I am a fan of Tess Gerritson books in general and was given this one at Christmas.
It is unlike any of her books i have read which are usually set in Hospitals and general crimes. This book is all about NASA, Space and astronauts. It took me a little while to get into it and get a grasp of all the new terms and phrasology (there is a glossary of terms at the back of the book, but it is hard to keep flipping back and forth and keep up with the story!). I decided that some things weren't worth learning and if it wasn't relevant to me understanding the story i could live with not knowing what the abbreviation meant so glossed over it!
About a third of the way through i was gripped, nauseas and terrified!
The story is about the crew of a Space station with an experiment gone bad. A deadly alien lifeform has been brought aboard the space station and is causing the crew to get very unwell, in a very gruesome manner before dying one by one. NASA wants to bring them home, but powers beyond their control won't let them. What is the deadly virus and will the crew get home without infecting the world?
I really enjoyed this book after getting into it and it is well worth the read. Stick with it!
When I bought this book I was just looking quickly for a book, I needed to pick one quickly and this looked like the best of a bad bunch. It was also because I had read one of Gerritsens books before, this was 'The apprentice.'
Basically what happens is An alien ornganism, known as 'chimera,' is released unknowingly into an international space programme. This chimera feeds off animal life sources and adopts the DNA to be able to evolve into the ultimate life form. This all happens in Space. The story is told by many different characters, although the main character seems to be a woman, Emma, a doctor, trying to stop the infection, but also trying to get Home. Although the US government end up getting involved.
I found this book to be compelling and an interesting read, it kept you guessing at points, although some bit seemed like too much of a coincidence. The book seemed to be brilliant at ticking all of the 'medical suspense' criteria. mThe medical knowledge is extensive, the astronaught language also.
Although the book is a very interesting read, it is let down by the ending, as with every book I have read by Tess Gerritsen (I have read more after Gravity, The sinner, also a good book), The climax is cut short. Just when you get into the thick of the action, Gerritsen has finished the chapter, and we then end up '3 weeks later' or just after all the action, And I find this slightly annoying, as She often only takes literally a paragraph to describe what has happened.
Other than this, I would say this is definitely a good read, despite the quick ending.