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The explosive new thriller from New York Times–bestselling author and master of the medical thriller, Robin Cook.
 
Lynn Peirce, a fourth-year medical student at South Carolina’s Mason-Dixon University, thinks she has her life figured out. But when her otherwise healthy boyfriend, Carl, enters the hospital for routine surgery, her neatly ordered life is thrown into total cha
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 20th 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Sunitha Sundaram I also felt the same. Medical state of coma is handled and similar institute is portrayed in this book. Version 2 of coma.
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OutlawPoet
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Psst...I have to tell you something about Michael!


It's been many years since I've read a Robin Cook book. While I do appreciate them, and give him full props for pretty much starting the Medical Thriller genre with books like Coma, I got just a bit tired of the formula.

Having read Host, I may go back and see what Robin Cook books I've missed. The medical thriller portion of the book was intriguing and suspenseful and the action is great.

But you'll notice I gave this two stars. There was one majo
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Simone
May 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
When I read a book, I keep notes in preparation for my book review.

I disliked this book so much, that I don’t even care to spend the time fleshing out my notes into a proper review – here are the bare bones:

•This story was a re-run of Coma.
•Something generally implausible about amateur sleuthing. In this book is was completely unbelievable.
•Jive-talking sidekick is borderline offensive “Damn girl! You burning up!”. Stupid.
•Too much useless back-ground filler that might be ok in a series but not
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Ms. Nikki
Mar 30, 2016 rated it did not like it

Oh, shit! What was I doing? Oh, yeah. Listening to this book.

Bo-ring.

Did Not Finish
Montessahall
Oct 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am HUGE fan of the audiobook narrator, George Guidall, but not for this book. I didn't relate to the Lynn character at all. Upon realizing her boyfriend of many years is brain dead, he immediately becomes a "case." Also, why so much emphasis on Micheal's race? We get it: Micheal is black. So what? Evolved 21st century folks don't notice these distinctions anymore. The repetitive reference to race and the "street talk" references by Micheal makes the story come across as dated. I haven't heard ...more
Aditi
“How nice -- to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive.”

----Kurt Vonnegut


Dr. Robin Cook, the international best-selling author, has penned his another gripping medical thriller, Host that unfolds the story around two fourth year medical students discover that in their hospital some patients are going into coma due to anesthetic complications and then they need to figure out who or why they are behind such inhumane activity that are taking away innocent patients' lives, before
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☕ Kimberly
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Caffeinated Aspects:

We meet Lynn Pierce a fourth year medical student on the morning of her boyfriend’s routine knee surgery. Carl fails to regain consciousness after the procedure.  Lynn and fellow classmate Michael investigate and uncover something disturbing.
I loved the investigation and all the geeky medical talk; it had an easy of readability and kept me flipping the pages to uncover what was happening. Cook shared the story of other patients ramping up the suspense angle and the threat
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Jim
Coma Redux

Anyone who has read Coma or seen the movie will experience a sense of deja vu. The name of the hospital has been changed. The location has been changed. The characters are different. Otherwise this is basically the same story as Coma with a slight tweak. It would appear that the author made little effort in developing a new story.

Lynn Peirce is a fourth-year medical student at Mason-Dixon University in Charleston,South Carolina. Her otherwise healthy boyfriend, Carl, enters the hospit
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Rebecca
Jan 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book was so bad. I couldn't even finish it. The dialogue was ridiculous. And the two main characters have to be the dumbest medical students on the planet.
Emily
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was the first Robin Cook book I've read in well over a decade, and I wanted to enjoy the way I used to enjoy all his stories. Unfortunately either the stories have changed, or I have. The plot is still intriguing but the writing is embarrassingly weak, and there's an emphasis on race that is 1. Forced 2. Irrelevant to the plot 3. Artificial and 4. Overemphasized to an extreme. Cook is effectively shouting 'HELLO READERS! PLEASE NOTICE THAT ONE OF MY PRIMARY CHARACTERS IS NOT WHITE! IN FACT ...more
Nan O'Leary
Mar 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book was just completely implausible. The main character, Lynn, was annoying and the dialogue between her and her fellow med student was almost laughable. The author wants to remind everyone that he is a doctor so there is much medical jargon throughout the book. This becomes almost boring. I gave it one star and finished the book just because I was curious as to how the story would end. There was a little intrigue that some readers may enjoy.
retronerd  Steinkuehler
Oct 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Ho hum - I did read this before!! it was titled COMA. Thought it sounded like something I had read before so I checked reviews and what do you know - same formula, different title. I feel cheated.
Angie
Nov 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, suspense
Host started off strong for me but gradually the stars dropped off a little;)

I would define it is a medical suspense. It is more of a "surface" story... There's not much in the way of emotional depth with exception of the first chapter or two. That's ok, just know when you are going in.

The storyline centers around best friend medical students (the "twins") Lynn & Michael. Things go awry as they try to figure out a medical issue surrounding Lynn's boyfriend Carl. The slang banter between the
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Linda
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This book was really gripping. It kept me glued to the pages. The characters were well written and easy to relate to.
Terri Lynn
Generally I liked this story about two 4th year medical students who discover that some higher-ups at the medical school/hospital they are at is purposely inducing severe brain damage in young healthy patients having routine surgery so to take them to the Shapiro Institute next door where they use them as medical guinea pigs in studies a Russian biologic drug company is running illegally when the young woman Lynn Peirce suggests her boyfriend Carl use that hospital for minor knee surgery and bec ...more
Mandi Beam
I always love Robin Cook's books, but not this one. However, I listened to the audiobook version and I think that I would have liked the actual print version a teeny bit better. Yes, as many people have mentioned, this book is very similar to 'Coma', but it certainly has its own plot. Similar, but not. The idea of anesthesia induced complications is an ever-present fear in the minds of many. I found that part of the book to be interesting, the medical jargon and info was typical Cook. The charac ...more
Deborah
Oct 19, 2015 rated it liked it
It'd been a very long time since I'd read a book by Robin Cook. I have a vague inkling that I read much of his work at the same time I read Stephen King and inhaled a never-ending supply of spy and espionage books by Robert Ludlum, David Morrell, John LeCarre et al. You know... WAY back in the 1990s.

However... I struggled a little with Cook's latest—Host—probably for the very reasons I once enjoyed his work.

And that’s because, I had to think too much. Not in an over-analysing way, which I quite
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Eva Therese
I started reading it because the words "medical thriller" were on the cover. I had never read a Robin Cook book before.
The book was almost entirely mediocre, only made memorable by the amount of awkward writing in it. It reads like it was written by someone new to writing, who doesn't know which parts to keep and which to leave out. Except the previous works list had 33 items on it. It led to a lot of moments where I felt the flow failed, felt things were redundant, or felt entire paragraphs sh
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Jordyn Redwood
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it
***3.5 Stars***

Listened to this book on audio CD.

This is essentially his novel Coma rebooted to current times. What I did appreciate was a medical thriller author staying mostly true to medical details. At least he acknowledges the characters are violating HIPAA and could face serious consequences for doing so. Most authors don't do this. Thank you, Robin!

However, some of the medical details seem implausible-- like a 4th year medical student not knowing what the Glascow Coma Scale is. However,
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Laura
Jan 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
totally unrealistic. When is the last time Dr. Cook has been in a hospital??? There is no way a girl friend would have the type of access to a chart of her boyfriend that his character has. The girlfriend violates HIPAA any number of times. The surgery is also unrealistic. The author might want to ask orthopedics how ambulatory knee surgery is done.
Really a shame other books are much better. This seems like a flash back to Coma.
Audrey
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Well, I wanted something mindless, and I got it. I had high hopes in the beginning that this would be a page turner with an interesting twist, which would help me overlook the clunky language and the two-dimensional characters. Unfortunately, I had kind of figured out what was going on by the first third of the book. I kept reading, just in case Cook might have had something truly surprising in store, but unfortunately not. I wish I could have liked it more because I love a good thriller.
Jenny George
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: paperbacks
This book was like making a mountain out of molehill. But I liked the genuine friendship b/w Lynn Pierce and Michael Pender. Extravagent!! I thouroghly enjoyed the pace,character,devolopment and the last roll off. This gave me a good break from contemporaries and a fresh start. But I don't feel over the top or anything like that. It was an 'okayish' book for me.

P.S: Mylenoma and Monoclonal Gammopathy are two assets from this book which I will be looking into in near future.
Jacob Peled
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
40 years ago Robin Cook wrote the famous book “Coma” Coma by Robin Cook which was a hit among the medical thriller lovers . “Host” Host by Robin Cook is quite a similar book with the same intense and breath taking story. It is great to go through it all, with a similar book. For someone who loves Medical thrillers an barley remember “Coma” it was great to relive that Goosebumps experience with a similar book.
I am sure that some of you will see it as a drawback to have a book with similar outlines as “Coma”, but if you liked the or
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James
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to on CD.

I think this is my 3rd or 4th Cook novel.

Really good story, typical characters of Robin Cook and the usual authority of technical detail one would expect of a M.D. turned novelist.

Dorsi
I love Robin Cook's older works but this one fell a bit short for me. It was narrated by George Guidall who dud a fantastic job.
mary
Ordinarily I detest the idea of abridging novels. This one needed to be abridged.
Jennifer McLean
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I was happy when I was contacted to find out if I wanted to read and review Robin Cook's newest thriller, "Host". I remembered that the name Cook used to be spoken reverently in our home when I was a teen. His books were always fought over by my parents, who got to read the latest tome first. I was therefore excited to read a Cook thriller, I have to admit, I thought "why haven't I picked one of his books up recently?". This offer from G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Random House certainly would corr ...more
Aylavella
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Doctor y escritor, Robin Cook está considerado el creador del thriller médico. En sus libros explora la implicación ética de los desarrollos médicos y biotécnicos más actuales.

Al igual que en muchos de sus libros, este libro es una crítica a los hospitales, al sistema de salud americano y a las empresas farmacéuticas. Una crítica a como a estas empresas les interesa más el dinero que los resultados a la hora de tratar determinadas enfermedades. Una crítica a que todo vale con tal de conseguir m
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Bharath Ramakrishnan
I like Robin Cook's medical thrillers - they are fast paced and provide a window into medical science and conspiracies without too many technicalities.

Host starts off well – getting very quickly into action, piquing your curiosity. A medical mystery of a healthy adult Carl who enters Mason Dixon hospital for a routine surgery and enters into a coma post surgery with brain damage. This leaves his girlfriend Lynn (a fourth year medical student) shattered as also his parents. Lynn harbours guilt as
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Vicki Elia
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Do you really want to read this?

A re-hash of 'Coma' from 35 years ago, updated to include new technological advances and the contemporary environment. It is almost a spoof of the original work, and much less powerful. Two medical students who believe there is a conspiracy at the highest levels of their medical institution proceed to do incredibly stupid stuff to prove their theory. The fact that they have to use Google to look up drugs and medical conditions, then solve some complex scientific p
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Tory Wagner
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: legal, medical, thriller
Another great outing for Robin Cook. I haven't read one of his books in a while and I had forgotten how enjoyable they are. The main characters are 4th year medical students who happen upon a medical mystery that they must solve since it involves a good friend of theirs. This leads them to a multinational conspiracy that is taking place at the hospital they are training at. The book is a page turner with new revelations amping up the tension. Enjoy!
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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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