Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Free Kindle Books 8-28-13

Sorry to have missed so many days of posts but I have come down with sciatica and was unable to sit for any length of time the last week or so.

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.

Note: It is likely some of these books are on their 2nd or 3rd free day, but they are on the first day I have seen them.

A Rush to Violence (Book Five in the Fifth Avenue Series)
 Sixteen years ago, Camille Miller left behind her life as an assassin in order to raise her daughter Emma. But now, when her billionaire father is found brutally murdered, she must tap into old instincts to learn who killed her father and why.

The suspects? Her six siblings, each so desperate for their father's money that they'd kill for it.

What Camille doesn't see coming is Emma's plan to solve the mystery first. Or P.I. Marty Spellman's assignment, which is to find Camille or risk the deaths of those dearest to him. Over the course of one day, all three players, plus Spellman's teenaged daughter Beth, find themselves in a race to the finish. Nobody's goals are what they appear to be. Twists abound. And not one single person, for one single moment, is safe.

5 star:(91)
4 star:(16)
3 star:(4)
2 star:(4)
1 star:(3)
[#2 - good premise, plenty of good reviews.]

9th Circle: 9 Circles, Infinite Ways to Die (Book 1 of the Darc Murders Series)
A madman terrorizes Seattle, attempting to recreate the nine circles of hell by using the blood and bodies of the innocent.

Detective Robi Darcmel, a gifted yet troubled savant, is the only man standing in the path of this pathological killer.

As the fate of the Emerald City hangs in the balance, can Darcmel overcome his failings or will Seattle burn to ash?

5 star:(101)
4 star:(40)
3 star:(22)
2 star:(6)
1 star:(9)

[#7 - was free in mid July too, but I never got around to looking at it.]

The Messiah Matrix
 First Jesuit Pope predicted in THE MESSIAH MATRIX!

To what lengths would the Vatican go to suppress the secret origins of its power? Current papal politics has made this thriller eerily prophetic! The Messiah Matrix is a myth-shattering novel whose protagonists delve into the secrets of the past—and expose the fundamentalists who hide them still.

A renowned scholar-monsignor is killed in Rome while a Roman coin is recovered from a wreck off the coast of ancient Judea. It’s up to his young American protégé--a Jesuit priest--and a vivacious, brilliant archaeologist to connect these seemingly disparate events and unravel the tapestry that conceals in plain view the greatest mystery in the ecclesiastical world. Together they pursue their passion for truth—while fighting to control their passion for each other. What they uncover is an ancient Roman imperial stratagem so controversial the Curia fears it could undermine the very foundations of the Roman Catholic faith--much like the secrets emerging from the Vatican in today's news.

From the ancient port of Caesarea to Rome's legendary catacombs and the sacred caves of Cumae, this contemporary novel follows their exhilarating quest to uncover the truth about the historical existence of the real "Christian Savior."

Classical scholar and Yale Ph.D. Dr. Kenneth John Atchity is the only author alive today capable of creating this literary and historically-based spellbinder.

5 star:(63)
4 star:(25)
3 star:(11)
2 star:(4)
1 star:(5)

[#16 - good reviews, good premise.]

 A Deadly Distance (Jack Noble #2)
Washington, D.C. Midday. A man waits at a bus stop, his intentions unknown. Two government operatives have been stalking him for days, waiting for him to make his move. Unexpectedly, the man takes off running and heads for a deserted warehouse.

Jack Noble and his partner, Frank Skinner, believe the man to be part of a terrorist organization that is involved in smuggling drugs and guns and men into the country. But it turns out their plan involves far more export than import, and hits a lot closer to home.

As the case in this explosive thriller unfolds, the man behind it all reaches out to Jack with a simple message... 37 hours.

5 star:(60)
4 star:(24)
3 star:(7)
2 star:(4)
1 star:(1)
 [#19 - from an author regularly on the top 100 free list. Has been free before but I have not looked at it.]

Day Soldiers
A legion of vampires and werewolves has declared war on the human race.

For ten years now, humanity has been at war with the creatures of darkness. The war has changed the world. The day now belongs to humanity and the night belongs to things once thought to exist only in myths and legends... but there is hope. This new enemy has united humanity and an army has stepped forward to protect the light from the darkness. An army of heroes.

The Day Soldiers.

Eighteen year old Lily Baxter always knew the Day Soldiers would be a major part of her life. She had been preparing for it since she was eight. She was ready to go to war. The one thing she wasn't prepared for was the day the war came to her.

Part horror, part comedy, part adventure, Day Soldiers will take you on an exciting ride through a world where monsters are monsters and the only thing they fall in love with is the taste of human blood.

5 star:(58)
4 star:(19)
3 star:(5)
2 star:(1)
1 star:(2)
[#35 - has been free before but I have not read it. Probably because it has that "young adult" feel to it.]

 50 Shades of Herbs: The Best Natural Remedies for Better Sex, Better Sleep, and More Energy (The Sexy Herb Guide)
Learn the secrets of 50 herbs that will improve your sex life, sleep and energy levels.

Let 50 Shades of Herbs turn you on and pump you up! In this book you will learn:

How Natural Herbal Remedies Can Improve Your Sex Life Without Harmful Side Effects

In just a few moments, you're about to learn how powerful herbs like the amazing Maca Root (Peruvian Viagra), Horny Goat Weed (Yin Yang Huo), and Cnidium Monnier (The Natural Libido Booster), and many more can help improve your circulation, metabolism, libido, and rev up your sex life naturally!

How To Get Better Sleep (With or Without Sex)

You'll also learn about 10 life-changing herbs that can help you get better sleep, have more energy and feel better all day long. Some of these calming and soothing herbs have been used for thousands of years, and now you too can benefit from these powerful natural remedies. If you have trouble sleeping, this chapter alone could change your life!

About The Author

Michelle O’Shaughnessy was born in Florida. During her formative years, she lived in Bogota, Colombia, where she became fluent in Spanish. She began her academia in Florida, then continued at the Sorbonne Université in Paris, where she had her first facial and fell in love with skin care. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida in Anthropology and Latin American studies. She is now a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) who graduated cum laude with a master’s in Oriental Medicine from the Florida College of Integrative Medicine in Orlando, Florida. Additionally, she has received several advanced certifications in acupuncture facelifts and cosmetic acupuncture.

O’Shaughnessy is the proud owner of an Aesthetic Acupuncture Clinic in Orlando. Her clinic specializes in acupuncture facelifts and is among the first to incorporate facials, Chinese herbs, acupuncture and skin care to help improve skin care concerns including acne, rosacea, anti-aging, rashes, psoriasis as well as women’s general health. She also owns Healing Herbal Soups, a line of medicinal soups that are made with herbs and vegetables to bring the body back to health. They are also cooked in alkaline water while healing vibrational music is played during the whole process.

O’Shaughnessy has a strong passion for studying traditional Chinese medicine and herbal remedies for bringing the body back to health naturally. She completed an internship in China at the “Chinese PLA General Hospital,” the largest military hospital in Beijing. She is a board member of FSOMA Florida State Oriental Medicine Association and is a faculty member where she teaches Food Therapy and other classes to graduate students at the Florida College of Integrative Medicine.

O’Shaughnessy has been an esthetician for more than 18 years. She has worked for Sothys USA as a national trainer as well as Babor.

5 star:(5)
4 star:(2)
3 star:(0)
2 star:(0)
1 star:(1)
[#39 - the author sounds like a quack, and the lone 1-star review is not very favorable. But one never knows.]

Disappearance at Mount Sinai (Pat O'Malley Historical Mysteries)
As seen in the Jewish Daily Forward!

What if the anti-Semites, racists, and terrorists wanted the final revenge following the Civil War? How do you stop them from committing the worst atrocity?

It's 1866 in New York City. Civil War Vet and Detective Pat O'Malley's biggest case returns him to the deep, dark South to search for the kidnapped wealthiest inventor and entrepreneur in America. But the widening gyre of anti-Semitism and racism pulls him down into the pit of hell itself. Disguised as an Oxford England Professor, O'Malley infiltrates the anti-Semites' group and travels with his partners, Becky Charming and his father, Robert, down to a Collierville, Tennessee mansion.

At the crux of this case are a Jewish father and his five-year-old son, Seth. They have developed a unique bond that relies on Jewish folklore and a belief that they are Mazikeen, half-angel and half-human, born from the loins of Adam's strange female cohorts during the 130 years he was banished from the Garden. Will O'Malley find Dr. Mergenthaler before it's too late? What does this world-wide eugenics group have planned for the mongrel races? Read Jim Musgrave's Disappearance at Mount Sinai, the second mystery in the series of Pat O'Malley Mini-Mysteries.

This is the second historical mystery in the popular Detective Pat O’Malley series. You can read more about this series and sign-up for the newsletter at the Pat O’Malley Mini-Mysteries web site. The second mystery was a featured “summer reading” book at the Jewish Daily Forward because it deals with the “mazikeen,” which are half-human and half-angel beings from Jewish folklore. Both of the mysteries so far in the series have Poetic (as in Edgar Allan Poe) style and supernatural elements that readers enjoy.

These mysteries are all short but powerful reads (following Poe’s dictum that a work, to be effective, must be readable in one sitting). The third mystery will be a “battle royale” between two of the most popular brothel madams in 1860s New York City. Come join the fun with Detective O’Malley and his partner, Madame Rebecca Charming, as they battle crime and Tammany Hall city corruption. As author Jim Musgrave says in his app for iPad, iPhone and Android, “Carry 1860s New York City around in your pocket or purse!”

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

[#47 - not much to go on. The reviews are completely unhelpful.]

 Victim Zero (The Fall)
Kell McDonald isn't your average guy. He's a brilliant biologist and geneticist, a leading researcher in the constant fight against disease and death. He works in secret on a miraculous organism with the potential to change the world.

But he isn't the only one.

Victim Zero is a story about life and loss, self-awareness and the hard choices between what is right and what is necessary. As the world spirals down and the dead begin to rise, Kell must learn the difference between surviving and living.

Set in the world of Living With the Dead, Victim Zero tells the story of how The Fall began. From before the outbreak itself, during the crisis and beyond, this novel chronicles the journey of a man who holds the weight of the entire human race on his shoulders.

5 star:(33)
4 star:(9)
3 star:(3)
2 star:(1)
1 star:(0)
[#60 - another book with good reviews and a decent premise.]

IN YOUR DREAMS (Hard-Boiled Thriller) (A Mark Appleton Thriller)
Mark Appleton must figure out what time he is in as he fights to bring down the worst enemy he has ever faced. Himself.

Kirk Weston is back and falling for Isis, the dark deadly killer he cannot stop thinking about. It is a race against time as he tries to save her life, as an enhanced virus is sweeping through the country.

This is the final chapter in the WJA series, and will push you and your ideas of reality, to the limit.

5 star:(32)
4 star:(19)
3 star:(8)
2 star:(6)
1 star:(3)

[#95. The distribution of reviews suggest to me a book with some issues, at least for some people.]

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