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No need to wait for Prime Day for great deals on ebooks: Amazon makes sure that there are always a bevy of Kindle titles available at $3 or $4, either with its Kindle Daily Deals or its monthly sales. And every once in awhile, we like to highlight when some of our favorite authors hit the discount shelf.
I've read all of these books except where indicated; apologies in advance if you're not as much a fan of espionage, crime or sci-fi novels as I am (with the occasional non-fiction history book thrown in). Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.
On sale today
The following books are likely only on sale for today, so take the plunge while you can. (Actually, the first 3 have been discounted since at least June 20, but it's unclear how long those sales will last.)
The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva ($2.99): Think of Gabriel Allon as a sort of Israeli James Bond: When he's not restoring priceless paintings, he's trotting the globe on his latest secret mission from the Mossad. This 2000 book is the first Allon novel; he's gone on to headline at least 16 more since. (If you want to jump straight into book 2, it's just $6 right now.)
These books are part of Amazon's monthly sale, so the discounts should be in effect through the end of the month.
To Die in Vienna by Kevin Wignall ($2.99): You might feel like all of Kevin Wignall's books sort of run together -- they all follow troubled hitmen, troubled criminals or troubled spies on the run (or on the trail) in Europe. But they're nearly always available for $3 or less, and they're all breezy, engaging pageturners -- and I mean that very much as compliment. I found this one to be the most enjoyable, possibly because of the electronic eavesdropping angle. It's apparently being adapted for the big screen with Jake Gyllenhall as the lead. (If you like this one, pick up Wignall's earlier A Fragile Thing for $2.)
Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose ($3.99): Ambrose, who died in 2002, was among our greatest historians, and his World War II chronicles -- including this chronicle of the 101st Airborne's Easy Company from basic training through V-E day -- are an important part of his legacy. I haven't read this one yet, but I loved the HBO series on which it was based, and enjoyed Ambrose's Pegasus Bridge (a D-Day story).