Try Kindle Unlimited (KU)

The following is a brief review of a brief overview. I am a fan of Kindle Unlimited (KU) and frequently mention it in my book reviews as a good alternative to the high costs of books in my expat living situation (Indonesia).

Kindle Unlimited: Is It Right for YOU? by Charles Wright is described in the following subtitle: “A Brief Guide to Understand the Positives and Negatives.” At eleven pages, it meets the requirements of brief. For me, the authorship was confusing. Released in 2015 by author Sherry Everett, it appears here as written by Charles Wright. I will place my question about why this is so in the basket for things I no longer care about and will not investigate further. Because I am an avid fan of Kindle Unlimited (it works well for me) I wanted to see what others thought the negatives were. Being a positive person, here we go.

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Horrible Truths

Orphan Girl by Indika Guruge has an arresting title and front cover. I assumed that the author was a non-western writer and looked forward to an account of life in orphanages and how children accommodated and changed as they grew up to an age when they would leave the orphanage. How would their experiences affect their post-orphanage life? How would they remember their experiences? This is not that book. This is a story of terrible tragedy, bravery, and an almost unbelievable tale of tolerance for pain and abuse. In the tradition of historical fiction, facts are presented which are indisputable. Fiction is created by the author as logical dialogue and character feelings are expressed that could not possibly be known by the author. Some dialogue might be backed up by interviews of friends, teachers, and substitute parents. Other dialogue must be created through author empathy. The author does an excellent job drawing the reader along a path leading to a terrible ending. I should have known better when I read the subtitle: “The story of an abandoned child’s tragic fate as a migrant worker in Saudi Arabia. Inspired by a true story, In memory of Rizana Nafeek.” (loc 3-5).

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Just Horsing Around

The Very Worst Riding School In The World by Lucinda E. Clarke is a short (27 Pages) non-fiction account of an almost love affair between the author and horses. It is available free from Amazon and probably qualifies to be listed in the category “chapbook.” The very catchy title attracted my interest as did the author’s opening declaration best described in her own words. “Who, in their right mind would start a riding school when they didn’t know how to ride, was terrified of horses, had no capital, no insurance and half the stock was at death’s door?” (loc 25-26). This short account might be of interest to young adult readers (or any readers) who have entertained the idea of owning horses, whether for commercial reasons or not, and have really not thought through completely the pitfalls that such ownership might encounter.

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A Best Seller–Not

Diary of an Angry Old Man by Rick Minerd has a title that demanded my attention. I can sometimes be an angry old man but mostly I’m not. There might be survival tips here. There might be shared experiences or new perspectives on growth and new experiences as a senior citizen. I began reading the book with high expectations. The first few pages were a bit puzzling as far as organization. Minerd started the story with this title: Chapter Six? This was followed by Chapter Seven?, Chapter Eight?, and Chapter One. Minerd explained why he began the book at Chapter Six. He didn’t explain the question marks.

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Crime Non-fiction

Joseph Paul Franklin: The True Story of The Racist Killer by Jack Rosewood & Dwayne Walker is as the title says, a non-fiction crime account. It is available as a free book from Amazon, not through Kindle Unlimited (although you could download it that way) but at a price of USD 0.00. As an ex-law enforcement type, I am drawn to non-fiction crime novels because I like to compare police procedures from different States and Municipalities.

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Worst Maritime Disaster Ever

Ship of Fate by Roger Moorhouse is the story of a ship named the MV Wilhelm Gustloff. It was a luxury ship but not designed as a playground for the rich, instead, it was to be used to provide cheap, heavily government subsidized vacations to the workers of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. In this way, it was a propaganda tool for the National Socialism (Nazi) philosophy. As is pointed out in at least two places in the book, the history of the ship and that of the Third Reich are mirrored in time. Launched in 1937 when Hitler’s government was at its height of power when the conviction of the German populace was the dawning of a new world order, the ship sank in 1945, at the same time of Hitler’s death.

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A Brother’s Death in Vietnam

The Girl in the Photo by Gaspar Gonzales is a 42 page Kindle Single available through Kindle Unlimited (KU). Published in January 2015 by Amazon Digital LLC, the story is about one person’s attempt to come to terms with the loss of a loved one in Vietnam. Couldn’t it also be about coming to terms with the loss of a loved one in any war? The reader can decide.

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