SciThri new releases: May 2012

This month’s roundup of newly-released, or new to me, thrillers in the science or medical genre.  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:

The Deep Zone by James M. Tabor (2012).  Science thriller. Author interview in The Big Thrill ezine.

In this gripping debut thriller from James M. Tabor, a brilliant and beautiful scientist and a mysterious special ops soldier must lead a team deep into the Earth on a desperate hunt for the cure to a deadly epidemic.

When she was unjustly fired from a clandestine government laboratory, microbiologist Hallie Leland swore she would never look back. But she can’t ignore an urgent summons from the White House to reenter the realm of cutting-edge science and dangerous secrets.

“Potentially the worst threat since Pearl Harbor” is how the president describes a mysterious epidemic killing American soldiers in Afghanistan—and now poised for outbreak in the States and beyond. Millions will die unless Hallie and a hastily mobilized team can recover the ultrarare organism needed to create a new antibiotic. The good news is that Hallie knows more about the organism than anyone else on the planet. The bad news is that it can be found only at the bottom of Earth’s deepest cave.

Hallie’s team is capable—especially the mysterious Wil Bowman, who knows as much about high-tech weaponry as he does about microbiology—but the challenge appears insurmountable. Before even reaching the supercave, they must traverse a forbidding Mexican jungle populated by warring cartels, Federales, and murderous locals. Only then can they confront the cave’s flooded tunnels, lakes of acid, bottomless chasms, and mind-warping blackness. But the deadliest enemies are hiding in plain sight: a powerful traitor high in the Washington ranks and a cunning assassin deep underground, determined to turn Hallie’s mission into a journey of no return.

Embryo by J.A. Schneider (2012). Indie science/medical thriller.

A young intern, Jill Raney, is determined to investigate tragedies and terror at a famous fertility and genetic engineering hospital. When two pregnant women die and a fetus is delivered with severe chromosomal abnormalities, Jill’s superiors – including handsome, smitten-with-her resident David Levine – insist there’s no common link.

But her suspicions deepen with the grotesque murder near the hospital of another pregnant woman – her belly drained of amniotic fluid. And when a woman miscarries in the hospital and then disappears, Jill frantically searches for her – following a terrifying path that seems to link all the victims: Is someone playing with life…and the structures of human life itself?

Heart Attack by Jasmin Palo (2011). Indie medical thriller.

Nathan Stone, a whiskey-loving private detective wakes up in a hospital with a concussion and a memory loss. Unable to remember his attack or days leading to it, Nathan sets to investigate what happened to him together with Nicole Trent, a homicide detective and a former lover. Nathan quickly finds out he wasn’t a victim of a random attack but also deeply involved in Nicole’s homicide case, involving a local pharmaceutical company Witham. When people connected to Witham die mysteriously of a heart attack, they both soon realize there is more to the case than first appeared.

Collider by Tom Schuett (2011). Indie science thriller.

Outside Geneva, physicists are beginning to accelerate particles to nearly the speed of light in order to collide them. They are looking for the so-called God Particle and the very beginnings of our universe. Fearing the repercussions, a group of religious zealots hire Max Schultz, a cold-blooded assassin. His mission – to destroy the collider. Wary of threats to the collider, the CIA sends Seth Hodge, a covert operative, to safeguard the collider. A globe-trotting game of cat and mouse ensues as the two men battle wits, with the fate of the world and organized religion hanging in the balance.

Anaerobe by Gary Kraidman (2012). Indie science thriller.

Nick Torno, Special Projects Director for the Department of Energy must stop an overseas terror group from contaminating an experimental waste carbon dioxide gas pipeline leading to an deep down oil reserve under the infamous Teapot Dome formation in Wyoming. If the fanatical plotters of eco-terror are successful a novel microbe will enter our underground oil pool and spread rapidly. America’s fossil fuel will cease to exist. The United States of America will remain dependent forever on foreign oil.

The Seventh Deception by G. Dedrick Robinson (2011). Indie historical thriller about scientists.

The Seventh Deception is a product of Dr. Robinson’s background in science and history plus his interest in why the Nazis could be so far ahead in jet aircraft and rockets, yet completely fail to develop an atomic bomb. Within just a few months after Otto Hahn’s discovery of atomic fission, the Nazi government established a nuclear research program, well ahead of anyone else. Their lack of progress is still a controversial subject among scholars. One school of thought is that German physicists dragged their feet because they didn’t want to put such a powerful weapon in the hands of Hitler. Another group argue that German physicists could never have produced a bomb because of a mistaken understanding of bomb physics. Dr. Robinson advances his own theory in the novel through the eyes of the main character, nuclear physicist Anton Breker.

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