ATA Girl: Up in the Air is the 1st episode in the ATA Girl series of historical drama radio plays, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Big Finish, makers of the officially licensed Doctor Who radio play episodes.
This is a special giveaway to celebrate International Women’s Day, from their new Big Finish Originals line.
The series is set during WWII amongst the women of the Air Transport Auxiliary, told as a sequence of fictional reminisces from one of the female pilots who flew the planes from the factories where they were built to the squadrons where they would be used. This first hour-long episode is centred around two sisters, one newly widowed, the other estranged, reuniting during the initial ATA pilot training and trying to mend their broken relationship amidst the challenges of building a new life.
Offered DRM-free worldwide through March 9th until 23:59 UK time (approx 4 PM Pacific Time), available directly from the publisher.
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Psi Hunt by Michael Kurland, perhaps best known as the author of an Edgar Award-nominated series of Moriarty-based Sherlock Holmes pastiches, is his standalone sfnal conspiracy thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This was originally published in 1980 by Berkley Books.
The story involves occult supernatural and/or alien elements, starting with the investigation of an incident which may indicate psychic spying upon a secret society in the US Navy by Chinese forces, leading to revelations which could spark a potential war between the two countries.
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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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The Sand Pebbles by the late Richard McKenna, a U.S. Navy sailor turned novelist and posthumous recipient of the Nebula Award for science fiction, is his vintage historical war drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher RosettaBooks.
This was originally published in 1962 by Harper & Row , after being serialized in The Saturday Evening Post and won the 1963 Harper Prize before being adapted into the eponymous 1966 film starring Steve McQueen.
The story takes place against the backdrop of the ongoing fighting between the Nationalists and the warlords in China during the 1920s. In it, the crew of a foreign gunboat ordered to patrol the region and protect U.S. citizens gets caught up in the conflict, as the novel explores the changing ideas of Chinese nationalism and western imperialism and tradition and modernity through the interactions between an American engine mechanic and his shipmates, as well as the Chinese workers aboard the gunship, and the officials on all sides around them.
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Redeployment by Phil Klay, a recipient of the National Book Award, is his collection of contemporary literary fiction short stories with a military experience theme, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.
This collection won the 2014 National Book Award and is written partially-based upon the author’s own recent experience as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. The unabridged reading is over 7 hours long and narrated by actor Craig Klein.
The stories take place in and around the aftermath of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, dealing with the soldiers who engage in various war-related acts for better or worse, exploring the effects on themselves and the people around them, as well as the difficulties faced in readjusting to a domestic life back in the States.
Offered worldwide until 12 PM Eastern Time on May 27th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.
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