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: 5,672
  • 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 6 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 May 28, 2014

    Good to the Last Page

    Spellbinding from beginning to end. I couldn't stop reading this one. The characters were well developed. The good guys were lovable and the bad guys were despicable. The trouble was determining which was which. This book kept me guessing until the last page.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    Recommend

    I like Robin Cook, so liked this one. It did have more than the usual slow parts and had too much detail for my brain, yet it was still an enjoyable book. I usually figure out "who done it" by mid book (any book) and this took me a bit longer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    Will be true one day iam sure

    Mc

    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.     

    1 out of 1 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 September 7, 2014

    Goto

    Destiny res one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    God is watching.

    God is always watching....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    Redsar

    Got off enderfrost oh sorry i thougt you where going to hurt her she said

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    The twoleg

    Pets Diamond.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Diamond

    She looks at the twoleg wondering what will happen next

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    Enderfrost

    Leans over and whispers in her ear, "Im here to free you,"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    T

    Kiss your hand three times and post this at htree diffrent books and look under your pillow when you wake up

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  • Posted July 26, 2014

    4 1/2 stars actually! I enjoyed this book.  I cannot remember i

    4 1/2 stars actually!

    I enjoyed this book.  I cannot remember if I have read any of Robin Cook's book before, but after reading this one, I will definately try another book.  I listened to this book on iTunes.  The narrator was really good.  Sometimes that can make or break a book sometimes.




    George Wilson woke up one day to see his fiancee lying dead next to him.  A few months later, George goes to a meeting about the iDoc app for phone.  While he was sitting through the announcement of a beta test, he sees an old college "friend" and realized that she took the idea of iDoc from a conversation they had in College.  




    Something doesn't sit right with George while he is listening to the presentation.  He goes back to his home and looks though his fiance's things that he had packed away in a closet.  Sure enough he finds his fiance's iPhone and looks to see if she was part of the iDoc beta testing.  She was.  He doesn't quite know what to do with that information.  




    George was never a very outgoing man, but he had a neighbor that always asked him questions about his health.  Every one assumed George new everything about being a doctor.  They didn't realize he was in radiology, and if he was looking at the inside of you, he could tell you, but he didn't quite know too much about other sicknesses.  His neighbor was convinced he was his personal Dr.  One day George realized that his neighbor hadn't asked him questions for a couple of weeks, so he went to talk to him.  Georges asked why the neighbor why he hasn't been asking questions about his diabetes anymore.  His friend tells him he has his own personal doctor right on his phone.  Later that same day said neighbor ended up dead.




    Two more deaths come along right after and George started suspecting that iDoc was the cause of all the death.  When he finally decides to go to someone about what information he has about iDoc being the cause of death.  He decided to get his hacker neighbor to be part of the discovery.  He offers him $10,000 to help him.




    Things get very interesting very quickly after he goes to his hacker friend.  When George's hacker friend finally broke the code, he gave George his fiancees phone back and packs up to lease right away.  He knew that there would be some sever repercussions when he hacked it.  George goes home to put some things together to get out of town with his friend.  




    George decides to go to see his friend from college that he knows is part of the iDoc team.  She tells him she will help him.




    George stepped on a time bomb when he decided to find out about iDoc and see if it was some how killing all these patients.  I enjoyed the twists and turns in this book.  I kept me engaged the whole time.  It's interesting, and so intense in other parts.  It just a good book to read (or listen to ;) ).  I feel like I have already given too much away, but I enjoyed it and could keep going on and on.




    The only thing I didn't like about this book was that whole concept of the book seemed way too unrealistic.  It was definitely interesting, but really an iPhone as your personal Dr.  I don't think so.  I couldn't get over that part but it was still a great book.  Exciting.




    Source:  I bought this for myself off 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Good Read

    Novel plot idea! Ingienious. Makes you think about signing that organ donor card.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    Hoxton

    Pours gas everywhere and burns it

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  • Posted June 16, 2014

    I DON'T CARE WHAT THE CRITICS THINK, BUT I HAPPEN TO  THINK THE

    I DON'T CARE WHAT THE CRITICS THINK, BUT I HAPPEN TO  THINK THE SAME THING ABOUT PATIENT'S MEDICAL PROBLEMS PLACED ON ELECTRONIC  DEVICES. I AM A  BOARDED ER PHYSICIAN & I  LOVE THIS  BOOK FOR  HAVING THE COURAGE TO WRITE THIS BOOK  CONSIDERING THE CLIMATE. THE SCENARIO IN THE BOOK COULD & PROBABLY WILL HAPPEN. I READ THE BOOK IN ONE SETTING & WILL READ IT AGAIN LATER. GREAT STORY &  A  POSER TO THE END. MUST READ FOR ROBIN COOK FAN. 

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