Books by Colin Alexander

Released: Oct. 13, 2017

"A rousing what-if look at a decidedly different America persuasively stuck in a historical past."
A modern-day college freshman mysteriously teleports to a semi-savage, alternate-universe North America—during a period that closely resembles Colonial times—where he reluctantly participates in military campaigns and rebellions. Read full book review >
LADY OF ICE AND FIRE by Colin Alexander
Released: July 15, 1995

Alexander stumbles badly in his second outing (God's Adamantine Fate, 1993) with a tepid tale of industrial espionage and international terrorism. Scientist George Jeffers has developed a new enzyme that promises to be the building block for numerous industrial applications, including gene-splitting and possible cancer cures. Now, however, it's disappeared in Europe—along with its courier. Traveling to Boston to provide a CIA operative with background information on the enzyme, Jeffers meets Taylor Redding, an adventurer looking for another challenge. She saves him from an assassination attempt, and the pair decide that they must track down the enzyme themselves. Their search takes them to Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, and Iceland, in all of which they leave behind the standard body count as they fend off the many bad guys trying to kill them. Then, with the aid of a German scientist, Jeffers and Redding discover that the enzyme is somehow connected to a fascist political organization in Germany, to the former East German Secret Police, and to a terrorist group (with ties to the KGB) trying to smuggle a load of weapons into Iceland. Naturally, these thugs to a one want the scientist and his protector dead. Jeffers is completely inept throughout, while Redding turns out to be an expert pilot, smuggler, knife fighter, and marksman who also speaks numerous languages and knows the history and politics of every country they visit—all at the ripe old age of 25. Meanwhile, the plot clunks along unmercifully, one improbable scene following another. The wild coincidences and plodding narrative could be efforts to satirize the genre that Ludlum and others have worked so well, except that the novel is far too thin and wan for even traces of irony to run in its veins. Sluggish, bloodless high points—and few of those. Read full book review >
GOD'S ADAMANTINE FATE by Colin Alexander
Released: Nov. 24, 1993

Overworked pediatricians and a tough-talking talk-show host wage war on corporate scum, craven bureaucrats, corrupt medicos, and juvenile liver cancer in central New Jersey: a competent first medical thriller by a pseudonymous oncologist/pharmaceutical- researcher who knows the territory. Foulmouthed, tattooed, punk, aggressive young nighttime talk- show host Acey Henson is looking for a way out of the small a.m. radio market when she gets a call from the father of a Little Leaguer lying in the local children's hospital with a fast-acting fatal liver cancer. Boffo audience reaction to the subject of pediatric oncology spurs Acey to look deeper, leading her to an underfunded, badly managed med center where she meets—and, with her truculent questioning, alienates young, dedicated, badly rumpled pediatric oncologist Dr. Zeke Schwartz. Not to worry. An Experienced Nurse quickly smoothes things over between the two, who begin looking into the nearby drug company whose floor drain carried an overflow of Aspergicin, a hot new experimental drug, into a neighboring creek where local young victims of liver cancer like to swim. Dr. Schwartz airs his suspicions about the drug and the cancers on Acey's show, goading the pharmaceutical firm into vengeful action, hammering the price of the pharmaceutical stock, rattling the cage of the bureaucrats at the FDA, embarrassing the odious hospital administrators, and spiking the station's ratings through the roof. The hospital, the drug firm, and the FDA all gird for war while Acey and Zeke start combing through the paperwork, building a case against Aspergicin as they build a little romance on the side. Among their allies are a demoralized Polish American resident in Zeke's department, a supercompetent investigator at the drug company, and an ambitious venture capitalist who has his eye on Acey's radio station. Children die, lawsuits are threatened, romance runs aground, justice prevails. Not exciting—but mercifully free of the usual goopy medical adulation and heroics. Read full book review >