Pandemic

Pandemic

Book - 2018
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"The explosive new medical thriller from New York Times-bestselling author Robin Cook. 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 strain 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 more incidences of young people with this same sudden and rapid illness follow, 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 only Jack can 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 mortal showdown, Jack must face Zhao, the megalomaniac willing to risk the fate of the world to pursue his commercial interests, if he wants to save the future of medicine"--
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
ISBN: 9780525535331
0525535330
Branch Call Number: FIC COOK, ROBIN
Characteristics: 386 pages ; 24 cm

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writermala
Oct 20, 2019

A stereotypical book featuring Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery - with a twist; Laurie is now Chief and Jack's boss. In the course of an autopsy Jack fears that the deceased died of an infection. This leads to speculation of contagion, Epidemic, and even a Pandemic. Is this real? Meanwhile, Jack, as usual sets out on his own to solve the mysterious cause of two young women's death. They died under similar circumstances and this leads Jack into a whole adventure. Makes for interesting reading.

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Kristen MERKE
Oct 07, 2019

I thought this was a really exciting conspiracy story. I found myself trying to piece together the puzzle along with Jack. While the autopsy work wasn't my favorite, I didn't find the medical stuff got in the way of an enjoyable story.

JessicaGma May 27, 2019

This was hilarious for me because I can tell the author likes the main character - like if he described him as a maverick, and an athlete once, he did it 50 times.....UGH, WE GET IT. There is also the endless "here's this character and a bunch of info about them, but you'll never see them again". AND THEN, dude doesn't even solve the mystery. Pick up a Tess Gerritsen instead.

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Jenkskitten
Apr 09, 2019

Not one of Cook's best books. Similar to his others, the reader will get a lot of medical information and where science research is probing. This one deals with DNA and heart transplants and hints at what China is doing to upgrade their image in the world. It took a while, almost three fourths of the book, before the pandemic is even considered. As always a good read for those interested in the medical field.

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stevesussman_home
Sep 11, 2018

Waiting for Kindle eBook.

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Kristen MERKE
Oct 07, 2019

Kristen MERKE thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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