Free literary fiction Kindle books for 27 Apr 13

The Survival of Thomas Ford

by John A. A. Logan

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“This is writing and literature at its best. Imagine Stephen King combined with maybe Cormac McCarthy and a bit of Edgar Allan Poe tossed in”
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“Beautifully written…compelling…literary fiction/tartan noir/thriller/zany black comedy…Logan dances on a literary knife edge…blazing talent”
Linda Gillard, author of A LIFETIME BURNING

THE SURVIVAL OF THOMAS FORD

Thomas Ford is the only survivor of the car crash which killed his wife. He is also the only witness who would be willing to identify the young, reckless driver who caused the crash. But the driver has no intention of ever letting himself be identified, not to mention what his father’s intentions areâ?¦or those of his girlfriend, Lorna, the hospital cleaner.

The young driver’s father is Jack McCallum, the powerful entrepreneur who has built a housing empire, McCallum Homes, on the high hills surrounding the city. Jack has his own dark secret to protect, as well as his business edifice to hold onto. There is no way in the world that Jack McCallum will ever let anything threaten the future of McCallum Homes.

Robert Ferguson, the passenger who was with the young driver on the day of the crash, curses himself for ever getting into the car. He watches carefully to see what the universe will do about it all, and he thinks he can hear the gears and chambers of the universe’s engine, rolling terribly towards them, out of the future, and he knows he can’t cope with that, not even if he takes his medication.

In the end, destiny will pull them all far out of the city, some of them to the moonlit hillside, where white butterflies and mysterious gas fill the air, and wild cats wrap themselves around cold trees. Jack McCallum’s trusted Polish foreman, Lanski, will recognise the place from the folklore-wilderness of his own childhood, a place where death can come stalking in the form of a white wolf, but perhaps also redemption can appear, for those like Thomas Ford who seek it.

In any case, the young driver has it in mind to take his destiny into his own hands now, which will soon lead to the life of a second young woman hanging in the balance, awaiting salvation or destruction, perhaps only the Fates, or the wind that blows through the trees, know which.

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John A. A. Logan is the author of five novels: THE SURVIVAL OF THOMAS FORD, STARNEGIN’S CAMP, AGENCY WOMAN, THE MAJOR, and ROCKS IN THE HEAD.
He is also the author of STORM DAMAGE, a collection of short stories available on Kindle.
His fiction has been published by PICADOR, VINTAGE, EDINBURGH REVIEW, CHAPMAN, NORTHWORDS, NOMAD, SECRETS OF A VIEW, and SCRATCHINGS; with reviews of his work in SCOTTISH STUDIES REVIEW, SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY, THE SPECTATOR, and THE HINDUSTAN TIMES.
His work has been published internationally in anthologies edited by A L Kennedy, John Fowles, Ali Smith, Toby Litt; and he has been invited to read his work at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. He wrote monthly columns and film reviews for the magazine, 57 NORTH, in Aberdeen, where he was also president of Aberdeen University’s Creative Writing Society for three years, while attaining his MA (Hons) English degree there, which included study under the novelist, William McIlvanney.

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Comments about John A. A. Logan’s work:

“Bold” SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

“New talent” THE HINDUSTAN TIMES

“Writerly prowess” THE SPECTATOR

“Logan writes in very original terms” SCOTTISH STUDIES REVIEW

“A blistering, tough book, tempered with tenderness and mystery”
Alan Warner, author of THE STARS IN THE BRIGHT SKY



Darcy’s Days

by Fitzwilliam Darcy

Darcy’s Days is a historical fiction that depicts literature’s favourite gentleman immersed in the world of 1796-1797 by the confessions of his own pen. This epistolary novel situates Darcy in the real history of England when Jane Austen first composed Pride and Prejudice. Darcy is a man of the world, a landed aristocrat with business concerns, a reader of science and literature, an advocate of revolution and the rights of man, and a citizen of a rising superpower involved in international warfare. He is also flesh and blood, and falls desperately in love with a woman of inferior birth and little beyond her wit and fine eyes to recommend her.

Darcy’s Days leads us through the turmoil of the early Romantic era as Darcy’s life moves in parallel with Wordsworth, Gilpin, De Quincey, Blake, Wollstonecraft, Godwin, and the baby Keats. The beloved and reviled characters of Pride and Prejudice assemble here to re-stage the original novel through the looking-glass of the hero’s perspective. Darcy’s confessions set off on an amusing, energetic romp through history, literature, and passionate love. It is a challenging novel that will appeal to pleasure readers and scholars alike.



Harry’s Decision

by Martin F. Mullen

When Francis Conroy wakes up one morning in an unfamiliar bed, with a wife he’s never met before, in a house he’s never seen in a country he left as a child, he has no idea what sort of a confused, extraordinary and ultimately uplifting adventure he is embarking on.
The novel is an account of how one man’s decision, made many years previously, can significantly affect, directly and indirectly, the lives of many people.
The story follows the movements of Francis through some very humorous situations and disturbing events after he is caught up in an exceptionally strange phenomenonâ?¦



Maclay: A Novel

by K.H. Rennie

In the autumn of 1870, Nikolai Miklouho Maclay, a young marine biologist, left his home in St Petersburg to travel to the remote territory of New Guinea. It was the start of an adventure that was to test his courage and determination and force hime to examine the ideals that had inspired his quest for a people not yet spoiled by European civilization.
This is a real adventure story and a fascinating reconstruction of Maclay’s own account of his efforts to survive. The book follows him from his home in Russia into the jungles of New Guinea and the sophisticated Vice-Regal circles of the Dutch East Indies – a journey that would see him mistaken for a god and enshrined as a legend.

Review

“K.H. Rennie has used her material and imagination to tell an enthralling tale. In 1871 a white man is dropped off on the edge of the Papua coast with two companions – a Samoan boy and an eccentric Scandinavian. They are left with a few crates of supplies and little, if any, idea when they might see another ship… Maclay shows himself to be a determined scientist, with a remarkable ability to learn the local language and a considerable sensitivity to native mores… The novel explores the contradictions in its hero. On the one hand he is concerned about slavery and the effects of colonisation on indigenous peoples, but Maclay is also a man of his times who sees nothing wrong in obtaining native corpses and bottling brains for later dissection.

…Maclay: A Novel is primarily a study of how the realities of exploration – its physical demands as well as its challenges – take their toll.” – Canberra Times



The Secret Viking

by Martin Myers

In researching the deceased novelist Helga Rittersporn, literary scholar August Dallou discovers that Helga had planned an exposé of her Polish novelist husband, Myroj Krupinski, who had abandoned her a few years before her death. Dallou is startled to learn that Myroj Krupinsky was actually an assumed identity of a 1300-year-old Viking warrior-poet, Thorsten the Rood, who had stopped aging after a blow to his head at age 44. Aware that, despite not aging, he is mortal, and could expire from illness, accident or violence, Thorsten had learned to live peacefully, guarding his secret to stay alive. And so, as the warrior ebbed, the poet flowed, and he practiced his writing craft all over the world, frequently changing place, name, wives and families. Now, 1254 years after being struck on the head, and hiding behind a series of cover-up identities (of which Myroj Krupinsky was but one), Thorsten the Rood, the life-extended Viking, walks in secret among us today.
Recognizing Thorsten as the most prolific writer of all time and a potential treasure trove of literature and history, Dallou turns literary detective, determined to find the elusive warrior-poet and persuade him to share his thirteen centuries of knowledge. As Dallou chases Thorsten through numerous current identities, the secret Viking’s tale spins out in glimpses of his protracted life, his writings, past and present, fragments of his work as poet, scribe, novelist, playwright, interspersed between episodes of Dallou’s persistent hunt. In the end, Viking author and learned scholar collide in a surprising conclusion.



A Family Arrangement Part Four: Mrs. Tweedle

by Shelagh Watkins

The first six parts of this nine part story can be downloaded separately. The setting is nineteen twenties rural Lancashire at a time when single mothers struggled to bring up a child without the support of a husband. Part four is about Mrs. Tweedle.



Arirang: The Bamboo Connection

by D. K. Christi

Romantic Adventure of travel to exotic, global locations filled with the agony and ecstasy of a life unfolding across decades of joy, sorrow and danger. Love overcoming adversity and courage rising above fear are themes that readers identify with in their own lives, discovering something new about themselves as they check their passports on this journey of life.



The Fashionables (Magic England)

by Z.E.F

It seemed that everyone in Magic England wanted to be Fashionable, they wanted the Fashionable lifestyle and were prepared to do anything to get there.

Some wanted to be like the sweet Miss. Lily and some wanted to be like the beautiful Miss. Evan, while others idolised the self proclaimed ‘The Bon’, but underneath The Fashionable world were terrifying dangers known only to a few, and malicious designs to manipulate and betray the people.

And when two young artists get caught in the Fashionable web, they must face the dilemma, is it worth gaining the whole world, if you lose your soul?

Read on for the third Magic England adventure!

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Luck of the Irish

by Rajiv Thind

NOTE: Short fiction (About 30 print pages)

Despite being stone-broke and unemployed, 28 year old Ember is enjoying blissfull sexual encounters with another man, Dominic. Seemingly, Dominic is a perfect fuck-buddy who both excites and satiates Ember’s libido.

Then, one day Dominic disappears without trace or explanation leaving Ember seething with confusion, rage and bitterness. Ember has a mental breakdown and becomes increasinly suicidal.

Soon, Ember’s suicidal thoughts give way to steely determination to take sexual revenge on Dominic–by sleeping with another hot guy who is younger and ten times cuter than Dominic.

As luck would have it, Ember rather start to get involved with 52 year old horny cougar, Catherine, who has dark secrets of her own.

Will Ember ever hear from Dominic? How will Ember, who is a self-confessed misogyninst, face Catherine? Will Ember ever succeed in taking “revenge” on Dominic? What do Jehovah’s Witnesses, Catholic Church and Pope have to do with it all?

To find the answers and solve the riddles or get into new ones join Ember on his illuminating dark ride.



A Warning of Golems

by Stephen David Geller

A WARNING OF GOLEMS is a story of human catastrophes, horrors,
creations and blessings, spoken by a monster created without a soul.



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