[Free eBook] The Grey Shepherds by Angus MacVicar [Vintage 1960s Scotland Murder Mystery/Espionage Thriller]

The Grey Shepherds by the late Scottish author Angus MacVicar, a crime thriller author who also wrote a popular juvenile science fiction series adapted to radio and TV during the 1950s, is a standalone murder mystery/espionage thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1964 by John Long.

The story is set in London and Scotland during the 1960s, starring a freelance journalist who recently covered a story about a convicted spy, who begins to believe a young woman’s suspicious death in the Scottish Highlands is in fact linked and part of a larger cover-up by a dangerous spy ring which begins to target him.

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[Free eBook] American Assassin by Vince Flynn [Film-Adapted Espionage Action Thriller]

American Assassin by the late Vince Flynn is the 11th novel in the Mitch Rapp series of political espionage action thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster UK.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store. The series stars an undercover CIA counter-terrorism agent working to thwart attacks upon the US, and is being adapted into a series of films, the first of which came out in 2017, based on this novel and starring Dylan O’Brien.

The story is apparently a prequel flashback to the main character’s 1980s-era recruitment into the agency from his student days at University, and his first assignment in Istanbul, amidst the period tensions with the Middle East.

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[Free eBook] James Bond: On Location: Volume One: London by J. P. Sperati [Film Franchise Trivia & Tour Guide]

James Bond: On Location: Volume One: London by J. P. Sperati is the 1st volume in the James Bond: On Location series of fannish trivia and tour guides, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2013 by Baker Street Studios Limited.

The series takes you on a tour of the local filming locations used for the long-running James Bond spy thriller franchise adapted from Ian Fleming’s novels, whether they stood for London or were used to represent another city, providing production anecdotes and historical trivia about the various places used and their context within each film, with a lavish selection of photographs showing off various points of interest to look for during your trip.

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[Free eBook] The Secret Enemy by John Glasby [Espionage Thriller]

The Secret Enemy by the late British author John Glasby, a prolific multi-genre pulp fiction author who was also a research chemist and notable astronomer, is the 3rd novel in the Steve Carradine sextet of mystery/espionage thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2014 by Linford Mystery using the pseudonym Manning K. Robertson. The series is set during the Cold War, starring a globe-trotting secret agent for an unknown branch of the British government, who often teams up with local authorities and other spies to thwart nefarious plans.

This story takes place across Europe, where a Spanish vacation soon turns into a busman’s holiday as an attempt is made on his life, and a mysterious woman disappears and resurfaces later to help him rescue a defecting Russian scientist from Soviet territory, only to find themselves thwarted at every turn by pervasive enemy agents.

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[Free eBook] Trojan Orbit by Mack Reynolds & Dean Ing [Science Fiction Mystery Thriller]

Trojan Orbit by the late Mack Reynolds, a prolific multi-genre author who was the first to write an officially licensed Star Trek tie-in novel, & Dean Ing is the 4th novel in the Lagrange series of science fiction mystery/espionage thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1985 by Baen Books and was completed posthumoustly from Reynolds’ drafts by Ing, with the approval of his literary estate. The series takes place in a Cold War-influenced future, with case adventures exploring societal issues and political intrigue afflicting a quasi-utopian international co-op space habitat set at the L5 Lagrange point between the Earth and Moon.

This case sees a fledgling U. S. space colony project succumbing to mysterious malfunctions, accidents, and other unfortunate occurrences, with an Earth detective called in to investigate whether the cause is due to rivalry from unfriendly countries, homegrown anti-technology sabotage, or something even more sinister.

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[Free eBook] The Five-Way Secret Agent by Mack Reynolds [Vintage Science Fiction Mystery]

The Five-Way Secret Agent by the late Mack Reynolds, a prolific multi-genre author who was the first to write an officially licensed Star Trek tie-in novel, is a standalone novel in the Lagrange setting of futuristic science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1969, serialized in the April & May issues of Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine and was later reprinted as part of the Ace Doubles flipbook line. If you happen to be interested in vintage science fiction and supporting Wildside Press’ reprint program, they currently have a Kickstarter for Frozen Hell, the newly-rediscovered expanded original novel version of the late John W. Campbell Jr.’s classic 1938 story “Who Goes There?” (basis for The Thing movie franchise). There’s a pretty good deal at the $7 pledge level for 13 ebooks (2 of of the original and new Campbell, 10 Megapack reprint compilations, and 1 brand-new anthology of stories inspired by the Campbell including prominent award-winning sfnal genre authors such as Kevin J. Anderson, Pamela Sargent, Alan Dean Foster, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, etc. which is not mentioned in the sidebar listing, but included for all pledge levels according to the project description details).

The setting is a near-future (circa the 1960s) world where a new socioeconomic system known as Meritocracy run by corporate managers has, among other things, virtually eliminated cash and and crimes related to it in the US, in exchange for awarding vote shares proportionate to one’s wealth in “pseudo-dollars”. This story is a humorous hybrid spy thriller, starring a young man trained as a private investigator, who finds recruited to an espionage assignment by competing international interests and of course gets in over his head.

Offered worldwide through November 19th (maybe), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The Man from H-to-M by Jacob Hay [Vintage Mystery/Espionage Short]

The Man from H-to-M by the late Jacob Hay is a standalone mystery/spy thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1969 in the May issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine.

The story is set during the Cold War, starring a lowly government clerk in Czechoslovakia who impulsively takes a British mail order course on DIY sleuthing and surveillance.

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