Today’s Featured Kindle Book:
Author: Kristen Elise Ph.D.
An anonymous warning is sent to the White House, and a genetically engineered biological weapon is released in a California prison. The unpublished data of biologist Katrina Stone may hold the key to harnessing the lethal bacterium–and to its creation within the desperate world from which biotechnology is born…
A fast-paced science and medical thriller, The Death Row Complex introduces a fictitious but all-too-plausible strain of anthrax and the desperate society of bioengineers that created it. Prequel to best-selling historical thriller The Vesuvius Isotope, The Death Row Complex can be read as a stand-alone novel while also offering fans of The Vesuvius Isotope insight into the earlier life of biologist Katrina Stone.
In these earlier years, Stone is a struggling professor at San Diego State University. When a genetically engineered strain of anthrax with exceptional potency is released at San Quentin State Prison, Stone quickly becomes both the prime suspect in the terror attack and the FBI’s best hope for stopping an imminent national catastrophe.
Stone’s quest to avert disaster and save her own reputation is centered in San Diego, California–a city uniquely dense with both science and military that becomes a character in the novel in its own right. The bicoastal investigation into the terror attack leads readers between Washington DC and San Diego, and from the world’s most sophisticated laboratories into the seething brutality of San Quentin’s death row.
Fans of Robin Cook and Michael Crichton will love the science; fans of a strong, smart female lead will love biologist Katrina Stone.
About the Author:
Kristen Elise, Ph.D. is the author of best-selling medical and historical thrillers The Vesuvius Isotope and The Death Row Complex. A professional drug discovery biologist and life-long travel addict, Elise takes the inspiration for her novels from real-life mysteries and discoveries made both in and out of the laboratory.
Many years ago, while in the lab hunting for inhibitors of a biological weapon, Elise stumbled upon a powerful activator instead. From this discovery, this molecular grenade with the pin still attached, The Death Row Complex was born. A fast-paced science and medical thriller, The Death Row Complex explores a fictitious but all-too-plausible genetically engineered strain of anthrax and the desperate world of bioengineering that created it. Fans of Robin Cook and Michael Crichton will love The Death Row Complex.
Elise’ work as a drug hunter converged with a research trip through the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy to spark The Vesuvius Isotope. Likened to the works of Dan Brown including Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code, The Vesuvius Isotope is a treasure hunt through Italy and Egypt, investigating several non-fictional mysteries that have endured for more than two thousand years. More historical mystery/thriller than science thriller, The Vesuvius Isotope traces the tragically misunderstood life of the last pharaoh of Egypt, Cleopatra VII, and blurs the lines between fact and fiction, medicine and magic, science and superstition, history and legend.
The novels of Kristen Elise – the Katrina Stone novels – explore historical and scientific mysteries across the centuries and reveal the little-known underworld of today’s pharmaceutical industry. These revelations bring the reader through international adventures that remind us of one truth: the Ph.D. is bound by no Hippocratic Oath.
Kristen Elise lives in San Diego, California with her husband, stepson, and canine children. When not investigating historical mysteries, she continues to hunt for drugs and the stories they tell.
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