Free literary fiction Kindle books for 02 Apr 15

The Flood

by David Sachs

Recommended by Kirkus Reviews

For those that escaped the Flood, the nightmare is just beginning.

For three years, Travis Cooke has dreamed of reuniting his family, but not like this. 

When the Flood hit, America’s East Coast was evacuated by every means possible, by air, land and sea. 

Hours later, a cruise ship assisting in the rescue lies dead in the water: no power, no communications, and nowhere near enough food. Thousands of refugees on board, including Travis, his young son, the ex-wife he still loves, and her husband, find themselves alone in a big ocean.

As days pass, some wonder if all of them can live long enough for a rescue to come. With two guns aboard, some wonder how to improve their odds. Desperate to protect his family as the panic rises, Travis finds behind each door an unexpected new side to the Festival, but no way out. How far will a good man go to save the people he loves and has lost once before? How far would YOU go?

An electrifying debut novel that is thriller and mythic tragedy, and forces you into the minds and choices of people trapped.

You’ll remember where you were when the Flood hit.

 
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Bonus Short Story Included in Ebook: Locked in the Trunk of a Car, a sharp suspense thriller in a small package.



Stolen Generation: A Short Story (Culture Shaper Shorts Book 1)

by Shari McGriff

Stolen Generation

A Short Story

A life taken; a life preserved. Who decides the outcome of a child born to poverty, slavery, or simply the wrong skin tone or ethnic descent? At our core beats a heart, bestowing the gift of life, but who has the right to determine how that life should be lived?

Come with writer, Shari McGriff, on a powerful journey from modern day, back in time, to turn-of-the century Australia. A small child is chased down a dust-filled street and ripped from his mother’s arms. “Dust-to-dust”, they say, “when we pass from one life to the next.”

Vignettes explored, take the reader on The Trail of Tears, to the farms of wealthy landowners and the gas chambers of Nazi Germany. Families, decimated by greed and lust for power, stare at one another through tear-soaked eyes and a veil of forgetfulness. These are generations robbed of everything: their heritage, past and future, their family ties, and even their names.

Surely, today things are different, more humane and civil. There is no longer a kill the Indian, save the child mentality, or is there? The poor, the uneducated, and the inconvenient are victimized, as in days past. We are all human. Are we perpetrating our own stolen generation?

Deeply moving and forcefully conveyed, this is a short story that will impact the way you look at love, life, and the need to embrace the human family. Free your mind from all earthly cares and spend a few precious minutes in the soul of a child, desperate to share the joys, and sorrows that are our existence.

Scroll up and grab a copy today. Let’s be culture shapers, together.



Life in the Iron Mills

by Rebecca Harding Davis

A shocking rendering of poverty, tragedy, and desperation in the American North

This shocking depiction of the lives of impoverished Welsh miners in the American North was one of the first novels to expose the brutal realities facing the nation’s poor. Rebecca Harding Davis casts an unflinching gaze into the lives of the destitute, drunk, and desperate in a work that was controversial for its honesty, but popular for its adept storytelling.
 
The story follows Hugh Wolfe, a proud and educated yet desperately poor laborer in an iron mill, and his cousin Deborah, who breaks the law for a chance at a better life for Hugh. If they keep the ill-gotten money, the pair could transcend their hardship, and Hugh could become the talented artist he was born to be; however, keeping the money would mean sacrificing the morals they’ve so stridently adhered to all their lives.
 
First published in 1861, Life in the Iron Mills became notorious for its merciless descriptions of underclass suffering. As relevant today as it was in the nineteenth century, this is a classic, hypnotic tragedy.
 
This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.



Of Love and Guilt

by PTG Man

Tom is burdened with a secret, which he thinks is best kept to himself. And while repentant tears are supposed to wash out the stain of guilt, it sure isn’t coming out . . . no matter how hard he scrubs.

Who is Tom Peters, and why and for whom is he telling his story? Told from a window overlooking the Bay of Havana, love weaves its way from his childhood in Sydney to the labyrinth of Cuba. And as his quest is revealed, so too is his guilty secret.



Escapade

by Chris Conquer

The narrator, Timothy Jones, is one of the boys on a school trip to Dartmoor that ends in tragedy. He was then fourteen. He survives a serious head injury but it has taken him many years to recover sufficiently to try telling his own personal story. His memory and his ability to concentration were badly affected by the injuries he suffered.
It is an imaginative reconstruction of his own subjective experience taking place within his mind and modified by his own bias.  It’s about the friendship, rivalry, cruelty and resilience of children which determines the adults they become; how the lack of vigilance and supervision can allow the development of a dominance of one, or of a few, through the threat of punishment or violence and through the human propensity to tolerate, even relish, strong leadership; and about how serious head injuries created turmoil in his thoughts and feelings.
Timothy has an independent mind and has something to say about everything.  His best friend is Archie – they both seem to know just what the other one is thinking and will do. Billy had been Timothy’s best friend before Archie arrived at the school. The bond with Billy had been strong and deep; yet without the conscious intentions of any of them the old attachment with Billy dissolved and a new one with Archie formed itself in its place. Raj is a somewhat academic, serious, and peaceful Indian Hindu boy that Timothy is friendly with and who helps Timothy with his homework but who tends to be looked down on by many of the boys. Peter Thomas sticks out as odd because: he lives with the local gravedigger and is being taught the trade (his actual father abandoned his family and is now sleeping rough locally as virtually a tramp); Peter is enormously tall and strong such that the school teachers and staff tend to avoid confrontation; and he develops into an arrogant bully. Kelly seems somewhat characterless and is part of Peter’s gang, but it is he who eventually confronts Peter Thomas.  The story shows the disintegration of customary civilised behaviour among the boys to the point of life-threatening catastrophe in which several boys are hurt, some possibly fatally. He has started the story at the point where the para medics are rescuing him from what he called “the battlefield”.



A Modest Proposal (Xist Classics)

by Jonathan Swift

How do you solve the problem of poverty? By letting the Irish sell their children to be eaten by wealthy ladies and gentlemen, of course!

This satirical short work by Jonathan Swift is a classic look at the cost of poverty.
This digital edition from Xist Classics features a beautifully formatted and professionally proofed version of Dickens original text.



The Beautiful Hat (HSP Shorts)

by George Kempis

The illustrated story of one Farmer Ling, and of how the straw in his field is made into a beautiful hat that travels all the way around the world….



Virgil’s Damsel: A Semen Springs serial episode

by Ted Calvin Kerns

Once upon a time, the land of mostly happy inhabitants who called Semen Springs the snuggest and coziest homelands of all possible homelands, for it was a land no logical cause except the magical could explain how it could go on and on in an overflow of all things good-natured almost all the time, and hardly a hearth existed that did not emanate a special warmth and a pot of yummy stew did not simmer on a stove whether in evenings or on mornings; but this wonderful world of Semen Springs became the stage a wandering brigand long wedded to darkness decided to take all for itself and the drama settled into such a lengthy and oppressive shadow over all souls and hearts and even into daily habits, it began to be believed it was as natural and inevitable as the goodness and happiness that were not at all mere metaphorical synonyms to those who called Semen Springs their snuggest of homelands. But the darkness that oppressed the people of Semen Springs in that time was anything but natural and it would take nothing short of a few cleverly manufactured coincidences to bring freedom to them.



Far from the Madding Crowd (Xist Classics)

by Thomas Hardy

Read the book that inspired the film
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy is a classic romance that is not to be missed. When a young shepherd falls in love, it takes many years for the woman of his dreams to recognize the man who has been by her side all along.



The Moonstone (Xist Classics)

by Wilkie Collins

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins is considered the first detective novel in the English language. Told as a series of letters and diary entries, The moonstone is the story of a young English woman who inherits a large Indian diamond on her 18th birthday. When the diamond is stolen, the complex plot of the novel follows the characters through their attempts to explain the theft, identify the thief and recover the diamond.



Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street (Xist Classics)

by Herman Melville

Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street is a short story by Herman Melville about a strange man with a strange phrase: “I would prefer not to.” This American short story is now one of the most famous of American short stories and has been adapted into many variations.



Sister Carrie (Xist Classics)

by Theodore Dreiser

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser cas been called the “greatest of all American urban novels.” When a young woman moves from the country to Chicago, she falls from innocence and starts on a path that will bring her fame, but not happiness.



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