Indie Book Reviews

THE SEVENTH THUNDER by Larry Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A frantic but never confusing story enhanced by its characters and tantalizing religious theme.
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In Brooks' (Deadly Faux, 2013, etc.) latest thriller, a widower's unpublished apocalyptic novel may actually have prophesied the end of times.Read full book review >
DEADLY FAUX by Larry Brooks
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Filled with enough twists to make a roulette wheel dizzy."
In Brooks' (Pressure Points, 2013, etc.) thriller, Wolfgang Schmitt's latest undercover gig for the FBI puts him at a Las Vegas hotel-casino to bring down mobsters. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"An enlightening, accessible book that will appeal to academics and casual music fans as well as history and pop-culture trivia buffs."
Chronologies of the lives of four historical figures from the 1960s as seen through the lens of popular music. Read full book review >
THE WISE LEGACY by Daniel J. Siegel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"Of greatest interest to those who knew Sidney Wise—but also a poignant reminder of a more civil political era."
This tribute volume collects statements from and interviews with students, colleagues, relatives, and friends of Sidney Wise, an influential professor. Read full book review >
DAMAGE CONTROL by Phil Slott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Although ostensibly written for caretakers and TBI survivors, this compelling read will comfort anyone who needs inspiration for overcoming an incredibly daunting situation."
From husband and wife authors Slott (Never let 'em see you sweat, 2014, etc.) and Spears, a touching, frank, and unsparing depiction of the trauma, initial recovery, and ongoing challenges surrounding traumatic brain injury (TBI). Read full book review >

HERE THERE IS NO WHY by Rachel Roth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2013

"A well-observed, heartbreaking memoir of the Holocaust."
In her debut memoir, Roth recounts her experiences as a Jewish teenager in Poland during the Holocaust. Read full book review >
CARDBOARD SOLDIERS by James G. Scotson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 22, 2014

"Part Matrix, part Lord of the Flies, and thoroughly engaging in its own right."
In Scotson's (Planets Falling: Earth and Mars Saga, 2014) imaginative dystopian sci-fi novel, a young boy is taken out of a troubled childhood to train as an elite soldier. Read full book review >
THE OPAL DRAGON by James A. Calderwood
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 23, 2015

"Fascinating if overloaded."
In this thriller sequel, the son of a Filipina prostitute becomes a kingpin in Australia's opal underworld, where he deals with a truly monstrous find. Read full book review >
THE BOSTON TRADER by Jefferson Flanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2015

"A sequel that stands firmly on its own, brimming with political intrigue and historical drama."
A Boston merchant is falsely accused of murdering a government official in 18th-century China in Flanders' (The Girl from Recoleta and Other Stories of Love, 2014, etc.) intricate sequel to The Republic of Virtue (2014). Read full book review >
KEYS TO ATLANTIS by Sally Copus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 5, 2015

"A sensational, exhilarating adventure that will make new readers want to read the series' first."
Time traveler Jon Sinclair returns to the 17th century to find the lost city of Atlantis in the second installment of Copus' (BlackHeart's Legacy, 2012) middle-grade adventure series. Read full book review >
FREEDOM'S TREE by Kenneth Lippincott
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 12, 2014

"Promotes concepts aimed at Christian readers, but it's first and foremost a thriller that will reel in genre fans."
Folks looking to settle in a Colorado community are made to feel unwelcome by a batch of unruly—and often dangerous—locals in Lippincott's Christian thriller debut. Read full book review >
WHO, ME? by Donald Spatafora
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2013

"An inspirational story that's both wise and winsome."
A Texas retiree recounts the tale of his late-in-life religious awakening in this charming debut memoir. 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 >