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Life Blood [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Hoover
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It lies hidden deep in the mist-shrouded rain forest of Central America.

A place where a brilliant doctor fulfills dreams for some – and creates chilling nightmares for others.


New York filmmaker Morgan James is about to journey straight into the heart of a dark conspiracy hidden deep in the mist-shrouded Maya rain forest of Central America, to a re-created Mayan town where a bizarre human experiment (including a baby factory) comes at a terrible price. And where she may be the next to pay with her . . . Life Blood

TAGS: Medical Thriller, In Vitro, Independent Film, Adoption, Fertility, Human Eggs, Guatemala, Peten, Maya, Mayan Pyramid, Vision Serpent, Jaguar, Baalum, Mayan Mothers, Movie Making, Copal


Product Details

  • File Size: 691 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611791200
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kensington (September 13, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042X9AIO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,572 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What is this?!? December 6, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I can't decide whether this novel is inventive or just ridiculous. Documentary-maker Morgan James is 38 years old, enjoys tenuous employment, has relatively no family, has recently broken up with the first man she has truly loved in decades, and is desperate to have a baby. Oh, yeah, and she just happens to be infertile despite no medical cause. That's perhaps the most believable part of this novel.
Morgan is written as too much of a martyr, but does enjoy some moments of clever determination and a smart (and funny) mouth. Everyone else, however, is simply too one-note, which lends an unfortunate air of predictability. Hoover manages to keep you guessing what the real secret of the novel is, but the reader will be only one step behind him. The action sequences are able, if standard. What I found galling was the callous treatment that infertility received. Yes, Morgan can't conceive, and she regards adoption as a viable option, which is good. However, it's obvious that the author didn't research his subject too closely. All the thoughts and feelings evoked are those any Discovery Channel documentary relays. The actual mechanics of reproductive endocrinology are only meekly addressed, and when they are, it is so horrific and base, it borders on disgusting. Even the ending leaves you questioning what's really going on.
This is not a novel I'd recommend. Too many genres, poorly-written characters and an absolutely inane plot unite in this below-average thriller.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable villian January 8, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Morgan James, a filmmaker, is unable to have a baby so she decides to do a short film on people who adopt. She finds that the process is long, drawn-out and tedious, but then she hears of some women who recieved healthy, white babies in just a few months. She sets out to investigate the adoption agency and from there it is as if Hoover followed a formula for bizzare human experiment novels. There is the obiligatory vague person wandering around the doctors complex, the mysterious doctor who travels back forth between Central America and New York and Morgan, who upon discovering that her cousin is in the clutches of this madman, immediately goes to South America to resuce her, even though she has no proof that that is where her cousin is. It is so predictable that you can almost finish writing it for him after a certain point in the book. Some of the things that he has his characters doing are so stupid you want to slap them. This would make a great emergency book, you know the one that you keep in your glovebox in case you have a flat tire and are waiting for help.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No Excuses March 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I confess that I did not get very far into this story before I deleted it from my Kindle.
In this day and age, there is absolutley no excuse whatsoever for bad spelling and atrocious grammar in ANY written work. There is no reason to have a hy-
phenated word in the middle of a line...see that example. Things like that annoy me no end(I should have been a proof-reader...I know that I would have done a much, much better job), and to that end, I just pushed the button.
Honestly, I think the story could have been good...I wouldn't have bought it otherwise.
If I had to give it a mark out of 10? The answer would be a 2. Frankly, I'm embarrassed for the author. Shame!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly Competent April 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This was quite a good thriller though it wasn't anything special.
It was quite well written and it flowed quite nicely.

However it did get very predictable and people kept doing stupid things all the time.

The build up was generally nicely handled but the execution was poor.

For a free book though I did enjoy it.
There were no real problems with typos or formatting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Story August 4, 2011
By Bob
Format:Kindle Edition
I have now read a number of Thomas Hoover's novels I downloaded this when it was free but found that it was the weakest of the stories so far and would have given it 2 ½ stars if possible. Although the plot is good and it slowly builds up developing characters and details of location the detail in the plot is weak, particularly towards the end where too much depends on luck and things just happening in the right order. Still worth reading but I do not think I would pay the full price for it, strangely enough this is still available free at the time of writing but with a different cover.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Finish It February 3, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is so poorly written I couldn't finish it.Tedious,cliche-ridden,predictable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable November 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Predictable, sure. Formulated ,yeah. Fun way to kill a few hours, absolutely. I like fiction books because they are relaxing. They require little cerebral activity. If a person is looking for relaxing, slightly sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat read, then give this book a try. Oh yeah, some of the things in the book are very believable, after all what do we really know about what goes on in the jungles of central and south America?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great read. July 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Many unexpected turns-- kept your attention. Surprises all the way through. The ending surprises even the most thoughtful reader. You will enjoy this book.
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