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3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,692 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
The New York Times bestseller is now in paperback. Power, religion, and bioscience collide in the new novel from the master of the medical thriller. ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 5th 2004 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published 2003)
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I give up.

A shame to be 2/3 deep and realize you cannot continue.

I feel betrayed by the inconsistency if this author! Aside from the medical jargon that is a necessary evil, the pacing and character development I swear was written as the story went along. This novel was about a lot of absolutely nothing. I can't say enough how disappointing that is for a Cookbook.

You never know which will be awesome and which will be aw-shit.
Jul 22, 2010 Jerry rated it it was amazing
Great Cook story: gripping suspense, humor, & ethics issues...

We've read all of Cook's medical "thrillers" (even his Egyptian mystery, the "Sphinx"), and would argue that some are a lot better than others. But along comes "Seizure", just possibly his best ever! A current affairs-type premise finds two intellectual doctors trying to save from impending financial ruin their stem-cell research company with a promising technology to grow disease-curing cells. They approach a US Senator to help
Dec 18, 2011 Haritha rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
I think this is the worst Robin Cook book I've read so far. I have always enjoyed his thrillers but Seizure is definitely one from an off-day. The story was all to predictable and character development was minimal. The ending was very anticlimactic and the story ends with one of the characters actually defining what the story is about. You'll know what I mean if you make it to the end of this book. It's definitely not one in the worst-books-ever-written category, but not a thrilling thriller eit ...more
Dec 08, 2008 Jane rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who love meical mysteries and tecnological thrillers
Shelves: adult, recorded-books
Typical Robin Cook book combining medical technology, human greed, and ego. Lots of unbelievable connections between politics, organized crime, the Catholic church and cutting edge and stem cell research. A good distraction during commute into town.
Dec 23, 2011 Nancy rated it liked it
I think that my brain checked out somewhere in the middle of this book. The beginning concept of the book, embryonic transplant cells to cure or alleviate Parkinson’s disease, is in itself an interesting concept. That is where the good part of the story ended. Why Dr. Cook needed to throw in the Mafia and a religious angle made no sense. Neither of them was fully explained and neither of them added to the overall storyline.

In what is purported to be a collision of power, religion and bioscience
Dec 19, 2008 melydia rated it it was ok
(unabridged audiobook read by George Guidall): Dr. Daniel Lowell has discovered a new stem cell procedure to cure many currently terminal diseases. Senator Ashley Butler publicly opposes all such research but secretly offers to become Lowell's guinea pig to cure his Parkinson's Disease before his illness is discovered by the public. The rest of the book is a tangle of intrigue involving the mafia, the Catholic Church, the Shroud of Turin, organ harvesting, and US politics. It's a great set-up, r ...more
Jul 18, 2008 Bouncingsoul24 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
Zero stars! Don't waste your time. What do these three things have in common: shroud of Turin, stem cell research, and the mob? Answer: NOTHING!!!!!!

Overly difficult technical writing that only doctors would understand+ unlikable characters+ unrealistic storyline+ detailed descriptions of events that have no relevance whatsoever to the storyline= horrible book. Come on, Mr. Cook! Do we really need to read two pages about a character's justification in choice of shampoo while in a hotel shower wh
Dre Mosley
Nov 20, 2014 Dre Mosley rated it it was ok
This was my very first Robin Cook novel. After hearing about how great his books were for years, I decided to finally give him a try. Perhaps this was not the book to start with because I thought it was very weak. Weak and dull to the point that I had to force myself to finish it.

The book is around 400 pages long, but nothing really happens of any substance until the last 30 pages and even then it's not too exciting. Lots of filler material between the beginning and end. Let's not get started on
Feb 10, 2014 Steve rated it liked it
As Brad Thor or Vince Flynn, are to spy novels, as Tom Clancy is to military capers and John Grisham is to courtroom dramas, for some time now, Robin Cook has been the master of the medical thriller. “Seizure” takes its rightful place in Cook’s long-line of white coat and stethoscope stories. As Cook points out in his afterword, he specializes in “faction,” in which the line between fact and fiction is blurred. What’s real, what’s not? That’s the question in this 2003 Cook release too.

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Jun 28, 2016 Beth rated it it was ok
To be very honest, I am glad I picked up Seizure at a library book sale and therefore did not pay much for it. It is a decent quick summer read, but did not draw me in much. The basic premise involves a very egocentric, completely unlikeable main character who, we are supposed to believe, is a brilliant researcher. He has developed what may be a cure for Parkinson's Disease, but a senator threatens to outlaw the process by which the researcher manufacturers the cure, which, oh by the way, has on ...more
Jun 21, 2010 Angela rated it did not like it
This book DRUG AND DRUG AND DRUG -- and I kept waiting for it to get better...and it NEVER did. I read (ok, I probably skimmed the last 100 pages or so) - but the big CLIMAX, was less than desirable, and it didn't happen until about page 420 -- the book only has 464 pages!!! and that wasn't even the CLIMAX, it was just what you were waiting the whole book to happen, and then it was just eh.
Apr 04, 2012 Megan rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one!
This book started so slow and just dragged on and on and on with endless, needless plot twists that took away from the main point. Also, there were times that I felt the author was talking down to me in order to explain some of the more complex medical terminology. I generally enjoy books by Cook, but this was not one I'd recommend to anyone.
Elizabeth Moffat
Oct 18, 2012 Elizabeth Moffat rated it it was ok
This book was okay but I was quite underwhelmed by the whole thing. Also, a few parts seemed a little unbelievable - but when you combine the Shroud of Turin, some DNA sequencing, barmy medical procedures, and a mob element, the story was bound to be a little strange?!
Sep 29, 2008 Kara rated it really liked it
This is a medical thriller and although I like it, the characters are flat in the way House is flat. They all play specific parts without going out of those roles. For an entertaining medical thriller without high expectations, it will do.
Jul 03, 2013 Isha rated it did not like it
Hard to believe ridiculous characters and contrived derivative plot with nothing to push you further. Farce of a novel. Feeling sorry for wasting money on this book.
Nov 04, 2015 Umut rated it liked it

Üstat her zaman ki gibi döktürmüş. Özellikle son yüz sayfaya geldiğinizde nefesiniz kesiliyor. Kitabın kurgusu müthiş. Cook her zamanki gibi tıp alanındaki bilgisi ve yazarlık konusunda yeteneğini çok iyi harmanlamış. Ancak gelgelelim yazar ne kadar iyiyse çeviri de aynı oranda berbat. Kitap son hızla akıp giderken arada bi yerde öyle bir cümle kurulmuş ki bu berbatlığı anlatmak mümkün değil. Bugüne kadar kitap alırken hiçbir zaman çevirmen ismi bir tercih
Jan 29, 2015 Henrique rated it liked it
As a recent student of biotechnology, I got interested in the book since it looked like it would deliver a good, intriguing story connecting biotechnology (bio science in general), action, dilemmas (ethics), etc.
Robin Cook did approach those subjects, including politics and a bit of corruption in between, but the book suffers from a really slow pace at most times, which may turn it's reading quite boring and uninteresting...
With that said, it's still a good book, although it's probably only good
Apr 02, 2014 Lindsey rated it did not like it
Ugh, what a piece of crap book. It just randomly ended, the dialogue and plot were awful... Just glad to be done.
Virginia Markhart
Mar 10, 2016 Virginia Markhart rated it it was ok
I have read several books by this author and enjoyed them all, until this one. I did not like either of the main characters right from the beginning. Daniel, was bullish, childish. Stephanie was weak and indecisive. The plot was great. New procedure banned by the US, so a senator with the disease that the procedure is meant to cure sets up to have the surgery done in the Bahamas. One fiasco after another. Using the DNA from the Shroud of Turin??? Kind of lost me there. I don't think that was a g ...more
Carlos Mock
Mar 23, 2016 Carlos Mock rated it did not like it
Shelves: boring
I would only recommend you read this book if:

* You are a die-hard Robin Cook Fan.
* You liked SHOCK, and understand that Spencer Wingate and his cohorts at the Wingate Clinic play a relatively small but central role in this book.
* You are interested in the medical aspects and the ethical debate concerning cloning and stem cell research.
* Finally: you are a speed reader who only skims most novels for the central element of the plot and are not bothered by unlikable characters and uneven writin
Jun 10, 2010 Sharon rated it liked it
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Mar 04, 2010 Mimi rated it it was ok
"It's the story of two titans, in their own separate arenas, yet strangely similar in their hubris, who had achieved greatness but suffered tragic faults. Senator Butler's was a love of power, which had evolved from a means to an end and of itself. Dr. Lowell's, I'd guess, was a desire for financial recognition and celebrity status appropriate in his mind to his intellect and contribution. When these two men collided by conspiring to use each other for their own purposes, their tragic fault lite ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
Mar 05, 2010 Anne Hawn Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, medical
For a book that has no good guys, this was surprisingly good. Dr. Daniel Lowell has developed a procedure for using stem cells in curing Parkinson's disease which shows great promise in lab animals. The powerful Senator Ashley Butler is one of the foremost opponents of stem cell research, but has been diagnosed with Parkinson's. In a secret meeting, he has promised that the bill to ban stem cell research will not proceed out of his committee if Dr. Lowell will use him as his test subject. Both m ...more
Randee Baty
I've been a big fan of Robin Cook for years but this is one book I could have done without. First, I didn't realize that I should have read "Shock" before I read this one so I'll just recommend that if you are going to read "Seizure", read "Shock" first.

If Robin Cook's mission is to convince us that anyone doing research into cloning or infertility issues or genetic therapies is evil, he does a good job of it with this book. There are absolutely no good guys. There is no one to root for.

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Aug 14, 2013 Alyssa rated it it was ok
At first the book was decent and some what captivating, however after the first hundred pages it was completely boring and entirely annoying. The plot is dragged out much longer than necessary and the worst part is the CHARACTORS. They are EXTREMELY unlikable and stereotypical. Daniel was the man who's solely focused on saving his company that - like in most plots - he forgets about other people's feelings but still tries to keep himself and his partner/lover Stephanie together. Which brings me ...more
Swapna Sundar
Jul 29, 2014 Swapna Sundar rated it it was ok
I thought the book sufferred from what I am calling the 'Dan Brown Code' - partner protagonists who are male and female; throw in a number of evil people who benefit from their death or disability; squeeze in an international escape; bring in some cutting edge science; and don't forget to hammer it all home with a historical artifact of religious significance, and then hope and pray it all comes together in the end and that the reader begins to have new doubts about the faith of Christians!

Feb 02, 2016 Sally rated it really liked it
This book held my attention. It was about bioresearch and curing Parkinson's disease. The author, Robin Cook is a physician, so he writes from a position of knowledge. He is excellent at fiction. This story tracked logically along. I loved the character of Stephanie, The part owner in the company developing the cure. I was anger at the politicians who think only of power and not the possibilities of cures for those of the world who are suffering! Good Book.
Pramod Ks
Mar 14, 2016 Pramod Ks rated it really liked it
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Ежко Таралежко
За щастие, това е предпоследната книга на Робин Кук - още една и приключвам с него. Започна много добре (да речем първите две глави) след което се превърна в досаден и муден трудночитаем боклук. Може би това е което ми липсва за да бъда писател - аз тази история бих я побрал в 20 страници. Титлувания автор на бестселъри я е разтеглил до 500. Както и да е, наистина не мога да кажа нищо добро за книгата, а ми е писнало само да плюя та...да. Толкоз.
Sep 27, 2008 Debi added it
Shelves: medical-thriller
This was a pretty wild ride, another suspenseful medical thriller by Robin Cook. Some of the same characters that were in Shock were featured in this book.
Daniel and Stephanie are part of a start-up biotech company on the cutting edge of research. When their research threatens to get banned by politicians, the future of their company and careers are at stake. So when a powerful politician asks for their help with the promise of helping their company survive, they jump at the chance in spite of t
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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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“Instead, he was still acting distant from her in many subtle ways, and although they continued to sleep in the same bed, there had been no intimacy whatsoever. Such behavior raised an old concern of hers that Daniel was either incapable or unmotivated to offer the kind of emotional support she felt she needed, particularly in period of stress, no matter what the cause or whose fault it was. (Stephanie)” 2 likes
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