Indie Book Reviews

SALSA WITH THE POPE by Samantha Wren Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A lengthy but engaging romance boosted by a fun main character and her baseball-playing love interest."
In Anderson's debut novel, an aspiring actress learns to put herself first as she navigates relationships with an egotistical playwright and a New York Yankee. Read full book review >
ETERNIDAD by B. Thomas Harwood
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 17, 2013

"With a riveting villain, diverse cast, and mesmerizing violence, this epic offers plenty of meat on the bone for sword and sorcery fans."
An immortal tyrant and his soul-collecting lieutenant bid to enslave the Western world in Harwood's debut novel, the first volume in a sword and sorcery saga. Read full book review >

ONCE IN A BLUE YEAR by Michael D. Durkota
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A bold debut, filled with unforgettable moments and characters."
In this lyrical debut novel, the lives of two U.S. Navy men take dramatic turns after they're cut from a submarine mission during the Gulf War. Read full book review >
LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY by Robert Joseph
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2015

"An entertaining, often poignant tale of a teen's unforgettable summer."
A teenage boy learns valuable lessons in life and love while spending the summer with his aunt at a Pennsylvania opera company in Joseph's debut YA novel. Read full book review >
LINKERS by David M Schuster
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

"An intriguing premise, with vivid melding of science and myth."
In this science-fiction novel, a group of rebels defies the Guild, a monopoly that controls nanotechnology-based health care. Read full book review >

GRANDPA'S WISDOM by J Blasiman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"An engaging memoir full of cogent adages distilled from a lifetime of compassionate observation.
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A brief divorce memoir built on a foundation of sensible advice. Read full book review >
OUT OF SILENCE by Martin Beck Matustik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 28, 2015

"An important examination of what it means to discover one's self, and to reclaim one's sense of belonging."
A philosophically charged memoir of a man connecting with a Jewish heritage that he only discovered later in life. Read full book review >
The Curse of the Baskervilles by Daniel Bergmann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 16, 2015

"A stylistic, spine-tingling homage to a classic."
Bergmann's (The Vampire Dingbat, 2014, etc.) picture book reinterprets the legend of the infamous Hound of the Baskervilles in rhyme. Read full book review >
Cat Saves the World by Melody Lane Walsh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"An upbeat tone and positive message in a short book that's engaging and appealing."
A simple picture book in which a girl named Cat imagines different ways she'll save the world when she grows up. Read full book review >
Sam's Secret Notebook No 1 by E. H. Jons
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2015

"Opens as a thriller, ends as a fantasy, but it's unquestionably innovative and entertaining from start to finish."
A young boy and his two friends discover an entirely new and fantastic world when exploring an old house in the neighborhood in Jons' debut young-adult adventure. Read full book review >
Reconstructing Strategy by Saqib Qureshi
Released: June 30, 2014

"A delightfully nonstandard approach to strategy that doesn't get bogged down by hyper-technical language."
A philosophical account of how modern ideas have obscured the true nature of strategic thinking. Read full book review >
FOREWARNED by Harry Gossett
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 7, 2015

"Any detective who can manage this many jobs in one story is practically begging for a series. Here's hoping."
In Gossett's (A Year in Fear, 2013) latest thriller, an investigator who's lost his PI license puts his sleuthing skills to work while eluding the IRS. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >