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Publisher's Summary

The explosive new thriller from New York Times best-selling author and master of the medical thriller, Robin Cook.

Lynn Peirce, a fourth-year medical student at South Carolina's Mason-Dixon University, thinks she has her life figured out. But when her otherwise healthy boyfriend, Carl, enters the hospital for routine surgery, her neatly ordered life is thrown into total chaos. Carl fails to return to consciousness after the procedure, and an MRI confirms brain death.

Devastated by Carl's condition, Lynn searches for answers. Convinced there's more to the story than what the authorities are willing to reveal, Lynn uses all her resources at Mason-Dixon - including her initially reluctant lab partner, Michael Pender - to hunt down evidence of medical error or malpractice.

What she uncovers, however, is far more disturbing. Hospitals associated with Middleton Healthcare, including the Mason-Dixon Medical Center, have unnervingly high rates of unexplained anesthetic complications and patients contracting serious and terminal illness in the wake of routine hospital admissions.

When Lynn and Michael begin to receive death threats, they know they're into something bigger than either of them anticipated. They soon enter a desperate race against time for answers before shadowy forces behind Middleton Healthcare and their partner, Sidereal Pharmaceuticals, can put a stop to their efforts once and for all.

©2015 Robin Cook (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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    Christopher Miami, FL USA 10-23-15
    Christopher Miami, FL USA 10-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I've read this before..."

    Back in high school I read a book called Coma. The whole time I read this book "Host", I couldn't help thinking I've read this same plot before. I know it is the same author and I don't know if his other books since "Coma" are as similar as this one is, but I always felt one step ahead of what was going on. Yes, there are tense moments and it is written well for a medical mystery (a lot of medical jargon thrown in which I didn't understand all that well). And I guess if you haven't read "Coma" then you might enjoy and be surprised. I wasn't. The narrator does a fine job. I

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki New Albany, IN, United States 11-09-15
    Vicki New Albany, IN, United States 11-09-15 Member Since 2011

    71-year-old grandmother who has been an avid reader all my life. I have recently retired from being a litigation attorney (for Plaintiffs).

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    "Entertaining but not too original"

    Probably because I listen too every one of Robin Cook's books (I started with COMA years ago), I am starting to see a "pattern" to his books. Each story follows a similar "script", so along the way, parts of the book are very predictable. Having said that, I still like Robin Cook. He may not be my favorite author, but he is way up there. In this book, there is a little too much stretching of realism. The way that two medical students are able to make their way around the hospital system and get what ever information they want lacks realism. I sometimes felt that the story was too "accommodating" in that a lot of events were simply too convenient, but were necessary for the story to proceed. The way that the bad guys infiltrated the anesthesia system for their evil deeds was just a little too far-fetched. As usual, a conspiracy of hospital personnel was necessary in order to facilitate the evil-doing. I don't mind stretching the imagination to advance the plot, but I thought parts of this story were a little too convenient. I would recommend this book, but the listener has to realize it requires a vivid imagination and not too much questioning of the lack of realism.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca MIDDLEVILLE, MI, United States 11-05-15
    Rebecca MIDDLEVILLE, MI, United States 11-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Can you say "Coma"??????"

    This book is almost an exact duplicate of Coma. I was disappointed in the story line, the characters and basically the whole premise. Save your credit!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 11-05-15
    Michael 11-05-15
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    "coma 2.0"

    2015 version of Coma, good story but literally the exact same plot. At least he left room for a sequel



    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    K. Boehm 01-23-16
    K. Boehm 01-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't finish"

    The dialogue between the two main characters with the sis and bro was too much. I feel like the author tried too hard to characterize Michael as black and it ruined the story for me. The overt stereotyping to not be the stereotype was too much. Why can't Micheal just be a successful black medical student like Lynne? There wasn't a constant reference to her being white. The author is very talented , but I just couldn't finish this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip E. 11-05-15
    Phillip E. 11-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Worst Narrator I've ever tried to listen to!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Narrator is so distracting I can't enjoy the book


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Can't pronounce many words properly and turns normal speech into a robotic monologue with emphasis in all the wrong places


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Good story - I think


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    If the narrator was paid, demand your money back

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Bannon 11-04-15
    Lisa Bannon 11-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Revisit to Coma and performance week!"

    Did not like the male voice reading a book basically centered about a female main character. It was also too much like the earlier book Coma. Anyway listened to it all luckily while walking the dog on the beach every morning.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda 11-22-16
    Melinda 11-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Average, with goofy dialogue."

    The medical component was interesting but the way the story played out was not particularly creative. The banter between the two main characters was pretty bad.

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    Robert Nix 08-23-16
    Robert Nix 08-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Rubbish"

    That's what I think of this book after listening to the first 30 words and hearing the most vile language - I'll know not to buy another one of his books

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    Lisa 08-21-16
    Lisa 08-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Thrilling, chilling, and futuristic medical concepts"

    I enjoyed the initial set up of each host case. The possibility of huge profit over taking the sworn Hippocratic oath of the medical providers such as the hospital facilities colluding with pharmaceutical manufactures could be occurring in today's society.

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