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EMBRYO 1 (EMBRYO: A Raney & Levine Thriller) [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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"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. 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!"
- 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: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 235 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,961 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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68 of 73 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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14 of 14 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 42 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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20 of 23 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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31 of 37 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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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
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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
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Did not like it at all...
Published 1 day ago by mochi
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading
The story was fast paced with some interesting twists. A bit of a formula story early on; young intern finds hospital conspiracy that no one else sees. But the end.......
Published 6 days ago by Harry Kiefer
5.0 out of 5 stars Touchy subject
This book touches on battles people go through daily. I would recommend this to adults who have already had children or have chosen not to have them. Read more
Published 6 days ago by amy devolve
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Loved this book. I didn't want to put it down. It is a great read for science people.
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book. It was free and I'm glad I got it.
Published 9 days ago by Joy Livengood
5.0 out of 5 stars an utterly engrossing read.
This book was an amazing read. Kept you on seat the whole time. You're rooting for Jill and David and scared for them at the same time.
Published 9 days ago by April D. Bogart
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Short easy read novel! What's not. To like!
Published 10 days ago by mary wouters
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting thriller, suspense filled drama and love story all in one...
I love suspenseful medical thrillers and more often than not by time I'm halfway through the story I know who the major antagonist is. Not so with Embryo. Read more
Published 13 days ago by K.J. Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Kb
This was a very interesting & easy read. The story line kept your interest without any periods of as low reading. Excellent book.
Published 13 days ago by brickk45
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
A thumbs-up on this one. Once I started, there was no stopping. Great characters you like immediately, being drawn into a mystery of monumental proportions. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Sandie Lynne
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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.

Her website is: http://jaschneiderauthor.net More EMBRYO books are coming; to know when she invites you to sign up on her website's Newsletter.

She also invites you to follow her on Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/JoyceSchneider1
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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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