Indie Book Reviews (page 7)

Hammond Flux by Alan Killip
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An often entertaining and timely book that keenly examines the vanishing differences between real and electronic worlds."
Killip (Genie and Other Weird Tales, 2016) offers a sci-fi novel about a journey through uncharted technology. Read full book review >
DEW ON GINKGO LEAVES by Todd Shuler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2017

"A ravishing work of historical fiction about devotion and revenge amid the 'bloodstained dust' of war."
A death by poisoned arrow begins this violent epic of the Qing Dynasty. Read full book review >

TORN by Mary Brock Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2017

"While the pacing fails to match the urgency of the central plot, the tale delivers a complex blend of ecological sci-fi and political thriller."
Two eco-engineers trying to save their planet from environmental disaster discover their employer may possess a hidden agenda in this first installment of a series. Read full book review >
I CAN-CER VIVE by Monya Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2017

"An undeniably inspiring but poorly executed memoir."
In this tragic story of a life plagued by disease, Williams (Picking Up the Pieces, 2017, etc.) confirms the old adage that what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.Read full book review >
WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE MYSELF by A. Cole
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2017

"A book that will be a hit with young readers, especially in schools with ethnically diverse student bodies."
Debut author Cole and illustrator Embeli, in this energetic children's book, question the importance of kids' selecting future careers. Read full book review >

Jerusalem Ablaze by Orlando Ortega-Medina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2017

"Stylish, sincere tales that go to dark, sometimes-uncomfortable places."
In Ortega-Medina's debut short story collection, characters are consumed by their fascinations with sex, death, and inescapable fate. Read full book review >
BLADES OF GRASS by Mark Aylwin Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 26, 2017

"A meticulous and congenial, if uneven, tribute to an enterprising reporter in Asia."
This debut book tells the story of the author's uncle, George Aylwin Hogg (1915-1945), an English journalist who spent the last seven years of his life in China. Read full book review >
YOUNGER & WISER by Gene S. Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 2017

"A loosely themed collection that examines life, love, and mortality with wit and wisdom."
Jones' debut book of poetry offers 65 free-verse poems that are intimate, philosophical, and replete with existential wisdom. Read full book review >
RISING ABOVE by Bruno DeLuca
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 25, 2017

"A funny, infuriating, and engrossing tale of family betrayal and accord, though not quite reconciliation."
An idealistic, hardworking Italian-Canadian finally decides to defy his domineering father in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
Skunks Dance by St. John Karp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A colorful, exuberant romp with an appealing fortune-hunting duo."
Two California teenagers search for an ancestor's treasure in this comic novel that crosscuts between contemporary and Gold Rush eras. Read full book review >
LAND OF HIDDEN FIRES by Kirk Kjeldsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A quiet and introspective novel of wartime adventure."
A teenage girl rescues a downed American pilot in World War II Norway. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >