Monday, August 5, 2013

Free Kindle Books 8-5-13

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.

The Survivors: Book One (Life After War)
[#23. 2nd day. This book has been free a number of times before. I tried to read it once. I gave it one star. The series does seem to have a lot of fans though.]

[#58. 2nd day. I read a few pages yesterday. It did not grab my interest.]

Written by West Point Graduate and former Green Beret, Bob Mayer.

Dave Riley and his Green Beret A-Team must defeat a threat shockingly inhuman. Set in the shadowy world of genetic research, Synbat, stands for Synthetic Battle Form. Riley is called up for 'damage control' at a lab in the deep woods of western Tennessee. The research conducted there, under the Pentagon's secret Black Budget, is Top Secret. Until the subjects of the experiment escape. The Synbats are now roaming the countryside, acting out what they were designed to do: kill.

Riley follows the deadly trail to Chicago, where long abandoned tunnels beckon the Synbats to do what could well spell the end of mankind: procreate at incredible speed. It's a race against time as Riley must destroy mankind's greatest threat-- our own genes spliced with that of another species.

From Publishers Weekly
SYNBATs (synthetic battle forms) are large mutant primates created by a secret genetic engineering project in rural Tennessee and, in the best thriller tradition, they escape, wreaking gory havoc on anything in their way. Massed against them are Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer Dave Riley and his troop of Green Berets. In lesser hands, the plot might seem tawdry, but Mayer, a Special Forces veteran and author of Eyes of the Hammer , keeps story and characters firmly under control. Even his scenario is chillingly plausible, given the fluid parameters of scientific ethics in a technological and political climate in which dollars must show immediate results. As the plot progresses, Riley and crew find themselves battling not only the vicious animals, but also government officials intent upon keeping their secrets (and funding) intact. The venal motives of the scientists and military bureaucracy are tellingly contrasted with the idealism of the soldiers--a treat for military fiction readers.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
This new Dave Riley novel (following Eyes of the Hammer , LJ 7/91) blends elements of war, horror, and science fiction. An elite special-forces team is sent to intercept biologically contaminated monkeys from an experimental lab complex in Tennessee. Led by Chief Warrant Officer Riley and accompanied by scientists from the mysterious lab, the soldiers eventually discover that they are in fact chasing genetically engineered killing creatures--Synbats. Tension mounts as the creatures leave a trail of destruction from Tennessee to downtown Chicago, where the action climaxes in an underground tunnel system. Mayer's personal experience in the special forces gives authenticity to the novel's military action. Recommended for public libraries, this book will appeal to a variety of horror and military fiction readers.
- Jim Cunningham, Illinois Mathematics & Science Acad., Aurora
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

5 star:(13)
4 star:(5)
3 star:(5)
2 star:(1)
1 star:(0)

[#66. I got this in February of 2012 as a free Kindle download but have yet to read it. It does seem a little far fetched, and that might be why I never got around to it. Or, just that there is only so much reading time. Mayer is a very solid author and I have enjoyed a number of his books, some free, some purchased.]

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