Nine out of 10 doctors agree that it's good to elevate your heart rate periodically. You could spend time on an exercise bike (boring) or go for a run (cold). Or you could read the books contained in the Pulse-Pounders Thriller Bundle, collated by bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson and released by the good folks at Storybundle.com. One of my very favorite of my novels, River Runs Red, is included in the bundle.
Why do I like RRR so much? in many ways, it's the most "southwestern" of my novels. It pulls together threads from some of my favorite writings about the American West, by people like Wallace Stegner, Edward Abbey (who even makes a cameo appearance!), and more. It also contains some of my favorite fictional characters and some of the most vivid characterizations of my career. That's all background, though, to the suspenseful and horrific goings on in West Texas.
You don't have to take my word for it. Here's what some of the most celebrated thriller and horror writers around said about it:
"Based on actual government programs, Jeffrey J. Mariotte's River Runs Red is a fascinating blend of espionage and the occult with several jaw-dropping plot twists and one of the best action sequences I've read in a long time."
--David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of The Brotherhood of the Rose and First Blood (Rambo).
“Mariotte can flat out write. This is a smart, fast, terrific read. This river runs.”
--Don Winslow, bestselling author of The Force and The Cartel
"In River Runs Red, Jeffrey J. Mariotte seamlessly weaves our modern and ancient terrors into a breathless, fascinating novel of magic, murder, and friendship. Mariotte's one hell of a writer, and this is his best work yet!"
--Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Ararat and Red Hands
"Mariotte keeps you entertained and gives your gray cells something to chew on while they're helping you manufacture monsters in your mind's big-screen, surround-sound theater.... Nowadays, you can escape from horror fiction; but don’t let this horror fiction escape from you.'" --Trashotron.com
"River Runs Red is an ambitious epic of a supernatural thriller combining elements of spy fiction—and fact—with flat-out horror." --fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com
"Mariotte has created an entertaining, fast-paced tale of supernatural danger that takes as many twists and turns as a river ride... and, like most great rides, it picks up breathtaking speed toward the end. Fans of the unconventional in supernatural thrillers will enjoy this book." --sfrevu.com
But wait, you say. Aren't there some other books in this "bundle?"
Yes, and I'm so glad you asked. Here's the skinny, as described by Kevin J. Anderson:
D.J. Butler offers an omnibus of six complete novels in his Rock Band Fights Evil series. Heaven doesn't want them. Do they have a chance in Hell? In Animal, Dr. Munish Batra and Keith R.A. DeCandido present an edgy, intense thriller of a serial killer targets those who torture innocent animals—who is the real animal? Ignition, by Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason, is a tense terrorist hostage crisis at the Kennedy Space Center.
New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry and Rachael Lavin take you right into the zombie apocalypse in Still of Night. The dead rose. We fell. But not everyone thinks the war for survival is over. Heroes rise in times of crisis, and these are their stories....
As a StoryBundle special sneak preview, before the book is released to the general public, we're including Mike Thorn's Shelter for the Damned. While looking for a secret place to smoke cigarettes with his two best friends, troubled teenager Mark discovers a mysterious shack in a suburban field. Alienated from his parents and peers, Mark finds within the shack an escape greater than anything he has ever experienced. But it isn't long before the place begins revealing its strange, powerful sentience. And it wants something in exchange for the shelter it provides.
Wardenclyffe by F. Paul Wilson takes readers into the mind of genius inventor Nikola Tesla, in a 1906 experiment with a giant electrical tower to transmit power worldwide…but Tesla abandoned his experiment. Was it a conspiracy…or a terrifying discovery?
In Jeffrey J. Mariotte's River Runs Red—As teenagers, Molly, Byrd, and Wade faced inconceivable evil in an underground labyrinth on the banks of the Rio Grande. Reunited as adults, they discover that their terrifying experience was only the beginning.
In Craig Martelle's political thriller People Raged and the Sky Was on Fire, a terrorist plotting an attack on Washington DC. stays one step ahead by hiding in plain sight, always there, but never seen. Rick Banik—a patriot for the new age. A race against time. A fight against bureaucracy. A maze of red tape and dots that don't want to be connected. How many people must die for the plot to be uncovered? How many will die if it isn't?
Richard Fox offers a tense Iraq War thriller, Into Darkness. After a deadly ambush in Iraq leaves two soldiers in terrorist hands, intelligence officer Eric Ritter journeys into hostile territory to rescue them.
Turning farther from our normal world, in Michelle Cori's Convergent Lines, human-fae hybrids have existed alongside humanity for thousands of years. With long lives and magic, they shaped the world. Until a curse ...
Dean Wesley Smith shares a Cold Poker Gang novel, Freezeout, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch presents a new Diving Universe novel, Squishy's Teams and a bonus—a previous novel in the series, Boneyards.
That's fourteen books total that will keep your pulse racing, your eyes darting across the sentences, and your imagination engaged. Three weeks only. – Kevin J. Anderson
So what's the deal? you ask. What's all this great reading going to set me back?
Again, I'll pass the ball to Kevin:
For StoryBundle, you decide what price you want to pay. For $5 (or more, if you're feeling generous), you'll get the basic bundle of five books in any ebook format—WORLDWIDE.
- Convergent Lines by Michelle Cori
- Into Darkness by Richard Fox
- Freezeout by Dean Wesley Smith
- Pulse Pounders: Countdown by Fiction River
- Ignition by Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason
If you pay at least the bonus price of just $15, you get all five of the regular books, plus NINE more! That's 14 books total!
- People Raged and the Sky Was on Fire by Craig Martelle
- Wardenclyffe by F. Paul Wilson
- Shelter for the Damned by Mike Thorn (StoryBundle Exclusive)
- Still of Night by Jonathan Maberry and Rachael Lavin
- Squishy's Teams by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
- Boneyards by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
- Animalby Munish K. Batra M.D., FACS and Keith R.A. DeCandido
- River Runs Red by Jeffrey J. Mariotte
- Rock Band Fights Evil 1-6 Boxed Set by D.J. Butler
This bundle is available only for a limited time at http://storybundle.com/
It's also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.
Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.
- Get quality reads: We've chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
- Pay what you want (minimum $5): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth. If you can only spare a little, that's fine! You'll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
- Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there's nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
- Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to the Challenger Center for Space Education!
- Receive extra books: If you beat the bonus price, you'll get the bonus books!
Me again. Three weeks. Fourteen gripping thrillers. Pick 'em up while you can!
In other news, my novel Spider-Man: Requiem is out in audio format. It's a terrific novel (he said, modestly)--a Peter+MJ love story mixed with creepy occult horror. If you pick it up from Audible.com, you can get it for free when you start a 30-day Audible trial. Even if you cancel at the end of the 30 days, you can keep the book. So, really, you've got nothing to lose and everything to gain!
And don't forget, you can still get your hands on The One That Got Away: Women in Horror Anthology, Vol. 3, featuring Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell's terrifying tale "The Recliner." Marcy made some appearances around the web, and wrote about them here. She also discusses the forthcoming International Association of Media Tie-In Writers anthology Turning the Tied, which we're both in with separate stories.