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Old 02-09-2010, 09:05 PM   #1
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Any Indie Medical Thrillers?

Can anyone recommend medical thrillers written by indie authors? For example, are there any good (or even mediocre ) medical thrillers available through SmashWords, etc.?

Also, from the big name publishers, can anyone recommend non-indie medical thrillers available in e-book format? I've read some Robin Cook and some Michael Palmer, but I'm wondering what other authors are out there.

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Old 02-09-2010, 10:55 PM   #2
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There is a series at Fictionwise available in multiformat by Renee Horowirz where the main detective character is a pharmacist. I liked the first one best. I would say it was very good while the other ones were in the so-so category.
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Tess Gerritsen is an excellent medical thriller writer. Beware, though, some of her early work offered for sale on ereader.com is not the medical thriller genre.

Sorry, I don't know any indie authors.
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Old 02-10-2010, 03:59 AM   #4
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I found this at smashwords by a MR member author ...Microbe By Bill Clem

In 1947, the U.S. Army left behind a secret when they closed Ft. Miles, Delaware. A threat so deadly, they buried it 1000 feet down in the Atlantic Ocean. Now, sixty years later, an oil rig drilling off the coast of Delaware has hit something. Now one man holds the key to the survival of the entire planet.

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Old 02-10-2010, 04:18 AM   #5
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F. Paul Wilson has a medical degree, but most of his books are not really what you'd call "medical thrillers". While Wilson is not what I'd call an "indie" author, he is rather special and not "mainstream" like King or Crichton.

There are two books of his Repairman Jack series with a medical focus:
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Repairman Jack isn't your average appliance repairman. He fixes situations for people, often risking his own life. Jack has no last name, no social security number, works only for cash, and has no qualms when it comes to seeing that the job gets done.

Dr. Alicia Clayton, a pediatrician who treats children with AIDS, is full of secrets, and she has just inherited a house that holds another. Haunted by painful memories, Alicia wants the house destroyed but somehow everyone she enlists to help ends up violently killed. The house holds a powerful secret, and Alicia's charmless brother Thomas seems willing to do anything to get his hands on that secret himself. But not if Repairman Jack can find it first!
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A new chemical compound, a non-addictive designer drug that heightens your assertiveness, opens the door to your primal self, giving you an edge wherever you compete—whether on the street or the football field, in a classroom or a boardroom. Wouldn’t you be tempted to try it . . . just once?

Jack is hired by Dr. Nadia Radzminsky, a young researcher who’s concerned about the safety of her boss and mentor. She fears he’s being threatened or blackmailed by high-profile hood Milos Dragovic. Jack pokes around and soon finds himself knee deep in the glossy underworld of designer drugs.

The hot new substance that’s sweeping the city goes by many names, but its most common street handle is Berzerk. Not just for all-night raves, it’s worming its way into daily life at all levels. Used in just the right amount, it enhances performance in any field; but take too much and you veer into mindless murderous rage. The street folk don’t call it Berzerk for nothing.

As Jack tracks Berzerk through a maze of legal and illegal pharmaceuticals, he makes an enemy of Milos Dragovic. Soon Dragovic’s goons are threatening those Jack holds most dear. And when Jack uncovers the terrifying truth behind Berzerk’s ultimate source, he realizes that a maleficent force far greater than Milos Dragovic is at work . . . and Jack, and Nadia and everyone they love are in far more danger than they could have imagined.
Implant is a standalone Novel (that still ties in to Mr. Wilson's universe)
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A novel of chilling, medical suspense, written by a practicing physician. Young doctor Gina Panzella respects her boss, plastic surgeon Duncan Lathram, whose invention of a dissolving implant that allows incisions to heal without scarring has won him worldwide acclaim. But her curiosity about what ruined Duncan's personal life soon leads Gina to a lethal discovery.
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Old 02-10-2010, 06:39 AM   #6
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Tess Gerritsen is an excellent medical thriller writer. Beware, though, some of her early work offered for sale on ereader.com is not the medical thriller genre.
I read The Surgeon by Tess Gerritson which was a medical thriller and, at the time, was a freebie. It was a pretty good read.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:38 AM   #7
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Thanks, everyone! Those all sound good.

I have some of the earlier Tess Gerritsen books in print. Now I just have to find them. (Another area where e-books are easier. Just search the computer... Now if only the search engine in newer versions of Windows didn't suck eggs. )
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