Intervention (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #9)
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Intervention (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery #9)

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  2,164 ratings  ·  322 reviews
"New York Times"-bestselling author Robin Cook returns with another ripped-from-the-headlines medical thriller, where DNA science, biotechnology, and religion collide.
I t's been more than thirty years since New York City medical examiner Jack Stapleton's college graduation and almost as long since he'd been in touch with former classmates Shawn Doherty and Kevin Murray. O...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Putnam Adult (first published January 1st 2009)
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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...more
Matt Schiariti
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
Oct 01, 2009 Richard rated it 2 of 5 stars
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...more
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
Ryne Barber
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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
Katie George
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
Vera VB
Dit is echt een teleurstellend boek, zeker het einde want dat wordt echt afgehaspeld op 5 pagina's.
Een archeologische vondst die de kerk, nog maar eens, op zijn kop zou kunnen zetten, is de spil waarrond het verhaal draait. Daarnaast is er het verhaal van de Stapeltons, wiens zoontje ziek is. De man van het echtpaar van de archeologische vondst is bevriend met Jack Stapelton. Beide zijn bevriend met de aartsbisschop van New York. Jack moet meestal scheidsrechter spelen en dat is nu niet anders....more
Arqueólogos, patólogos, investigación cientifica, autoridades de la Iglesia catolica, intrigas y la posibilidad de desbaratar la fe. Mezclar bien y servir frío.
Una mezcla interesante, podría ser explosiva, pero aún así fue tan bien dosificado que no se notó.
Me pareció mucho más interesante el comflicto personal de Jack y la obsesión con evangelizar contra la medicina alternativa. Pero después de otro rato la incapacidad de jack para superar sus problemas tambien parece plana... quizás los humano...more
Ramkishan Nekkanti
Robin Cook tries a Dan brown...and fails.

In my humble opinion, the storyline was too weak and implausible to go ahead and make a book out of it. If it HAD to be made, it required a lot of narration skills and suspense and flash points and twists to make it worth the read. This one is flat toned to a fault.

The adrenaline quotient is literally non existent. For a story that revolves around a imminent milestone discovery/scandal, the lack of suspense and palpable desperation from the central charac...more
Susan Clark-cook
Another fun outing with Robin as he takes on yet another journey into the dark world of medicine, and in this case alternative medicine. But it is more than that kind of mystery because we are also drawn into the world of ancient Egypet and the secret worlds uncovered there-involving the church, old, old codices and much more that has to be discovered and put into place before the story can be solved. Interesting ideas about things like alternative medicines and their place; and a look into old...more
I'm quite stumped. This book probably has three of the most unrelated, silly subplots that barely come together in the final CD of this 10-disc disaster. Where in blazes is the Robin Cook of old? I'm listening to this Jack/Laurie series because my library has some of them and they're an easy grab off the shelf. I heartily dislike the narrator who chronically mispronounces words. Every character he plays comes off as snide, sarcastic, snippity, angry, aggressive, petulant and other adjectives I c...more
Chynna Smith
Robin Cook's Intervention dives into the tension between science and religion. Jack Stapleton works for the OCME and has an ailing son at home. His college friends Shawn, an archaeologist, and James, a Catholic priest contact him after Shawn discovers what could possibly be the remains of the Virgin Mary.The two want ask Jack to give them access to a lab, so they can figure out if this hypothesis is true. If these bones do belong to Jesus' mother, then everything the Catholic church stood for wo...more
The book begins with two separate storylines, one of which is abruptly abandoned midway through the book. The remaining storyline is somewhat thought-provoking, and the tension builds nicely. At last, I am drawn into the novel. What will the characters do? How will they prove their suspicions? How will the church respond? I want to know. Apparently, the writer doesn't have the answers, either. Instead, he pens a few pages which cause the plot to suddenly vanish into thin air. Imagine a thick, ju...more
I usually like a Robin Cook novel, but this one was bad writing. Why did I finish it? - probably to see how he would end it AND the ending was disappointing and unbelievable. It's called a mystery thriller - where was the mystery and where was the thrill? - they were missing. He usually writes medical thrillers but this time he strayed into Dan Brown territory and does it badly. This is about three college roommates who connect when Shawn (archaeologist) and his wife Sana (DNA expert) discover a...more
Deborah Bobo
Intervention begins with two seemingly barely connected stories. Jack Stapleton works for the city morgue in New York City. Shawn Doherty is a renowned biblical archeologist who is visiting the Middle East with his wife when he discovers a codex that sheds light on the burial of the Virgin Mary. The story flips back and forth between Jack’s work and difficult personal life (he has an infant with neuroblastoma) and Shawn’s discovery and quest for the ossuary that allegedly holds the bones of the...more
This book centers around three college buddies, Jack Stapleton, Shawn Doherty and Kevin Murray who all go in very different career paths once they graduate, but are all brought together after 20+ years. A dig beneath Saint Peter's bascillica unearths an ancient relic that promises to change people's views on science and the Catholic religion. The college friends work together to determine the authenticity of the artifact and what they should do with it. Their work takes a tragic turn in the end....more
Emily S.
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...more
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...more
Diane Strong
One of the things I love about Robin Cook is he often reveals the imperfetions of modern medicine. A huge failure in modern medicine is the lack of advancement in treating cancers despite the billions of dollars spent on research. We are still using the same treatments as we did 20 years ago, and they still fail. Alternative medicine has succeeded in curing cancers, yet the public is unaware because there is no money in treating cancer with alternative medicine.

So, I was hoping this book would r...more
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...more

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.

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...more
This was an excellent book. The Jack and Laurie books continue to pull me in despite some of late being rather flat or too far fetched. This one reads more like Dan Brown's Angels and Demons than previous Cook books but I was not opposed to that. Given Cook's previous history with Egyptian and Middle-East based plots, traveling throughout the region and Rome were an exciting enhancement. While the book is unnerving in places (especially the last 40 pages) it has a solid plot and moves along at a...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...more
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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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