Monday, January 26, 2015

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Monday Jan 26)

City of the Sun, by Juliana Maio. (Still 0.99?)

"A strong historical thriller that uses real persona and events to anchor a powerful storyline. Readers will feel they are in 1941 Cairo... The romantic subplot adds hope and passion in the midst of strife. However, readers will relish the profound look at the early days of the Middle East dispute (interwoven into a superb drama) that still haunts the region and world decades after the end of WWII." -- Midwest Book Review

Espionage, love, and power play upon the shifting sands of wartime Cairo

CAIRO, EGYPT 1941. As the Second World War rages, the city known as “Paris on the Nile” plays host to an international set who seem more interested in polo matches and swanky nightclubs than the Germans’ unrelenting advance across North Africa. Meanwhile, as refugees, soldiers, and spies stream into the city, the Nazis conspire with the emerging Muslim Brotherhood to fuel the Egyptian people’s seething resentment against their British overlords.

Ambitious American journalist Mickey Connolly has come to Cairo to report on the true state of the war. Facing expulsion by the British for not playing by their rules, he accepts a deal from the U.S. embassy that allows him to remain in the country. His covert mission: to infiltrate the city’s thriving Jewish community and locate a refugee nuclear scientist who could be key to America’s new weapons program. But Mickey is not the only one looking for the elusive scientist. A Nazi spy is also desperate to find him—and the race is on. Into this mix an enigmatic young woman appears, a refugee herself. Her fate becomes intertwined with Mickey’s, giving rise to a story of passion, entangled commitments, and half-truths.

Deftly blending the romantic noir of the classic film Casablanca with a riveting, suspenseful narrative and vivid historical detail, City of the Sun offers a stunning portrayal of a time and place that was not only pivotal for the war, but also sowed much of the turbulence in today’s Middle East.

389 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 77 reviews.





Birth of an Assassin, by Rik Stone. (Still 0.99?)

"This is a historical suspenseful thriller that takes readers into the world of human trafficking and one that is rife with corruption, within the higher echelons the army. It is an intense and fascinating read that pulled me in from the very first page. Birth of an Assassin is filled with many twists and turns. The characters were clever and brilliant which made the story that more enjoyable. I totally enjoyed every moment spent reading this book and I can’t wait to see what next Rik Stone has in store for his fans." -- Amazon reviewer

Set against the backdrop of Soviet, post-war Russia, Birth of an Assassin follows the transformation of Jez Kornfeld from wide-eyed recruit to avenging outlaw. Amidst a murky underworld of flesh-trafficking, prostitution and institutionalized corruption, the elite Jewish soldier is thrown into a world where nothing is what it seems, nobody can be trusted, and everything can be violently torn from him. 

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Rik Stone has worked the shipyards on the River Tyne, chanced his arm with a stint in the merchant navy and worked the quarry in Essex now known as the Lakeside Shopping Center. After giving up looking at the world through the bottom of a pint glass, he completed a bachelor’s degree in computing and mathematics and turned to red wine - progress. He lives in Essex with his wife, Susie and Staffie, Wilson and that is probably where you’ll always find him.

432 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 24 reviews.





CARRION: a gripping psychological thriller, by Betsy Reavley. (Still 0.99?)

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"Wow, this book had me gripped from the start. The eerie crow evoked the image of Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Raven'. I really wasn't expecting the twist at the end either. I'll look out for further books by this author." -- Amazon reviewer

"Carrion is a dark, edgy read"
"Perfect for fans of Stephen King"
"Fast paced... kept me on my toes"

After surviving a fatal accident Monica is left wondering what happened to her life.

Why did the car crash and why is she being haunted by a crow?

Unable to remember the events that led to that fateful day and plagued by frightening visions Monica is determined to get some answers.

But sometimes the truth is best left buried.

From the bestselling psychological thriller writer comes Betsy Reavley's chilling second novel.

376 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 8 reviews.





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Snow Angel (A Hope Falls Novel Book 5), by Melanie Shawn. (Still free?)

"Steamy, romantic, and unforgettable. Sizzling small town romance at its finest!" -- Violet Duke, New York Times bestselling author on Melanie Shawn

He is looking towards the future…
 

Newly appointed Chief of Police Eric Maguire is sexy, single, and not ready to mingle. Tired of casual hook-ups and meaningless affairs, Eric is ready for something real. When a mysterious dark-haired beauty moves in next door, Eric knows he’s found exactly what he’s been missing.

She is running from her past…


Lily Sotelo just got the break of a lifetime choreographing for pop star Karina Black’s winter tour. As important as it is that she does an amazing job, it’s equally as important that she remains anonymous. Which shouldn’t be a problem. She’s spent the last ten years on the move, never letting anyone get too close. Until now. Her new neighbor is as persistent as he is sexy and is making Lily want things she knows she can’t have.

**Author's Note: Each Hope Falls full-length novel can be read as a stand-alone**

240 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 134 reviews.





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