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

After a young, seemingly healthy woman collapses suddenly on the NYC subway and dies by the time she reaches the hospital, her case is initially chalked up to a virulent strain of influenza. That is, until she ends up on Dr. Jack Stapleton's autopsy table, where Jack discovers something eerily fishy: First, that the young woman has had a heart transplant, and second, that her DNA matches that of the transplanted heart.  

Strangely, two more incidences of young people with this same sudden and rapid illness follow, and Jack fears that this could be the start of an unprecedented pandemic. But the facts aren't adding up. Something is off about these cases, something creepy, and only Jack can figure it out before it's too late.  

Thus begins a race against time, during which Jack unveils the dark underbelly of the organ-transplant market. His name is Bui Zhao, a businessman and hospital board member who has been cheating the system by using organs and cells from chimeric pigs, via the gene-editing biotechnology CRISPER/CAS9, which allows pig genes to be inserted into living human cells.  

In a climactic mortal showdown, Jack must face Zhao, the megalomaniac willing to risk the fate of the world to purse his commercial interests, if he wants to save the future of medicine.

©2018 Robin Cook (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Misleading Title & Disappointing Plot

As an advanced public health professional who is very aware of the correct terminology, I found myself repeatedly correcting Cook’s use of terms including “pandemic.” Those looking for an epidemiological thriller should look elsewhere because that is only at the very end & not comparable to others.
Also, I’m not sure why Cook named his protagonist “Jack”; every time the narrator says “Jack asked...” it sounds like jackass.
I wish I had spent my credit on a different book!

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Not enthralling

Lost interest in the story line pretty quickly. Perhaps a new narrAtor would help. I have enjoyed some of his work in the past, but this book

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bad

very disappointed with Robin Cook and his first Jack Stapleton book in a few years . He has turned a favorite character Lori Montgomery and made her unlikable, boring story, quite possibly the worst book of his that I've read

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Great Book - Bad Narration

I love Robin Cook but the narration of George Guidall is distracting. He reads like he is always trying to catch his breath which causes unnecessary pauses in the wrong places. I may have to go back to reading my Robin Cook novels.

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  • Rebecca
  • MIDDLEVILLE, MI, United States
  • 12-24-18

Nothing happens!

I was so looking forward to this book and pre-bought it. Literally nothing happens in this book. Everything is loose ends - jumps around. Quite disappointing.

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Disappointed

It’s been awhile since I’ve read one of Robin Cook’s books, and I found this tale completely lacking. I actually found the "hero" Jack quite irritating and to self important. Though I’m sure that’s what Cook intended.
I did expect more of an ending instead of a brief summation. Don’t know if I’ll attempt future Cook books, but will instead reread some of his past books when he was in his prime.

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Ok listened to whole story

I’d give more stars but there were enough cringe worthy racist & misogynistic phrasing - maybe intentional re main characters stodgy personality but mixed with overused metaphors & self righteous proclamations- it was a little hard to take. Nonetheless I like the science gone crazy future speculations so was good from that perspective...kept me listening

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GET TO THE POINT ALREADY!

Interesting story but OMG!! … Did Jack ever have an unexpressed thought?

It became excruciating!

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Big Disappointment

Not what I was expecting - - the title is very misleading.

I wanted some suspense and tense moments, but had to settle for a rather boring and mild story. Even the bad guys aren’t that bad. Ending was a let down as well -

Just felt irritated when I was done that I wasted a credit - may ask to return this one.

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disapointed

Reading the description, I had high Hope's for this book. Great idea , very poorly executed.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful