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Yaşam Çizgisi

(Dr. Marissa Blumenthal #2)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  5,563 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Where life begins, terror lurks...Only Robin Cook, acknowledged master of the techno-medical thriller, could have written this supremely chilling novel about the passion to create life—and the power to destroy it.

Millions of readers met crusading epidemiologist Marissa Blumenthal in the pages of the bestselling Outbreak. Now Robin Cook brings back his feisty heroine in a g
Published (first published 1991)
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Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Vital Signs left a deep impression on me, one of the best and most memorable novels by Cook I’ve read.
Terri Lynn
This was a wild and crazy book and I went along for the ride. I like Robin Cook and have been a fan since the first book Coma.

Dr. Marissa Blumenthal is a pediatrician who is desperately seeking pregnancy and childbirth. The problem is that her Fallopian tubes are sealed shut with what appears to have been a bout of tuberculosis though Marissa never had the disease. Marissa had been told that she had an abnormal pap smear (note to self- do NOT trust maniacal doctors who tell you that you have an
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
This book started off with a lot of promise. I received this book as a hand-me-down - I get many of my books this way - but the story quickly unraveled. Rather than stick with medicine, there's now espionage and attempted murder. While a good thriller can have medicine and murder all in one, this book is unfortunately not one of them.

I found myself plodding through the book, quickly reading it just so I could get to the end. This is the first Robin Cook book I have read, and from what I see in t
Amie's Book Reviews
This is another masterpiece by the premier medical horror fiction.
Aneela ♒the_mystique_reader♒
Robin Cook is my favourite author and I am a huge fan of medical thrillers.

The start was really good then the story trailed off somewhere in between and got back on trail near end. There were some unnecessary details. The story could be better without them.

I had really high hopes for Robin Cook after reading 'Mindbend'. But this book never met my expectations. Robin Cook should have sticked to his cup of tea - the medical field. Instead he takes us on a wild goose chase, starting from America to Australia, then to Hong Kong and then to China. And somewhere in the middle, the plot was completely lost. The initial scenes were really wonderful and I felt I had stumbled upon a fantastic book after a long search. But then that joy did not last long.

Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tutto-cook
This novel has been brought to you by the Australian Tourist Office. The exotic settings and the travelling are a put-off for me: "hey, I'm doctor Blumenthal, and even if I practically have no jobs I enjoy spending all the family savings in crazy investigations, luxury hotels and real chinese food, instead of talking to the police. Oh, and I resent my husband when he tries to talk finances."
OMG, there's also kung-fu! After all they're in Hong Kong now... these stereotypes will kill me, but they
Apr 22, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-works, 5-worst
This book is a mess! Robin Cook may know a lot about medication, but he obviously did not do his research for other aspects of this novel.

Maybe, I don't like it simply because of a few things I know that not everyone does, but there are far too many problems for me to ignore them. First, in Australia, the great white sharks are along the southern coast, not in the great barrier reef. Secondly, there has never been a shark attack in the great barrier reef due to the plentiful supply of food for t
Elizabeth Mace
In "Vital Signs" by Roblin Cook reintroduces the character Marissa Blumenthal from his earlier book "Outbreak". Marissa's desperate attemted to get pregnant sends her on an Australian adventure with her friend from college Wendy. They soon team up with Dr. Tristan Williams, a man who wrote an article about the exact contition that Marissa and Wendy have that prevent them from getting pregnant. They encounter many difficulties when they travle to Hong Kong for more answers such as the chinese mof ...more
Jim Swike
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great thriller, bad things happening at a Fertility Clinic, I think one of Robin Cook's best, enjoy.
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medical-thriller
A little far-fetched at times but an enjoyable medical thriller none-the-less. Cook usually sets his thrillers in the New England area, but the MC in her quest for the truth left Boston for Australia, then on to Hong Kong and a clandestine trip to the PRC.

Something strange is going on at the Women's Clinic with their in-vitro fertilization program, & there are people willing to kill to keep it under wraps. Dr. Blumenthal doesn't realize the real sinister secrets when she begins to track a sm
Aug 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandonded
I stopped when "the women sobbed for hours" after being cornered and attacked in the darkened basement of a fertility clinic. The sobbing women were doctors in the midst of a HIPAA violation, so you'd think they'd have the wherewithal to call the cops or the medical licensing board when they realize stuff at the clinic is hinky. But the again, poor Melissa can't even turn to her cardboard cliche of a husband who prioritizes His Work over Her Babies so if she's so dumb she keeps trying to have hi ...more
This fast moving medical thriller imagine what corruption could look like in the area of women's health, particular infertility treatment and involves large amounts of money, Asian triads and several murders. If I stopped and thought about it there were several holes that could easily be poked in the plot and the dynamics between the married couples always felt a bit off - possibly a reflection of the age of the book. However, it was a rollicking read - but I'm glad I wasn't in the middle of fer ...more
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
A pediatrician, Marissa, and her husband are in the middle of in vitro fertilization treatments and their marriage is suffering . One can imagine that it’s hard to be a doctor for children and not have children at home. Marissa gets together with a fellow doctor also going through in vitro at the same clinic. They compare notes and both see a red flag. And the game is afoot. A wild ride going half way around the world. They get a lot more action than either anticipated.
Joy Norman
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great topic didn't keep me spell bound as much as his other books. Having said that I appreciate the delicacy of infertility and all that comes with that. I thought it was handled very well from both points of view
Rebecca Addy
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve only seen movies based on Robin Cook’s novels, and I liked them. This story is a real page turner, and if you’ve an interest in marriage, female health, and international subterfuge - this is for you!!
Deshna Shah
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a decent read. This was his first book that I read, as mentioned in earlier reviews, it wasn't his best but it was still exciting at start and at the end. The middle portion could have been written better. The plot was good and ending was surprising.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This has not aged well. I remember reading other Robin Cook thrillers years ago and enjoying the ride. This one however has a completely unbelievable plot, one dimensional characters and the ride is farcical.
Jenny Peeples
Super interesting plot line and characters but I feel like some details throughout the book AND the ending seemed to feel a bit rushed/under-developed
Frederick Tan
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medical-crime
Good book.
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels-modern
A woman undergoing infertility treatments follows a highly unlikely series of clues, disasters, and assassination attempt in her quest to find out why TB has closed her fallopian tubes.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good medical thriller
Frederick Tan
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medical-crime
Good read.
Marina Gareis
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
Me parece que falla un toque en varios niveles, que no lo hacen creíble... Banco a Cook, pero no precisamente este libro.
Andy Plonka
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: src
A bit dated but an interesting look at in vitro fertilization. How business has affected medicine.
Steve Pillinger
This continues the story of Marissa Blumenthal, Cook's "Outbreak" heroine—but it never gripped me to the same extent. Maybe it was the central topic, in vitro fertilisation: not something I find particularly fascinating! But more than that, the negative reactions of Marissa's husband and others seemed overdone: almost as if Cook had to have them that way to make his point.

The developing plot and the build-up to the ending were exciting enough; but as a whole I felt the story lacked sparkle.
Ramakrishanan Vijayaraman
Typical medical thriller book with money laundering and greed behind all the evil.
Dit boek is uit 1991 en dat kun je aan sommige dingen ook merken. Zo is de hoofdpersoon, Dr. Marissa Blumenthal, op een gegeven moment op zoek naar informatie. Ik dacht meteen: waarom kijkt ze niet op internet, maar dat had je toen nog niet. Hoewel het verhaal al meteen interessant was, heb ik toch lang over dit boek gedaan. Ik had weinig tijd om te lezen en zat daardoor wat minder in het verhaal. Sommige stukken kwamen op mij wat ongeloofwaardig over, maar al met al was het toch wel een interes ...more
Angela Benthin
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can never go wrong with one of his books! My favorite author
Oct 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is definitely a lot to say in favor of Vital Signs: the pace, the suspense and the overall plot are good. The characters are well chosen. Wendy is convincing as the adventurous friend and fellow victim. Dr. Tristan Williams is a fun (if rather unrealistic) character. I did not like Robert, the husband, as a person, but his motivations were sound, which could not always be said for Marissa herself.
This brings me nicely to the flaws, and there definitely are some big ones. Marissa’s motivati
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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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