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.
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As an indie author on Kindle (Space Academy Dropouts, I was a Teenage Weredeer, Esoterrorism), here are some of my favorites:
1. Terran Privateer (Duchess of Terra) by Glynn Stewart
Blurb: Earth is conquered.
Sol is lost.
One ship is tasked to free them.
One Captain to save them all.
When an alien armada destroys the United Earth Space Force and takes control of the human homeworld, newly reinstated Captain Annette Bond must take her experimental hyperspace cruiser Tornado into exile as Terra’s only interstellar privateer.
She has inferior technology, crude maps and no concept of her enemy, but the seedy underbelly of galactic society welcomes her so long as she has prizes to sell and money to spend.
But when your only allies are pirates and slavers, things are never as they seem and if you become all that you were sworn to destroy, what are you fighting for?
Mini-Review: The Terran Privateer books are about how humanity has been overrun by aliens and our heroine wants to serve as a privateer to try to work on making humanity no longer enslaved. Except, it’s not quite that simple. Yes, humanity has been annexed but that’s because we’re a strategic position for a larger interstellar conflict and weren’t going to be allowed to be free no matter what. Plus, our heroine isn’t sure that it’s possible to strike at the empire holding her down. But still, piracy! This is the start of a very interesting series and one that I heartily recommend.
2. The Immorality Clause by Brian Parker
Blurb: Easytown’s robotic pleasure clubs are a serial killer’s playground.
The futuristic slum in eastern New Orleans is a violent place where any vice can be satisfied–for a price. As long as the taxes are paid and tourists continue to flock to the city, businesses are allowed to operate as they see fit. Easytown has given rise to the robotic sex trade; where the robots are nearly human and always better than the real thing.
Homicide detective, Zach Forrest, has never trusted the machines. When a string of grisly murders rocks the city, he must hunt down the killer responsible. With no witnesses, and no evidence, Forrest embarks on an investigation that will challenge the very scope of reality. Will Forrest find the killer before he becomes the next victim?
Mini-Review: Brian Parker has done a fantastic job in creating a cyberpunk version of New Orleans in the future. The noir detective sensibilities go well with the vision of the future where every vice is clean, safe, and easily available but no less addictive or designed to take every less credit from your pocket. New Orleans is also the perfect sort of setting for this kind of story. As a huge cyberpunk and noir fan, I think this is the kind of book series made directly for me.
3. Starship for Sale by M.R. Forbes
Blurb: When Ben Murdock receives a text message offering a fully operational starship for sale, he’s certain it has to be a joke.
Already trapped in the worst day of his life and desperate for a way out, he decides to play along. Except there is no joke. The starship is real. And Ben’s life is going to change in ways he never dreamed possible.
All he has to do is sign the contract.
Joined by his streetwise best friend and a bizarre tenant with an unseverable lease, he’ll soon discover that the universe is more volatile, treacherous, and awesome than he ever imagined.
And the only thing harder than owning a starship is staying alive.
If you like found starships, unlikely heroes and intergalactic mayhem, you’ll love Starship For Sale, the latest sci-fi adventure from bestselling author M.R. Forbes.
Mini-Review: Starship for Sale is a story in the vein of the Explorers and The Last Starfighter. A young teenager finds out he’s dying of cancer when he receives a weird text that leads him to a starship for sale. Soon, he and his best friend are traveling across the universe with a price on their heads and no idea how to deal with their situation. This is a really fun book and great for an afternoon’s read. It is both silly and poignant in equal respects.
4. Assassin: A Dark Epic Fantasy Novel by Andy Peloquin
Blurb: All in Voramis know the legend of the Hunter.
Relentless. Immortal. Death walking. The greatest assassin who ever lived.
Pay the master killer his due and the Hunter will execute any target, carry out any contract, no matter how impossible.
But when the Bloody Hand crime syndicate harms the innocents under his protection, they foolishly make an enemy of the one man they can’t afford to anger. The price of the Hunter’s vengeance is high—paid in blood and eternal damnation. Not even an army of crooks, cutthroats, and demonic creatures of nightmare can stand in his way.
He’s far more than just one man…he’s the Keeper-damned Hunter of Voramis.
Mini-Review: Andy Peloquin’s world of Voramis is a stinking pit of a fantasy city, full of corruption and murder as well as dark sorcery. Well, the latter is still a secret but the Hunter of Voramis is slowly coming to realize it’s the case even if he’s been using a magic dagger for years. I absolutely love this series and recommend it for all the people who love dark fantasy that doesn’t quite veer completely into grimdark.
5. Cyberpunk City: The Machine Killer by DL Young
Blurb: Sprawling megacities, rogue AIs, black market tech, modded mercenaries, and a pulse-pounding story filled with unexpected twists!
A notorious data thief thinks his life of cybercrime is behind him. He couldn’t be more wrong.
Forced by a powerful executive to steal a priceless dataset, Blackburn Maddox uncovers the shocking truth of a secret war between AIs, raging inside the digital universe known as virtual space. Plunged headlong into the deadly conflict, he’ll have to use every trick he’s ever learned—and a few he’s never tried before—if he wants to survive.
If you love gritty, near-future scifi, you won’t want to miss this series!
Mini-Review: The Machine Killer is a fairly light-hearted, though it has dark elements PG-13 cyberpunk thriller that has likable characters as well as good world-building. I also absolutely love the cover and think it’s one of the best ones I’ve ever seen. The protagonists find themselves roped into the kind of corporate conspiracy that is common to the genre but it fee;s a lot more grounded than is typical. This really does feel like corporates playing with the fire of AI and not knowing what they’re getting into. I also really enjoyed the “cult” aspect where people give their lives over to AI to live for them.