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2.71 out of 52.71 out of 52.71 out of 52.71 out of 52.71 out of 5 2.71 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Cook Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jack Stapleton / Laurie Montgomery Series Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781101079430
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New York Times bestselling author Robin Cook returns with another ripped-from-the-headlines medical thriller, where DNA science, biotechnology, and religion collide.

It’s been more than thirty years since New York City medical examiner Jack Stapleton’s college graduation and almost as long since he’d been in touch with former classmates Shawn Doherty and Kevin Murray. Once a highly regarded ophthalmologist, Jack’s career took a dramatic turn after a tragic accident that destroyed his family. But that, too, is very much in the past: Jack has remarried—to longtime colleague and fellow medical examiner Laurie Montgomery—and is the father of a young child. But his renegade, activist personality can’t rest, and after performing a postmortem on a young college student who had recently been treated by a chiropractor, Jack decides to explore alternative medicine. What makes some people step outside the medical establishment to seek care from practitioners of Eastern philosophies and even faith healers?

Jack’s classmate Shawn Doherty is now a renowned archeologist and biblical scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, whose taste for good wine and generally deteriorating health are taking a toll on his career. He has recently obtained permission for a final dig beneath Saint Peter’s, and despite his long-standing grudge against the Catholic Church, begins his research—which eventually takes him to Jerusalem and Venice—only to make a startling discovery with ecclesiastical and medical implications. And when Kevin Murray, now Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York, gets wind of Shawn’s findings, he’s desperate to keep them from the public. Kevin has strong political ambitions within the Church, but his association with Shawn threatens to undermine them. Kevin turns to his old friend Jack to help protect an explosive secret—one with the power to change lives forever.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 2/19/2014

    " One of Robin Cook's better reads. Held my attention with a somewhat "Da Vinci Code" like plot. I like his ongoing character Dr. Jack Stapleton. It was nice to read about this fictional character again, although I do have to say, he's had more than his share of sadnesses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich Shields | 2/15/2014

    " Good read, but puzzling about the quick wrap up for an ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/13/2014

    " Little too heavy on the religious aspect of this. Would have liked to see more on the 'cure' of the little buy. Good read. Saw the end coming from far, far away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita Hughes | 2/9/2014

    " Robin Cook did it again. It was another good medical mystery and very informative. The main character starts by bashing alternative medicine and then taking advantage of it in the end. The journey to that point goes around the world and considers St. Peter's grave under the dome in Rome! Really liked it it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loraine | 2/3/2014

    " Another good Robin Cook Thriller which includes the twist of faith this time. Surprise ending as always. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nandini | 1/29/2014

    " I picked up this Robin cook just before I checked out my other books from the library because it was right there staring at my face from between a hundred other paperbacks. I thought I'd recapture the fun I used to have as a teenager reading older Cook medical thrillers. Biggest mistake over. What the hell is wrong with this guy?! This was the worst bilge i've ever read in my life... I'm almost tempted to reread Coma and Oubreak and all the rest to check if he was always this bad, but another book of this quality would make me want to kill myself, I'm too scared. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/23/2014

    " Good story but too long. Could have been about 33-50% shorter. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gale | 1/22/2014

    " BIG disappointment from Robin Cook. The story went all over the place, and never really tied together. On top of it, the ending was abrupt and made little sense. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 1/22/2014

    " I really liked the beginning of this book when the main character, Jack, was exploring the world of alternative medicine through his medical examiner eyes. I expected the book to highlight a struggle for Jack over whether to treat his ailing infant with alternative therapies. I was disappointed when the second story line came into focus and the first came to a sudden halt. Although the dig at the Vatican and discovery of Christianity changing artifacts was ok, it felt like Robin Cook was trying to tackle too many topics in one novel. I would have enjoyed the book more if he had stuck with his original storyline. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate Willoughby | 1/19/2014

    " Way too much religous history exposition. I got crosseyed when there were pages and pages of it disguised as dialogue. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/23/2013

    " Wow, that was a stupid book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/22/2013

    " I just finished this audible book. This author writes medical thrillers. I enjoyed the book. It was a little different from the rest of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ropajo | 12/5/2013

    " pretty predictable story. Characters are a bit off-kilter / quirky situation with spouses and also father of sick child distracting himself by work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellie79 | 12/4/2013

    " A good read that holds your interest from the first page through the last. The book deals with alternative medicine and archeology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Traci | 12/3/2013

    " Different from Cook's usual medicaly mystery style, but I really enjoyed the plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorie | 11/8/2013

    " This book had several overlapping stories, but I didn't really care about any of the characters. There were some interesting points about alternative medicine and the early Christian church, but I woudn't recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 8/15/2013

    " Instead of a medical thriller, this book gets bogged down in Biblical references and the search for an artifact. Not Cook's usual. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gina | 4/16/2013

    " Robin Cook hasn't had a good book for several years. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bev Scott | 1/20/2013

    " Way too much medical jargon for me. I've read many of Robin Cook's books, but this one was over the top. Stopped after only 50 pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joyce | 11/11/2012

    " Haven't read Robin Cook for awhile. Not nearly as interesting as he used to seem back in the 70's and 80's. Still I finished the book just to see what happened. Not necessarily worth the read, but a I needed the diversion "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 5/25/2012

    " I enjoy the continuity of the characters as they work their way through medical mysteries and intrigue. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donna | 5/14/2012

    " Another disappointing book..unlike Robin Cook's previous novels it was neither insightful or entertaining. An archaeologist finds bones that could undemine the Catholic Church; sort of a DaVinci Code "wannebe." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devin Dallas | 3/5/2012

    " This book was very good and I suggest that if you like medical mystery, read this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vionna | 5/22/2011

    " The plot was proposterous especially in this day and age. The characters were dull and the dialogue mundane. This was my first time reading a book by Robin Cook and it deters me from trying another. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig | 5/16/2011

    " I enjoyed this novel until the last 30 pages or so. I won't post any spoilers but the ending was unsatisfying. It's like a Da Vinci Code focusing more on science than cloak & dagger. If you are a person that enjoys the journey more than the destination you may enjoy this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 5/11/2011

    " I like all of these Robin Cook books that are about Jack Stapelton and Laurie Montgomery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devin | 4/25/2011

    " This book was very good and I suggest that if you like medical mystery, read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 3/12/2011

    " Christianity/Catholicism, faith-healing, chiropractiv deaths, alternative medicine. A little too much theology for me! However, I always stop and think when I read Robin Cook. It puts a new spin on chiropractic risks! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 2/26/2011

    " One of my favorite authors! I have read almost every one of his books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Perkimom | 2/4/2011

    " My least favorite book by my favorite author. Very interesting learning about the Catholic church history but I enjoy Robin Cook for his medical thrillers. Fascinating DNA twists and turns and good suspense. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 LAURIE | 1/28/2011

    " This book was ok, but definitely not my favorite Robin Cook book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 1/12/2011

    " Starts reasonably well and raises interesting questions. Tapers off and finish was both predictable and disappointing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jed | 1/11/2011

    " Really, poor literature. Listened to it while driving back to Iowa. Boring, boring, and boring. Some of the historical facts were correct and some of the science was comical. Don't waste your time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tawnya | 12/31/2010

    " We listened to this on the drive from Utah and it was terrible. It was so LONG!!! There was a lot of detail that went nowhere. It ended poorly and didn't tie things off the way it should have. Wouldn't recommend it. Not even to listen to in the car. "

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About the Author
Author Robin Cook

Robin Cook is a doctor and bestselling author who is credited with popularizing the medical thriller genre with his wildly successful first novel, Coma. His other titles include Death Benefit, Cure, Intervention, Foreign Body, and Critical, among others. He divides his time between New Hampshire and Florida. 

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.