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Gargoyles: ResurrectionTrilogy Book One (Resurrection Trilogy 1) [Kindle Edition]

Alan Nayes
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Brilliant pre-med student Amoreena Daniels needs money. Desperately. Her mother is dying of cancer and her medical insurance has run out. When a seemingly perfect women’s clinic offers Amoreena a generous payment for service as a surrogate mother, Amoreena thinks her prayers have been answered. But then—much too early—her baby begins to move.

The strange dreams, another surrogate’s mysterious death and a drug-addicted former medical intern confirm Amoreena’s worst suspicions: there is something terribly wrong with the pregnancy. Amoreena embarks on a dangerous journey to uncover the truth behind the endless battery of genetic tests, sonograms and frightened patients, only to discover that she has unwittingly become a pawn in a high-stakes game of biomedical experimentation.

GARGOYLES is the first book in the sci-fi RESURRECTION TRILOGY series. PLAGUE is book two and RESURRECTION book three.

GARGOYLES--approx 106,000 words/400 pages

Alan Nayes is the author of the love story, BARBARY POINT, and the horror/thriller, THE UNNATURAL.

Editorial Reviews


"Slickly suspenseful . . . The mix of breezy science and lab-smock sadism makes for breathless page-turning."
--Kirkus Reviews on Gargoyles
"[A] gripping, thought-provoking tale of mounting distrust, betrayal, brutality, and greed."
--Booklist on Gargoyles

About the Author

Alan Nayes was born in Houston and grew up on the Texas gulf coast. He is the author of the giant cat thriller, SMILODON, and the spellbinding sci-fi apocalyptic series, The Resurrection Trilogy (GARGOYLES, PLAGUE, RESURRECTION). He lives in southern California. For a complete list of books, please visit

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing SciFi Creativity! July 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The title, Gargoyles, provided me an image of history and old I was quite surprised as I started to read this amazing story. I tend to think that there are some good things that could happen for the future based upon medical research. Then I read a book such as this and second-guess my former opinion. It seems everything that is good always must have somebody spoil it through the search for power or money... Readers will soon see where Nayes is headed; however, his main character, Amoreena Daniels becomes the driving force that keeps us reading--we want, no, we need to know what happens to her! I wasn't pleased with the ending, but then turned the page and saw that a sequel was available and this character continues in Plague. If you enjoy horror mixed with scifi, I can recommend this highly...The suspense keeps you turning the pages--and I look forward to reading the next two books in The Resurrection Trilogy.

Daniels is a pre-med student who has a brilliant career ahead of her when her mother is diagnosed with cancer.
Amoreena and her mother are alone and close, so when problems occur with her insurance, she fails to tell her daughter that she has not been paying for health care...

And the hospital representative is after Amoreena as the responsible person for paying the bills!

In the midst of classes, tests, preparation for the MCAT, Amoreena had become desperate, working with her mother's doctor to ensure her mother was taken care of...

And then, it seemed, a miracle happened. She was contacted by a Women's Clinic who had a program that could help her. All she had to do was become a surrogate mother and she would be paid $50,000. The cost of having her mother placed in a special program was $30,000.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A scientific Rosemary's Baby December 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is best summed up as the scientific Rosemary's Baby, which also means it kicks serious ass. Even people who find pregnancy to be a miracle (people who I completely do not understand) are creeped out by a pregnancy gone awry. This basic storyline then is ideal for a modern update aka switch out the demons and Satanism for science. Unfortunately the climax doesn't quite live up to the excellent idea, but the cliffhanger ending leaves the reader eagerly anticipating the next entry in the series.

Overall this horror suspense is a great addition to the genre of evil pregnancies. I recommend it and am looking forward to the next entry in the series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put it Down! June 9, 2012
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The moment I started reading this book, I couldn't stop. The author does an extremely well job of keeping the reader on his seat and making the reader won't to keep going to see what's going to happen next. I bought it with some reservations but after finishing it I immediately went and bought the sequel. Alan Nayes is the John Grisham of the medical field. Going to get off here and start reading the next book in the series, "Plague."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a dumb smart girl or was it a lot of confusion April 25, 2013
By Kelli
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Amoreena's mom is dying of cervical cancer, so of course, her mom let her medical coverage lapse. Seemingly, her mom did this because she had $4000 in the bank, which she wanted to give to Amoreena for her education. Ok, I am going to snark away on this for a moment. Will $4000 even last 3 months? Even with that partial scholarship, this is a drop in the educational bucket (hear the hollow ting?). Surely, her mom has some concept that this was meaningless as opposed to her daughter's obvious devotion to her. Look, I gave up any chance to live, so you could have my $4000. It would be a smack in the face.

So Amoreena becomes a surrogate to help pay her mom's medical bills. She is immediately confronted with evidence that something is wrong, twice prior to insemination. She gets a strange letter in Spanish, can we say online translation. She runs into a lucid, smart guy with a drug problem that tells her that something is wrong with the babies, and they murdered his girlfriend. She sees evidence from the strange tests. She receives sonograms from a doctor at the clinic and a verbal warning from him. Yet, she has not ran to the police. She has not ran to the nearest abortion clinic. She was pretty much stupid and lethargic through the whole thing. She confronted when time was of the essence. She was annoying.

And I was baffled to learn they did not use her genetic material. Why not use someone who had no knowledge or was homeless instead of her?

So why did I give it a 4? I actually waffled between a 3 and a 4, but the writing was good. The story was interesting. And BIG kudos to the writer for giving us a complete story. This was a trilogy, but for once, a writer got it correct and gave us a full story with an actual ending.

Despite my dislike of the main character, I still recommend this story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Medical Thriller December 14, 2011
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I enjoy medical thrillers and found this book a good read. Women in difficult financial situations are hired to be surrogates using artificial insemination but instead they become incubators for less than human drones genetically engineered for research related to specific diseases. Amoreena is a pre-med student whose mother is dying of cancer and has let her health insurance lapse. In an effort to the financial resources for her mother's continued medical care she signs a contract to become a surrogate yet the pregancy is anything but normal. As she discovers the realities of the situation Amoreena is whisked off to Mexico where she is kept with the other "cows". Can she escape and make it out of the nightmare alive? The overall premise is eerie but you do have to suspend belief to thoroughly enjoy the book. I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy medical thrillers and I do plan to read the second book in the series although I am unsure how it really fits into a series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Good story but spoiled by unnecessary jargon.
A good yarn but unfortunately Mr Nayes succumbs to the temptation to fill the pages with unnecessary and boring medical details and terminology, perhaps to try to impress the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by John Millar
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of gross
Good writing and reading. Intense suspense, just not my cup of tea. I doubt I will read the sequel but curiosity may get the better of me.
Published 11 months ago by Mary H. Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars hooked from the beginning
I was so hooked on this series that I could barely put the kindle to bed. Interesting story line and I highly recommend
Published 11 months ago by PaulaBarrows
5.0 out of 5 stars Gargoyles
A good look at science gone wild. There are possibilities that make this almost possible. Well written and doesn`t have any " dead" spots, this makes for a good read.
Published 12 months ago by John Shearer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another terrific thriller from Alan Nayes
A financially strapped young woman, desperate to pay for her mother's medical care, is enticed into becoming a surrogate to raise the funds needed to save her mother's life. Read more
Published 15 months ago by M. Frastley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
Very fast moving book and story. Easy to read and understand. I will look for more of his books. Enjoy
Published 20 months ago by charles gray
3.0 out of 5 stars Medical Science Fiction
An enjoyable read with engaging characters. You want to root for the good guys, but you fear you hope in vain.
Published 22 months ago by Daphne
4.0 out of 5 stars Gargoyles(Resurrection Trilogy, Book 1)
Couldn't quit reading this one. First time reading for this author. Am buying the sequel & hope it is as good.
Published 23 months ago by Marie Flannery
3.0 out of 5 stars Gargoyles, The book
I was not that crazy for this book. It was good enough to keep my attention until the end (I have decided my time is too valuable to read something I am not enjoying). Read more
Published 23 months ago by goneshopping
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
This was an unusual book from the start. I found myself heavily invested in all the characters very early on in the story. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Penny
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I live in Southern California but still consider myself part Texan by birthright. I was born in Houston and grew up in Dallas. I've resided in California since the mid 1980's but get back to Texas as much as possible. My first two published novels--GARGOYLES and THE UNNATURAL are biomedical thrillers. Actually THE UNNATURAL could also fall into the horror genre as it is a pretty bizarre tale. BARBARY POINT is a love story about a successful young woman who falls in love with a fishing guide. It was written on a suggestion from a former agent.

I have several other projects in the works. HEMLOCK POND is a horror story about a young woman and her son who move into an old farmhouse with a haunted pond. Boo!

GIRL BLUE, another pretty bizarre story, is about a world renowned sculptor who becomes haunted by his last work. Oh did I mention the sculptor is terminally ill?

SMILODON is the story of a huge cat that terrorizes a small town in the majestic Pacific Northwest. This one will grab you and not let go--yeah, that sounds like a cat.

PLAGUE is the riveting sequel to GARGOYLES. Fasten your seat belts, close your eyes and pray like hell because the world as we know it is coming to an end.

RETURN TO UNDERLAND is a middle grade children's adventure story that includes dinosaurs and cavemen. Ooooh!

Very soon I'll be releasing my first paranormal romance. THE LEARNER will be the first book in the Learner Series. I'm excited about gettng this one out there. It should arrive from outer space sometime in November. Yup, you guessed it--the story involves space aliens!

Then on December 1st I'll release my holiday novelette, ST. CLAWS. Love the holidays!

My favorite football team is the Superbowl champs GREEN BAY PACKERS. Sorry Cowboys. But when GB is not on the gridiron--Go Dallas! Great Cheerleaders, too!

I enjoy the outdoors and as a side note I'm one of only a few individuals to ever swim across Wisconsin's chilly Lake Winnebago. Does this make me a better writer--probably not.

When I'm not working on my next project, I enjoy relaxing and fishing at our family vacation home in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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