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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 Robin Cook (P)2010 Penguin Audiobooks

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A repetitive waste of time

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Eric
  • Scottsdale, AZ, United States
  • 08-31-10

Not like the other Robin Cook Books

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • nancy
  • Panama City, FL, United States
  • 09-18-10

Not his best

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!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Tera
  • Norman, OK, United States
  • 05-05-11

George Guidall is amazing

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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Ceylon mckinnis hemet

Recommend reading, love the book and characters.want to read more like this. Can't wait until the next one comes out in this series.i will get them all if i can. Love reading about jack, and Lou, and Lori and of course j. J..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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More mystery and intrigue than medical thriller

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Listening was a chore

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Too many long complicated names to remember who was who! Too much jumping around. Too contrived

What was most disappointing about Robin Cook’s story?

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.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Guidall?

Narrator was good - did the best he could with the story.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Bob
  • North Lauderdale, FL, United States
  • 08-19-10

Entertaining

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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Hate the Narrator

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.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • MC
  • 09-28-10

First, kill the narrator!

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?

4 of 7 people found this review helpful