The New York Timesbest-selling author and master of the medical thriller returns with a top-notch fusion of groundbreaking medical science and edge-of-your-seat suspense.
George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc.
George's initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating. He awakens one morning to find his fiancée dead in bed alongside him, not long after she participated in an iDoc beta test. Then several of his patients die after undergoing imaging procedures. All of them had been part of the same beta test.
Is it possible that iDoc is being subverted by hackers - and that the U.S. government is involved in a cover-up? Despite threats to both his career and his freedom, George relentlessly seeks the truth, knowing that if he's right, the consequences could be lethal.
©2014 Robin Cook (P)2014 Penguin Audiobooks
The story is great, very entertaining. I could hardly stop listening. But then, in book 3, there is suddenly an 'epilogue' (in my opinion, it hardly qulifies, since it's only a few lines) and the story is over. For me, the story was nog finished at all! I don't want to give anything away, but let's say that it is completely unknown to me how this story ends.
I find it hard to compare this story to another book, but the theme and way it is written makes me think of Tess Gerritsen. Difference is that she does write endings to her stories.
I enjoyed the whole book, except for the epilogue.
I am very disappointed in the way this book is written. It looks like the author suddenly didn't feel like writing anymore and decided to end the book. He really killed his own story.
If you like to make up your own endings, like a great story that is very well told, this book is for you. If you want a complete story, don't start reading/listening this one. It will disappoint you too.
"A Little Disappointed"
Yes....I like Robin Cooks novels. Always worth checking out.
Yes....I'm hoping he will go back to his more realistic characters, like Jack Stapleton.
He captures the real essence of the characters.
Yes....not sure of who could play main role. He would need to play "naive" very well.
I used to excitedly await Robin Cooks new books. Now I tend to wait and see the reviews. He's gotten a little unrealistic. I found this one the same....but I'm not giving up on him!
Robin Cook nailed this one! I work in Health Care and the idea of an app that controls a patients care is not outrageous.
If one thinks of the just how much technology is used in health care and the outrageous cost of care in this country coupled with the use of social media for communication it doesn't take a lot of imagination to see where things COULD go.
I found merit in both the arguments of the insurance company and the protagonist.
An EXCELLENT book and George Guidall is icing on the cake.
"Need a Sequel"
Good story. I have heard that an implant similar to this is already in the works for diabetics. Kinda scary. Interesting references to Obamacare. Love the way Robin Cook takes a current topic and writes a novel about it. I really do need to know what happens to George. When will "Cell 2" be released? Also, love George Guidall's narration.
"There's an app for that!"
I haven't listened to or read a Robin Cook book in years. But the idea of having an iphone app called idoc was intriguing...and scary! Can you imagine using your iphone instead of seeing a doctor? How about your phone managing your meds? What if you're somewhere where the signal is lousy, your battery is dead and the power is out? I liked this book.
"Robin Cook never let's his readers down!"
I would definitely recommend this book. You are hooked from the first page. Great roller coaster ride.
The development of the characters. You feel like you are there with them, viewing the events.
George, but he did an awesome job with all of them.
Absolutely! I listened to it one weekend when I was taking wallpaper down! Sure made the time fly by!
Not fond of the ending, so there must be a sequel coming out. Hopefully sooner rather than later
"Where's the ENDING??"
Yes, but not for a while. Cook is always about an internist stumbling on an Insurance Conspiracy, when no one else believes them. Comma was the best at this, everything else is the same. I do like his story concepts, but his characters are all the same.
Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes. I just finished Dr. Sleep and couldn't put it down. "The Stand" and "The Shinning unite!"
When George started to wise up, and not trust EVERYONE as his friend!! No person is that stupid or naive!? Very gullible for a Doctor??
Not with no ending, or hint to a sequel.
Listen to the first line of each chapter, then call it a day. That's how complicated the characters are, but the concept of a 24/7 personal doctor is, "cool."
My wife liked the beginning of this book because it was related to health care, which she works in, so this might be more enjoyable to anyone in health care.
Not sure, definitely non-fiction.
I have no idea - but he's a very good reader. I've listened to several books narrated by him and he's always good.
No one in particular.
My main problem with this book is how predictable it was. I knew the entire plot after about an hour of listening. There were no surprises at all from that point forward.
"It ended too soon"
This is typical Robin Cook...what I count on when I read his books. A great premise underlies the foundation of this work.
Not his best, but certainly worth reading if you like his work.
Cell is written by Robin Cook, narrated by George Guidall, and about the audiobook is about 10.5 hours of listening. In the Robin Cook genre, Cell is a medical thriller. In a concept from the headlines, Cell centers on the iDoc application/cell phone. With the current medical applications available in the real world today, i.e., heart/pulse rate, exercise apps, etc., the possibilities raised in this story are chillingly real. iDoc is imagined to replace the necessity for the primary care physician. It even allows for screen tap monitoring of body chemistries and dispensing as needed of drugs like insulin. None of this sounds too far fetched, does it?
Cell takes the concept and runs away with the possibilities … mysterious deaths, the app making decisions. A small hospital radiologist is our hero, and the digging for the truth is fraught with danger in search of the greedy and/or guilty.
George Guidall is … well … George Guidall … great. A good narrator will make a good book better, so they say ... ’tis true with Cell.
Typical Robin Cook! Enjoy.
much of the story requires me to suspend belief. Interesting and timely with the advent of FitBits.
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