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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.
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By Paul T. on 02-16-14
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.
17 of 19 people found this review helpful
By Blenda on 02-08-14
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.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By Hans on 02-28-14
Great story, end is missing
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
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.
What other book might you compare Cell to, and why?
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.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
I enjoyed the whole book, except for the epilogue.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
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.
Any additional comments?
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.