My Favorite Indie Books of 2014

Last year was an amazing year for Indie writers as far as I’m concerned. In addition to launching my first book in October I checked out the works of other Indie writers. These are the first three on my list and all are available on Amazon.
“Random Lucidity” by Dave Adair A fascinating read. “4.5 Stars
Portland Book Review
Random Lucidity by Dave Adair is a fascinating book with an unpredictable end. This real page turner will keep your attention and interest from the first sentence to the last. Following book’s development you may question your own life-defining decisions since moments of psychological, mental or emotional lucidity is really rare in human life.
The book’s main character, Reggie Hatcher is a loving and devoted son. Every week he visits his seventy-two-year-old father Ronnie at Honeyville Senior Living located just across a street from a funeral home. Going back to his apartment from these weekly visits Reggie often stops at his childhood home. His last visit hasn’t been an exception, but this time his feelings are controversial.
Although there are a lot of unusual turns and twists, the transitions between one storyline to another are smooth and it is easy to follow this remarkable narrative. There are no wasted scenes and all protagonists, even the more bizarre and shocking, are consistent and have vivid personalities.
The author skillfully leads Reggie through his struggles between love, loyalty, and his desire to succeed. Read the book to find out how Reggie’s miracle turns out, you’ll feel for him. – Portland Book Review”

“The Assassin Who Couldn’t Dance” by Glen Barrera “ 5 stars
In “The Assassin Who Couldn’t Dance” Glen Barrera has created a cast of characters so real you can imagine them living next door. While “Hector Munoz”, with skills developed over time, is far from the next door neighbor type his character is so skillfully created that it would not be surprising to meet him at the mall. Hector’s goal is to retrieve the keys and codes to safe deposit boxes in the U.S. that contain not only millions of dollars in cash and diamonds but also documents that would reveal corruption within the U.S. military. For Hector this is not just a journey of vengeance to find and kill those responsible for the murders of his father and brother, but also a journey to find himself. Hector’s transformation from a killing machine to a man who discovers he can still love and care for others is beautifully handled. While the ex-recon Force that holds the keys and codes have followed the “rules” that came with their windfall sixteen years earlier they are still discovered and must defend themselves against mercenaries hired by corrupt officials to get the documents and the wealth sparing no lives in the process. This is an action packed well thought out battle between good and evil with Hector as the mysterious piece who can sway the entire project either way. As a young man who has survived without a family for years he is suddenly drawn into relationships he does not fully understand and experiences emotions he does not know how to handle. His growing attraction to Lucy, a young girl who has also experienced pain and uncertainty, and her obvious feelings for him are the linchpin that finally brings the story to an exciting conclusion. This is a book that will make you laugh and cry and restore your faith in the power of love.

“Scorn Kills” by Suzi Albracht 5-stars
“Scorn Kills” by Suzi Albracht grabbed my attention with the first sentence and held it throughout this book. A somewhat tongue in cheek examination of man’s weakness when it comes to women and money (not necessarily in that order) Albracht created a character I wanted to smack in the head. From the beginning Bill Branch is obviously an opportunist. I liked him and almost felt sorry for him when he first became entangled in the web of lies he spun. But as the story unfolded I began to lose patience with good old Bill. Without giving away too much I will say I had very little sympathy for him at the end. He is never satisfied with what he has and always seems to be looking for something better. His well to do wife has secrets of her own that make the story even more compelling. The ending was a surprise I didn’t see coming. If this story has a moral it might be “when you sell your soul to the devil, expect to get burned”.

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