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Seizure | [Robin Cook]

Seizure

Senator Ashley Butler is a quintessential Southern demagogue whose support of traditional American values includes a knee-jerk reaction against virtually all biotechnologies. When he's called to chair a subcommittee introducing legislation to ban new cloning technology, the senator views his political future in bold relief; and Dr. Daniel Lowell, inventor of the technique that will take stem cell research to the next level, sees a roadblock positioned before his biotech startup.
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Senator Ashley Butler is a quintessential Southern demagogue whose support of traditional American values includes a knee-jerk reaction against virtually all biotechnologies. When he's called to chair a subcommittee introducing legislation to ban new cloning technology, the senator views his political future in bold relief; and Dr. Daniel Lowell, inventor of the technique that will take stem cell research to the next level, sees a roadblock positioned before his biotech startup.

The two seemingly opposite personalities clash during the senate hearings, but the men have a common desire. Butler's hunger for political power far outstrips his concern for the unborn; and Lowell's pursuit of gargantuan personal wealth and celebrity overrides any considerations for patients' well-being. Further complicating the proceedings is the confidential news that Senator Butler has developed Parkinson's disease, leading the senator and the researcher into a Faustian pact. In a perilous attempt to prematurely harness Lowell's new technology, the therapy leaves the senator with the horrifying effects of temporal lobe epilepsy, seizures of the most bizarre order.

Torn from the headlines, Seizure is a cautionary tale for a time where biotechnology pulls us into a promising yet frightening new world.

©2003 Robin Cook; (P)2003 Putnam Berkley Audio

What the Critics Say

"Dylan Baker performs this story of deceit, self-betrayal, and medical ethics with aplomb, focusing especially on character development as the conspiracy unfolds." (AudioFile)
"Cook is at his best when focusing on fascinating, cutting-edge biotechnology procedures." (Booklist)

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    "BORING!!"

    Maybe it's because I am female, maybe because I have a medical background but I was profoundly dissapointed with this book. The characters are predictable and cardboard, especially the female lead. Once again we are treated to a woman with a supposed higher intellect (a PhD)who has no common sense, and who behaves throughout most of the book like a bimbo. Sound familiar? Remember the character Laura Dern played in Jurassic Park?..ditto.
    The medical scenerio was difficult to swallow, in that it was poorly contrived and not too well written. The former "Dr" Cook needs to stay away from this area as he has been out of the profession since the 1970's and it shows. The ending was laughable!
    Don't waste your money here! There are many other writers in mystery and thrillers who are far better than this...

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    D-Squared 09-09-06
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    I was so disappointed with the ending in this book! It felt like Mr. Cook got tired of writing and just picked some kind of ending to get this project over with. I think this book had SO much potential and Mr. Cook didn't really take advantage of that. The whole aspect of using that particular blood sample had a lot more implications he could have used toward the end and with a better ending. I liked it until the end. I even gave it a good rating BEFORE I had finished the book. I have since changed my rating. I really wanted to like this book. I could have put up with the poorly developed female character with a better ending.

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