What are the best techno-thriller books ever?

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    #1Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    A classic book from the 80's that inspired the classic sci-fi film by Steven Spielberg. An astonishing technique has been discovered allowing to reproduce the dinosaurs creating a theme park on an island. But something went terribly wrong. 

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    Rodolfo Navarro
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "Jurassic Park is a classic adventure story that we know and love. The movie was awesome but as usual, nothing beats the book and your imagination! Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton is a classic and a must read! "
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    #2Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon)

    Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon)

    The first novel of Robert Langdon character by Dan Brown is a thriller about an ancient secret brotherhood and their connections with the CERN, with an evil plot to destroy the Catholic Church. 

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    Hemant Jayaraman
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "This is a great thriller novel to read when you get a chance. It involves techno era, with secret brotherhoods fighting."
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    #3The Andromeda Strain

    The Andromeda Strain

    The Andromeda Strain is a book by Michael Crichton that tells the story of an organism from the space that accidentally fell on Arizona and the inhabitants there died. Its a mystery that needs to be solved. 

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    Chen Yi
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "The Andromeda Strain was certainly advanced for its time, but I find it somewhat boring now. The book moves slower than expected, and it can be hard to follow along at times. I hate to be that person, but I truly think the movie version is better than the book. The plot needs visual elements to move it along."
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    #4Digital Fortress

    Digital Fortress

    Digital Fortress is the first book by Dan Brown. The book main character is Susan Fletcher, a cryptographer, the head of the National Security Agency department of cryptography, that will need to find a new code impossible to break, finding that the code is holding the Agency and the whole country hostage of something that nobody understands.

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    Craig Graham
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "This a thrilling spy novel. What's so cool and unique about it is the main character is a female spy for the NSA. It has plenty of plot twists and turns like you would expect. Pretty unique book."
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    #5The Martian

    The Martian

    Mark Watney is one of the first humans to walk on Mars, but he's also the first person to die there, officially. After a terrible storm that nearly kills him and forces his crew to be evacuated, Mark, a world-wide known biologist, works hard to survive on the surface of the red planet. 

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    Maria Garrett
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The book is even more captivating than the movie in all its details of what Mark Watney does in order to survive on Mars. It is a Sci-Fi novel that feels like it could one day become a reality. Readers will find themselves rooting for Mark and inspired by his ingenuity."
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    #6Sphere

    Sphere
    'Sphere' is a psychological thriller about a group of scientist who discovers a vessel at the bottom of the ocean. This discovery will defy their imaginations and all the logical explanations. 
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    Ryan Contreras
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "Another great Crighton thriller. It's a scientific mystery that's an excellent read. I wish it spent a little more time on the mystery craft, but overall it was a great book. That ending is really interesting. "
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    #7Deception Point

    Deception Point

    Deception Point is a mystery thriller novel by Dan Brown which follows the story of White House Intelligence Analyst Rachel Sexton who finds herself entangled in a web of science, murder and deception. It was published in 2002 by Pocket Books. 

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    Brandon West
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Deception Point is a techno-thriller, technically. It is middling, it is boring, at times it is slightly intriguing. Overall if you are desperate for a new read give it a shot but if you wouldn't mind branching out of the genre, there are much better thrillers available."
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    #8Cryptonomicon

    Cryptonomicon

    Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson is a speculative fiction novel published in 1999. This book won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, Mir Fantastiki Award for Best Foreign Sci-Fi Novel, and Prometheus Hall of Fame Award.

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    Justin Jensen
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "While I appreciate learning about various awards Mr. Stephenson has won, and doubtless he deserves accolades for his work (which is highly influential in certain circles), actually learning something about Cryptonomicon would be helpful. While I have heard of the book, I don't know anything about the plot or the characters, and I still don't after reading this comment."
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    #9The Meat Market (Jonathan Harkon Adventures)

    The Meat Market (Jonathan Harkon Adventures)
    The Meat Market is a dystopian science fiction and the first book in Jonathan Harkon Adventures series written by James Chalk. It was published in 2013 by JRH Publishing. 
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    Ralph Allen
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "If you need a book that is a thriller, give The Meat Market a try. It is very dark but at the same time a very good read as well."
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    #10State of Fear

    State of Fear

    State of Fear is a techno-thriller novel by acclaimed author Michael Crichton. It tells the story of Peter Evans, an environmental lawyer, as he tries to get to the bottom of a global conspiracy on global warming.

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    Richard McDonald
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "State of Fear is an amazing book and I really enjoyed reading it! The themes present in the book relate to what is going on in the world around us, specifically the case of global warming. As an environmentalist, I really appreciate the topic of preservation of earth's resources. The plot and characters are very intriguing in this book, and I would read it again!"
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    #11Red Storm Rising

    Red Storm Rising

    Red Storm Rising is a novel about the attempt of Soviet Union and Russia to overtake Atlantic. They want to achieve this because they plan on launching an offense towards the United States of America.  

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    Susan Patel
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "This book makes you think when you read what could have happened during WWII. This book is a little outdated so it is hard to keep reading."
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    #12The Lost World (Jurassic Park)

    The Lost World (Jurassic Park)

    The Lost World is a science fiction novel written by American author Michael Crichton, first published in 1995 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. It is the sequel to the bestselling novel Jurassic Park, set 6 years after the first novel ends.

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    Luis Venegas
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The Lost World was one of the first movies I watched in a theater on my own as child. I remember my heart racing throughout the entire movie. When I learned that there was a book with the same name, I had to check it out. If you're into "fake" science and dinosaurs, you'll love this."
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    #13Relic (Pendergast Series)

    Relic (Pendergast Series)
    Relic is a horror novel written by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. It is the first book in the Pendergast series, first published in 1995. It tells the story of a killer in the New York Museum of National History.
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    Steven Wheeler
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Relic (Pendergast Series) is a great thriller title that follows Agent Pendergast, an FBI agent with a score to settle. It's a highly rated book and tells a great story that keeps readers interested. I recommend checking out this series. It is book 1 of a 16 book series."
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    #14Daemon

    Daemon

    Daemon is the first book in the science fiction series Daemon written by Daniel Suarez which centers on the world following the death of legendary computer gamer designer Matthew Sobol.  

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    Harry Freeman
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Daemon is a nicely laid sci fi thriller with a mix of technology. It's a look at what our world could be like. Technology is immersed in a way you would ever imagine. Read it and you will be amaed at would life may be down down the road."
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    #15Piranha (Michael Pacino)

    Piranha (Michael Pacino)

    Piranha: Firing Point is the fifth book in Michael Pacino series written by Michael DiMercurio. It is a thriller military fiction first published by Onyx in 1999. 

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    Diana Hughes
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "I did not read much of this book. It is not to my taste at all. I passed it on to my spouse. He liked it. But he said it was not the best he had read."
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    #16Inca Gold (Dirk Pitt Adventures)

    Inca Gold (Dirk Pitt Adventures)
    Inca Gold by Clive Cussler is an adventure fiction and techno-thriller novel originally published in 1994. This book belongs to Cussler's Dirk Pitt Adventures series. It is preceded by Sahara and followed by Shock Wave.
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    Amy Turner
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Clive Cussler is always a great choice when looking for a thriller. This book is no different. It's well-written and takes you out of your own world and into one full of fantasy, sometimes hard to believe!"
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    #17Brain

    Brain
    Brain by Robin Cook is a thriller novel first published in 1981. This book envisions how a future of humans hard-wired with computers in their brain will be. Brain is preceded by Sphinx and followed by Fever.
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    Angel Pillai
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "Description of book sounds really good and interesting. "
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    #18The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Universe)

    The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Universe)
    The Hunt for Red October is the fourth book in Jack Ryan Universe series written by Tom Clancy. It is a military fiction first published in October 1984 by Berkley Trade. 
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    Julia Flores
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Universe) would definitely be one of the better techno-thriller books. It is the fourth book in the Jack Ryan Universe series written by Tom Clancy and is a military fiction book. The plot is very interesting and will have everyone wondering what will happen next so I definitely did enjoy it overall. "
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    #19Voyage of the Devilfish (Michael Pacino)

    Voyage of the Devilfish (Michael Pacino)
    Voyage of the Devilfish is the first book in The Michael Pacino series written by Michael DiMercurio. It is a military fiction first published by Onyx in 1992. 
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    Evelyn Schneider
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "Voyage of the Devilfish is a very accurate portrayal of submarine combat. It is an interesting mix of tech and story. It is classic 1990s style."
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    #20Normal: A Novel

    Normal: A Novel

    Normal is a techno-thriller novel written by Warren Ellis. First published in 2016 by FSG Originals under ISBN 0374534977, it centers on the story of Adam Dearden, a foresight strategist focusing on geoengineering.

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    Kenneth Stevens
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Although I could criticized the unique writing style of this book, I found it generally compelling and engaging. Despite its somewhat futuristic style, I found many parallels to our current state of affairs with social media and privacy issues. Overall a good read into the possibilities of the not so distant future."
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    #21The Girl in the Spider's Web (Millenium Series)

    The Girl in the Spider's Web (Millenium Series)

    The Girl in the Spider's Web is a mystery and suspense novel by David Lagercrantz, first published in 2015 by Knopf. It is a continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millenium series, starring Lisbeth Salander and Mikhael Blomkvist.

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    #22Raise the Titanic! (Dirk Pitt Adventures)

    Raise the Titanic! (Dirk Pitt Adventures)

    Raise the Titanic! by Clive Cussler is an adventure-fiction and techno-thriller novel originally published in 1976. This book belongs to Cussler's Dirk Pitt Adventures series. It is preceded by Iceberg and followed by Vixen 03.

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    Victoria Ávila
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "If you're looking for a novel that belongs to a series, then this is the best techno-thriller. There is a continuation, so there is more to read than just the single novel. "
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    #23Run Silent Run Deep

    Run Silent Run Deep
    Run Silent Run Deep is a World War II fiction written by Edward L. Beach. It is set in Pearl Harbor after the war and first published by Cassell in March 1955. 
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    Samantha Fields
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "This is a compelling and interesting story based on true events. If you want gripping, and appreciate the historical context, this book is a great choice, you won't regret it!"
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    #24Cyclops (Dirk Pitt Adventures)

    Cyclops (Dirk Pitt Adventures)

    Cyclops by Clive Cussler is an action-adventure and techno-thriller novel originally published in 1986. This book belongs to Cussler's Dirk Pitt Adventures series. It is preceded by Deep Six and followed by Treasure

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    Cheryl White
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "An oldie but a goodie, Dirk Pitt's number 8 adventure never fails to disappoint! Don't let the book jacket fool you, this is filled with technology and thrills behind every page turn!"
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    #25Barracuda, Final Bearing

    Barracuda, Final Bearing

    Barracuda, Final Bearing is the fourth book in Michael Pacino series written by Michael DiMercurio. It is a military fiction first published by Onyx in 1996. 

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    Rebecca Taylor
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "A really good military thriller that keeps you reading and best of all you don't have to stop as this is a series. The page turning ability is wonderful the only reason for a knock is that it is just not as plausible as I would have liked"
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    #26Attack of the Seawolf (Michael Pacino)

    Attack of the Seawolf (Michael Pacino)
    Attack of the Seawolf is the second book in Michael Pacino series written by Michael DiMercurio. It is a military fiction first published in 1993 by Onyx.
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    Vihaan Rangarajan
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "Good story not as good as the hunt for the red october, but I don't think that is what the author was going for. I think it's worth a go."
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    #27Deep Six (Dirk Pitt Adventures)

    Deep Six (Dirk Pitt Adventures)

    Deep Six by Clive Cussler is an adventure-fiction and techno-thriller novel originally published in 1984. This book belongs to Cussler's Dirk Pitt Adventures series. It is preceded by Night Probe! and followed by Cyclops.

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    Melissa Ford
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Deep Six, from the Dirk Pitt series, is a fun read full of unimaginable twists and turns. Reading these feels like venturing into terrifying but exciting political scenarios where the good guys always win in the end. The writing is snappy and bright, and the plot moves forward beautifully. None of the characters are stock and everyone's motivation is clear and understandable. I didn't want to put it down for a second!"
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    #28Phoenix Sub Zero (Michael Pacino)

    Phoenix Sub Zero (Michael Pacino)

    Phoenix Sub Zero is the third book in Michael Pacino series written by Michael DiMercurio. It is a thriller military fiction first published by Onyx in 1994. 

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    Douglas Howard
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "This is a great example of a techno-thriller. A little redundant with "Islam" being the bad guy but if you're into that sort of nationalism thing then this book is for you. "
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    #29First to Find (Caching Out Book 1)

    First to Find (Caching Out Book 1)

    First to Find is a mystery-thriller fiction written by Morgan C. Talbot. Originally published in 2012 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC, it is the first book in the Caching Out series.

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    Bryan Diaz
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I love techno-thrillers and 'First to Find' by Morgan C. Talbot kept popping up on best of lists of the genre, so I went out and bought it. Sadly, I found it to be dull, uninspired hackwork. It's barely readable, let alone one of the best of its kind."

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Best What are the best techno-thriller books ever
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Jurassic ParkBooks 50 Paid
2Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon)Books 43 Paid
3The Andromeda StrainBooks 40 Paid
4Digital FortressBooks 37 Paid
5The MartianBooks 37 Paid
6SphereBooks 32 Paid
7Deception PointBooks 30 Paid
8CryptonomiconBooks 29 Paid
9The Meat Market (Jonathan Harkon Adventures)Books 23 Paid
10State of FearBooks 18 Paid
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