Indie Book Reviews (page 651)

YEN by Morgan Wells
Released: Nov. 5, 2009

"A smut-fest that's as pretentious as it is prurient."
Randy teens wallow in depraved sex and poetic epiphanies in this highfalutin pornographic fable. Read full book review >
CARNAL WEAPON by Peter Hoffmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2009

"A funny, energetic tale about the war between primness and hedonism."
A femme fatale lures a naïve lawyer into a stock swindle in this jaunty Eisenhower-era caper. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 4, 2009

"An original, stimulating pep talk for a continent."
Africa must look to God for a way out of its malaise, argues this ambitious manifesto. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 2, 2009

"There's no doubt that Zaccone is sincere in her wish to alleviate suffering, and women with breast cancer, no matter their background, should find comfort and guidance here."
A successful businesswoman gives a warts-and-all account of her fight with cancer. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 2, 2009

"An intriguing look at the concept of God's covenant that needs to be much more clearly stated."
An exploration of the concept of covenantal life in biblical times and the modern era. Read full book review >

THE PROPHECY OF ZEPHYRUS by G.A. Hesse
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"This gem of a well-plotted adventure tale is a worthwhile addition to the fantasy genre."
A modern-day teenager is swept through time in Hesse's exhilarating fantasy tale of enchanted lands and rampaging monsters. Read full book review >
CAVE GOSSIP by Keith Harvey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"An absorbing tale in which the quest for self-knowledge packs a lot of emotional resonance."
A mild-mannered scholar confronts his woman problems by delving into the mythic landscape of the south of France in this searching psychological novel. Read full book review >
THE DOLLIES PUT ON A PLAY by Kitty Leech
written and illustrated by Kitty Leech, adapted and illustrated by Tracey Herman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Detailed and engaging but not quite complete."
The story of a Nativity play production, an addition to the Dollies series, doubles as a picture book for little ones and an introduction to stagecraft for older children. Read full book review >
OFF TRACK by Robert L. Spevakow
Released: Oct. 30, 2009

"A compelling story of spirituality, emotional desolation and forgiveness whose characters could use some life."
A Vancouver-based wholesaler's life takes a nosedive after his best friend kicks the bucket at the peak of his physical, emotional and financial success. Read full book review >
THE CHIEF X OFFICER by Majed A. Rahim
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 29, 2009

"A sometimes-simplistic but often insightful guide that may help keep senior executives from being blindsided."
Two consultants deliver a quick, high-impact guide through the corporate labyrinth for newly hired senior executives. Read full book review >
BEST BET by Laura Pedersen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2009

"A sure bet."
A delightful fourth and final book about the rich, quirky life of 21-year-old college student Hallie Palmer. Read full book review >
The Blood of Tyrants by Peter S. Fischer
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 21, 2009

"An engaging, complex political thriller."
In former TV writer-producer Fischer's debut thriller, a seemingly random assortment of U.S. citizens targets members of Congress. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >