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Coma [Mass Market Paperback]

Robin Cook
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Oct. 12 2001 Signet Books
Patients undergoing routine surgery fail to awaken from anesthesia.

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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.

About the Author

Dr. Robin Cook is the author of thirty previous books, most recently Nano, and is credited with popularizing the medical thriller with his wildly successful first novel, Coma. He divides his time between Boston and Florida. His most recent bestsellers include Death Benefit, Cure, and Intervention.

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Nancy Greenly lay on the operating table on her back, staring up at the large kettledrum-shaped lights in operating room No. 8, trying to be calm. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best of the Genre Aug. 30 2004
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Format:Hardcover
I consider this novel to be one of the best examples of the 'medical thriller' genre.
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.
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Author Robin Cook, M.D, published the spine-chilling shocker, written in only two weeks, Coma, in 1978. Cook, not always a novelist, graduated from Columbia University in 1966 and began his work at Harvard University a few years later as a medical doctor. Cook began his writing to get people's awareness dealing with current medical issues that would enlighten the public. Cook's technique involves using his knowledge of medicine and surgery to give clear and accurate descriptions throughout the medical mystery.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars About the Book of Coma March 18 2002
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This story takes place in Boston in 1976. This influences the actions of the characters greatly, because the story talks a great deal about women not being equal to men. The characters in this book are very believable. The protagonists include Susan, Bellows, and Stark. The most memorable character would have to be Susan. She was incredibly smart and talented. She stood for something in the world, and she was not afraid to show it. Robin Cook really makes the reader care about Susan a great deal. He spends almost the entire story following around Susan, and the reader gets an in depth idea of her life. The plot is rather simple. Susan is a third year medical student, and she is just started to work at a hospital. She realizes that many patients have gone into comas lately. Susan investigates this matter, and soon many people get upset at her for snooping around. In fact, Susan loses her entire position at the hospital. Susan is threatened by a man, but she still persistently tries to get to the bottom of this mystery. At the end of the story, Susan finds out the truth. There is a group of doctors taking innosent people's lives so that they can do research on them. Susan ends up being a patient for these doctors to work on. The author does a lot to keep the reader interested in the book. He keeps the reader on the edge of his/her seat by adding in emotion and normalcy to his writing. I find this story extremely compelling. It's interesting because I learned a lot about the medical field. Also, it's unique because it's made me think that, possibly, there could be crazy people out there who do wierd things with bodies. The author uses suspence perfectly. When Susan is being attacked by the man, Cook keeps the reader on the edge of his/her seat. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars COMA IS AN EXCELLENT BOOK!!!!!! Feb. 19 2002
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Coma is a great book about the medical field. The author is Robin Cook, who coincidentally is a doctor, who writes chilling stories about his practice.The title COMA has a lot to do with the main subject of the book. The book is about a college student named, Susan Wheeler and how she investagates how the many patients are slipping into comas unexpectally. She goes through many obstacles to try to the find the answers. None of the doctors or employees at the hospital want to help her. She then fiqures out the problem and that's when many people want bad things done to her.
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!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coma
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 more
Published on May 7 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK PUT ME IN A COMA!!!!
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 more
Published on Aug. 29 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars fast paced medico thriller
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 more
Published on Feb. 12 2002 by Srini Kanagala
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but dated, could have been a 4 or 5 star, but...
Coma was a good weekend read. The suspense built gradually from the very beginning and by the last few chapters was moving rapidly. Read more
Published on June 22 2001 by N.O.L.
3.0 out of 5 stars Med student from hell
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 more
Published on June 18 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Still A Good Read.
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 more
Published on Dec 28 2000 by Christopher B. Jonnes
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Drama.
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 more
Published on Nov. 19 2000 by tommy2405
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Suspensful
Coma was a very thrilling book! Every page was a new experience. I recommend the book to readers who are patient and that love to read. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Ending!
This is one of my favorite Robin cook books. It is extremely good for only being his second novel. It is about this medical student, who stumbles upon some suspicious findings... Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2000 by "prestond"
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