Nano

Nano

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by Robin Cook
     
 

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Pia Grazdani pone su vida en peligro cuando empieza a indagar en las investigaciones secretas de la empresa de nanotecnología donde trabaja.Tras una experiencia traumática, Pia Grazdani ha decidido abandonar los estudios de medicina y dedicarse por completo a la investigación. Ahora trabaja en Nano, un laboratorio de nanotecnología enclavado en

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Pia Grazdani pone su vida en peligro cuando empieza a indagar en las investigaciones secretas de la empresa de nanotecnología donde trabaja.Tras una experiencia traumática, Pia Grazdani ha decidido abandonar los estudios de medicina y dedicarse por completo a la investigación. Ahora trabaja en Nano, un laboratorio de nanotecnología enclavado en las montañas de Colorado y custodiado como una fortaleza.

Nano pertenece al competitivo mundo de la producción molecular y su proyecto estrella es la fabricación de microrrobots capaces de devorar virus y bacterias. Pia siente que están a punto de revolucionar la medicina.Un día, Pia sale a correr y se encuentra con un desconocido que se ha desmayado mientras hacía ciclismo. El hombre, de rasgos asiáticos, está inconsciente y lleva ropa con el logo de Nano, por lo que ella deduce que debe de ser también empleado de la compañía.Pia llama enseguida a una ambulancia y comprueba los signos vitales del hombre; su corazón late. Sin embargo, antes de que lleguen los paramédicos, el desconocido empieza a recuperarse y a hablar. Ella no entiende sus palabras, pero tiene claro que está aterrorizado.¿Cómo se explica esta milagrosa recuperación? ¿Y qué relación guarda este ciclista con las investigaciones de Nano?

ENGLISH DESCRIPTION

A lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology institute in the foothills of the Rockies, Nano is ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nanorobots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria.

But when Pia Grazdani takes a job there, she’s shocked by the secretive corporate culture. She’s warned by her boss not to investigate the other work being done at the gigantic facility, nor to ask questions about the source of the seemingly endless capital that funds the institute’s research. And when Pia encounters a fellow employee on a corporate jogging path suffering the effects of a seizure, she soon realizes she may have literally stumbled upon Nano’s human guinea pigs. Is the tech giant on the cusp of one of the biggest medical discoveries of the twenty-first century—a treatment option for millions—or have they already sold out to the highest bidder?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This accomplished if familiar medical thriller from bestseller Cook picks up the story of doctor-to-be Pia Grazdani after her horrific experiences in 2011’s Death Benefit, which included being abducted and witnessing a colleague, Will McKinley, being shot in the head. Pia decides to defer her New York City residency in favor of taking a position with Nano, a Boulder, Colo., company on the cutting edge of nanotechnology research. Nano’s development of “a microbivore-based antibacterial treatment” may help Will recover. To no reader’s surprise, Nano’s stereotypical evil businessman/scientist head, Zachary Berman, is prepared to jump across experimental ethics lines in pursuit of his own ends. Though Berman’s company finds a way to enable “a man to survive a massive, normally lethal medical crisis apparently unharmed,” Pia suspects that something more sinister is in the works. The concept of a young medico stumbling on a deadly conspiracy may have been fresh in 1977’s Coma, but more than three decades later, there isn’t much novelty left. (Dec.)
From the Publisher
“Master of the medical thriller.”—The New York Times

“Cook can write up a storm and spin a taut tale…a master.”—Kirkus Reviews

Library Journal
The heroine of Death Benefit, Dr. Pia Grazdani, moves from New York City to Denver to work as a researcher for medical nanotechnology firm Nanobots. She is curious about the company’s seemingly endless funding and by chance soon finds that Nanobots uses human guinea pigs to test its latest discoveries. Though she’s soon in mortal danger, Pia still pursues the mystery to its darkest bottom. This suspense-filled and scientifically detailed thriller is given a splendid reading by George Guidall. His pacing, inflection, diction, and intonation are all a nearly flawless pairing of text and voice. His seemingly effortless performance almost immediately draws in the listener, giving each character a consistent and distinct voice and each narrative passage just the right pace and inflection.

Verdict Recommended for all public libraries.—Michael T. Fein, Central Virginia Community Coll., Lynchburg
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Kirkus Reviews
A medical/scientific thriller from Cook (Vital Signs, 1991, etc.). Nanotechnology operates at the one-billionth of a meter level, and at such a scale, the tiniest details matter. In things medical, nanobots can swarm inside your body and fix all sorts of things--but then, as anyone who recalls the old Raquel Welch vehicle Fantastic Voyage will immediately twig, there are dangers attendant. Enter sexy Pia Grazdani, who last turned up in Cook's Death Benefit (2011) and who is now taking her medical education in new directions as a researcher at Nano LLC, a think-tank-ish lab out west. There are sequelae attendant from that last book, too, not least of them a classmate with a nasty head wound, which, given that antibiotics and "multiple surgical debridements" haven't done much good, has prompted Pia to seek teeny, tiny cures. Her new boss is both dreamy and creepy, and he's nothing but one big wolf whistle whenever he's around her. But that's not so often, since he's always jetting off somewhere or another to cut deals with sometimes shadowy figures--and by the end of the story, Cook has involved Mafiosi from Eastern Europe, Chinese Olympic officials, and various and sundry industrial espionage types. Can Pia discover what she needs to without stumbling into some trade secret and getting herself killed in the bargain? Will she wind up "in a drugged state" in some petro-tycoon's harem? Will Zachary Berman ever shake his hangover and become the good guy we know he can be? A by-the-numbers thriller with no surprises but with the usual satisfactions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410454935
Publisher:
Gale Cengage Learning
Publication date:
01/02/2013
Edition description:
Large Print Edition
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“Master of the medical thriller.”—The New York Times

“Cook can write up a storm and spin a taut tale…a master.”—Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Dr. Robin Cook is the author of thirty-one previous books and is credited with popularizing the medical thriller with his wildly successful first novel, Coma. He divides his time between New Hampshire and Florida. His most recent bestsellers are Death Benefit, Cure, and Intervention.

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