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Vector by Robin Cook

Vector (original 1999; edition 1999)

by Robin Cook (Author)

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Authors:Robin Cook (Author)
Info:Putnam (1999),
Collections:Your library, Fiction, Horror/Suspense/Thriller
Tags:Fiction, Medical Suspense, Bio-terrorism, Skinhead, neofacist, revenge

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Vector by Robin Cook (1999)



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Written in 1999 before the American Anthrax scares the novel is prophetic about the dangers of biological terrorism not being a matter of if, but when.

Drs Stapleton & Montgomery return in this book the fourth in the series. This episode we have an ex-Biopreparat technician (or Биопрепарат in Russian, their biological weapons research/production facility) who is disgruntled with American and after meeting up with some Right-wing nutjobs decides to stage a terrorist attack.

Unlike the last book which was unrealistic and rather disjointed in parts Robin Cook is back on his game here, it's a good plot, realistic and moves and a good pace.

The only thing I didn't like was the Laurie-boyfriend/engagement part which seemed superfluous, almost as if the publisher wanted Laurie featured in the book more for the romance angle so it was shoe horned in. If not for this it would be 5 stars, still a great read though.
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  HenriMoreaux | Mar 30, 2013 |
A moderately paced prescient tale of bio-terrorism. ( )
  jefware | Oct 26, 2012 |
As others have said - predictable. Decent story and a very quick read, my first read from Robin Cook. I'll look into others to see if what I didn't like is prevalent in his writing or if only in this book. I didn't like how everyone was connected, it seemed like way too much coincidence - with 7 million people in New York, I cannot imagine everyone having that much in common with each other - it's like 7 degrees of Kevin Bacon.

Otherwise, I'm glad the story wasn't overbearing on patriotism and presented the events in the story in a a well thought out, albeit contrived manor. ( )
  cmchavis | Apr 5, 2009 |
Dr. Jack Stapleton investigates suspicioius deaths due to unusual infectious agents. ( )
  FMRox | Mar 16, 2009 |
Easy read if a bit predictable, sometimes the sub characters were funny, in a black way. ( )
  richardgarside | Feb 15, 2009 |
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Jason Papparis had been in the rug business for almost thirty years.
Here we are patriots, trying to save the country, and we're forced to deal with a terrorist.
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The unthinkable becomes stark reality in this frightening novel by the bestselling master of medical suspense.

Experts do not question whether a bio-terrorism event will occur in the United States, only when.

New York City cab driver Yuri Davydov is an angry, disillusioned Russian emigre bent on returning to his motherland after an unhappy seven-year sojourn in the United States.
Before his departure, he wants to lash out at the adoptive nation that lured him with what he believes was the hoax of the American Dream. Only to deny him contentment, opportunity and personal prosperity.

As a former technician for the vast Soviet biological weapons industry Biopreparat, Yuri possesses the technical knowledge to carry out his vengeance on a horrific scale, especially after teaming up with a pair of far-right survivalists who share his abhorrence of the United States government. the survivalists and their neofacist skinhead milita have no trouble stealing the raw materials Yuri needs. Working together they launch Operation Wolverine.
Dr Jack Stapleton and Dr Laurie Montgomery (both last seen in Chromosome 6) are confronted with two seeminly disparate cases in their work as forensic pathologists in the city's medical examiner's office. Jack successfully diagnoses a rare case of anthrax, while Laurie examines the remains of a tortured skinhead.
they hardly suspect that the cases could be related, but soon they begin to connect the dots, and the question then becomes whether or not they will solve the puzzle before Yuri and his comrades unleash the ultimate terror: a modern superweapon.
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Robin Cook's latest plot--the threat of an anthrax [bacterium] turned loose in a New York government building and in Central Park--is ripped straight from the headlines, and as such it may be charitably described as having a certain lumpish quality in the prose and an overabundance of cuteness in the lead characters.

Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery, the dueling forensic pathologists who bounced off each other in Cook's Chromosome 6, collide and combine once again as a mad Russian cabdriver, who used to work in a Moscow bioweapons factory, comes up with a plan to punish America for not welcoming him with open arms. The cabby forms an unlikely alliance with two firemen who happen to be white supremacists; they fund his anthrax research to further their own lunatic schemes.

Cook is, as ever, best at creating scenes of perfectly realized medical terror which plug into the paranoia of the moment. But if you want deep characters and sensitive description, read Fay Weldon. --Dick Adler

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The story centers around a Russian one-man campaign of bioterrorism. Dr Jack Stapleton and Dr. Laurie Montgomery last seen in Chromosome 6.

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