Cell [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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 smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc.


George’s initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating. He awakens one morning to find his fiancée dead in bed alongside him, not long after she participated in an iDoc beta test. Then several of his patients die after undergoing imaging procedures. All of them had been part of the same beta test.


Is it possible that iDoc is being subverted by hackers—and that the U.S. government is involved in a cover-up? Despite threats to both his career and his freedom, George relentlessly seeks the truth, knowing that if he’s right, the consequences could be lethal.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/02/2013
By combining plausible developments in artificial intelligence with current concerns about the number of available general practitioners, Cook (Nano) has produced one of his better recent thrillers. L.A. radiology resident George Wilson is racked with guilt after his fiancée, Kasey Lynch, dies of hypoglycemia as he was sleeping next to her. As he prepares to begin his final year of residency, a former med school colleague and occasional lover, Paula Stonebrenner, invites George to attend a rollout of iDoc, a smartphone app that functions as an individualized primary-care physician, which uses sensors to continually monitor vital signs and provide instantaneous diagnosis and treatment. The concept seems too good to be true, and that apprehension proves warranted when several test subjects of the app die unexpectedly, leading George to become obsessed with ascertaining the cause. The truth behind the deaths is both logical and surprising, and enables Cook to engage with serious medical ethics issues. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-24
Cook's latest thriller (Nano, 2012, etc.). The "cell" of the title refers to cellphones, which are being used to deliver the services of a virtual physician. That's the business enterprise of George Wilson, the radiology resident that the author brings back and installs in a major medical center in Los Angeles. George, engaged to Kasey, awakens one morning to find she has died during the night. Since Kasey was diabetic, her death is linked to her disease, and although George mourns her, he doesn't question how it happened. At least, until he attends a meeting at the invitation of an old flame who wants to show off a new app called iDoc, which integrates real physicians and medical treatment with technology in a way that helps keep patients out of the emergency rooms and doctors' offices by offering them immediate, custom-tailored medical consultations over their cellphones. But when people that George knows start dropping dead and all of them are beta testers for iDoc, the fourth-year resident decides to probe deeper into the project. What he finds is the potential for enormous profits and, much scarier, the government's heavy hand stirring the pot. Soon, George is involved in an attempt to expose a plan to kill off high-risk cases and finds himself unable to trust anyone, setting off a series of catastrophic events that could lead to George's destruction. Cook, a physician, knows the world of medicine, but this book reads like it's phoned in: heavy with clichés, lacking plausible plot progression and packed with characters who speak in exclamation points. A disappointing attempt to link medicine and technology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101635438
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 2,134
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Robin Cook

Dr. Robin Cook is the author of thirty previous books, most recently Nano, and is credited with popularizing the medical thriller with his wildly successful first novel, Coma. He divides his time between Boston and Florida. His most recent bestsellers include Death Benefit, Cure, and Intervention.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Should Make One Think!

    Although, I am not sure Robin Cook and my politics are totally in sync.......this book is his best in recent years and reminds me of his earlier works, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This book should make you think AND shudder! With the current state of affairs in health care and the slippery slope of high tech advances without adequate "safeguards" in place, this medical thriller is all too close to the truth. I WILL MISS Michael Palmer's medical thrillers, keeping you awake at night, so I am really delighted that Mr. Cook is back to his old or "new" self again!! Hope to see Dr. Wilson return and others get their "just due"......will just have to wait and see, but certainly did not see the end coming. I enjoyed the read, but it gave me chills also and will stay with me for awhile!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    A great read! Whipped right through it. If this is what is comin

    A great read! Whipped right through it. If this is what is coming (and it seems more than plausible) then we're all at risk.. 

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    What the heck

    Where is the exciting ending !!! It's like the books stopped in the middle. Just when I thought the chase was on it's over:(

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Expected More

    Well, I expected more from a Robin Cook book. While the plot was current and thought provoking, the story was long, drawn out with no suspense and very little action. And the ending....ugh. Definately wriiten as a "made for TV movie".

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    The book would be great if it had an ending.  Unfortunately, the

    The book would be great if it had an ending.  Unfortunately, the author didn't feel compelled to write a conclusion for his story.  I suppose this is an economic decision, since anyone who wants to know how the story ends will need to purchase the next book, which will improve the author's bottom line.  At least I've learned not to bother buying any more of his books.  After all, he didn't bother to finish the one I already paid for.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    Scares me to think this could easily be the slippery slope that

    Scares me to think this could easily be the slippery slope that heath care may be riding on in the future. As for the
    ending of Cell, I think Cook left himself room to write more on our future health care. Right now the scary events 
    are happening in our operating rooms. Infections from surgery are popping up all over the place. The antibiotics
    cannot kill the infections. The infections are mutating so fast that (they say) the scientist cannot keep up with
    updating our medicines.     

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    I am usually a big Robin Cook fan. I liked the beginning of the

    I am usually a big Robin Cook fan. I liked the beginning of the book but like others I was very disappointed in the ending. I didn't feel as though it really ended. I felt like it was more of a spy type book and not his normal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Really diffrent

    This book will hold your interest and make you think....The ending was a surprise also ..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Healthcare, what everyone loves to hate!

    Just what we need, an honest look at our healthcare system and it's every changing problems that everyone takes advantage of. I hope with the ending so open, (no spoiler intended) there is a sequel but as in life, no guarantee especially in this complicated field of doctors, government agencies, and insurance companies. I hope I don't get sick anytime soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Excellent Cook

    Very true to today, couldnt put it down s
    And was disappointed when it was done. Super!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Check it out!!

    Great book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Very timely topic yet again

    Cook takes on the future of health care in our current and future environment, both physically and politically, and plays on our fears. As I read the ending, it was clear it is just the beginning. Write faster, Dr. Cook!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    A dissapointment.

    Although the concept.was interesting, the characters were dull and to me obvious ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Another winner

    Robin Cook continues to have his finger on the pulse of medicine. Since I read this book I have heard two technical experts say the future of medicine includes implanting chips under the skin to monitor body functions and dispense meds. Cook always interesting, weell-written, eeasy read.

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  • Posted March 7, 2014

    Highly recommended

    Robin Cook is still an amazing doctor author. He is on board with the latest in technology. The advances in medicine are continuing at a high rate and his insights using cellular technology is a sign of what can happen in treatment of patients using implants and keeping constant tabs with patients history is a sign of things to come. He is on track with the way health care is going with big insurance companies trying to take over treatment of patients. I enjoyed reading this book of fiction

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  • Posted March 7, 2014

    Great concept!

    I enjoyed the book but was somewhat disappointed with the outcome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Great book.

    Wonder if this country is headed in this direction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Disappointing.

    Not the Robin Cook I knew.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Excellent read!! Hope this becomes a movie --everyone who can't

    Excellent read!! Hope this becomes a movie --everyone who can't put down their cell phone should see how plausible this is! Loved it.

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    Posted January 29, 2014

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