Thursday, October 23, 2014

Natural Selection - Stephen Leather

Natural Selection is a Spider Shepherd short story. It's a good introduction to the character who's the focus of the Spider Shepherd thriller series. This book is free for the kindle.

Dan Shepherd is starting the jungle training portion of his British SAS selection process. This should be the final stage. The jungle of Belize works fine, especially since it's the only country in Central America where the official language is English. Dan doesn't have his SAS nickname yet, but he soon will. Thanks to the Guatemalans, Dan and the other SAS trainees will get some live fire exercises. This is a great introduction to what should be a great series. Unfortunately, Leather is a sanctimonious British journalist who seems to take joy in insulting the USA when the opportunity arises. If you can stomach his hypocrisy, I highly recommend this story.

Wilder's Mate - Moira Rogers

Wilder's Mate is the first novel in the Bloodhounds series. This book is free for the kindle. Note there are a lot of explicit sex scenes spicing up this book.

Wilder is a bloodhound, one of the best. Bloodhounds are a special paranormal breed designed by the Guild to fight against vampires. Nathaniel is the best inventor the Guild has. When Nathaniel goes missing, Wilder is sent to find him. Satira is Nathaniel's apprentice. It's an unofficial position, since women are not allowed to be inventors, but Satira isn't going to let Wilder search for Nathaniel alone. She's been raised by Nathaniel, and he's all the family she has left. Satira and Wilder have to fight their way through the Deadlands if they're going to rescue Nathaniel. That is, if they can get there in time. There's plenty of action, suspense, and some humor. There is also more than a little sex. Highly recommended.

I've read several books from different series by Rogers, and there are two constants in her books. One is supernatural, and she does supernatural very well. Two is sex, and she's does sex with abandon. If I didn't like her story telling I wouldn't read her books, but like Laurell Hamilton, Rogers relies too much on sex and not enough on her ability to spin a compelling tale. That's too bad, because she's great at tale spinning. I stopped reading Hamilton's Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series because they'd become closer to soft porn then novels of the supernatural. I hope Rogers can avoid that tipping point.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hushabye - Celina Grace

Hushabye is the first novel in the Kate Redman Mysteries series. This book is free for the kindle.

Kate Redman is reporting for her first day on the job as a Detective Sergeant in Abbeyford. Kate and her partner Mark Olbeck don't even head into the station. They've been sent to the scene of a murder and kidnapping. Kate's past will make this a hard case to process. A three month old baby is missing. Kate will have to reign in her personal issues to find the killer. This is a British murder mystery. It's always a little harder to get into when the social references require some googling, but the story is good and the characters are interesting. Recommended.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows is a classic for all ages. This book is free for the kindle. Fall is a great time to read this story.

The classic story of Rat, Mole, Badger, and Toad is a great read. It has talking animals, but it's not just a kid's book. This is an adventure even adults can enjoy. Take chapter nine - Wayfarers All, where Rat is restless and "there was a feeling in the air of change and departure." This chapter is adult fair that perfectly captures the feelings mid-westerners have when fall sneaks up on us. Or chapter three - Wild Wood, where Mole is tramping through a bare winter day "when Nature was deep in her annual slumber and seemed to have kicked the clothes off." A good book is always worth reading one more time. Very highly recommended.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Diva Las Vegas - Stephanie Caffrey

Diva Las Vegas is the first novel in the Raven McShane Mysteries series. This book is 99 cents for the kindle.

Raven McShane is an exotic dancer. OK, Raven is a stripper, but she's aware of her career's limitations. That's why Raven has also become a private eye. Raven is approached by an old friend to help with her husband's murder investigation. The killer managed to win in court and Raven's task is to come up with enough new evidence to win a civil case. What Raven doesn't anticipate is people are now trying to kill her. Finding the truth behind this murder will require some risks and turn up some interesting twists. There's enough danger, suspense, and humor to keep any reader from putting down this book. Highly recommended.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Shock Diamonds - E.R. Mason

Shock Diamonds is the sequel to Deep Crossing, which is the sequel to Fatal Boarding. Clearly there's a series here, and I really hope it continues to grow. These are all great books. The first two are free and Shock Diamonds is 99 cents.

This time Adrian Tarn and his merry band of space junkies use the Griffin on a mission 700 trillion miles from earth. Their goal is to keep one friend out of the clutches of an evil criminal, and to rescue the kidnapped daughter of another. The detours along the way are amazing, and the ending is extremely satisfying. Very highly recommended.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Deep Crossing - E.R. Mason

Deep Crossing is the sequel to the novel Fatal Boarding. This book is also free for the kindle, and I find that amazing. These are two of the best science fiction tales I've ever read.

Adrian Tarn is fishing in the surf, minding his own business, when a shuttle lands in the parking lot, and someone has a job offer for him. Adrian's last mission went so wrong he's not going to be interested in space for a long time. During that mission Adrian came as close to making friends with a Nasebian as any human ever had. Now the Nasebian's want Adrian's help. He can't refuse. Adrian and a small band of hand-picked pilots and engineers are about to go where no humans have gone before, on a ship with engines, and a few other surprises, that were designed by an alien race. It's going to be a grand adventure.

These books are as good as any science fiction out there, and they're free. Do not let this opportunity escape. The third book in the series is available for 99 cents. It's already in my reading queue. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fatal Boarding - E.R. Mason

Fatal Boarding is a great hard science fiction novel. This book is free for the kindle.

Adrian Tarn is chief of security for the starship Electra. Adrian signed up for what should have been a simple mission, just a charting tour through an empty sector of space. Then the Electra dropped out of light early for some kind of alien derelict. It looked empty. Sensors said it was empty. They decided to board it. That's when the trouble started. This is an awesome space adventure. Really bad aliens, plenty of action, and a surprise inside. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To Kill For - A.J. Carella

To Kill For is the first novel in the McKays series. This book is free for the kindle. This is a murder mystery that takes a while to get going.

Jamie McKay is a young women who seems to have it all; a rich family, a handsome boyfriend, and a bright future. Then greed smacks Jamie down with a vengeance. I almost gave up on this book and quit reading. I was going to relegate it to the small pile of free books I download that are still overpriced. But then it finally took off. At first it seemed like a daytime soap opera, but finally the down and dirty started, and it turned into a real murder mystery. It was still somewhat disjointed, but worth a read. Especially since it's free. Recommended.

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Shade of Blood - Bella Forrest

A Shade of Blood is the second novel in the Shade of Vampire series. The first is A Shade of Vampire. You should read them in order.

Sofia Claremont and Derek Novak are connected at some deep level. Even though Sofia is free, and realizes she was being held captive by vampires, she can't stay away from Derek. The revelations about the hunters and the Maslen vampire clan are interesting twists to the saga. The story started to lag a little, but the book was still interesting. Highly recommended.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Shade of Vampire - Bella Forrest

A Shade of Vampire is the first novel in the Shade of Vampire series. This book was on special for 99 cents and had more than 2,000 five start ratings. It's worth much more than 99 cents. Now I'm going to have to pay for the second one!

Sofia Claremont just turned seventeen. The night of her birthday party, Sofia is strolling on the beach, when a strange man accosts her. The man is a vampire. He kidnaps Sofia and takes her to the vampire sanctuary The Shade. Sofia is intended for the ruler of the vampires, Derek Novak. Sofia's ordeal is softened by the care that Derek shows her. Sofia's role in the future of all vampires is not clear, but it is clear she'll play a major part, and that "blood would be shed." This is a great book. Most of the teenage angst from the Twilight series is missing. What's left is a very different and completely engaging story. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Invisible War - Jasper T. Scott

The Invisible War is the second novel in the Dark Space series. The thrill is gone.

The first novel in this series was fast paced and filled with action. The second novel follows the same characters, but the action is sporadic and the angst and politics are a burden. I was honestly waiting for this book to be over. I'm disappointed. Not recommended.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Deadline - John Sandford

Deadline is the eighth novel in the Virgil Flowers series. This book is not free, but it's worth every penny I paid. It came out today and I couldn't stop reading until I got to the end.

Virgil Flowers is an agent with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Virgil isn't happy when one of his buddies calls him at 3:00 in the morning about some dognappers. But the next day Virgil takes off for Trippton Minnesota to see what he can do. How hard could it be to find some dognappers? It turns out dognapping isn't the only crime going on in Trippton, and not that easy to solve. When the bodies start to pile up, Virgil realizes Trippton has "a little darker underbelly than he'd been prepared for." This is another great Sandford novel that you won't want to miss. Very highly recommended.

Dark Space - Jasper T. Scott

Dark Space is the first novel in the Dark Space series. This book is free for the kindle. This is a great shoot 'em up science fiction tale.

Dark Space is the last refuge of humanity. The war with the Sythians was a disaster. In less than a year the human race was almost annihilated. Dark Space is where what's left of humanity came to hide. The gate leading to Dark Space was deactivated. Dark Space was isolated from the rest of the universe.

Ethan Ortane is trying to lay low. Ethan and his co-pilot Alara Vastra owe money to the Dark Space crime boss Brondi, and Brondi takes it seriously. Ethan is a 5A rated pilot, but his path led him to be a smuggler, not a warrior. Ethan may get his chance to fly a Nova though. He may not have a choice. This is a great science fiction story. Evil aliens, military battles, beautiful women, and a dubious hero add spice to a fast moving story with plenty of surprises. Very highly recommended.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Cry Sanctuary - Moira Rogers

Cry Sanctuary is the first novel in the Red Rock Pass series. This book is free for the kindle.

Keith Winston is a dominant werewolf, and the right-hand man to his Alpha. When Keith is tasked with escorting some refugees into the Red Rock Pass sanctuary he's not aware that it will change his life.

Abigail Adler was a technical writer. Then a werewolf decided he wanted her, and a simple bite changed her life. Abby and a friend are trying to make it to the Red Rock Pass sanctuary where she can be something other than a sex slave for a werewolf pack.

Keith and Abby meet when he saves her life. That's just the beginning of their relationship. Abby will need more help from Keith. The question is can he provide what she needs?

This would be a great werewolf adventure story except for one thing. The author seems to think the book would be better as soft porn than as an adventure. Be prepared to skim a bunch of pages to get back to the real story. That said I still recommend this book.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Castle Cay - Lee Hanson

Castle Cay is the first novel in the Julie O'Hara Mystery Series. This book is free for the kindle.

Julie O'Hara is a body language expert. She can tell when someone is lying or telling the truth. When Julie's best friend Marc is found dead, and suicide is suspected, Julie won't believe it. Julie is going to prove Marc's death was murder or die trying. She might have some help with that if she's not careful. This is a good murder mystery with suspense, danger, and a great ending. Highly recommended.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Quinn Checks In - LH Thomson

Quinn Checks In is the first novel in the Liam Quinn Mystery series. This book is free for the kindle. It's just an art theft until the bodies start to pile up.

Liam Quinn is an ex-con and an ex-boxer trying to get by in Philly. Since Liam was sent up for art forgery, an insurance company has hired him as a claims investigator. Fine art is insured for big bucks. Liam's life is complicated because his Dad and one of his three brothers are cops. Being the ex-con in the family isn't easy. What looks like a simple art gallery robbery becomes complicated when some men seem intent on killing Liam. Then the mob gets involved. Pretty soon what looked simple is very complicated. This is a great mystery, with likable characters, humor, suspense, and plenty of danger. Very highly recommended.

Tucker's Way - David Johnson

Tucker's Way is the first novel in the Tucker series. It stands by itself as one of the best stories I've read this year. This book is free for the kindle.

Tucker has had a hard life. She's a true misanthrope. Tucker lives an isolated existence, except for the three grandchildren she's raising. Tucker was happy when her neighbor died three years ago, leaving the only house she can see from her property empty. When Tucker sees Ella moving boxes into the house, she regrets she didn't sneak over and burn the place down when she had the chance. But Tucker and Ella have something in common, a person to hate. Their budding friendship has fits and starts, but in the long run the bond is solid. This story will make you mad as hell, cry tears of sadness and joy, and should have you laughing out loud. My face was sore from smiling by the time I was done. Very highly recommended.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Sky Hunter - Chris Reher

Sky Hunter is the first novel in the Targon Tales series. This book is free for the kindle. This is science fiction like I like it.

Lieutenant Nova Whiteside is an Air Command Kite pilot. Nova's squadron is assigned to Bellac Tau to guard the new space elevator the Union is building and to fight the Shri-Lan rebels. The fighting is fierce and dirty. To make things a little tougher, Nova is fighting with the Union ground pounders too. As the only woman pilot on base she's become a target. Nova is not an easy target though. This tale is down and dirty with plenty of space ships, battles, aliens, intrigue, and a little romance. Everything you could want in science fiction story, and it's free! Very highly recommended.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Enemy We Know - Donna White Glaser

The Enemy We Know is the first novel in the Letty Whittaker 12 Step Mystery series. This book is free for the kindle.

Letty Whittaker is a psychotherapist. Letty is also an alcoholic. When Letty's attacked by a knife wielding client in her office, she's tempted to fall off the wagon. She hangs on, but Letty's life takes a turn for the strange at that point, and that wagon is getting harder to hang on to. Letty is being stalked. Is it the client, her boyfriend, her boss, or a fellow AA member? Letty can't figure it out, but as all her suspects start to die, at least the list is getting shorter. A murder mystery with a psycho twist. There are plenty of bodies, blood, and booze. There's also a good dose of humor. There's a little too much angst for me, but still highly recommended.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Eden Plague - David VanDyke

The Eden Plague is the first novel in the Plague Wars Series. This book is free for the kindle.

Elise Wallis was just another terminal cancer patient and then they found her. Daniel Markis was just a burned out special operator with PTSD and then they found him. What they didn't realize was that Elise and Daniel would ruin their plans. What if there was a virus that cured all diseases and also forced a conscience on everyone it infected? Could you use if for good or evil? Elise and Daniel are going to find out. This is a great story. Plenty of action and suspense, and a little romance. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Going Dark - Ann Christy

Going Dark is the first novel in the Silo 49 series. This book is free for the kindle. I recommend reading Wool first, as the Silo 49 series takes place in the Wool universe.

Graham Newton is the head of IT for Silo 49 and the only one who knows the truth. Silo 49 is failing, but that's not the whole truth. Graham knows why Silo 49 is failing, and just how desperate things are. Then he overhears a conversation in Silo One and things get even worse. You really should read Wool before this book, but it's free too. Both are great stories. Highly recommended.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wild Born - Brandon Mull

Wild Born is the first novel in the Spirit Animals series. This book is free for the kindle. There are games and other media available with this story.

In the world of Erdas, each child must drink the nectar at age eleven to see if they can call a spirit animal. Four children, one from each of the four lands of Erdas, call the four great beasts who died in the last war. The four fallen have been called for a reason. Erdas is in peril. The Devourer has also returned. This is a great story. The children who call the great beasts are all different, as are the beasts themselves. The challenges they face, and the evil that is rising are daunting, but the children are up to the task. There's a cliff hanger of sorts, but the story ends well. Highly recommended.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Gray and Guilty Sea - Scott William Carter, Jack Nolte

The Gray and Guilty Sea is the first novel in the Garrison Gage series. This book is free for the kindle. Snap this one up while it's still free.

Garrison Gage is a crippled has-been living in seclusion on the Oregon coast. His past is impressive, but his present is dismal. Then Garrison finds a body in the surf and his world turns upside down. Can Garrison keep from getting caught up in this mystery? If he decides he can't let it go, can he solve it? This is a great story. The characters are believable, the suspense is palpable, and the angst is handled with grace. Very highly recommended.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Crux - Moira Rogers

Crux is the first novel in the Southern Arcana series. This book is free for the kindle. Be warned there are explicit sex scenes in this book.

Mackenzie Brooks was tending bar and teaching dance classes. Not exactly living her dream, but pointed in the right direction. Then the stalking started. Now Mackenzie has escaped to her fourth city and she's tired of running. Can her new boss help her? Can the private investigator her boss asked to follow and protect her help? What Mackenzie doesn't know is that supernatural is real and she's something other than human. This is an excellent story with suspense, danger, and great characters. Just be aware the sex is explicit. Highly recommended.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Saints Go Dying - Erik Hanberg

The Saints Go Dying is the first novel in the Arthur Beautyman Mysteries series. This book is free for the kindle. Hacking is a useful skill.

Arthur Beautyman is a senior detective with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. When shaved exsanguinated bodies begin to show up in the L.A. area, the sheriff's office has jurisdiction. After the second body and no progress, Arthur is assigned to lead the task force working the Babylon Case. To complicate matters, the police baiting Watchdog TV show is trying to crucify the sheriff's department, and Arthur in particular. Can Arthur and his team catch the Babylon killer before the next murder? Can Arthur keep his job? How can hacking skills help catch the killer? This is a great murder mystery with twists, turns, and truly evil villains. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Galdoni - Cheree Alsop

Galdoni is the first novel in the Galdoni series. This book is free for the kindle. There's nothing quite like a young-adult flying gladiator love story.

Kale is a Galdoni. His official designation is KL426. When they temporarily shut down the arena, Kale escaped like many others. Kale was found and protected by people who cared about his humanity more than the Galdoni reputation. People who might be able to help him set things right. Can Kale survive the changes required? Can a Galdoni feel love? Are people created in test tubes really people at all? This is a great story for young and old adults. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Xoe - Sara C. Roethle

Xoe is the first novel in the Xoe Meyers Series. This book is free for the kindle.

Xoe Meyers seemed to be a normal high school junior, if a little anti-social to most people. Xoe definitely has a unique sense of friends and fashion. The friends she has are loyal though, and they understand Xoe's attitude. Then a new kid in school takes an interest in Xoe and her friends Lucy and Allison. When his interest turns to violence and kidnapping, Xoe and her friends discover there is a whole lot more to the world than they realized. Xoe is even more unique than she thought, and Xoe's uniqueness may be all that can save her and her friends lives. This is a great supernatural adventure for young adults. Werewolves, vampires, and demons spice up the plot. Highly recommended.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Wool - Hugh Howey

Wool This novella is part one of the Wool series. This book is free for the kindle.

Holston is done. He's not giving up. He's just hoping his wife was right. Holston is afraid she was wrong. This is a gripping tale of someone willing to take a leap of faith. The question is, what's he leaping into. This is a great story of a bleak dystopian future, but a future with some hope. Highly recommended.

Take the Monkeys and Run - Karen Cantwell

Take the Monkeys and Run is the first novel in the Barbara Marr Murder Mystery series. This book is free for the kindle.

Barbara Marr is a suburban stay-at-home Mom with three beautiful daughters and a husband who "needs some space." Barbara suspects that the space is for another woman. Barbara is not handling her husband leaving well. While she's laying awake late into the night, the mystery house next door, the one Barbara labeled the House of Many Bones, has some unexpected visitors. How this leads to murder and mayhem are the fun parts of the story. There's plenty murder and mayhem, but equal parts humor and domestic dystopia in this amazing novel. Can Barbara solve the mystery of the monkeys and get her husband back? Can she keep her neighbors and herself from being killed? Read and find out. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Embrace - Rachel Humphrey-D'aigle

Embrace is the third novel in the Fated Saga series. This book is 99 cents for the kindle, but it's part of the free three book Firemancer Collection, which contains the first three novels in the Fated Saga series. You should read these books in order, starting with Awaken and Shifting.

After eleven months traveling with the Svoda Gypsies, Meghan and Colin Jacoby are still growing in their use of magic. Meghan is embracing her Firemancer abilities and Colin seems to have strong magic and endless energy. Now the twins are dealing with the rules in their latest destination, Eidolon's Valley. Everyone is forbidden to do magic while the gypsies are on the edge of Eidolon's Valley. This makes school impossible, so the children are all on break. The gypsies are also forbidden to set foot in the valley itself. Colin and Meghan will discover why firsthand. The question is, will they survive. More magical adventures for the Jacoby twins. Highly recommended.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Shifting - Rachel Humphrey-D'aigle

Shifting is the second novel in the Fated Saga series. This book is 99 cents for the kindle, but it's part of the free three book Firemancer Collection, which contains the first three novels in the Fated Saga series. You should read these books in order, starting with Awaken.

At the end of Awaken, Meghan and Colin Jacoby were battling Scratchers with their uncle. In Shifting the twins have been shifted, along with the Svoda Gypsies, into another dimension. There is no going back. Meghan and Colin will have to learn to survive in this new world where magic is normal. They both find they have talents and a past they weren't aware of. Another great young adult fantasy. Highly recommended.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Stallions at Burnt Rock - Paul Bagdon

Stallions at Burnt Rock is the first novel in the West Texas Sunrise series. This book is free for the kindle.

It's been ten years since the end of the civil war. There are a lot of bad men roaming the west. Lee Morgan owns the 600 acre Busted Thumb horse farm in West Texas, outside of the town of Burnt Rock. Lee is satisfied with her operation. She's trying to breed the perfect working ranch horse. Lee is a woman in a man's world, but she's making it work. Then Lee and her fellow horse breeder Jonas Dwyer decide a good way to showcase their horses would be a race at Burnt Rock's Harvest Days Festival. The race begins to attract some bad men, and no one could have predicted the trouble that comes. This is a great western adventure with plenty of riding, fighting, and shooting. Highly recommended.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Empty Quarter - David L. Robbins

The Empty Quarter is a book that almost refuses to be put down. If you like military adventure and thrills, this story will more than satisfy your needs. This novel is $4.99 for the kindle. It was free when I downloaded it. I can loan this book to someone with a kindle. If you're interested let me know.

The men and women of the United States Air Force Pararescue are Combat Rescue Officers. They're part of the United States Air Force Special Operations Command. CROs are some of the best trained, toughest, and most sacrificing men and women in our armed forces. Their mission is to save lives, not take them. They're known as the Guardian Angels. This story follows a team of CROs on a mission into the Empty Quarter, the vast desert that spans Saudi Arabia and portions in Yemen. When the mission goes sideways, the CROs are forced to make some tough decisions. Lives will be lost and lives will be saved. Which lives is the question. This is a fantastic book. I fell asleep reading it and woke up to start again. Very highly recommended.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rushed: Something Wicked - Brian Harmon

Rushed: Something Wicked is the third novel in the Rushed series. Now I have to wait for the next book to be published. It'll be worth the wait. Make sure you read Rushed and Rushed: The Unseen before reading this one.

Eric Fortrell and his wife Karen are beginning to get amorous when they're interrupted by someone knocking on their door. It's a teenage boy telling Eric that he's needed to save the life of the kid's Mom and sisters. He claims the Magic Man has already killed his Grandpa and one sister and Eric is the only one who can save the rest of the family. Most people would shrug this off as a joke, but Eric has considerable experience with strange, for a high school English teacher, and this isn't even close to the strangest he's heard. Even though his anniversary is this weekend, Eric explains to Karen that he has to go. Eric is about to embark on a mission that will add a whole new level of strange to his experience. Karen is going to be mad. Another great adventure that I couldn't put down. I think I've found one of my new favorite authors. Very highly recommended.