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The New York Times� bestselling author and master of the medical thriller returns with a top-notch fusion of groundbreaking medical science and edge-of-your-seat suspense. George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smar ...more
Hardcover, 402 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published January 1st 2014)
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Ken There should be a sequel , or we will never know George,s Fate.
Kelly I did enjoy, but finding the Robin Cook book formula has them all starting to unfold the same.

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Kim
Feb 19, 2014 Kim rated it did not like it
While the concept of iDoc is very intriguing, this novel belongs in the literary ICU. The main character is hopelessly naive throughout the whole story, does predictably foolish things, doesn't realize he's being played by the charge nurse who is pumping him for information, yet we are supposed to believe he had the whole thing figured out in the end? Why would he even return to Paula's if he knew what might happen? Ridiculous. And where is his outrage at the murder of his fiancé? It's like he d ...more
Carol
Feb 25, 2014 Carol rated it liked it
I really like medical thrillers, but this one was not the best. I did keep reading to the end, but there are issues. First, the author is too preachy and obviously has an agenda. I have noticed this in some of his previous novels as well, and it is annoying. Second, George, the radiology resident main character, is naive and not very believable. Third, the ending is not satisfying. That said, I am not sorry I read it, but I have read much better.
Mike (the Paladin)
Mar 13, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
This book sort of "sneaked" ("snuck"? oh well) up on me. I had started The Ark but had laid it aside for a day. I picked this one up (they're both library books and out for the same amount of time). I found myself interested in Cell and finished it before I went back to the other book.

So...what've we got here? Why "the future".

And I mean that. I suspect we may not be far from the scenario we see in this novel. In some ways the way the book effects you may depend at least a little on your age. T
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Deborah
Mar 26, 2014 Deborah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What an embarrassment. When I think of the early works of Robin Cook like Coma and Outbreak, it is difficult to believe this novel was written by the same person. The concept was intriguing, but the writing was sophomoric at best, the characters cartoonish, the conversations stilted, and the book in need of an editor--the character "scoffed" his food (rather than scarfed--although, if the food was REALLY bad, I guess he could have scoffed at it). There were SO many exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Doug Branscombe
Feb 12, 2014 Doug Branscombe rated it really liked it
I can't quite give this the 5th star, because of the ending. Cook writes a compelling story centered around the use of Smartphones as a futuristic replacement for Primary Care Physicians. The concept, with all it's benefits and potential drawbacks are clearly defined. It's one of the drawbacks that becomes the central theme to this story and what our main character George Wilson is willing to do to find out what's behind it and what the "big bad" Amalgamated Healthcare is willing to do to keep a ...more
Aditi
Feb 21, 2014 Aditi rated it it was amazing
wow another master thriller. its really great because of the cutting edge technology used in this novel. what to say! it was as usual another gripping tale which will take you to the edge of modern technology, how it changes your lives.
Mary Alice Sexton
Feb 12, 2014 Mary Alice Sexton rated it it was ok
This book had so much potential.
Loved the storyline. About iDoc - an app that takes over primary care developed by an insurance company and bought by Obamacare administration for Medicaid and Medicare.
But...bad things begin to happen....
Why did I give it two starts - the main character was all over the place.
I could not figure out why type of man he was - he was a doctor but
really had no common sense, could not connect with his love interests,
just plain silly, yet at other times he appeared in
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Kathy  D.
Mar 10, 2014 Kathy D. rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, 2014
The promising plot got washed out by inelegant writing. The concept of an app on your phone that could monitor your health and make proactive suggestions is fascinating, as is the thought of the potential abuses and "glitches" that could occur. Unfortunately, I put things together a lot more quickly than the protagonist. The story plodded along with obvious pauses to define unfamiliar concepts by way of conversations between the characters. Obamacare and HIPPA were jammed in with alarming freque ...more
Amy
Feb 12, 2014 Amy rated it it was ok
I find Cook's characters to be annoyingly self-righteous and a bit fanatical. The medical part is always very interesting, which saves the book; the characters are flat and seem to lack social skills. Conversations are awkward; events are contrived. Whether I agree or not, Cook seems to be too preachy of his own medical philosophies in his novels.
Terri Lynn
Mar 09, 2015 Terri Lynn rated it really liked it
Creepy! The thing that is the scariest of all about this story of a medical school resident being stalked and shoved into a mental institution to cover up what he found out about an app called iDoc is that this is something that is VERY likely to show up in our future.

Dr. George Wilson is a senior radiology resident at a huge teaching medical center in Los Angeles. His girlfriend Kasey, a graduate student in child psychology, a diabetic who, unknown to either of them, has been diagnosed with ca
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Karen Furlong
Mar 30, 2014 Karen Furlong rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Robin Cook used to be one of my favorite authors. I read most or all of his early books including his nonfiction work The Year of the Intern. Then his storylines started to get more farfetched and included too much medical terminology for my taste. I had read good reviews for Cell so decided to try him again. I was not disappointed. The premise of this book is iDoc, a phone app that can monitor medical conditions and reduce the need for a primary care physician. This book was ...more
Wendy Dawn
Feb 15, 2014 Wendy Dawn rated it it was amazing
One of the best things about Robin Cook is that he writes medical thrillers that deal with issues, but he addresses them by populating the story with intriguing characters. Some readers have complained about the abrupt ending of this book. I feel that the ending is appropriate and leaves little room for interpretation in light of the greedy side on which the major characters play.

Read this book to follow radiologist Dr. George Wilson's personal drama and interest in an iPhone app that could chan
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Paula
Feb 05, 2014 Paula rated it did not like it
This book didn't hold my attention. It was hard to believe that Dr. George Wilson, a top radiologist resident, could be so naive.
Suspense Magazine
Jul 23, 2014 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it
Robin Cook proves again he is the master of medical thrillers. His extensive insider knowledge of the medical profession is evident in this chilling tale of a Smartphone app known as iDoc that develops a mind of its own. This digital doctor has been programmed to learn from experiences with doctors and patients and make patient-care decisions. It is available on a 24/7 basis, which gives its patients peace of mind and reduces medical expenses.
When Doctor George Wilson wakes beside his fiancée an
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Abhinav
Feb 10, 2014 Abhinav rated it liked it
The first part was really good. I would give it 5 starts.
Moving to the last bit the ending was abrupt and the story has too many holes.


*********spoiler alert******************

My main questions:

1. Why is George not just knocked off? Zee was....
Why does everybody go overboard to keep him alive and happy where as Zee just gets killed within a few hours of discovering their secret?

2. They did a whole drama with break-in, police sirens and others. In the meeting why did Thorn not just say that the "
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Jenifer Mohammed
Mar 18, 2014 Jenifer Mohammed rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
This was a well-written and exciting story that raised a lot of ethical questions about insurance companies and the US healthcare system and the influence of information technologies such as the fictional iDoc. I definitely enjoyed it.
Rebecca Burke
Jul 03, 2017 Rebecca Burke rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-year-2017
Wonderful modern medical-thriller that intertwined Robin Cook's abilities of writing superb medical thriller with a secondary look at how the Affordable Care Act nd how it affects the current health care system.
Jen Lamoureux
I will start this review by saying that I really wanted to enjoy this book. Robin Cook was one of my favorite authors when I was a teen, and I found the idea behind this book intriguing.

The idea had so much promise.

Unfortunately, the execution is awful. I've considered the fact that my standards are a good deal higher now. However, I suspect that one of three things has happened here 1) Cook is resting on his laurels and seriously phoning it in, 2) The publishers have hired the cheapest ghostwri
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Zoe Markham
This was my first Robin Cook, and while the concept was brilliant, I'm not a fan of the writing style and don't think I'll be reading any more of these.
iDoc and its evil-genius heuristic ways kept me reading through to the end though.
Ralph
Mar 20, 2016 Ralph rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.0 out of 5 (+1 star for the iDoc premise)
I have read many Robin Cook books, my first being Coma in 1977. One of Cook's strengths, much like Michael Crichton, is the ability to take cutting edge topics, spotlight the moral and ethical implications associated with them, and weave a thrilling story, and learning a thing or two in the process. It had been a while since I read a Cook novel, so I picked up Cell expecting another great medical thriller. Alas, I was disappointed.

As with many of Mr. Co
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Literary Escpades
The story starts with a person dying with hypoglycemia, and how her fiancé, George Wilson, finds the truth about her death. George comes to know that her fiancé had died because of some experiment she was a part of and later more patients who died and were part of the same beta test. Planning to reveal the truth behind the iDoc, an app that takes over primary care developed by an insurance company and bought by Obamacare administration for Medicaid and Medicare, George puts his freedom, career a ...more
Scott Parsons
Apr 17, 2014 Scott Parsons rated it really liked it
Seen your doctor later lately? One hour over the past year? Need a family physician? Ending up in clinics or ER for lack of a doctor? Maybe you need an iDoc, a smartphone with a medical application that can monitor your vital signs in real time, dispense medication, connect to a real doctor by phone immediately or a doctor may call you because he's sitting in a medical center watching your results like a medical Big Brother. Whatever you do, don't get an insulin reservoir implant if you have Typ ...more
Barb
Feb 26, 2014 Barb rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
A high-tech company develops an application that can be used on your smart phone to monitor your health. This app is called I-Doc. It's kind of like having your own personal physician available 24/7 for questions and for monitoring of diseases.

When the fiancee of a 4th year Radiology resident is included in the beta testing of I-doc but suddenly ends up dead, Dr. George Wilson become susupicious as there are a couple of other deaths at the hospital of beta test patients.

While this book can be vi
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Kathryn
Mar 05, 2014 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
I like Robin Cook's books and this one didn't disappoint. It's a thriller wrapped up in real life possibilities that can affect our whole society. He brings it to the edge with drama, but he does his research and gives you concepts to truly think about what is happening in todays' medical field. The question is asked what if we go down these paths which we seem (as a society) to be heading down rapidly. The elderly are already experiencing the medical insurance problems. You find out that insura ...more
Tom Tischler
Feb 09, 2014 Tom Tischler rated it really liked it
George Wilson is a radiology resident in L.A. about to enter
a profession on the brink of an enormous change with a vastly
different role for doctors. It's all connected to the smartphone
which is poised to take on a new role in medicine. No longer
just for making appointments it will be a fully customized personal
physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than
the real doctor. It's called iDoc. George's first collision
with iDoc is devastating. He awakens beside his dead fiancée not
lon
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Hilary
Jun 22, 2014 Hilary rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
If you've read more than one Robin Cook you'll know how these things go. I suspect I'm no longer in the target audience, because I was too distracted by the outline-style of writing and the constant "tell, don't show", but as always there were very valid moral and scientific concerns raised.

So you expect intrigue, a thrilling hunt/chase, a young doctor who stumbles across something suspicious and doesn't know who to trust...

This time the target was electronic healthcare, the ever-falling number
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Elizabeth
Mar 22, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
I was kind of MEH on this book.

The basic premise was fascinating, an iDoc app that takes the place of a primary care physician and starts causing the deaths of it's beta-test patients. If there had been more action and better characters, I would have really enjoyed it.

As it was, though, the main character was hopelessly clueless and bumbled along with his head in the clouds. I think Mr. Cook assumes all of his readers are as dumb as his MC because he takes about half the book to slowly reveal
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Krista
Sep 11, 2014 Krista rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Actual Rating: 3.5

Overall a good read - not as many surprises as I would've liked... I think I suspected all the plot "twists" before they happened, but, then again, I've also read and seen many crime/mystery books and TV shows. The second part of the book annoyed me more than either the beginning or the end; George - the main character - kept doing stupid things KNOWING he could very well get caught, putting his life and his career in jeopardy, etc., and Still continued, anyway. But ultimately
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Simran
Nov 20, 2014 Simran rated it did not like it
Robin Cook really knows how to hook a person with his titles! "Cell, hmmm, what a fantastic name! It must be a scientific book! NOPE!"

Robin Cook creates too much of a background story and involves too much of the social life of the protagonist, that the sci-fi parts of the book simply vanish. If it is a sci-fi....then keep it a sci-fi! The addition of a social life can make the book better, but when it begins to take over the novel-that is when you should stop.

Those who enjoy a twist of dominant
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Todd Russell
Jul 26, 2015 Todd Russell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, novel, medical
Fast moving yarn which will appeal to readers of technology medical thrillers. Radiologist George loses his fiancé to a sudden death. She was part of a beta test for a computer physician app called iDoc. George soon encounters others who meet a similar fate as he investigates further into what might be a darker side of technology and medicine combined...

The author adds a nice touch at the end that caught me a bit off-guard, but it made sense. This is one of Cook's better books that I've read. G
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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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