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Pandemic (2018)

Tekijä: Robin Cook

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"The explosive new medical thriller from New York Times-bestselling 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 pursue his commercial interests, if he wants to save the future of medicine"--… (lisätietoja)
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another very good thriller by Robin Cook. ( )
  buckeywe74 | Dec 8, 2023 |
Oh, Robin Cook.
You can write a good thriller but they are quite formulaic by now. My writing editor would nag me about repetitive phrases (everyone retraces people’s steps, we have to hear that Jack doesn’t like bad language several times, we hear about how he tosses his coat, “not taking the time to hang it up”). I suspect padding.
Moreover, I think Dr. Cook has an alter ego in Jack. He seems unreasonably fond of him and for depth of character he has only verbal clumsiness and rudeness, plus a bit of absentee parenting (they have a nanny, so..). But he is brilliant, Jack.
Except that he isn’t. The solution to this thriller is immediately obvious and even the ultimate reveal is unexciting. If this book had been written in the 80’s even, the idea might be surprising, but it’s a 2018 book, and dated.
Would have been an interesting shorter book, even- I skipped the entire middle section because it was so tiresome reading about the malignant in-laws (cliche alert), the nagging wife (who is reduced to a shouting harpie, bellowing “why aren’t you home?”). Cook has never been good at writing women (the only helpful one is the gal who plays basketball, which Jack goes out to play every night as soon as he gets home late and pats his autistic child) (cliche alert- everyone has an autistic child these days, but even this is given scant time- the occasional back pat and observation - I’d say response to neglect was more likely than autism at this point).
Way back, when we were travelling across the country, we played the audiobook PREY by Cook to help pass the miles. We all started a game about how often Cook wrote: it felt like a sandstorm. It’s still a running joke in the family.
Of course, as a doctor, Cook is probably resistant to editing advice. Still, I think someone should speak to him. All those trees.
If you must read this, borrow the ebook from the library. You’ll be glad you did.
Oh, and this book isn’t about a pandemic. It’s about transplantation. ( )
  Dabble58 | Nov 11, 2023 |
just ok, preferred earlier books in the series ( )
  daaft | Aug 13, 2022 |
It's March 2020 in the middle of COVID-19

And although the circumstances in this story differ greatly from the current pandemic, Robin Cook, once again writes so convincingly of a horrifying scenario. Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery are back in action in an intricate web involving Communist China, Biotech and Genetic Engineering. My heart was racing until the very end. ( )
  Windyone1 | May 10, 2022 |
Robin Cook does it again. Pandemic gives thought to how there must be safeguards to pushing the panic button and a way to say, "Take backsies." ( )
  nab6215 | Jan 18, 2022 |
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"The explosive new medical thriller from New York Times-bestselling 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 pursue his commercial interests, if he wants to save the future of medicine"--

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