Reviews of very small press or self-published books (“indies”)
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A Life Unbroken by K.M. Hewitt. (Revenge thriller) Scientist betrayed and left for dead seeks her revenge.
The Officially Unofficial Files of Dr. Gordon B. Gray by Darcy Fray. (SciFi thriller) Brilliant young physicist is asked to investigate disappearance of an Appalachian town.
*Quicksilver by Toni Dwiggins. (Science thriller novella) Forensic geologists track mercury-deranged brother of a client in gold country of Sierra Nevada.
*Schrodinger’s Gat by Robert Kroese. (SciFi mystery/thriller) Quantum indeterminancy decides a man’s fate in San Francisco. Physics and philosophy.
Face of the Earth by Doug and Linda Raber. (Science/Political thriller) Smallpox cases on Navajo lands: terrorism or a terrible accident?
The Sixth Sense by Lawrence W. Gold, MD. (Medical thriller) Berkeley-area family physician Arnie Roth wakes from a coma with extraordinary sense of smell. Meanwhile his pharmacist tampers with prescription drugs.
*The Seneca Scourge by Carrie Rubin. (Medical thriller; science thriller; plague thriller; SF) Dr. Sydney McKnight faces deadly influenza at her Boston hospital with mysterious new scientist colleague working with–or against?–her.
Murder With a French Accent by Janet Hannah. (Fiction with science; science mystery) University microbiologist gets entangled in industrial politics and intellectual property theft in France.
*Saving Hope by Liese Sherwood-Fabre. (Romantic suspense/Science thriller) Unemployed Russian bioweapons scientist wants to save her daughter but her most valuable asset may be too dangerous to sell.
*Sector C by Phoenix Sullivan. (Veterinary medicine thriller; science thriller) Prehistoric prion plague begins in North Dakota and threatens civilization.
*Wired by Douglas E. Richards. (Science fiction thriller) Brilliant molecular biologist invents drug to vastly expand human intelligence.
The Human Race by O.C. Heaton. (Science fiction thriller) Idealistic Icelandic scientist invents teleportation system and teams with British entrepreneur to give it to the world for free, but less scrupulous forces wish to exploit the technology.
The Primordial Tide by Jeffrey Stettler. (Science thriller) Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf releases something far worse than petroleum.
Presidential Migraines by Fritz Strobl. (Medical/political thriller) Minnesota neurologist Jack Stevens uncovers plot to use cell phones to plant thoughts.
*Volcano Watch by Toni Dwiggins. (Mystery/police procedural/Science thriller) Forensic geologist Cassie Oldfield is back on her home turf of Mammoth Lakes, California, trying to solve a murder while the volcanic caldera threatens the town.
*The Egyptian by Layton Green. (Science thriller) A vial of the fountain of youth is stolen from an Egyptian biotech company and violence follows in its wake.
Silicone by Carlos Meza. (Medical thriller) Sacramento physician Jordan Hamilton discovers a deadly condition in women with breast implants, but vested interests are determined to stop her investigation.
Labyrinth of Terror by Dr. Richard P. Wenzel. (Science thriller; medical thriller) Virulent, antibiotic-resistant Staph outbreak at London hospital triggers bioterrorism investigation.
kiDNApped by Rick Chesler. (Science thriller) Brilliant molecular biologist is kidnapped in Hawaii. To save him, his daughter must read the secret messages he writes in DNA.
Badwater by Toni Dwiggins. (Science/forensic geology thriller) Stolen radioactive waste is tracked in Death Valley National Park by a pair of forensic geologists.
Days’ End by Scott L. Collins. (Science/religious thriller) Secret cloning project and signs of the end times. Is there a connection?
A Spark of Heavenly Fire by Pat Bertram. (Science/medical thriller with political overtones) Bioengineered plague strikes Colorado; FEMA and the UN take over. Some try to flee; others learn to love.
The Death Trip by Marion Stein. (Medical thriller/bioethics) End-of-life “comfort care” creates a perfect existence. Too good to be true?