Thursday, August 1, 2013

Free Kindle Books 8-1-13

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. Reviewers need gratification too, so if a review is helpful to you, please click on the voting button to indicate it was helpful.

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. And be careful, they can change from free to not free at any time. I have also decided to list books for no more than 3 days in a row to avoid cluttering up the posts, unless there is some reason I think the book deserves extra attention.

From the top 100 free list
As is typical, there are also several religious and recipe books on the list today, along with the usual assortment of romance, porn and near porn. 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.

[#6 - 3rd day.]

[#27 - 3rd day. Far fetched, but might be interesting.]

The River Panj
Derek Braun, an ex-Notre Dame football star, was all set to play in the NFL, but then he screwed up. On Sept. 11, 2001, he’s working in emergency relief in Afghanistan when America is attacked. And his fiancée and elderly colleague are kidnapped along the border with ex-Soviet Tajikistan, which is struggling out of its own civil war. With no one to help, Derek goes in search, and on this dangerous journey, he faces Islamic terrorists, heroin smugglers, corrupt Russian soldiers, Iranian spies, and incompetent CIA agents.

Meanwhile, terrorists begin using bodies of released hostages to transport cesium-137 powder to the United States. Osama bin Laden stated he wants to acquire the powder from an old Soviet nuclear plant still operating in Tajikistan, but is al-Qaeda involved in this plot? Or another terrorist group?

Derek Braun finds out. But how can he save his loved ones and stop the world’s first suicide dirty bomb before it’s too late?

“(David Raterman) knows his stuff, because he’s walked the dusty roads of Central Asia and he’s looked al-Qaeda mujahedeen in the eyes and lived to tell about it. Raterman is the real deal. Just read the first few pages of THE RIVER PANJ and you’ll discover an exciting new writer.”
- David Hagberg, best-selling thriller novelist and three-time Edgar nominee

“David Raterman has published what may be the first thriller set in Afghanistan on 9-11 with 'The River Panj.' Raterman's debut uses the world events of Sept. 11, 2001, to show a personal tale of Derek Braun, a former Notre Dame football star who has found a calling doing relief work in Afghanistan. As terrorists shock the world, Derek is on his own when his fiancée and a colleague are kidnapped.”
- Oline Cogdill in the South Florida Sun Sentinel

5 star:(7)
4 star:(5)
3 star:(1)
2 star:(1)
1 star:(0)

[#52.  The 2-star review says "I was surprised at the quality of the writing after all the other reviews. Perhaps they were friends being supportive. I could not finish it. The pacing was laborious and left me ... Well it just left me so I never finished it."]

Dragon Sim-13 (The Green Beret Series)
[#55. 2nd day. I previously bought and read this book and gave it 4 stars. Much of the reason I gave it 4 rather than 5 stars related to editing issues and one of the newer reviews notes these editing issues have since been resolved. It is well worth your time.]

[#91 - 3rd day.]

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