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Embryo (A Rainey & Levine Thriller #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,571 Ratings  ·  203 Reviews
"Maria Moran's first inkling of trouble was the coppery taste in her mouth. It came suddenly, a rushing whoosh of something that made her gag, and when she reached to wipe her mouth, her hand came away smeared with blood."

So begins this thriller about a young intern, Jill Raney, determined to investigate tragedies and terror at a famous fertility and genetic engineering h
Kindle Edition, First Edition, 235 pages
Published May 18th 2012 by Amazon Digital Services (first published May 7th 2012)
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Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
I am not sure what to rate this one. On the plus side it was full of action and was a quick, entertaining read. On the other hand it was way over the top with medical silliness. God help any of us who end up in a hospital where the staff behave the way these do. And then the ending. Wave to the happy smiling fetus everyone. Really? Without that last bit I would have given this book 3 stars. With it I can only manage two.
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm a huge fan of medical thrillers - even more than legal and police procedurals, which I love. When Robin Cook, Tess Gerritsen, Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs come out with new books, I'm chomping at the bit to get my eyes on them. This one was offered free on BookBub last April, and after reading the description I decided to take a chance despite a few less-than-glowing reviews (actually, the number of 5-star ratings far outweighed the 1-stars - 402 to 14 at the time of this writing, and ...more
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller

This is a very enjoyable fast paced medical thriller. Set in a busy New York city hospital, new Obs-Gyn intern Jill Raney is concerned at the number of maternal deaths and fetal abnormalities turning up at the hospital. Raising her suspicions with the senior staff leads her into all sorts of trouble, putting both her career and life in danger.

My only slight quibble with the novel is that some of the science was a bit dodgy (view spoiler)
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This medical thriller by debut author Joyce Schneider is brilliant! I could not put it down, and am so glad I read it!

The book begins with a happy, very pregnant Maria Moran about to cross the street at the traffic lights, when she became aware of something wrong. Suddenly her mouth was filled with blood, she felt dizzy and disorientated, and labour was instantly upon her.

On arrival at the famous fertility hospital, Dr David Levine and his colleagues were stunned by her diagnosis. And so began a
Fiona (Titch) Hunt
This was recommended to me by a friend who has read all the books so far (number 5 is out soon).

It starts off really good and the pace for the book is brilliant. The characters make you believe you are with them throughout the whole ordeal. The author has certainly done her work when it comes to the medical stuff to do with In vitro and fertility things.

I felt sorry for the main character who was doing all she could to find out why babies and their mothers was dying. It made you think you was g
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
WOW if you like thrillers and medical type suspense books, then this is for you. I was thrilled and consumed at the same time. The book starts with a main character that has guts, brains, and a keen sense for sniffing out trouble. I will admit I was scared to death with the first hospital admit. It is the kind of book that makes you think. Usually we reflect on the ob office as a bad place. Whop likes to go there? nobody I know. For Jill at this stage in her career she is experienced and knows s ...more
Karen B.
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of reviews of this book before picking it up, both positive and negative. I had a gotten a copy of "Embryo 5 Silver Girl" through my Kindle Unlimited membership, but after reading a few pages realized I realized I needed to go back to the beginning to understand what was happening. I am not a medical expert. I am a reader who enjoys good fiction and this is one good book! Not since Robin Cook's COMA have I been so "on the edge of my seat" caught up in a medical thriller. There may b ...more
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I wasn't sure what to expect coming into this book. The action picked up quickly, and sadly so did the medical jargon. However, I've seen enough medical drama and documentaries to hobble along and look up the few things I missed. Some of the plot twists were nice and unsuspected and others rather clichéd, but finally arrived at a sadly rather predictable climax, with a telegraphed final plot twist. I found the resolution to be a little far fetched, and I find myself curious where the main charac ...more
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
"Embryo" is a medical mystery with a side of romance.

The story does contain medical jargon; however, it is fairly well explained even for the layperson.

Story pace starts off normal then accelerates with the action.

The characters are well written and realistic. No one character is too perfect or too evil.

Without giving away any plot points, the plot carries well throughout the book and ties together well.

Overall, definitely an enjoyable read.
Victor *we were on a break!*
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
“Studies have shown that babies can be taught in utero! You play Mozart and Beethoven loud enough for them to hear. This enhances both their artistic and math abilities, isn’t that amazing?”

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 th
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Jill Raney is a promising intern at one of the most prestigious hospitals in the country. She works hard and is determined to make a name for herself. She keeps her head down and does as she is told. That is until strange things start to happen. Healthy women are losing babies at every turn, some even losing their own lives. Pregnant women are being murdered and other women are disappearing. Jill is the only one who seems to care about what is going on, positive something foul is at play. But wh ...more
Crystal Serowka
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
After reading Embryo, I had to take a breath. This was definitely one of the most intense books I've read in a long time. What would you do if you knew that embroyo's could be farmed and made to become super humans?

Jill Raney is a young intern, still learning the ropes of the hospital. She's focused and determined to make it to the top. Her dedication to her own career is faltered a bit as she becomes increasingly obsessed with suspicious happenings going on with pregnant woman in the hospital.
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I've just got to say that this book was a great find. I love books in the medical thriller/mystery genre and this one did NOT disappoint. I'm a big fan of Dr. Robin Cook, Michael Crichton, Michael Palmer and Tess Gerritsen and the medical thrillers they write. Maybe it comes from working in a hospital setting for 36 years where you see so much going on and the docs are "gods". This novel was very reminiscent of Coma by Robin Cook which was my first taste of this genre. Since then I have read all ...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Lately, getting me to give a 5* rating is not easy.
First of all, I expect very good writing, a plot line that is either fresh and new or written at an angle to the same-ole'-same old. Then I also expect to be entertained.

This book did exactly that. It has a touch of Michael Palmer in the conspiracy behind the medical fields in it. The romance, thank goodness is present and adds to the story line which it never ever overshadows, the book as a type of Grey's Anatomy feel to it in the beginning wi
Trista Borgwardt
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: medical-thriller
In this suspense filled Medical Thriller we are introduced to Jill, who is an intelligent intern on the OB/GYN floor at a prestigious hospital. Jill immediately picks up on the fact that something is just not right. Too many tragedies pile up and Jill begins to investigate. The more Jill questions, the more of a threat she becomes for whoever is behind the ill fate of several woman and their infants.

Despite being attacked and threatened, she doesn't give up. She will get to the bottom of what is
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Starts out with a BANG and never stops!!
This book deserves more than 5 stars!!! Embryo is an incredibly well written and fast-paced, heart thumping medical thriller. Mixing fact with fiction, it is a thrill ride that should not be missed! I was very intrigued by the concept for this book, but was blown away at the authors vision for the book. There was a time, about a quarter of the way through, where I had to stop reading - the book upset me that much. I was not upset in a bad way though. I wa
Sophie Bristow Harris
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review is from: EMBRYO (Kindle Edition)

Joyce Schneider's debut novel "Embryo" grabbed me right from the start.

It began with a shocking occurrence and just kept going and going with

more and more thrilling events.
I really liked the main character ~

Jill, a young doctor. She was a bright, headstrong lead who could stand

on her own feet and fight for her beliefs.
There were fights, amorous

scenes and pure nail biting tension! I really enjoyed the novel and

could see the author has really researched
Nov 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I hardly ever go lower than a 2-star review, but I could only muster a 1.5 at best for this story! To give the author some credit, I'm clearly not her target audience as I've worked in all of the specialties that are featured in this book, and I found the medicine and science depicted to be barely passable for the true realities of those fields. But apart from the glaring 'special interest' inconsistencies that I doubt many readers will care about, the love story (if we can even call
Angel Gelique
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: medical-thriller
This was an incredible story about a medical intern, Jill Raney, who grows increasingly curious after noticing an unusually high incidence of fetal death and abnormalities. Jill becomes consumed by her mission to uncover the truth about what happened in a few recent cases. She discovers that women have been exploited--used as unwilling participants in unethical human research. Further probing provides Jill with the answers she's been searching for, but also places her life in danger. Will she su ...more
Linda Branich
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I do not want to give away too much of this medical thriller, but...if you are into what-ifs books, this is the one for you. What if the main plot really was taking place right now? It may already be happening or in the works!

Genetic engineering, chromosome snipping, IVF, human fetus experimentation, murder, attempted murder, a little'll find this and more as a Resident and an Intern in a teaching hospital begin to question the increasing number of undesirable outcomes from pregnan
Robin Lynne Rogers
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
not bad!! gonna get the next one!
Maurice Y Khang
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Thriller

Love the characters and the twisty and twisted ending. You cant find a more exciting medical thriller about a controversial subject.
Amy Bol
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very well done! It takes an amazing amount of technical knowledge to make this type of book believable and this author did it!
J.A. Schneider
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Incredibly gripping. Makes you think long after you've finished this thriller.
Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
As originally posted on MIna's Bookshelf
In its ambition to treat human infertility and genetic disorders, Madison Hospital Medical Center has pioneered advanced and acclaimed techniques for the early diagnosis and treatment of birth defects and inherited diseases. But in doing so, it may have crossed the line of what is considered ethically legitimate. When in less than twenty four hours, four different OB/GYN patients see their pregnancies and their li
Jeri Walker
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
How much should scientists tinker with Mother Nature? This question drives the action of J.A. Schneider’s medical thriller Embryo. After witnessing two tragic, and gory, delivery mishaps, medical intern Jill Raney begins to suspect a connection between the cases. What she discovers leads to the book’s shocking conclusion.

Along the way, Jill and her resident supervisor, David Levine, experience a growing attraction. She’s on the fast track in the medical field and lucky to be interning at a hospi
By: J.A. Schneider
Published By: Amazon Digital Services
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

'Embryo' by J.A.Schneider was a good thriller with plenty of mystery on who was the bad person doing all this sick stuff to these women. We find Dr. Jill Raney who was a intern and was 'determined to investigates tragedies and terror at a famous fertility and genetic engineering' at Madison Hospital Medical Center in New York City.' Then their is Dr. David Levin who is Jill's resi
Solitaire Parke
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"Embryo" by Joyce Schneider is a medical thriller where science, basic human rights and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein meet at a crossroads. Genetic alteration at the fetus level may sound like science fiction, but not after you read this book. The story is frightening, even the thought of the story is frightening and ultimately, the author makes you believe that all of it could happen tomorrow. The book is fast paced, technical and yet gritty, all at the same time.

The characters are extremely wel
Laurie Hanan
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: just-finished
I generally enjoy a good medical horror so I looked forward to reading this book. The first thing that turned me off was the frequent misuse of common words. One can excuse a few typos, but it disturbs me when an author doesn’t grasp the meaning of the words she chooses to use. I am not a fan of the semi colon to begin with, but this author uses semi colons improperly over and over. There are so many characters, named with first and last name, I couldn’t keep them straight in my mind. And too ma ...more
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