Power, religion and bioscience make this a great read. I think anyone who read Shock first will love this book since some of the same characters show up in this thriller
really good book keeps you on the edge of your seat
Another great book by that Dr writer, Dr. Robin Cook. He says his works are "FACTION" meaning the fact and fiction are so mixed it is hard to divide. I learned more about a medical condition called auras in this book and always learn some good medical information in an enertaining way. This centers around stem cell research and Parkinsons Disease with a bit of politics thrown in. When you get past the first 300 pp's I'm warning you it is very hard to put down.
a scary and so close to real life it's absolutely frightening. A book combining medical science,societal/moral issues and as Cook always does in his writing - seeks a solution.
Awfully "preachy" -- not that I disagreed with anything he was saying -- it just didn't offer the kind of escape I look for in reading this type of book. Also, I couldn't find one sympathetic character in the whole book. Each was infused with their own brand of greed, vanity, ignorance, or a combination of any/all of those delightful qualities.
A powerful medical thriller.
Great medical thriller! Robin Cook grabs your attention and does not let go.
Power, bioscience and religion collide in a new medical thriller!
A timely and terrying page turner. Great read.
I have loved Cook's writings, but this one was not what I expected. I didn't even finish it.
Cook constructs a promising yet ultimately wearying plot around the issue of therapeutic cloning, picking up where his last novel, Shock, left off. Readers are once again privy to the morally questionable goings on at the Wingate Infertility Clinic in the Bahamas, but its doctors are side players here. Leading the action is former Harvard biotech ace Daniel Lowell, who has formed his own company to investigate a cloning technique in which a patient with an incurable disease is returned to health through the injection of stem cells. In this case the disease is Parkinson's, and the patient is Ashley Butler, a conservative U.S. senator from the South. For political reasons, Butler opposes the legalization of Lowell's technique. Yet Butler-given about a year to live-is willing to switch sides if Lowell agrees to try out the treatment on him first. The kicker is that the fundamentalist Butler wants the stem cells injected into his brain to come from a very specific source: the Shroud of Turin, the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. Cook provides plenty of action as well as polemical asides about the ethics of cloning (he believes politics intrudes far too often into medical and biotech issues), yet readers waiting for a jolt or a revelation will be disappointed. Cook occasionally lets loose the propulsive narrative force that characterizes his best work, but much of the plot is stale and contrived. Readers will have to endure characters who fail to stir emotions (such as a band of corny mobsters), as well as descriptions of Bahamanian resorts that read like paid promotional material.
I know that some people think Robin Cook uses too many medical terms in his books, but I love the way he writes, and I think this was one of his best books.
One of Robin Cook's best.
Power, religion, and bioscience collide in a new, action-packed medical thriller.
Robin Cook, what else to say?
Hard to get into, but once you are there, you can't put it down.
Exciting medical mystery!
medical thriller, great reading!
Abridged/4 Cassettes/Approx 6 Hours.
Senator Ashley Butler is a quintessential Southern demagogue whose support of traditional American values includes a knee-jerk reaction against virtually all biotechnologies. When he's called to chair a subcommittee introducing legislation to ban new cloning technology, the senator views his political future in bold relief; and Dr. Daniel Lowell, inventor of the technique that will take stem cell research to the next level, sees a roadblock positioned before his biotech startup.
The two seemingly opposite personalities clash during the senate hearings, but the men have a common desire. Butler's hunger for political power far outstrips his concern for the unborn; and Lowell's pursuit of gargantuan personal wealth and celebrity overrides any considerations for patients' well-being. Further complicating the proceedings is the confidential news that Senator Butler has developed Parkinson's disease-leading the senator and the researcher into a Faustian pact. In a perilous attempt to prematurely harness Lowell's new technology, the therapy leaves the senator with the horrifying effects of temporal lobe epilepsy-seizures of the most bizarre order.
Torn from the headlines, Seizure is a cautionary tale for a time where biotechnology pulls us into a promising yet frightening new world.
Abridged. 4 tapes, approx. 6 hrs.
Good story but too much technical data for me.
I am a huge Cook fan and I was completely disappointed with this book. In the beginning I thought I was in for a good read but things went south. The characters and the plot are boring and predictable. There are a some enjoyable parts but they are few and far between. This book just drags on. It is way to long. Very disappointing.
Interesting tale of biotechnology vs. moral family values and the politics and deal-making that surround the actual development of medical advancements in the health industry.
Really good - one of his better ones.
power, religion and bioscience collide in this new thriller....
A fictional thriller about Parkinson's, stem cell research, and politics.
All I can say is WOW - what a story. Enjoyed reading this one.
Robin Cook - need I say more?
"NYTimes Bestseller!" "Master of the medical thriller." NYT
Someone gave me this book but I never read it. It's brand new.