Outbreak

Outbreak Murder And Mystery Reach Epidemic Proportions When A Devastating Plague Sweeps The Country

Dr Marissa Blumenthal Of The Atlanta Centers For Disease Control Investigates—and Soon Uncovers The Medical World's Deadliest Secret

Robin Cook a pseudonym of Robert William Arthur Cook.

Dr. Robin Cook (born May 4, 1940 in New York City, New York) is an American doctor / novelist who writes about medicine, biotechnology, and topics affecting public health.

He is best known for being the author who created the medical-thriller genre by combining medical writing with the thriller genre of writing. His books have been bestsellers on the "New York Times" Bestseller List with several at #1. A number of his books have also been featured in Reader's Digest. Many were also featured in the Literary Guild. Many have been made into motion pictures.

Cook is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Columbia University School of Medicine. He finished his postgraduate medical training at Harvard that included general surgery and ophthalmology. He divides his time between homes in Florida, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts where he lives with his wife Jean. He is currently on leave from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He has successfully combined medical fact with fiction to produce a succession of bestselling books. Cook's medical thrillers are designed, in part, to make the public aware of both the technological possibilities of modern medicine and the ensuing ethical conundrums.


Cook got a taste of the larger world when the Cousteau Society recruited him to run its blood - gas lab in the South of France while he was in medical school. Intrigued by diving, he later called on a connection he made through Jacques Cousteau to become an aquanaut with the US Navy Sealab when he was drafted in the 60's. During his navy career he served on a nuclear submarine for a seventy-five day stay underwater where he wrote his first book! [1]


Cook was a private member of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Board of Trustees, appointed to a six-year term by the President George W. Bush.[2]


[edit] Doctor / Novelist
Dr. Cook's profession as a doctor has provided him with ideas and background for many of his novels. In each of his novels, he strives to write about the issues at the forefront of current medical practice.
To date, he has explored issues such as organ donation, genetic engineering,fertility treatment, medical research funding, managed care, medical malpractice, drug research, drug pricing, specialty hospitals, stem cells, and organ transplantation.[3]


Dr. Cook has been remarked to have an uncanny ability to anticipate national controversy. In an interview with Dr.Cook, Stephen McDonald talked to him about his novel Shock; Cook admits the timing of Shock was fortuitous. "I suppose that you could say that it's the most like Coma in that it deals with an issue that everybody seems to be concerned about," he says, "I wrote this book to address the stem cell issue, which the public really doesn't know much about. Besides entertaining readers, my main goal is to get people interested in some of these issues, because it's the public that ultimately really should decide which way we ought to go in something as that has enormous potential for treating disease and disability but touches up against the ethically problematic abortion issue."[4]


Keeping his lab coat handy helps him turn our fear of doctors into bestsellers. "I joke that if my books stop selling, I can always fall back on brain surgery," he says. "But I am still very interested in being a doctor. If I had to do it over again, I would still study medicine. I think of myself more as a doctor who writes, rather than a writer who happens to be a doctor." After 35 books,he has come up with a diagnosis to explain why his medical thrillers remain so popular. "The main reason is, we all realize we are at risk. We're all going to be patients sometime," he says. "You can write about great white sharks or haunted houses, and you can say I'm not going into the ocean or I'm not going in haunted houses, but you can't say you're n

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  • Paperback
  • 340 pages
  • Outbreak
  • Robin Cook
  • English
  • 25 February 2019
  • 9780425106877

10 thoughts on “Outbreak

  1. says:

    2.5 - I'm feeling generous with the round up to three.

    First - if you are looking for an outbreak book involving the risk of an end of humanity while a group of intrepid heroes fight for survival - this is not that book! There is very little actual outbreak, it is only a side plot to the main story.

    I do enjoy the stories Cook is trying to tell, but sometimes it is a struggle to get through them. I feel like he really has a cool story and fascinating ideas, but that he is not a very good writer. There is a fine line between an enjoyable book without a lot of depth and a cringe worthy jumble of coincidences and forced plot points.

    Also - his formula seems to be the following: a bumbling but attractive female lead who lacks good common sense, makes poor decisions, and receives chauvinistic treatment from a slew of arrogant male leads (two or three of which she is considering sleeping with). Just switch the plot around and you have 3 out of every 4 Cook novels.

    I will keep reading Cook because I want to see if it gets better (and I am running out of Crichton novels).

  2. says:

    I was a big Cook fan at one time. Outbreak presents a very scary and distressing topic. The romance was overdone though.

  3. says:

    That was pretty disappointing, really. I once read some advice that said if the author's name is larger than the title of the book, you should avoid it. This book may be evidence to support that. I mean, it was published in 1988 sure, but it was basically a Nancy Drew mystery with a medical setting. With the level of writing prowess to match...

    There isn't much of a synopsis I can provide that isn't covered by the book's description. There are outbreaks of Ebola, and a doctor from the CDC is investigating to find out why. That's really just about it.

    The first half of the book was really iffy. I've studied epidemiology and I find it very interesting, so I enjoyed it, but it really reads like a documentary discussing what would happen if a serious disease were to break out and what steps would be taken to contain it. Now, having studied epidemiology, it really wasn't saying anything new to me, either, but it felt like the author really wanted you to know that they know what they're talking about here. What's worse, it's re-described for every subsequent case. Each and every time she goes into a room with a patient, the book describes her putting on her protective gear bit by bit, observing sterile procedures, minimizing chances of spreading or contracting the virus, washing her hands once she's done... no seriously, we get it. They do the same fucking thing for each case.

    The second half of the book was a bit better, although it was your standard generic action movie style story of rushing to get to the evidence/whatever before the bad guys get to the protagonist. I have to confess I kinda skimmed through some of it because I was in a hurry to come write a bitchy review. Nothing new here, and nothing all that interesting either really, although it's not a complete waste of time if you're just looking for a distraction for a couple of hours. It also requires a bit of suspension of belief when you start delving into motives and whatnot, but as long as you're not looking for any real mental stimulation...

    Unfortunately for this book, the somewhat interesting descriptions of how to handle a virus outbreak is interrupted by cheesy romance drama. The entire country is at risk from a seriously infectious virus that has a 94% fatality rate, and her boss stops to hit on her. When she rebuffs him, he spends the entire rest of the book making her life (and very important job...) difficult because his nose is out of joint from the rejection. What's WORSE - She feels GUILTY about not going along with it and wonders (over and over again) if she should have just slept with him. Oh and also two other guys are hitting on her throughout the book but she's just so humble and self conscious that she doesn't really realize it. (view spoiler)

  4. says:

    The title makes it seem like a pandemic.However,the outbreak isn't all that severe,though 84 people get infected in one go.

    It is more of an action thriller,rather than a medical thriller.There are lots of characters,each indistinguishable from the other.There is plenty of action,though it doesn't leave a lasting impression like several of Robin Cook's books.

    2.5 stars,rounded up.

  5. says:

    *reader gives book a long, evil side-eye*

    So, uh, let me get this straight..

    Very tiny, super attractive doctor stumbles upon Big Evil Conspiracy.
    Very tiny, super attractive doctor gets hit on by every man around her that's not trying to kill her. Very tiny, super attractive doctor somehow manages to be almost completely inept on a personal level, makes horrible choices, and still manages to save the day.
    Very tiny, super attractive doctor completely forgives guy who was a complete buttpucker to her for the majority of the novel at the end, and we're to assume a happily every after.

    Oh, also, there's mention of Ebola now and then.

    *grumbles and stomps off*

  6. says:

    Robin Cook writes great medical thrillers. He's one of the best. I go to Grisham for legal thrillers sometimes. I'm looking for better writers who do as well or better than these two.
    UPDATE 2020: This is an excellent novel on how you work with contagion.

  7. says:

    I think I’m reading too much virus books these days. Can’t help it given the current scenario.

    This book was very interesting. I enjoyed the novels plot. An Ebola like virus outbreaks are happening in cities. But there are gaps of one month from each city. A virus spreads immediately, almost 10 to 14 days, but here the gaps were too much. So how can it spread, unless it’s deliberately done.

    The main protagonist Dr. Marissa was very likable and I could totally relate to her. But I don’t know what happened to her after half of the book, she started behaving kinda stubborn. The later half was too over the top. And I felt the ending was rushed.
    Nonetheless, I enjoyed the book.

  8. says:

    This was a disappointing book.

    To its credit, the novel lives up to its reputation as a fast-paced medical thriller. The story begins with mysterious outbreaks of Ebola appearing in different hospitals of the country, with no initially obvious connection between them. A new doctor from the CDC is assigned to find out why the early outbreaks are occurring and help contain them, and she gets drawn into a political (mystery/thriller) plot.

    Why the mediocre review? I was turned off by the romantic drama, which seemed cheesy, sexist, and outdated. Although our female heroine is a very competent young doctor, I found it annoying that the author had to mention how beautiful and sexy all the men in the book found her on virtually every page. Multiple coworkers put the moves on her, and no man acts like merely a "good platonic friend" toward her. (The book was written in the 1980s not the 1950s, so I think he could have done better). The doctor's boss at the CDC even got angry after she refused to go on a date with him, and he subsequently started treating he poorly and took her off the case. Normally, I don't mind a good romantic subplot in a fast-paced thriller, but this one annoyed me and detracted from the overall flow of the novel!

  9. says:

    I found Outbreak a little hard to get into at first, but it slowly progressed into a very intriguing medical thriller.

  10. says:

    Since I've read most of Robin Cook's books, and rate them all a 3, one would wonder why I keep buying them, right?

    I consider this an "Airplane book," that is, a good read when you're sitting in an uncomfortable seat and can't move your arms much, and need something to distract you from the world around you. A solid, fun, read, good for the beach, the deck, or a long airplane ride, when all you want is to escape to another world and another life. Something that holds your attention, and doesn't require a great deal of thinking or examining of your path in life.

    I rate books a 5 when they are life-changing, a 3 when they are just a good read. So regardless of my 3 rating, I will most likely continue to buy all of Robin Cook's books.

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