Nano

Nano

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by Robin Cook, George Guidall
     
 

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After a tumultuous year in which her mentor is murdered and her estranged father comes back into her life, Pia Grazdani, the embattled medical student from Death Benefit, decides to take a year off from her medical studies and escape New York City. Intrigued by the promise of the burgeoning field of medical technology and the chance to clear her head, Pia

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After a tumultuous year in which her mentor is murdered and her estranged father comes back into her life, Pia Grazdani, the embattled medical student from Death Benefit, decides to take a year off from her medical studies and escape New York City. Intrigued by the promise of the burgeoning field of medical technology and the chance to clear her head, Pia takes a job at Nano, LLC, a lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology insititute in the picturesque foothills of the Rockies. Nano, LLC is ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nano-robots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria.

But the corporate campus is a place of secrets. 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 LLC'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?

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611761092
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/04/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.60(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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Nano 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robin Cook fans will enjoy the read and the education into the what's new and potentially troublesome in medicine field. However, I think the book should have been labeled "Part 1" because unless there's a sequel on the way, the ending left most of the main characters in limbo. Or at the very least in an unsatisfying position.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a die hard Robin Cook fan and have read every Robin Cook book published. I enjoyed reading "NANO " until the end..There is no ending it leaves you hanging.. I assume there will be follow up book letting the readers know what really happen to Pia . I am very disappointed in the ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me reading and Robin Cook is a great author, the only thing I wish I knew when I bought the book and got to the last Chapter the author keeps you hanging to find out what happened to the star of the book. Now I have to wait till the next book is published to see how it ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is no ending. The book just stops. What happened?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it had a great story line I hope there is a follow up to this book to close the loose ends
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot was slow, information repeated chaprter after chapter. The ending was kindergartenish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. The technology is very interesting and thought provocing. I don't know why many reviewers whined about the ending, it was perfect about Pia. Anything else would have been same old, same old. Who knows, we may see her again. If not, its much more realistic than a last minute rescue.
Arlene70AL More than 1 year ago
The book was interesting but far too technical to following everything. Basically about robots that could be placed into blood streams and they would eat the virus, bacteria, infection, etc. I found myself skipping many paragraphs of technical terms. You can skip this one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a RC fan you will enjoy most of this book.  The ending , or lack of ending, was very disappointing. I just started reading "Cell" and the main character from "Nano" is mentioned but not much else.  I can only  hope I will learn a little more as I read on...... 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the twists and turns even up to the end. It really picked-up speed and you want to stay with it to the end. SPOILER ALEART I'm disappointed with what happened to the main character Pia. Are we to assume her black fate and that she's lost forever in the Pipeline? Granted she got herself into a really big mess but I was hoping for the Good Guy/Gad Guy calvary to finally ride in and rescue her. And that maybe this experience would finally soften her, finally gain confidence with George, and perhaps heal old wounds with her father. But on the flip side Robin Cook may be reminding us that sometimes the heroine is not rescued and ultimately (sadly) becomes her own victim.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had heard this book was not very good but I thought is was just fine so I have given it a good rating. I'll be looking forward to his next book.
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EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
Once readers get to chapter 13 the storyline takes off. First you must read through the ego tripping description of Zachary Berman's thoughts that he is so great, plus all the males "drooling" over Pia Grazdani (such a time consuming waste, in my opinion). Here's a great quote by Pia Grazdani about Zachary Berman: "... he was a dangerous snake in the grass." LOL! You will learn many important facts from this storyline and the central characters. If you enjoy reading about paranoid people with outlandish-sounding conspiracy theories plus the sinister, this novel is sure to intrigue you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absurd ending. If you like to know what happens to the main character in a story,save your time and money. Second book I have suffered through with the totally unlikable Pia to have a non ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How many times can Cook jump the shark and expect his readers to still be there? Start with a heroine thats unlovable but beautiful (remind of this every other page), throw in some shallow stereotypes, bury us with techno-jargon, and then tease us with off-stage sexual tension... very unsatisfying, to say the least. Predictable and a chore to read; I wouldn't have finished it if it wasn't a gift. Speaking of finishes, if the rest of the book was like the last 2 chapters, at least it would have moved along with some drive to it. The worst of it, however, was saved for the last page; I thought I was reading a serial installment. I kept thinking, "This can't be all there is!". An obvious ploy to read the next(?) book, but why?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrible ending. Would like to know what happened to the main characters. Hope Cook doesn't die before he writes a sequel.
Bassn_man More than 1 year ago
Very unsatisfying read. No closure at end. Heroine left in limbo. Do not recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting read up until the non-ending. What happened to the main character? Perhaps we'll see her again, but I won't know because this is the last Cook novel I'm buying.