Science / Medical Thrillers

In addition to an overall star rating, I give books in this category a biohazard symbol rating for sci/med technical accuracy and the importance of scientific themes to the plot.  5= best use of science; 1= no basis in scientific reality

SPECIAL FEATURE:  Sci/Med thrillers for Young Adults and Children

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton. Biohazards: 5 Stars: 5

A Heartbeat Away by Michael Palmer. Biohazards: 4 Stars: 4

Boiling Point by Karen Dionne. Biohazards: 5

The Calypso Directive by Brian Andrews. Biohazards: 4

Chimera by David Wellington. Amputee veteran Army Ranger chases homicidal escapees from black ops facility with scientific connections. Biohazards: 2 Stars: 4

Chromosome 8 by Peter Holt. Biohazards: 3

The Cloud by Matt Richtel. Biohazards: 4 Stars: 4

The Cobra Event by Richard Preston. Biohazards: 5

Code Blue by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. Biohazards: 5

Code White by Scott Britz-Cunningham Biohazards: 5

Cold Plague by Daniel Kalla. Biohazards: 5

The Colony by AJ Colucci. Biohazards: 4 Stars: 4

Coma by Robin Cook. Biohazards: 5 Stars: 5

Critical Condition by CJ Lyons. Biohazards: 5

Day One by Nate Kenyon. Biohazards: 2 Stars: 2

Deadly Medicine by Leonard S. Goldberg. Biohazards: 4

Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs. Biohazards: 5 Stars: 4

The Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston. Biohazards: 5

The DEUS Machine by Pierre Ouellette. Biohazards: 4 Stars: 5

Devil’s Plaything by Matt Richtel. Biohazards: 4 Stars: 4

Extinction by Mark Alpert. Biohazards: 5 Stars: 5

Fatal Memories by Vladimir Lange. Biohazards: 3 Stars: 4

Final Theory by Mark Alpert. Biohazards: 5

The First Horseman by John Case. Biohazards: 5

The Flicker Men by Ted Kosmatka. A quantum physics thriller. Study of the “double slit” experiment reveals people without souls. Biohazards: 5

Flu by Gina Kolata. Nonfiction page-turner about influenza. Biohazards: 5

Freezing Point by Karen Dionne. Action and thrills in Antarctica. Biohazards: 4

Frozen Solid by James Tabor. More action and thrills in Antarctica. Biohazards: 2

The Furies by Mark Alpert. Biohazards: 4 Stars: 4

The Genesis Code by John Case. Biohazards: 4 Stars: 4

The Genesis Key by James Barney. Biohazards: 5

The Hot Zone by Richard Preston. All-time classic page-turner about hemorrhagic fever virus outbreak in monkeys in Washington DC. You’ll think it’s fiction. Biohazards: 5 Stars: 5

Impact by Douglas Preston. Biohazards: 4 Stars: 4

Instinct by Jeremy Robinson. Biohazards: 4 Stars: 5

Intuition by Allegra Goodman. Biohazards: 5

Island 731 by Jeremy Robinson. Ecologist stranded on Pacific island battles man-made monsters. Biohazards: 2

Isolation Ward by Joshua Spanogle. Biohazards: 5 Stars: 4

The Judas Strain by James Rollins. Biohazards: 4 Stars: 4

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. Biohazards: 5 Stars: 5

The Lazarus Strain by Ken McClure. Biohazards: 5

Lethal Remedy by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. Biohazards: 5

Lifelines by CJ Lyons. Biohazards: 5 Stars: 4

Life Support by Tess Gerritsen. Biohazards: 5 Stars: 4

The Martian by Andy Weir. Biohazards: 5 Stars: 4 Astronaut stranded on Mars uses ingenuity to survive.

Meg by Steve Alten. Biohazards: 4

Micro by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston. Biohazards: 4

Miracle Cure by Michael Palmer. Biohazards: 5

The Orion Plan by Mark Alpert. Biohazards: 4 Stars: 4

Petroplague by Amy Rogers. Biohazards: 5 Stars: 4

Prey by Michael Crichton. Biohazards: 5 Stars: 4

Primacy by J.E. Fishman. Biohazards: 2 Stars: 4

Prophet of Bones by Ted Kosmatka. Biohazards: 5

Public Anatomy by A. Scott Pearson. Biohazards: 5

Relic by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. Biohazards: 4 Stars: 5

Rogue Wave by Boyd Morrison. Biohazards: 5

The Romanov Cross by Robert Masello. Biohazards: 5

Sandstorm by James Rollins. Biohazards: 2 Stars: 4

Second Genesis by Jeffrey Anderson, M.D. Biohazards: 5

SecondWorld by Jeremy Robinson. Biohazards: 3

Seeders by AJ Colucci. Biohazards: 3 Stars: 4

Sequence by Lori Andrews. Biohazards: 5

Side Effects by Michael Palmer. Biohazards: 3

Singularity by Steven James. Biohazards: 4 Stars: 3

The Sixth Extinction (a Sigma Force novel) by James Rollins. Biohazards: 4 Stars: 5

Sphere by Michael Crichton. Biohazards: 5 Stars: 5

Spiral by Paul McEuen. Biohazards: 5 Stars: 5

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Biohazards: 1 Stars: 4

SynBio by Leslie Alan Horvitz. Biohazards: 5 Stars: 2

The Technologists by Matthew Pearl. Biohazards: 5

The Terminal Man by Michael Crichton. Biohazards: 5 Stars: 4

The Things That Keep Us Here by Carla Buckley. Biohazards: 3

The Vault by Boyd Morrison. Biohazards: 3

The White Plague by Frank Herbert. Biohazards: 2 Stars: 4

Unnatural Exposure by Patricia Cornwell. Biohazards: 5

Urgent Care by CJ Lyons. Biohazards: 5 Stars: 4

Vector by Robin Cook. Biohazards: 5

Warning Signs by CJ Lyons. Biohazards: 5

Whiteout by Ken Follett. Biohazards: 3 Stars: 4

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