full book review >
THE SECRET OF THE ALCAZAR by John Williamson
Released: March 13, 2012

"Not always successful, but an interesting, frequently entertaining debut."
In this jet-setting thriller, a fight against an island dictator intersects contemporary concerns of ethnobotany and international law. Read full book review >
CURSED by Victoria Greene
Released: March 13, 2012

"Young and old readers can sink their teeth into this one."
In first-time author Greene's paranormal young-adult thriller, Ethan survives a beast's attack only to realize that he's slowly turning into a werewolf. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >