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Vector (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery #4)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  6,121 ratings  ·  121 reviews
The unthinkable becomes stark reality in this frightening novel by the bestselling master of medical suspense.

Experts do not question whether a bioterrorism event will occur in the United States, only when...

New York City cab driver Yuri Davydov is an angry, disillusioned Russian émigré bent on returning to his motherland after an unhappy seven-year sojourn in the United S
Hardcover, 445 pages
Published 1999 by Macmillan
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Horrendous writing, but who doesn't enjoy the wacky hijinks that ensue when a disgruntled Russian emigre and an vengeful bunch of white supremacists cross paths? Bio-weapons, terrorism by pest control truck- this is the perfect bargain basement book for a lazy day (if you're lucky, you'll find a Robin Cook omnibus for double the fun!).
This book was phenomenal, as least in my opinion. I love how Cook created his M.E.'s and had them find out details that, if they missed, would have flawed the book. The characters in the novel are lovable (well, minus Yuri, Steve, Curt, and Co.) and quirky in the best possible ways.

What I thoroughly enjoyed were the parts at the hospital. Now, yes, I know I probably sound like a freak there, but hear me out. I enjoy medical lingo, so being able to understand a novel and dive into it is key to me
Heather Spence
I had to read this book as a requirement so it took a lot of the satisfaction out of it but there is almost always something going on. Although, it's not in a high-speed action sort of way but instead makes you use your brain and enjoy the thought and emotion behind what the main characters do. Hits very close to home after the anthrax scares after 9/11.
Jim C
Another case for Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery. This is part of a series but each book can be stand alone novels. This one concerns a Russian immigrant who came here for the American dream but has failed to capture it. He has become disillusioned and now he is planning a biochemical terrorist attack before he returns home.

This book was written before 9/11 but it is eerie how this book reminded me of that horrific day. Maybe because of the setting of New York and any terrorist attack in th
I've been reading Robin Cook since the late 1980s; he's one of the reasons I've long been interested in the medical sciences.

I don't know what was so off-putting about this; the heavy-handed stereotyping of a Russian emigre as a vodka-swilling anti-Capitalist? The false portrayal of neo-Nazis as "far-right-wing" politicos? The pearl-clutching references to gun control? The ridiculousness of an otherwise level-headed, responsible coroner being whisked into a marriage proposal after mere weeks of
Maisie Manuel
The unimaginable becomes a horrifying reality in Dr.Robin Cook's thriller, Vector. Medical examiner's Dr.Jack Stapleton and Dr.Laurie Montgomery are both presented with two very peculiar cases. When Dr.Stapleton diagnoses his patient as a rare case of anthrax, an infectious and usually fatal disease, and Dr.Montgomery examines the remains of a tortured member of a neofascist skinhead militia, the two are completely unaware of the fact that the cases are related. All the while, an angry Russian i ...more
Written before the New Jersey Post Office anthrax scare, Cook points out in this novel's afterword that it bisn't a matter of if bioterrism will be used as a weapon of mass destruction, but when.

Yuri Davydov is a disenfranchised Russian immigrant. Trapped in a loveless marriage (which he entered only to secure citizenship) and loathing his dead-end job as a New York City taxi driver, Yuri is tapped by a Neo-Nazi skinhead organization to strike back at the country he feels betrayed him, by creati
Geert Daelemans
Decent and almost visionary thriller

When Yuri Davydov, a former Russian technician from a secret biological weapons plant, escaped to the United States he has high hopes of the American culture and economy. But quite soon he discovers that the American Dream turns out to be a real nightmare. In America his Russian diploma is not worth the paper it is printed on and the only job he can get is that of a taxi driver. Totally disillusioned he decides to return to his native country, but not before h
Geert Daelemans
Decent and almost visionary thriller

When Yuri Davydov, a former Russian technician from a secret biological weapons plant, escaped to the United States he has high hopes of the American culture and economy. But quite soon he discovers that the American Dream turns out to be a real nightmare. In America his Russian diploma is not worth the paper it is printed on and the only job he can get is that of a taxi driver. Totally disillusioned he decides to return to his native country, but not before h
Katie George
Although the writing is not phenomenal, the story is captivating. Presented in a manner that makes the crazy plot seem plausible, it really makes you think about the threat of bio-weapons like anthrax, and how by using them, it would only take a handful of extremists to cause unbelievably wide scale problems. It is crazy that the novel was written in 1999, before 9/11 and the anthrax scares that came later because it is so reminiscent of both events. Definitely a quick, intriguing read, especial ...more
Henri Moreaux
Written in 1999 before the American Anthrax scares the novel is prophetic about the dangers of biological terrorism not being a matter of if, but when.

Drs Stapleton & Montgomery return in this book the fourth in the series. This episode we have an ex-Biopreparat technician (or Биопрепарат in Russian, their biological weapons research/production facility) who is disgruntled with American and after meeting up with some Right-wing nutjobs decides to stage a terrorist attack.

Unlike the last book
Sidharth Panwar
I am reading Robin Cook after a period of maybe 8-10 years. I last read Chromosome 6 and that remains one of my favorite novels. Although I have read very few novels because I start feeling as if it's not adding any value if I read novels and that too those novels that have nothing in terms of characterization or depth. But it's good to read one once in a while.
Bottom line, it's a quick read which you can finish during commute or flight but nothing that stays with you once you're done.
Doug Branscombe
Probably my favorite Robin Cook book yet, in part because I liked the ending. In this story we explore the potential for a Bioterror attack in NYC when a former Russian Bioweapon employee turned NYC cab driver and the People's Aryan Army join forces plotting a major attack. A fast moving story with lots of moving parts, Cook does a great job with this book.
Stephanie Murie

Robin Cook was recommended to me by a friend. This isn't the best book of his I've read but it is worth reading. I love the story, the twists are twisty though some are guessable it doesn't take away from the enjoyment.

I read a lot of thrillers and crime books and I recommend Robin Cook.
Miss Jane
Formulaic, but eerily prescient.

Robin Cook's books are all pretty much the same, but I enjoyed this one anyway. Drs. Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery are back, this time saving NYC from terrorists with anthrax.

Vector was published in 1999, and it's a bit creepy to read it after the real anthrax scare. The glossary in the back contains entries for "WMB" and "bioterrorism". Would we even need a glossary for this book today?

Bumped up from two to three stars because the ending amused me so mu
Feb 18, 2008 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tracey
Recommended to Ed by: no one, picked it at random
I finished this Audio Book while driving from Ames to St. Joseph Mo to Dallas TX on Thursday the 14th of March 2008. I bought it at Houseworks in Iowa City for $1.50 half price used, and I gave it to Tracey to take back to Claremont and listen.

Turned out to be a page turner, or a tape turner in my case. I was impressed that even though it had quit a few characters it was pretty easy to keep them all straight. It deals with a scenario that could really happen, and would be world changing, and ge
Anthrax mystery, includes Medical Examiners frfom Chromosome 6. Russian guy tries to spread antrax along with skinheads
Basir Zaman
too much lucky coincidences for a big city like New York! a good one for time pass though.
Mea Aterado
I thought this was a horror story xD.
I learned a lot in this book, specially in the field of medicine.
Robin Cook is a writer for me who always delivers the goods. The pace is hectic, the terror of someone releasing a biotoxin like anthrax in a large population centre like New York is realistic. There are some interesting characters like Davydov the disillusioned Russian immigrant who knows how to make bioweapons, he teams up with an Aryan terrorist group, despite having a black wife. The wife becomes one of the first victims of his home grown anthrax. I haven't read anyone on a par with Robin Co ...more
Serge Smagarinsky
All in all a worthwhile read and expertly researched.

Explored bioterrorism from many angles and theorises a potentially plausible scenario, with a scary essay included as an author's note at the end explaining the reality of this worldwide threat.

Certain elements of the plot were well constructed but the writing also suffered issues around dialogue being too formal and too much detail in themes the author was interested in exploring but not central to the story (eg. back story of the far right c
Jammer dat er veel ‘toevalligheden’ nodig waren om het verhaal kloppend te krijgen. Het idee was leuk, de uitwerking wat minder.
One of my favorite books by Robin Cook. I've read this book at least 5 times and it resonates today as much as it did the first time. I highly recommend it!
This disturbing and page-turning read is a weapon of mass destruction thriller involving a disgruntled Russian taxi driver (a former biological weapons tech), two firefighter white supremists, Jack Stapleton - a NYC medical examiner who uncovers the plot to wipe out a government building and Central Park, plus anthrax and botulism. A very intense story and a plausible picture of a modern bioweapon, and of terror and disaster that could happen in real life. Not for the faint-hearted!
Anthrax, botulinum toxin and what have you. I think this one is possible to happen. And yes, for the Jack-Laurie fan, Laurie almost got married to another man. :D
Heel grappig en onlogisch eind
Carly Svamvour
Jeff started a thread at Wild City Books n' Movies, back in 2k3.

I probably read it too, but don't remember it.


May 9th, 2k11 - just looking at this again. I most likely listened to it when we had the set of CD's in. According to my record at Wild City there, both Jeff and I liked it.

But I think I'll just leave it as a 'to-read'.

Intriguing mystery with some interesting twists and turns at the end. The main character is a Medical Examiner in NYC who discovers a case of anthrax, and tracks down the origins which ends up to be quite a whirlwind chase. This is not my favorite of Cook's, but certainly entertaining. My personal preference is for a bit cleaner language than this book offered though. (just a heads up for some of my friends!)
Mathangi Srinivasan
The book introduces the plot & the villainy right at the beginning and you wonder what could possibly end up as a twist. But, Cook lives up to all his expectations and man! what an anti-climactic end that was still terrible . Guaranteed over doses of hyper ventilation, expected "what if this actually happens" scares once you finish the book. Great thumbs up for the oodles of information, as usual!
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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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