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Bargain eBooks #598:

Red Mountain by Dennis Yates
Genre: Thriller
Price: $0.99 cents
Where to Get It:
Amazon (Kindle)
 
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Robert Crain’s perfect life is being torn apart… While recuperating at home from a car accident, men in ski masks break into his house and render him unconscious. When he awakens the next morning he is confronted by a nightmarish truth — that his wife and son are gone.
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But it doesn’t take long before he learns he’s not dealing with ordinary kidnappers. They aren’t interested in ransom money. No, what they want is unthinkable — to see Robert fight other strangers to the death… And if he refuses, he will never see his family again.
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Accompanied by his loyal German Shepherd, Robert descends into the darkest journey of his life, awaiting the kidnapper’s next dreaded appointment — and coming out of it alive. Joined later by his best friend Will, he will stop at nothing to rescue his wife and son who are being held by a haunted psychopath.
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Robert has always had questions about his family’s past. About a mysterious oblong box he discovered in his grandmother’s attic and his grandfather’s deep fear of what lurked within a mountain glacier. Beginning with a ghost that stalked him in the forest while his was a boy to a violent trip he and Will survived in Mexico, Robert has always believed that some force from the distant past would one day come for him. Heart-pounding and unpredictable, RED MOUNTAIN is a family saga like no other.
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What they’re saying about it:
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“An impressive thriller that should keep you riveted throughout. The premise is a good one: after his family is kidnapped in a home invasion attack, would a man do anything – including the murder of innocent people – to get them back? The author does a nice job of jumping back in time more than 100 years to lay the foundation for what is happening in the present. And the time shifts do not distract from the story. They add to it. One of the benefits of Kindle books is finding new authors who deliver. That’s definitely the case with this novel.”
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“The last time I was propelled along so swiftly by a story like this was reading some James Patterson in his prime. A great read that takes you through some well developed terrain both literally and figuratively. I look forward to what is next from this author”.

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Bargain eBooks #597:

Violence by Timothy McDougall
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Price: $2.99
Where to Get It:
Amazon (Kindle)
 
 
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 A towering tale of one man’s attempt to overcome tragedy.
 
What they’re saying about it:
 
Foreword Clarion Reviews 5-Stars. Kirkus Reviews says – “…chilling…satisfying…A revenge story that subverts expectations.”

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Bargain eBooks #596:

Our Master, Caesar by Patricia Hunter
Genre: Historical
Price: $4.99
Where to Get It:
Amazon (Kindle)  
 
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A fast-paced novel about Gaius Julius Caesar, and the people who shared his extraordinary life – Cicero the orator; General Pompey, unwilling to tolerate a rival; crafty Cassius; Servilia, the mother of Brutus; and Cleopatra, prepared to barter her body for the throne of Egypt.

What they’re saying about it: 

“This novel is a wonderful read – the characters, especially Caesar, and situations rich with detail and meaning. History buffs and Caesar aficionados will enjoy it page after page.”

Don’t miss this pearl! Patricia Hunter’s fascinating novel covers all relevant sources about Caesar’s life and times.”

“Meticulous research and a love of Roman history makes this book a must read for people would want to know more about Caesar. The story is accurately set, with great dialogue.”

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The House in Windward Leaves by Katherine L. Holmes
Genre: Children’s Fantasy
Price: $0.99
Where to Get It:
Amazon (Kindle)        Barnes & Noble
Smashwords
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Costumes make the child in this fantasy about identity.

Halloween night, the wayward Sadie leads her friends past cardboard cut-outs of the painter Mistral and a lady at the leaf-covered house on Windward Road. A wall mural transports them to an enchanted star where their costumes become real.

As Fortuneteller, Sadie only has to look in her crystal ball to help the others with their transformations. Her friend Candy is the Homecoming Queen and her brother has turned into a zebra. The neighbor boy has become George Washington and his brother is a musician in the star band.

That begins the adventures of Sadie and the enchanted children who make up the bizarre star community. Then Mistral’s woman friend finds that her star-of-sapphire necklace is missing. After the gangster Riff Raff is accused, he displays a map and riddles for a treasure hunt. The winner must locate the Tooth Fairy, pass by a weredog, and follow directions to an invisible unicorn to be granted a boon from Enchanter Mistral. But other wishes have to be discovered.

What they’re saying about it:

The House in Windward Leaves by Katherine L. Holmes is a whimsical book written for children that even adults will enjoy reading. The story revolves around Sadie, seven of her friends and the upcoming Halloween night. Their main concern, besides their costumes, is the house down the street and the strange man who lives there with his cat. One cannot see inside the windows because they are covered with leaves, but they know he is up to something as he keeps buying paint by the gallons. Halloween night arrives, and as they are all dressed up, one finds quite an assortment from fortune tellers to cheerleaders and even a zebra. Approaching the strange house, the children are about to get the surprise of their life. Pushing on the door, they enter into the most lavish Halloween party they have ever seen. Here everybody is now the person or thing they had dressed up to be, from George Washington, to Paul Revere, right down to the fortune teller, cheerleader and, yes, the zebra.

This is an ideal book for children from 4th to 6th grade. I feel the book could also be read to younger children if one uses emphasis as they read to bring the story to life. I loved each of the characters in this book. They all have their little quirks and just seem to stand out separate from each other. This is an Alice in Wonderland type book that I feel girls will really get into and, yes, maybe some boys. One cannot help but laugh at the adventures and antics of Sadie and her friends along with the great cast of characters at the party. The book is well written with a great plot to it for being a children’s book. It’s ideal for any child’s home library. – Lynn F., Readers Favorite

When fantasy becomes reality, everything grows quite confusing….Sadie must assist her friends in this world of fantasy to embrace their dreams yet still somehow get home through it all. The House in Windward Leaves is a thrilling tale of young adult fiction, highly recommended.” – The Midwest Book Review

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Paranoid Pip by Yvonne Sherwell
Genre: Comedy, Dogs
Price: $1.99
Where to Get It:
Amazon (Kindle)

When a wildly eccentric family living in Greenwich Village circa 70s and 80s adopt a paranoid dog, all hell breaks loose in the neighborhood.

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A cute, mischievous winning animal? Yes, but this wire-haired terrier could, at times, become completely unhinged, affecting the lives of those around him.

Mom-participating in various art forms, but always distracted by the madness around her. The Big G.-father,complex, wounded opera singer, fierce personality. The kids-having many different interests between them, but absolutely fascinated by Pip’s singular talents.

Paranoid Pip and family are beset by evil-doers, creeps, thugs and drugs.

As told by mom, the story of Pip will take you on a journey through the ever-fascinating world of artists, writers, louts and lovers in the still-vital pub culture of beloved Greenwich Village, New York City.

 
What they’re saying about it:
 
Larissa Killough, Amazon:
 
“Rip-roariously funny, fabulously witty and wickedly entertaining. A great, quick read that will have you in stitches, wishing for more. Oh, to have lived in the Greenwich Village during that time, even better to have lived with the great cast of characters – Mom, Big G, Maria, Paulie, and of course, the notorious PIP!!! A must read for all (except maybe the faint-hearted)!!!!”
 
Vince Clarke, Amazon:
 
“For those of you who love books about dogs (and there seem to be many out there), I can’t recommend Paranoid Pip highly enough. I picked it up one day, attracted by the hilarious cover, and was delighted to find that the story inside is just as funny. It deals with an artistic family living in the West Village (NYC) and all the things that happen to them when they are conned into taking a Wire Haired Terrier into their home. So many things happen (I don’t want to spoil the plot), and each new story is funnier and more exciting than the last.

A page-turning laugh aminute. You won’t be able to put it down. I couldn’t; I read it in two sittings! I’m sure you will too!”

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Planet Janitor Custodian of the Stars by Chris Stevenson
Genre: Science Fiction
Price: $2.99
Where to Get It:
Amazon (Kindle)

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Captain Zachary Crowe and the crew of Planet Janitor Corporation are adept at handling environmental clean-ups and close system jumps to collect precious ores and space trash. The problem is they have yet to complete an assignment without a mishap to add to their not so stellar record. Scraping the bottom of the barrel, Orion Industries contracts Planet Janitor for a clandestine operation that no one else wants, offering them more money than they could spend in three lifetimes. The mission entails a 12 light-year trip to a newly found habitable planet in the Tau Ceti system. The crew will lose 26 years on Earth due to the cryo jump, but that is the least of their problems. What they find on Tau Ceti will rattle their wits, test their courage, and threaten their very survival

What they’re saying about it:

“Planet Janitor does deliver an interstellar romp that hearkens to the best of Robert Heinlein or Philip José Farmer… A rollicking plot-driven adventure… The dangers are intimidating, the wonders evocative and the thread that ties it all together is always just a little more tangled than it seems.” –The Canadian Science Fiction Review, December 13, 2010

“An intriguing and exciting cross between Aliens and 10,000 Years B.C. – Stevenson shows us a future filled with proof that we should listen to Stephen Hawking’s warnings about alien life forms and what they want to do to us.” –Gini Koch, author of `Touched by an Alien’ & `Alien Tango’, December 1, 2010

“Stevenson’s book considers the possibility of an elite industry of environmental cleanup specialists who take on all sorts of bizarre environmental jobs… Clearly, this is a timely topic that hits home in the wake of the Gulf oil spill.”–SF-Fandom, September 21, 2010

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The Mine by John A. Heldt
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance-Time Travel
Price: $2.99
Where to Get It:
Amazon (Kindle)
 
 
 
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In 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of Whirlaway, swing dancing, and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.
 
What they’re saying about it:
 
“With an irresistible, ironic humor and an obvious appreciation of history — and a few I-didn’t-see-that-coming surprises — Heldt has written a tender, refreshing and thought-provoking romance guaranteed to entertain.” — Kathy Altman, Happy Ever After, USA TODAY
 
“Heldt patiently utilizes the unfolding of the story to reveal character personalities and an understanding of the time period and setting. Before long you are lost in book and reading late into the night to know more about Joel and his friends.” — Mitzi G.
 
“John Heldt shows literary promise in his debut novel. If you want to be smitten by a pair of adventurous college kids and taken down a mine into a riveting, and yet tender, time traveling experience, this is the book for you.” — Ann G.

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