Action and Adventure

Action and Adventure

Are you looking for explosions, high-speed chases, rappelling down the sides of buildings, and generally everything that Tom Cruise does on a daily basis?  Then we're sure you're dying to get your hands on free and discounted ebooks in the Action and Adventure genre.  You've come to the right place.  All of our Action and Adventure authors that promote their ebooks want you to get their ebooks at the lowest price possible.  Always free or discounted!

 

Definition of "Action and Adventure Genre": You may ask yourself, how does an Action and Adventure ebook differ from a Thriller ebook?  Fair question.  They may seem similar, but the main aspect of an Action and Adventure ebook is the element of consistent physical danger as a main part of the storyline.  So, while our reference to Tom Cruise and, for instance, his Mission Impossible series was slightly tongue-in-cheek, those stories would actually fall into the Action and Adventure genre.  Another important aspect of the Action and Adventure genre is that the pace of the novel using action is actually just as important as character building and setting--which makes the genre differ from others in a significant fashion.

 

Some examples of Action and Adventure bestselling ebooks are James Patterson (most of his Alex Cross novels), Pierce Brown (Red Rising), Tom Clancy (most of his Jack Ryan novels), and A.G. Riddle (The Atlantis Gene).  

Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky Book 1)

by Rebecca Roanhorse


From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn comes the “engrossing and vibrant” (Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Riot Baby) first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.

A god will return
When the earth and sky converge
Under the black sun

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial even proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world.

Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.

Crafted with unforgettable characters, Rebecca Roanhorse has created a “brilliant world that shows the full panoply of human grace and depravity” (Ken Liu, award-winning author of The Grace of Kings). This epic adventure explores the decadence of power amidst the weight of history and the struggle of individuals swimming against the confines of society and their broken pasts in this “absolutely tremendous” (S.A. Chakraborty, nationally bestselling author of The City of Brass) and most original series debut of the decade.

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Scion of Lightning (The Stormcrafter Chronicles Book 1)

by J.T. Moy


The start of an exciting new series in a brutal world filled with compelling characters, fast action, and a kingdom to save.

The deadliest blades are not made of steel . . . When Jaks almost kills another soldier with his volatile magic, he is forced to tread the fearful path of the electromancer. Succeed, he will be the first in a generation. Fail, he will lose everything.

As the ruthless king of Voros invades the land with axe warriors, skyships and dragons, Jaks and his battlemage master begin a quest to train his powers and uncover a potent artifact that could halt the rampaging enemy.

On their journey through dangerous lands, they are accompanied by a sharp-eyed ranger, a lethal assassin, and a mysterious foreigner with unworldly weapons.

However, nothing is simple when Jaks’ greatest adversary is much closer than he knows.

Trigger warning: Violence, abuse, dark themes

 
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The Outcast Royal Complete Series Boxed Set: Books 1-3

by Michael Anderle


A fell-handed warrior treads a bloody road across the sea from the bloody adventures of Skharr DeathEater

Can Ax-Wed truly leave her people's crumbling decadence behind her? Or will it haunt her as she wanders a savage world, determined to carve her future one ax stroke at a time?

Find out! Pick up this 3-book complete series boxed set to join Ax-Wed on her adventures!

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Circle In The Deep:

When she is kidnapped by sinister forces and trapped in the horrors in the deepest dungeons, will she fall or dig deep to overcome the nightmares incarnate?

Darkness is patient and evil is cunning, and it is hungry for the sorcerous power bequeathed to her by her family.

Her allies face intrigue and treachery in the world above and the city teeters on the brink of destruction. Can she reach the cruel heart of the darkness and destroy it in time to save them?

Mere mortals vie with cunning foes and ancient terrors for the chance to see another day in a world both brutal and beautiful.

Is Ax-Wed enough to turn the tide or will she fall to the black maw of primeval power?

Voice on the Wind:

After Axe-Wed's adventures in Jehadim the intrepid exile had hoped that she'd found a chance for some easy coin among good people. A little guarding of a caravan as they go to barbarian infested steppes, what could be easier... well, perhaps she hadn’t thought that one through.

So now our slayer finds herself in a land where monsters are pets and tribal warfare is life, and wouldn't you know it there is a prophecy... why is there always a prophecy?

Dive into the second chronicle of The Outcast Royal and embrace the ashen road, weapon in hand, as it winds through a primeval land where bone-crushing, man-eating beasts from the dawn of time may be the least of your problems...

Doom Under the Shadow:

Ax-Wed has fought the curse of her people tooth and nail, but it has finally caught up with her.

Is her time finally running out or is there any hope that she can escape the insidious sorcery that threatens to devour her from within?

And if her failure to outrun the dark past brings her to a sure and certain end, how can she make it such that those she loves will be safe and the wicked world will never forget her passing?

Her path brings her to an ancient mountain city with monsters without, monsters within, and monsters beneath. Faced by enormous odds, Ax-Wed’s fell hand will wield her grinning weapon with a resoluteness born of necessity.

But evil is unleashed when eldritch schemes wrought and brewed decades before finally bear their terrible fruit. With her enemy both without and within, can she hope to stand, even when falling means death or worse for those in her care?

In this dark time, allies unlooked for are as strange and terrible as any enemy she might face and it seems her only chance is to throw herself once more into the breach. But what if bloody hands put to bloody work is not enough?

As shadows of an malevolent past stretch longer and deeper than ever before, Ax-Wed will come to face to face with who she is, where she has been, and what she most desperately needs.

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Night of the Purple Moon (The Toucan Trilogy, Book 1)

by Scott Cramer


Comet dust turns the moon a beautiful shade of purple, but it brings fatal consequences: adults across the globe drop dead. Can 13-year-old Abby fight to protect her siblings and survive the apocalyptic nightmare that lies ahead?

800+ 5-star reviews for The Toucan Trilogy (Night of the Purple Moon, Colony East & Generation M)

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How to Be A Badass - 3 Complete Series: Includes How to Be A Badass Witch, Vigilante, and Detective

by Michael Anderle


Virtutis gloria merces

Translation: Glory is the reward of valor

Fed up with playing the normal game, recent university graduate, ex-cum laude, ex-soccer star, ex-popular and mostly broke Kera MacDonagh changes her life when she decides to research how to be a witch... And believes it.

Kera didn’t want to go back east and deal with her overbearing Mom. So, when university was done, she stayed behind in Los Angeles.

Little did she realize how controlling moms can be from the other side of the country.

Feeling a little desperate to make her own way, she buys a few books on business.

And one on a lark ‘How to be a Badass Witch.’

That’s when the trouble started.

Join Kera as she grows into her powers and faces challenges as she learns how to become a badass witch, then vigilante and finally detective. And maybe find love along the way.

Get these three complete series - 9 books total - in one boxed set:

  1. How To Be A Badass Witch
  2. How To Be A Badass Vigilante
  3. How To Be A Badass Detective

Go up and click ‘Read for Free’ or ‘Buy Now’ and find out just what trouble a young woman can get into when the magic just might be real.

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The Wildfire Saga: Books 1, 2, & 3 and The Source: A Wildfire Prequel

by Marcus Richardson


The complete opening trilogy.
NEW EDITION: Now includes Wildfire Prequel story The Source. Watch events unfold that shaped the characters in later books and witness the rise of Jayne Renolds!

For the first time, all three of books of the first Wildfire Trilogy are now available in one massive book--1,405 pages of pandemic-induced, post-apocalyptic mayhem. Follow the saga as Cooper Braaten and his Navy SEALs fight a shadowy enemy bent on destroying the United States--and the world. Join Derek Alston's Rangers as they hunt for and then fight to protect Chad Huntley, the man who never got sick. Stand with Denny Tecumseh as he struggles to find peace in a town tearing itself apart.

Can America survive a bio-weapon attack during a surprise invasion? Who is the Council and why are they willing to go to such lengths to cripple the United States? Will Chad Huntley ever find peace? Will America stumble down the path to civil war? These questions and more are answered in the complete first trilogy of the Wildfire Saga.

Books included in the bundle:

Apache Dawn (Book I)
The Shift (Book II)
Firestorm (Book III)
The Source (Prequel)

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Heretic: A Military Archaeological Space Adventure (The Zenophobia Saga Book 1)

by Brad R. Torgersen


Where did the Zenomorphs come from?

Tigers, wolves, gorillas, and bears. Four planets at each other’s throats. But they have too much in common for it to be a fluke. Just mentioning the possibility that they descended from the same place gets one labeled as a Heretic.

When Sankar comes into possession of a religious text that hints at where they came from, he seizes the opportunity and makes it his mission to find the Truth.

But he needs help from all the races. With a stolen warship and a ragtag band, Sankar sets out to answer the question that is illegal to ask.

Zenophobia. Where fear of the other races started a religion and perpetuated a war.

It’s time for the worlds to embrace the future by learning their past. But the governments aren’t keen on upsetting the status quo and do everything in their power to stop Sankar and his team.

Island of Dr. Moreau meets Indiana Jones, in space, with cutting edge technology…

From two award winning science fiction authors, an archaeological space adventure that you’ll want to read today.

Authors’ note: We went with Zenophobia with a “z” vice xenophobia because the version with the “x” was too rooted in bad stuff that happens on Earth. This is a story set in space.

 
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Welcome To The Family: Blood In, Blood Out (The Morris Crime Family Book 1)

by Alex J. Fischer


Roger joined the Morris crime family to fund his sick sister's medicine. Then when he is promoted to a made man, his life descended into a whirlwind of blood, chaos, and sin. To make matters worse, the boss's obsessive daughter sets her sights on him. Can he refuse her advances, or does he even want to?

His new family knows how to make money and get work done. While they have a knack for getting him into trouble, they treat him better than his own blood.

His goal now is to prove his worth. In order to do that he has to prove he's dependable, loyal, and able. Will he get their approval, or will he crash and burn?

 

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Dark Sky (A Joe Pickett Novel Book 21)

by C. J. Box


Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett must accompany a Silicon Valley CEO on a hunting trip--but soon learns that he himself may be the hunted--in the thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author C. J. Box.

When the governor of Wyoming gives Joe Pickett the thankless task of taking a tech baron on an elk hunting trip, Joe reluctantly treks into the wilderness with his high-profile charge. But as they venture into the woods, a man-hunter is hot on their heels, driven by a desire for revenge. Finding himself without a weapon, a horse, or a way to communicate, Joe must rely on his wits and his knowledge of the outdoors to protect himself and his companion.

Meanwhile, Joe's closest friend, Nate Romanowski, and his own daughter Sheridan learn of the threat to Joe's life and follow him into the woods. In a stunning final showdown, the three of them come up against the worst that nature--and man--have to offer.

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Beneath the Surface

by Trey Everett


Micah has done the research and has all but proven his theory. He's confident that he can single-handedly solve the world's devastating water crisis - he just needs the funding.

After a shocking financial setback to his own non-profit's crucial fundraising attempt, Micah takes the world's fate into his own hands. Convinced his discovery of a freshwater well deep within the Pacific Ocean is the solution to the world's depleting water sources, Micah recruits his wife, a scientist and philanthropist in her own right, two professional acquaintances and one stranger to help him achieve his goal. The unconventional team sets out to accomplish the impossible, hopefully convincing a key investor to fund their full expedition in the process.

As the team gets closer to successfully fulfilling their mission, they begin to discover that some things lurking in the deep of the ocean should be left beneath the surface.

 

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1Q84 (Vintage International)

by Haruki Murakami


“Murakami is like a magician who explains what he’s doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers . . . But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it's the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves.” —The New York Times Book Review
 
The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.

As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.

A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s—1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.

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Time Out!: An Adventure in Time Travel

by Kevin Creager


"Journey back in time with this imaginative read, full of laughter and the unexpected on every page." –Nancy Flinchbaugh, Revelation at the Labyrinth

"If I knew then what I know now."

Wally Stephens' tenth year high-school reunion is looming, but he's not where he hoped to be. No significant accomplishments, no love life, no future goals. Suddenly, he has the opportunity to take a time-out and go back in time six years. Romance with the woman of his dreams begins to appear possible, but first he has to deal with the humorous complications of being out of his time, as well as facing a mysterious man threatening the lives of those he has come to know.

Sometimes guided by a computer program called MyFate, but not always when he needs it, Wally discovers that his goal in going back in time may not be the real purpose behind his trip. Not only must he solve the mystery of why he was the one sent back, but he also has to figure out how to return to his own time. In time.

 

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Mexican Gothic

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “It’s Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America, and after a slow-burn start Mexican Gothic gets seriously weird.”—The Guardian
 
IN DEVELOPMENT AS A HULU ORIGINAL LIMITED SERIES PRODUCED BY KELLY RIPA AND MARK CONSUELOS • WINNER OF THE LOCUS AWARD •  NOMINATED FOR THE BRAM STOKER AWARD

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, NPR, The Washington Post, Tordotcom, Marie Claire, Vox, Mashable, Men’s Health, Library JournalBook Riot, LibraryReads

 
An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . . From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” (Kirkus Reviews) set in glamorous 1950s Mexico.

After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.   
 
Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.
 
Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness. 
 
And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

“It’s as if a supernatural power compels us to turn the pages of the gripping Mexican Gothic.”—The Washington Post

“Mexican Gothic is the perfect summer horror read, and marks Moreno-Garcia with her hypnotic and engaging prose as one of the genre’s most exciting talents.”Nerdist

“A period thriller as rich in suspense as it is in lush ’50s atmosphere.”Entertainment Weekly

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Dark Water Sacrifice

by Zach Lamb


A parent’s guilt. Desperate choices. The ultimate cost.

The dark water has always called to the Blackwell family.

Devastated by the loss of his daughter, Adam Blackwell flees his hometown of Scarsville, Georgia. 

Something lurks beneath the churning black waters, and its patience is running out.  

Two years later, his father is dead and has left him everything, including the lake where Adam’s daughter drowned. Now, Adam must return to the last place he ever wanted to go and settle the affairs of the man he blames for everything. 

The time has come for the next sacrifice, and it will stop at nothing.

Adam believes it will be a short trip to get the house ready for sale. But the closer he gets to the lake, the more memories return from the worst day of his life.

Living in the past is dangerous, but there is nowhere to hide when the past comes back for you.

Staying in the family home, Adam hears small footsteps in the dark. Soon after, he hears the voice of his daughter. She wants him to join her in the depths of the black lake.

When the waters rise, Adam must decide whether he will begin the slow process of healing and somehow find peace between the world of the living and the dead—or become the next Dark Water Sacrifice… 

 

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Field of Prey (The Prey Series Book 24)

by John Sandford


#1 New York Times bestselling author John Sandford continues his phenomenal Prey series—and “for those who think they know everything they need to know about Lucas Davenport, [Field of Prey] proves them wrong…” (Huffington Post)

On the night of the fifth of July, in Red Wing, Minnesota, a boy smelled death in a cornfield off an abandoned farm. When the county deputy took a look, he found a body stuffed in a cistern. Then another. And another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, it was fifteen and counting, the victims killed over just as many summers, regular as clockwork.

How could this happen in a town so small without anyone noticing? And with the latest victim only two weeks dead, Davenport knows the killer is still at work, still close by. Most likely someone the folks of Red Wing see every day. Won’t they be surprised.

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Watcher Academy: League of Watchers Book 1

by S. K. Gregory


Adeline 'Dell' Grimm has been in training to join the Watcher Academy her whole life. A legacy, her grandfather, Edward was one of the Academy's most respected members and Dell is determined to follow in his footsteps.

An impulsive decision could destroy her new life...

Left alone one night, Dell cannot resist a quick look at the recent delivery of artefacts. Artefacts which the Watchers are duty bound to keep hidden away from the world, for they possess supernatural magic, magic that could prove deadly in the wrong hands. Which doesn't bode well for Dell when she accidentally drops one of them.

A Watcher is supposed to keep evil at bay, but what happens when it walks among them?

Soon Dell finds herself missing time and when a fellow Watcher is found murdered, she wonders if she is somehow responsible. 

Turning to her fellow Watchers, Spencer and Max, Dell must figure out the truth before someone else dies.

 

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The Sins of Others

by Florian Schneider


1993. The war-torn Bosnian countryside. Jane Abbott, a seasoned English conflict zone photographer who is no longer easily surprised, is surprised. Stunned, in fact, to’ve come across the son of THE notorious Ingrid Heimlich—who, until her traceless disappearance twenty years ago, had been the world’s most infamous leftist terrorist. Ben Heimlich, the stranded German kid and wannabe reporter she has picked up by the roadside, is either fearless or incredibly naïve—though probably naïve—and were it not for the platoon of Serbian partisans who intercept them on their way, she’d pestered him incessantly with questions of his mother’s whereabouts.


1994. Still reeling from the horror he had seen in Bosnia—and, as ever, wondering where in the world his mother is—Ben Heimlich moves to the United States and settles in the sparkling local neighborhood and global allegory known as Hollywood. As he gets older and, eventually, more affluent, Ben realizes that, no matter how ostensibly successful he’s become, he can’t escape his lingering despair. When he meets Isabel, who’s left her own traumatic early life in Mexico behind to make a new beginning in Los Angeles, his life takes a dramatic upward turn.

Chapter after chapter, Ben and his mother’s backgrounds and personae are illuminated from a multitude of angles by, among others, a former student activist aboard a hijacked airplane on a dusty stretch of tarmac in the capital of Libya in 1971; an aging homeless actor in Los Angeles still waiting for his break in 1994; a young girl who stumbles through the smoldering ruins of Berlin in 1945; a US State Department operative who interferes with sovereign states all over South America; the involuntary teenage wife of an imperious Sinaloan drug lord who attempts to flee her gilded cage; and the ninety-something-year-old son of German immigrants who’d fought for the United States against his parents’ onetime countrymen in World War II.

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The Girl and the Stars (The Book of the Ice 1)

by Mark Lawrence


A stunning new epic fantasy series following a young outcast who must fight with everything she has to survive, set in the same world as Red Sister.
 
In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown. Yaz’s people call it the Pit of the Missing and now it is drawing her in as she has always known it would.
 
To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself begins to freeze, requires a special breed. Variation is dangerous, difference is fatal. And Yaz is not the same.
 
Yaz’s difference tears her from the only life she’s ever known, away from her family, from the boy she thought she would spend her days with, and has to carve out a new path for herself in a world whose existence she never suspected. A world full of difference and mystery and danger.
 
Yaz learns that Abeth is older and stranger than she had ever imagined. She learns that her weaknesses are another kind of strength and that the cruel arithmetic of survival that has always governed her people can be challenged.

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Akio Revelations Complete Series Omnibus

by Michael Anderle


Ancient Warrior—Vampire—Queen’s Bitch...

Akio accepted his Queen’s charge to stay behind and protect humanity from the Forsaken scourge.

She never said it would be easy.

Get the complete series - all 6 books - to find out if Akio, Yuko and Eve accomplish this task for their Queen, or die trying.

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An isolated police report about an island overtaken by feral, red-eyed creatures savaging humans spurs Akio to investigate.

The local police are good at their job, but they’re not well-equipped to handle things that go bump in the night.

Especially not the ones terrorizing this once-peaceful island paradise.

While dealing with the incursion, Akio discovers new information. The situation is escalating—and all evidence points to enemies from his past.

A dangerous science he’d thought was destroyed.

The Forsaken are rising to take their place as the alpha predators.

Now, it’s a race against overwhelming odds as Akio unravels long-laid complex plans and takes the fight to those who threaten the last bastion of civilization on post-apocalyptic Earth.

Can he stop this evil before it enslaves humanity?

Or will the Forsaken succeed in taking over the world?

This complete series omnibus includes:

  1. Reprisal
  2. Retaliation
  3. Retribution
  4. Requiem
  5. Relentless
  6. Redemption

Scroll back to the top and click BUY NOW or READ FOR FREE to dive into the adventures with Akio and his team today!

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Douglas Adams's Starship Titanic: A Novel

by Terry Jones


In this thoroughly satisfying and completely disorienting novel based on a story line by Douglas Adams (author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), Terry Jones recounts an unforgettable tale of intergalactic travel and mishap. The saga of "the ship that cannot possibly go wrong" sparkles with wit, danger, and confusion that will keep readers guessing which reality they are in and how, on earth, to find their way out again.


At the center of the galaxy, a vast, unknown civilization is preparing for an event of epic proportions: the launching of the greatest, most gorgeous, most technologically advanced Starship ever built-the Starship Titanic.

An earthling would see it as a mixture of the Chrysler Building, the tomb of Tutankhamen, and Venice. But less provincial onlookers would recognize it as the design of Leovinus, the galaxy's most renowned architect. He is an old man now, and the creation of the Starship Titanic is the pinnacle achievement of his twenty-year career.

The night before the launch, Leovinus is prowling around the ship having a last little look. With mounting alarm he begins to find things are not right: unfinished workmanship, cybersystems not working correctly, robots colliding with doors. How could this have happened? And how could this have happened without his knowing?

Something somewhere is terribly wrong.

On the following day, in an artificial event staged for the media, the Starship Titanic will leave its construction dock under autopilot and, a few days later, make its way to the terminal to pick up passengers for its maiden voyage. Although the ship will be deserted during its very first flight, it is nevertheless a major event, watched by all the galaxy's media.

Hugely, magnificently, the fabulous ship eases its way forward from the construction dock, picks up speed, sways a bit, wobbles a bit, veers wildly, and just before it can do massive damage to everything around it, appears to undergo SMEF (Spontaneous Massive Existence Failure).

In just ten seconds, the whole, stupendous enterprise is over. And our story has just begun.

Somehow three earthlings, one Blerontin journalist, a semideranged parrot, and a shipful of disoriented robots must overcome their differences. It's the only way to save the Starship Titanic ("The Ship That Cannot Possibly Go Wrong") from certain destruction and rescue the economy of an entire planet-not to mention to survive the latest threat, an attack by a swarm of hostile shipbuilders. . . .

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