Indie Book Reviews (page 8)

Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Warm, witty recollections well-aware of their absurdity."
Absurdity and drama go hand in hand in Baysden's witty, loopy memoir of his time as a Navy adviser during the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
The Owl from Oblivion by Rusty Biesele
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"A choppy fifth installment featuring philosophical musings and a cheekily optimistic conclusion."
Biesele's (The Saeshell Book of Time Part 4: The Ceremony of Life, 2014, etc.)latest Saeshell book is his most tangled tale to date.Read full book review >

Sharky Marky and the Scavenger Hunt by Lance Olsen
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"An undersea adventure that both wins and loses."
Olsen and Perry (Sharky Marky and the Big Race, 2015) introduce the alphabet in the second installment of the Sharky Marky picture-book series. Read full book review >
Cut Paste Gone by Lisa  Safran
Released: Aug. 2, 2015

"A well-written, engaging exploration of the maxim, 'Be careful what you wish for.'"
A young girl with a magic pair of scissors makes a collage out of reality in Safran's debut YA novel. Read full book review >
Life's Too Short for Leftovers by Michael Ditchfield
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A series of moving, important stories from a passionate humanitarian that's sometimes overshadowed by its clever concept."
A humanitarian and amateur chef reflects on Africa, cooking, and what he's learned from those two passions. Read full book review >

Shanty Gold by Jeanne Charters
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A gripping but uneven story of a young woman obtaining her independence in a new land."
An Irish immigrant forges a new life in a turbulent time in Charters' debut novel. Read full book review >
The Lost Girls by Mari Bianca
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Detailed spells and robust personalities make this a bolder-than-average YA adventure."
Bianca's (Serenade, 2014) YA fantasy sees a teen witch learning her craft while coping with her dark, strange past. Read full book review >
The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts by K.C. Tansley
Released: July 31, 2015

"An intricate supernatural mystery with an overly gifted heroine."
Tansley's YA fantasy/mystery tells a story of ghosts, curses, and a deadly secret. Read full book review >
Naked Shall I Return by Christopher Bartley
Released: July 31, 2015

"An often entertaining novel featuring some humor and some mystery."
In the latest novel from Bartley (Every Secret Thing, 2014, etc.), the moral and cynical gangster Ross Duncan hunts for a Chinese antique with a long history in storied San Francisco.Read full book review >
Released: July 31, 2015

"A well-researched call for healthy eroticism within heterosexual marriage."
A husband and wife dispel myths about the role of marital sex in this book of personal growth. Read full book review >
AN AFFAIR WITH GOD (A Suburban Noir Novel) by Cathryn Grant
Released: July 31, 2015

"Astutely detailed if a tad unwoven."
From Grant (Beloved Ghosts, 2015, etc.) comes a novel about a minister's wife in desperate need of her husband's attention. Read full book review >
The Ghost, Josephine by Brad  Rau
Released: July 31, 2015

"Tightly paced, controlled, and written with a sure grasp of character and voice, Rau's novel is a formidable debut."
Grief and loss haunt a laborer from a small town in Maine in Rau's well-written debut. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >