[Free eBook] Old Man’s War by John Scalzi [Military Science Fiction]

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, is the 1st novel in his Old Man’s War series of military science fiction space operas, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.

This was a finalist for the 2006 Hugo for Best Novel and placed 2nd on the Locus Award list for Best First Novel. The series is set in a far future world at war with aliens, using assorted technology to physically enhance the humans within.

The story uses the premise that the military doesn’t want young people, but instead seasoned and skillful types who’ve lived a lifetime already, starring one man who takes the deal, finding the experience to not quite be what he expected.

Offered through June 21st, available in Canada & the US directly from the publisher as their Free Book of the Month Club selection.

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[Free eBook] Moonlight by by Lisa Kessler [Award-Winning Paranormal Romance]

Moonlight by Lisa Kessler is the 1st novel in her Moon series of f/m contemporary paranormal shapeshifter romances, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Select Otherworld imprint.

This received a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Romance, as well as a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, and was a finalist for two other genre awards. The series is set in a world where werewolf and jaguar shifters live undercover, featuring a conflict in a small town between a werewolf pack and the jaguar pack which threatens to expose them to the local humans.

This story finds the werewolf pack’s heir, who is tasked with killing any encroaching jaguars he can find, trying to protect an orphaned jaguar woman, who grew up unaware of her shifter heritage, from both packs which are now after her.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Velfærd by Carsten Jensen [Danish Academic Social Welfare Political Essay]

Velfærd (Welfare) by Carsten Jensen, a professor in the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University, is the 50th in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This political science essay examines the social welfare state in Denmark.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through June 16th, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Homer’s Iliad: The Shield of Memory by Kenneth Atchity [Classical Greek Literature Studies]

Homer’s Iliad: The Shield of Memory by Kenneth Atchity, a former professor of comparative literature and classics who later became a film producer, is his vintage classical literature studies text, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant Books.

This was originally published in 1978 by Southern Illinois University Press as part of their Literary Structures series and credited as by Kenneth John Atchity and contains a foreword by series editor the late John Gardner, who was a notable novelist and literary critic in his own right.

The book thoroughly examines and interprets the titular classic ancient Greek epic from what was hailed as a fresh perspective at the time, and as Atchity’s Ph.D. dissertation, was awarded Yale University’s John Addison Porter Prize.

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[Free eBook] Dark Armageddon by John Glasby [Lovecraftian Sci-Fi Horror Thriller]

Dark Armageddon by the late British author John Glasby is the 3rd novel in his The Dark Armageddon trilogy of Lovecraftian science fiction horror thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This trilogy is one of Venture’s original publications, posthumously selected from Glasby’s extensive literary estate, and actually based on the extended Lovecraft mythos, using elements such as Great Old One Cthugha (from August Derleth’s additions; fun fact: the Wikipedia article for Cthugha has a quote from one of Glasby’s vintage pulp stories featuring him) and classic settings such as Miskatonic University.

The trilogy mingles the Cthulhu mythos with conspiracy thriller elements, starring a number of individuals previously recruited into what turned out to be a plucky secret Organisation of intellectuals trying to keep the stars from coming right and allowing the invasion of unthinkable horrors from deep space. This installment wraps up the tale of their desperate efforts traveling throughout time and space to prevent the worst from befalling the Earth.

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[Free eBook] The Sand Pebbles by Richard McKenna [Award-Winning Historical War Drama Novel]

The Sand Pebbles by the late Richard McKenna, a U.S. Navy sailor turned novelist and posthumous recipient of the Nebula Award for science fiction, is his vintage historical war drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher RosettaBooks.

This was originally published in 1962 by Harper & Row , after being serialized in The Saturday Evening Post and won the 1963 Harper Prize before being adapted into the eponymous 1966 film starring Steve McQueen.

The story takes place against the backdrop of the ongoing fighting between the Nationalists and the warlords in China during the 1920s. In it, the crew of a foreign gunboat ordered to patrol the region and protect U.S. citizens gets caught up in the conflict, as the novel explores the changing ideas of Chinese nationalism and western imperialism and tradition and modernity through the interactions between an American engine mechanic and his shipmates, as well as the Chinese workers aboard the gunship, and the officials on all sides around them.

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[Free Audiobook] Redeployment by Phil Klay [Award-Winning Literary Short Stories]

Redeployment by Phil Klay, a recipient of the National Book Award, is his collection of contemporary literary fiction short stories with a military experience theme, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

This collection won the 2014 National Book Award and is written partially-based upon the author’s own recent experience as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. The unabridged reading is over 7 hours long and narrated by actor Craig Klein.

The stories take place in and around the aftermath of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, dealing with the soldiers who engage in various war-related acts for better or worse, exploring the effects on themselves and the people around them, as well as the difficulties faced in readjusting to a domestic life back in the States.

Offered worldwide until 12 PM Eastern Time on May 27th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free eBook] Treachery in Bordeaux by Jean-Pierre Alaux & Noël Balen [Foodie Travel Detective Mystery]

Treachery in Bordeaux by French author Jean-Pierre Alaux & French author Noël Balen is the 1st novel in their Winemaker Detective (Le sang de la vigne) series of gastronomical travel investigative mysteries, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Le French Book.

This is an English translation of Mission à Haut-Brion, originally published in 2004 by French publisher Fayard. This long-running series, which stars a master winemaker and his apprentice who travel to various wine-making regions and events, is highly popular in its original France, where several installments have been adapted to TV.

The story sees them looking into a case of barrels of wine turning sour at the Château Haut-Brion, a prestigious viticulture estate in Bordeaux, to discover whether this is result of negligence or deliberate sabotage of a lucrative luxury product.

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[Free eBook] The Lost Planet by Angus MacVicar [YA Science Fiction]

The Lost Planet by the late Scottish author Angus MacVicar, perhaps best known for his crime thrillers, is the 1st novel in his Jeremy Grant series of vintage juvenile science fiction adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1953 by Burke and the assorted adventures were very popular and adapted to radio and TV serials, back in the day. The series stars an orphaned teen boy who goes to live in the household of his scientist uncle, who turns out to be secretly building a space ship with the help of his student/secretary.

This story begins their spacefaring adventures with the initial build and launch of their ship, which faces the obstacle of attempted sabotage from a rival project.

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[Free eBook] Loophole by Robert Pollock [Bank Heist Crime Thriller]

Loophole by the late English author Robert Pollock, a soccer player turned journalist and teacher, is his vintage standalone heist crime thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1972 by Hodder & Stoughton under the title Loophole or How to Rob a Bank and was later adapted into the eponymous 1981 film starring Albert Finney & Martin Sheen. The story stars a recently-downsized architectural firm employee who is approached by a thief planning a bank robbery who thinks he’s found a loophole in the security which he needs a straight man on his team to exploit.

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