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

J.A. Schneider
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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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  • Editorial Reviews

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    "It is rare that a book can elicit that much emotion so early in the story. I was blown away." The Kindle Book Review
    "...one of the most intense books I've ever read." The Indie Bookshelf
    "Readers will absolutely love it!" Literati Literature Lovers

    From the Author

    About the Author
    J.A. (Joyce Anne) Schneider is a former staffer at Newsweek. 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. 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...


    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!"
    - 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)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0081CUVIU
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    107 of 113 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Still scratching my head. . . 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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    40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Contrived, exploitative, and utterly unbelievable 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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    27 of 30 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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    21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible! May 2, 2014
    By kiraruk
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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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    23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Move Over Medical Thriller Author Tess Gerritson June 3, 2012
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    Every so often I pick a novel expecting an entertaining read for the day and find myself lost in an intriguing tale. EMBRYO by author J.A. Schneider is one of those stories, and yesterday was one of those days.

    The writing is superb, the action tense, the characters fully developed, and the research for EMBRYO flawless. There is not one wasted word or phrase (that I could find) in the entire novel. Every action is economical and straightforward. Every scene flows logically into the next making for a fast-paced read. Each scene builds to a crescendo, then moves on with only a minimal, and no unnecessary, sequel.

    EMBRYO does not require suspended disbelief. The reader is kept involved in the action at all times without the use of hyperbole. The story's theme of genetic engineering, what can . . . and will go wrong in the hands of an overzealous researcher, sets a tense pace throughout.

    At a research hospital, young intern Jill Raney doesn't believe that coincidence is the only thing that links the tragedies occurring recently. Pregnant women are dying inexplicably. A fetus is delivered with severe chromosomal abnormalities. At risk of losing her internship if she creates undue or negative attention to the hospital's genetic research department, Raney decides to find explanations for these abnormal events.

    Raney's immediate boss is the tall-dark-and-handsome resident doctor, David Levine. The attraction between them does not distract but enhances the story. It also creates additional tension as Raney searches for answers to some rather unusual questions:
    Why was a patient kidnapped from the hospital after she miscarried?
    Who killed the young pregnant female and drained the amniotic fluid from her belly?
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Embryo Series
    I downloaded the first book in this series on a whim - not sure if it was something I was going to enjoy. But, a few chapters in and I was hooked. Read more
    Published 19 hours ago by avidreader42
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Author - As Good As Robin Cook!
    This caught me from the first page. I am an avid Robin Cook Dan and this book was on the same high caliber. Well written with just enough detail to make it very interesting. Read more
    Published 5 days ago by LV Mermaid
    5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS.
    One of the best medical thrillers I've ever read. The excitement and intensity just continued to build up until the very end. This book deserves TEN stars. Read it.
    Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book.
    The story kept you on the edge of your seat and ready for the next event. Very good book.
    Published 9 days ago by Barbara
    5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
    It's a pleasant surprise to find a book so engaging and well written that I snuck back to reading it every chance I got. Read more
    Published 10 days ago by Kixxit
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    This was a really good medical thriller. I enjoyed the book immensely. I would definitely recommend this book.
    Published 12 days ago by jet diva
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
    Very good book. Like the characters and the plot. Unexpected twist in the end makes for a good fast read!
    Published 16 days ago by Rusty
    4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book
    I enjoyed this book. I always wanted to be an ob/gyn, but never followed it through. I love reading medical fiction. Read more
    Published 17 days ago by marram34
    5.0 out of 5 stars read it if you like medical thrillers you will like it
    I liked it, gave you food for thought
    Published 17 days ago by Judy
    5.0 out of 5 stars A medical conspiracy in a realistic setting.
    It's been MANY years since I was an intern, but the story reawakened old memories. Not that any of us were as audacious as Jill, but the threat perceived by some in the hospital... Read more
    Published 18 days ago by R. Garrison
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    More About the Author

    J.A. (Joyce Anne) Schneider is a former staffer at Newsweek. 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. 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.

    Follow her on Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/JoyceSchneider1
    or Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/7fm44mk
    or Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5832782.J_A_Schneider

    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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