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Quit Your Whining
on October 25, 2011
As I read others' review of this book, I would like to say, "Quit your whining." Is it Cook's best book? Absolutely not? Is it his worst? I don't know, as I have read only about 75% of his many books. But it is an extremely interesting book. To say "I'll never read or buy another Robin Cook book" seems a tad melodramatic to me. That being said, it did seem at times to be someone else writing the book; I will admit that.
Cook does delve into the "mystical," but comparing it to Dan Brown is a little far-fetched. While he challenges alternative medicine, especially chiropractic, and it does seem to be sort of randomly placed in the plot (he actually "drops" the subject altogether half-way through the book), it certainly makes for an interesting sub-plot, and provokes intelligent thinking, if even in a controversial manner.
As far as Jack Stapleton's behavior goes regarding his son with cancer, it is in keeping with his (Jack's) personality that Cook has taken years to develope. Would you, I, or most people behave that way? Of course not; but I was not surprised that Jack did.
Does Cook try to "prove" the divine with science? Not at all. He clearly wants the reader to decide, and in no way, shape, or form "preaches" at the reader. The whole plot invention is quite interesting, and though vaguely resembles other stories we have heard in the "post-Dan Brown" era, is truly unique.
The biggest complaint I have is the suddenness with which he wraps up the story. It seems a little hurried and forced. In my humble opinion, the ending (epilogue) is actually a perfect solution to the conundrum he created by writing the story to begin with. After all is said and done, it is the reader who must decide if a miracle occurs or not. Honestly, we all bring our own prejudices, presuppositions, and beliefs to the table before we read page one. I am confident that regardless of your tendency to be spiritual, skeptical, or somewhere in between, you will have thought deeply before you close the book and place it on your bookshelf.