[Free eBook] Persecution Trail by Denis Hughes [Western with Mystery]

Persecution Trail by the late British author Denis Hughes is his vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel with strong investigative mystery elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.

This was originally published in 1956 by Herbert Jenkins using the pseudonym Ken Kester. The story is a hybrid western detective adventure, starring an ex-Federal Marshall who sets up shop as investigator with an old partner, as they take on what should be a simple case of tracking down some cattle, which sparks their suspicions and leads them os the trail of something deeper and darker.

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[Free eBook] Wyoming Wild by Clinton Spurr [Western]

Wyoming Wild 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 1973 by Robert Hale. The story a man undergoing a series of mishaps while building up his homestead for a quiet life with his beloved, which is interrupted by an accusation of leading another man’s wife astray and also nearly botching the thwarting of a raid, among other misfortunes which he hopes to survive.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, History Essays, Historical Fiction]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which 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).

This week’s two selected titles, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 22nd, are as follows:

  • The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, is her young adult historical literary fiction coming of age novel, set during the 1960s and based on a real-life child evacuation program known as Operation Pedro Pan, starring a Cuban girl and her brother sent alone to the U.S. to flee Castro’s revolution, and their experiences adjusting to a new life; from Ideal Audiobooks, read by Kyla Garcia
  • The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois, is his classic seminal compilation of literary essays about the history and experience of African-American life in the generations shortly after the abolition of slavery; from Dreamscape Media, read by Rodney Gardiner

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 22nd, 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] Old Man’s War by John Scalzi [Military Science Fiction]

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, is the 1st novel in his Old Man’s War series of military science fiction space operas, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.

This was a finalist for the 2006 Hugo for Best Novel and placed 2nd on the Locus Award list for Best First Novel. The series is set in a far future world at war with aliens, using assorted technology to physically enhance the humans within.

The story uses the premise that the military doesn’t want young people, but instead seasoned and skillful types who’ve lived a lifetime already, starring one man who takes the deal, finding the experience to not quite be what he expected.

Offered through June 21st, available in Canada & the US directly from the publisher as their Free Book of the Month Club selection.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Arizona Law by Philip Harbottle [Western]

Arizona Law by the Philip Harbottle, based on a manuscript from the estate of the late John Russell Fearn, is a standalone historical western frontier action adventure novel with suspense elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.

This was originally published in 2004 by Robert Hale. The story involves a young lady from New Orleans who finds that life on the Arizona frontier is considerably different from what she had been expecting, as she gets caught up in local intrigue which puts her on the run from a crime she did not commit.

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[Free eBook] Lead Law by John Russell Fearn [Western]

Lead Law by the late British author John Russell Fearn 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 1950 by Scion and was later reprinted by Robert Hale as part of their Black Horse Western line using the pseudonym Morton Boyce.

The story stars a rancher, whose land were set on fire by a stray locomotive spark which the railway company won’t compensation for, fighting to clear his name after finding himself framed by the company head for railway-related robbery and murder.

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[Free eBook] Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. [Celebrity Historical Literary Novel]

Elvis in the Morning: The Story of His Life, From a Fan by the late William F. Buckley Jr., an influential and controversial right-wing intellectual who founded the National Review and also happened to win a National Book Award for one of his spy thriller novels, is his historical literary fiction coming of age novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2001 by Harcourt. This is an historical literary fiction coming of age novel, which is also semi-biographical treatment of Elvis Presley, and includes a foreword with a bibliography of the author’s non-fiction sources.

The story is set during the 1950s onwards, starring a boy who becomes a fan of the King and grows up alongside him, with his idol’s life experiences reflecting upon his own in a culturally-changing America, after a chance encounter leads to an unexpected friendship between them.

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[Free eBook] Redemption Trail by Preston Wood [Western]

Redemption Trail by Preston Wood, a retired screenwriter who wrote many episodes of various classic TV westerns, is his standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.

This was originally self-published in 2010 via self-publishing packager AuthorHouse under the title Weatherbee’s Gold, and later picked up by a Willowbank Books, which appears to have been a now-defunct small press started by two (other) genre authors.

The story is set during the California Gold Rush, starring a man who sets out with some friends with dreams of striking it rich, and through a series of mishaps winds up a wanted man in the aftermath of a failed raid on gold-grabbing outlaws.

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[Free eBook] Bowie of the Alamo by John Glasby [Historical Western]

Bowie of the Alamo by the late British author John Glasby 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 1964 by John Spencer under the title The Trail Blazers using the pseudonym Chuck Adams and was later reprinted by Robert Hale as part of their Black Horse Western line.

The story makes use of the historical setting of proto-Texas back when it was still the Mexican territory of Tejas, starring a man accompanying a group of illegal American settlers, who gets caught up in the fight for territorial control.

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[Free eBook] Matador by Marguerite Steen [Vintage 1930s Literary Novel]

Matador by the late British author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage literary fiction family drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1934 by Victor Gollancz. The novel is set in Spain during the 1930s, and is a family/social drama with f/m romantic suspense elements.

The story focuses on the conflicts between a matador father and his three sons—one dutifully following in his famous bull-fighting father’s footsteps, the second a disabled outcast, and the third and favourite hiding a dark secret—as they clash in their life expectations, with the tensions coming to a head as a young woman who is betrothed to marry one son catches the eyes of both another son and their widower father, as well.

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