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3.20  ·  Rating details ·  3,578 ratings  ·  550 reviews
After a tumultuous year in which her mentor is murdered and her estranged father comes back into her life, Pia Grazdani, the embattled medical student from Death Benefit, decides to take a year off from her medical studies and escape New York City. Intrigued by the promise of the burgeoning field of medical technology and the chance to clear her head, Pia takes a job at Na ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published January 1st 2012)
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Dec 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
This is the worst Robin Cook book since Seizure. Not only have nanobots already been overdone in other medical/suspense fiction, but this book was pretty boring. Add to that an ending that leaves the fate of the heroine unclear to make a bad book. I'm not sure if the end was just poorly written and the heroine is dead or if it's supposed to be a cliffhanger for another book. Cook needs to go back to Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery. ...more
Debbe' Sloan
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Honestly this book was a waste of time. That Pia is a absolute nightmare!!! No one is that beautiful, unwashed, and sexy really!!!!. All she does is run around and put people in danger. Count me as unimpressed......
Susan Tunis
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Never met a nanotech thriller I didn’t like—until now

Michael Crichton’s novel Prey opened the possibilities of nanotechnology to me. Sure the plot was preposterous, but I devoured both the fiction and the fact, and I couldn’t stop turning the pages! Subsequently, I’ve taken great pleasure in other nano-thrillers such as Nano by John Robert Marlow, Plague Year (and its sequels) by Jeff Carlson, and most recently, Spiral by Paul McEuen. I enjoyed each of these novels immensely, and so was looking
Apr 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
Way back in the early 80's I took a speed-reading class, and the instructor had a pile of paperbacks from which to choose for practice during the course. I ended up picking 'Brain' by Robin Cook, and it turned out to be a good vehicle for such a class: I truly enjoyed reading it, and had no problem staying attentive while pushing myself to take larger and larger bites of text. After the course, I went on to read 'Fever', and then went back and read 'Coma', both of which I also really liked. But ...more
Aug 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
I'm one of those people that absolutely has to finish a novel that I start reading. I picked this book up randomly and got a few chapters in before things started going awry, and I stubbornly trudged on despite the fact I stopped enjoying myself long ago. I also hate giving books a 1 star review, because almost everything has some redeeming feature, but every now and again I stumble across a book that somehow makes me angry at myself for still reading it. Be warned that there are spoilers below, ...more
Leon Aldrich
I have about 90 minutes of reading to finish this novel. I just can't force myself to complete this novel for the sake of "finishing."

I can't say I'm a Cook fan. I read & saw Coma back in the late 70's. And thoroughly enjoyed the story. Then I just never picked up another Cook novel.

I thought Nano would become my "Return to Cook" reading frenzy. Yikes!

I haven't read any novels with nanotechnology. So this was all new to me. Cook writes well. I was deep into the story line, when Cook amputated th
Rick-Founder JM CM BOOK CLUB
Very disappointing..first that Cook brought back his most irritating and unlikable lead character..and then that he decided to have a cliffhanger ending so that the reader has to get the next book to find out what happens. Nest time Dr. Cook decides to write an uncompleted book..he should have the courtesy of letting the reader know (Nano-Part one)
Terri Lynn
Dec 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
I hated it. There, I said it! I wanted to like it since I have been reading Robin Cook books for 30 years but I just detest the "leading lady" Pia Grazdani and while I understand that her character is supposedly rude, nasty, and hateful because she spent years in New York's foster care system, a lot of people did too and aren't where they just have no social skills at all and no desire for any.

I read the previous book about Pia, Death Benefit Death Benefit by Robin Cook in which I didn't like her either and thought th
Brenda Fryland
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Read more than halfway and forced to abandon. I just can't take it anymore...

I LOVE medical thrillers/mysteries. I've read and emjoyed many other Robin Cook books. But did someone else actually write this book and use Robin Cook's name? I definitely don't like this one.

Nanonots -- ooh, cool idea. Loved learning a little about their use in paints to block off cell phone reception. That's cool! I can see so many uses in medicine, and so many terrifying possibilities. I would think about book about
Sep 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
I haven’t read any of Robin Cook’s books in quite a while and I am sorry I picked this one up. I loved Coma, Outbreak, Acceptable Risk – I could go on but Nano was not his usual fare. While reading, although I don’t believe it is a series, I discovered the heroine, Pia was also in a previous novel. In this novel, Death Benefit, Pia was kidnapped and I am sorry to say that I guess the ransom was paid because here she is again. I found her a very unlikable character. She is, of course exceedingly ...more
Steve Corahno
May 23, 2013 marked it as to-read
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Jul 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
I have read every Robin Cook novel ever written and concur with the review that recommended he return to Jack Stapleton and Laurie M.It. as the absolutely WORST Cook book I have ever read. I even looked online to see if there is a part two and wondered if I perhaps downloaded a book missing part of the ending.

It is a continuation of the previous book with the troubled Pia ,who grew up in an orphanage or foster care and has an estranged father in the Albanian mafia. Pia attacks a mystery like a
D.K. Cherian
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
What the heck was that?! I've read a few Robin Cook thrillers & that was by far the worst.
To start off, the book seemed to be dominated by personalities with psychological disorders.
you had the supposedly heroine of the novel with adult detachment disorder. Pia was shying away from having any sort of productive relatioships with anyone, was socially inept, selfish, headstrong, did not understand the importance of contingency plans when rushing into dangerous situations & seemed completely naïve
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Okay, I don't get it - quite. Despite the prologue explanation, about all I understand about nanotechnology is that everything in that realm is really, really, really small. Such is the case, I've found, with other books by Robin Cook, a doctor and long-time writer of medical thrillers. Every time I start one, I get the feeling that I'll never be intelligent enough to figure out what's going on, but usually, the good doctor is good enough at spinning a wild yarn that once I get into the book's n ...more
Amy Lignor
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Some readers may not have heard much about the world of nanotechnology, but it’s becoming as popular in the 21st century as social media and/or Smartphones. And because of that, Robin Cook has once again delivered a tale that seems ‘out there’ yet, beyond frightening, because of the fact that this particular technology is most definitely real. Yet again this brilliant mind has brought together a tale of thrills and chills, using a science that has made incredible strides and is literally the fut ...more
Dre Mosley
Nov 26, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stinkers
Hats off to Robin Cook for creating one of the most unlikeable protagonists in the history of fiction. Pia is a downright intolerable character. She has some sort of disorder that makes her socially awkward and unable to look people in the eye; it also makes her rude, overly nosey, inconsiderate, and pushy. If Cook's plan was to make this some sort of endearing quality, then he failed. What he did was create a character that the reader disliked and found themselves rooting against; I didn't care ...more
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: nooo
Why is 2-stars considered "It was okay."

I feel like a dishonest prune rating NANO as "okay" when it certainly was NOT. In fact, it was very near the 2nd or 3rd worst "Cookbook" I've suffered through. So why do I continue to hop in the vehicle with this author?

Robin Cook as an author is a genius. I dont know any other who could master the art of basically writing the tone of a novel in reverse. Instead of these being a suspenseful buildup, Cooks nets in the readers by digressing! These books, NA
Lacie Mcclanahan
Jul 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
Another reader called the writing in Nano, "clunky and unsophisticated." I couldn't agree more. It was so awkward I wondered if Dr. Cook delegated the writing of the story to a summer intern. About a quarter of the way through I decided I couldn't endure another sentence. The book practically bludgeons the reader with repetitive and unnecessary detail. This book was poorly edited if at all.

The following examples are what finally did it for me.

On page 135: "As she retreated toward the ER's front
Feb 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Absolutely Horrible

This is my first Robin Cook book and what a let down it was. I had no idea about this Pia character and hoped that Cook would portray her in a better way but alas he does more harm than good.
Considering whatever Pia had gone through in the previous book, Death Benefit and a half decent summary in this book one would expect to feel a bit sad for this female lead.
BUT NOOOO, the character portrayal is absolutely flawed. The novel started feeling like a drag sometimes and fro
Keilani Ludlow
Apr 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Ok, this review is going to be short because if you're considering reading this, odds are you've read a lot of his other books.

As usual, he writes an intense thriller. I always love the medical/scientific side. That's the reason I keep coming back.

Good plot, decent characters. A likeable and believable scientific breakthrough, but then with nano technology, it's all interesting and believable. While the main character is not necessarily a character that one really likes or begins to bond with, s
Justin Tyme
Mar 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
Disappointed. Suffered through to the end, only to have my hopes for a conclusion dashed upon the rocks of obscurity.

I am loathe to give book a two-star rating, but I am unashamed to proclaim this as a meager one-star.

This book would never have been published if it had not been penned by a best-selling author. It is an incomplete first draft, rushed to market, which has the potential of a good story and glimmers of good writing sprinkled throughout, but the potential and glimmers are lost in th
Charles Vrooman
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Robin Cook has once again crafted an interesting thriller involving the new medical technology of nanotechnology. He’s done his research so that the science is believable. He’s able to put together an incredible story of how industrial greed involving China creates an action filled thriller. To make the characters interesting, he throws in a horny CEO scientist who goes after a tactful female protagonist. But a clever character from China outsmarts them all. I feel this novel falls into what I c ...more
Kevin Kazokas
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Writing is often like cooking; the end result can depend upon the sum and proportion of a book's key ingredients. Just the right mix of things like plot development, characterization, suspense, setting and action can nourish and satiate like a fine four-course meal. Leaning back, feeling intellectually fuller and emotionally stimulated after devouring another fantastic read, you'll barely wait to blast buzz of your satisfaction to all your Good Reads friends.

Word gets out faster than trendy foo
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'll be honest. When I began reading this and learned that the lead character was going to once again be Pia Grazdani, the young woman with the social disorder that Cook featured in his last book, I groaned inwardly. I did not enjoy the last book at all, because she was just so singularly unlikeable and rude, and her would-be boyfriend such an unrelenting masochist where she was concerned that it was painful for me to read about them. I need to feel some empathy with the leading character or cha ...more
Ann Keller
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Pia Grazdani had lived a hard life. Her early years were spent in the foster care system, where she endured a nightmare of psychological problems. Like an avenging angel, Pia’s true father, a powerful crime boss, miraculously showed up to save her, but for Pia, it was too late. She was already angry and bitter about being denied a normal childhood. She needed to get away.

Pia took a research jog at Nano, LLC in Boulder, Colorado, a firm poised on the brink of striking breakthroughs in nanotechnol
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Nano is one of Cook’s more recent books (as evident by the characters use of iPhones throughout the story) and probably one of his more unrealistic in term of the concepts and ideas. The second book in the ‘Pia Grazdani’ series, we follow Pia as she works in the revolutionary field of nanotechnology as she tries to recover from the traumatic experiences of the first book in the series. Working on nano-robots designed to fight infection and cure cancer, among other things, she gets the feeling so ...more
Tom Tischler
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Pia Grazdani has had a bad year. Her mentor has been murdered
and her estranged father has come back into her life. She
decides to take a year off from her medical studies and takes
a job at a place called Nanobots, a highly secure nanotech-
nology Institute high in the Rockies of Colorado. Nanobots
is in the highly competative world of molecular manufacturing
They make tiny micro robots with the ability to gobble up
viruses and bacteria. This place is a world of secrets and she
is warned by her boss
Kim McGee
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
One of the newest areas in medical technology is bioengineering and nanotechnology. Imagine tiny little computers, so small that hundreds could fit on the head of a pin, all traveling around your body doing all sorts of repairs or tweaking your big computer - the brain. This is the premise of Robin Cook's new medical thriller, Nano. As always, we have a big bad corporate head who is involved in some shady medical dealings and we have the heroine, who is a gorgeous young thing with a good heart a ...more
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was my first time trying a medical thriller, and reading a sci-fi that is not written by Michael Crichton. Nano was no disappointment. The plot and dynamics of the writing really brought the book to life.
As my first medical thriller, it was not that bad. One drawback that became very evident throughout the story, was that the social life of the characters began developing, but the science integrated into it was lacking. I would have preferred to see more scientific terminology. I would hav
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
I would have liked to give this book a 1.5 but I was in a generous mood and bumped it up to a 2. I had such a hard time with the main character. First, I do understand that she is a fictional character but what a selfish young lady she is. I would like to use a stronger word to describe her but will use the word selfish right now. She had no redeeming qualities about her whatsoever. I did enjoy the story about nano technology and that is why I kept reading. Robin Cook has always been one of my f ...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, biotechnology, and topics affecting public health.

He is best known for being the author who created the medical-thriller genre by combining medical writing with the thri

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