[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] The Sand Pebbles by Richard McKenna [Award-Winning Historical War Drama Novel]

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.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobook] Redeployment by Phil Klay [Award-Winning Literary Short Stories]

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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