Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Wednesday Oct 16)

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Hour of the Wolf (Steam and Stone Saga), by Andrius B. Tapinas. (Still free?)

"Filled with steampunk, intrigue, political machinations, secret agents, and a gutsy young lady, Hour of the Wolf by Andrius B. Tapinas is a trip into another world, an alternate history, originally written in the author's native language, Lithuanian, and translated to English. For readers not familiar with Russian or Lithuanian history, many of the names mentioned will not be easily identifiable, but trust me, there will be no detraction from the story! If you like the flavor of a very dark steampunk adventure filled with mystery, murder and mayhem, while enjoying armchair travel to another place and time, I highly recommend Hour of the Wolf, as its pages prove that a well written book is sure to become a hit in any language." -- Amazon reviewer


History has been changed
 
It is the year 1905 and Europe is not as we know it. Alchemists pilot steampunk airships over great cities, hardworking mechanics create automatons and deep in the dungeons secret societies of macabre wizards strive to create artificial intellect.

Powerful bankers created The Alliance of Free Cities – beacons of progress, art, science and freedom.

But...

Blood has been spilled
 

Former US Marine Antanas Sidabras is exceptional at his job – enforcing public order in the ancient Free City of Vilnius. But a gruesome murder at an abandoned cemetery leaves him at a loss. No clues, no motive, no suspect.

And...

A shadow has been awoken

With the biggest social event of the year – The Summit – looming just a few days ahead frantic investigation turns out to be a complex web of political intrigue and Sidabras has everybody against him – mad doctors, corrupt officials, Russian agents and monsters from his personal nightmares. And then, the bells will toll the Hour of the Wolf.

Will you live to see another day?

If you like alternate history fiction stories, unrelenting storytelling and steampunk adventure – Hour of the Wolf will not disappoint.

This powerful steampunk adventure is biggest SF/F bestseller in Lithuania for the last decade. Animation series is already in the works and Hour of the Wolf became a major inspiration for a groundbreaking computer game – The Howler.

487 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 48 reviews.

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Full Circle, by Mona Ingram. (Still 0.99?)

"The story keeps you excited and wanting to read it. I was surprised at some of the outcomes - there is a fun twist in the story! I really enjoyed the ending. It ended the way that you were expecting it too and that doesn't always happen."

"Definitely chick lit. The best kind!"

"A story has to grab me right away. If not I lose interested in it. I really enjoyed this book. I think I read this in 2 sitting. I was so glad that it had a good story line to it. That the lady didn't let things discourage her. But she made something of her life. Not just for her, but her daughter as well. Treated people like they are human beings. The author did a awesome job with this book. Will read more of her books."

Bella Thompson has news: she's pregnant. But before she can tell her boyfriend Jeffrey, he shatters her with the news that he's going to marry someone else. Bella is given a choice: Go to Atlanta and give up her child for adoption, or leave town and raise her child on her own. The choice is clear, and she travels to California, where she settles in Santa Monica.

Determined to make her own way in the world and return to Willow Bend on her own terms, Bella puts all her energies into building a successful business with her partner Rafael Vargas. But at what cost?


Follow Bella as she struggles to balance her passion for business with the ultimate prize...love.

170 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 138 reviews.

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THE BRIDGE TO CARACAS (THE KING TRILOGY), by Stephen Douglass. (Still 2.99?)

"Engaging action story. Stephen Douglass's knowledge of the Oil and Gas Industry is woven into a plot similiar to John Grisham's tales of lawyers,judges,and the law. Both are terrific at storytelling at a brisk pace coming with a knowledgeable background. You will be educated as to the Oil and Gas Industry, especially the dark side of money making,and entertained by a romantic engaging action story. This book belongs in a class with "Unbroken", "Lost in Shangri-La", "In the Garden of the Beasts", other five star books that I have enjoyed this summer." -- Amazon reviewer

THE BRIDGE TO CARACAS is Volume one of THE KING TRILOGY, an epic story, spanning four tumultuous decades, of an inconvenient fortune and its catastrophic affect on a loving family.

Jim Servito shatters the hopes and aspirations of star-crossed lovers, Mike King and Karen Taylor, while simultaneously engineering a grand theft ranking as one of the largest and most audacious in Canadian and U.S. history. Cynical and remorselessly ruthless, he possesses a brilliant criminal mind, has enormous contempt for the law, police, governments, and the system in which they function. He assumes rules are for fools, and takes sadistic pleasure in breaking them. Using The Peace Bridge as his fulcrum, he steals $325,000,000 from the U.S. and Canadian governments, steals enormous quantities of gasoline by illegally installing valves in Golden National’s Buffalo refinery, then murders everyone who can implicate him.

The setting is storybook perfect. The beautiful daughter of wealthy parents meets the handsome son of middle class parents. The two fall in love and assume they will marry and live happily ever after. History would prove their assumption wrong. Cruel twists of fate and the wrath of Jim Servito combine to prescribe a horrible nightmare for the two lovers, one that grows in intensity and ultimately leads them to prison, then a life and death confrontation with Servito in Caracas.

Karen Taylor, tired of life in private school for girls, the endless doting of her wealthy parents, and the monotony of constant female company, wants out, to experience the real world, preferably on her own. Her priorities lead her to an endless love affair with Mike King, but his marriage to another woman leads her to a disastrous marriage to Jim Servito.

Mike King has it made. A third generation medical candidate and gifted athlete, his future appears assured. He is going to be a doctor. It is the family tradition. Then, like the first snows of winter, everything changes. He falls in love with Karen Taylor, and decides he wants a future of his own, instead of the one tradition had prescribed for him. His heart is ripped from his body when Karen’s mother informs him that her daughter was killed when her airplane was hijacked in Athens and blown up in Syria. Saddened beyond all consolation, he plunges into his engineering studies with a consuming passion. Fate leads him to a doomed marriage to Barbara Larkin. The marriage is complicated when he discovers that Karen is alive. A chance meeting with Karen results in a torrid, but life-threatening affair. He relinquishes his successful career in big oil to launch what appears to be a once in a lifetime business opportunity. When Jim Servito and the Feds conspire to ruin his business, terminate his affair with Karen, and imprison both, the two lovers risk everything to violate their bail restrictions, covertly fly to Caracas, and end their nightmare.

332 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 16 reviews.

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The Vanished Lady, by Vickie Britton. (Still 2.99?)

"A good mystery where almost everyone is suspect! Captures your attention and keeps you guessing almost to the end. Recommended!" -- Amazon reviewer

Dana Lawrence doesn’t imagine when she buys the quaint Victorian house in the remote mountains of Colorado that her life will soon be in danger. She has heard the legend of Lelia Glenn and how she vanished in the 1800’s, but no one told her about the more recent disappearance of Amy Walden two years ago.
On the night of her arrival, Dana spies someone digging on her land. The sheriff tells her that on the day Amy disappeared Glenndale’s jewelry store was robbed. Amy’s boyfriend, Donnie Thorpe, is still on the run, and his accomplice, Jed Hoyt, has just been released from prison. Bennett believes a third party masterminded the robbery--her handsome neighbor, Logan Rand.
 

While Dana tries to beat the thieves to the stolen goods, she uncovers a grave. Threats and attempts on her life follow in rapid succession. Dana must identify the killer before she becomes the next vanished lady.

260 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 19 reviews.

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