Chromosome 6 (Jack Stapleton Series #3)

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Behind the headlines on cloningDr. Robin Cook blends fact with fiction in one of his most terrifying bestsellers...

Chromosome 6 is a prophetic thriller that challenges the medical ethics of genetic manipulation and cloning in the jungles of equatorial Africa, where one mistake could bridge the gap between man and ape—and forever change the genetic map of our existence...

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Overview

Behind the headlines on cloningDr. Robin Cook blends fact with fiction in one of his most terrifying bestsellers...

Chromosome 6 is a prophetic thriller that challenges the medical ethics of genetic manipulation and cloning in the jungles of equatorial Africa, where one mistake could bridge the gap between man and ape—and forever change the genetic map of our existence...

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The ever-popular and prolific Cook (Fatal Cure, Audio Reviews, LJ 9/15/94) sets his latest medical thriller in Equatorial Guinea, Africa. Dr. Kevin Marshall worries that he has traded his ethics for a gleaming futuristic lab. Meanwhile, stateside, Dr. Jack Stapleton, a forensic pathologist, is deeply troubled by an unidentified body that is missing various parts. Jack and his colleague, Laurie, identify the corpse as that of a Mafia kingpin, and their investigation leads them to Africa. Narrator Boyd Gaines is superb. The producer, however, would do well to abandon the tiresome and distracting sound effects that serve only to lend an old-time radio feel to the production. Missing are end-of-side cues prompting listeners to flip or change tapes. For popular fiction collections.Terrill Persky, Naperville, Ill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425161241
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/13/1998
  • Series: Jack Stapleton Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 101,891
  • Product dimensions: 4.29 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Cook

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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Interviews & Essays

On Monday, April 14th, barnesandnoble.com on AOL welcomed Robin Cook, master of the medical thriller. He discussed life as an author, his new TV miniseries "Invasion," and his latest bestseller, CHROMOSOME 6.



Question: What has your profession done to help your writing?

Robin Cook: My medical training afforded me the subject of my writing. I became a writer because I had something to say, instead of being a writer and then looking for some subject matter.


Question: Where did you work when you were writing your latest book? Do you usually travel when you write?

Robin Cook: I traveled to Africa a year ago this month. For VITAL SIGNS I went to the outback of Australia and mainland China.


Question: Mr. Cook, if I wanted to publish a novel, what would I do to get the editors' attention, so they'll want to read my story?

Robin Cook: Write a letter to the trade department of the publisher you are interested in and mention why they should publish your novel.


Question: I'm looking forward to seeing "Invasion" on TV. Are you pleased with the job they did in making the movie version?

Robin Cook: I'd have to be pleased, because I was an integral part of it. I wrote the story, and I would also rewrite the dialogue as it went on.


Question: Can you tell us about your next book?

Robin Cook: All I can say is that it will involve a subject you ought to know about. I am going back to my first mechanism, as in COMA -- I wrote it as a screenplay first.


Question: Do you have a family? Kids?

Robin Cook: Yes.


Question: What made you decide to leave your medical practice and write?

Robin Cook: It was not a sudden decision. I sold my medical practice after I had three bestsellers. The critical point is that I still see myself as more of a doctor than a writer.


Question: Do you hope that readers learn something from your books?

Robin Cook: I think that is what separates my books from others. I believe that everyone learns something from reading my books. The critical factor is that we are all destined to be patients at one time or another.


Question: As a doctor, what type of medicine did you practice?

Robin Cook: I trained in general surgery first, then in ophthalmology. I attended Columbia and Harvard.


Comment: I would like to thank you for the books that you write. I have found every one of them hard to put down. I am looking forward to seeing "Invasion." I just finished the book.

Robin Cook: Thank you!


Question: How is it you seem to have such good timing with current events in the news?

Robin Cook: Actually, I am a little worried. With COMA I was five or six years ahead. With CHROMOSOME 6 I am simultaneous with the news. Seriously, that timing comes from my research.


Question: How much involvement did you have in making the movie "Invasion"?

Robin Cook: They asked my opinion on the actors. I actually was supposed to play a small role in "Invasion." Unfortunately, I was not able to do that. I actually have played a small cameo part in most of my movies. In "Invasion" I was actually supposed to have a speaking part. I am sure I would have been one of the bad guys.


Question: I was wondering if you had ever thought of teaming up with someone such as Michael Crichton for a motion picture instead of TV.

Robin Cook: Well, I actually already did that with "Coma." It will possibly happen again.


Question: You take a hard stand on managed care. What do you see as future medical care?

Robin Cook: I see that managed care is going to evolve in creating a closer relationship with the patient and the physician. In the current situation they are the two disenfranchised groups.


Question: I loved your book INVASION. Do you really believe in UFOs and aliens?

Robin Cook: I definitely believe there is life in the universe beyond Earth. Statistically it just makes sense. How advanced this life is is open to one's creativity.


Question: Love your work. Who are you reading?

Robin Cook: I am very eclectic in my reading. Starting to write bestsellers, I am starting to read them, too. Scott Turow, Robert Ludlum, especially. Very sorrowful when Barbara Tuchman died.


Question: Where do you usually do your best writing?

Robin Cook: I have written a number of books in Florida. It is a good writing environment because there is not much else to do. I handwrite my outlines, then use a computer to write the book itself. I have tried using the Internet to research, but I still feel going directly to the source is the best way. I have the opportunity to call or see whoever is in the field I am interested in.


Question: Dr. Cook, how long does it take to write a book, on the average?

Robin Cook: The research is the longest period. Anywhere from three to six months. Then a month for the outline and about a month and a half to write the book.


Question: Do you plan on going back into practicing medicine?

Robin Cook: Not in the traditional sense. I am still associated with a teaching hospital. I eventually see myself in a teaching capacity.


Question: I loved that you used the two main characters from a previous book. Will that romance develop in a future novel?

Robin Cook: I'd like to think so -- I like them myself. And to tell you the truth, I think they need each other.


Question: Dr. Cook, which one of your novels would you say came closest to a real-life experience??

Robin Cook: THE YEAR OF THE INTERN.


Question: How do you decide what to write about next?

Robin Cook: A lot of research. Also, the daily newspaper. There are topics that the public should see in an emotional setting.


Question: Is it possible to successfully transfer a book to the screen?

Robin Cook: I believe it is quite easy, if you see your story in a very visual way. I conceive of my story lines almost as if I am watching a movie in the back of my mind.


Question: Where did the idea for INVASION come from?

Robin Cook: NBC asked me if I could write a sci-fi thriller. I agreed with the idea that I could write something very different from what had previously been on television or in the theaters.


Question: What is the best part about writing? The worst part?

Robin Cook: The best part is to send the manuscript off, Federal Express, when it is done. The worst part is being on page 150 and it seems like you are facing a mountain. Luckily I have never had "doctor's block," so I have never had writer's block.


Question: How do you relax?

Robin Cook: Athletics is my major hobby. I do something everyday, usually basketball. I have gotten better. I wish I could go back to college. :)


Question: Do you believe that there is as much abuse of science and medical knowledge going on in real world as your books reflect?

Robin Cook: Probably more. What has happened in CHROMOSOME 6 is happening in a biotechnology firm behind closed doors. It is no accident that the creation of Dolly, the cloned sheep, occurred behind closed doors. One can only use their own imagination to wonder what is going on.


Question: Dr. Cook, are there those in the medical profession who would like you to keep quiet about what you reveal?

Robin Cook: I think that my fellow doctors get as much enjoyment out of reading my books as everyone else. I imagine some of the biotech firms are not happy about it. I know a gentleman who runs such a firm -- he was in the middle of CHROMOSOME 6 and dismayed that I was "so much on the mark"


Question: Dr. Cook, I love your books. Which do you enjoy more, practicing medicine or writing?

Robin Cook: Under the current social situation that medicine finds itself, where doctors are being dictated to in terms of how much time they can spend with a patient and what they can tell the patient, I'd rather write novels.


Question: Have you ever considered cowriting a book with another author? (Dean Koontz or Stephen King would be great.)

Robin Cook: I don't really like creativity by committee. It is difficult sometimes.


Question: Do you have anything new about to be released? If so, what and when?

Robin Cook: Two just out, CHROMOSOME 6 and INVASION, in the last three weeks. The next hardcover should be out closer to January of next year.


Moderator: Thank you all for coming! Thank you to Dr. Robin Cook!

Robin Cook: Thank you. Thank you, everyone, for coming -- I enjoyed it!


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2008

    totally awesome

    this is one of the best books ive ever read. A fascinating page turner you cant put down. Really gets you thinking.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2002

    New science in the new world

    Chromosome 6 is a fascinating romp through the ethics of genetic engineering. Apes genetically altered to suit human organ transplants develop fascinating side-effects... a mind-bending concept and an eye-opener to the ethics of genetic engineering. Cook uses the science fiction aspect as a stage for a mystery-style plot involving underground business and the New York mafia. Those readers looking for more science than story may be disappointed... the genetic mutation of the apes is developed somewhat less than the mafia interest and the search for the underground genetics company. Otherwise, a captivating and thought-provoking novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Good but jumps

    It's a good book but every time you start to get involved with it, it jumps to a new location. I found it a very frustrating read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2009

    Reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes, but in medicine

    Along with the characters the reader is able to live through the many challenges involved with a morgue enviroment. It's very well paced and it gives you a good thrill as it builds and develops, I enjoyed it very much.

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  • Posted December 1, 2008

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    Cool and hot at the same time

    In this fast-paced medical thriller, Cook develops two parallel and intersecting plots about scientists in Equatorial Guinea who are frantically exploring the ethics of genetic engineering, and medical examiners in New York who are stubbornly (and against all odds) determining the cause of death of a mysterious mobster-corpse. I found Cook¿s characters well-developed, his plot original, and his narrative both humorous and suspenseful. Although I am generally not a fan of authors who reuse characters (how often can once-in-a-lifetime adventures happen to one medical examiner?), I loved this book and recommend it to any fan of medical suspense. So far, this is my favorite Robin Cook book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2003

    ingenious protohumans for transplants

    Never before has anyone touched this area so well. Cook is able to capture our attention with 2 parralel settings which collide in the end. Our story gets exciting when a forensics scientist decides to personally expose where illegal organ transplants are taking place, and stumbles into a scientific phenomenon. A molecular biologist has discovered a way to add human molecules to chromosome 6 on animals. The animals grow into protohumans which are later used for organ transplants. Very exciting, and very fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2003

    Chromosome 6 - students view

    Our book begins with forensic investigator Jack Stapleton trying to identify where the body of a dead crime family member went. The body was stolen from the city morgue where he works. At the same time, similar transplants are being done in the country of Equatorial Guinea. The body is later discovered after it reappears at the morgue in an identity, which is to be discovered. Kevin, a Molecular Biologist, working for a major organization called GenSys. He is responsible for rearranging and adding molecules to the short arm of chromosome 6 in bonobos. The apes are abridged to specific persons who pay for their care. When the person paying needs an organ, such as a liver, he has the animal killed, and the organ is transplanted into him. Kevin goes to the island where the bonobos are, with his assistant, Melanie, and Candace, a nurse. The bonobos, as Kevin discovers, are far more intelligent than they think. They take Kevin and the girls captive in a cave. This infuriates the head of operations at GenSys, as this is strictly forbidden. After several days in captivity, they are discovered. They are taken back to Kevin¿s house, as they are to be turned into local authorities in the morning. Jack, along with a fellow forensics officer, and Warren his friend and Warrens girlfriend decide to go to where the transplants are performed, hoping to expose the operations. He receives much opposing power, but eventually makes it into the country. Later he sneaks into the GenSys operations. He discovers what he needs to, and tries to escape. He and his friends narrowly escape, but he is discovered. He is arrested and put in jail under the Town Hall. Kevin (while being held captive in his home) discovers that there are Americans in prison. He makes a plan to get the guards all drunk. His plan works, and he is easily able to escape his home, with his companions, and rescue the Americans out of Town Hall. They narrowly escape by boat, and decide to go to the American embassy on a nearby island. Kevin has a slight conscience change, and decides to go free the bonobos. Everyone agrees, and they do so, but in the process, they are discovered, although not caught, and their boat is sunk by soldiers. They are forced to travel on the island where the bonobos were being raised, and take the canoe Kevin took earlier to get to the island. They once again narrowly escape, and return to America.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2002

    Beautiful... Simply Beautiful

    Robin Cook must be placed amoung my favorite authors, and ive read evry one of his books. This one was no exception. Great plot, great description, intersting ending, and good dialouge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2001

    Chromosome 6 my favorite book.

    I strongly believe that Chromosome 6 is one of the best books writtten by Cook.Actually, I really enjoy these kind of ethical topics. I think it is interesting, and at the same time it makes you ask so many questions about, ambition , power, and also the way people could feel about death.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2001

    Fun and Interesting

    I found this book was very interesting, and one of my favorites from Robin Cook. The only downfal was how unrealistic it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2000

    Great start, lame ending.

    Great concept and an interesting read but the ending was lame and dull.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2000

    A Promising Premise

    While once again writing on the cutting edge of technology, Cook misses the mark this time. The novel evokes memories of Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta, but Cornwell shows much better execution. It seemed as though Cook had material left over from other novels and just wanted the pay-check. A shame, considering previous novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2000

    An interesting book, but it left me hanging

    As an avid Robin Cook fan, I could hardly wait to dive into this one. I must admit I had a hard time getting into it, but once I got through the first part of it, it had me. It was very intrigueing and interesting, although I think sometimes he assumes we know more than we do about genetics and the technical side of things. I was horribly dissapointed in the ending. Too abrupt, what happend to some of the major players in the story? Where did they go? There was a whole lot of build-up to get to such a lackluster ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2000

    Interesting book...new look into ethics

    i had to read a book fiction or non for my biology class. i chose to read this after help from the salesperson at bn. this book was a fascinating view on a subject that i was not very familiar with. with the ways technology is advancing nowadays it is scary to realize that this could happen...makes you think!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2000

    excellent and exciting novel!!

    This novel is my most favorite Cook's novel. He is brillient to use the knowledge about genetic manupulation to write a very exciting novel.

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