Overall I enjoyed this book, but it never really sucked me in. The whole thing brews to a climax that sort of peters out. The characters are well developed, but the plot just lacks substance. For this reason, I give it 3 stars...a middle of the line review.
Robin Cook strikes again with Crisis. This is a great listen for any of Robin's fans and a real treat for those who are not familiar with him.
The plot is predictable, the pace glacial, the narrator boring and pedantic and the ending obvious halfway through the book. In short there is nothing to recommend this book.
Indeed, this is one of the few cases when I think I would probably have preferred the abridged version--at least I would have been bored for a shorter time and the pace might have seemed a tad less glacial.
I am only about 2 hours into this book, and the reader has worn out his welcome! Slow, droning delivery such as one might expect in a commercial for cereal with extra fiber. The various characters are read so amateurishly -- added to the typical Cook adjective overkill, it's enough to make you crazy. Having paid for this thing, I will try to persevere, but I really meant the title -- usually my Audible keeps me aware and happy during my commute -- tonight I ended up actually turning the damn book off. Caveat emptor!
The details were excruciating and the book dragged on forever, until a rather abrupt ending. I've loved Cook's medical mysteries, but whatever direction his writing took with this book would be a path not continuing on.
My first with Mr. Cook, and it was wonderful. He does an excellent job in character development. The story flows like water. You'll enjoy it.
I'd never read one of Cooks books before so had nothing to go by.
Didn't love the reader.
The story dragged on and I was waiting for some type of spectacular ending because it was implied I was going to get one.
The ending was a bit of a surprise but nothing wowie!
The book was just OK...I've certainly read better.
I typically love all of the novels with Jack and Laurie....but not this one. The pace of the novel was excruciatingly slow. I often found myself forwarding through some of the drawn out court proceedings. I didn't care for the narrator either.
The story had great potential. Unfortunately Cook never capitalizes on it. The conversations throughout are fairly formal. They didn't pass the realism test. It was especially painful when he tried to write conversations for street youth when he had no option for more formal tones.
For a mystery, there were few surprises, and certainly nothing that left you saying to yourself "I didn't see that coming."
I came close to turning it off several times with no plans to revisit the book, but it did have a glimmer of possibilities that compelled me to finish the book in the hopes he'd pull out a winner in the end. Sadly, no such luck. The ending was exceptionally cheesy and clearly lacked any realistic and supporting motive.
I cannot recommend this book, unless it's all you have available.