The New York Times-bestselling author and master of the medical thriller returns with another heart-pounding story of medical intrigue.
With her young son's potentially fatal neuroblastoma in complete remission, New York City medical examiner Laurie Montgomery returns to work, only to face the case of her career. The investigation into the death of CIA agent Kevin Markham is a professional challenge-and has Laurie's colleagues wondering if she still has what it takes after so much time away.
Markham's autopsy results are inconclusive, and though it appears he's been poisoned, toxicology fails to corroborate Laurie's suspicions. While her coworkers doubt her assassination theory, her determination wins over her husband, fellow medical examiner Jack Stapleton, and together they discover associations to a large pharmaceutical company and several biomedical start-ups dealing with stem-cell research. Laurie and Jack race to connect the dots before they are consumed in a dangerous game of biotech espionage.
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This book si so poorly written, I can't finish it. It is overly repetitive and redundance 9I know, I know). The characters are poorly drawn. Details are either missing or so obvious that you want to yell, "Duh!" The naarration is monotone and with little variation between characters.
While this story was entertaining enough to finish, I was very disappointed. I typically enjoy Robin Cook's blend of medical technology and suspense. Unfortunately this book was not like the others. It seemed to have taken a departure from the formula that I believe has worked so well in the past and transformed itself into a fair suspense novel with much more focus it seemed on organized crime than on the medial tech I have grown so much to appreciate. It was entertaining, as I said before, but having read all previous books to date, the most disappointing as well.
Awful narration, could not keep up with the Asian names, need more time with the Stapleton's, and thought I would not finish the book. But I have a hard time NOT finishing a book. Really disappointing read!
I never read any Robin Cook books. I was really impressed with the last two - Cure and Marker. I love George Guidall, he does an amazing job. I have grown to love Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery.... I'm hooked on Robin Cook now
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Well, it’s not the BEST book I ever read, but it doesn’t deserve all the negative reviews! Without picking apart the nitty-gritty details as to why, simply put I think the medical-thriller fans just don’t like this series because it’s more mystery and intrigue than CSI.
I’ve read lots of Cook Books (ha!) but I don’t recall anything about any of them. I think it’s been easily about 10 years since reading any of his novels aside from books 8, 9 and 10 in this series. I remember thinking at the time that they all starting feeling the same because I read too many in a short period of time… but I think a decade-long break is enough. If for no better reason than curiosity, I’d like go back and read some that are not part of this series.
This being said, so far I like this series and I hope there are more instalments to come. After reading Book 8 I thought it was good but not worth bothering to go back and start reading from Book 1, but now that I have been acquainted with Jack and Laurie I’d like to learn more about their back-story.
Too many long complicated names to remember who was who! Too much jumping around. Too contrived
Story was boring, complicated and uninteresting. If I had checked this our of the library instead of bought it I would have returned it the first day.
Narrator was good - did the best he could with the story.
I ususally really get into this series and have a difficult time finding stopping points. I was dissappointed with this book in that respect. I'm not a fan of mafia stories, and thier bumbling antics, and founf this book to be more about that than being centered around the Stapeltons. However, this is a good book for a very long plane ride or day at the beach. It IS worth the credit.
I don't think I can finish this book. The review is only on the narrator at this point. He reads so fast, sing song style, his supposed changes in characters is awful and his tone just bores me into sleepiness. Had a noticed it was this narrator I never would have purchased! Learned my lesson the hard way and will not listen to any books, no matter how good, read by him.
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UGH! I agree with the last reviewer. I absolutely hate to be so critical but here goes....
Mr. Guidall is obviously popular with certain authors or whomever makes those choices. Maybe, earlier in his career, he was one of the most talented. However, in my opinion, and it is only My own, he has developed several "quirks" that are audibly distracting and even annoying. He speaks too fast and fails to complete his syllables or words. Frequently he runs out of breath while hurrying through frantic monologue. He speaks like a man who has the heavy tongue/full lips of a generous drinker/eater/smoker(mayby?) with the abundance of adipose tissue that causes extra effort to speak at length. I'm sorry Mr Guidall, this sounds so mean and I really don't mean it that way. What about retirement on the Isle of Capri?
No, this was not a very good book or performance
The story line seemed to be a setup for a statement about medical research and business. I don't usually mind a little political bias in books, but there was far too many details that made a statement without contributing to the story. The epilogue was particularly transparent. I get these books because I enjoy medical thrillers, not to hear what the authors feelings are about patenting medical procedures and techniques, although I do agree with the statement, this wasn't the place I wanted to see it.
I feel like there were several elements of the story that were left out to make room for the non-related details-The nanny was killed and that was it-the orphaned child that was to be Ben's responsibility, Danny, and several others were just left hanging.
The narrators cadence was extremely distracting.
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