In 1959, in an underground laboratory in a remote region of West Virginia, a secret government experiment went terribly awry. In desperation, President Eisenhower ordered the lab sealed shut and all records of its existence destroyed. Now, fifty-four years later, something from the lab has emerged.
When mysterious events begin occurring along the New River Valley in West Virginia, government agents Mike Califano and Ana Thorne are sent to investigate. What they discover will shake the foundations of science and religion and put both agents in the crosshairs of a deadly, worldwide conspiracy. A powerful and mysterious force has been unleashed, and it’s about to fall into the wrong hands. To prevent a global catastrophe, Califano and Thorne must work together to solve a biblical mystery that has confounded scholars for centuries. And they must do so quickly, before time runs out . . . forever.
By George Ebey
Author Nina Croft’s latest novel, THE DESCARTES LEGACY, blends science with thrills to bring you one of her most harrowing stories yet.
Lucas Grafton has spent the last ten years hunting the Conclave, a secret organization who took everything from him, his wife, his child, his very identity. Now he has a lead—an imminent terrorist attack on London—codenamed Descartes.
Born with a genetic illness, Jenna Young has always known she is different. Then the unexpected death of her father catapults her into a world of murder and terrorism. To stay alive, she must solve a twenty-five year old mystery—her only ally, a hard bitter man in search of retribution, her only clue—Descartes.
When Luke’s need for revenge collides with Jenna’s hunt for the past, together they must stand against the Conclave, and in doing so uncover the truth behind Jenna’s illness. A truth that will make Jenna question her very humanity.
I recently caught up with Nina to learn more about what she has in store for readers of THE DESCARTES LEGACY.
Your book is a thriller with science at its core. How did you approach blending both themes into one story?
I think thrillers and science blend together naturally. Advances in science, whether in medicine, bio-weapons, cloning or whatever can be a great source of suspense and conflict for a story and this is definitely the case with THE DESCARTES LEGACY. The book also has a hint of science-fiction, which means I had limitless possibilities. Once I’d decided on the central idea, then the hardest thing was deciding which of those possibilities to go with.
By AJ Colucci
Nate Kenyon brings us his latest novel, DAY ONE. A three-time Bram Stoker Award finalist and P&E Horror Novel of the Year award winner, Nate’s books have received starred reviews from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY and BOOKLIST. Two of his novels, THE REACH and SPARROW ROCK, have been optioned for film.
Nate has written several novels for Blizzard Entertainment’s bestselling videogame franchises, including STARCRAFT GHOST: SPECTRES and DIABLO III: THE ORDER. He has had dozens of stories published in magazine and anthologies including SHROUD MAGAZINE, MONSTROUS, HORROR WORLD, DEAD LINES, THE HARROW, HORROR LIBRARY, THE MONSTER’S CORNER and the upcoming DARK DUETS. You can visit him on his website.
DAY ONE introduces us to scandal-plagued hacker journalist John Hawke, who is hot on the trail of the explosive story that might save his career. James Weller, the former CEO of giant technology company Eclipse, has founded a new start-up, and he’s agreed to let Hawke do a profile on him. But after he arrives in Weller’s office in New York City, a seemingly normal day quickly turns into a nightmare as anything with an Internet connection begins to malfunction. Soon Hawke and a small band of survivors are struggling for their very lives as they find themselves thrust into the middle of a war zone—with no obvious enemy in sight.
Debut ITW author Geoffrey Girard will have his first two novels published on the same dayas Simon and Schuster gets a little extra creative and releases both CAIN’S BLOOD (a dark techno thriller) and PROJECT CAIN (a Young Adult companion novel) simultaneously on September 3rd.
Both novels center around a secret Defense project to develop bioweapons built from the genetics of violence, a program which includes dozens of young men who are the clones of infamous serial killers. When the most dangerous teens are set free by their creator, former black ops soldier Shawn Castillo is hot on their trail and enlists the help of a boy who has just learned he is the clone of Jeffrey Dahmer. As this unlikely pair races across the country after the rampaging teens, Castillo must protect the boy who is the embodiment of his biggest fears, and who may also be his last hope.
Initially submitted as a standalone novel for teens, Girard’s agents — Peter McGuigan and Stephen Barbara, at Foundry Literary + Media — felt they could have two books on their hands and asked Girard to rework his story. The result was a dark thriller for adults told from multiple POVs and centered primarily on Castillo and also a YA novel told in first-person by teen Jeffrey Jacobson, the clone of Dahmer.
A gunfighter battles flesh-eating zombies and corruption in an 1897 Nevada mining town.
Coyote Flats, the Nevada desert 1897: the age of steam and gears and zombies. Ryan McBride has one of the richest gold mines in Nevada. But that’s not enough. He not only intends to own every gold claim in the area, he wants the town, too. And he’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen.
At night when the devil wind blows, a pack of flesh-hungry zombies descend on Coyote Flats. Townspeople are killed and Sheriff John Cable stands alone against the creatures. He steps into the night and disappears; but not before asking that a telegraph be sent to his friend Max Traver in San Francisco requesting his help. Now it’s up to Traver to stop McBride. But first he has to face McBride’s gunman Driscoll Pine and the zombies turned loose on the town to instill fear in the miners.
By Jeremy Burns
Steve Alten is a bestselling mainstay on the science thriller scene. His work has drawn laudatory comparisons to Crichton and Cussler, and his latest book, THE OMEGA PROJECT, looks to raise the already high bar that his fans have come to expect. Steve recently sat down with THE BIG THRILL to take readers behind the scenes of his latest high-octane adventure.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m fifty-three, been writing now for eighteen years. Twelve published thrillers, including four NEW YORK Times bestsellers and four international bestsellers… not bad for a Phys. Ed. Major from Penn State. But I have far to go and much to learn.
Tell us about your new thriller, THE OMEGA PROJECT.
A quick description would be PLANET OF THE APES meets CASTAWAY as a scientist, on a 30-day training mission, is forcibly cryogenically frozen in a habitat submerged beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet and awakens…12 million years later. The story is sort of a nightmarish WIZARD OF OZ tale, and neither the hero nor the reader will know the outcome until the last page.
By Jeff Ayers
Jeff Carlson, international bestselling author of PLAGUE YEAR and THE FROZEN SKY, has seen his work translated into fifteen languages worldwide. PLAGUE YEAR was also optioned for film. His latest novel is INTERRUPT. He talked to The BIG THRILL about his work.
Why do “end of the world” novels have such appeal?
Great question. The funny part is I’m a happy guy. I have a fantastic family, and, in fact, I’m extremely boring and normal — wife, kids, mortgage, bleh — ha ha — except to say that I grew up fascinated with books like LUCIFER’S HAMMER and THE STAND.
We like to be scared because we have a huge capacity for fear. The most basic element of storytelling is conflict because we respond to it.
For me, writing apocalyptic novels isn’t so much about exploding helicopters and fifty megaton doomsday bombs as it’s about the pleasure of dealing with the best of everything that makes us human: cleverness, grit, loyalty, and sacrifice.
Ultimately, my novels boil down to the ability of some people — the greatest of us — to overcome any hurdle. I back my heroes into corners just to watch them wiggle free.
By Basil Sands
Howdy folks, we’re here with thriller writer Jeffrey Small, Jr. to chat about his recently released second novel, THE JERICHO DECEPTION. The book just won the Gold Medal for Best Suspense/Thriller by the 2013 IPPY Book Awards and is being lauded as “a ripping good novel” by #1 bestselling author Douglas Preston. And I have to say, having read it myself, Doug knows what he’s talking about.
Jeff, tell us about THE JERICHO DECEPTION.
THE JERICHO DECEPTION is a thriller that blends political intrigue, neuroscience, and spirituality. Yale professor Dr. Ethan Lightman has developed a device, the Logos Machine, that can induce powerful mystical experience in its subjects. He learns, however, that a flaw in his design may also produce madness in some subjects who experience demonic visions rather than religious ecstasy. After a colleague is murdered in his Yale lab, Ethan discovers an even darker side to his research when he descends into a web of treachery that takes him to the Egyptian desert and a secret CIA mind-control program known as Project Jericho. Ethan then must race to unlock the mystery of Jericho and his own research in order to stop a modern-day Holy War.
You graduated from Yale as an undergrad, then from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctorate, then continued to Oxford for a Masters in the Study of Religions. That’s a lot of serious education. What drew you to such a lofty academic path?
I’ve always enjoyed learning. The discovery of ideas fills me with energy, and my fiction writing is an aspect of this passion. Creativity is about playing with concepts, and both my academic interests and my writing have this same quality. I love the research phase of my books because it’s an opportunity to delve into fascinating areas that I’d like to know more about. In the case of JERICHO, I had to delve into the psychology of mind control and the neuroscience of mystical experiences. For me, the writer’s maxim of “write what you know” is really “write what I want to know about.”
During a trek to Loch Ness, Scotland, a young Charles Darwin encounters a mysterious and terrifying creature that provides a spark for his evolutionary theory.
Almost two hundred years later and across the Channel in Paris, the Eiffel Tower is under attack. Only through detective work, intuition, and a judicious application of high-tech weaponry does former Army combat engineer Tyler Locke prevent a massacre.
What Tyler doesn’t know is that the assault is just the beginning of a conspiracy so dark that it not only threatens the lives of those he loves, but could also ignite World War III. Racing against time to uncover Darwin’s centuries-old secret, he must solve a series of cryptic clues to find a manuscript that has been so cleverly hidden it hasn’t been seen since the Victorian age.
Tyler’s quest takes him from the bustling tourist hotspots of Seattle to the splendor of Versailles to the remote Highlands of Scotland in a battle to reveal the shocking truth behind the legend of the Loch Ness monster.
Jon McGoran is a novelist, editor and writing teacher with a brilliant new ecological thriller coming out this week from TOR/FORGE. His short fiction, nonfiction and satire have appeared in a variety of publications and anthologies.He’s a member of the Mystery Writers Association, and the International Thriller Writers, and a founding member of the Liars Club. As Communications Director at Weavers Way Co-op, he was the editor and publisher of the monthly newspaper, THE SHUTTLE. Jon is the new editor-in-chief of GRID Magazine. He is represented by Stacia Decker of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.
DRIFT (Forge) is due out next week. Tell us about the book.
DRIFT is a thriller about genetically modified foods and the blurring line between food and pharmaceuticals. Philadelphia narcotics detective Doyle Carrick loses his mother and stepfather within weeks of each other, and when he gets a twenty-day suspension for unprofessional behavior, he decides to lay low at the unfamiliar house he’s inherited in rural Pennsylvania.
Feeling restless and out of place, he is surprised to find himself falling for his new neighbor, Nola Watkins, who is under pressure to sell her organic farm to a large and mysterious development company. He’s more surprised to see high-powered drug dealers driving the small-town roads—dealers his bosses and the local police don’t want to hear about. But when the drug bust Doyle has been pushing for goes bad and threats against Nola turn violent, he begins to discover that what’s growing in the farmland around Philadelphia is much deadlier than anything he could have imagined.
Stricken with amnesia after a six-year coma, Jake Bronson is haunted by fleeting ghosts of his former life. When his hidden past finally rushes back, it’s accompanied by assassins, psychopathic world leaders, and an ancient order determined to unlock his dormant talents and use them to trigger the extinction of humankind.
Jake reclaims his life, but the reunion is bittersweet, placing long-lost friends and loved ones in harm’s way—as those hunting Jake will stop at nothing to force his participation in their atrocious scheme.
As a madman’s vision for the future nears its apocalyptic fruition, Jake and his allies must find a way to overcome impossible odds and unstoppable foes—or watch as the world burns into oblivion.
By Stacy Mantle
A global comet approaching Earth. Apocalyptic visions. Ancient meetings between powerful men. A mysterious package arriving at the Vatican, sent by a man gone missing nearly two decades earlier.
In his newest thriller, THE EYE OF GOD (William Morrow, June 25, 2013), bestselling author James Rollins once again masterfully takes seemingly unrelated events and weaves a complex and thrilling tale filled with history, science, religion and archaeology.
Commander Gray Pierce returns with the elite Sigma force and together journey to Mongolia in search of a code-black physics project that holds dark energy – the matter tied to our earth’s beginnings. The team is joined by a pair of Vatican historians as they launch an investigation to uncover a truth tied to the fall of the Roman Empire and bound to the roots of Christianity.
Our favorite characters reappear and new plots are uncovered as the team races against the Guild. Rollins approaches an apocalyptic vision of the future by explaining the mysteries of our past in what is sure to be another blockbuster hit as he does what he does so well: combine fact with fiction to create a wire-taut, fast-moving plot with complex, engaging characters who are each heroes in their own right.
We sat down to talk books, pets and biohacking, as well as Mongolian empires, near-earth objects, and how all of those things impact us in this day and age.
The Jericho Deception is a psychological adventure into the interplay of mind and spirit, science and religion, mystery and mysticism.
A mysterious death in a Yale lab, a secret facility hidden in the Egyptian desert, a desperate chase through the ruins of pharaohs: all linked together by a psychological experiment that promises to expose the innermost workings of the human mind and soul.
Ignoring the skepticism of his Yale colleagues, neuro-psychologist Dr. Ethan Lightman has dedicated his professional career to developing the Logos, a device that induces mystical experiences of the divine in his subjects through the use of electro-magnetic brain stimulation. After the mysterious death of his mentor in their Yale lab, Ethan is suspended from his research and teaching duties. Distraught, he uncovers a coded message written by his mentor on the night of his death that leads him to discover that the foundation funding their Logos project is a covert front for the CIA.
By Gary Kriss
It’s what some might call an “improbable pairing.”
She’s a self-described “hopeless nerd, science geek, history buff, major foodie” who “writes things” and is also able to balance a spoon on her nose while cross-eyed.
He’s a recovering drug addict, a telepath of the highest order, disgraced among his own kind and racked with guilt, who has been using his abilities to help cops solve homicides, a job he’s on the verge of losing.
She was the one who initiated the relationship and she’s the one determined to keep it going, a resolve in keeping with the Winston Churchill quote she favors as her motto: “Never give up. Never, never, never, never, never give up.”
And she hasn’t. Last month the world discovered that the two are still a hot item when Penguin/Putnam released SHARP, Alex Hughes’s second book in her Mindspace Investigations series featuring flawed, yet fascinating telepath Adam Ward. The first book, CLEAN, was published last year to critical acclaim for the author who’s about to turn thirty.
To say EXTINCTION MACHINE is a pulse-pounding page-turner would be to call World War Two a minor dust up. Jonathan Maberry proves himself the master storyteller in a tale that expertly weaves a hard-boiled body-slam narrative with deft artful prose. For those who love high-concept drama the story holds little back: honor; romance; vengeance; UFOs; alien technology; weird science; weapons that can wreck tectonic plates and swamp continents; spectral government assassins; black-hearted genius villains; and an ensemble of the most valiant and macho good guys since Achilles and his Myrmidons. Maberry confidentially demonstrates the writer chops that hook you in, hold you in place, and make you howl for more.
EXTINCTION MACHINE is a sprawling, complicated story with a plethora of big characters, yet you keep the plot tight and focused. How do you organize the plot? What’s your writing strategy than can encompass and streamline such an expansive story with so many moving parts?
I’m a structure guy when it comes to writing. I write an outline and then use Post-its on presentation boards to storyboard the novel. That story often changes as I’m writing, of course, because you can’t expect to have all of your best ideas on the day you cook up your plot. But the outline allows me to stay focused on the story and its component parts. I build it on three acts and then look for the best balance of action, exposition, character development and so on to tell the story.
I also love complex and layered stories, and I tend to favor ensemble casts even in a tale largely driven by a first-person narrative. With thrillers you don’t want to have the story cover too long a time-period, so I intercut the hero’s storyline with brief flashbacks and third-person side-scenes that allow readers to have insight into how these events play out across a broad canvas. Also, this allows me to dig into the motivations and machinations of the villains. We want the bad guys to be as three-dimensional as the heroes.
By J. H. Bográn
Author Mark de Castrique takes us to a not-so-distant future for a roller coaster ride that is unbelievably plausible in DOUBLE CROSS OF TIME.
The year is 2030. Scientist Jonathan Singer stands on the verge of achieving his two greatest dreams: marriage to his soul mate and the launch of his life’s work, The American Super Collider. But when an old man shows up at his apartment claiming to be Dr. Jonathan Singer from 40 years in the future, Jonathan’s world spins out of control. Is he his own worst enemy or will he heed the old man’s plea – “To Thine Own Self Be True.”
One thing is certain, while Jonathan races time to save the Future, someone is trying to kill him in the Present.
What inspired the premise for DOUBLE CROSS OF TIME?
The premise for DOUBLE CROSS OF TIME is quite different from my previous eleven novels, and is actually two-fold. I was interested in the scientific frontier of particle physics, not because I comprehend it, but because it explores the very nature of our existence and might unleash forces more strange, powerful, and unforeseen than Einstein’s E=MC2. The second part of the premise came from the inherent conflict of two well-known sayings: Polonius’s advice to Laertes – “This above all: to thine own self be true,” and the statement, “He’s his own worst enemy.” How would a character react if confronted by himself from the future, especially if that future self told him to destroy everything he was working on?
“It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for their crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind.”
In other words, eugenics—improving a species by eliminating “undesirable” individuals. Most people, asked who wrote those words, would cite Adolf Hitler or Josef Stalin. Actually, it was Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. writing for the 8-1 majority in the Supreme Court’s 1927 decision enthusiastically legitimizing eugenics in America. That was part of eugenics’ first great wave. The Nazis, of course, carried out the second. There has not been a third—yet.
So what on earth is eugenics doing in a thriller? Three things distinguish my novels: real threats to the planet, plausible science, and extreme environments. Thus the planetary threat in FROZEN SOLID is overpopulation and eugenics, writ very large, is the plausible science that rogue scientists will use to eliminate earth’s human overload.
By George Ebey
A malevolent life form created by military scientists threatens to destroy humanity in this provocative novel by Mark Alpert, master of the high-concept techno-thriller. Following up on the international success of his first two novels, FINAL THEORY and THE OMEGA THEORY, Alpert now delivers EXTINCTION, a science thriller about the emergence of a deadly new species, a hybrid organism that combines man and machine. Based on real technologies being developed right now to connect human brains to motors, sensors and microchips, EXTINCTION is a fast-paced, high-stakes adventure in the spirit of Isaac Asimov and Michael Crichton.
I recently caught up with Mark who had much to say about this exciting new story as well as the fact-based science that inspired it.
EXTINCTION deals with the existence of emerging technologies such as the linking of the human mind to microchips, among others. Can you tell us more about the science behind EXTINCTION and why you chose to write about these specific technological advances?
Before I started writing science thrillers I was an editor at SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN for ten years. I was always on the lookout for interesting technology stories, and one day I came across a news item about researchers who’d created “cyborg insects” by implanting electrodes into the brains and flight muscles of flying beetles and moths. The researchers could control the bugs by sending radio signals to the implanted electronics; one signal would command the bugs to start flying, another would steer them to the right, another to the left, and so on. DARPA, the Pentagon’s R&D arm, was funding this research because it had obvious military applications — remote-controlled insects carrying miniaturized cameras could serve as micro drones that would conduct up-close surveillance of battlefields and terrorist hideouts. The idea seemed incredibly creepy and terrifying. In other words, it was a perfect subject for a science thriller.
Actually, he’s not quite sure what they do.
Born from the Area 51 initiative, the Nightstalkers defy sanity and decorum and include among their ranks Moms, a Black Ops trainee too extreme for Special Forces; Doc, a scientific crackpot; Roland, the weapons enthusiast; and Mac, a contemporary MacGyver. All of them take their orders from the elusive Ms. Jones, who everyone claims is just a hologram.
Those orders include tracking down and sealing tears in our reality that are releasing interdimensional beings known only as Fireflies— creatures that take control of both living and inanimate matter in order to unleash wanton destruction.
Just as Carter is settling in, a rogue scientist triggers a fresh invasion of Fireflies that swarm a swanky gated community. Now it’s up to Carter and his new teammates to neutralize the threat while figuring out who’s behind the breach.
By Rick Reed
A.J. Colucci grew up in a suburb outside of New York City. She spent fifteen years as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor and writer for corporate America. Today she is a full-time author and self-proclaimed science geek who lives in New Jersey with her husband, two daughters and a couple of cats.
THE COLONY is her first published novel, but I have a good feeling we will be seeing more from this New York native.
THE COLONY begins with a series of gruesome attacks that have been sweeping New York City where three men are found dead, their bodies nearly dissolved from the inside out. The culprit is a supercolony of ants: An army of one trillion soldiers with razor sharp claws and flesh-eating venom.
The desperate mayor turns to the greatest ant expert in the world, Paul O’Keefe, a Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist in an Armani suit. Paul is baffled by the insects. Their morphology isn’t linked to any other genus and they have no recognizable DNA. Paul sends the FBI into the desert to bring back the one person he thinks can help save the city—his ex-wife. Kendra Hart.
When the ants launch an all-out attack, Paul and Kendra hit the dangerous, panic-stricken streets of New York, searching for a coveted queen. It’s a race to unlock the secrets of this indestructible new species, before the President nukes Manhattan.
The secret of humanity’s origin has lain buried for millennia. And now it threatens to destroy us all.
That’s the premise behind J.T. Brannan’s debut novel, ORIGIN, which starts when a scientific team in the Antarctic uncovers a body buried 40,000 years ago.
But the body isn’t some kind of primitive man. It’s something else entirely. This sets off a struggle taking the scientist heroine and her ex-husband, a former government operative, all over the world, from Area 51 to the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva.
J.T. knows a bit about the whole action hero business, as he trained at Sandhurst as an officer in the British Army and is a former national karate champion.
It’s hot outside. The lawn is scorched. We’re under a water ban. Veggies at the farmer’s market pale, vendors dwindle, and the early thaw ruined 80% of the fruit crop. This May was the warmest on record. Forest fires rage in Colorado while rains pour in the most unlikely of locales. CARRY THE FLAME is James Jaros’ stunning sequel to BURN DOWN THE SKY a post-apocalyptic thriller published last year by HarperCollins. When read in the context of the current drought, James Jaros is beginning to sound downright prophetic.
Not far off the coast, connected by a thread of causeway, lays Brigands Key. It’s the sort of place you may have visited once on a Florida vacation. Maybe you want to retire near here. But this July, Brigands Key becomes a kill zone. The bridge is up and a storm rages on the horizon; you won’t want to put this book down until you’ve read the very last page.
Hold on tight as I interview thriller author Ken Pelham. Welcome, Ken!
The blurb for BRIGANDS KEY reads:
An ageless body at the bottom of the sea. A lethal plague. A ruthless murderer. A monster hurricane. Archaeologist Carson Grant came to Brigands Key to repair his shattered reputation, and finds himself instead staring down the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
By Paula Tutman
Judas exists! He’s been wandering through millennia, hiding himself in plain sight and cloaking himself in history, putting the pieces in place for the second coming and the end of the world. The thin skinned, righteous wrong and anyone who believes they have the one and sole map to the path of God, need not apply.
What if everyone was wrong about Armageddon and the Rapture? That’s the simple question posed by Bob Mayer in his latest release, I, JUDAS THE 5th GOSPEL, offered by his publishing house, Who Dares Wins Publishing. If you think you have a pretty good idea of what took place at The Last Supper and what followed, open your mind to Bob Mayer’s take.
Part science, part thriller, part history and part whodunit, when, where and how, Bob Mayer opens an Eighth Seal in our imaginations and Armageddon is upon us.
A sculpture emblazoned with a coded message central to mankind’s survival stands in the Central Intelligence Agency’s courtyard. One man knows the cipher. Dr. Jonathan Chalmers heads a CIA unit that safeguards the greatest secret our government has ever kept—and he plans for its consequences. He knows the truth about the Roswell UFO crash…and the convergence of alien forces ordained to wage galactic battle on Earth, fighting to possess whatever remains of the Earth.
“Unconventional and innovative, this is the future of e-publishing here and now—a thriller you not only read, but interact with. Pretty cool and completely fascinating. Attention everyone with an ebook, don’t miss W. Craig Reed’s THE EAGLE AND THE SNAKE.”–Steve Berry, bestselling author of THE COLUMBUS AFFAIR
When was the last time you read a novel where you changed the story direction, decided whether characters lived or died, chose how the book ended and read prose customized to your personality and preferences? What about a book with a multimedia-enhanced Afterword that explores non-fiction topics introduced in the novel? W. Craig Reed has broken new ground with the first personally-interactive multimedia-enhanced thriller, THE EAGLE AND THE SNAKE, where SEAL Team Six and NCIS operators team up with Russian bio-scientists to stop an ancient society from creating a genetic weapon. But what really makes THE EAGLE AND THE SNAKE special is a new technology and ebook reader application, called PIERbook™, that can customize the story for readers based on selections, personalities and preferences. PIERbook stands for Personally Interactive Enhanced Reading book. Readers can now interact with the story to determine the fate of the novel’s characters, the selection of chapters and plot paths, story endings, and even the prose. What’s more, the book’s afterword is multimedia enhanced, accessed by links in the novel to allow readers to further explore various non-fiction topics.
By Don Helin
In his debut novel, THE DEEP ZONE, James M. Tabor unleashes a story so thrilling that New York Times #1 Best Selling Author Brad Thor says, “The ANDROMEDA STRAIN for the 21st Century. Ladies and gentlemen, meet James M. Tabor – The new Michael Crichton.”
In the story, a brilliant and beautiful scientist and a mysterious special ops soldier must lead a team deep into the Earth on a desperate hunt for the cure to a deadly pandemic.
Biography: James M. Tabor is the award-winning and bestselling author of two nonfiction books about adventure and exploration. An O. Henry Award winner, he was the writer and host of the PBS series, THE GREAT OUTDOORS, and the executive producer of the History Channel special, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE WORLD A mountaineer, caver, and master diver, Tabor served as a Washington D.C. cop.
This interview is with … uh.
Oh, yeah, Robert J. Sawyer! His latest novel TRIGGERS explores the nature of memory in all its imperfection.
Robert J. Sawyer is best known for his science-fiction, being the winner of all three top science-fiction awards: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. His novel FLASHFORWARD was adapted into the ABC television series of the same name. He is one of the most lauded SciFi author in history and has written twenty-one novels. But this novel TRIGGERS … this is his very first thriller.
Survivors of the Cull, a Plague that wiped out people without the blood type O-neg, struggle in the floating Sargasso City jigsawed together with ships, submarines, barges and oil tankers off the coast of what was once known as California.
Separated by demarcations of turf, ethnicity and fear, it’s not so much living as existing. High above it all swing the Pali Boys: descendants of Hawaiian warriors, they desire to lift themselves and the spirits of the residents below by performing an increasingly impossible series of extreme stunts, designed to test their manhood, and demonstrate the vibrancy humanity once had. But as a conspiracy of murder unfolds and blood attacks increase, Kavika a single under-sized Pali Boy must strive to overcome his lowly status and the condemnation of his peers in order to save them all from an enemy living within.
Science and thrillers have been companionable bedfellows at least since Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN was published almost two centuries ago, and maybe longer than that. When science takes a central role in a thriller, how accurate must the science be? I put that question to Debut Author Kira Peikoff, whose novel LIVING PROOF is due for release this month from Tor.
“I don’t have a background in hard science,” Peikoff said, “but my background and training as a journalist gave me the confidence to interview professionals to get the information I needed for the book. You need to know how to ask the right questions.”
Having asked the “right questions,” the NYU journalism graduate added, the next step is deciding how much to bend the rules without destroying the author’s credibility.