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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  4,226 ratings  ·  551 reviews
"Charlatans is an explosive thriller from New York Times bestselling author and master of the medical thriller Robin Cook.

Noah Rothauser is the new super chief resident at Boston Memorial Hospital. Housing state-of-the-art medical facilities, it’s always been Noah’s dream to work for such an esteemed institution. But the pressures of the role become all too clear when a se
Hardcover, 435 pages
Published August 22nd 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Archit Ojha
A bumper surprise!

Plot :

The story explodes with a death of an extremely kind-hearted and popular-among-the-hospital- staff man named Bruce who was going to get Hernia operation. The hospital staff is well-versed in their degrees and practice of decades. But the tables will turn this time.

The author lets you expect Bruce's brutal farewell since page no. 2 and his final moments come on page no 34. These in-between moments seem beyond treacherous. Hoping for a least probable miracle, the pages tur
Greg Courtney
Sep 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Can't believe that so many readers gave it such a high rating. This book is so unbelievable that it was hard to finish. Having worked in medicine for over forty years there is so much that happened in this book that would never happened in a real hospital. An anesthesiologist involved in three deaths over a short time would have been suspended and investigated before being allowed to continue to practice. And what a terrible ending. No gratification at all. Very disappointing for an author that ...more
Linda Lpp
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
I did not enjoy this book. Can not believe it was released by Robin Cook. A good 3/4 of the book was drivel about hospital routines, pre operative guidelines, medical school, residents, anesthesiologists physicians..... Then cases gone wrong..what happened, present at M&M rounds.
The rest was non impressive, and I found great pleasure when I finally got to the end. Not necessarily the ending, but rather the end of the book. Charlatan? -for you to determine.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
“We can't possibly have a summer love. So many people have tried that the name's become proverbial. Summer is only the unfulfilled promise of spring, a charlatan in place of the warm balmy nights I dream of in April. It's a sad season of life without growth...It has no day.”

----F. Scott Fitzgerald

Dr. Robin Cook, the international best-selling author, is back with a bang and this time with an intriguing and pot-boiling medical thriller called, Charlatans that no-doubt, revolves around the cutt
Betty Zamost
Aug 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Was looking forward to this book, as I like medical mysteries. This book was disappointing. Superficial with an ending that was unsatisfying. Dave your money.
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
I haven't read a Robin Cook novel for many years. I was definitely thrilled by "Coma", his first medical thriller. This book was, in my opinion, overly long and should have been edited a bit more. That being said, after the first half, I was really glued to the increasingly intriguing story.

The book's main character, Dr. Noah Rothauser, Chief Surgical Resident at Boston Memorial Hospital, is in charge of all the new surgical residents, a huge job, along with surgeries he performs on his own pati
Kathryn in FL
You can safely forgo reading this one and not loose any sleep.

I have been a big fan of Robin Cook in the past and considered him on par with John Grisham only regarding doctors. Well, this really didn't meet my expectations for several reasons.
After reading the first 100 pages about a hospital drama that seemed to be a little weak, I saw some uncomplimentary reviews on GR. I thought they might be overly critical. I asked some questions and decided that I would complete the book rather than aban
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, mystery
3.5 stars...

I enjoy Robin Cook and well written medical mysteries. I don’t seem to get around to reading much of them anymore, so it was a nice change of pace from what I’ve been reading lately.

One thing I like about Robin Cook is that he inserts current topics and events of the moment etc into his books. This one had a big focus on social media and the internet and how they are changing not only life in general, but medicine and other specialized industries. Very thought provoking. And highly
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
"We're all becoming narcissistic charlatans to one degree or another."

Dr. Noah Rothauser, super chief surgery resident, is in his element as he's finally achieved his dream at Boston Memorial Hospital. He revels in his job and loves everything about his work. His climb has not been without its drawbacks -- his live-in girlfriend finally got the message loud and clear that Noah is married to surgery and has left their apartment and gone on to find a new love who can give her more attention. Dr. A
Terralyn Brown Barfield
This time I'm done at 200 pages. Those 200 pages were a chore for me.

Having been a hospital critical care RN for decades, the day to day politics and egos over patient safety and wellbeing was depressingly familiar. I HAVE nightmares about scenarios identical to the beginning of this story to this day. I don't need to be reminded of the dangers each patient faces when taken to the operating room, nor the situations tolerated by the institutions to keep th
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a good medical thriller. It kept me engaged all the way until the end. Yet, I was majorly frustrated with Dr. Noah. He may be smart and a good doctor but when it came to people, he was not a good judge of character. Yes, Dr. Mason may have been egotistical and not a very likable man himself but he did bring up many valid points. Ones that Dr. Noah did not give any thought to when it came to Ava.

Speaking of Ava; I thought she was not that great of a con artist. Yet, it goes to show that
Oct 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
I liked the book until the ending and I thought WHAT!!! Totally unsatisfactory. Had to downgrade to a one!
Nov 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: medical-thriller
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May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars. Dr Noah Rothauser is chief resident in the surgery unit of a large Boston hospital. He spends over 15 hours a day at the hospital and loves his job. In addition to his surgeries, he coordinates schedules of all the residents and investigates any surgical outcomes of deaths to present to the hospital staff. A hernia surgery results in the patient's death and pits Dr Ava London, anesthesiologist, against a prominent surgeon. Of course Noah becomes involved with Ava. Does this cause him ...more
Stacey Camp
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
**3 Goodreads Stars**

Let me preface this review by saying I've been a longtime Cook fan (since the early 1990s), so my review is colored by my love of medical thrillers (which Cook essentially pioneered). Other readers who are not into medical thrillers may be bored by the level of detail he provides, or the often awkwardly written dialogue (who says "ergo" in casual conversation?!) between characters. His characters seem like they are written for an older generation of readers, and may feel dat
Linda Haack
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I've always enjoyed Robin Cook's stories, especially when they touch on physician credentialing, which I was involved with for most of my career. However, I found this story implausible and disappointing. The characters were almost non-human, the dialogue was stilted in the extreme and the story line was convoluted and not believable. The only part I really appreciated was the brief but frank treatise on the need for reform in the educating and training of physicians. Cook's solutions should hav ...more
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
I typically love Cook, but this one was disappointing. The characters were stiff and the whole story seemed like a treatise on a couple of current medical issues rather than a developed story. And how could Noah not have suspected more about Ava earlier? I found the story line hard to swallow.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Unnecessarily long and drawn out. Not even that great of a story.

Don't waste your time.
Gloria Quackenbush
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I have read many of Robin Cooks books and have always enjoyed them. This book started out with a great premise, but somewhere along the line, it went off the tracks. To start with, the main character, who is the Chief Resident at a prestigious hospital is too much of a wussy to be believed. He continued to make wrong choices and became such a weak character that I thought about not finishing.
The other thing is that I listened to this on CDs. The reader, whom I have heard before, must be getting
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I was reading Robin Cook's Charlatans, I got a feeling of deja vu during the first forty pages or so. I kept thinking the characters were cut out from other stories. Thinking, "Man, prose and dialogue seems stilted, all too familiar."
But of course it did. Bearing in mind the author of this book is a physician who happens to be a writer. The first forty pages are mostly dealing with the ill fated Vincent and all the doctors that end up losing him. All of this was in an excerpt I had already r
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This will probably be one of my unforgettable books. Will get some very poor reviews from some people in the medical profession who would wish to downplay current problems - BUT - in my past five years of being a patient, in my conversations with people I know in the medical profession, and medicals articles I have read - this narrative is all too true. And weave into it a mystery - I was mesmerized. Of course, one must understand my underlying interest in the medical field.
Filled all of my requ
Tammy Elliott
Good story. Interesting (disturbing) stuff which will make you think pretty hard about the medical profession and social media in general.
I realize Robin Cook doesn't need a good rating or a review from me to keep selling tons of books, but I try to write honest I have to say, as a reader, I really don't care for too many descriptives, repetition of something that has already been mentioned -- and being led by the nose. That's why we have imaginations to go along with great stories
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
since reading COMA, Robin Cook has been a great favorite of mine and have read many books by him. Another great read. He knows his way around hospital settings and is awesome with suspense.
Do yourself a favor and read one of his books. You may end up liking him.
Jim Swike
I enjoy most of Robin Cook's books. They are good mysteries and page turners. This book was neither, maybe you will feel differently, enjoy?
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was recommended to me a couple of years ago but I hesitated thinking it might have a ton of medical jargon which I am afraid of. But over years, my fear of medical jargons and biology has faded. So I picked this book.

There is a Boston Hospital where a doctor named Noah is working as a surgeon. He has been promoted to the post of Super Chief. A week before that, an incident takes place which involves death of a popular security guard from the hospital. It shakes up Noah and more than him ano
Vicki Elia
2 stars because I finished it

I'm so disappointed in Robin Cook. He used to be one of the premier authors of medical thrillers. Charlatans had the architecture to be an outstanding book but it is shallow and ... grasping for any other word ... just stupid. If you're paying attention, you identify the true antagonist early in the story.

I cannot imagine characters that in real life that would be so brilliant and medically excellent yet behave like morons. The book becomes more and more implausible
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little different than Cook's usual plot-driven novels. More introspection. Raises some interesting questions and has a bit of an unreliable narrator which is always fun.
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, drama
Really well-written and, as with all Cook's books, has good insight into the medical field. My rating is 4-½ Stars.
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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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