Kindle Unlimited is a service that can theoretically provide you with limitless numbers of books for the price of one normal release every month. This is a tremendous blessing for those of us who are fast readers. I pretty much have read every single Red Sonja comic ever written thanks to Dynamite Entertainment putting almost all their comics on the service.
However, what we here at Before We Go want most is good Kindle Unlimited books. As such, here is a recommendation of a bunch of entertaining ones that I’ve enjoyed and can say rise above the dross. Please feel free to check out our other recommendations.
1. Space Punks by Anna Mocikat
Space Punks is a hybrid space opera adventure and cyberpunk dystopia. After the robots have revolted and destroyed Earth, humanity is now scattered across a variety of solar and extra-solar space colonies. Our heroes are a bunch of sexy mercenaries out to get the job done, whatever the cost or legality. All of them have secrets, most of them blend human with machine, and there’s plenty of twists from beginning to end.
About Space Punks
One hundred years after victory in a devastating war against AI, all human colonies bend to the rule of the Pentad, a ruthless coalition of megacorporations.
Meet the Space Punks—the only ones crazy enough to challenge the Pentad’s all-controlling power…
David wakes up in a high-security prison on the forsaken Martian moon Deimos, with no memory of his past. A chance encounter with Aztec, a deadly purple-haired cyborg, propels him into a daring jailbreak. She brings him on board a mysterious warship manned by the most notorious and badass crew of the galaxy—the Space Punks.
Led by the mysterious “Duchess” this crew of humans and cyborgs is a group of rebellious misfits.
As David tries to regain his memory, he finds himself in battles between mechs, cyborgs, robots, and super-soldiers.
But is there more to the Space Punks than meets the eye?
Everyone on board seems to have their own secret agenda.
Needless to say, the Pentad sends out their best people to get rid of this unruly menace.
And in the shadows lurks the seemingly defeated enemy, a threat to all humankind, ready to strike again…
2. The Blind Spot by Michael Robertson
Another excellent cyberpunk book that I think is a sign that the genre isn’t dead but just moved to the indie realms. In a futuristic city in a post-apocalypse wasteland, there’s a dark and seedy district that is off-the-grid for monitoring by the oppressive authorities. Here, people can indulge their every desire and vice. Well, surprisingly someone is trying to frame that place for terrorism so it can be demolished. But is it a frame job? Some truly fantastic characters.
About The Blind Spot
COULD YOU BETRAY EVERYONE YOU CARE ABOUT TO PREVENT A WAR?
The Blind Spot exists in defiance of Scala City’s dystopian big brother regime. It occupies a small sector in the city, and those who live there believe in their right to privacy. Scala City believe if you’ve done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide. But the Blind Spot have hackers that could bring the larger city to its knees. This is why it’s never spilled over into all-out war. Until now …
A terrorist attack on Scala City’s main plaza has tipped the delicate balance. There is only one person who can halt the conflict before it begins …
Marcie Hugo, daughter of the Blind Spot’s leader, and the district’s best kept secret. Cybernetically enhanced, she’s faster, stronger, and smarter than most. But more importantly, she’s invisible. Protected and hidden away by her father for the majority of her life, she’s in the unique position to move between the Blind Spot and Scala City unnoticed.
With the best hacker in the city on her side, and while the rest of the Blind Spot prepares for a bloody war, Marcie gets to work …
To avoid total annihilation, she will have to betray everyone she loves, starting with her father …
And even then, her chances of success are slim …
Join Marcie in a race against time as she turns over every neon-lit inch of Scala City and The Blind Spot in a quest to discover who’s trying to destroy her home and why. And even if she is successful, with the number of ties she’s severed, how much of a life will she have left to return to?
3. Steel, Blood, and Fire by Allan Batchelder
What happens to barbarian heroes that live to see old age? Tarmun Vykers isn’t that old but retired while he could still enjoy the fruits of his ill gotten gains. He’s then pulled out of retirement by the local queen in order to deal with a genocidal warlord and struggles to get back into the groove of things. I really enjoyed the many Elizabethan, Conan, and other homages throughout.
About Steel, Blood, and Fire
His awestruck opponents call him The Reaper, an iron-willed man with no memory of his past, a ruthless champion who has risen to the level of death incarnate.
But The Reaper has collected a legion of enemies as he cut a bloody swath through the greatest of heroes and villains. And these dogs have finally had their day, exacting a revenge both cruel and creative.
Wandering lost, horribly disfigured and unable to fight, Vykers stumbles across the bones of a half-buried skeleton that can transform his ruined body in an inconceivable way. But first he must make a devil’s pact with…
A secretive, ghostly sorceress with ambitions of her own. If Vykers wants to wield a sword again, he must surrender to Arune that which he holds most dear. But can he trust this ethereal enchantress to hold up her end of their dangerous bargain?
Vykers has few good choices, and he must make them quickly, for an impossibly talented and savage wizard has arisen to threaten all of humanity…
THE END OF ALL THINGS
Once an autistic boy hardly able to speak, The End has evolved into a supernatural terror bent on extinguishing all life. A fearsome and unequaled tactician, The End is the only person who doesn’t fear “The Reaper.”
To have any hope of defeating this bloodthirsty mage, Vykers must gather the strangest, most dangerous cohort of killers ever assembled. Then he must seek out the only weapon that can defeat this terrible adversary…
THE EPIC BATTLE
Behold the greatest clash of men, monsters, and Fey that the kingdom has ever known. Vykers, at the head of his outnumbered contingent, launches a desperate attack against The End, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.
But The End is a creature worthy of his name. He has forged a secret weapon, a wicked and terrible instrument that will break through Vykers’ defenses and exact a devastating toll.
Only one thing is certain, this extraordinary battle will end in a way that no one could have predicted!
4. Exile by Martin Owton
Small-scale stories are rare in fantasy fiction. That’s why I treasure stories like Dunk and Egg. Martin Owton’s Exile is a surprisingly good book about a knight from a defeated kingdom is hired to rescue a couple of noble hostages that his family can’t afford to ransom. The low stakes really helps set it apart from other fantasy works.
‘Exile’ is a fast-moving tightly-plotted fantasy adventure story with a strong thread of romance.
Aron of Darien, raised in exile after his homeland is conquered by a treacherous warlord, makes his way in the world on the strength of his wits and skill with a sword. Both are sorely tested when he is impressed into the service of the Earl of Nandor to rescue his heir from captivity in the fortress of Sarazan. The rescue goes awry. Aron and his companions are betrayed and must flee for their lives. Pursued by steel and magic, they find new friends and old enemies on the road that leads, after many turns, to the city of the High King. There Aron must face his father’s murderer before risking everything in a fight to the death with the deadliest swordsman in the kingdom.
5. The Statement of Andrew Doran by Matthew Davenport
Indiana Jones versus Nazi Cthulhu cultists! Combining heroic Pulp and horror is an idea that I’m surprised more people didn’t come up with. The book has an episodic magazine-like quality with each chapter taking our hero to encounter seemingly every monster in Europe. I would have preferred more horror but the book is just plain fun.
About The Statement of Andrew Doran
Dr. Andrew Doran has been out of touch with the major civilizations for quite a while. When an emissary from his Alma Mater demands his assistance, Andrew is in such a state that he has no choice but to help. The Nazis have taken the Necronomicon from Miskatonic University’s library. With it they could call upon every form of darkness and use the powers of the void to destroy all who stand in their way of unlimited power.
For years Doran has been at odds with Miskatonic University.
Putting his negative feelings aside, Andrew takes charge and heads straight into the Nazi-controlled territories of Europe. Along his journey from America and into the heart of Berlin, the dark Traum Kult, or Dream Cult, has sent beasts from the void between worlds to slow his progress.
This is adventure and monsters unlike anything the anthropologist has ever experienced, and only with the assistance of the trigger-happy Leo and the beautiful Olivia, both members of the French Resistance, does Dr. Doran have any chance of success.
A sane man would flinch.
Dr. Andrew Doran charges in.