Book Reviews of Mindbend

Author: Robin Cook
ISBN-13: 9780451176257
ISBN-10: 0451176251
Publication Date: 1/1/1993
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

3.2 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Signet Book
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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This one got a little far fetched even for Robin Cook! A little over the edge on the whole conspiracy theme and how far they would go.
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Adam Schonberg, the hero of Cook's latest (and silliest) medico-thriller, is a N.Y. medical student, supported by wife Jennifer's dancing career--until Jennifer gets accidentally pregnant. What to do? Well, abortion is repugnant to both husband and wife; so Adam decides (not very plausibly) that he has to quit reed school and get a job--with Arolen Pharmaceuticals in New Jersey. Soon, however ...
More, trainee Adam is becoming more and more suspicious about the big, slick Arolen company: its salesmen have computerized personal data on all the potential doctor-customers in the N.Y. area; Arolen treats its M.D. customers to lavish ""educational"" cruises; the company is doing research on psychotropic drugs and fetology. And, meanwhile, pregnant wife Jennifer has become a patient at the ""weird"" Julian Clinic--where everyone speaks in a creepy ""flat voice,"" where one of the docs has just committed suicide, and where Jennifer's obstetrician (recently returned from a cruise!) has suddenly started prescribing an iffy anti-morning-sickness drug. . . manufactured by Arolen!! Could all these ""strange coincidences"" be connected? Could the Julian Clinic have an ulterior motive for mis-diagnosing Jennifer's unborn fetus (via amniocentesis) as severely abnormal? Could Arolen and the Julian be linked in a fiendish conspiracy to manipulate the medical profession and--via unnecessary abortions--generate a steady supply of fetal tissue for experimentation?? Of course, of course. So Adam sets out to get the goods on the Arolen conspiracy: he joins one of those doctor-cruises, witnessing the drugs-and-electrodes brainwashing of gullible docs; he uses a court order to rescue Jennifer from abortion. And, after sneaking into the Puerto Rico hospital where doctor-victims are getting assembly-line lobotomies, Adam brings vivid evidence of the Arolen horror to the top doc at the FDA. . . who just happens to be his estranged father.