Pandemic

Pandemic

Robin Cook / Jun 24, 2019

Pandemic After a young seemingly healthy woman collapses suddenly on the NYC subway and dies by the time she reaches the hospital her case is initially chalked up to a virulent case of influenza That is unt

  • Title: Pandemic
  • Author: Robin Cook
  • ISBN: Pandemic
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  • Page: 335
  • Format: Hardcover
  • After a young, seemingly healthy woman collapses suddenly on the NYC subway and dies by the time she reaches the hospital, her case is initially chalked up to a virulent case of influenza That is, until she ends up on Dr Jack Stapleton s autopsy table, where Jack discovers something eerily fishy first, that the young woman has had a heart transplant, and second, that he After a young, seemingly healthy woman collapses suddenly on the NYC subway and dies by the time she reaches the hospital, her case is initially chalked up to a virulent case of influenza That is, until she ends up on Dr Jack Stapleton s autopsy table, where Jack discovers something eerily fishy first, that the young woman has had a heart transplant, and second, that her DNA matches that of the transplanted heart.Strangely, two incidences of young people with this same sudden and rapid illness crop up, and Jack fears that this could be the start of an unprecedented pandemic But the facts aren t adding up Something is off about these cases, something creepy, and it s up to Jack to figure it out before it s too late.Thus begins a race against time, during which Jack unveils the dark underbelly of the organ transplant market His name is Bui Zhao, a businessman and hospital board member who has been cheating the system by using organs and cells from chimeric pigs, via the gene editing biotechnology CRISPER CAS9, which allows pig genes to be inserted into living human cells.In a climactic and risky mortal showdown, Jack must face Zhao, the megalomaniac willing to risk the fate of the world to purse his commercial interests, if he wants to save the future of medicine Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 400 pages Published December 11th 2018 by G.P Putnam s Sons More Details Original Title Pandemic ISBN 0525535330 ISBN13 9780525535331 Edition Language English Series Jack Stapleton Laurie Montgomery 11 Other Editions All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Pandemic, please sign up Popular Answered Questions I wanted to read this book I noticed it was 11 in a series Do I need to read the others before this one, or could I read this one by itself like 56 days ago Add your answer Roger B To be honest, no I ve read many books from Robin Cook and so far all have been stand alone I think Jack and Laurie are the only character with a To be honest, no I ve read many books from Robin Cook and so far all have been stand alone I think Jack and Laurie are the only character with a series But they also face new situations in every book So, it s not necessary to read the previous 10, but my advice as the one who has read all of them is, read whichever possible They are absolute thriller I started reading Robin Cook from Chromosome 6 and was hooked Reading previous books will also help you understand relationship dynamics between Jack and Laurie Hope my answer helped Happy reading less flag See 1 question about Pandemic Lists with This Book Best One Word Book Titles 394 books 17 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 10, 2019 Misty rated it liked it Shelves 2019 Robin Cook s Pandemic is the eleventh book in the Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery series It is, however, the first of the set that I ve read Considering both the popularity of Cook s sizable body of work and his huge fan base, I expected so much In the end it was just not enjoyable.Generally, I avoid novels that feature the same characters over several volumes, and I do so for a number of reasons First, I have commitment issues Seriously I want to meet them, read about them and m Robin Cook s Pandemic is the eleventh book in the Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery series It is, however, the first of the set that I ve read Considering both the popularity of Cook s sizable body of work and his huge fan base, I expected so much In the end it was just not enjoyable.Generally, I avoid novels that feature the same characters over several volumes, and I do so for a number of reasons First, I have commitment issues Seriously I want to meet them, read about them and move on once I close the cover Second, in many same character series novels, I ve found that in addition to a single, driving plot, an inordinate amount of real estate is occupied by subplots examining evolving situations and relationships things that were established in earlier books If the reader hasn t read the earlier books, the characters lack that substance needed for one to fully engage I mention all of this because it is at the crux of my disappointment with this book Jack Stapleton and wife Laurie Montgomery are both NYC medical examiners, and it s clear from the start that their back story is complicated and complex, built upon over the course of the eleven novels in the series References are made to their family, their jobs and the tension between them references with vague explanations that left me feeling like an outsider, unable to appreciate them either individually or as a couple There just wasn t enough in this one novel to allow me to fully invest in what happened to either of them they were both incredibly unlikable I understand that the author is courting loyal followers, but here he is also alienating those new to the work Which brings me to the central plot I was drawn to the title because I thought it would be about aumndemic Spoiler it wasn t or it was but only tangentially I won t ruin it for you any further other than to say that the climax and conclusion were just a very weary so what Finally, I would be remiss if I didn t mention that Cook overuses the verb snapped seriouslythe guy loves the word , that there are entire pages that require a medical degree to explain, and that the dialogue here is unrealistic, stilted and dry All in all, I d skip this one and spend time reading something appealing flag 29 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Oct 08, 2018 Ashcclapp rated it it was ok I will first say that I have been a lifelong Robin Cook fan He and Mary Higgins Clark were my two favorite authors growing up and I will always have fond memories of their novels That bring said, this book ended up a mess I have always loved the stories with Jack Stapleton but this one had him being whiny, bratty, and, honestly, completely unforgivable Both in his professional and personal life, he was just a horrible example of a protagonist I never remembered him being this incorrigable a I will first say that I have been a lifelong Robin Cook fan He and Mary Higgins Clark were my two favorite authors growing up and I will always have fond memories of their novels That bring said, this book ended up a mess I have always loved the stories with Jack Stapleton but this one had him being whiny, bratty, and, honestly, completely unforgivable Both in his professional and personal life, he was just a horrible example of a protagonist I never remembered him being this incorrigable and I am not sure if Robin Cook is just losing touch with his character or so losing touch with how the world is today It was depressing to see one of my favorite characters fall from grace so hard.Additionally, the last third of the book was terrible The ending was so rushed with many questions left unanswered It made me feel like it was assuming the reader wasn t paying attention or didn t care So many loose ends and, on top of that, the fact that the main character doesn t even seem to learn anything from the situations he put himself in both at work and at home is SO ANNOYING How is reader supposed to connect with the main character when he has literally de evolved as a logical person since the beginning of the book The book had so many chances to make a positive statement, whether it be towards new medical technologies, autism, or even homosexuality It felt like it intentionally missed the mark the entire way, which is so sad.I hate to say it but maybe Robin Cook is past his prime Maybe Jack Stapleton has deserved to be laid to rest not literally in all the previous books that did him right All I know for sure is the younger reader in me is at least looking fondly back on the old Cook novels that cemented my love for thrillers My suggestion read those instead flag 7 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 18, 2018 Denise added it This is not science fiction A biologically active chimeric molecule CRISPR CAS9 can modify the genetic makeup of living cells The potential for use and misuse of this mechanism is quite promising on one hand and quite scary on the other This story featuring forensic pathologist Jack Stapleton of the New York City Office of Medical Examiners focuses on the use of CRISPR CAS9 in transplantation.A young woman who had a recent heart transplant collapses and dies on the New York subway Jack This is not science fiction A biologically active chimeric molecule CRISPR CAS9 can modify the genetic makeup of living cells The potential for use and misuse of this mechanism is quite promising on one hand and quite scary on the other This story featuring forensic pathologist Jack Stapleton of the New York City Office of Medical Examiners focuses on the use of CRISPR CAS9 in transplantation.A young woman who had a recent heart transplant collapses and dies on the New York subway Jack Stapleton performs the autopsy and is initially convinced that she succumbed to a particularly virulent strain of influenza Worried about the potential for an epidemic, and because the woman has no ID on her, Jack begins an intense investigation involving testing of body fluids and specimens by specialists and goes into the field to attempt to isolate the virus that caused this death There are no immediate new cases and that increases his confusion until the next woman dies It is obvious to him that this particular virulent organism is something completely new and it proves difficult to identify Can Jack figure out the origin and stop the spread of illness before people die NO SPOILERS.If you like science and medicine, this is a medical thriller that will keep you absorbed I couldn t put it down and read it over the course of a couple of hours I loved the details about the chimera and all of the forensic pathology and epidemiological investigation It s just as well that I could focus on the science because I can tell you that I can t stand Jack His personality is so annoying and fortunately I was able to ignore him most of the time while reading Considering what benefits to medicine and health that could be achieved with CRISPR CAS9 is mind boggling Alleviating organ shortage is just one possible positive use but there are many other indications But using it will come with a cost and it would be easy for ethical boundaries to fall making it dangerous in the wrong hands How to control something so revolutionary that almost makes the user a god like creator And because of the way the world is now, it s quite worrisome This particular book may be fiction, but the science of gene editing is, and will be, at the forefront of huge changes affecting everyone on the planet.I ve read all of Cook s novels despite not liking anything about his main protagonist, Jack Stapleton Medical thrillers are my favorite genre and I can highly recommend this to like minded readers flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 16, 2018 Nurse Lisa In Ohio PRN Book Reviews rated it liked it Shelves 3 3 5 stars, in a series, medical or health care drama, mystery other Great idea, so so story with a shockingly terrible ending, imo This felt like an entirely different author I LITERALLY kept checking for at the end as the ending was abrupt Oh well flag 6 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 22, 2018 Sue rated it it was ok This is a rather poor example of a medical thriller and a long, long way from the author s early books such as Coma The characters are wooden, the conversation is stilted and the plot downright boring and predictable Was it really written by Robin Cook The plot, such as it is, centres around a medical examiner pathologist Jack Stapleton who is churlish, childish, rude and sarcastic He has a very odd relationship with his wife Laurie, who also happens to be his boss He comes across a co This is a rather poor example of a medical thriller and a long, long way from the author s early books such as Coma The characters are wooden, the conversation is stilted and the plot downright boring and predictable Was it really written by Robin Cook The plot, such as it is, centres around a medical examiner pathologist Jack Stapleton who is churlish, childish, rude and sarcastic He has a very odd relationship with his wife Laurie, who also happens to be his boss He comes across a couple of strange deaths and goes off to investigate There s a Chinese billionaire, plenty of henchmen, some prima donna heart surgeons in a posh hospital and a slaughterhouse.The ending is abrupt and pert, and pretty much known because the core of the story is told in the prologue, so we know where it s going right from the start Having said that there are so many loose ends which did not get tied up, and many lost opportunities to weave CRISPR and upcoming techniques involving personalised medicine into the storyline fully Either Robin Cook has lost the plot or the publisher dumbed this book down If so, I wish they hadn t.And most importantly, there is NO PANDEMIC flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Victoria rated it it was ok The protagonist was a major ass, and the dialogue was painful Concept was interesting but poorly written Sad because I was excited about becoming a medical thriller fan, but I think I ll have to search a bit harder for a good one flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Cozy rated it really liked it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here may contain spoilers The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR CAS9.With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day if not already The main character is not a lovable character, but I appreciated that he was a bit realistic than some characters I have read in the past His focus on his work in order to avoid the circumstances of his reality is something may contain spoilers The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR CAS9.With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day if not already The main character is not a lovable character, but I appreciated that he was a bit realistic than some characters I have read in the past His focus on his work in order to avoid the circumstances of his reality is something I ve seen many doZ at times though, for a character that is supposed to be extremely intelligent, it felt like he was slow to connect the dots or to worry about certain safety concerns Overall, it was interesting and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys medical drama mystery however I did feel like the ending came about too swiftly and gave you a nice red bow to boot which I m not always fond of End result Enjoyable read with some facts that make me want to do some research on the advances made with this very real gene editing potential flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Sambasivan rated it really liked it My first book of the year is a not so typical Robin Cook thriller nevertheless keeps one s attention alive throughout The Chinese suzerainty on the future is here to stay and their hold on the latest medical technology can have really unprecedented consequences for the globe It seems of a non fiction and that makes this fiction a scary one flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 25, 2018 Alison rated it did not like it I am so disappointed with this book I have been a huge fan of Robin Cook s books and have read every single one but this one, I could not finish I got halfway through it and gave up too much description of where Jack is going on his bike, and to be honest I didn t like Laurie s character in this book, she seemed very bitchy and bossy there was also too much tech talk and not enough details about the patients themselves I just couldn t torture myself any by reading further very disappo I am so disappointed with this book I have been a huge fan of Robin Cook s books and have read every single one but this one, I could not finish I got halfway through it and gave up too much description of where Jack is going on his bike, and to be honest I didn t like Laurie s character in this book, she seemed very bitchy and bossy there was also too much tech talk and not enough details about the patients themselves I just couldn t torture myself any by reading further very disappointed flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Charla Cope rated it liked it This was my first medical thriller and the first book I ve read in this series I liked it but I felt like the ending was really rushed and disappointing I guess I expected something flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 02, 2019 Nancy Wieme rated it really liked it At the start of the story, I believe Cook was trying to illustrate the difficulty of government red tape IT MOVED LIKE A SNAIL The characters are interesting to quote Jack so I persevered The end result was good.Not his typical medical horror with screaming and bleeding and dying but it was still horrifying Something tipped me early as to where this was going maybe just a large number of Robin Cook books Still good flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 14, 2018 Leah rated it it was ok I really enjoyed the premisebut the characters were awful.Full thoughts to come flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Paige Turner rated it it was ok I have read and enjoyed every book written by Robin Cook and I can tell you that this book was not written by Robin Cook Either he s had a major change of personality, been replaced by an alien pod or he has allowed someone else to ghost write Pandemic because this book is nothing like his others Not the writing style, the behavior of the main characters or anything else It was as if I was reading a book written by someone elseand I think I was Not sure why Cook would do this, but in my b I have read and enjoyed every book written by Robin Cook and I can tell you that this book was not written by Robin Cook Either he s had a major change of personality, been replaced by an alien pod or he has allowed someone else to ghost write Pandemic because this book is nothing like his others Not the writing style, the behavior of the main characters or anything else It was as if I was reading a book written by someone elseand I think I was Not sure why Cook would do this, but in my bones, I know he did It took me 4 days to get through Pandemic, it was that boring and lack luster I normally read a book in 2 days All in all, I was disappointed with this book flag 1 likeLike see review View 2 comments Dec 13, 2018 Barb Lie rated it really liked it Pandemic by Robin Cook is the 11th book in his Jack Stapleton Laurie Montgomery series This is my first book in this series, but it read very well as a standalone I did enjoy this book, but I also had some mixed feelings, which I will go into later.After a healthy young woman collapses on a train and immediately dies, she ends up on the autopsy table of Dr Jack Stapleton, our hero Jack, who is widely respected in his field, notices some strange things when doing the autopsy The woman Pandemic by Robin Cook is the 11th book in his Jack Stapleton Laurie Montgomery series This is my first book in this series, but it read very well as a standalone I did enjoy this book, but I also had some mixed feelings, which I will go into later.After a healthy young woman collapses on a train and immediately dies, she ends up on the autopsy table of Dr Jack Stapleton, our hero Jack, who is widely respected in his field, notices some strange things when doing the autopsy The woman in question had a heart transplant a few months ago, but her heart was in perfect condition the organs of the deceased show signs of an unknown virus Jack becomes deeply involved in trying to determine the cause of death, as well as investigating who the deceased young woman was Jack was also warned by his wife, Laurie his boss not to involve CDC and other government organizations until he gets decisive evidence that this could be a dangerous pandemic The trails lead to a high tech successful hospital run by a wealthy Chinese businessman and hospital CEP, who has developed amazing results in organ transplants using bio technology The further Jack goes in his investigation, with some similar deaths, he finds himself in dangerous situations that put his own life in danger There are betrayals, with a few twists and turns I will not give spoilers so not to ruin the story.Not having read the other books in this series, I did read that Jack was well liked, but I must admit that for the most part, he did come across as surly, rude, ill mannered pretty much to everyone, except some friends This caused me to not really like the character too much, though he was brilliant What follows is an exciting last third of the book, where Jack despite everyone trying to stop him, gets closer to the truth However, I thought there were too many medical and scientific details, which can cause you to get lost easily.Pandemic was a good story and very well written by Robin Cook If you enjoy medical thrillers, with detailed descriptions, then I suggest you read Pandemic.BarbThe Reading Cafe flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Divya Palevski rated it liked it It was quite a page turner even with the predictable ending flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Steve rated it it was amazing It is always fantastic when Robin cook writes a new book Here, in PANDEMIC, M.E Stapleton encounters a new patient in his autopsy suite What is the cause and manner of death At first blush, it looks like the unknown female patient died of a heart attack and pneumonia like symptoms Upon investigation, Jack learns that the patient had undergone a heart transplant, but her DNA is a perfect match for her new heart, an impossibility.Eventually, Jack uncovers a mystery far treacherous and wi It is always fantastic when Robin cook writes a new book Here, in PANDEMIC, M.E Stapleton encounters a new patient in his autopsy suite What is the cause and manner of death At first blush, it looks like the unknown female patient died of a heart attack and pneumonia like symptoms Upon investigation, Jack learns that the patient had undergone a heart transplant, but her DNA is a perfect match for her new heart, an impossibility.Eventually, Jack uncovers a mystery far treacherous and wicked than he could have imagined, involving organ theft, transplantation of animal organs into humans, all of which may be happening close to home.Robin Cook is an old hand at creating medical suspense and intrigue that draws in the reader and keeps the audience turning the pages at an extra rapid pace PANDEMIC is another outstanding effort by this master craftsman flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 16, 2018 june3 rated it did not like it As medical academician, I adore so much of Robin Cook s work Unfortunately, Pandemic is far from his best The characters were stiff, stereotyped, almost cartoon like in their small emotional range There was only one story line, and no intersecting dramas that would have given the story greater depth What about David Zhao and his relationship to his father Why did Carol need a heart transplant Cardiomyopathy can be from many causes, some of them could have been included in the story What a As medical academician, I adore so much of Robin Cook s work Unfortunately, Pandemic is far from his best The characters were stiff, stereotyped, almost cartoon like in their small emotional range There was only one story line, and no intersecting dramas that would have given the story greater depth What about David Zhao and his relationship to his father Why did Carol need a heart transplant Cardiomyopathy can be from many causes, some of them could have been included in the story What about Carol s relationship with her parents We never really learned about transmission of this virus pathogen this plot point and many others were left dangling But to my mind, worst of all, the science medicine here was so limited In a good Robin Cook novel, the science is woven into the story, and his genius his ability to bring the technical aspects into human terms This was not the case in Pandemic For example, the term cytokine storm excessive inflammation found in response to a foreign substance, typically a replicating pathogen like a virus was used repeatedly without any real explanation to the largely lay readership Likewise, the process of xenotransplantation iransplanting organs from animals or grown in animals for use in humans does have serious concerns, among them, transmission of foreign viruses especially those to which we have no normal immunity No need for espionage here as part of the plot, or, if used, explain somewhere was was done and why Worst of all, he lost the opportunity to feature and to explain the revolutionary CRISPR CAS9 methodology, a direct means for genetic manipulation of mammalian cells in the context of a medical thriller In the end, this wasn t about a Pandemic Or really anything, unfortunately I m waiting for his next book flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Rachel rated it it was ok Listened to this on audiobook Even though I had been disappointed by some of his recent books, I was excited about this because I remember really liking the Stapleton series and the medical examiner premise in the past This ended up being another disappointment for me though, while I was listening to it the word that seemed to best summarize what I thought of it was tiresome It felt so heavy handed in trying to convey its messages, pretty directly stating and reiterating what felt like the sa Listened to this on audiobook Even though I had been disappointed by some of his recent books, I was excited about this because I remember really liking the Stapleton series and the medical examiner premise in the past This ended up being another disappointment for me though, while I was listening to it the word that seemed to best summarize what I thought of it was tiresome It felt so heavy handed in trying to convey its messages, pretty directly stating and reiterating what felt like the same points over and over view spoiler the dangers of gene manipulation, how easy it is to trigger an expensive false alarm for an epidemic, vaccines not causing autism hide spoiler Also, the introduction and first chapter explained so much that the mystery felt very obvious such that most of the book was just waiting for the main character to very slowly catch up Some of the investigation was interesting and I don t know how much of my frustration was just due to having the knowledge from the intro, but it felt like he was so dense in regard to figuring out the overall cause view spoiler Even with knowing that the DNA was identical and hearing about the work with genes from his tour of the hospital, he never seemed to suspect anything remotely close and had to have everything explained in detail which even that he couldn t listen to without interrupting to complain as he was about to get the answers to everything I m not really sure what plausible scenario he was suspecting with the information he had, since he seemed to eliminate the possibility of there being an actual donor heart that explained the data and yet still couldn t seem to think past some sort of donor fraud hide spoiler And the ending felt lame and didn t leave me entirely convinced that this particular scenario was proof of his main point view spoiler Yes, there was a very bad situation that resulted from the use of the gene editing technology, but it was a result of intentional sabotage And the people who did the sabotaging that caused people to die even came across as being at least sort of the good guys, since they were his protectors who conveniently revealed themselves by rescuing him hide spoiler flag Like see review Jan 19, 2019 Karen Towle rated it it was ok review of another edition Well, in typical Robin Cook fashion, the medical gee whiz plot concept was really cool Also in typical Robin Cook fashion, the writing made me want to tear my hair out The random dropping of impressive sounding words into plain sentences was incongruous The overused reminders of the main character s need to run which apparently means to play basketball on an outdoor pavement court and desire to lash out because he couldn t control himself were offputting The whole man can hardly co Well, in typical Robin Cook fashion, the medical gee whiz plot concept was really cool Also in typical Robin Cook fashion, the writing made me want to tear my hair out The random dropping of impressive sounding words into plain sentences was incongruous The overused reminders of the main character s need to run which apparently means to play basketball on an outdoor pavement court and desire to lash out because he couldn t control himself were offputting The whole man can hardly control him self, he s so darn macho thing is en vogue, sadly SPOILERS FOLLOW The ol I Believe button got pushed until it practically broke the same guy got chased out of opthalmology intoforensic pathology His dream family were killed, wife and children all, on their way to visit him during his path residency His new family one kid gets a rare brain cancerand then beats it, while the other winds up with autism Then the evil hospital that chased him away from his eye practice miraculously returns as a foil here I was waiting for Ed McMahon to arrive at the door with The Big Check Publisher s Clearinghouse lottery prize only to have it stolen by a raven who d been trained by the psy ops team of a foreign government But wait There s an evil foreign government involved in this book, too Maybe they left the shredded raven scene on the edit table I finished it because I wanted to read the med tech gee whiz stuff, which didn t really show up until the very end The ending was both contrived and predictable.I really wanted to like this book But I felt like I was reading Book 9 of Scott Pratt s seriesonly, the editor hadn t muscled in to explain the dissonance of an Irish cop kibitzing among many jarring expressions flag Like see review Jan 19, 2019 Natalie Mullan rated it it was ok I grew up reading and loving Cook s medical thrillers but it seems I ve definitely outgrown his latest offering This novel is so ridiculous I d hazard the writing of yet another ghost writer and one purely for profit I found it an insult to fans that a book this bad could be published.It s so bad I m not sure what to mention first Starting with the title this is not about a pandemic by any definition Secondly, you will read the phrase the 1918 influenza outbreak over and over again, I grew up reading and loving Cook s medical thrillers but it seems I ve definitely outgrown his latest offering This novel is so ridiculous I d hazard the writing of yet another ghost writer and one purely for profit I found it an insult to fans that a book this bad could be published.It s so bad I m not sure what to mention first Starting with the title this is not about a pandemic by any definition Secondly, you will read the phrase the 1918 influenza outbreak over and over again, ad nauseam and a few others equally repetitive phrases Thirdly , It takes 220 pages before the second person even dies Fourth, Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery return in this 11th instalment however, they ve undergone complete personality transplants Jack has become a whining, single minded, self centred excuse for a father husband He is entirely annoying Laurie, now a weak willed, spineless kowtowing wife to the narcissistneither parent displaying any admirable qualities one would ever consider emulating And finally, the most insulting plot a reader could be asked to invest inthe only redeeming quality in the entire rot is the gene technology and medical science Bar that, the plot does not even tie together logically It reads as though oh I ve hit 330 pages, let s wrap this BS up readers are morons they won t know any better.Utterly devastating to write a review of this nature about such a formally formidable author flag Like see review Jan 27, 2019 Laura rated it liked it In Pandemic, Robin Cook writes what could be a pretty good thriller His main character, Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner in NYC, is irreverent, funny, sarcastic, and brilliant as he chases down the cause of a couple of unexplained sudden deaths that have happened in the city s subway trains He gets himself into some big trouble, and has people after him because of his findings The scary part of this book is that some of the events related to the cause of the fatalities could actually happen In Pandemic, Robin Cook writes what could be a pretty good thriller His main character, Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner in NYC, is irreverent, funny, sarcastic, and brilliant as he chases down the cause of a couple of unexplained sudden deaths that have happened in the city s subway trains He gets himself into some big trouble, and has people after him because of his findings The scary part of this book is that some of the events related to the cause of the fatalities could actually happen What left me dissatisfied was that I felt the ending was a bit rushed, and some things were left hanging Additionally, I found it annoying when the author continually preached about anti vaxxers, and that the link between childhood vaccinations and autism is conclusively disproved Whether this is true or not is not my point It s just that he kept driving it home to the reader to the point of obnoxiousness This book is the eleventh in a series I hadn t read any of the previous books Maybe some of the dangling endings will be explained in book twelve, if there is one There were obvious points in the book where explanations were given about past events that I m sure were in the previous ten books in the series If you loved those, you ll probably like this book flag Like see review Jan 11, 2019 Bonnie Meche rated it really liked it review of another edition Given the title, I expected to jump head first into a story of massive trauma, medical drama, and a multitude of grisly deaths Nope Not even a smidgen of out of control infections, although there is a bit of raging public panic On the whole, however, this is a story of one man and his medical moral dilemma than a case of end of the world plague The hero of the piece is a NYC medical examiner who is driven by both professional hunger for knowledge and personal trauma, who is, perhaps, a Given the title, I expected to jump head first into a story of massive trauma, medical drama, and a multitude of grisly deaths Nope Not even a smidgen of out of control infections, although there is a bit of raging public panic On the whole, however, this is a story of one man and his medical moral dilemma than a case of end of the world plague The hero of the piece is a NYC medical examiner who is driven by both professional hunger for knowledge and personal trauma, who is, perhaps, a bit over the top in his reactions to mysterious circumstances, but whose instincts are pretty much spot on On the other hand, he is guilty, on occasion, of full blown naivete in his willingness to trust in the intentions of the rich and powerful, and he is also extremely lucky, getting rescued repeatedly from dire circumstances of his own making, by unexpected allies The ending is satisfying, although a bit ambiguous, as one is left to ponder whether or not on occasion the ends really do justify the means a question we may one day be forced to address in matters of medical research and life saving methods involving transplant technology All in all, a good, thought provoking read, rating 4 bright stars flag Like see review Jan 05, 2019 Julie rated it it was ok This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I thought this book would be about a pandemic, but it s really not It s about the idea of an epidemic The book is really a medical conspiracy mystery.I m not sure who the audience was people who know things about medicine or people who don t know things about medicine I think the point was to introduce readers to some of the science in the world right now, but I could be wrong.With that said, I had some issues with the book The second death in the book titled Pandemic doesn t happen u I thought this book would be about a pandemic, but it s really not It s about the idea of an epidemic The book is really a medical conspiracy mystery.I m not sure who the audience was people who know things about medicine or people who don t know things about medicine I think the point was to introduce readers to some of the science in the world right now, but I could be wrong.With that said, I had some issues with the book The second death in the book titled Pandemic doesn t happen until page 100 something The book doesn t get moving until page 234 I had a hard time with the protagonist s constant sarcasm which was supposed to be funny Someone complimented him on his sense of humor 4 pages from the end Unfortunately, constant, provoking sarcasm doesn t make sense in the face of danger I suppose I needed to read the other books first to understand the characters I won t be doing that flag Like see review Dec 28, 2018 Susan rated it it was ok Shelves 2018, qpbc I m sure Robin Cook s style of writing appeals to a lot of people I am not one of those people That s the reason for the low stars The story is probably fine, though I think one should probably start earlier in this series than 11, like I did The only reason I gave it two stars rather than one is because I thought Cook did a great job explaining CRISPR CAS9 science in a novel format I mean, he didn t explain much of the science, but it provides a great Google leaping off point He also did I m sure Robin Cook s style of writing appeals to a lot of people I am not one of those people That s the reason for the low stars The story is probably fine, though I think one should probably start earlier in this series than 11, like I did The only reason I gave it two stars rather than one is because I thought Cook did a great job explaining CRISPR CAS9 science in a novel format I mean, he didn t explain much of the science, but it provides a great Google leaping off point He also did a great job a really great job writing about the youth of China and how they view their country and their duty to their country with regards to socialism, wealth, jobs, etc Plus, he emphasized how important China is going to be to the world in the years to come Honestly, I think people reading thrillers like this need to really hear this type of message, without a subtext of China being an other or an enemy flag Like see review Dec 14, 2018 Susan Banner rated it it was ok review of another edition Long ago I was a fan and hoped this new book on one of my favorite topics would be engrossing It was not About as exciting as a tepid bath on a cold day Chapter after chapter of the protagonist saying stupid things, biking from one important office to another, introducing endless characters who had nothing to add to the plot, dozens of government agencies named, but no action whatsoever Sub plots that could have been expanded about first families, ailing children, never followed up and a rel Long ago I was a fan and hoped this new book on one of my favorite topics would be engrossing It was not About as exciting as a tepid bath on a cold day Chapter after chapter of the protagonist saying stupid things, biking from one important office to another, introducing endless characters who had nothing to add to the plot, dozens of government agencies named, but no action whatsoever Sub plots that could have been expanded about first families, ailing children, never followed up and a relationship with a wife with no personality and an acid tongue stretches the imagination What would compel this man to stay with or be afraid of such a stupid woman or vice versa Their attraction was inexpiable The book was incredibly dull It took forever for anything to happen and in the end I almost wished that New York would be wiped out A giant yawn of a story and my money I heard Mr Cook on NPR and am sorry I tuned in that day Usually their interviews produce interesting books flag Like see review Dec 31, 2018 Andrea rated it it was ok Shelves cop pi crime This book seemed like it would be good, but the main character, Jack, was unlikeable and the entire scenario was a bit over the top Plus, there was no pandemic so the title seemed to be misleading as well.The plot is that a New York City medical examiner needs an interesting case to distract himself from the fact that his 2 year old daughter was diagnosed with Autism Just in time, he is called to perform the autopsy on a young woman who got on the subway healthy, and passed away before she rea This book seemed like it would be good, but the main character, Jack, was unlikeable and the entire scenario was a bit over the top Plus, there was no pandemic so the title seemed to be misleading as well.The plot is that a New York City medical examiner needs an interesting case to distract himself from the fact that his 2 year old daughter was diagnosed with Autism Just in time, he is called to perform the autopsy on a young woman who got on the subway healthy, and passed away before she reached her destination Jack fears that another lethal pandemic like the 1918 flu is about to happen and starts investigating However, his research takes him to a New Jersey hospital that is experimenting with chimera organ tansfers flag Like see review Jan 16, 2019 Shannon Farrell rated it liked it I thought the medical part was extremely interesting and I was captivated by the mystery However the character, Jack, is written poorly We don t need to be told explicitly hundreds of times that he is throwing himself into his work to avoid his family situation It has been hammered into our heads by page 20 His sarcasm is one of his only character traits which for some strange reason all the peripheral characters seem to compliment him on As readers we are also warned every time he is abo I thought the medical part was extremely interesting and I was captivated by the mystery However the character, Jack, is written poorly We don t need to be told explicitly hundreds of times that he is throwing himself into his work to avoid his family situation It has been hammered into our heads by page 20 His sarcasm is one of his only character traits which for some strange reason all the peripheral characters seem to compliment him on As readers we are also warned every time he is about to be sarcastic i.e Jack tried not to let his sarcasm out in this tense situation, but he failed blah blah blah sarcastic comment blah blah blah Chinese billionaire says I adore your rapier wit While I loved the science of the book, the prose is poor and leaves no room for subtlety flag Like see review Jan 02, 2019 Wendy rated it it was ok Robin Cook novels used to be great The last several have been mediocre, yet I am not ready to give up on him yet I just keep hoping he will write exciting medical thrillers like he did years ago In this latest novel, Jack, a medical examiner, suspects there is a virus that kills seemingly healthy people with alarming speed He goes about hunting down the clues to the mysterious disease Thrown into the mix are Jack s interactions with his wife who happens to be his boss , his in laws, a Chin Robin Cook novels used to be great The last several have been mediocre, yet I am not ready to give up on him yet I just keep hoping he will write exciting medical thrillers like he did years ago In this latest novel, Jack, a medical examiner, suspects there is a virus that kills seemingly healthy people with alarming speed He goes about hunting down the clues to the mysterious disease Thrown into the mix are Jack s interactions with his wife who happens to be his boss , his in laws, a Chinese billionaire and other assorted characters who are really not that engaging Skip this one flag Like see review Jan 09, 2019 Susan rated it liked it Another medical thriller by Robin Cook This one plods along with the usual twists Jack Stapelton Medical Examiner for New York is assigned the autopsy of a young woman who suddenly becomes ill while on the subway and dies later at the hospital She is a medical mystery having been a recipient to a heart transplant and is not readily identified as her purse and cell phone were stolen Jack is able to identify the woman through a little bit of detective work where he goes above and beyond his du Another medical thriller by Robin Cook This one plods along with the usual twists Jack Stapelton Medical Examiner for New York is assigned the autopsy of a young woman who suddenly becomes ill while on the subway and dies later at the hospital She is a medical mystery having been a recipient to a heart transplant and is not readily identified as her purse and cell phone were stolen Jack is able to identify the woman through a little bit of detective work where he goes above and beyond his duties as a medical examiner much to the chagrin of his wife Laura who is also his boss I thought it was a pretty good read flag Like see review Jan 30, 2019 Craig Wakefield rated it really liked it Author Robin Cook again uses Dr Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner, to preach about new medical discoveries that have potential to create harmful ramifications to the human race In this case it it gene editing biotechnology While this new technology has the potential to do good, it also has the potential to do much harm It is not so much that people are either good or bad that are using this technology, it s that people often use new technology to pursue agenda s of their own with not care w Author Robin Cook again uses Dr Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner, to preach about new medical discoveries that have potential to create harmful ramifications to the human race In this case it it gene editing biotechnology While this new technology has the potential to do good, it also has the potential to do much harm It is not so much that people are either good or bad that are using this technology, it s that people often use new technology to pursue agenda s of their own with not care what the potential harm can be for humanity Stapleton is often the sledgehammer of the story when perhaps a rubber mallet could be used to move the narrative along flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Cook is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Columbia University School of Medicine He finished his postgraduate medical training at Harvard that included general surgery and ophthalmology He divides his time between homes in Florida, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts where he lives with his wife Jean He is currently on leave from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary He has successfully combined medical fact with fiction to produce a succession of bestselling books Cook s medical thrillers are designed, in part, to make the public aware of both the technological possibilities of modern medicine and the ensuing ethical conundrums.Cook got a taste of the larger world when the Cousteau Society recruited him to run its blood gas lab in the South of France while he was in medical school Intrigued by diving, he later called on a connection he made through Jacques Cousteau to become an aquanaut with the US Navy Sealab when he was drafted in the 60 s During his navy career he served on a nuclear submarine for a seventy five day stay underwater where he wrote his first book 1 Cook was a private member of the Woodrow Wilson Center s Board of Trustees, appointed to a six year term by the President George W Bush 2 edit Doctor NovelistDr Cook s profession as a doctor has provided him with ideas and background for many of his novels In each of his novels, he strives to write about the issues at the forefront of current medical practice.To date, he has explored issues such as organ donation, genetic engineering,fertility treatment, medical research funding, managed care, medical malpractice, drug research, drug pricing, specialty hospitals, stem cells, and organ transplantation 3 Dr Cook has been remarked to have an uncanny ability to anticipate national controversy In an interview with Dr.Cook, Stephen McDonald talked to him about his novel Shock Cook admits the timing of Shock was fortuitous I suppose that you could say that it s the most like Coma in that it deals with an issue that everybody seems to be concerned about, he says, I wrote this book to address the stem cell issue, which the public really doesn t know much about Besides entertaining readers, my main goal is to get people interested in some of these issues, because it s the public that ultimately really should decide which way we ought to go in something as that has enormous potential for treating disease and disability but touches up against the ethically problematic abortion issue 4 Keeping his lab coat handy helps him turn our fear of doctors into bestsellers I joke that if my books stop selling, I can always fall back on brain surgery, he says But I am still very interested in being a doctor If I had to do it over again, I would still study medicine I think of myself as a doctor who writes, rather than a writer who happens to be a doctor After 35 books,he has come up with a diagnosis to explain why his medical thrillers remain so popular The main reason is, we all realize we are at risk We re all going to be patients sometime, he says You can write about great white sharks or haunted houses, and you can say I m not going into the ocean or I m not going in haunted houses, but you can t say you re n Other books in the series Jack Stapleton Laurie Montgomery 1 10 of 11 books Books by Robin Cook More Trivia About Pandemic Jack St No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now renderRatingGraph 160, 258, 308, 139, 39 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms 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        Librarian Note Not to be confused with British novelist Robin Cook a pseudonym of Robert William Arthur Cook.Dr Robin Cook born May 4, 1940 in New York City, New York is an American doctor novelist who writes about medicine, biotechnology, and topics affecting public health.He is best known for being the author who created the medical thriller genre by combining medical writing with the thri Librarian Note Not to be confused with British novelist Robin Cook a pseudonym of Robert William Arthur Cook.Dr Robin Cook born May 4, 1940 in New York City, New York is an American doctor novelist who writes about medicine, biotechnology, and topics affecting public health.He is best known for being the author who created the medical thriller genre by combining medical writing with the thriller genre of writing His books have been bestsellers on the New York Times Bestseller List with several at 1 A number of his books have also been featured in Reader s Digest Many were also featured in the Literary Guild Many have been made into motion pictures.Cook is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Columbia University School of Medicine He finished his postgraduate medical training at Harvard that included general surgery and ophthalmology He divides his time between homes in Florida, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts where he lives with his wife Jean He is currently on leave from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary He has successfully combined medical fact with fiction to produce a succession of bestselling books Cook s medical thrillers are designed, in part, to make the public aware of both the technological possibilities of modern medicine and the ensuing ethical conundrums.Cook got a taste of the larger world when the Cousteau Society recruited him to run its blood gas lab in the South of France while he was in medical school Intrigued by diving, he later called on a connection he made through Jacques Cousteau to become an aquanaut with the US Navy Sealab when he was drafted in the 60 s During his navy career he served on a nuclear submarine for a seventy five day stay underwater where he wrote his first book 1 Cook was a private member of the Woodrow Wilson Center s Board of Trustees, appointed to a six year term by the President George W Bush 2 edit Doctor NovelistDr Cook s profession as a doctor has provided him with ideas and background for many of his novels In each of his novels, he strives to write about the issues at the forefront of current medical practice.To date, he has explored issues such as organ donation, genetic engineering,fertility treatment, medical research funding, managed care, medical malpractice, drug research, drug pricing, specialty hospitals, stem cells, and organ transplantation 3 Dr Cook has been remarked to have an uncanny ability to anticipate national controversy In an interview with Dr.Cook, Stephen McDonald talked to him about his novel Shock Cook admits the timing of Shock was fortuitous I suppose that you could say that it s the most like Coma in that it deals with an issue that everybody seems to be concerned about, he says, I wrote this book to address the stem cell issue, which the public really doesn t know much about Besides entertaining readers, my main goal is to get people interested in some of these issues, because it s the public that ultimately really should decide which way we ought to go in something as that has enormous potential for treating disease and disability but touches up against the ethically problematic abortion issue 4 Keeping his lab coat handy helps him turn our fear of doctors into bestsellers I joke that if my books stop selling, I can always fall back on brain surgery, he says But I am still very interested in being a doctor If I had to do it over again, I would still study medicine I think of myself as a doctor who writes, rather than a writer who happens to be a doctor After 35 books,he has come up with a diagnosis to explain why his medical thrillers remain so popular The main reason is, we all realize we are at risk We re all going to be patients sometime, he says You can write about great white sharks or haunted houses, and you can say I m not going into the ocean or I m not going in haunted houses, but you can t say you re n


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    1. Robin Cook s Pandemic is the eleventh book in the Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery series It is, however, the first of the set that I ve read Considering both the popularity of Cook s sizable body of work and his huge fan base, I expected so much In the end it was just not enjoyable.Generally, I avoid novels that feature the same characters over several volumes, and I do so for a number of reasons First, I have commitment issues Seriously I want to meet them, read about them and m Ro [...]


    2. I will first say that I have been a lifelong Robin Cook fan He and Mary Higgins Clark were my two favorite authors growing up and I will always have fond memories of their novels That bring said, this book ended up a mess I have always loved the stories with Jack Stapleton but this one had him being whiny, bratty, and, honestly, completely unforgivable Both in his professional and personal life, he was just a horrible example of a protagonist I never remembered him being this incorrigable a I wi [...]


    3. This is not science fiction A biologically active chimeric molecule CRISPR CAS9 can modify the genetic makeup of living cells The potential for use and misuse of this mechanism is quite promising on one hand and quite scary on the other This story featuring forensic pathologist Jack Stapleton of the New York City Office of Medical Examiners focuses on the use of CRISPR CAS9 in transplantation.A young woman who had a recent heart transplant collapses and dies on the New York subway Jack This is n [...]


    4. Great idea, so so story with a shockingly terrible ending, imo This felt like an entirely different author I LITERALLY kept checking for at the end as the ending was abrupt Oh well.


    5. This is a rather poor example of a medical thriller and a long, long way from the author s early books such as Coma The characters are wooden, the conversation is stilted and the plot downright boring and predictable Was it really written by Robin Cook The plot, such as it is, centres around a medical examiner pathologist Jack Stapleton who is churlish, childish, rude and sarcastic He has a very odd relationship with his wife Laurie, who also happens to be his boss He comes across a co This is a [...]


    6. The protagonist was a major ass, and the dialogue was painful Concept was interesting but poorly written Sad because I was excited about becoming a medical thriller fan, but I think I ll have to search a bit harder for a good one.


    7. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here may contain spoilers The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR CAS9.With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day if not already The main character is not a lovable character, but I appreciated that he was a bit realistic than some characters I have read in the past His focus on hi [...]


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