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Host (A Medical Thriller) Paperback – July 5, 2016
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“Spellbinding…Host is Robin Cook at his very best.”—Suspense Magazine
“Engrossing…Cook does a good job of making the medicine intelligible.”—Publishers Weekly
“A witch's brew of weird science and unbridled greed, Cook's newest medical thriller will boost the blood pressure of anyone facing hospitalization.”—Kirkus
“Brutally intense…A medical thriller cannot get any better than Host.”—Associated Press
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About the Author
Robin Cook, M.D., is the author of more than thirty books and is credited with popularizing the medical thriller with his groundbreaking and wildly successful 1977 novel, Coma. He divides his time among Florida, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Cook’s most recent bestselling novels include Cell, Death Benefit, and Cure.
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While I did finish the book, I honestly have no idea why I did so. It truly was a waste of time.
Having read Host, I may go back and see what Robin Cook books I've missed. The medical thriller portion of the book was intriguing and suspenseful and the action is great. (Note: the formula is still there. This really is very much like Coma.)
But you'll notice I gave this two stars. There was one major distraction. I liked the characters, but I loved Michael. He's handsome, smart, funny, and a good friend.
And black. Michael is black.
Normally, that isn't something I would tell you about a character. Unless it's central to the plot, his race isn't important. It's like hair color or eye color - just description. But I know Michael is black because the author reminds us every time Michael is in a scene.
Michael knows poverty. He's black.
He can speak intelligently or like he's from 'the hood'. He's black.
He can yell 'Mothaf____' at all the right moments (because top of their class medical students totally do this). He's black.
He knows what people are thinking about him when he talks to his best friend, who's a southern white woman. Because he's black.
And he can charm Russians because Russians love black people and, in case you haven't figured it out, Michael? He's black.
I was 60% through the book and I didn't really know much about our medical mystery, but you know what I did know? Michael...was black.
Now if only his being black HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE STORY.
The thing is that Robin Cook is a good guy. You can tell from his descriptions of Michael that Cook thinks racism is idiotic. He loves his own character and Michael is a really good one. But there was so much emphasis on his race that, instead of worrying over the characters and the dangerous people they were encountering, I was just racing to see how Cook would emphasize Michael's blackness in the next chapter.
I'll accept that maybe it's just me, but SPOILER ALERT!!!! Michael...is black.
Robin Cook usually writes wonderfully interesting medical mysteries. This one – not so much. The story itself was interesting (innocent patients sent into coma and used as drug production bodies); however, the characters were pretty flat and characterless and the ending just – ended. There was no satisfying conclusion or resolution. Was it terrible – no – it just wasn’t up to his usual excellence.
3 of 5 stars