After a tumultuous year in which her mentor is murdered and her estranged father comes back into her life, Pia Grazdani, the embattled medical student from Death Benefit, decides to take a year off from her medical studies and escape New York City. Intrigued by the promise of the burgeoning field of medical technology and the chance to clear her head, Pia takes a job at Nano, LLC, a lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology insititute in the picturesque foothills of the Rockies. Nano, LLC is ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nano-robots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria.
But the corporate campus is a place of secrets. She's warned by her boss not to investigate the other work being done at the gigantic facility, nor to ask questions about the source of the seemingly endless capital that funds the institute's research. And when Pia encounters a fellow employee on a corporate jogging path, suffering the effects of a seizure, she soon realizes she may have literally stumbled upon Nano LLC's human guinea pigs. Is the tech giant on the cusp of one of the biggest medical discoveries of the 21st century - a treatment option for millions - or have they already sold out to the highest bidder?
©2012 Robin Cook (P)2012 Penguin Audio
I usually like Robin Cook, but not this one....
Somehow, the story was very slow to become really interesting. I stuck with it, clear
to the end, and was totally disappointed in the ending. It was almost like the author grew tired of the people and the plot, and just ended it. The book left you feeling like "what happened?...how did they get out of there? ....if they didn't get out, so what happened???"
Not too impressed with the reader, voice was distracting to me, rather than an enhancement.
Probably all, seemed sort of shallow and purposeless.
A female narrator for a story with a strong female protagonist.
No! Not even Robin Cook books.
He wasn't female. For me, a female narrator works better for a strong female lead.
As Robin Cook's editor I'd say: This story is too much like Coma. The first half is very good. The second half is pretty much "Are the bad guys going to get her?" "Like Alien!"
I did not like his voice at all, and he seemed to rush through the reading. Maybe he was as bored with it as I was!
I could not recommend this book to anyone. The story was weak, the characters unappealing, and the ending - wasn't! I slogged all the way through this and then found the author chose not to bring the story to a close.
I keep thinking I will give Robin Cook's novels another chance because I enjoy medical thrillers and he is so well known. But this is the last one. Not worth the money.
The New, New World of Science Engineering Meets Reality in 2013
Enjoyed the creative visuals including the descriptions of Colorado.
Maybe but I would be wary. I tried to like this book. I listen to app. 15 books a month and this would not make the top 100.
I expected a better book given the reviews.
an ending that was a bit more satisfying. Only excitement was in later few chapters
Should have expanded the lead in to the ending.
the narration...the story..the beginning was so boring...
he just isn't easy to listen to
I only got into about 4 chapters..not worth it..was a struggle to listen that far
A perfect real life story of what China is doing to all its competitors especially the US!!
They steal everything they can't have, only buy what they can't steal, and and smile at you while they are bending you over!!!
I'll bet they r really laughing at the next US Presidential race!!
A story that was more true to its character descriptions and plot. The entire story is set up around a young attractive woman who is supposed to be a scientist. But is totally reactionary and stubborn. I was really tired of her attitude. That is not how intelligent women would be. More thoughtful planning on her part would have been good. Then there are all these men who are falling for her.. OMG. enough already. The ending is a disaster !!!!! I did not like it at all. I wish I had not wasted hours of my time.
Made a whole story more diverse. More interesting instead of wrapping it around an immature protagonist that had no resemblance to a scientist at all.Also made the ending more real. He introduces some alien characters that take over in the end. and manipulate the entire ending..
AWESOME the ONLY... redeeming feature...
Yup. GUIDELL... the rest. Cook really has to work on his protagonist. SHE DROVE ME INSANE lol .A woman with such strong credentials acting like a lone teenager on a vengeance and all these men falling for her.. including a CEO who is in the end shown off as a drunk fool is NOT a good portrayal of character. I am hugely disappointed.
Death Benefit is the first book I had to return that because the audio was horrid, I went and picked it up at the library and listened to it and it was enjoyable.
Nano sounds like its turning into a train wreck and I'm stopping at 4 hours in character development is just terrible and feels like a rewritten Death Benefit. Reading the descriptions of the other Robin Cook books it sounds like Cell is possibly a third book.
Would be nice if Audible got the entire Jack Stapleton series which is why I picked up robin Cook, in the meantime I'll just go pick them up at the library and save my credits for something else.
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