[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] 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] 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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[Free eBook] The Cloud by Ray Hammond [Science Fiction Technothriller]

The Cloud by British author Ray Hammond, a science journalist and futurist, is his standalone science fiction technothriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 2006 by Pan Books.

The story is set in the near future of the mid-21st century, as humanity begins receiving and responding incomprehensible alien radio transmissions which eventually result in a reply in the form of a mysterious encroaching cloud on a collision course with Earth, prompting the panicked preparation of an armed response even as the code is finally cracked, to startling revelations.

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[Free eBook] The Last Walk Out: A Tribal Space Opera by David Helton [Science Fiction]

The Last Walk Out: A Tribal Space Opera by David Helton, a journalist and documentary scriptwriter, is his standalone post-apocalyptic science fiction novel with space opera elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 2014 by White Glove, according to the blurb at his literary agent’s, but that seems to have been a self-pub imprint that left no trace, and the Venture frontmatter copyright date is 2017, which may indicate significant revisions.

The story is set in a future a thousand years after a viral catastrophe devastated Earth’s population, leading humanity to flee to the rest of the solar system, leaving only a few naturally immune survivors behind, whose descendants are apparently secretly being watched as some sort of reality tv/nature entertainment programme, when one of the elders on the reservation leaves the settlement on a potentially society-changing adventure.

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[Free eBook] We Are Such Stuff by R. M. Dorn [Science Fiction Technothriller]

We Are Such Stuff by R. M. Dorn is her standalone science fiction technothriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This is one of their original publications from a newer author. The story takes place in a virtual reality-enhanced world, starring a new employee with a job of dreaming virtual reality scenes, who discovers that the technology may actually have odd real world effects rewriting the past, in addition to having potentially damaging and fatal side effects causing an epidemic in its users.

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[Free eBook] The Dark Destroyer by John Glasby [Supernatural Mystery Horror]

The Dark Destroyer by the late British author John Glasby is his standalone supernatural horror novel with investigative mystery elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally posthumously published in 2007 by Linford’s Linford Mystery Library line, and is said to include minor links to H. P. Lovecraft’s popular extended Cthulhu Mythos, to which the late author contributed a number of tales.

The story deals with uncovering the mystery surrounding the obligatory ancient awakening evil stalking some quaint village, with possible ties to an extinct old family with rumoured unsavoury practices, the source of which the locals must figure out before it’s too late.

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[Free eBook] Secret of the Lost Planet by Angus MacVicar [Vintage YA Science Fiction]

Secret of the Lost Planet by the late Scottish author Angus MacVicar, perhaps best known for his crime thrillers, is the 3rd 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 1955 by Burke. The series, which was was very popular and adapted to both radio and TV serials back in the day, 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 adventure sees them returning to a lost planet encountered in the 1st novel (also previously offered free), engaging in a thrilling adventure when a nefarious outsider plans to steal the peaceful population’s powerful thought-sending device for his own purposes, and of course must be thwarted by the plucky crew and the local friends they make.

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