|Gods and Kings, by Lynn Austin. Book 1 of the Chronicles of the Kings series. Austin "brings this biblical account to life in her well-researched fictionalization of the life of one of Judah's most fascinating kings." -- RT Bookclub|
Gods and Kings is the story of King Hezekiah, heir to the throne of King David. When his evil father plots to sacrifice him, Hezekiah's mother, Abijah, searches frantically for a way to save him. But only two men can help her, and neither of them seems trustworthy. In a time and place engulfed by violence, treachery, and infidelity to Yahweh, Abijah and her son must discover the one true Source of strength if they are to save themselves and their country.
324 pages, with a 5-star rating from 110 reviews, and free today.
|The Union, by Tremayne Johnson. I was a bit skeptical of all the gushing reviews of this one, all apparently from individuals and none that I could see from established book blogs. But after looking at the sample, it seems well-written and is well-edited, albeit with a lot of dialogue and some explicit language. |
Mox Daniels is handsome, intelligent, and very aware of life's obstacles. He values trust, integrity, and he lives by the code of honor.
As a child, he witnessed the horrific murders of both of his parents and it scarred him for life. From that day forward, he vowed that no matter what obstacles came his way, he would find the mysterious killer and seek the ultimate revenge. When he meets the lovely, street savvy Priscilla Davis, a powerful bond is instantly formed, and life as he knew it, took a drastic change.
With the help of his cousin Cleo, the two men form The Union. Money is power and power is control, and by any means necessary Mox and his crew were out to get it.
When deceit spreads like a plague, will Mox maintain his position... or will he fall victim?
175 pages, with a 5-star rating from 72 reviews, and free today.
|First Contact, by Michael R. Hicks. Hicks is well-known and highly-regarded in our forums, where he has a legion of ardent fans. This is Book 1 in The Last War Trilogy, which is part of the In Her Name series. "I read the In Her Name Omnibus edition first (fantastic read by the way) before I tackled this and Legend of the Sword. I recommend each very highly. Definitely not you typical alien race takes over the planet type book. Highly recommended." -- David Cotton, Amazon review|
Young Midshipman Ichiro Sato joined the Terran Navy to escape a tyrannical father and find freedom among the stars. He had no idea when he boarded the survey starship Aurora for his first assignment that he and his crew would make humanity’s first contact with a sentient alien species.
Aurora is disabled by gigantic alien starships before she can escape. Boarded by nightmarish blue-skinned warriors with claws and fangs, the aliens learn all there is to know about the ship, before the crew is slaughtered in a series of ritual combats. Ichiro, the sole survivor, is returned to Earth as a messenger to warn of the aliens’ coming invasion of human space.
With Earth leading a fragile coalition of military forces to mount a defense against what many believe is nothing more than a hoax, Ichiro again finds himself at the sharp end of the spear aboard a Terran destroyer. Together with journalist Stephanie Guillaume, Legionnaire Roland Mills, and the irrepressible General James Sparks, Ichiro puts his life on the line against an enemy none of them could ever have imagined.
392 pages, with a 5-star rating from 72 reviews, and free today.
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