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Initial post: 23 Apr 2012 19:51:47 BDT
Now finally on offer FREE in the UK: The Second Amendment #1 (it was price-matched at free with competitors a week ago in the USA.

If you've ever felt anxious travelling to the States because of the proliferation of guns there, or wondered why they don't (or are unable to) adopt the same strict gun laws as here in the UK - this book at the very least will intrigue you.

But my main aim has been to EXCITE - so this is a hard-hitting thriller from beginning to end as America's far right find themselves in a pitched battle against the FBI and key politicians for the hearts and minds of America over this thorny issue. Hope you enjoy it.

Also available: The Second Amendment #2

Other authors and readers: please by all means post notices of other FREE books here.

>>>>>>>>>

One simple thesis.
But it threatens the very
roots of the Constitution.
There's too much at stake.

20,000 gun deaths a year, schoolyard massacres, and now a wave of militia bombings... America is under siege.

At the heart of the storm is Josette Horvath, the FBI counter-terrorist agent whose world is torn apart when her young son, Daniel, falls victim to a militia bomb. Her brother Bernard's latest political studies thesis meanwhile focuses on the thorny issue suddenly foremost with the President and an outraged America: stricter gun control.

But Bernard doesn't appreciate just how momentous and far-reaching his thesis is destined to become. And as Josette, torn between tracking the bombers and coping with her son's fate, discovers the extent to which the far right have infiltrated the FBI and the White House - she realizes this is one final battle she can't possibly win.

An explosive, uncompromising thriller which confronts head-on one of the most fiery issues of the past two decades: gun control.

Reviews:
If Vince Flynn and John Grisham got together to tackle probably the most controversial issue of the past two decades - Gun Control - this is what they might come up with. Hair-trigger suspense all the way. Electrifying.
Crime Ink

The FBI and Capitol Hill go head-on against the far-right and self-appointed militias in this no-holds-barred thriller. Amongst all the bullets and mayhem, the thorny issue of gun control is also handled sensitively - but don't expect much time to draw breath between the two. A 'loaded' issue in more ways than one.
Books, etc.

A novelist of real accomplishment.
Amazon co.uk.

John Matthews is a leading British thriller writer. His books span genres of crime, action, mystery and legal-thriller and include: Basikasingo, Crescents of the Moon, Past Imperfect, The Last Witness, The Second Amendment, Ascension Day, The Shadow Chaser and The Prophet.

They have been translated into 12 languages with total sales of 1.2 million. In 2007, Past Imperfect was included in a top ten all-time best legal thrillers list in The Times. He was one of only two British authors in the list.

Posted on 25 Apr 2012 22:50:37 BDT
Things that go BUMP in the night....

Posted on 7 May 2012 11:20:49 BDT
I. Black says:
FREE PROMOTION TODAY ONLY A Brief History of the Haggis (Short Story)

So you thought the haggis was Scottish, eh? Well, think again. This brief history charts the journey of Scotland's national treasure from its origins in...err...well that would be telling... Prepare yourself for an eye-watering romp through history and discover the TRUTH BEHIND THE HAGGIS!

5.0 out of 5 stars Rolicking Good Fun!, 13 April 2012
By Grandma - Published on Amazon.com

'You've heard of Haggis - that horrible Scottish mess of oatmeal and innards boiled up in a sheep's stomach. (May my Scottish ancestors forgive me the "horrible" business.) There is very little that Grandma can say about this little short story without giving away the plot, which would be a crime. Robbie Burns would never forgive Grandma. Suffice it to say that it is a hoot, one I expect you'll get as big a kick out of as I did.
Definitely recommended for those who need a laugh!'

Please, kind readers, if you enjoyed this, take a moment to give me a short review. And I hope it inspires you to look at my other short stories and my novels:

Noontide Owls A Crossover Fantasy
The Moon's Complexion Set in Surrey, India and Sri Lanka. A romantic thriller
Darshan: a Journey Set mainly in Oxford and India: A young Indian girl searches for her past - and for love.

Posted on 7 May 2012 18:52:13 BDT
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Posted on 8 May 2012 14:27:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 May 2012 19:41:31 BDT
MaxwellBlack says:
The Screen Conspiracy Last day of FREE Offer Today 9th May

Top 10 Legal Thrillers category

View trailer on my Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Maxwell-Black/e/B0034ODIH6/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 or alternatively on youtube @: http://youtu.be/DQSnmwE9S6k

Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Excellent
It was a very fast moving and excellent story. I thought that the author covered some unpleasant aspects in the story without going into too much detail, which made it a more pleasant read for me personally.

Book Description:

Washington where nothing is what it seems. Not knowing that can cost you your life.

Jack Halpin, once an up and coming senior executive, is on a downward career and personal projectory. His beliefs and all the vestiges of his career and privileged family life are challenged as he is submerged in a dangerous world for which he is ill prepared. A member of the Fairfax Gun Club, Jack is a traditionalist who believes in the right to bear arms, law and order. He has a strained relationship with his wife Poppy, the daughter of respected Senator Jock Kessles, a man who is deeply disappointed in his unsuccessful son-in-law.

Unknown to Jack, the mysterious death of a senator is the signature tune to a traumatic change in his world and everything he has taken for granted. Surviving the onslaught of rapid, life or death challenges and the sinister forces facing him, will require all his resolve. This journey will bring him face to face with murder, political intrigue, depravity and betrayal.

The Screen Conspiracy is an intelligent thriller which uses fiction and an array of unique characters, to tease out a political conspiracy where evil, reality and patriotism overlap seamlessly. Strong characters, unexpected consequences, racy humor and a readable, escalating tempo combine to make this a novel that immerses the reader in the storyline and search for justice.

Excerpt:

In the beginning God created heaven and earth, then he created Lake Tahoe. That sales pitch ran through Senator Tom Riley's mind as he sat in his car, parked in the drive of his elegant manor home overlooking the lake. It was the house of his dreams, he had the family of his dreams, he had the life of his dreams. His love for politics and Washington would always be second to his life here in Zephyr Cove. Washington life punctuated his weekends at home rather than the other way round.

The light was dimming over the lake. He watched as his wife, of thirty years, Olivia, moved throughout the house, silhouetted against the warm glow of lamps and the log fire. Choices, he had choices. His palm wiped the sweat from his brow. One choice lay on the passenger seat, his revolver. Beside it lay his cell phone. My god, how could he leave her such a legacy of scandal and loss. But dignity, his dignity, would be intact.

He argued back and forth with himself. There was no third choice. He had to choose. Another figure appeared through the glow of light on the balcony. His beautiful daughter, Emma. She saw him in the car and waved down. He smiled back. He reached to the passenger seat and picked it up. He knew what he had to do.

Posted on 8 May 2012 15:13:54 BDT
FREE! FREE! FREE!
Happy Birthday to me!

In celebration, I am making my new thriller The Scorpion free on Kindle for two days - May 8 and 9. It is Book 2 in the Daily Express Chronicles series. My gift to new readers.

If you haven't yet read the first one, DEADLINE, it is reduced in price for the two days of the free promotion. While both books can be read as standalones, they are best read in sequence.

Now get both books for a great price for two days only - May 8 and 9. Any reviews will be most appreciated.

James

Posted on 8 May 2012 15:50:14 BDT
I'm keeping The Second Amendment #1 on offer FREE for another week - until 15th May.

It's currently riding at No 1 in the USA legal-thriller freebie list (between 2 and 5 in the UK), and if you check out some of the reviews there - some indeed from far-right pro-gun enthisiasts, you'll see it's starting to cause something of a stir.

If you've ever felt anxious travelling to the States because of the proliferation of guns there, or wondered why they don't (or are unable to) adopt the same strict gun laws as here in the UK - this book at the very least will intrigue you.

But my main aim has been to EXCITE - so this is a hard-hitting thriller from beginning to end as America's far right find themselves in a pitched battle against the FBI and key politicians for the hearts and minds of America over this thorny issue. Hope you enjoy it.

Also available: The Second Amendment #2

Other authors and readers: please by all means post notices of other FREE books here.

>>>>>>>>>

One simple thesis.
But it threatens the very
roots of the Constitution.
There's too much at stake.

20,000 gun deaths a year, schoolyard massacres, and now a wave of militia bombings... America is under siege.

At the heart of the storm is Josette Horvath, the FBI counter-terrorist agent whose world is torn apart when her young son, Daniel, falls victim to a militia bomb. Her brother Bernard's latest political studies thesis meanwhile focuses on the thorny issue suddenly foremost with the President and an outraged America: stricter gun control.

But Bernard doesn't appreciate just how momentous and far-reaching his thesis is destined to become. And as Josette, torn between tracking the bombers and coping with her son's fate, discovers the extent to which the far right have infiltrated the FBI and the White House - she realizes this is one final battle she can't possibly win.

An explosive, uncompromising thriller which confronts head-on one of the most fiery issues of the past two decades: gun control.

Reviews:
If Vince Flynn and John Grisham got together to tackle probably the most controversial issue of the past two decades - Gun Control - this is what they might come up with. Hair-trigger suspense all the way. Electrifying.
Crime Ink

The FBI and Capitol Hill go head-on against the far-right and self-appointed militias in this no-holds-barred thriller. Amongst all the bullets and mayhem, the thorny issue of gun control is also handled sensitively - but don't expect much time to draw breath between the two. A 'loaded' issue in more ways than one.
Books, etc.

A novelist of real accomplishment.
Amazon co.uk.

John Matthews is a leading British thriller writer. His books span genres of crime, action, mystery and legal-thriller and include: Basikasingo, Crescents of the Moon, Past Imperfect, The Last Witness, The Second Amendment, Ascension Day, The Shadow Chaser and The Prophet.

They have been translated into 12 languages with total sales of 1.2 million. In 2007, Past Imperfect was included in a top ten all-time best legal thrillers list in The Times. He was one of only two British authors in the list.

Posted on 9 May 2012 10:54:19 BDT
Also on offer FREE for today only, The Shadow Chaser

Andre Lemoine, one of the world's leading geneticists, is on the verge of the medical breakthrough of the century: a link with rare primates that could unlock a vital key in the search for a cure for AIDS and cancer.

But part of Andre's quest is driven by a pressing medical threat within his own family, and when his breakthrough brings him into conflict with two ambitious ruthless rivals - it plunges Andre into the race of his life; a race which takes Andre from the dark jungles of Africa and Brazil to the seamy backstreets of Paris and Philadelphia. A nightmare world of thieves, hookers and pimps, lab bombers and FBI agents - far removed from the safety of his lab bench.

For Andre the stakes have never been higher. Because, as the threat to those Andre loves looms stronger, it becomes a race through the shadows of his family's dark past to, ultimately, face death head-on.

Reviews:

A thumping great read and a terrific tale, terrifically told.
- Ireland on Sunday.

Bold and different. A rollercoaster thrill ride against a backdrop of genetics research straight out of today's headlines. Should appeal to fans of Michael Crichton and Robin Cook.
- Metro.

A novelist of real accomplishment.
Amazon co.uk.

John Matthews is a leading British thriller writer. His books span genres of crime, action, mystery and legal-thriller and include: Basikasingo, Crescents of the Moon, Past Imperfect, The Last Witness, The Second Amendment, Ascension Day, The Shadow Chaser and The Prophet.

They have been translated into 12 languages with total sales of 1.2 million. In 2007, Past Imperfect was included in a top ten all-time best legal thrillers list in The Times. He was one of only two British authors in the list.

Posted on 10 May 2012 18:22:44 BDT
MLJ says:
Single Minded is free for three days, from Friday 11th - Sunday 13th May!

Meadow View is just another house to sell for young estate agent, Hal Symonds, a young man determined to make his way in life at any cost. But he quickly realises there's more to this seemingly empty house than meets the eye. Why does he keep dreaming about Meadow View in the past, seeing it through the eyes of a man who lived sixty years earlier? And why does the sight of his new girlfriend's grandmother, Sylvia, whom he has never met before, excite such resentment in Hal; why do his hands keep itching to close around her throat?

Hal fears that he is losing his mind. And the manipulative games of Erica, his obsessive ex-girlfriend, merely add to his confusion as his carefully constructed world starts to unravel. Hal looks for scapegoats in everyone around him, until forced to realise that he is set on a course of self destruction from which he can see no way out ...

Posted on 11 May 2012 18:49:23 BDT
Lilian says:
Thank you MLJ I have downloaded this one :-) I also posted it on the freebies discussion board and a few people there have also taken it :-)
Good luck with it :-)x

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2012 19:19:27 BDT
MLJ says:
Wow thanks L, that's really kind. I'll visit the freebies board and in the meantime, hope you enjoy Single Minded. I'd love to hear what you think. M
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