Contagion (Jack Stapleton Series #2)

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One of Cook's most successful—and timely—bestsellers. Contagion is a terrifying cautionary tale for the millennium as a deadly epidemic is spread not merely by microbes—but by sabotage...

From the undisputed master of the medical thriller comes a terrifying cautionary tale for the millennium. After losing his ophthalmology practice to a for-profit medical giant, Dr. John Stapleton retrains in forensic pathology. When a series of virulent and extremely lethal ...

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Overview

One of Cook's most successful—and timely—bestsellers. Contagion is a terrifying cautionary tale for the millennium as a deadly epidemic is spread not merely by microbes—but by sabotage...

From the undisputed master of the medical thriller comes a terrifying cautionary tale for the millennium. After losing his ophthalmology practice to a for-profit medical giant, Dr. John Stapleton retrains in forensic pathology. When a series of virulent and extremely lethal illnesses appears on the scene, Stapleton traces the cause of the outbreak to the same corporation that cannibalized his practice. 434 pp.

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In Cook's numerous best-selling medical thrillers, the nasty microbes and lethal diseases are never as loathsome as the greedy villains who spread illness for profit. Here, a cynical forensics doctor suspects that a for-profit medical firm is murdering its more costly subscribers. A Literary GuildR main selection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425155943
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Series: Jack Stapleton Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 184,433
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 1.29 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2000

    An interesting combination of plague and the swine flu epidemic

    Robin Cook has yet produces another griping medical mystery telling the story of some plague. He has added his own special tough of magic as he always does. Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner autopsies some very suscpicios cases with Plague, Flu, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and maybe even Ebola. A must read for Robin Cook fans!!!!

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  • Posted July 14, 2014

    Have you read any of Robin Cook¿s books yet? No? NO??!! Dude!! Y

    Have you read any of Robin Cook’s books yet? No? NO??!! Dude!! You have no idea what you’re missing out on! We’re talking epidemic, deadly viruses, panic, conspiracies, drama, confusion, medical negligence, and gangsters! And of course, as with any good medical drama worth its salt, at the center of it all are two competing corporate healthcare giants out to make a quick profit AND an ad company with a near-impossible deadline. If this sounds to you like a heady mix of suspense, intrigue, and holy-crap-hope-this-never-happens-to-us chills, then right you are. Seriously, you have to read this. Contagion is also my first Robin Cook experience, so I won’t judge you for not having read any of his novels yet. 

    Right, so I mentioned the panic and conspiracy theories, a plague, and other killer diseases. But there are a ton more elements that made this both an exciting and disturbing read. The scariest thing for me was that this could really happen. It might seem unlikely that a break-out with such devastating consequences as described in this story could occur in a real-life large, bustling, modern hospital, but I personally believe it’s possible. Even if you don’t believe such a likelihood exists, Contagion will definitely convince you otherwise.  

    Here we have a spectacular cast of characters to keep track of. Most characters have minor roles, and some more important, but each character is crucial in moving the plot along. It is clear that a good amount of time was spent on developing every character no matter how big or small their part in this story. From start to end, there is absolutely no indication of who the guilty party might be. Yet, when the big reveal is done, you’ll probably ask yourself why you hadn’t suspected that person(s) from the start. I love when an author is detail-oriented, but doesn’t weigh the reader down with too much unnecessary information about the setting and characters’ histories. Robin Cook balances all this perfectly and sticks to the storyline without too much explanation (though a lot of the medical- and biological terminology went right over my head). 

    You know what I liked most about Jack’s character? His go-getter attitude. He asks questions, gather as much information as he can, and then immediately goes out looking for the answers. He doesn’t even care how many toes he steps on along the way. Plus, he does all this while adding his own patented brand of tongue-in-cheek humor, intentionally provoking the tempers of his superiors, the staff at Manhattan General Hospital where the first plague outbreak occurred, and the corporate heads at healthcare giant, AmeriCare. Jack is fearless, yet vulnerable, and I soon realized I’m rapidly developing a soft spot for this character.

    One of Jack’s best lines in my opinion (with which I share the same sentiment): 

    “The problem is that I’ve developed an aversion to mediocrity.”

    The only issues I had was that the ending felt a little blunt, and the motivation behind the spread of the deadly diseases wasn’t as impressive as the continued build-up throughout the story led me to believe it would be. Although, I did like how it ended for the antagonist(s), so I’m giving Contagion an easy five stars. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t enjoy this book. Want to know what lengths some people will go to to get what they want? Yes? Then this book was written for you. If not, read it anyway because it’s kick-ass!   

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    WONDERFUL!!!

    This book was really good. It took me a minute to get used to the writing style, but once I did it really took off. It's much better than the movie! Enjoyable Read.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    A Must Read!

    I'm fascinated by infectious diseases anyway & this book is all about that. However, the twist is what happens when they are handled by the wrong ppl.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I found this book quite by accident. It had no cover and is several years old. I could not put it down. I is amoung one of the best books I have read this year. Please check it out you will not be disapointed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2003

    pretty good

    try it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2002

    Couldn't put it down

    We are used to Robin Cook highlighting a failing in the medical system. As usual this is the story of a conglomerate seeking huge profits the easiest way they can. Dr. John Stapleton is a man who has lost everything. His wife and two daughters in a plane crash, his business to the very organization who seem responsible for the flu like disease. The virus particularly selects the young, old and the other vulnerable members of society. Stapleton teams up with Theresa Hagan from a Madison Avenue advertising agency to search for the explanation for the infection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2000

    Great Read

    My First Robin Cook Novel and I'm ready to buy more! Contagion is well written with an exciting plot, making it hard to put down once you get going. First Class!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    My first Robin Cook novel

    And I loved it.

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

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    I Can't Imagine The Influenza At The Heart Of This Story Being Any More Painful Than Reading This Book!

    Contagion had been sitting in my bookcase unread since I obtained a proof of it in 1996. I decided to read it now because the movie reviews of Contagion were pretty good and I knew I'd never read the book if I had gone to see the movie first. My decision was a huge mistake since the book was -- in a word -- awful. It's not that the plot was so bad, which involves forensic pathologist Jack Stapleton suspecting that three different very rare diseases responsible for the deaths of several people at a New York hospital is more than just coincidence. While the plot is highly implausible and requires the reader to stretch their willingness-to-believe to the limit, the book does move along at a decent enough pace. What made this book so bad for me was that Cook's ability to create believable, richly developed characters and dialogue that real people would speak was virtually non-existent. The characters were so one-dimensional,cartoon-like and unrealistic, and the dialogue was so cliche-ridden and ridiculous, that I frequently found myself thinking that the influenza that killed several characters in the book couldn't be any more painful than the pain reading this book produced. What I am asking myself now is: Why did I finish this book if I thought it was so bad? Could I be a glutton for punishment? I don't think so. Despite my problems with the plot, character development and dialogue, I continued reading because I wanted to see what happened in the end. Reading the last 75 pages was the "straw that broke the camel's back" for me. While there was a bit of a surprising twist toward the end, the way Cook wrapped up this book was extremely poor and unrealistic. So poor, that the odds of any of the other unread books by Robin Cook in my bookcase ever being read are about the same as the cause for the influenza outbreak described in Contagion becoming reality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    After loosing his ophthalmology career to AmeriCare, a for-profit insurance company, Dr. Jack Stapleton discovers life as a forensic pathologist. After not only loosing her job in the mid-west, he looses his wife and kids in a plane crash. At this point, jack is extremely depressed, and is so depressed that he rarely even speaks to women. One day at work, he discovers that a body that had died of a strange disease. After examining the body, he guesses that the person died of the plague. Soon enough, jack discovers that his hypothesis was correct. He then goes to warn the hospital where the body came from to warn them. Coincidentally, the hospital is owned by AmeriCare. Eventually, after many diagnoses and a few threats on his life, Jack decides to find out how the plague was started, which brings him into a situation that he had never expected to be in. Robin cook, the author of Contagion, writes with room for the reader to think. For instance, he writes so that he hints at a few people the reader would suspect to be the one(s) spreading the disease. He writes so that the reader could think, ¿How did he/she spread the plague like that?¿ or, ¿Wow! I never really expected that to happen!¿ I think Robin Cook¿s writing fits perfectly with the genre that he chose to write with, a medical thriller. Some themes that are found in this book are, moving along after loved ones have died, that bad things happen to good people, and that you need to take opportunities as they come to you. Personally, I thought that Contagion is one of the best books that I have ever read so far. It¿s one of those books that you can never put down. I certainly agree with the Denver Post that this book truly is ¿spine tingling.¿ The New York Times says that Robin Cook is ¿a master of medical thriller.¿ I have read many great books in my fourteen years of life, and I must put Contagion in my top five favorite books of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2003

    Non-stop action

    Absolutely loved it. Cook is masterful at taking several opposite subjects and tying them all together for a fantastic page turning mystery

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2001

    WoW ***

    One of Cook's best I've read so far. Very mysterious and exciting at the same time. The book's got a surprising ending.. something you never expected to happen happened. Really enjoyed it.. Although the book is kinda long, but it was worth reading every single page !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2000

    A Mild Thriller

    I thought Contagion was brilliantly written. The characters were very colorful and were quit witty. I also like the fact that South Bend, IN was mentioned in this book ( I'm orginally from there.) I usually read more harsh thrillers but I welcomed this mild thriller. Although I figured out some of the mystery, I was still surprised at the end. If you like medical thrillers, you'll love this read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2000

    AMAZING

    I dont read many of Robin's book but I found this one totaly amazing. The choice of style in her writing is just incredable and I know that anyone who reads it will feal the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2000

    Good Book

    Contagion was a good interesting book. I enjoyed it very much and it's a fast reading book.

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