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Nano Hardcover – December 4, 2012
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Pia Grazdani, the heroine of Cook’s previous thriller, Death Benefit (2011), has relocated from New York to Colorado, where she’s taken a job at Nano, a cutting-edge nanotechnology company. Though Pia thinks she’s found a safe haven there, she begins to suspect that Nano might not be as transparent as the charismatic CEO, Zachary Berman, makes it out to be. While jogging on her lunch break, Pia stumbles across a Chinese man in cardiac arrest. She revives him and rushes him to the hospital only to have Zachary and Nano security guards spirit him right out of the ER. Wondering what the company could be hiding, Pia resolves to gain access to a secure building at Nano, even if it means having to get close to Zachary, whose infatuation with her borders on obsession. As in any Cook novel, the scientific details are fascinating, but here the characters are underdeveloped, and the constant objectification of Pia by almost every man who crosses her path wears thin. --Kristine Huntley
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“Excellent…a perfect protagonist for a thriller — gutsy, tenacious, expert in the martial arts and willing to take risks to get to the bottom of a mystery. NANO is one of Cook’s best.”
“The scientific details are fascinating.” —Booklist
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As for the story line, this book drags on and on. It gets really boring. I only finished it because I paid good money for it. What I have said so far, is my opinion of the book. Now I want to give my opinion of, Dr. Robin Cook, for trying to force me to buy another book. I believe an author makes an unwritten contract with the reader. If the reader gives him money for what he has written, he will do his best to provide the reader with the advertised product. Unless I missed it, there was no mention that a second purchase would be required to find out what happened to the characters in this book. I wouldn't have bought the next one anyway, because I really don't like the characters and the story line is boring. But, just on principle I won't buy a book when the author is trying to force me to buy his product again. He could have given this book a satisfactory ending and still written a third book in the series. If this book was good, people would buy the next book because they want another good read. But the trick won't work, because I doubt that most people care what happens to, Pia. I sure don't.
The problem is, the bad parts are Really Boring because of repetition and just bad writing. The plot is hard to buy. First you meet Pia, another anti-social knock out, a character that is becoming a cliche in Dr. Cook's novel. She apparently had some psychiatric disorder from her abusive childhood which renders her so rude and self absorbed that when an old friend comes to visit, she ignores him to the point that he has to insist she accompany him to buy some food so that he can eat - but in protest she refuses to get dressed and sits in the car in her robe. Really??
The plot just gets more ridiculous with the writing becoming equally as bad. I quote "she saw a male figure laying face down, legs straight and arms stuck out to the side, as if he had been crucified and tipped off the cross and onto the ground. He didn't seem to be moving. . . Her intuition told her the man was in trouble." Really? Her Intuition told her? A Columbia Medical School graduate needs to rely on intuition to know that a person laying face down and not moving is in trouble? Lassie would have known and she only went to Obedience School.
Her first reaction is that she doesn't possibly know enough to help this man because she has forgone her medical residency for research. We then spend the next 20 pages with her insisting to anyone that will listen, that the man was in full cardiac arrest when she found him.
It just gets more absurd as the ER doctor allows her to perform an exam on this man and take blood. (Doctors don't take blood!) The Hospital administrator accepts thousands of dollars in cash for his bill - from the representative of the Evil Corporation- and 'Pia-the-anti-social' says more to the ER doctor in 15 minutes than she does to her friend in a long weekend. And we are graced with more wonderful writing when Pia discovers she is acting normal and "A red flag went up in Pia's brain" (about the ER doc she has just met) "because he was a man, a good-looking man." On the next page we are reminded that Pia is "undeniably gorgeous with exotic features and lovely skin. . . he was enthralled with her." Of course he was enthralled with her, apparently the ER is filled with people in soiled scrubs and hair suggesting they arrived to work in a convertible. Who wouldn't fall for an exotic hottie in running togs and a doctor's coat.
The dialog is terrible, the main plot is repeated ad nauseum and I found myself wondering if Dr. Cook's editor was on vacation. If I didn't know that publishing was all digital now, I would swear the editor threw the manuscript up in the air and then just worked on the pages that landed on the desk.
After 150 pages, I don't think I can read anymore.
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