Thursday, March 14, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Thursday Mar 14)

It's Thriller Thursday around here! Here are eight highly-rated thrillers, some free and some bargain-priced. And don't miss our list of great audiobooks at the end of the post!

The Shekinah Legacy (A Charlotte Ansari Thriller), by Gary Lindberg. (Still free?)

Let's start with this best-selling thriller that tells an international story reminiscent of Dan Brown's works. "Lost souls, saved souls, CIA agents, religious nuts and spiritually superior beings" all come together in this novel that sports over 70 five-star reviews.

"This is the book that Dan Brown should have written. It is as an exciting alternative religious history filled with plenty of action and interesting plot twists. It is based on real research. I recommend this book to all who like a good thriller. I can't imagine what Mr. Lindberg will do for an encore." -- S. Moore for BookPleasures.com

In this controversial Amazon best-selling thriller, international cable TV journalist Charlotte Ansari and her Asperger's son are caught literally in the crossfire of history when terrorists, the CIA, Mossad and the Vatican all converge in a pulse-pounding search for relics that could forever change the balance of power in the world.

Three decades ago, Charlotte's mother suddenly vanished with no trace. The mystery was never solved. Then suddenly, on the same day that Charlotte's home is attacked by terrorists, her son receives an email from the grandmother that he has never known. The coded message catapults Charlotte and her son on a dangerous mission to India and Kashmir to find the only objects that can save the old woman's life. Unfortunately, Charlotte and her autistic son don't know what they are looking for.

The Shekinah Legacy is a thriller in the tradition of Dan Brown, Steve Berry and James Rollins. In this provocative novel, author Gary Lindberg uses the form of the thriller to explore the limits and perils of belief.

352 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 135 reviews.



Without A Spark, by George Berger. (Still $2.88?)

A "gripping thriller about love and ecoterrorism." This highly-rated book is praised for its rich characters and their intriguing interactions. Click through to Amazon for more info, and while you're there don't miss the wry 'About the Author' section.

"The author displays a masterful use of humor, suspense, action, and plot twists to deliver this incredibly wonderful story. All the main characters have their own personal quirks yet they come together to solve a mystery that has baffled the police." -- Amazon reviewer

Small towns sometimes hold the biggest secrets.

Kevin should know; attending college in sleepy little Mud River, he's got plenty of secrets of his own. None of them, however, can explain why he and his co-ed roommate are being framed for ecoterrorism. Untangling that mystery would probably be easy, if his personal, professional, and love lives didn't keep getting in the way.

He's sure common sense and reason will prevail, and that his actual innocence will see him through. When dead bodies start turning up, however, he knows the government might well throw reason to the wind...

Without A Spark is a 50,000-word / 210-page novel about life, love, ecoterrorism, the people who commit it--and the people who take the blame.

216 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 5 reviews.



Hamelin's Child, by DJ Bennett. (Still $2.99?)

All five-star reviews for this thriller set in the dark and dangerous world of London's underground drug culture. (Caution: some tough emotional and sexual scenes.)

"The story is about a 17-year old boy who falls into the clutches of a couple of villains who drug him over a period of weeks and force him into homosexual prostitution. There is some explicit sexual activity in the book, but not for the sake of being lurid. It is critical to the plot as the protagonist, Michael, slowly loses touch with his former self and his addiction takes control of his life. While the subject matter is dark, Michael is a character you will care about. Even as he makes unwise choices and immerses himself in the very lifestyle he hates, he manages to hang onto his soul. DJ Bennett is an excellent writer, and she does a wonderful job fleshing out her characters. I highly recommend this book." -- Amazon reviewer

Michael Redford died on his seventeenth birthday – the night Eddie picked him up off the street, shot him full of heroin and assaulted him.

Now he’s Mikey and he works for Joss. With streaked blond hair and a cute smile, he sleeps by day and services clients at night. Sometimes he remembers his old life, but with what he’s become now, he knows there is no return to his comfortable middle-class background.

Then he makes a friend in Lee. A child of the streets, Lee demands more from friendship than Mikey is prepared to give. But the police are closing in on them now and Mikey’s not sure anymore who he really is – streetwise Mikey or plain Michael Redford.

Hamelin’s Child was long-listed in the UK Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award. A thriller set in the seedy world of London's drug rings, this book contains strong scenes and adult material.

275 pages, with a 5-star rating from 8 reviews.



Society of the Nines (Society Series #1), by Danielle Bourdon. (Still $0.99?)

Private eye Mahayla Breland gets pulled into a thrilling hunt for a missing boy. All 4 and 5-star reviews for this first book in Bourdon's Society Series!

"I have read both books in this series which I highly recommend. Love the characters and the plot. Could not put it down. Looking for a thrill, adventure and a web of deceit? You've got it! Love this author!" -- Amazon reviewer

The wig, the fear, and the weapon; those are the first things Private Investigator Mahayla Breland notices when Emma Chapin walks in her door. All Emma wants is for Mahayla to find her missing son, a man on the run from a Cult that proves to have far darker, more sinister intentions than Mahayla could have ever imagined. What begins as an innocuous missing persons case turns into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse—a game both Mahayla and the Society of the Nines are playing to win.


229 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 4 reviews.



The Littles (An SSCD Crime Thriller), by Tallulah Grace. (Still $3.99?)

The prolific Tallulah Grace delivers a solid and highly-rated psychological thriller in The Littles. Follow the FBI's Special Serial Crimes Division as they hunt down a psychopath.

"I loved the Timeless Trilogy novels so I just had to read The Littles. Tallulah Grace has done it again! I was instantly hooked. The characters are compelling and the story real. I always feel like I am a part of her novels. She brings you into the world she's created and before you know it you're swept off your feet." -- Amazon reviewer

The mountains of rural Georgia will never be the same after a series of vicious murders rock the area to its core. Not only does the killer target children, his gruesome murders are designed to inflict the ultimate agony upon their parents and to instill extreme terror within the small communities.

An SSCD team, part of the FBI's Special Serial Crimes Division, accepts the case and the conditional Governor's liaison, a prosecutor with more baggage than anyone realizes. Travel with them over the hills of the mystical Blue Ridge Mountains as they hunt the psychopath stalking the innocent. Can they capture him before he strikes again' Will he turn the tables and ensnare one of their own in his devious trap'

This psychological thriller delves into the mind of a deranged serial killer as it follows the twists and turns of an SSCD manhunt. Action packed and filled with suspense, The Littles takes readers on a thrill ride they will not soon forget.



161 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 17 reviews.



Caramel and Magnolias, by Tess Thompson. (Still free?)

"Whether it's in love or work sometimes we have to do that which frightens us the most so the life we're meant to have might gloriously unfold." This extraordinary romantic suspense has a 4.9-star rating after over 40 reviews.

"One of those true to life books where you're cringing knowing that the characters have gone through so much and wanting so much more for them." - My Seryniti Book Reviews

"This is such an amazing read. There is heartbreak, romance, deception, murder, mystery - all entwined around an engaging cast of characters. I really enjoyed the friendship between Cleo and Sylvia, as it reminded me of some of my friendships, and how a friend's happiness can be worth taking a risk." - Chick Lit Plus

Crushed by a broken heart ten years ago, Cleo Tanner walked away from her acting dreams and now leads a quiet, secluded life in Seattle. Sylvia, her best friend from college, is trapped in a loveless marriage, distraught by her inability to conceive a child - until an adoption agency owner in relentless pursuit of Cleo offers to help.

Just as Sylvia begins to experience a profound love that only a mother can feel, a detective approaches Cleo with disturbing questions about the adoption agency. Determined to protect her friend, Cleo jumps into a dangerous investigation that forces her to confront the ghosts of her past.

Bestselling author Tess Thompson, whose debut novel Riversong touched the hearts of readers worldwide, delivers a captivating and suspenseful tale of the possibilities that await us in life and in love - if we can find the courage to get off the sidelines.

A toast to friendship, motherhood, mended hearts and new beginnings, Caramel and Magnolias reminds us it's never too late to reawaken the heart.

246 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 43 reviews.



Reprobate - A Katla Novel (Amsterdam Assassin Series), by Martyn V. Halm. (Still $3.99?)

This highly-rated book is the first novel in the Assassin series from Martyn V. Halm.

"5.0 out of 5 stars. Gripping, multi-layered and surprising. This is at once a fast-paced thriller with several intriguing twists, and an intimate portrait of a budding relationship between two apparently very different central characters. The story is told from the perspective of several different protagonists, so that the reader feels connected to members of each of the three 'sides', without losing an overarching perspective. I found the descriptions of the action scenes incredibly detailed and totally gripping. It was like watching a film. The book also has a dry humour about it which serves to alleviate the tension and underline its realism. This book also contains one of the fullest, and most realistic depictions of a blind character that I have come across. It is very refreshing to find a novel in which the practicalities of blindness are discussed with such ease. I can't wait to read the next novel in the series." -- Jemima_Loves_Kindle

Assassin Katla breaks her own rules when confronted with an unusual witness...

Blessed with an almost non-existent conscience, Katla Sieltjes, expert in disguising homicide, views assassination as an intricate and rewarding occupation. Hidden behind her male alter ego Loki, Katla receives anonymous assignments, negotiates the terms with clients through electronic means, all to protect her identity. Her solitary existence satisfies her until she meets a blind musician whose failure to notice a 'closed' sign causes him to wander in on Katla's crime scene. And Katla breaks one of her most important rules - never leave a living witness.

Reprobate is the first novel in the Amsterdam Assassin Series. With authentic details and fast-paced action, featuring an uncompromising heroine and a supporting cast of unusual characters, Reprobate gives a rare glimpse in the local Dutch culture, information on the famous Dutch capital, the narcotics trade, computer hacking, motorcycle gangs, mehndi bridal tattoos, martial arts, and the brutal effectiveness of disciplined violence.

The Amsterdam Assassin Series by Martyn V. Halm

The Amsterdam Assassin Series revolves around freelance assassin and corporate troubleshooter Katla Sieltjes. Under the name Loki Enterprises, Katla specialises in disguising homicide and providing permanent solutions for both individuals and corporations.

374 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 6 reviews.



GOTU - A Robin Marlette Novel, by Mike McNeff. (Still $0.99?)

A police procedural thriller with 25 five-star reviews!

"GOTU is a thrilling and action-driven police drama that moves at a surprisingly fast pace, including frequent violent clashes, family drama and much more. At the heart of the novel is Robin Marlette, a maverick sergeant of the special narcotics squad and someone who everybody respects and looks up to. After the shooting of the brother of one of Mexico's leading drugs lords, things start to get a bit sticky. A thriller that packs a whole lot of punches and really captivates once you're in the thick of it." -- The Kindle Book Review

When a drug cartel attacks a cop, the rules apply. When they attack a cop's family, there are no rules.

Sergeant Robin Marlette's special narcotics squad has killed a dangerous drug courier and the brother of a prominent Mexican drug overlord. When Marlette's daughter is kidnapped as an act of revenge, it's a race against time to save her. Marlette and his team are very good at what they do-but are they good enough to defeat a drug cartel on its own turf'

Written by a 40-year law enforcement veteran, GOTU puts you side by side with the law enforcement brotherhood as they battle the world's most vicious criminals. GOTU will have you rooting for the good guys and turning the pages well into the night.

Praise for GOTU:

"GOTU is an action-packed roller coaster of a story about a team of tough cops waging war on the biggest drug cartel in Mexico. The book has the hard-hitting realism only a SWAT cop like Mike McNeff can write about because he spent years busting drug smugglers crossing the Ariaona/Mexican border." -Bob Mayer, New York Times Best Selling Author and former Special Forces A-Team Commander

"From the very first sentence, GOTU yanks the reader straight into the middle of non-stop action. McNeff's passion, credibility and real world experience is on every page; you won't be able to put this thriller down!" -Dave "Buck Savage" Smith, Author and Nationally Renowned Police Survival Expert

"GOTU - An exciting experience which captures the reader and throws them into the heart of the action from the first page onwards...." -Paul Anthony, Author and retired British detective

"Mike McNeff was always known as a cop's cop. He has brought his years of experience in law enforcement, along with his immense knowledge of the Southwest border to create a thriller that is as close to the real life drama of the war being waged against the drug cartels in Mexico as any publication out there. GOTU is action packed and a book you will find hard to put down." -Roger Vanderpool, retired Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety and retired Sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona

212 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 41 reviews.



Detonate (Tyrone King), by David Greene. (Still $2.99?)

PI Tyrone King chases terrorists with the aid of Sarah, a fellow train passenger... and becomes implicated in a plan to destroy the Statue of Liberty. 4+ rating!

"This is David Greene's second terrific book. Detonate is a face paced, exciting and fun story of a terrorist plot to destroy an American treasure. The story is filled with twists and turns that keep the reader at the edge of their seat. It is a fast paced page turner that I found to be a perfect travel companion." -- Amazon reviewer

The FBI hunts private investigator Tyrone King after he’s implicated in a plot to blow up a train on the border between Canada and the United States. Hoping to prove his innocence, King chases the real terrorists from Niagara Falls to New York City with the help of Sarah, a passenger on the train.

King goes undercover to try to stop the next bombing. But after he gets to know one of the terrorists, he realizes he wants to save him.

As the FBI, King, Sarah, and the terrorists all converge in New York City, the fate of the Statue of Liberty hangs in the balance.

311 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 6 reviews.




GREAT AUDIOBOOKS!

We consulted several of our members who enjoy audiobooks, and asked for some recommendations. Check out the great audiobooks in the list below!

10 Recommended Audiobooks
Water for Elephants, by Sara GruenNonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It’s the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. There he meets the freaks, grifters, and misfits that populate this world. He introduces us to Marlena, beautiful star of the equestrian act; to August, her charismatic but t...
11/22/63: A Novel, by Stephen KingAN INCREDIBLE UNABRIDGED AUDIO VALUE...OVER 30 HOURS ON ONLY THREE IPOD-READY MP3 CDS!

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back' Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination.
Following his massively successful no...
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura HillenbrandOn a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinar...
The Help, by Kathryn StockettBe prepared to meet three unforgettable women.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeare...
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca SklootHer name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pil...
Unfamiliar Fishes, by Sarah Vowell
“Vowell makes an excellent travelling companion, what with her rare combination of erudition and cheek.”
The New York Times Book Review 

Many think of 1776 as the most defining year of American history, the year we became a nation devoted to the pursuit of happiness through self-government. In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as ...
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War, by Karl MarlantesMatterhorn, written by a Marine veteran of Vietnam over the course of thirty years, is a remarkable literary discovery--a powerful and timeless saga of men in combat.
In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political am...
The Fault in Our Stars, by John GreenWinner of the 2013 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful,...
The Book Thief, by Markus ZusakIt’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing...
Outlander, by Diana GabaldonTwenty years ago, Diana Gabaldon swept readers into her mesmerizing world brimming with history, romance, and adventure. In celebration of the series that has captured the heart of millions, here is a special 20th anniversary edition of the novel that started it all—including a new essay, a new map, a CD with Outlander the musical, and more.

Ender's Game, by Orson Scott CardWinner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter ...
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1), by J.K. RowlingRead by Jim Dale
8 hours 17 minutes, 7 CDs

Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That's because he's being raised by his miserable muggle aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he's a wizard, just as his parents were.

But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrio...


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