[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 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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[Free eBooks] 4 Doctor Who spin-off titles from Candy Jar Books [Science Fiction Media Tie-In]

As a special Easter holiday treat for fans of the popular Doctor Who British science fiction media franchise, 4 books are offered free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Candy Jar Books.

Three novels from their new Lethbridge-Stewart series of officially licensed spin-off tie-in adventures starring side characters from the original show, introduced with forewords by actors and writers who contributed to the show, are offered to promote the line, which is expecting several more releases in upcoming months.

A fourth book, which is non-fiction, provides an unofficial companion to the creative inspirations behind the various artificial beings which appear throughout the mothership franchise.

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[Free eBook] Midnight Dancer by Annie Ayre [Historical Drama Novel with Romance]

Midnight Dancer by Annie Ayre, a pseudonym for author Rosemary Kingsland, is her standalone historical literary drama novel with strong f/m romantic suspense elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1980 by Sphere under the title Hussy using the Rosemary Kingsland name and is a novelization of the eponymous film starring Helen Mirren. The story is set during the 1960s in London, and stars a hostess at an exotic club where drugs and prostitution are on the menu, who strives for a better life for herself and her young son, and falls in love with a co-worker who wants to take her away from it all, but may not be able to do so as both their shady pasts catch up with them.

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[Free eBook] A Small Death in Berlin by Annie Ayre [Literary Satire Historical Novel]

A Small Death in Berlin by Annie Ayre, a pseudonym for author Rosemary Kingsland, is her standalone satirical literary historical fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1979 by Corgi under the title Just a Gigolo using the Rosemary Kingsland name, and is a loose novelization of the eponymous film starring the late rock star David Bowie and also featuring classic Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich. This is a darkly comedic novel about the effects of war which has been likened to Evelyn Waugh’s classic Sword of Honour trilogy. The story takes place in the aftermath of WWI, when a Prussian officer returning home to Berlin finds everything seemingly changed for the worse, and also that he has no prospects for employment besides the local brothel, and begins embarking on a surprising and increasingly strange lifestyle path.

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[Free eBook] A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries by Kaylie Jones [Literary Novel]

A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries by Kaylie Jones, an American who was born and raised in Paris, and the daughter of author James Jones, whose National Book Award-winning novel From Here to Eternity was adapted into the eponymous Academy Award-winning film, is her semi-autobiographical period-set literary novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.

This was originally published in 1990 by Bantam, and was adapted into the Merchant Ivory film of the same name. The story explores complicated themes of family and culture, based upon the author’s own upbringing in Paris during the 1960s as the only child of an American expat family and experiences there as her parents adopt another child, and then the transition back to the States and the ensuing cultural shock for the children who have only known France.

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