[Free Audiobook] Minecraft: The Island by Max Brooks [Gaming Tie-In Adventure]

Minecraft: The Island by Max Brooks is a standalone gaming franchise tie-in adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for July and is narrated by actor Jack Black.

The story is a Robinson Crusoe-like adventure/survival novel starring a castaway who finds himself mysteriously stranded in the world of the popular gaming franchise Minecraft, who must figure out the rules of the world and craft himself a shelter and tools while exploring the secrets of the island and fending off zombies, skeletons, and other foes.

Offered worldwide until 11:59 AM Eastern Time on July 18th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free eBook] Rider Run by Raya Jones [Science Fiction Technothriller]

Rider Run by Welsh author Raya Jones, a Reader in Social Studies at the University of Cardiff who specializes in the psychology of social robotics, is a standalone science fiction technothriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The story is set in a multi-species galactic future which blurs the boundaries between machines and humanity, as competing megacorps have established space stations run by intelligent machines known as “cybers”, or use a strange species known as “arks” which can jump through space-time, and are rumoured to be developing a game-changing new technology associated with the mysterious “psidroids”, and one man goes on a search to discover the truth behind them all.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] A Shot of Red by Tracy March [Romantic Suspense Technothriller]

A Shot of Red by Tracy March, an award-winning author with a background in pharmaceuticals, is a f/m contemporary romantic suspense technothriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Select Suspense imprint.

The story features a race against time to stop the distribution of a tainted flu vaccine, starring a woman whose family’s pharmaceutical company may be the target of a deadly sabotage scheme, who must team up with the political communications director with whom she once had an ill-fated one-night stand.

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[Free Audiobook] Final Girls by Riley Sager [Psychological Thriller]

Final Girls by Riley Sager, a pseudonym for journalist and novelist Todd Ritter, is a standalone psychological suspense thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for May, is narrated by Erin Bennett & Hillary Huber and is being made free to help promote the upcoming release of the author’s next novel, The Last Time I Lied, due in July..

The story is centred around three women who were lumped together by the media as the last victims and sole survivors of assorted serial killers during their college years, two of whom are now finally meeting for the first time after the suspicious death of the third, as one struggles to separate truth from lies and recall what actually happened to her all those years ago as well as uncover what the other woman is really after, before it’s too late.

Offered worldwide until noon Eastern Time on May 24th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free eBook] My Sister’s Secret by Tracy Buchanan [Psychological Thriller]

My Sister’s Secret by Milton Keynes-resident British author Tracy Buchanan is a standalone contemporary psychological suspense thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Avon imprint.

This is apparently being made free to help promote the upcoming release of the author’s latest thriller, The Lost Sister, due in July.

The story stars a woman orphaned as a child, whose happy memories of her late parents and the aunt who subsequently raised her are brought into doubt by a mysterious photograph, which puts her on the search for the truth behind a tragic accident.

Offered in the UK and selected other countries worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Energized by Edward M. Lerner [Science Fiction Technothriller]

Energized by Edward M. Lerner, a former scientist in the aerospace industries and Analog Science Fact essay contributor, is a standalone science fiction technothriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for May, and was originally published in 2011 by Analog Science Fiction & Fact magazine as a featured serial and was later reprinted in novel form by Tor Books.

The story takes place in a near future where Earth’s oil fields have been disastrously tainted by radioactivity, leaving the world in chaos as it scrambles to develop alternative energy sources, when an asteroid appears which may provide a solution to humanity’s needs, if various competing groups don’t succeed in sabotaging the project to build solar power satellites from its rich resources.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through May, available directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The Futureworld Omnibus by Christopher Hodder-Williams [1970s Science Fiction Technothrillers]

The Futureworld Omnibus by the late British author Christopher Hodder-Williams is an omnibus of three vintage science fiction technothriller novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This collected edition contains the standalone novels The Thinktank That Leaked, The Chromosome Game, and Coward’s Paradise, two of which were 70s-era early precursors to the modern style of blockbuster technothriller, originally published in 1974, 1979, and 1984 by United Writers Publications & Mithras Publishing.

The separate stories mainly involve then-contemporary characters uncovering disturbing and humanity-altering experiments, from persons undergoing treatment at institutes finding out what’s really being done to their fellow patients, to scientists discovering their colleagues’ less-than-ethical manipulation of human thought and emotional patterns. One novel is set on a future dystopian Earth where a team must locate the remains of a long-ago genetic engineering experiment that may revitalize the human race.

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[Free Audiobook] The Heist by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg [Action Thriller with Romantic Comedy]

The Heist by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg is is the 1st novel in the Fox & O’Hare series of humorous action/crime thriller novels with strong f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

This is their featured Free Audiobook of the Month offer for April and is an unabridged recording, read by award-winning voice actor Scott Brick.

The series stars an FBI special agent teaming up with the international crook she’s chased for years, as he convinces to offer him a job chasing down even bigger crooks. This story sets up the beginning of their shared professional and romantic partnership, as they pursue a corrupt investment banker hiding away overseas.

Offered worldwide until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on April 27th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free eBook] V. I.: Viral Intelligence by Don DeBrandt [Science Fiction Technothriller]

V. I.: Viral Intelligence by Canadian author Don DeBrandt is a standalone science fiction technothriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Endeavour imprint.

This was originally published in 2000 by Penguin.

The story combines biological and technological threats, as invasive alien ticks with the ability to rearrange molecules hybridize themselves with an artificial intelligence, creating computer bugs which begin to take over not only inanimate systems, but flesh and blood as well.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Mission of the Brains by Sydney J. Bounds [Science Fiction Murder Mystery]

Mission of the Brains by the late British author Sydney 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 mystery thriller with strong sfnal elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1957 by Leicester as part of their Linford Mystery Library line. The story is centred around solving the puzzle of the murders of scientists across the country, apparently using an advanced technological heat weapon, which seems to be linked to a touring fair with a mysterious mental act which may have sinister origins not of this Earth.

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