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Chromosome 6 (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery #3)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  10,075 ratings  ·  201 reviews
A New York Times BestsellerThis harrowing new bestseller by the master of medical thrillers combines the fast action of a nerve-jangling thriller with the medical possibilities that are Robin Cooks trademarks.When a notorious underworld figure, Carlo Franconi, is gunned down, his body is snatched from the city morgue before it can be autopsied. A few days later, a floater ...more
Published May 1st 2002 by Livre de Poche (first published January 1st 1997)
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This book has its pros and cons.

Pros: To anyone who loves the applications of biotechnology to medical fields, and its ethical implications, this book provides a good plot personally, I feel it leaves the reader with the idea that the ethics of such research and practical genetic applications are very real.

Cons: The plot. I mean, in the beginning, I liked how the plot builds in both storylines, and I liked how the story progressed. But the whole idea that a medical examiner from New York would m
Austin Mccarthy
Summary:Chromosome 6 takes place in two totally different main settings. There is a medical office in New York City, but there is also a medical research center, Gensys, in the town of Cogo, Equatorial Guinea, Africa. In this research facility, the scientist are expierimenting with the extraction of the short arm of chromosome six. After extracting the short arm of chromosome six, they would insert it into a bonobo, a ape-like creature that is like humans (DNA wise). This process is used for org ...more
Read this in a day, slowish start but picked up. I didn't connect to the characters though, except for Warren. I love his friendship with Jack.
The ending was incredibly unsatisfactory though. Maybe the numerous unanswered questions are answered in a later Robin Cook novel?


You never learn what happened with GenSys, or Kevin, Melanie or Candace. Like... cool, they don't die. But what DO they do? Did Kevin end up hooking up with one of them? (Both?) What happens when Tayl
This was actually a re-read for me. Kevin Marshall is a molecular biologist working in Equatorial Guinea. He is able to manipulate Chromosome 6 of bonobos (ape-like creatures) and replace with human DNA. This allows for humans to create their own organ donors (bonobos) and then the organs are harvested when needed. GenSys is funding this project and they don't really appear to be evil...but their on-site managers are greedy and will do anything to keep the lucrative project going. When Kevin see ...more
Una gran idea para un thriller médico donde la trama gira en torno a la prioridad económica de la medicina actual, con éste principio, organizaciones científicas, médicos inminentes y personas con gran influencia económica se unirán para crear y mantener un proyecto que va más allá del conocimiento científico y parámetros éticos y morales.
Si bien es un drama atrapante,a mi parecer la excesiva cantidad de personajes secundarios y los cambios de perspectiva de la historia constantemente hizo a la
Pranay Venkatesh
Brilliant book...brilliant plot

Yep. I loved the book. Got a lot of great plot points and as usual, I love the cute relationship between Jack and Laurie.

Okay, so why not five stars?

So, yes...five stars would go hand in hand with a review that I write this good. But, I don't know. For me, five stars go to either the book I enjoyed a lot with a bunch of action and stuff (like Matthew Reilly's Area 7 and Scarecrow) or books that are just OMG with OMG plots and amazingnessness (like Agatha Christie b
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The book starts with two parallel stories, in first a biologist is worried about his own ethically questionable and controversial discovery in the unknown parts of tropical Africa and in second two medical examiners working on a mafia murder case. Both stories looks very promising and interesting until the mystery is resolved (to the reader). After that few unnecessary characters are introduced. The biologist Kevin and the pathologists Jack and Laurie are the only evolving characters in the book ...more
For those who believe that science and technology can radically change the world for good, this is sort of an eye-opener. The best part about this book is that all the given statements in the story are scientifically very sound. The story line starts a bit slow,then becomes quite intriguing in the middle and then leads up to a rather unsatisfactory finish.The ending was quite unreal and dramatic but I guess when you're writing a Sci-Fi novel, that is acceptable. On my part I would have liked to ...more
Once again Robin Cook tells us that we shouldn't fool with Mother Nature. There is always just enough possibility in what he is writing about to make you think that yes, somewhere in a lab somewhere, someone is trying to do just this. This one is genetics gone awry.

I have read a lot of Dr. Cook's novels but Coma is still my favorite.
A typical and somewhat predictable thriller and almost science fiction, but with a difference. It is medical research and an evil multinational pitted against those with principles. And of course, those marvellous bonobos. Much of it is set in AFrica with steaming jungles and exotic non-western settings.
In this medical thriller Cook returns us to the characters who work in the NYC morgue. They share the scene with characters at a research complex on the west coast of Africa. In non-stop action, the two stories converge with a harrowing climax. I found the African part totally fascinating.
Chromosome 6 was one of the earliest Si Fi books I read. Robin Cook has done an excellent job here! The very idea of gene transplant which as hitherto a boring chapter in Science text books was suddenly cool and awesome! I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book!!
I had big hopes for Robin Cook, an MD who writes medical/biotech thrillers, but was disappointed in this particular book.
While the premise is intriguing (the genetic modification of bonobos so that they can be used to supply compatible organs for transplantation to humans with minimal rejection issues), I found the execution of the plot left much to be desired for a writer of this author's reputation.

I am still interested in reading other books by Dr. Cook, hopeful that this is merely a single b
Gina M Jordan
I do like Cook's older books better for some reason & I'd somehow missed this one which did read almost as good as a Crichton novel. I'd give it only 3 stars for all the credibility holes but because it was unique & original for its time & covered so much ground while entertaining I gave it 4 stars.

I also felt the ending was too rushed, leaving out so many details, while the other 4/5th of the book had too many slow scenes & details that made it drag unnecessarily. I'd have prefe
Anne Martin
I read this book a long time go, did not care for it. I saw it again, read it again an the result is the same.
Once again, there is an idea behind the book, but why so many pages to get to the end? You understand the idea of creating ahead your own perfectly matched donors, hen realize huge amounts of money must be part of the game, and you wait until the end to get the moral problem? I believe my problem is that I saw the question a long time before. Then, many pages get unnecessary. And you are
I usually enjoy Robin Cook stories. I like how he mixes science and investigation and I found the plot really interesting. I've read several books with Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery and I became attached to them. My only regret is how it ends. It's a bit abrupt and leaves me a bit frustrated. I would have liked more details about what happens and some kind of epilogue to really put a end to the story or at least conclude it. Instead it felt like some pages were missed when the book was pu ...more
Shabbeer Hassan
I had always enjoyed Robin Cook's books, but then I gave up on him. His books just got so repetitive and predictable. So it's been a long time, but I decided to give Chromosome 6 a try. This book seemed a bit harder-edged than the other Cook books I'd read, with a very serious theme, and a respectful look at the relevant issues.

There are two related stories going on. One takes place in New York, where a mobster's death takes a strange turn during the autopsy. The investigators stumble onto a rea
Hmmm ... not a bad tale and clearly written, tho' light on characterization (typical Cook). Presented science is so-so, but more trivial and incorporated to impress and dazzle under-examining readers as opposed to constructing a solid framework for a credulous story/plot.

Some may call Cook a simple, pedestrian writer ... but (and speaking for myself of course) he manages to compose/edit in a manner giving final (reader's end) prose speed and fluidity. Cook stays dynamically focused w/o getting b
Terri Lynn
I liked the parts about Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery but unfortunately I was totally enraged and alternatively revolted by the storyline and the African portion of the story. If only that had not been the focus of the story!

Laurie, like way too many women, had started to pressure Jack to "talk about our relationship" which he clearly does NOT want to do and he had actually backed off from her.

Ladies, please bear with me for a moment. I am 53 and have been around the block quite a few t
Ack. I thought Robin Cook should be a fantastic read, but I felt cheated when I finished it. The story took rather long with its back stories to build up. The characters were annoying for the most part and stereotypical. (I actually found Kevin to be a wuss and a meek pushover, and Melanie to be a bitch of a pain in the ass with anger for brains.. can she do nothing but have her arms akimbo in annoyance about something and demanding her way? Candace was equally useless as an airhead with no appa ...more
Jayesh Bhoot
The book starts off with a promising premise of a doctor worrying about his ethically horrifying invention in a darker, deserted part of Africa. Parallel to it, the two famous pathologists - Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery - work on an intriguing, but almost clueless murder of a mobster. These two parallel story lines unfold neatly, intertwining the characters in the process.

Though the investigation of the two pathologists was awesome, it also faltered the pace of the story. Cook stuffed an
If Cook has favorite characters for me, they are Doctors Jack Stapleton and
Lori Montgomery; and, both are back in this book of medical intrigue that
will move you through the streets of New York City and into the darkest
heart of a central African jungle.

A well-known mobster's body is brought to the medical examiner's office for
autopsy, and something somewhere doesn't feel right about the case to Lori
Montgomery. She's not sure what, but she thinks something about it is
highly irregular, and despite
Karleene Morrow

I don't want to say Not Possible because it seems that almost anything is possible these days. We suspend our disbelief when we pick up novels and as we come to be entertained, we agree to believe anything. This was a challenge though, transparent, and not at all up to the writing standards of a best selling author. It was enough that in places the writing was sophomoric but there were also many grammatical errors and misspellings, a few words left out. In the e-edition I read there were no head
Jack Stapelton, a medical examiner, is faced with an interesting case of a well known mobster who was gunned down. The cause of death isn't a mystery, but the fact that his liver didn't seem to belong to him, and may not have belonged to a human at all, sends Stapelton on a hunt to get to the bottom of the 'mystery liver'.

This is the first Robin Cook book that I've read. It took me a long time to read (2 months) and I can't say it was because it was particularly dense. It was because I simply di
Simon Taylor
Chromosome 6 is a medical thriller set in New York and Equatorial Guinea. The EG cast are led by Kevin: a doctor involved in a medical programme which sees human genes inserted into bonobos in the event the donor requires a genetically identical organ for transplant, but is now worried about what he has created. The NY cast sees forensics Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery landed with the corpse of one such transplant recipient and try to get to the bottom of the anomalous identical transplant ...more
Truth is, Cook is a pretty smart guy, problem is that he can't write very well. I like the guy, really I do, and his books (namely Contagion) are enjoyable reads, but they just become so predictable and in some ways monotonous and boring. He is an excellent craftsman on the suspenseful and intriguing moments. The whodunnit? kind of moments when you find Jack and Laurie sitting in the autopsy room, analyzing a body and trying to figure out what happened. However his suspense writing is as good as ...more
Well, it took me a long time to get around to reading this one and longer than it should have to finish it, but it did become unputdownable last night. I realized whle reading it that I am really much more of a Cozy Mystery type of person than a Thriller type, even when it is a Medical Thriller.

The whole reason it was even on my shelf was the premise of gene manipulation to address the shortage of organs for transplant. I am pretty sure what they were doing in this book is well within the realm
Sarah Sammis
In 1896, H. G. Wells published The Island of Doctor Moreau in response to the debates over animal vivisection. A hundred and one years later, Robin Cook, updated the basic plot in Chromosome 6 to reflect recent progress in DNA research but didn't manage to bring any new insights to table.

Chromosome 6 is one of the worst books by Cook I've ever read (and perhaps one of the worst full-stop). The winner for worst book by Cook still goes t Coma which is both misogynistic and poorly written; Chromos
This fast paced thriller by Robin Cook featuring jack and laurie is my first book in the series. I was quite impressed how the author has woven the story despite the fact that this book being quite technical. I would definitely recommend this book to people as the story is gripping and really interesting. have a look at the glossary behind or have a biology dictionary nearby before you start the book !!!
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Librarian Note: Not to be confused with British novelist Robin Cook a pseudonym of Robert William Arthur Cook.

Dr. Robin Cook (born May 4, 1940 in New York City, New York) is an American doctor / novelist who writes about medicine and topics affecting public health.

He is best known for being the author who combined medical writing with the thriller genre of writing. Several of his books have been b
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Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery (10 books)
  • Blindsight (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #1)
  • Contagion (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #2)
  • Vector (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery #4)
  • Marker (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #5)
  • Crisis (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #6)
  • Critical (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #7)
  • Foreign Body (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #8)
  • Intervention (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #9)
  • Cure (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #10)
Outbreak (Dr. Marissa Blumenthal, #1) Coma Toxin Contagion (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #2) Vector (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery #4)

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