[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] 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 REPEAT] Island of Shadows by Peter Tremayne [Irish Mythological Fantasy]

Island of Shadows by British author Peter Tremayne, perhaps best known as the author of the popular Sister Fidelma historical mystery series, is his standalone mythological historical fantasy novel, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1991 by Mandarin. The story is set in ancient Ireland, and loosely based upon a portion of the Ulster Cycle of classic Irish mythology.

This tells a tale about the early life of Scottish warrior woman Scáthach, who was teacher to the Irish hero Cú Chulainn, as she journeys to discover her mysterious past and also obtain revenge, after the adoptive father who raised her from a foundling babe is murdered by distinctively-marked strangers.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Dark Constellation by Alex Random [Science Fiction Adventure Thriller]

Dark Constellation by Alex Random, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, is his vintage standalone science fiction space opera adventure thriller, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1975 by Robert Hale as part of their Hale SF line. The story takes place in the midst of a war between Earth and reptilian alien invaders, starring a spaceship crew on a secret mission to destroy the alien home planet, which might not make it there as mysterious happenings befall them on the way, leading to strange behaviour and sabotage and possible doom.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Operation Omina by Roland Starr [Science Fiction Thriller]

Operation Omina by Roland Starr, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, is the 1st novel in his Omina quartet of science fiction space adventures, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1970 by Lenox Hill Press.

The quartet is centred around a distant planet named Omina.This installment has suspense elements, and stars a spaceship crew headed there on a long-term mission, which discovers something startling in its staffing which may lead to terrible problems which prevent them from reaching it.

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[Free eBook] Prince Ivan by Peter Morwood [Russian Folklore Historical Fantasy]

Prince Ivan by Irish author Peter Morwood is the 1st novel in his Tales of Old Russia trilogy of historical adventure fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Arrow’s Legend imprint. The series is set in a fantasy version of historical Russia sometime during the 13th or 14th centuries, starring the popular folkloric hero Ivan Tsarevich, and draws upon Russian folklore and mythology.

This story begins titular mythical prince’s adventures as he is ready to come of age, when an encroaching magical force leads him to undertake a journey to find his own path, eventually putting him into conflict with the malevolent Koshchey the Undying.

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[Free eBook] Dead Blossoms: The Third Geisha by Richard Monaco [Japan Historical Fantasy with Mystery]

Dead Blossoms: The Third Geisha by Richard Monaco, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for his Parsival saga of Arthurian novels, is his apparently standalone historical fantasy novel with strong mystery elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally self-published in 2012 by by the author himself, via Lulu Press. NB: This may have only very mild sfnal elements, since nothing overtly fantastical is mentioned in the blurb or customer reviews, but the publisher has still filed it under several Fantasy categories. YMMV.

The story takes place in 16th century feudal Japan, starring a ronin who also claims to be a ninja, who finds himself being hired by a nobleman to investigate the mysterious disappearance of another’s daughter, undertaking a journey in pursuit of uncovering the terrible truth behind it.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Child of Space by E. C. Tubb [Vintage Science Fiction]

Child of Space by the late E. C. Tubb, edited by Philip Harbottle, is his posthumous vintage science fiction novel, newly rediscovered by his estate, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This is a previously unpublished novel which does not appear to tie into any of Tubb’s long-running popular golden age sci-fi series such as the Dumarest saga, selected posthumously from the author’s literary estate. The story involves the inhabitants of a moonbase who are preparing for the arrival of a strange object, only to find it even stranger than they had anticipated.

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[Free eBook] The Empire of Time by Crawford Kilian [Science Fiction]

The Empire of Time by US-born naturalized Canadian author Crawford Kilian, a now-retired college professor and occasional Aurora Award nominee, is the 1st novel in his The Chronoplane Wars trilogy of science fiction time-travel adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1978 by Ballantine’s Del Rey imprint. The series features a temporal agency tasked with preventing disasters by altering history across varying timelines of alternate parallel Earths.

This story (a self-contained adventure whose sequels were not written until many years later) features an especially tricky assignment for one of their top agents who must not only prevent said disaster, but also figure out what its unknown cause will be.

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[Free eBook] Lunar Vengeance: A Collection of Science Fiction Stories by John Russell Fearn [Vintage Science Fiction]

Lunar Vengeance: A Collection of Science Fiction Stories by the late British author John Russell Fearn, edited by British author Philip Harbottle, is a collection of his vintage golden age science fiction stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This new collection reprints six tales from the 1940s-1950s, apparently with a theme of exploring civilization (or the lack of it) on various settlements within our solar system, and includes a brief introduction to the author and his works by science fiction author and editor Philip Harbottle.

The title story was originally published in Amazing Stories magazine in 1943 under the pseudonym Thornton Ayre, and the other stories also appeared credited as by Vargo Statten, Mark Denholm, Volsted Gridban, as well as Fearn’s own name (mostly during reprints and translations).

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