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A.I. Apocalypse (Singularity Series), by William Hertling. (Still free?)

"An alarming and jaw-dropping tale about how something as innocuous as email can subvert an entire organization. I found myself reading with a sense of awe, and read it way too late into the night." -- Gene Kim, author of Visible Ops and The Phoenix Project

Leon Tsarev is a high school student set on getting into a great college program, until his uncle, a member of the Russian mob, coerces him into developing a new computer virus for the mob's botnet - the slave army of computers they used to commit digital crimes.

The evolutionary virus Leon creates, based on biological principles, is successful -- too successful. All the world's computers are infected. Everything from cars to payment systems and, of course, computers and smart phones stop functioning, and with them go essential functions including emergency services, transportation, and the food supply. Billions may die.

But evolution never stops. The virus continues to evolve, developing intelligence, communication, and finally an entire civilization.

Some may be friendly to humans, but others are not.

Leon and his companions must race against time and the military to find a way to either befriend or eliminate the virus race and restore the world's computer infrastructure.

264 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 152 reviews.

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3 a.m., by Nick Pirog. (Still free?)

"I've read everything I can find by Nick Pirog. I love his writing style, wit, humor, sarcasm, and behind it all he is just a great storyteller. 3 AM lives up to the standard. Completely unique idea for a character, and the character is extremely funny and likable despite the odd and unfortunate hand he was dealt in life. I love how Henry makes the most of every minute. His chats with the cat cracked me up and were one of my favorite aspects. Also love Henry's relationship with his dad, and the lengths he's gone to in order to give Henry a "normal" life. Another hit as far as I'm concerned." -- Amazon reviewer

Henry Bins has Henry Bins.

A sleeping disorder, named after him.

He is awake for one hour a day.

He wakes up at 3 a.m. then falls asleep at 4 a.m.

Life is simple.

Until he hears the woman scream.

And sees the man leave the house across the street.

But not just any man.

The President of the United States.

5.0 out of 5 stars I've never written a review before but for this book I had to. I read for entertainment. That is guaranteed in "3 a.m." Such an unusual story. Lots of twists and turns. Kept me guessing right up to the end. Excellent Entertainment.--J. L. Wood
132 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 149 reviews.

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The Romany Princess, by Margaret Brazear. (Still 3.99?)

"Wonderful! I was captivated by the finely chiseled characters and intricate plotting in this drama set in early twentieth century London. People and scenes so vivid they will nibble at the back edge of your mind for a very long time. An elegant page-turner that will not allow you to skip a paragraph, let alone a page. This talented author packs an epic novel into just 250 pages - you can't go wrong with this one!" -- Amazon reviewer

When Stella McKenzie is summoned to meet her Great Aunt Bess, her grandmother's sister, on the occasion of that lady's one hundredth birthday, she keeps the appointment with a great deal of trepidation. All her life she has been told about this mysterious lady, to whom her grandmother has not spoken since the first world war. She has been told that she is mean and spiteful, that she wrecked the engagement of her sister to the man she loved out of spite and jealousy. Stella could hardly have guessed the secrets the old lady was about to reveal, secrets she had kept for seventy five years, secrets she does not intend should die with her.

During one long and unforgettable day, Stella learns the real history of the family, not the version she has been taught. She learns about the lies and misconceptions of the past, she learns about a lost love and a passion which overruled everything else to end in tragedy.

255 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 5 reviews.

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PURE VISION: The Magdalene Revelation, by Perri Birney. (Still 0.99?)

If you missed this one yesterday... there's a few days left to get it at 99 cents! Over 500 pages and highly-praised. Get it before it returns to regular pricing of $2.99.

"What a completely engrossing read! I found myself caught up, as if I too were on the women's march to Jerusalem, and energized by their vision of what could be. The depth of research is impressive. Once I started, I couldn't put down Pure Vision." -- Amazon reviewer

"A spellbinding, international cloak-and-dagger thriller . . . Visionary!"

An ancient artifact is stolen . . . A long-lost document is found . . . A mysterious and dangerous journey unfolds . . .

New York Times investigative reporter Maggie Seline disappears suddenly after uncovering a radical energy scheme that threatens the oil industry. A clandestine underground society based in Rome, Propaganda Due, is at the heart of the sinister plot which leads to an unlikely door -- the president of the European Commission.

Forced into hiding, Seline secretly teams up with history scholar and writer, Michael Sonada, and the two track clues which ultimately lead to a powerful ancient blueprint, one tied to a global energy conspiracy. Their discovery catapults them on a dangerous, heart-pounding adventure to unravel the mysterious code, all the while dodging P2's malicious assaults. As Seline and Sonada race to thwart the ominous plan, their journey drives them into the forbidden regions of Nepal to make an earth-shattering discovery.

PURE VISION forges ancient myths and contemporary challenges in this provocative and thrilling epic adventure. At every turn, Perri Birney's intriguing scenario encourages a closer look at the spiritual forces that infuse the world's political battles.

586 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 19 reviews.

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