Indie Book Reviews

Martin McMillan and the Sacred Stones by Elaine Russell

"New fans and old will be glad that Martin can't stay out of trouble."
Russell (Montana in A Manor, 2014, etc.) offers another YA mystery featuring skateboarding trouble-magnet Martin McMillan.Read full book review >

"A detailed, compelling account of a little-known chapter in the Iraq War."
In this modern war memoir, a retired Army colonel recounts his experiences working to suppress terrorism in a strategic Iraqi city. Read full book review >

Break on Through to the Other Side by Marty Berry
Released: Dec. 9, 2015

"An engaging, autobiographical coming-of-age story that demonstrates the rough, bumpy road to self-awareness and maturity."
A debut memoir tracing one man's zany trek through the turbulent 1960s. Read full book review >
Dressing a Tiger by Maggie San Miguel

"An entertaining blend of kooky events and earnest memories."
A debut memoir about growing up among mobsters and other oddities. Read full book review >
Love Hurts by Tricia Reeks
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A well-organized, wide-ranging collection of consistently strong genre stories."
In this anthology of short speculative fiction, debut editor Reeks gathers 26 stories about love—and the jealousy, sacrifice, and pain that can haunt even the most devoted hearts. Read full book review >

Illness To Wellness: Reclaiming Your Life After a Medical Crisis by Betsy M. Cohen
Released: Aug. 21, 2015

"A comprehensive and well-written guide to managing serious medical problems."
A manual offers advice to patients dealing with the long-term effects of a medical crisis. Read full book review >
Sabotage by Bryan Koepke
Released: Oct. 10, 2015

"This recurring gumshoe earns his ongoing series, even if he takes a back seat to the baddie this time around."
Colorado private investigator Reece Culver, vacationing in Britain, looks into the case of an assassin targeting people linked to a London corporation in this thriller. Read full book review >
Risuko by David Kudler
Released: June 15, 2016

"A tight, exciting, and thoughtful first volume in what promises to be a fine series about a female ninja."
In this YA historical novel set in Japan's Sengoku period, a girl who adores climbing attends an unusual school. Read full book review >
Counteract by Tracy Lawson
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"An exuberant start to a promising new YA series about a totalitarian America."
Lawson (Resist, 2012, etc.) mixes true-to-life fears with intimate character portrayals in this conspiracy thriller, her first work of YA fiction. Read full book review >
The Agathon by Colin Weldon
Released: Dec. 11, 2015

"A compelling sci-fi series that starts with a big bang."
The unexpected, unexplained destruction of Earth sends an experimental faster-than-light starship careening into the cosmos on a desperate mission to save what's left of humanity. Read full book review >
The Rabbi of Resurrection Bay by Seth B. Goldsmith
Released: Sept. 10, 2015

"A solidly uplifting story of a plastic surgeon seeking redemption."
An unexpected tragedy in the life of a selfish man leads to sweeping changes. Read full book review >
Love Sick by Autumn J. Bright
Released: June 5, 2015

"A successful portrayal of the complex psychology of an abuse victim, and a gripping story of a love gone sour."
Debut novelist Bright impresses with a nuanced tale of a woman who can't break free of an abusive relationship. 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 >