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The ever-popular and prolific Cook (Fatal Cure, Audio Reviews, LJ 9/15/94) sets his latest medical thriller in Equatorial Guinea, Africa. Dr. Kevin Marshall worries that he has traded his ethics for a gleaming futuristic lab. Meanwhile, stateside, Dr. Jack Stapleton, a forensic pathologist, is deeply troubled by an unidentified body that is missing various parts. Jack and his colleague, Laurie, identify the corpse as that of a Mafia kingpin, and their investigation leads them to Africa. Narrator Boyd Gaines is superb. The producer, however, would do well to abandon the tiresome and distracting sound effects that serve only to lend an old-time radio feel to the production. Missing are end-of-side cues prompting listeners to flip or change tapes. For popular fiction collections.?Terrill Persky, Naperville, Ill.
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The good doctor exploits organ transplants and genetic engineering in a novel published to coincide with the airing of the NBC-TV movie Robin Cook's Invasion in April. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 460 pages
  • Publisher: The Berkley Publishing Group; 1st edition (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425161242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425161241
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Doctor and author Robin Cook is widely credited with introducing the word 'medical' to the thriller genre, and over twenty years after the publication of his breakthrough novel, Coma, he continues to dominate the category he created. Cook has successfully combined medical fact with fantasy to produce a over twenty-seven international bestsellers, including Outbreak (1987), Terminal (1993), Contagion (1996), Chromosome 6 (1997) and Foreign Body (2008).

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By AntiochAndy on May 27, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Robin Cook, doctor turned writer, has produced a bundle of popular books in the "medical thriller" genre. I've read most of them, so it is fair to say that I generally enjoy Dr. Cook's work. His medical knowledge and use of topical ideas from the health care field make his tales intriguing, and they are always fast-paced. Unfortunately, character development is not a priority, and Cook's plots have tended to become increasingly predictable and far-fetched.
CHROMOSOME 6 is an improvement over some of Dr. Cook's other recent books. He divides the action between the U.S. and an African research facility, and he raises some genuine concerns with regard to cloning and bio-engineering. Also, he brings back a likeable protagonist (Dr. Laurie Montgomery) from a previous book. The action is non-stop, so boredom isn't a problem.
On the downside, though, Cook's plots have become very predictable. There is plenty of action but few surprises. Characterization also remains a problem. Besides the general lack of depth, Cook's mafiosi are so stereotypical that they're more laughable than sinister, and the behavior of the two main female characters at the African site in the face of mercenary troops and flying bullets is totally unbelievable. Finally, as several other reviewers here have mentioned, the story ends quite abruptly, as though the author suddenly ran out of space.
CHROMOSOME 6 isn't, IMO, Robin Cook's weakest book (I'll leave that honor to INVASION), but it's a long way from being one of his best. Unless you're a diehard fan, I'd advise that you skip this one. There are lots of better books out there, including several of Cook's earlier efforts.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By WendyInWA on August 27, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a thrilling novel about some scientists in Africa that are using cloning to create subhuman monkeys using bonobos so that their body parts can harvested for the specific human who is matched with the animal, and about a medical examiner named Jack Stapleton who discovers at the morgue in New York City while working that something strange is going on. He notices during an autopsy that a man had had a liver transplant but for some reason he has trouble finding out where and when and also the man didn't need anti - immunity drugs, in other words the body did not try to reject the liver. Jack digs deep to find the answer and the two plots finally connect. I really liked Jack Stapleton's character, and his co - worker, Laurie Montgomery, and enjoyed them in Contagion and Vector also. I felt I was educated as I read the book, it was very well detailed with scientific and medical information, but not boring, book keeps a good pace. An exciting read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1999
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I don't know whether it was a case of a bad abridging job or if the actual novel had the same problem, but after spending several hours listening to this compelling story of genetic manipulation and corporate greed, I was severely let down by the lackluster ending. As I listened, I kept thinking, "The last tape's almost over...they can't possibly wrap it up this fast." But they did, and I was left wanting more. What happened to GenSys? What happened to Jack and Laurie and Kevin and all the rest? What was the fate of the creatures? Was Cook leaving the door open for a sequel? I sincerely hope so, because otherwise this was just bad storytelling.
My other complaint about the audio version is the reader, Boyd Gaines. I found his attempts to do different voices annoying--the women all sounded vaguely ditsy, and his "Noo Yawk" accents for the Italian organized crime figures bordered on offensive. I would have preferred a less "dramatic" reading.
Chromosome 6 is a good story that raises a lot of interesting issues, but the ending disappoints.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ShayK on December 14, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was very disappointed with this novel. I have heard from so many people that Robin Cook writes such good medical thrillers. So decided to read this book as part of my research into how society and literature depicts geneic engineering in animal species. This was definately the worst book of the many that I read. The plot was unbelievably bad, the characters were underdeveloped and the "bad guys" horribly sterotypic. Additionally the characters behaved in ways that were senseless. There are many other books that deal with this subject/premise. I felt as if I wasted my time with this one.
I recommend Sims by F. Paul Wilson or Dark Inheritance by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear. Both have more believable characters and offer much more suspense.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By quickquib on March 12, 2005
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This is a horrible book. I liked "Abduction", but Chromosome 6 is a piece of trash in comparrison. The main problem is the characters. They are ridiculously unreal. At one point, there are two female characters who coerce a workmate into visiting an island although they're in the jungle, and they know that guerilla soldiers are all around the island. It's like they don't care about life. Not only that, but they talk like a couple of barbies, like for example: It would be totally fun to check out that island. Good idea, Melaine, why didn't I think of that!

The girl's first attempt at reaching the island is disasterous. Guards shoot at them then arrest them. A few hours later when they are released. One of the fearless girls says something like: That totally pisses me off. I'm going to get on that island if it's the last thing I do. The other fearless girl agress, and that same night, they are trying a different route to get to the island!

They want to get onto the island to check on some monkeys they've been experimenting on.

They try again and then get shot at again, but this time they are able to run away without being arrested. The next day they try again! Meanwhile, they call their male companion a chicken for not wanting to go with them because he's scared of being killed! They rationalize every moronic thing they do. They say something like: They certainly won't expect us to do it again. So we should do it! Duh!

When they get to the island, they find the monkeys, but these monkeys are big. Almost two hundred pounds. For the next few pages, these three idiots are debating whether they sould approach these monkeys for, "a better look," but they are afraid they might scare them away! What! Scare away two hundred pound wild animals?
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