Here’s the ScienceThrillers.com monthly 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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Block 10 by Stacy Childs (2014). Medical thriller.
Luke Cooper dreamed of flying. He was an Olympic caliber skier with a bright future, when a freak accident ruined his knee, and sent him into suicidal depression. A stranger, Dr. Henri de Salvo, gave him a reason to live, and a new set of “wings,” thanks to an experimental medical treatment. With new focus, Luke turned to a career in medicine, a career that led him to accept an invitation to a secluded clinic in France where de Salvo continued his cutting edge – if morally questionable work.
Lured by the chance to help other athletes recover their lives, intoxicated by smooth cognac, beautiful women and dark intrigue, Luke finds himself drawn into another world. De Salvo has a shadowed past, and powerful enemies, and the French city of Toulon has its dark side. Through amazing medical breakthroughs, run-ins with the Corsican mob, and clubs where men fight for big money – and women, he searches for his own path. The question is, will he survive the journey, and can he live up to the age old medical adage, “First, do no harm,” while following the message of his own heart – “First, do something…”
“Block 10 is an engrossing, intelligent medical thriller on par with the best of Robin Cook. I was hooked from the opening chapter and stayed up late turning the pages. Stacy Childs weaves weighty medical issues with heart pounding tension. I loved it!” -Robert Dugoni – Author of “The Jury Master”
The Hydra by Graham Stull (2015). Indie science/political thriller.
2020. The world watches as biogeneticist Brian Matterosi goes on trial for his life before the International Criminal Court. His crime? To engineer a virus which has swept the globe and sterilised entire populations. Is Matterosi a genius or a madman with a God complex? Only one thing is certain: he is a complicated man with a difficult past.
Nobody would acknowledge that more than Matterosi’s defence attorney, Art Blume, who is spearheading the campaign to save the scientist’s life. Prosecutor Leeton Kgabu has no such difficulty: for him Matterosi is a vicious murderer who deserves death for his crimes against the human race. The world craves justice, and Leeton is determined to see it happen. At all costs.
To Art Blume’s dismay, Brian Matterosi appears intent on helping Kgabu achieve his goal. What dark secrets are driving the scientist to seek his own annihilation? Is he truly the worst mass murderer of mankind or is he its saviour? As the trial progresses, Art discovers he is running out of time to find the truth.
A new threat is facing humanity: a virus that grants immortality to the afflicted. As the Human Renaissance Virus touches the population, writer Marcus Avery tries to make sense of a world grappling with the prospect of eternal life. As he digs deep into the stories of HRV patients, Marcus learns the chance at immortality comes at a terrible price, and there are forces at work to make sure that price is paid in full. Cry of the Phoenix is a free fall into a world where the long-coveted idea of immortality becomes first a rapturous reality and then a nightmare from which there is no escape.
Justice Is for the Lonely by Steve Clark (2015). Medical/legal thriller.
A former Dallas football star lies in a coma after heart surgery. When his family sues, alleging gross negligence, millions of dollars and reputations are at stake. Kristen Kerry is surprised when she is assigned to the defense team–until she learns that her job is to entice the doctor’s lawyer, notorious womanizer Michael Stern, into a joint defense, then double-cross him during trial. At the same time, Stern plans on backstabbing Kristen–after he has gotten what he wants. Unknown to either of them, Stern has made an enemy of a partner in his firm, willing to enlist a murderer to extract revenge on both Kristen and Stern. Only Kristen–with her access to hospital records–can identify the killer and save Stern from the death penalty.
Fusion by Gerald Kilby (2015). Indie technothriller.
When Charles Gardner takes his sailboat on a solo trip to Monaco, all he wants is a chance to forget. To recover from his wife’s death. Then he sees something he shouldn’t. A luxury yacht. A beautiful woman. A bullet through the head. But in the playground of the ultra-rich, his word counts for nothing against that of billionaire industrialist Xaing Zhu. Gardner has only two things in his favour: Inspector Madelaine Duchamp, who thinks he just might be telling the truth, and his own skills as a surveillance expert. As the world’s press gathers to cover the the inaugural test of the massive ITER fusion reactor, Charles and Madelaine have only hours to prevent disaster. But first, they have to stay alive.