Indie Book Reviews (page 642)

BEYOND ULTRA by Robert A. Wright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2011

"Fans of epic historical fiction will applaud."
Wright's historical drama follows two families—one Spanish and the other German—and the devastating effects of three wars on their lives. Read full book review >
AN UPRISING OF ANGELS by Marc D. Baldwin
Released: May 27, 2011

"Overworked, but worth a read for its rough, raw and luridly realistic portrayal of inner-city strife."
Race relations and social upheaval permeate this frenetic novel set amid the 1992 trial of Los Angeles police officers accused of beating motorist Rodney King. Read full book review >

Released: May 27, 2011

"For readers looking for quick, engaging inspiration, Gibson's sharp and credible book is a solid resource."
Gibson's (The Human Body of Light, 2010, etc.) latest speaks to readers looking to trade in pain and suffering for lasting happiness. Read full book review >
Released: May 27, 2011

"Ashe is more flag-bearer of the rampant Montfort lion than objective storyteller, but her sharp eye for human drama and historic detail, together with strong characterization, keep the reader absorbed to the very end."
A full-blooded second installment of Ashe's historical fiction, in which the seeds of rebellion against Henry III's economic tyranny are sown in the mind of Simon de Montfort, the founder of Parliament. Read full book review >
LEASHED by J.F. Phillips
Released: May 26, 2011

"Sustains enough momentum to satisfy mystery fans looking for a little literary escapism."
A straightforward murder mystery in the California surf. Read full book review >

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2011

"Harshly beautiful stories, shot through with spiritual exaltation."
Hardship, brutality and frustration are balanced by sudden gleams of grace in these luminous period fables. Read full book review >
MEMOIRS OF THE PHOENIX by Reece Harris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 26, 2011

"A great read for the patient but thirsty philosopher and soul searcher."
Our dreams may be more valuable than we know, says one visionary scholar. Read full book review >
VAPORIZED by Victor Levine
Released: May 26, 2011

"This book offers up a worthy mystery just short of gripping, along with an insider's tour of the dark underground of the early 1980s New York City music scene."
A mystery involving a real-life rocker, a perfume that will knock you out and a cast of characters ranging from drug-crazed Italians and mist-making Persians to wannabe musicians and star-struck Jersey girls. Read full book review >
SCIATU MIO by Frank Pennisi
Released: May 25, 2011

"An earnest portrait of the brutal life of a mid-level crime family."
Pennisi's novel provides an emotional twist on a New York mob tale. Read full book review >
AMBER'S AMBITIONS by Janice I. Meissner
ROMANCE
Released: May 25, 2011

"Meissner attempts to create a believable, determined protagonist, but the lack of conflict and convenient plot devices keep Amber's tale from resonating."
A romance about a determined young woman and her life's goals. Read full book review >
DEEP IN THE WOODS by Vroni  Hovaguimian
Released: May 24, 2011

"A sweet story about teamwork and friendship."
In this debut children's book, a group of animals lives peacefully in the woods—until a fox shows up and takes over the badger's house. Read full book review >
EVOL by Michael Lynn Jordan
Released: May 24, 2011

"A fun read from an author with a lot of promise."
A dedicated father searches for his missing child and uncovers an international child-pornography ring. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >