Marker (Jack Stapleton Series #5)

Marker (Jack Stapleton Series #5)

by Robin Cook

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Overview

With his signature blend of suspense and science, Robin Cook delivers an electrifying page-turner that delves into the murky ethics of developing genomic medicine and modern-day health care.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594131486
Publisher: Large Print Press
Publication date: 07/25/2006
Series: Jack Stapleton Series , #5
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 737
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Robin Cook, M.D., is the author of more than thirty books and is credited with popularizing the medical thriller with his wildly successful first novel, Coma. He divides his time among Florida, New Hampshire, and Boston. His most recent novels include Host, Cell, and Nano.

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Marker 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a nurse and work in a intensive care unit, Dr. Cook was dead on in his authors note at the end of this novel. Nurses are greatly underappreciated and underpaid. As the baby boomers in this field retire or burn out, nursing schools can not keep up at a pace to replace them and to make things worse the nurses who do enter the field quickly realize that not only are they under an enormous amount of pressure, but when things go wrong they more than likely are going to be the scape goat. Nurses who work the main floors have at time the responsibility of 8 patients of complicated medical issues, this type of situation usually sets the most experienced nurse up for failure. This is how 'Jazz' a nurse who's depicted in this novel is able to get and keep a job, what has changed is the availability of toxic meds on the floors. I have heard stories of meds like potassium being given in large doses by mistake on floors and in other situations which had devastating results. All in all I really enjoyed Marker, Dr. Cook does a really good job of describing the hospital scenes. The next time you are admitted to the hospital instead if asking who will be seeing you, you should ask how many patients including yourself will your nurse have.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Dr. Laurie Montgomery and Dr. Jack Stapleton (see VECTOR) both work for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and off duty they are lovers living together although each has kept their own apartment. She wants marriage and children while Jack who lost his family is afraid of a commitment. One morning Laurie wakes up and realizes that at forty three she has very few child bearing years left and breaks it off with Jack. --- She throws herself into her work and she finds the case of a twenty-eight year old man very puzzling. He had a foot injury and died but there is no evidence what caused his death. When a woman who has had knee surgery dies for no apparent reason, Laurie begins to think that the two cases are related. When two more exact cases come in, Laurie begins to believe there is a serial killer operating in Manhattan General. As more cases pile up, the only thing the victims have in common is they were young, healthy and new subscribers to AmeriCare Health Insurance. Laurie investigates off the radar because the powers that be don¿t want to believe her and order her to keep her findings in house. --- Robin Cook has written another exciting trademark medical thriller that includes his opinion on the state of medical care in this country, the nursing shortage and the faults of the health care system which are all woven into a mesmerizing storyline. The heroine feels like the Lone Ranger as she struggles to get someone to listen to her and believe what she is saying. MARKER is another triumph for the grandmaster of medical thrillers.--- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very+educative+reading.+Held+me+until+the+last+page%2C%0A%0A
porchsitter55 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good story line, smooth, easy read.
melydia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(unabridged audiobook read by George Guidall): Healthy patients are dying mysteriously, and medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton are on the case. I liked the plot - I wasn't able to guess the twists ahead of time and I learned a bit about medicine and the medical industry in the process - but some of the language got a little tedious. Perhaps doctors are different, but ordinary people do not regularly use that many four-syllable words per sentence. Cook also has an irritating habit of using "questioned" instead of "asked", and having a character get impatient at the silence should there be a pause in the narration for a brief bit of description. Taking in someone's appearance does not cause a noticeable lull in conversation. Most people's brains work more quickly than that. Overall, however, it's a pretty good story. I was indeed on the edge of my seat in parts (which is made worse in audiobooks since you can't read faster to get to the resolution), and the ending was mostly satisfying. Not a deep or especially memorable read, but a nice diversion during my daily commute.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. Based on science made the story real. The characters held the storyline to a natural and exciting pace. They moved the story along at a pace that held my attention and pushed me forward into the next slice of action
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had me from the beginning until the end. Think this is one of the best books by Cook
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Original content, but predictable ending
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In case like me, you are wondering, is this an audio, no which is fine by me.. Would rather read the book. A book with a strong start
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I meant bolt
knitting-quilting More than 1 year ago
Another Robin Cook grabber. Couldn't put it down once I started reading. Don't miss this one, a continuation of Contagion.
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ABCScienceFictionReader More than 1 year ago
I could barely get through it. Just a repeat of previous plots and characters.
Prasvadh More than 1 year ago
Through 'Marker' novel, Robin Cook has exceptionally well-conveyed his candid thoughts about healthcare reforms, genetic markers & their role in predicting the disease in advance, in addition to intelligent coding of the human genome and some of the effects that it holds good for future research. This novel keeps you engrossed till the end & can be responsible for scintillating thoughts after the second half chapters. Worth Reading story that captures the negative consequences that discovery of markers holds true for many of the healthcare organizations & patients.
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