Coma Mass Market Paperback – Oct 12 2001
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"Gripping, terrifying, fast-paced suspense."―The New York Times
"Strikes a deafening chord of terror."―The Washington Post
"Unputdownable . . . A chilling, fast-moving suspense thriller"―The Boston Globe --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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I read it before I read 'Sphinx', so unlike some reviewers, I was unable to compare the two novels. However, this is THE book that turned me into a Robin Cook fan. He keeps writing and I keep coming back for more!
I disagree with other reviewers who claim that Cook's books are too technical and that the reader requires a medical background to understand the lingo. I think that the context of Cook's words render that unnecessary. I don't have a medical background and I've never had any difficulty in understanding the terminology. Cook's medical background lends an tone of authenticity to his novels.
Coma is highly suspenseful. I wouldn't recommend the book for a late night read if you're at home alone.
Coma takes place in Boston Memorial in the late 1960's. Third year medical student, Susan Wheeler, begins what she thought would be a normal hospital rotation until numerous patients who underwent normal, routine surgery but never awoke and slipped into a irreversible coma. Over a brief period, several events take place. From an unsightly eye, as well as ear-full in the hospital morgue, to endless pursuits lead by an estranged hired hit man, to an illegal institute that had other plans in mind for the comatose patients, other than care. The non-stop entities make for an excellent sci-fi novel. Susan Wheeler is on a personal mission to find an explanation as to why over twelve patients have slipped into irreparable comas after standard surgery in the abominable OR #8.
Cook organized Coma as a diary anecdote. Each new 'chapter' is headed by the date and time to give a precise account of the events that did and will take place. Cook's style of writing stays constant throughout the novel, he is very persuasive yet logical in his writing. Each major event that occurs is not so obvious as to what the outcome will be, yet once uncovered, it makes perfect sense.Read more ›
Robin Cook's style of writing is kind of technical with the medical terms. It is easy to use clues, to fiqure out the meaning of terms. His method of organization is cause/effect, because for every reaction their is either a positive or negative reaction. The author neglected to finish the end of the book and tell the audience about what happened th Wheeler.This book is for mature teenagers, because some of the language and the thoughts of many characters are obsene. The author keeps your attention by making you keep reading the book until the end. At the end of the book the author reveal many of the questions that you wanted answered throughout the book. Coma starts off calm, then toward the end of the book you can't put it down!!
Most recent customer reviews
trash novel, no tension, ending is unclear and the book is weak on the whole, just qausi-tension interupted with interlueds of self pitying woman doctor, talking on and on and on... Read morePublished 1 month ago by elliot wilson
Robin Cook's Coma is a gripping medical thriller with lots of surprises. It all starts with some patients having surgery on minor injuries. Read morePublished on May 7 2003
I'm actually a semi-fan of Robin Cook, especially for books on tape for long car trips (which is how I heard this one). Do not listen to the other reviewers. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2002
Apart from giving some nice insight into medical processes in the hospital to novices, this book is a wonderful fast paced and gripping medical thriller which keeps you guessing... Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2002 by Srini Kanagala
Coma was a good weekend read. The suspense built gradually from the very beginning and by the last few chapters was moving rapidly. Read morePublished on June 22 2001 by N.O.L.
All I can say is that Susan Wheeler is lucky there was a gigantic conspiracy taking place. The way she ditched her surgical rotation tasks within a day of starting because of some... Read morePublished on June 18 2001
Coma was one of my favorite books of a couple decades ago, and when I revisited it recently I was surprised to find it still quite enjoyable, despite being somewhat dated in terms... Read morePublished on Dec 28 2000 by Christopher B. Jonnes
This was my first Robin Cook book, and I will be coming back. This is the sort of book you should throw in the bottom of your carry on bag as you head off on a trip, it is great... Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2000 by tommy2405