Pandemic

Pandemic

New York Times-bestselling author Robin Cook takes on the cutting-edge world of gene-modification in this pulse-pounding new medical thriller. When an unidentified, seemingly healthy young woman collapses suddenly on the New York City subway and dies upon reaching the hospital, her case is an eerie reminder for veteran medical examiner Jack Stapleton of the 1918 flu pandemi New York Times-bestselling author Robin Cook takes on the cutting-edge world of gene-modification in this pulse-pound...

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Title:Pandemic
Author:Robin Cook
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Genres:Thriller
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Number of Pages:400 pages pages

Pandemic Reviews

  • Leah
    Dec 14, 2018

    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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

    *may contain spoilers* The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/CAS9. With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day (if not already). The main c...

    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 see...

    It has been a while since I picked up any Robin Cook's book,and reading this was right decision since this one ticks all the boxes of being a good medical thriller, entertaining, informative not that I expected anything less from Dr.Cook After 8 years of missing Jack and Laurie in a...

    If I could give this zero stars... or negative, I would. The story is unbelievable, but at least based in science so I could have looked past that if it was at all readable. The dialogue is written by someone who seems new to, as the author says "American English", armed with a thesaur...

    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?? ...

    Robin Cook hit a 3-run homer with this masterpiece. This book deals with a new genomic tool, CRISPR-Cas9. This is basically a pair of molecular scissors, which cuts out a precise string of nucleotides. Dr. Cook's books are poignant and significant, if not thought provoking. This partic...

    Two stars is OK, but this is such a come-down from previous books by Cook. I think it was published only on the strength of his name. It was ill-edited (if it was edited at all) or possibly his contract called for a particular word count, but his plot only comprised 65% of that requ...

    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 lik...

    If I met Jack Stapleton in real life I would think he was an entitled, self-righteous, short-tempered, selfish brat. This is our protagonist? The science is interesting, but not any more interesting than a popsci article. The title is so misleading; excitement level is zero. ...

    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 an...

    had me at the edge of my chair ...

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

  • Mary
    Jan 17, 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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

    *may contain spoilers* The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/CAS9. With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day (if not already). The main c...

    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 see...

    It has been a while since I picked up any Robin Cook's book,and reading this was right decision since this one ticks all the boxes of being a good medical thriller, entertaining, informative not that I expected anything less from Dr.Cook After 8 years of missing Jack and Laurie in a...

    If I could give this zero stars... or negative, I would. The story is unbelievable, but at least based in science so I could have looked past that if it was at all readable. The dialogue is written by someone who seems new to, as the author says "American English", armed with a thesaur...

    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?? ...

    Robin Cook hit a 3-run homer with this masterpiece. This book deals with a new genomic tool, CRISPR-Cas9. This is basically a pair of molecular scissors, which cuts out a precise string of nucleotides. Dr. Cook's books are poignant and significant, if not thought provoking. This partic...

    Two stars is OK, but this is such a come-down from previous books by Cook. I think it was published only on the strength of his name. It was ill-edited (if it was edited at all) or possibly his contract called for a particular word count, but his plot only comprised 65% of that requ...

    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 lik...

    If I met Jack Stapleton in real life I would think he was an entitled, self-righteous, short-tempered, selfish brat. This is our protagonist? The science is interesting, but not any more interesting than a popsci article. The title is so misleading; excitement level is zero. ...

    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 an...

    had me at the edge of my chair ...

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

    More language than I would share with my middle school students. Great story line, mostly believable. ...

    I found an interesting plot, but thin characters and way too much repetition. The story labored along to a brief spat of excitement at the end, but not at all what I expected from a book entitled Pandemic. An ok vacation/beach read. ...

    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 wom...

    It was quite a page turner even with the predictable ending... ...

    I don't think I've ever given a 1-star rating before now. I also can't believe that I actually took the time I did to finish this book after the first several chapters when I already knew I didn't like it. When I first started this book, I had no idea that it was part of a series. L...

    This may have been one of the worst novels I've ever read. It's poorly constructed and poorly paced. It takes more than 200 pages for much of anything to happen, and the climax and resolution are rushed through in the last 30 pages of the book. What's worse, that resolution is utterly ...

    Poorly written, boring, and sterotyping The way this author handles dialogue is annoying at best. Do people really talk like this? No. He struggles to make his characters anything more than cardboard cutouts. Dr. Stapleton has a general dislike of women, unless they are beautiful or...

    Story line ok. Didn't like main character much. Did not like Cook's style of writing at all. I don't remember it being like it is in this book I liked some of his old books. ...

  • Naomi
    Jan 17, 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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

    *may contain spoilers* The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/CAS9. With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day (if not already). The main c...

    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 see...

    It has been a while since I picked up any Robin Cook's book,and reading this was right decision since this one ticks all the boxes of being a good medical thriller, entertaining, informative not that I expected anything less from Dr.Cook After 8 years of missing Jack and Laurie in a...

    If I could give this zero stars... or negative, I would. The story is unbelievable, but at least based in science so I could have looked past that if it was at all readable. The dialogue is written by someone who seems new to, as the author says "American English", armed with a thesaur...

    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?? ...

    Robin Cook hit a 3-run homer with this masterpiece. This book deals with a new genomic tool, CRISPR-Cas9. This is basically a pair of molecular scissors, which cuts out a precise string of nucleotides. Dr. Cook's books are poignant and significant, if not thought provoking. This partic...

    Two stars is OK, but this is such a come-down from previous books by Cook. I think it was published only on the strength of his name. It was ill-edited (if it was edited at all) or possibly his contract called for a particular word count, but his plot only comprised 65% of that requ...

    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 lik...

    If I met Jack Stapleton in real life I would think he was an entitled, self-righteous, short-tempered, selfish brat. This is our protagonist? The science is interesting, but not any more interesting than a popsci article. The title is so misleading; excitement level is zero. ...

    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 an...

    had me at the edge of my chair ...

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

    More language than I would share with my middle school students. Great story line, mostly believable. ...

    I found an interesting plot, but thin characters and way too much repetition. The story labored along to a brief spat of excitement at the end, but not at all what I expected from a book entitled Pandemic. An ok vacation/beach read. ...

    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 wom...

    It was quite a page turner even with the predictable ending... ...

    I don't think I've ever given a 1-star rating before now. I also can't believe that I actually took the time I did to finish this book after the first several chapters when I already knew I didn't like it. When I first started this book, I had no idea that it was part of a series. L...

    This may have been one of the worst novels I've ever read. It's poorly constructed and poorly paced. It takes more than 200 pages for much of anything to happen, and the climax and resolution are rushed through in the last 30 pages of the book. What's worse, that resolution is utterly ...

    Poorly written, boring, and sterotyping The way this author handles dialogue is annoying at best. Do people really talk like this? No. He struggles to make his characters anything more than cardboard cutouts. Dr. Stapleton has a general dislike of women, unless they are beautiful or...

    Story line ok. Didn't like main character much. Did not like Cook's style of writing at all. I don't remember it being like it is in this book I liked some of his old books. ...

    Dr. Jack Stapleton does an autopsy on a woman that collapsed and died on the New York subway. She had no identification on her but she did recently have a heart transplant. In his attempts to have the woman identified so her family could be notified Stapleton's characteristics come thr...

  • Sambasivan
    Jan 05, 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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

    *may contain spoilers* The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/CAS9. With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day (if not already). The main c...

    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 see...

  • Lynn Pribus
    Feb 06, 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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

    *may contain spoilers* The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/CAS9. With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day (if not already). The main c...

    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 see...

    It has been a while since I picked up any Robin Cook's book,and reading this was right decision since this one ticks all the boxes of being a good medical thriller, entertaining, informative not that I expected anything less from Dr.Cook After 8 years of missing Jack and Laurie in a...

    If I could give this zero stars... or negative, I would. The story is unbelievable, but at least based in science so I could have looked past that if it was at all readable. The dialogue is written by someone who seems new to, as the author says "American English", armed with a thesaur...

    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?? ...

    Robin Cook hit a 3-run homer with this masterpiece. This book deals with a new genomic tool, CRISPR-Cas9. This is basically a pair of molecular scissors, which cuts out a precise string of nucleotides. Dr. Cook's books are poignant and significant, if not thought provoking. This partic...

    Two stars is OK, but this is such a come-down from previous books by Cook. I think it was published only on the strength of his name. It was ill-edited (if it was edited at all) or possibly his contract called for a particular word count, but his plot only comprised 65% of that requ...

  • Denise
    Dec 18, 2018

    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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

  • Victoria
    Dec 23, 2018

    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 jus...

    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. ...

  • Misty
    Jan 10, 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 jus...

  • Gerry
    May 16, 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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

    *may contain spoilers* The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/CAS9. With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day (if not already). The main c...

    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 see...

    It has been a while since I picked up any Robin Cook's book,and reading this was right decision since this one ticks all the boxes of being a good medical thriller, entertaining, informative not that I expected anything less from Dr.Cook After 8 years of missing Jack and Laurie in a...

    If I could give this zero stars... or negative, I would. The story is unbelievable, but at least based in science so I could have looked past that if it was at all readable. The dialogue is written by someone who seems new to, as the author says "American English", armed with a thesaur...

    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?? ...

    Robin Cook hit a 3-run homer with this masterpiece. This book deals with a new genomic tool, CRISPR-Cas9. This is basically a pair of molecular scissors, which cuts out a precise string of nucleotides. Dr. Cook's books are poignant and significant, if not thought provoking. This partic...

    Two stars is OK, but this is such a come-down from previous books by Cook. I think it was published only on the strength of his name. It was ill-edited (if it was edited at all) or possibly his contract called for a particular word count, but his plot only comprised 65% of that requ...

    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 lik...

    If I met Jack Stapleton in real life I would think he was an entitled, self-righteous, short-tempered, selfish brat. This is our protagonist? The science is interesting, but not any more interesting than a popsci article. The title is so misleading; excitement level is zero. ...

    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 an...

    had me at the edge of my chair ...

  • David Msomba
    Feb 16, 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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

    *may contain spoilers* The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/CAS9. With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day (if not already). The main c...

    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 see...

    It has been a while since I picked up any Robin Cook's book,and reading this was right decision since this one ticks all the boxes of being a good medical thriller, entertaining, informative not that I expected anything less from Dr.Cook After 8 years of missing Jack and Laurie in a...

  • Nancy Wieme
    Jan 02, 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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

    *may contain spoilers* The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/CAS9. With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day (if not already). The main c...

    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 see...

    It has been a while since I picked up any Robin Cook's book,and reading this was right decision since this one ticks all the boxes of being a good medical thriller, entertaining, informative not that I expected anything less from Dr.Cook After 8 years of missing Jack and Laurie in a...

    If I could give this zero stars... or negative, I would. The story is unbelievable, but at least based in science so I could have looked past that if it was at all readable. The dialogue is written by someone who seems new to, as the author says "American English", armed with a thesaur...

    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?? ...

    Robin Cook hit a 3-run homer with this masterpiece. This book deals with a new genomic tool, CRISPR-Cas9. This is basically a pair of molecular scissors, which cuts out a precise string of nucleotides. Dr. Cook's books are poignant and significant, if not thought provoking. This partic...

    Two stars is OK, but this is such a come-down from previous books by Cook. I think it was published only on the strength of his name. It was ill-edited (if it was edited at all) or possibly his contract called for a particular word count, but his plot only comprised 65% of that requ...

    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 lik...

    If I met Jack Stapleton in real life I would think he was an entitled, self-righteous, short-tempered, selfish brat. This is our protagonist? The science is interesting, but not any more interesting than a popsci article. The title is so misleading; excitement level is zero. ...

    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 an...

  • Alison
    Dec 25, 2018

    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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

  • Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
    Dec 16, 2018

    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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

  • Barb Lie
    Dec 13, 2018

    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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

    *may contain spoilers* The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/CAS9. With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day (if not already). The main c...

    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 see...

    It has been a while since I picked up any Robin Cook's book,and reading this was right decision since this one ticks all the boxes of being a good medical thriller, entertaining, informative not that I expected anything less from Dr.Cook After 8 years of missing Jack and Laurie in a...

    If I could give this zero stars... or negative, I would. The story is unbelievable, but at least based in science so I could have looked past that if it was at all readable. The dialogue is written by someone who seems new to, as the author says "American English", armed with a thesaur...

    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?? ...

    Robin Cook hit a 3-run homer with this masterpiece. This book deals with a new genomic tool, CRISPR-Cas9. This is basically a pair of molecular scissors, which cuts out a precise string of nucleotides. Dr. Cook's books are poignant and significant, if not thought provoking. This partic...

    Two stars is OK, but this is such a come-down from previous books by Cook. I think it was published only on the strength of his name. It was ill-edited (if it was edited at all) or possibly his contract called for a particular word count, but his plot only comprised 65% of that requ...

    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 lik...

    If I met Jack Stapleton in real life I would think he was an entitled, self-righteous, short-tempered, selfish brat. This is our protagonist? The science is interesting, but not any more interesting than a popsci article. The title is so misleading; excitement level is zero. ...

    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 an...

    had me at the edge of my chair ...

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

    More language than I would share with my middle school students. Great story line, mostly believable. ...

    I found an interesting plot, but thin characters and way too much repetition. The story labored along to a brief spat of excitement at the end, but not at all what I expected from a book entitled Pandemic. An ok vacation/beach read. ...

    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 wom...

  • Ashley *Booksbrewsandbarks*
    Oct 08, 2018

    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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

  • Emily
    Feb 19, 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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

    *may contain spoilers* The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/CAS9. With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day (if not already). The main c...

    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 see...

    It has been a while since I picked up any Robin Cook's book,and reading this was right decision since this one ticks all the boxes of being a good medical thriller, entertaining, informative not that I expected anything less from Dr.Cook After 8 years of missing Jack and Laurie in a...

    If I could give this zero stars... or negative, I would. The story is unbelievable, but at least based in science so I could have looked past that if it was at all readable. The dialogue is written by someone who seems new to, as the author says "American English", armed with a thesaur...

    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?? ...

    Robin Cook hit a 3-run homer with this masterpiece. This book deals with a new genomic tool, CRISPR-Cas9. This is basically a pair of molecular scissors, which cuts out a precise string of nucleotides. Dr. Cook's books are poignant and significant, if not thought provoking. This partic...

    Two stars is OK, but this is such a come-down from previous books by Cook. I think it was published only on the strength of his name. It was ill-edited (if it was edited at all) or possibly his contract called for a particular word count, but his plot only comprised 65% of that requ...

    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 lik...

    If I met Jack Stapleton in real life I would think he was an entitled, self-righteous, short-tempered, selfish brat. This is our protagonist? The science is interesting, but not any more interesting than a popsci article. The title is so misleading; excitement level is zero. ...

    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 an...

    had me at the edge of my chair ...

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

    More language than I would share with my middle school students. Great story line, mostly believable. ...

    I found an interesting plot, but thin characters and way too much repetition. The story labored along to a brief spat of excitement at the end, but not at all what I expected from a book entitled Pandemic. An ok vacation/beach read. ...

    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 wom...

    It was quite a page turner even with the predictable ending... ...

    I don't think I've ever given a 1-star rating before now. I also can't believe that I actually took the time I did to finish this book after the first several chapters when I already knew I didn't like it. When I first started this book, I had no idea that it was part of a series. L...

  • Paige Turner
    Dec 31, 2018

    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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

    *may contain spoilers* The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/CAS9. With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day (if not already). The main c...

    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 see...

    It has been a while since I picked up any Robin Cook's book,and reading this was right decision since this one ticks all the boxes of being a good medical thriller, entertaining, informative not that I expected anything less from Dr.Cook After 8 years of missing Jack and Laurie in a...

    If I could give this zero stars... or negative, I would. The story is unbelievable, but at least based in science so I could have looked past that if it was at all readable. The dialogue is written by someone who seems new to, as the author says "American English", armed with a thesaur...

    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?? ...

    Robin Cook hit a 3-run homer with this masterpiece. This book deals with a new genomic tool, CRISPR-Cas9. This is basically a pair of molecular scissors, which cuts out a precise string of nucleotides. Dr. Cook's books are poignant and significant, if not thought provoking. This partic...

    Two stars is OK, but this is such a come-down from previous books by Cook. I think it was published only on the strength of his name. It was ill-edited (if it was edited at all) or possibly his contract called for a particular word count, but his plot only comprised 65% of that requ...

    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 lik...

  • Rachel
    Jun 21, 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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

    *may contain spoilers* The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/CAS9. With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day (if not already). The main c...

    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 see...

    It has been a while since I picked up any Robin Cook's book,and reading this was right decision since this one ticks all the boxes of being a good medical thriller, entertaining, informative not that I expected anything less from Dr.Cook After 8 years of missing Jack and Laurie in a...

    If I could give this zero stars... or negative, I would. The story is unbelievable, but at least based in science so I could have looked past that if it was at all readable. The dialogue is written by someone who seems new to, as the author says "American English", armed with a thesaur...

    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?? ...

    Robin Cook hit a 3-run homer with this masterpiece. This book deals with a new genomic tool, CRISPR-Cas9. This is basically a pair of molecular scissors, which cuts out a precise string of nucleotides. Dr. Cook's books are poignant and significant, if not thought provoking. This partic...

    Two stars is OK, but this is such a come-down from previous books by Cook. I think it was published only on the strength of his name. It was ill-edited (if it was edited at all) or possibly his contract called for a particular word count, but his plot only comprised 65% of that requ...

    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 lik...

    If I met Jack Stapleton in real life I would think he was an entitled, self-righteous, short-tempered, selfish brat. This is our protagonist? The science is interesting, but not any more interesting than a popsci article. The title is so misleading; excitement level is zero. ...

    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 an...

    had me at the edge of my chair ...

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

    More language than I would share with my middle school students. Great story line, mostly believable. ...

  • Michelle Plyem
    Feb 25, 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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

    *may contain spoilers* The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/CAS9. With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day (if not already). The main c...

    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 see...

    It has been a while since I picked up any Robin Cook's book,and reading this was right decision since this one ticks all the boxes of being a good medical thriller, entertaining, informative not that I expected anything less from Dr.Cook After 8 years of missing Jack and Laurie in a...

    If I could give this zero stars... or negative, I would. The story is unbelievable, but at least based in science so I could have looked past that if it was at all readable. The dialogue is written by someone who seems new to, as the author says "American English", armed with a thesaur...

  • Rosemary Wood
    Jun 28, 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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

    *may contain spoilers* The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/CAS9. With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day (if not already). The main c...

    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 see...

    It has been a while since I picked up any Robin Cook's book,and reading this was right decision since this one ticks all the boxes of being a good medical thriller, entertaining, informative not that I expected anything less from Dr.Cook After 8 years of missing Jack and Laurie in a...

    If I could give this zero stars... or negative, I would. The story is unbelievable, but at least based in science so I could have looked past that if it was at all readable. The dialogue is written by someone who seems new to, as the author says "American English", armed with a thesaur...

    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?? ...

    Robin Cook hit a 3-run homer with this masterpiece. This book deals with a new genomic tool, CRISPR-Cas9. This is basically a pair of molecular scissors, which cuts out a precise string of nucleotides. Dr. Cook's books are poignant and significant, if not thought provoking. This partic...

    Two stars is OK, but this is such a come-down from previous books by Cook. I think it was published only on the strength of his name. It was ill-edited (if it was edited at all) or possibly his contract called for a particular word count, but his plot only comprised 65% of that requ...

    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 lik...

    If I met Jack Stapleton in real life I would think he was an entitled, self-righteous, short-tempered, selfish brat. This is our protagonist? The science is interesting, but not any more interesting than a popsci article. The title is so misleading; excitement level is zero. ...

    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 an...

    had me at the edge of my chair ...

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

    More language than I would share with my middle school students. Great story line, mostly believable. ...

    I found an interesting plot, but thin characters and way too much repetition. The story labored along to a brief spat of excitement at the end, but not at all what I expected from a book entitled Pandemic. An ok vacation/beach read. ...

  • Jennifer Riedel
    Jan 16, 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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

    *may contain spoilers* The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/CAS9. With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day (if not already). The main c...

    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 see...

    It has been a while since I picked up any Robin Cook's book,and reading this was right decision since this one ticks all the boxes of being a good medical thriller, entertaining, informative not that I expected anything less from Dr.Cook After 8 years of missing Jack and Laurie in a...

    If I could give this zero stars... or negative, I would. The story is unbelievable, but at least based in science so I could have looked past that if it was at all readable. The dialogue is written by someone who seems new to, as the author says "American English", armed with a thesaur...

    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?? ...

    Robin Cook hit a 3-run homer with this masterpiece. This book deals with a new genomic tool, CRISPR-Cas9. This is basically a pair of molecular scissors, which cuts out a precise string of nucleotides. Dr. Cook's books are poignant and significant, if not thought provoking. This partic...

    Two stars is OK, but this is such a come-down from previous books by Cook. I think it was published only on the strength of his name. It was ill-edited (if it was edited at all) or possibly his contract called for a particular word count, but his plot only comprised 65% of that requ...

    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 lik...

    If I met Jack Stapleton in real life I would think he was an entitled, self-righteous, short-tempered, selfish brat. This is our protagonist? The science is interesting, but not any more interesting than a popsci article. The title is so misleading; excitement level is zero. ...

  • Divya Palevski
    Jan 18, 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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

    *may contain spoilers* The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/CAS9. With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day (if not already). The main c...

    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 see...

    It has been a while since I picked up any Robin Cook's book,and reading this was right decision since this one ticks all the boxes of being a good medical thriller, entertaining, informative not that I expected anything less from Dr.Cook After 8 years of missing Jack and Laurie in a...

    If I could give this zero stars... or negative, I would. The story is unbelievable, but at least based in science so I could have looked past that if it was at all readable. The dialogue is written by someone who seems new to, as the author says "American English", armed with a thesaur...

    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?? ...

    Robin Cook hit a 3-run homer with this masterpiece. This book deals with a new genomic tool, CRISPR-Cas9. This is basically a pair of molecular scissors, which cuts out a precise string of nucleotides. Dr. Cook's books are poignant and significant, if not thought provoking. This partic...

    Two stars is OK, but this is such a come-down from previous books by Cook. I think it was published only on the strength of his name. It was ill-edited (if it was edited at all) or possibly his contract called for a particular word count, but his plot only comprised 65% of that requ...

    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 lik...

    If I met Jack Stapleton in real life I would think he was an entitled, self-righteous, short-tempered, selfish brat. This is our protagonist? The science is interesting, but not any more interesting than a popsci article. The title is so misleading; excitement level is zero. ...

    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 an...

    had me at the edge of my chair ...

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

    More language than I would share with my middle school students. Great story line, mostly believable. ...

    I found an interesting plot, but thin characters and way too much repetition. The story labored along to a brief spat of excitement at the end, but not at all what I expected from a book entitled Pandemic. An ok vacation/beach read. ...

    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 wom...

    It was quite a page turner even with the predictable ending... ...

  • CozyBakesNook
    Jan 19, 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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

    *may contain spoilers* The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/CAS9. With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day (if not already). The main c...

  • Sue
    Dec 22, 2018

    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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

  • Rachel
    May 26, 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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

    *may contain spoilers* The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/CAS9. With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day (if not already). The main c...

    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 see...

    It has been a while since I picked up any Robin Cook's book,and reading this was right decision since this one ticks all the boxes of being a good medical thriller, entertaining, informative not that I expected anything less from Dr.Cook After 8 years of missing Jack and Laurie in a...

    If I could give this zero stars... or negative, I would. The story is unbelievable, but at least based in science so I could have looked past that if it was at all readable. The dialogue is written by someone who seems new to, as the author says "American English", armed with a thesaur...

    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?? ...

    Robin Cook hit a 3-run homer with this masterpiece. This book deals with a new genomic tool, CRISPR-Cas9. This is basically a pair of molecular scissors, which cuts out a precise string of nucleotides. Dr. Cook's books are poignant and significant, if not thought provoking. This partic...

    Two stars is OK, but this is such a come-down from previous books by Cook. I think it was published only on the strength of his name. It was ill-edited (if it was edited at all) or possibly his contract called for a particular word count, but his plot only comprised 65% of that requ...

    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 lik...

    If I met Jack Stapleton in real life I would think he was an entitled, self-righteous, short-tempered, selfish brat. This is our protagonist? The science is interesting, but not any more interesting than a popsci article. The title is so misleading; excitement level is zero. ...

    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 an...

    had me at the edge of my chair ...

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

    More language than I would share with my middle school students. Great story line, mostly believable. ...

    I found an interesting plot, but thin characters and way too much repetition. The story labored along to a brief spat of excitement at the end, but not at all what I expected from a book entitled Pandemic. An ok vacation/beach read. ...

    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 wom...

    It was quite a page turner even with the predictable ending... ...

    I don't think I've ever given a 1-star rating before now. I also can't believe that I actually took the time I did to finish this book after the first several chapters when I already knew I didn't like it. When I first started this book, I had no idea that it was part of a series. L...

    This may have been one of the worst novels I've ever read. It's poorly constructed and poorly paced. It takes more than 200 pages for much of anything to happen, and the climax and resolution are rushed through in the last 30 pages of the book. What's worse, that resolution is utterly ...

  • Bonnie Meche
    Jan 11, 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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

    *may contain spoilers* The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/CAS9. With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day (if not already). The main c...

    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 see...

    It has been a while since I picked up any Robin Cook's book,and reading this was right decision since this one ticks all the boxes of being a good medical thriller, entertaining, informative not that I expected anything less from Dr.Cook After 8 years of missing Jack and Laurie in a...

    If I could give this zero stars... or negative, I would. The story is unbelievable, but at least based in science so I could have looked past that if it was at all readable. The dialogue is written by someone who seems new to, as the author says "American English", armed with a thesaur...

    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?? ...

    Robin Cook hit a 3-run homer with this masterpiece. This book deals with a new genomic tool, CRISPR-Cas9. This is basically a pair of molecular scissors, which cuts out a precise string of nucleotides. Dr. Cook's books are poignant and significant, if not thought provoking. This partic...

    Two stars is OK, but this is such a come-down from previous books by Cook. I think it was published only on the strength of his name. It was ill-edited (if it was edited at all) or possibly his contract called for a particular word count, but his plot only comprised 65% of that requ...

    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 lik...

    If I met Jack Stapleton in real life I would think he was an entitled, self-righteous, short-tempered, selfish brat. This is our protagonist? The science is interesting, but not any more interesting than a popsci article. The title is so misleading; excitement level is zero. ...

    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 an...

    had me at the edge of my chair ...

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

    More language than I would share with my middle school students. Great story line, mostly believable. ...

    I found an interesting plot, but thin characters and way too much repetition. The story labored along to a brief spat of excitement at the end, but not at all what I expected from a book entitled Pandemic. An ok vacation/beach read. ...

    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 wom...

    It was quite a page turner even with the predictable ending... ...

    I don't think I've ever given a 1-star rating before now. I also can't believe that I actually took the time I did to finish this book after the first several chapters when I already knew I didn't like it. When I first started this book, I had no idea that it was part of a series. L...

    This may have been one of the worst novels I've ever read. It's poorly constructed and poorly paced. It takes more than 200 pages for much of anything to happen, and the climax and resolution are rushed through in the last 30 pages of the book. What's worse, that resolution is utterly ...

    Poorly written, boring, and sterotyping The way this author handles dialogue is annoying at best. Do people really talk like this? No. He struggles to make his characters anything more than cardboard cutouts. Dr. Stapleton has a general dislike of women, unless they are beautiful or...

    Story line ok. Didn't like main character much. Did not like Cook's style of writing at all. I don't remember it being like it is in this book I liked some of his old books. ...

    Dr. Jack Stapleton does an autopsy on a woman that collapsed and died on the New York subway. She had no identification on her but she did recently have a heart transplant. In his attempts to have the woman identified so her family could be notified Stapleton's characteristics come thr...

    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 ...

  • LostKnight
    Apr 07, 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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

    *may contain spoilers* The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/CAS9. With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day (if not already). The main c...

    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 see...

    It has been a while since I picked up any Robin Cook's book,and reading this was right decision since this one ticks all the boxes of being a good medical thriller, entertaining, informative not that I expected anything less from Dr.Cook After 8 years of missing Jack and Laurie in a...

    If I could give this zero stars... or negative, I would. The story is unbelievable, but at least based in science so I could have looked past that if it was at all readable. The dialogue is written by someone who seems new to, as the author says "American English", armed with a thesaur...

    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?? ...

    Robin Cook hit a 3-run homer with this masterpiece. This book deals with a new genomic tool, CRISPR-Cas9. This is basically a pair of molecular scissors, which cuts out a precise string of nucleotides. Dr. Cook's books are poignant and significant, if not thought provoking. This partic...

  • Charla Cope
    Dec 30, 2018

    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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

    *may contain spoilers* The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/CAS9. With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day (if not already). The main c...

    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 see...

    It has been a while since I picked up any Robin Cook's book,and reading this was right decision since this one ticks all the boxes of being a good medical thriller, entertaining, informative not that I expected anything less from Dr.Cook After 8 years of missing Jack and Laurie in a...

    If I could give this zero stars... or negative, I would. The story is unbelievable, but at least based in science so I could have looked past that if it was at all readable. The dialogue is written by someone who seems new to, as the author says "American English", armed with a thesaur...

    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?? ...

  • MH
    May 11, 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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...

    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 cha...

    *may contain spoilers* The basis of this story is on an actual scientific finding of a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/CAS9. With that in mind, it was both fascinating and terrifying reading this and knowing that the content could be very true one day (if not already). The main c...

    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 see...

    It has been a while since I picked up any Robin Cook's book,and reading this was right decision since this one ticks all the boxes of being a good medical thriller, entertaining, informative not that I expected anything less from Dr.Cook After 8 years of missing Jack and Laurie in a...

    If I could give this zero stars... or negative, I would. The story is unbelievable, but at least based in science so I could have looked past that if it was at all readable. The dialogue is written by someone who seems new to, as the author says "American English", armed with a thesaur...

    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?? ...

    Robin Cook hit a 3-run homer with this masterpiece. This book deals with a new genomic tool, CRISPR-Cas9. This is basically a pair of molecular scissors, which cuts out a precise string of nucleotides. Dr. Cook's books are poignant and significant, if not thought provoking. This partic...

    Two stars is OK, but this is such a come-down from previous books by Cook. I think it was published only on the strength of his name. It was ill-edited (if it was edited at all) or possibly his contract called for a particular word count, but his plot only comprised 65% of that requ...

    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 lik...

    If I met Jack Stapleton in real life I would think he was an entitled, self-righteous, short-tempered, selfish brat. This is our protagonist? The science is interesting, but not any more interesting than a popsci article. The title is so misleading; excitement level is zero. ...

    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 an...

    had me at the edge of my chair ...

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

    More language than I would share with my middle school students. Great story line, mostly believable. ...

    I found an interesting plot, but thin characters and way too much repetition. The story labored along to a brief spat of excitement at the end, but not at all what I expected from a book entitled Pandemic. An ok vacation/beach read. ...

    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 wom...

    It was quite a page turner even with the predictable ending... ...

    I don't think I've ever given a 1-star rating before now. I also can't believe that I actually took the time I did to finish this book after the first several chapters when I already knew I didn't like it. When I first started this book, I had no idea that it was part of a series. L...

    This may have been one of the worst novels I've ever read. It's poorly constructed and poorly paced. It takes more than 200 pages for much of anything to happen, and the climax and resolution are rushed through in the last 30 pages of the book. What's worse, that resolution is utterly ...

    Poorly written, boring, and sterotyping The way this author handles dialogue is annoying at best. Do people really talk like this? No. He struggles to make his characters anything more than cardboard cutouts. Dr. Stapleton has a general dislike of women, unless they are beautiful or...

  • june3
    Dec 16, 2018

    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 jus...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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, ce...

    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. ...

    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 pathologis...

    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 st...