I’m heading off to a major writers’ conference in Las Vegas next week but wanted to make sure I delivered on this regular rundown of the best bargains in indie fiction. It’s a big week for thrillers and crime fiction, along with sci fi, fantasy and time travel romance (which admittedly has its pros and cons).
All titles range from free to $3.99. And our Indie Film of the Week is “Styx” from German filmmaker Wolfgang Fischer.
This week’s curated picks of quality ebooks at bargain prices:
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99 cents on Kindle until Sunday at midnight ($16.99 print)
The Amazon Code
By Nick Thacker
Thriller: When her company discovers a remarkable hidden message in the dreaming brains of her subjects, Dr. Amanda Meron unknowingly invites disaster unto her company. Clues seem to point to the Amazon rainforest. Harvey “Ben” Bennett races to Brazil to get to the bottom of it and turns up more than he bargained for. A winning page-turner from one of my favorite thriller authors.
99 cents on Kindle until Thursday at midnight ($18.99 print)
Rules of Engagement
By Ken Fite
Action thriller: After he’s given a warning by a dying man that Russian terrorists are coming after him, black ops agent Blake Jordan pushes everyone he cares about away to keep them safe. When a massive cyberattack is unleashed against hospitals and government agencies, Blake teams up with his lost love to investigate. But he never expected her to be used as leverage for the release of the terrorist Blake thinks is dead.
Top ebook deals of the week
99 cents on Kindle until Monday at midnight ($14.99 print)
The Color of Time
By Julianne MacLean
Time travel romance: Since her magical summer romance at age 16, Sylvie Nichols has never been able to forget her first love. Years later, when she returns to the seaside town where she lost her heart to Ethan Foster, she is determined to lay the past to rest once and for all. But letting go becomes a challenge when Sylvie finds herself transported back to that long ago summer of love and the turbulent events that followed.
99 cents on Kindle until Thursday at midnight ($10.99 print)
By Douglas Phillips
Science fiction: High above the windswept plains of Kazakhstan, three astronauts aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule begin their reentry. A blinding flash of light and the capsule vanishes in a blink. Back on earth, investigator Daniel Rice and NASA’s Marie Kendrick team up to track down the cause of the most bizarre event in the history of human spaceflight. A mind-bending journey.
$3.99 on Kindle ($10.99 print)
By Adam Croft and Steven Moore
Thriller: Could you betray your government to save your country? Sam Barker works in IT at the Home Office. All he wants is to get his work done and enjoy a quiet existence. But when he’s caught up in a terrorist attack on the London Underground, his life is turned upside down. Absolution is just out today and already garnering buzz and praise.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($5.99 to $12.30 print)
A Trace of Death
By Blake Pierce
#1 free in Serial Killers, Murder and Psychological Thrillers in the Kindle Store
Crime fiction: Tormented by her own daughter’s unsolved disappearance, detective Keri Locke throws herself into the hunt for another missing girl. But with just 48 hours to find and retrieve the victim, will her past help or hinder her pursuit?
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.95 print)
Echoes of Atlantis
By David S. Brody
#1 free in Historical Thrillers in the Kindle Store
Action adventure: When historians Cameron and Amanda unearth a mysterious necklace and an ancient skull, they set out in search of Atlantis. But the Knights Templar will stop at nothing to keep the lost continent hidden.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print)
The Thirteenth Gate
By Kat Ross
#1 free in Historical Fantasy and Paranormal & Urban Fantasy in the Kindle Store
Supernatural suspense: While Lady Vivienne investigates a would-be Jack the Ripper in London, amateur sleuth Harry digs into the suspicious death of an archaeologist across the pond. A shadowy gate connects their mysteries — but opening it will unleash an ancient, otherworldly evil.
99 cents on Kindle until Wednesday at midnight ($10.99 print)
ALIAS Box Set (Books 1-3)
By Lisa Hughey
Romantic suspense: What do you do when you’re in danger and no one believes you? ALIAS is a private agency that helps ordinary citizens in danger when they need to disappear. This box set includes the first three novels in the ALIAS series: Stalked, Hunted and Vanished.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print)
By Bobby Hutchinson
Time travel romance: When Hannah, her mother and her mother’s friend visit a historical site in search of an ancestor’s grave, they are ripped back in time. Hannah finds herself falling for her handsome protector, Logan — but can her companions adjust to this new era?
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($8.99 to $17.99 print)
Rogue, Prisoner, Princess
By Morgan Rice
#1 free in Teen & Young Adult Epic Fantasy in the Kindle Store
Fantasy: In this fantasy novel From a USA Today bestselling author, Ceres is forced to battle for her life in the Empire’s brutal arena. Can she master her hidden powers in order to survive?
Indie Film Watch
Susanne Wolff in “Styx” (2019).
A German emergency doctor (Susanne Wolff) takes a vacation from her long nights of saving lives and flies to Gibraltar to fulfill one of her dreams. Completely alone on an 11-meter yacht without any connection to the outside world except for the boat’s radio, she sail to a remote island in the South Atlantic before things go very wrong. A tense nail-biter from German filmmaker Wolfgang Fischer.
Available on Netflix and other streaming and DVD services.
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