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Foreign Body Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 5, 2008
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With the cost of surgery marginally lower in India than in America, it seems like a no-brainer. Especially considering the surgeries are done in first-rate medical facilities by extremely qualified doctors, the families are put up in five-star hotels, and patients and loved ones are given every consideration. However, what appears to be a great deal soon turns into a nightmare. None of these patients expect to pay with their lives in order to save financially.
These three seemingly healthy people suddenly die one after another, all of apparent heart attacks. Is there a problem with the care they've received? Did they have underlying and undiagnosed heart problems no one was aware of? Or is there something more sinister going on here?
When Jennifer Hernandez, a fourth-year medical student at UCLA, learns of her grandmother's death via a CNN news report, she is shocked. She had no idea that the woman who raised her was even traveling to India for surgery, and intends to investigate this unexpected tragedy. A post-surgery heart attack in an individual who had a thorough cardiovascular checkup only months before makes no sense to this burgeoning doctor.
The fact that the representative from the Queen Victoria hospital is pressuring Jennifer for an immediate answer regarding either cremation or embalming also strikes her as odd. While she realizes that in India bodies are taken care of almost immediately after death, she does not appreciate being coerced into a decision.Read more ›
Answer: All of them!
Cook is simply a One-Note-Johnny, who hasn't had an original idea since "Coma". This sorry book is no exception; a simple regurgitation of the same old story line, featuring some of the same old characters from previous books, going through the same old tired motions, against the same old villainous types. The only difference here is that the locale has been changed to India, the only fresh breeze of originality in the entire book.
I was so bored that last night I finally gave up on this waste of paper a little over halfway through at Chapter 23.
Further adding to the laugh factor this time, Cook's villainous cabal of murderers are so inept and incompetent that in their attempt to discredit "medical tourism" to India, they leak the news of each of the patients' deaths to CNN, which airs the stories immediately, even before the dead patients' next of kin are notified of the deaths, thereby ASSURING that they leave a trail of suspicion in their own wake.
These idjits were so incompetent it was laugh-out-loud absurd, like The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight.
Good grief! Doesn't anyone at Putnam have the guts to tell Cook he's nothing more than a self-plagiarizing bore?
I'd give this minus stars if I possibly could. Save your money.
The plot was great, in my opinion, and the action did keep my attention for a while. However, the ending was a huge let down. It seemed obvious that Mr. Cook had no idea how to end the story, so he just threw something in at the end in order to wrap everything up a bit too quickly and too neatly.
Too add insult to injury, there were several punctuation and grammatical errors throughout the book. Simply poor writing and poor editing. I wish I hadn't wasted my money on this one.
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In spite of its medical slant and setting in the subcontient it is till a potboiler.Published 1 month ago by Watts
I have read Cook for over 30 years this was one of the most uninspired books of Dr. Cook that I have ever read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Margaret A Florio
The plot was somewhat predictable, but the characters are well developed. Another 40 pages would have made this a better book.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good story with interesting characters and an excellent plot. Definitely a fast moving and entertaining read.Published 4 months ago by Margaret Carley
I always enjoy Robin Cook novels so this was a treat. I love to travel, so the aspects of international medical practices, specifically Americans going to India for important... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gram2
Just average. Takes place in India, for the most part, so lots of difficult Indian names to read. Nice description of parts of the country itself. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Darryl
Monotonous and exaggerated. Does not match the standard of earlier books. Still worth reading as an aspect of medical tourism.Published 13 months ago by Kindle Customer