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ROBIN COOK--New York Times-best selling author and master of the medical thriller--returns with another crackling tale of unchecked greed, medical malfeasance, adn starling science.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 careROBIN COOK--New York Times-best selling author and master of the medical thriller--returns with another crackling tale of unchecked greed, medical malfeasance, adn starling science.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, must investigate 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. They 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?...

Title : Death Benefit
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ISBN : 9780399157462
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Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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Death Benefit Reviews

  • Jason
    2019-03-23 18:09

    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 military textbook about the presentation of air power, I need a 2-day distraction to recharge the frontal lobe. Cook is good for this, and his 5 x 7 paperbacks explore issues about medicine, my background. So, it’s apropos, but easy, like a footrub.However, Death Benefit lowers Cook’s own 3-star standard. If there’s any novel that makes use of the y = mx + b formula, this is it. Plug the characters, the hospital environment, and the topic into the formula, and the book writes itself. I’ve often thought that once a writer achieves break-through name recognition at Barnes and Noble, the hard part of the career is over. You now have a shadow staff of editors and fluffers that keep your novel on the correct slope to widest readership and maximal profits. It’s the b-intercept that matters to a publisher. Spoiler. Bright & beautiful female medical student with tough, but oversorrowful past—unusual ethnicity. Works with lauded, but pariah sceintist on revolutionary medical process. Asian coworker in lab. Bumbling but lovable classmate sidekick. Something goes wrong. Superinfection and radioactivity. Death. Research items go missing. Only our student suspects something fishy. Wall street collusion. Medical insurance superstars could take major loss on medical investing scheme. Student does savvy investigative work. Gets access to privelaged information. Call in the Albanian thugs. Capture, escape, and resolution in the classic Scooby Doo simulacrum.So, Robin Cook provides the paragraph above, and his journalism flunkies pound out a 500-page, 13-font storyline around it. Easy.Then why the hell can’t I do it!?! I sit in my cubical all day. Man, I need a change.Skip this novel.

  • Bark
    2019-04-01 16:28

    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 mayhem erupts in the lab, Pia’s sterile world goes all to hell and she spends the rest of the novel bent on seeking out the truth even if it means putting herself and George in danger. I really enjoyed this book in the beginning. Pia and Dr. Rothman’s relationship was interesting to me and I was fascinated by all of their interactions. They were two unlikely kindred souls and it was purely platonic. I loved that. Thus I was very sad to see the book take such a drastic turn and change into a tedious quasi-thriller loaded with interchangeable greedy bad guys instead of the quirky character focused medical thriller I was expecting. Yeah, there were some medical shenanigans taking place early on but in reality this wasn't at all what I’d classify as a “medical” thriller. And that’s a freaking shame. It’s about bad guys trying to take out a nosey girl determined to seek vengeance and expose them to ruin (oh noes!). And it’s not even thrilling because the author gives away his whole game early on.I have a little advice, not that anyone (especially the famous author) gives two craps, but I’m giving it anyway because it will make me feel better for wasting 12 hours of my life last week. Beware there are minor spoilers below.1. Don’t tell us everything early on, leaving only your heroine blowing in the wind. It kind of kills the suspense, you know?2. Don’t kill off one of your most interesting characters. It kind of pisses me off as well as saddens me. And no, I am still not over it.3. Don’t spend pages and pages telling me about freaking finances and health care/insurance scams. I can go to work to bore myself silly. At least there I get paid. I don’t need to read about that crap in my fun time.4. If you’re going to write a revenge novel, next time go all the way to hell with it. Let your heroine shove a hot poker into at least one of the rapey bastard’s eyeballs or better yet let her shove it up one of their butts. They deserve it. Don’t let other characters handle the dirty work off screen. That’s lame.5. Give the good, loyal puppy dog George a real happy ending or set him free, poor sucker. Don’t leave him (and me) in limbo like that. How long can a guy pine away hoping the girl of his dreams will change? George and Pia deserve better and so do I after investing so many hours. The romantic in me is PO’d. Just saying.On the plus side, I thought the author did a great job of fleshing out Pia. She’s not the nicest of people, actually she’s a bit of a bitch and she’s using George but he knows it and sticks around anyway which I didn’t really get. I understood Pia and her distaste for whiny people “quit whining like a baby” and didn't mind spending time with her. The narrator, George Guidall, has a rather grandfathery voice that is calming and I enjoyed listening to him. His Rothman is superb and I could have listened to him voice Rothman all day long. He surprisingly does a great job with Pia, even though I probably would've preferred a female narrator. He only falls flat with George, who sometimes sounds too old for a college student, and many of the secondary hoodlums who all end up sounding too alike. But then again they were pretty interchangeable anyway, so who cares, right? And there you have it. If you’re a medical thriller fan this may not thrill you. Or maybe it’s just me.

  • Crosby
    2019-04-20 15:15

    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 subplots that the reader is left thinking there must a part two. Perhaps that is the author's intention. If not, one is left with the feeling that the author got lazy and ended it with a rather predictable ending and didn't bother tying any loose ends together. This is the first book in a long while that Cook does not use as his main characters the Drs. Stapleton although he introduces them to the story in cameo appearances near the end.

  • Ramaa
    2019-04-06 21:18

    A complete let down :(Coma, Fever, Fatal Cure....after 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 like...Robin Cook missed the magic in this one. It took a lot of effort to complete reading this one.

  • Lynn
    2019-03-24 19:29

    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 turning the pages. In this case, Pia is a sociopath of sorts, and she comes across as entirely self-centered. One feels equal parts sorry for and exasperated with her admirer, George, who hangs in there despite repeated rebuffs from Pia. She uses him incessantly, and it's annoying to read about. Pia makes Lisbet Salander of TGWTDT look charming. While Lisbet has her moments of affection and loyalty, Pia doesn't. She is continuously manipulating people, usually by virtue of her extraordinary good looks, to do her bidding. It is not until the very end of the book that Pia shows some humanity. I much prefer Cook's series about the husband and wife medical examiners, Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery. They make an appearance in this book, but only peripherally. I smiled when they were introduced about 3/4 of the way through, because I thought that finally they would take over the remaining pages, but that wasn't the case. The book also leaves one big question unanswered, which is how the bad guys found out in the first place that Pia was on to their machinations. Obviously, there were spies planted, and we are left to infer who those spies were. As a sociopath, Pia was not well-liked, nor was the main victim in the book. While we can assume that some "electrical maintenance workers" who happened to be Albanian tipped them off (the murderers in this book are the Albanian mafia), that is never clarified. I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this book, although as a die-hard Robin Cook fan I wouldn't have skipped it. For good Robin Cook fare, read the series about Jack and Laurie, who are the central characters in most of his books.

  • Roger
    2019-04-20 16:21

    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 story for no other reason but to show how the nuns had saved her. A foray to the convent was interesting and really the only place Pia shows emotion the entire book. Then we never go back. Pia's close friend George has a grandmother who becomes a victim of this insurance scheme that is the reason for the murders of the two doctors that is at the center of the story. Again, we never return to grannie. And while I don't mind an ending that doesn't seem "right" this ending was slapdash and it felt like Cook just wanted to wrap it up. While maybe one of the investors in the insurance scheme should have died like a dog, the other had no knowledge of his partners duplicity, yet he dies like the same dog. And the actual perpetrators of the murders, the Albanian mob, gets away scott free. So while it's a fun read, I believe Cook was very sloppy in his plotting and in the end, the book was fun but unsatisfying. 2.5 stars. And that generous.

  • Rick F.
    2019-04-02 21:15

    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 nasty and distant- that I almost root for the bad guys when she goes up against them. This is very suprising because Cook's previous characters Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery were both quite likable- flawed but very much characters I looked forward to "meeting" once a year in each new book. They have cameos in this new book- which only drives home how much they are missed. There is truly no aspect of the lead character in this book to "hook" the reader into rooting for her- something key to a thriller.

  • Lisa Ainsworth
    2019-03-22 15:21

    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 me turning the pages. As usual, Robin Cook can do no wrong in keeping me coming back for more.

  • Kay
    2019-04-20 15:25

    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.

  • Nadín Velázquez
    2019-03-30 15:14

    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. Más bien, fue el primero. Mi problema es que es literatura específica para gente no entendida en el tema, lo que hace que muchas veces el autor tenga que recurrir a escenas aburridas para los que manejamos cierta terminología para que el lector promedio entienda. Por ejemplo, la escena de Polonio 210 donde se hace un repaso sobre células madre me resultó aburrida e innecesaria. Sí, entiendo que es para el lector que no es "del palo", pero no pude evitar sentir que embarró un poco el momento. Cook escribe libros que pretenden enseñar y es un autor que abrió muchísimo el campo a este tipo de colecciones, pero siempre termino obviando las explicaciones, algunas notoriamente forzadas, que le sirven solo a quienes no saben lo que significa, por ejemplo, "pluripotente". ¿Y esto es malo? Para nada, incluso logra que muchos se interesen en este tipo de lecturas y es gracias a la demanda que los libros llegan a países como el mío, pero me sigue dejando un sabor amargo cada vez que una explicación aparece a la fuerza.Otra cosa que siempre me deja mal sabor de boca es la repetición. Después de haber leído varios libros de Robin Cook (no solo médicos, sino también La esfinge y Abducción), siento que el autor se termina repitiendo. Los personajes y las líneas de las tramas siguen caminos similares, incluso más de un final puede anticiparse solo con haber leído otro de sus libros. Pero no porque sean finales idénticos, sino por cómo va la línea argumental. Cook no es predecible, pero es lógico. Otro detalle importante es que, a mi criterio, Cook no presenta personajes, sino conflictos médicos con alto contenido ético. ¿Qué quiero decir con esto? Que no me sorprende que personajes secundarios se hayan perdido en la trama (cosas que no voy a nombrar para no revelar de más) o que su mención haya cubierto un bache en un momento para desaparecer al siguiente. Si hay algo que aprendí de leer a Cook es que él no presenta historias de vida, sino circunstancias. Y cuando algo empieza a irse de su eje, vuelve de inmediato. ¿Podría dar un mejor resultado si se detuviera en estos detalles para darles solución antes de continuar con su nudo central? Seguro que sí, pero se perdería esa esencia de "libro de Cook" (¿me repito demasiado?) donde se trata el conflicto a partir de las personas involucradas de manera más directa... y nada más. Los personajes están para servir al conflicto. La profundidad de los personajes se mide en primera instancia por sus planteos morales una vez definido el nudo central (que casi siempre es una temática médica), y casi siempre caen en desesperación. Pero esto no es un spoiler: sería imposible que estrés en estas cantidades no afectara a los personajes. Como dije, Cook es lógico en lo que hace. Teniendo en cuenta que no fue el libro que más me gustó de él (aunque leí peores), le daría tres estrellas de cinco. ¿Por qué pongo cuatro entonces? Por una razón puramente personal. Salté de la ansiedad y admito haber releído la escena en la que aparecen Jack y Laurie. Como buena seguidora de los libros de Stapleton, tengo cierto fanatismo por él y su mujer, y cada vez que leo algo de ellos, termino con ganas de volver a Crisis, que fue el primer libro que leí de los que forman su historia. Imagino que este punto puede no ser muy bueno para los nuevos lectores, ya que a mí me resultó sencillo identificar cada diálogo de esta mínima aparición por lo que ya conozco de Laurie y Jack, pero si me pongo en el lugar de alguien que está asomándose a los mundos de Cook, puedo pensar que esa parte tiene algo fuera de lugar, sin descubrir qué es con exactitud. ¿Recomiendo este libro? Yo recomendaría casi todo de Cook, así que sí. Pero no llega a ser mejor que la colección de Jack Stapleton y Laurie Montgomery, eso seguro. La narración de Cook es sencilla en descripciones, algo técnica y altamente documentada (como en cruces de calles y tiempos, por ejemplo, ya que sitúa sus historias en lugares reales), así que se vuelve sencillo de leer. Y si agregamos que todo lo médico es explicado en algún momento (más temprano que tarde, generalmente), tenemos que es una lectura ágil e interesante. Sí, hay contrabando ruso y escenas de acción (que a Cook no se le dan nada mal), persecuciones y grandes tensiones que suelen llevar al corazón del conflicto. Y más allá de la ficción, casi siempre propone debates interesantes. Cada libro de Cook nos deja imaginar hasta dónde la industria puede valerse de la ciencia para liderar el mercado, y algunos de sus planteos pueden llegar a poner los pelos de punta. Si bien pretende contar una historia, no es la de sus personajes. Ellos sirven al conflicto, como dije. El objetivo del autor es enseñar y generar debate. Y para ser alguien que está en el ámbito en el que desarrolla la mayor parte de sus novelas, puedo decir con total seguridad que lo logra.

  • AVBooklovers
    2019-04-02 21:28

    A definite food for thought kind of book. Story was slow in some parts and thrilling in others. I really enjoyed it.

  • Rick
    2019-04-05 15:26

    A little slow to start, but fast-paced ending. Still worthwhile. Recommended.

  • Kristin Lundgren
    2019-03-27 20:17

    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 comes begging for more. Pia is doing an elective in a research lab lead by the cold, but brilliant Dr. Rothmann, with whom Pia finds a compatible soul. He is working on organogenesis (organ growth from tissue samples of the host's own body), as well as cutting edge work on virulent stains of salmonella. She becomes engrossed in the work, and in the doctor, finds a father figure she never knew.Meanwhile, two ex Wall Street guys have hit upon a surefire scheme to make money - buying life insurance policies, with death benefits, for pennies on the dollar from cash-strapped people, and then paying the premiums and collecting the benefits when they die. Elaborate calculations have found that those in need of organ replacement are prime examples of certain money. The odds of one of them finding a compatible organ that gives them lots of extra time is outweighed by the chances of not finding an organ, rejection, etc. All goes well, until they find a ex-protegee who is short selling their stock. They go to her to find out why, and since she was rejected by one of them, she decides on some payback. Her in-depth research has led her to Dr. Rothmann and his cutting- edge work on organogenesis and what it would do for the bankers new business - if the organ growing business comes to fruition fairly quickly, and works, as it is suspected, then all those policies they bought will need continual premium payments, causing their business model to fail. They seek outside advice from another fellow who has dabbled in a number of areas, and since he invested heavily in their scheme, as well as setting up a secret competing one, he devises a plan that will fix the problem. But when things start happening, Pia decides to jump in head first, at the cost of angering the hospital, her colleagues, and even her place in medical school, as well as putting herself and George in danger. This is the first book to feature Pia - the next one is "Nano" which I am reading now. As always, a good, fun medical thriller, if a little implausible for the heroine's absolute single-mindedness, although the author is at pains to explain in detail why she acts the way she does, but still...

  • Mike Cuthbert
    2019-04-07 22:26

    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 are supposed to be at its core? Pia Grazdani is an unbelievably luscious beauty who gets the juices flowing in almost every many she meets, but she is a serious Albanian med student, or that’s what she keeps telling us. After charming the uncharmable Dr. Rothman, Nobel laureate about to win another one for his work in organogenesis (growth of organs from stem cells) she goes about solving his mysterious murder. The murder is made necessary by the fact that his process will grow new pancreases, killing the market for diabetes drugs. The fact that this process is not even in FDA human trials and is a minimum of five years away, if all goes well, is apparently lost on Cook, who compresses deadlines from years into weeks and days. I have trouble with novels that either lie to me or purport to be scientific and then toss the science out the window for plot demands. In this case, the plot demands are flimsy to begin with. There are long, seemingly endless passages on the importance of loyalty to Albanian hoodlums. These digressions serve no purpose other than filler and are such obvious plot crutches that it gets embarrassing to have to plow through them to get to the finish of this quack and hack novel. The novel will probably sell well because Cook has a following but on the evidence of this one, he’s starting to phone it in big time. I know a book is in trouble with me when I start looking at the shelves to see what’s next. I was doing that about halfway through this novel whose title makes no sense other than to get “death” into it. I found the dialogue stilted and repetitive, the character of Pia totally dominated by her looks, no matter how much she endlessly proclaims she’s a serious medical student, and the science questionable at best and merely glib at its worst. Cook gives signs of burnout, as well he might after the 30 books he has completed. I think he needs to take a sabbatical for some post-doc studies on reality and writing believable dialogue or he should lose his license.

  • Andrew Macrae
    2019-03-29 14:31

    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 hoop. So it is with this latest book by the long-time master of the medical thriller, Robin Cook.In this novel, the beautiful woman is Pia Grazdani, a brilliant and beautiful (is there any other kind in these stories?) fourth year medical student at Columbia University in New York City. Pia has landed a plum assignment as an assistant to the even more brilliant but brittle Dr. Tobias Rothman who is engaged in two simultaneous fields of research—super virulent strains of salmonella and the challenge of growing complete and functioning human organs from stem cells.Every story must have villains and in “Death Benefit,” we have two. Edmund Mathews and Russell Levevre are Wall Street traders who, having made large fortunes by wrecking the economy with sub prime mortgages, are now set on making even larger fortunes with a new company that cons little old ladies out of their life insurance policies. These two are so dastardly they lack only mustaches to twirl. But the thought of order-ready organs for transplant threatens to derail their latest venture and they are growing desperate.So more plates are set to spinning. The Albanian mob makes an appearance, vials of deadly salmonella are stolen, and a container of toxic polonium-210 is tossed into the mix...with the expected deadly consequences.This is a fun read. Sure, there are a few dropped plates along the way, but the book moves along at such a rapid pace that the reader doesn’t notice or mind.Reviewed by Andrew MacRae for Suspense Magazine

  • D.K. Cherian
    2019-04-22 16:04

    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 from foster care. It is a serious flaw in her character and it becomes apparent to readers in the way she treats her friend George, who is in love with her. The creation of such a character to take the centre stage has been successfully engineered by Cook since Pia is believable and quite human. The novel itself is an interesting read, worthy of Robin Cook – the master of medical dramas. While we already know the plot as we are introduced to the antagonist early on and we can pretty much deduce what will happen in terms of what kickstarts Pia into commencing her own investigation, Cook has maintained a fast paced thriller that still manages to keep the reader interested.

  • Nicholas
    2019-03-25 21:17

    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 regard to characters in general, he often seems to fall into the trap of telling instead of showing.That said, the premise of this book was interesting, and it made decent airplane reading.

  • Abhijeet Ranade
    2019-04-17 22:21

    The master of the medical thriller returns! I didn't say that...one 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 that lies the readibility quotient of this story!

  • Amy
    2019-04-19 19:17

    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 the story, but did make for a "tidy" exit.

  • Sheila
    2019-04-17 17:17

    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 found this one to be somewhat of a drudge. I will give this one 3 stars.

  • Crystal Wildermuth
    2019-04-04 22:09

    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 mystery...you knew what happened and why from early on in the book and were just waiting for the characters in the book to catch up!

  • gurpreet kaur
    2019-03-24 20:20

    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.

  • July
    2019-03-25 17:31

    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...al tiempo en que e tardado en leerlos me remito, no he encontrado ni suspense ni acción en las investigaciones, la verdad...no quiero comentar nada del libro porque no vale la pena comentar nada de las tramas ya que opino que no son tales.

  • Jackie
    2019-04-22 19:33

    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!?

  • Jean Leonard
    2019-04-19 19:29

    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.

  • Bonnie
    2019-04-08 21:12

    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.

  • Megan Richardson
    2019-03-28 20:07

    STER-E-O-TYPES

  • Marge
    2019-04-05 14:24

    I did not find the main character likeable in any way, would have preferred her to be the murder victim. Unsatisfactory ending.

  • Sara
    2019-04-13 18:19

    Ugh. Painful. Lack of character development. Inaccuracies regarding medical/research issues. No plot development for pages and pages. Uninteresting conflict with unsatisfying resolution. Ugh.

  • Ellenjsmellen
    2019-04-06 21:11

    A little different direction for a Robin Cook novel. Quick read.