Emma Watson, a brilliant research physician, has been training for years for the mission of a lifetime: to study living beings in space. Jack McCallum, Emma's estranged husband, has shared her dream of space travel, but a medical condition has grounded and embittered him. He must watch from the sidelines as his wife prepares for her first mission to the international Space Station.
Once aboard the space station, however, things start to go terribly wrong. A culture of single-celled organisms known as Archaeons, gathered from the deep sea, are to be monitored in the microgravity of space. The true and lethal nature of this experiment has not been revealed to NASA. In space, the cells rapidly multiply and soon begin to infect the crew - with agonizing and deadly results.
A recovery attempt ends in catastrophe: the NASA shuttle crashes, killing all onboard, and the space station is left dangerously crippled. Emma struggles to contain the deadly microbe, while back home, Jack and NASA work against the clock to retrieve Emma from space.
But there will be no rescue. The contagion now threatens Earth's population as well, and the astronauts are left stranded in orbit, quarantined aboard the station - where they are dying one by one....
Written with an exacting eye, Dr. Tess Gerritsen ensnares the imagination with Gravity, her most steely, unforgettable thriller yet.
©2010 Tess Gerritsen (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
"She is better than Plamer, better than Cook... yes, even better than Crichton." (Stephen King)
Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.
Don't confuse this with the hit movie starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
Emma Watson is a research doctor who has always dreamed of studying living things in space. She trains for years and finally realizes her dream. Emma's dreams come true and she finds herself at the international space station. Things start going wrong and Emma finds herself in space with deadly cells, dieing scientists, and the powers that be fighting to stop the crew from returning to earth with the deadly cells.
Once I started, there was no turning back. I listened to Gravity from start to finish in one day and enjoyed every minute! If you're looking for a fast paced book to grasp your every moment, this is it!
I loved this story! It started out a little slow on 1st couple of chapters, but it was a good story line. I wonder if there is going to be a 2nd book. I love her Rizzoli and isles stories too but this was different. I'd like more.
This was a very exciting read- great story, interesting twists, and the medical details spot on, which makes all the difference for me- I cannot stand reading a book when the author has inaccurate and silly medical details just to make the story do what they want. Highly recommended!!
Loved the story, totally engrossing. The narrator pronounced a large percentage of medical terms like he was reading them for the first time--any doctor could have helped him with correct pronunciation, making it less distracting to the medically trained listener.
I am 45 years old, married 25 years next June to my wonderful husband, and the proud mother of two boys.
An awesome book of twists and turns taking readers from deepest sea to outer space.
It was great to listen to a book that did not bore me to the point of death with minutiae of characters. It has a plot which is easy to follow and enough detail to make the plot plausible. It was fun and entertaining. Full of action, it was hard to put it down even though I anticipated the next misadventure in the story. The only drawback was that I could anticipate the next surprise.
"Excellent Story!! Couldn't put it down all day!!!"
Gripping intelligent detailed
I'm not sure if Alien is a book or not, but would compare it to that story. However, the detail, thought study and absolute hard work that must have been taken to create this is much more than impressive.
Far too many to choose from. The Narrator had an easy voice to listen too and the different voices he flows to and from so effortlessly sets him far above other Narrators.
When Emma Sent Lucus home and the dreadful turn of events there...don't want to spoil the book!
For the past year I have switched from reading to listening. I find audio books however to be difficult to find a good one. I go through a lot and the Narrator has the important role to either make or break a novel. This Narrator was EXCELLENT! The book came alive from the very beginning and it was an excellent performance. I honestly didn't think this kind of book was my thing but I loved it and had it playing all through the day, even cleaning my kitchen! I really never give reviews but I think this one definitely needs 5 stars and a big thumbs up!! Book lovers...you really need to delve it on this treasure of a novel!
Fastest I have ever gone through an audible book, non-stop what happens next. Close to believable.
Very disappointed by this audio book. It's not at all like Tess Gerritson's usual crime novels, which I love. You really need to be into Science Fiction to want to listen to this. Which I am not. Characters are too stero typical and left be cold. This book just reminded me of Aliens.
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