Indie Book Reviews (page 647)

THE BOOK OF 21 by Todd M. Ohl
Released: June 29, 2012

"A formidable contender in the religious-thriller genre."
When a professor of folklore and his student are murdered, a Philadelphia detective is on the case. Read full book review >
Released: June 28, 2012

"In a world of high-tech medical care, Meador makes a compelling argument for the simplest of diagnostic tools—listening to a patient."
An intriguing account of 19 medical mysteries and the true-life medical detectives who solved them. Read full book review >

Released: June 28, 2012

"When this sometimes superficial collection hits, which it does more than it misses, it's very funny."
In her first solo work, Turner (co-author: Drinking With Dead Women Writers, 2012) shares a series of essays on being normal—where normal involves copious amounts of alcohol, dreams of becoming a secret agent, and the sometimes-gratuitous use of the word "bitch." Read full book review >
THE SOUNDS OF DEATH by A.A. Pecora
Released: June 28, 2012

"Pecora is no Raymond Chandler and Cody Thomas is no Philip Marlowe, but this debut detective novel bodes well for Pecora's future."
In this mystery novel, Cody Thomas, private eye, tries to find the real murderer and clear his accused wife, with not a moment to lose. Read full book review >
Junior by Ray Donley
Released: June 28, 2012

"A highly readable account of one man's journey from suspected terrorist to sought-after celebrity."
In Donley's satire, Joshua Jennings Jr., the lone survivor in his family, finds himself the leading suspect of a terrorist attack that his father executed. Read full book review >

Released: June 28, 2012

"An informed, articulate conservative manifesto that will shed light even for those who disagree."
A semiretired systems engineer and former Air Force officer with ties to the Conservative Christian Liberty Institute calls for sweeping reductions in the size and scope of the federal government. Read full book review >
Released: June 27, 2012

"Simple, easy-to-follow steps detail how to develop a lasting workout regimen."
Former Occidental College swimming and water polo coach Hopper (Healthcare Happily Ever After, 2007, etc.) offers a concise guide to developing an exercise program. Read full book review >
Released: June 27, 2012

"Finely nuanced hymn to the world before Ikea, and the stout West Virginians who peopled it. Recommended."
Ayer (Tales of Chinkapin Creek, 2011) returns with more sparkling sketches of rural West Virginians who lived by their hands, hearts and wits before the age of machines. Read full book review >
Released: June 27, 2012

"A witty and wise read, especially for fans of tough-minded heroines."
A fictional account of one woman's struggle with marriage and faith. Read full book review >
DEMONS OF THE ISLANDS by Monica Ponder
Released: June 27, 2012

"Excessive jargon and a gigantic ensemble break the spell of this well-meaning fantasy novel."
The mystical exploits of Sheer'An and company continue in this fourth installment of Ponder's Cel'mystry series (The Only Road, 2011, etc.), which is the first to credit co-author Nash. Read full book review >
Released: June 27, 2012

"Better suited to cocktail party chatter than a novella."
This true story about a short trip to the casino makes for a banal retelling of a weekend getaway. Read full book review >
Released: June 27, 2012

"A warm, homey collection of recipes from the lighter side of Italian cuisine, clear enough for kitchen newcomers."
Mazzarella's debut provides a blend of family lore and recipes in this cookbook and loving tribute to his mother. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >