Indie Book Reviews (page 8)

RUNGLE IN THE JUNGLE by Robert Logan Rogers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
THE SILVER SHIPS by S.H. Jucha
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A good, meat-and-potatoes space-opera adventure."
In Jucha's debut sci-fi novel, a bright, pragmatic starship captain from a far-future human-colonized world finds his life changed by an exciting, ominous discovery in deep space. Read full book review >
All Hailed The Singularity by Dan Pausback
THRILLERS
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 >

THE CLEOPATRA AFFAIR by Eric Vinc3nt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2015

"A novel about a landmark battle that's too disorganized to make anything of its intriguing parts.
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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 >
AWAKENING by Andi O'Connor
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"With a touch of sci-fi, this penultimate installation of a fantasy series delivers rich characters and complex plotlines."
In this second installment of O'Connor's (Silevethiel, 2013, etc.) YA fantasy series, a young man, fighting to save the world, is tested when an old adversary returns to wreak more destruction. Read full book review >
FADING INTO FOCUS by Joan Kantor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"An evocative, concentrated rendering of a complex relationship."
Kantor (Shadow Sounds, 2010) explores the dreams, dementia, and death of her mother in this memoiristic volume of poetry. Read full book review >
Yearning for Normal by Susan Ellison Busch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"A moving, intelligent examination of raising a child with a disability."
A nurse tells her personal story of having a child with a severe genetic disorder. Read full book review >
MANAGING BUBBIE by Russel Lazega
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"A successful twofer: a moving ode to a beloved family matriarch and a valuable reminder about the role of history in shaping even seemingly ordinary lives."
Lazega's (Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law and Practice, 2014, etc.) first foray into narrative nonfiction chronicles the life of his fearless Bubbie, a tough-as-nails Holocaust survivor. Read full book review >
"Grandma, What Is A Soul?" by Karen E. Herrick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 4, 2015

"A well-executed picture book detailing one path the soul could take."
Herrick (You're Not Finished Yet, 2011) offers an illustrated explanation of what happens when we die. 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 >