Indie Book Reviews

Lord Souffle by Vaughan Wiles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2015

"A wistful, brightly imagined tale of a young man on the make."
A young graduate moves from South Africa to England to kick-start his career in Wiles' debut novel. Read full book review >
DARK SKY by Joel Canfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"A detective story whose imperfect protagonist boasts endearing qualities just below his rakish exterior."
A former CIA agent tries to prove a dead war hero isn't actually dead and runs afoul of a private security company that may want to silence him in this thriller. Read full book review >

Nomadin by Shawn Cormier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 27, 2010

"This novel casts a fresh spell for fans of the boy-wizard genre."
In this YA fantasy debut, a wizard's apprentice must help stop a Necromancer from escaping his prison within a book. Read full book review >
The King of Average by Gary Schwartz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A skilled and witty tale about a boy who would be king that should appeal to children and adults."
A supposedly average boy realizes that he's not so mediocre after all in this debut middle-grade novel. Read full book review >
The Dirt Bike Detective by Douglas L. Hoover
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN

"A remarkable debut enlivened by heroic portions of silliness, spirit, and depth."
In this debut upper middle-grade mystery, several outcast students at a charter school search for their missing teacher. Read full book review >

Break Through to Yes by David B. Savage
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 22, 2016

"A valuable volume for the senior leader of any group, business, or organization who wants to build a collaborative culture."
A book thoroughly examines the power of successful collaborations. Read full book review >
Loggerhead by T. A. Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A lurid, improbable, but rousing saga of a love that dared not yet speak its name."
Secret lesbians battle monstrous bigotry in 19th-century Florida in this rambunctious historical melodrama. Read full book review >
Conspicuous Gallantry by Daniel Linden
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A powerful, unflinching examination of the psychological wages of war."
A seriously wounded soldier wrestles with the trauma and guilt that haunt him in this novel. Read full book review >
Death of a Messenger by Robert B. McCaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A tautly paced, impressively accomplished police procedural marking the beginning of a promising mystery series."
Hawaii forms the lush backdrop for a veteran detective's attempt to foil a grisly murder plot involving priceless looted artifacts. Read full book review >
If Crows Know Best by Aimee L. Gross
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"This YA series starter should be a sure hit with adults who favor traditional quest fantasy, and younger readers who love the political aspects of Sherwood Smith's novels."
A boy becomes embroiled in politics and magic when his country is conquered in this fantastical tale of war and survival, reminiscent of the works of Raymond Feist. Read full book review >
SPIDER 2-3 by Robert Vallier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 2015

"A tense, complex, and cleverly plotted work of international suspense with more than enough heroic gusto for future promised installments."
A hotbed of deception, terrorism, and global intrigue fuels this debut thriller. Read full book review >
Jericho's Trumpet by Robert Gallant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2006

"Rousing gunfire and espionage elevated by an indelible protagonist."
Environmental graduate student Chesney Barrett infiltrates a group of eco-radicals intent on making an explosive statement with a nuclear bomb in Gallant's (Satan's Stronghold, 2006) thriller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >