Pandemic

Pandemic

After a young, seemingly healthy woman collapses suddenly on the NYC subway and dies by the time she reaches the hospital, her case is initially chalked up to a virulent case of influenza. That is, until she ends up on Dr. Jack Stapleton's autopsy table, where Jack discovers something eerily fishy: first, that the young woman has had a heart transplant, and second, that he After a young, seemingly healthy woman collapses suddenly on the NYC subway and dies by the time she reaches the hospital...

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Title:Pandemic
Author:Robin Cook
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Genres:Thriller
ISBN:Pandemic
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

Pandemic Reviews

  • Susan
    Dec 28, 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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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?? ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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... ...

    It is always fantastic when Robin cook writes a new book. Here, in PANDEMIC, M.E. Stapleton encounters a new patient in his autopsy suite. What is the cause and manner of death? At first blush, it looks like the unknown female patient died of a heart attack and pneumonia-like symptoms....

    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...

    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. ...

    Listened to this on audiobook. Even though I had been disappointed by some of his recent books, I was excited about this because I remember really liking the Stapleton series and the medical examiner premise in the past. This ended up being another disappointment for me though, while I...

    Well, in typical Robin Cook fashion, the medical gee-whiz plot concept was really cool. Also in typical Robin Cook fashion, the writing made me want to tear my hair out. The random dropping of impressive-sounding words into plain sentences was incongruous. The overused reminders of the...

    I grew up reading and loving Cook?s medical thrillers but it seems I?ve definitely outgrown his latest offering. This novel is so ridiculous I?d hazard the writing of yet another ?ghost-writer? and one purely for profit! I found it an insult to fans that a book this bad could...

    In Pandemic, Robin Cook writes what could be a pretty good thriller. His main character, Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner in NYC, is irreverent, funny, sarcastic, and brilliant as he chases down the cause of a couple of unexplained sudden deaths that have happened in the city?s sub...

    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 ...

    I thought this book would be about a pandemic, but it's really not. It's about the *idea* of an epidemic. The book is really a medical conspiracy-mystery. I'm not sure who the audience was: people who know things about medicine or people who don't know things about medicine? I think...

    I'm sure Robin Cook's style of writing appeals to a lot of people. I am not one of those people. That's the reason for the low stars. The story is probably fine, though I think one should probably start earlier in this series than #11, like I did. The only reason I gave it two star...

  • Andrea
    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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?? ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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... ...

    It is always fantastic when Robin cook writes a new book. Here, in PANDEMIC, M.E. Stapleton encounters a new patient in his autopsy suite. What is the cause and manner of death? At first blush, it looks like the unknown female patient died of a heart attack and pneumonia-like symptoms....

    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...

    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. ...

    Listened to this on audiobook. Even though I had been disappointed by some of his recent books, I was excited about this because I remember really liking the Stapleton series and the medical examiner premise in the past. This ended up being another disappointment for me though, while I...

    Well, in typical Robin Cook fashion, the medical gee-whiz plot concept was really cool. Also in typical Robin Cook fashion, the writing made me want to tear my hair out. The random dropping of impressive-sounding words into plain sentences was incongruous. The overused reminders of the...

    I grew up reading and loving Cook?s medical thrillers but it seems I?ve definitely outgrown his latest offering. This novel is so ridiculous I?d hazard the writing of yet another ?ghost-writer? and one purely for profit! I found it an insult to fans that a book this bad could...

    In Pandemic, Robin Cook writes what could be a pretty good thriller. His main character, Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner in NYC, is irreverent, funny, sarcastic, and brilliant as he chases down the cause of a couple of unexplained sudden deaths that have happened in the city?s sub...

    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 ...

    I thought this book would be about a pandemic, but it's really not. It's about the *idea* of an epidemic. The book is really a medical conspiracy-mystery. I'm not sure who the audience was: people who know things about medicine or people who don't know things about medicine? I think...

    I'm sure Robin Cook's style of writing appeals to a lot of people. I am not one of those people. That's the reason for the low stars. The story is probably fine, though I think one should probably start earlier in this series than #11, like I did. The only reason I gave it two star...

    Long ago I was a fan and hoped this new book on one of my favorite topics would be engrossing. It was not. About as exciting as a tepid bath on a cold day. Chapter after chapter of the protagonist saying stupid things, biking from one important office to another, introducing endless ch...

    This book seemed like it would be good, but the main character, Jack, was unlikeable and the entire scenario was a bit over the top. Plus, there was no pandemic so the title seemed to be misleading as well. The plot is that a New York City medical examiner needs an interesting case ...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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?? ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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?? ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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... ...

    It is always fantastic when Robin cook writes a new book. Here, in PANDEMIC, M.E. Stapleton encounters a new patient in his autopsy suite. What is the cause and manner of death? At first blush, it looks like the unknown female patient died of a heart attack and pneumonia-like symptoms....

    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...

    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. ...

  • Jodi
    Feb 09, 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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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?? ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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... ...

    It is always fantastic when Robin cook writes a new book. Here, in PANDEMIC, M.E. Stapleton encounters a new patient in his autopsy suite. What is the cause and manner of death? At first blush, it looks like the unknown female patient died of a heart attack and pneumonia-like symptoms....

    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...

    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. ...

    Listened to this on audiobook. Even though I had been disappointed by some of his recent books, I was excited about this because I remember really liking the Stapleton series and the medical examiner premise in the past. This ended up being another disappointment for me though, while I...

    Well, in typical Robin Cook fashion, the medical gee-whiz plot concept was really cool. Also in typical Robin Cook fashion, the writing made me want to tear my hair out. The random dropping of impressive-sounding words into plain sentences was incongruous. The overused reminders of the...

    I grew up reading and loving Cook?s medical thrillers but it seems I?ve definitely outgrown his latest offering. This novel is so ridiculous I?d hazard the writing of yet another ?ghost-writer? and one purely for profit! I found it an insult to fans that a book this bad could...

    In Pandemic, Robin Cook writes what could be a pretty good thriller. His main character, Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner in NYC, is irreverent, funny, sarcastic, and brilliant as he chases down the cause of a couple of unexplained sudden deaths that have happened in the city?s sub...

    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 ...

    I thought this book would be about a pandemic, but it's really not. It's about the *idea* of an epidemic. The book is really a medical conspiracy-mystery. I'm not sure who the audience was: people who know things about medicine or people who don't know things about medicine? I think...

    I'm sure Robin Cook's style of writing appeals to a lot of people. I am not one of those people. That's the reason for the low stars. The story is probably fine, though I think one should probably start earlier in this series than #11, like I did. The only reason I gave it two star...

    Long ago I was a fan and hoped this new book on one of my favorite topics would be engrossing. It was not. About as exciting as a tepid bath on a cold day. Chapter after chapter of the protagonist saying stupid things, biking from one important office to another, introducing endless ch...

    This book seemed like it would be good, but the main character, Jack, was unlikeable and the entire scenario was a bit over the top. Plus, there was no pandemic so the title seemed to be misleading as well. The plot is that a New York City medical examiner needs an interesting case ...

    Love the Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery books. Once started, I have a hard time putting them down. I enjoyed this one but the plot didn't grab me as much as other books before it have captured my interest. Definitely some complicated issues with the idea of growing human hearts i...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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?? ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Julie
    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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?? ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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... ...

    It is always fantastic when Robin cook writes a new book. Here, in PANDEMIC, M.E. Stapleton encounters a new patient in his autopsy suite. What is the cause and manner of death? At first blush, it looks like the unknown female patient died of a heart attack and pneumonia-like symptoms....

    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...

    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. ...

    Listened to this on audiobook. Even though I had been disappointed by some of his recent books, I was excited about this because I remember really liking the Stapleton series and the medical examiner premise in the past. This ended up being another disappointment for me though, while I...

    Well, in typical Robin Cook fashion, the medical gee-whiz plot concept was really cool. Also in typical Robin Cook fashion, the writing made me want to tear my hair out. The random dropping of impressive-sounding words into plain sentences was incongruous. The overused reminders of the...

    I grew up reading and loving Cook?s medical thrillers but it seems I?ve definitely outgrown his latest offering. This novel is so ridiculous I?d hazard the writing of yet another ?ghost-writer? and one purely for profit! I found it an insult to fans that a book this bad could...

    In Pandemic, Robin Cook writes what could be a pretty good thriller. His main character, Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner in NYC, is irreverent, funny, sarcastic, and brilliant as he chases down the cause of a couple of unexplained sudden deaths that have happened in the city?s sub...

    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 ...

    I thought this book would be about a pandemic, but it's really not. It's about the *idea* of an epidemic. The book is really a medical conspiracy-mystery. I'm not sure who the audience was: people who know things about medicine or people who don't know things about medicine? I think...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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?? ...

    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...

    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...

  • Rachel
    Jan 31, 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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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?? ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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... ...

    It is always fantastic when Robin cook writes a new book. Here, in PANDEMIC, M.E. Stapleton encounters a new patient in his autopsy suite. What is the cause and manner of death? At first blush, it looks like the unknown female patient died of a heart attack and pneumonia-like symptoms....

    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...

    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. ...

    Listened to this on audiobook. Even though I had been disappointed by some of his recent books, I was excited about this because I remember really liking the Stapleton series and the medical examiner premise in the past. This ended up being another disappointment for me though, while I...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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?? ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

  • Ashcclapp
    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...

    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 ...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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?? ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

  • Steve
    Dec 11, 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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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?? ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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... ...

    It is always fantastic when Robin cook writes a new book. Here, in PANDEMIC, M.E. Stapleton encounters a new patient in his autopsy suite. What is the cause and manner of death? At first blush, it looks like the unknown female patient died of a heart attack and pneumonia-like symptoms....

  • Laura
    Jan 27, 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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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?? ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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... ...

    It is always fantastic when Robin cook writes a new book. Here, in PANDEMIC, M.E. Stapleton encounters a new patient in his autopsy suite. What is the cause and manner of death? At first blush, it looks like the unknown female patient died of a heart attack and pneumonia-like symptoms....

    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...

    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. ...

    Listened to this on audiobook. Even though I had been disappointed by some of his recent books, I was excited about this because I remember really liking the Stapleton series and the medical examiner premise in the past. This ended up being another disappointment for me though, while I...

    Well, in typical Robin Cook fashion, the medical gee-whiz plot concept was really cool. Also in typical Robin Cook fashion, the writing made me want to tear my hair out. The random dropping of impressive-sounding words into plain sentences was incongruous. The overused reminders of the...

    I grew up reading and loving Cook?s medical thrillers but it seems I?ve definitely outgrown his latest offering. This novel is so ridiculous I?d hazard the writing of yet another ?ghost-writer? and one purely for profit! I found it an insult to fans that a book this bad could...

    In Pandemic, Robin Cook writes what could be a pretty good thriller. His main character, Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner in NYC, is irreverent, funny, sarcastic, and brilliant as he chases down the cause of a couple of unexplained sudden deaths that have happened in the city?s sub...

  • Natalie Mullan
    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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?? ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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... ...

    It is always fantastic when Robin cook writes a new book. Here, in PANDEMIC, M.E. Stapleton encounters a new patient in his autopsy suite. What is the cause and manner of death? At first blush, it looks like the unknown female patient died of a heart attack and pneumonia-like symptoms....

    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...

    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. ...

    Listened to this on audiobook. Even though I had been disappointed by some of his recent books, I was excited about this because I remember really liking the Stapleton series and the medical examiner premise in the past. This ended up being another disappointment for me though, while I...

    Well, in typical Robin Cook fashion, the medical gee-whiz plot concept was really cool. Also in typical Robin Cook fashion, the writing made me want to tear my hair out. The random dropping of impressive-sounding words into plain sentences was incongruous. The overused reminders of the...

    I grew up reading and loving Cook?s medical thrillers but it seems I?ve definitely outgrown his latest offering. This novel is so ridiculous I?d hazard the writing of yet another ?ghost-writer? and one purely for profit! I found it an insult to fans that a book this bad could...

  • Karen Towle
    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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?? ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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... ...

    It is always fantastic when Robin cook writes a new book. Here, in PANDEMIC, M.E. Stapleton encounters a new patient in his autopsy suite. What is the cause and manner of death? At first blush, it looks like the unknown female patient died of a heart attack and pneumonia-like symptoms....

    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...

    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. ...

    Listened to this on audiobook. Even though I had been disappointed by some of his recent books, I was excited about this because I remember really liking the Stapleton series and the medical examiner premise in the past. This ended up being another disappointment for me though, while I...

    Well, in typical Robin Cook fashion, the medical gee-whiz plot concept was really cool. Also in typical Robin Cook fashion, the writing made me want to tear my hair out. The random dropping of impressive-sounding words into plain sentences was incongruous. The overused reminders of the...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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?? ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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... ...

  • Cozy
    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

  • Shannon Farrell
    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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?? ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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... ...

    It is always fantastic when Robin cook writes a new book. Here, in PANDEMIC, M.E. Stapleton encounters a new patient in his autopsy suite. What is the cause and manner of death? At first blush, it looks like the unknown female patient died of a heart attack and pneumonia-like symptoms....

    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...

    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. ...

    Listened to this on audiobook. Even though I had been disappointed by some of his recent books, I was excited about this because I remember really liking the Stapleton series and the medical examiner premise in the past. This ended up being another disappointment for me though, while I...

    Well, in typical Robin Cook fashion, the medical gee-whiz plot concept was really cool. Also in typical Robin Cook fashion, the writing made me want to tear my hair out. The random dropping of impressive-sounding words into plain sentences was incongruous. The overused reminders of the...

    I grew up reading and loving Cook?s medical thrillers but it seems I?ve definitely outgrown his latest offering. This novel is so ridiculous I?d hazard the writing of yet another ?ghost-writer? and one purely for profit! I found it an insult to fans that a book this bad could...

    In Pandemic, Robin Cook writes what could be a pretty good thriller. His main character, Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner in NYC, is irreverent, funny, sarcastic, and brilliant as he chases down the cause of a couple of unexplained sudden deaths that have happened in the city?s sub...

    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 ...

    I thought this book would be about a pandemic, but it's really not. It's about the *idea* of an epidemic. The book is really a medical conspiracy-mystery. I'm not sure who the audience was: people who know things about medicine or people who don't know things about medicine? I think...

    I'm sure Robin Cook's style of writing appeals to a lot of people. I am not one of those people. That's the reason for the low stars. The story is probably fine, though I think one should probably start earlier in this series than #11, like I did. The only reason I gave it two star...

    Long ago I was a fan and hoped this new book on one of my favorite topics would be engrossing. It was not. About as exciting as a tepid bath on a cold day. Chapter after chapter of the protagonist saying stupid things, biking from one important office to another, introducing endless ch...

    This book seemed like it would be good, but the main character, Jack, was unlikeable and the entire scenario was a bit over the top. Plus, there was no pandemic so the title seemed to be misleading as well. The plot is that a New York City medical examiner needs an interesting case ...

    Love the Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery books. Once started, I have a hard time putting them down. I enjoyed this one but the plot didn't grab me as much as other books before it have captured my interest. Definitely some complicated issues with the idea of growing human hearts i...

    I thought the medical part was extremely interesting and I was captivated by the mystery. However the character, Jack, is written poorly. We don't need to be told explicitly hundreds of times that he is throwing himself into his work to avoid his family situation. It has been hammered ...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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?? ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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... ...

    It is always fantastic when Robin cook writes a new book. Here, in PANDEMIC, M.E. Stapleton encounters a new patient in his autopsy suite. What is the cause and manner of death? At first blush, it looks like the unknown female patient died of a heart attack and pneumonia-like symptoms....

    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...

    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. ...

    Listened to this on audiobook. Even though I had been disappointed by some of his recent books, I was excited about this because I remember really liking the Stapleton series and the medical examiner premise in the past. This ended up being another disappointment for me though, while I...

    Well, in typical Robin Cook fashion, the medical gee-whiz plot concept was really cool. Also in typical Robin Cook fashion, the writing made me want to tear my hair out. The random dropping of impressive-sounding words into plain sentences was incongruous. The overused reminders of the...

    I grew up reading and loving Cook?s medical thrillers but it seems I?ve definitely outgrown his latest offering. This novel is so ridiculous I?d hazard the writing of yet another ?ghost-writer? and one purely for profit! I found it an insult to fans that a book this bad could...

    In Pandemic, Robin Cook writes what could be a pretty good thriller. His main character, Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner in NYC, is irreverent, funny, sarcastic, and brilliant as he chases down the cause of a couple of unexplained sudden deaths that have happened in the city?s sub...

    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 ...

  • Susan Banner
    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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?? ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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... ...

    It is always fantastic when Robin cook writes a new book. Here, in PANDEMIC, M.E. Stapleton encounters a new patient in his autopsy suite. What is the cause and manner of death? At first blush, it looks like the unknown female patient died of a heart attack and pneumonia-like symptoms....

    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...

    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. ...

    Listened to this on audiobook. Even though I had been disappointed by some of his recent books, I was excited about this because I remember really liking the Stapleton series and the medical examiner premise in the past. This ended up being another disappointment for me though, while I...

    Well, in typical Robin Cook fashion, the medical gee-whiz plot concept was really cool. Also in typical Robin Cook fashion, the writing made me want to tear my hair out. The random dropping of impressive-sounding words into plain sentences was incongruous. The overused reminders of the...

    I grew up reading and loving Cook?s medical thrillers but it seems I?ve definitely outgrown his latest offering. This novel is so ridiculous I?d hazard the writing of yet another ?ghost-writer? and one purely for profit! I found it an insult to fans that a book this bad could...

    In Pandemic, Robin Cook writes what could be a pretty good thriller. His main character, Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner in NYC, is irreverent, funny, sarcastic, and brilliant as he chases down the cause of a couple of unexplained sudden deaths that have happened in the city?s sub...

    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 ...

    I thought this book would be about a pandemic, but it's really not. It's about the *idea* of an epidemic. The book is really a medical conspiracy-mystery. I'm not sure who the audience was: people who know things about medicine or people who don't know things about medicine? I think...

    I'm sure Robin Cook's style of writing appeals to a lot of people. I am not one of those people. That's the reason for the low stars. The story is probably fine, though I think one should probably start earlier in this series than #11, like I did. The only reason I gave it two star...

    Long ago I was a fan and hoped this new book on one of my favorite topics would be engrossing. It was not. About as exciting as a tepid bath on a cold day. Chapter after chapter of the protagonist saying stupid things, biking from one important office to another, introducing endless ch...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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?? ...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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?? ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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... ...

    It is always fantastic when Robin cook writes a new book. Here, in PANDEMIC, M.E. Stapleton encounters a new patient in his autopsy suite. What is the cause and manner of death? At first blush, it looks like the unknown female patient died of a heart attack and pneumonia-like symptoms....

    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...