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Intervention (Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery #9)

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  3,058 Ratings  ·  386 Reviews
Intervention, by Cook, Robin
Hardcover, First Edition, 387 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published January 1st 2009)
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Danielle The author does a pretty good job of catching everyone up if you happen to read out of order, but I imagine you'll enjoy it more if you read them in…moreThe author does a pretty good job of catching everyone up if you happen to read out of order, but I imagine you'll enjoy it more if you read them in order :)(less)
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Denise
Sep 25, 2009 Denise rated it it was ok
3 for idea; 2 for execution; 1 for ending; , September 22, 2009

First things first -- this is NOT a medical thriller. This is a combination of anti-alternative medicine rant and a diatribe against Christian zealotry -- or, even worse, a conspiracy story of mediocre proportion.

There are two things going on in this novel: the original plot line of Jack investigating an untimely death caused by chiropractic cervical manipulation (producing VAD) and his subsequent out of control behavior when conf
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Prasad
Aug 05, 2011 Prasad rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the few authors who has managed to grab my attention and keep me indulged is Robin Cook. Having read almost all his other works, it was an easy choice for me to pick Intervention at Landmark, Spencer’s Plaza, where I had been recently. (My love affair with Landmark demands a separate post altogether. I just can’t resist buying books at Landmark, something that I can do at Crossword for some reason).

I was expecting a medical thriller again in some other form, probably something like a doct
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Relic
Feb 10, 2013 Relic rated it did not like it
You always start a Robin Cook novel with a prayer--please Robin, with all your millions, hire a dialogue coach, so that your characters will stop talking like cut-out dolls better suited to English as a Second Language textbooks.

If only he would do that, then the Harlequin Romance sensibilities he also brings to his works would be more tolerable.

Nevertheless, I generally enjoy Robin, and were it not for this book, I would gladly award him the Most Improved Author Golden Keyboard, or whatever, f
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Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it it was ok
Generally I'm a big fan of Robin Cook, especially the Stapleton/Montgomery series. But quite frankly, this one didn't even seem like it was written by Robin Cook.

What we have here seems to be two separate books melded into one. There are three separate plots that don't exactly tie into one another.

Plot 1) Jack and Laurie's sick son. Little Jack Junior is diagnosed with a form of child cancer. Conventional medicine is currently failing the suffering parents and their child. So much so that Laurie
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Alicia
Intervention, my first (and possibly last!) Robin Cook novel, was dull, redundant and unoriginal. I didn't care for any of the characters - Shawn and Sana, in particular, were an irritating couple, and Shawn's casually sexist and demeaning treatment of his wife was gross. They seemed more like acquaintances who barely knew each other or colleagues forced to work together on a project than husband and wife who had known each other for several years. The dialogue was incredibly stiff and unnatural ...more
Mazola1
Sep 29, 2009 Mazola1 rated it it was ok
Intervention starts out like a typical Robin Cook medical thriller, but never quite makes it there. The little medical thriller that is in the book quickly gets shoved aside in favor of Cook trying his hand at writing a Dan Brown type thriller. Cook's faux Brown plot line, which involves an ossuary supposedly containing the bones of the Virgin Mary, long buried beneath Saint Peter's and excavated in the middle of the night by a renegade and ambitious archeologist, is, like many of Robin Cook's p ...more
Leanne Hunt
Featuring the discovery of a potentially divisive religious artefact - an ossuary containing what are thought to be the bones of the Virgin Mary and the gospel of Simon the magician - this book raises some interesting questions about ancient beliefs versus scientific evidence. This theme is echoed in the sub-plot, in which the main character, Dr Jack Stapleton, weighs up the popularity of alternative medical treatments against their inherent dangers. While the story moves backwards and forwards ...more
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Richard
Oct 01, 2009 Richard rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nobody.
Recommended to Richard by: I read a review.
Don't "they" still tell writers to write what they know? Dr. Robin Cook is excellent at plaques and sudden death from toxic creatures. He is out of his element here. It could be a good story, or even a good movie, but it would need a serious rewrite. While I don't like his work, Dan Brown did it better.

Three roommates from Amherst College have done well: Archbishop of New York, Chief Medical Examiner for the City of New York and archaeologist as head of the department of Near Eastern Art at the
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Ryne Barber
Nov 01, 2009 Ryne Barber rated it it was ok
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Mona Belle
May 26, 2016 Mona Belle rated it it was ok
Reading this book has left me virtually speechless. I didn't know what to say. It was so horrible.

This is the first book of Robin Cook that I've read which I totally did not like. Unlike the other Jack and Laurie series books, this one is not really a medical drama/thriller, or whatever the term is. It is actually dabbling on the religious with some medical undertones.

The first few chapters of the book seemed to be without any direction at all. There are lots of bits and pieces too difficult to
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Elizabeth Noah Astle
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Casey
Aug 03, 2015 Casey rated it did not like it
Shelves: i-hate-this-book
Robin Cook was always a great standby. I could count on him to write an awesome read. I have not read all his books, nor have I read them in order, so I hope this was just one bad example, and not a trend. The man can write fabulously, so why didn't he? This book had NO MEDICAL MYSTERY to it. I actually skipped the alternating chapters in the front of the book and only read the ones applying to Jack Stapleton,and skimmed/skipped the ones about the archaeologists and their find. Jack was on a cru ...more
Tony Primm
Feb 11, 2016 Tony Primm rated it it was ok
I started reading quite a few Robin Cook books last year and really enjoyed them, especially the series that included Dr. Jack Stapleton. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to my expectations and I only finished it to see if Cook was ever going to go back and finish the first part of the story. Early on, Jack has a case that implies a Chiropractor was negligent and caused the death of a young girl. Jack was on a crusade, visiting and confronting the Chiropractor, which ultimately led to a ...more
judy
Sep 01, 2009 judy rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Pathetic! I'm a fan of Robin Cook but this was beyond the pale. The writing was ghastly and the plots absurd. I can't imagine what happened to the Dr. Cook I loved. Clearly he wanted to rant(using Jack) against alternative medicine and he did a stellar. if sophomoric, job. Sort of amusing that Jack kept running into intelligent, powerful people who use and love various kinds of alternative treatment.(Perhaps the book should have been titled "Vendetta"). Therefore, Jack decides he really can't wi ...more
Laurel
Oct 23, 2009 Laurel rated it did not like it
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Archana Amaragandhi
Jan 28, 2017 Archana Amaragandhi rated it did not like it
I am a big fan of Robin Cook for his medical thrillers. This book was an exception. It was no thriller, had multiple plots that went nowhere and the climax was downright pathetic. By far my biggest disappointment among Robin Cook's books. What has come over Cook, really!
Magnesus
Nov 14, 2010 Magnesus rated it did not like it
It's the worst book by Robin Cook I read. Better stay away. It's stupid, it's antiscience and it looks like it was written by some other author.
Jessica
Feb 05, 2017 Jessica rated it did not like it
This story was slow. I was bored with all of the useless knowledge that seemed to go on and on and then finally when the book got interesting enough it was quickly wrapped up in a way that was heartless and unbelievable.
Katie George
Apr 30, 2014 Katie George rated it did not like it
This was easily my least favourite of any Robin Cook novel I have so far read. This was the last novel I had to read in the Jack Stapleton/ Laurie Montgomery series (I read the most recent two first without knowing they were part of a series). I was really looking forward to this novel and it fell completely flat. First, the beginning of the novel is all about alternative medicine and the dangers of chiropractors and I was waiting to see how that would tie in to the final outcome because I could ...more
Henri Moreaux
Mar 10, 2017 Henri Moreaux rated it it was ok
Shelves: medical, americas
I've been quite a fan of the Stapleton/Montgomery forensic pathology/medical thriller series however Intervention is disappointing. There's only a small amount of forensic pathology involved, there's a seemingly unrelated davinci code-like plot involving the Virgin Mary's remains hidden in the Vatican and the ending is a real let down.

I hope the final book in the series is dramatically better than this entry.
Melissa
May 21, 2012 Melissa rated it did not like it


Oh wow... So bad. So very, very bad.

This was my first Robin Cook novel I ever read. One of my co-workers suggested him, and said he wrote a mean medical thriller. I decided to give him a try, figuring it would be a run of the mill, medical thriller with a half decent plot and a few cheap thrills along the way (as what is usually the case for these types of writers; John Grisham, Iris Johannsen, etc.). Unfortunately I just so happened to pick the worst Robin Cook book ever to be published.

When
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Ron Arden
Oct 13, 2014 Ron Arden rated it liked it
This story has religion, politics and science collide as Shawn Doherty, a noted archaeologist and religious expert, uncovers evidence to prove that the Virgin Mary did not ascend to heaven as proclaimed by Catholic Popes.

Jack Stapleton, a NYC pathologist, was at school with Shawn and their friend Kevin Murray. Kevin is now the Archbishop of NYC, while Jack and his wife, Laurie Montgomery, work as pathologists in the Office of the Medical Examiner in NY. The 3 friends haven't seen each other in y
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Emily S.
Oct 12, 2010 Emily S. rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
Remember that one time when I was going to be done with Robin Cook? I gave him one more chance, and it was okay. I might not be done with him after all. I liked this book better than Cure, which I was really not okay with. I was glad of that, because Dr. Cook has always been one of my favorite authors.

Intervention still has some of the things that bugged me about Cure, but a lot of things that I liked a lot better. It kind of has a special place in my heart because it deals a lot with archaeolog
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Vincent
Jan 28, 2013 Vincent rated it liked it
Intervention by Robin Cook, follows Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery. Both physicians, Stapleton and Montgomery are medical examiners in New York City's OCME. Jack, the ever health concious, and dedicated physician, is personally in search of escape. Escape from the neuroblastoma his young son, JJ, suffers from. Laurie's days are filled with caring for JJ. Her work as a physician is secondary.

Cook weaves several minor characters into the story in support of three main characters: Jack, Shaw
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Buck
Nov 17, 2009 Buck rated it it was ok
It has been some time since I picked up one of Robin Cook's books. I remember that in his last flurry thinking that every plot had begun to devolved into this barely concealed political crusade against "managed care" medicine. The plots seemed designed not for their creativity or thrill but to present yet another "managed care" horror story.

With InterventionCook only makes passing mention of this obsession. Instead we are presented with his late entry into the "DaVinci Code" pantheon of Jesus th
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Bev Walkling
Nov 18, 2014 Bev Walkling rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure if I would like this book after reading a number of negative reviews, but I actually did enjoy it. It features medical examiner Jack Stapleton and I have always enjoyed Robin Cook's books featuring him and his wife Laurie (she is also in this book in a relatively minor role). In this novel we also meet two of Jack's college friends Shawn, a world famous archaeologist who specializes in Biblical history (and his wife Sana, a specialist in mitochondrial DNA) and James, a cardinal in ...more
Mangieto
May 02, 2015 Mangieto rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, thriller, 2015
Mi ánimo pasó de cuatro estrellas a una estrella, pero decidí dejarlo en dos porque todo iba bien hasta el final.

Creo que es mi primer libro de thriller médico y no conocía a Robin Cook. Veo por qué es un buen escritor, durante casi todo el libro disfruté la lectura y estaba optimista con la impresión que iba a dejarme, hasta que llegué a las últimas 20 páginas y todo se derrumbó.
Realmente este es uno de esos libros en los que parece que el autor se había cansado de escribir y decidió que ya era
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Mike
Nov 19, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it
I think I understand why this book is rated so poorly. I have to justify why i'm throwing 4 stars on something that was actually pretty Boring.

This was my first Robin Cook book. As must as I do enjoy a bit of science/medicine or religion in my fiction, this one was certainly a hodge podge of faith vs facts that I think played out well with the three main characters (who by the way not one is named Keith despite the backcover synopsis).

The only way to get through this novel is via audio. George G
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Jenny Karraker
Oct 09, 2013 Jenny Karraker rated it did not like it
I'm sorry but this has got to be one of the dumbest books I've ever read--terribly unrealistic plot line and very unlikeable characters. Three college roommates are brought together as Jack offers his coroner's lab as a research place for his buddy Shawn's study of an archeological find that may bring down the faith of the Catholic Church. Thus enters the third college friend James, who is now a Cardinal and bishop in New York who opposes any such exposure. Jack has a severely handicapped child ...more
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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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“Natural,my ass! The worst poison known to man comes from a tree frog in South America. You cannot imagine how small an amount would be necessary to kill you.and it's natural.Calling something NATURAL is a MEANINGLESS MARKETING PLOY."



"All right,calm down! Maybe I like alternative medicine because it's been in use for more than six thousand years.After all that time,they have to know what they're doing."

"You mean the wacky idea that somehow in the distant past people had more scientific wisdom than they do today?That's both crazy and counterintuitive.Six thousand years ago people thought thunder was a bunch of gods moving around furniture."

-Conversation btw Dr.Jack Stapleton and Vinnie”
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