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 HERESY WITHIN BY ROB J. HAYES
Rob J. Hayes is one of the unsung heroes of not just grimdark fantasy but also promoting indie work throughout the fantasy fandoms of the internet. The Heresy Within is one of his earliest works back when we had the same publisher and I really enjoyed it then. An Inquisitor, a female swordsman, and a bandit join together to stop a horde of demons that they’d all rather be doing anything than else than doing. It is very hard R-rated fantasy and certain to scratch that Joe Abercrombie-esque or Brent Weeks itch.
About The Heresy Within
For generations the Inquisition has stood between humanity and the forces of darkness. It has failed.
Thanquil Darkheart is a witch hunter for the Inquisition, on a holy crusade to rid the world of heresy. He’s also something else… expendable. When the God Emperor gives Thanquil an impossible task, he knows he has no choice but to venture deep into the Wilds to hunt down a fallen Inquisitor.
Even the best swordswoman is one bad day away from a corpse. It’s a lesson Blademaster Jezzet Vel’urn isn’t keen to learn. Chased into the Wilds by a vengeful warlord, Jezzet makes it to the free city of Chade. But instead of sanctuary all she finds are more enemies from her past.
The Black Thorn is a cheat, a thief, a murderer and worse. He’s best known for the killing of several Inquisitors and every town in the Wilds has a WANTED poster with his name on it. Thorn knows it’s often best to lie low and let the dust settle, but some jobs pay too well to pass up.
As their fates converge, Jezzet, Thanquil, and the Black Thorn will need to forge an uneasy alliance in order to face the truth the Inquisition has been hiding from them all.
2. MIND BURN BY RHETT BRUNO
Mind Burn is a pretty good combination of detective procedural and speculative fiction. In the future, everyone has an implant that is ubiquitous as a cell phone. This includes programming that prevents people from engaging in violent behavior. Of course, as with all security, there’s hacks and someone is using them to carry out shooting sprees for reasons unknown. There’s perhaps a little too many ideas going on but I really enjoyed this and it’s right up my ally as a huge cyberpunk fan.
About Mind Burn
When hackers can tap directly into the mind, you can’t trust anyone—even yourself.
It’s understandable to be nervous when your new employer tasks you with investigating the first successful mass shooting in twelve years.
Fortunately, detective-in-training Cowan Soto has a Personal Brain Assistant—a cybernetic implant—that allows him to firewall pesky emotions like worry and guilt and redact memories of bullet-riddled corpses. Unfortunately, Cowan soon learns it was his suspect’s PBA which allowed a ruthless hacker to puppet her into a shooting rampage.
Aided by a veteran investigator, a brilliant CFO, a nihilistic cybercriminal, and the best waifu madam in Kearny Mesa, Cowan must wade through a gauntlet of homicidal professional gamers, the Russian mafia, and the board of OneWorld to bring this ruthless puppetmaster to justice.
All the while, the brand new detective is concealing the fact that he’s the exact type of criminal OneWorld has hired him to arrest: a loose circuit—a human unbound by behavioral modification protocols.
3. MISKATONIC UNIVERSITY: ELDER GODS 101 BY MATT DAVENPORT
Do you like Drew Hayes Super Powered? Did you ever think it would have been better if it had TENTACLE? Well, Miskatonic University: Elder Gods 101 is a book I really enjoy for the fact it does have a bunch of likable superpowered teens in their freshman year. Is it horror? Not in the slightest and the Cult of Cthulhu is less threatening than your typical Buffy Big Bad. Still, I absolutely love the characters and if you do know your HPL then you will get even more out of the story.
About Miskatonic University: Elder Gods 101
Miskatonic University is bathed in the blood of the students who have walked its halls. A place where the darkness is more than just shadows.
As with many of the best universities, many students having a distinguished family name—but at Miskatonic this can be as much a curse as a blessing.
Such an aged repository of occult histories has secrets of its own. Miskatonic University is an anchor for all reality. Held tentatively in place by spells woven into its walls over generations.
Someone, somewhere, is breaking those spells and all of the universe is on the brink of tearing apart.
A spell was cast to alter causality and bring together the strongest bloodlines to have ever walked through the halls of Miskatonic University. The Scion Cycle.
Some of this year’s freshmen have their own secrets. Their veins pumping with the cursed blood of their families. They must overcome the horror of their lineage and unearth who they truly are if reality is to be saved.
The power of Kaziah Mason, the brood of Innsmouth, the madness of R’lyeh, the quest of Randolph Carter, and the insane brilliance of Herbert West in the hands of teenagers.
What could possibly go wrong?
4. AUXILIARY: LONDON 2039 BY JON RICHTER
I’ve mentioned my love of cyberpunk and police procedurals and this remains the case here with the story of a London controlled by an all-seeing AI that directs the police to whatever needs to be resolved. However, the AI is seemingly directly going after specific groups that are harmless and covering up for other murders. Has someone reprogrammed it or has the machine developed a mind of its own? I enjoyed this stories characterization, world-building, and just how DARK it is willing to get.
What is Auxiliary: London 2039?
The silicon revolution left Dremmler behind but a good detective is never obsolete.
London is quiet in 2039—thanks to the machines. People stay indoors, communicating through high-tech glasses and gorging on simulated reality while 3D printers and scuttling robots cater to their every whim. Mammoth corporations wage war for dominance in a world where human augmentation blurs the line between flesh and steel. And at the center of it all lurks The Imagination Machine: the hyper-advanced, omnipresent AI that drives our cars, flies our planes, cooks our food, and plans our lives.
Servile, patient, tireless … TIM has everything humanity requires. Everything except a soul. Through this silicon jungle prowls Carl Dremmler, police detective—one of the few professions better suited to meat than machine. His latest case: a grisly murder seemingly perpetrated by the victim’s boyfriend. Dremmler’s boss wants a quick end to the case, but the tech-wary detective can’t help but believe the accused’s bizarre story: that his robotic arm committed the heinous crime, not him.
An advanced prosthetic, controlled by a chip in his skull. A chip controlled by TIM. Dremmler smells blood: the seeds of a conspiracy that could burn London to ash unless he exposes the truth. His investigation pits him against desperate criminals, scheming businesswomen, deadly automatons—and the nightmares of his own past. And when Dremmler finds himself questioning even TIM’s inscrutable motives, he’s forced to stare into the blank soul of the machine. Auxiliary is gripping, unpredictable, and bleakly atmospheric—ideal for fans of cyberpunk classics like the Blade Runner movies, Richard K. Morgan’s Altered Carbon, William Gibson’s Neuromancer, and the Netflix original series Black Mirror.
5. CERBERUS: ASSASSINATION PROTOCOL by Andy Peloquin
Assassination Protocol is a book that takes place in a Warhammer 40K-esque future where the protagonist is a disabled veteran who is able to go full Batman with his cybernetic enhancements. Equipped with a snarky AI companion and some locals he is protecting from gangsters on a hive planet, he is kind of like Burn Notice in space. It’s a fun series and despite its dystopian setting, pretty uplifting and fun. I binged all fourteen books in a row. Which, like, I never do.
What is Assassination Protocol?
Nolan Garrett is Cerberus. A government assassin, tasked with fixing the galaxy’s darkest, ugliest problems with a bullet to the brain.
Armed with cutting-edge weapons and an AI-run cybernetic suit that controls his paralyzed legs, he is the fist in the shadows, the dagger to the heart of the Nyzarian Empire’s enemies.
Then he found Bex on his doorstep…
A junkie, high on the drug he’d fought for years to avoid, and a former elite soldier like him. So he takes her in to help her get clean—Silverguards never leave their own behind.
If only he’d known his actions would put him in the crosshairs of the most powerful cartel in New Avalon.
Facing an army of gangbangers, drug pushers, and thugs, Nolan must fight to not only carry out his mission, but to prevent the escalating violence from destroying everything he loves.
Cerberus: Assassination Protocol is the riveting, heart-pounding first book in the epic military sci-fi Cerberus series. If you like fearless heroes, non-stop futuristic action, and neck-breaking plot twists, you’ll love Andy Peloquin’s thrilling military space opera series.
Buy Cerberus: Assassination Protocol now to watch an assassin fight to protect the innocent!