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

Newly minted chief resident at Boston Memorial Hospital Noah Rothauser is swamped in his new position, from managing the surgical schedules to dealing with the fallouts from patient deaths. Known for its medical advances, the famed teaching hospital has fitted several ORs as "hybrid operating rooms of the future" - an improvement that seems positive until an anesthesia error during a routine procedure results in the death of an otherwise healthy man. Noah suspects Dr. William Mason, an egotistical world-class surgeon, of an error during the operation and of tampering with the patient's record afterward. But Mason is quick to blame anesthesiologist, Dr. Ava London.

When more anesthesia-related deaths start to occur, Noah is forced to question all of the residents on his staff, including Ava, and he quickly realizes there's more to her than what he sees. A social-media junkie, Ava has created multiple alternate personas for herself on the Internet. With his own job and credibility now in jeopardy, Noah must decide which doctor is at fault and who he can believe - before any more lives are lost.

©2017 Robin Cook (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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unnessary vulgar language

Would have really enjoyed this book, except for the language. Done with Robin Cook

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  • Toni
  • Groton, CT, United States
  • 10-14-17

So many possible suspects

I generally like Robin Cook's books. I thought this one was a bit frustrating. It took a little too long to figure out the who/what/why. And Noah was just plain annoying. (But maybe that just means the writer was successful in portraying who Noah was) Still the story kept my attention. As for the narrator, I always enjoy listening to him.

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A Medical Page Turner

Fascinating storyline. They book does not require medical expertise, but it will ring a familiar note for those who have endured the torture of modern medical education. Medical and general ethical questions are explored by introducing the reader to physicians practicing in the brave new world of information technology.
My only criticism of this book was that my schedule was interrupted because I couldn't put it down.

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Couldn't put it down!

I am always amazed at Dr. Cook's out of the box thinking. Definitely makes you ponder about the future

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Not Up To Snuff

The premise of the story was good, but I didn't care for the characters much. Usually I like the main person but in this story I just didn't come to care for him. He was a whiner and I didn't like him. Didn't like the ending either, it didn't give me closure. Hope his next book is better.

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Great book, but my first audio narrator FAIL!

The story is compelling. But this narrator has a halting reading style that made it very hard to listen to at times. Only my curiosity about the plot and interest in the characters kept me listening, otherwise I would have abandoned the book. My first Audible miss.

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Cannot listen to the narrator!

I cannot get past the awful, halting narration. I tried several times, at varying speeds to listen to this book.
I am returning this book.

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Not his best but ok

The story was pretty good. The narrator did a good job. It was a little predictable.

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  • Snoodely
  • Santa Barbara, CA United States
  • 09-28-17

Something to Offend Everybody

I agree with other reviewers that "Charlatans" might not qualify as Robin Cook’s best effort to date … although, in general, his medical thrillers have been improving with each outing since his first 1977 effort, "Coma". With the exception of "Charlatans", Dr. Cook’s thrillers always address some important, urgent, frequently egregious issue relating to our dysfunctional medical care system. These issues generally boil down to human greed introducing corruption into the system: the insurance racket, big Pharma, hospital politics, and the like. However, in "Charlatans", Cook addresses the evils of … social media? … nutritional supplements? Yeah, I know.

Listeners who have had trouble relating to Cook’s previous novels might find "Charlatans" a bit more accessible than the others, because it indulges in less "medical-speak" than they do. None-the-less, I hesitate to recommend this novel to anyone who has not listened to any other samples of Dr. Cook’s oeuvre, because it just does not represent the captivating story-telling caliber that he normally offers us. On the other hand, veteran, silky-voiced, master narrator George Guidall delivers his usual skillful performance, given the material he has to work with here. Bottom line: Skip this one, unless — like me — you are a long-time Robin Cook fan.

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  • Rebecca
  • MIDDLEVILLE, MI, United States
  • 09-26-17

Ok, but not fabulous

In my opinion, this book just never "gets going"....I did listen all the way to the end, but it never got truly exciting nor truly boring. It just stays "meh" throughout the whole thing.

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