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Contagion (Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery #2)

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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...
Paperback, 496 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published January 1st 1992)
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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
Scott Rhee
Feb 27, 2013 Scott Rhee rated it did not like it
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
La Tonya
Jan 03, 2009 La Tonya rated it it was amazing
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 06, 2012 Jacob Dalluhn rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 17, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Yani Daniele
Apr 28, 2015 Yani Daniele rated it really liked it
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
May 29, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
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 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
Brenda Laraine
Apr 10, 2016 Brenda Laraine rated it it was ok
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
James Batchelor
Apr 15, 2012 James Batchelor rated it did not like it
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.
Jul 11, 2014 Scholarmuscle rated it liked it
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
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
Jacquelynn Fritz
I like medical mysteries but this is another one of Cook's about big medicine. This is a little different as the medical conglomerate isn't the one infecting their patients with short acting infections. Jack Stapleton is medical examiner who lost his previous job as an ophthalogist when AmeriCare took over his practice. Now AmeriCare's large hospital is losing patients to various infections with shorter than normal incubation periods. Jack investigates and finds the culprit. The culprit is a sur ...more
Oct 15, 2015 Taninaj rated it really liked it
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Dec 02, 2007 Ellenjsmellen rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, sci-fi
Least favorite by Cook.
Jun 14, 2016 Caitstiel rated it it was amazing
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
Almira Ryiexlyz
Aug 27, 2011 Almira Ryiexlyz rated it it was amazing
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
Austin Mccarthy
Dec 13, 2011 Austin Mccarthy rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 07, 2013 Kate rated it did not like it
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Nov 11, 2007 George rated it really liked it
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
Jan 01, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
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
Tiffany Tinkham-Graves
Jan 02, 2016 Tiffany Tinkham-Graves rated it it was amazing
What would you do if someone was deliberately causing people to become ill from rare diseases? That's what Jack Stapleton, ME, has to find out. When a case of plague comes into the morgue from a local hospital that's run by a certain medical group, Jack stumbles into a curious and confusing case.

As the cases of dead build up, so does the mystery behind the diseases. Criminals, mystery and suspense will keep you turning the page for more. I know it did to me!
Jun 11, 2016 Toshita rated it really liked it
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
Oct 26, 2015 Umut rated it really liked it
Efsane doktor Jack Stapleton'un ilk kez ortaya çıktığı, doktorun hazin geçmişinin anlatıldığı bu kitap tek kelime ile mükemmel. Üç koldan başlayan hikayeler. Kusursuz sahne geçişleri, hiç düşmeyen tempo, harika bir final.

Americare hastanelerinde görülmeye başlayan salgın hastalıklara bağlı ölümler, Americare'ye zaten gıcık olan Stapleton'un dikkatini çeker. Gerisi kendiliğinden gelir zaten...
Pramod Ks
May 07, 2016 Pramod Ks rated it really liked it
Definitely can be added to the must read medical thrillers list. I liked the concept of multiple contagions and how the person behind all this was the last person you can expect. Felt irresistible urge to complete the book on my flight. One of the good ones from Robin Cook. I still dont like the way Cook does not really give details at the ending. There are always so many questions as to what happened to the people in the story.
May 16, 2016 Missi rated it it was ok
I read this book because it was on my bookshelves and I am trying to clear them off a bit. The first few pages seemed familiar, so I thought, I must have started this before. But I didn't remember what happened, so I kept reading. Then, I got to the ending and realized I knew what was going to happen...I had read it and forgotten it. It's that kind of book.
Jun 18, 2009 Tara rated it really liked it
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Aug 26, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books. Robin Cook's writing is fantastic and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I loved the characters and just everything. I've also got to admit I was dying to be a medical examiner by the time I was done reading Contagion. Amazing!
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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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