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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (Aug. 25 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765300109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765300102
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,366,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Gargoyles, by Alan Nayes, his first book (two more on the way). I loved it! Good, short prologue, he grabs the reader's interest immediately. Sympathetic characters in desperate situations with real problems. Their stories grab you by the heart and you are on a runaway train. It's a fast, edge of the seat, heart in the mouth ride with a satisfying conclusion.
This is about surrogate mothers, bioengineering, cloning and a greedy pharmaceutical corporation. Plenty of ambiance, the setting is southern California, south, through Mexico to Guatemala.
You know what's so scary about all this? It is just too possible, it is no longer in the realm of science fiction! Think about it. Fish genes in tomatoes, human genes in both pigs and cattle. I clipped all that from the newspapers and saved it. Only God knows what else they are doing - with humans and cloning.
Fiction writers have always led the pack when it comes to informing the public of something they need to become aware of, and Nayes has done a good job.
Alan Nayes is a gifted new writer of medical thrillers. Like Robin Cook, he writes what he knows, and he, too, is in medicine.
With Nayes' expertise in the field in which he writes, and his writing ability, Gargoyles should be a best seller the first time out.
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It's nearly impossible to put down author Alan Nayes' Gargoyles once begun: a too-realistic plot tells of a college woman seeking money to treat her terminally ill mother. The only way she can earn big bucks fast is by answering a clinic's ad to become a surrogate - but when she begins to suspect the nature of her unborn child, danger strikes. Intriguing ethical and moral questions continue in unexpected directions right up to the final, satisfyingly surprising, conclusion.
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Amoreena Daniels is a brilliant pre-med student needing a scholarship to attend med school so she works extraordinarily hard towards that goal. However, her idyllic world collapses when she learns her beloved mother Geneva suffers from cancer. Worse, Geneva used her small available cash to pay for Amoreena's education, leaving her without health insurance and little hope for the high cost treatment that might save her life.
However, to the rescue is Meechum Corporation's Women's Clinic who pays Amoreena fifty grand to serve as a surrogate mother. Soon her saviors come under suspicion GARGOYLES for illegal medical practices by the once naive Amoreena. Whatever is inside her womb is growing at a humanly impossible rate and feels like it is ripping her up. When she complains, the clinic staff insists nothing is wrong and this is normal. Amoreena rejects the explanations even as she begins to receive weird warnings from female strangers. She vows to learn the truth not yet knowing how dangerous that endeavor is.
GARGOYLES is a well-written medical research thriller that, though it adds nothing new to the genre, will excite readers. The story line is loaded with action as even a person with Amoreena's background is caught up in the questionable activities of Meechum, leaving the audience to wonder about the average individual who gives God-like trust to the profession. There will be no naysayers to Alan Nayes' strong look at the ethics of modern day genetics claiming the betterment of humanity justifies the means.
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By Gary S. Potter on Aug. 11 2001
Format: Hardcover
Nayes has written a suspenseful and timely thriller that's poised to become tomorrow's headlines. "Gargoyles" has the medical intellect and intrigue of Robin Cook, the page turning suspense of Charles Wilson, and the technological wonderment of Tom Clancy.... A solid first novel. Gary S. Potter Author/Poet
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
well-written medical research thriller Aug. 14 2001
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Amoreena Daniels is a brilliant pre-med student needing a scholarship to attend med school so she works extraordinarily hard towards that goal. However, her idyllic world collapses when she learns her beloved mother Geneva suffers from cancer. Worse, Geneva used her small available cash to pay for Amoreena's education, leaving her without health insurance and little hope for the high cost treatment that might save her life.
However, to the rescue is Meechum Corporation's Women's Clinic who pays Amoreena fifty grand to serve as a surrogate mother. Soon her saviors come under suspicion GARGOYLES for illegal medical practices by the once naive Amoreena. Whatever is inside her womb is growing at a humanly impossible rate and feels like it is ripping her up. When she complains, the clinic staff insists nothing is wrong and this is normal. Amoreena rejects the explanations even as she begins to receive weird warnings from female strangers. She vows to learn the truth not yet knowing how dangerous that endeavor is.
GARGOYLES is a well-written medical research thriller that, though it adds nothing new to the genre, will excite readers. The story line is loaded with action as even a person with Amoreena's background is caught up in the questionable activities of Meechum, leaving the audience to wonder about the average individual who gives God-like trust to the profession. There will be no naysayers to Alan Nayes' strong look at the ethics of modern day genetics claiming the betterment of humanity justifies the means.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Scary and engrossing medical thriller. March 1 2006
By E. Bukowsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Alan Nayes's "Gargoyles" features spunky and beautiful Amoreena Daniels, a twenty-one year old premed student in California whose mother, Geneva, is dying of cancer. Unfortunately, Geneva's health insurance policy has lapsed. Amoreena cannot afford to pay for the expensive treatment that her mother desperately needs if she is to have any chance of survival. The young woman makes a fateful decision to sign herself up as a surrogate mother at a place called the Women's Clinic. The money that Amoreena stands to earn will help defray Geneva's astronomical medical costs.

Meechum Medical Corporation, which owns the Women's Clinic, is a pharmaceutical firm run by (you guessed it) unscrupulous and ruthless individuals who are willing to take ethical shortcuts in the name of big profits. Only after Amoreena becomes pregnant does she get wind of the fact that the clinic personnel are hiding some very unpleasant details from her. As her pregnancy progresses, Amoreena finds out that Meechum is involved in a much more nefarious business than mere surrogate motherhood.

Although the plot is familiar, Nayes diverges from the paint-by-numbers formula in enough ways to capture the reader's interest. Amoreena is not your typical Teflon heroine. She makes mistakes, acts impulsively, shows poor judgment, and has unbelievably bad luck. In addition, she has no love interest or any hint of one. The villains, alas, are stock characters, a few of whom rationalize their actions in the name of medical research. Some of the other bad guys are your standard sadists.

The writing is, for the most part, fairly literate and fast-paced, and most readers will find themselves anxiously turning pages late into the night to learn Amoreena's fate. The author provides enough medical details to lend the novel verisimilitude, and the obligatory chase scenes, some of which take place in the jungles of Guatemala, are suspenseful and exciting. Nayes wisely avoids tying up all of the loose ends, leaving the reader with the disturbing idea that there could be scientists who would engage in grotesque medical experimentation if they thought that they could get away with it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Gargoyles,Timely Book Jan. 8 2002
By Jo Proferes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Gargoyles, by Alan Nayes, his first book (two more on the way). I loved it! Good, short prologue, he grabs the reader's interest immediately. Sympathetic characters in desperate situations with real problems. Their stories grab you by the heart and you are on a runaway train. It's a fast, edge of the seat, heart in the mouth ride with a satisfying conclusion.
This is about surrogate mothers, bioengineering, cloning and a greedy pharmaceutical corporation. Plenty of ambiance, the setting is southern California, south, through Mexico to Guatemala.
You know what's so scary about all this? It is just too possible, it is no longer in the realm of science fiction! Think about it. Fish genes in tomatoes, human genes in both pigs and cattle. I clipped all that from the newspapers and saved it. Only God knows what else they are doing - with humans and cloning.
Fiction writers have always led the pack when it comes to informing the public of something they need to become aware of, and Nayes has done a good job.
Alan Nayes is a gifted new writer of medical thrillers. Like Robin Cook, he writes what he knows, and he, too, is in medicine.
With Nayes' expertise in the field in which he writes, and his writing ability, Gargoyles should be a best seller the first time out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Nearly impossible to put down Dec 12 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It's nearly impossible to put down author Alan Nayes' Gargoyles once begun: a too-realistic plot tells of a college woman seeking money to treat her terminally ill mother. The only way she can earn big bucks fast is by answering a clinic's ad to become a surrogate - but when she begins to suspect the nature of her unborn child, danger strikes. Intriguing ethical and moral questions continue in unexpected directions right up to the final, satisfyingly surprising, conclusion.
Gargoyles Feb. 19 2011
By Teresa L. Kleeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
So far this is a good read. Very interesting. OMG this book was such a sci fi thriller.

Let me tell you I didn't want to put the book down.

Amoreena Daniels is a dedicated and smart pre-med student who has a 4.0 gpa in College and takes care of her mother Geneva who has Metastatic Cervical Cancer. Amoreena is an only child and her mother is a single parent.
Geneva is so bad she can't work anymore and she has let her medical insurance lapse because the company she worked for went under or was bought out. So it was up to the insuree to keep it up than.
Amoreena is in college on scholarships and her mom has some money in savings. But she wont use the money for the insurance premiumns because it's for Amoreena's college.

The story shows how much mother daughter love each other and what Amoreena will do to save her moms life with the treaments she needs for her cancer. Amoreena has a brilliant career ahead of her but she needs money to pay for her mothers treatments and hospital stays.

Amoreena is contacting by a lady who needs people to be surrogates for couples. Amoreena checks into this and finds out they will pay her $50,000.00 to carry a baby. She goes in and learns that this corporation is the ones who are paying her for they own the Womens Clinic that is handling the surrogate program.

Amoreena thinks her prayers have been answered to her mothers problem. She becomes a surragate and she notices early on in her pregnancy things are not adding up.

This is a great thriller that will have you on the edge wondering whats going to happen next. The only thing I was a little dissapointed in was, I wished her and Luis a doctor relationship would have budded into a relationship and I hope there will be another part to Amoreena's story. I just don't feel its the end of her and Luis. Theres still to much to the story that needs to be exposed.

All I can say is read it yourself and see what you think. It's a great read.

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