From the top 100 free list
Manipulate (Alien Cadets)
The aliens who currently administer Earth have a simple proverb: Survival is sanity.
Nineteen-year-old Sam Locklear grew up on the aliens' homeworld after he was forcibly conscripted into their training program as a child. He has become one of the aliens' favorite cadets through his charisma and hard work, and now Sam is finally on his way back to Earth to work in their Los Angeles headquarters. He's determined to find the line between being used, and using them.
When Sam's homecoming speech sets off a string of violence, his realizes his choices carry more weight than he realized. First there's a hate message scrawled in blood, then a drive-by attack, and a riot that ends in fire. People want to believe Sam is the leader they've been waiting for, but others are furious that he continues to work for the aliens. When another attack ends with the abduction of Sam's girlfriend, it's clear he can't rely on alien protection or human support.
From the slums of Los Angeles to a treacherous space station, Sam must uncover the real reason for the violence... and just how much the aliens have warped his thinking.
The true meaning of sanity may not equal survival, at least not for Sam.
[#43. Seven 5-star reviews. Has a bit of that "young adult" feel to it.]
Kane (A Kane Novel)
Los Angeles is terrorized by a series of murders. One man can stop the killer: Detective Daniel Kane. But for Kane--devastated by personal tragedy and haunted by a secret that could destroy his family--to do so may cost him everything, even his life . . .
At times chilling, funny, and occasionally brutal, Kane is a nonstop thriller filled with complex characters, surprising twists, and unforgettable scenes. From a political firestorm that sends the investigation spinning out of control to an unexpected, breathtaking climax, Kane will keep you in suspense until the turn of the final heart-pounding page.
[#96 - it's been free before, but I have not read it.]
Concealed Measures: A Thriller (The Insiders Series)
New York Times bestselling author Craig Hickman continues the story that began in The Insiders, his 2009 heart-pounding thriller that kept over 100,000 readers on the edge of their seats. Concealed Measures, his latest book, picks up the story of Wilson and Emily Fielder and their deadly fight to destroy The Governors, a global shadow government of financial manipulators.
An elaborate, inscrutable financial conspiracy has been perpetrated against an unsuspecting public around the world for over a century. Seven leaders, five men and two women who represent the world’s wealthiest families, are the current financial puppet masters. They call themselves The Governors and they have one goal, and one goal only: Keep control of the world’s financial institutions and protect the money interests of the super-rich. Their reach is unlimited. Their tactics: Manipulate global financial markets, gain power and influence wherever they can, put their army of followers in “sleeper cells,” ready to be activated at a moment’s notice, and destroy anyone who gets in their way. No one can stop them.
Except Wilson Fielder, a wealthy man in his own right, and his brilliant wife, Emily. Willing to put their lives on the line, if necessary, Wilson and Emily see no other option except to take on The Governors personally and they vow to destroy the deadly cabal’s stranglehold on the world’s wealth. They devise an intricate plan to destroy The Governors that, if successful, will re-set the world’s financial markets and open the gates to wealth creation for millions of people around the world. If they fail, their lives and the lives of everyone around them will be lost.
A nail-biting conspiracy thriller that will leave readers on the edge of their seats as each side’s plans begin to unfold and the twists and turns lead from one unexpected result to another. Just when you think you know how it will play out, another layer is unveiled which changes the dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, again and again. Wilson and Emily risk their lives to destroy the world’s most menacing secret society ever revealed, but who will pay the real price if they fail?
Sometimes, the truth can only be told through fiction.
[#88 - a single 5-star review.]