Mutation

Mutation

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by Robin Cook
     
 

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

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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896218765
Publisher:
Macmillan Library Reference
Publication date:
11/09/1992
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
491

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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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Mutation 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am just a kid and I still love the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'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.
Seoyoung-K More than 1 year ago
Victor Frank, and his wife Marsha, are unable to have a second child due to Marsha's infertility. They inject the egg implanted in his wife with an agent called Nerve Growth Factor, which causes the baby to grow more neurons than usual, as a result making them super intelligent. Their son, VJ, is born a genius. Several years later, VJ's brother, David, and nanny, Janice, both die of an unexplainable rare form of liver cancer. At about three, VJ experiences a drop in intelligence, leading Victor to think his experiment is a failure. When VJ turns eleven, a disastrous chain of events begins. Victor had injected two other eggs with NGF, which were given to two families who work at Chimera through the fertility clinic there. They both inexplicably die at age three. Victor later finds out they had been given the antibiotic Cephaloclor, which causes the nerve cell growth process to begin again. This causes their brains to grow too large for their skulls, killing them, although their parents were told that they had died of an allergic reaction. Victor then goes looking for VJ, who spends a lot of time at the lab, and sees him head under an old clock tower on the Chimera campus. Victor follows him, and is knocked out by a guard. When he wakes up  in a laboratory built by VJ, he finds that VJ had solved many of the biochemical problems Victor had been trying to solve. Victor is amazed by his son's genius, and rushes to show Marsha. VJ then leads his horrified parents into another room, where he has tanks full of E. Coli that are genetically altered to produce cocaine, which he sold to Colombian drug dealers to provide for his lab. Marsha convinces VJ to leave her and Victor to talk alone, and they decide they must kill their son. NGF may have made VJ a genius, but at the cost of his conscience. Victor lies to VJ, and VJ agrees to release him on two conditions-- that Marsha stay in the lab as a hostage and that Victor must have a guard with him at all times. Victor takes the guard back to his house and drugs him.  He makes a bomb with nitroglycerin, and plants it in a tunnel by VJ's lab. He convinces VJ to release Marsha so she can do her work, and stalls VJ until the bomb goes off, causing the gates to break. Victor holds him down until the lab floods, killing them both. One year later, a mother brings in her teenage daughter and her daughter's child to Marsha's psychiatric office. Marsha surmises from the fact that the 18-month child is reading a medical journal, something VJ did, and his ice blue eyes, a trait VJ had, that this child is the "failed" zygote. She decides she will have to go through another VJ-like experience, "with Joe's help and end forever the nightmare her husband had begun".
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.