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A brilliant physician dares to create the son of his dreams-only to unleash his worst nightmare.

Dr. Victor Frank genetically altered an embryo to create a perfect child. But the result is far from perfect. Instead of creating the child of his dreams, he has invented a living nightmare! The explosive two-month New York times bestseller from the bestselling author of Outbreak and Mortal Fear.

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Overview

A brilliant physician dares to create the son of his dreams-only to unleash his worst nightmare.

Dr. Victor Frank genetically altered an embryo to create a perfect child. But the result is far from perfect. Instead of creating the child of his dreams, he has invented a living nightmare! The explosive two-month New York times bestseller from the bestselling author of Outbreak and Mortal Fear.

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Editorial Reviews

Larry King
Holds you page after page.
Associated Press
A chiller...sweeps you along at an ever-swiftening pace.
Jackie Kaufman
Robin Cook has written a bad book. It's not a bad book because it's badly written, although it is. It's a bad book because Dr. Cook, the author of numerous medical thrillers, shows so much disregard for his readers' intelligence, expecting them to keep reading about the antics of characters so unperceptive that no one can possibly care about them past the first hundred pages....The book is a lot of descriptions of weather, specific references to highway exits, names of medical apparatus and missed cues, all culminating in a colossal explosion that destroys everything. For this reader it came none too soon. -- New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like many of Cook's earlier novels Coma , Brain , Fever , this overheated medical thriller covers a hokey, old-fashioned contrivancethe creation of a mad scientist runs amokwith a veneer of cutting-edge technology. The result resembles an ancient, none-too-scary horror movie played out on modern sets. The author's version of evil genius Dr. Frankenstein is Dr. Victor Frank, a bio-physicist who is driven by his wife Marsha's infertility to create a monster: a son whose genetic structure has been designed to preordain brilliance. Keeping the experiment a secret from his wife, he implants similar embryos in two other women as well. ``When I did it, it seemed like a good idea,'' he claims, in one of the novel's funnier lines. A decade later, his work goes awry; the other children die mysteriously, and Marsha realizes that something about her smart son isn't quite normalhe has no emotions. Readers may wonder why, as a child psychologist, she took 10 years to notice. Cook's characterization is perfunctory even by genre standards, and his initially suspenseful story collapses under the weight of clumsy action scenes and twists that rupture the internal logic of an already shaky premise. Literary Guild main selection. Jan.
School Library Journal
YA-- Cook has created another chilling medical suspense story, this time using the perils of genetic engineering as the central theme. Readers will be captivated by this genius child, V. J. Frank. Dr. Victor Frank, a biomolecular researcher, has tampered with the genetic make-up of his son during his in vitro fertilization and implantation in a surrogate mother. To all appearances, V. J. is a physically perfect child with super intellectual capabilities. However, when his mother begins to suspect some changes and problems with V. J.'s behavior, the plot takes off, keeping readers always in suspense. This timely topic of genetic engineering is imaginatively explored.-- Susan Penny, St. Cecilia's School, Houston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613128995
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
  • Publication date: 1/28/1990
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 7.14 (h) x 1.15 (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 24, 2011

    Awesome!

    I am just a kid and I still love the book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2011

    A must read thriller!!!

    Mutation by Robin Cook is a fictional story about a Scientist father who genetically alters his wife's embryos in order to make his son basically a genius. This book shows if he was successful in his experiment or not. All these events are shown through their son's personality and actions. This medical novel is exciting, lip biting, and keeps you interested every 337 pages, regardless if you like science or not. This thrilling book of an experiment gone wrong, acceptable for men and women, will have you on the edge of your seat wanting to know more. This is an amusing book that you won't regret reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2000

    Twisted...But really good!

    'He sought to create the son of his dreams--and invented a nightmare.' This book was intresting even from before the prologue, it made you wonder what was in store. Truthfully, it was a really twisted story, but those are the kind that sell. I loved this book. I'd recomend it to anyone. It'll make you think.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

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    Howled

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Dr. Steuben

    "Hmm....."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Subject 00001

    Her eyes opened

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2006

    Outstanding Robin Cook Book

    Mutation was outstanding, as are all of Dr. Cook's older books. However, his last 3 or so seem to have a political theme (Seizure comes to mind) and are making me lose interest in his writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2003

    SENSATIONAL

    This thriling novel keeps you on the edge of your chair for every 337 pages. The thrill doesn't stop until the last page of the epilouge. I don't like science, I do think it's interesting, but no matter what you like and don't, this is an amusing novel that you wont regret reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2002

    Twisted Thriller!

    The first novel I've read from Dr. Cook, and when I finished it, I knew it wouldn't be my last! Disturbing, twisted, scary, are only a few words to describe the imaganitive creepy thriller with and ending that will blow you away! With suspense the will force you turn the page, keep you up past midnight and traveling deeply into the characters thoughts can only be written by master: Dr. Robin Cook

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2002

    Great!

    This was an exclellent book, one of my favorites from Robin Cook. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't put the book down. Cook eerily reminds us of the consequences of mixing science and ambition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2001

    How High School Sees Robin Cook

    As a 17 year-old high school Jr. I really enjoy reading Robin Cook books. I just finshed reading 'Mutation' and thought that it was very well thought out and kept me turning the pages long after I should have been sleeping. It only took me 3 days to read this book. I found it hard to put it down. Robin Cook is an excellent writer and I find his books exciting and challenging to try to guess the ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2001

    Page turning!

    This book is a great medical thriller. Once you start, you can't seem to stop. It took me only three days to read. It makes you stop and think about what's going to happen to modern genetics in our future. The way things are going now days, I wouldn't be surprised if the story in this book is actually happening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2000

    Okay Book, but Cook's done better

    This Book made me a fan of Robin Cook although I think his later books were quite a bit better. The book starts off great but then loses a lot of momentum while your waiting for the end. Pros- intrusting from start, wonderfully presented, you learn about medical science in a fun intrusting manner (typical of Cook¿s Books). Cons- Predictable if you¿ve read other trillers, you feel like yell at the characters and tell them how stupid they are, Ending is as bad as those boring last resort ¿He woke up and it was all a dream¿ endings. The epilogue is OK and redeems some points lost by the ending. It¿s a fairly good book, but instead why don¿t you read his later book Chromosome 6, which is less predictable and just so much better as a whole. Synopsis: This book is about a Scientist who engineered his son to be a genius, and succeeded in making one with who lacks a conscience... But has resources.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2000

    I know what a good book is....and this wasn't it!

    Cook totally disappointed me. I'm not stupid, I know what a good book is. but by the time the first hundred pages had gone by I already knew what was going to happen!! It was so obvious. And some parts at least needed a good explaination. For instance how in the world could a very 'special' 3 year old and a retarded man get a bunch of South American drug lords under their control, even with the use of cocain?? DOUBTFUL!! However I can say that that Cook DID leave me thinking about genetic engineering and what it could do to the human race...

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