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In his new shocker, the master of the medical gothic creates a monstrous cabal - with a chokehold on mankind's dearest hope and darkest fear. From Coma to Blindsight, Robin Cook's unique blend of cutting-edge technology and timeless horror has always enthralled. But rarely have his dramatic gifts been more effectively deployed than in Terminal. Despite a blue-collar background and Irish roots mistrustful of fancy degrees, highly motivated, enormously intelligent Sean Murphy has made it as far as his third year in Harvard's combined Ph.D./M.D. program when he makes a fateful decision to take a two-month research elective at the renowned Forbes Cancer Center in Miami. Sean is eager to study firsthand the Forbes Center's remarkable results treating medulloblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer. But his decision is also due, in no small part, to a budding romance with Janet Reardon, a nurse from a privileged and prominent Boston family. Unnerved by Janet's disturbing allure - and even more, by thoughts of commitment - Sean opts for the safety and distance of the prestigious clinic. But his plans at Forbes go awry from day one. First he is denied the opportunity to work on the medulloblastoma protocol. Then, to his surprise, Janet shows up at the medical center, having accepted a job - ostensibly to further her career but actually to pursue Sean. When a disgruntled Sean appears on the verge of heading home, Janet persuades him to stay by coming up with a plan: The two of them will investigate the medulloblastoma cases surreptitiously, she taking the clinical and he the research. By the time they uncover the truth about the clinic's seemingly ground-breaking cures, the pair run afoul of the law, their medical colleagues, and - perhaps worst of all - the powerful, enigmatic director of the Forbes Center, Dr. Randolph Mason. Drawing closer together at every hazardous turn, Sean and Janet discover a horror beyond their worst suspicions, one that makes a mockery of the Hi
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Good news: Cook Coma ; Blindsight lures us into his newest medical thriller easily and sustains our interest until the very end, despite lots of medispeak. Bad news: the characters are one-note players. Boston Irish ``townie'' Sean Murphy blazes through Harvard and Harvard Medical School, then leaps at the chance to spend part of his internship at a Miami clinic with a 100% remission rate for a particular type of cancer. He also wants to avoid making any commitment to beautiful nurse Janet Reardon, a Boston blueblood. But he's barred from the top-security cancer research lab, and then Janet arrives to work at the clinic, too--she's ``aloof and untouchable'' but not above chasing Sean, the dashing ``Black Irish'' with ``Mediterranean'' features. Dodging a suspicious security chief, an imperious clinic exec and a spying Japanese researcher, Sean and Janet gamely decide to ``look into this medulloblastoma business.'' After the predictable chasing around south Florida, Sean holds the clinic head and his bikini-clad wife hostage in a research lab surrounded by cops while conducting experiments to prove that the clinic is involved in a dastardly plot to fake research results. At one point Sean and Janet are trailed by the security chief, two clinic hirelings, three Japanese would-be kidnappers and a psychopath who kills women suffering from breast cancer. As Sean says, ``This is worse than Stephen King.'' Literary Guild main selection. Jan.
School Library Journal
YA-- The Forbes Cancer Center in Miami is experiencing unprecedented cure rates for patients stricken with medulloblastoma. Sean Murphy, a bright, brash, Harvard medical student, takes an elective at the center to learn as much as he can about the procedures and treatments. The icy atmosphere that greets him, coupled with a warning to stay away from the unit in question, fuels Sean's determination to discover why everything is veiled in such secrecy. To carry out his investigation, he enlists the help of his girlfriend, Janet Reardon, a nurse. These self-appointed detectives find themselves chased by a variety of factions and in trouble with the law before unearthing the horrible truth. The unfolding of events is totally implausible, but Cook weaves an action-packed story that is fun to read.-- Grace Baun, Robert E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
William Beatty
Sean Murphy, a third-year medical student at Harvard, has gone down to the Forbes Cancer Center in Florida to do a two-month project. The rough-edged South Boston Irishman, however, really wants to find out more about the center's remarkable cure rate for patients with medulloblastomas. His girlfriend, nurse Janet Reardon, follows him south. Robert Harris, Forbes' chief security officer, takes an immediate dislike to Sean, with his long hair and smart-ass attitude, but ultimately helps save the day (and the lives of both Janet and Sean). Dr. Deborah Levy, director of research, blasts in and out of the picture and turns out to be the second cleverest character on the scene. The most unusual individual involved is a housekeeper, Tom Widdicomb, who has been putting women cancer patients out of their misery with the unspoken advice of his frigid mother (she's in a freezer in the family garage). Cook tells a beautifully woven story--keeping the various individuals and plots in meaningful operation--and winds up with a dramatic hostage-and-research denouement.
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No other bestselling author crunches the language quite like Cook, but he does know how to make his pages fly—which is what made last year's dull Blindsight so unforgivable. Not so this newest, which finds Cook back on track—like a runaway locomotive—with a manically entertaining thriller. Sean Murphy is a brash son of Boston's Irish ghetto, a reformed thief whose brains have gotten him into Harvard Med. Now Sean's heading for Miami's Forbes Cancer Center, which has a mysterious 100% success rate treating medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer. Once south, though, Sean finds that the Center's head, Randolph Mason, wants him to work not on the "medulloblastoma protocol" but on crystallizing "murine monoclonal antibodies" (Cook pours on the medical know-how here). Moreover, Janet Reardon, the nurse/lover Sean dumped in Boston, has followed Sean to Forbes. But never mind: Sean decides to steal Forbes's research and give it to the world, and to enlist Janet's help. When Forbes's Japanese backers learn of Sean's aim, though, they send an assassin after him; but the killer has to get in line behind the p.i. that Mason has hired to look into Sean, and the Nazi-like head of Forbes security—not to mention Forbes's resident orderly/serial-killer (no threat to Hannibal Lecter, though he does keep his dead mom in a freezer) who's been "liberating" patients, and who decides that Janet is on to him. A madcap chase to Key West and back winds up with Sean taking Mason hostage. Will a SWAT team neutralize Sean before he can prove that the medulloblastoma protocol is key to an evil scheme to fund the money-starved Clinic? All this antic action, and a Message about the financialplight of medical research too: So what if Janet finds her heart "pounding and knowing her face is flushed"? Chalk up another big one for Cook. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for Winter)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606060516
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/1996
  • Format: Library Binding

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted February 9, 2011

    Excellent but,,,,.

    I am big fun of his books and always enjoy them.
    Story itself was excellent but lack of research on the name of the character which never happened in Japanese name which made me feel so unreal. Was not sure that was Dr. Cook's intention or not.
    Other than that very good book as usual.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2009

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    Great Book

    This is the best Robin Cook novel I have ever read. The story is very fascinating, as are the roles of the characters. The topic of brain cancer is a topic not often covered by most authors, yet at the same time greatly intrigues the reader. Lots of action and suspense in this novel. If you're looking for something to keep you busy for a few weeks, try reading Terminal. You'll probably like it a lot!

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    Posted June 27, 2014

    Scary - Need to Read!

    This is scary and thought provoking. I'm afraid these issues are where we are going as a society - we all need to think about these issues.
    Anyhow, important medical and social issues in a good story. I'd say a fun read, it was, but it was also chilling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2003

    Terminal

    And Robin Cook, the renowned author of the book, 'Coma' does it again! This book is an amazing pool of information piled into one place. Sean Murphy, a Harvard Graduate, is sent to Florida at the Forbes Research Center to study cancerous tumors, and is secretly followed by his girlfriend from Boston, Janet Reardon. The events that happen to them entangle them in a jumble of conspiracy and murder. This book is highly recommended, as it not only delivers a powerful storyline, but also a wide array of medical knoweledge that only Robin Cook could conspire. Sean Murphy is a brash son of Boston's Irish ghetto, a reformed thief whose brains have gotten him into Harvard Med. Now Sean's heading for Miami's Forbes Cancer Center, which has a mysterious 100% success rate treating medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer. Once south, though, Sean finds that the Center's head, Randolph Mason, wants him to work not on the 'medulloblastoma protocol' but on crystallizing 'murine monoclonal antibodies' (Cook pours on the medical know-how here). Moreover, Janet Reardon, the nurse/lover Sean dumped in Boston, has followed Sean to Forbes. But never mind: Sean decides to steal Forbes's research and give it to the world, and to enlist Janet's help. When Forbes's Japanese backers learn of Sean's aim, though, they send an assassin after him; but the killer has to get in line behind the p.i. that Mason has hired to look into Sean, and the Nazi-like head of Forbes security¿not to mention Forbes's resident orderly/serial-killer (no threat to Hannibal Lecter, though he does keep his dead mom in a freezer) who's been 'liberating' patients, and who decides that Janet is on to him. A madcap chase to Key West and back winds up with Sean taking Mason hostage. Will a SWAT team neutralize Sean before he can prove that the medulloblastoma protocol is key to an evil scheme to fund the money-starved Clinic? All this antic action, and a Message about the financialplight of medical research too: So what if Janet finds her heart 'pounding and knowing her face is flushed'? Chalk up another big one for Cook. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for Winter)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2003

    Highly recommended medical thriller

    I was introduced to this title when I browsed the DVD in Blockbuster video stores. I tried to find the DVD several times, but to no avail. And finally I decided to read the novel instead. The book is action-packed and kept you at the edge of your seat. Robin Cook had delivered an intense storyline yet with medical terminology. The medical terminology isn't too difficult to comprehend even for a chemistry dummy like myself. This is a must-read if you are interested in medical thrillers. Even if you are not looking for medical thriller, this is certainly an entertaining yet consistently explosive story. This is the first Robin Cook novel I had read, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in this genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2000

    From 'MD Media' /V.31 i. 5/ January 1996

    And Robin Cook, the renowned author of the book, 'Coma' does it again! This book is an amazing pool of information piled into one place. Sean Murphy, a Harvard Graduate, is sent to Florida at the Forbes Research Center to study cancerous tumors, and is secretly followed by his girlfriend from Boston, Janet Reardon. The events that happen to them entangle them in a jumble of conspiracy and murder. This book is highly recommended, as it not only delivers a powerful storyline, but also a wide array of medical knoweledge that only Robin Cook could conspire.

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