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EMBRYO (EMBRYO: A Raney & Levine Thriller, Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"Readers will absolutely love it!" Literati Literature Lovers
"Both EMBRYO and EMBRYO 2 start from page one & DO. NOT. STOP. The suspense is continuous! Holy hell what a read!" The Reading Cafe

From the Author

J.A. (Joyce Anne) Schneider is a former staffer at Newsweek. Once a Liberal Arts major (French Lit), 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 there'll be medical concepts even in "regular" thrillers that she writes. She lives with her family in Connecticut, USA.

Her website is jaschneiderauthor.net. Sign up on her website's Newsletter (scroll down) to know when more books are coming!

Series order:
  • Embryo ..... Is a malignant genius tinkering with women's bodies?
  • Embryo 2: Crosshairs ... A killer stalks women & an unborn baby.
  • Embryo 3: Raney & Levine...A murderous religious zealot threatens women ("sinners!") and a newborn.
  • Embryo 4: Catch Me ... A serial killer just targets couples.
  • Embryo 5: Silver Girl ... A beautiful young TV star dies mysteriously...
  • COMING SOON! EMBRYO 6: RAZOR SHARP: A Jack the Ripper type killer is murdering male prostitutes. A transvestite, transgender women, a 17-year-old hustler - to him, they're all males. Police again ask Jill & David to help... (due in September)
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 unsettling 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!"
- The Reading Café
"Incredible thriller that will leave you breathless!!
- The Kindle Book Review
"Immediately reels you into a whirlwind!"
- Readers Favorite

Product Details

  • File Size: 870 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: J.A. Schneider & R.G. Schneider, M.D. (May 7, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081CUVIU
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J.A. (Joyce Anne) Schneider is a former staffer at Newsweek. Once a Liberal Arts major (French 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. She lives with her family in Connecticut, USA.

Her website is: http://jaschneiderauthor.net Sign up on her website's Newsletter (scroll down) to know when more books are coming.

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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.

GOOD LUCK AND LOVE TO ALL!

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152 of 159 people found the following review helpful By Suzi Lindsay on May 8, 2013
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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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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Jane Bedinger on November 2, 2012
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To. sum it up, two stereotypical beautiful young doctors behave in unbelievable ways in a totally unrealistic setting with a comic book ending!

Pretty doctors, dead mothers, dead babies...a marketer's drea

If you are into bodice rippers that barely nod to reality, then you'll probably enjoy this. If you're looking for a serious thriller that has exciting tastes of science and a peek into the real world of hospitals, you'll be very disappointed.

To enjoy this medical thriller, you'd not only have to be completely ignorant of modern healthcare, you have to believe that healthcare institutions are run along the lines of medieval castles, only more incompetently. In fact, it makes me angry. No, very few hospitals have in-patient mental wards and no, people aren't knocked out and taken then--with unsigned orders! No, a false husband would not be allowed to discharge a wife whose medical record says "divorced." A person ought to be able to write a medical thriller without betraying the entire profession.

I would have given it only one star, but as an airport-motel timekiller, it's not bad. I would have given it three stars if it didn't bear such false witness about healthcare. But FIVE stars?? I can't believe we're talking about the same book. Surely for five stars you need character development, some noticeable style, something a little off the beaten track.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By John on March 1, 2014
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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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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By kiraruk on May 2, 2014
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When you write a medical thriller you need to get your facts straight first! Babies of less than 23 weeks are stillborn. When you code someone you need to ventilate them with an ambu bag and mask not an oxygen cannula. Placental abruption (placentae abruptio) is not that rare and would be the first thing suspected if a pregnant woman is bleeding profusely. The mistakes in this novel made it almost impossible to finish reading it. I love medical thrillers and science fiction so I made myself complete reading it. I was very disappointed.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Linda S Quattlebaum on April 14, 2014
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Just too many errors in medication administration and medical procedures. I find that I don't appreciate medical thrillers written by non-medical personnel. Schneider should have a qualified nurse proofread for errors. BTW, aspirin 10 grains is really just 2 aspirins which we don't give for fever. So, I'll just take 2 tylenol and try to forget I've wasted my time on this book.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne mclaughlin on July 26, 2013
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I would not even give this a 1!! The author is married to a do tor? I find that hard to believe. A physician on call sharing a bed! Really! As a nurse I haven't worn a hat in 30 years! And a double stripe never designated one nurse superior over another. I could go on but this says it all. It's trash!
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful By VStrawmier on August 1, 2012
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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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