Monthly Archives: June 2014

Cell by Robin Cook

iDoc: a cellphone application that provides a ‘physician’ 24/7 and an increase in preventative care. Dr. George Wilson supports it: he sees every day that medical personnel are spread too thin. When people he knows in iDoc’s beta testing start dying he discovers iDoc has a dark secret…

The plot is suspenseful but not in an escapist way. As Dr. Wilson searches for the truth he, and the reader, confront issues of the condition of health care, rationing and technology. Dr. Wilson’s character feels like an ordinary person because he is not larger than life. Dr. Wilson being relatable makes the plot, and the issues it raises, feel scarily real. The story also gives a look at working in a hospital especially in a radiology department. Cell could be for those looking for medical thrillers, thrillers that provoke thought and/or relatable characters.

Want other medical thrillers that, like Cell, have some food for thought?

When Dr. Earl Garnet’s techniques get him framed for murder he must uncover a conspiracy to clear his name in Lethal Practice by Peter Clement.

Dr. Jessie Copeland must also face the intersection of medicine and technology in when she doesn’t feel a brain repairing robot is ready for use in The Patient by Michael Palmer.

Robin Cook was influenced by The Creative Destruction of Medicine by Eric Topol which looks into medicine being changed by technology.


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The Innocent by David Baldacci

The Innocent (Will Robie,#1)

Without regret or question Will Robie kills those who mean the U.S. harm.  That is until he is given a mission he knows can’t be right. Forced into hiding, he saves teenaged Julie Getty who is on the run from people who killed her parents. As Robie struggles to keep them alive it becomes clear they have common enemies. Can Robie find out the truth and thwart the plan?

Robie and Julie fit the molds of conflicted spy hero and teenaged hero. Robie is precise at his job but human traits and morals keep him from being a machine. Julie is wise beyond her years and stubborn about facing danger. The plot is a suspenseful cat and mouse game with a villain bent on revenge. Robie’s experiences pull the reader into a world where precision is the key to survival. His future could end in death or an unhappy life but Robie is determined not to give up. The Innocent could be a match for those looking for a conflicted spy hero, teenaged hero and/or an espionage thriller.

Want other books like The Innocent?

When counter terrorism agent Scot Horvath is framed he must clear his name and prevent a plot against the U.S. in Full Black by Brad Thor.

When ex-military policeman Jack Reacher hitched a ride he didn’t plan on getting drawn into a conspiracy in A Wanted Man by Lee Child. (Click here to read a blog entry I did on the Jack Reacher thriller One Shot.)

After Dr. Jonathan Ransom’s wife dies he becomes entangled in a high stakes conspiracy involving nuclear weapons in Rules of Deception by Christopher Reich.

Note: The edition of The Innocent I read was the version published in Volune 2 2013 Select Editions published by Reader’s Digest.

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

The Reaping: when two of each District’s teenagers become Tributes in the Hunger Games. Survival is victory and only one Tribute can survive. Katniss Endgreen volunteers as a Tribute to save her gentle sister from the games. Katniss is tough but none of her District’s Tributes has won in decades. Matters become complicated when District 12’s other Tribute is one she has a complicated past with. Can Katniss survive the Hunger Games?

The Hunger Games is physically and philosophically suspenseful. The reader wonders if Katniss can survive without becoming someone she’d despise. Katniss gets attention by being a mixture of practical, tough, loyal and conflicted. Starvation and the ruling Capital’s hard line on rebellion show a violent class-based world. The Hunger Games could be a match for those looking for a tale of survival, philosophical suspense, a violent class-based world and/or romance.

Want other books like The Hunger Games?

Gladiator’s daughter Lyn must choose between marrying the man who won her dowry bracelet or fighting him in the ring in Girl in the Arena by Lisa Haines.

Red Darrow risks death when he infiltrates an exclusive Gold training academy in Red Rising by Pierce Brown. (Click here to read my blog entry on Red Rising.)

America Singer is torn from her life as a Five, which includes a forbidden love, with thirty four other girls to take place in a dangerous competition for the heart of a prince in The Selection by Kiera Cass.

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