Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Wednesday Dec 11)

Two free Kindle books and two bargains today!

The Cut-Out, by Jon King. (Still free?)

"Talented, creative, and original. Finally, something new, refreshing and overall genuine. Writing is very passionate and the events keep you tied to it almost from beginning till the end. I didn't notice any major mistakes and this is a rare gem you will want to read. Give it a try. " -- Amazon reviewer

REVIEW: “Breathtaking, compelling, intensely personal throughout – and terrifyingly true – The Cut-Out is probably the most important spy novel I’ve ever read.” Richard Collins, Onside Review.

LOGLINE: When the American called me up and said he wanted to talk, I never imagined he would tell me what he did: that someone of global renown, “within days from now”, would be assassinated. Why tell me? A low-key conspiracy journalist? I didn’t know. And quite frankly, I didn’t believe him, either—until the assassination happened…

SYNOPSIS: Britain in the nineties was obsessed with the X-Files. The high street was awash with X-Files type magazines, and as senior editor of the biggest selling one on the market, I was accustomed to receiving phone calls from anonymous sources promising inside information. So when the American called me up and said he wanted to talk, I took it in my stride. Why wouldn’t I? He was a former Special Forces Green Beret, he said. A CIA runner. He also said that the information he had was best not divulged over the telephone. So we arranged to meet. Nothing unusual in that.

What was unusual, though, was what the American told me, not at our first meeting, but at a subsequent one some months later. On this occasion he said he'd been made aware of an imminent prime-target assassination, that “one of the most prominent figures on the world stage” was about to be taken out, “within days from now”, though he claimed he was unable to reveal who the target was.

“Watch the news networks. You’ll know who it is soon enough.” He added: “The media will tell you it was an accident. You’ll know it wasn’t.”

I came away not knowing if I’d been fed a line or let in on the world’s most terrible secret. And I had no way of finding out, either, other than to wait, and watch the news.

I didn’t have to wait long. Because a week later the “accident” the American had alluded to was all over the news: the assassination he’d forewarned me about had happened.

Of course, at this stage I had no idea I was being set up. Only that I’d been told something I wished I’d never been told. And that, because I had, I now faced the most terrifying challenge of my life—to get to the truth before the intelligence agencies got to me...

Set mainly in London and Paris, The Cut-Out is an autobiographical spy novel of immense personal ordeal and chilling consequence. It is based on a true story.

312 pages, with a 5-star rating from 5 reviews.

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Shen Ark: Departure, by John Hindmarsh. (Still free?)

"A great read! John H. is my favorite new sci fi author. I also like his Mark One. Looking forward to Mark Two." -- Amazon reviewer

Dr. Joseph Krowe, a young scientist in London, develops a mind-bending drug—a pharmacological-chemical-nanite [PCN] mix—tests it on himself and almost dies. He tries to market PCN to a nightclub and disasters follow. Dr. Krowe barely survives. Meantime, his drug has initiated an accelerated evolutionary change in rats—New Rats. Their natural enemies—New Cats—also evolve, and a state of war exists between the two. Rats support Dr. Krowe, and he guides and influences them, as they continue to evolve.
The drug also affects some humans.
Freddie and his family befriend Sam, a young Rat who is a member of the Rat royal family, thus commencing a strong relationship between humans and Rats. Freddie—called Engineer by his friends—takes on responsibilities to aid the Rats’ plan to purchase a starship from alien refugees—the Shen. His task is to build the bubble warp drive which he designed; the drive, if successful, will allow the starship to travel at faster than light speeds. Engineer experiences violent attacks, love, deaths of family and friends, looming deadlines, and other challenges as he attempts to meet his commitments to support the Rats’ dream to travel in space.
Rats are impatient to board their starship and depart Earth. Humans want the alien technology. Cats just want to kill Rats.
Shen Ark: Departure is the beginning of a voyage that will follow Rats and a small group of humans as they attempt to achieve their dreams.

353 pages, with a 5-star rating from 1 reviews.

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Pain and Gain-The Untold True Story, by Marc Schiller. (Still 2.99?)

If you buy (or already have) the printed book, the ebook is only 0.99, through Amazon's new Matchbook program.

"Despite having sat through the entire trial, and having heard the live testimony, I still find myself cringing at Marc Schiller's description of his captivity, torture and attempted murder. This book speaks volumes about the evil that some are able to perpetrate and the tragedies that others are able to overcome." Judge Alex Ferrer October 9, 2013

"This compelling book proves the rule that truth is stranger than fiction. One cannot read Pain and Gain without coming away with admiration for the author and contempt for the men who kept him prisoner, tortured him, and tried to kill him. This is not only a story of pure evil, it is a story of strength and renewal. It's also a book that you can't put down once you've started to read it. My hat is off to Marc Schiller for his courage, resilience and talent as a writer.." J. David Bethel, author of Evil Town

The True Story Behind The Movie Pain & Gain
This book proves that sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction!

What if you were kidnapped, tied to a wall for a month, starved,
humiliated, tortured and then they tried to murder you, but you survived? What
stories would you tell of how you were able to survive and the struggles you
went though? What if you went to the police and they did not believe you? What
would you do to evade those trying to kill you and how would you bring the
criminals to justice before they struck again? How would that change your life
and the way you perceived the world and people?

The year was 1994, Marc and his family lived and ordinary middle class life in Miami, Florida. Little did he know that in November of that year his life and that of his family would change forever. The events that were to unfold could not be conceived by the wildest imagination.
In this amazing book he narrates the events that led to his kidnapping and his attempted murder. It will transport and place you in the warehouse were he was held and give you a unique perspective of the events that transpired during that horrific month and the physical and mental struggle to beat the odds and survive.
Marc chronicles his story in torturous detail. His humiliation, pain and suffering at the hands of the Sun Gang Gym and his miraculous survival.
You will understand how and why he survived and that everything can be taken from a human being, but the one's spirit and determination to survive can never be.
No one believed his story, not the police nor anyone else. Nevertheless, he maintained steadfast and determined to bring the criminals to justice before they struck again.
Truly a harrowing tale and one that not only you soon won't forget but will uplift and inspire you!!

326 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 64 reviews.

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The Devil Drinks Coffee (A Kate Saxee Mystery), by Destiny Ford. (Still 2.99?)

"Great new series! The humor in the book is two fold. Kate's mom is a walking disaster area who is constantly has slight accidents. These always are reported in the small time newspaper. Another funny element is how Kate, a former Mormon, is under full time scrutiny of the ladies of the Mormon community. A volunteer at the newspaper Ella is hilarious as she relates throughout the story how the Mormon "Ladies" perceive Kate. This is a humorous look into some elements of Mormonism; hence, the title The Devil Drinks Coffee. I loved this book which is first in a series and recommend to cozy readers. You will enjoy the ride!" -- Amazon reviewer

A cow suicide, a revolving door rescue, and the birth of a bright purple pig are starting to make Kate Saxee wonder if taking a job in her small hometown of Branson Falls, Utah, was such a great idea. As The Branson Tribune editor, Kate covers local news, which, more often than not, involves her accident-prone mom. Nothing truly newsworthy has ever happened in the quiet town until local teen Chelsea Bradford turns up dead in a Branson Falls lake.

The police rule Chelsea’s death an accident, but Kate suspects there’s more to the story—and she’s not the only one. Two of Branson’s most eligible bachelors are determined to help her solve the crime—among other things. But the small town social network is faster than Twitter, and gossip about Kate’s love-life is quickly branding her the Branson Falls hussy.

As Kate learns more about Chelsea, she discovers that plenty of people are trying to cover up the real story behind the girl’s death—including Chelsea’s parents. Now Kate has to juggle work, men, her mom’s most recent disaster involving a low-speed John Deere Combine chase on the freeway, and fend off the Mormons heaven-bent on saving her soul—all while solving Chelsea’s murder. Dealing with this is going to require a lot of coffee, chocolate frosted donuts, Neil Diamond's greatest hits, and a slew of words not on the town approved imitation swear list.

"In The Devil Drinks Coffee, author Destiny Ford invites you into a world filled with smart, funny characters and an engaging mystery. Do yourself a favor and accept the invitation!"
- Shelly Fredman, Author of the No Such Thing As...Brandy Alexander Mystery Series

358 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 62 reviews.

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