[Free eBook] Rinzler by Raya Jones [Science Fiction Murder Mystery Technothriller]

Rinzler: A Noir Sci-Fi Thriller by Welsh author Raya Jones, a Reader in Social Studies at the University of Cardiff, is her standalone science fiction thriller with strong mystery/crime elements done in a noir style, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This is one of their original publications from a newer author, who is also currently doing scholarly research into studying social robotics in the context of psychology, according to her bio-blurb.

The story takes place in a future post-apocalyptic world which uses androids, starring the titular freelance PI looking into the murder of a clerk working for a corporation which may or may not have assassinated her, and finding his investigation landing him in the midst of a potential conflict between artificial intelligence and humanity.

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[Free eBook] The Cloud by Ray Hammond [Science Fiction Technothriller]

The Cloud by British author Ray Hammond, a science journalist and futurist, is his standalone science fiction technothriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 2006 by Pan Books.

The story is set in the near future of the mid-21st century, as humanity begins receiving and responding incomprehensible alien radio transmissions which eventually result in a reply in the form of a mysterious encroaching cloud on a collision course with Earth, prompting the panicked preparation of an armed response even as the code is finally cracked, to startling revelations.

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[Free eBook] We Are Such Stuff by R. M. Dorn [Science Fiction Technothriller]

We Are Such Stuff by R. M. Dorn is her standalone science fiction technothriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This is one of their original publications from a newer author. The story takes place in a virtual reality-enhanced world, starring a new employee with a job of dreaming virtual reality scenes, who discovers that the technology may actually have odd real world effects rewriting the past, in addition to having potentially damaging and fatal side effects causing an epidemic in its users.

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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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[Free eBook] 66 Metres by J. F. Kirwan [Action Spy Thriller]

66 Metres by J. F. Kirwan is the 1st novel in his Nadia Laksheva series of contemporary spy thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Harlequin UK’s Carina.

This was the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and if you are interested, there’s a mini-profile of the star character on the author’s website. The series stars an abruptly-orphaned Russian girl who grows up reluctantly following in her ex-Spetsnaz operative father’s footsteps in order to survive.

This adventure sees her working off a long indenture to a dangerous boss with what should be one final mission to go after a military weapon which only embroils her further into global espionage. NB: if you are interested in diving, apparently the author makes use of it in this story, incorporating his own extensive experience.

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[Free eBook] The Coming of Cthugha by John Glasby [Lovecraftian Sci-Fi Mystery Horror]

The Coming of Cthugha by the late British author John Glasby is the 1st novel in his Dark Armageddon trilogy of Lovecraftian science fiction horror thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This is one of their original publications, selected posthumously from the author’s extensive literary estate. The setting is based directly upon the extended Cthulhu mythos originated by the late H. P. Lovecraft, and the title character of Cthugha created by August Derleth sports a quote from one of Glasby’s own pulp fiction stories on its Wikipedia page.

The trilogy combines science fiction and horror with mystery and conspiracy thriller elements, as individuals are recruited into a plucky secret Organisation of intellectuals trying to prevent the stars coming right and unleashing eldritch abominations from the furthest depths of space and time upon the Earth. This story shows the recruitment of one such individual, a nephew looking into his uncle’s disappearance and unraveling the trail of clues sparked by examining an odd manuscript.

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[Free eBook] Little Boy Found by LJ Fox [Psychological Crime Thriller]

Little Boy Found by LJ Fox, a pseudonym for British author Christopher Fowler, perhaps best known for his award-nominated Bryant & May mysteries, is his standalone psychological suspense crime thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Quercus.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and is also being promoted in other countries worldwide. The story is the obligatory missing child case with a twist, as the true suspense apparently starts after the boy is found again.

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[Free eBook] Extinction by Ray Hammond [Science Fiction Technothriller]

Extinction by British author Ray Hammond, a science journalist and futurist, is his standalone science fiction technothriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 2005 by Macmillan.

The story is set in a post-global warming 2055 where unscrupulous corporations have invented a climate control technology which provides a “cure”, for a high price as well as undisclosed further environmental costs, turning those who can’t afford it into environmental refugees, whom a plucky lawyer attempts to fight for by bringing the largest responsible corporation to court, also teaming up with scientists to uncover the truth behind something ominous happening within the Earth’s core before it’s too late.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Dark Armageddon by John Glasby [Lovecraftian Sci-Fi Horror Thriller]

Dark Armageddon by the late British author John Glasby is the 3rd novel in his The Dark Armageddon trilogy of Lovecraftian science fiction horror thrillers, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This trilogy is one of Venture’s original publications, posthumously selected from Glasby’s extensive literary estate, and actually based on the extended Lovecraft mythos, using elements such as Great Old One Cthugha (from August Derleth’s additions; fun fact: the Wikipedia article for Cthugha has a quote from one of Glasby’s vintage pulp stories featuring him) and classic settings such as Miskatonic University.

The trilogy mingles the Cthulhu mythos with conspiracy thriller elements, starring a number of individuals previously recruited into what turned out to be a plucky secret Organisation of intellectuals trying to keep the stars from coming right and allowing the invasion of unthinkable horrors from deep space. This installment wraps up the tale of their desperate efforts traveling throughout time and space to prevent the worst from befalling the Earth.

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[Free eBook] The Mules of Borgo San Marco by W. H. Canaway [WWII Adventure Thriller Satire]

The Mules of Borgo San Marco by the late English author W. H. Canaway, a novelist and screenwriter who had one of his own novels adapted into film, is his standalone historical adventure thriller with satirical literary fiction elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1967 by Hutchinson & Co.

The story is a comedy of errors which takes place in Italy, near the end of WWII, as two isolated German and English commanders are cut off from their respective armies and take each other prisoner with the co-operation of the local Countess, whose favour they must return when the mules bearing an essential load of olive oil for her tiny village go missing and must be retrieved, the search taking the men on wild adventures.

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