Free literary fiction Kindle books for 22 May 15

Grief, Folly, Love: Searching for Truth In War

by Timothy P. Martin

Hurt Locker meets The Bridges of Madison County. When Hank Garvey loses his wife of many years to cancer, he tries to fill the emptiness of his life as he always has–by going to war. But once in place as a “Diplomat” in Afghanistan he soon realizes that the experience will be both less and more than he anticipated. As an Outlier stationed with US troops in the deserts of the far west, Hank engages with warlords, soldiers, simple folk and hard cases–all while fighting the prejudices of the career elite in the safe confines of the embassy in Kabul. When he meets Illse Lillestrom, a beautiful but aging Danish nurse, it seems like a godsend; but then things get complicated. When Hank returns to Washington he puts it all behind him–only to have it all come back on a beautiful fall day.



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The Passenger from Calais (Xist Classics)

by Arthur Griffiths

A Thrilling Railway Mystery Across Europe “The crossing from Dover to Calais had been rough; a drizzling rain fell all the time, and most of the passengers had remained below. Strange to say, they were few enough, as I saw on landing. It was a Sunday in late July, and there ought to have been a strong stream setting towards Central Europe. I hardly expected to find much room in the train; not that it mattered, for my place was booked through in the Lucerne sleeping-car of the Engadine express.” â?? Arthur Griffiths, The Passenger from Calais In The Passenger from Calais by Arthur Griffiths, Colonel Basil Annesley discovers that he is the only passenger traveling on the Engardine Express. When a mysterious woman shows up last minute with a servant and an infant Colonel Basil can only wonder what she is ruuning from and where she might be headed.



The Mysteries of Udolpho (Xist Classics)

by Anne Radcliffe

A Gothic Thriller With Plenty of Chills

“Do you believe your heart to be, indeed, so hardened, that you can look without emotion on the suffering, to which you would condemn me?” â?? Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho

The Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe is about Emily St Avubert. The books follows Emily thru the death of her father, and supernatural terrors.



Lonesome Land (Xist Classics)

by B.M. Bower

A Young Woman Finds Strength in the Montana Wilderness

When a young woman comes to Montana expecting to marry a cowboy and live happily ever after, she discovers the frontier has more surprises than just the weather. Based on the life of author B.M. Bower, this novel tells of one woman’s journey to revise her romanticization of the west and make a life for herself despite an alcoholic husband and a lonely existence on the ranch.



All’s Well That Ends Well (Shakespeare Originals)

by William Shakespeare

This edition features the original spelling and formatting from Shakespeare– it has not been modernized.



The Castle of Otranto (Xist Classics)

by Horace Walpole

The First Gothic Novel

“I can forgive injuries, but never benefits”. â?? Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto

The Castle of Otranto is believed to be the first gothic novel and essential reading for both fans and scholars of the genre. The story is about Manfred, the lord of the castle, and his family.



As You Like It (Shakespeare Originals)

by William Shakespeare

This edition features the original spelling and formatting from Shakespeare– it has not been modernized.



Hamlet (Shakespeare Originals)

by William Shakespeare

Read the Tragedy of all Tragedies in it’s Original Form

“We know what we are, but not what we may be.” â?? William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Hamlet by William Shakespeare was originally called The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark. This play is about the acts of revenge that Prince of Hamlets wages against his uncle Claudius for the murder of his father, the king.
This edition features the original spelling and formatting from Shakespeare– it has not been modernized.

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Marriage Man

by Simon Kavanagh

‘Marriage Man’ is the first of three books in the series.

‘Marriage Man’ offers a valuable insight into the world of registration; how a local authority operates the service, its shortcomings and foibles. More especially, it concentrates on one man’s ambition to raise standards in a sector where customer choice, customer satisfaction and quality service are alien concepts.

Max Butler, himself a registrar and celebrant, recognises that a better way exists. Having developed an affinity for marrying people, he conducts his ceremonies with enthusiasm, feeling and passion, traits all too frequently missing in his colleagues. He firmly believes that a couple’s wedding, arguably the most important day in their lives, should be a memorable and quality event. With such values in mind, he sets out to remedy these inadequacies and restore a customer focused and high-quality ethos to the job he loves so much. In doing so, Max changes the face of marriage forever.

The first part of ‘Marriage Man’ is set around Ladyfield Register Office. Unbeknown to his colleagues he uses his position to engage in extracurricular activities well beyond the scope of his job. Over the course of various encounters with the Russell family, he falls for their second daughter, Georgia. But will he win her over or succumb to his addiction?

In Part II, Max Butler confronts new challenges, both personal and professional. Faced with two serious complaints against him, his career in registration takes a nose-dive. He is forced to re-evaluate his future and arrives at the conclusion that conducting ceremonies at Ladyfield Register Office no longer lies at the heart of it. Free from the restraints of employment with the County Council, he sets about obtaining justice for himself and two colleagues, unveiling a web of deceit and incompetence along the way.

Plagued for nearly two years by self-recrimination over his botched date with Georgia Russell, he learns that certain aspects of his past are not quite what they first appeared to be. Without realising it, Max is laying the foundations of a business empire for a generation to come.

Follow Max Butler in the sequel, ‘Chains of Marriage.’



A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Originals)

by William Shakespeare

A Wild, Outlandish Dream of a Play

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” â?? William Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s plays that has been performed thousands of times and adapted into many different mediums. The story centers around three couples. The humans are Duke Theseus and Hippolyta, and Hermia, who is betrothed to Demetrius and her beloved, Lysander. There is also a dispute brewing between Oberon, the king of the fairies and his Queen, Titania. When a mischievous sprite named Puck enters the scene, absurdity ensues.

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The Puzzle Factory: Part One of A Butterfly in Philadelphia

by Bruce Hartman

Spencer Casey is a 20-year-old high school dropout who works in a failing puzzle factory in Philadelphia, chopping up Masterpieces of Western Art into jigsaw puzzles. He is tired of being an effect instead of a cause. On the night before the factory is to close, inspired by the image of a butterfly flapping its wings in China, he scrambles the pieces of a painting called “Chaos Scape 19” and sends his own ripples of chaos into the world.

“The Puzzle Factory” forms the first part of A BUTTERFLY IN PHILADELPHIA, a satirical comic novel centering around the two narrators, Spencer Casey and Lindsay Pangborn, who, like most young people, manage to navigate successfully through the chaos they inflict on the world.



Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Originals)

by William Shakespeare

The Original Star-Crossed Lovers in Shakespeare’s Original Text

“Two households, both alike in dignity
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents’ strife.”
â?? William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is a tragic romance for the ages. When two young people fall in love, their feuding families cannot keep them apart.
This edition features the original spelling and formatting from Shakespeare– it has not been modernized.

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Uptown Saturday Night Downtown Sunday Morning

by Gari Joubert

The account of a young man’s attempt to make sense of the chaos that consumes him pre and post his National Service with the SADF in the early 1980’s. Emotionally desensitised by an unhinged life, the narrator recounts in tandem, the changes within himself and South Africa as he confronts a troubled past and debilitating military experience. Set in the zenith of the mid-1980’s Durban alternative club scene the book highlights in techni-colored vibrancy, the city’s club, sub, drug and counter-culture and the psyche that encompasses these in an oppressively conservative country. The dualistic nature of the narrative, and the fact that the protagonist is frequently affected by moments from his past, or lost tributaries of free association of ideas and images that engulf him, lends a fast pace to the first person present tense narrative which is interwoven with a fusillade of daunting flashbacks. However, the stark contrast in environment, setting and style, interlace past and present experiences seamlessly.



A Half-Mile From Shore

by Steve Yarosh

We pulled close to shore, pointed our guns at the city, and waited . . . .

A true Memorial Day story about Life, Death and Fate . . . .

Steve Yarosh is an Oregon-based writer, artist and trial attorney. He is a former federal prosecutor and was a lead trial attorney in the Waco, Texas case involving David Koresh and the Branch Davidians. Prior to his law career, Steve worked as a magazine writer, sports editor and newspaper photographer. He also served 7 years active duty in the U.S. Navy, including 3 years aboard the Battleship U.S.S. New Jersey (BB-62) and one year with the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Beirut, Lebanon.

Steve has recently completed a collection of coming-of-age short stories based on his childhood years in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Sydney, Australia. Critics and fellow writers have compared his stories to Stand By Me, Catcher in the Rye and even The Andy Griffith Show. They are strong, dialogue-driven tales focusing on universal themes that evoke a feeling in even the crustiest of readers. Steve’s writing style is confident and original. He dispenses with lengthy narratives and unnecessary descriptions, choosing instead to thrust directly into the heart of things with a rapid succession of vivid scenes that build to a final act that isn’t always what you expect. His characterization is equally unique. Adults in his stories are multilayered and in simmering conflict with themselves and others. The young central character senses this as he strives to navigate through the uncertain world around him.

Steve lives on the banks of the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, with his 10 year son and his attorney wife. To contact Steve, send an email to [email protected]



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