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The explosive new thriller from New York Times best-selling author and master of the medical thriller, Robin Cook.
Lynn Peirce, a fourth-year medical student at South Carolina's Mason-Dixon University, thinks she has her life figured out. But when her otherwise healthy boyfriend, Carl, enters the hospital for routine surgery, her neatly ordered life is thrown into total chaos. Carl fails to return to consciousness after the procedure, and an MRI confirms brain death.
Devastated by Carl's condition, Lynn searches for answers. Convinced there's more to the story than what the authorities are willing to reveal, Lynn uses all her resources at Mason-Dixon - including her initially reluctant lab partner, Michael Pender - to hunt down evidence of medical error or malpractice.
What she uncovers, however, is far more disturbing. Hospitals associated with Middleton Healthcare, including the Mason-Dixon Medical Center, have unnervingly high rates of unexplained anesthetic complications and patients contracting serious and terminal illness in the wake of routine hospital admissions.
When Lynn and Michael begin to receive death threats, they know they're into something bigger than either of them anticipated. They soon enter a desperate race against time for answers before shadowy forces behind Middleton Healthcare and their partner, Sidereal Pharmaceuticals, can put a stop to their efforts once and for all.
©2015 Robin Cook (P)2015 Penguin Audio
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By Christopher on 10-23-15

I've read this before...

Back in high school I read a book called Coma. The whole time I read this book "Host", I couldn't help thinking I've read this same plot before. I know it is the same author and I don't know if his other books since "Coma" are as similar as this one is, but I always felt one step ahead of what was going on. Yes, there are tense moments and it is written well for a medical mystery (a lot of medical jargon thrown in which I didn't understand all that well). And I guess if you haven't read "Coma" then you might enjoy and be surprised. I wasn't. The narrator does a fine job. I

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By Vicki on 11-09-15

Entertaining but not too original

Probably because I listen too every one of Robin Cook's books (I started with COMA years ago), I am starting to see a "pattern" to his books. Each story follows a similar "script", so along the way, parts of the book are very predictable. Having said that, I still like Robin Cook. He may not be my favorite author, but he is way up there. In this book, there is a little too much stretching of realism. The way that two medical students are able to make their way around the hospital system and get what ever information they want lacks realism. I sometimes felt that the story was too "accommodating" in that a lot of events were simply too convenient, but were necessary for the story to proceed. The way that the bad guys infiltrated the anesthesia system for their evil deeds was just a little too far-fetched. As usual, a conspiracy of hospital personnel was necessary in order to facilitate the evil-doing. I don't mind stretching the imagination to advance the plot, but I thought parts of this story were a little too convenient. I would recommend this book, but the listener has to realize it requires a vivid imagination and not too much questioning of the lack of realism.

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