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The Procedure [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Belle
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Book Description

Unmarried and unwilling to wait for Mr. Perfect, Melanie Allen decides it’s time to have a child and enters the infertility program at the Upstate Family Clinic in Syracuse, New York; a decision that will cost her dearly.

Melanie’s horrifying journey starts, as do all roads to Hell, with good intentions. In this case, it’s an act of kindness, as she offers to lend a much needed hand at the clinic, which is owned and run by the famous infertility specialist, Dr. Reed Neumann.

Almost immediately, Melanie senses that the clinic has dark secrets, and before long is unearthing evidence of Neumann’s terrifying research and medical procedures. Before she is through, Melanie discovers the worst secret of all – that Neumann’s evil deeds reach all the way back to her own home and her own family.

Follow this 28-year-old single mother as she attempts to wrestle herself from the clutches of the doctor she once idolized and save herself and her family from the terrifying future he had planned for them. Be there as Melanie shockingly comes into contact with long-dead victims of the doctor and learn how they are able to reach across the divide between spiritual and physical worlds to help, as Melanie faces evil in its truest form.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 557 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008QGJ1K0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #360,115 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Read..... 2 Nov. 2012
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I downloaded this a freebie and really enjoyed it. Melanie and her twin sister were IVF babies conceived at an IVF clinic run by doctor Neumann.When Melanie wants to start a family of her own she also has IVF there and gives birth to a little boy.
Several years later when Melanie is having a check up Doctor Neumann reveals he is looking for a temporary receptionist and feeling like she owes him she offers to take the position. Once there she suspects something is wrong. Why can't she find the files on herself, her sister and her son? What is the secret that Doctor Neumann is hiding in building number 10 and why is no one allowed to go in there?
The closer Melanie gets to the truth the more danger she finds herself in.
I found this an enjoyable read although at times I did feel like screaming at Melanie to leave things alone as I felt the lengths she went to find out the truth went a little too far sometimes.
I look foward to reading more of Margaret's work in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 9 Oct. 2012
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Downloaded this for free from Amazon with no great expectations. Loved the book and read it almost in a single sitting. At one stage, I thought that the author perhaps had too many balls in the air at once and that they would all come crashing down in a disappointing fashion. It didn't happen as she handled the plot very well and kept the tension until the end. My only complaint is that there isn't another Margaret Belle book to download at the moment!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wasted potential 17 Jan. 2013
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I downloaded this book for free, so part of me feels a bit guilty at leaving a negative review. On the other hand, I see it is now on sale at a non-bargain price, so here goes....

If I had to sum up this book in one word, I think I would choose "ridiculous" or maybe "ludicrous", or maybe just plain "silly". It most definitely requires the reader to suspend any sort of disbelief in order to get through the novel

I don't want to give too much of the plot away, just in case you decide to read the book. But in a nutshell, we are supposed to believe that (a) IVF / test tube baby technology was secretly invented and being used by a dodgy doctor in the States nearly a decade before it was officially launched in the UK in 1978 (b) that a succession of women were recipients of this technology and the news didn't leak out and (c) that said evil genius of a doctor then thought it would be a great idea to invite one of the most annoying heroines I've ever encountered to work in his office and then be surprised when she starts snooping around trying to uncover his secrets

Suffice to say that the book is pretty much scene after scene of 'I was really scared / knew this was dangerous / knew the only sensible thing was to run away....But what the heck, I'll just put myself in danger time after time after time". Believe me, this gets very tedious very quickly!

The sad thing is that the premise of the book is mildly interesting (though not particularly original), but any potential has been well and truly spoiled by such a silly narrative and unbelievable characters

If you can pick this up for free, you might want to give it a go. Otherwise.... You have been warned!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written, edge of seat stuff! 29 Dec. 2012
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I bought this book from, the cover and blurb attracted me. Looking at the cover I obviously thought the book was about someone who was pregnant and I wanted to know what the "procedure" was.
Wow the "procedure" was sinister, strange, futuristic....words cannot describe!
I need to be careful as I really don't want to give any spoilers or even clues away. I want you to read the book and be shocked, surprised and on the edge of your seat in the way I was when reading this brilliant book. Margaret Belle writes this book so well, as things are revealed you think back to prior chapters and realise there were little clues pointing you in the right direction all the time. You make the mysterious and sinister discoveries along with the main character Melanie.
Melanie innocently offers to help out at a fertility treatment clinic when the Doctor there tells her they are short staffed. Due to the treatment at the clinic she has her wonderful son Eric, so she feels it only right that she volunteers to cover for the receptionist that will be away. Naturally Melanie is curious about such a renowned clinic. Melanie also feels a little uneasy about her last appointment, so she does exactly what the majority of us would do given the opportunity, she searches for her file to check it out for herself. When she can't find her file, she looks for her twin sister Maddy's file, which also seems to be missing. Melanie then searches for Eric's file, which is also missing.....with her interest piqued Melanie's search takes her deeper and deeper into files and computer data bases. Melanie finds her access is restricted, so she has to find ways around the system....and can hardly believe what she actually finds.....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Morbidly fascinating 21 Oct. 2012
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Melanie Allen has an ancestry she knows nothing about, neither does her identical twin sister Maddy. She knows they were IVF babies conceived at Dr Reed Neumann's infertility clinic, and that their parents are now dead, killed in a car accident.

The twins are apparently sterile, so when Melanie wanted a baby, feeling that the time was right, she went back to see her regular OBGYN, Dr Neumann for treatment. After the birth of Eric, her son, Melanie goes back for regular checkups, and on one of these, Dr Neumann tells her he needs someone to replace his receptionist for a week, and asks if she knows anyone.

Melanie sets a catastrophic train of events in motion when she offers herself and Dr Neumann agrees. It's in her search for information about her and Maddy's birth, and that of her son, that her suspicions are aroused and she determines to dig until she finds out what is behind the mysterious clinic.

Dr Neumann is helped at the clinic by three men: his computer nerd son Philip, maintenance guy Robert who is all brawn and no brain, and John who is head of security. These men, who come to play a key part in Melanie's time at the clinic, are also unaware as to their origins.

The reader is gradually made aware that a prehistoric family killed in an ice-storm and much later uncovered by hikers, Dr Neumann and 2 colleagues are part of the mystery, especially as Melanie has disconcerting visions of them at key moments.

The threads do come together, and after being kept in suspense (though with our suspicions), Melanie's reckless risk-taking is rewarded with answers.

It's in fact only by understanding who she is, finally, that the reader understands why she behaves as she does.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An all night page turner
The Procedure by Margaret Belle

Melanie Allen wants a child, but not a relationship. She goes to a fertility clinic to fulfill her needs. Dr. Reed Neumann is her answer. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sheri A. Wilkinson
1.0 out of 5 stars Laughable!
The idea was quite interesting, but the main character, Mel, was totally unbelievable as a heroine because she was so utterly stupid time after time, and much of the plot was... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
An easy read. Not the most exciting story but good to pass the time. There was a nice ending to it though.
Published 22 months ago by Mrs. K. M. Barber
3.0 out of 5 stars Ran out of steam
This book started well but I quickly got bored of it. I love medical thrillers but this just didn't grab me.
Published on 14 April 2013 by beefley
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Loved this book! Got it on free download, read it in one sitting! ,,,,,,,, , , , , , ,
Published on 1 April 2013 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars THE PROCEDURE
An easy read but good ORIGINAL and different storyline. Felt it could have been developed further. Worth a look though
Published on 25 Mar. 2013 by Mrs C Kennedy
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
Potential for a good book but too short to fit in enough detail to be a good read. The main character isn't believable and I'm glad I downloaded this as a freebie.
Published on 18 Mar. 2013 by Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars The procedure
I thought the story would be completely different from what it was. I was pleasantly surprised. Made me want to read more.
Published on 3 Mar. 2013 by Yvonne Covington
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but...
I couldn't fully get into the story and found the plot and Melanie's actions and thought process too unrealistic to the point of ridiculous. Read more
Published on 13 Feb. 2013 by Melita
2.0 out of 5 stars i see what you tried to do there
i found the general storyline really interesting so i kept reading ... but it didn't feel natural(no pun inted) and as others have said, the responses to situations isn't normal... Read more
Published on 12 Feb. 2013 by slt
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