Book of the Week #20:


by Robin Cook

It has been a while since I wrote one of these, right? I had almost forgotten the format I usually use…

And as I picked this book out of the shelf, my sister was like, “Really? Blindsight? Do something like Mutation or Coma…”

Yes, those two do have a more intriguing plot, but that is not the only thing that comes a good book. Blindsight was the launchpad for the main protagonist, who has thus far featured in ten books. And that is one of the things that I love about this book; it is a beginning…

Plus, it was the first Robin Cook novel I read, and that is always a factor.

Firstly, I would like to take a moment to highlight the importance of real life experiences to a writer. Robin Cook, a Harvard educated surgeon, served as a submarine doctor involved with the US Navy’s SEALAB program. His first book was written while serving on USS Kamehameha… Yeah, not kidding…

Considering this, it is not a surprise that many of his plots revolve around revolutionary medical research, and its impact on society.

This book introduces Laurie Montgomery, a young, plucky pathologist, who disregards her superior’s instructions to reveal the truth behind a politically sensitive case. During her investigations, she finds herself caught in an elaborate conspiracy involving the mafia and the dark side of the medical world.

Basically, it is a usual “young girl against the big, bad world” story we see so often in American TV shows, combining relatable elements like overbearing parents and inimical superiors, with incredible ones like drug lords and deep, dark secrets. And, at its best, you can literally see the images flashing in front of your eyes…

In the location, the writer has with the generic surroundings of a large hospital, and the contrast of light and darkness throughout the city, which only a true metropolitan like New York can provide.

However, apart from the two main protagonists, this book uses far too many stock characters and overused clichés for my taste.

The plot, while not overly innovative, and does seem interesting enough to hold your attention through the entirety of the story, but it will, quite definitely, fade out of your mind once you finish it. Moreover, the climax is surprisingly weak.

All in all, it is not Robin Cook’s best work, and does not even come near the brilliance of Coma or the audacity of Godplayer, however it is very well suited for young writers.

Either way, you can find it here:

Well, that is all for now.

Thank you…

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Yashas Mahajan

Author of Arrkaya: Origins, now available online... Increasingly being referred to as The Writer Guy...

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