Friday, August 28, 2009

Book Review for 'Intervention' by Robin Cook

Robin Cook's 'Intervention' was released this month and published by Putnam Books.
In this book, we delve into the life of Jack Stapelton, a highly regarded ophthalmologist, until a plane crash takes the lives of his wife and two children. Then his career path takes a dramatic turn. Now, Jack is remarried and has a young son. All seems well, except for Jack's recurring nightmares. When his young son is diagnosed with a rare disease and an autopsy on a healthy young college student reveals some unusual results, Jack's renegade, activist personality comes into play. He then begins to explore the field of alternative medicines. After 30 years Jack's college buddy Shawn Doherty, now a renowned archaeologist and biblical scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, contacts Jack about something he's discovered on his latest archaeological dig. His find, the possible remains of the Virgin Mary, are significant not only in biblical terms but in medical terms as well. That's when Jack's other college friend, Kevin Murray, now the Bishop of the Archdiocese in New York, gets wind of the find and enlists Jack's help to keep under wraps, this explosive secret that could change lives forever!
Let me first say that Robin Cook is one of the greats in the literary field today and is always providing fresh stories for his hungry readers. I am quite sure there will be many people who will enjoy this book. 'Intervention' is well written and has a fantastic plot. However I did not enjoy reading this book as much as I thought I would. It felt drawn out and lengthy to me and I found myself bored at times. Don't take my word for it. If you are a fan of Mr. Cook, you will almost certainly enjoy 'Intervention' and the places it takes you. I will still rush out to buy Mr.Cook's new releases and wait with baited breath for his next medical thriller!
C.K.Webb

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