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Vital Signs Hardcover – 1 Jan 1991

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T) (Jan. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399135758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399135750
  • Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,233,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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By RozziD VINE VOICE on 26 April 2003
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Set in the 'IVF business' of American medicine, this novel is a real page turner from start to finish. It takes the reader from Manhatten to Australia to Hong Kong and the excitment runs right through from start to finish. Obviously there are a few twists along the way as any Cook fan will know, but the story is a good one and well worth a read.
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I'm usually a big fan of medical thrillers, and of Robin Cook in particular. But this particular novel was truly dreadful - and that's a shame because Cook is normally much, much better than this.

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.
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Enjoyed this immensely, a medical thriller which leaps along full of page-turning happenings. A classic beach or country cottage read, which also raises questions - how far has the guy stretched reality? No great character development, but that's not the job of the thriller writer. Would recommend it.
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As usual a very good well written and paced piece of storytelling from Robin Cook well done I look forward to the next book.
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If you're a fan of Cook's novels, this one won't let you down. Set around the IVF business, it is chilling, entertaining and page-turning. It takes you from Manhattan to Hong Kong, with Cook weaving conspiracy all the way. An excellent read
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