iO9, an internet hub of SciFi geek fandom, just posted a brilliant essay written by ScienceThriller master James Rollins, author of the wildly popular Sigma Force series (most recent release: EYE OF GOD). In this essay, Rollins talks about how he gets thriller science ideas from real scientists. He reveals some of the secrets of the craft of writing a page-turning science thriller. And best of all, he mentions something close to my heart: the hope that putting science in exciting novels will get people, especially kids, interested in science.
REVERSION by Amy Rogers
Rabies kills. Can it also cure?
New page-turning thriller novel with real science in the style of Michael Crichton.
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Dr. Tessa Price knows what it's like to lose a child to a genetic disease. To spare another mother this pain, she invents a radical new gene therapy that might save the life of seven-year-old Gunnar Sigrunsson. Unable to get regulatory approval to treat Gunnar in the US, she takes her clinical trial to the Palacio Centro Medico, a resort-like hospital on a Mexican peninsula where rich medical tourists get experimental treatments that aren't available anywhere else.
When the hospital is taken over by a brutal drug cartel, Tessa hides with a remarkable trio of Palacio clients-rich Texan Lyle Simmons, his much-younger Brazilian girlfriend, and his protection dog, a German shepherd named Dixie, only to learn that the gangsters aren't the only deadly threat they face. A rabies-like infection that began in the Palacio's research chimpanzees has spread to humans. Tessa investigates and finds a shocking connection to her gene therapy experiment. In the wake of this discovery, Tessa must weigh the value of one human life against another-including her own.
"A smart, tightly written, scary science thriller." --Kirkus Reviews
"Reversion has everything I love about science thrillers: an exotic setting, a brilliant protagonist, a terrifying villain, and a story that takes readers on a wild ride across the frontiers of science. It's a fun, frightening and memorable novel." --Mark Alpert, Scientific American editor and author of Extinction
"Rogers artfully blends science and suspense in this top-notch thriller. Fans of Michael Palmer and Robin Cook will love this book."-- Brian Andrews, author of The Calypso Directive
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