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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.

1. The Utterly Uninteresting Adventures of Fred the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes

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The problem with vampire stories isn’t that vampires are passe. Vampires are passe the same way an ingredient is. Tomatoes are never passe. Nor is salt. No, the problem is very few people do anything new with them or even mix up the formula a little bit. Fred the Vampire Accountant is like the Bill the Vampire series in that all you need to do is mix it up just a little to get gold. Fred never becomes sexy or badass because of his vampirism. No, he’s not even a better accountant. However, he does make a fantastic cozy fantasy lead for those who want someone to triumph through the power of friendship.

About Fred the Vampire Accountant

Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one. Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort.

One fateful night – different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful – Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos that is the parahuman world, a world with chipper zombies, truck driver wereponies, maniacal necromancers, ancient dragons, and now one undead accountant trying his best to “survive.” Because even after it’s over, life can still be a downright bloody mess.

2. Neon Nights: A Cyberpunk Detective Thriller by Anna Mocikat

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Cyberpunk is something of an acquire taste like Insane Clown Posse or the spice melange. You either don’t care for it or love it to a life destroying degree. There’s just something about near future dystopias brought on by capitalism that is either something you’re already living in or something you want to see brought down. Neon Nights is the perfect example of a cyberpunk thriller that is just enjoyable for telling a story. There’s some cybernetic implant harvesters in a corrupt cyberpunk city and there’s some cops investigating it with varying degrees of enthusiasm. It’s sexy, dark, fun, and noir. It also ties into but doesn’t require one to read the Behind Blue Eyes series by the same author.

About Neon Nights

Homicide detective Siro Ferreira-Nunes must solve his most challenging case.

More and more people end up dead in the “city of dreams,” an allegedly perfect society. The victims haven’t just been murdered; they’ve been also horribly mutilated and stripped of their neural implants and augmentations. This is not the work of a serial killer but the signature of crime syndicates who sell the costly augmentations on the black market.

A specialist in organized crime, detective Ferreira-Nunes is the right man for job. Partnered with the sharp-witted Kate Spader, they delve into the seedy underworld of Oldtown, the megacity’s most notorious district, where life is cheap and criminal masterminds know how to evade the all-controlling “perfect” society of Olympias.

One of the victims, a popular TV star provides a surprising clue: behind his shiny smile the actor hid a shocking double life in Oldtown’s infamous redlight district. Was the man really just a victim?

The investigation leads Siro and Kate from Oldtown’s gritty shadows to the opulent penthouses of the elite in the skyscrapers above. After the detectives barely survive an assassination attempt on their lives, the Guardian Angels, Olympias’ notorious elite cyborg enforcers enter the stage.

But can they be trusted or are they following their own agenda?

3. The Blueprint (The Upgrade) by Wesley Cross

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The Blueprint is the other end of the spectrum from Neon Nights, which is about living in a dystopian peak capitalist hellhole in the future. Instead, Neon Nights is about how the democratic and social institutions that prevent us from going full cyberpunk erode before collapsing entirely. Fun reading, huh! Actually, it is. Wesley Cross channels serious Tom Clancy energy with a tweaking of the politics as it turns out that a couple of good men aren’t going to be able to save the system through the power of their righteousness. No, instead, they just have to mitigate the damage as best they can in this fun techno-thriller that shows where it’s going to end. They can’t save America but maybe they can save a piece of it.

About The Blueprint

Corporate warfare.

Human augmentation.

Jason Hunt didn’t sign up for any of this. But to survive, he’d need to beat nearly impossible odds in this internationally best-selling science-fiction thriller.

There’s a corporate cabal that wants to rule the world. Some might say it has been doing it already for decades by whatever means necessary. But they are no longer content to hide in the shadows. They want to become true masters.

Jason Hunt knows nothing about that world. But when his wife becomes ill, he finds himself pitted against the cabal that might hold the key to her survival. To save her, he needs to embrace technology he doesn’t understand, take over a billion-dollar company without a billion dollars, outsmart professional assassins, and land a contract with the DOD. But even that might not be enough.

4. Mercury’s Son by Luke Hindmarsh

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The third of our dystopian novels this month but going in a very different direction from the other two. This one is outright post-apocalyptic. The Earth has been detroyed environmentally and just like humans are won’t to do, they learn their lesson too late. The world is now ruled by a theocratic bunch of tree hugging Luddites who, like all theocracies, are hypocritical as fuck. Valko is a cyborg they used as an enforcer and not really down with the Mother Earth worshiping business that requires a secret police. However, they’re the only people who can maintain his systems so he’s stuck between a rock and a hard place. Then one of the more controversial members of the inner party gets murdered and he’s stuck with a case no one wants solve but no one can leave alone.

About Mercury’s Son

Valko can see the last moments of a victim’s life.

It comes at a price — a scrap of flesh cut from his brain and replaced with an implant. Bound to a drug that lets him use his insight, but brings with it the pain of synthetic emotion, he’s at war with himself.

Now a killer has found a way to hide from him and two people are dead. Someone wants to keep their secrets buried. The trail leads out into the wasteland where death flies on the wind as nanotech dust.

Manipulated and betrayed, Valko must get to the truth before his time runs out.

If he only knew who to trust, maybe he’d have a chance, but a man with an artificial soul can’t even trust himself …

5. Dungeon Crawler Carl by Matt Dinniman

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Many will say we saved the best for last and they’d be right, even though Fred puts up a mean fight. Dungeon Crawler Carl is an amazing black comedy about a guy who survives the destruction of Earth and all of the survivors being dumped on a sadistic game show where you either level up to survive or die horribly for the amusement of the masses. It’s running man meets World of Warcraft with a Grand Theft Auto level of satire. It also has a talking cat named Princess Doughnut.

About Dungeon Crawler Carl?

A man. His ex-girlfriend’s cat. A sadistic game show unlike anything in the universe: a dungeon crawl where survival depends on killing your prey in the most entertaining way possible. In a flash, every human-erected construction on Earth—from Buckingham Palace to the tiniest of sheds—collapses in a heap, sinking into the ground.

The buildings and all the people inside have all been atomized and transformed into the dungeon: an 18-level labyrinth filled with traps, monsters, and loot. A dungeon so enormous, it circles the entire globe. Only a few dare venture inside. But once you’re in, you can’t get out. And what’s worse, each level has a time limit. You have but days to find a staircase to the next level down, or it’s game over. In this game, it’s not about your strength or your dexterity. It’s about your followers, your views. Your clout. It’s about building an audience and killing those goblins with style.

You can’t just survive here. You gotta survive big.

You gotta fight with vigor, with excitement. You gotta make them stand up and cheer. And if you do have that “it” factor, you may just find yourself with a following. That’s the only way to truly survive in this game—with the help of the loot boxes dropped upon you by the generous benefactors watching from across the galaxy. They call it Dungeon Crawler World. But for Carl, it’s anything but a game.

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