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(Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery #11)

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  696 ratings  ·  110 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published December 11th 2018 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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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…moreTo 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)

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Jan 10, 2019 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 more. 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
Oct 08, 2018 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 ...more
Dec 18, 2018 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
Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
Great idea, so-so story with a shockingly terrible ending, imo. This felt like an entirely different author & I LITERALLY kept checking for more at the end as the ending was abrupt. Oh well.
Dec 22, 2018 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
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jan 05, 2019 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 more of a non fiction and that makes this fiction a scary one.
Dec 25, 2018 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 anymore by reading further. very disappo ...more
Dec 23, 2018 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.
Charla Cope
Dec 30, 2018 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 more??
Nancy Wieme
Jan 02, 2019 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.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed the premise...but the characters were awful.

Full thoughts to come.
Paige Turner
Dec 31, 2018 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 else...and I think I was. Not sure why Cook would do this, but in my b ...more
Barb Lie
Dec 13, 2018 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
Dec 11, 2018 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 more treacherous and wi
Dec 16, 2018 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 ...more
Karen Towle
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 ...more
Natalie Mullan
Jan 19, 2019 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,
Bonnie Meche
Jan 11, 2019 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 more 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 ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Dec 28, 2018 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
Susan Banner
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 ...more
Dec 31, 2018 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
Shannon Farrell
Jan 16, 2019 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 ...more
Jan 02, 2019 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 ...more
Jan 09, 2019 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 ...more
Nancy K
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved It

As usual, Dr. Cook does not disappoint!

This book had me up well into the night worried that this time Jack had finally gotten himself into something he wasn't going to get out of.
Though there is a lot of medical terminology, the book is quite readable by even lay people such as myself.
With all the breakthroughs in genetic science, the story in this book is something that may not be so far off in the future.
I've missed some of the books in the series, and the dynamics between Jack and L
Ruth Ann
A Chinese businessman/scientist involved in mob-like asset protection.
A CRISPR scenario that does not explain how a transplanted heart exactly matches the DNA of the recipient.
And my gosh, Jack Stapleton, our main character and NYC medical examiner, is one deliberately self-centered father and husband. I'm not sure why author Robin Cook chose to portray him like this but it seems unrealistic to this reader.
The premise of the novel is intriguing. Any kind of CRISPR experimentation can have devas
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Another medical thriller from Robin Cook that was a fun romp but nowhere near as good as some of his older novels. The story line has promise and Cook is always good with some medical issue or technology that's interesting and contemporary. This story starts off with an interesting preface and prologue and takes off from there. It's a bit rushed and there's little (if any) character development along the way. Well, the main character seemingly gets "brattier" as the book progresses. It's a strai ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book sees the return of Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montogometry. The story revolves around the latest gene splicing techniques and the social consequences of it in organ transplant. As with other Robin Cook books, this is for people with an interest in biology / biotechnology. The plot build up is fast paced but the ending falls flat. This is a trend I am observing in the last 2 Robin Cook novels. Reading this book was sort of a ritual for me because I have read all the novels by this author ...more
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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

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