Best Free Kindle Books for 12-24-12

The Ghosts of Varner Creek

By Michael Weems / Genre: Horror, Mystery & Thrillers / Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (421 reviews)

The Ghosts of Varner Creek

At 87, Solomon “Sol” Mayfield is taken on an otherworldly journey to discover what really happened to his family. Sol has been able to see ghosts ever since his mother and sister mysteriously disappeared when he was a child. When he dies in a nursing home in the second chapter of the novel, it’s only the beginning of his story. He’s reunited with his sister, Sarah, who reveals family secrets he was never able to learn while he was alive. The novel flashes back to 1909, when Sol was 12 and Sarah was 13. The day after Sarah’s birthday, Sol wakes up to find that his mother and sister are gone. Many in their small town of Varner Creek, Texas, assume that Sol’s mother, Annie, had finally had enough of his abusive father, Abram; others suspect foul play. Abram blamed Annie for Sarah’s Down syndrome and for trapping him in a small town by becoming pregnant at 14. Sent to live with his Aunt Emma and Uncle Colby, Sol is visited one night by what appears to be Sarah’s ghost. Is his sister dead? If so, who killed her? And what about their mother? Sol sets out to find the answers, some of which are not revealed until decades later. Weems’ story unfurls slowly, at a pace that feels consistent with life in a small Texas town. He has an impressive knack for dialect, and regional accents and idioms help bring the characters into vivid relief. Also, Sol’s self-deprecation and world-weary charm make him an instantly likable narrator. While it’s easy to get pulled into his story, the narrative sags a bit in the middle when the reader is given a thorough history of how Sol’s parents met, which doesn’t feel entirely necessary to the main story. When the final mystery is unveiled, however, the solution is sufficiently unexpected if not completely shocking.

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Best Free Kindle books for 12-23-12

Life From Scratch

By Melissa Ford / Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (187 reviews)

Life From Scratch

Divorced, heartbroken and living in a lonely New York apartment with a tiny kitchen, Rachel Goldman realizes she doesn’t even know how to cook the simplest meal for herself. Can learning to fry an egg help her understand where her life went wrong? She dives into the culinary basics. Then she launches a blog to vent her misery about love, life and her goal of an unburnt casserole.To her amazement, the blog’s a hit. She becomes a minor celebrity. Next, a sexy Spaniard enters her life. Will her souffles stop falling? Will she finally forget about the husband she still loves? And how can she explain to her readers that she still hasn’t learned how to cook up a happy life from scratch?

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Free Kindle Books for 12-22-12

SIkander

By M. Salahuddin Khan / Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (85 reviews)

SIkander

SIKANDER is the tale of the son of a Pakistani middle-class family. It’s 1986. Seventeen-year-old Sikander, dreams of studying and living in America, but after a family quarrel, he leaves his Peshawar, Pakistan home. Encountering mujahideen warriors, he joins them in their fight against the occupying Soviets in neighboring Afghanistan. American assistance is stepped up with advanced weapons, like the Stinger missile, and the mujahideen are able to neutralize the Soviet military advantage. After just two years following Sikander’s arrival, a Soviet withdrawal begins. Amid the turmoil, Sikander finds love and marries a young, sharp-witted Afghan village girl. With the fighting all but over, the couple decide to move to Sikander’s Pakistan home where he hopes to reconcile with his family. But his dream of living in America endures. It’s a dream that is shattered in the aftermath of 9/11 and in seeking to help his Afghan relatives, Sikander, now a successful entrepreneur, finds himself on an unavoidable collision course with the America of his dreams.

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Best Free Kindle Books for 12-21-12

Man-Made: The Chronicles of Our Extraterrestrial Gods

By Wayne Laliberte and Rita Louise / Genre: Social Sciences / Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (10 reviews)

Man-Made: The Chronicles of Our Extraterrestrial Gods

Mythology is filled with stories of torrid romances, elaborate and intricate plots, violence, scandals and conspiracies. It tells tales of a time when the Gods walked the Earth. Contemporary science contends that the gods were the product of someone’s fanciful imagination. Did the writers, chroniclers and scribes of our distant past actually record an accurate view of our origin?

Starting with, “In The Beginning”, and ending with the development of civilization as we know it, Man-Made: The Chronicles Of Our Extraterrestrial Gods focuses on our most ancient of stories. It brings together myths from many cultures including the Sumerians, the Greeks, the Maya and the Aborigines of Australia. It follows the text and chronology laid out by the myths themselves. Current scientific discoveries are then placed side-by-side with these early world views. Taken as a whole, what they reveal is astonishing.

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Free Kindle Books for 12-20-12

Smokeless Fire (Fire Spirits #1)

By Samantha Young / Genre: Romance / Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (95 reviews)

Smokeless Fire (Fire Spirits #1)

When eighteen year old Ari Johnson is transported from her bedroom into the chilling realm of Mount Qaf – home to the terrifying and mercurial Jinn – she learns a truth that rocks her very world. Suddenly her anxiety over college and her broken friendship with Charlie seem like small change compared to the war she now finds herself stuck in the middle of. Her unease isn’t lessened any by the hot guardian, Jai, who won’t stop following her around everywhere – a Jinn whose loyalty Ari hates to question but must. She has no idea who she can trust.

When the truth burns through her life in its determination to turn it to ashes, Ari will have to battle with ancient deadly creatures, epic family drama and heart-wrenching romantic entanglements.

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