- File Size: 801 KB
- Print Length: 210 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: R.G. Schneider, M.D. (May 7, 2012)
- Publication Date: May 7, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0081CUVIU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,354 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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- 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...
- EMBRYO 6: RAZOR SHARP: A Jack the Ripper type killer is murdering male prostitutes, with the exception of one vulnerable young woman. Why? Police ask Jill and David to help investigate...
The idea came like a lightening bolt when hearing a conversation between my 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. Having already published fiction and non-fiction, I thought about all human discoveries - from fire to atomic energy - and the unsettling 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
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This story didn’t take long to get from 0 to 60. A few times I thought I was going to have to take a break because my heart was racing.
Jill Raney is likable and courageous as the young intern; I was most anxious whenever she was doing her thing. A couple of times I advised her to behave, ‘don’t go stirring the pot’. She didn’t listen. She consistently put her career and her life on the line in order to get to the bottom of all that was suspicious at her place of employment. She is someone you definitely want advocating for you.
David Levine is her resident supervisor and romantic interest. Think Thor without the Hammer. I think he was best when in charge of a patient in distress. He’s definitely the one you want attending if you’re ever brought in to the ER.
Okay, so they work in a fertility and genetic engineering hospital. A place where you go to get help in getting pregnant which happens to be in close proximity to where genetic modifications take place. What could possibly go wrong? My first thoughts were is this a thing and is this legal IRL?
The writing was good. The author had me believing that some of the advancements in genetic modification that occurred in the story were possible. She painted a picture with her words detailing her world that it felt like I was right by Jill’s side running through the hospital.
The characters were written well. A couple of them came across as so real that I wanted to punch them. This is not like me. I’m more of the let’s-hug-this-out-but-not-in-a-creepy-way type of guy, but Joyce (you think she’ll mind me being so informal?) had me contemplating violence.
Something that I wasn’t expecting was how much this nagged me on an ethical level. I kept asking, if this were possible today, would I want that for my child? If I could guarantee an outcome, what would be so wrong? I don’t know what the political correctness community has to say about this publicly, but privately I think a lot of parents would state, “Just do your thing doctor. I don’t need to know how the sausage is made.”
I would like to say that I figured why and how these women were dying, but the truth is that what I figured out was a teeny tiny general piece of the puzzle that IRL, would amount to no more than a lead and not the resolution of the case. I also pegged the wrong person as the villain. It’s always cool when I can’t figure out the who and the why of a mystery.
Highly recommended if you like to read.
Plausibility isn’t in the cards for this one. Jill can get access to more kinds of information in a day than the entire FBI could in a year with a boatload of subpoenas. No one believes anything she says notwithstanding the evidence shoved in their faces. The doctors, all obstetricians, seem astounded at a detached placenta as though they’d barely heard of it in some obscure textbook even though any parent whose ever taken one of those childbirth classes has read and heard all about them. Jill ventures into, and gets lost in, ancient tunnels under the hospital where she is repeatedly attacked by large men whom she can best in a physical confrontation. You get the idea.
The amateurish writing wasn’t bad exactly, just aimed at the poorly-educated teenage girl market. There’s nothing wrong with that, I suppose. I got my money’s worth – barely.
I was a nurse for 33 years so I am very attracted to medical thrillers—and this book was exactly that kind. I could not help but think of Robin Cook as I read this story because the action & suspense was so much alike—kept me turning the page and sitting on the edge of my seat. And as in the books of Cook (thinking of "Coma" here), the villain was very diabolical and was conspiring to do what no one could ever imagine! Won't give away the plot, you'll just have to read the book.
One thing I look for in a medical thriller is if the author is in the medical profession or not. If not, I usually don't even bother to get the book because it makes me cringe when I read medical terms or read medical misinformation that is incorrect & lay people do this a lot when they attempt to write a medical story. As I was reading this book I came to the conclusion that the author must be a doctor because all the medical information was spot on. Imagine my surprise when I finished the first book & then looked up the author and found out that she wasn't! But as I read on I discovered her husband was a doctor and that he was always sharing with her his expertise—so that explained why she was able to write this story using the correct medical terms and medical information.
I didn't describe the story itself because I know others will do that so no need to reap the story again. Just wanted to explain why I liked this story so much & that when I finish this series I will look for other books by this author.
OBTW: This story has a satisfying conclusion & is a stand alone story.
Top international reviews
I hardly ever ever read books these days but could hardly leave this alone. Intriguing medical stuff , good characterisation and an excellent plot. Dark settings and an ending I didn't see coming, leaving me with lots to think about.
I'm now going to look for more from this author!
It is both worrying and exciting that the research carried out in this story is not far away and may even be possible. It raises many ethical questions.
Love the way the two main characters are developing and I look forward to reading more ofthis series.
Having said that I kept on reading and wanted to read to the end and there were sparks of brilliance and potential, which I feel if the writer can harness will add believability to her future books.
I would recommend it worth a read, interesting, if predictable.
Dare not think if there's any element of truth though! Look forward to reading more from this author.
For "newbies" to medical thrillers this is ideal as there isn't a lot of technical jargon which is why it received a 3 star rating from me