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Old 04-30-2011, 04:50 AM   #1
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Recommendations Wanted: Science/Medical Thrillers

I'm planning to go on a massive reading spree later in the month and want to fill my Kindle up ready.

I'm looking for science/medical based thrillers, although I'm not a fan of things set too far in the future. Authors I have previously enjoyed in the genre are Michael Crichton, Robin Cook and Ken McClure.

Any recommendations would be gratefully received
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:41 AM   #2
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I found Josh Bazell's Beat the Reaper a pleasant read.

Description from amazon.de (yes, they seem to copy from UK, so I hope it's okay to copy/paste it here.

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Publishers are given to attempts to whip up excitement about debut novels (it’s their job, after all), and often such fireworks splutter out all too quickly. But that’s not going to happen with Josh Bazell’s debut thriller Beat the Reaper, which is (it has to be said) quite as impressive as his publishers are trumpeting – in fact, if this book doesn’t take the crime and thriller world by storm, there's no justice. What marks the book out from the rest of an increasingly overcrowded field is its vibrant, glittering prose – streaked through with a mordant wit (highlighted by a series of pithy – and highly entertaining – footnotes; an unusual element in the thriller genre)

The plot is highly original. Peter Brown is a young Manhattan intern who is not all he seems to be. He has a past – and as any reader of crime novels knows – the past never stays buried for long. Peter has had an edgy run-in with a mugger and a more congenial elevator one-to-one with a female pharmaceutics rep. But his most significant encounter is to be with a new hospital patient, Nicholas LoBrutto – a man who knows the truth behind Peter’s artificially contrived façade: the young intern is, in fact, in the Witness Protection program, and he remains in the gunsights of some unpleasant New Jersey heavies. And things are about to get very hot for both Peter and LoBrutto. Josh Bazell, as Beat the Reaper, demonstrates, is the real deal, and the auguries for this debut are very good. If he can just sustain this level of invention and energy thoughout that difficult second novel… --Barry Forshaw
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:50 AM   #3
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Thanks for that! It's been added to my to read list.

EDIT: Even better, just found I already downloaded a copy of it, will get to reading it straight away.

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Old 04-30-2011, 11:22 AM   #4
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For Medical thrillers, you might try Tess Gerritson. They take place today.
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Old 04-30-2011, 11:44 AM   #5
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You really should consider the Sector General books by James White. They are "set too far in the future", but in a future envisioned in the 1960s, so not nearly as futuristic as one of today's futures.
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I enjoy this genre as well.

Some I have read:
Season Of The Harvest by Michael R Hicks
Days’ End by Scott L Collins
Confinement by Gabriella Murray
Medical Error by Richard Mabry
Code Blue by Richard Mabry
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Cassidym: I have read all her books but that's for the recommendation.

ardeegee and AbFabGab: Thanks, I'm off looking for them now. I'm glad some people know what I'm talking about, my local librarian just looked blank when I tried to explain :S

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Unfortunately, it doesn't look like Nancy Kress's Oaths and Miracles is available legally in an ebook format.
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Have you tried the Literature Map site? You enter an author's name and hit return and a new page opens with that author's name in the center and other authors arrayed around him/her. The closer they are to your author, the more like him/her they are. Check it out here http://www.literature-map.com/
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That site is awesome! Never heard of it before, but bookmarked already.

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Fantastic! Thank you.
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I also highly recommend Tess Gerritsen.

There's a couple by Richard Preston as well, The Cobra Event and The Hot Zone. I really enjoyed both.

Also Patrick Lynch, ones called Carriers and Omega.
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I also highly recommend Tess Gerritsen.
The Rizzoli & Isles series is a very good read. I've read most of them> I'm down to the last book to read. There is a tenth book due out in September.
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Look for the books by Michael Palmer. Books about a secret society of Nurses who perform mercy killings, A doctor friend of the President called in to replace his physician who disappeared, etc.

If you have not read Kathy Reichs - a real forensics anthropologist- you are in for a treat. Her books are the basis for the "Bones" TV series - but the books are better.

One of my favorite authors is Lincoln Child. Try "Deep Storm" to start. A doctor is flown in to a secret underwater base to try and solve some mysterious deaths. He also joins with Doug Preston for a bunch of great books by Preston & Child. "Utopia" and "Ice Limit" are just a few of their science-based thrillers.
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The Rizzoli & Isles series is a very good read. I've read most of them> I'm down to the last book to read. There is a tenth book due out in September.
Count me in for another Tess Gerritsen recommendation! Those books a great.
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