Indie Book Reviews (page 7)

The China Saboteurs by Jake Bronsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2016

"An underdeveloped thriller with a protagonist that could have been fleshed out more."
A veteran homeland-security agent vows justice in the mysterious death of a young auditor investigating the plagued production of a Pentagon fighter jet in this thriller. Read full book review >
Diary of a Broken Mind by Sean Michael Montgomery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2016

"A tragic, yet unconvincing, account of the author's visionary gifts."
Montgomery (The Prophecies of the Apocalyptic Son, 2009) shares his autobiography and divine revelations in this spiritual work.Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 19, 2016

"The warm and inviting earliest adventures of a favorite children's book character from another era."
A new translation of the first novel in a children's series from a century ago introduces a sunny German heroine. Read full book review >
Emergence by Tyler Brand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2016

"A work of surprising depth even as it delivers the powerful chills and thrills readers expect from a battle with formidable creatures."
Brand provides a dark tale about a war veteran in this debut sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
McScreamy by Rebecca L. Woodson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 18, 2016

"A warm and funny tale that delivers a simple message about how significant differences can inspire lifelong passions."
A little girl's record-breaking, ear-splitting voice leads her to a rewarding path in this debut picture book. Read full book review >

The Enigma Gamers by Charles Breakfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2016

"A cyberattack tale that's superb as both a continuation of a series and a promising start in an entirely new direction."
In this spinoff of Breakfield and Burkey's (The Enigma Always, 2015, etc.) techno-thriller series, someone's hacking companies and places with automated services and demanding ransoms.Read full book review >
Cat Post by DJ Ass Maggots
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2016

"A smart, sarcastic illustrated look at the cat-keeping lifestyle.
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A short collection of humorous vignettes from the life of a cat owner. Read full book review >
Somehow I Am Different by Alyssa Petersel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 17, 2016

"A journey through the lives of young Eastern European Jews that's not to be missed."
Petersel's debut explores the revitalization of the Hungarian Jewish community in 21 oral histories of millennial Jews. Read full book review >
Cinnamon Diamonds by Mark Piper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2016

"An entertaining, well-written tale, but its unexpected tonal shift suggests that it might have worked better as part of a longer work."
A short yarn about seafaring and the origin of doughnuts. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 2016

"A gripping story stymied by wildly out-of-date views on women's roles and sexuality."
A British husband and wife tell stories of fertility treatments and harrowing hospital stays in this self-help book aimed at couples struggling to start a family. Read full book review >
Red Phoenix Burning by Larry Bond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 2016

"Readers should hardly notice the novel's epic length, breezing through laudable characters and a global plot running at full tilt."
In this military thriller, a coup in North Korea begets civil war, which, given the country's chemical and nuclear weapons, could have worldwide repercussions. Read full book review >
Mitzi The Dish Rag Dog by Francisco A. Figueroa
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 16, 2016

"A slight but sweet dogcentric tale that resonates with warmth and sincerity.
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A playful pup gives voice to her happy, everyday life in this simple, rhyming children's picture book by debut author Figueroa. 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 >