Free literary fiction Kindle books for 26 Dec 13

Shivery Bites: A Sixties Scottish Childhood

by Brendan Butler

The SNP have only one Member of Parliament and Scottish Independence is just some crazy pipedream. ‘Dr Who’ is in its infancy. The nation spends Friday nights glued to the telly watching ‘The Fugitive’ and Saturday afternoons parked on the same sofa cheering on wrestler Jackie Pallo as he pulls Mick McManus around the ring by his ears. Yes, we’re slap bang in the middle of the â??sixties and Edinburgh youngster Jamie Wallace thinks his dysfunctional anti-English parents have reached a new low when they churlishly ban him from watching the Wembley World Cup final on TV; nine eventful months later sees him travelling down to London to the self same stadium, roaring on the Scottish underdogs against the newly crowned world champions. But there’s more to this intriguing first novel than nostalgia, soccer and English-Scottish rivalry: ‘Shivery Bites’ is the poignant love story of how Jamie comes of age in the period between those two iconic football matches – a humorous yet bitter-sweet tale of how he discovers both his first love and moral compass in a hostile world of self-serving adults.



Sunday with the Devil

by Peter Sykes

Dave McLonaig is rounding the bend to middle-age, stressed and plagued by disturbing half-memories of his childhood. Not oblivious to the pain that he is causing his wife, he abandons his family in Senegal and goes in search of his old school friend, David Glenfie. Unaware of it at the outset, he desperately needs David’s permission to break the pact of silence that they have kept for over thirty years: to talk about the horrifying things that happened on That Sunday.

Dave’s wife, Jenna, is furious and hurt by her husband’s deliberate disappearance. Forced to move in with her in-laws, and dealing with the fact that Dave may never return, Jenna starts to uncover some uncomfortable truths about her husband’s parents, and his past.

Holed up in a boarding house in Birkenhead, Dave too is getting closer to discovering what actually went on. But he is also getting closer to his beguiling, young landlady. Incommunicado, he is unaware that his mother is dying and that his father has finally revealed a terrible family secret to Jenna. But something does not ring true. If Dave’s father is telling the truth, the outlook looks bleak. If Jenna is right, they may have a chance.

A contemporary family drama spanning three generations, Sunday with the Devil blends the characterisation of John Irving with the darkness of Ian McEwan – and delivers the story with the relentlessness and menace of Douglas Kennedy. Unique in that the vast majority of the tale is told through the medium of unfettered dialogue, Sunday with the Devil is at the same time troubling and yet heart warming.



Flying Babies

by Peter Sykes

What would you do if you discovered that your new boss was your lover’s husband? What would he do if he found out? What would they do when they found themselves cut off in a warzone?

Luc Delahunty is a proud and unstable man. He will stop at nothing to dispose of his wife’s lover. But soon he too falls in love again, and his mistress falls pregnant. By a quirk of fate, his wife uncovers their secret. She plans to confront them when they next meet. Unbeknownst to her, her ex-lover does too. When they finally come together on a remote Caribbean island, scores must be settled and the cocktail is volatile: stirred by clashing emotions and shaken by the impending arrival of hurricane Arthur.

‘Flying Babies’ is a fast-moving contemporary fable spanning three continents. Battering his way through love and loss, secrets and discovery, betrayal and redemption, Peter Sykes is both unforgiving yet sensitive. In style, ‘Flying Babies’ is the angry love child of Le Carré and Houellebecq and will not disappoint fans of either: a masterful homage to cynical realism.



Search for Immortality. Successes and Illusions.

by Oskar Frankfurt

The novel describes the adventures of scientists in the modern United States and in the future world of the immortal people.

The scientists of our time have discovered a gene that may keep people young and bring immortality to human race. But the secret is stolen and the laboratory is destroyed. Plane crash, tsunami, aggressive cult and personal tragedies interfere with the research. The gene has side affects but at the same time cures cancer. Will the scientists be able to overcome all difficulties, conquer the diseases and bring happiness to the human race? Or their successes are just an illusion?

The novel transfers the scientists to the society inhabited by immortal people. The visitors into the future learn how the immortals eliminated violence, prevented corruption and created a new form of governing. That state system is very effective but highly unusual. The guests see how the people of the future overcome the burdens of the eternal life, raise children and feel love and passion. They understand that it is not is not easy to be an immortal. Full with enthusiasm and doubts the scientists return to our time to continue their search.



Countries of the World

by Steven Porter

“This is not the story of a Tartan Army foot soldier. Instead, I became a globetrotter, taking in all I could about Scotland, and their opponents, from afar.”

The protagonist, an unnamed translator, completes an assignment about the 1973 coup in Chile before returning to the fictional Scottish town of Breogan to write a book about football. Countries of the World is part-fiction and part-memoir, reflecting on a time when the young protagonist was obsessed by sport and distant events.

Written from local and global, childhood and adult perspectives, the narrator looks back on his small-town life and some of the major events of the era concerning Britain and South America: Thatcherism, The Falklands War, World Cups, military coups, dictatorships and disappearances.

This short novel is liberally sprinkled with journalistic essays and critical musings on the beautiful game.



The Blue Period

by Preston M. Smith

Tristan Sullivan is a painter trying to make it in the Los Angeles art scene. He is in his mid-twenties and coming off of a heart-shattering breakup from Nadia, his eccentric ex-girlfriend of five years. The loss of her spirals him out of control and into a world of introspection, debauchery, creativity, strange ailments, and experimentation. Follow Tristan through his bizarre encounters in the city of angels, while he meets a myriad of unusual women, makes new friends, and learns how to hone his craft in the process. It is a bumpy road, filled with angst, humor, and above all, self-discovery.



The Box

by Scott Freiheit

What would you do if you woke up one morning in a strange little room with no memory of who you were or how you got there? That was the predicament that one Roger Parker found himself in the day he first arrived in the box. While his general memories of life were intact the specific details of his own existence continued to elude him as he was frequently interrogated by an unseen voice that he dubbed the Keeper.

“The Box” is a fascinating journey into the mind and heart of one man as well as an existentialist examination of the whole human experience. It’s an unusual mix of science fiction mystery and philosophical speculation as Roger tries to make sense of the senselessness of his situation while both craving and fearing the answers he finds.

Approximately 31,000 words. (Contains adult situations and language.)



The Garden of Indemnity

by Nick Rawls

Clara’s mind is broken, shattered by the death of her family. Set in the asylum where she’s trying to piece it back together, The Garden of Indemnity follows her as the creatures that only she can see try to help her find the mind that she has lost.

Surrounded by patients that look up to her, Clara fights to protect her friends from the monster threatening the hospitalâ?¦as the head nurse fights to protect her from a dangerous, experimental treatment that could either heal her or kill her.



RESOLUTION

by Ian Grier

It is Spring in the year 2002. The specter of 9/11 still hangs heavily on the minds of most, especially New Yorkers. Mike Duffy is a photographer living in Montreal since leaving his beloved New York following his mother’s death. Close friend, and free spirit, Andy, provides counterpoint and assistance to Mike’s assignments. One of these takes the two on an exploration of Montreal’s homeless. Mike’s father, Brad, is a successful abstract painter, living in NYC with his second wife, a renowned feminist. Relationships follow the arc of love, loss, guilt, remorse and resolution.



Urban Pastoral

by James Ross

When John, Babe and Oriel go on a killing spree there’s no explanation as to why, and they’ll only stop when they turn on each other.

A literary punch in the throat, Urban Pastoral strips the thriller genre of all but the essentials: violence, nihilism and random conversation,



The US versus Ulysses

by Carl Oprey

Out of work actress and would-be Siren, Cyprian Beach, regularly supplies books from Princeton, New Jersey to â??Shakespeare and Company’ – her sister Sylvia’s small bookshop in Paris. However, when Cyprian receives a visit from U.S. customs officials, her life becomes embroiled within the most famous literary obscenity case America and the modern world had yet witnessed: The United States versus James Joyce’s â??Ulysses’ – the only book which Sylvia has actually published.



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