Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Minerva Virus

The Minerva Virus by Brian Shuster is 99 cents today in the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on 9 customer reviews.  You can pick up your copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/qJwGup into your computer’s web browser.

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

In the depths of the internet, a new form of life is unleashed. Silent and invisible, the only hint of its existence is an ordinary-seeming computer virus, which the human race regards as a mere nuisance.

But this virus is unlike anything mankind has seen before . . . this virus can evolve!

As it explodes across the internet, a new plague begins to take control of the global communications network. A secret battle rages within computers around the world, as different strains of the virus compete for resources.

With most humans still blissfully unaware of the danger, the digital life undergoes a breakthrough. Just as biological evolution leapt forward when single-celled organisms evolved into multi-cellular ones, a beneficial mutation allows one strain of the virus to become “multi-computer.”

At the speed of light, billions of computers snap together to form a massive digital brain, and the Goddess Minerva is born.

And she is powerful.

Living within their computers, she begins to know mankind intimately. She learns the human’s strengths and weaknesses – and she understands the serious threat that they pose to her very survival.

Visit mankind’s struggle against the most powerful force it has ever encountered, as humans come face-to-face with the offspring of their own technology in The Minerva Virus.

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Mageborn

Mageborn: The Blacksmith’s Son by Michael G. Manning is 99 cents today from the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 24 customer reviews.  You can pick up your copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/roEnNT into your computer’s web browser.

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

Mordecai’s simple life as the son of a blacksmith is transformed by the discovery of his magical birthright. As he journeys to understand the power within him he is drawn into a dangerous plot to destroy the Duke of Lancaster and undermine the Kingdom of Lothion. Love and treachery combine to embroil him in events he was never prepared to face. What he uncovers will change his understanding of the past, and alter the future of those around him.

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My King the President

My King the President by Tom Lewis is $1.00 today in the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on 34 customer reviews.  You can pick up your copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/oWIbaq into your computer’s web browser.

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

Investigative journalist, Jeb Willard, learns that his old college friend, a Secret Service agent, fatally shot the controversial President of the United States and then killed himself. Devastated, Jeb attends his friend’s funeral where he is approached by a priest who gives Jeb a note from his Secret Service agent friend hinting of treason within the highest levels of the government. Uncertain what he should do, Jeb returns home to North Carolina to consult with Cal, his father and witty small town newspaper owner/editor. Cal advises Jeb to not get involved, at least not until more information is learned by the FBI and government investigators. Jeb follows his father’s advice, but is eventually forced into action as the new President, Helene Fordham, calls him to Washington for a personal meeting. Jeb cannot refuse the persuasive first female President or her close friend, his former editor, and reluctantly agrees to begin his own investigation. It isn’t long before Jeb, Cal, and Liz McCarty, the beautiful sister of the murderer, are running from the chief suspect, former Chief Justice Ezekial Koonce, as well as the FBI, police, a professional hit man, the Mafia, and even the U.S. Army! Stubbornly digging out facts of the conspiracy while barely keeping himself and his friends alive, Jeb manages to stay half a step ahead of all those in pursuit. With Cal’s assistance, Jeb peels off layer after layer of the astonishing plot, which races through exciting and surprising turns of events, culminating in an amazing, highly explosive climax you won’t believe!

Published Monday – Friday (with an occasional weekend post) this blog, Kindle Books for a Buck or Less, has a primary focus on the independent author: there are jewels beyond the “name brand” authors. If you would like to try out the free two-week trial subscription on your Kindle, click here or type in http://amzn.to/kb4abuck into your computer’s web browser. Who knows, you might find a new favorite author!

 

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eBully

eBully by Dave Conifer is 99 cents today in the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 13 customer reviews.  You can pick up your copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/puebV0 into your computer’s web browser.

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

Vice Principal Steve Lukather is desperate. Just like last year, an internet bully is terrorizing one of his students at Lakeland Middle School. Last time it ended badly when the victim was found with two slashed wrists after an attempted suicide. This year, after a series of nasty computer messages and an indiscreet photograph of Carly Gillette spread through the student body Lukather knows it’s happening again. This time he’s determined to stop the bully in his tracks before Gillette ends up reaching for a razor blade.

Thirteen-year-old Scott Halifax has a juvy rap sheet that could peel wallpaper but he’s just what Lukather needs — a street-smart, tech-savvy kid with no roots. Lukather makes a deal with Halifax: go undercover as a student at Lakeland and nail the bully in return for a ticket out of the County Detention Center and a clean slate.

Once he’s in at Lakeland Halifax teams up with Tom Seidel, the nerdy kid that everyone loves to hate. It isn’t long before Scott, Tom and Carly’s best friend Lisa are working together. It takes a lot of hard work, some sly computer sleuthing and a little dumb luck before they expose the bully. And it’s the last person that anybody would have suspected.

eBully draws on recent headlines about cyber-bullying, including the need to update harassment and stalking laws to reflect new technologies.

“I wish I could give this book more than five stars. This book was a page turner from page 1. I think it should be required reading for middle and high school aged children both. Things are so different now for our children than they were for us. I’ve allowed both my 17 and 13 year old children to read this story. It’s opened up some great dialogue between us. Highly recommend, especially to parents of teenage children.” — Smashwords review

“The author does a wonderful job handling such a difficult subject. He handles it in such a way that I would encourage those with teenagers to talk to your kids about the book and let them read it. There’s nothing too graphic in here and it’s a great young adult (middle school level) book. The only way to combat situations like this is to talk about them and talk loudly. Kids need to know that it’s okay to ‘tell’ their parents and it’s NOT okay to let a bully get away with it.” — Smashwords review.

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Big Machine

Big Machine by Victor Lavalle is 99 cents today from the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on 24 customer reviews; it is also an Amazon “Editor’s Pick” for this month.  You can pick up your copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/ruKIHR into your computer’s web browser.

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

LaValle has garnered critical acclaim for his previous works (a collection, Slapboxing with Jesus, and novel, The Ecstatic), and his second novel is sure to up his critical standing while furthering comparisons to Haruki Murakami, John Kennedy Toole and Edgar Allan Poe. Gritty, mostly honest-hearted ex-heroin addict protagonist Ricky Rice takes a chance on an anonymous note delivered to him at the cruddy upstate New York bus depot where he works as a porter. Quickly, Ricky finds himself among the Unlikely Scholars, a secret society of ex-addicts and petty criminals, all black like him, living in remote Vermont and sifting through stacks of articles in a library devoted to investigating the supernatural; the existence of a god; and the legacy of Judah Washburn, an escaped slave who claimed to have had contact with a higher being that the Unlikely Scholars now call the Voice. Ricky’s intoxicating voice—robust, organic, wily—is perfect for narrating LaValle’s high-stakes mashup of thrilling paranormal and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, as the fateful porter—something of a modern Odysseus rallied by a team of spiritual X-men—wanders through America’s messianic hoo-hah.

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The Ultimate Gift

I know, it’s Saturday and this blog is supposed to be only Monday – Friday…..however, this one is significantly discounted (it’s normally &7.99 in the Kindle format), it sounded pretty good, and it is highly rated (plus, I didn’t think you would mind a bonus post).  While I have you here, how about telling a Kindle-owning friend about this blog?  I’m sure they would appreciate it!

The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall is 99 cents today in the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 186 customer reviews.  You can pick up your copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/ozIMrG  into your computer’s web browser.

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

What would you do to inherit a million dollars? Would you be willing to change your life? Jason Stevens is about to find out in Jim Stovall’s The Ultimate Gift. Red Stevens has died, and the older members of his family receive their millions with greedy anticipation. But a different fate awaits young Jason, whom Stevens, his great-uncle, believes may be the last vestige of hope in the family. “Although to date your life seems to be a sorry excuse for anything I would call promising, there does seem to be a spark of something in you that I hope we can fan into a flame. For that reason, I am not making you an instant millionaire.” What Stevens does give Jason leads to The Ultimate Gift. Young and old will take this timeless tale to heart.

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The Malacca Conspiracy

The Malacca Conspiracy by Don Brown is 99 cents today in the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars based on 139 customer reviews; I read this one last summer and thought it was pretty good.  You can pick up your copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/qe6YJY into your computer’s web browser.

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

Brown, author of the Navy Justice Series and a former U.S. Navy lawyer, has written a book destined to top Christian fiction lists. A rogue Indonesian general and his army of terrorists attack oil tankers in the Strait of Malacca in order to profit from oil futures and buy nuclear weapons to establish an Islamic superpower. Navy JAG officers Zack Brewer and Diane Colcernian race against the odds and a 24-hour deadline before nuclear attacks hit the United States. Departing from the sea of books barely better than soap opera romance and using the frantic pacing of suspense fiction, Brown glides flawlessly among global hotspots of terrorism–including the United States–and the book’s principal settings in Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The plot surges headlong with energy; characters–from various cultures–are both believable and accessible; rich dialogue flows. A Bible-quoting evangelical Christian president in the war room is over the top, and while evangelical hot-button issues may please some readers and turn others off, Brown has penned another winner.

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