Friday, November 22, 2013

Free Kindle Books 11-22-13

General notes to free Kindle book posts

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.

A Shot in the Bark: A Dog Park Mystery (Lia Anderson Dog Park Mysteries)
Would you recognize a serial killer if you met one?

Talked to one every day? Artist Lia Anderson doesn't, and neither does anyone else who frequents the Mount Airy Dog Park. But a violent death brings Detective Peter Dourson into the close-knit group, and he is convinced someone is not who they seem. As the investigation uncovers secrets, Lia struggles to cope with warring emotions and a killer watches.

5 star:(38)
4 star:(26)
3 star:(10)
2 star:(5)
1 star:(2)

[#1 - No idea if I will like this one but I am a bit of a sucker for a dog story. The title is a little too cute for my taste.]

Night of the Assassin (Assassin series)
Night of the Assassin is the gritty, edge-of-your seat prequel to King of Swords - the first book in the bestselling Assassin series. A no-holds-barred, breakneck-paced thriller, Night charts the early years of El Rey - known as the King of Swords - a super-assassin responsible for some of the world's most spectacular and daring executions.

Framed against the backdrop of present-day Mexico's brutal narco-trafficking violence, Night of the Assassin chronicles the making of a monster - a cold-blooded, ruthless killing machine. Raw, disturbing, edgy and unflinching, this epic saga defies convention to create a roller-coaster of intrigue, suspense and thrills that will leave even the most jaded thriller aficionados gasping for breath.

5 star:(135)
4 star:(83)
3 star:(32)
2 star:(13)
1 star:(4)

[#7 - a book that has been free a number of times before from an author who puts up free books regularly.]

Poison Pen (Forensic Handwriting Mysteries)
Before her body is found in her Jacuzzi, publicist to the stars Lindsey Alexander had few friends, but plenty of enemies. Yet, police are willing to accept the words scrawled on crumpled piece of paper nearby as evidence of suicide.

When handwriting expert Claudia Rose is called onto the case, she has a different opinion. And when her instincts push her to investigate further, Claudia finds herself entangled in a far darker scenario than she could have imagined.

5 star:(26)
4 star:(14)
3 star:(2)
2 star:(1)
1 star:(2)

[#25 - hard to tell about this book. I almost passed it by. One never knows though.]

That Will Do Nicely
Tom Pascoe, former commercial photographer and now an import/export clerk working in a job he hates, discovers his wife making love to a work colleague during a party at their home. He snaps; loses control and physically throws them naked into the street in front of their friends. His wife takes her revenge by running up a huge bill on a credit card in his name.

Pascoe, unable to pay the debt, chooses instead to finesse the money by operating a novel scheme that involves him in inventing his own bank;printing and passing a large number of American Dollar Travelers Cheques on it. Can he pass enough of them in a short period of time without getting caught? What he doesn't realize is that counterfeiting American currency is a matter for the Secret Service and soon he has both them and new Scotland Yard chasing him. In a pursuit which leads to a remote area in the south of France, the law finally catches up with Pascoe but the result is totally unexpected.

That Will Do Nicely will keep you guessing right to the end.
Tom Pascoe, falls back on his old skills to beat the bank that is going to ruin him.

5 star:(6)
4 star:(14)
3 star:(3)
2 star:(0)
1 star:(0)

[#32 - somehow I think it is not all that easy to fool the banking system in the way the book summary suggests.]

Time Fall
Lt. Art Sutton and his war-weary Special Forces team parachute into Nazi Germany in 1945 to destroy targets behind enemy lines. What they don't know: during the jump they have somehow warped through time. They land in deeply forested Germany--in 2011. They start blowing things up. The young soldiers feel like heroes; the present-day German police hunt them down like the terrorists they appear to be; US forensics experts race to uncover the identity of a mysteriously intact body wearing WWII dog tags. What is good? Who is evil? Filled with action, historically accurate detail, and even romance, this complex tale will keep you riveted through every surprising and intriguing twist.

5 star:(13)
4 star:(8)
3 star:(0)
2 star:(0)
1 star:(0)

[#49 - good premise for a story.]

Confessions of A Prepper- Prepper Mom: How To Plan And Protect Your Family And Friends During Any Disaster
Understanding how to prepare and survive a disaster scenario often times is the difference between life and death for a family. Unfortunately, many families only have one member of the family who is well versed in survival techniques--usually the male of the household. This trend can be very dangerous and can significantly decrease your odds of survival as a family. This book intends to change this trend and teach every member of your family how to prepare and survive and disaster.

Whether you believe the world is heading towards more violence or you want to prepare for natural disasters, this book is for you. We will cover basic tips and techniques you can use to prepare and survive common natural disasters. We will also cover numerous advanced techniques to help you secure your home and survive a long term disaster. Our tips and techniques can be used in numerous disaster scenarios and will increase your odds of survival as a family.

This book will cover:
Home security
Home defense
Food storage
Water storage
Canning and food preservation
Bug-out bags
Evacuation techniques
and much, much more!

[#57. Just three reviews - all 5-star. Two of the three reviews have a suspicious pattern of being by reviewers who reviewed only this book and the same obscure children's app. The other review is from a top 500 reviewer. hard to tell much about a book from any of that. Not exactly an unusual thing for free books from self published articles.]

The #1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller, downloaded over 250,000 times, now back in its original version…

Jack Kilborn (aka J.A. Konrath) and Blake Crouch turn their attention to the twin golden rules of hitchhiking:

# 1: Don’t go hitchhiking, because the driver who picks you up could be certifiably crazy.

# 2: Don’t pick up hitchhikers, because the traveler you pick up could be a raving nutcase.

So what if, on some dark, isolated road, Crazy #1 offered a ride to Nutcase #2?

When two of the most twisted minds in the world of horror fiction face off, the result is SERIAL, a terrifying tale of hitchhiking gone terribly wrong. Like a deeply twisted version of an “After School Special,” SERIAL is the single most persuasive public service announcement on the hazards of free car rides.

Beyond a thrilling piece of horrifying suspense, SERIAL is also a groundbreaking experiment in literary collaboration. Kilborn wrote the first part. Crouch wrote the second. And they wrote the third together over email in 100-word exchanges, not aware of each other’s opening section. All bets were off, and may the best psycho win.

SERIAL contains the short story, SERIAL, a Q&A with Kilborn and Crouch, author bibliographies, and excerpts of Crouch’s DESERT PLACES, Konrath’s SHAKEN, and their collaboration with F. Paul Wilson and Jeff Strand, DRACULAS.

*Note: SERIAL is an 8000-word short story. SERIAL is fully contained in SERIAL UNCUT. BAD GIRL + TRUCK STOP + SERIAL = SERIAL UNCUT.

5 star:(131)
4 star:(136)
3 star:(72)
2 star:(59)
1 star:(156)

[#97 - you do not often run into a book that has such an odd distribution of reviews for a book with close to 600 reviews. The authors are regularly on the top 100 free list.]

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