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5.0 out of 5 stars Genetic engineering par excellence
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rather cliche'd take on genetic engineering
I used to enjoy Robin Cook a lot, some 20 years ago; hadn't read him for a while, so picked up this one. Oh dear! I cannot stop reading it, that's true, because he still can thrill; but it is all rather flat, uninspiring, with goodies and baddies indicated by giant arrows. No subtlety, not much characterization either. And to top it all off (on the negative side - I...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genetic engineering par excellence, 2 Mar 2014
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David H J Ashdown (Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Chromosome 6 (Paperback)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Tense page turner, 23 Mar 2011
This review is from: Chromosome 6 (Paperback)
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 taunt medical thriller set in New York City and Equatorial Africa, it deals with the problems, dilemmas and 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Generally a good read, 22 Jun 2007
This review is from: Chromosome 6 (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally intriguing-edge of your seat stuff!, 8 Jun 2000
This review is from: Chromosome 6 (Paperback)
I have always been a fan of Robin Cook since I read Invasion but when I opened this I could not put it down. You just don't know what discovery is on the next page or who is going to get die next. I challenge anyone to read this and not spend the next week thinking about the scientific possibilities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars riveting book introducing many interesting topics, 16 Mar 1999
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This book brings together three story lines into an exiting imaginative climax. It give insight into genetical engineering and forensic detection. Robin cook writing style is interesting enough to make this the best book I've read in years.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rather cliche'd take on genetic engineering, 8 May 2009
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Henk Beentje "Henk Beentje" (Kew, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Chromosome 6 (Paperback)
I used to enjoy Robin Cook a lot, some 20 years ago; hadn't read him for a while, so picked up this one. Oh dear! I cannot stop reading it, that's true, because he still can thrill; but it is all rather flat, uninspiring, with goodies and baddies indicated by giant arrows. No subtlety, not much characterization either. And to top it all off (on the negative side - I should have given two stars, really, but cannt change it) Cook seems to think that to splice genetic data packets into bonobo chimps can make them evolve to use tools and language, and completely alter their bodily and social structure - all within months. Hmmmm... I don't think so, and what's more, I think I'll abandon reading this book, even though I have gotten through three-quarters of it.

It is a thriller allright, but a cliche-ridden, flatpack-personality, cod-science one. I don't think I'll be reading more of his recent work...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read - couldn't put it down, 17 Oct 2001
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This review is from: Chromosome 6 (Paperback)
Lots of twists and turns in this thriller come detective story. Certainly gives a new twist on modern genetic engineering. An intriguing web of a story which captures the readers attention like a spider catching a fly.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Flat, tired writing means no pleasures here, 17 Jan 1999
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Robin Cook has written more medical thrillers than anybody else - about one a year, judging from the catalogue - since the 1970s. This one is tries to be up-to-date by introducing genetics into a fairly familiar hospital tale, but you would need to be pretty comotose yourself as a reader to persist with the most leaden, uninspired and downright hopeless prose you ever likely to encounter. It makes me shivver just to think of it...
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