Pandemic

Pandemic Review

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 her DNA matches that of the transplanted heart.

Strangely, two more incidences of young people with this same sudden and rapid illness crop up, 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 it's up to Jack to 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 and risky mortal showdown, Jack must face Zhao, the megalomaniac willing to risk the fate of the world to purse his commercial interests, if he wants to save the future of medicine.

Title:Pandemic
Edition Language:English

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  • Misty

    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 siza...

  • Denise

    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 promis...

  • Ashcclapp

    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, th...

  • 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. ...

  • Sambasivan

    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 late...

  • Charla Cope

    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?? ...

  • Sue

    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 borin...

  • Nancy Wieme

    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...

  • Victoria

    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 sea...

  • Leah

    I really enjoyed the premise...but the characters were awful.Full thoughts to come....