Pandemic (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #11)
After a young, seemingly healthy woman collapses suddenly on the NYC subway and dies by the time she reaches the hospital, her case is initially chalked up to a virulent case of influenza. That is, until she ends up on Dr. Jack Stapleton's autopsy table, where Jack discovers something eerily fishy: first, that the young woman has had a heart transplant, and second, that her DNA matches that of the transplanted heart.Strangely, two more incidences of young people with this same sudden and rapid illness crop up, and Jack fears that this could be the start of an unprecedented pandemic. But the facts aren't adding up. Something is off about these cases, something creepy, and it's up to Jack to figure it out before it's too late.Thus begins a race against time, during which Jack unveils the dark underbelly of the organ transplant market. His name is Bui Zhao, a businessman and hospital board member who has been cheating the system by using organs and cells from chimeric pigs, via the gene editing biotechnology CRISPER/CAS9, which allows pig genes to be inserted into living human cells.In a climactic and risky mortal showdown, Jack must face Zhao, the megalomaniac willing to risk the fate of the world to purse his commercial interests, if he wants to save the future of medicine.

Pandemic (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #11) Details

TitlePandemic (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #11)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 11th, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN-139780525535331
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery Thriller, Medical

Pandemic (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #11) Review

  • Ashcclapp
    January 1, 1970
    I will first say that I have been a lifelong Robin Cook fan. He and Mary Higgins Clark were my two favorite authors growing up and I will always have fond memories of their novels. That bring said, this book ended up a mess. I have always loved the stories with Jack Stapleton but this one had him being whiny, bratty, and, honestly, completely unforgivable. Both in his professional and personal life, he was just a horrible example of a protagonist. I never remembered him being this incorrigable a I will first say that I have been a lifelong Robin Cook fan. He and Mary Higgins Clark were my two favorite authors growing up and I will always have fond memories of their novels. That bring said, this book ended up a mess. I have always loved the stories with Jack Stapleton but this one had him being whiny, bratty, and, honestly, completely unforgivable. Both in his professional and personal life, he was just a horrible example of a protagonist. I never remembered him being this incorrigable and I am not sure if Robin Cook is just losing touch with his character or more so losing touch with how the world is today. It was depressing to see one of my favorite characters fall from grace so hard.Additionally, the last third of the book was terrible. The ending was so rushed with many questions left unanswered. It made me feel like it was assuming the reader wasn't paying attention or didn't care. So many loose ends and, on top of that, the fact that the main character doesn't even seem to learn anything from the situations he put himself in both at work and at home is SO ANNOYING. How is reader supposed to connect with the main character when he has literally de-evolved as a logical person since the beginning of the book? The book had so many chances to make a positive statement, whether it be towards new medical technologies, autism, or even homosexuality. It felt like it intentionally missed the mark the entire way, which is so sad.I hate to say it but maybe Robin Cook is past his prime. Maybe Jack Stapleton has deserved to be laid to rest (not literally) in all the previous books that did him right. All I know for sure is the younger reader in me is at least looking fondly back on the old Cook novels that cemented my love for thrillers. My suggestion: read those instead.
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  • Cindelu
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book on Goodreads. Personally I didn't really like the characters due to the style of writing. They were pretentious and slightly ridiculous. The story line was very drawn out and rather disappointing at the end. It is a very detailed and scientific and rather difficult to understand at times.
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