[Free eBook] The Bittersweet Science: Fifteen Writers in the Gym, in the Corner, and at Ringside [Boxing Sports Essays]

The Bittersweet Science: Fifteen Writers in the Gym, in the Corner, and at Ringside edited by Carlo Rotella, an award-winning columnist and professor of American studies and journalism at Boston College, & Michael Ezra, a professor of multicultural studies at Sonoma State University, is a cultural studies anthology of essays on the sport of boxing, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for May.

The book is a collection of new essays about boxing by contributors from all walks of life including managers, journalists, fiction authors, fans, and more, who have first-hand experience of the sport from various angles, as professionals or appreciative amateurs, with profiles of established and rising stars and hands-on accounts from the fighters’ points of view as well as behind-the-scenes looks and outside perspectives.

Offered worldwide through May (will probably also still be available over the weekend), available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free Video Game] Obduction [Science Fiction Puzzle Adventure]

As a special treat to help promote their current Summer Sale Festival, GOG.com is giving away copies of a science fiction puzzle adventure game, free for a limited time courtesy of developer Cyan, the indie studio behind the cult classic Myst franchise.

The game stars you as an abductee transported across the universe by a mysterious artifact, exploring an alien landscape sprinkled with parts of Earth from various times and places, uncovering connections and making choices that may or may not bring you home.

To get your free copy of Obduction (available for Mac & Windows, requires account signup with valid email but no payment info), scroll down to the banner just under “Flash Deals” on the GOG.com homepage and click to claim it. You can read more about the game on its dedicated product page

Free through June 1st at 1 PM UTC (approx 6 AM Pacific Time), available DRM-free directly from GOG.com.

[Free eBook] Secret of the Cannon by Gordon Landsborough [Western]

Secret of the Cannon by the late English author Gordon Landsborough, a prolific and pioneering multi-genre pulp fiction writer and publisher, is a self-contained novel in the Careless O’Connor series of western historical action adventure, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Frontier imprint.

This was originally published in 1954 by Robert Hale under the title O’Connor Rides In using the pseudonym Mike M’Cracken and was later reprinted as part of their Black Horse Western line. The series consists of self-contained adventures starring Careless O’Connor, a Texan employed as a government agent, dealing with various cases throughout the Wild West.

This story is a treasure hunt with a side of conspiracy thriller, taking place in Arizona, where O’Connor’s latest assignment is to track down a mysterious cannon associated with Mexican general Santa Anna dating back to the Napoleonic Wars, which is said to have fallen into the hands of the local Comanche tribe, which may have a secret purpose which makes him suspicious of the motives of those who sent him to retrieve it, even as he deals with hostile natives and renegade white settlers while on its trail.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Gunsmoke Marshal by Harvey Lant [Western]

Gunsmoke Marshal by Harvey Lant, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, a prolific multi-genre pulp fiction author, is a standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Frontier imprint.

This was originally published in 1981 by Robert Hale.

The story is set in Kansas, starring a Deputy US Marshal going against merciless outlaws preying upon ranchers with the local law unable to help.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Man From Texas by Hank Madison [Western]

Man From Texas by Hank Madison, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, a prolific multi-genre pulp fiction author, is a vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Frontier imprint.

This was originally published in 1973 by Robert Hale.

The story stars a former Texas Ranger out for revenge against the men who killed his father, including a cowardly cousin who sold him out and the corrupt local marshal who seems to be protecting them, only to find out that what’s going on in the county is deeper than it appears as he gets caught in the crossfire of a rancher feud.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobooks] A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen & Tear Down This Wall: A City, A President, and the Speech That Ended the Cold War by Romesh Ratnesar [YA Historical Novel & Berlin Wall Political Speech History]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2019 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the [planned release schedule here][sync-list]).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 30th, are as follows:

  • A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen, a YA historical drama novel set during the 1960, starring a Berlin girl whose family was divided by the recent construction of the Berlin Wall, leaving theim stranded on the Soviet-controlled East German side with her mother while her father is on the West, inspired to attempt a daring escape to the other side; read by Kate Simses, from Scholastic Audiobooks, available worldwide
  • Tear Down This Wall: A City, A President, and the Speech That Ended the Cold War by Romesh Ratnesar, a history of the role of the relationship between US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in ending the Cold War, centred around the iconic speech given by Reagan in Berlin in 1987 and exploring its origins, immediate impact, and aftereffects, drawing upon interviews with Reagan administration officials and East German records as well as eyewitness accounts from both sides and including in this audio version an interview with the author about the writing of this book as well as a recording of the original speech; read by Wes Bleed, from Oasis Audio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 30th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] Chinese Diaries: 1941-1946 by Robert Payne [China Expat Travelogue & War History Memoir]

Chinese Diaries: 1941-1946 by the late US-resident British expat author Robert Payne, a notable mid-20th century historian, novelist, English literature professor, and biographer who had actually met and conversed with a number of his famous historical subjects, including Hitler and Mao Zedong, is a memoir cum travelogue, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1945 and 1947 in two volumes as Forever China and China Awakes, with this combined reprint edition containing approximately half the original text in this installment

This section of Payne’s personal diaries form a 1940s-contemporary wartime travelogue memoir of his expat experiences leaving Singapore for China as World War II expanded further into the Pacific, taking him from his initial posting at the British Embassy to eventually teaching at universities at Chungking and Kunming in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, and recording his first-hand observations of the effects of the war upon his students and broader Chinese society, as well as his own encounters with the local people and their culture.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Day of Deliverance by Johnny O’Brien [YA Time Travel Science Fiction]

Day of Deliverance by Scottish author Johnny O’Brien is the 2nd novel in the Jack Christie trilogy of tween/young adult time travel adventure science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 2010 by Templar Publishing. The series stars two teens who discover that their high school provides a front for a team of scientists a time travel device, and become embroiled between two rival groups—one seeking to make changes to the past to ensure a better present, and the other believing the past too dangerous to be tampered with—and each group determined to sabotage and stop the other’s efforts at any cost.

This installment is set in Elizabethan England, and continues the fallout from the first novel, as sides are chosen and divided loyalties are resolved, with a mission to thwart the other side going wrong as the kids end up stranded on their own in 1587, joining a traveling performance troupe already embroiled in espionage intrigues in the hopes of being able to carry out their task to save their preferred history.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Hard Law by Hank Madison [Western]

Hard Law Hank Madison, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, a prolific multi-genre pulp fiction author, is a standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Frontier imprint.

This was originally published in 1982 by Robert Hale.

The story has a bit of a mystery element, starring a Federal Marshal experiencing an uneasy homecoming to the town he grew up in and was driven out of twenty years ago as he investigates robberies in the county, and finds more enemies than allies among his old friends as he tries to get to the bottom of the case.

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[Free eBook] Midnight Blonde by Talmage Powell [Vintage 1950s Pulp Mystery/Crime Short]

Midnight Blonde by the late Talmage Powell, a prolific multi-genre pulp fiction author, is a standalone pulp mystery/crime thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1957 in the May issue of Manhunt magazine.

The story features an unsettling encounter between a man and a girl at a bar, who seems to be waiting for something ominous to happen.

Offered worldwide through May 27th (probably; will likely end up lingering a bit due to US Memorial Day holiday), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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