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Here is Robin Cook's most controversial medical thriller-the shocking story of experimental fertilization, the passion to create life, and the power to destroy it.

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Overview

Here is Robin Cook's most controversial medical thriller-the shocking story of experimental fertilization, the passion to create life, and the power to destroy it.

Just what the doctor ordered. (New York Daily News)

Vintage Cook...Nonstop action. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Editorial Reviews

Joe Queenan
Robin Cook, for those unfamiliar with the medical-thriller genre he dominates, is an original, one of those endearingly zany writers who give the lie to the notion that fact is stranger than fiction...."Vital Signs" is an ingratiatingly ditzy tale that takes about three hours to read, less if you don't have one eye on "Monday Night Football." What makes the book work so well is not only Dr. Cook's adamant refusal to create sane, rational characters, but also his nutty prose...."Vital Signs" is one wild, wild story. -- New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cook's popular medical thrillers are designed, in part, to keep the public aware of both the technological possibilities of modern medicine and the ensuing ethical problems. His topic this time is reproductive science and the often murky baby-making business. Epidemiologist Marissa Blumenthal, seen before in Outbreak , now has a successful pediatrics practice near Boston and an affluent health-care-entrepreneur husband. But her inability to become pregnant threatens both her marriage and her career. After unsuccessful visits to a local fertility clinic, she discovers a suprising and suspicious link between her medical records and those of an inordinate number of the clinic's clients. Traveling to Australia to learn more about a worldwide in vitro fertilization organization, Marissa and her friend Wendy are trailed, and a tragedy occurs. Marissa, now accompanied by the physician whose work she had come to Australia to investigate, goes to Hong Kong and eventually China--fleeing murderous assailants every step of the way--before a billion-dollar international scam is revealed. As always, Cook enlivens predictable action and shallow characterization with medical expertise and timely subject matter. Jan.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399137952
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Product dimensions: 20.00 (w) x 20.00 (h) x 20.00 (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 29, 2004

    Gripping and Action Packed....

    I really enjoy Robin Cook's writing style, and disagree with some of the other people who have written reviews for this novel. I throughly enjoyed this novel, reading it in less then 2 days, and was interested right until the last word. If you haven't read this novel yet then it is a must read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2003

    Very Suspenseful and Entertaining!!

    I read one of Cook's books many years ago and absolutely loved it. I went a long time without reading anymore and I wish I hadn't. It was wonderful.Now I have to read the rest of them and make up for lost time. It was very suspenseful and kept me hooked the whole time. It really gives people who have no idea about infertility and what women have to go through a real eye opener. I thoroughly enjoyed it and plan to read the rest of Cook's books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2002

    Very Disappointing...

    I really like Cook, but this was the worst I have read. I only read the first two pages and said I do not need to know this. I took it back and bought Coma instead.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2001

    Good Good.

    I just finished this book about twenty minutes ago. I read it in about six days while reading another book and read over 200 pages of it today. The suspense was gripping and had me reading reading reading. However, I enjoyed Outbreak, the first Cook novel I read, a little more. Dr. Blumenthal was a great character in both books. She is somewhat believably smart. Dr. Cook does a good job of showing her marriage fall apart. I would recommend this book because of the good suspense and interesting look at something not a lot of people (especially my age) think about: infertility.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2000

    Great!

    I couldn't put it down! It keeps in in suspense till the end, exiting and entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2000

    Action Packed But Disappointing

    This is probably the worst Robin Cook book that I've ever read. The characters are unbelievably dumb (literally)--reminds me of all the dumb girls who go into the woods to make out with their equally stupid boyfriends a la Friday the 13th. I had to force myself to read to the ending, hoping to find some redeeming qualities.

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