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  • Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror
    Author: Alten, Steve
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 22.95 ISBN: 0385489056 Date: 1997
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    Down in the coldest, darkest, most frightening depths of the ocean, an ancient creature deadlier than any our modern world has encountered begins to stir. First, one notices its strange, almost beautiful glow. But be warned: if one sees the glow, it's already too late.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • The Trench
    Author: Alten, Steve
    Publisher: Kensington $ 23.95 ISBN: 1575664305 Date: 1999
    For the first time, the pre-historic Megalodon shark has tasted human blood and now wants more. A paleo-biologist must enter the perilous cavern that spawned the Megalodon to kill the monster before it attacks the California coast. "A nail-biting summer read".--"Kirkus Reviews".
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Domain
    Author: Alten, Steve
    Publisher: Forge $ 25.95 ISBN: 0312874766 Date: 2001
    In the year 2012, Mick Gabriel, a paranoid schizophrenic, attempts to charm psychologist Dominique Vazquez into believing his father's theories of the Apocalypse so he can escape. Mick's archaeologist father spent 32 years studying the 2,500-year-old Mayan calendar which can predict the end of humanity. When a rare galactic alignment occurs, and a space transmission reaches Earth, it is the beginning of the end.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Goliath
    Author: Alten, Steve
    Publisher: Forge $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765300648 Date: 2002
    From the bestselling author of Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror comes the story of Goliath--a nuclear submarine Commander Rocky Jackson designed a decade earlier, a top secret project he thought was canceled when its biochemical computer brain could not be controlled.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Meg: Primal Waters
    Author: Alten, Steve
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765308908 Date: 2004
    An adventuresome middle-aged father of two gets more than he bargained for when he joins a new survival series that puts him face to face with the most dangerous creature ever to stalk the Earth.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Raptor Red
    Author: Bakker, Robert T.
    Publisher: Bantam $ 21.95 ISBN: 0553101242 Date: 1995
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    As this story begins, a fierce fight pitting a female raptor and her mate against a giant astrodon sets the stage for a gripping odyssey related from a dinosaur's point-of-view. With Raptor Red's mate killed in the attack, she embarks on a year-long test of survival.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Dinosaur Summer
    Author: Bear, Greg
    Publisher: Warner $ 23 ISBN: 0446520985 Date: 1998
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Darwin's Radio
    Author: Bear,Greg
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24 ISBN: 034542333x Date: 1999
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    Nebula Winner
    Ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans wait like sleeping dragons to wake and infect again--or so molecular biologist Kaye Lang believes. And now it looks as if her controversial theory is in fact chilling reality.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Vitals
    Author: Bear, Greg
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345435281 Date: 2002
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    After an attempt on his life, scientist Hal Cousins is trapped inside an ever-twisting maze of shocking revelations. He's not the first person to come close to uncovering the key to immortality--and those who came before him will stop at nothing to keep the secret to themselves.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Darwin's Children
    Author: Bear, Greg
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345448359 Date: 2003
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    In the Nebula Award-winning Darwin's Radio, a retrovirus was discovered in the human genome and millions of children were born with genetic enhancements. Now, 11 years later, these children are entering adolescence and becoming ticking time bombs harboring viruses that could exterminate the "old" human race.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Dead Lines
    Author: Bear, Greg
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345448375 Date: 2004
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    This gripping ghost story for fans of Dean Koontz and Stephen King is the most mainstream novel yet from an author who knows how to mix scientific ideas with gripping narrative.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Jurassic Park
    Author: Crichton, Michael
    Publisher: Knopf $ 28.95 ISBN: 0394588169 Date: 1990
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    A man's experiment to genetically reproduce dinosaurs and create a dinosaur theme park goes terribly wrong.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Rising Sun
    Author: Crichton, Michael
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26 ISBN: 0394589424 Date: 1992
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    In his first novel since the runaway bestseller Jurassic Park, Crichton's signature amalgam of suspense and science is put to dazzling effect in Rising Sun: a thrilling murder mystery that unfolds in the arena of volatile Japanese-American relations. The international electronics industry is the fiercely coveted prize in this ingenious, riveting novel.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • The Lost World
    Author: Crichton, Michael
    Publisher: Knopf $ 29.95 ISBN: 0679419462 Date:1995
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    The mega-bestselling author of such exciting novels as Disclosure and Congo unveils the electrifying sequel to his hit book/movie Jurassic Park.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Prey
    Author: Crichton, Michael
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 26.95 ISBN: 0066214122 Date: 2002
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    Deep in the Nevada desert, an experiment goes horribly wrong as a cloud of self-sustaining nanoparticles escapes from the laboratory. They have been programmed as predators and mankind is the prey.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Neanderthal
    Author: Darnton, John
    Publisher: Random $ 24 ISBN: 0679449787 Date: 1996
    In the remote mountains of central Asia, an eminent Harvard archeologist discovers something extraordinary. He sends a cryptic message to two colleagues. But then, he disappears. Matt Mattison and Susan Arnot--once lovers, now academic rivals--are going where few humans have ever walked, looking for a relic band of creatures that have existed for over 40,000 years, that possess powers man can only imagine, and that are about to change the face of civilization forever.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • The Experiment
    Author: Darnton, John
    Publisher: Dutton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0525945172 Date: 1999
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Mind Catcher
    Author: Darnton, John
    Publisher: Dutton $ 25.95 ISBN: 0525946624 Date: 2002
    Two scientists take charge of the fate of 13-year-old brain damaged Tyler and send the boy far beyond the frontiers of medical science into a dark and terrifying netherworld of man and machine.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • The Crusader
    Author: Eisner, Michael Alexander
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385502818 Date: 2001
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    Set in 1275 Spain, this work is a rousing historical novel about Francisco Montcada, a Crusader with a heavy heart. Eisner makes history come to life as he writes of knights, torture, romance, religious fervor, vows, quests, sieges and villainy.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • 8.4
    Author: Hernon, Peter
    Publisher: Putnam Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399144005 Date: 1999
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    Ground-shaking thrills in the tradition of Michael Crichton. A man and woman, both seismologists, find themselves in a race against the clock to convince the world that their daring mission is the only way to stop the last monstrous earthquake to come.
  • The Grid
    Author: Kerr, Philip
    Publisher: Warner $ 21.95 ISBN: 0446520535 Date: 1996
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    In the heart of Los Angeles, the "smart" building nicknamed "the Grid" can talk to its occupants, forecast the weather, and tell if any inhabitant has been taking drugs. On the eve of its opening, the key players gather to put the finishing touches on their masterpiece of architecture and computer science. Then something goes terribly wrong, and people begin to die. Now the creators must stop their creation--before it kills them all, one by one.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Esau
    Author: Kerr, Philip
    Publisher: Holt $ 22.50 ISBN: 0805051759 Date: 1997
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    When a climber finds a preserved skull on a Himalayan mountaintop, it sets off a stunning exploration into the depths of evolution--and a place where modern man was never meant to be. Philip Kerr is one of 20 writers chosen by the literary magazine "Granta" for its list of "Best Young British Novelists".
    Updated 11.22.04
  • The Second Angel
    Author: Kerr, Philip
    Publisher: Holt $ 25 ISBN: 0805059628 Date: 1999
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    It's 2069 and the Earth is plagued by a slow-acting, insidious virus. The only virus-free blood is being protected on the Moon, populated by penal colonies. When his infected daughter is denied a transfusion of uncontaminated blood, the designer of the First National Blood Bank devises a plan to infiltrate the lunar fortress.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • The Last Day
    Author: Kleier, Glenn
    Publisher: Warner List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0446522856 Date: 1997
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    With the explosive energy of David Baldacci's Absolute Power and the cutting-edge science of Michael Crichton, The Last Day presents a brilliantly conceived thriller by an exceptional new writer. New Year's Eve, 1999: As the clock ticks toward the new millennium, the planet is suddenly rocked by a geological event of staggering proportions - followed by reports of the appearance of a woman with extraordinary supernatural powers.
  • The Descent
    Author: Long, Jeff
    Publisher: Crown $ 24 ISBN: 0609602934 Date: 1999
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    In a cave in the Himalayas, a guide discovers a self-mutilated body with the warning "Satan exists". In the Kalahari Desert, a nun unearths evidence of a proto-human species and a deity called Older-than-Old. In Bosnia, "something" feeds upon the dead in mass graves. So begins mankind's shocking realization that the underworld is populated by another race of beings--and they are waiting to be found.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Voyage to the North Star
    Author: Nichols, Peter
    Publisher: Carrol & Graf $ 24 ISBN: 0786706643 Date: 1999
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    In a harrowing tale of misadventure, a ruthless industrialist and a seaman down on his luck set out on an Arctic safari that confronts them with not only the perils of the polar seas, but also a horrifying moral disaster. "A crackling good read".--"Chicago Tribune".
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Decipher
    Author: Pavlou, Stel
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312280750 Date: 2002
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    In this fascinating blend of science, mythology, and language, ancient monuments the world over are being awakened by a signal emanating from deep within the ice of Antarctica. The signal contains secrets that threaten to destroy the world.
    Suggested Reading: First Fiction & Mystery Debuts | Space Age Stars
    Updated 7.17.02
  • The Relic
    Author: Preston, Douglas & Lincoln Child
    Publisher: $ ISBN: Date: 1995
    Days before a massive exhibition at the New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being murdered. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. The museum's directors decide to go ahead with the bash in spite of the murders. Now museum researcher Margo Green must find out who or what is doing the killing. Does she have time to stop a massacre?
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Mount Dragon
    Author: Preston, Douglas & Lincoln Child
    Publisher: Forge $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312860420 Date: 1996
    These authors astounded readers and critics alike with the "USA Today, New York Times" and "Publishers Weekly" bestselling sensation, The Relic, now a major motion picture from Paramount starring Penelope Ann Miller. Now the dynamic writing team delivers another shock-to-your-system, pulse-pounding, techno-thriller. Nominated as a 1996 ALA Best Books for Young Adults.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Riptide
    Author: Preston, Douglas & Lincoln Child
    Publisher: Warner $ 25 ISBN: 0446523364 Date: 1998
    A centuries-old, cursed pirate's treasure valued at over $2 billion lies deep within the treacherous waters off the coast of Maine. Men who have attempted to unearth the fortune have suffered gruesome deaths. Will a high-tech expedition meet the same fate? National ads, including "USA Today."
    Updated 11.22.04
  • The Ice Limit
    Author: Preston, Douglas & Lincoln Child
    Publisher: Warner $ 25.95 ISBN: 0446525871 Date: 2000
    A massive meteorite is discovered in Chile. A New York billionaire decides he must have it, setting off the most expensive, and secretive, salvage mission ever mounted. When a raging storm drives the expedition's tanker beyond the dangerous Antarctic latitude known as the Ice Limit, superstition, egos, and the unknown clash, risking the lives of everyone on board.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities
    Author: Preston, Douglas & Lincoln Child
    Publisher: Warner $ 25.95 ISBN: 0446530220 Date: 2002
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    When an underground charnel house is discovered in Manhattan, it contains the remains of dozens of victims of a crazed serial killer from the 1880s. Now, as FBI agent Pendergrast investigates the old crimes, a new series of horrifyingly similar killings begins.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Still Life With Crows
    Author: Preston, Douglas & Lincoln Child
    Publisher: Warner $ 25.95 ISBN: 0446531421 Date: 2003
    Preston and Child's latest "New York Times" bestseller finds FBI Agent Pendergast arriving in a small Kansas town where a series of grisly murders has taken place. Even more disturbing--the bodies are displayed in bizarre tableaus in the middle of endless cornfields.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Brimstone
    Author: Preston, Douglas & Lincoln Child
    Publisher: Warner $ 25.95 ISBN: 044653143x Date: 2004
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    Teaming with Police Officer Vincent D'Agosta (The Relic), Agent Pendergast is determined to solve a case that appears to defy everything except supernatural logic. Has the Devil, in fact, come to collect his due?
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Ice Station
    Author: Reilly, Matthew
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312205511 Date: 1999
    At Wilkes Station on the edge of Antarctica, a team of U.S. divers makes a valuable discovery 3,000 feet below the ice shelf. When the team vanishes, a team of Marines is deployed to the site and ends up fighting elite military assassins who are after the buried secret.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Temple
    Author: Reilly, Matthew
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312286252 Date: 2000
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    For four centuries a precious Incan spirit idol was hidden in the Peruvian jungle. To William Rice, an American linguist enlisted by the U.S. to decipher clues to its location, it's the ultimate symbol of the apocalypse. Carved from a stone not found on Earth, the idol possesses elements more destructive than any nuclear bomb--and whoever possesses the idol possesses the cataclysmic power of the gods.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Area 7
    Author: Reilly, Matthew
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312266855 Date: 2002
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    Lt. Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield from Ice Station returns as he accompanies the president of the United States to the Utah desert where the Air Force installation known only as Area 7 is hidden. The president arrives for a routine inspection, but he gets more than he bargains for as hostile forces await inside.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Contest
    Author: Reilly, Matthew
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312286252 Date: 2003
    From the bestselling author of Area 7 comes an action-packed novel about a doctor and his daughter trapped in New York's Public Library by a contest with a fatal outcome.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Scarecrow
    Author: Reilly, Matthew
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312289588 Date: 2004
    The newest action thriller from the author of the bestselling Ice Station and Area 7 marks the return of Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield in his fastest, most nail-biting challenge yet. "Matt Reilly, the pedal-to-the-metal action novelist . . . can inspire awe. Speed demons, take note."--"Publishers Weekly."
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Subterranean
    Author: Rollins, James
    Publisher: Avon $ 7.99 ISBN: 0380792648 Date: 1999
    Far beneath the Antarctic ice, a hand-picked team of specialists makes its way toward the center of the world. And they are not alone. Over the rocks, across yawning caverns and raging underground rivers, they venture further into the darkness--where breathtaking wonders await them, and terrors beyond imagining--as they draw ever nearer to a miracle that cannot be and a mystery older than time.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Excavation
    Author: Rollins, James
    Publisher: Avon $ 7.50 ISBN: 038081093X Date: 2000
    Following the success of his debut, Subterranean, Rollins takes readers to an ancient hidden city of the dead in a South American jungle. A team of researchers discovers the remains of a 500-year-old Dominican monk with a cryptic message on his cross. They have stumbled across something wondrous--and terrifying.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Deep Fathom
    Author: Rollins, James
    Publisher: Avon $ 7.50 ISBN: 0380818809 Date: 2001
    The first eclipse of the new millennium triggers a series of gargantuan natural disasters. Ex-Navy SEAL Jack Kirkland is on a desperate mission aboard his exploration ship, "Deep Fathom", and he will make an earth-shattering discovery miles below the ocean's surface that will forever alter a world racing towards its own destruction.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Amazonia
    Author: Rollins, James
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060002484 Date: 2002
    Years after a scientific expedition to the Amazon vanished, one of its members, who went in with one arm missing comes out with both arms intact. The CIA sends in a team of scientists and U.S. Rangers, where they encounter a power beyond human imagination.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Ice Hunt
    Author: Rollins, James
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060521562 Date: 2003
    A masterful blending of science and adventure, suspense and explosive page-turning excitement, James Rollins's Ice Hunt is a novel that will chill readers to the bone, holding them in its icy grip from the first sentence to its final startling twist. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Sandstorm
    Author: Rollins, James
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060580666 Date: 2004
    Rollins delivers another great edge-of-your seat read as he takes readers to the vast, arid deserts of the Arabian peninsula to uncover a scientific mystery that has been lost beneath the sands for decades but threatens the world as we know it.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Bones of the Earth
    Author: Swanwick, Michael
    Publisher: Eos $ 25.95 ISBN: 0380978369 Date: 2002
    When a stranger enters paleontologist Richard Leyster's office with an ice cooler and reveals the head of a freshly killed Stegosaurus, Leyster's universe is changed. It's a dream come true: to study dinosaurs in their own era. But tampering with time has disastrous effects on both the past and future.
    Updated 11.22.04

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