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.
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
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!!
This is the first of Robin Cooks books I listened to. The book starts off slow, however after building the characters and setting, the plot thickens. I really enjoyed listening to the Marker. The novel exposes the medical health care system as the big businesses that it is.
I enjoyed this story, but found much of the hospital scenes unrealistic. I work in a hospital and have never seen people treat patients like many of the hospital staff in these scenes did.
Marker was the first Robin Cook mystery I have listened to, or read. Basically a good story line, let down by being way too predictable. Too linear with very little twists, or side stories, which was welcomed after plowing through "No Second Chance" by Harlon Coban. The narrator was good enought I'd listen to another book he reads,but I will skip Robin Cook's next book. Seems more and more of his books are written to a formula ala Harlaquin Romance stories.
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.)
The story, like most of Robin Cooks, is fun. Cook gives you something to think about and while he's no Faulkner the books are usually fun to read (or listen to). This narrator is awful, though. Both my wife and I liked the book and hated the narrator. I winced whenever he tried to mimic a female voice. I won't get another one with this narrator.
Well, he's done it again got me thinking about the Health Care System and the way things get covered up. VERY GOOD