New York Times best-selling author of over 20 medical thrillers, Robin Cook is a master at blending the frightening caveats of modern medical research with heavy dosages of horror and suspense. He draws from his impressive training at Harvard Medical School for these terrifying and superbly realistic tales of new technologies and public anxieties. Cook's novels are as true-to-life as any story you'll read in the current events section of a newspaper. In the tradition of his bestsellers Coma and Shock, Cook ventures deep into the darkened corridors of private stem-cell research laboratories for another marvel of suspense. Senator Ashley Butler is a notorious political icon of the South. His fervid support of America's traditional family values includes a kill-on-contact policy toward all pro-biotechnology legislation. When a subcommittee is created to introduce new legislation outlawing the rising swell of cloning technology, the senator knows that, by serving as chairman, he's found the key to continued political power. Meanwhile, Dr. Daniel Lowell is busy perfecting an innovative technique that will advance stem cell research years into the future and make him rich beyond his wildest dreams-and he's well aware of the senatorial roadblock standing in his way. Soon the two highly influential men are on a collision course, battling it out in senate hearings, unaware that they have more in common than they realize. Butler's moral concern for the unborn falls far behind his unquenchable thirst for political power; and Lowell's lust for extravagant wealth and fame negates even his concern for the well being of his patients. So when Senator Butler learns that he has Parkinson's Disease, he makes a fateful pact with Lowell without considering the consequences. Now Lowell's powerful new technology is prematurely unleashed on the senator's brain-and the effects are utterly horrifying.
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by Robin Cook
"George Guidall's performance is as outstanding as ever. This medical thriller and cautionary tale revolves around Dr. Daniel Lowell, a brilliant researcher, and Senator Ashley Butler, a typical Southern demagogue. Lowell's new stem cell research could cure Butler's Parkinson's disease--but at what price? Guidall intensifies the mounting tension as Butler maneuvers Lowell into treating him, as the action moves from Washington, D.C., to Italy and, finally, Nassau. Guidall's voice easily distinguishes the multitude of characters, with pleasant accents where appropriate. Cook is at his best writing about cutting-edge biotechnology. Guidall's adept interpretation reflects the dilemmas presented, as well as the charisma and vulnerabilities of each character. S.C.A. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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