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)
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.
No, I would not listen to Gravity again. It seems too far out of my realm and melo-dramatic. I certainly would not want to see the movie based on the book.
I have always enjoyed Tess Gerritsen before. This one just did not read like one of her books.
Perhaps that is the reason I did not feel attached to this book. I did not have a favorite character.
No, I listen when I am in the kitchen cooking and cleaning up. Generally, I listen in 15 to 20 minutes spurts that way if no one interrupts me. Having said that, even if I had been listening while driving my quarterly year trip (four 20 hour round trips a year) I would have chosen a different book to keep me company for the long drive.
Although it has the same name as the Sandra Bullock movie and features a female astronaut lost in space, it bares no relationship. It’s a medical thriller set on the space station where a mysterious illness causes everything to go wrong that could go wrong. I read it because Stephen King listed it as one of his favorite books. It was solid and exciting from start to finish, but not great by any stretch. Bechdel test: pass.
Yes I would, it was one of the best ever written by Tess.
It is hard to compare Tess's work with anyone else.
I have never been disapointed with anything written by Tess.
Having worked on the Shuttle program this was a fun reminder of a really great job in my life!
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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