This month’s roundup of newly-released, or new to me, indie science & medical thrillers. These books are among the many I don’t have time to read and review, but genre fans might enjoy.
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SciThri New (or new to me) Releases:
The Dreamer Genome by Steve S. Grant. Indie SciFi thriller.
In 2020, a passionate scientist conducts secret genetic manipulations to give human fetuses the ability to survive long periods of hibernation. He is supported by a pharmaceutical tycoon who believes in his genius and realizes the implications of his work: Cryogenics… to prolong life… a one-way time machine to the future… unlimited financial potential to the company who develops and markets such a long coveted dream.
When the clandestine lab is voluntarily destroyed to avoid discovery, test subjects are scattered and raised in extremely different conditions. Unfortunately for them, their corporate parent is expecting a high return on its investment. Greed and personal ambition eventually overthrow the last remaining shreds of common decency and the experiment spirals down a dark path.
Written with rigorous attention to the limitations of the harsh space environment in the tradition of Arthur C. Clarke, with a blend of Michael Crichton’s use of untested scientific theories, the novel takes readers on a wild ride to the near future over a period of 30 years and exposes humanity’s darkest side.
EFL by Jeff Zato. Indie sports science thriller.
Professional football is cracking down on Performance Enhancing Drugs. A new league is formed, the Enhanced Football League (EFL), where drugs are not only condoned, they’re encouraged. Two brothers, both athletes, take divergent paths through this new world of hall-of-fame chemists, freak players, rogue corporations, and bad dudes, navigating it with an eclectic band of family and friends, leading to love, loss and eventual redemption.
Sinkhole by Deborah Jackson. Indie science & mythology thriller.
Kat Delaney is a world class caver and microbiologist. While investigating one of the deepest caves on Earth, she becomes trapped, along with her team of fellow cavers and scientists. Far below the ruins of a Mayan city, they struggle to escape this mysterious cave, reportedly cursed and haunted by the Lords of Death. Kat’s husband, Mark, a doctor and pioneer of nanotechnology with a deep-rooted fear of caves, must try to rescue her. He enlists the help of a Mayan guide, who turns out to have revolutionary ambitions.
Kat must keep her unravelling team together when they discover that something as threatening as the Lords of Death lurks within the cave. Mark must choose between trusting a guide who is patently untrustworthy, or leaving Kat to die. Will they escape? Will science be the solution? Or will it simply affirm their sentence as the Lords of Death win once again?
Warm Front by Mark A. York. Indie science thriller.
A scientist warns of an imminent, catastrophic climate change.
An eccentric reporter exposes the truth about man-made global warming.
A billionaire philanthropist has the money to make the solution happen, and the three join forces.
But a powerful Senator and his lobbyist friends stop at nothing to oppose them.
The planet doesn’t wait.
WARM FRONT, set against the pristine Arctic wilderness and the sordid political minefields of global warming and oil exploration, depicts the intrigue that develops when industries’ lust for oil clashes with science and environmentalists’ commitment to save the Earth.
Dark Matter by Brett Adams. Indie neuroscience thriller.
Rasputin “Monk” Lowdermilk wanted to end it all. But when he is run down by a car on the way to his suicide, he finds that life is just beginning.
As he recovers from Chrysler-induced head trauma, he begins to discover strange new abilities. He can draw portraits so precise they look like photographs. He can remember with flawless clarity everything he’s ever seen or heard, no matter how trivial. He can read strangers so well it verges on telepathy.
But with these gifts come strange visions tinged with menace. And the one thing Rasputin doesn’t know is that his new abilities have been noticed, by ancient and evil forces who recognise what the gifts mean and what they will become. Unfortunately, his new life is only of benefit to them if he’s dead.
Dark Matter is a cerebral mystery that plays fair — and dares you to solve it.
Wormhole Prophecies by Wallace Berger. Indie futurist/SF science thriller.
Two American scientists discover the existence of a wormhole that provides information about the world’s future. It’s a shocking vision of the effects of global climate change. Chronic food, power and water shortages lead to pandemics and world-wide turmoil.
Understanding how the future will unfold is of great political value. Both the U.S. and the Chinese government vie for control of this information. The struggle to control access to the wormhole sets off a series of event involving the U.S. intelligence community, the U.S. Senate, the Chinese State Security Ministry, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, and the families and friends of the American scientists. As the plot unfolds there are two kidnappings, two deaths, the destruction of both an American and a Chinese satellite, and the use of the wormhole prophecies to change the planet’s future.