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Ebook Critical by Robin Cook read! Book Title: Critical
The author of the book: Robin Cook
ISBN: 1594132720
ISBN 13: 9781594132728
Language: English
Edition: Large Print Press
Date of issue: July 1st 2008
Format files: PDF
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This was my first book by Robin Cook and I guess I shouldn't have started with this one, since I can see it didn't get very good reviews.

The main problems I had with this book: I guess the gangsters annoyed me the most. I'm not sure what they were doing in a medical thriller in the first place. It seems a huge part of the middle of the book was taken up by these incompetent, 2-bit, hack small-time gangsters with the cheesiest dialogue ever.

They even used phrases like, "The bird has flown," and "The fish have been fed." Ye Gods. Yeah, the local mafioso's name is Vinny. What else?

Anyway, these guys just sit around a lot spying on each other, and you just know that eventually they'll get in each others' way, thus helping out the protag in some way, but for the longest time they're sitting in cars getting on each others nerves and whacking each other up the side of the head like the Three Stooges. "Why I oughta...." "Nyuck, nyuck..."

Other plot points are just a little too much of a stretch for me. Don't want to give anything important away, here, but does anyone believe that one completely unsuspecting person can just happen to accidentally keep avoiding TWO dedicated, trained hit men for a couple of days? Maybe Mr. Bean.

I also don't believe that if a couple of dozen people have contracted an incurable, super-charged flesh-eating virus after surgery, Jack would still insist on going through with HIS surgery. The surgery time and date are obviously an artificial deadline for Laurie to find out what causes the bacteria. It also gets very annoying with Laurie going "Please don't have the surgery...." and Jack going "You're not going to talk me out of it!" THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE NOVEL.

I also thought the "message" was not only annoying but an economic impossibility. Cook seems to think that hospitals shouldn't make any money. They should help everybody regardless of the ability to pay. That means taxpayers picking up the bill, which means eventually bankrupting Medicare and Medicaid, which equals really big UH-OH. If business and medicine really can't co-exist in any way, we're screwed. My guess is that business and medicine aren't really completely incompatible.

Anyway, this could have been written much better.


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Ebook Critical read Online! 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 / Novelist
Dr. 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 more 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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FRANKIE

It reads on one breath.

CAMERON

This book would read to every man for ...

FRANCESCA

Another one-time book

ZACHARY

Something a favorite author wrote.

SOFIA

A useful book to free yourself from negative emotions and joy.




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