Never met a nanotech thriller I didn't like--until now
By Susan Tunis on Dec 28, 2012
Michael Crichton's novel Prey opened the possibilities of nanotechnology to me. Sure the plot was preposterous, but I devoured both the fiction and the fact, and I couldn't stop turning the pages! Subsequently, I've taken great pleasure in other nano-thrillers such as Nano by John Robert Marlow, Plague Year (and its sequels) by Jeff Carlson, and most recently, the award-winning "Debut Thriller of the Year," Spiral by Paul McEuen. I enjoyed each of these novels immensely, and so was looking forward to Dr. Cook's take on the subject. It is unsurprising that his interest in the science of nanotechnology is from a medical perspective. The protagonist of Nano is Pia Grazdani, who some readers met in Cook's prior novel Death Benefit. I am not among those readers, but I don't believe that additional familiarity with the lady would have helped Cook's cause. I found her a truly unlikable protagonist to build a novel (or series?) around. Diagnosed with attachment disorder due to her traumatic upbringing, she's a cold fish indeed. Consequently, no matter how intelligent and beautiful she was, I found it truly difficult to believe that she was so sought after for friendship and romance. I did not enjoy my time in her company at all. And perhaps I could have overlooked that--after all, Mr. Crichton's novels were not known for their cozy characters--if the plot or the science had carried me away. I'm sad to say that this was a three strikes situation. Pia has graduated from med school, but rather than enter residency and get her license to practice, she has (wisely) turned towards the research side of the field. She's doing very well at Nano, LLC, working on original research into microbivores, microscopic bots that can function almost as an auxiliary immune system. Now, you know how readers are always kvetching about too much science in these books? I'm the reader that says, "Give me more! And a bibliography at the back!" Therefore, it is saying something when I tell you that in Dr. Cook's hands this fascinating science is a snooze. Seriously, I don't know how he did it. Things briefly perk up when Pia stumbles across an apparently lifeless body on the company grounds--and then manages to revive him. After which the corporation all but kidnaps the man in order to keep hospital doctors from running further tests on him. But truthfully, none of it was very interesting, very believable, or very well plotted. The final insult is the novel's utter lack of resolution. Oh, Dr. Cook, I grew up reading you. I have such fond memories! Is it you that's changed, or is it me? Whoever it is, we've grown apart. And you, my friend, have jumped the shark.
Ah, the conclusion?
By Havilover on Dec 06, 2012
First, I love Robin Cook's medical mysteries. This book was exciting all the way through, but I am getting a bit weary of books that leave the reader hanging so that there can be another installment in 12 months. Books = Beginning, Middle, End!
Don't bother -Where's the ending?
By Amazon Customer on Jan 02, 2013
I have been a Robin Cook fan since Coma was first published. I have eagerly looked forward to each new book, but this one is by far the worst. The characters are not not well developed, just resurrected from the last book and left two dimensional. My greatest disappointment however was the ending. There wasn't one! I thought my Kindle edition must have not downloaded properly because the book just ended with too much left hanging. It was as if Robin Cook had a deadline from his publisher and just turned in what he had done without ever finishing the book. My recommendation is don't bother.
By Readinglance on Dec 30, 2012
The end was so disappointing. It's as if Robin Cook just got tired of writing the book, or otherwise walked away from it. The protagonist isn't a strong one - she makes such stupid mistakes, I had to think, "Is this why I don't care so much that it has such a fade out end, with nothing resolved?" It dragged on throughout...and the end could have made it worth-while (for me, anyway) but it did not! I hate to say it, but it's the first time I've looked at time spent on a book and thought "it was a waste of time." Robin Cook is usually better than that. Good thing is was a library book, but it wasn't worth the special request order!
NANO book review
By Casandra on Dec 12, 2012
I listened to this book NANO by Robin Cook on CD.. I like the story, tho he left a lot of loose ends at the end. I did not like that. After going with him thru the whole book and to not pull it all together at the end is disappointing. Not sure why he left it like that.
Robin Cook's Worst Book
By S. Davis on Jan 05, 2013
Nano is Robin Cook's Worst book by far, not worth the time invested My wife and I used to count the months until the next "Cook Book" came out because they were so incredibly good, but his last couple of books have been very disappointing. His latest release "Nano" has shallow, one dimensional, and unlikeable characters I hoped would not carry over from his last book. The story itself also lacks the depth and mystery that Cook is famous for and just seems to plod along forever, and then the worst part is it doesn't end. There is a cliff hanger that is suposed to make the reader concerned over characters that you couldn't care less about. Though my wife has given up on Robin Cook I will probably hold on in hopes that his books will return to what they once were. However, I cannot suffer through 400+ more pages of unpleasant predictable Pia and Pathetic George, so I will wait for the book after next.
Formulaic Robin Cook books are getting boring
By No Bs Guy on Dec 19, 2012
Robin Cook's writings are getting a bit tiresome. This one, as others, revolves around a character investigating horrible human experimentation by immoral evil businessmen, this time at a nanotechnology firm. His books have really become too formulaic and really haven't been that good lately. Additionally dragging down this one is his main character, Pia. She is really irritating, and, frankly, I could care less if the evil corporation bumps her off.
I want my money back!
By Rialtime on Feb 28, 2013
I am not sure where to begin. I have read most, if not all, of Robin Cook's books over the years. I have always enjoyed them. The book, Nano, is not any good. I read the first book that introduced, Pia, and I didn't like her in that book. I thought, well maybe she will grow in the second bood. She didn't. She was still the self absorbed, rude, egomaniac from the first book. She is supposed to have a disorder that explains her behavior. The problem is, she knows she has the disorder and makes no attempt whatsoever to get professional help. She is content to be rude, selfish and bitchy. As for the story line, this book drags on and on. It gets really boring. I only finished it because I paid good money for it. What I have said so far, is my opinion of the book. Now I want to give my opinion of, Dr. Robin Cook, for trying to force me to buy another book. I believe an author makes an unwritten contract with the reader. If the reader gives him money for what he has written, he will do his best to provide the reader with the advertised product. Unless I missed it, there was no mention that a second purchase would be required to find out what happened to the characters in this book. I wouldn't have bought the next one anyway, because I really don't like the characters and the story line is boring. But, just on principle I won't buy a book when the author is trying to force me to buy his product again. He could have given this book a satisfactory ending and still written a third book in the series. If this book was good, people would buy the next book because they want another good read. But the trick won't work, because I doubt that most people care what happens to, Pia. I sure don't.
Wait for the second part of this book before buying
By Raul Marquez on Dec 28, 2012
I have been an avid Robin Cook fan since Coma, having read ALL of his books from "Year of the Intern" to "Nano". I felt betrayed by the "ending" of this book. It just ends without any conclusion. It feels as if someone tore off the last pages of the book..... Would not recommend buying this one until the conclusion is published.
The Red Flag Issue
By Fiction Lover on Apr 13, 2013
Despite the "Red Flag Issue" of the many negative reviews, I purchased this book in the hopes that Dr. Cook would have an interesting take on nanotechnology. At the time I bought it, I was reading Marker (One of his Jack Stapleton NYC medical examiner novels) and really enjoying it. I guess that made me think that I would be able to push through the bad parts. The problem is, the bad parts are Really Boring because of repetition and just bad writing. The plot is hard to buy. First you meet Pia, another anti-social knock out, a character that is becoming a cliche in Dr. Cook's novel. She apparently had some psychiatric disorder from her abusive childhood which renders her so rude and self absorbed that when an old friend comes to visit, she ignores him to the point that he has to insist she accompany him to buy some food so that he can eat - but in protest she refuses to get dressed and sits in the car in her robe. Really?? The plot just gets more ridiculous with the writing becoming equally as bad. I quote "she saw a male figure laying face down, legs straight and arms stuck out to the side, as if he had been crucified and tipped off the cross and onto the ground. He didn't seem to be moving. . . Her intuition told her the man was in trouble." Really? Her Intuition told her? A Columbia Medical School graduate needs to rely on intuition to know that a person laying face down and not moving is in trouble? Lassie would have known and she only went to Obedience School. Her first reaction is that she doesn't possibly know enough to help this man because she has forgone her medical residency for research. We then spend the next 20 pages with her insisting to anyone that will listen, that the man was in full cardiac arrest when she found him. It just gets more absurd as the ER doctor allows her to perform an exam on this man and take blood. (Doctors don't take blood!) The Hospital administrator accepts thousands of dollars in cash for his bill - from the representative of the Evil Corporation- and 'Pia-the-anti-social' says more to the ER doctor in 15 minutes than she does to her friend in a long weekend. And we are graced with more wonderful writing when Pia discovers she is acting normal and "A red flag went up in Pia's brain" (about the ER doc she has just met) "because he was a man, a good-looking man." On the next page we are reminded that Pia is "undeniably gorgeous with exotic features and lovely skin. . . he was enthralled with her." Of course he was enthralled with her, apparently the ER is filled with people in soiled scrubs and hair suggesting they arrived to work in a convertible. Who wouldn't fall for an exotic hottie in running togs and a doctor's coat. The dialog is terrible, the main plot is repeated ad nauseum and I found myself wondering if Dr. Cook's editor was on vacation. If I didn't know that publishing was all digital now, I would swear the editor threw the manuscript up in the air and then just worked on the pages that landed on the desk. After 150 pages, I don't think I can read anymore.