SciThri new releases: October 2016

Here’s the occasional 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.

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:


Cardiac by Jeffrey Monaghan (2016). Medical/technothriller.

What if the one thing meant to keep you alive was used to kill you?

Embattled CEO Jack Getty is nervous. This is his final chance to save his company. He is announcing his firm’s breakthrough discovery at the world’s largest annual biotech conference. A discovery that trials show will extend human life by 75%. But as Jack approaches the podium, he suffers a major heart attack and collapses onto the stage, stunning the conference attendees.

Jack is rushed to the emergency room where surgeons implant the latest Wi-Fi enabled pacemaker, saving his life in the process. What Jack doesn’t know, however, is that an underground hacking group has its sights set on manipulating his “secure” pacemaker to get information only he can provide. Despite the hackers unrelenting terror, Jack refuses to give them what they want and soon starts to uncover the true motives of this mysterious and powerful group.

“…a heart-pounding novel that dances on the fringe of the dangers lurking within today’s modern technologies.”

Recipient by Dean Mayes (2016). Psychological/medical thriller.

Casey Schillinge is a vivacious young woman on the verge of making her mark on the world. While backpacking, she is struck down by a tropical disease and suffers cardiac failure. But at the eleventh hour, Casey receives a life-saving heart transplant and a rare second chance to begin again. Three years later, Casey has become a withdrawn shell of her former self: she is estranged from her loved ones, afraid of open spaces and rides the line between legitimate and criminal work. The worst of her troubles come in the form of violent night terrors; so frightening that she resorts to extreme measures to keep herself from sleeping. When she can take no more, she embarks on a desperate search for the source of her dreams. In so doing, she makes a shocking discovery surrounding the tragic fate of the donor whose heart now beats inside her chest. As she delves deeper into the mystery of her donor, she realizes her dreams are not a figment of her imagination, but a real life nightmare.

The Kafir Project by Lee Burvine (2016). Speculative fiction thriller with science and religion.

Astronomer and TV science guy Gevin Rees just landed the interview of a lifetime with the world’s most famous physicist. Remarkable, because the eccentric genius is notoriously reclusive … and he’s already dead.

What happens next forces Rees to run for his life from not one but two deadly assassins and global powers desperate to bury what he’s just uncovered. Mind-blowing technology and solid evidence that would rewrite religious history and challenge the faith of billions.

“…blends together credible scientific concepts with religious history to craft a fast-paced and truly page-turning adventure. It’s hard to avoid comparisons with Dan Brown. What if it were possible to go back and view the foundations of the major religions–to know for certain what happened, and what didn’t? How might those truths change the world? This thought experiment is just one thread in a tapestry weaving together quantum computing, relativity, observational time travel, DNA data storage, archaeology, and international politics.”

The Darkest Side of Saturn by Tony Taylor (2014). Hard science fiction.

Two astronomers discover an asteroid on a potential collision course with Earth.

Harris Mitchel and Diana Muse are old friends and scientific rivals, but when they jointly discover a new asteroid, which they name Baby, their lives are upended for good. Harris’s wife Jennifer is growing increasingly frustrated with his dedication to work over marriage. A fundamentalist minister with money troubles hopes to boost his ministry by taking public exception to Mitchel’s advocacy of science as a new frontier and a new inspiration – and a conservative radio personality is stoking the fight for his audience’s amusement. A New Age community views Mitchel as a new prophet. But the stakes are higher than any of them realize, since Baby appears to be on a collision course with Earth. Can Harris and Diana manage to save the world as well as their own personal lives?

Spores: Don’t Even Breathe by Douglas Parker (2016). Science thriller/Horror.

The good folk of small town Fulton are dying in a horror of bleeding and hallucination.

It is up to the town’s redoubtable Chief of Police, Marion Quirke, and it’s only doctor, Shona Price, to find the truth. But soon the two women are mired in a world of conspiracy and deception as the media; politicians and big business all manipulate the fate of Fulton for their own ends.

As the disease spreads it carries lies, fear and chaos with it. Marion, Shona and their small band of allies must decide just how much they will risk in their fight to get the truth before the public. First though, they must uncover exactly what that truth is.

What on earth is this terrible disease, and where did it come from? Is it an accident of nature or a deliberate attack? An isolated incident or deeply connected to mysterious events in China, Australia and Iraq? What is the real interest of Homeland Security in all this and is it just coincidence that the Presidential election is only weeks away?

Only one thing is certain – deadly spores are in the air. It’s time for you to be afraid and do what you’re told. Don’t ask questions, don’t leave the house, don’t even breathe…


Do you enjoy thrillers with real science? Read Petroplague by Dr. Amy Rogers. Oil-eating bacteria contaminate the fuel supply of Los Angeles and paralyze the city. “Compellingly written, technically literate” “top 5 on my best of 2011 list” “the science is utterly believable” “I couldn’t put this one down”

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