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Chromosome 6 by Robin Cook
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Jul 28, 2012

really liked it
Read from July 28, 2012 to February 16, 2016

Truth is, Cook is a pretty smart guy, problem is that he can't write very well. I like the guy, really I do, and his books (namely Contagion) are enjoyable reads, but they just become so predictable and in some ways monotonous and boring. He is an excellent craftsman on the suspenseful and intriguing moments. The whodunnit? kind of moments when you find Jack and Laurie sitting in the autopsy room, analyzing a body and trying to figure out what happened. However his suspense writing is as good as his storylines and character developments are bad. Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery, two of his most recurring characters who are also featured in this book, have an extremely drawn out relationship in which you never really understand either of them or their feelings towards one another. It's as if Cook throws a romance in the works just because he thinks that he can. It doesn't work.

All in all, I would recommend some works by Cook (Vector and Contagion are excellent) but would definitely advise staying away from many of his works (his new stuff and his really old stuff is just plain bad). He is a hit and miss author (just like so many writers nowadays) who needs to learn how to write.

Please do not be discouraged by this review to read his books. They are very, very interesting. Problem is, interesting doesn't always write books.

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Reading Progress

07/28/2012 page 200
43.0% "Pretty good"
02/16/2016 marked as: read
02/16/2016 marked as: currently-reading

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