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Godplayer [Kindle Edition]

Robin Cook
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Dr. Cassandra Kingsley is about to discover that neither her marriage nor her job is what she thought. And when she sets out to find the truth, it may just kill her.

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Editorial Reviews


"Nerve-wracking hospital horrors." Chicago Sun-Times

"A tissue-tingling thriller...keeps you poised on the sleek points of steel pins and flashing hypodermic needles." Detroit News

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 422 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OCXIU8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,131 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars deciding who should live or die January 16, 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
I enjoyed the book. The storyline was good but I thought the characters could have been developed a little more. This is a medical mystery. Cassandra Kinsley, who had been a pathologist resident but had switched to psychiatry because of her failing eyesight, is married to the top heart surgeon at the hospital. Their marriage is getting a little rocky and Cassandra thinks its her fault and then she discovers that her husband is taking drugs to help keep him going with his hectic schedule. To top it off, patients have been dying off that she and her former pathologist partner think is suspicious, but they haven't been able to discover how it is being done, then the pathologist dies after he has surgery and then when she has eye surgery she is almost killed. The book is action packed to the end.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just to have fun April 25, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Let me tell you that you'll read this book in no-time. But the end of the book is worthless, I think that the last pages RC said to his child to finish the book and he finished at his will. In the book are many loose ends that when you're reading the book seems important, but when you finish the book and you see that those stories never ended you'll be disappointed. I won't give you here these examples just in case you want to read the book. As always with all RC's books you'll think twice before going to an hospital.
Despite all of the above, you'll have a good time reading this book but don't expect an excellent end. Thinking better, don't expect anything at the book's end (the last two chapters and the epilogue.)
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book made me very very angry - even when I enjoyed it.

Here's the thing: Someone is killing patients at Boston Memorial, and the reasons are confusing - but two people are close to realizing that something is going on, so the killer must act. One, Cassi Kingsley, is a former pathology resident who has switched to psychiatry, and the other is her friend Robert, who is still in pathology. They've noticed a pattern in deaths that don't have proper explanations. Cassi's husband, Thomas, is a superstar of the cardiology ward, and a surgeon of top class - he wants her to stop, as if these deaths have a medical reason, it will bring down the hospital. And the murderer wants these investigations to stop as well, for obvious reasons.

Sounds neat, right? Well, it is. Except that the book was written in the 80s, and here's the 'getting mad' part.

Thomas is annoyed that Cassi is associating with a 'known homosexual' like Robert. Other homosexuals in the book are likened to AIDS as a sort of causal result of their lifestyle (this from a doctor, *sigh*). Oh, and when Cassi starts to wonder about her husband's sanity, everyone tells her to calm down, stand by her man, etc. She also constantly thinks things like, "If my husband left me, my life would fall apart! What would I do?!" He's emotionally abusive, and she takes it as if it is her due. Sexism is rampant throughout the book, Cassi has all the resolve of a wet noodle, never trusts herself without her husband's opinion, won't schedule necessary eye surgery because her husband hasn't chatted it over with her yet, and dear criminy I'll stop now, before I blow a vein or something. Urk.

Honestly, in its day I'll bet this was quite the reading experience, but in today's standards, Cassi reads terribly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Godplayer: Cardio-Horrer March 24, 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Godplayer, by Robin Cook, is a whole new ball-park in medical mysteries. This book explores th dark side of Cardiology, the study of the heart. I enjoyed this one a lot, it is a new and unique book by the leading author of medical thrillers!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good... January 22, 2000
By Lara
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It was a good book, but not one of Cook's best. I would recommend it to a Cook fan. If you've never read one of his books, though, I wouldn't start with this one. It's not up to his usual standards.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars In one word: predictable. September 19, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Robin Cook is undoubtedly one of the best writers in medical thrillers. Yet Godplayer was below his normal standard. During the first few pages, a reasonable understanding of the plot could be figured out. The name of the novel itself acted as a major clue. The character of Thomas Kingsley appeared as the stereotypical mad scientist/doctor who was overwhelmed by his own power. Its sole saving grace was the fact that it addressed the issue of doctors needing to decide who should live or die.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine book! June 7, 2002
By VladM
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Colorful, memorable characters, skillful story development, a lot of real, thriller-like suspense. Both talented and intelligent literature.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More depth than usual June 1, 2000
By Fiona
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Godplayer" is probably not the book for those that enjoy Cook for his fast-paced thrillers. In this one he takes his time to develop the characters and puts more focus on their emotions and relationships to each other. And, biggest surprise, it doesn't take the usual path of entering the bold knight at some point that rescues the lady in distress. For that Cook has to be applauded.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money
The book was not up to Robin Cook's usual riviting writing. It started off well, but then it got just plain boring. Save your money.
Published 5 days ago by birdlady
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Figured out who done it before the person was revealed.
Published 1 month ago by Alleice
4.0 out of 5 stars Godplayer
Good book, terrible ending. I thought the characters
were very interesting but the ending was terrible. Would give five stars if it wasn't for the final chapter.
Published 1 month ago by wfoley
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying
written with all Robin Cook intrigue. A real page Turner that is guaranteed to keep you up if you are ever hospitalized.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia N.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
Am a Robin Cook fan for many many years. His work is exceptional and tempts the reader to keep going to the end.
Published 2 months ago by K. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic novel
Godplayer is a medical mystery masterpiece. Written in a modern era and highlighting important issues like equality and sexual orientation, it is straight forward and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Craig Macaullay
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Cook is still the master of medical suspense
Robin Cook uses his novels to highlight an important trend in the medical culture. Godplayer is no exception--informative, interesting, and an exciting read.
Published 6 months ago by peter b
4.0 out of 5 stars Godplayer
Another good book by Robin Cook. Would recommend this book to any one who enjoys a fast pace thriller and mystery. Really enjoy all the books by Robin Cook.
Published 7 months ago by Martha Skwatt
5.0 out of 5 stars robin cook god player.
I have the pleasure reading Cook's stories, but lately I didn't find any stories by him. looking forward to a new medical twist by him.
Published 11 months ago by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Cook book
I love Robin Cook books. I just started it, and so far so good. Thanks again for having it thanks.
Published 12 months ago by Violeta Cortes Wittman
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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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