Monday, July 1, 2013

Free Kindle Books 7-1-13

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, many times 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.

Most times these books are only free for a day or two, so you have to grab them while you can. Worry about whether you really want to read it later if it seems interesting.

From the top 100 free list
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.

Post-Human (Book 2) (Post-Human Series)
Age Range: 12 years and up
The future should have been perfect. Microscopic robots known as nans could repair any damage to your body, keep you young by resetting your cellular clocks, and allow you to download upgrades like intelligence, muscle strength, and eyesight. You were supposed to be able to have anything you wanted with a simple thought, to be able to fly without the aid of a machine, to be able to live forever. But when a small group of five terraformers working on Venus return to Earth, they discover that every other human in the solar system has been gruesomely murdered. Now, James Keats and his four companions must discover what happened to the rest of humanity and fight back if they wish to avoid the same, horrifying fate. Welcome to the post-human era.
"Post-Human, a noteworthy sci-fi novel."

5 star:(285)
4 star:(33)
3 star:(23)
2 star:(18)
1 star:(23)

[#8. Was free about 6 weeks ago too. I have not looked at it. My experience has been that a book that is stated as being suitable for 12 YO and up is probably a teenage fantasy book. Nothing wrong with that genre, but be aware of that possibility. This book has an unusual assortment of reviews. Almost as many 1, 2, and 3 star reviews as 4 star reviews, but 10X as many 5 star reviews as 4 star. I am not sure just what that tells one.]

Channel Two predicted a blanket of snow for Thanksgiving weekend--unusual, but not alarming for the little Maine island. What comes is a blinding blizzard, and a mass disappearance of nearly every person Robby Pierce knows. He and his family flee, trying to escape the snow and the invisible forces stealing people right from the street.
Miles away, Brad Jenkins battles the same storm. Alone, he attempts to survive as snow envelops his house. When the storm breaks, Brad makes his way south to where the snow ends and the world lies empty. Join Brad, Robby, and the other survivors as they fight to find the truth about the apocalypse and discover how to live in their new world.

5 star:(5)
4 star:(4)
3 star:(0)
2 star:(0)
1 star:(0)

[#20. Has potential. How well the author uses that potential is something else.]

[#44. 9th day. Lots of reviews - mostly positive. It was also free back in April, but I have not looked at it. It is unusual for a book to be free this long, especially one with as many good reviews as this one has.]

Dark Moonlighting
[#47. 3rd day. Was also free back in May. A vampire book with a pretty good premise and some good reviews. What's not to like? I started reading it but never got much past the first few pages. Not sure why. Maybe just other things got in the way.]

Forever After
Forever After follows Michael Holland, a grim reaper in a grim town. An embittered and melancholic man who struggles to grasp the purpose of his own existence, or lack thereof. He is a minuscule cog in a monumental machine and knows less of his role than those surrounding him -- from his boss, the mighty Angel of Death, to his friend and flatmate Chip: a grubby midget tooth fairy with an addiction to pot and procrastination.

Brittleside is a dank, dark and decrepit town, and Michael Holland is its reluctant reaper. From dealing with the drunks, the druggies and the wasters, to tracking an escaped demon who believes he is Santa Claus; Forever After follows his escapades over four dark and humorous tales.

A paranormal and comic romp through a fantasy world where the mythical, the fantastical, the insane and the typical combine. A mix of dystopia and comedy, if the works of Philip K. Dick and Terry Pratchett were to ever procreate, Forever After would be the bastard child of their creative communion.

The opening novel to the Forever After series.

5 star:(31)
4 star:(6)
3 star:(8)
2 star:(5)
1 star:(3)

[#85. Good premise.]

Trans-Human (Book 3) (Post-Human Series)
Age Range: 12 years and up
In this sequel to Post-Human, humanity will be forced to face a future more advanced than it could have imagined if it wants to survive. Nineteen months have passed since the A.I. turned against humanity and was subsequently destroyed. In the meantime, James Keats has turned over the A.I.'s powers to a non-intelligent, easily controlled operating system. He and Thel have left the planet and spent six months vacationing on Venus, which has been newly terraformed without the consent or knowledge of the Governing Council. The A.I. has been deleted, but the message it sent out into the abyss of space in search of a companion has been answered. An alien force dwarfing the Earth is on its way to find out why the A.I. has stopped communicating. Keats and company can only assume its intentions will be hostile when it finds out the truth. Only one thing is for sure: nothing will ever be the same again. Welcome to the Trans-Human era. Welcome to the singularity.

"A thought-provoking, energetic sci-fi book, with a robust dose of high-octane exploits." -By A.F. Stewart, author of Chronicles of the Undead

5 star:(170)
4 star:(23)
3 star:(9)
2 star:(7)
1 star:(4)

[#88. Part 3 of a series. Part 2 is #8 today. Take a look at my comments on it if you want my take on the series.]

Sub-Human (Book 1) (Post-Human Series)
Age Range: 12 years and up
Before he was Old-timer, he was Craig Emilson, a young doctor, sucked into military service at the outbreak of World War III. Enlisting to become a Special Forces suborbital paratrooper, Craig is selected to take part in the most important mission in American military history--a sortie into enemy territory to eliminate the world's first strong Artificial Intelligence. The mission is only the beginning of Craig's story, and for the story of humanity as well, as they accelerate towards a world that is post-human.

If you're already a fan of the smash-hit Post-Human Series, this prequel to Post-Human, Sub-Human, will answer the previously unanswered questions of how the post-human world came to be. And, if you're new to the series, Sub-Human will serve as an engrossing introduction to a possible future that has enraptured tens of thousands of readers in 2012 alone!
"Wow! Reads like a action film in reeling off in your head!" -By Joanna Daneman
"this book is definitly [sic] one of my new favorites in science fiction, alongside Ender's Game!" -By J. Kittrell

5 star:(90)
4 star:(33)
3 star:(19)
2 star:(7)
1 star:(4)
 [#91. Part 1 of a series. Part 2 is #8 today. Take a look at my comments on it if you want my take on the series.]

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