05 June 2007

Challenge Books

Books currently being read or listened to for the two challenges this summer. Both of these are new-to-me authors and they revolve around the medical field and are mystery/thrillers:

Darwin's Radio - Greg Bear (BOT)
A mass grave in Russia that conceals the mummified remains of two women, both with child -- and the conspiracy to keep it secret…a major discovery high in the Alps: the preserved bodies of a prehistoric family -- the newborn infant possessing disturbing characteristics…a mysterious disease that strikes pregnant women, resulting in miscarriage. Three disparate facts that will converge into one science-shattering truth.
Molecular biologist Kaye Lang, a specialist in retroviruses, believe that ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans can again come to life. But her theory soon becomes chilling reality. For Christopher Dicken -- a "virus hunter" at the Epidemic Intelligence Service -- has pursued an elusive flu-like disease that strikes down expectant mothers and their offspring. The shocking link: something that has slept in our genes for millions of years is waking up.

One Grave Too Many - Beverly Connor
With spot-on details, a smart new voice, and ingenious plot twists, Beverly Connor has been compared to the hottest crime writers on the scene. Now, she ratchets up the suspense with a brand new series featuring one of today's most cunning and complex sleuths: forensic anthropologist Diane Fallon. Her new job as director of the RiverTrail Museum of Natural History in Georgia takes Diane out of the game-until a former love and a murdered family bring her back in.


Anonymous said...

Okay, so now I have to check out Darwin's Radio and One Grave Too many. Both sound really good.

Steve-O said...

I like to recommend to you also a new medical thriller, LOCKED IN. I'm not one to read much thriller fiction, but with a medical slant on malpractice issues I thought I would give it a go. Now I'm a fan of medical thrillers and scanning the web for more recommendations!

Written by a new author, Dr. Michele Esposito, makes me wonder how close to truth this story really could be.

I went to his site to see if I could find out more about him. It's got a nice excerpt if you want to give it a read.