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Donantes (Medical Thrillers #1)

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When Robin Cook wrote Coma in 1977, the idea of hospital patients being incubated for their vital organs sounded like science fiction. Twenty years later, this gripping thriller about a thriving international black market in human hearts, livers and kidneys could come from tomorrow's "Nightline." Author Gerritsen was an internist before she switched her energies to writing...more
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Published August 28th 1999 by Emece Editores (first published January 1996)
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Dr Abby DiMatteo felt like she was in a good place; a second year resident at Bayside Hospital, and working with the elite cardiac transplant team – she was just beginning to feel that all her hard work, the study, the years of staying at home when her friends went out partying and her huge student debt; it was all worth it.

With the devastating loss of a female car crash victim, brain dead but healthy in every other aspect it meant, with the husband’s permission, the heart was ready to be harve...more
Harvest was recommended to me by a visitor to my site. Thanks, I enjoyed it.
Oftentimes when you read a novel about the profession in which the author was, at least you'll get an in depth perspective of that area.
In this case, the medical profession. Harvest focuses on organ
transplants, and the story involves organ donation on the black market.

Interesting stuff, and a very readable and exciting story. It would
appeal to just about anyone with an interest in this. All in all, a pretty formulatic...more
Abby de Mateo is a second year resident at a big Boston hospital.She is very excited to be offered a place on the cardiac transplantation team and has a bright future ahead of her. But Abby soon realises that something is terribly wrong with the transplant team. Heart transplants don't always seem to be going to the most deserving patients and there is a mystery over where some donor hearts are being collected. When she starts to investigate she finds a conspiracy against her and is not even sur...more
This is Tess Gerritsen's first medical thriller, prior to this she wrote romance. Gerritsen a Doctor, left her profession to concentrate on writing & raising her children. I laughed out loud at the manner in which Tess reports on her blog, the awful comments she gets from fans who love her medical thrillers then sample her romance novels. She tells writers and I think this applies to readers as well - "be prepared when you switch genres."
"Thriller writers hunger for respect from the mystery...more
Reading this book makes me feel like my neck being squeezed. The pressure keeps building page by page. Now I'm nearing suffocation. But it's a good suffocation. I don't know. Maybe I'm experiencing literary erotic aphyxiation. While dying to be released of this torture, I still want more. Gerritsen doesn't hold back on grusome. Abby was deliberately/wrongfully accused of mentally unstable. I suspect she would actually be so for real after the ordeal she suffers at the end of the book. The villai...more
Totally captivating story...Tess Gerritson tells a good medical thriller story time and again, being a physician herself makes the descriptions seem so real. I have read lots of her books, and each time, they keep me reading and I have to force myself to stop and turn out the light at night. Good read.
Abby is a second year surgical intern at Bayside medical center, and is finally getting to where she wants to be in her career. So when a heart becomes available she assumes it will go to the deathly ill 17 year old boy who is crashing multiple times a day and has minimal time left to live. Instead, she's told it'll be going to a 46 year old woman, who is a private patient. Suspicious that she's only getting it because of her money, Abby makes sure the heart gets transplanted to the boy instead....more
Linda Robinson
Maybe I'll break my rule about reading the first novel by an author I haven't read before. The first is new work, a writer getting their writing muscles warmed up, the first editorial relationship tested, working arrangements, word choices being set like a table for a fancy dinner. This first novel has no tablecloth and plastic forks; we know the set-up, the bad guys, and the outcome way too soon. There's a weird typo missed in a sentence early on that read "opened the 'chest,'" instead of "char...more
Terri Lynn
I can't believe I read this in less than 24 hours. All 344 pages! This story was so good and so fast-paced, I couldn't stop.

Tess Gerritsen, like another favorite of mine Robin Cook, is a physician so writing a medical mystery comes natural to her.

Dr. Abby DiMatteo is a second year resident at Boston's Bayside Hospital. After 4 years of college and 4 years of medical school, she is finally getting to do what she longed to do since losing her beloved little brother as a child- surgery. She is al...more
This book was absolutely fabulous. I was looking for something gritty when i went to the book store and the people were suggesting stuff and i decided to take this book. Then i started reading it and it was even better then what i had hoped for. For all those people who like their medical dramas, ie. ER, chicago hope, grey's anatomy, this book is 10 times better then those shows will ever be, even when they are in their peak air times. This book is down right dirty. Surgeons using words like 'cu...more
Sandy Vaughan
By Tess Gerritsen
Narrated by George Guidall
Length:12 hrs and 30 mins
Release Date:04-22-11

You should know that my dad was an Army doctor and I have probably spent almost as much time in them as out! We were both mystery lovers so this had to be one of my choices.

It got my husband and I a bit confused with some of the scene changes and who is or isn't there but that is kind of the fun of a mystery. Will it all come together in the end? While we figured out who was what and why, there w...more
Thom Swennes
Harvest is a great read! The book gives the reader a view of transplant surgery with a twist as only Tess Gerritsen can. If she practiced medicine as well as she can write a really great story then the medical world has lost a treasure. Her knowledge of medicine and the hospital OR makes her stories all the more believable. Harvest is the story of Dr. Abby DiMatteo, a second year surgical resident. Her decision to do what her heart tells her gets her into more trouble than she (or the reader) co...more
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Wiebke (1book1review)
First of I have to say this is a genre I don't normally read and have little interest in. So my review is biased by this. My criticism might be something you like and appreciate about the genre.

For me reading this was very slow, I couldn't get interested in the characters, as they were mere stock figures, who had nothing new to offer.
The story itself was hard to get invested in as well, due to it's extreme predictability.
Apart from the last 40 pages I didn't feel any attempt at suspense and acti...more
Judy Hall
Abby DiMatteo is a surgical resident who agrees to help the senior resident make sure a patient gets a heart after a rich man tries to move his wife up the recipient list. When they're caught Vivian Chao loses her job and Abby finds herself under siege with lawsuits. Then she's suspected of murdering one of her patients. Meanwhile, Yakov, a one handed throwaway child from Latvia finds himself on a boat off the coast of America, as one by one, the other boys are taken off to their "new families"....more
A really good medical thriller. This is only my second Gerritsen novel (I also enjoyed "Life Support"), but I too think her writing style keeps you interested in the storyline, while her characters make you care what happens next! Good stuff
A well written medical thriller centering on illegal black market organ harvests in a hospital system rotten to the core. Full of suspense and intrigue and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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Such a great book, I really liked the authors style. I will definitely be reading more of her books in the future!
Katherine Robinson
Really enjoyed this! Can't wait to read another Tess book.
The story was totally decent and interesting but the main character was a little too run of the mill and the prose had a tendency to be sentimental. The russian boys were way more engaging of course that side of the story has the same themes as "Never Let Me Go" but does not hold a candle to that book so I guess I can see why that was not the main focus of the book though it still would have made it better.

Maybe some people find the medical jargon and terminology exciting or something but to me...more
Another great one by Tess Gerritsen! Dr. Abby DiMatteo a 2nd year resident at Bayside Hospital in Boston was selected for the position on the cardiac transplant team – a tight knit boys club of the best doctors/surgeons in the hospital.

Abby and the Chief Resident on Call Vivian Chao make a split second decision to save a 17 year old boys life by granting him the heart of a women who was in a horrific car accident that left her brain dead – even though the heart was ‘promised’ to the well to do w...more
I thought this book made things pretty simple to guess where they were going. In the beginning we are introduced to some poor Russian (Latvian) street kids and they are "purchased" by a man and woman, two questionable characters, with a story about taking the kids to America for adoption. Please raise your hand if you didn't buy that story either.
The real key was wondering exactly how the title would be worked in: what exactly are we harvesting? When we are introduced to Dr. Abby DiMatteo, who...more
The first of Gerritsen's books I've read that was not a part of her Rizzoli and Isles series. The book featured a second year resident named Abby DiMatteo who helps steal a heart from one transplant patient to another. (Both were critical, but only the teenage boy was coding every half hour) With her job on the line, Abby was shocked when another heart appeared for the other patient within two days. And when a mysterious postop fever appears in the patient, Abby can't find the papers that prove...more
Paperback version: 501 pages
Genre: Horror, Medical, Crime,
Rating: *****

Brief Synopsis:

Abbie DiMatteo has just landed her dream job, a resident at Bayside Hospital training with some of the best to achieve her dream of becoming a doctor or surgeon.

However not long into the job. The problems begin. Ostrasised by staff and members of the public after choosing to give a heart to someone she considers in more need than the other who is supposed to be having the heart but only because she's from a ric...more
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Sonia Cristina
Já conhecia Tess Gerritsen da série Rizzoli & Isler. Este foi o primeiro livro individual que li, que até dos mais antigos da autora e fica provado que esta autora tem talento desde o início.

Abby é médica-residente e é confrontada com uma situação em que tem de optar por orientar um coração para um jovem de 17 anos, internado há 1 mês no hospital, ou para uma mulher rica que nunca viu e nem sequer está internada. Esta decisão vai colocar em causa a carreira de Abby que, de repente, se vê vít...more
Just when I thought I’d lost the power to be shocked or grossed out by a piece of writing, a game, or a movie/television show, along comes Harvest. I’m not a regular reader of Tess Gerritsen, though I have read one other novel by her (The Sinner). Apparently, Harvest was her first novel. I will have to say that it was far superior to the other one I read.

The novel’s title comes from the process of surgically removing organs from donors (harvesting) to transplant into recipients. The mystery invo...more
This was completely what I needed. After going through a phase of picking up and discarding books, I didn't have high hopes for this. But within pages I was hooked and devoured the lot in a couple of days.

The story follows Abby Di Matteo, a surgical student trying to balance her life in and out of the hospital. When she makes a decision to help a fellow surgeon make sure a donated heart goes to a very sick young man, she knows that she is risking her career. But the repercussions are huge - the...more
Steven Brandt
First, let me explain that medical dramas are not my bag. I never liked watching them on TV, with the exception of Quincy M.E., and I never thought I would enjoy reading one either. The only reason I came across Harvest at my library is because I was browsing the online catalog for audiobooks narrated by George Guidall. Even with a narrator like Guidall, I didn’t think I would like this audiobook.

Boy was I wrong! Tess Gerritsen grabbed my attention right away with a scene of some young Russian...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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“God, it's like reality's completely shifted on me. I used to think I was standing on such solid ground. If I wanted something badly enough, I just worked like hell for it. Now I can't decide what to do, which move to make. All the things I counted on aren't there for me anymore.” 20 likes
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