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Gravity Hardcover – 1 Sep 1999
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Tess Gerritsen used to be a doctor, so it comes as no great surprise that the medical parts of her latest thriller are very convincing, even if most of the action happens in a place where few doctors have ever practised--outer space.
Dr. Emma Watson and five other hand-picked astronauts are about to take part in the trip of a lifetime--studying living creatures in space. But an alien life form, found in the deepest crevices of the ocean floor is accidentally brought aboard the shuttle Atlantis. This mutated alien life form makes the creatures in Aliens look like backyard pets.
Soon the crew are suffering severe stomach pains, violent convulsions and eyes so bloodshot that a gallon of Optrex wouldn't help. Gerritsen brilliantly describes the difficulties of treating sick people inside a space module, and how the lack of gravity affects the process of taking blood and inserting a nasal tube. Dr. Watson does her best, but her colleagues die off one by one and the people at NASA don't want to risk bringing the platform back to Earth. Only Emma's husband, a doctor/astronaut, refuses to give up on her. As we read along, eyes popping out of their sockets, all that's missing is one of those bland NASA voices saying, "Houston, we have a problem--we're being attacked by tiny little creatures that are part human, part frog and part mouse."
Stephen King Tess Gerritsen is an automatic must-read in my house; what Anne Rice is to vampires, Gerritsen is to the tale of medical suspense. She is better than Palmer, better than cook...yes, even better than Crichton. If you've never read Gerritsen, figure in the price of electricity when you buy your first novel by her...'cause baby, you are going to be up all night.See all Product description
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Gravity moves between the Space Station and Earth. While Emma Watson has more than enough on her plate to deal with in space, her soon to be ex-husband Jack McCullum, a failed astronaut, is about to have his relationship to NASA as space surgeon renewed. Emma is going to need all the help she can get.
Meanwhile, on the Space Station, the organism is loose. At first, the little green globules floating in the Station's atmosphere seem innocuous; nothing more serious than escaped drips of juice or shed drops of blood. But then the eyes begin to redden, the sickness comes, the headaches and the fever. The big threat to the crew doesn't come from the living sufferers, though, it comes from the dead.
Gravity is an addictive novel. It has all the ingredients for a page turning horror thriller in space - claustrophobia, a diminishing number of victims, suspicion, intriguing science and, this above all else, gore by the bucketload. Tess Gerritsen knows her stuff. The medical details are thorough (as to be expected from Gerritsen's background) but this is backed up by the meticulous research into late 20th-century space exploration. The text is littered with acronyms and technical speak - fortunately, there's a glossary at the end - and this adds to the reader's sense of immersion (not to mention claustrophobic panic).
While I was fascinated by Gravity, I was tempted to put it to one side half way through. It is exceedingly gory and bloodily revolting. There are only so many exploding brains I can cope with. But the second half upped the pace, turning Gravity from a succession of unpleasant deaths into a tale of survival. We become caught up in Jack's determined efforts to get Emma home and from that moment on Gravity becomes a page turner of the highest order.
I'm not an astronaut(!) But I felt I was there, very well written and couldn't put it down - I even had it on my kindle app at work so I could carry on reading whilst looking like I was doing something useful!
As I said I don't think the synopsis does this book justice. Congrats to the author, a very well researched book, a great read and I would thoroughly recommend it. Very well done, i look forward to the next book
I've since seen the film 'Gravity' (you know, the one with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock) and was hoping - when I heard it was being released - that the story would be based on this book. Unfortunately not, and believe me it could have used it. As much as it was interesting to watch Bullock's character try to survive a series of life-threatening events, the story lacked an emotional connection that the book provided.
I found it a real page turner and found it hard to put down during my summer holiday. An enjoyable, gripping, thoroughly good read.
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Totally gripping to the last page.
A 'must read' story. If I was wearing a hat I would doff it to Tess Gerritsen.
The plot was addictive and complex one of her best
Very easy to read and well worth the money.