Indie Book Reviews (page 7)

LYING FOR THE LORD by Johnny Townsend
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"Another of Townsend's shrewd, evocative, wryly humorous, occasionally didactic scenes of Mormonism and its discontents."
Countless fibs, evasions, and hypocrisies buttress the verities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in these slyly subversive stories. Read full book review >
THE JAGUAR ORACLE by Kurt Frederick Mähler
Released: Feb. 14, 2015

"Readers with a love for the mystical and fantastical will enjoy this unique tale."
Educator and doctoral student Mähler offers an imaginative debut folk tale featuring animals, trees, humans, and even planets as characters. Read full book review >

A MATCH TO DIE FOR by Ellen Frank Mathews
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"An entertaining, fast-paced mystery."
A matchmaker investigates a murder involving one of her clients in Mathews' debut crime novel. Read full book review >
When I Set Myself on Fire by W.W. Singer
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"A surreal, sometimes-difficult narrative that will reward patient readers."
A university lawyer takes care of a monkey with humanlike tendencies in this debut novel. Read full book review >
The Shoemaker's Daughter by Helen Martin Block
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"An engaging story of love in the worst of circumstances."
Block, in her debut novel, tells the desperate tale of a couple attempting to survive the horrors of Nazi occupation. Read full book review >

Approaching Twi-Night by M Thomas Apple
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"An overall solid effort; readers will find that it's worth sticking around for the last pitch."
The love of writing and baseball combine in Apple's debut novel. Read full book review >
RUNGLE IN THE JUNGLE by Robert Logan Rogers
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"An upbeat story with a moral about believing in yourself accompanied by fantastic illustrations—but told in stilted verse."
Get ready to race! Jungle animals, led by three delightfully illustrated animal children, are racing for the joy of it in this rhyming children's book debut by Rogers (Out of His Mouth!, 2012). Read full book review >
The Beslan Massacre: Myths & Facts by Alexander Burakov
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"A remarkable testament to the power of investigative journalism in the face of lies and careless rumor."
An investigative review of the notorious Beslan massacre that thoroughly pieces together a version of what really happened, debunking long-standing mythology along the way. Read full book review >
Café Noir by Ross C. Hardy
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A fairly small portion, but don't be surprised if this bitter brew keeps you up all night."
Consumerism runs wild in a chaotic, violent future dominated by the corporate superpower Krater Koffee. Read full book review >
All Hailed The Singularity by Dan Pausback
Released: Feb. 9, 2015

"A fast-paced, if occasionally buggy, cyberthriller with some nail-biting passages."
In Pausback's apocalyptic debut thriller, a deadly hacker unleashes a virus that threatens to delete the human species. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 7, 2015

"Archaeological mystery and murder wandering in a desert of dialogue."
American spy hero Tristan Boumann uncovers the lost tomb of Cleopatra in this stand-alone murder mystery in Vinc3nt's Pyramider spy-fitrilogy. Read full book review >
METAL STORM by William Sumrall
Released: Feb. 6, 2015

"A novel about a landmark battle that's too disorganized to make anything of its intriguing parts.
A debut historical novel from U.S. Marine Sumrall that retells the story of Custer's "Last Stand" in savage detail. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >