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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New Year Island by Paul Draker (2013). Indie psychological/science thriller.
Camilla Becker is a survivor.
The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake took her parents from her when she was seven and left her buried under a collapsed freeway. Twenty three years later, she’s a producer of acclaimed animated films for children and runs a foundation to brighten orphans’ lives. The invitation to be a contestant in a new reality show is not really Camilla’s thing, but the studio promises funding and publicity for her charity.
Ten strangers meet aboard a luxury megayacht in San Francisco. They come from all walks of life and very different backgrounds. The show’s hosts screened thousands of possible candidates in utmost secrecy before choosing these specific ten.
Their destination is an island off the coast of California, abandoned for decades, where nature’s own grand spectacle of survival plays out year after year. An island that has already claimed lives.
The contestants will be marooned, cut off from all other human contact for two weeks, to compete for the five million dollar grand prize.
But nothing is what it seems. Everyone is hiding secrets. And each of them has, in their past, already survived something that would kill most people.
Now they find themselves trapped in a game where the stakes are even higher. Camilla must choose whom to trust as they are forced to confront each other, their own darkest impulses, and nature in violent revolt against a game so deadly that the most terrifying experiences of their lives were only its qualifying round.
Maybe there isn’t meant to be a winner…
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An altruistic New York biochemist called Jim MacWaide discovers a cure for cancer, independent of the world’s largest pharmaceutical company – his employers, Gluck Schmidt Little. Coming from a renowned Napa wine-making family, Jim has spent three years obsessively experimenting on the properties of Resveratrol, an extract of the red grape. After achieving miraculous results in regenerating human tissue cells, he shares 90% of his discovery with the firm, but quickly gets cold feet. Realizing too late, he’s certain that once the ruthless pharma giant gets hold of the ‘Holy Grail’ of cures, only the rich will be saved from cancer – by a drug that costs ten dollars to produce. When Jim refuses to reveal the last, vital code, his bosses hire an ex-Guantanamo interrogator to torture the goods out of him. Saved by a last minute tip-off, Jim hits the road, pursued by the relentless bounty-hunter in a race to find a non-profit organization for his miracle cure.
Engineer and pilot Dave Henson and his team of high tech entrepreneurs transplanted themselves three years ago from Silicon Valley to McCall, Idaho to start NSurv Inc., a nanotechnology surveillance company. Having personally experienced the economic collapse of the country, Dave and his team are intent on reversing the current political and economic direction of the country. Ultimately they plan to bring a new level of transparency between the federal government and the public.
To do so they’ve developed fantastic new nano surveillance technology to expose the corrupt trinity alliance between the current political administration, the national press corps, and a handful of international billionaires with global political and financial agendas.
While NSurv, and news reporter Dana Cogswell, work to expose the corruption in Washington D.C., the President announces new plans to end global climate change and restore the country’s economy. However the President’s plans run sinisterly deeper, and include the required use of personal tracking sensors to be installed in every automobile and product sold in the country. If the President’s plans become law, Henson’s team is convinced it will destroy the country and provide the government with unfettered surveillance of the public.
The NSurv team quickly finds itself intertwined in a deadly war with the President and his allies. As NSurv works to capture and report the ultimate story to topple the administration, the President and his allies stop at nothing to protect their self interests and to capture NSurv’s new surveillance technology.
Too Much Information by David Haskell (2013). Indie techno/political thriller.
In an era of terrorism and pandemics, with constant threats from differing but equally destructive sources, Thermo-Magnetic Imaging machines represent a seemingly perfect solution. But as privacy and health concerns grow ever more complex, this cutting edge technology delivers more than anyone had bargained for. While the forces behind the scenes fight to conceal their true agenda, the public struggles to cope with a new paradigm so invasive their innermost secrets are laid bare under its powerful lens.
Rob Folsom is a civil liberties activist, a staunch defender of privacy rights. Rosa Perez, a government agent specializing in surveillance, seems an unlikely candidate for him to represent. As Rob is pulled into her world, a world of high-tech spying, corporate intrigue, and black ops government agencies, he becomes caught in a perilous game of cat and mouse. As the target of interest switches from client to advocate, Rob has to find a way to stop them before they sabotage everything he has worked for…
The Medicine by Jon Martindale (2013). Indie science thriller.
Lindsey Sterling, ex-nurse and conservationist, is travelling to the heart of South America to survey a newly discovered rainforest. Her task: to keep everyone alive and healthy whilst dealing with their team leader’s imperfections.
But her group isn’t the only one interested in the region and a local tribe could prove far too dangerous to deal with; especially when the jungle seems to have its own way of maintaining a steady human population.
As scary as science can be, nature is often more terrifying – especially when it comes to parasites. The Cordyceps fungus can infect many species in its different incarcerations, but no one ever heard of it jumping to humans, until now.