Robin Cook George Guidall
- Title: Death Benefit
- Author: Robin Cook George Guidall
- ISBN: 9781611760194
- Page: 472
- Format: Audio CD
Unabridged, 10 CDs, 11 hours Pia Grazdani is an exceptional yet aloof medical student working closely with Columbia University Medical Center s premier scientist on cutting edge research that could revolutionize health care by creating replacement organs for critically ill patients Thorough her work with the brilliant molecular geneticist Dr Tobias Rothman, Pia knows shUnabridged, 10 CDs, 11 hours Pia Grazdani is an exceptional yet aloof medical student working closely with Columbia University Medical Center s premier scientist on cutting edge research that could revolutionize health care by creating replacement organs for critically ill patients Thorough her work with the brilliant molecular geneticist Dr Tobias Rothman, Pia knows she will be given the chance to fulfill her ambition to participate in medical discoveries that can help millions while bringing her a measure of personal peace that might once and for all push aside memories of her difficult and abusive childhood.But when tragedy strikes in the lab, Pia, with the help of infatuated classmate George Wilson, launches an investigation into the unforeseen calamity in the hospital s supposedly secure biosafety lab.Meanwhile, two ex Wall Street whiz kids think they have found another loadstone in the nation s multi trillion dollar life insurance industry, and race to find ways to control actuarial data and securitize the policies of the aged and infirm to make another killing.As Pia and George dig deeper into the events at the lab one question remains unanswered is someone attempting to manipulate private insurance information to allow investors to benefit from the deaths of others
Recent Comments "Death Benefit"
Junk.I reach to formulaic writers like Robin Cook (Crichton, Koontz, et al) to break from what I regard as more serious literature. The 8th grade composition and simple narrative—I consider Cook’s fiction a recess from my classics, my biographies, and my tough non-fiction. And that’s exactly how it should be. For me. Not necessarily you.This sounds arrogant as hell, but it’s honest. You want an honest review or a coddling review? Between a Pulitzer Prize winner about Harry Truman and a m [...]
Pia is a brilliant fourth year medical student working with a brilliant but difficult scientist on top secret, life changing research. Dr. Rothman gets along with no one but Pia and one other scientist. Pia, you see, may be beautiful on the outside but she is damaged emotionally. Her upbringing was difficult and filled with abuse and most of her fellow students dislike her. Except for sweet, handsome George, her boytoy (when she needs one) who hangs around hoping she’ll fall for him.When mayhe [...]
After having read nearly all of Cook's previous books, it is natural to compare this one to those. After doing so, it was obvious to me that he has written books far better than this one. His character development was very good (but most of the characters were not particularly nice people). His plot and its combination of medical school students, Nobel Award level research, get-rich schemes, etc was well thought out. The problem is that the ending comes so abrupt without following up some of the [...]
A complete let down :(Coma, Fever, Fatal Cureter many such wonderful writings, its hard to believe Death Benefit is a Cook's book. This one is a medical thriller with less of both medicine and thrill.There was a time I used to fear hospitals after finishing Cook's book, his writings were so captivating, so real life likeRobin Cook missed the magic in this one. It took a lot of effort to complete reading this one.
I had a hard time really getting into this book, particularly at the beginning when Cook focused on all of the ins and outs of the securities industry. At times, I had to force myself to continue reading and not to give up on this book. I'm glad that I did, because it did get better.One of the problems that I've had with several of my favorite authors lately is that the lead character is not likable, and for me, feeling some empathy with the lead character is one of the things that keeps me turn [...]
Robin Cook. Have not read him since I stopped a few books after Coma when he lapsed into his formulaic medical mysteries. So I thought I'd give him a try after 20 years or so. I liked this book, it was a fun and entertaining read, but after I finished, I began to think of the shortcuts he took, the plot lines he left hanging and a really disappointing ending. I liked his heroine Pia. She's feisty and has survived a tough life. But the savior of her life was a convent, which Cook brings into the [...]
I am almost done with Robin Cook's new book- excellent as usual- facinating plot- tight prose- really quite good- with one major and very confusing issue- the lead character Pia is one of the most unlikable, self-absorbed nasty characters i have ever encountered in a thriller. I am not asking for a superwoman- a mix between Mother Theresa and Lynda Carter - yet with thrillers- there is that aspect of having a lead character who the reader can root for, if not identify with, and Pia is so very na [...]
Loved this book, but then Cook & Crichton are two that seldom go wrong in my opinion. This topic was esp. interesting & timely for the world today & in my life. I have a special place in my heart for stem cell research & organ regeneration. Transplants are needed by so many & how can we keep it from becoming a "money making or stealing" program? My favorite books are character driven & the main character of Pia & the ex-Wall street wizard made me furious while keeping [...]
The plot was outstanding but I didn't care for the main character Pia. As she got into deep trouble I found myself not caring if she got out of it or not! Finally at the end of the book Cook's great reoccurring character Jack Stapleton and his wife Laurie appeared but had a small cameo role.
Tengo un serio problema con este libro, y puede extenderse quizás a casi todo lo que leí hasta ahora del autor. Cook es uno de mis primeros nombres a recomendar siempre y eso tiene que ver con dos cosas: el campo en el que sitúa la mayoría de sus historias y la investigación, la que comparte con sus lectores en algunas notas al final de sus libros, añadiendo fuentes y demás. Todo libro que trate sobre asuntos médicos tiene un lugar reservado en mi biblioteca, y Cook no es la excepción. [...]
A definite food for thought kind of book. Story was slow in some parts and thrilling in others. I really enjoyed it.
A little slow to start, but fast-paced ending. Still worthwhile. Recommended.
This is the first robin Cook I have read in a while, and stands up to his previous books, giving me a nice thrill, although I did have trouble identifying with the heroine - not because of her previous life experiences, but rather the character that she became from them - scrappy, single-minded focus to the point of absurdity. Pia Grazdani is a 4th year medical student at Columbia, followed by her lapdog friend George, who is so obsessed with her, that he ignores her rude behavior to him, and co [...]
Already rich authors must be able to take chances that novices can’t. Robin Cook teaches us this sad lesson in his latest, Death Benefit. This is a typical Cook “thriller,” long on medical jargon and improbable combinations of acts and science, total illogic—how many fourth year medical students criticize attendings and accuse them of malpractice and survive to tell the story and how do you leave out of the plot for almost half the novel mention of the guys who planned the murders that a [...]
Reading a techno-thriller is much like watching one of those plate-spinning jugglers who performed onSunday nights on the Ed Sullivan Show. One plate after another is set spinning atop sticks while hoops are spun on arms, legs and ankles and there is always at least one beautiful woman who smiles and hands the performer yet another plate to set spinning. We become so enthralled with the music and motion and the beautiful assistant that we fail to notice an occasional dropped plate or sagging hoo [...]
Death Benefit is the first Pia Grazdani novel, I believe. I had read her second escapade in Nano and didn’t think too much of it. However, Death Benefit is a far cry from Nano. Pia Grazdani is introduced to Robin Cook readers as an intelligent, work-driven young attractive female who suffers from a detachment syndrome due to her abuse as a child at the hands of her uncle and other authority figures in the foster care system as well as the betrayal of her father who never came to rescue her fro [...]
I've been reading Robin Cook's books for probably close to twenty years now, and have been rather disappointed in the past few offerings. I don't know if they are all this bad, or if my tastes have changed, but at this point I just don't think he's writing very good books. His plots are completely unbelievable, particularly the readiness of regular people to sanction violence, including murder. There's little character development, and what character development there is seems forced. And with r [...]
The master of the medical thriller returns! I didn't say that of the blurbs about this book did. My opinion, although not so melodramatic, agrees to some degree! For once, Jack and Laurie Stapleton take a backseat from the main narrative and let it unfold with other primary characters. Pia Grazdani seems to be an interesting "heroine" (for lack of a better word) and the book is vintage Cook, at some point making you believe at lease to some degree that "this could happen in real life". An in tha [...]
After reading 100 pages of detailed medical jargon, which was actually interesting & well explained, if not tedious at times, the book took a plummet to the world of the Albanian Mafia and the main character trying to "solve" a mystery that the reader knew about from word 1. Cook seemed to spend a great deal of time setting up the novel to let it fall flat. NONE of the characters were remotely likeable. Throwing his medical examiners from his other books in at the end did nothing to salvage [...]
This book reminded me a lot of Coma and Outbreak mixed together (also by Robin Cook).This time there was also a Russian spy element thrown in. All of Robin Cook's stories seem to revolve around some kind of medical or genetics experiments gone awry. They always seem so close to the possibility of reality that they make me think that somewhere in the world in a lab somewhere there is some genius trying to do just what Robin Cook is writing about. I usually really like Robin Cook's novels but I fo [...]
While I usually really love Robin Cook's books, this one was just a little too filled with medical jargon and bland characters. Had a hard time staying interested as it was apparent from the first third of the book where the story was going and how it would end. It felt like the author threw in recurring characters Jack and Laurie Stapleton as an afterthought and was really too late in the book to salvage the storyline. There really was no mysteryyou knew what happened and why from early on in t [...]
Robin Cook is undoubtedly the master of medical thrillers, his own original genre. 'Death Benefit', is no exception, an interesting plot coupled with contemporary scientific research, this book is gripping and fast moving. It is perhaps not one of his popular ones, maybe because of a very different lead character, intelligent, bold, and dry rather than warm and endearing. I quite enjoyed the path less trodden, it reminded me of the girl with the dragon tattoo at times. An engrossing page turner. [...]
La verdad es que soy admiradora de Robin Cook, pero he de añadir que estos 2 últimos libros que he leído no son nada bueno, por no decir directamente malos, no me han enganchado tiempo en que e tardado en leerlos me remito, no he encontrado ni suspense ni acción en las investigaciones, la verdad quiero comentar nada del libro porque no vale la pena comentar nada de las tramas ya que opino que no son tales.
In the beginning of this novel, I quote: "mental masturbation" by the author included: lots of money, talk of big investments, add scientific terms and medical jargon, add sex, add power, add fame, add corruption add murder, and subtract caring for any of the characters. However, in the last part of the well planned story, I started to care about the main character. Interesting end!?
Fast read with a good story based on intrigue set up by the science and business of medical research and the protagonist's psychological and family issues.
Robin Cook's books are always entertaining and frequently thought-provoking as they bring up issues concerning medicine in the modern world. This book was no exception.
I did not find the main character likeable in any way, would have preferred her to be the murder victim. Unsatisfactory ending.
Ugh. Painful. Lack of character development. Inaccuracies regarding medical/research issues. No plot development for pages and pages. Uninteresting conflict with unsatisfying resolution. Ugh.
A little different direction for a Robin Cook novel. Quick read.
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