Thursday, July 4, 2013

Free Kindle Books 7-4-13

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.

Nothing new today.

IMPOSTER: The Protectors Series - Book One
[#11. 3rd day. Was free last month as well. I have not looked at it. Seems pretty far fetched. Might be more of a romance than a thriller. It is about impossible to make those two things work together.]

Ravage: An Apocalyptic Horror Novel
[#35. 3rd day. Zombies!]

Red Mercury
[#54. 2nd day.  It was free back in January. The 3 star review is from me. Alternate history/steampunk. Quite readable.]

The Chaos Protocol (The Millennium Trilogy)
[#64. 2nd day. 5 reviews - all 5 star.  A little dated. The reviews are all from 1999.]

[#66. 12th 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.]

Added - not on the top 100 free list

A couple of free Stackpole books.

Panzer Tactics: German Small-Unit Armor Tactics in World War II
Ultimate inside view of the blitzkrieg in World War II
Diagrams, maps, and schematics illustrate key principles
Hundreds of rare photos show Panzers and crews in action
Wolfgang Schneider has written the definitive account of German small-unit armor tactics. Using period training manuals, after-action reports, countless interviews with Panzer veterans, and his own experiences as an armor commander in the modern German Army, Schneider describes World War II Panzer tactics, coupling his narrative with scores of illustrations that highlight armor concepts. Schneider covers the major types of small-unit operational art-offensive and defensive-and also discusses road marches, reconnaissance, command and control, working with other arms of service, life in a tank, armor training, gunnery, and the future of armor. The book provides useful insight into armor tactics for both the layman and the armor enthusiast.

5 star:(5)
4 star:(6)
3 star:(1)
2 star:(0)
1 star:(0)
 Fighting Today's Wars: How America's Leaders Have Failed Our Warriors
One of the most important books to emerge from a decade of wars. Read it. Then send a copy to your member of Congress. --Ralph Peters, Fox News Strategic Analyst and author of Lines of Fire.
Gives thorough background on the law of war and analysis on how these laws should be applied
A critical commentary of our military's strategy, including nation-building efforts and counterinsurgency operations
How misinterpretations of law and policy misdirect the military from the objective of achieving victory
Identifies correctable problems in how America decides to go to war and prepares for battle
Gives solutions for restoring the role of America's Armed Forces

5 star:(10)
4 star:(1)
3 star:(0)
2 star:(0)
1 star:(0)

[I suspect this is a one sided book, but it may well have some valuable insights regardless. The reality is that winning wars is not always about winning battles, even more so today. Military men focus on killing people and breaking things because that is their training and maybe their inclination, but in today's world it may not always be the way to win the war that is as much fought in the media as on the battlefield.]

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