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Lifelines (Angels of Mercy #1)

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A gripping behind-the-scenes drama of four women who face life and death every day

On her first day at Pittsburgh's Angels of Mercy Medical Center, L.A.-transplant Lydia Fiore, the new ER attending physician, loses a patient: the Chief of Surgery's son. Now, to save her career, Lydia must discover the truth behind her patient's death, even as it leads her into unfamiliar-a
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Paperback, 405 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Berkley
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Basmah
Predictable yet a fun thriller ^_^ especially for those in the medical field.
Monie
In Lifelines we meet four strong ladies who work at Angels of Mercy Medical Center in Pittsburgh. Lydia Fiore, the ER attending physician whose first day on the job may be here last when she fails to save the life of the Chief of Surgery's son who was struck by a car. Nora Halloran, the charge nurse whose relationship with her boyfriend is falling apart but Nora seems oblivious to that fact. Amanda Mason, the med student with aspirations of being a pediatrician who refuses to accept the fact tha ...more
Kristen
If you loved shows like ER, you'll love be in the front and center of an Emergency Room in a Pittsburgh. In CJ Lyons's Lifelines, this book launched the first book in her Angels of Mercy series. Lydia Fiore was new to the area and hailed from Los Angeles. When she first arrived on the scene on Transition Day, things took a bit turn for the worse as attending nurse, when the Chief of Surgery's son died on the table. To save her career, she needed to get behind the truth behind his death. Lucky fo ...more
K
good introduction to a cast of characters at a hospital in pittsburgh PA. The rapid switching of characters in the beginning was hard, til you knew who was who, even then, I had to remember who was who and with whom...in the hospital as co workers, friend, lover, or related to the story somehow.
However, the large cast kept me interested, and built up suspense as I flipped from scene to scene during the climax.
I was expecting more medical stuff, and not so much hospital cliché based on authors ba
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Jan
Being an "ER" junkie, I thoroughly enjoyed "Lifelines" and the drama an ER always holds. Lydia Fiore, a new ER attending physician from L.A. starts her day at Pittsburgh's Angels of Mercy loses a patient who turns out to be the Chief of Surgery's son. The remainder of the book, covering 4 days, has Lydia working diligently putting the puzzle together of who was responsible for that death and several others.
Denise
Forgettable, too much romance not enough medicine for me. Very unrealistic portrayal of physicians IMHO.
Nika
My mom bought this book last fall and I was eyeing this book since then. In January, I put this book on my TBR, and now I’ve finally read it. I was a bit afraid that I wouldn’t like it, sicne it’s out of my confort zone and I don’t usually read books in this genre, but I was pleasantly surprised. I loved this book so much and now I can’t stop thinking about it.

The premise of this book didn’t sound super interesting to me when I first read the summary and I started reading this book only because
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Elizabeth Nesbit-comer
This series is so promising. I will just need a bit of a tone down of the explosions and gunfire. This could have easily have been a 5 star book if there was more emphasis on character development and less on the action. Lydia is a strong character.. a bit too strong sometimes. Following David to the crazy gang church grounds was just silly. Getting kicked off the staff on her first day and then continuously continuing to work on patients with zero repercussions .. not very believable.
Her relat
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Liviania
Dr. Lydia Fiore’s first day as an attending might be her last. She saves her first several patients, impressing various hospital workers. But one of her patients dies – and Jonah Weiss happened to be the Chief of Surgery’s son. Lydia knows she did everything she could, but the death is her responsibility. Jonah, she learns, is a prominent gay rights activist in Pittsburg, the leader of a group known as Gays Organized Against Discrimination (GOAD). The Sons of Adam, a militant cult, had reason to ...more
Lisa Jo
Lydia is having the worst first day. Ever. She is the new attending physician at Pittsburgh’s Angels of Mercy Medical Center and within hours of her first shift, loses one of her patients. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the patient just so happens to be the Chief of Surgery’s son. Now not only is her new job being threatened, but her whole career. Put on a strict probation, Lydia knows she has to investigate further to find out what went wrong. To her surprise, she finds herself drawn into a full ...more
Cheryl
Watch out Pittsburgh’s Angel of Mercy Medical Center, there is a new doctor in town. Her name is Lydia Fiore. She is the new ER physician. Lydia is greeted by Nora, the ER charge nurse, Gina, who is tall and sharp tongue, and who has a major chip on her shoulder and her roommate Amanda, the quiet blond southern belle.

Even before her first rotation is over, Lydia causes a big stir. Her first emergency room patient is a teenage boy. Lydia is told that the boy was hit by a car but there are barely
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Vivian Zabel
Apr 23, 2008 Vivian Zabel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in mystery, medicine, romance, good writing
Recommended to Vivian by: no one, I was interested in the author
My mother would have loved LIFELINES even more than I did. As a nurse, she would have enjoyed the detailed and real hospital scenes and medical procedures. As someone who became ill when someone else oozed blood or vomited, I grimaced but kept on reading. The story kept my attention, and I had to know what happened next.

CJ Lyons brought her knowledge as a pediatric emergency room physician to her book. The plot deals with Doctor Lydia Fiore arriving for a new position at a hospital across the co
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Sarahlynn Lester
I met CJ Lyons at Love Is Murder last month and immediately knew that I wanted to buy her book. She was on a panel with James Strauss, novelist and senior writer for House, M.D. (one of my favorite television shows): House VS Holmes: C.J. Lyons and Jim Strauss spar and chat about these two loveable, drug-addicted misanthropes. Someone asked a question about Lisa Cuddy, which sparked an interesting discussion about the portrayal of women in medical fiction.

We all agreed that Lisa Edelstein's char
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Jane
This is one action-packed book and that's a big part of the problem. The book starts off well with Dr. Lydia Fiore starting her new job as the attending ER physician in the Angels hospital in Pittsburgh. On her first night she successfully resuscitates a teenager - and impresses her new staff - then loses another young man who seemingly should not have died. As though the puzzle and frustration of his death isn't enough, it turns out that he was the son of the chief of neurology who now wants Ly ...more
Amie
Jun 07, 2008 Amie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Romantic Suspense and strong heroines
For the record, I don’t know CJ Lyons (the author) personally, but I do know her by name and I know she had a long, interesting road to publication, which IMO makes this book that much sweeter. Because you see, LIFELINES ROCKS!!!!!!!

The quote from Lisa Gardner on the front comparing LIFELINES to Old ER is dead on (though I actually watch more new ER than I ever did the old–it’s on my list). Have you heard me whining lately about a lack of single title romance? If not, you must be deaf because I
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Book Concierge
Dr Lydia Fiore has just started work as the new attending ED physician at Angels of Mercy Hospital. But her first day goes terribly wrong when a patient dies despite all her best efforts. The fact that he is the son of the head of surgery makes things doubly difficult for Dr Fiore.

Lyons has written a hospital soap opera that trots out every stereotypical character of that genre (e.g. inept but arrogant intern from a rich family; hard-bitten but tender-hearted cop; tough-as-nails head nurse; etc
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Becky
This book pulled me in right from the beginning. Lydia, the new ER attending physician to Angels of Mercy hospital starts this new job on Transition Day, the most dangerous day of the year. She is immediatly thrown into work and ruffles the feathers of other interns and residents. However, she loses a patient on that first day that happens to be the chief of surgery's son. Lydia is determined to find out what killed the young boy, but in doing so she puts herself and others in danger.

Overall, I
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Erin
I had to listen to this book on Fast speed and the narrator spoke too slowly. She did not pronounce some medical terms correctly either. I read it because I am familiar with Pittsburgh but this was like a Hollywood version of Pittsburgh: a bit over-the-top.
Željko Erceg
Paaa, nemam baš puno toga za reć. Nije mi "legla". :( Preslatkasto, i, naravno, previše medicinskih pojmova. No, možda je i pisana za medicinsko osoblje u noćnim dežurstvima ili studente koji se žele odmoriti od udžbenika. Uzmeš thriller, a ujedno i ponavljaš gradivo. Zgodno ;)
Marta
Ispočetka naporno (nije mi se čitalo baš) ali na kraju napeto. Liječnički triler.. Ajd ok. Dat ću nastavku šansu.
Marti
Starts out well, then people are being beaten up, etc. Doesn't make a lot of sense. Gave up halfway through!
Jen
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This book started out promising. Reminded me of ER or Grey's Anatomy which is why I bought it in the first place. However, it quickly turned into an episode of 24, complete with "I'll solve the problem myself" protagonists and bombs going off. The timeline was a bit unrealistic, and the author seemed to completely drop the character development in order to dig herself out of the hole that got deeper with every 24 or Nancy-Drew-like plot twist. The ending left me unsatisfied
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Nancy Anderson
Really enjoyed this. Would like to read more in this series.
Karleene Morrow
I was so pleased to find a couple new writers of medical thrillers as I've exhausted all the books of Tess Gerritsen, Robin Cook, Michael Palmer and most of Minette Walters. Lucky me to now have new authors to read including C.J. Lyons.

Lifelines was a page turner and in the process of totally enjoying the story, I loved the women in it, physicians Lydia and Gina, Charge nurse Nora and med student Amanda.

I can recommend this one for sure to readers of medical thrillers, or anyone who just enjoys
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Mattie
In this debut novel you will meet four very strong women. You will follow these women as the series unfolds. Each novel becomes stronger in character development. C J Lyons has a smooth flowing writing style that will keep your interest open to all the activity taking place. As an ER physician her medical authenticity is spot on! I am a retired nurse and the medical genre is one of my favorites. There are a few instances that are not believable, but I feel adds to the intrigue. I highly recommen ...more
Jocelyn
Fantastic read by CJ Lyons!!!!:)
Marcie
Too much romance for me, too. Quick easy reading.
Carmaletta Hilton
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Tracey Cramer-Kelly
As a former Army-trained paramedic, I love medical drama in just about any form. (My novel, Last Chance Rescue, takes place within a search-and-rescue team.) I also like mystery and romance, and this book has it all! Lydia makes a strong “heroine,” even as she struggles with her own doubts and past – and her feelings about getting involved with paramedic Trey. I got the other three female characters mixed up at times, so perhaps there were too many sub-stories going on… but that's why this is a ...more
Sarah Jan
This author writes really good reads - not award winning but good captivating stories - a little romance, a little mystery/thriller. I really enjoyed this one and will read #2
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