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Library Journal
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In Nano, Cook's microrobots ingested viruses In his new medical technothiller, researchers are beta-testing iDoc, a customizable, diagnostic smartphone application aimed at replacing primary care doctors by monitoring a patient's medical condition. As corporate health-care giants and power brokers scurry to secure funding from Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare, iDoc malfunctions-interpreting data inaccurately, killing patients. George Wilson, a senior radiology resident at the L.A. University Medical Center, suspects that five of his terminally ill patients who participated in the iDoc beta test died after experiencing difficulties with their microchip implants. Dr. Hanson, chair of the radiology department, as well as an iDoc investor, attempts to dissuade Wilson of his suspicions. However, Wilson hires a rogue computer hacker who confirms that these lethal signals originated from a government agency monitoring cost-control measures. Verdict Cook, ever the master of the medical thriller, combines controversial biomedical research issues with critical ethical concerns and gripping suspense. This outstanding and thought-provoking thriller will attract a wide readership.-Jerry P. Miller, Cambridge, MA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

In Nano, Cook's microrobots ingested viruses In his new medical technothiller, researchers are beta-testing iDoc, a customizable, diagnostic smartphone application aimed at replacing primary care doctors by monitoring a patient's medical condition. As corporate health-care giants and power brokers scurry to secure funding from Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare, iDoc malfunctions-interpreting data inaccurately, killing patients. George Wilson, a senior radiology resident at the L.A. University Medical Center, suspects that five of his terminally ill patients who participated in the iDoc beta test died after experiencing difficulties with their microchip implants. Dr. Hanson, chair of the radiology department, as well as an iDoc investor, attempts to dissuade Wilson of his suspicions. However, Wilson hires a rogue computer hacker who confirms that these lethal signals originated from a government agency monitoring cost-control measures. Verdict Cook, ever the master of the medical thriller, combines controversial biomedical research issues with critical ethical concerns and gripping suspense. This outstanding and thought-provoking thriller will attract a wide readership.-Jerry P. Miller, Cambridge, MA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Book list
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Cook, whose books are generally mixtures of good ideas and just-barely-passable writing, here focuses on a fictional new technology, iDoc, a smartphone-based diagnostic tool that appears to be connected to the deaths of several people, including the fiancee of the book's central character, Dr. George Wilson, who has appeared in previous Cook novels and will risk his career, not to mention his life, to penetrate a murderous conspiracy. The prose is typical for Cook: workmanlike, at best, but definitely clunky, feeling more like a dashed-off first draft than a polished final product (in many cases, he takes several repetitive sentences to say something that could have been said in one artfully constructed sentence). On the other hand, also typically, the ideas are interesting and just plausible enough to make you think: hey, what if this really happened? Fans of Cook's lengthy oeuvre will certainly enjoy this book, but it may receive a less warm reception from readers who like their medical thrillers to be more evenly balanced between ideas and polished prose. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: It may not be artful, but Cook has found a formula that keeps readers coming back for more. That won't change here.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publishers Weekly
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By combining plausible developments in artificial intelligence with current concerns about the number of available general practitioners, Cook (Nano) has produced one of his better recent thrillers. L.A. radiology resident George Wilson is racked with guilt after his fiancee, Kasey Lynch, dies of hypoglycemia as he was sleeping next to her. As he prepares to begin his final year of residency, a former med school colleague and occasional lover, Paula Stonebrenner, invites George to attend a rollout of iDoc, a smartphone app that functions as an individualized primary-care physician, which uses sensors to continually monitor vital signs and provide instantaneous diagnosis and treatment. The concept seems too good to be true, and that apprehension proves warranted when several test subjects of the app die unexpectedly, leading George to become obsessed with ascertaining the cause. The truth behind the deaths is both logical and surprising, and enables Cook to engage with serious medical ethics issues. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.