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A story about genetic engineering that could happen if large companies are allowed to do what they want with no moral or ethical limitations. Fast paced with plausible scenarios from start to finish starting with the killing of a mafia boss whose body suspiciously disappeared only to turn up in a mutilated condition - so something underhand was going on that needed to be investigated. Brilliant read with faultless medical knowledge included also with the message that interfering with genetics is a risky business.
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on 22 June 2007
You can always rely on Robin Cook to produce a thriller that makes you think. Or shudder. This one is no exception, as it addresses the practical and moral difficulties of xenografts: the transplantation of organs from one species of animal into another, in this case from a type of primate called a bonobo into a human being. The plot is far-fetched and not entirely believable, but the author does handle the science well, as usual. I'm not at all certain that a small change to a single chromosome would produce the dramatic effects he describes, but he's far more knowledgeable in this field than I am!

Where the book falls down is in some very sloppy writing. Particularly in the early sections, there are whole paragraphs that are so clumsy they could have been written by a ten-year-old. And there are numerous spelling and grammatical mistakes that should certainly have been picked up by a competent editor. Obvious examples are the words `flare' and `shard' used incorrectly, and Mr Cook clearly doesn't know what the verb `to comprise' actually means.

These errors apart, it's still a good read.
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on 10 September 2000
Chromosome 6 is one of the few science fiction books that contain advanced scientific words and phrases but a basic explanation of the technical makeup of the storyline is provided alongside too.The Author (Robin Cook) could have made his work a lot better by including not just the topics in Genetics that are concerned in the story but also some elementary knoledge to form a building block for the reader to start with so that when the story gets deeper he is not blinded with scientific facts that he has know comprehension of whatsoever. That is what happened when I read the book and as I am twelve I was unsure of the meaning of some of the chapters because the author did not provide me with enough information to make the blinding scientific facts easier to acknoledge.
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on 16 February 2011
This is the second time I've read this book, the first time being a few years ago. I enjoyed it just as much as the first time I read it.

A taut medical thriller set in New York City and Equatorial Africa, it deals with the problems, dilemmas and potential consequences of genetic engineering.

A prominent member of the mob is shot to death in New York City, then his body disappears from the morgue. Later a body turns up in the morgue with a few essential pieces missing.

Meanwhile, a lucrative and covert organ transplant project is taking place in deepest Africa.

Problems and danger mount for the main protagonists and their friends as the tension escalates and the story progresses to it's conclusion.

This is a real page turner. Recommended.
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on 9 October 2014
If you've read some of Robin Cook's other books, you'll enjoy this one just as much. I found it slightly harder going at first, however I soon got into it. I love this series with Laurie & Jack and I would definitely recommend this if you're interested in science fiction/biology etc.
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on 10 September 2014
This was one of his best but sometimes rather complicated. I have a medical background but still found it a bit tricky to get my head around the science sometimes. However, if you just go with the flow and enjoy the story you will enjoy it immensely
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on 19 July 2013
Its a great story and may in some dystopian era come true, but I hope not.
The book was not in the best conditon and the postage to Ireland is too much. This nagates the good value of the purchase.
Thank you,
patzi maher
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on 31 August 1999
Again Robin Cook has written a brilliant novel, with the medical examiners Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery appearing again. With Genetic engineering combining with the African jungle and animals the suspense is kept to the end.
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on 18 April 2016
Gripping as always. It gets more exciting and fast moving towards the end but the actual end is rather a disappointment with the conclusion delivered verbally and leaving an unanswered question. Still an enjoyable read.
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A great book until the last couple of pages. What happens to Kevin and his two consorts? Will they be in another book, are they dead or alive? Who knows.I was left feeling completely frustrated.
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