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A sudden outbreak defies diagnosis-because the causes are unlike anything humankind has ever seen...

With his finger on the pulse of the latest technology, Robin Cook preys on readers' deepest fears with uncanny skill. Now, in his most provocative thriller to date, he explores a sudden outbreak of strange new symptoms that defy diagnosis. The cause is unknown and unknowable, because it is unlike anything humankind has ever seen. A ...

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Overview

A sudden outbreak defies diagnosis-because the causes are unlike anything humankind has ever seen...

With his finger on the pulse of the latest technology, Robin Cook preys on readers' deepest fears with uncanny skill. Now, in his most provocative thriller to date, he explores a sudden outbreak of strange new symptoms that defy diagnosis. The cause is unknown and unknowable, because it is unlike anything humankind has ever seen. A major NBC television event!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There are certain similarities between science fiction and medical thrillers futuristic technology, nature subverted so it's not really surprising that a master of the medical genre like Cook Acceptable Risk would try to combine the two. Unfortunately, the result doesn't succeed as SF and doesn't live up to his usual standards as a medical thriller. Instead, this book reads like a script for the soon-to-be-released NBC "major television event" based on this bookyou can almost hear the director yelling "Cut and print" at the end of each chapter. The story starts well enough, with a small college town and a flurry of unusual black rocks. Those who pick them up are stung and, after a short fever, come up with a curious list of aftereffects. They become extroverted, environmentally conscious, attached to dogsand telepathically connected. As a group of those who haven't been stung rush to find some sort of cure, the leader of the changed begins to take on alien form, while directing the construction of a space ship. By this point, though, Cook doesn't seem to know how to get out of his plot, except for an esoteric cure involving the common cold. One can only hope that aided by special effects, this lame resolution plays better on the small screen than it does in the novel. Apr.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425155400
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.01 (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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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    I expected so much more...

    Let me put it bluntly: This book was almost painful to read. There were moments when I almost felt as if I were reading a creative writing project submitted by a high school student. It was contrived, almost juvenile, and at times the storyline made me feel like I was listening to an eight-year-old boy ramble on about his imaginary world. Like when my friend's son was bringing me into his play world one time, and he pulled some snips of electrical wire out of his pocket, held up the different colored strands and proceeded to tell me how they were DNA strands that he was going to...I don't know...morph into some hybrid or something. THAT's what this book was like for me. The ramblings of a child's mind.

    At times, the book seemed almost pedantic, as if Cook was throwing around big words and medical jargon to show off.

    This definitely was not what I expected of Robin Cook, one of the premier medical thriller authors. I struggled to stick with it. The last 100 pages I found myself constantly counting how many pages I had remaining to endure before I got to read a REAL story!

    I may have liked this story at 12 years of age, but not at 40. If you are above the age of 17, I say, "Avoid this book!" There are so many better yarns out there to entertain your mind!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2008

    Very, very poor

    Cannot believe anyone would publish such a sophmoric and ridiculous book. You will be sorry if you spend money on this thing. I'm disgusted.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    Highly Like

    Robin Cook at his best

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    Thought Provoking

    I found this book pretty interesting and creepy. Robin Cook has quite an imagination and pulled this story off very well. I highly recommend this title.

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  • Posted March 26, 2009

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    Good not Great

    I am a big fan of Robin's because of what and how he writes. It's not my usual choice for reading, but when I read it I'm always thrilled. This wasn't my favorite Robin Cook book ever, but it definitely had the Robin flare and kept me turning pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006

    I saw this movie

    I saw the whole thing and I can say Mr. Robin Cook right more of these storys. It was a great series, or movie. I love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2004

    Invasion

    Suspensful, exciting, mindchilling, scientific, GREAT. It kept me up at night wondering what would happen next. I couldn't put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2002

    enchanting thriller

    Great suspense!cant keep the book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2002

    Read for one of my classes

    This was a wonderful book that was hard to put down. I just couldn't read it before bed, it would make me have strange dreams!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2002

    Has me on the edge of my seat

    This story, although a bit difficult to follow at first, has my attention and I can't wait to read what happens next! People mutating, and some dying just by the touch of a pebble-like object, and being turned into an army to take over the earth. Great suspense! I love the writing style of Robin Cook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2001

    It seams realistic.

    I made me think of aliens.It created a thought in my mind that some day it may happen that way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2001

    Suspenseful

    It was a very interesting book. It was a combination of medical thriller and science fiction. It made you believe the events really could happen. I would recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2001

    Great Book!!!!

    I just loved this book. It seemed very real. I was almost afraid I would discover a disc in real life somewhere. I would recommend this book to anyone who love sci-fi type stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2000

    Good enough to keep me up at night

    Robin Cook's Invasion started out a bit cliched. After the first two chapters I figured it was just another alien story ripped off from X-files. The characters are a little generic, and at times even comical. Nevertheless the action is good enough to make you want to keep reading, in bed at 2 in the morning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 1999

    Excellent book!!

    this book seems so real that I almost expect to find one of the black disks in my own back yard!the realism of the story is terrifying , but the suspense keeps even the most cowardly of readers from putting the book down

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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