Gargoyles

Gargoyles

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by Alan Nayes
     
 

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Brilliant pre-med student Amoreena Daniels needs money. Desperately. Her mother is dying of cancer and her medical insurance has run out. When a seemingly perfect women's clinic offers Amoreena a generous payment for service as a surrogate mother, Amoreena thinks her prayers have been answered. But then--much too early--her baby begins to move.

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Brilliant pre-med student Amoreena Daniels needs money. Desperately. Her mother is dying of cancer and her medical insurance has run out. When a seemingly perfect women's clinic offers Amoreena a generous payment for service as a surrogate mother, Amoreena thinks her prayers have been answered. But then--much too early--her baby begins to move.

The strange dreams, another surrogate's mysterious death and a drug-addicted former medical intern confirm Amoreena's worst suspicions: there is something terribly wrong with the pregnancy. Amoreena embarks on a dangerous journey to uncover the truth behind the endless battery of genetic tests, sonograms and frightened patients, only to discover that she has unwittingly become a pawn in a high-stakes game of biomedical experimentation.

Aprox 106,000 words/400 pages

GARGOYLES is the first book in the RESURRECTION Trilogy series. Book Two is PLAGUE and Book Three is RESURRECTION.

Alan Nayes is the author of the love story BARBARY POINT and the horror/thriller THE UNNATURAL.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013612907
Publisher:
anayes.com
Publication date:
07/15/2011
Series:
Resurrection Trilogy , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
313,281
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Alan Nayes was born in Houston and grew up on the Texas gulf coast. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed biomedical thrillers, GARGOYLES and THE UNNATURAL. His most recent releases are BARBARY POINT, SMILODON, and GIRL BLUE. An avid outdoorsman and fitness enthusiast, he is one of only a few individuals to ever swim across Wisconsin’s chilly Lake Winnebago. When not working on his next project, he enjoys relaxing and fishing at the family vacation home in Wisconsin.

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Gargoyles 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
Amoreena Daniels is a top-of-the-class pre-med student and she¿s helping her mother fight a losing battle with cancer. On top of everything else her mother lets her health insurance lapse and now she¿s not covered for any of the expensive treatment for her cancer. What is a daughter to do? Well, Amoreena finds out about a surrogacy program and, after much thinking, signs a contract. Then finds out things aren¿t all what they seem to be. This book was an easy read for me. It flowed smoothly, the characters were well-fleshed and the story progressed in a timely manner without excess description. I had a hard time putting it down. I wanted to know what the heck was going on, so I was compelled to keep turning the pages. Alan Nayes dropped breadcrumbs to the mystery in well-timed proportions. In other words, before I got too frustrated in the unraveling and peeked ahead. A fine balancing act! The only problem I had was that Amoreena was an excellent pre-med student and she kept ignoring not only factual information about pregnancy in general, but her own gut feelings as well. I kept wanting to smack her upside the head, but it was only an occasional urge, so I was able, for the most part, to ignore it. All-in-all a most excellent read! I definitely look forward to reading more books by Alan Nayes.
Kande1 More than 1 year ago
Great sci fi book!...I could not put it down! Written so that you actually believe it could happen! Great book!
daisy72TS More than 1 year ago
This book is fast paced, you won't want to put it down! Many twists and turns to keep you guessing. Not the normal "cookie cutter" writer. It's engaging as well as makes you wonder what if....
Serenrhapsody More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful. A good read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fast paced thriller with topical and ethical dimensions. The book entertained while raising the subject of exploitation of women of the 3rd world, who commands medical care and at what cost. Great read!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Amoreena Daniels is a brilliant pre-med student needing a scholarship to attend med school so she works extraordinarily hard towards that goal. However, her idyllic world collapses when she learns her beloved mother Geneva suffers from cancer. Worse, Geneva used her small available cash to pay for Amoreena's education, leaving her without health insurance and little hope for the high cost treatment that might save her life.

However, to the rescue is Meechum Corporation¿s Women¿s Clinic who pays Amoreena fifty grand to serve as a surrogate mother. Soon her saviors come under suspicion for illegal medical practices by the once naive Amoreena. Whatever is inside her womb is growing at a humanly impossible rate and feels like it is ripping her up. When she complains, the clinic staff insists nothing is wrong and this is normal. Amoreena rejects the explanations even as she begins to receive weird warnings from female strangers. She vows to learn the truth not yet knowing how dangerous that endeavor is.

GARGOYLES is a well-written medical research thriller that, though it adds nothing new to the genre, will excite readers. The story line is loaded with action as even a person with Amoreena¿s background is caught up in the questionable activities of Meechum, leaving the audience to wonder about the average individual who gives God-like trust to the profession. There will be no naysayers to Alan Nayes¿ strong look at the ethics of modern day genetics claiming the betterment of humanity justifies the means.

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Butterfly828 More than 1 year ago
White knuckle, edge of your seat, OMG, what will happen next kind of book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a fast read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read Did not want to put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent medical thriller that is pretty darn belivable. Story has a good pace to it and decent characters and lots of action. If you enjoy Robin Cook, then this book is right up your alley. Pretty good way to spend an afternoon in the sun and can not wait for the next installment.
Jodi Clanton More than 1 year ago
The book has a interesting storyline and is fairly well written; however somethings are extremely drawn out. There is quite a lot of details put into things that are irrelevant to the story, a lot of "filler". I would recommend it to anyone who has time for 800+ pages.
SANDYSZ More than 1 year ago
A little to much discription at the beginning, but that was only a few pages, i would highly recommend it to anyone who likes medical thrillers, or just plain thrillers ,so i gave it 5 stars
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Shades of Robin Cook (with a soupcon of Michael Crichton). The first third or so of Gargoyles lays the groundwork for a formulaic thrill ride and deserves no more than three stars. Then, however, it takes off and earns the four stars you see given as it turns into a sleepless night inducing page-turner. There are a few nagging loose ends, particularly a couple toward the end -- you will know them when you read them -- that reduce the tension somewhat. The formulaic element both in plot and characterization keeps it from the five star level. Yet the fundamental questions it raises regarding questionable applications of medical research for profit are worth pondering.
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