Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bargain Kindle books!

The Syrian, by Cathy Sultan. (Still 0.99?)

"I've been a follower of Cathy Sultan's writing since the publication of her first book, A Beirut Heart. Always impressed with the depth and breadth of her knowledge of the truth about Mid East politics, I am fascinated by her venture into fiction with The Syrian where all her understanding of the culture and the crazy, complex politics that dominate that part of the world comes together. It's wonderful reading with a story that intrigues, descriptions that introduce one to an enchanted city and a psychological study of two friends, their interactions , their desires and conflicts. I highly recommend it and look forward to my second reading." -- Amazon reviewer

The Syrian is a powerful contemporary novel of passion and betrayal, set against the brutal and bewildering outbreak of the Israeli-Hezbollah war in Lebanon, 2006.

Nadia, a woman who has waited 13 years for a husband who was “disappeared,” finally decides to declare him dead so she can marry an American physician, Andrew Sullivan. On the eve of her engagement party, her best friend Sonia, a well-connected war correspondent, rings to tell her that her husband may still be alive in a Syrian prison. Out to get Andrew for herself, Sonia draws in the powerful head of the Syrian secret police to help her in her Byzantine manipulations. Thus begins a series of dangerous plot twists that become increasingly bloody as Nadia attempts to rescue her husband, and the border conflict with Israel escalates.

304 pages, with a 5.0-star rating from 9 reviews.

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Zandros in Love, by Jeane Moore. (Still 0.99?)

"For love of money, or for love of a woman? When a gambler in a crime family falls in love, he has to make hard choices. Loved the author’s brisk writing style and the pacing of this story of love and suspense." -- Amazon reviewer

Sam Zandros is a major-league poker player—part of a large Greek-American family that runs a bookmaking business. And he’s fallen in love with Clare Russell, a beautiful photographer who has no one to look out for her. Sam decides to be that one.
Clare’s fiercely guarded secrets have made her emotionally vulnerable. While Sam tries to unravel the truth of her life, he becomes vulnerable, too, as Clare’s life is threatened by devious men who want a big cut of his family’s poker winnings.
Love or money? Family or lover? How far will Sam go to protect Clare?

238 pages, with a 5.0-star rating from 2 reviews.

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Magel's Daughter, by Nancy Baker. (Still 0.99?)

"Many have said this novel reminds them of Fargo, but I think this series completely blows Fargo out of the lake. Way more nuanced and unexpected, and I really enjoyed the dark and mythical overtones. Well worth a read, especially if you're into psychosis, Norse mythology, and enjoy inappropriate laughter!" -- Amazon reviewer

“Everyone in the Olina family, living and dead, knows that Magel keeps human body parts in her freezer.”

From the beginning of the novel, the provocative story defies the Minnesota-nice stereotype while inhabiting the territory of Fargo, the movie and mini-series, in all its darkly humorous glory. Magel’s Daughter highlights the deadly manipulation of matriarchal power within a Norwegian family in northern Minnesota, a chilly world of hallucination, incest, and severed heads. It is wickedly funny with a touch of magical realism.

On the surface, it is an episodic blitz through the last days of Karin Brix’s sanity. By the end, Karin has lost it, and it’s all her mother’s fault. Magel is a classic femme fatale who has grown old and spoiled everyone’s lives just like her mother, and her mother’s mother. Magel is the reigning matriarch, and Karin is on her way to becoming just like her, though struggling to reclaim herself as an artist after years of raising two sons in an unsatisfying marriage. Karin is assisted in her endeavors by lively hallucinations of her ancestors. And during Karin’s struggles, her father’s glass eye weaves through her imagination as the only sound counsel amid the chaos.

This is a work of unbridled inventiveness and rare insight that takes the reader on an unexpected joy ride through uncharted waters. Buckle up! And prepare to be astonished.

320 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 3 reviews.

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Saving Sam: Drugs, Race, and Discovering the Secrets of Heart Disease, by Jay Cohn. (Still 0.99?)

"The story at the heart of this book is how a prominent medical researcher was accused of racism after discovering that a low-cost drug worked better in African-Americans than other groups, and how the drug was abandoned due to political pressure. It also offers a rational summary of how much knowledge medical research has learned in the last fifty years that has not reached the public. Astonishing, really. A great read." -- Amazon reviewer

A renowned physician and medical scientist reveals the secrets of heart disease—uncovered through 50 years of clinical investigation—that have revolutionized current management of heart disease and may eliminate it in the future. Richly illustrated with individual patient and experimental details, the book also weaves in the dramatic story of the development of the first drug approved specifically for African Americans, and how politics and misguided accusations of racism have tragically inhibited widespread use of this life-saving therapy.


305 pages, with a 5.0-star rating from 2 reviews.

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