Start reading EMBRYO 1 (EMBRYO: A Raney & Levine Thriller) on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.
with Kindle Unlimited

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


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

J.A. Schneider
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (533 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $0.99
Kindle Unlimited Read this title for free and get unlimited access to over 600,000 titles. Learn More

Hero Quick Promo
Browse in Books with Buzz and explore more details on selected titles, including the current pick, "The Good Girl" by Mary Kubica.

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.

Editorial Reviews


"It is rare that a book can elicit that much emotion so early in the story. I was blown away." The Kindle Book Review
" 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
Please join author's newsletter at to know when new books are out!

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
  • X-Ray:
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,837 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
68 of 73 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.
Was this review helpful to you?
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By John
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
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!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Contrived, exploitative, and utterly unbelievable November 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
Was this review helpful to you?
31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Embryo by J.A. Schneider July 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I finished it, but.... October 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
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.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent example of medical drama
Wow! With so many twists and turns, my hair may stay permanently blown straight back. Strong story, great characters, cute babies!? I am very happy I read this book.
Published 1 day ago by JaxonD
5.0 out of 5 stars Embryo
Human embryo farming!! Wow to think as an intern to ob medicine, Jill was more than defying odds when she went up against resident doctors. No one wanted to listen to the student. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Lk3
5.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller
Kept me glued to the book. I had no idea of the ending result. Cant wait to read others.
Published 5 days ago by dressshoes
3.0 out of 5 stars not quite together
I like scientific books. I bought this one and it kept my interest but too much romantic, scattered, thinking on part of main characters. Read more
Published 7 days ago by M. Haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 10 days ago by Nancy Vickers
5.0 out of 5 stars So good
There's been a surge of obstetrics tragedies, including maternal and fetal deaths. Dr. Jill Raney realizes that it ha something to do with the hospital's genetic counseling... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Keyarra
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Pretty good
Published 12 days ago by Di Di
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Did not like it at all...
Published 14 days 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 18 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 19 days ago by amy devolve
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

More About the Author

J.A. (Joyce Anne) Schneider is a former staffer at Newsweek. 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 sequels are EMBRYO 2: CROSSHAIRS, EMBRYO 3: RANEY & LEVINE, and EMBRYO 4: CATCH ME. She and her family live in Connecticut.

Her website is: More EMBRYO books are coming. She invites you to sign up on her website's Newsletter to know when more books are coming.

She also invites you to follow her on Twitter -!/JoyceSchneider1
or Facebook:
or Goodreads:

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.


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Topic From this Discussion
Scientific Boundaries Be the first to reply
Have something you'd like to share about this product?
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for Similar Items by Category