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Outbreak by Robin Cook

Outbreak (1987)

by Robin Cook

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Series: Dr. Marissa Blumenthal (1)

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OK, wildly different from the movie.
  anastaciaknits | Oct 29, 2016 |
Dr. Marissa Blumenthal of the CDC investigates a series of deadly ebola outbreaks. The ebola virus, considered a level 4 pathogen, then plays havoc with the lives of innocent people. The ultimate villain is the ever-helpful doctor friend of Dr. Blumenthal. In the end Dr. Blumenthal is nearly killed by a goon but an FBI agent kills him and she is saved. The person she suspected was innocent and simply had been so caught up in protecting the CDC that he refused to listen and figured out the truth almost too late. Later it is explained to her that due to her investigation the people responsible for the outbreaks were caught and were going to jail for a long time including her former friend and that what they did was being compared to the Nazis. She has become an international epidemiological hero for her actions but she has decided to possibly go back into pediatrics after a vacation she's about to take at the end of the story.

  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
I was inspired by the recent ebola outbreak in the U.S. to check out this decidedly dated book. It had enough suspense to pull me through, but I anticipated all of the major plot twists well before the main characters guessed them.

The relationship stuff was fairly unconventional, enough to be interesting, and I respected Marissa as a main character. But her lucky escapes felt contrived. A lot of the action sequences seemed lifted straight from 1980s action films.

In the end, I just couldn't take the story seriously. It suffers from a double whammy: 1) A world without email and with sedate mass media feels dated, and 2) A fugitive woman can only survive so many muggers, car chases, and flower deliveries with sinister notes before her continued survival loses believability.
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  Abby_Goldsmith | Feb 10, 2016 |
medicinal horror virus no cure - CDC investigates - good.

Murder and mystery reach epidemic proportions when a devastating plague sweeps the country.

Dr. Marissa Blumenthal of the Atlanta Centers for Disease Control investigates--and soon uncovers the medical world's deadliest secret.
  christinejoseph | Sep 14, 2015 |
Very formulaic and not as much character development as other books by him. ( )
  goth_marionette | Sep 21, 2014 |
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Murder and intrigue reach epidemic proportions when a devastating plague sweeps the country. Dr. Marissa Blumenthal of the Atlanta Centers for Disease Control investigates--and soon uncovers the medical world's deadliest secret...

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When a bizarre disease that attacks only physicians and their patients sweeps the country, Dr. Melissa Blumenthal discovers that sinister forces are behind the threat and finds her life in danger.

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