[Free eBook] The Pluto Enigma by John Glasby [Space Opera Science Fiction]

The Pluto Enigma by the late British author John Glasby, a prolific multi-genre pulp author who wrote under many pseudonyms, is the sequel novel in a sequence of science fiction space exploration drama, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This is a posthumously-published tale from his literary estate, and a sequel to The Lair of the Giants (also posthumously published by Endeavour), starring a Martian colonist tasked to build robots for the exploration of inhospitable Saturn.

The story continues a generation later, as the first manned mission from Earth reaches Pluto and discovers a mysterious formation which appears to be the product of a possibly unfathomable alien intelligence, prompting exploration not only of the planetary surface, but also the limits of human understanding.

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[Free eBook] Death from the Sea by Herbert Molloy Mason [1900s Natural Disaster History]

Death from the Sea by the late Texas-resident American author Herbert Molloy Mason, Jr., a military history writer, is a natural disaster event case history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1972 by The Dial Press (since acquired by Penguin Random House).

The book is done in a narrative history style, giving an account of the 1900 Galveston Hurricane in Texas, considered the deadliest natural disaster in US history, covering the background and rise to prominence of the town and its colourful inhabitants, in parallel to the building up of the weather conditions which would devastate them amidst ignored warnings, as well as the aftermath of the hurricane’s damaging effects which reached as far as Canada and the town’s gradual recovery.

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[Free eBook] The Workhouse Doctor by Sara Fraser [19th C Historical Drama with Romantic Suspense]

The Workhouse Doctor by Sara Fraser, a pseudonym for author Roy Clews, a former Marine Commando and Foreign Legionnaire turned historical novelist, is the 2nd novel in a duology of historical drama with strong f/m romantic suspense elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2001 by Severn House. The story is a sequel to The Surgeon’s Apprentice (recapped in the preface), an historical suspense drama exploring the practice of medicine during the 1840s in northern England, continuing the saga of the changing fortunes of an increasingly disillusioned aspiring trainee doctor and the daughter of one of his patients, whose family is being forced into ruin and disgrace by a venal creditor.

This one continues from the new POV of the heroine, now appointed as headmistress to a workhouse through the scheming of her family’s creditor, who has an unsavoury personal interest in her, as she strives to improve the lot of the impoverished children living under the harsh conditions imposed by its unscrupulous owners, also patrons of her family’s former doctor, who had his own glimpse of the dark secrets they would prefer to conceal.

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[Free eBook] Explorers of the Mississippi by Tim Severin [Historical Adventure Travel]

Explorers of the Mississippi by British author Tim Severin, an historian and explorer who has received the Royal Geographic Society’s Gold Medal, is the 8th volume in the Search series of travel histories retracing important exploration journeys of the past, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1967 by Alfred A. Knopf.

This volume covers historical explorations and voyages along the Mississippi River, from the 16th century onwards, as the discovery of the New World made it an important trade and transportation route not only for the local Native Americans, but also the incoming and competing Spanish conquistador, French-Canadian, and American colonial settlers and their descendants, as well as colourful figures such as the 19th century Italian tourist Giacomo Beltrami, presented in engaging mini-biographies of the people and their places and times.

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[Free eBook] Lessons for Suspicious Minds by Charlie Cochrane [LGBT Historical Mystery]

Lessons for Suspicious Minds by British author Charlie Cochrane is the 10th novel in the Cambridge Fellows series of historical murder mysteries with strong m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2013 by Riptide Publishing. The series is set in England at the turn of the 20th century, and stars an amateur sleuthing gay couple solving crimes, mostly in and around the university-going set.

This case takes place in 1909 in the English countryside at the obligatory stately manor of a family friend, where the sleuth couple soon find themselves embroiled in investigating two apparently unrelated suicides, trying to determine the connection between them while also keeping their host’s servants from discovering their own forbidden connection.

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