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Contagion (Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery #2)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  10,137 Ratings  ·  222 Reviews
One of Cook's most successful--and timelybestsellers. Contagion is a terrifying cautionary tale for the millennium as a deadly epidemic is spread not merely by microbesbut by sabotage...
Kindle Edition, 496 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1992)
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Jessicat You can read this one without having read book #1. I just finished this book not even knowing it was part of a series and didn't feel like I was…moreYou can read this one without having read book #1. I just finished this book not even knowing it was part of a series and didn't feel like I was missing out on anything.(less)
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Scott Rhee
Mar 26, 2012 Scott Rhee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, medical
It boggles my mind how some writers earn their "best-selling author" status. It's not always because they are good writers. Clearly this is the case with Robin Cook, a mediocre writer at best. Cook is also an M.D., and his books generally deal with the medical field. I picked up "Contagion" because I had never actually read a Robin Cook novel before. Perhaps "Contagion" wasn't the best one to start with, or perhaps I wasn't in a "medical thriller" mood when I read this, but it wasn't that good. ...more
Jul 14, 2014 Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-2014
Have you read any of Robin Cook’s books yet? No? NO??!! Dude!! You have no idea what you’re missing out on! We’re talking epidemic, deadly viruses, panic, conspiracies, drama, confusion, medical negligence, and gangsters! And of course, as with any good medical drama worth its salt, at the center of it all are two competing corporate healthcare giants out to make a quick profit AND an ad company with a near-impossible deadline. If this sounds to you like a heady mix of suspense, intrigue, and ho ...more
Jan 17, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
I bought this book because I had seen the recent movie titled 'Contagion' and thought that the two were one and the same. I was not particularly impressed with the movie but I always tend to enjoy the books more and the movie felt as if it were missing something so I decided to give this a chance. I'm glad I did because the book was nothing like the movie other than being about an epidemic. I enjoyed this story very much, although there were some minor instances where what I had just read didn't ...more
La Tonya
Jan 03, 2009 La Tonya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This had to be one of the very best books I have ever read! So entertaining and definitely a huge page turner!! A MUST read!!!!
Jacob Dalluhn
Mar 05, 2012 Jacob Dalluhn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine weaving in and out of New York traffic on a 15 pound bike going about 30mph 3 inches between cars on a brisk morning in novemeber.Jack Stapleton a forensic pathologist did just that everymorning heating the ever so frequent honk of the horn or someone yelling explitives at him, but i guess u could say he was used to it. One morning he was called into work a little ealier then he would like and it wasn't a good thing. Three patients came in with unkown deaths and no one could figure out w ...more
James Batchelor
Apr 15, 2012 James Batchelor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This might be the single worst ending to a book that I have ever come across. I won't spoil it for those that may choose to read it, but suffice it to say, Cook set up a very interesting story, and torpedoed it with an absolutely implausible, ridiculous ending.
Dec 02, 2007 Ellenjsmellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, sci-fi
Least favorite by Cook.
Almira Ryiexlyz
Aug 06, 2011 Almira Ryiexlyz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book Analysis
Dr. Robin Cook, a graduate of Columbia University Medical School, finished his postgraduate medical training in Harvard. He is the author of the novel, Contagion.
The novel is really wonderful, very detailed and at the same time informative. I am really a fan of Dr. Robin Cook because of his intelligence in connecting biological concepts that are really spine tingling and would unconsciously make you think of possibilities of his medical-thrilling novel’s conflict. The work of a fore
Terri Lynn
Well, I didn't see THAT coming! Robin Cook did a great job with this book. For once I didn't have a clue about a certain person being involved with the deaths until the very latter part of the book.

The prologue begins by introducing us to three people and three incidences which the author says "Three incidences occurred that were totally unrelated yet were to cause a tragic intersection of the lives of three of the people involved."

Those three people were:

(1) A virus and bacteria lover (yes, he
Mar 05, 2017 Helle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Contagion started out pretty slow, with too many medical terms (more than I’m used to from Robin Cook) and seemingly taking forever before Jack Stapleton realized there might be foul play. Although as a reader you do have some advance knowledge, I mean, you’re reading a Robin Cook novel, so there is bound to be foul play. But once it got going it was a great read, and the twist at the end was really good and (for me anyway) unexpected.
Brian Kirk
May 07, 2017 Brian Kirk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A real page turner, I found this book to be a great story. I look forward to reading more of his tales in the future.
Mar 08, 2017 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who knew microbiology could be so interesting. This book makes me want to look into it more.
Jonathan Eduardo
May 11, 2017 Jonathan Eduardo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi segundo acercamiento a Cook en este caso para un thriller medico muy bien narrado. Lectura àgil y un giro final inesperado. Recomendado para aquellos que le guste el suspenso. Saludos !
Michele Rice Carpenter
I loved the plot twist toward the end.
Julie Cordova
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Feb 22, 2016 Caitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The Goodreads summary does not give much away, or really give any inkling about the plot of the story, but this must be one of my favourite Robin Cook books i have read-perhaps only second to Coma. This is the second book in the Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery series and finally i have gotten the full backstory behind Jack-something i was missing as i read some of the later books in the series.

Contagion follows Jack as he investigates a number of infectious disease deaths from one of th
Feb 07, 2013 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Over break reading. Love medical mystery novels!!!
Austin Mccarthy
Oct 21, 2011 Austin Mccarthy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summary: In "Contagion", Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner working at one of New York City's morgues, begins to uncover a disturbing pattern among several of his patients that come from the Manhattan General. The Manhatten General is a local hospital that has many odd cases of individuals that are becoming ill and dying from three different strands of rare and deadly diseases (plague, tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever; and the 1918-19 strain of influenza). Jack suspects that someone is in ...more
Nov 11, 2007 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Texasmom
Shelves: biccey
When not one but three different extremely rare diseases kill several patients at a New York hospital, forensic pathologist Jack Stapleton suspects it's more than just coincidence. He thinks there's a connection between the appearance of the mysterious microbes responsible for the deaths and the HMO that owns the hospital--the same HMO that once destroyed his flourishing medical practice. Is Americare deliberately killing off its sickest patients--those who cost the most money to treat? Or is th ...more
Yani Daniele
Apr 22, 2015 Yani Daniele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Contagio es una novela d misterio, suspenso y algo policial ambientada desde el lado de la medicina. Extrañas enfermedades están surgiendo en los pacientes de un importante hospital de New York y el médico forense comienza a investigar la muerte de esos pacientes y lo que ocurre en ese sospechoso hospital. A partir de ahí se ve envuelto en una trama que escapa a la imaginación de cualquiera. La novela te atrapa poco a poco, haciéndose adictiva y cada vez quieres leer más y más y descubrir si las ...more
Dec 24, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book on a long road trip because 1) I forgot my books (Feast for Crows and the Marriage Plot) at home 2) I thought it was the novelicular inspiration for Soderbergh's Contagion, and 3) it looked like the most appealing option my father-in-law's Ludlum/Berry/Patterson laden library.

Bad mistake. Wrong. And then another bad mistake.

My first opportunity to exit the book happened early--when Cook gave away the denouement in the first two paragraphs. I didn't take it. No, I dutifully rea
Jun 10, 2015 Jessie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, summer-2015
My husband and I went to the new Smithfield Library last night to check it out. There were some books on a shelf for sale. One of them was this book. I said, "Heh, I like books about epidemics." So, we bought it. It is the first Robin Cook book I've read. I would say that it's not great writing, but I was entertained. **stop here for spoilers*** Jack is a medical examiner who works in New York, and rides his bicycle through the traffic there. He is doing an autopsy when he finds the plague, and ...more
May 29, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medical, thriller, nyc
#2 in the Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery series.

Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery series - After losing first his Midwestern ophthalmology practice to a for-profit medical giant and then his family to a commuter airline tragedy, Dr. John Stapleton's life is transformed to ashes. Stapleton retrains in forensic pathology and relocates to a city that suits his changed perspective: the concrete maze of New York. Stapleton thinks he is past pain and past caring, but as a series of virulent a
Jun 18, 2014 Toshita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Stapleton is a forensic pathologist in New York City. He has come across quite a few unusual cases but the ones he starts are getting are quite weird. A series of lethal and virulent diseases-capped by a rare strain of influenza, start to arouse his suspicions. To find the truth, Dr. Stapleton teams up with Terese Hagen, a art director at a advertising firm. Is it a conspiracy or just a person with a vendetta?

I was looking through the library shelves when Contagion caught my eye. I read the
Nov 10, 2008 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Brenda Laraine
Two stars simply because I love medical reads be they fact or fictional. A rather long, rambling book that is about as exciting as watching paint dry. The story line is all over the place, but I persevered to the end which had a surprising and unexpected little twist, certainly not enough to save the book from being boring though.

I have read "Coma" several times and will read it again, one of my favourites so I live in hope that Robin Cook's books will redeem themselves in my eyes.

I have recent
Fanatique Francaise
You know that feeling when you pick up a novel by a "Best Selling author" with a promising blurb? When you expect to be enthralled and inspired at every step- and struck totally dumb by the masterful ending?

Yeah, didn't happen.

My first Cook, and I can tell you I have lost all respect for this man. He has in his hands a brilliant story line, some engaging (though bordering on monotonous) characters, and he comes up with the lamest climax in the HISTORY of thrillers.

After finishing the book, the
Enjoyable read - I do like the character Dr. Jack Stapleton. I do feel that the premise of the story is good, particularly in light of the news of the CDC's recent oversights and discoveries in labs of old forgotten virulent virus laying around storage. However, the plot could have been tighter and the protagonist's coincidental connection to the mastermind makes the ending seem too contrived. It seems Dr. Cook could have gotten there without some of those tenuous leaps. Yes, he does use some hi ...more
Ежко Таралежко
Dec 10, 2015 Ежко Таралежко rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Най-накрая книга на Робин Кук която да ме ужаси. Не толкова с написаното, колкото с показването на неудобни но явно истински страни от американското здравеопазване на бял свят. Да, потърсих в гугъл дали наистина има такова нещо като "допустим % смъртни случаи от вътрешно болнични инфекции".
Не ми се мисли каква ли е ситуацията у нас.

Като оставим настрана фактите от които може да настръхнеш, романът е симпатичен медицински трилър и един от серията за Джак Стейпълтън в които главния герой не се дър
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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.

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