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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  5,569 ratings  ·  702 reviews
The New York Times� bestselling author and master of the medical thriller returns with a top-notch fusion of groundbreaking medical science and edge-of-your-seat suspense. George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smar ...more
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published October 8th 2015 by PLAZA & JANES (first published February 4th 2014)
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Ken There should be a sequel , or we will never know George,s Fate.
There should be a sequel , or we will never know George,s Fate.
Kelly I did enjoy, but finding the Robin Cook book formula has them all starting to unfold the same.
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Feb 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While the concept of iDoc is very intriguing, this novel belongs in the literary ICU. The main character is hopelessly naive throughout the whole story, does predictably foolish things, doesn't realize he's being played by the charge nurse who is pumping him for information, yet we are supposed to believe he had the whole thing figured out in the end? Why would he even return to Paula's if he knew what might happen? Ridiculous. And where is his outrage at the murder of his fiancé? It's like he d ...more
Feb 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like medical thrillers, but this one was not the best. I did keep reading to the end, but there are issues. First, the author is too preachy and obviously has an agenda. I have noticed this in some of his previous novels as well, and it is annoying. Second, George, the radiology resident main character, is naive and not very believable. Third, the ending is not satisfying. That said, I am not sorry I read it, but I have read much better.
Mike (the Paladin)
This book sort of "sneaked" ("snuck"? oh well) up on me. I had started The Ark but had laid it aside for a day. I picked this one up (they're both library books and out for the same amount of time). I found myself interested in Cell and finished it before I went back to the other book.

So...what've we got here? Why "the future".

And I mean that. I suspect we may not be far from the scenario we see in this novel. In some ways the way the book effects you may depend at least a little on your age. T
Deborah aka Reading Mom
What an embarrassment. When I think of the early works of Robin Cook like Coma and Outbreak, it is difficult to believe this novel was written by the same person. The concept was intriguing, but the writing was sophomoric at best, the characters cartoonish, the conversations stilted, and the book in need of an editor--the character "scoffed" his food (rather than scarfed--although, if the food was REALLY bad, I guess he could have scoffed at it). There were SO many exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Doug Branscombe
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't quite give this the 5th star, because of the ending. Cook writes a compelling story centered around the use of Smartphones as a futuristic replacement for Primary Care Physicians. The concept, with all it's benefits and potential drawbacks are clearly defined. It's one of the drawbacks that becomes the central theme to this story and what our main character George Wilson is willing to do to find out what's behind it and what the "big bad" Amalgamated Healthcare is willing to do to keep a ...more
Mary Alice Sexton
This book had so much potential.
Loved the storyline. About iDoc - an app that takes over primary care developed by an insurance company and bought by Obamacare administration for Medicaid and Medicare.
But...bad things begin to happen....
Why did I give it two starts - the main character was all over the place.
I could not figure out why type of man he was - he was a doctor but
really had no common sense, could not connect with his love interests,
just plain silly, yet at other times he appeared in
The first part was really good. I would give it 5 starts.
Moving to the last bit the ending was abrupt and the story has too many holes.

*********spoiler alert******************

My main questions:

1. Why is George not just knocked off? Zee was....
Why does everybody go overboard to keep him alive and happy where as Zee just gets killed within a few hours of discovering their secret?

2. They did a whole drama with break-in, police sirens and others. In the meeting why did Thorn not just say that the "
Kathy  D.
Mar 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, year-2014
The promising plot got washed out by inelegant writing. The concept of an app on your phone that could monitor your health and make proactive suggestions is fascinating, as is the thought of the potential abuses and "glitches" that could occur. Unfortunately, I put things together a lot more quickly than the protagonist. The story plodded along with obvious pauses to define unfamiliar concepts by way of conversations between the characters. Obamacare and HIPPA were jammed in with alarming freque ...more
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow another master thriller. its really great because of the cutting edge technology used in this novel. what to say! it was as usual another gripping tale which will take you to the edge of modern technology, how it changes your lives.
Linda Branich
The concept of this book is a very real thing happening today-- a computerized primary care physician system through your cell phone, giving patients access to 24/7 health care in an attempt to keep people healthier and more compliant with their medication regimen, in an attempt to control spiraling medical costs.

When a 4th year Radiology Resident in a major Los Angelas Hospital, Dr. Wilson accidentally discovers that the iDoc system has either been hacked or developed a life-terminating glitch,
Terri Lynn
Creepy! The thing that is the scariest of all about this story of a medical school resident being stalked and shoved into a mental institution to cover up what he found out about an app called iDoc is that this is something that is VERY likely to show up in our future.

Dr. George Wilson is a senior radiology resident at a huge teaching medical center in Los Angeles. His girlfriend Kasey, a graduate student in child psychology, a diabetic who, unknown to either of them, has been diagnosed with ca
Karen Furlong
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Robin Cook used to be one of my favorite authors. I read most or all of his early books including his nonfiction work The Year of the Intern. Then his storylines started to get more farfetched and included too much medical terminology for my taste. I had read good reviews for Cell so decided to try him again. I was not disappointed. The premise of this book is iDoc, a phone app that can monitor medical conditions and reduce the need for a primary care physician. This book was ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was damn good! Thoroughly engrossing and a fast paced, page turner. The medical and professional jargon was completely accessible to those who don't belong to the professions stated above, which I appreciated. The characters were well written and conveyed a variety of genuine human emotions that can be hard to get quite right, on paper. The thrilling elements of the plot were effective and the social commentary was also well done and not entirely heavy handed given the subject matter. My fi ...more
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I find Cook's characters to be annoyingly self-righteous and a bit fanatical. The medical part is always very interesting, which saves the book; the characters are flat and seem to lack social skills. Conversations are awkward; events are contrived. Whether I agree or not, Cook seems to be too preachy of his own medical philosophies in his novels.
Feb 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book didn't hold my attention. It was hard to believe that Dr. George Wilson, a top radiologist resident, could be so naive.
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best things about Robin Cook is that he writes medical thrillers that deal with issues, but he addresses them by populating the story with intriguing characters. Some readers have complained about the abrupt ending of this book. I feel that the ending is appropriate and leaves little room for interpretation in light of the greedy side on which the major characters play.

Read this book to follow radiologist Dr. George Wilson's personal drama and interest in an iPhone app that could chan
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read quite a few of Dr. Cook's books and I usually enjoy them, but this one was not well written. In the first place, people don't "scoff" down their food. The dialogues were terribly written. There were so! Many! Exclamation! Points! Believe me, nothing was that exciting. The plot is incredibly slow moving. The reader can figure out from page one what is going on, but it takes 400+ pages for the "big reveal". There is no twist or new information. Finally, after all that, the ending is te ...more
Jen Lamoureux
I will start this review by saying that I really wanted to enjoy this book. Robin Cook was one of my favorite authors when I was a teen, and I found the idea behind this book intriguing.

The idea had so much promise.

Unfortunately, the execution is awful. I've considered the fact that my standards are a good deal higher now. However, I suspect that one of three things has happened here 1) Cook is resting on his laurels and seriously phoning it in, 2) The publishers have hired the cheapest ghostwri
Suspense Magazine
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robin Cook proves again he is the master of medical thrillers. His extensive insider knowledge of the medical profession is evident in this chilling tale of a Smartphone app known as iDoc that develops a mind of its own. This digital doctor has been programmed to learn from experiences with doctors and patients and make patient-care decisions. It is available on a 24/7 basis, which gives its patients peace of mind and reduces medical expenses.
When Doctor George Wilson wakes beside his fiancée an
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.0 out of 5 (+1 star for the iDoc premise)
I have read many Robin Cook books, my first being Coma in 1977. One of Cook's strengths, much like Michael Crichton, is the ability to take cutting edge topics, spotlight the moral and ethical implications associated with them, and weave a thrilling story, and learning a thing or two in the process. It had been a while since I read a Cook novel, so I picked up Cell expecting another great medical thriller. Alas, I was disappointed.

As with many of Mr. Co
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
A high-tech company develops an application that can be used on your smart phone to monitor your health. This app is called I-Doc. It's kind of like having your own personal physician available 24/7 for questions and for monitoring of diseases.

When the fiancee of a 4th year Radiology resident is included in the beta testing of I-doc but suddenly ends up dead, Dr. George Wilson become susupicious as there are a couple of other deaths at the hospital of beta test patients.

While this book can be vi
Jenifer Mohammed
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This was a well-written and exciting story that raised a lot of ethical questions about insurance companies and the US healthcare system and the influence of information technologies such as the fictional iDoc. I definitely enjoyed it.
Jul 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I had to double check and make sure this wasn’t written by a 12 year old boy.

I am a huge stickler for writing style. I HAVE to find the style appealing if it’s going to be a quality read and I have to tell you...this writing style had all the appeal of spoiled milk. Flat, uninteresting, and stupid (SO STUPID) characters, language choices that felt very childish, and so! Many! Freaking! Unnecessary! Exclamation! Points!

I also had a huge problem with the forced representation and feminism in
Namita Jagannath
Apr 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh well - a Robin Cook after years! I remember enjoying medical thrillers, and I haven't read one in ages (probably a decade). Either my preference has changed or I just found this book a very slow and uninteresting read. It's extremely rare that I will stop a book mid-way, but I was almost tempted. The characters are very superficial and the plot is predictable, whereas the sudden twist in the end seems almost forced and abrupt. The language is very ‘spoken English’ with no flair or style. If m ...more
Sussie Hansen
I love Robin Cooks futuristic outlook.
This could happend. And maybe it is already going on.
the characters were very believable, and likeable.
I liked it.
Rebecca Burke
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful modern medical-thriller that intertwined Robin Cook's abilities of writing superb medical thriller with a secondary look at how the Affordable Care Act nd how it affects the current health care system.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to on CD.

The formula is wearing thin. It was pretty good though. End was great, I'm sure there will be a sequel where Robin addresses the Pia Situation from the previous novel.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit scary if this is the future of medicine. Interesting read.
Zoe Markham
This was my first Robin Cook, and while the concept was brilliant, I'm not a fan of the writing style and don't think I'll be reading any more of these.
iDoc and its evil-genius heuristic ways kept me reading through to the end though.
Literary Escapades
The story starts with a person dying with hypoglycemia, and how her fiancé, George Wilson, finds the truth about her death. George comes to know that her fiancé had died because of some experiment she was a part of and later more patients who died and were part of the same beta test. Planning to reveal the truth behind the iDoc, an app that takes over primary care developed by an insurance company and bought by Obamacare administration for Medicaid and Medicare, George puts his freedom, career a ...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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