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In this uneven medical thriller from bestseller Cook (Foreign Body), Dr. Jack Stapleton, a New York City forensic pathologist who lost his first wife and their two children in a plane crash, is devastated when his newborn son by his second wife is diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma. As a diversion from his efforts to find a cure for his son, Stapleton seeks to expose unscrupulous practitioners of alternative medicine. In particular, he investigates the death of a healthy woman whose vertebral arteries were damaged by a chiropractor. Then the plot swerves into Da Vinci Code territory as two of Stapleton's college friends—the archbishop of New York and an archeologist—battle over skeletal remains that may be those of the Virgin Mary. When the characters themselves comment on the events as something out of a horror movie or a book, suspension of disbelief becomes even more of a challenge (e.g., He felt like he was a participant in a kind of unfolding real-life mystery-thriller). (Aug.)
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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 most recently Foreign Body (2008).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (June 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425235386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425235386
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,544 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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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By C.Wallace VINE VOICE on August 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After just finishing a sloppily written/poorly edited book by another author, it was a pleasure to encounter Robin Cook's smooth, error-free prose. Intervention rolls steadily along like old man river for the first two-thirds or so, although I would not say it's breathtakingly exciting.

The three main characters were chums in college. Now, they are all successful men in their fifties living in New York. Jack, easily the most likeable of the three, is a forensic pathologist for the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. He performs autopsies and determines the cause of death for people who apparently did not die naturally. Shawn is a prominent archaeologist based at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with an interest in early Christian history. He's willing to bend/ignore the rules to advance his career. James is the Catholic archbishop of New York City. He too is ambitious and hopes to rise even higher in the Church.

Jack, whose first wife and two children were killed in a plane crash, is now married to a colleague at the OCME. As the novel opens, he is troubled by his infant son's serious illness, which does not seem to be responding to medical treatment. This contributes to Jack's interest in alternative medicine, as does the death of a young woman which was apparently caused by a negligent chiropractor.

Shawn uncovers evidence in Egypt and Rome which appears to rock cherished Catholic beliefs. His findings focus on what's inside an ancient ossuary, dated at 62 A.D. If you know what an ossuary is, the title of this review will mean something to you. If you don't know what an ossuary is, you will soon enough if you read this book.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Jo Christine Heintz on August 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This couldn't have been written by Robin Cook. It was the WORST book I ever read. Talk about trying to cash in on the Dan Brown train! Nothing in this book was remotely believable. If my infant son had cancer I don't think I would be playing basketball, going to dinner parties and winging to Rome for a diversion!!! Give me a break. I fell asleep reading this too many times to count and normally I can't put a Robin Cook down. Will the real Robin Cook please stand up!
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Photographer on November 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This has to be the worst book that I have ever read. I must admit, I didn't really read all of it, it was so bad that I skimmed most of the second half. First we get 100 pages of Jack Stapleton ranting at chiropractors, acupunturists and homopaths. This was actually the best part of the book with actually some forensics. Suddenly, this thread is dropped and we are spirited away to Cairo and the Vatican where Jack's old roommate is digging up Virgin Mary's bones. Of course, Jack's other roommate is the Archbishop of New York (stop giggling) who doesn't want the secret of the bones revealed. The bone digger-upper's wife just happens to be a DNA expert and connects Virgin Mary to Eve (stop laughing). The Archbishop next sends a hitman to kill the bone people. The book ends when Jack flys to Israel to visit a present day Palestinian woman who has the same DNA as Eve and the Virgin Mary and she heals Jack's infant son that had cancer. Sorry for revealing the plot, but if I save some poor soul from buying this book I have at least done some good service.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Chicagofan on December 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This perhaps was the worst book I've read in the past ten years or so. The first half we're preached at incessantly on the dangers of alternative medicine. The second half seemed to be written by a different author altogether. I hated this book, unlike some of the other reviews I finished the book. It was an awful experience that left me very angry. I will think twice before reading another robin cook novel. I think it's time he get back to his roots and writes a solid medical mystery with fresh characters. I for one think the whole jack stapelton character is played out. Let the reader beware!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Texasbrit on September 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Boring! Boring! Boring! I think I have read all of Robin Cook's books and this is by far the worst. It seems like the author was writing two or three different books and tried to meld them into one. If I wanted to read yet another book about religious dogma and tracking down religious artifacts (which I don't) I would read Dan Brown. And the ending was completely unsatisfactory - it looked like the publisher called up and said "we need this book tomorrow" and Robin Cook obliged. A very poor effort.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By W. Paul Blakey on October 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've read many of Cook's novels and though they tend to be formulaic, they are usually well written and cleverly plotted. Intervention - not so. This is a mish-mash of unrealistic Dan Brown (let's walk into the Vatican with a bag of tools, climb underneath Peter's tomb and chip out a 40 pound ossuary in an hour or so, that just happens to contain the bones of Mother Mary), combined with what appears to be the author's thinly disguised attack on alternative medicine.

If the hero, Jack Stapleton, is an example of medical forensic's best offering, then heaven help the human race is all I can say.

A thoroughly disappointing book that should have never seen the light of day. Though considering the miraculous healing of Stapleton's child at the end (yes I'm giving away the big surprise - the kid does not die, he is healed by visiting the Palestinian descendant of Jesus' mother), the fact that this book made it past the editing staff is something of a miracle itself.

What? How could mother Mary have descendants? We thought she died and ascended like her well known son? According to the plot she may have had as many as a dozen children, and since modern medicine can track mitochondrial DNA with such accuracy, Stapleton was able to trace one of them.

Take a break Cook. Don't read any more Dan Brown. Stick to the medical thriller.

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