William F. Brown Thriller Novels

Author of Action Adventure Thriller Novels

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Burke’s Revenge Thriller Novel – a Perfect 5.0 on its First Dozen Reviews

Burke’s Revenge thriller novel came out on Kindle a week ago and is already scored a dozen perfect 5.0 stars. Read the rave reviews and see why.Rurke's Revenge, Thriller Novel, Bill Brown, Bob Burke

Burke's Revenge THRILLER NOVELS, Bob BurkeSometimes you go looking for trouble, and sometimes trouble comes looking for you. After his adventures in Burke’s War and Burke’s Gamble, former sniper, Army Ranger, and Delta Force commander Bob Burke has retired to his farm outside Fort Bragg, North Carolina. All he wants now is to settle down with his family and let Iraq, Afghanistan, and the ‘dustups’ with the Chicago and New York mobs fade away like bad memories. But when a home-grown ISIS cell forms in Fayetteville and begins striking the Special Operations leadership and command structure inside Fort Bragg itself, in Delta’s own backyard, it’s time to strike back.

 

IT’S OUT! BURKE’S REVENGE IS NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE!

Burke’s Revenge, book #3 of the hit series, Bob Burke Action Adventure Novels is now out in the Kindle Store.  Here’s the direct link to grab a copy  http://amzn.to/2myHx1f    Let your friends know!

Burke's Revenge THRILLER NOVELS, Bob BurkeBob Burke is back… again. Sometimes you go looking for trouble, and sometimes trouble comes looking for you. After his adventures in Burke’s War and Burke’s Gamble, former sniper, Army Ranger, and Delta Force commander Bob Burke has retired to his farm outside Fort Bragg, North Carolina. All he wants now is to settle down with his family and let Iraq, Afghanistan, and the ‘dustups’ with the Chicago and New York mobs fade away like bad memories. But when a home-grown ISIS cell forms in Fayetteville and begins striking the Special Operations leadership and command structure inside Fort Bragg itself, in Delta’s own backyard, it’s time to strike back.

Born in the rubble of Syria and Iraq, and bred on battlefields across the Middle East, this terrorist cell is led by a blond-haired blue-eyed American. Through pistol shots in the night, assassinations, and C-4 plastic explosives Rurke's Revenge, Thriller Novelplanted throughout the sprawling Fort Bragg US Army Post, he is waging a war of classic terror as relevant as this morning’s headlines. The FBI and CIA can’t seem to stop them. The Army’s own CID can’t stop them. But Bob Burke and the Merry Men and Women of Sherwood Forest can. Undersized and always underestimated, ‘The Ghost’ is often dismissed as merely “the telephone guy,” but when the bombs and the violence takes out a close friend and one of their own, it falls to Bob, Ace Randall, a female CID agent, the Geeks, a maverick helicopter pilot, and one large pit-cat to hand out a full measure of revenge before the terrorists strike a crippling blow at an even more important US military target only 200 miles away.

If you like a good action adventure suspense thriller novel, put Burke’s Revenge, this fast-moving Delta Force thriller in your Cart. It is another war and military best seller novel from the author of ‘The Undertaker,’ ‘Amongst My Enemies,’ ‘Thursday at Noon,’ ‘Aim True, My Brothers,’ ‘Winner Lose All,’ and ‘The Cold War Trilogy.’ Check them out on my web site for Freebies and Sales at http://www.billbrownthrillernovels.com and Enjoy!

My “Winner Lose All”Spy Versus Spy Thriller is on a $0.99 Kindle Sale Today

One of my favorite Cold War, noir spy vs spy thriller novels, Winner Lose All is on a Kindle countdown special today. Go to the Kindle book page    http://amzn.to/2jMfgmS  and grab a copy.  This historical suspense thriller is set in the closing months of WWII, as one war grinds to an end, all eyes turn to the next ‘cold’ one.

As WW II dies in the rubble of Nazi Germany, all eyes turn to the next ‘cold’ one. The Americans, the Russians, and the British know the future belongs to whomever cold war thrillercan grab Hitler’s new rockets, jet fighters, and ‘wonder weapons,’ because they will shape the balance of world power for decades to come. Old enemies are tomorrow’s allies, old friends can no longer be trusted, and lies and double-dealing are the norm in this spy vs spy thriller. Caught in the cross-fire is the torrid but impossible romance between Ed Scanlon, a brilliant American OSS agent and Hanni Steiner, the gritty, street-smart leader of the communist resistance cell in Leipzig. They find themselves on opposite ends of a tug of war over the plans for Germany’s revolutionary Me-262 jet fighter that is now sweeping the skies of American B-17s. To succeed, Ed and Hanni must not only outwit each other, they must stay one-step ahead of Otto Dietrich, the sadistic Gestapo Chief of Leipzig, who has plans of his own for the jet fighter plans, and Scanlon’s perfidious British handlers who suddenly have an agenda of their own. The stakes could not be higher. Driven by the uncompromising dictates of Josef Stalin, Lavrenti Beria, Allen Dulles, Heinrich Himmler, and Winston Churchill, they must succeed or die, and the winner will indeed lose all. Combining the best of World War II historical fiction, action adventure, and romance, this fast-paced spy thriller will resonate.
From an author with over 500 Five-Star Ratings, if you like Aim True, My Brothers, you will like Burke’s Gamble, Burke’s War, and The Undertaker, my contemporary suspense novels; or Amongst My Enemies, Winner Lose All, and Thursday at Noon, my Cold War trilogy of spy vs. spy espionage thrillers. Pick-up a copy here or on their Kindle Pages!

 

“The Undertaker” thriller novel is now on a Kindle $0.99 Countdown Sale

The Undertaker, my first suspense thriller novel is now on a Kindle Countdown $0.99 sale.

thriller novelPete Talbott is a harried Boston computer wonk still grieving over the death of his wife when he finds himself at the wrong end of Gino Parini’s .45 reading his own obituary torn from the morning newspaper. Talbott figures it is all a big mistake, until Parini shows him his wife’s obituary too. That is a mystery which Pete Talbott can’t leave well-enough alone in this murder mystery conspiracy thriller. Someone with a scalpel and embalming table is planting bodies under other people’s names. It doesn’t take Pete long to learn that the only things that thrive in dark places on a steady diet of b… s… are good mushrooms and really bad government. The hunt for who is behind it and why leads Pete to Sandy Kasmarek, a Thriller Novelkick-ass art gallery attendant on Chicago’s stylish North Michigan Avenue, whose late and unlamented husband is also one of them. With a photographer’s eye, the quick feet of a black belt, and fingers that can hot-wire a car in seconds, she has the skill set you wouldn’t expect from a good Chicago catholic-school girl. Coupled with Pete in this political action adventure thriller, they soon find themselves embroiled in government corruption, organized crime, and an FBI undercover shell game that includes enough action, romance, thrills, and stark terror that even the Undertaker soon finds himself in trouble. From a funeral home in Indiana, to car chases on the Dan Ryan Expressway, a bloody townhouse in Boston’s Back Bay, snipers in New York’s Washington Square, the cramped lower bunk on an AMTRAK train, they find themselves knee-deep in sleazy lawyers, corrupt County sheriffs, the FBI, and Mafia hit men. The Undertaker is a non-stop, cross-country suspense thriller, because if Pete and Sandy can’t stop him, they know they will be next on the Undertaker’s list.

Burke’s Revenge – My Next Thriller Novel Is Coming Soon!

THRILLER NOVELS, MY NEW THRILLER NOVEL – COMING SOON TO A KINDLE NEAR YOU  (MAYBE IN 60 DAYS, BUT NOT QUITE YET!) 

HERE’S THE COVER FOR BURKE’S REVENGE, BOOK #3 IN THE BOB BURKE ACTION ADVENTURE SERIES

I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and finishing the final 4-5 chapters of what I think is a really good Bob Burke story. I hope you will too.  When those are finished comes a whole bunch of editing, proofing, and post-production uploading work. Believe me, this e-book thing is nowhere near as easy as it looks! In Burke’s Revenge, Bob doesn’t run into trouble with the Chicago or New York mobs. Trouble comes looking for him in the form of a home-grown ISIS cell that has set up shop just down the road in Fayetteville North Carolina and Bob’s beloved Fort Bragg. As you can expect, that’s something no self-respecting Delta  or the Merry Men of Sherwood Forest are going to put up with for very long.

Three more new book covers – Bill Brown suspense novels

NEW COVERS!  I decided to put some new covers on some of my suspense novels and had my wonderful cover designer, Todd Hebertson, come up with some new ideas and he came up with some really neat ones. I put the first three out last week. Here’s the last three. Let me know what you think.

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You can check out my other suspense novels, read a few chapters, see some of my other writing, and the status of my next book at my web site   http://www.billbrownthrillernovels.com    Check ’em out!

William F. Brown is the author of 8 suspense novels with over 500 Five-Star Reviews: Burke’s WarBurke’s GambleThe UndertakerAmongst My EnemiesThursday at NoonWinner Take All, and Aim True, My Brothers, and The Cold War Trilogy. They are all available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and now on Audible Audio Books. You read about them  and the author’s screenplays and other writing at billbrownwritesnovels.wordpress.com

 

New Covers for 3 of My Suspense Thrillers – Check ’em Out!

NEW COVERS!  I decided to try some Sponsored Products ads on  Kindle and submitted six of my eight suspense, thriller-novels, which have been out on Kindle for an average of two years. The ads per se consist of the cover and a small blurb of text. Well, the “Thought Police” in far away India took offense and rejected five of my six covers. Wow! What did I do wrong, I wondered. Full frontal nudity? Gruesome Zombies? Blood and Gore? Kiddie Porn? Nope. My books are action adventure suspense novels. Some have Cold War, WW II, Delta Force, or Middle East subjects.  Why, pray tell, did the Thought Police reject them? Well, one had a gun on the cover. No guns! One had a WW II theme and had a small swastika, a US Army, and Hammer and Sickle behind a U-boat. One had a swastika on a WW II German airplane. They don’t like nationalistic symbols. They might offend someone.  Another had a rifle sight and a cross hairs. I protested and argued to no avail. Cain’t fight city hall. He who has the gold, make the rules, I guess. So, reluctantly I bit the bullet and had my wonderful cover designer, Todd Hebertson, come up with some new covers that would pass muster in far away Mumbai or Delhi.  Wow! The net result is I have some really neat new covers. These were approved, but don’t expect me to thank the Thought Police anytime soon.  Here’s the first three of the new covers, let me know what you think.

You can check out my other suspense novels, read a few chapters, see some of my other writing, and the status of my next book at my web site   http://www.billbrownthrillernovels.com    Check ’em out!

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Thursday at Noon

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Amongst My Enemies

Kindle Unlimited: The New Paperback

Amazon rolled out the Kindle Unlimited program a little over two years ago. While they continue to tweak it and it does have its flaws, I think it will prove to be the most revolutionary step in publishing since the e-book itself, and perhaps since the first paperback was published in 1939 by Pocket Books. They priced them at $0.25 each, at a time when a reader’s choices were $2.50 – $5.00 hardbacks for the wealthy, library books for the literate but less wealthy, the Book of the Month Club, and Reader’s Digest, which surprisingly is still doing fine today.  Pocket Books priced the first paperbacks at $0.25 with the expressed intention of bringing affordable books within reach of the masses. Naturally, all of the major publishing houses laughed at them, as they have at nearly every other innovation since the Gutenberg printing press. Their reaction to paperbacks was a precursor to their reaction to e-books. That lack of innovation has always been at the heart of the publishing house’s problems. Within five years, however Pocket Books had sold over 100 million copies, and no one was laughing anymore.

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The economics of book prices are interesting. The first Pocket Book paperbacks came out at the end of the Great Depression. A postage stamp cost $0.03, gas cost $0.10 a gallon, and bread was $0.5 a loaf. At $0.25, it was roughly the same as a gallon of milk, or a pound of butter, chicken, or coffee. More importantly, they were priced at about 10% of the cost of a hardback book. That was a lot of money back then, which is why hardback books were mostly found in libraries. According to government statistics, inflation has totaled 1589% since then, which means that 1939 Pocket Book would cost $4.22 in 2016 dollars and that hardback around $42.20.

Think about that for a moment. First, that 10 to 1 spread between hardbacks and paperbacks hasn’t held up over time. The average paperback today is more like twice that and new paperback releases are normally in the $10-14 range. Meanwhile, the average new hardback still manages to stay under $30, so that 10 to 1 spread now is more like 2 or 3 to 1. While a new, big name e-book in the Kindle store comes out at $10 to $14, the price doesn’t stay there for long. After about 6-8 months, they are normally discounted to the $6 to $9 range, still, in a 4 or 5 to 1 spread to the hardbacks, and the average e-book on Kindle costs less than, roughly equivalent to that $0.25 Pocket Book in 1939 dollars. In fact, many readers only buy the Free or $0.99 e-books on the Sale pages, making Kindle the equivalent of the old public library for the frugal among us. One conclusion you can reach from these numbers is that e-books have had a larger effect on hardback book prices than they have had on paperbacks.

The growth of e-book readership has been phenomenal. Technically, they were first “invented” in the 1930s, but they only reached any level of popular use in the past 20 years, following the introduction of the Sony Reader in 2006, and the first Kindle in 2007. Today, over half of all adults own some type of reader or tablet. More significantly for authors, Amazon now sells 65% of all e-books and 85% of all self-published e-books. In 20 years, the e-book and Kindle have grown to become the twin, 800-pound gorillas in the publishing industry, but their biggest impact may be yet to come.

That comment brings us to the Kindle Unlimited subscription service, which Amazon launched in July, 2014, initially to compete with Scribd and Oyster from HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster. At that time, the three services had similar sized libraries to choose from; but like everything else, Kindle just seems to do it better. Kindle Unlimited’s offerings have now grown to over 1 million books. Scribd and Oyster have grown as well, but none of the three offer their first rank bestsellers as part of their subscription services. If you are a reader however, and go through three books or more a month, at $9.99 per month the Kindle Unlimited subscription service is a no-brainer.

True, the Kindle Unlimited library only includes books that are part of the Kindle Select program and “exclusive” to Kindle, which unfortunately is less than half of of their total library, primarily the better, self-published books. Unfortunately, it does not offer many new releases, books that were brought out by the major publishers, or books from front line authors, except their old ones. Still, for $10/ month, there are a lot of good books available for an avid reader, and Kindle is now experimenting with ways to expand their book availability options to Kindle Prime. 

For authors, the question has been whether to go exclusively with Kindle Select and get your books eligible for the Kindle Unlimited program, or stay out and try to market them through the other independent e-book publishers such as Smashwords and others. My writing friends have gone either way depending on how much they dislike or don’t trust Amazon. I understand those feelings, but my writing income has doubled as a result of the Kindle Unlimited “Nominal Pages Read,” and it now provides 60% of my books sale income, so don’t let your suspicions or emotions pick your own pocket. More about that in my next blog piece.

William F. Brown, is the author of 8 action, adventure, suspense novels on Kindle, Kindle Select, and Kindle Unlimited. To read about them or subscribe to the blog, go to my web site, http://www.billbrownthrillernovels.com

 

Burke’s War action adventure novel on Kindle Sale Now

Think ‘The American Sniper’ meets ‘The Godfather’ in this action adventure novel.  Burke’s War just went on a $1.99 Kindle Countdown Sale today. It is book #1 of the Bob Burke action adventure novel series, with an Amazon 4.6 Star Rating on 226 Amazon Reviews posted!  Grab

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a copy now on the Kindle site under Kindle Countdown Deals, or at the book page, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TXZYQWG    for a great thriller novel read.

As Bob Burke’s 737 comes in to land at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, he looks out his window and sees a man murder a woman on a rooftop below. No one believes him, of course, but that doesn’t matter. He knows what he saw, and Bob Burke isn’t the kind of guy to let a thing like that rest. Over the next three days, he finds himself butting heads with the Chicago mob, crooked suburban cops, a zealous US Attorney, a psychopathic doctor, and his own vindictive soon-to-be-ex-wife, who is trying to take his company away from him. Slight of build and now a telecommunications company executive, Bob Burke appears to be an easy guy to dismiss; but ‘the telephone guy’ is a former Army Ranger and Delta Force commander who spent four tours in Iraq and the rugged mountains of Afghanistan running ‘special operations’ missions. His men were some of the most lethal killers the US

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government ever produced; but as they readily admit, the little guy the middle of the photos is the one you don’t want to meet in a dark alley. So, when the bodies start falling, a young woman needs help, and the wrong people start pushing his buttons, long odds don’t bother him in the slightest. His new combat

If you like a good action adventure novel, read, put this new fast-moving mystery thriller in your Cart. It is from the author of ‘The Undertaker,’ ‘Amongst My Enemies,’ ‘Thursday at Noon,’ “Aim True, My Brothers,’ and ‘Winner Lose All,’ with over 500 Kindle Five Star Reviews Enjoy!

Chapter 1 of My Next Book — My Writing Blog #4

Chapter 1 of My Next Book-I have been busily working away (well, not all that busily) on book #3 in the Bob Burke action thriller novels, following on the heels of Burke’s Gamble which came out on March 1 of this year. The new book has a working title of Burke’s Revenge. I am far enough along to have some confidence in the direction, and if posted Chapter 1 on my webpage, http://www.billbrownthrillernovels.com under the tab in the header labeled Burke’s Revenge – Coming

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Soon. Bob Burke is not appeared in the story yet.  Chapter 1 in the first draft of every other chapter thereafter is the hardest to write. It deals with one of the bad guys. Take a look and let me know what you think.

As you may or may not be able to tell, I’ve also been making considerable “under the hood” changes to my website, with the help of the staff of Booknook.Biz, my text processors, advisers, magicians, and so many other things. I think we are about done now. Websites, like virtually all social media and promotional work can be big time eaters and distractions if you let them. Like proofreading and grammar, there’s no escaping them in this era of self-publishing.

I learned long ago, however, that the only real way to find more readers and sell more books is to write more books, which is why I’m grinding away on Burke’s Revenge.

William F. Brown, is the author of 8 action, adventure, suspense novels on Kindle, Kindle Select, and Kindle Unlimited. To read about them or subscribe to the blog, go to my web site, http://www.billbrownthrillernovels.com

Thanks, Bill

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