Indie Book Reviews

The Money Trader by Jerry  Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2013

"Brutal markets and beautiful women in a bighearted debut featuring a daring trader with tastes for luxury and getting rich quickly."
A young commodities trader rides the dizzying boom-and-bust roller coaster, wrecking his marriage, losing a fortune, and hitting rock bottom before fate tempts him with an unlikely trading tipster and the bewitching young daughter of an Ecuadoran diplomat. Read full book review >
The Monsterjunkies by Erik Daniel Shein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2014

"A worthy, faithful companion to the prose novels."
A graphic novel adaptation of the first Monsterjunkies (2014) YA adventure.Read full book review >

First Aid, Survival, and CPR by Shirley A. Jones
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 5, 2011

"A copy of Jones' safety guide should have a place of honor in every vehicle and camping kit."
Clear, succinct information, sensible design, and strongly organized information combine to make this field guide an invaluable aid to travelers and outdoor recreationists. Read full book review >
The Devil's Way by Lamees A.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2015

"A protracted, argument-starting debate between the Devil and an advocate for humanity."
A dramatized dialogue on the nature of good and evil, conducted between a young man and the devil himself. Read full book review >
Letters from Galveston by Karen Paysse Rowe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Epistolary testimony to affection and the power of communication."
A charming collection of heartfelt love letters from the early 1940s. Read full book review >

The Phoenix Rising by Phenice Arielle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 26, 2013

"A smart, thrilling story of a dangerous and mystical adventure."
In Arielle's debut YA novel, a New York University journalism student discovers the truth about her mysterious past while visiting Africa. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 15, 2015

"A fascinating historical document for readers interested in the Balkan wars."
A new translation of Radovan Karadžić's 2010 defense before the International Criminal Tribunal, coupled with an alternative history of the Balkan wars. Read full book review >
The Wicked Game by R.M. Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014

"Fast, incisive, and audaciously entertaining. Readers may have seen it before, but they'll likely enjoy it this time around."
In Smith's (Alive! Not Dead, 2014) thriller, a man is caught in an adult version of hide-and-seek, complete with rifle-toting players who'll kill to stay alive.Read full book review >
Rhiannon's Tale by Barbara Elder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 2015

"A solid debut layered with flashbacks, eroticism, and emotionally dynamic characters."
In this romantic fantasy debut, a young woman who can see peoples' auras learns that she's part of a larger clan, one a militant cult wants destroyed. Read full book review >
The Doctor and Mr. Dylan by Rick Novak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Nuanced characterization and crafty details help this debut soar."
In this debut thriller, tragedies strike an anesthesiologist as he tries to start a new life with his son. Read full book review >
Winner Take None by Greg Comer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2015

"A richly satisfying slice of Americana."
An earnest teen learns valuable life lessons in Comer's vividly rendered debut set in the frontier country of 19th-century Montana. Read full book review >
The Midnight Spy by Kiki Hamilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2015

"Compelling characters, riveting tension, and rich, complex worldbuilding make this a must-read for fantasy fans."
Hamilton (The Faerie Queen, 2014) launches a planned YA historical fantasy series driven by a strong heroine, intrigue, mystery, and a little bit of romance.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >