Fans of Robin Cook's many thrillers will be happy to know another one is on the way. In this latest outing, Invasion, Cook envisions a contact with extraterrestials that is closer to Alien than to E.T.. A gigantic spaceship arrives in the stratosphere to dump some black disks onto Earth. Touch these things at your own risk, however; unsuspecting souls who handle the disks receive a sting, soon followed by flulike symptoms and ending in a kind of zombie assimilation into the alien consciousness. And make no mistake: these aliens are up to no good--we know this because the victims of the UFO-flu are soon transformed into hideous reptilian creatures.
Apparently, one consequence of being trapped by the aliens is that victims lose all semblance of natural speech--most notably, contractions. The book abounds in dialogue such as, "You must flee, Cassy," and "The electrical grid has been interrupted. There will be no force counteracting the antigravity ..." Still, readers looking for a good beach or bathtub book will find Invasion is right on the money.
A sudden outbreak defies diagnosis-because the causes are unlike anything humankind has ever seen...
"Cook fans will revel in this story." (Booklist)
Just What the Doctor Ordered, July 13, 2003 Reviewer: Erik Johnson from Midland, MI USA Brilliant Robin Cook (a former doctor and now a professianal writer) uses his previous medical experience to skillfuly craft together such a remarkable piece of work. When a series of mysterious power outages begin to accur, many people begin to catch the flu, only to recover hours later with the only side effect being bizarre personality changes.However a group of young college students suspect that the orgin of the illness may be caused by something extra-normal. Containing multiple unexpected plot twists, and a well thought-out story, Robin Cook gives new life to the term "alien invasion." The story simply pulls you into a bold world, and with each page turn having you wondering about what would happen next. While this book is an excellent thriller to read, there were some noticable prombelms. Such as, Cook's tendency to use a large medical-related vocabulary. This made it hard to understand the science supporting the book's science fiction. However, It was otherwise a well written novel.