[Free eBook] Adventures: Volume I: 1922-1926 by Mike Resnick [SFnal Historical Pulp Fiction Satire]

Adventures: Volume I: 1922-1926 by Mike Resnick, a prolific Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author, is the 1st collection in his The Chronicles of Lucifer Jones series of satirical sfnal pulp fiction adventure tales, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This was originally published in 1985 by Signet’s New American Library imprint. The series consists of retro-historical interconnected short stories starring an unrepentant conman plying his trade in situations which comedically spoof old school pulp fiction adventure tropes, including encounters with science fiction and fantasy elements such as aliens and dragons (not in this particular volume, IIRC). Each volume takes our “hero” to a different continent, and this one has stories set mostly in and around Africa during the 1920s, and features cameo appearances from pastiches of classic characters such as Tarzan. NB: although the send-ups of unfortunately period-accurate social and other prejudices are mostly meant as satire, YMMV if you understandably just don’t want to read about stereotypical colonialist and sexist attitudes in your leisure entertainment.

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[Free eBook] Journey to the Flame by Richard Monaco [Historical Fantasy Adventure]

Journey to the Flame by Richard Monaco, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, is his standalone historical occult fantasy adventure, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1985 by Bantam Spectra, and was strongly inspired by the works of author H. Rider Haggard, containing appearances by him and fellow author Rudyard Kipling, and other literary and historical figures of the time period. The story is set in the era leading up to World War I, with the premise that the lost kingdom of the immortal Ayesha in Haggard’s classic novel She is actually real, the truth of its existence having been protected by an occult secret society, starring the wandering aviator who comes across it and must help protect the kingdom from a nefarious rival society’s forces who would seek to use its secrets for evil purposes in future wars.

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[Free eBook] Ghoul by Marc Alexander [Archaeological Horror Action Thriller]

Ghoul by New Zealand author Marc Alexander, is his standalone horror action thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1980 by Hamlyn using his Mark Ronson pseudonym. This is an archaeological horror novel with action thriller elements, akin to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, but set in modern times (for 1980s values of modern). The story is set in a fictional Middle Eastern country, where a group of archaeologists have inadvertently awakened an ancient evil during a dig, and must survive long enough to escape from the tomb turned deathtrap with only the help of a legendary artifact.

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[Free eBook] Game of Shadows by Amanda K. Byrne [Action Thriller with Romance]

Game of Shadows by Amanda K. Byrne is the 1st novel in her Game of Shadows series of New Adult action/suspense thrillers with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kensington’ Lyrical Underground imprint.

The series stars a university student who has a secret life as a hereditary assassin who is trying to get away from the family business. This installment begins her break away from them, as she tries to take just one last job before quitting, only to find herself saving her target’s life and falling for him in the bargain.

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[Free eBook] Termination Orders by Leo J. Maloney [Conspiracy Action Thriller]

Termination Orders by Leo J. Maloney is the 1st novel in his Dan Morgan series of espionage action thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kensington’ Pinnacle imprint.

The series stars an ex-CIA agent, and this installment features him uncovering a deadly global political conspiracy when attempting to rescue an old friend from a battlezone.

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[Free eBook] Survivor by Andrew Frediani [Historical Fiction]

Survivor by Italian author Andrew Frediani, a finalist for the longstanding Premio Selezione Bancarella literary prize, is the 1st novel in his Rome’s Invincibles series of historical action adventure novels with military and political elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint.

This is the English-language translation of Gli invincibili. Alla conquista del potere published under the author’s non-Anglicized original name of Andrea Frediani by Italian small press Newton Compton Editori. The series is set in ancient Rome, and this installment takes place during the late Roman Republic. The story revolves around Julius Caesar’s nephew Octavian, who seeks to take revenge and consolidate his own position, in the wake of the turmoil surrounding his uncle’s assassination.

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