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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  4,435 ratings  ·  560 reviews
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
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 20th 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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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
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
Montessahall Montessahall
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
Ms. Nikki
Mar 30, 2016 rated it did not like it

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


Did Not Finish
“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
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. ...more
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 thre
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
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.
Krystelle Zuanic
Apr 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
Where. To. Start.

This is a book. It is a book about a creepy hospital doing shady stuff. It is a book about a sad lady. It is also a book about a black man. You know all these things because the author constantly punctuates every second line with either shadiness, sadness, or pointing out how black Michael is. I wish I was kidding. I wish that black characters could just be in novels without a white author constantly writing in ridiculous stereotypes and punctuating every sentence with what lit
Nadine Jones
Aug 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
CW for gratuitous violence against animals ((view spoiler) and women ((view spoiler)).  None of it was necessary to the plot.

This is reasonably entertaining, but also ridiculous, and offensive.  

I'd never read a medical thriller before, so when it popped up as a 2020 reading challenge category, I thought I'd go with the purporte
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
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 fri

This book was really gripping. It kept me glued to the pages. The characters were well written and easy to relate to.
Goska A
Jul 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Omg that was so stupid.
Michael is black and Lynn is never hungry.
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
Archana Amaragandhi
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I've read many of Robin Cook's works and this one had an oddity about it, almost as though it was written by a ghost writer instead of the author himself. But, that could be just me. I liked this book but couldn't help but notice that plot line play out very similar to Coma. Hospital conspiracy, compromised anesthesia, escaping through the HVAC pipes and climax in the OR are too many similarities that it could be called a Coma remake. That said, if you have not read Coma, or if you don't mind re ...more
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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,
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.
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 Palliveettil
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.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
So many exclamation points!!!!!!!!
Scot Parker
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-horror
I have not read a Robin Cook novel in 15 years. I remembered enjoying his work, so when I found Host at my local library, I decided to check it out. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The story was ok, but the characters were flat and unsympathetic. The plot itself read like a rehash of Coma, a much better example of Cook's work. I was also bothered by Cook's heavy-handed attempts to include messages of social justice in this work. Social justice is critically important, and the issues of gender ...more
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

Just what I expect from Robin Cook - fast-paced, cover-ups, villains! I was listening as an audiobook, and got a bit lost towards the end when things got rather complicated, but it was easy enough to go with the flow!
Mar 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
This was so bad. Haha. I was reading it as pure distraction - I thought a medical drama would work well for that right now - and I guess it worked! It was distractingly terrible.
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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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