Los tranquilos paseantes del Central Park ignoran que está a punto de producirse una catástrofe de consecuencias pavorosas. Solo los patólogos forenses Jack Stapleton y Laurie Montgomery, protagonistas también del anterior éxito del autor, Cromosoma 6, disponen de imprecisas pistas que podrían conducir a evitar lo que parece inevitable. Pero para conseguirlo no solo deberán confiar en el azar, sino también arriesgar su propia vida y la de miles de personas inocentes...
About the Author
El doctor y escritor Robin Cook está considerado el creador del thriller médico y sigue siendo el novelista más importante del género. Es autor de treinta y cuatro novelas, todas ellas grandes éxitos internacionales que han sido traducidas a cuarenta idiomas. Algunos de sus títulos más exitosos son Miedo mortal, Signos vitales, Cromosoma 6, Toxina, Vector, Abducción, ADN, Crisis, Cuerpo extraño, Intervención, La cura y Polonio 210, entre otros. Muchas de sus novelas han sido adaptadas a la gran pantalla.
En sus libros explora la implicación ética de los más actuales avances científicos y biotécnicos. Entretiene a sus lectores y a la vez les descubre cómo los adelantos de la medicina están en las manos de grandes empresas cuya prioridad será siempre sacar el máximo beneficio.
A parte de la medicina y la escritura, sus intereses son la arquitectura, el diseño de interiores, la restauración y el deporte.
Actualmente vive y trabaja en Florida.
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On Wednesday, March 10th, barnesandnoble.com welcomed Robin Cook to discuss VECTOR.
Moderator: Welcome, Robin Cook! Thank you for taking the time to join us online this evening. How are you doing tonight?
Robin Cook: I am doing very well.
Margo from Philadelphia, PA: Good evening, Mr. Cook. Do you have any realistic fears that something similar to the events described in VECTOR could really happen? I know it happened in Tokyo with the nerve gas, but do you consider the scenario described in VECTOR to be possible?
Robin Cook: I think it is definitely going to happen, and unfortunately with a lot of my books what I have written about has happened. And now I am terrified after writing VECTOR that it will happen sooner rather than later.
Marie from Connecticut: Do you think groups like the People's Aryan Army really exist?
Robin Cook: Unfortunately, people like this organization do exist, and there are an estimated 40,000-50,000 people who feel so strongly that they are willing to commit violent acts to create panic and chaos.
Marco Aurelio from Fortaleza, Brazil: Hello there, Mr. Robin Cook! I'm thrilled to be able to chat with you. You are a very dear author to me. I loved all your books, especially CHROMOSOME 6. I have close friends who also loved each of your books, and my biology teacher is always mesmerized with them (as well as me). I have three questions for you: 1) Since I loved the character Candace, I'd like to ask: Do you have plans to write another book in which Candace will feature? She's very funny and smart! Please, give me hope! 2) What was your purpose when writing VECTOR? What's the message you want to give to the reader? 3) Do you read the books by Michael Palmer? What do you think about him? Thank you, Mr. Cook. Thank you for all the good times of reading and pleasure.
Robin Cook: I have been invited by my Brazilian publisher to come to Brazil in April for a large book fair in Rio. 1)Candace was in my book ACCEPTABLE RISK, which was a book that I liked because it involved the Salem Witch Trials. I don't presently have nay plans to use her again, not like I have used Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton, who are the main characters in VECTOR. 3) Michael Palmer decided to write medical thrillers after reading COMA, and I have to say that I have not read one, but I have encouraged many of my doctor friends to write.
Hank Gilbert from Austin, TX: Dear Mr. Cook: How are you tonight? Just wondering what your opinion of Hollywood is. Do you like to see your novels turned into movies? Are there any plans for VECTOR yet? Thank you and have a pleasant night. Goodbye.
Robin Cook: I have mixed feelings about Hollywood. I have had good experiences, and I have had bad experiences, but I still would like to see some of my important books turned into movies because then the message gets out to people who might not read. The biggest plan is that I just teamed up with Jerry Bruckheimer to use Laurie and Jack as the main characters for a new TV drama series -- that is new information.
Khusro Khan from New Jersey: Dr. Cook, as a bestselling author, what is the best piece of advice you can offer a budding novelist, such as myself, who is just starting out?
Robin Cook: The best advice I can give to an aspiring novelist is to read a lot and write a lot and have persistence, but I have also noted that most of the writers that I know have had some other career first that they can use as the background of their novels.
Rick from Orlando, FL: Dr. Cook -- I'm a great fan of your novels. Your ability to turn current health care issues into intriguing stories is remarkable. My question is, What are your thoughts about the recent attempts by some physicians to unionize their profession? Is this the step that is needed for them to wrest back the control of patient care from the insurance companies and malpractice attorneys and to rescue the American health care system?
Robin Cook: I do believe that physicians should be given the ability to deal appropriately with HMOs and insurance companies, and if that is the way it has to be then that is the way it should go, but my hope is that there would be a new association between doctors and patients, because they are the two groups that are left out of the current system.
Marco Aurelio from Fortaleza, Brazil: Have you ever been asked to cowrite a book with another bestselling author? If yes, who asked you? Do you still think that "creativity by committee" is not a good idea? Thank you, Mr. Cook!
Robin Cook: I have been asked several times to collaborate with a number of people, but I have always turned it down. I still feel that creativity by committee is an oxymoron.
Margaret McCrary from Albany, GA: How can I get an autographed copy of one of your books? I would love to obtain one. Will you be on a book tour that will bring you to Albany, Macon, or Columbus, Georgia? How could I get an autographed first edition if your touring doesn't bring you this way? Thanks!
Robin Cook: I will be in Atlanta at the Barnes & Noble, 2900 Peach Tree Road, on Wednesday, March 17th at 7pm ET.
Tom from Sudbury, MA: Was there any particular news story or incident that was a major inspiration for VECTOR?
Robin Cook: The major inspiration for VECTOR came from learning about a leak of anthrax from a secret Soviet factory in the Ural Mountains in 1979. It was in a city called Sverdlovsk.
Nicolas from Springfield, NJ: Are there ever any days that you wish you were still working in medicine?
Robin Cook: Actually, I still feel like a doctor who writes rather than a writer who is a doctor. I just feel like my patient base has gone from hundreds to millions.
Margaret McCrary from Albany, GA: Hello. I am enjoying reading your books. Thank you for sharing your talents with us. My first question is, When you begin writing a novel, do you have the entire work outlined in your head, or do you just begin writing and develop the plot as you go? Also, did you feel that the movie "A Civil Action" could have been a spin-off of your book FEVER? I couldn't help but think that as I watched the movie. Thanks for your time!
Robin Cook: Before I start writing my books I do a very complete outline that goes through three variations. For one book my outline was more than 250 type pages, and the resulting manuscript was only 600 pages. In regard to your second question, "A Civil Action" was shockingly like FEVER, and that is the reason I am so terrified about VECTOR.
Dennis from Martha's Vineyard, MA: I am a physician who recently attended the Bioterrorism Conference in Washington, DC, and I was curious as to your thoughts regarding the possible use of anthrax or smallpox as a weapon and also your thoughts regarding smallpox being maintained as opposed to being destroyed.
Robin Cook: I feel that both anthrax and smallpox are the two most probable organisms to be used in a bioterrorist event. So said, in retrospect I wish that smallpox had been totally destroyed.
Margaret McCrary from Albany, GA: Hello Dr.Cook, it's me again -- Margaret! After being loaned your book TOXIN in April '98, I have not been able to eat beef again. At all. Zip. None. Nada. Have you had other readers tell you this same thing after reading TOXIN? It was very vivid for me as well as the friend that loaned me the book. We laugh about beef checkups when we see each other, questioning if either one of us has had any since seeing each other last. Neither one of us has!
Robin Cook: I still eat beef, but I have changed my behavior when it comes to ground meat. If I eat it, it has to be well, well done. When I have a steak, I do not puncture the surface of the steak with a fork to let the marinade get inside.
Nancy from Miami, FL: Do you think there are many similarities between Robin Cook and Dr. Jack Stapleton?
Robin Cook: I do, actually. Both Jack and I enjoy playing daily basketball. We both have a latent antipathy toward bureaucracy, but I would never ride a mountain bike down Second Avenue in New York.
John from JWC901@aol.com: Good evening, Mr. Cook. Do you think your writing has changed over the course of writing so many books? Have you noticed a difference in writing from, just say, a book like OUTBREAK compared to VECTOR?
Robin Cook: As I have written more and more books, I believe my writing has become better because I have been forced to learn on the job. Unfortunately, although I went to a very good liberal arts college, I didn't take any of those difficult and tough courses like English or writing and had to stay with courses like plasma physics.
Khusro Khan from New Jersey: What is the harder job, being an eye doctor or writing a novel?
Robin Cook: Being a doctor and being a writer are completely different occupations. And that is one reason that they go so well together, because being a good doctor makes you look very closely at your patients as people, and being a good writer means that you have had a lot of experience with people and crises.
Hannah Pleasant from Birmingham, AL: What type of research do you do before you write a novel. Anything in particular for VECTOR? Keep writing great novels!
Robin Cook: I do a lot of research before any novel that I write. With VECTOR, I ended up doing much more research than I expected because I found the issue so terrifying and fascinating.
Marco Aurelio from Fortaleza, Brazil: Have you ever considered the possibility of having someone write a biography of you?
Robin Cook: No. It is an interesting idea because I think my life shows that hard work, diligence, and a little bit of luck really can pay off in our current society.
David from East Hanover, NJ: What contemporary authors do you enjoy reading?
Robin Cook: I enjoy reading many of the books on the bestseller list. Right at the moment I am reading a book by Michael Connelly -- BLACK ECHO.
Dennis from Martha's Vineyard, MA: Dr. Cook, why did you leave the practice of medicine and begin writing?
Robin Cook: I don't feel as if I have left the practice of medicine. I still maintain my connections with the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and I continue to stay current in medicine.
Ken and Sharon from Lebanon, PA: We haven't even finished VECTOR yet, but we would like to know if you have any topics for your next book?
Robin Cook: My next book is actually already outlined and ready for me to start writing it. The one after that is in the initial research stage. I am usually working on several topics at the same time but at different levels.
Khusro Khan from New Jersey: What intrigues me most about writers are their routines, habits, and writing desks. What, if any, are your special rituals and what does your working space consist of?
Robin Cook: One of my rituals is to have the desk be completely clean before I start writing -- I have to clean it off. I can't have any other projects or mail or bills or anything like that in the same room, because it is too easy to put of starting to write, because writing takes a lot of discipline.
Pac87@aol.com from xx: Do you research much on the Internet?
Robin Cook: Yes, I do some research on the Internet, particularly to download articles that I am interested in, but otherwise I find that it is best for me to go the direct source.
Jessica from New York City: I read that you do extensive research before writing each novel. Did you research what it is like to be a cabdriver for VECTOR?
Robin Cook: Whenever I get into a cab I always look to see the name of the individual driver and try to play a game of guessing what country he is from, and I always have a conversation with the driver. I guess that is partly because I think if we become friends he will drive a little better.
Andy from Hoboken, NJ: What do you think of the book jacket for VECTOR? How much say do you have in the final jacket?
Robin Cook: I liked the cover for VECTOR. I had wanted to change the main direction of my covers to more of a design rather than an image, and yet, when I did the cover or saw the cover with just the V, I thought it needed something else to give it a nonfiction look, even though everyone knows it is a novel.
Moderator: Thank you for joining us this evening, Robin Cook. It's been a thrill having you with us. Before you go, do you have any closing comments for your online audience?
Robin Cook: I hope that people like VECTOR as much as I do. I think is the best ending that I have come up with for one of my novels, and I think it is the best ending that I have come across for a thriller like this, and I hope the general public feels the same.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you're looking for this book in English, it has the same title and it is listed below this one with a different cover. Though this book has notes and editorial reviews all in English, it is the Spanish edition (as I found after wasting $6.99). I wish B&N would label foreign-language books.
WARNING!!! THE ENTIRE BOOK IS IN SPANISH!!! I gave the book five stars. The reviews and stars are for the book; if you have a problem with it being in Spanish then tell Barnes and Noble. I think it's great that folks warned others before they bought the book... Not everyone reads in two or more laguages... That said, if you like Robin Cook's Jack Stapleton series, then you'll like this book. It is number 4 in the series... HOWEVER, THIS ENTIRE BOOK IS IN SPANISH!!! IF YOU DON'T READ BOOKS IN SPANISH... Go get it in English. The English book, "Vector" has a different cover and cost $2.00 MORE! (what's up with that?) REMINDER!!! THIS BOOK IS WRITTEN IN SPANISH!!! BARNES AND NOBLE SHAME ON YOU FOR NOT STATING THIS UP FRONT! I will be writing to your customer service folks about this... totally wrong to write the description in English, keep the title in English and offer it cheaper than our native language for the USA... ENGLISH!!! Why is the English version more? Robin Cook writes in English so there's no added cost of translating it to Spanish or any other language. SO WRONG ON MANY LEVELS... (p.s. it doesn't matter that I can read in four languages... it should state what language the book is in!) I keep all my books in English, unless it doesn't translate to English...
Thanks to the previous review, I took a look at the sample. After discovering it was the Spanish version, I went back to look for the different cover which he mentioned. I did find the other book, and for $2 more! What gives?
It could happen.
Can't even rate it.