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Cell Hardcover – February 4, 2014
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“Rare is the writer who can take us into the fast-paced, miraculous, often bewildering world of modern medicine the way Robin Cook can. CELL is a superbly crafted, full-steam thriller, to be sure, but also a vivid lesson in just how momentous are the advances being made in medicine almost by the day—and how highly unsettling are some of the possible consequences.”
—David McCullough New York Times-bestselling author of The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
"With Cell Robin Cook demonstrates why he is the undisputed king of medical thrillers. Can a smartphone app kill you? You'll believe it can after you read this story, which blasts along faster than a truckload of quad core processors. Equal measures a substantive social commentary that we will all soon have to deal with and a terrifying blood-and-guts tale of what lies right around the technology corner, Cook has delivered a home run worthy of the the writer who has consistently thrilled millions ever since his blockbuster Coma."
—David Baldacci #1 New York Times-bestselling author of King and Maxwell
“Robin Cook has been entertaining medical thriller fans for decades, but he does much more with his latest novel, Cell.... Cook has written a thought-provoking story.”
“Cook, ever the master of the medical thriller, combines controversial biomedical research issues with critical ethical concerns and gripping suspense. This outstanding and thought-provoking thriller will attract a wide readership.” —Library Journal
“Logical and surprising...Cook engages with serious medical ethical issues.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Robin Cook proves again he is the master of medical thrillers.” —Suspense Magazine
Top Customer Reviews
Mr. Cook is always on his soapbox making speeches in his books but in "Cell" he seems to have taken to a new level. If I were able to have a dollar for every time "sick care vs. health care" was mentioned along with comments about the shortage of primary care physicians I could probably go out for a nice dinner. The last few times I've read Robin Cook I've told myself I was not going to read him again. I think after this book I’ll remember.
The technology is already here, but this book raises the question of what happens if (1) there is a glitch in the technology and (2) what if the operators of the technology start rationing healthcare and attention by intentionally deciding who gets healthcare and lives,who does not and dies. Sound familiar? And all in your cell phone!!!
Good book, good story, good characters, well told, intriguing and mesmerizing.
But a word of warning: don't trust anyone.,
This book has one helluva an ending.....
If indeed the story is over?
Such is the stuff of this new sleep-depriving page-turner by Dr. Robin Cook, whose writing talent I had erroneously, in a previous review, reported in decline. Nothing wrong with this one: a current topic, plenty of med. tech. that will keep you consulting your Kindle Wikipedia connection, and a constant urge to find out what will happen on the next page.
The book opens with one of the App caused deaths - of the diabetic new fiance of Dr. George Wilson, who in the last book ("Nano") was loved by Paula (now CEO of the said software company), and spurned by Pia (who is mentioned, but does not appear). Paula's software company (actually contolled by someone else) is engaged in a beta test of this new App before going public. Several of George's patients, who are part of the beta test, die unexpectedly, and he starts on a dangerous quest to find out why - leading him to unexpected places, including jail, and the Affordable Care Act.
As one reviewer said, the Epilogue at first seemed a little flat - that is until you got to the double-double-cross at the very end!
Five stars! - I think one of Robin Cook's best.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Exciting, thrilling and brilliantly written, I highly recommend it for the creative mind and those interested in the world of telemedicine.Published 18 days ago by Reilentless
It really is such a shame that this book is so terribly bad considering how interesting the premise is. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great story! I could see something like this really happening!Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Good follow on to prior novel. Lots of suspense throughout and leaves you hanging at the end.Published 1 month ago by Keith Smith
An abrupt end like the earlier novel Nano. The perils of depending too much on technology well covered.Published 1 month ago by Shankaran Vaidyanathan
I have ready many Robin Cook novels. However, this is by far the most depraved of all that I have read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. A. Ramsay
Excellent. I really enjoyed this read. I admit, I am a true fan of Robin Cook. Thank you borsch creative, insightful, and timely subjects!!Published 2 months ago by Karen Guthrie
Enjoyed this book although it was a little bit more predictable than some of Robin Cook's other books that I have read.Published 2 months ago by Lynnette Moss