Indie Book Reviews (page 7)

SARAH VALENTINE, NO GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Philip Valentine Coates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2016

"A relentlessly downbeat account, but the author still manages to bring his ancestors' stories to life."
Coates makes his debut with a comprehensive biography of his great-great-grandmother—a long narrative that's as much a history of a time and place as it is of a family legacy. Read full book review >
NIGHTMARE ENEMY, DREAM FRIEND by Jerry Blanton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2016

"Readable, sometimes-insightful fiction about the conflict between duty and religion."
Blanton's (A God Who Believes in Me, 2014, etc.) historical novel follows a German Protestant man from his student days to his command of a Nazi U-boat. Read full book review >

SARAH VALENTINE, NO GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Philip Valentine Coates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2016

"An absorbing and scathing indictment of 19th-century British government and society that ends on an unexpectedly hopeful note."
This second volume of a trilogy focuses on the life and times of Sarah Valentine, the author's great-great-grandmother, in London. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2016

"A laudable sci-fi yarn that's both irreverent and relevant."
In Richter's (Mating Rituals of Migratory Humans, 2013) dystopian novel, a lowly citizen may be the "Chosen One," destined to lead a revolution against a government that thrives on fear. Read full book review >
WARRIOR OF LIGHT by William Heinzen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2016

"An impressive momentum and colorful characters and beasts make this story an epic journey worth taking."
A man learns that he's the warrior destined to champion the realm of light in an imminent battle against the opposing darkness in this fantasy debut. Read full book review >

FAMILY SECRETS by Steven Powers-Chylinski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2016

"An engrossing work about a related group of medieval queens."
A professor, genealogist, and author explores his royal female ancestors. Read full book review >
JUST LOVE EVERYBODY by Greg Ware
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2016

"A romp through the ages that's full of surprises, aside from some ordinary futuristic touches."
Debut author Ware delivers a sci-fi novel about one man's journeys through time. Read full book review >
Inside the Flavor League by Paul Moser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 2016

"A conspiratorial, character-driven, and fantastically creative tale of high-end liquor and outlandish melodrama."
A satirical yarn traces the roots of a secret society monitoring and fiercely protecting the sanctity of alcoholic beverages. Read full book review >
REVELATION THROUGH SCIENCE by James G. Martin
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 9, 2016

"A philosophically challenging but accessible argument for comity between reason and faith."
A sweepingly thorough account of the ways in which modern science and religion share common ground. Read full book review >
Prophet of Loss by Kennedy Weible
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"An often striking account of religious opportunism."
In this drama, a charismatic cult leader exploits a downtrodden family. Read full book review >
The Making of Bhishma by Kamesh Ramakrishna
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A unique, entertaining attempt to reconcile the ambiguities of an ancient myth with its archaeological record."
In this debut installment of Ramakrishna's retelling of the Indian epic, the Mahabharata, warrior Devavrata Bhishma recounts a long road of intrigues and misunderstandings that led to his renunciation of a crown and the eventual eruption of a war.Read full book review >
A SILENT CRY by Mike Adams
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 7, 2016

"An endearing but anguished account of grief, faith, and remembrance."
An elegiac remembrance of loved ones lost. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >