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Chromosome 6 Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1998
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Robin Cook, M.D., is the author of more than thirty books and is credited with popularizing the medical thriller with his wildly successful first novel, Coma. He divides his time among Florida, New Hampshire, and Boston. His most recent novels include Host, Cell, and Nano.
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As to futuristic prediction, how the author, who wrote this book back in the early 1990's, able to "crystal ball" the current 2014 TV documentary "The Real Apes of the Planet" is remarkable! In that document, it showed a Missouri-raised bonobo monkey who was able to start a fire and douse it with bottled water himself, let alone "points" or "clicks" to a computer image of his desired food ( because animals can not TALK like a human being). Go to the Internet and type "Real Apes of the Planet."
Concerning the idiotic audacity exemplified by the two female protagonists or characters of the novel, dragging the reluctant scientist Kevin into investigating the private island of the research cloned bonobos, was just incredible! In spite of forbidden no-trespassing signs and gunfire from hired mercenaries to guard the place, the three characters repeatedly ventured into that island. One time they got caught and arrested but later released.
Another time they were harassed by the bonobo monkeys themselves. But the the three kept on and on planning different methods to investigate the island. One reviewer mentioned " after being chased by the 200 lb monkeys, I would have ran for my life in the opposite direction and call it quits". Maybe lol to some, but I would have done the same thing! It seemed that the 3 persons don't believe in "Curiosity Kills the Cat"!
Finally, concerning the abrupt ending of the novel,it seemed that the author didn't know what to do with his characters as to what happened to them or what happened to the cloned monkeys. Maybe he was planning a sequel to this story. But the readers are advised to find out and judge for themselves. In closing, this is an educational novel. A great thing was that the author included a helpful Glossary of medical terms at the end. However I think he should have placed this at the beginning of the story.
In summary, I believe Chromosome 6 is worth reading. It is indeed thrilling and a page turner in spite of the above somewhat incredible observation.
Though the investigation of the two pathologists was awesome, it also faltered the pace of the story. Cook stuffed an excruciating amount of failed attempts at finding clues to further the investigation.
Kevin had the best character development. So did Jack, Laurie and Lou.
On the other hand, some characters seemed forced in the story. I tried really hard, but couldn't find a reason for Candace to exist, except to constantly agree with Melanie and act as a wonder object for the bonobos.
Also, why the hell would Warren and Natalie land themselves in the whole mess without any motivation?
However, the most infuriating character development was of Melanie. If I were Kevin, I would have shot her at some point. Her teenage-ish, stubborn 'bravery' landed her (and her buddies) on hot waters several times. But when the need arose, she cried out like a baby.
The most disappointing part, however, is the climax. It seemed like the author lost interest in the novel by the time he reached the end, and wrapped it up hastily. The protagonists seemed to breezed through Cogo, where I had expected a lot of action to happen, given the presence of the bonobos. Also, fates of a lot of characters went unexplained; to the extent where I had a feeling that the novel was missing several pages in the end. And it was an e-book.
Robin Cook's novels are always double-edged swords for me. Whenever I begin one, I am sure I will come across several gripping plot elements. Accompanying that excitement, however, is a fear that the storyline will falter somewhere for no reason at all.
I had better hopes for this novel, but it was only slightly better than my previously read disaster 'Mutation'.
oversight...man and chimps mistakenly ? get mixed with the result of an very, very ancient pre humanoid
who is up to making crude tools and fire...not to worry, those that get away from the experimental compound [with some human help] just want to go off and live in the jungle...good book for the "Mad Science has Gone to Far "...set if you know any.