[Free eBook] Shoot It Again, Sam by Michael Avallone [Comedic Mystery/Espionage Thriller]

Shoot It Again, Sam by Michael Avallone is the 23rd 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 1972 by Curtis. 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 adventure is on the wacky espionage thriller side, with Noon escorting a movie star’s corpse for burial, only to find himself caught up in a strange Hollywood scheme which sees him kidnapped and transformed into a brainwashed assassin targeting the President of the United States.

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[Free eBook] Dante’s Key by G. L. Baron [Italian Artifact Hunt Conspiracy Thriller]

Dante’s Key by G. L. Baron, a pseudonym for Italian author G. L. Barone is his standalone historical artifact-chasing conspiracy thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.

This was originally published in 2015 by Italian publisher Newton Compton as La chiave di Dante, and is translated by Chloé Ercoli Bannister after having been previously released as a serial in 2013.

The story involves the obligatory Knights Templar, and the key to the Macguffin is hidden within clues in Dante’s Divine Comedy and other Italian works of art, starring a selectively amnesiac professor as the designated academic eccentric to help the Interpol Inspector track down the clues as the body count rises.

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[Free eBook] Brothers & Sisters by Adele O’Neill [Psychological Suspense Crime Thriller]

Brothers & Sisters by Irish author Adele O’Neill is her standalone police procedural psychological suspense thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.

The story takes place in Ireland, and explores the darker side of family relationships as a police detective becomes drawn into the secrets of an elderly brother and sister, when an investigation reveals that a recently-found body is that of their uncle, missing since the 1970s.

Offered in the UK only, at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] The Chromosome Game by Christopher Hodder-Williams [Science Fiction Dystopian Technothriller]

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

This was originally published in 1984 by Mithras Publishing Limited and was his final novel printed before retiring due to illness (he completed another shortly before he died, which currently remains unpublished).

The story takes place in a future dystopian Earth, where it appears the remains of humanity exist in an alternate dimension outside a barren wasteland, and a group of adventurous persons is tasked to investigate and locate the remains of a long-ago genetic engineering experiment that may revitalize the human race.

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[Free eBook] Psi Hunt by Michael Kurland [Occult Military Conspiracy Thriller]

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

Emergence 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 2001 by Macmillan UK.

The story is set in the near future and centres around a powerful corporation’s deployment of a new satellite technology which connects up information networks in a way which leads to the unexpected development of a new, potentially world-changing entity.

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[Free eBook] Fairweather by Raya Jones [Science Fiction Technothriller]

Fairweather by Welsh author Raya Jones, a Reader in Social Studies at the University of Cardiff, is her standalone debut science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The story is set in a post-apocalyptic future world dominated by corporations which function as tribes, featuring an information retrieval specalist tasked with looking into an old mystery associated with one such corporation, and of course uncovering the obligatory disturbing revelations about past secrets and such.

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[Free eBook] Stealing Mr. Right by by Tamara Morgan [Heist Mystery/Thriller with Romantic Suspense]

Stealing Mr. Right by Tamara Morgan is the 1st novel in her Penelope Blue series of mystery/heist/chase thrillers with strong f/m romantic suspense elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.

The series stars a secret cat burglar who is married to an FBI agent who does not (yet) know what she is, and apparently future installments see them pursuing other thieves together. This one begins their flirtatious cat-and-mouse adventures as she takes advantage of his professional connections to keep one step ahead of the law, even as he is trying to catch the elusive jewel thief.

Offered worldwide through August 3rd as part of a special series-introductory promotion, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Wallis’s War: A Novel of Diplomacy and Intrigue by Kate Auspitz [Alternate History Spy Thriller Satire]

Wallis’s War: A Novel of Diplomacy and Intrigue by Kate Auspitz, a political historian who formerly taught at Harvard University and also writes mysteries as Sophie Belfort, is her standalone alternate history drama novel with satirical espionage thriller elements, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for August.

The story is set during the 1930s and written in the form of a comedic faux-memoir by Wallis Warfield Simpson, the American divorcée who eventually married the abdicated British King Edward VIII and posits an alternative secret history in which she was an undercover agent tasked with removing the pro-German future monarch from the throne.

Offered worldwide through August, available directly from the University Press’ website.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, Dystopian Sci-Fi, Survival Thriller]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of orphaned and abandoned children in dystopias, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 27th, are as follows:

  • Gone by Michael Grant, is the 1st novel in his Gone series of his sfnal dystopian teen survival thriller series, where all the adults have suddenly vanished for unknown reasons, leaving behind teens who are developing strange powers and must rise to the challenge of forming new societies while cut off from working technological infrastructure; from Tantor Media, read by Kyle McCarley
  • The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth, is her standalone sfnal dystopian future thriller starring an orphan who travels from his late grandfather’s farm to the city where a benevolent organization is supposed to take care of abandoned children, only to find its true agenda far more dangerously sinister than it appears; from HighBridge Audio, read by Mark Turetsky

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 27th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).