Seizure by Robin Cook

Creating the term "medical thriller," Dr. Robin Cook's stream of bestselling thrillers have scared and captivated millions of readers.

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Seizure by Robin Cook


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From Publishers Weekly
Cook constructs a promising yet ultimately wearying plot around the issue of therapeutic cloning, picking up where his last novel, Shock, left off. Readers are once again privy to the morally questionable goings on at the Wingate Infertility Clinic in the Bahamas, but its doctors are side players here. Leading the action is former Harvard biotech ace Daniel Lowell, who has formed his own company to investigate a cloning technique in which a patient with an incurable disease is returned to health through the injection of stem cells. In this case the disease is Parkinson's, and the patient is Ashley Butler, a conservative U.S. senator from the South. For political reasons, Butler opposes the legalization of Lowell's technique. Yet Butler-given about a year to live-is willing to switch sides if Lowell agrees to try out the treatment on him first. The kicker is that the fundamentalist Butler wants the stem cells injected into his brain to come from a very specific source: the Shroud of Turin, the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. Cook provides plenty of action as well as polemical asides about the ethics of cloning (he believes politics intrudes far too often into medical and biotech issues), yet readers waiting for a jolt or a revelation will be disappointed. Cook occasionally lets loose the propulsive narrative force that characterizes his best work, but much of the plot is stale and contrived. Readers will have to endure characters who fail to stir emotions (such as a band of corny mobsters), as well as descriptions of Bahamanian resorts that read like paid promotional material.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.




Reader Reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful: Something is missing, September 10, 2003 Reviewer: sherryjane from Fairfax, VA USA I almost put this down just past the halfway mark because it was becoming boring and routine, but then things finally perked up. The most irritating thing about this book was the repetition of a phrase by almost every character. The plot was fascinating, but there were too many instances of botched actions by the characters to where I kept thinking where do we go from here. Unfortunately this is not as good as some of his earlier novels but I keep reading his books as they come out, hoping they will get better again. This wasn't the page turner I that I was hoping for.

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