“Elegantly constructed, skillfully written, and absolutely impossible to stop reading.” – Booklist (starred review)



In the near future, the government has created a virtual-reality military training ground called the Demi-Monde, where troops prepare for urban warfare. To train them for the worst imaginable scenarios, the virtual war zone is led by tyrants who are modeled on some of history’s most evil characters. It’s truly a chamber of horrors.


Now the President’s daughter has been drawn into the Demo-Monde, and the dangers of the effective but circumspect program are brought to light. As a rescue effort ensues, it's clear that the boundary between this powerful virtual world and the real world is breaking down, putting civilization at great risk.


The highly-anticipated book in this remarkable series, The Shadow Wars, is available for pre-order now.


Free Fridays Recommends


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Rod recommends:














by spec ‎02-01-2013 07:37 AM - edited ‎02-01-2013 07:39 AM
Here's additional freebies, a.k.a Free Friday's Extras, that many good people found and shared since last Friday. As usual all the books were free at the time of submitting this post, please verify the price before clicking Buy.

Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity by Drew Brees, Chris Fabry, Mark Brunell

Religious Fiction
The Beginning: An eShort prequel to The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury
McKenzie by Penny Zeller
Secrets of the Heart by Jillian Kent
Beside Two Rivers: Daughters of the Potomac #2 by Rita Gerlach
Downtown Green: Green Series Book 5 by Judy Christie
The Big 5-OH! by Sandra D. Bricker
Valeria's Cross by Kathi Macias, Susan Wales
Jenna's Cowboy (Callahans of Texas Series #1) by Sharon Gillenwater
Paper Roses (Texas Dreams Series #1) by Amanda Cabot
Stuck in the Middle (Sister-to-Sister #1) by Virginia Smith
Invisible (Ivy Malone Series #1) by Lorena McCourtney

Come Fly With Me by Sandi Perry

Religion & Spirituality
The Top Ten Leadership Commandments by Hans Finzel

The Big Book of American Trivia by J. Stephen Lang

Business & Investing
Identity: Your Passport to Success by Stedman Graham
Making Sense of People: Decoding the Mysteries of Personality by Samuel Barondes
Five Minutes on Mondays: Finding Unexpected Purpose, Peace, and Fulfillment at Work by Alan Lurie
Make More, Worry Less: Secrets from 18 Extraordinary People Who Created a Bigger Income and a Better... by Wes Moss
The Rules of Work, Expanded Edition: A Definitive Code for Personal Success by Richard Templar
Social Media 101: A Beginner's Guide to Online Marketing (Collection) by Jon Reed, Jamie Turner, Clara Shih, R. Scott Corbett
Making It Work at Work: A Guide to Career Development and Fulfillment (Collection) by Alan Lurie, Kevin Elko, Edward G. Muzio, Deborah J. Fisher PhD, Erv Thomas PE
Leading Teams with Integrity: Advice from Leadership Experts (Collection) by Stedman Graham, Ken Blanchard, Jon Huntsman, Doug Lennick, Fred Kiel, Ph.D.
Marketing Metrics: The Definitive Guide to Measuring Marketing Performance by Paul W. Farris, Neil T. Bendle, Phillip E. Pfeifer, David J. Reibstein
Hospital Operations: Principles of High Efficiency Health Care by Wallace J. Hopp, William S. Lovejoy


Please laurel this post if the list is useful to you.

by Eros-Ashima on ‎02-01-2013 07:44 AM

Thanks for the exciting new read and to all who contribute here. I always enjoy visiting on Friday.

by TarHeelGirl00 on ‎02-01-2013 07:44 AM

This week's book definitely sounds intriguing!  Thanks!


Hope everyone gets a chance this weekend to kick back and relax with a good book!  :smileyhappy:

by Baste on ‎02-01-2013 07:57 AM

Happy free friday everyone. Thanks Jeremy for what seems like an interesting read this week; thanks Spec for always posting your list I always find something to read. Also thanks to everyone that puts up post to free reads. Have a great weekend & enjoy the super-bowl.

by Arlr on ‎02-01-2013 08:06 AM

Thank you so much!

by mikesmartha on ‎02-01-2013 08:23 AM

Love Free Friday, even the cold ones!  Thanks to each of you!!  Have a great weekend everyone.  :smileyhappy:


by TheBuick on ‎02-01-2013 08:23 AM

Thank you!

by eReaderPerks on ‎02-01-2013 08:35 AM

Happy Friday!

Here are some top-rated Nook freebies for today. (All of these are 4+ rated):

Action/Adventure 4.1 Stars/78 Reviews: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/back-on-murder-j-mark-bertrand/1100336272?ean=9781441211897

Fantasy 4.3 Stars/14 Reviews: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-princess-and-the-firedrake-jim-stinson/1110361931?ean=2940033134...

Horror 4.0 Stars/67 Reviews: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/heretic-joe-nassise/1103133653?ean=2940000833438

Mystery/Thriller 4.6 Stars/24 Reviews: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/scars-of-defiance-lorena-angell/1103853599?ean=2940011333903

Teen/Fantasy 4.3 Stars/76 Reviews: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/of-witches-and-warlocks-lacey-weatherford/1111496908?ean=29400112344...

Hope you find something great!  :smileyhappy:

Lorie @ www.eReaderPerks.com (Free Nook Books in 19 Genres)

by michealep91 on ‎02-01-2013 08:39 AM

sooo excite that it's free Friday, a bitterly cold day here, and I am in need of a good read, looks like I have found at least 6 already...Thanks so much to all who put forth the effort to post here.  Getting ready to snuggle in my nice warm bed and open something new!


by GracieMae on ‎02-01-2013 08:45 AM

Once again, Jeremy, Spec, and everyone else - made Free Friday Great! Hope you all have a great weekend and thank you again!  :heart:

by Purple_Roses on ‎02-01-2013 09:05 AM

Through Free Fridays I have been introduced to so many new authors that I otherwise may have never tried. My Nook Library is loaded with books waiting for me to enjoy because of Free Fridays. A big thank you to Jeremy and the rest who post links to free books.

by JfroJeff on ‎02-01-2013 09:12 AM
by MarvinQ on ‎02-01-2013 09:14 AM

Great books! thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by BabyMira on ‎02-01-2013 09:32 AM

Thank you everyone for the Free book posts.   I just recently found Free Friday and this is the first time I have taken advantage of it.  So far I got 3 new books.  I love trying out new authors and this is such a great way to do so. :smileyhappy:

by SmileyWmn on ‎02-01-2013 09:39 AM

Thank you all!  I look forward to Free Fridays.  I have a rough work schedule so some times miss it, but today home with a sick kid and so many choices to keep me happy and keep the house quiet while she rests.