[Free eBook] Icequake by Crawford Kilian [Sci-Fi Disaster Survival Technothriller]

Icequake by US-born naturalized Canadian author Crawford Kilian, a now-retired college professor and occasional Aurora Award nominee, is the 1st novel in his Icequake series of sfnal disaster survival thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1979 by Canadian publisher Douglas & McIntyre, and also picked up by the UK’s Futura and Bantam Books in the US. The “series” actually appears to be a loosely-related grouping of similarly-themed standalones with no obvious recurring characters.

This story takes place in Antarctica in the then-near future (circa the 1980s), as a group of scientists and explorers are stranded at their remote station which is cut off from communication by changes in the magnetic field following the titular icequake and gradually drifting from its original position, and must make the difficult decision of waiting for an unlikely rescue amidst the increasing peril, or making the dangerous journey over to another station to save themselves.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Die Now, Live Later by Basil Copper [Mystery/Crime Thriller]

Die Now, Live Later by the late British author Basil Copper, perhaps best known for his contributions to the Solar Pons series which was a popular Sherlock Holmes pastiche back in the day, is the 5th novel in his Mike Faraday series of vintage mystery/crime thrillers, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1968 by Robert Hale. The long-running series stars a gritty P.I. based in Los Angeles, California. This story takes a bit of a technothriller twist as he investigates a dodgy cryogenics firm, and finds the threads of a conspiracy that may intend more than just fleecing the gullible soon-to-be-deceased.

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[Free eBook] Project Oceanus by Alan David [Science Fiction Technothriller]

Project Oceanus by Alan David, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, is his vintage standalone science fiction technothriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1975 by Robert Hale’s Hale SF line using the pseudonym Mark Suffling.

The story is set in the 23rd century on a damaged Earth where everyone is looking towards the ocean for their salvation, and plucky researchers attempt to perfect dangerously experimental technology what will enable humans to breathe underwater even as nefarious global forces seek to exploit the invention for their own purposes.

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[Free eBook] The Prayer Machine by Christopher Hodder-Williams [Science Fiction Technothriller]

The Prayer Machine by the late British author Christopher Hodder-Williams is his vintage standalone science fiction technothriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1976 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson and later reprinted by St. Martin’s Press.

The story apparently uses its technology to explore some mental health issues, starring a man undergoing psychotic experiences due to schizophrenia, who turns to potentially devastating experiments with the physical world to quell the tormenting voices within, which may not be so much a mark of madness, but instead of terrible understanding of where the future will lead.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] The Cult Candidate by Richard Monaco [Science Fiction Technothriller]

The Cult Candidate by Richard Monaco, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is his standalone dystopian science fiction technothriller novel, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1982 by Sphere, and the publisher likens it to the works of George Orwell (1984) and Aldous Huxley (Brave New World).

The story is set in a near-future (for 1980s values of futuristic) dystopia where a consciousness-raising cult claiming to develop the psychic abilities of ESP in its followers is rising greatly in political influence, even as a plucky journalist and his friend dig into the real truth of their power.

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[Free eBook] Space Venturer by Alan David [Science Fiction Thriller]

Space Venturer by Alan David, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, is his vintage science fiction thriller with political and space adventure elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1976 by Robert Hale as part of their Hale SF line, credited as by Donald S. Rowland. This is apparently a sequel to the author’s earlier novel Despot in Space (also previously offered free) which saw a scientist inventing a groundbreaking travel device in the hopes of using it to overthrow an Earth dictator, and winding up visiting an alien planet in the course of testing it.

This story sees him return home to Earth, but then return to the alien planet again, as mysterious deaths among the aliens compel him to solve an associated problem, only to find further dangers along the way while also dealing with the lingering strange effects caused by using the device upon his journeys.

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[Free eBook] Tsunami: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller by Crawford Kilian [Science Fiction Technothriller]

Tsunami: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller by US-born naturalized Canadian author Crawford Kilian, a now-retired college professor and occasional Aurora Award nominee, is the 1st novel in his Icequake duology of speculative fiction disaster survival technothrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1983 by Douglas & McIntyre, and was later reprinted by Bantam Books. The setting appears to consist of self-contained standalone tales exploring post-apocalyptic disaster aftermath themes, set on a near-future (as of the 1980s) Earth whose atmosphere has been severely damaged by solar flares, leaving humans extra-vulnerable to UV radiation and other problems when disasters, natural and otherwise, begin to occur.

This story takes place in a San Francisco hit by a tsunami, from which the residents are able to flee to high ground, only to find the true survival challenge awaiting them in the broken infrastructure and altering remnants of civilization left in its wake.

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[Free eBook] How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst [Psychological Crime Thriller]

How I Lost You by Shropshire-resident British author Jenny Blackhurst is her standalone psychological thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline.

The story stars an amnesiac woman who becomes convinced she may not actually be guilty of a terrible crime that everyone around her has accused her of committing years ago, and that something odd is going on, where there is a chance the victim is still alive.

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[Free eBook] Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys [Lovecraftian Alternate Historical Fantasy with Spy Mystery]

Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys is the 1st novel in her The Innsmouth Legacy series of alternate historical dark fantasy with strong horror, mystery, and espionage thriller elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.

This is a special time-limited promotion, being made free to boost the upcoming 2nd novel, and this edition includes a bonus short story. The series is set in the late H. P. Lovecraft’s popular Cthulhu Mythos, varying it as an alternate hidden history where during the 1920s, the U.S. government secretly rounded up the population of the seaside village of Innsmouth, long since hybridized with the mystical Deep Ones of the oceans, into desert internment camps.

This story takes place a generation later during the late 1940s as the Cold War is getting underway, when an FBI agent believing that Communists spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from the legendary Miskatonic University, calls upon one of the few survivors of the camps for help, who must return to her ruined home and uncover the remaining scraps of her suppressed personal and ancestral history to face the threat.

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[Free eBook] Death Dives Deep by Michael Avallone [Comedic Pulp Espionage Mystery]

Death Dives Deep by Michael Avallone is the 21st novel in his Ed Noon series of vintage pulp mystery/crime thrillers with comedic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant.

This was originally published in 1971 by Signet. The popular, long-running pulp mystery/crime series stars a P.I. in New York City, who often takes on cases with oddball clients, leading to zany adventures.

This case is a nautical adventure on the spy thriller side, seeing the P.I. take on an assignment from the US President, looking into sinister goings-on involving submarines in the Bermuda Triangle, and a story-within-a-story which leads him to uncover a top secret plot.

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