Narrator: George Guidall
Published by Penguin Audio on 22 August 2017
Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
Genres: Medical Thrillers, Mystery/Thriller
Source: Publisher, Submitted
The explosive new thriller from New York Times best-selling author and master of the medical thriller Robin Cook.
Newly minted chief resident at Boston Memorial Hospital Noah Rothauser is swamped in his new position, from managing the surgical schedules to dealing with the fallouts from patient deaths. Known for its medical advances, the famed teaching hospital has fitted several ORs as "hybrid operating rooms of the future" - an improvement that seems positive until an anesthesia error during a routine procedure results in the death of an otherwise healthy man. Noah suspects Dr. William Mason, an egotistical world-class surgeon, of an error during the operation and of tampering with the patient's record afterward. But Mason is quick to blame anesthesiologist, Dr. Ava London.
When more anesthesia-related deaths start to occur, Noah is forced to question all of the residents on his staff, including Ava, and he quickly realizes there's more to her than what he sees. A social-media junkie, Ava has created multiple alternate personas for herself on the Internet. With his own job and credibility now in jeopardy, Noah must decide which doctor is at fault and who he can believe - before any more lives are lost.
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Robin Cook is well known for his medical thrillers. This one is set in the modern Boston Memorial Hospital and its workaholic chief resident Noah Rothauser. When a series of anesthesia missteps lead to several deaths, he finds himself in the middle of a mystery, how can supposedly seasoned professionals make these kinds of fatal errors. Faced with the growing animosity of some of the most respected staff surgeons he must not only protect his budding romance with the suspected anesthesiologist but also protect his own job.
We are given an inside look at the workings of a major hospital, the calcified assumptions, and practices of the doctors and high technology of modern medicine. How good is a medical school in keeping up with quickly changing times? Noah is dedicated to his work and clearly a moral practitioner, but he is forced to ask, what is really the right way to practice medicine in the 21st Century. When does protecting careers become more important than protecting lives?
It is a fascinating look behind the curtains and clearly, Cook knows his stuff. There are some great action scenes and plenty of thrills. High tech permeates the novel, but it is ultimately a question about the medicine and how we care for people and the men and women who do their jobs. Is there a better way and what are the ramifications to an institutional system that doesn’t like change? Truly thought-provoking and intriguing.
George Guidall performs the story with his distinctive and likely familiar voice. He is one of the greats in his profession and doesn’t disappoint. Having performed hundreds of stories, you never question his skill or ability to deliver. The characters are easily discerned and the story moves forward at a brisk pace. The production quality is top notch as you would expect. One of the greats in his field.
If you have listened or read any of Cook’s medical thrillers, you know what to expect. For those who are not familiar with his work, this is as good a novel as any to begin. You get an inside look into the medical world, never dumbed down, but also enough explanation to understand a highly technical world. You won’t be disappointed and just as important, might think about what happens behind the scenes at a hospital. And for all their experience, school and skill, doctors are just people too. Recommended
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