Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bargain Kindle books! (Tuesday Nov 24)

Eleanor (The Books of the Five Book 1), by S F Burgess. (Still 0.99?)

"Mrs. Burgess tells a very detailed story of courage, heroism, fantasy and friendship. Her characters are deeply emotional, allowing the men to cry. I truly enjoyed Eleanor: her nature, intelligence, outspoken character, her brilliant mind. She is not always rational and, as is typical, the characters fail to communicate at some of the worst times. I frequently forgot how small and young Eleanor is, as her personality is so vibrant, but that, perhaps, explains the emotions and tears she often shows. It is a true fantasy adventure and the world of Mydren has fascinating creatures, people, and landscapes. Magic, talismans, allies, weapons.... Burgess includes them all." -- Amazon Reviewer

Review

5* "You really need to read this if you like fantasy action adventures"...5* "The characters are well written, the plot is interesting and I enjoyed the concept of the avatars. Great story!!!"...5* "I really enjoyed this tale of Eleanor, ripped from her own world to find that she has great power and potential in another."
Amazon.co.uk Top 10 Bestseller (Feb 2014), UK/DE Kindle Daily Deal 14-Feb-2014.


Product description

"Most people's lives begin with their births; mine began with my death."

In the final moments of her life, the enigmatic Conlan drags Eleanor from her world and into his. Mydren - a vast, majestic land where myths have substance, magic is terrifyingly real and Eleanor is marked for death.

Reborn as an Avatar, the living incarnation of an ancient magic, Eleanor must think fast and act faster if she wishes to survive. This new life comes with a price; Conlan has a vital and dangerous mission to undertake.

Eleanor must learn to control her newfound abilities and cope with a host of dangers both mystical and natural, while helping her fellow Avatars to master their own talents, so they can get the connection between them working.

Can she make 'The Five' a force to be reckoned with? Will their deadly enemies destroy them? Can Eleanor overcome her own fears and find the courage she needs to reach Conlan and release him from his dark secrets?



546 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 93 reviews.

                     



The Origin of Dracula, by Irving Belateche. (Still 0.99?)

"Great storytelling, great characters, and a riveting plot. The central mystery was spellbinding. And I have to admit that I loved that this Dracula story wasn't about vampires! This is truly a superior horror story, a thinking man or woman's horror story. Belateche digs deep into the main character's psychology. I was in the main character's head, trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together with him, and I could feel his fear, his panic, and his hope. The writing was clear, powerful, and literary. This was definitely a compelling read!" -- Amazon Reviewer

The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past. —William Faulkner

Between mourning the recent loss of his wife and trying to raise his young son alone, librarian John Grant is barely surviving. And then he receives an anonymous letter promising a terrible revenge—retribution for a childhood sin John had thought long forgotten. The threat couldn’t be more cruel:

I will kill your precious son on his seventh birthday.

Now John’s only chance to save his son is to play the “game” his enemy has laid out for him. A game involving clues buried in literary fiction. Impossibly, these clues are planted in novels written centuries before John was even born.

But soon the line between fact and fiction begins to blur, and the trail of clues forces John into a confrontation with an unimaginable evil.



367 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 58 reviews.

                     



Meritropolis, by Joel Ohman. (Still 0.99?)

"Dystopian, conspiratorial, character driven - just a few words that I would use to describe this excellent book by Joel Ohman. I've never been a fast reader, but I definitely went through this one cover to cover faster than I normally would. Ohman does a great job in writing the characters in this story so that the obvious "villain" isn't so obvious. Sure, there is a tough system in place that determines who stays and who goes, but it's there for a reason. Without it, society would collapse ... right? This book gets five stars from me and, more importantly, Mr. Ohman has gained himself another reader. " -- Amazon Reviewer

In Meritropolis everyone is assigned a numerical Score that decides their worth to society and whether they live or die. After a young boy is killed because of a low Score, his brother plots to take down the System.


The year is AE3, 3 years after the Event. Within the walls of Meritropolis, 50,000 inhabitants live in fear, ruled by the brutal System that assigns each citizen a merit score that dictates whether they live or die. Those with the highest scores thrive, while those with the lowest are subject to the most unforgiving punishment--to be thrust outside the city gates, thrown to the terrifying hybrid creatures that exist beyond.


But for one High Score, conforming to the System just isn't an option. Seventeen-year-old Charley has a brother to avenge. And nothing--not even a totalitarian military or dangerous science--is going to stop him.


Where humankind has pushed nature and morals to the extreme, Charley is amongst the chosen few tasked with exploring the boundaries, forcing him to look deep into his very being to discern right from wrong. But as he and his friends learn more about the frightening forces that threaten destruction both without and within the gates, Meritropolis reveals complexities they couldn't possibly have bargained for...

BONUS Original Artwork - 17 original chapter illustrations that precede each of the 17 chapters: Bion (Bull-Lion), Scorpicon (Scorpion-Falcon), Chimpanzelle (Chimp-Gazelle), and more!




214 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 212 reviews.

                     



Beautiful Affliction: A Memoir, by Lene Fogelberg. (Still 0.99?)

"This is one of the most moving memoirs I have read; also one of the most remarkable, both in topic and writing style. Lene Fogelberg is a poetic, honest writer with a strong voice to match her strong spirit. It is frightening how neglected her medical care was in Sweden; almost unbelievable that she could go all the way into adulthood and through pregnancy without a proper assessment of her heart murmur. It is a love story. It is a story of a courageous family. Lene’s skill at showing, not telling, was the golden reason this memoir stands head and heart above most others for me. " -- Amazon Reviewer

Lene Fogelberg is dying—she is sure of it—but no doctor in Sweden, her home country, believes her. Love stories enfold her, with her husband, her two precious daughters, her enchanting surroundings, but the question she has carried in her heart since childhood—Will I die young?—is threatening all she holds dear, even her sanity. When her young family moves to the US, an answer, a diagnosis, is finally found: she is in the last stages of a fatal congenital heart disease. But is it too late?


Unflinchingly honest and often harrowing, Beautiful Affliction is an inspiring account of growing up and living on the verge of death—and of the beauty, harshness, loneliness, and, ultimately, unbending love that can be found there.



299 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 61 reviews.

                     



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