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by Robin Cook

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Robin Cook's "pressure cooker of a thriller" (Booklist) takes medical technology into a new realm, where everything we know about the human body-and the universe we live in-is about to be challenged.


Robin Cook's "pressure cooker of a thriller" (Booklist) takes medical technology into a new realm, where everything we know about the human body-and the universe we live in-is about to be challenged.

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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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Penguin Publishing Group
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Meet the Author

Robin Cook, M.D., is the author of more than thirty books and is credited with popularizing the medical thriller with his wildly successful first novel, Coma. He divides his time among Florida, New Hampshire, and Boston. His most recent novels include Host, Cell, and Nano.

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Invasion 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
nfmgirl More than 1 year ago
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!
Bookworm1951 23 days ago
Not the typical Robin Cook thriller. The basic story was good but the characters fell flat for me. This book seemed to be directed more at teens than adults. I have always loved this author's medical thrillers and will continue to read his books but this novel just wasn't up to par in my opinion.
Anonymous 26 days ago
I expected so much more from Robin Cook. This book felt like it was written by a high school students after learning about how viruses spread.
bmamca36 More than 1 year ago
A Good and Fast Paced Read
trinaKL More than 1 year ago
Robin Cook at his best
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T-Bones More than 1 year ago
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.
xMissMelaniex More than 1 year ago
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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Speeddog More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Suspensful, exciting, mindchilling, scientific, GREAT. It kept me up at night wondering what would happen next. I couldn't put it down
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great suspense!cant keep the book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I made me think of aliens.It created a thought in my mind that some day it may happen that way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.