Saturday, September 29, 2012
Teleport This is fun science fiction. This book is still free for the kindle. Think of a cross between Stainless Steel Rat and Hitchhiker's Guide, only the earth isn't destroyed. Simon Jensen and Gilbert Wilson are theoretical physicists. They stumble onto a secret of the universe — energy signals going faster than light connecting to points all over our galaxy and to others. Once Simon decoded the signals, he and Gilbert discovered that the ICC (Initial Contact Center) had provided them with the instructions for a teleportation portal. Being the curious sort, as most scientists are, they built it. The rest is a wild ride through the universe. Very highly recommended.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Murder on The Mind is a murder mystery with a twist. This book is still free in Kindle format from Amazon. Jeff Resnick is an out-of-work insurance investigator. He's just getting ready to start a new job when he's mugged and suffers some serious brain damage. His half-brother Dr. Richard Alpert comes to the rescue, even though Jeff and Richard have little in common and not much history. Richard brings Jeff back to Buffalo to live and the brothers get embroiled in a local murder. The twist is that Jeff's brain damage seems to have made him psychic. I liked this novel. The author does a good job of keeping the reader guessing. Highly recommended.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Peace Warrior is the first novel in the Peace Warrior trilogy. This book is still free. Download it while you can. It's nice to read some science fiction for a change. That's about all I read in the 70's. This novel will stand on it's own, but I already put the other books in the series on my wish list. Grant Justice is a sergeant first class when he's killed in the middle of the 21st century. When he's revived 600 years later he's expected to save the world from an alien invasion. That's because while he was dead the human race forgot how to fight. Now Grant is supposed to remind them. There's plenty of action, a little romance, and the Minith are an alien race you love to hate. Very highly recommended.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
A Cutthroat Business is a Savannah Martin mystery. This book is still free and well worth reading. It's a nice murder mystery with some memorable characters. I really enjoyed it. Turns out real estate is a cut throat business. Savannah Martin is a southern belle who's trying to break into real estate. Rafe Collier is a southern bad boy who's interested in a house. Savannah takes a call from Rafe, when the realtor who was supposed to show him a house doesn't show up. Anxious for her first sale, Savannah agrees to show the house. When Savannah gets there she and Rafe find the original realtor's body in the house with her throat cut. There are plenty of twists and turns in this book, and it has enough sexual tension for two or three novels. There's nothing that teens couldn't read though. It's very well done. Highly recommended.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Mew is for Murder is a Theda Krakow Mystery. It's still free. If you like cats, murder mysteries, or both get it now. Theda Krakow is a free lance writer trying to focus on the music scene in Boston, but she'll write about anything that pays the bills. She's just starting out, after quitting a staff writing job, and has hit a rough patch. Her boyfriend moved away and her cat had to be put to sleep. When she runs across what she suspects may be a cat hoarder, her writer's instincts kick in. What she doesn't realize is she's about to be embroiled in a murder mystery with cats galore. Cats, music, and murder. Highly recommended.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Last Romanov is a historical novel. It's fiction, but a fascinating look at how Russia started down the road to socialism. It was free when I downloaded it. It's $7.39 now for the Kindle and Nook. Darya Borodino was orphaned as a young girl. She's taken in by the Romanov family and becomes the central figure in this book. This novel is slow at times, but you have to keep reading. Even though history is fixed in our universe, you have to follow this narrative to the end. Love, magic, betrayal, and death in large doses. Highly recommended.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
The Old Buzzard Had It Coming is a book that takes place in 1912. It's a murder mystery that keeps you guessing right to the end. It's still free and book you don't want to miss. Alafair Tucker is an Oklahoma farm wife with nine kids and a loving husband. Her neighbor isn't so lucky. When the neighbor's husband is found in a melting snow drift Alafair is there to help. When Alafair finds out her daughter Phoebe and the neighbor's son John Lee are sweet on each other, and John Lee is the suspected murderer, it gets real complicated. Alafair is bound and determined to find the real killer. This is a great story. Great for kids and adults. Very highly recommended. P.S. There are some recipes at the end of the book that you can gain weight just reading :)
Monday, September 10, 2012
Final Vector is a murder mystery with a terrorist twist. It was free when I downloaded it. The book is now $2.99 for the kindle. Nick Jensen is an air traffic controller managing flights into Boston's Logan airport. Terrorists are plotting to shoot down the president's plane and Nick will make sacrifices he never imagined to try and stop them. I could not put this one down. Very highly recommended.
Friday, September 7, 2012
Dead Politician Society is a Clare Vengel novel. I thought the title was particularly appropriate, given almost everyone is tired of politicians right now. This book was a Free Friday nook book. It's now $8.10. I can lend it to someone if they let me know. You don't need a nook. Just the nook app on your device. Clare Vengel is a rookie cop. When they need an undercover officer to play a college student Clare is tagged. She's hoping this assignment will get her out of uniform, but she's going to have to catch the murderer to prove her worth. How many bodies will pile up before she can find the killer? Highly recommended.
Monday, September 3, 2012
Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble is the story of a reluctant witch. This book is the first in the Jolie Wilkins series. It was free when I downloaded it and it's still free. It's a bargain. Jolie Wilkins runs a little shop where she sells candles and crystals, and does tarot readings. When a ghost drops in on Jolie, it's a sign her life is going to change in a big way. Jolie has talents she didn't know existed. She's about to become the pivotal figure in a supernatural war. I really enjoyed this book. Suspense and humor in equal measures. Highly recommended.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
The Apostle: The Life of Paul is a biography. A lot of research went into this book. It's interesting to see Paul from a more human perspective. This book was free when I downloaded it. It's $2.51 as I'm typing this. I liked the parts of this book that dealt with Paul's life and travels. There are maps in the book, but the kindle doesn't lend itself to maps. I recommend using the maps from the LDS website. They're very clear, and were a real help visualizing the routes taken on Paul's journeys and the general area in which he lived. I thought there were more quotes than needed in the book. There were times that the quotes overshadowed the events taking place. Other than that I really enjoyed the book and I highly recommend it.