[Free eBook] Tsunami: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller by Crawford Kilian [Science Fiction Technothriller]

Tsunami: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller by US-born naturalized Canadian author Crawford Kilian, a now-retired college professor and occasional Aurora Award nominee, is the 1st novel in his Icequake duology of speculative fiction disaster survival technothrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1983 by Douglas & McIntyre, and was later reprinted by Bantam Books. The setting appears to consist of self-contained standalone tales exploring post-apocalyptic disaster aftermath themes, set on a near-future (as of the 1980s) Earth whose atmosphere has been severely damaged by solar flares, leaving humans extra-vulnerable to UV radiation and other problems when disasters, natural and otherwise, begin to occur.

This story takes place in a San Francisco hit by a tsunami, from which the residents are able to flee to high ground, only to find the true survival challenge awaiting them in the broken infrastructure and altering remnants of civilization left in its wake.

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[Free eBook] How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst [Psychological Crime Thriller]

How I Lost You by Shropshire-resident British author Jenny Blackhurst is her standalone psychological thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline.

The story stars an amnesiac woman who becomes convinced she may not actually be guilty of a terrible crime that everyone around her has accused her of committing years ago, and that something odd is going on, where there is a chance the victim is still alive.

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[Free eBook] The Hell Raisers by Clinton Spurr [Western]

The Hell Raisers by Clinton Spurr, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, is his vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.

This was originally published in 1965 by Robert Hale.

The story is a tale of past and present conflict, as a father and son attempting to live a quiet life at their ranch run into troubles when the man who was once accustomed to using their land as his own but has no legal claim to it tries to intimidate and get rid of them by ruthlessly underhanded means, and the father’s own surprising secret past coming back to visit in a way which does not help matters at all.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] The Fighting Blacksmith by S. J. Bounds [Western]

The Fighting Blacksmith by the late British author S. J. Bounds, a prolific multi-genre author whose influence has been honoured by the creation of the British Fantasy Awards’ Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award, is his vintage western historical action adventure novel, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.

This was originally published in 1953 by Western Library under the title Outlaw Buttes using the pseudonym James Marshal and was later reprinted by Robert Hale under its current title as part of their Black Horse Western line using the pseudonym Richard Daniels.

The story stars a town blacksmith who finds himself trying to take on a devious cattle rustling gang single-handed after getting involved in a dispute between local ranchers and the rustlers, in an attempt to impress one rancher’s beautiful daughter.

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[Free eBook] Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys [Lovecraftian Alternate Historical Fantasy with Spy Mystery]

Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys is the 1st novel in her The Innsmouth Legacy series of alternate historical dark fantasy with strong horror, mystery, and espionage thriller elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.

This is a special time-limited promotion, being made free to boost the upcoming 2nd novel, and this edition includes a bonus short story. The series is set in the late H. P. Lovecraft’s popular Cthulhu Mythos, varying it as an alternate hidden history where during the 1920s, the U.S. government secretly rounded up the population of the seaside village of Innsmouth, long since hybridized with the mystical Deep Ones of the oceans, into desert internment camps.

This story takes place a generation later during the late 1940s as the Cold War is getting underway, when an FBI agent believing that Communists spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from the legendary Miskatonic University, calls upon one of the few survivors of the camps for help, who must return to her ruined home and uncover the remaining scraps of her suppressed personal and ancestral history to face the threat.

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[Free eBook] A Way Through the Wilderness: The Natchez Trace and the Civilization of the Southern Frontier by William C. Davis [US Southwest Trade Route & Cultural History]

A Way Through the Wilderness: The Natchez Trace and the Civilization of the Southern Frontier by William C. Davis, an award-winning historian specializing in the Civil War and former Professor at Virginia Tech, is his frontier place and community history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1995 by HarperCollins and was later reprinted by the Louisiana State University Press.

This targeted history focuses on the development of the Natchez Trace (nowadays maintained as a spin-off heritage hiking trail) which led to the US South West frontier, during the period from the Revolutionary War to the 1830s, as it became an important migration and trade route, and also explores the various people who used the trail in various ways and the communities which sprang up around it, drawing upon colourful anecdotes, as well as dispelling popular factual misconceptions.

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[Free eBook] Death Dives Deep by Michael Avallone [Comedic Pulp Espionage Mystery]

Death Dives Deep by Michael Avallone is the 21st novel in his Ed Noon series of vintage pulp mystery/crime thrillers with comedic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant.

This was originally published in 1971 by Signet. The popular, long-running pulp mystery/crime series stars a P.I. in New York City, who often takes on cases with oddball clients, leading to zany adventures.

This case is a nautical adventure on the spy thriller side, seeing the P.I. take on an assignment from the US President, looking into sinister goings-on involving submarines in the Bermuda Triangle, and a story-within-a-story which leads him to uncover a top secret plot.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Hot Off the Presses by Elliott Mackle [LGBT 1990s Literary Drama Novel]

Hot Off the Presses by Elliott Mackle, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, is his standalone recent historical political/personal drama literary fiction novel with suspense and m/m romantic elements; free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

The story is set in Atlanta in the period shortly before the hosting of the 1996 Olympic Games, and follows a gay newspaper editor as he deals with journalistic ethics complications surrounding coverage of the closeted athlete he’s falling for, alongside investigating assorted controversial issues having to do with the upcoming Olympics. This is partially based upon the author’s own real-life experiences as a journalist in the city during the time period.

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[Free eBook] Thomas Hardy’s World: An Illuminating Biography by Molly Lefebure [19th C Literary Author Biography & Cultural History]

Thomas Hardy’s World: An Illuminating Biography by the late British author Molly Lefebure, a WWII London Blitz reporter turned novelist and scholar who was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, is her literary author biography with a touch of cultural history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1996 by Carlton Books.

This biography of the late British novelist and poet Thomas Hardy, whose classic novels have been studied and adapted to many media, looks into both the man himself and his personal life and relationships, as well as the greater Victorian social and political milieu which surrounded and influenced him and his works.

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[Free eBook] Desperate Journey by Francis Clifford [Vintage WWII Military Escape Travelogue Memoir]

Desperate Journey by Francis Clifford, the crime-writing pseudonym for the late British author Arthur Leonard Bell Thompson, a former SOE operative during WWII who eventually drew upon his wartime experiences for his award-winning mystery and thriller novels, is his vintage military experience travelogue memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1979 by Hodder & Stoughton.

This WWII memoir was originally written in 1944 shortly after the events experienced, but posthumously published decades later, with an introduction providing context to Captain Thompson and the Karen Company’s prolonged retreat from Japanese-occupied Burma in 1942, a difficult journey through hostile territory and debilitating conditions over many months, as the escaping survivors supported and aided each other.

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