SciThri new releases: February 2017

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:

Special this month: Book giveaway!


Fragment by Craig Russell (2016). Ecothriller. Fragment explores a range of scientific topics from the physics of ocean wave formation to issues of climate change, polar ice and ocean currents. It delves deep into the frontiers of whale sonar and speculates in fascinating ways on the possibility of interspecies communication.

When avalanching glaciers thrust a massive Antarctic ice sheet into the open ocean, the captain of an atomic submarine must risk his vessel to rescue the survivors of a smashed polar research station; in Washington the President’s top advisor scrambles to spin the disaster to suit his master’s political aims; and meanwhile two intrepid newsmen sail south into the storm-lashed Drake Passage to discover the truth.

Onboard the submarine, as the colossal ice sheet begins its drift toward South America and the world begins to take notice, scientists uncover a secret that will threaten the future of America’s military power and change the fate of humanity.

And beneath the human chaos one brave blue whale fights for the survival of his species.

Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award winner and author of Flashforward, adapted for the ABC-TV series staring Joseph Fiennes and John Cho, calls Fragment “A wonderfully thoughtful eco-thriller from one of Canada’s best writers.”
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A Sickness in Time by MF Thomas and Nicholas Thurkettle. Science fiction thriller.

In 2038, the human race is in a death spiral, yet most people do not know it yet. Technology intended to make us better and stronger has instead birthed a strange and terrible plague we may not be able to stop. When wealthy tech entrepreneur Josh Scribner’s young daughter begins to succumb to this illness, he dedicates his fortune in a desperate effort to save her life. Working with friend & celebrated physicist Min-Jun Dan, Josh develops the ability to send objects back through time. Their goal to recruit an agent in the past who might change our fatal path.

In our present day, a traumatized Air Force veteran finds a strange message in the woods on a camping trip, drawing her into an adventure spanning decades. With the future of humanity at stake, Maria Kerrigan and her friends become the unlikely heroes taking up the secret fight against our future doom.

A few words from the author: “I wrote the first draft of my first novel, Seeing by Moonlight, while working extensively in Germany and Switzerland. The story was inspired by my exposure to the history of the Nazi rocketry program and their extensive plans that were ended prematurely as the Allies won WWII. In the case of A Sickness in Time, the story was inspired by some time I spent in Rome. As I was walking near the ruins of Mars Hill, on a road first laid down a millennium ago, I came across an odd, glass and steel box. The contrast of this modern device in an ancient city made me start thinking about the reasons why someone would try to communicate across time.

Because of my work in the medical technology field, I spend a lot of time thinking about how to use medical technology to help people. There are so many opportunities to reduce pain, restore health and extend life. But from a perspective of writing fiction, it’s interesting to think about how medical technology could be subverted to hurt individuals or society. Medical advances have transformed the modern world. Consider the effect of antibiotics, insulin, pacemakers, and vaccines and the hundreds of millions of lives that have been saved through these discoveries and inventions. Yet what would happen if a ubiquitous technology that was supposed to make us better and stronger birthed a strange and terrible plague we may not be able to stop?”

The Chemist by Alan J. Field. Science + terrorism thriller (2016).

The most virulent weapon of mass destruction will be unleashed upon the world, but Delta Force veteran Daniel Strong isn’t about to let that happen. Recalled from the depths of drug addiction and depression, Danny is the last chance for the CIA to stop an auction in New York where powerful weapons dealers are to bid for the right to proliferate a deadly neurotoxin. The road to finding the auction’s location leads directly to the weapon’s creator: a devil in Tory Burch flats and heroin addict who has committed the chemical compound to memory. Yet Danny isn’t the only one chasing her. He must protect her from a sadistic Palestinian terrorist known only as Sabir, who wants to use the weapon to destroy Israel and will do anything–including torture–to get it. Danny must walk a fine line to control his obsession to resolve a dark secret from his past and his feelings for the chemist that could compromise the operation’s objective–before it’s too late.

Midwest Book Review says about The Chemist: “It’s rare to see a protagonist so tortured by his role in an international hunt, which pulls forth his own deeply buried secrets and angst in the process. Thrillers usually formulate plots where there are distinct friends and enemies, with the protagonist on one side or the other, but not here. One of the delights of The Chemist is that there are no clear boundaries of blackand white or good and evil. Instead, it places the protagonist on a tight ropeof tension as he tries to figure out his place within a tale of stunning plot twists that builds into something much more than just another obvious effort to save the world. Readers who enjoy international intrigue and spicy confrontations will appreciate the fact that scenes in The Chemist wind from Beirut to New York City, Afghanistan to Israel,and from hackers and hostiles to would-be rescuers and failed missions.”

Forbidden Birth by Dr. William Rubin (2016). Medical / serial killer thriller. Violent action reminiscent of Tess Gerritsen.

Doctor Christopher Ravello is driven by an unquenchable desire to avenge his mother’s senseless murder. He forsakes a lucrative career in medicine, and plunges headlong into the brutal, unforgiving world of a New York City homicide detective. Head of the new Division of Medical Crimes, Ravello’s first case pits him against a brilliant, sadistic serial killer. Known only as The Giver, he is hell bent on subjecting young women and their unborn babies to his illicit experiments. As the body count rises, New York City is engulfed in fear. Fighting an illness which threatens his job, immersed in turmoil at home due to his radical career change, Ravello struggles to understand who The Giver is and where he will strike next. Just as he discovers the killer’s identity the unspeakable happens, and Ravello is confronted with an agonizing choice: will he play it safe or make the ultimate sacrifice to save his loved ones and the city he is sworn to protect and serve?


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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