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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Chromosome 6 (audiobook) by Robin Cook

I've read 2 or 3 Robin Cook books and Chromosome 6 will most likely be my last. To be completely truthful, I didn't read this one, I heard it as an audiobook.

A bonobo mother and infant
The story idea is quite original - scientists are using bonobos (a chimp-like primate in West Africa) to grow hybrid human/bonobo organs for the ultra-rich. These are specifically matched to each client and held in an animal preserve until needed. Unfortunately, there may be unintended results by mixing animal and human DNA...

Good premise for the story. Poor, poor, poor dialogue and awful follow through. There are stilted, silly sentences that sound unnatural when spoken out loud. Unexplained odd illogical behavior such as the downright stupid employees at the morgue. How stupid are they? The body of a mob boss disappears in the city morgue. The mayor is super angry and making telephone calls. People's jobs are on the line. The media is everywhere and asking questions. Do the morgue employees even bother to open up ALL of the body drawers just to see if the body was just misplaced? NO, because if they did they would have found one of the biggest clues of the mystery at the beginning of the book rather than towards the end.

The premise of the book is a sound one and it would have been a heckuva read if it had been placed in the hands of a different author.

I rate this review 2 stars out of 5.

This book can be found on Amazon here: Chromosome 6.

Reviewed on March 17, 2006.

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