I bought Marker because I really really want Robin Cook to write another winner. Coma is one of my all time favorite in the thriller genre. Alas, however, Marker isn't Coma - unless you consider that's the state of consciousness to which it renders the reader.
Cook can still come up with a passably credible plot, but he can't write believeable dialogue. Someone's got to tell him (editor, pay attention here) that all characters don't talk in the same idioms and same speech patterns. I sit (stand, walk, run, ride) appalled at his immature attempt at dialogue.
But I won't give up on him! I won't ... I won't ... I won't! However, I think I'll borrow his next from the library and save my $'s for a sure thing audible.com dowload.
Fastforward to 2 hours 54 minutes and the story begins. It crawls at times and at other times just darn silly. The whole plot, some HMO wanting to OFF patients, was rather old. The only prophetic portion is that the human genome will change our future. Leave this on the shelf.
Robin Cook can write a nice page turner, but it's hard to swallow some of the events of this book. Number one: the protagonists, two MD lovers, both forensic pathologists. She finds out she's pregnant and is quite surpised, even though she and he have been using the rhythm method, notorious for its unreliability - hard to accept that two MDs wouldn't know better. Right at the outset the author lets you know there's a serial killer in the hospital exterminating sleeping patients with IV potassium chloride. We wait while our two somewhat slow-witted (remember the rhythm method)pathologists struggle through endless toxicology tests trying to find the poison in the dead patients. When they turn up nothing, you wonder why they don't think of potassium, a compound that injected in this way would disappear from the blood after death (common knowledge), but these are the guys who still think the rhythm method is a great form of birth control. Other plot elements like managed care as a sinister force and a glaring paper trail of criminal activity are also hard to swallow. But I have to admit I turned all the pages and enjoyed the story.
I LOVE Robin Cook books. Unfortunatly there is no way I can finish listening to this one. I can't tell if the story is good or not because the narrator puts me to sleep. I have learned a good lesson. I will always listen to the sample before I buy another one.
1. A plot that a) didn't give away the ending at the beginning; b) was plausible; c) where the only issues that created any possibility of suspense weren't resolved within the plot, but thrown into the denouement--almost as an afterthought.
2. At least ONE character I actually cared about.
I'm starting Harlen Coben's latest, Six Years.
He does a terrible job portraying female characters.
I would start by cutting the author. And if we cut the cop, then we'd be spared the pathetic denouement/epilogue.
I believe the last Robin Cook book I read was Coma, and perhaps one more about the same time (long ago). I liked it. But it looks like Cook has kept the formula, but hasn't improved his character or plot development. The vast conspiracy between the health insurance company and the plaintiffs' lawyers is ridiculous enough, even if the reader/listener isn't a fan of either group. But serial murders based on THAT ridiculous conspiracy? It would be laughable on its own, but it's even more ridiculous, given that it doesn't even make economic sense, let alone simplistic page-turner-thriller sense. We knock off long-term high-risk consumers to keep our rates low. Why? Because it'll cost more to cover them in the long term. Why? Because they're at risk of dying from a sudden heart attack. Uh, wouldn't that cause them to drop dead, and cost LESS? Besides, who signs up for health insurance for LIFE? It's a year-to-year proposition for most people. As long as they're young and healthy now, why would an insurance company care if they're at risk of dropping dead 20-30 years from now? They'll probably be someone else's problem by then. The central idea of the entire story is simply so preposterous on so many levels, it's hard to know where to begin.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
i enjoyed the character jazz. she was a piece of work.
yes. as long as the plot is not another repeat performance of coma (good book-but i want to buy books with different plots, not the same plot with different characters.
scenes where they were trying to figure out if the killings were deliberate and who and why people mite be dying.
there was a lot of tense scenes i enjoy tense books.
this book would be better if the reason for the killing was more plausable. i can't say more with out being a spoiler.
i will say that i was wishing coma was on audiotape and this is really a mirror image of coma (i liked coma a little better tho.)
Love the characters & the story development
I love Robin Cook's books as they are about many of the hidden areas of the medical field most people are unaware of. They are fiction but the listener can imagine the plots occuring in real time.
He is always a great performer.
For me the realization that our medical records are known not only to our doctors but insurance companies
I know he's a famous author..... but this book was like something written by a high-schooler (and they'd probably have done a better job). Two dim-witted doctors (who are in Cook's other books) are so dumb you just want to shake them. The dialogue between the doctors, the cop, and internal dialogue is so lame and doesn't resemble anything you'd normally hear. Everyone sounds so wooden. Cook thinks all it takes to make a good book is to make an outline: I - A couple dead bodies....II - Must be serial killings.... III - Doctor's life in peril IV - Jack to the rescue by the skin of his teeth. Then, Cook has to 'flesh' out the outline, which in this book, he does by throwing in some technical medical information (which is extremely boring), stupid dialogue (which in most cases could & should have been left out of the book, as it had nothing to do with the story), and repeats of earlier pages (how many times can you say the same thing - evidently many, as you'll see if you buy this one). The narrator, with his inflections, made the story even worse - if that's possible. He was one of the worse ones I've heard. He sounded like he was reading to a bunch of 1st graders. Don't waste your time or money on this book. To repeat what I said in the beginning.... Robin Cook should be embarrassed by this one!!!!
Robin Cook did not dissapoint. The storyline kept my interest, but the narration made me want to sleep. The voices for the characters were kind of lame.
Very interesting book this was my first experience with Robin Cook and i'm thinking it won't be my last. Marker keeps you guessing and sitting at the edge of your seat!!