Vital Signs Hardcover – 1 Jan 1991
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About the Author
Robin Cook, M.D., is the author of more than thirty books and is credited with popularizing the medical thriller with his wildly successful first novel, "Coma." He divides his time among Florida, New Hampshire, and Boston. His most recent novels include "Host," "Cell," and "Nano." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The plot is essentially this: we join the book as pediatrician Marissa Blumenthal and her husband are going through an in-vitro programme but without any success. The process is also taking its toll on their marriage, but when Marissa runs into an old medical college pal going through the same process at the same clinic, the pair's suspicions are aroused. Their amateur sleuthing leads them halfway around the world, to Australia, Hong Kong and China, where a diabolical scheme worth billions of dollars is uncovered.
The storyline is actually rather good - but the characterisation and plotting is so leaden and artifical that it's hard to see beyond the jarring dialogue, convenient cicumstances and paper-thin premises.
I've no doubt, for example, that contacting Triad members in Hong Kong or China would prove slightly more difficult than simply asking your hotel concierge where to find them. It's hardly the same as finding a bank.
The tedious American preoccupation with Communism is also prevalent: Cook insists on referring to China never simply as China but as 'communist China' or 'the People's Republic of China' or just the plain old 'PRC'. Okay, this was published in 1991 and so presumably written in 1990 or early '91 - but the Berlin Wall was either about to come down or had come down as he was writing it and, thanks to Gorbachev, glasnost and perestroika had been around for quite a while. Paranoia, as Cook presumably well knows, does not disappear overnight, but the way this is written you'd think he was penning it in 1956.Read more ›