This week Best of Indie offers a wide range of quality reads, including pulse-pounding from my friend Erik Carter and Steven Konkoly, a time travel romance, cozy mystery, fantasy, sci-fi and a special treat for zombie lovers.
All titles range in price from free to $1.99. And our Indie Film of the Week could be a breakout hit for Elle Fanning.
This week’s top curated picks:
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Thriller: America’s nuclear weapons cache is under attack. And no one knows who’s doing the attacking.
In hindsight, Dale Conley should have known better. He was a fool to get on that plane. But it’s not every day you get an anonymous note begging for your help at a nuclear weapons facility. Dale stumbles into a dark web of confusion, one filled with Russian spies, a silver-tongued madman who thinks he’s a prophet, and the most destructive technology ever created. As Dale puts more of the clues together, it only pulls him further into the uncertainty.
With Cold War tension boiling around him and an attack on American soil imminent, will Dale be able to make sense of it all before it’s too late? If you like fast-paced action, sinister conspiracies and loads of humor, then you’ll love
this page-turning series, perfect for readers of Lee Child and Dan Brown and for fans of Indiana Jones and James Bond movies.
This new entry in the Dale Conley Action Thrillers Series from my author friend Erik Carter can be read as a stand-alone adventure, and I recommend the rest of the series, too.
Technothriller: In this action-packed box set, veteran Marine Alex Fletcher must protect the world against catastrophe, from disastrous pandemics to collapsing cities to brutal attacks. A compelling thriller series with some sci-fi flourishes at a crazy good price.
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Mystery romance: When washed-up musician Maggie meets her old flame’s new girlfriend, she turns to an attractive stranger for comfort — only to become the prime suspect in his murder. “Maggie is an irresistible train wreck,” says New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni.
Nonfiction: This 2018 release offers a thought-provoking examination of artificial intelligence and how it reshapes human values, trust and power around the world. Publishers Weekly calls it a “refreshingly calm discussion of the future of AI.”
Cozy mystery: All Adrienne wanted was a fun new job on a cruise ship. But when her best friend Samantha is suspected of murdering a VIP cruise passenger, things spin out of control.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($11.99 paperback, $14.95 audiobook)
Speak No Evil
By Tanya Anne Crosby
Publisher: Oliver-Heber Books (the author’s imprint)
#1 in Literature & Fiction in the Kindle Store
Romantic thriller: The Aldridge sisters are forced to live together in order to receive their late mother’s inheritance — but danger soon descends on their old plantation home. Harlan Coben says Crosby “serves up suspense, secrets and Southern scandal like no one else.”
Crime fiction: Addison has a quiet life as a suburban wife and mom — until her new boss lures her into a high-risk game of desire and deceit. Secrets, lies, and sensuality collide in this nail-biting psychological thriller.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.95 print, $14.95 audiobook)
The Harlow Hoyden
By Lynn Messina
Publisher: Potatoworks Press (the author’s imprint)
#1 free Regency Historical Romance in the Kindle Store
Historical romance: Emma Harlow is determined to save her sister from a bad betrothal, and the Duke of Trent is exactly the man to help her. She wants the duke to steal her sister’s heart, but what if he captures Emma’s affections instead?
Time travel romance: When art historian May accidentally travels back in time, she gets a chance at love with Bernini — the sculptor she has fantasized about for years. But can she leave everything behind for a passion that defies the centuries?
99 cents on Kindle (reduced from $7.99) for a limited time ($26.95 print)
Miraibanashi: The Trilogy (box set)
By James Litherland
Publisher: Outpost Stories (the author’s imprint)
#1 in Cyberpunk Science Fiction in the Kindle Store
Cyberpunk sci-fi: In a dystopian future, former thief Roshike yearns to bring change and peace to his fellow citizens. First he must penetrate the oppressive Batsu government’s complex, where danger waits around every corner. A compelling sci-fi spy series with a Japanese flavor.
Science fiction: In the hopes of finding his missing wife, Bill Taggart monitors a secretive alien species on a new planet, believing they have something to do with her disappearance. But when official reports on the mysterious race clash with Bill’s findings, he wonders just how many secrets the terraformed planet holds.
Fantasy: The king’s palace has always been shrouded in mystery. But when someone poisons the prospective queen, doctor’s assistant Josie gets the chance to enter the castle’s walls — and unearth its secrets. An enchanting fantasy from a USA Today bestselling author.
Zombies! As a plague of horrors sends the world into chaos, a small band of survivors must make it through natural disasters and encounters with the undead in their search for a missing child. An edge-of-your-seat apocalyptic read.
Indie Film Watch
Elle Fanning in “Teen Spirit.”
Violet is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, this directorial debut from Max Minghella is a visceral, stylish, modern fable “that will make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck,” writes IndieWire.
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