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Coma [Kindle Edition]

Robin Cook
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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Book Description

They called it "minor surgery," but Nancy Greenly, Sean Berman, and a dozen others—all admitted to Boston Memorial Hospital for routine procedures were victims of the same inexplicable, hideous tragedy on the operating table. They never woke up. . . .

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Editorial Reviews


"Gripping, terrifying, fast-paced suspense."
The New York Times

"Unnerving . . . will lower your temperature."

"Strikes a deafening chord of terror."
The Washington Post

"A chilling, fast-moving suspense thriller . . . un-put-downable."
The Boston Globe

About the Author

Dr. Robin Cook is the author of thirty previous books, most recently Nano, and is credited with popularizing the medical thriller with his wildly successful first novel, Coma. He divides his time between Boston and Florida. His most recent bestsellers include Death Benefit, Cure, and Intervention.

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  • File Size: 510 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B000YPE8ZO
  • Publisher: Signet; Anniversary edition (November 5, 2002)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F3KXN38
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,663 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars detailed and well-written October 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book "Coma" by Robin Cook is about four medical students entering the freighting world of medicine. The time is February of 1976. Three of the medical students are male and one is female. During this time it was very hard for a female to succeed as a doctor. It is even harder for Dr. Susan Wheeler to succeed when she uncovers a horrifying deception. The deception she uncovers is that a select group of senior doctors at Memorial Hospital are taking patients into minor surgery and making sure they do not ever wake up. The patients are not dead; they are in a comatose state. Susan discovers they are harvesting the patients' body parts. She is out to uncover the truth even if it means risking her own life.
"Coma" is very well-written. It has a lot of great description of the characters and their surroundings. The author also gave very vivid description to the operations and procedures performed in a hospital atmosphere. Although the book was very well-written and the author did a great job of putting the reader in the scene, to read this book one must have a fair amount of learned medical terminology. The author uses a lot of very highly technical medical terms, which makes the reading very hard if one is not sure what is going on. Other than this the book is very suspenseful and great reading.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent plot; vapid characterizations July 15, 2005
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There is one thing for sure; Robin Cook is definitely a doctor. Due to the nature of the novel I was more than prepared to have a fair amount of medical terminology and jargon thrown at times it was a bit tedious and the explanations quite lengthy, but for the most part the subject matter kept me interested. However, I was surprised at how sterile and predictable the main characters were written. Susan Wheeler is not only brilliant, but so stunningly beautiful that every male character's inner dialogue (and yes, I do pretty much mean every male) must endlessly muse about how "dynamite" her figure must be under those sexy scrubs. In fact for a good chunk of the book, the sole purpose the character Dr. Bellows served was someone to remind us how gorgeous and virile-looking Susan is. But of course, Wheeler herself feels that her profession has actually "neutered" her sexual appeal and confidence as a woman. Right. Really, Susan was not likeable and it had nothing to do with her seeming perfection. Her sense of entitlement is cloying, and she seemed unable to comprehend that you don't throw attitude towards your superiors on your FIRST DAY OF ROTATION. She simply was not human enough to sympathize with, which is a shame, because there were several instances which I did agree with the gist of her feelings regarding the unfair ways women are treated in the workplace.

Aside from the characters, the actual dialogue of the entire book is far too technical. And when I say technical, I don't mean in terms of medical terminology, because I said before, that was to be expected. But for example, one part of the book was describing you guessed it, Bellows attraction to Susan. It went something like, "Bellows felt his hypothalamus react to the smooth flesh of Susan's bosom". Uh, okay.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Author Robin Cook, M.D, published the spine-chilling shocker, written in only two weeks, Coma, in 1978. Cook, not always a novelist, graduated from Columbia University in 1966 and began his work at Harvard University a few years later as a medical doctor. Cook began his writing to get people's awareness dealing with current medical issues that would enlighten the public. Cook's technique involves using his knowledge of medicine and surgery to give clear and accurate descriptions throughout the medical mystery.
Coma takes place in Boston Memorial in the late 1960's. Third year medical student, Susan Wheeler, begins what she thought would be a normal hospital rotation until numerous patients who underwent normal, routine surgery but never awoke and slipped into a irreversible coma. Over a brief period, several events take place. From an unsightly eye, as well as ear-full in the hospital morgue, to endless pursuits lead by an estranged hired hit man, to an illegal institute that had other plans in mind for the comatose patients, other than care. The non-stop entities make for an excellent sci-fi novel. Susan Wheeler is on a personal mission to find an explanation as to why over twelve patients have slipped into irreparable comas after standard surgery in the abominable OR #8.
Cook organized Coma as a diary anecdote. Each new 'chapter' is headed by the date and time to give a precise account of the events that did and will take place. Cook's style of writing stays constant throughout the novel, he is very persuasive yet logical in his writing. Each major event that occurs is not so obvious as to what the outcome will be, yet once uncovered, it makes perfect sense.
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37 of 50 people found the following review helpful
By Pheebie
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Cook's writing in this novel is mediocre, at best. Yes, his in-depth knowledge of medicine is evident, but maybe a little too evident. Case in point, when he's describing the main character, Susan Wheeler, he says of her physical appearance that she had, " . . . that American, Californian style that made eyes turn and hypothalamuses awaken." Oh, please! That description is, for lack of a better word, cheesy. Who describes someone in such medical terms? It's the kind of comment one doctor might make to another, but for the general reading public, it's just bad - laughably bad. This is only one example. There are several others where it seems the author wants to ensure the reader recognizes his abundant medical knowledge, when his energies would have been better spent focusing on character- and plot-development.
Another hurdle I couldn't overcome was his writing style. He often introduces a character, then repeatedly refers to the character by name when a simple pronoun would suffice. "To Bellows it was incomprehensible how an individual could do so much bodily damage to himself and still keep it up. Bellows did not smoke; Bellows had never smoked. It was incomprehensible to Bellows . . . " I felt like screaming, "Yes, I understand you're talking about BELLOWS!"
I know it sounds as though I'm being petty, but bad writing really bothers me, and this book seems to be chock-full of it. Maybe when I return this book to the library I'll check out another one of Cook's novels, just to give him a fair shot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Robin Cook - Excellent
Loved the book and surprise, suspenseful ending. You can always trust Robin Cook to give you a thrilling read! I highly recommend "Coma"!!
Published 1 month ago by Mimi
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic
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I thought this book was just fantastic, and could hardly put it down from start to finish. Robin Cook is a very gifted science fiction writer---I wonder if this cold be happening... Read more
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Published 3 months ago by deborah lazaldi
4.0 out of 5 stars Still relevant!
It's an interesting story with intrigue, suspense, and a little romance! I loved it 30 years ago, and I still really liked the second time around!
Published 3 months ago by thokon
5.0 out of 5 stars Coma
I have given this book this rating because it is a good book I have read it in paperback and I am very happy that it is now on Kindle Fire. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lorna C. DuBourdieu
4.0 out of 5 stars Robin cook fan
This was a great read and was a wonderful addition to my collection. It kept me very involved until the end
Published 4 months ago by Deebabe57
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Medical Thriller
Coma, one of Robin Cook’s earlier bestselling novels, opens with Nancy Greenly going to Memorial Hospital for a routine D&C. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coma
Very interesting mystery, thriller with a twist from the beginning to the end, master disguised that's cleverly planned and most of all very enjoyable to read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Clarita Juson
3.0 out of 5 stars boring
This book was very repetative and got to be very boring. I stopped reading it half way through. I would not recommend it to anyone.
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More About the Author

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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