Epidemie (Dr. Marissa Blumenthal #1)
There isn't much of a synopsis I can provide that isn't covered by the book's description. There are outbreaks of Ebola, and a doctor from the CDC is inve ...more
I consider this an "Airplane book," that is, a good read when you're sitting in an uncomfortable seat and can't move your arms much, and need something to distract you from the world around you. A solid, fun, read, good for the beach, the deck, or a long airplane ride, when all you want is to escape to another world and another life. Something that holds your attention, and doesn't r ...more
A young CDC doctor is sent to an outbreak of what turns out to be Ebola virus in L.A. Then similar outbreaks occur in St. Louis, Phoenix, Philadelphia, and New York. She becomes convinced that someone is using the virus as a weapon. To find out who, she must deal with bureaucracy, a sexually harrassing boss, a ...more
Robin Cook has only one plot: he just changes the names, the settings, and the medical conditions. But really, he's just recycling the same basic story.
That said, this one did at least have some interesting points on how a massive disease outbreak might be dealt with by the medical community. It's worth a read on that basis alone, as long as you're not looking for an "involving mystery" -- because if you've ever read any of his other books, you know exactly who the "bad guy" is by the end of ...more
This novel was many things. A thriller was one. I picked it because of the title alone. It so happens to be about an Ebola outbreak. Seemed like another timely novel. It was a quick read and fun. I happen to be studying epidemiology at the moment and so there were smiles on my face whenever he reference medical terminology that I actually understood. The medical jargon was fun! There was a lot to like here--and some not.
The author is a doctor in real life. I alway ...more
Cool story but so poor execution. And whats with combining something so cool as viruses, conspiracy,mucous and blood with stupid love affair? This actually was worst part, if I want to read syrupy love story then I would look it somewhere else right?
The relationship stuff was fairly unconventional, enough to be interesting, and I respected Marissa as a main character. But her lucky escapes felt contrived. A lot of the action sequences seemed lifted straight from 1980s action films.
In the end, I just couldn't take ...more
In the novel, a CDC doctor investigates several different Ebola outbreaks across the US. Of course, they end up all tied together and part of a huge corporate conspiracy.
The characters are very cookie-cutter, the dialog is not great, the plot is a serious stretch, and the sexism is rampant. The main character is a female doctor who nearly apologizes to her boss after he perpetrates some very obvious sexual harassmen ...more
This book was no different premise-wise, but it was at least engaging and functioned well as a vacation read.
If you've never read Robin Cook, this is as good a book as any to start with and if you love medical thrillers, then here you go. But I would imagine if yo ...more
Unfortunately it has parts in the story that were just annoying - most of all where the lead character who is a epidemiologist for the CDC seems to have very little clue about how viruses actually work (seriously - she needs to have material covered in high school biology explained to her). On top of this the main clues as to the source of the outbreak (and reasons for this) are clumsily put in the first part of the book, so any idiot could work out where th ...more
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I have to say upfront that I don't really like Dr.Marissa Blumenthal. She has all of the appeal of wet sawdust or maybe stepping in some dog plops at the doggie park. ...more
My difficulty with the story is two-fold. First, the main character, Marissa Blumenthal, is so painfully ...more
...that anyone, including a doctor thought it would be perfectly excusable for a high mucky muck doctor to come onto to a young female subordinate, including laying hands on her when she didn't want it (at least he apologized?). And then the young female subordinate can blame herself when her superior makes her job awkward for her because she didn't respond with sufficient tact when rejecting his unwanted advances.
Oh, and the best part, t ...more
Murder and intrigue reach epidemic proportions when a devastating plague sweeps the country. Dr. Marissa Blumenthal of the Atlanta Centers for Disease Control investigates--and soon uncovers the medical world's deadliest secret...."Cook's most harrowing medical horror story."-- "New York Times" * A New York Times bestseller * Still timely--and terrifying--this thriller anticipated "The Hot Zone" and a number of "epidemic disease" movies * Robin Cook is the reigning king of medical suspense
Anyway this book is lame and you probably shouldn' ...more
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