New free Colonization (SF) Kindle books for 2018-04-22:

The Knockabouts
by DK Williamson
$0.00, 394 pages, 4.5 out of 5.0 (2 reviews), #13 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Military > Space Marine
Strap in, hang on, and remain seated. Keep your hands inside the story at all times—and enjoy the ride.

It’s a wide open galaxy out there and anything is possible. Adventure and opportunity await! All a freelance spacer needs is a good ship, a nose for opportunity, and a fistful of luck.

But there’s a downside. There’s always a downside. The Big Black is a dangerous place and a single mistake can turn an adventurer into… it’s best to not even think about it. The safe move is to be sensible and leave spacefaring and all the hazards that go with such foolishness behind and get a safe job groundside, complete with benefits and pension.

What spacer worthy of the name would want that?

Knockabout spacers Teller Skellum and Ord Hawmer have earned a name for themselves in certain circles, with the ship ARC Lance the tool of their trade—a strike sloop turned rapid transit transport that many call a smuggler’s dream.

When a legit transport job goes sour, Teller and Ord find themselves boxed in by a first-rate frame job and pursued by just about everything the galaxy can throw at them, making escape an unlikely prospect. Things look grim for our intrepid adventurers—but there’s good news! They have a wealth of options: death, prison, or clearing their names, and not a one will be easy.

Not every mismatch has a foregone outcome and sometimes the underdog strikes back. Long odds and high stakes mean one thing: Roll with the punches or get busy landing a few of their own, what else is a knockabout to do?

The Knockabouts, approximately 125,000 words. Presented free of DRM and chock full of chases, brawls, blaster fire, humor, high-octane adventure, and the literary equivalent of big budget special effects. How in the galaxy can such a small and portable package contain so much for such a low price? Lovingly crafted, ultra-lightweight, and hand selected electrons chosen for their entertainment retaining properties, that’s how!


The Ani Maxima Files: Collection
by Scott McElhaney
$0.00, 649 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #20 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Superhero
Is she a beast sent from the pits of hell or is she an angel sent from God? Opinions vary, but all can agree that she has a heart of gold and a supernatural talent that can hopefully save her planet. Here are the first three books in one volume for your enjoyment.


Ptolemy’s Child:The entire crew of ex-cons aboard the USS Cepheus are woken after fifty-nine years of cryogenic sleep only to discover that the ancient derelict ship USS Ptolemy is located much closer than they originally expected to find it. The ship is clearly powered down and tumbling aimlessly, but the moment that the Cepheus decides to hail the ship, they get a reply from a surviving member of the original crew. Yet after over 300 years now, such a thing would be entirely impossible.
A boarding party is sent to the Ptolemy where they quickly discover that someone somehow is definitely still alive on that ship…

SuperVirus: Nearly a hundred years after they left Earth, the crew of the USS Cepheus has arrived at their new home in the Eta Cassiopeia system. This was only after they rescued the beautiful and oddly talented Ani Maxima from her three hundred year imprisonment aboard the USS Ptolemy.
The life of a start-up colony on a distant world is quite busy, but they manage to find time for fun and for each other. Ani Maxima’s super-ability to control technology with merely her thoughts doesn’t serve much purpose for a farmer, however she can still reprogram spy satellites without losing track of her current conversation.
Then the ships start to arrive, and although these are coming from Earth, they aren’t of human origin. They are searching for a ship that disappeared a couple days prior, only they don’t realize that the ship was vaporized by a blonde farmer with supernatural talents. How can Ani go up against a whole armada however when their antiviral technologies evolve so rapidly that she can barely get started before she’s detected. And just because she’s not physically on those enemy ships doesn’t mean that she can’t be killed.

Veiled Sky: Nearly a month had passed since Ani Maxima destroyed an alien armada and saved the entire planet. Life was normal again for the farming colony on Cassiopeia… at least up until every electronic device on the planet received a viral photo of Ani with alien instructions on how to kill this powerful SuperVirus.
There was no telling what sort of alien bounty hunters would be coming. All that was known was that this time, her superpowers would be useless. The only way to protect Ani would be to protect the entire planet. And the only way to protect the planet would be to call upon some tactics that Ani might have buried deep inside her head from her time on the USS Ptolemy. Perhaps with the assistance of her new friend, a spacecraft engineer from the distant continent, she might find a solution. If only she could get his heart off of her and to focus more on saving the planet.

Brought to you by the international bestselling author of the Mystic Saga, Enigma, Dominion, Beyond the Event Horizon, Kepler Moon Alpha, and Ghosts of Ophidian. With over 250,000 books downloaded worldwide, Scott McElhaney continues to prove that reasonable Kindle prices do not have to mean poor quality. Also check out Saving Brooksie, Hope Rising, One Crazy Summer, and Vestige by McElhaney.

EDITORIAL REVIEWS:

"McElhaney's story telling is deft, well-paced, and with an ear for conversation" ~ Akron Beacon Journal Book Review

"The author does a good job of sucking you into the moment and feeling as if you are the main character. The technology and scenarios are realistic enough for this sci fi fan and if you like a good storyteller, Mr. McElhaney knows how to do it." ~Top 50 Amazon Reviewer, Hall of Fame Reviewer, and Vine Voice Michael Gallagher

Given 5.0 out of 5 stars over 100 times on Amazon from various readers of the Mystic Saga!


Enigma: The Ani Maxima Files #4
by Scott McElhaney
$0.00, 93 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 Customer Reviews), #44 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Colonization
He’s been watching her for days and she doesn’t even know it. It’s time now to move on the bounty. She’ll be his in the morning and there’s nothing that anyone could do about it.


Bahn was one of the greatest thieves, smugglers, and bounty hunters of his time, but his time was a half a million years ago when humans didn’t even exist in the Milky Way. His host body died however, leaving his Ch-khana soul stuck waiting inside a black cerebral box. And there he waited. And he waited. Then nearly half a million years later, he finds himself alive again, attached to a male human host on the planet Earth. It doesn’t take him very long to steal an intergalactic freighter and then shortly thereafter, he receives a notification regarding one of the largest bounties ever offered. And all it required was the capture and delivery of a young and beautiful woman in the Eta Cassiopeia system.

Ani Maxima’s days were numbered at that very moment because Bahn has never failed before.


The Ani Maxima Files:
Ptolemy’s Child
SuperVirus
Veiled Sky
Enigma
Flying in the Rain


Brought to you by the international bestselling author of the Mystic Saga, Dominion, Beyond the Event Horizon, Kepler Moon Alpha, and Ghosts of Ophidian. With over 250,000 books downloaded worldwide, Scott McElhaney continues to prove that reasonable Kindle prices do not have to mean poor quality. Also check out Saving Brooksie, Hope Rising, One Crazy Summer, and Vestige by McElhaney.

EDITORIAL REVIEWS:

"McElhaney's story telling is deft, well-paced, and with an ear for conversation" ~ Akron Beacon Journal Book Review

"The author does a good job of sucking you into the moment and feeling as if you are the main character. The technology and scenarios are realistic enough for this sci fi fan and if you like a good storyteller, Mr. McElhaney knows how to do it." ~Top 50 Amazon Reviewer, Hall of Fame Reviewer, and Vine Voice Michael Gallagher

Given 5.0 out of 5 stars over 100 times on Amazon from various readers of the Mystic Saga!


Lord Banshee: Fairy Dust (Nightmare Wars Book 1)
by Russell Redman
$0.00, 608 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 Customer Reviews), #85 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Hard Science Fiction
The Martian Imperium is coming.

Fifteen years ago, the unhappy people of Mars rose in a desperate fight to throw off the tyranny of the Governors sent from the Earth. The Terrestrial Council had given the Earth three centuries of the best government it had ever enjoyed, but that benevolence had not extended to Mars. Hidden behind censorship and secrecy, the Martian Governors had for over a century enforced policies of corruption, poverty, and savage injustice, always to their own profit.

The war that the Earth called the Martian Incursion, and that Mars called the First War for Liberation, had started with a nuclear attack that left two hundred million dead on the Earth. In a rage of vengeance, I became the Governor's most feared assassin, known everywhere by my code name Ghost. I had murdered anyone I was ordered to kill, or chose to, notorious crimes that grew with each telling but never came close to the true horror of my treachery. The Earth had crushed the rebellion, and everyone on Mars knew I was responsible. They just did not know who I was.

The Martian people had recovered. They had learned from their mistakes and would not repeat them. They remembered my crimes. The minimum price of peace with the Earth would be full independence for Mars, and Martian justice for me. They would hunt me down and execute me, along with all the Ghost Followers, anyone who had ever worked for me or with me.

They would kill the woman I loved more than life itself.

(Author's note: Space opera, in which I explore politics, religion, sexuality, economics, crime and ethics in a space-based culture, constrained by vacuum, radiation, distance and isolation, as they are shocked into awareness that the Final War was not final.)