Storm Dancer (Dark Epic Fantasy), by Rayne Hall. (Still 0.99?)
"World building and scene setting are well and good, but they're of little value without strong and engaging characters set within a plot that captures and holds a reader's interests. This is where Ms. Hall excels, with characters like Dahoud, a former military commander fleeing a dark past and seeking redemption from the evils he's committed, all the while driven back toward those evils by a malevolent djinn that's set up house deep within him; the highly intelligent Queen's consort Kirral, a pathologically sadistic villain of the kind readers love to hate; Merida, the storm dancer of the title and the product of a foreign society so status conscious that every individual is assigned a constantly varying numeric personal value; Mansour, a rebel leader forced to work with new satrap Dahoud whom he neither needs or wants; Yora, a post-pubescent wild child who's a natural with a knife, and who just wants to kick butt and doesn't understand why the men won't wrestle with her; the tragic Esha, whose conspiring against her husband Dahoud ends in sorrow; Zun, the obviously fake shaman who turns out to be the real thing; and many, many more. All are cast against a relentless plot that never lags.
A caution is in order. Although never gratuitous, a couple of torture scenes are very graphic, and the darkness at the heart of Storm Dancer concerns Dahoud and his past offenses against women that he's pledged never to repeat and to seek redemption through protecting women from men like he once was. He's opposed in this by an indwelling djinn, not the rub-the-lamp-and-get-three-wishes type, but a malignant, indwelling evil spirit that knows his vulnerabilities and plays to the darkest impulses of his soul. Dahoud is a protagonist with an inexcusable past, but his struggles against that past, the djinn, and the events into which he's cast make him a memorable and sympathetic character. When he and Merida, the most unlikely of pairings, team together and triumph in the end, the reader is left with a rollicking tale behind them and deep satisfaction for having made the trip." -- Amazon reviewer
459 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 79 reviews.
Zombie Fallout, by Mark Tufo. (Still 0.99?)
"The word lighthearted doesn’t usually come to mind when we think of the zombie apocalypse. When a new vaccine against the latest incarnation of the H1N1 turns the majority of the population into flesh-eating monsters, blue collar Colorado family man and survivalist Michael Talbot—along with his family and an eclectic group of neighbors from the small gated community of Little Turtle—is forced to fight for his life against an ever-growing hoard of the living dead. This provides a welcome departure from the doom and gloom of most zombie tales." -- Publishers Weekly
324 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 569 reviews.
Last Tango in Buenos Aires, by Tracy Johnson. (Still 0.99?)
"Tracy Johnson's novel, "Last Tango in Buenos Aires" is the randy and always compelling story of an attractive woman dealing with a series of men, mostly younger, while searching for the meaning of (her) life as a British nomad in Argentina. Although I was sometimes reminded of Erica Jong's stories, Johnson's sensual encounters in Argentina are more intense and reach a more curious psychological depth, particularly the exploration in detail of the fears and fantasies of the kind of woman who would be inclined to take off for the place that likes to think of itself as the "Paris of Latin America."
Tracy Johnson writes with authority and style about that segment of the population in Buenos Aires that lives for dancing, sex, and hope. About the kind of women who can be made stupid by overt flattery from men. About the kind of men who think that syrupy flattery is a substitute for real emotion, and again, the women who fall for it -- again and again." -- Amazon reviewer
340 pages, with a 4-star rating from 4 reviews.
The Geneva Decision (Pia Sabel Thrillers), by Seeley James. (Still 5.99?)
"I loved The Geneva Decision. The main character, Pia Sabel has taken on a job where she may very well be in over her head. But she's not willing to admit defeat and she is not going to give up. This is a refreshing change to the mystery/thriller concepts where the protagonist can't do anything wrong. Pia is new at this. She makes mistakes. She learns as she goes along. She makes friends and enemies along the way, and people get hurt. All of this adds up to a reading experience that is both fun and engrossing. The title indicates that this is only book one of a series. I'm looking forward to book #2!" -- Amazon reviewer
284 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 88 reviews.
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