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5 books to read while watching the CoronaVirus spread worldwide #medicalthriller #books #reading

Every morning I wake up and there’s new information about the spread of the CoronaVirus. A friend of mine gets daily updates on her phone. She tells me how she loves it. “It’s better than any book or television show.”

It got me thinking about medical thrillers dealing with an outbreak of a deadly virus and the hero/heroine has to stop it somehow. So, if you’re like my friend and love the panic setting in, check out these five books:

THE JAKARTA PANDEMIC: A Modern Thriller (Alex Fletcher Book 1) by Steven Konkoly

"A rare, up-all-night thriller series. Alex Fletcher is the 'hero' we need when disaster strikes and the bonds of society start to break."



Cases of a highly lethal virus appear in major cities around the globe. Most ignore the warning signs.

Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, has read the signs for years. With his family and home prepared to endure an extended period of seclusion, Alex thinks he's ready for the pandemic. He's not even close.

The unstoppable H16N1 virus rapidly spreads across the United States, stretching the fragile bonds of society to the breaking point. Schools close, grocery stores empty, fuel deliveries stop, hospitals start turning away the sick...riots engulf the cities. As hostility and mistrust engulfs his idyllic Maine neighborhood, Alex quickly realizes that the H16N1 virus will be the least of his problems.

"It delivers a vicious punch of violence and heroism for the reader to endure and admire. I could hardly put The Jakarta Pandemic down until I finished it." - Amazon reviewer

"The tension builds as difficult choices are made, when no good options seem to be available. I found certain segments to be uncomfortably realistic, at times creepy in the way you could feel things closing in around the family." - Amazon reviewer

"It makes you far are you willing to go to protect your loved ones? Every day that goes by, these characters have to question what is right and what is wrong. Take the trip thru this book. You won't be disappointed." - Amazon reviewer

Plague - A Medical Thriller (The Plague Trilogy Book 1) by Victor Methos


A lethal pathogen appears on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Dr. Samantha Bower of the Centers for Disease Control is handed the case and assigned to investigate its containment and origins.


Dr. Bower finds a microorganism unlike any she has run across in her lifetime. The symptomology points her to the most destructive disease in human history. One man has offered her help. A man with insight into the disease who reveals nothing about himself or his past.


Dr. Bower discovers that there are forces at work she can't understand. All applying pressure to use the chaos of an epidemic to their advantage. But there is one thing she is certain of: humanity may soon be an endangered species . . .

The Enigma Strain (Harvey Bennett Thrillers Book 1) by Nick Thacker

A virus that's been dormant for centuries...

...has been released.

A reclusive Yellowstone park ranger is forced into action, teaming up with a beautiful woman from the CDC.

Harvey Bennett isn't a fighter, but he'll fight for what's right.

And he'll do anything to take down the terrorists behind the attack.

From Yellowstone across the American landscape, Harvey and Juliette must do what it takes to survive, before it's too late.

Grab the first book in the bestselling action-adventure thriller series today that's been described as "National Treasure meets Indiana Jones" and "the next James Rollins."

From USA Today Bestselling Author Nick Thacker, The Enigma Strain is a fast-paced action-adventure and technothriller with terrorism elements and virus apocalypse themes, and it will have you clinging to the edge of your seat! If you like James Rollins, Clive Cussler, and Preston and Child then you will love the entire Harvey Bennett Thrillers series.

Pick up your copy and start reading The Enigma Strain today!

Viable Threat (Outbreak Task Force Book 1) by Julie Rowe

Special Forces soldier and medic Walter River would give anything to snatch more than a few seconds of down time to see if he can rattle the no-nonsense and incredibly hot Dr. Lloyd he's protecting, but dodging explosions, snipers, and student radicals who've unleashed a lethal bio-engineered microorganism have made that almost impossible. Maybe he'll get a chance—if he can figure out how to keep them both alive.

CDC microbiologist Ava Lloyd races to find a cure for a bio-terrorism organism sweeping El Paso. The few stolen moments with her very hunky bodyguard River have been explosive, but no matter how alluring he is, she can't afford to get distracted. The clock is ticking, people are dying by the hundreds, and once this crisis is solved, they'll both be off on their next assignment, thousands of miles apart.

Pandemic (The Extinction Files Book 1) by A.G. Riddle

From A.G. Riddle, the worldwide bestselling author with OVER 4 MILLION COPIES SOLD, comes a new sci-fi thriller The Guardian book review says, “...reads like a superior collaboration between Dan Brown and Michael Crichton.”

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A worldwide pandemic... A scientific experiment that could change humanity forever... A race to find a cure--and unravel humanity’s darkest secrets.

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In Kenya, a deadly outbreak spreads quickly. Local villagers are infected, as are two American college students on summer break.

The CDC and WHO send a team, led by Dr. Peyton Shaw. In Africa, Peyton soon discovers that this outbreak is very different from any she’s ever investigated. It appears to be part of a global experiment, one designed to unleash a new era of human existence.

As the virus spreads around the world, Peyton uncovers clues that lead to a dark secret in her past. With only hours left to stop the plague, she faces a choice that will change her life forever.

Can Peyton stop the outbreak in time? And what’s the truth behind the virus? Is humanity being engineered for some purpose? Is this the end of life as we know it?


“I finished the book fast because I just couldn’t wait...” - GeekDad on DEPARTURE

“Riddle (The Origin Mystery trilogy) makes an effort to keep the focus on how his characters react to each other (including to their future selves) rather than to the technological marvels that reshaped their world.” - Publisher’s Weekly on DEPARTURE

“Well-constructed and tightly-wound as a fine Swiss watch- DEPARTURE has non-stop action, an engaging plot and, of course, wheels within wheels.” - Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Outlander on DEPARTURE


PANDEMIC is the first new novel from A.G. Riddle in almost two and a half years. The product of extensive research, PANDEMIC takes readers inside the CDC and WHO response to a deadly outbreak and a conspiracy that stretches across time and the globe. PANDEMIC features the real-life science and history blended with fiction that readers have come to know and love in Riddle’s past novels (THE ATLANTIS GENE and DEPARTURE). PANDEMIC is the first novel in a new two-book series, The Extinction Files, which is now complete. Fans of Dan Brown, Michael Crichton, Preston and Child, Robert Masello, and James Rollins are raving about the The Extinction Files, giving it over 3,000 reviews on Amazon and nearly 15,000 ratings on GoodReads. It’s a novel that will change everything you think you know about pandemics. And may just save your life.

Have you a book recommendation to share? Do so in the comments. It could very well save someone’s life someday.


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