Robin Cook is an esteemed doctor and a best-selling author. Combining his professional expertise and creative talents, he has crafted more than 20 widely popular medical thrillers. Each is an unforgettable journey into the darkest recesses of hospitals and laboratories. In exchange for a generous fee, Deborah and Joanna have donated eggs at the Wingate Fertility Clinic. Months later, the young women are still curious about what has happened to their eggs, so they disguise their appearances and get jobs at the clinic. But instead of answers, they begin to discover experiments in cloning that are more terrifying than anything they could imagine. Shock focuses on what can happen if scientific research is driven by greed rather than ethics. Resonating with the sharp medical details and nonstop action that have become Cook's signature, this novel paints a disturbing vision of the future. Narrator C.J. Critt's performance dramatizes the two women's growing horror as they explore the bizarre, nightmare world of the Wingate Clinic.
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by Robin Jones Gunn
by Robin Cook
by Patricia Cornwell
"A title by Robin Cook examining stem cell research, infertility, and human cloning should be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, Cook's plotting this time is heavy-handed and predictable. Deborah and Joanna agree to allow the Wingate Fertility Clinic to harvest their "Ivy League" eggs for $45,000. A year after the procedure, the women return to the clinic to find out how their eggs were used. What they find includes unethical experiments and murder. C. J. Critt does her best with Cook's cumbersome dialogue and stilted diction, managing to infuse energy and humor into her performance. Cook offers an epilogue that promises a resolution that never comes. It does, however, provide the set-up for a sequel. Since neither the heroines nor the villains are particularly interesting, we don't much care. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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