About Word Count

In this new age of e-publishing, page count has become obsolete. At Underground Book Reviews, we calculate the length of a book by its word count, which the literary industry has done for ages. If you're unfamiliar with this method, check out some classics to get your bearing:
20-40k: Old Man and the Sea & Of Mice and Men
40-60k: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy & Lord of the Flies
60-80k: Catcher in the Rye & The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
80-100k: The Hobbit & To Kill a Mockingbird
100-120k: Gulliver’s Travels & Sense and Sensibility
120-140k: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn & A Tale of Two Cities
140-160k: Oliver Twist & Uncle Tom’s Cabin
160-180k: Grapes of Wrath & Catch-22
180-200k: Great Expectations & Little Women
200-300k: Moby Dick & East of Eden
300-400k: Middlemarch & Anna Karenina
400-600k: Gone With the Wind & Atlas Shrugged

Indie Books in the 200-300k Range:

In his epic quest for the truth, will Actaeon discover the fallen city’s greatest secrets? Don’t miss this epic adventure with a new kind of hero!

Attracted to the exotic mystery of Warlord Era China? Relish forbidden love in the midst of revolution? Adore political intrigue and heroes/heroines overcoming impossible odds to survive only to be betrayed by someone close and trusted? Then you’ll love The Dragon Of Hidden Treasures, Book 1!

Those who read romantic stories full of adventure and intrigue will enjoy this story. The reader is immediately pulled in from the very first page. Excellent writing, with attention to details, that makes the characters and setting leap off the page. The characters are vivid and unique and the story feels original also. The story is also full of twists, turns and betrayals.
There were a few spots that could have used a few editing brush strokes to make the women more believable in their actions at the beginning. At times, Kathryn and her mother figure, or Amah, seemed a bit too accommodating, even for the times, and perhaps could have  protested the actions of the male figures more. But this did serve to show the reality of the times and location, where women had little say in anything, including their own lives. At other times, the pace was so fast, the main characters had to solve problem after problem.

Fans of fast-paced romantic suspense, adventure stories, war dramas and the works of Amy Tan will enjoy this novel. There are disturbing images as well as scenes of graphic violence. This is also book 1 in a series, so the ending is not resolved.

Review by Melody Delgado

After a nuclear holocaust, a mutated virus sweeps across the nation. Scientists find a cure, but not enough medicine remains to manufacture it. Frank and Simko leave their small community in a decrepit old semi-truck, one of the few vehicles still working, to search the wastelands for medical supplies

“Tainted Blood: Face Your Demons” is the first novella in a series about a demon raising two human girls. The book tells of how he came to be their adopted father/guardian.

Pitch Perfect Finalist

Japanese immigrant Harry Shikita dreams of becoming a successful businessman But Harry has a problem: the trolls, who want to find their way back to God through their Redeemer. The trolls think Harry’s their guy, but he’s on his own quest. Will Harry become the trolls’ bridge to God’s grace?

A descent through a dystopian steampunk dark fantasy world; three lost souls struggle in a hopeless fight to retain their humanity.

Pitch Perfect Pick

Alex’s genteel world shatters when she is dragged from a tourist bus in Mexico City, throwing her into the brutal world of human trafficking. When the trail leads back to those she loves the most, she finds that the most innocent and ordinary places that hide the most terrible secrets.

In this unexpected, puzzling, yet satisfying conclusion to The Flight Trilogy, readers are warned to buckle up and stay alert. Captain Ryan Mitchell is about to take you on the flight of your life—strange and mysterious, yet full of hope.

“Flight into Darkness” is a story of struggle between fear and faith—evil and good—and how love can empower the human spirit with divine strength. A flight filled with suspense and surprise that promises to thrill. Welcome aboard and buckle up as Captain Mitchell takes off into turbulent skies asking readers to “please, remain in your seats with your seatbelts fastened”, have faith, and pray.

Pitch Perfect Finalist

With four notorious, unsolved robberies as connective tissue Big Flies weaves a story of a father and a son and a tale of deception and discovery! Four crimes in 15 years, could they be connected? Impossible? Unthinkable? Why?