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Gravity (Medical Thrillers #4)

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Now former physician and New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen expands the scope of her landscape of terror in an elegantly crafted, thoroughly menacing new medical thriller. A young NASA doctor must combat a lethal microbe that is multiplying in the deadliest of environments: space.
Emma Watson, a brilliant research physician, has been training for the mission...more
Published January 3rd 2012 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 1999)
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Nancy Ellis
I enjoyed this so much I didn't want to put it down and only did when I fell asleep! Fortunately I made it to the last section, so I could sleep well knowing they were going to get things worked out! I love all of her books, and this is no exception. It's better than a Michael Crichton book in my opinion. If you're easily "grossed out", though, you might think twice before starting it, but it's worth whatever it takes to read!
Loraine Alcorn
Tess Gerritsens book Gravity is one of those books that could make millions at the movies if someone would just make it . This book has everything Science ,Space,medicine and horrible death.
When Dr Emma Watson starts her duty on the international space station she find a horror thats beyond imagination . Some how a single celled organism has found it way on board and has regenerated out of control .
People on the station are dieing in horrible ways and Emma could be next if she cant find a soluti...more
Ok where to start - I really did enjoy this book and even though it took its time getting up to speed (and I will admit there were times when I was wondering where certain scenes in the story were going to have any relevance) but I must admit once it was up to speed it was a real page turner. I will say that I feel that after reading this I should read more of her work but at the same time I feel that considering the authors popularity and the number of books written that I may need to do a lot...more
Hah. She's suing the movie now.


Liked the kindle sample. Will probably get it soon.


Pretty good. Lots of researched space scenes. The author was a former doctor, and there's also plenty of grisly operations, autopsies, and other grisliness. Stephen King blurbed it. I wouldn't read this right before bed. There's also an undeniable science fiction element later in the book. Not too long. You could say there's a romance element as well. Maybe Vaginal Fantasy could read it in their book...more
This was my first Tess Gerritsen and what a way to be introduced to an author! Fab premise and I looked for as much reading time as I could find for this one.
John E. Branch Jr.
Medical training in the United States is sometimes put to surprising uses. Tess Gerritsen, like Michael Crichton, earned a medical degree but ended up writing popular fiction with a technical and/or medical angle. One wonders whether the satisfaction (momentary diversion, whatever you want to call it) that both authors have undoubtedly provided to their readers--Gerritsen, while not achieving the household-name status of Crichton, has sold millions of books and reached the NYTBR best-seller list...more
Kathleen Hagen
Gravity, by tess Gerritsen, b-plus, Narrated by Campbell Scott, Produced by Simon and Schuster Audio, downloaded from

This is a stand-alone, a thriller. Dr. Emma Watson is a research scientist who has trained for much of a lifetime for what is now her dream, to be the chief physician assigned to a space voyage, to supervise the various research projects and to supervise the health of the other people on board. Her husband, Jack McCallum, an engineer, trained for space too but was forc...more
Rachel Brady
Wow! A friend of mine, both an avid reader and fellow NASA contractor, put this one in my hands. Gravity was published in 1999 so I was late to this party, but it was an amazing read--and I feel safe now in adding that it's timeless. I appreciated Gerritsen's care with technical facts at NASA, as well as her accurate depiction of Johnson Space Center and the Houston area in general. Just a real fun read all-around, close to home for me, and nicely done!

Gerritsen did a remarkable job blurring the...more
Strange virus killing astronauts in Gerritsen medical thriller...

After seeing Tess Gerritsen's name continue to pop up on the "best medical thriller" lists of just about everybody, including traditional Robin Cook and Michael Palmer fans, we decided to give her a spin. In turn, we got taken on quite a spin ourselves, from Houston Mission Control, alternately solving problems on the shuttle and the Int'l Space Station, to a little firm trying to make good on an untried launch device. When the as...more
Rita Monticelli
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Tecnicamente perfetto

Sono stata molto combattuta nel dare un voto a questo libro. Se da una parte è sicuramente migliore di molti altri ai quali avevo assegnato 4 stelle, non potevo non rilevare qualche piccola pecca. Ho deciso comunque di dargliene 5, perché indubbiamente è uno dei libri che più mi ha coinvolto nella lettura negli ultimi mesi. Ho dovuto sforzarmi di non finirlo in un paio di giorni e non è stato facile. Si tratta di un techno-thriller con ris...more
Roderick Hart
This novel concerns a bio-hazard which infects the crew of the International Space Station. Since the organism concerned is extra-terrestrial, the military soon move in on NASA on national defence grounds and take over their operation until such times as the problem may be resolved.

The book is well written and, as such a plot goes, reasonably convincing. The author has gone to great trouble to master NASA operations, a complicated subject involving a very large number of abbreviations, so her de...more
I haven't read any medical/suspense books in ages. My treadmill is next to a bookcase and I just pulled this out and started reading. I've been reading a lot of non-fiction so this was a great distraction. And we know how much I like my medical lingo.

Gravity leads us into the world of NASA as we watch Emma Watson and her team preparing to be sent into space to stay for 4 months on the ISS (International Space Station). Watson is a physician who is in the middle of a ugly divorce from her husband...more
Feb 28, 2008 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a suspense
Recommended to Heather by: Library
When I read this book, I was forced to think about the movie
Mission Impossible 2, since it talked a lot about the Chimera virus. And it was very interesting on how Tess Gerritsen described how the astronauts on the space station looked and acted after being infected with the virus. I couldn't help but wonder how that would look if it was made into a movie.
The reason I had chosen that book was because I was interested in medical thrillers when I went to the Holladay Library here in Utah and had...more
Good read for anyone who likes scientific mysteries. The heroine and hero share a wonderful connection and romance that does not overshadow the story, but adds much need elements to the characters. Taking the story to the space station adds the element of science without turning into the supernatural. Gerristen builds a great conspiracy theory that leads you wanting more while hating the actions the "bad guys" take. Emma and Jack fight an incredible battle that leaves you rooting for them the en...more
Gerritsen's books are always entertaining, fast-paced, with rising conflict/tension that keeps me interested long past the time I should have turned out the light and gone to sleep. What I really like is that her writing style is neither overly academic nor too simplistic. She strikes that perfect balance of using scientific terminology without trying too hard, as some sci-fi/medical thriller writers do. I find that scientists typically write better sci-fi and/or medical thrillers simply because...more
This was actually the first book I bought myself from a book store as a wide eyed preteen who had only read what he had been forced to. It had a pretty cover and a science-y name, sounded good.

But it is great. A seamless mixture of science fiction and medical thriller, Gravity easily ranks among the best. I won't give away too much, but the plot is along the lines of Crichton's Andromeda Strain with awesome characters and just enough hard sci-fi and medical jargon to be interesting. It is a lit...more
Tess Gerritsen MD was born June 12, 1953. She is a Chinese-American novelist and retired physician.

In 1975, Gerritsen graduated from Stanford University with a BA in anthropology, intrigued by the ranges of human behaviour. She went on to study medicine at the University of California in San Francisco. She received her medical degree in 1979 and started work as a physician in Hawaii. It was while she was on maternity leave, that Tess submitted a short story to a fiction contest in the magazine H...more
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I've given this book 4 stars because it took me 3 attempts & the Tess fan club group reading to get me to read it. Its a bit slow to begin with for me with a lot of names & information, but if you can get past all that from the middle of the book it gets very exciting! Its the first book I've read that feels like a book of a film. It would make a good film maybe better than the book? Still a good read so would recommend it if you like space/sci fi/medical thrillers
A thriller! The greatest thing about reading, for me, is how many different genres there are to sample. I can't think of one kind of reading that I don't like to read. This book was filled with all kinds of medical and astronaughtish words. Hundreds of acronyms and all kinds of stuff I don't know anything about. It was still awesome! Biohazards all over the place...bodies exploding just like you want them to....good clean fun.
I LOVED this book. Im not a big fan of tech jargon and stumbled over a lot of the military/NASA terms but all in all, I was fascinated through the entire book. The author has kindly placed a glossary at the back of the book to help with this. Just be careful not to read the last page by accident! It was an edge of my seat, hard to catch my breath in places adventure. A MUST READ!!!!
Tom Mueller
Space/medical thriller—mutation—alien life—genetic manipulation.
So very far removed from Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles series that without knowing the author, it would definitely not be attributable to the same author.
I would like to see Tess pursue more SF oriented work like Gravity
Mike Thomas
This is the first Tess Gerritsen book I have read that is not a Rizzoli And Isles book, and its fantastic. A really good story, well written, had to read it in just two sittings, its that good. At the moment, Tess is suing Warner Bros, the article is here: , to be honest I would have rather seen the film of this book than the Sandra Bullock/George Clooney same named film. Its a must read from me, but its a very gory book, saying that, it has a great endin...more
I just finished Gravity and found it to be totally different from any of the other Tess Gerritsen books I have ever read. If I didn't know better I would have thought I was reading something by Robin Cook.

I wonder what NASA thought of this book? Definitely SciFi and definitely a fast paced thriller. I liked it and would give it ★★★★★’s.
Dee Sciaraffa
My favorite Gerritsen book, all of which I like. Gravity is an exciting and excellent story: hypothetically sound.
Sent me to the computer many times to research topics. It's a mix of science and space, written in descriptive, insightful and imaginative format. Highly recommended for those who like page turners.
I am not real sure about this book and I give it 3 1/2 stars. The beginning is very slow and even though it picks up in the middle the end just fizzles out. I am a big Tess Gerritsen fan and even though I approve of authors stepping out of their comfort zones I am just not sure about this one.
Nice one. A page turner. Kept me riveted and up way pass bedtime. The ending I felt was a bit rushed, and some parts slightly improbable, but heck, I would recommend this to anyone who likes medical thrillers & what NASA does.
This is the first book I have read by this author. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I was hooked from the beginning of the novel. Basically, a modern day space opera but a very well plotted space opera. An experiment has run amok on the International Space Station and bodies start to mount up quickly. To tell any more would ruin the story. I found most of the main characters to be believable and the dialogue was largely well written. The plotting was excellent and I must admit it was a pag...more
Despite sharing its name with the blockbuster space survival thriller, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, Gerritsen's Gravity is more medical-suspense-thriller-in-space than anything else. What the two unrelated stories share, aside from setting, is a scrappy female lead for whom not cheering is impossible. Gerritsen's medical knowledge is on full display, and any fan of detailed and exact storytelling will not be disappointed.

The only disappointments, more distractions really, are the...more
A lethal virus is running rampant on the International Space Station. A group of astronauts are trapped on board, and one woman's estranged husband is working to find a cure.

I picked this book up thinking that it was the book the recent movie was based on. I was wrong - but I was pleasantly surprised. This is an excellent novel. The pacing is perfect and the suspense is high. There is just the right amount of gore too. It was written in 1999, so the author had no way of knowing about the Columbi...more
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Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.

While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller...more
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