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Free (Kindle) No Flowers for the General by Basil Copper [Vintage PI Crime Mystery]

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:22:22 GMT

*No Flowers for the General* by the late British author Basil Copper (ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?10314), SYKM (http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/C_Authors/Copper_Basil.html), Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil_Copper), obituary at The Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/apr/14/basil-copper)), perhaps best known for his contributions to the Solar Pons series which was a popular Sherlock Holmes pastiche back in the day, is the 3rd novel in the Mike Faraday series of vintage crime mysteries starring the eponymous gritty P.I. in California, this installment another one taking him away from L. A. to the small town of Mudville, where there is presumably no joy (with or without a baseball defeat), especially in the wake of a missing persons case which escalates into serial murder, free courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press's Venture imprint, who are e-printing it from its 1967 edition originally out from Robert Hale. We've previously received the 1st (https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=280900) & 2nd (https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=282531) in the series as freebies as well. Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Flowers-General-Mike-Faraday-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01MXFZFMP/) (currently stubborn to drop for Canadians but already free in the UK and should eventually also be pretty much everywhere else that Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) If you happen to like this series and wish to read more, you might like to know that there are 40+ books in it, which apparently Endeavour has gotten the rights to reprint the lot of, and they do tend to hold helpful 99 cent sales and similar Kindle Countdown offers (not available to Canadians), which you might want to keep an eye out for. *Description* Mike Faraday, a private eye, is hired to travel from his native Los Angeles to a small town named Mudville, population 6,000. It may call itself ‘The Friendliest Town in the World’, but Mike Faraday is about to find out for himself just how wrong that statement is. He’s been requested to investigate a missing persons case, but soon his investigation takes a sinister turn… Soon, a body appears. Then another, and another. This murderer has a penchant for ice-picks, and shows no sign of stopping. And it seems that a local General might be next on the serial killer’s list… With the corpse count mounting, the suave P.I must overcome his toughest challenge yet, and endure some truly gory events if he is going to solve this case. Basil Copper’s No Flowers for the General is a gripping thriller. This is a page-turner you won’t want to put down.



Free (Kindle) Marrakesh Omnibus by Graham Diamond [Arabian Legends Adventure Fantasy]

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:15:33 GMT

*Marrakesh: The Omnibus: Books 1 & 2* by British author Graham Diamond (ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?2127), Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Diamond)), is a compilation of two otherwise unrelated novels in his historical fantasy setting based on a magical version of the titular city in Morocco, comprising standalone adventure tales inspired by Arabian folklore and history, free courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Venture imprint, who are e-printing it from 1981 & 1983 editions originally out from Fawcett's Gold Medal. We've previously received both Marrakesh (https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=280119) and Marrakesh Nights (https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=282084) as individual freebies, but it's very generous of Endeavour to offer the omnibus for those who might have missed them earlier. :thanks: Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Marrakesh-Omnibus-Books-Graham-Diamond-ebook/dp/B01N9D2535/) (currently stubborn to drop for Canadians but already free in the UK and should eventually also be pretty much everywhere else that Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) *Description* For the first time ever, Marrakesh: The Omnibus collects two beloved historical fantasy novels from bestselling author Graham Diamond. Marrakesh: The Omnibus includes: *Marrakesh* Amid the colourful bazaars and dangerous alleyways of the legendary city of Marrakesh, the poet, Daniel, rescues the woman of his dreams. But she is not just his one true love… Siana is the daughter of the desert and descendant of the last of the fabled forty thieves of Ali Baba. Together, they set off to find the legendary treasure the Eye of Paradise, certain that no one can stand in the way of their quest. No one except the evil Dakkar. *Marrakesh Nights* Assassins. The dreaded scourge of the Islamic world. Drugged and crazed with heads shaven and eyes glazed, the members of the Messiah’s secret cult would openly slay the innocent until blood flowed through the streets of the Sultan’s Marrakesh. Men who will stop at nothing to dispatch their foe. And they are on the hunt. Samiah, a dustman’s daughter, may not know it yet, but she is the key to the fight to destroy the guild of the Assassins once and for all. However, before she can learn her harrowing purpose, she must first gain the help of young Gideon, a dubious and secretive figure, but one she needs nonetheless. Just how much she needs him, she does not yet know…



Free (nook/Kindle/Kobo) The Lives of Shadows [Illustrated Historical Literary Novel]

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:27:32 GMT

*The Lives of Shadows: An Illustrated Novel* by Canadian author & illustrator Barbara Hodgson is her standalone historical literary fiction novel with extensive false document elements (Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_document)) set mainly in Damascus, Syria, making use of invented postcards, architectural sketches, newspaper articles, etc. to tell a tale spanning from the 1910s to the 1940s, as an expat British man falls in love with a house he intends to reside in permanently, but is torn from by the assorted world wars and other circumstances, and tries to reclaim, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Chronicle Books. Although this is part-filed under Romance in several stores, the love story described in the blurb seems to be primarily between the main character and his beloved house, although apparently at some point there is a woman associated with his memory of the house. Also, if you happen to like fellow British-Canadian author Nick Bantock's (Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Bantock)) very nifty interactive Griffin & Sabine books (Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Griffin_and_Sabine_Trilogy)), which were very popular back in the day, the customer reviews say that this is highly reminiscent of them. :2thumbsup Currently free, apparently until February 2nd @ B&N (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-lives-of-shadows-barbara-hodgson/1111520389?ean=9781452108995), Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Lives-Shadows-Illustrated-Novel-ebook/dp/B006VS54CY/) (available to Canadians & in the UK), Kobo (https://www.kobo.com/ebook/the-lives-of-shadows) & iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/the-lives-of-shadows/id494565443?mt=11) & Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Barbara_Hodgson_The_Lives_of_Shadows?id=Tpt8hInw9NUC&hl=en) & eBooks.com (http://www.ebooks.com/1677790/the-lives-of-shadows/hodgson-barbara/) (all available to Canadians) and can be added to your library @ BookShout (http://bookshout.com/ebooks/the-lives-of-shadows) (online reading & in-app download) *Description* In the spring of 1914, a restless young man leaves England for a tour of the exotic east. A bit of Egypt, a glimpse of Syria, a nod to Constantinople—that's all that was supposed to happen. Instead, Julian Beaufort becomes mesmerized. Wandering in idle admiration through the labyrinthine streets of Damascus, he stumbles upon Bait Katib, a house that takes possession of his heart. It is elegant; it is ancient; and it is, after a bit of negotiation with the owner, his. He has every intention of staying there for the rest of his life. But the world doesn't relinquish its hold so easily. Two bloody wars—one in Europe and one in Syria—leave Julian wounded and the city of Damascus in ruins. He returns from battle to find his precious house still standing, but no longer entirely his. It seems someone else may be occupying the shadows of Bait Katib. A mystery, a love story, and a journey to a sepia-toned past, Barbara Hodgson's new illustrated novel will haunt and delight her many devoted readers and tempt legions more to take a guided journey into another world.



Free (nook/Kindle/DRM-free) Into the Spotlight [Vampire Lawyer vs Casino PNRomance]

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:10:30 GMT

*Into the Spotlight* by Heather Long (ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?214547)) is the 1st novel in her Soulgirls series of f/m contemporary paranormal romance set in a magical Las Vegas casino, this installment starring a showgirl who lost her soul decades ago and has been trapped in her performance since, and the centuries-old vampire attorney who has come to free a cousin from a casino debt, and incidentally also her as well, no matter what the cost, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Samhain. Currently free @ B&N (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/into-the-spotlight-heather-long/1113969078?ean=9781619213357), Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Into-Spotlight-Soulgirls-Heather-Long-ebook/dp/B00AMMFQTG/) (not available to Canadians, but might drop later), Kobo (https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/into-the-spotlight) & iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/into-the-spotlight/id586672573?mt=11) & Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Heather_Long_Into_the_Spotlight?id=tr3_TpWHAckC) (all available to Canadians), as well as directly from the publisher's webstore (https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/4550/into-the-spotlight) (DRM-free multiformat available worldwide) *Description* Destiny doesn't like to be messed with. And the House doesn't always win. Fifty years ago, Jeannie Williams made her way to Las Vegas seeking fame and fortune. Instead, she lost her soul and wound up performing nightly shows at the Arcana Royale. Every day, she straps on her feathers, her glitter, her stilettos, and she dances. Every day, it’s the same. Until the day he walks in. For six centuries, Malcolm Reynolds has been the go-to guy for anything his family needs: warrior, diplomat, wrangler, researcher, and now an attorney. He enters the Arcana Royale Casino, intent on negotiating the release of his cousin’s bad debt, but one look at the golden-skinned showgirl ignites a fire of need that he’s never experienced. When the fantasy come true sits at his table, words he never expected to hear come out of her lush mouth: “I need your help.” Now he’s in for the toughest battle of his life, because the Overseers own both his cousin’s debt and her soul. And he’s not planning on leaving the Royale without either one. This book has been previously published and has been revised and expanded from its original release. Product Warnings: Contains high-stakes games, sexy showgirls, and a powerful showdown between a vampire that can’t lose and the House that never does. Spells, slots, sirens and sex, oh my!



Free (nook/Kindle/Kobo) Snow by Howard Odentz [Blizzard-Trapped Rampage Horror Short]

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:04:42 GMT

*Snow* by Howard Odentz (ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?240528)) is his standalone contemporary horror short story, featuring snowed-in teens vs a deadly stranger who may have links to the sudden blizzard that has trapped them inside their school, free for a limited time courtesy of Southern specialty publisher Bell Bridge Books. Currently free @ B&N (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/snow-howard-odentz/1125327917?ean=9781611947403), Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Snow-Howard-Odentz-ebook/dp/B01MYZSQRW/) (available to Canadians & in the UK), Kobo (https://www.kobo.com/ebook/snow-46) & Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Howard_Odentz_Snow?id=Zz64DQAAQBAJ) (both available to Canadians) If you happen to like this and would like to know more about the author, there's a freebie podcast interview with him on iTunes, done by the Bax & O'Brien radio show: Writer Howard Odentz (https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/writer-howard-odentz/id510374871?i=1000377163487&mt=2) (2016-10-26 episode) *Description* Words to live by: Never steal from a drunk in the woods. An epic and sudden blizzard is blanketing Mount Tom Regional High School . . . in October. A dangerous man is stalking the hallways, and three teens harbor a secret that may get everyone killed if they don't figure out how to stop the snow and the rampage. Epic Award nominated author Howard Odentz is the author of the Dead (A Lot) Trilogy (zombie apocalypse), the stand-alone horror novel Bloody Bloody Apple, and the short story collection Little Killers A to Z.



Free (Kindle/iTunes) Cottonmouth & the River [Xtian Kids Illustrated Adventure Tale]

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 02:28:04 GMT

*Cottonmouth and the River* by award-nominated author & illustrator C. S. Fritz is the 1st in his Cottonmouth series of children's picture storybooks starring a boy who has befriended a furry beast who takes him on fantastic adventures, this installment involving a mysterious egg and a promise, free for a limited time courtesy of Christian publisher David C. Cook. Currently free, probably just for the rest of the day @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Cottonmouth-River-Book-1-ebook/dp/B0131X81YE/) & iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/cottonmouth-and-the-river/id1024854157?mt=11) & Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/books/details/C_S_Fritz_Cottonmouth_and_the_River?id=MaCoAwAAQBAJ) (all available to Canadians), and might also be free via other venues listed on the publisher's catalogue page (http://www.dccebooks.com/products/cottonmouth-and-the-river). This appears to be in some kind of special format which will require a certain level of compatible app/device to view. *Description* Meet Freddie Cottonmouth - A Boy Who Loves the River, Big Adventures, and a Furry Beast named Tug. Tug loves taking Freddie on wild adventures—trips to the moon, building castles, or catching fireflies with Freddie riding on his wide furry back. When Freddie finds a mysterious egg, Tug makes him promise never to eat it. But Freddie is about to discover that broken promises come at a great price. This is the rare children’s story—both bold and tender and brimming with moments of great risk, adventure, and heart. Combining the artistic wonder of Where the Wild Things Are with the timeless storytelling of The Polar Express, this story will capture both the imagination and the intelligence of children and their parents as it sheds light on the power of sin, sacrifice, and redemption.



Free (Kindle) Gunsmoke Legacy by Hank Madison [Vintage Western Action Mystery Novel]

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:35:15 GMT

*Gunsmoke Legacy* by Hank Madison, a pseudonym for the prolific multi-genre author Donald S. Rowland (ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?116971), SFE (http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/rowland_donald_s)), is his vintage western historical action adventure novel with mystery elements, starring two men out to get justice in their corrupt home county, as it appears that the murder of one's father may be linked to a deeper conspiracy whose roots they must uncover even as the investigation trail leads them into a deadly ambush, free courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Pioneering imprint, who are e-printing it from its 1967 edition originally out from Robert Hale. Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Gunsmoke-Legacy-Hank-Madison-ebook/dp/B01N0B3NWA/) (available to Canadians & in the UK and pretty much everywhere else that Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) *Description* He has a legacy to uphold… After hearing from his father that trouble is brewing in his home county of Elora, Chet Carver resigns his position as deputy federal marshal and returns to his family’s ranch. Only to come home to his father’s funeral… According to his brother Cal, their father was shot down – a bullet in his back from an unknown gunman. Aiming to seek justice for his father’s murder, Chet decides to investigate around town. But he’s not alone. His partner, Dan Roe, has also come to his home county because of a spate of bank robberies in the town of Buckshot. The pair soon realise that they’ve got their work cut out. The local sheriff, Charlie Bruce is too soft on lawbreakers. While Tatum Foley, the local saloon owner, and Milo Miller, the owner of the Bar M Ranch, both act like they own the county. As the pair look around for clues, they soon find themselves caught in a gun ambush. Someone wants them dead and they’re determined to send as many gunmen after them until both Carver and Roe are gunsmoked and buried. A sinister conspiracy is afoot in the town of Buckshot and it’s up to Roe and Carver to end it. To Carver, it’s soon obvious that whoever’s heading the conspiracy, must have also killed Carver’s father. But just who is their man? Can Carver and Roe finally bring the strong arm of the law to Elora County? And will Carver get the justice his Pa so deserves? With a gun-slinging showdown around every corner, Gunsmoke Legacy is a fast-paced, action-packed Western, and a must read for fans of Zane Grey.



Free (Kindle) Clan Wars Omnibus by Peter Morwood [Epic Prequel Feudal Fantasy]

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:09:08 GMT

*The Clan Wars Omnibus: Books 1 & 2* by Irish author and Star Trek tie-in novelist Peter Morwood (ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?1408), Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Morwood), SFE (http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/morwood_peter)) is the complete duology comprising his Clan Wars prequel mini-series to his novels set in the feudal fantasy world of Alba, which tells the story of the rise of the Horse Lords who become the predominant clan of the main series, free courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Venture imprint, who are e-printing it from its 1993 & 1994 editions originally out from Legend, an imprint of Arrow which ISFDB tells me has since been acquired by the Random Penguin House. Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Clan-Wars-Omnibus-Books-1-2-ebook/dp/B01N693UPH/) (available to Canadians & in the UK and pretty much everywhere else that Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) If you happen to like these and wish to read more, Endeavour has picked up the reprint rights to the original The Book of Years sequence set in Alba, or you may perhaps have already bought it when it was still available for direct sale from Diane Duane's eBooksDirect.com website. *Description* For the first time ever, The Clan Wars Omnibus collects together two beloved fantasy novels from author Peter Morwood The Clan Wars Omnibus includes: *Greylady* When going to war, hire allies stronger than your enemy. Not stronger than you. Otherwise getting rid of them can be a problem. That was how the Horse Lords came to Alba, and how they came to rule it. That was how Bayrd ar’Talvlyn rose from a mere captain's rank to become lord of his own clan. And that was how the Art Magic became a part of life and death for the Horse Lords, sowing the seeds of conflict for years to come. But now, Bayrd learns that he has another skill that can fend off his foes: sorcery… Soon, his curse will become his greatest asset. *Widowmaker* Time may have passed, but Bayrd knows the resentment festers deep within his heart. As Bayrd serves the people over which he is clan-lord, moves are being made that will change life as he knows it. Within the clan, cracks are beginning to show… The old ways of the Albans are no longer suitable for life at Dunrath hold. And there are many prepared to stake their claim. Soon, Bayrd must learn the true test of fate, as he navigates a perfidious gameboard of lies, magic, and maneuvering to try and save his family, friends, and people from destruction. The The Clan Wars Omnibus collects Peter Morwood’s impeccable fantasy tradition of thrilling pace and wonderful world-building in a tale that will draw readers deep into the world of the Albans.



Free (Kindle) Night Frost by Basil Copper [Vintage LA PI vs Bahamas Crime Mystery]

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:54:25 GMT

*Night Frost* by the late British author Basil Copper (ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?10314), Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil_Copper), obituary at The Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/apr/14/basil-copper)), perhaps best known for his contributions to the Solar Pons series which was a popular Sherlock Holmes pastiche back in the day, is the 2nd novel in his Mike Faraday series of vintage crime thrillers starring the eponymous gritty P. I. in California, this one a busman's holiday adventure finding him embroiled with solving a mafia murder during a vacation in the Bahamas, free courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press's Venture imprint, who are e-printing it from its original 1966 edition. We've previously received the 1st-in-series as a freebie as well, in case you wanted to start there: The Dark Mirror (https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=280900) Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Night-Frost-Mike-Faraday-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01MPWHXQ2) (available to Canadians & in the UK and pretty much everywhere else worldwide that Amazon sells, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) *Description* American private investigator Mike Faraday thought he’d manage to escape the slog of detective work waiting for him in downton L.A. when he jets off to the Bahamas. But that dream is shattered when he finds a body dumped on the beach in front of him. Quickly, he becomes embroiled in the violent Mafia underworld, taking a few batterings along the way and meeting some men, and some women, that tend to get your blood boiling. Follow Mike Faraday as he navigates this precarious illicit gangland and tries to get to the bottom of the hideous crime that has begun to haunt his darkest hours. Night Frost is a fast-moving crime thriller featuring Mike Faraday, the gritty detective who makes his living the hard way in downtown L.A. Faraday’s sardonic humor and way with the ladies lend an authenticity to this story and the mystery only gets more and more twisted the more Faraday discovers.



If you missed the Open Road freebies...many now at $0.99

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 20:36:36 GMT

If you missed the Open Road freebies before the holidays (I hope you didn't), there appear to be a whole lot of Open Road titles now at $0.99 at Amazon US. A lot are the same as were free before - I haven't had time to look in detail yet. Just with a quick look, I spotted most or all of the Masao Masuto series by Howard Fast writing as EV Cunningham (and a bunch of other Howard Fast titles), non-fiction by Ernle Bradford, mysteries by Joseph Hansen, sci-fi by Barbara Hambly, romance by Elizabeth Mansfield, and a bunch of others. Clearly $0.99 is not as good as free, but if you're kicking yourself for missing a title or two, you might check and see if they might be on sale now. I'm not going to try to give links - I think you just need to explore. Also, it's especially hard to sort the $0.99 sale titles from the always $0.99 public domain titles that Open Road puts out...



Google Play books $5 off any ebook over $5.

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 17:48:26 GMT

Went into the app and found the offer waiting for me, and tapped redeem! Limited to the United States, sorry. If you are like me and your library is split over all the major ebook platforms I'm sure you'll find a use for it. https://goo.gl/photos/6Mq6YN4TsJ6AhWga6 Image imbed didn't like link to google photos Edit: Gah, title should have said "any" not "and", If a mod cares to fix it? No big deal. Edit, again, thanks for fixing that tubemonkey! Also, noticed that I could redeem the offer on both my google accounts!



Free (DRM-free) Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber [SF Future Conflict Space Opera]

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:50:03 GMT

*Off Armageddon Reef* by bestselling MilSF author David Weber (ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?2243), Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Weber), SFE (http://sf-encyclopedia.com/Entry/weber_david)) is the 1st novel in his Safehold series of far future science fiction military space opera where humanity has fled hostile aliens to form a hidden stronghold in faux-medievaloid stasis, this installment kicking off changes in the status quo when an android from the past awakens to fulfill its ancient programming, destined to rebuild the strength of humanity by making its hidden technology accessible to all, thereby coming into conflict with the theocratic rulers, free courtesy of publisher Tor Books. This is their featured eBook Club of the Month offer for January. Currently free through January 10th directly @ the eBook Club's special promo page (http://ebookclub.tor.com/) (DRM-free ePub & Mobi in exchange for newsletter signup with your valid email address; officially only available to Canada & the US due to geographic publishing rights restrictions) You can also follow along with the actual bookclub discussion via the dedicated tag (http://www.tor.com/tag/tor-com-ebook-club/) on the Tor.com blog. *Description* Humanity pushed its way to the stars - and encountered the Gbaba, a ruthless alien race that nearly wiped us out. Earth and her colonies are now smoldering ruins, and the few survivors have fled to distant, Earth-like Safehold, to try to rebuild. But the Gbaba can detect the emissions of an industrial civilization, so the human rulers of Safehold have taken extraordinary measures: with mind control and hidden high technology, they've built a religion in which every Safeholdian believes, a religion designed to keep Safehold society medieval forever. 800 years pass. In a hidden chamber on Safehold, an android from the far human past awakens. This "rebirth" was set in motion centuries before, by a faction that opposed shackling humanity with a concocted religion. Via automated recordings, "Nimue" - or, rather, the android with the memories of Lieutenant Commander Nimue Alban - is told her fate: she will emerge into Safeholdian society, suitably disguised, and begin the process of provoking the technological progress which the Church of God Awaiting has worked for centuries to prevent. Nothing about this will be easy. To better deal with a medieval society, "Nimue" takes a new gender and a new name, "Merlin." His formidable powers and access to caches of hidden high technology will need to be carefully concealed. And he'll need to find a base of operations, a Safeholdian country that's just a little more freewheeling, a little less orthodox, a little more open to the new. And thus Merlin comes to Charis, a mid-sized kingdom with a talent for naval warfare. He plans to make the acquaintance of King Haarahld and Crown Prince Cayleb, and maybe, just maybe, kick off a new era of invention. Which is bound to draw the attention of the Church...and, inevitably, lead to war. It's going to be a long, long process. And David Weber's epic Off Armageddon Reef is can't-miss Sci-Fi.



Free (DRM-free) Ghost Point by James Hetley [Post-Vietnam War Suspense Rural Fantasy]

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:36:20 GMT

*Ghost Point* by James Hetley (ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?7167)) is the 4th novel in his Stonefort series of contemporary rural fantasy with paranormal mystery/suspense elements set in Maine in a roughly 70s-80s retro period, this installment starring a Vietnam veteran retired to an isolated wilderness area, where he finds that the spirit world which apparently he began to encounter during the war will not leave him alone, as danger stalks an acquaintance of his, free courtesy of the author himself via backlist author re-publishing consortium Book View Café. This is a self-published continuation to a trilogy originally published by Ace Books in the mid-2000s. Currently free directly @ the BVC webstore (http://bookviewcafe.com/bookstore/book/ghost-point/) (DRM-free ePub & Mobi; checkout requires a billing address but no payment info and you don't need to create an account) Don't forget to check out their other monthly specials (http://bookviewcafe.com/bookstore/category/specials/), where there are books across all genres discounted to just 99 cents, and their sporadically rotated selection of downloadable and read-online freebie shorts (http://bookviewcafe.com/bookstore/genre/free-fiction/) as well. *Description* Eight years ago, Dennis Carlsson returned from Vietnam with a chest full of medals, a head full of nightmares, and a plastic foot. Now he just wants the world to leave him alone on his isolated point of Maine coast, caring for injured animals and living as simply as he can. However, both real and spirit worlds have other plans for his guardian strength. His nightmares have followed him home in a face from those memories, wildlife biologist Susan Tranh — prickly as a porcupine and with some strange bond to eagles, stalked by criminals for no reason she can see. Tied deep into land and lore, the Haskell Witches know a lot more about Ghost Point than he does. The Naskeag tribe calls his home Spirit Point, a place to meet spirits and find visions. They avoid the place because they know the spirit world is dangerous. And winter has its own deadly agenda . . .



Free (DRM-free) Alder [Danish Academic Ageing & Science Research Essay w/Audiobook]

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:26:30 GMT

*Alder* (Age) by Suresh Rattan (Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suresh_Rattan), faculty profile (http://pure.au.dk/portal/en/rattan@mb.au.dk)), a gerontology researcher at Aarhus University, is the 45th in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language 60-page layperson-accessible introductory essays on various academic topics, this installment a semi-philosophical meditation on aging and the potential for life extension via research in our modern age, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark. This is offered as part of their monthly program which generously gives away the latest in the series and its accompanying audiobook reading for just one week after publication. Currently free, just through January 9th directly @ the university's webcatalogue page (http://www.unipress.dk/udgivelser/a/alder/) (DRM-free ePub & PDF available worldwide; for the MP3 audiobook, scroll down to where it says "Om bogen" and click the "Alder som lydbog" link) *Beskrivelse på dansk* 1955. Det er det tal, Suresh Rattan kan læse på sin fødselsattest. I den alder banker forfaldet på hos enhver, men han føler sig ikke så gammel. Faktisk har han det som en tyve år yngre vårhare, og han ved godt hvorfor, men han er jo også aldersforsker ved Aarhus Universitet. Takket være evolutionen kan vi ikke forestille os selv ældre end 45, og biologisk set burde vi bare opgive ånden, når vi har opdraget et par tro kopier af os selv. Til alle os, der gerne vil leve lidt længere, har Suresh opfundet formlen for evigt liv. Lad os håbe, den virker.



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