Fever

Fever

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by Robin Cook
     
 

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Charles Martel is a brilliant cancer researcher who discovers that his own daughter is the victim of leukemia. The cause: a chemical plant conspiracy that not only promises to kill her, but will destroy him as a doctor and a man if he tries to fight it...

"Vivid...believable."-- New York Times Book Review

"Timely...authentic, credible, his best…  See more details below

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Charles Martel is a brilliant cancer researcher who discovers that his own daughter is the victim of leukemia. The cause: a chemical plant conspiracy that not only promises to kill her, but will destroy him as a doctor and a man if he tries to fight it...

"Vivid...believable."-- New York Times Book Review

"Timely...authentic, credible, his best yet."-- Boston Sunday Herald

"A hard-to-put-down, fast-paced thriller...masterful suspense."-- Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
What Dr. Cook is so good at is exploiting the nervousness that many of us feel when faced with needles and men in white coats and brushed-aluminum medical machinery....What's more, Dr. Cook effectively milks our latent paranoia concerning the selfishness of drug companies and the civic irresponsibility of big business. In fact, the story's prejudice here is so effortlessly evoked, it makes you wonder whether a benevolent picture of big business is even possible in fiction any more....I seemed to recall an earlier novel by Dr. Cook -was it ''Coma,'' ''Sphinx,'' or ''Brain,'' or all three of them? -where things don't turn out very well. (In praising Dr. Cook, I never said his fiction isn't forgettable.) But in any case, by the time ''Fever'' began to deteriorate into absolute absurdity, I was having far too good a time to be willing to notice. -- New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451176233
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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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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Fever 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Important issues are brought up in this book. There was a lot to tie together so some of the very unlikley aspects of this story can be forgiven. That said, Charles caused most of his own problems and was a very unpleasant person. Hard to connect with him, let alone like him. One thing I don't like is the dumb wife is a "good" woman, the smart scientist is a "bad " woman. Charles was abusive to Ellen and it seems the author thinks she is bad for having slept with him and for objecting to the abusive treatment from Charles.
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MotheroffourMS More than 1 year ago
Fever was a very exciting book that I highly recommend. Robin always tells a very compelling story that really can scare you because you know it can so happen.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Fever is one of the most interesting books that i have ever read.I personally loved it. From the first page to the last there is drama, suspense, and a lot of emotion. Fever is a no ordinary book, it is an outstanding book. You have to read it to believe it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cook does an awesome job in telling the story of Martel and his family and his struggle against a medical establishment. A very believable and outstanding book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book takes place in New Hampshire and is about how an excellent scientist realized that his daughter has luekemia and has to find a way how his daughter got it. It's just a really good book that everyone should read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fever was an unbelievably accurate and still yet imaginitive novel. The way Robin Cook took you deep into the minds of the characters really gave the this book that extra boost which makes the Robin Cook the amazing author he is!
Andrea Rojas More than 1 year ago
I dontget what happens in the epilogue though, so does the benzene return and go into the river again? Ifbsomene knows please comment back. Thanks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The problem I have is connecting with and feeling sympathy for the main protagonist (the scientist). He is so uncontrollably angry at everyone through the first two thirds of the book that you almost understand why practically everyone (except his daughter) has a beef. However, he is clearly the "good-guy" because each other adult character (other doctors and scientists, federal and local government officers, factory workers) is conveniently either a sociopath or a psychopath-even members of his own family (other than his daughter and youngest son) are troubling. Also, for the lay-people, this is first book I have read where the medical terminology was consistently over my head. You need a background in chemistry and biology to understand all the terms. On the flip side, the writing style is compelling and vivid. It is definitely a page turner and a stimulating read. A good beach-book. Not for the sensitive due to the graphically depicted deterioration of a sweet 12 year old girl.
MyLibraryCardWoreOut More than 1 year ago
This book was a really good book. I would have to say that its content was for more mature readers. There was nothing inappropriate, but it was long, and there were some things which younger people may not understand. I chose this as one of my summer reading books for my school. Some people at the school recommended the book and so I decided to try it out. I loved it. The book did start off a little slow but once you got into it, it was much better. The story was about this researcher, Charles Martel, who was a cancer researcher. His daughter was diagnosed with leukemia and Charles just kind of lost it. He had lost his wife a few years earlier so he was married to Cathyrn, the stepmother. Cathryn was a very supportive character in the book. She would always back him up and she would always be there for Rachel, Charles' daughter. There were two other big-ish characters in the story. There was Chuck and Jean Paul. They were Charles' sons. Chuck was about as annoying as you could get, but Jean Paul was more understanding when it came to things. He stood on the sidelines and watched. Yes, he would annoy his sister from time to time, but otherwise he was a gentle soul. Towards the end of the book Charles started to lose his mind. His mind itself was perfectly fine, but with all the stress he just started to have some weird thoughts - thoughts that were irrational. The characters in this book were not extremely well described but they did not have to be. You got all of their personalities. You did not really need to know what they looked like. Also there was so much going on, it would have been a bit too confusing. I liked how the characters were not described, because with all that was going on, I got to use my imagination. The personalities of each character were. Rachel - loving, caring, has lots of responsibility as she took over the female role after her mother died, cares about everyone else before herself Charles - a smart researcher, easily angered, sharp tongue, wily, wants Chuck to follow in his foot steps Cathryn - arbitrator, loving, caring Chuck - annoying, easily annoyed, quite strong, doesn't want to follow his fathers footsteps Jean Paul - loving, brother-like (has the moments when he picks on his sister, but cares too), quiet I would recommend for you to go and check this book out of the library. It is for older readers like 15 and up, but otherwise this was a really good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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