Thursday, March 21, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books - Thriller Thursday!

Here is today's selection of free and bargain Kindle books!

Here are three Kindle books available for free today!

The Spirit Clearing, by Mark Tufo. (Still free?)

A terrible car accident changes Mike's life in unexpected ways. This highly-praised thriller from master of the genre Mark Tufo has over 60 five-star reviews - and is free today.

"This was a haunting story of a young man's life following a horrific car crash. I can't really describe the story without giving too much away. The story is so deep and twisted that it reminds me of a Stephen King novel. The characters are complex and the story will remain with me for a very long time. Tufo is definitely one to watch. Although I've enjoyed his other books, this one truly showcases his talent for spinning stories that are scary, sad and beautiful. How many writers can do that?" -- Amazon reviewer

After a horrific accident Mike wakes to find himself blind in one eye. He now sees things that others can't and nobody will listen to him.

That is until he meets Jandilyn Hollow. Will she be able to pull him out of the depths of his despair? Can love transcend even death?

372 pages, with a -star rating from reviews.

The Templar Concordat, by Terrence OBrien. (Still free?)

This political / spy thriller has over 40 five-star reviews, and free today.

"A juicy tale woven around facts readily recognizable by anyone living in the dawn of the 21st century. The plot conjured up most imaginatively serve to keep the reader entertained, informed and even apprehensive. Its is easy to get lost in the thick of the schemes unfolding in the story line." -- Amazon reviewer

When the truth is your greatest danger, and the enemy knows the truth, things can only go downhill when the enemy finally gets the proof. And that's the proof the Hashashin get when they steal what the Vatican doesn't even know it has. Now the infallible decrees of two Twelfth Century popes and three kings, stolen by the Hashashin, threaten to catapult the bigotry, bias, and religious blood baths of the Third Crusade straight into the Twenty-First Century. When Templars Sean Callahan and Marie Curtis are drawn into the mess, they face an ancient enemy that has already nearly won the battle, a newly elected Mexican pope being undermined by entrenched Vatican powers, world class scholars who will sell their prestige to the highest bidder, and terrorists lingering over lattes in sidewalk cafes. Moving from Rome to London, Switzerland, and Saudi Arabia, Callahan and Curtis are desperate to find some way to stem the success the Hashashin are having enlisting the majority of moderate Muslims in their Jihad. Out maneuvered at each step by the Hashashin, only a last ditch roll of the dice has any chance of success. But it's the only chance they have.

"If you loved the idea of Dan Brown's bestsellers, but weren't so crazy about all the arty esoterica, Terrence O'Brien's The Templar Concordat could hit your sweet spot...." Kindle Nation Daily

"I loved this book and am still kicking myself for resisting its sirencall for so long. The history and details woven skillfully into the action and well rounded characters made for an exciting read..." -Sandra Gilbert
122,000 words - appx 400 pages

412 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 53 reviews.

A Calculated Life, by Anne Charnock. (Still free?)

Jayna has been bio-engineered for success in the post-apocalyptic corporate world. All five-star reviews for this debut novel - free today.

"Stunningly relevant re-imagining of 21st century Britain as a bioengineered corporate dystopia." -- Amazon reviewer

A Calculated Life is a dystopian vision of corporate life later in the 21st century when big business and state institutions are thriving thanks to a compliant, stratified and segregated workforce. Hyper-intelligent professionals live in affluence within the metropolis while menials live out in the subsidized, but spartan, enclaves.

There are upsides for everyone. Advances in genetic engineering have freed the population from addictive tendencies. Violent crime is a rarity.

Mayhew McCline, a corporation that detects global trends, recruits a young woman, Jayna, who instantly becomes the firm's star performer. No one seems to be jealous. After all, she guarantees they all make their bonuses.

Despite her flawless track record, Jayna is feeling twitchy. She knows she's making stupid mistakes. But no one has noticed, yet. Working on a hunch that she's too sheltered from real-world unpredictability, she embarks on an experiment to disrupt her proscribed daily routine.

Unwittingly, she sets a path that leads to clandestine forays beyond the metropolis, corporate disloyalty and forbidden relationships.

228 pages, with a 5-star rating from 4 reviews.

The Eden Plague: Book 1 (Plague Wars), by David VanDyke. (Still $0.99?)

This highly-rated thriller is the first book in the Plague Wars series. 99 cents today!

"I expected this action/adventure to be military/black ops action, which it presents very believably. I also anticipated a bit of an 'apocalypse' twist, which it is, in a way, though in more end of the world as we know it rather than end of the world. Well developed characters, a new scientific discovery vaguely along the lines of Jurassic Park and others of that type, with nanobot technology, carried along by excellent presentation of the usual black ops/military type action. Good character development which included the changes in mindsets triggered by exposure to the Plague. A definite twist at the end which leaves me wondering just where the author tends to go with the plotline, which could develop in an interesting way. " -- Amazon reviewer

75% off for a limited time, pick it up today before it's back to its normal $3.98 price. A military science fiction apocalyptic thriller / technothriller. Recently re-edited for an improved reading experience. BOOK 1 OF THE SERIES.

When special operations veteran Daniel Markis finds armed invaders in his home and it all goes sideways, he soon finds himself on the run from the shadowy Company and in possession of a biological breakthrough that might throw human society into chaos. Out of options, Daniel turns to his brothers in arms to fight back and get the answers he needs. Soon he takes possession of a secret that threatens the stability of the world, as he leads a conspiracy to change everything.

​This thriller leads readers into the exciting and engrossing Plague Wars military science fiction series. The original version of The Eden Plague is included as a bonus.

The Eden Plague is a science-fiction military techno-thriller in the tradition of Michael Crichton, Dean Koontz, with shades of David Drake, Jerry Pournelle, S. M. Stirling, Vaughn Heppner and B.V. Larson. Second Edition: Includes entire First Edition book as a bonus at the end.

Also from David VanDyke:

The Plague Wars Series:
- The Eden Plague
- The Demon Plagues
- The Reaper Plague
- The Orion Plague
- First Conquest: A Plague Wars/Stellar Conquest novella (forthcoming April 2013)
- Comes the Destroyer (Plague Wars #5, forthcoming Spring 2013)

PG-13 for language, violence and adult situations (non-explicit)

302 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 24 reviews.

Irreparable Harm (Sasha McCandless Legal Thriller No. 1), by Melissa F. Miller. (Still $3.99?)

A top-notch legal thriller with over 150 five-star reviews! Get this Sasha McCandless thriller for $3.99.

"What a riveting page turning read. I loved Sasha's character so is believable. This mystery thriller is one of the best books I have read for 2011. Melissa knows the legal system extremely well and it shows through out the book. The good and the bad people were underestimating Sasha at every turn. It was nice to see for a change. I also like the technology side of it. The old saying, "There is an app for that" is so true. You never know what is going to happen next. All the turns and twists and all the characters are great. This book is defiantly a book to read." -- Amazon reviewer

Find the entire Sasha McCandless legal thriller series here:

After eight long years, attorney Sasha McCandless is about to make partner at a prestigious law firm. All she has to do is keep her head down and her billable hours up. 

When a plane operated by her client slams into the side of a mountain, killing everyone aboard, Sasha gears up to defend the inevitable civil lawsuits. She soon realizes the crash was no accident: a developer has created an application that can control a commercial plane's onboard computer from a smartphone. 

Sasha joins forces with a federal air marshal, and they race to prevent another airline disaster. But when people close to the matter start turning up dead, Sasha must rely on both her legal skills and her Krav Maga training to stop the madman before he kills her.

416 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 271 reviews.

KILLER IN A BOX (Detective DiPino Thriller), by David Thayer. (Still $0.99?)

The first book in the Detective DiPino series, this thriller follows DePino as he investigates a violent murder - and discovers shocking truths about his own wife's murder.

"After reading the title, I imagined that the killer would be found in a box, maybe in a morgue or in a trap of his own making. I was pleasantly surprised that this killer in a box referred to something else entirely. The box, as it turned out, was a perimeter with police all around forming a "box" where the suspect was believed to be hiding. But, then, why was our hero sent into the box alone? Were there police who wanted him dead? If so, why? Bit by bit the answers to my questions began to be revealed, only to add more questions: What had any of this to do with his wife's hit-and-run murder? Or did it have anything to do with it? And: Who could be trusted to give him the truth? Was there no one, not even his own partner? The questions kept building, and I couldn't help but read for more answers. This book is definitely a page-turner, action-packed mystery that kept me reading long after my husband went to bed. I am delighted to give it a solid four stars." -- Amazon reviewer

Set at the time of the Euro conversion, KILLER IN A BOX tells the explosive story of men desperate to launder millions in German currency before the money expires worthless. Detective Armand DiPino shoots one of the conspirators only to discover a connection between the suspect and DiPino's wife, Patti, who was killed in a hit and run. DiPino confronts the truth about Patti's death, risking his life to expose a conspiracy closer to home than he could have ever imagined.

239 pages, with a 3.6-star rating from 5 reviews.

The Concrete Kiss, by David Grace. (Still $4.95?)

A highly-rated thriller from David Grace! $4.95.

"The concrete kiss is a fast moving, adrenalin dripping thriller. There are plenty of thrillers in the market these days; but few as good as this one. What sets this one apart is its clever and intriguing plot, with a number of compelling characters in it, and with some thoroughly mean ( and I mean REALLY mean) baddies to contend with. The author skillfully uses these basic ingredients to create one of the best novels in the thriller genre that I have read. And the writing style of the author really is magnetic, drawing you in. This, and the fast moving, action packed nature of the story keep you turning page after page." -- Amazon reviewer

“Set in the modern day, this straightforward, fast-paced detective novel cages a truly twisted villain.”

“The reader is thrust into a page-turning, clever narrative that continually morphs from police procedural, thriller, courtroom drama, and gritty evaluation of a serial rapist and killer.”

“...the relentless pace allows for little introspection.”

“Grace relishes the accurate and disturbing details, providing top-quality entertainment....”

“...a relentless story.”

“Well-written, engaging and sure to keep you up.”

--- Kirkus Reviews

Homicide Detective Ned Danes discovers that an ambitious Deputy D.A. has concealed evidence of an accused murderer's innocence in order to secure a headline-grabbing conviction. Danes is warned that a smart guy would keep his mouth shut. More interested in being a good guy than a smart one, Danes torpedoes the corrupt Deputy D.A.'s case, and for his honesty, Danes is exiled to the tiny basement office of the Cold Case Squad.
Working in his forgotten outpost Danes becomes obsessed with finding the real killer who the Deputy D.A.’s scheme has allowed to run free. But just as he seems to be closing in Danes receives a plea for help from an old friend. FBI agent Phillip Abbott has been put on leave for his last sixty days before his forced retirement. He has that long to catch a drug-cartel hit man whose specialty is murdering entire families. Completely alone, Abbott needs a courageous cop like Ned Danes to back him up.
While Danes knows that Abbott has a seventeen-year-old adopted daughter named Jessica, it is only after Danes agrees to help catch the killer that he discovers that the hit man murdered Jessica's entire family. When he adopted Jessica Abbott promised her that he would get the monster who killed her family no matter what it took and Danes soon learns that Abbott is willing to do anything, including break the law and possibly go to prison, to keep that promise.
And that's only a fraction of the story.

308 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 14 reviews.

Tortured Memory (Brier Hospital Series), by Lawrence Gold. (Still $4.99?)

Get this highly-rated, full-length mystery / thriller!

"Lawrence Gold's latest is an enthralling story about a woman who had been sexually abused by her father and then who became a psychiatrist with a special interest in treating with abused girls. However, she is not very stable herself, and when some of her juvenile female patients are victimized by a sexual predator/serial killer, she loses her equilibrium and ends up in Brier Hospital's psychiatric ward. A course of anti-depressants and several electroshock treatments later, she has recovered enough to go home, but she is still troubled by the sociopath who is killing children. When the sociopath ends up shot to death, the story becomes really intriguing." -- Amazon reviewer

Tortured Memory
A Mystery/Psychological Thriller
(A Brier Hospital Novel)

Dr. Abbie Adler had chosen general, child, and adolescent psychiatrist to treat sexually abused girls. As a victim of such abuse herself, Abbie’s insights make her an effective therapist. In addition, her practice includes adult patients and provides group and individual therapy for a broad range of psychiatric problems including depression, personality disorders, psychopathy, and malignant narcissism.

On a December evening, the Berkeley Police find Abbie sitting in her car at Inspiration Point overlooking the East Bay of San Francisco. She’s bruised and catatonic. They transport her to Brier Hospital where they admit her to the psychiatric ward. The nature of her condition, and its cause, remain a mystery. After standard treatments fail, her psychiatrist recommends electroshock therapy. Finally, she awakens but remembers nothing of the month preceding. In addition, she discovers significant memory gaps from the past few years.

Abbie had been treating two victims of the Chabot rapist who targeted girls and as she’s making progress in their care, unbelievably, someone abducts and strangles them. Their deaths devastate Abbie.

During Abbie’s difficult recovery, memories of past events gradually return. They are fragmentary and torture her with memory flashes and nightmares. Gradually, she begins to suspect that one of her adult patients may be the strangler. When the police find Abbie’s prime suspect brutally murdered, both she and the police are befuddled. Abbie struggles to discover the identity of the strangler and those who may be abetting his actions. Will he/they get away with it?

360 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 4 reviews.

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