Indie Book Reviews (page 9)

A Pilgrim for Freedom by Michael Novakovic
Released: Aug. 31, 2016

"A remarkable and gripping account of a boy fleeing a war-torn nation and eventually flourishing in America."
As the rumble of World War II draws closer, a young boy leaves behind his once-comfortable life in Split, Yugoslavia, to embark on a turbulent adventure. Read full book review >
As God Looked On by Jim Harris
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A tale for readers intrigued by the intersecting lives of hard-luck cases."
Harris (A Bottle of Rain, 2007, etc.) delivers a literary novel about a number of ramshackle characters based in modern-day FloridaRead full book review >

Slave Queen by H.B. Moore
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A satisfying historical thriller."
Omar Zagouri must delve into a mystery dating back to the 16th century when he's targeted by murderous conspirators in Moore's (Exodus, 2016, etc.) sequel.Read full book review >
Poor Will's Almanack for 2017 by Bill Felker
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"While the weather forecasts may be debatable, this almanac still features beautiful essays by the author and some useful details about seasonal events and gardening."
An annual almanac attempts to predict weather-related phenomena based on patterns observed in previous years. Read full book review >
Stories in Verses by Mary Alice Sutherland
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Some good verses to read aloud while teaching ABCs and the calendar to kids."
This illustrated book offers 15 rhymed, humorous poems for children in preschool and kindergarten. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Reflective, upbeat, and hopeful; offers honest insight into the real trials and tribulations of a cancer patient as well as valuable advice for those facing treatment."
A lung cancer survivor offers hope for patients, families, and friends. Read full book review >
Poseidon & Cleito by Andrew J. Peters
Released: Aug. 29, 2016

"A fresh twist on an old sea myth, complete with magic, intrigue, and plenty of old-school adventures."
A novel offers a historical reimagining of ancient tribes, the story of Atlantis, and the man who would become known as Poseidon, Bridler of the Sea. Read full book review >
39 Bayshore by Donna J. Grisanti
Released: Aug. 29, 2016

"An exposition-heavy mystery that holds its intriguing characters back but sets the stage for more enthralling sequels."
Three people find themselves drawn to a historic house where secrets from their past lurk. Read full book review >
The Blackmail Photos by Michael P. King
Released: Aug. 28, 2016

"A tightly executed thriller and the high point of a great series."
In this third installment of his Travelers series, King's (The Computer Heist, 2016, etc.) con-artist couple target a would-be politician.Read full book review >
I'll Be the Queen, You Be the Monkey by Kate Krugman
Released: Aug. 28, 2016

"An honest, compelling depiction of a complicated family."
Krugman's melancholy debut novel explores parental legacies as it traces the life of a young woman from her father's early death to the first glimmers of her own mortality. Read full book review >
The Complete Martin Forn Series by Matt Wilk
Released: Aug. 27, 2016

"All the perks of a sturdy spy tale, marred by some stumbles."
A former Interpol operative and Green Beret comes out of retirement to battle terrorists, a cult, and a Russian crime syndicate in this trilogy of thrillers. Read full book review >
HMMM? by Simon Plaster
Released: Aug. 27, 2016

"A humorous take on genre conventions in which the farce overtakes the mystery."
An Oklahoma reporter and a fairly novice shamus work a case involving presumed adultery and a strong possibility of murder in Plaster's (Boobs, 2015, etc.) sendup of traditional whodunits. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Maria Goodavage
October 24, 2016

Wherever the president goes, there will be dogs. They’ll be there no matter what the country or state. They’ll be there regardless of the political climate, the danger level, the weather, or the hour. Maria Goodavage’s new book Secret Service Dogs immerses readers in the heart of this elite world of canine teams who protect first families, popes, and presidential candidates: the selection of dogs and handlers, their year-round training, their missions around the world, and, most important, the bond—the glue that holds the teams together and can mean the difference between finding bombs and terrorists or letting them slip by. Secret Service Dogs celebrates the Secret Service’s most unforgettable canine heroes. It is a must-read for fans of Maria Goodavage, anyone who wants a rare inside view of the United States Secret Service, or just loves dogs. “Goodavage’s subjects and their companions are quirky and dedicated enough to engage readers wondering about those dogs on the White House lawn,” our reviewer writes. View video >