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Cook, whose books are generally mixtures of good ideas and just-barely-passable writing, here focuses on a fictional new technology, iDoc, a smartphone-based diagnostic tool that appears to be connected to the deaths of several people, including the fiancée of the book’s central character, Dr. George Wilson, who has appeared in previous Cook novels and will risk his career, not to mention his life, to penetrate a murderous conspiracy. The prose is typical for Cook: workmanlike, at best, but definitely clunky, feeling more like a dashed-off first draft than a polished final product (in many cases, he takes several repetitive sentences to say something that could have been said in one artfully constructed sentence). On the other hand, also typically, the ideas are interesting and just plausible enough to make you think: hey, what if this really happened? Fans of Cook’s lengthy oeuvre will certainly enjoy this book, but it may receive a less warm reception from readers who like their medical thrillers to be more evenly balanced between ideas and polished prose. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: It may not be artful, but Cook has found a formula that keeps readers coming back for more. That won’t change here. --David Pitt
Praise for CELL:
“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
enjoyed the book fast paced not so much technical jargon as Robin cook is in to. Kind of left you hanging as to what happened to the main character. Will we ever see him again. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Richardfdugan
Robin Cook is one of the Great story tellers. He can scat the pants right off a person by describing things that COULD happen today or in the near future. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Joy Crumpley
enjoyed reading this book and passed it along for friend to read.Published 22 days ago by marie tancredi
Although I found the storyline drag at times, the content is relevant and thought provoking. I also would have liked the end of the book to have better closure rather than leaving... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Larry Sypowicz
It lived up to the quality of all Robin Cook books. Worth reading.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very light reading. Basis of plot is interesting but could have been more developed. It's as if the author was hurrying to get done. The surprise ending was no surprise.Published 1 month ago by T. Mikkelson