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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Robin Cook returns with another ripped-from-the-headlines medical thriller, where DNA science, biotechnology, and religion collide.It's been more than thirty years since New York City medical examiner Jack Stapleton's college graduation and almost as long since he'd been in touch with former classmates Shawn Doherty and Kevin Murray. Once a highly regarded ophthalmologist, Jack's career took a dramatic turn after a tragic accident that destroyed his family. But that, too, is very much in the past: Jack has remarried - to longtime colleague and fellow medical examiner Laurie Montgomery - and is the father of a young child. But his renegade, activist personality can't rest, and after performing a postmortem on a young college student who had recently been treated by a chiropractor, Jack decides to explore alternative medicine. What makes some people step outside the medical establishment to seek care from practitioners of Eastern philosophies and even faith healers?Jack's classmate Shawn Doherty is now a renowned archeologist and biblical scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, whose taste for good wine and generally deteriorating health are taking a toll on his career. He has recently obtained permission for a final dig beneath Saint Peter's, and despite his long-standing grudge against the Catholic Church, begins his research - which eventually takes him to Jerusalem and Venice - only to make a startling discovery with ecclesiastical and medical implications. And when Kevin Murray, now Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York, gets wind of Shawn's findings, he's desperate to keep them from the public. Kevin has strong political ambitions within the Church, but his association with Shawn threatens to undermine them. Kevin turns to his old friend Jack to help protect an explosive secret - one with the power to change lives forever.
©2009 Robin Cook; (P)2009 Penguin
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By Amazon Customer on 08-18-09

Intervention

By far the worst Robin Cook book I have read. I kept waiting for the storylines to somehow connect but they never really do. Also, the ending made no sense at all. None of the issues were resolved. A wasted Credit!

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By Blythe on 08-22-09

Not the same Robin Cook I once knew

Cook can still pace a narrative to keep you listening even as you realize it is more and more implausible and absurd. He clearly is using it at least in part as a polemic against alternative medicine--he is particularly scathing about chiropractic. His message about the Catholic Church is also mixed and bizarre. The plot is strange and disjointed, and I don't think I remember ever reading a hastier and more slapped together and implausible ending. I kept going, because it was Robin Cook and moments were interesting, but the overall effect was deeply disappointing . . . .

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