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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  4,526 ratings  ·  191 reviews
In a novel as timely as it is terrifying, New York Times-bestselling author Robin Cook explores the controversial clash of politics and biotechnology.

When Dr. Daniel Lowell and his partner, Dr. Stephanie D'Agostino, discover a new cloning procedure that utilizes stem cells to treat otherwise incurable and degenerative diseases, they know they've hit the medical jackpot. Bu
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 5th 2004 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published July 14th 2003)
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I give up.

A shame to be 2/3 deep and realize you cannot continue.

I feel betrayed by the inconsistency if this author! Aside from the medical jargon that is a necessary evil, the pacing and character development I swear was written as the story went along. This novel was about a lot of absolutely nothing. I can't say enough how disappointing that is for a Cookbook.

You never know which will be awesome and which will be aw-shit.
Jerry B
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Great Cook story: gripping suspense, humor, & ethics issues...

We've read all of Cook's medical "thrillers" (even his Egyptian mystery, the "Sphinx"), and would argue that some are a lot better than others. But along comes "Seizure", just possibly his best ever! A current affairs-type premise finds two intellectual doctors trying to save from impending financial ruin their stem-cell research company with a promising technology to grow disease-curing cells. They approach a US Senator to help stop
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
I think this is the worst Robin Cook book I've read so far. I have always enjoyed his thrillers but Seizure is definitely one from an off-day. The story was all to predictable and character development was minimal. The ending was very anticlimactic and the story ends with one of the characters actually defining what the story is about. You'll know what I mean if you make it to the end of this book. It's definitely not one in the worst-books-ever-written category, but not a thrilling thriller eit ...more
Dec 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who love meical mysteries and tecnological thrillers
Shelves: adult, recorded-books
Typical Robin Cook book combining medical technology, human greed, and ego. Lots of unbelievable connections between politics, organized crime, the Catholic church and cutting edge and stem cell research. A good distraction during commute into town.
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
At first the book was decent and some what captivating, however after the first hundred pages it was completely boring and entirely annoying. The plot is dragged out much longer than necessary and the worst part is the CHARACTORS. They are EXTREMELY unlikable and stereotypical. Daniel was the man who's solely focused on saving his company that - like in most plots - he forgets about other people's feelings but still tries to keep himself and his partner/lover Stephanie together. Which brings me ...more
Elsa Qazi
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody except those who are REALLY into medical thrillers.
DNF at 73%

General Overview:
This book is about two doctors who have developed a way of curing cell and genetic diseases by cell differentiation and therapeutic cloning. But there are political hurdles in the way and this book is an attempt to overcome those hurdles and save their company.

I am not gonna lie. This book started out fine (thus the two stars) but the "and the plot thickens" never really was there for me.

I didn't feel like the story was worth a 400 pager. I mean the plot wasn'
Dec 23, 2011 rated it liked it
I think that my brain checked out somewhere in the middle of this book. The beginning concept of the book, embryonic transplant cells to cure or alleviate Parkinson’s disease, is in itself an interesting concept. That is where the good part of the story ended. Why Dr. Cook needed to throw in the Mafia and a religious angle made no sense. Neither of them was fully explained and neither of them added to the overall storyline.

In what is purported to be a collision of power, religion and bioscience
Dec 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
(unabridged audiobook read by George Guidall): Dr. Daniel Lowell has discovered a new stem cell procedure to cure many currently terminal diseases. Senator Ashley Butler publicly opposes all such research but secretly offers to become Lowell's guinea pig to cure his Parkinson's Disease before his illness is discovered by the public. The rest of the book is a tangle of intrigue involving the mafia, the Catholic Church, the Shroud of Turin, organ harvesting, and US politics. It's a great set-up, r ...more
Rebecca Ashcraft
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Normally I love Robin Cook novels but I just couldn't get into it this time. Weirdly, the thing that annoyed me most was the fact that the dialogue was written like a narrative and sounded nothing like what an average conversation would sound like. And the ending seemed underwhelming and rushed, the opposite of how a good novel should end.
Kara Peterson
Sep 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a medical thriller and although I like it, the characters are flat in the way House is flat. They all play specific parts without going out of those roles. For an entertaining medical thriller without high expectations, it will do.
Beth (bibliobeth)
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book was okay but I was quite underwhelmed by the whole thing. Also, a few parts seemed a little unbelievable - but when you combine the Shroud of Turin, some DNA sequencing, barmy medical procedures, and a mob element, the story was bound to be a little strange?!
Oct 02, 2013 rated it liked it
In places this was gripping, but the end rather petered out. Interesting info about the Shroud of Turin, & scary stuff about genetic research and unscrupulous doctors. ...more
Apollo Hesiod
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
was a good read, had some really good parts but overall it was pretty good.
Kara Klos
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Seizure is the story of Daniel Lowell, a self-involved dr and scientist and his younger and much hotter subordinate coworker/girlfriend/fellow scientist Stephanie. Daniel’s company is embarking on ground breaking research to treat disease using stem cells. While trying to get government approval for use of the controversial method, their paths cross with a senior senator who is not in favor of their methods for political reasons but wants to utilize the research for his own fight against Parkins ...more
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dropped
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Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Robin Cook - WTF?!? This book started fairly strong, even though it was a sequel to the pretty awful previous novel Shock. Even though the characters are all awful people, except for Stephanie, that didn't stop it from being somewhat interesting. Then the subplots to pad out the novel caused it to turn into a crap fest. The random subplot with the mafia-like group, the lame priest stalking to get the Shroud piece back, Kurt doing anything....nothing that helped or amounted to anything. To make m ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Daniel and Stephanie are working on getting funding for their company, CURE. First they have to get it past a Senate committee headed by Senator Ashley Butler. It turns out that the senator has Parkinson’s. For political reasons, he turned it down. On the stealth side though, he approached Daniel and Stephanie wanting to be a test case for their technique using DNA of his choice.

After agreeing, a whole set of problems and improbable brickwalls keep happening.

Mostly I enjoyed this but I have a
Jeremy Muller
Maybe Seizure wasn't the Best Robin Cook book as a first read from this author... The premise was interesting enough, but I guessed the outcome halfway through the book and found myself skipping entire paragraphs to get through the story. The Author's Note at the end seemed unnecessary and almost trying to persuade the reader that his story is more noteworthy than may have been gleaned by the reader... almost like a "I know you probably didn't like this book as much as my others, but it's import ...more
Connie Cockrell
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ll have to admit, the book starts off slow. I also didn’t find the main character, Dr. Daniel Lowell very sympathetic. I did like his partner, Dr. Stephanie D’Agostino. The antagonist is a Southern Senator, Ashley Butler who while holding up Dr. Lowell’s new treatment for Parkinson’s, in the Senate, is secretly working to get that new treatment. There is a lot of maneuvering in the first half of the book, hardly any of it very exciting though it does serve to line up the events in the second h ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pleasure-reading
I used to really enjoy reading Cook's work. I used to find that he came up with interesting scenarios to explore controversies in medical ethics. And I used to find that he kept the human victims of the abuses front and center in those earlier books. But in this one, the researchers are pretty far removed from the victims (women who are coercively impregnated so that the fertility clinic can harvest fetal ovaries). Also, every male character is a completely chauvinistic Neanderthal.
Lenie Gervero
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: medical-thriller
I found it ironic that the main character died after helping the senator. He longed to be famous but ended dying in the process. Still, he is one lucky guy! He thwarted almost all the attempts on his life except the part he was assaulted while out shopping. Is it really possible to get a DNA sample from the Shroud of Turin?
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think this story was fascinating...the details were thought-provoking. Those who described it as too detailed would probably have found it more interesting if they had some background in cell biology, PCR, and the method of transferring DNA from one cell to another. I enjoyed the intrigue, especially the events that occurred in the second half of the book. An interesting read!
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new stem cell biotechnology with the potential to heal the ill. A politician who opposes the new treatment solely for political reasons, until he may benefit from the treatment Two doctors with a medical research company now at risk because of politics. Throw in DNA from the Shroud of Turin and you have an enjoyable read.
Lynn Orser
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Great story bye Robin Cook. this was a stand alone book not part of a series and had a good religious theme along with the medical technology advances today. Total fiction but interesting to consider where we are going to today's medical research. Enjoy
Susan Johnson
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Certainly not great literature, but this book does make a good beach read! It is fast-paced and has an interesting premise. With this kind of book you don't care that some plot threads disappear or that some of the characters are pretty cardboard.
Susan Robinson
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Good story, but I felt it wasn't one of his best. Left some stuff unfinished. For example, does Stephanie report the clinic to the authorities, what happens to the three treatment cells left that were prepared, what happens with her brother, etc.
Jo Trelfa
May 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found the characters woody with no personality, the book could have been halved, the story was too long winded. The ending felt as if the author had just given up.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I enjoy Robin Cook's books. I have stayed in the Atlantis Hotel in the Bahamas so I could easily visualize the location.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Steve Pillinger
A bit better than so-so. Interesting theme, a pact between a populist senator with Parkinson's disease, and an ambitious stem-cell researcher trying to gain government sanction for his new cloning procedure. But then there's the Shroud of Turin… What does that have to do with anything? Well, the answer is, not a lot! I couldn't help feeling the Shroud was dragged in as a sop to the Dan Brown mania prevalent at the time the book was published. The part it played in the plot could easily have been ...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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“Instead, he was still acting distant from her in many subtle ways, and although they continued to sleep in the same bed, there had been no intimacy whatsoever. Such behavior raised an old concern of hers that Daniel was either incapable or unmotivated to offer the kind of emotional support she felt she needed, particularly in period of stress, no matter what the cause or whose fault it was. (Stephanie)” 2 likes
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