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Cell Hardcover – February 4, 2014
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“Rare is the writer who can take us into the fast-paced, miraculous, often bewildering world of modern medicine the way Robin Cook can. CELL is a superbly crafted, full-steam thriller, to be sure, but also a vivid lesson in just how momentous are the advances being made in medicine almost by the day—and how highly unsettling are some of the possible consequences.”
—David McCullough New York Times-bestselling author of The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
"With Cell Robin Cook demonstrates why he is the undisputed king of medical thrillers. Can a smartphone app kill you? You'll believe it can after you read this story, which blasts along faster than a truckload of quad core processors. Equal measures a substantive social commentary that we will all soon have to deal with and a terrifying blood-and-guts tale of what lies right around the technology corner, Cook has delivered a home run worthy of the the writer who has consistently thrilled millions ever since his blockbuster Coma."
—David Baldacci #1 New York Times-bestselling author of King and Maxwell
“Robin Cook has been entertaining medical thriller fans for decades, but he does much more with his latest novel, Cell.... Cook has written a thought-provoking story.”
“Cook, ever the master of the medical thriller, combines controversial biomedical research issues with critical ethical concerns and gripping suspense. This outstanding and thought-provoking thriller will attract a wide readership.” —Library Journal
“Logical and surprising...Cook engages with serious medical ethical issues.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Robin Cook proves again he is the master of medical thrillers.” —Suspense Magazine
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Mr. Cook is always on his soapbox making speeches in his books but in "Cell" he seems to have taken to a new level. If I were able to have a dollar for every time "sick care vs. health care" was mentioned along with comments about the shortage of primary care physicians I could probably go out for a nice dinner. The last few times I've read Robin Cook I've told myself I was not going to read him again. I think after this book I’ll remember.
The technology is already here, but this book raises the question of what happens if (1) there is a glitch in the technology and (2) what if the operators of the technology start rationing healthcare and attention by intentionally deciding who gets healthcare and lives,who does not and dies. Sound familiar? And all in your cell phone!!!
Good book, good story, good characters, well told, intriguing and mesmerizing.
But a word of warning: don't trust anyone.,
This book has one helluva an ending.....
If indeed the story is over?
Such is the stuff of this new sleep-depriving page-turner by Dr. Robin Cook, whose writing talent I had erroneously, in a previous review, reported in decline. Nothing wrong with this one: a current topic, plenty of med. tech. that will keep you consulting your Kindle Wikipedia connection, and a constant urge to find out what will happen on the next page.
The book opens with one of the App caused deaths - of the diabetic new fiance of Dr. George Wilson, who in the last book ("Nano") was loved by Paula (now CEO of the said software company), and spurned by Pia (who is mentioned, but does not appear). Paula's software company (actually contolled by someone else) is engaged in a beta test of this new App before going public. Several of George's patients, who are part of the beta test, die unexpectedly, and he starts on a dangerous quest to find out why - leading him to unexpected places, including jail, and the Affordable Care Act.
As one reviewer said, the Epilogue at first seemed a little flat - that is until you got to the double-double-cross at the very end!
Five stars! - I think one of Robin Cook's best.
This by far is one of the worst I have read. Short background. I was going in for a colonoscopy, more than you need to know, so I wanted something I could read while I got ready for the procedure. Hmm, maybe a story for Cook to pursue?
In any event, I went to my local library, saw Cell on the shelf and grabbed it.
Never would have finished it if it weren't for the fact I needed something to read in the bathroom. Very appropriate.
Though the story could have been good, it was so predictable as to the ending. More disturbing however was how unbelievable the main character was presented. A Columbia M.D.? Acting so paranoid and stupid? Breaking every logical course of action possible? Sneaking into a funeral parlor and opening a casket to search for an implant? Really? Breaking HIPPA rules? Getting plastered on a first date with the ER nurse?
There comes a time when writers like Robin Cook (and now John Grisham with Sycamore Row) seem to be writing novels that will sell based on the author's reputation.
Don't waste your time on this on, unless of course you are getting a reading for a colonoscopy. Somehow both products (end results) seem similar.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What an excellent read everybody should really keep you in suspense from beginning to endPublished 3 days ago by suzy
A well constructed plot dealing with a significant issue.Published 15 days ago by Rosenia Christiansen
Crazy how real to life this can be with the modern technology of today. Can't wait to continue reading more...Published 1 month ago by Laurette M.
I do not think Robin Cook writes the way we actually talk. That may be because he is super-smart. However, the story was great with a twist at the end and I liked it so much I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by RG
Worst.Book.Ever. Horrible writing. No depth to the characters who were just plain stupid. Obvious right from the beginning. Total waste of time and money.Published 2 months ago by Reading Fanatic
Great book but a little difficult to understand for this non technical reader.Published 3 months ago by fan