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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Ed edition (23 Mar 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330307606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330307604
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,205,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Doctor and author Robin Cook is widely credited with introducing the word ‘medical’ to the thriller genre, and over twenty years after the publication of his breakthrough novel, Coma, he continues to dominate the category he created. Cook has successfully combined medical fact with fiction to produce over twenty-seven international bestsellers, including Outbreak (1987), Terminal (1993), Contagion (1996), Chromosome 6 (1997), Foreign Body (2008), Intervention (2010) and most recently Cure (2011).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rich Milligan on 11 Oct 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm afraid I cannot report anything but how disappointed I am with this Robin Cook effort which comes nowhere near the quality of some of his books that have both gone before and come after it.
Firstly the main gripe I have with it, is that it is a blatant copy of a plot idea he has used in at least two other books of his I've read (Coma and Brain) insomuch as you have a doctor in a hospital discover some strange goings on, this leads him on a dangerous trail of investigation until finally he uncovers some sinister medical goings on. Sorry Robin, you've done it before.
In this version of the story we meet Dr Jason Howard, a conscientious doctor at a Boston hospital. He is instantly concerned when several of his patients develop chronic heart problems and mysteriously die. What makes the problem more sever is that only weeks before all these patients have had health check ups in which Dr Howard passed them with satisfactory results. The only common factor seems to be a fairly unhealthy lifestyle led by all the victims, although post mortem examination reveal the internal organs expected in a 100 year old person.
Another eminent doctor at the hospital invites Dr Howard out for dinner to reveal to him some concerns he is having, however before he can disclose his worries he is struck down by a heart attacks and dies. Dr Howard's investigations take him into the seedy world of strip joints and the salmon spawning grounds of Seattle before he eventually discovers the disturbing and alarming reasons for all that is happening.
Apart from the fact we've heard the story before this time it's just not very well written.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This IS the Weakest Link 30 Sep 2002
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the most disappointing Robin Cook novel I've read. The novel's protagonist, internest Dr. Jason Howard, is a middle-aged widower who sold his practice and signed a contract with an HMO organization after his wife's death. Unfortunately, this backstory is the most interesting part of the novel. The premise is smart, but the plotting is inexplicably weak. Howard is a nice, hardworking, affable doctor who contends with the plethora of daily outpatients in an HMO-owned facility. Suddenly, a colleague invites him to dinner, says he discovered something incredibly and then dies. The reader is then thrust into the story. The villain is sorrily predictable. Once you read the description of this character in the early part of the book, it's obvious that they're the evil mastermind behind Howard's colleague's demise and the strange course of events that follow. The most interesting character in the novel is Carol Donner, an exotic dancer who had a fling with said dead colleague. She's fascinating, but little is revealed about her and you wonder why she's there at all.
I've been thrilled with the Cook books I've read. If you are too, do yourself a favor and stay away from this one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Michael Butts - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cook once again serves us up a hero who decides to become a private investigator and research things he should leave to the police. At least in this one, the police are one step behind him. Cook gives us his standard sciene gone wrong plot, although fascinating at times and extremely readable. Cook is no great writer, but he manages to hook his audience, and enable us to root for the good guy even though most of the time they act like juveniles.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good moments, but predictable! 9 Feb 2000
By Tracy Davis - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this Robin Cook novel, the reader once again is faced with a predictable plot, easy-to-spot villains, and a medical ethics message. In this case, a widowed doctor and a part-time stripper (who of course is also a ph.d candidate) team up to unravel a mystery surrounding patients who were given a clean bill of health, yet soon after, prematurely age and die. The one key is that the dead all had bad habits like smoking, yet in the initial medical exam showed no signs of immediate physical collapse. On a coast-to-coast journey, our hero discovers that a dead colleague, in search of youth, discovered death. I will say that parts of the novel are riveting, with some truly scary moments and a clever ending; unfortunately, I picked out the villain immediately. Maybe I've just been reading too much Robin Cook lately!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good but typical Cook fare 27 Nov 2005
By Jason Nelson - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Contrary to Forrest Gump's popular euphemism about life... when you read a Robin Cook novel you know what you're going to get. First, you're going to get a book concerned with a medical ethics issue. Secondly, you're going to get a quick read with somewhat shallow character development. Lastly, the book is going to be mostly modest lacking any gore, invigorating sex scenes, or harsh language. With these things being said Mortal Fear doesn't stray from the mold. The ethics issue here is concerned with science specializations like genetic engineering and the grave possibilities these have for mankind when used for less than noble purposes by humans playing God. The main character in this book, Dr. Jason Howard, struggles to find out why so many of his patients are dying somewhat prematurely after getting clean bills of health not that long ago. Has something gotten out of hand at the hospital where he works? Is there a new deadly infectious disease on the loose? The book takes you down this path until you eventually figure out what is going on and why the sudden deaths of patients. The shallow character development comes into play with first Dr. Howard and then secondly with other characters he interacts with. Primarily a stripper whom he is attracted to but never has the nerve to approach in any gritty way. We also know that Dr. Howard suffered a devastating loss with the death of his wife but never really see or feel his emotional grief over this grave loss. Where the book does succeed is in keeping the reader interested enough to read through till the end to unravel the mystery of the medical disasters taking place and also to find out the other tiny mysteries related to the main mystery. If you read this book knowing what to expect from Dr. Cook and realize it's going to be like most of his works-good but not great-you'll leave this with your expectations fulfilled but not exceeded.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Mortal Fear: Excellent! 20 Feb 1998
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One of Cook's less famous books, a fantastic blend of medicine and terror. I enjoyed just as well as any of his other novels, if you like Cook, you will like Mortal Fear!
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