Friday, September 4, 2015

Free and bargain Kindle Books! (Friday Sept 4)

Frosted Blood, by Larry Pellitteri. (Still 0.99?)

"The overall plot is well done with high tech weaponry, and all sorts of interesting events taking place. One fun thing I like is how this story weaves together various elements of folklore (think Mount Shasta, Atlantis, Mayans, Vlad) and superstition in new and interesting ways. The book moves along nicely. The character of Michael grows and develops over the course of the book. He's not static, and his relationship with Emma and the establishment of Jeremy as the potential spoiler of that relationship is very entertaining and creates good tension. I look forward to reading sequels to this work." -- Amazon Reviewer

In the near future where ancient enemies sit on the brink of war, seventeen-year-old Michael Saxon carries a powerful secret inside his DNA that both sides will do anything to acquire.

When he was just seven years old, Michael's parents, scientists at a private military contractor called Enbright, vanished without a trace and left Michael a small crystal. Haunted by nightmares, Michael is desperate to discover the truth about his parents and is convinced the crystal holds the key.

Following high school, Michael accepts an internship at Enbright, despite his reservations, and puts his spelunking skills to work, helping locate powerful artifacts. Before long, Michael and his young independent and mysterious coworker, Emma, discover two rival ancient societies will stop at nothing to acquire the artifacts for themselves.

As romance blossoms between Michael and Emma, they soon find themselves embroiled in a rousing global adventure full of narrow escapes, traitorous villains, and shocking realities. They must navigate the lies and deceit that lurk around every corner if Michael is to discover the secret of his identity and prevent a world war. But is he ready for the responsibility that comes with knowing the truth?



335 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 27 reviews.

                     



The Villain's Sidekick (The HandCannon Files Book 1), by Stephen Brophy. (Still 2.99?)

"This book is taut, well-edited, and well-crafted. Characterization is detailed without being tedious, and the storyline quickly draws the reader in. There is a good deal of literary tension that qualifies this book as a page-turner. On top of that, it is darn funny. The humor, though, does not get in the way of the plot, as it does in so many other books, but rather supports it. There was nary a weak spot, and I enjoyed every page. This is one of the very best books I’ve read this year, and I give it my highest recommendation." -- Amazon Reviewer

What are the critics saying about "The Villain's Sidekick"?

“It’s like Stan Lee and Walker Percy had a lovechild.”
Joel Hodgson,
Mystery Science Theater 3000/Cinematic Titanic

“With a lot of genuine emotion, and characters that you can't help getting invested in...Villain's Sidekick owes a huge debt to Donald Westlake or Elmore Leonard.”
Charlie Jane Anders,
io9.com

"Fans of film noir and true crime whodunits will relish The Villain's Sidekick...it's pure entertainment…"
Claire Palermo
Razorcake

"...a tightly wound adventure filled with great humor, hyper magniloquence, and preposterous characters. Compared to everything else in our tiny genre bubble, Brophy has written the perfect novel."
Eric Searleman
superheronovels.com

“This is one of the very best books I’ve read this year, and I give it my highest recommendation.”
Jonathon Brazee,
Science-fiction-reviews.net

“The real coup, plot-wise, for this novella is the way the story sneaks up and twists before the reader fully realizes it.”
Jodi Scaife,
fanboycomics.net

“I found myself doing that thing that I do when I really like a book: Putting it down and drawing it out so I couldn't finish. Alas, I did. And I wanted more.”
Kristin Stadum
Candy Sandwich

When professional henchman Duke "HandCannon" LaRue runs afoul of the city's protector, Nightguard, and his spritely sidekick Twiliter during a routine smash and grab job, everything he thinks he knows about villainy, heroism, and making a fast buck is about to get turned on his steel-plated head. The job goes south in a hurry, and his supervillainous employer, Dr. Eye, is none-too-thrilled about it. But those complications are nothing compared to an unexpected custody visit from his six-year-old daughter, the kind of kid who thinks her deadbeat dad hung the moon, not tried to blow it up.



106 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 48 reviews.

                     



Let It Be, by Chad Gayle. (Still 0.99?)

"I really enjoyed this book and strongly recommend it! It's a quick read but you become emotionally invested in each character, especially the main character, Michelle. I really rooted for her, identified with her and felt like I knew her as a friend. I think Gayle captured the essence of this struggling woman - and many women like her. The perspectives in this book were really interesting too and allowed you to see (if not agree with) "all sides of the story"." -- Amazon Reviewer

"A painful and poignant portrayal of a family torn apart . . . set to a soulful soundtrack."
-- Liam Tarry, The Book Boy

"A powerful story with melodic accents from the Beatles' final album."
-- Aimee Jordin, Foreword Reviews

"Innovative."
-- Corinne H. Smith, Rambles.NET

"Gripping, real, and engaging."
-- E. A. Lewis, Mrs. Mommy Booknerd

Let It Be is a touching tale of loss, longing, and forgiveness that chronicles the breakup of a marriage, the destruction of a family, and the struggle to come together in the aftermath of what remains.
Searching for the love and happiness she feels she deserves, Michelle Jansen leaves her abusive, overbearing husband behind and takes her two kids to Amarillo, Texas, where she begins to learn how to stand on her own two feet, supporting herself and her children with the money she earns from a low-paying job as she becomes increasingly involved with a coworker who is an even bigger fan of the Beatles than she is.
But Michelle doesn’t realize that her ex-husband is willing to do whatever he can to destroy her new life. When Michelle is betrayed by her very own son, this already fractured family will be damaged in an almost unimaginable way. Can they find forgiveness in the midst of so much sorrow and guilt, or will love give them the strength that they need to let it be?
Part family saga, part coming of age tale, Let It Be is a story intimately linked to the music of the Beatles, a debut novel filled with true-to-life characters who want nothing more than a second chance.



236 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 72 reviews.

                     



The Professor (McMurtrie and Drake Legal Thrillers Book 1), by Robert Bailey. (Still 0.00?)

"I love a good, juicy legal thriller, particularly one set in the American south. It goes back to TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, I imagine. Few reading experiences can compare with getting knee-deep into a case with a lawyer and his staff, following along with them to the inevitably dramatic conclusion. I had to read the last few pages of THE PROFESSOR standing up, because I was far too emotionally involved in the story to be able to sit. It is just that good." -- Amazon Reviewer


Law professor Thomas Jackson McMurtrie literally wrote the book on evidence in the state of Alabama. But when a power-hungry colleague uses a recent run-in between McMurtrie and headstrong student Rick Drake to end his career, he is left unsure what to do next.
Meanwhile, a devastating trucking accident in Henshaw, Alabama, leaves a young family dead. Drake, now a fledgling lawyer, takes the case against the freight carrier and soon begins to uncover the truth behind the tragedy that is buried in a tangled web of arson, bribery, and greed. On the eve of the trial and with his case unraveling in the midst of a dangerous cover-up that threatens to silence his star witnesses, Drake realizes that only his estranged mentor, Professor McMurtrie, can help him now.
With everything to lose and only justice to gain, will McMurtrie and Drake overcome bad blood to defeat a ruthless adversary? Can the Professor turn back the clock and recover all that he’s lost?
Revised edition: This edition of The Professor includes editorial revisions.



428 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 515 reviews.

                     



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