Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Free Kindle Books 6-18-13

PLEASE. Do everyone a favor and write an Amazon review if you end up reading a book (or trying to and giving up in disgust). It does not have to be much. Just tell what you think of the book. By the way, most of the time I have found the 1 and 2 star reviews on self published works to be far more revealing about the book than the more stellar reviews.

From the top 100 free list
I did not list any of them since they don't interest me much, but as is typical, there are several religious and recipe books on the list today. I don't call them out because they don't interest me. Click on the link above and search through the Free List Tab if you are interested in such books.

A FALSE DAWN ((Mystery/Thriller))
Sean O'Brien couldn't remember the last time he made a promise and then broke it.  Many years ago his grandfather had taught him a "man's word is his bond."

It's a personal code--a way O'Brien conducts his life.  He has every intention of keeping the promise he makes to wife, Sherri, right before her death.

After Sherri dies, O'Brien leaves his career as a homicide investigator with the Miami PD and relocates to a remote section of Florida wilderness on the banks of the St. Johns River.

He's restoring an old home and trying to rebuild his life when he discovers a young woman badly beaten and left for dead near the alligator-infested river.  She whispers a cryptic message in O'Brien's ear, and he makes a promise to her.

It's an accord O'Brien believes the local police will fulfill.  But when authorities drag their feet on the investigation, O'Brien finds the promise he made to his dead wife is about to conflict with the promise he made to the woman who was savagely attacked.

Soon O'Brien is plunging deep into the dark world of human trafficking and sexual slavery.  O'Brien finds that an old case he never solved in Miami resurrects it's head on the banks of an ancient river and tracks him.

O'Brien is tossed into a deadly cat-and-mouse game where the only vow he can make is to stop an evil antagonist with a twisted, Godlike complex that's hellbent on sacrificing O'Brien to a greater cause.

5 star:(140)
4 star:(126)
3 star:(33)
2 star:(11)
1 star:(8)
 [#1. Lots of good reviews. A number of reviews mention basic writing errors. Not unusual with self published authors. It was free back in December too, but I have not looked at it.]

Black Ops The Gate
*****Publishers Note: This book was updated and reformatted September 2011*****

NY Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Bob Mayer

Over four million books sold. Translated into over a dozen languages.

What if the Japanese succeeded in their atomic bomb program in World War II? And what if the legacy of that program has sat in a submarine at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge for all the decades since then?

In Manchuria in 1945 a German U-Boat delivers the dying Reich’s processed uranium. As Russian forces close in on the infamous Unit 731 Concentration Camp, the Japanese load one of the two bombs they’ve developed on a submarine bound for the United States. They detonate the other to destroy all evidence.

Present day United States. Lake, a covert operative for the United States government, is on the trail of rogue militia terrorists. He begins to learn that various factions are all searching for something in the San Francisco area. Something powerful. Something that was lost over sixty years ago, but still can be a powerful weapon in the wrong hands.

Battling the Japanese Yakuza, North Korean agents, home-grown terrorists, and betrayal in his own organization, Lake must uncover the history of this threat in order to prevent disaster.

Reference Mayer’s Thrillers
“Mayer had me hooked from the very first page.” Stephen Coonts
“Exciting and authentic. Don’t miss this one!” W.E.B. Griffen

5 star:(10)
4 star:(14)
3 star:(5)
2 star:(4)
1 star:(3)
 [#2. One of my favorite self published authors. I have read a number of his other books. Several I actually bought. Mostly good stuff, if a little repetitive sometimes. Sometimes it is a little out there a ways, plausibility wise, but usually fun and well written.]

The Lost Journal
[#9. 2nd day. Based on the assortment of reviews it has, it might be a book with some issues, but it made it to #3 on the list yesterday so at least a lot of people thought it was worth that much. Hard to tell with self published works. But, I like both historical fiction and conspiracy stories, so at least the premise is a good one for me.]

The Shekinah Legacy (A Charlotte Ansari Thriller)
[#18. 2nd day. A book I got for free in February of 2012. I don't recall looking at it. Books that are self described as being in the tradition of Dan Brown rarely are anywhere near as good as Dan Brown IME. YMMV.]

Rusty Nail - A Thriller (Jack Daniels Mysteries)
[#22. 2nd day. The assortment of reviews suggests a lot of people got the book, a lot liked it, and a lot didn't. From an author regularly on the top 100 free list.]

Hal Spacejock
An incompetent space pilot, a massive debt and a twenty-four hour deadline...

Freighter pilot Hal Spacejock has a life to die for: His very own cargo ship, a witty and intelligent flight computer ... and a debt so big it makes the GFC look like a rounding error.

Hal's an upright sort of guy, and he won't take jobs from gun runners, drug smugglers or politicians. On the other hand, the finance company's brutal enforcer is on his doorstep, and Hal has barely twenty-four hours to pay him off. Miss the deadline and he - and his ship - will go under. Way, way, under.

Faced with an impossible choice, Hal chooses an impossible job ... and gains an impossible new co-pilot into the bargain.

5 star:(37)
4 star:(32)
3 star:(10)
2 star:(4)
1 star:(6)

WICK (Wick Series)
[#31. 2nd day. I like this genre, but there is not much written for it that is especially good. I think that is why really mediocre or even bad books in this genre get much better reviews than they actually deserve. Not saying there is anything wrong with this book, but don't be surprised if it is somewhat disappointing. This book was also free back in February, but I have not gotten around to looking at it.]

With A Twist - A Lt. Jack Daniels Locked Room Mystery Short Story
[#54. 2nd day. The author is regularly on the top 100 free list.]

Trapped - A Novel of Terror
[#63. 2nd day. Was also free back in February. I have not looked at it. The author is regularly on the top 100 free list.]

KILLERS - A Psycho Thriller
[#77. 2nd day. Both of the co-authors are on the top 100 free list regularly.]

Arisen, Book One - Fortress Britain
[#93. 4th day for this zombie book with a lot of good reviews.]

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