Indie Book Reviews (page 642)

RED HAMMER 1994 by Robert Ratcliffe
THRILLERS
Released: April 26, 2013

"An intelligently written techno-thriller that's reminiscent of the late Tom Clancy's work."
In Ratcliffe's debut thriller, Russia launches a pre-emptive nuclear attack, and the United States must defend itself at sea, on land and in the air. Read full book review >
Reflection of the Gods by Lisa Llamrei
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 26, 2013

"An intriguing, time-hopping fantasy."
First-time fantasy novelist Llamrei tells the story of a man's chance encounter with a woman who's much more than she seems. Read full book review >

EPIDEMIC OF CHOICE by Don Nelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2013

"Hits all the targets for fans of police drama."
While dealing with family issues, personal demons and office politics, Special Agent Jake Shaunessey and fellow Drug Enforcement Administration agents try to track down the elusive kingpins of a Minneapolis-area heroin network. Read full book review >
LILLY NOBLE & ACTUAL MAGIC by Deborah McTiernan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 26, 2013

"Lacks the wonder expected from magical teens and fairy tales made real."
By-the-numbers YA in which an amnesiac teen girl enrolls in a school of magic and battles her evil stepmother's secret plans. Read full book review >
The Trials of Christopher Mann by Casey Charles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2013

"A lucid, gratifying novel with appeal for both LGBT readers and anyone interested in a particularly pivotal slice of San Francisco history."
History and melodrama combine in this brisk novel centered on the murder of gay rights political advocate Harvey Milk. Read full book review >

Reveal by Bhuvana Mandalapu
Released: April 25, 2013

"A successful fusion of Western medical advice and Eastern spiritual guidance."
A manual that offers clearheaded advice on how to change negative routines. Read full book review >
Death in Twilight by Jason Fields
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2013

"A commendable detective story and an immaculate survivor's tale of the Nazi regime."
In Fields' debut historical detective novel, a Jewish smuggler's investigation into a ghetto police officer's murder in Nazi-occupied Poland exposes him to the horrors of the Holocaust. Read full book review >
A Midnight Trade by Janet Wise
THRILLERS
Released: April 25, 2013

"A plausible, disturbing thriller featuring torture, murder, big-business pharmaceuticals and other dirty tricks."
A Memphis cop investigates the disappearance of a prominent biogenetics scientist in this thriller by Wise (The Black Silk Road, 2010). Read full book review >
From Family to Crew by James A. Ellingford
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 25, 2013

"An honest, detailed account of a man taming a ship."
A thorough guide to acquiring, maintaining and enjoying a yacht. Read full book review >
Released: April 25, 2013

"A brief book of worthwhile tips on how to maximize the most important things in life."
Mianji, in this debut self-help work, lays out a short, simple formula for maximizing life's enjoyment. Read full book review >
SPOOKETY BOO by John V. Curtin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 25, 2013

"A fun, if not groundbreaking, introduction to holiday frights for younger kids."
Curtin brings a Halloween scarecrow to life in this debut picture book that walks a fine line between being playful and scary. Read full book review >
Radium Baby by St. John Karp
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 25, 2013

"A devilishly rich, satisfying scientific confection."
In Karp's debut young-adult novel, three preteens compete to prove their connection to famous scientists who died more than a decade ago. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >