This week Best of Indie spotlights bestselling author Brett Battles’ new spy thriller, plus two free women’s adventure novels, a police procedural, romance, young adult, fantasy, sci-fi and a fast-paced action thriller from Dusty Sharp. And our Indie Film of the Week showcases Beyoncé giving “the greatest performance in the modern history of music festivals,” according to IndieWire. This week’s top curated picks and Kindle ebook bargains:
Espionage thriller: From USA Today bestselling author Brett Battles comes another exciting adventure in his award-winning Jonathan Quinn thriller series. Quinn is the best at what he does: making bodies disappear. Within the espionage world, his reputation is impeccable. There was a time, though, when that reputation was still being built under his mentor, Durrie. A time when the very man who had taught Quinn all he knew could have derailed the young cleaner’s future.
Fifteen years ago, Quinn was offered a job. On the surface, a straightforward mission to stop a terrorist. But the client gave Quinn the additional task of taking on Durrie as his number two, as a last chance for the veteran agent to be rehabilitated. Durrie had been on a downward spiral, going from being a respected operative to an unreliable has-been. These changes threatened to destroy everything—not only in Quinn’s life, but Orlando’s, too. She was Durrie’s girlfriend, and Quinn’s best friend. Both she and Quinn were desperate to help Durrie return to the person he once was. They hoped this job would be the answer. Durrie had other plans.
Praise for Battles’ Quinn novels:
• “Brilliant and heart pounding”—Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author
• “Battles’ writing is addictive.”—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author
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Teen & Young Adult Detective Story: Jessica James is having a dull summer in Montana — until a shocking event claims her cousin’s life. When she discovers a link to another death in the family, can she unmask the evil lurking in her small town?
Action thriller: Part of the highly acclaimed Austin Conrad series, the book begins with a lone biker on the open road. A crew of murderous thugs in hot pursuit. The hunters become the hunted along a lonely stretch of desert asphalt.
When Conrad decides to ditch the notorious Rattlers motorcycle club, he becomes the target of its ruthless president, who’s hellbent to silence Austin to keep his own dark secrets buried. Set along the back roads of southern California’s Mojave Desert, the story comes to its thrilling climax among the abandoned ghost town of Amboy. When Austin is waylaid by a hit squad from a rogue faction of the club, they learn the hard way that there’s more to Austin than motorcycles and petty crime.
Women’s Action Adventure Fiction: College student Meadow can’t believe her luck when glamorous, sophisticated Lauren becomes her roommate. But after she uncovers a secret she wasn’t supposed to know, their relationship takes a sinister turn.
Women’s romance: Nestled in California wine country, the small town of Starlight Hill seems like the perfect place to get away. But for Ivey, Brooke, and Genevieve, there’s no escaping their complicated pasts! A charming three-book collection about second chances and new beginnings.
YA Romance: When shy teen Meara moves to a tiny seaside town, she starts experiencing vivid hallucinations that could lead to her long-lost father. Now she and her new friend Evan must discover who — and what — she really is. An engrossing coming-of-age tale.
Police procedural: After the traumatic death of his partner, police detective Reed Mattox transfers to the K-9 division and begins a quiet new life in the countryside. But his restraint will be put to the test when he’s faced with a grisly series of murders. The title has more than 1,300 five-star Goodreads ratings.
Romance: From a USA Today bestselling author comes a gripping romance about how the past can haunt the present. ER nurse Audrey discovers that her perfect husband was keeping secrets in the weeks leading up to his death, compelling her to question her past — and her future.
Paranormal Vampire Romance: Centuries-old vampire Darius Drummond is sent to protect Carolyn Soucek from an ancient order of witch hunters. But nothing has prepared him when he comes face to face with his destined soulmate.
Epic fantasy: An ancient mirror unites Llian and Karan — but its power is deadlier than they can possibly imagine. With nearly 900 five-star ratings on Goodreads, this is “a grand-scale epic fantasy that features a pair of unusual heroes and a complex world,” writes Library Journal.
Nonfiction: Here’s your essential guide to changing the way you achieve true success. If you like practical ideas, no-nonsense approaches, and honest advice from a renowned expert, then you’ll want to grab Kukral’s fresh take on today’s transformed business world.
Science fiction: After crash landing on a desert planet, survivors of a colony from Earth have scratched out a living for generations. When a nomadic hunter named Dierde encounters more humans, everything she knows changes and war is sparked. As the conflict comes to a head, they realize that they were not nearly as alone as they’d thought.
Cozy British mystery: London architect Kate Benedict is off to a glamorous weekend party in Scotland at the formerly grand castle belonging to the uncle of her boyfriend Josh. A deliciously traditional British cozy with a touch of the paranormal thriller.
Indie Film Watch
Beyoncé in “Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé.”
Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé
This intimate, in-depth look at Beyoncé’s celebrated 2018 Coachella performance reveals the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement. The pop legend led more than 100 singers, dancers and steppers through “the greatest performance in the modern history of music festivals, … and Beyoncé managed to fit the whole spectacle into a euphoric, triumphant and exhaustingly fierce documentary that should help see Beychella enshrined as one of the definitive pop culture events of the century,” raves IndieWire.
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