SciThri new releases: June 2012

This month’s roundup of newly-released, or new to me, science & medical thrillers.  These books are among the many I simply don’t have time to read and review, but genre fans might enjoy.

If you are an author or publicist and would like your book listed, contact me with title, author, release date, weblinks, and summary. Only books with scientific or medical themes or characters will be included. Ask me about hosting a giveaway raffle on your behalf (paper books only).

SciThri New (or new to me) Releases:

Bloodline: A Sigma Force Novel by James Rollins (2012). Latest installment in tremendously popular action science thriller series.  Author interview in The Big Thrill e-zine. Click here for ScienceThrillers review & giveaway.

In a thrilling masterwork that will make you rethink your perceptions of life and death, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins takes you to the edge of medicine, genetics, and technology, revealing the next evolutionary leap forward: immortality.

Galilee, 1025. Infiltrating an ancient citadel, a Templar knight uncovers a holy treasure long hidden within the fortress’s labyrinth: a priceless icon that holds a mysterious and terrifying power that promises to change humankind forever. A millennium later, Somali pirates hijack a yacht off the coast of  Africa, kidnapping a young pregnant American woman. Commander Gray Pierce is enlisted for a covert rescue mission into the African jungle. The woman is no rich tourist: she’s Amanda Gant-Bennett, daughter of the U.S. president. Suspicious that the kidnapping masks a far more nefarious plot, Gray must confront a shadowy cabal which has been manipulating events throughout history…and now challenges the current presidency.

For this unique mission, SIGMA is aided by a pair of special operatives with unique talents: former Army Ranger Captain Tucker Wayne and his military war dog, Kane. But what should be a straightforward rescue turns into a fiery ambush and a deadly act of betrayal, as Gray and his team discover that the hostage is a pawn in a shattering act of terrorism with dark repercussions. And the danger is only beginning…

Halfway around the world, a firebombing at a fertility clinic in South Carolina exposes a conspiracy that goes back centuries…a scheme that lies within our genetic code. With time against them, SIGMA must race to save an innocent unborn baby whose very existence raises questions about the nature of humanity.

The Eagle and the Snake: A SEAL Team Six Interactive Thriller by W. Craig Reed (2012).  Digital science thriller with unique interactive (“choose your own adventure”) elements. Author interview in The Big Thrill e-zine.

In THE EAGLE AND THE SNAKE, NCIS agent Jon Shay is the half-Chinese illegitimate son of a politician. He’s also a former Navy SEAL working with operators from Team Six to track down an Iraqi terrorist with a stolen bio-weapon. With the help of an alluring Russian bio-scientist, Jon and his team soon learn that an ancient sect is pulling the strings, and they plan to create a genetic weapon that could alter the course of human history.

THE EAGLE AND THE SNAKE is the first plot-interactive ebook to feature selectable chapters, alternate endings and information links. Included is an enhanced multimedia non-fiction Afterword that explores several topics introduced in the novel, such as Navy SEAL training and tactics, Soviet and Iraqi secret bio-weapons programs and the genetic science behind “hard-wired” personalities.

Plague by Lisa C. Hinsley (2011).  Indie medical horror.

A new strain of bubonic plague is diagnosed in London. Before it can be contained it spreads through the population, faster and more deadly than anyone could have imagined. Three weeks is all it takes to decimate the country.

Johnny tells Liz not to phone the NHS when their young son starts to show symptoms. But she ignores him and a few hours later the army arrives and boards them into their house. Now Nathan is dying and there is nothing they can do to help him. Hours pass like weeks as their little boy grows weaker and weaker. All Liz wants is that they die with some dignity but the authorities refuse to help. Then the broadband dies and the phones stop working. Cut off from the world and boarded into their house, the family try their best to cope. But there is nothing they can do to stop the plague.

The Sins of the Fathers by Dean Malchik (2011). Indie science/terrorism thriller.

What if a biological weapon could be altered into a “smart germ” in much the same way that bombs have been turned into “smart bombs?” If germs could be altered to attack only those people with a certain genetic code (i.e., blacks, Arabs, Jews or Caucasians), the typical fear of terrorists that they might harm or kill their own would disappear.
In “The Sins of the Fathers,” a white supremacist organization in America known as the White Remergence Army (WRA) discovers a disgruntled former South African scientist who has succeeded in producing a biological weapon that attacks only blacks. If the WRA can acquire that weapon, the group intends to murder hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions of blacks and blame it on the government in order to start a race war.
Only one man stands in their way. Kamal Mohammed – a young white reporter and convert to Islam – has infiltrated the group. As the young reporter gets closer to discovering the group‘s deadly plot, the group also gets closer to discovering his true identity. Meanwhile, the clock quickly ticks toward “the day of destruction.” Will Kamal be able to prevent the devastation and the loss of potentially millions of lives? Or will the WRA succeed in its diabolical plot to destroy the United States and rebuild it as a new White homeland?

Warning: For adults. Contains language and situations unsuitable for children.


The Cannabinoid Hypothesis by Leonardo Noto (2012). Indie medical / psychological thriller.

Frank Shoemaker, M.D. is the world’s preeminent neurosurgeon thanks to his development of “The Shoemaker” device for the treatment of acute psychosis. Now the good doctor is wanted for an unspeakable crime — but was it justified?

Mr. Jones is a drunkard, haunted by the demons of a combat-filled past. Mr. Jones and his team of mercenaries have been contracted to pursue the elusive Dr. Shoemaker, and Mr. Jones never fails to get his man — alive or otherwise!

Leonardo Noto (nom de plume) is a general practitioner who is currently in training to become a psychiatrist. This dark psychological thriller borrows heavily from Dr. Noto’s military experience as a battalion surgeon in the United States Army and from the knowledge that he has gained from his medical practice and his background in biochemistry.

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