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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

One of his best book o date

Dr. Daniel Lowell leaves his secured tenured position as chairman of his department at Harvard to open his own research company specializing in gene therapy. He develops the HTSR technique, which involves replacing a part of a person¿s DNA that causes a particular di...
Dr. Daniel Lowell leaves his secured tenured position as chairman of his department at Harvard to open his own research company specializing in gene therapy. He develops the HTSR technique, which involves replacing a part of a person¿s DNA that causes a particular disease with DNA that is disease free. His research is so cutting edge that Senator Ashley Butler is sponsoring a bill that will outlaw the technique. Senator Butler, the most powerful man in the Senate is diagnosed with Parkinson¿s Disease, which will end his hopes for running for president.

Unable and unwilling to accept defeat the senator approaches Daniel with a proposal that will benefit them both. He will quietly drop his opposition to HTSR if Daniel will use that technique to cure him. He also wants the DNA to be used to come from the Shroud of Turin and he uses his powerful connections to get the Church to give Daniel a sample. The operation will take place in a private medical facility in the Bahamas if Daniel and his beautiful assistant can outrun and outwit Italian police and Mafia hitmen.

Robin Cook once again takes readers to the edge with this action-packed chilling medical thriller. He raises some very interesting social and moral issues and make it clear that politicians should not be the ones who decide whether a new medical technique should be available to the general public. SEIZURE is Robin Cook at his very best.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

I recommend you read the jacket review and go buy another book.

I would only recommend you read this book if:

* You are a die-hard Robin Cook Fan.
* You liked SHOCK, and understand that Spencer Wingate and his cohorts at the Wingate Clinic play a relatively small but central role in this book.
* You are interested i...
I would only recommend you read this book if:

* You are a die-hard Robin Cook Fan.
* You liked SHOCK, and understand that Spencer Wingate and his cohorts at the Wingate Clinic play a relatively small but central role in this book.
* You are interested in the medical aspects and the ethical debate concerning cloning and stem cell research.
* Finally: you are a speed reader who only skims most novels for the central element of the plot and are not bothered by unlikable characters and uneven writing.

The plot is as described the book jacket. Dr. Daniel Lowell, a brilliant medical researcher (previously employed by Merck) resigns the Harvard faculty to start his own biotech firm. He is joined by his younger associate, Stephanie D'Agostino, with the hope of commercializing a procedure developed by Daniel, HTSR (Homologous Transgenic Segmental Recombination). Their future is threatened when the powerful Senator Ashley Butler threatens to introduce legislation banning the procedure at a time when Daniel's firm is in need of a further cash infusion from his venture capital backers. Meanwhile, Senator Butler's staff research has led him to believe that the HTSR treatment might successfully provide a cure for his recently diagnosed but rapidly progressing Parkinson's Disease. (Since it would threaten his political career, his disease has been a closely kept secret, known only to his long time aide Carol Manning and his physician.) There are several subplots including a DNA sample extracted from a fragment of the Shroud of Turin, the use of the facilities of the Wingate clinic (which has relocated to the Bahamas), and Stephanie's family connections to the Boston Mob (in an unbelievable use of stereotyping).

As the author has explained, he wants to use his books to inform and enlighten, as well as preach whatever happens to be his message of the moment. However, in the process he forgets that his stories should also be interesting and entertaining. He claims that he needed to research the political aspects of this book in D.C., and yet the political insights are minimal. The information on the Shroud of Turin was new to me, but the segments on therapeutic cloning were much too technical and lengthy to maintain my interest. Thus a story with several potentially interesting subplots and which had the potential to involve an interesting discussion of the potential ethical dilemmas involved in biotech experimentation tried to do too much and as a result accomplished almost nothing.

In addition, without exception the characters were totally unlikable stereotypes and caricatures. Daniel was a selfish individual lacking in judgment who was only interested in fame and fortune; the Catholic clergy were primarily interested in their political goals; Senator Butler was a totally self-centered fraud, Stephanie was portrayed as the typical female companion who was too weak to resist Daniel's and the Senator's plan even though her instincts and her intuition told her it was wrong and would probably fail; finally, the distractions caused by her family had no discernible purpose except to lengthen the book. And if you plan to read this book to find out what happened to Spencer Wingate, Paul Saunders and Kurt Hermann you will be disappointed as well. Even the dialog and the writing style seem unnatural for much of the book.

I recommend you read the jacket review and go buy another book.

posted by carlosmock on June 25, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2007

    Great premise, horrible ending

    I was just getting into the plot and premise and realized there were only 10 pages left. DNA from the Shroud of Turin and stem cell research mixed together had such great potential and then it just ended. Mr. Cook must have been up against a deadline or he just got bored. Either way, I'll be careful in the future when buying Cook's stories.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2004

    STUPID SCIENTISTS

    This book might have been better if the Mafia and accompanying descriptions of real or possible bone crunching had been deleted at publication. There was no need for sleazy criminal characters - the plot had enough interesting premises without violence being thrown in. However, no premise could hold up against the two main characters. They are unbelievable in their naivete, their dialogue only serving to reflect their coldblooded insensitivity and downright stupidity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2003

    not what I expected

    This was to me by far, the worst of Cook's works. The plot could have been full of intrique but it just became so difficult to get through that I couldn't wait for it too end. I kept thinking I should stop reading,but I was expecting it to get better. It didn't.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2003

    Ugh! Not Again!

    This book had the makings of a plot but fell victim to really silly dialog. I kept imagining Dr. Lowell played by Eugene Levy! Perhaps Dr. Cook would do better if he got a 'collaborator' who can write zippy dialog without sounding stilted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2011

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