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EMBRYO [Kindle Edition]

J.A. Schneider
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (336 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Maria Moran’s first inkling of trouble was the coppery taste in her mouth. It came suddenly, a rushing whoosh of something that made her gag, and when she reached to wipe her mouth, her hand came away smeared with blood.”

So begins this thriller about a young intern, Jill Raney, determined to investigate tragedies and terror at a famous fertility and genetic engineering hospital. When two pregnant women die and a fetus is delivered with severe chromosomal abnormalities, Jill’s superiors - including handsome, smitten-with-her resident David Levine – insist there’s no common link.

But her suspicions deepen with the grotesque murder near the hospital of another pregnant woman - her belly drained of amniotic fluid. And when a woman miscarries in the hospital and then disappears, Jill frantically searches for her - following a terrifying path that seems to link all the victims: Is someone playing with life...and the structures of human life itself?

An unforgettable tale of suspense with a shocking denouement, Embryo takes you deep into the mind of malignant genius.

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About the Author

J.A. Schneider is a former staffer for Newsweek Magazine. EMBRYO is her first book in a projected series. Its sequels are EMBRYO 2: CROSSHAIRS, and EMBRYO 3: RANEY & LEVINE. She's been married for decades to a physician who enjoys explaining medical concepts which she interweaves as she writes. They live in Connecticut with their family.

What created the idea for Embryo?

The idea came like a lightening bolt when hearing a conversation between J.A.'s husband (who did OB before switching to Cardiology), and an Ob/Gyn friend who was excited about IVF and its advances in curing diseases in utero. As an author who had already published fiction and non-fiction, J.A. thought about all human discoveries - from fire to atomic energy - and the fact that they can be either good or very bad if they fall into the wrong hands. It was a thought that wouldn't let go.

Don't miss Embryo's sequel, Embryo 2: Crosshairs. Reviewers say:
"Holy hell, what a read!"
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"Incredible thriller that will leave you breathless!!
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"Immediately reels you into a whirlwind!"
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  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081CUVIU
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Still scratching my head. . . May 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ok, this book was about IVF? Where was the IVF suite and the dozen people and sophisticated equipment needed to perform IVF? Did the doctor just walk off with an embryo or an egg? Not likely. I kept waiting for the big reveal on the identical genetic problems, but that got lost, as if it were a red herring. Still confused about what was happening at the exams done at the time patients should have been ovulating. was he doing inseminations with sperm that was genetically altered, and badly, thus all the birth defects and spontaneous abortions?
The plot was promising but badly mangled. Even the romance was a huh? They saw each other across a crowded room and ripped each others' clothes off the next time they met?
I think if you are going to write about a field you know very little about, it behooves you to have someone who does know the field to read your work carefully. I just couldn't get the mental image of a "syringe" being inserted into a vein (as opposed to a "needle") out of my mind. Or of a nurse giving Pentothal and then acting as scrub nurse/first assistant who doesn't even having enough sense to suction blood out of the field without being told. And Halothane does not come out of a green tank--that would be oxygen. There were just too many clinical errors for this book to make sense.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By John
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When Robin Cook wrote "Coma" decades ago it was a sensation because of its excitingly new medical setting, action, scientific information, and interesting characters. There have been many subsequent "medical" thrillers that have used Robin Cook's "formula." This novel is in that tradition. The stock characters are the young righteous doctor waging war against the older established power group doing secret unethical human experiments to further some secret scientific aim. Unfortunately, the predictable end and improbable actions all occurring in rapid succession, coupled with the usual clichés, romances, immediate brilliant solutions, make it a quick read at best.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Ride!! August 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When this book is described as a "wild ride," that is no understatement! If this were a movie, you would never take your eyes off the screen! The story line was intense, action-packed and completely engaging. There is no sense waiting for a page when you'd be willing to put the book down because it's just not going to show up. Every moment is exciting and you'll be amazed at the twists and turns J.A. Schneider has given her readers. This is one addition to your library that you will read over and over, just to make sure you didn't miss anything. I highly recommend it!
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Embryo by J.A. Schneider July 30, 2012
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Excellent. I enjoyed this book immensely. One of my favorite reads this summer. Very well written, fast passed, interesting characters. The only problem with this book was the fact that it was so hard to put down. I found myself staying up reading/riveted well past bedtime. I highly recommend Embryo for anyone who is looking for a action filled love/medical/mystery. EMBRYO
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I finished it, but.... October 28, 2013
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I nearly didn't. The love interest between the two doctors was predictable and gratuitous. The premise of the story (where the 'embryo' part comes in, was unique. The story would have been better in my opinion, if the author had worked more of the technical basis into the novel. You get the idea that there is something of substance in the novel, but it never develops sufficiently. Also, I felt the main character jumped to a conclusion based on rather skimpy reasoning, and it just happened to be this really sinister situation. It is totally implausible. I had the impression that it could have been written by a high school student with above average literary skills.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stayed up Late Last Night to Finish Embryo! September 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was first attracted by the cover -- after the first few pages I was hooked! I "knew" J.A. Schneider could write after reading a few pages. I skipped to the back of the book to read her background. The story unfolded. I couldn't wait to read each page...sometimes I actually had to physically cover my Kindle page with my hand so I couldn't read ahead. Exciting story with many twists and turns. Not too much time spent on the "love" interest (which I liked). I could see what what was happening as she was explaining it.....I was walking down dark corridors and seeing what Jill was seeing. I can't wait to read the sequel.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WHITE-KNUCKLE MEDICAL THRILLER! December 12, 2012
By Mina
Format:Kindle Edition
In its ambition to treat human infertility and genetic disorders, Madison Hospital Medical Center has pioneered advanced and acclaimed techniques for the early diagnosis and treatment of birth defects and inherited diseases. But in doing so, it may have crossed the line of what is considered ethically legitimate. When in less than twenty four hours, four different OB/GYN patients see their pregnancies and their lives end in an unexpectedly tragic way, a brave and promising intern (Jill Raney) won't stop in front of what is too easily dismissed as isolated and tragic coincidences. In order to find the answers, Jill will put her career and her very life (as well as the name and the life of brilliant resident doctor David Levine) on the line of fire.
I enjoyed it immensely! A very entertaining and well-conceived medical thriller, gripping from the first dramatic scene to the white-knuckle finale. Driven by interesting and full-drawn characters, as well as a tantalizing pace, and a thought-provoking story-line, this highly suspenseful debut novel by self-published author A. J. Schneider had me on the edge of my seat for the vast majority of its eventful and highly-descriptive chapters. Leading to the momentous final pages, the author breaks up Embryo's pulse-pounding narrative with the pleasant injection of a tenuous romance and sparse, although effective, love scenes. I congratulate the author on her tasteful and wise use of sensual chemistry as a narrative tool to advance plot and character development.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing read
This book was a nice read. I got hooked and kept boing back for more. I liked the characters and wanted more when I finished the book. So glad Embryo 2 was available for me. Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Boo R.
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Thank you for such a great read. I am so glad there is a book 2 I did not want the first book to end. Again, Thank you
Published 3 hours ago by FAD
3.0 out of 5 stars It's about genetic engineering!
The science was interesting. And story line unusual. In the middle a love story was thrown in where it wasn't needed, which made it wired.
Published 5 hours ago by Gail Mahoney
5.0 out of 5 stars What a read! Couldn't put it down!
Yes, it was a wild ride! I enjoyed this book right from the get go! First page had me hooked! Looking forward to reading Embryo 2 and 3! Keep writing J.A.!
Published 6 hours ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Medical Thriller
Review for Embryo

The book cover of ‘Embryo’ stirred my interest and I decided to give the novel priority over the other books in my agenda. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Colibri
5.0 out of 5 stars A medical thriller!!
I usually don't read medical mysteries but this one was a doozy!! All of the reviews are true--good plot, well developed characters, and suspense galore. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Betty Vaughan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This book caught my attention from the very start. It was a great read and hard to put down. Cannot wait to begin Embryo 2.
Published 14 hours ago by ana williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Creepy but realistic
Scary book because this type of experimentation is probably already going on more than we know. We are already messing with nature - this book just describes a more far-fetched... Read more
Published 14 hours ago by Sandra Bryla
5.0 out of 5 stars Embryo
The book was excellent, I really enjoyed it, I actually finished it in 2days. I would definitely recommend it to my friends.
Published 18 hours ago by Valarie Armstead-Ndifon
4.0 out of 5 stars best read in a while
This book was a very good suspense thriller. Haven't had a good read like this in a while. Of course once you pick it up you can't stop. Read more
Published 21 hours ago by Ann Fries
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More About the Author

J.A. (Joyce Anne) Schneider is a former staffer at Newsweek. Words and story ideas are always teeming in her head - "a colorful place!" she says. She's a wife, mom, and loves thrillers. Once a Liberal Arts major (French and Spanish Literature), she has become increasingly fascinated with medicine and forensic science. Decades of being married to a physician who loves explaining medical concepts and reliving his experiences means that there'll be medical angles even in "regular" thrillers that she writes.

EMBRYO is her first ebook. Its two sequels are EMBRYO 2: CROSSHAIRS and EMBRYO 3: RANEY & LEVINE. She and her family live in Connecticut.

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What created the idea for Embryo?

The idea came like a lightening bolt when hearing a conversation between J.A.'s husband (who did OB before switching to Cardiology), and an Ob/Gyn friend who was excited about IVF and its advances in curing diseases in utero. As an author who had already published fiction and non-fiction, J.A. thought about all human discoveries - from fire to atomic energy - and the fact that they can be either good or very bad if they fall into the wrong hands. It was a thought that wouldn't let go.


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