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:
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The Art of Forgetting by Peter Palmieri. Indie medical suspense with some sexual content (2013).
A brilliant author trapped by his crippling amnesia. The only one who can free him, a doctor plagued by his past. When dark forces threaten to quash Dr. Lloyd Copeland’s controversial cure, his career and his life, falling in love is the ultimate complication.
Dr. Lloyd Copeland is a young neurologist who is tormented by the conviction that he has inherited the severe, early-onset dementia that has plagued his family for generations – the very disease which spurred his father to take his own life when Lloyd was just a child. Withdrawn to a life of emotional detachment, he looks for solace in hollow sexual trysts as a way to escape his throbbing loneliness. Still, he clings to the hope that the highly controversial treatment for memory loss he’s been researching will free him from his family’s curse.
But when odd mishaps take place in his laboratory, his research is blocked by a hospital review board headed by Erin Kennedy: a beautiful medical ethicist with a link to his troubled childhood. The fight to salvage his reputation and recover the hope for his own cure brings him face to face with sordid secrets that rock his very self-identity. And to make matters worse, he finds himself falling irretrievably in love with the very woman who seems intent on thwarting his efforts.
Evelyn Gilmore, a headstrong black anthropologist, is onto what she hopes is the discovery of a lifetime when she begins an excavation in the northern Brazilian town of Salvador. But what she anticipates as the uncovering of relics from a 19th-century slave revolt becomes the deconstruction of everything we know about human history—as she finds in a 900-foot-deep cavern modern technology from a time before man ever walked the earth.
Gilmore’s ex, Cornell Nye, a specialist with NASA’s LINEAR team—which detects asteroids and other near-Earth objects—meanwhile has been hand-selected for a crew tasked with manning a device to protect the planet from a colossal body that NASA has recently discovered is heading for Earth. Nye and other top LINEAR personnel are flown to a small town in the eastern savannas of African Gabon, where the United States has maintained a secret base for several years. At the abandoned Oklo mines, a pre-ancient technological marvel has been uncovered; years in the works, a special U.S. team of scientists has resolved its functionality—it is a device from the same prehistoric time as Gilmore’s discovery in Brazil. It is a device meant to protect Earth from cosmic debris.
Gilmore teams up with historical linguist and former colleague/lover C.L. Brody to unlock the mystery of an ancient language she has found in her discovery in the Brazilian cavern. After talking with her ex, Nye, they determine that their structure is intricately linked with the device in the Oklo mines—halfway across the globe. Gilmore solves the puzzle of the link: When all the continents were one—millions of years ago—the northern coast of Brazil was merged with Gabon, in the supercontinent known as Pangaea. Gilmore’s find in Brazil is the key to making the Oklo device work properly to protect Earth from the titanic asteroid plunging through space.
As the asteroid hurtles inbound, Gilmore and Brody in Brazil work with Nye in Oklo to change the fate of the planet. They then uncover the real, harrowing truth about the ancient technology—and about the true history of mankind.
The Alpha Paradox
by Jeffrey King (2013). Environmental science thriller/mystery.
While on brackish waters in coastal Georgia, two experienced fisherman mysteriously disappear. Soon after, a mother loses her child to an unexplainable illness. Are the two events linked? Mark Turner, an intimidating marine patrol officer and lifetime resident of Savannah, Georgia, believes so and senses that something is terribly wrong in his beloved coastal community.
Meanwhile, a young graduate student, Justin Thompson, stumbles upon several clues that something disturbing is indeed afoot. Justin, a doctoral candidate conducting research in Georgia’s estuaries, is fascinated with science and an excellent student. However, he wrestles with self-doubt, indecision, and the need to strike a balance in life.
A twist of fate soon forges a unique friendship between Mark and Justin. With pressure mounting, the two must quickly discover the cause for a growing pandemic. Only one question remains. Will they find the answer in time?
Perilous Panacea by Ronald Klueh. Atomic technothriller/political thriller.
Despite repeated assurances by the United States government that security surrounding weapons grade plutonium is invulnerable, that Department of Energy security is nonetheless breached by a computer wizard. Bankrolled by Iranians, some of the plutonium is actually stolen, enough to manufacture at least one atomic bomb. Now a blackmailed Iranian expatriate and two kidnapped American scientists are all that stand between the world and nuclear catastrophe.