Today’s special addition to our Free Book Alert listings is the perfect introduction, a story-length prequel, to Patrick Ness’ award-winning Chaos Walking trilogy. And it’s available exclusively on Kindle…
(Ed. Note: We’ve had a spate of memoirs the past few years by performers with little story to tell and even less skill for storytelling, but James M. Turner is a glorious exception. He engaged me fully with the story of his ascent as a musician, but this book was transformed from a good read to a can’t-put-down with the compelling tale of the deeds and dangers involved in his struggles for human decency in the jungle of southeast Asia. Along the way he reveals a novelist’s touch for narrative and dialogue. It’s not only a wonderful story of one man’s times, but better yet, of his struggle to redeem those times. –S.W.)
- Born in the UK in the heart of rural Cheshire in 1961 where he completed his secondary education before re-locating to Manchester in the late 1970’s to begin studying the Saxophone.
- During the mid 80’s establishes himself as a popular choice for successful pop groups of the day and goes on to play with many international acts including UK pop phenomena ‘Bros’ and ‘Take That’ Moves to Thailand in 2002 which is largely the setting for his first auto-biographical memoir ‘Beyond The Comfort Zone’ based partly upon his experiences there.
- Relocates again in 2005 to Los Angeles California and begins to work in the film business, working on films such as Crystal Sky Pictures ‘Tekken’, ‘Death Race 2’ (2010) as well as ‘Annihilation Earth’ and ‘Witchville’ for the Sci-Fi channel.
- His first Television series screenplay ‘The Taker’ is heading for production late 2010. Besides his other talents James is a keen swimmer and linguist. As well as English he speaks both Spanish and Thai, his Mandarin Chinese is still a work in progress. When he is not on film sets he divides his time between Los Angeles, Manchester and Asia.
Beyond The Comfort Zone is among the best, and certainly the most engrossing, non-fiction books I have read in a long time. One of the strongest compliments I can pay is that while being entirely believable and hyperbole-free, it reads like fiction, and tightly written, exciting fiction at that. [..] Sometimes incredibly funny at others desperately heartbreaking, I could not put it down. “
“His exceptional journey is the making of a Hollywood blockbuster and at times I had to remind myself that it’s a true story [..] Turner’s dialogue leaps off the page. A Shantaram for south east asia.”
“this is one book that will grip you from start to finish. If you’re looking for a unique read, full of interest, intrigue, danger, and high emotion, then this is the book for you.
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The New World is a story-length Kindle Exclusive prequel that sets the stage for the world you will discover in The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters of Men, each of which is now available for pre-order at Kindle-appropriate prices in the US Kindle Store, and we hope will soon be available for UK Kndle customers.
The New World
by Patrick Ness – Kindle Price: $0.00 – Text-to-Speech: Enabled
Ransom X (Legacy Series)
by I. B. Holder – Kindle Price: £0.00 – Text-to-Speech: Enabled
Martin Legace is a former special ops standout, once recognized as the top field interrogator in the American military complex. His study of the human mind was carried out in make-shift tents on the edge of the battlefield; he didn’t write or read the book on how to break a prisoner, he simply followed his instincts, dissecting human behavior in a way that verges on autism. He had a reputation for getting anything out of anyone – “had” being the operative word. Five years ago, a random crime shattered Legace’s world. Withdrawing inside himself, he built his life around the only family he had left, his teenage daughter. He withdrew from operations, and took the most isolated post he could, in the basement of the Alexandria FBI, working the archives. Legace brought consequence to the job. His tactics of getting inside the minds of criminals led to a controversial new form of investigation that came to be known as- shadow projection. It was a term coined by his insufferable regional director, Bailey, and Legace couldn’t begin to count the ways he hated the simplification of his process. Legace threw the deductive model out the window. He didn’t follow the trail of the criminal; he took on criminals who were smart enough to leave no trail. They were fixed objects like sundials casting a unique shadow for every incremental step in their journey. His methods involved knowing the inner workings of the criminal, and projecting forward to the next activity that such a person would engage in. His life was verging on stable when a young female agent from Washington walked into his office with an opportunity, an obligation and a threat. Now, normally Legace would have ignored all three, but there was something about the case and the victim that struck a very personal chord in him. All of his powers were going to be needed for a case that landed on his desk along the agent who now called herself his new partner. There was an abduction ring that was preying upon young women of marginal fame, using them in adult films and ransoming them for the price of pornography. The profit engine became a fad among perverts (the largest single unified economic bloc) and the income was staggering. This great influx of capital precipitated a bold move by the abductors. Their newest acquisition was the daughter of an old friend, the Director of the FBI. All hell was breaking loose over the Web and the world, and with a two-week window to find his quarry, Legace knew that his performance on this case would either cement his reputation as borderline charlatan with blood on his hands, or announce his reinstatement as borderline hero with all of the official responsibilities that entails, and he couldn’t actually say which outcome he feared more.
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Fire Engine That Disappeared, The Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo£2.99
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