Free science fiction Kindle books for 27 Feb 15

The First Exoplanet

by T.J. Sedgwick

Six years after its launch in 2050, Dr Aidan Lemaie makes a stunning discovery with the Helios space telescope array. The Helios array has, for the first time, made the surface features of exoplanets visible to human eyes. Green forests, mountain ranges and blue oceans all seem to be visible on Avendano-185f, â??only’ fifteen light-years away. The find is hailed as the saviour of a languishing Earth, locked in the same old cycle of war, poverty and overpopulation that it always has been. But the potential second-Earth would take at least 150 years to reach using the best conventional propulsion methods. Then another 15 years for any message of what is found to reach Earth.

Only recently has the Western Global Alliance unveiled the experimental technology that might bridge the fifteen light-year distance across interstellar space. The Faster-Than-Light drive is a revolutionary technology with origins steeped in mystery – it seems at least half a century ahead of its time. Although experimental and imperfect, the technology is of unparalleled strategic value and Russian spymaster, Sergei Bekov, will stop at nothing to acquire it. His beautiful, deep cover agent, Dasha Morozova, has infiltrated the lives of the people heading the project. Will her attempts to mercilessly betray them succeed and further her repressive regime’s cause?

Meanwhile Yau Min, an eccentric former-SETI scientist, struggles for recognition. He wonders why the transmissions, that he thinks came from the Avendano system, went on for many years then mysteriously fell silent. What caused the signals and what made them stop?

Should humanity set off for the promise of a new world, to provide a fresh start for the people of a crowded, ravished Earth? Is it a pristine second-Earth or a post-apocalyptic nightmare? Is there an intelligent civilization or will humankind become the apex species unopposed? The new space race is on and the rewards in land and resources could be huge – but so could be the risks. Astrobiologist, Professor Ken Hawkins, senses a trap that could doom humankind – but the human desire to explore is irresistible.

How will the actions of Captain Chris Buick and his Special Space Service squad change the course of history forever? With their motto Fortitude in Stellis – â??Bravery Among the Stars’ have they got what it takes to protect all they have ever known and loved on Earth?

Immerse yourself in a future world of discovery, espionage and struggle in this stimulating epic tale. As the intelligent, interwoven plot unfolds to reveal the shocking truth about humanity’s future, you will find yourself hooked until its thrilling conclusion.

Amazon UK Reader Comments

‘This book is one of the most enjoyable sci-fi books I’ve read in many years, and I’ve been reading sci-fi for over 50 years.’

‘Both a spy story, a sci-fi masterpiece as well as a thriller full of suspense and intrigue, the story rockets on ever forward with twists and turns.’

Amazon US Reader Comments

‘Engaging story rooted in plausible science. Believable characters and situations’

‘I have enjoyed reading The First Exoplanet. It kept me wanting to know what would happen next – there are a few refreshing and unexpected twists.’

Who will like this novel?

– Readers who enjoy the fusion of hard sci-fi with political and espionage elements.

– Readers who enjoy long books, with a great deal of detail and a complex story.

Notes

– This is the Second Edition which follows enhanced proofreading and editing

– This book is written in UK English

– This is the first of a two-book series



Lake Of Sins: Escape

by L. S. O’Dea

“I stayed up all night reading this book, and now I’m reading it again. I haven’t been this hooked on a story since The Hunger Games.” –M. Cassidy.

“Lake of Sins: Escape, is a very exciting and intriguing YA Science Fiction novel that can easily pull a reader into its pages, much like how the Rive-Man can pull creatures into the depths of water. This read is interesting and I have to admit that I’ve never read anything like it before. Yet, it kept me enthralled until the very last sentence.” –E. L. Ervin

“A Young Adult sci-fi/dystopian novel cannot get any better than this.” –Milos Hernandez

“I caaaaannnnn’ttttt waaaaiiiittttt for the second book to come out!!!!! I am going to recommend this book to my friends, it’s so good. Like, really good.” –M.C.

In one week she will be taken.

In a world where class distinction means the difference between imprisonment and freedom and even life and death, being chosen to stay in the encampment to breed is the only way to guarantee survival for a young Producer.

Sixteen-year-old Trinity knows that she will not be chosen. Instead, she will be loaded onto a cart and hauled away never to return, but that doesn’t mean she has to meekly accept her fate. She still has one week to sneak into the forest and discover what happens to those who are taken, setting into motion a collision between the classes that shatters the foundation of her society.

Excerpt:

TRINITY STOOD frozen in place, the Tracker towering over her. It was at least ten-foot tall, standing on its back legs. Her breath came in short gasps, hands trembling at her sides. She should have picked up another stick. It wouldn’t have been much but it would have been something. The Guards hollered in the distance, closer now. A minute ago they were her enemy; now, they were her only chance to survive. One of the Tracker’s ears tipped back toward the sound, but its yellow eyes never left her.

Book two, Lake Of Sins: Secrets In Blood, is now available for pre-order at a reduced price. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TNWNKW6



Facing the Mirror (Guardians of the Pattern)

by Jaye McKenna

Special Agent Cameron Asada has spent four years deep undercover in an attempt to deal a death blow to the Sapphire Guild, the largest drug cartel on Alpha. The things he’s done in the name of his mission weigh heavily on his soul, and Cam is reaching the point where he’s not sure he recognizes the man he sees in the mirror anymore.

Things come to a head when Cam finally gets the break he’s been waiting for: an invitation to work for the boss himself as a psionic interrogator. While working at the boss’s estate, Cam meets Miko, a powerful psion trapped behind a wall of silence. It doesn’t take long for Cam to realize that Miko is a slave, handed around to the boss’s associates as a reward for a job well done.

Miko’s plight tugs at Cam’s heartstrings, forcing Cam to examine just how many lines he’s willing to cross in the name of serving the greater good. Will Cam risk his life and his career to help Miko? Or is the trail of broken minds and bodies he’s left in his wake worth the possibility of victory over the Guild?



Free-Wrench

by Joseph Lallo

The islands of Caldera are a shining jewel in a rather bleak world. A terrible calamity in the past had blanketed much of the world with a toxic “fug.” Those who survived were forced to take to the mountains and the skies in wondrous airships. Life has since been a struggle, with only the most ruthless and crafty able to survive. To spare themselves the same fate, the Calderans erected a battery of guns to fend off the airships of the mainland. They isolated themselves from the madness of the world, choosing instead to focus on the pursuits of art and creativity. Few believe the technologically advanced but socially barbarous outsiders have anything to offer. Amanita Graus, though, is hoping that they do.

Nita’s mother has lost her livelihood and perhaps soon her life to a terrible disease. Already the black sheep of the family for embracing engineering rather than art, Nita resolves to leave the safety of her home and do whatever it takes to find a cure. For a price, the bizarre crew of an airship called The Wind Breaker are willing to grant her a meeting with their mysterious benefactors, and thus a chance to procure the one thing with a chance to save her mother.

Free-Wrench follows Nita’s adventures in a steampunk world of airships and lunatics. Helping her in her journey are an eccentric crew of smugglers; the gruff Cap’n Mack, the simple but enthusiastic Lil and Coop, the arrogant marksman Gunner, the surly surgeon Butch, and the irritable mascot Wink. To survive and find what she seeks she’ll need to earn their trust, follow their rules, and meet face to face with the people who pull the strings of their society.



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