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This tale centers around a twelve year old girl who has developed a form of leukemia. Her father, a doctor/scientist who has studied and searched for a cure for cancer for the past nine years following the death of his wife to leukemia, is suddenly having to deal with his nightmares again. He has since remarried, but soon conflicts arise between the father and his wife, olThis tale centers around a twelve year old girl who has developed a form of leukemia. Her father, a doctor/scientist who has studied and searched for a cure for cancer for the past nine years following the death of his wife to leukemia, is suddenly having to deal with his nightmares again. He has since remarried, but soon conflicts arise between the father and his wife, oldest son, and the doctors who prescribe chemotherapy treatment for his daughter. The father soon discovers the cause of his daughter's leukemia. That source was also the cause of another child's fatal disease. The father subsequently tries to bring the culprits to justice and continue his work while also trying to find his own cure for his daughter. The believability factor is strained a bit here....

Title : Fever
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ISBN : 9780330269162
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Number of Pages : 308 Pages
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Fever Reviews

  • Shruti
    2019-05-19 17:58

    FEVER was my first Robin Cook.Needless to say, I enjoyed it thoroughly.Cancer is the bane of human society today, and even at this moment innumerable scientists are breaking their heads over it, trying to find a cure for the millions that suffer. FEVER is the story of a determined scientist, racing towards a cure for leukemia for his daughter, before it's too late. The emotional turmoil and confusion that Dr. Charles Martel goes through is so well-described that I literally felt his exasperation, anger and sorrow. I was hooked into this book from start to finish.The only qualm I had with FEVER was the apparent lack of character development of the supporting characters. This book kind of played out like a movie, rather than a novel, where we see everything from Charles' point of view. I would be fine with that if the author hadn't randomly jumped in with the support characters' POVs, especially Chuck's or Jean Paul's. This lead me to believe that there was more to their stories, and that they had a significant role to play in the plot. However, their narratives came only once or twice in the beginning, and then were promptly forgotten. I think it would've been better if the author hadn't narrated from their views at all, and had just taken the MC's POVs. That said, FEVER was hugely entertaining. My final rating would be 3.5.

  • Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
    2019-05-13 13:08

    DNF on page 41. The more I read of this author's work, the more I realize I severely dislike his writing.

  • Sophie
    2019-05-19 13:09

    The characters in Fever ruined this book. Fever had an interesting premise that tied in medical and environmental issues, but all the characters were selfish and impulsive (maybe Cook was going for “realistic”? I don’t even know), and I felt like a helpless bystander who couldn’t do anything to rectify the many things that went wrong. It also didn’t help that Cook exposed the characters’ every single thought, since that just made me hate them even more. And even though the ending made me like the characters a teeny weeny bit more, it also felt rushed and unrealistic.IntroductionForty-five-year-old Charles Martel changed careers from a doctor to a cancer researcher at the Weinburger Research Institute after his first wife died of lymphoma. Now his twelve-year-old daughter, Michelle, is suddenly down with a fever; when she gets diagnosed with leukemia, Charles fears that the same tragedy will happen again. By chance, he discovers that large amounts of benzene from Recycle, Ltd. has been leaking into the pond near his house, and he suspects that this was the main cause of Michelle’s leukemia. As Charles tries to bring charges against the company and hasten his research in hopes of finding a cure for Michelle, his increasing aloofness and random bouts of rage cause his relationship with his new wife, Cathryn, and his two other children to fall apart. Worse yet, he’s forced to take over running research trials for a new cancer drug, Cancerian, due to the previous head researcher fabricating research data. Time’s running out for Michelle – how far is Charles willing to go to save his daughter?DiscussionThere’s a problem when none of the characters in a book are likeable. First, Charles is the worst protagonist ever. He doesn’t understand why his eldest son isn’t doing well in college and why he doesn’t want to become a researcher just like him; he’s rude to his lab staff and to his supervisors, and basically to everyone he meets; he doesn’t properly communicate with Cathryn during this whole mess; and his personality and his actions are just really, really awful. Cathryn is a weak character who seems helpless and easily manipulated, and I had moments when I even hated Michelle because she keeps incorrectly assuming that Charles is mad at her. And everyone outside of the family is evil, conniving, mean, or just plain unlikeable. It’s like someone gathered all the antagonists from every single book and stuck them in this one! Ugh.Part of what makes the characters unlikeable is due to Cook’s writing style, which feels apathetic and dry most of the time. Even when a character is outraged or emotional, the scene feels lifeless and forced because there’s no subtlety to it. For example, Cathryn, at one point, feels a “stabbing pain of guilt” that is nowhere near as stabbingly painful as it could’ve been if it were shown using actions or gestures.In addition, everyone’s thoughts and feelings are broadcasted, so we are unfortunately subjected to hearing about how Cathryn’s stepson is infatuated with her, how Charles’ lab assistant lusts after him, and how Michelle’s doctors think Charles is crazy. No one thinks nice thoughts, and it feels like everyone’s being self-destructive.The plot itself is also extremely bleak and unrealistic; although Cook combines some interesting issues such as environmental toxicants, disease risk, and a lot of other sciencey things, some situations felt exaggerated and melodramatic. Throughout the story and even up to the ending, I kept thinking, “Do you really expect me to believe that?”ConclusionSo my first Robin Cook book didn’t go as well as I expected. Fever is a deadly combination of bad characters and bad plot. Even though the premise was interesting and the issues raised in this book are very real, this story completely self-destructed.Paper Breathers (Book Reviews & Discussions)

  • September
    2019-05-12 15:16

    This was a very frustrating read for me. Initially, the story was stale, old, been there - read that, but I kept reminding myself that this book was written in the early 80s. Maybe, the premise was somewhat newish, at the time. (Child comes down with leukemia presumably due to a factory dumping toxic waste into the local river.)Another frustrating aspect was Charles' ever growing anger. Maybe not being a parent, I can't fully grasp the extent of his emotions. It just got to be annoying. I wanted to tell him to 'let it go, move on.' That said, I don't think the ending would've played out the same way without him having taken that angry emotional journey.I'd say the last 1/4 to 1/5 of the book veered slightly off the expected story line, finally offering a bit of a refreshing and enticing read.

  • Chris
    2019-04-24 13:49

    Typical Robin Cook novel c. 1982, an easy read. Dr. Charles Martel is a cancer researcher interested in the potential for immunotherapy as a treatment. His first wife died of cancer. He is a focused but high maintenance employee of the Weinburger Institute. Married with 3 children living in a small town in New Hampshire. Everything begins to go awry for Charles when almost simultaneously he is told to stop his research to work on a project that has been derailed by shoddy research, a project he doesn't believe in, and his youngest child, Michelle is diagnosed with an aggressive & difficult to treat leukemia. He is at odds with her physicians about appropriate treatment. He subsequently discovers benzene in the water near his home, a toxic chemical that can cause blood disorders and tracks it down to a Recycling plant. A recycling plant that is the biggest employer for his small town, and it's own by a parent company that also owns the Weinberger Institute. Soon he appears to be spinning out of control. Fighting to save Michelle, his job & reputation, his marriage, his home, shut down the recycling plant, and literally his life.Some of the storyline is predictable, but not enough to keep me from wanting to know how it all turns out. There are many irons in the fire! The "standoff" at his house had the most tension written in, and the best literary visuals were the prologue & the epilogue.

  • Roberta
    2019-05-08 11:46

    Once again, a single man against the world.A little girl is sick with leukemia. The father, a doctor, disagree with the hospital protocol. He has the skills and the means to know what's good for his daughter, but his temper carries him away. So he fights back the establishment and, obviously, wins. Because the average Americans is able to hold back a whole army.The medical part of the story is quite interesting and I wish to know how much of this cure is science and how much is sci-fi. The enviromental part of the story and the relationshio with the not-from-the-high-street lawyer could have been longer, it looks to me like a missed opportunity.

  • Poonam
    2019-04-29 16:59

    Someone suggested me to read Robin Cook's books.So I got two books Fever and Outbreak.I choose to read Fever first.To be honest,medical stories are not my type.So I was skeptical to read as I heard that it was a very good book.So I started reading Fever slowly and quickly I became so involved in this story and I felt so touched to see Dr Charles Martel's struggles to save his daughter's life . It was a thrilling and emotional ride to know what happens now and then.It was hard for me to put the book down for a while as I was so eager to know the end.Fever really gave me a lot of insight about Leukemia and the medical world too.So yeah,now looking forward to reading OUTBREAK too.

  • Nai | Libros con(té)
    2019-04-26 14:46

    Lo peor que tiene la enfermedad es la incertidumbre. Los seres humanos son capaces de adaptarse a cualquier cosa, siempre que haya alguna certeza, pero se enloquecen cuando dan tumbos sin saber nada.4,5/5 estrellasReseña en mi blog ----> Libros con(té)Leído para la consigna Medical thriller del Thriller Challenge 2017

  • ~~Poulomi Sylphrena Tonk$~~
    2019-05-18 16:01

    4 scientific, relatable, thrilling stars! Fever by Robin Cook is a masterpiece. There's not an element of doubt about that. He is a superb writer and I am immensely awed by his work.I would give special points to that prologue. That was so vivid and classic in description. It created sort of an animated visual in my mind about how Benzene silently but cruelly caused all that genetic mutation, the root cause of leukaemia.The story centres around a cancer researcher, Charles Martel whose own child, Michelle develops leukaemia and his attempts to cure his child as well as demolish the cause of her cancer, Benzene, which was being dumped into the river by a reputed recycling factory. Charles is a temperamental man, and though many would term his rage as unreasonable, I don't blame him one tiny bit. He had to witness the miserable way his first wife succumbed to the clutches of this thing called Cancer, following which his interest in the subject piped up. And when he again had to face the same situation with Michelle, he was jolted from his position. The helplessness of watching her suffer just like his wife did was severely traumatic to someone like Charles who liked being "a man in action", as Dr. Wiley said.With Chuck though, I felt he was unfair. That's a common scenario in households with one or both of the parents as doctors. They are so overwhelmed by Medical Science that they easily undermine all other interests that the children might have a heart for.However my only fuss with this book was that I felt it got a bit repetitive at places. Charles's frequent mood swings made it sound monotonous at one stage. At first you are interested in knowing where his anger might lead him to, but subsequently it loses its charm and you get bored.The end was a justified, appreciable one. The administration bows down to Charles, and that made me real happy because unjust and immoral people must be shown where they belong. Take that, "Dr."Ibanez and "Dr." Morrison. Unethical bastards! I also loved Chuck and even Jean Paul in the last part when they decided to side with their family, no matter how bitter their relations were with their father.Overall, a satisfying and thrilling read. The writer was remarkable with the plot and the pace of the story. The character development was a bit uneven. He predominantly focussed on Charles's frustration and resentment all the way throughout the story, except for the penultimate part, where his helplessness and uncertainty surface out, while trying to cure Michelle of her cancer. Also being a medico, this book was highly enthralling as it presented a practical example of stuff that we learn in our academic books, and so the terminologies didn't bother me that much. Leukaemia is something I came across quite recently, so I could well relate to it; this book helped me in getting the symptoms imprinted onto my skull for ever. 4 stars for me. Recommended to all who love thrillers as well as sci-fi.

  • Raj
    2019-05-02 17:05

    Fever is the story of a determined scientist, racing towards a cure for leukemia for his daughter, before it's too late. So I started reading Fever slowly. I became so involved in this story and I felt so touched to see Dr Charles Martel's struggles to save his daughter's life. This book is so real that you completely become involved with the characters and don't doubt for a moment that it has all really happened.

  • PoulomiChoudhury
    2019-05-12 10:49

    While i was reading it, i was in 2nd year of undergraduate of medical science mbbs, and i had this pathology as a subject, so what mundane things i read in book was given more vividly in the novel. Must read if you are a medico and so relatable. The ending is kinda too far fetched but yeah still it is good. I could write my anwsers in pathology which i had not revised. Don't be intimated that you ate just going to read another text book, it is so no that. I'll give it a 3.5

  • Sarah
    2019-04-23 17:46

    It got really thrilling towards the end of the book, I couldn't put it down. I really liked the story line. I wasn't too fond of the wife's character and the doctors from the hospital really angered me, but I suppose that's what made the book come to life. I definately want to read another on of Cook's novels.

  • Lynn Kay Vogt
    2019-05-21 14:14

    An incredible book! Robin Cook at his best, writes about a researcher trying to find a cure for cancer when his own daughter is struck with the disease. This book is so real that you completely become involved with the characters and don't doubt for a moment that it has all really happened. I read it in a day, absolutely could not put it down.

  • Johnny
    2019-05-22 18:52

    The premise of the book is not bad. Charles acts more like a schoolboy throwing a temper tantrum than a professional research scientist. Cathryn, Charles ignorant wife, is a character that doesn't deserve to have been born on paper. The daughter, Michelle, is written better. She has the normal fears of a small child and they are incorporated well into the story.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-08 14:10

    Aagghh ok! All of his books that I have read are of MEN who are SOOOOOOOO smart and the women are like delicate flowers whom, after the men, fall apart, find the strength to go on... Blah, blah, blah.. This is why I haven't read any of his stuff since highschool... Note to self!

  • Rosey
    2019-05-11 16:12

    The story was written in the early 1980s and is a bit far-fetched, but a good medical thriller. I found the non-communication between the main character and his wife and family very annoying, but a quick read, nonetheless.

  • Cheryl Gill
    2019-05-02 10:57

    In Robin Cook's first novels, he was a different kind of writer with a new scary kind of story. Now, after all these years, the subject matter is still scary, but has grown a bit tiresome. This is well written, as always, but I believe it will be my last Robin Cook novel.

  • Lois
    2019-05-12 18:49

    Robin Cook was the author who kept me sane during my troublesome primary school days.

  • Ashleigh Lopes
    2019-05-09 13:00

    An absolutely amazing book. It was slow at the beginning, but after that, it was intense all the way until the end. I couldn't put down. Can't wait to read more of Robin Cook's books. ;]

  • Kirby
    2019-05-10 14:13

    just reread it, had to knock 2 stars off my original rating. it definitely was not cook's best.

  • Arbaaz Allybux
    2019-05-16 12:12

    Not one of R Cook's best. The story is too linear with the characters very unlikeable.

  • Alam
    2019-04-22 14:57

    Fever is lethalOnce again Robin Cook left me thinking if it's really a possibility. The book tells you to be quick to seek medical attention.

  • Sid Burr
    2019-05-17 15:49

    Well written. An author who knows his way around his subject. I look forward to reading more from this author. I recommend this book.

  • Subramanian
    2019-05-07 17:12

    A genuine classic from the original master of the medical thriller. A must read book. Unforgettable. Thanks, Dr. Cook for the superb entertainment.

  • The Potholes
    2019-04-30 13:58

    Fever is a 1982 book by Robin Cook and is in the theme of a medical thriller. The book is set in and around BOSTON, Massachusetts and is about a cancer researcher, Charles, searching for a cure through immunology. He is widower who remarried to a young woman name Cathryn. He has three kids named, Michelle, Jean-Paul and Charles Jr. (Chuck). Chuck is in college, Jean-Paul is fifteen and Michelle is twelve. The story is about Michelle almost dying of cancer and a desperate father trying to save her.At a first glance the story seems incredibly boring. Yes, we get there and there’s an old guy who married a younger woman. Typical romance story. It seems boring because it seems like a typical movie setting. The family living out in the country, living ordinary lives. The mom and the dad going to work and the children off to school. Typical setting.So you see. The same old story, the story the same old storyline. But as the story progresses the author opens up problems and situations that are utterly impossible to imagine yet we can all see it happening. We can all see the world falling around him as the story progresses.The story itself starts to get interesting as things begin to go wrong at Charles’s house. His daughter Michelle has been sick for quite sometime (almost a month) and he has chose to ignore it putting it off as a cold. But when a sick kid is coughing blood and having rashes over her body, then you know something’s wrong.Her character is interesting as we not only see a part of Charles in her but we see Charles realise that his daughter is something special. Not just a kind soul but stubborn and hardheaded. Just like him. Her character starts off as shy and detached from the world but as the story progresses and she is diagnosed with leukaemia (did I forget to mention that?). She becomes a strong willed and stubborn child. Ready to fight for survival. She is also extremely logical which makes her character all the more interesting. She is probably one of my favourite characters because she never gives up.Before I continue I think it’s necessary to mention the real mother as she’s a driving factor in this story and a constant character missed by all her children and Charles the most. The mother was also diagnosed with leukaemia and Charles watched helpless as all treatments and drugs just made the disease worse and was only able to watch as his wife died slowly and painfully in front of his eyes. After her death he turned away from physics and went into the science of immunology in hopes of curing a strain of cancer through the immune system rather than chemotherapy. This was almost the years ago and he’s been locked in the attempt to find a cure ever since. Michelle also posses many factors the mother used to have such as her kindness her eyes and her face.Charles objects against the use of chemotherapy since it had no effect on his former wife or on leukaemia. Charles then traces Michelle’s leukaemia from Michelle’s play house near a river and a neighbour boy’s fatal aplastic anaemia to benzene dumped into the river flowing past their house by a local rubber and plastic recycling plant owned by the same corporation that owns the Weinberger Institute. The same institute at which he tests his cures on animals and does research into curing cancer.The pharmaceutical company he works at is a beautiful piece of cake. (Sarcastically speaking). It develops a toxic cancer drug he is being forced to study, and discovers that he is surrounded by corruption as the company released to the public falsified information. Charles is forced to study and develop this drug in order to save face of the institute. His colleagues and assistant go against him as he is acting strange and ignoring the drug to develop a cure for his dying daughter.Cathryn, Jean-Paul and Chuck are mentioned throughout the book but the boys play a negligible role. Chuck does play a small role since his ignorance towards Michelle’s sickness is a stimulus that aggravates Charles. Jean is his only constant in his hectic life. Cathryn is a naive young woman who is only looking out for Michelle’s best interest.The ending on the other hand is full of action. It’s a race against time as Charles removes Michelle from the hospital without the consent of the doctors but with full support from Michelle. They board up their country home and Charles treats Michelle in his own way that he has developed. Cathryn, who had been searching for the two of them reaches the house finds Charles and Michelle there. She understands the situation and for the first time in the course of the book supports Charles wholeheartedly against the police who have located Charles and come to take Michelle back. The boys show up, evade the police and enter the house. A family faceoff. All in all a great book to read but you need to be interested and willing to get through the first few chapters to get at the juicy sections that come after.For this review and others, check out our blog at:

  • Helle
    2019-04-25 16:08

    Oh, Mr. Cook, how can you provide some of the cleverest and most entertaining mysteries I know, and then come up with something as bad as Fever? The story itself was OK-ish, but the characters were really bad. I mean, seriously, have these people never heard of communication? The dad is especially unbelievable, very difficult to sympathize with, let alone like. The rest of the family really were not much better, with the turnaround of the eldest son serving as the all-time low.

  • Tiempo DeLetras
    2019-05-14 14:52

    Charles Martel es un brillante investigador que ha consagrado su vida al estudio del cáncer. La muerte de su mujer por esta terrible enfermedad hizo que centrara todos sus esfuerzos en encontrar una cura y cuando la que lo padece ahora es su hija, su vida entra en una espiral de locura en la que sólo importa salvar la vida de la pequeña.Nada se le pondrá fácil al Doctor Martel. Su revolucionario proyecto de curación será cancelado para que continúe otro proyecto con una droga que, aunque también busca la cura del cáncer, está resultando un completo fracaso. Además sus investigaciones sobre lo que ha motivado que su hija enferme le llevarán a descubrir un vertido ilegal de la empresa que da trabajo a medio pueblo en el que vive y que pertenece a un grupo de empresas muy poderoso. Al final tendrá que enfrentarse a tantos oscuros intereses que su propia vida peligrará.Fiebre es el primer libro que leo del conocidísimo Robin Cook, novelista y médico que se ha hecho una figura internacional por sus thrillers en los que trata temas médicos. La verdad es que su lectura ha sido justamente lo que me esperaba. Fiebre es una denuncia de los intereses oscuros que pueden surgir en los centros de investigación, entidades que dependen de la financiación para poder seguir con sus actividades y en las que hay ocasiones en las que es mucho más importante conseguir algo que proporcione rentabilidad que cualquier otra cosa. Y más cuando detrás hay un oligopolio de empresas cuyas diferentes actividades caen en la más absoluta contradicción.Fiebre es un thriller angustioso. El Doctor Martel se enfrenta a tal cantidad de problemas y a tanta gente con muy pocos escrúpulos que hacen que la lectura de este libro sea como una montaña rusa, sensación que se incrementa cuando sabes que es una carrera contra reloj. Su hija está tan enferma, es tan agresivo el cáncer que padece, que la esperanza de vida de la pequeña se reduce drásticamente, tanto que cada día que pasa puede ser el último. Como espectador de toda esta historia, no te queda otra que acompañar en su periplo a Martel, deseando que después de todo lo que está pasando, consiga llegar a buen puerto. En definitiva es un libro que engancha y que te mantiene en tensión hasta el final. Una manera de acercarse a la medicina y a la industria que hay detrás de ella.Más reseñas y artículos literarios en

  • Janet
    2019-04-28 14:52

    There aren't enough "Duh's!" in the world to express my feelings throughout this book.Robin Cook is normally a very good author with strong character development and excellent medically-involved plots. But, in "Fever" he has fallen off the boat and drowned. "Fever" has an excellent plot, like all of Robin Cook's books, but all of the characters are so flawed in myriad ways preventing the reader from empathizing with any of them. This prevents a connection to the readers and therefore to the book. It seems Robin Clook was mad at everyone when he wrote this book and has used this book to disparage the entire human race,i.e,Doctors are temperamental jerks without common sense, but with a definite God complex.Woman are weak, subservient and easily intimidated dimwits.Mothers are selfish son-in-law haters with no sensible thoughts except to feed everyone.. One half of all sons are selfish, slovenly idiots. The other half, the good ones, are pretty much ignored.Nurses are uncaring, bumbling ninnies. Policemen are ineffective and corrupt, at their best. And so on, and so on.It's a real shame that it took nearly 300 pages to develop Charles's character into someone that the reader can admire and Cathryn's character into a courageous woman. Even afterwards, Mr. Cook has her revert to the not-too-bright character with "The more I think about what's happened, the less I understand it," Cathryn says as she does her womanly needlepoint.Even Michelle seems to be unlikable at first.It took nearly 300, of this 335 page book, to develop Charles's character into someone that the reader can admire and Cathryn's character into a courageous woman. It took 309 pages for the boys to become likable characters. That's too long to go in a book with only scorn for all of the characters. Had I been a less persistent reader, I would've thrown the book to the side a couple of hundred pages earlier.The final 50 pages made the book worth reading. Well, almost, if it hadn't been for the epilogue once again plunging the reader into despair.

  • M. A. P.
    2019-05-21 11:55

    The premise of a medical doctor finding out his daughter's dying of leukemia was interesting, but in the end the book fell behind of what careful expectations I had developed for it.The characters weren't very likable at all, and that was what ruined most of the reading experience for me. The supporting cast felt like a group of greedy, plotting hellhound people, and even the main character himself was absolutely insufferable. He was self-absorbed. I can understand wanting to not let go off a beloved person in your life, but going so far as to frantically desert basically everyone - including the one you are trying to safe - in your selfish pursuits that are mostly motivated by your incapability to accept mortality? How faux-macho of you. Spare me. And don't even make me start with the female characters, they're basically there to just get run over, and the daughter herself is very unbelievable as a 12 years old.If I can get over the characters, specifically our main man Charles, I can just about appreciate this medical thriller for the tension and suspense present in the story line. I also rather enjoyed how detailed this story was. Unfortunately, the melodrama caused me to count how many pages I had left of this work one time too many before I managed to finally finish it.

  • Shawn Leslie Dixon
    2019-05-22 17:47

    An almost perfect quick read thriller.First, I know nothing about medical terminology, Robin Cook is a doctor and I have no way of knowing if anything written is even remotely reasonable or if it was complete bull-honky, in the end, it doesn't matter. Nothing in this book rested in understanding, it was probably better that I don't have a clue.Secondly, the book didn't wane or bog in any excess crap. The author built a scenario, made it worse and worse for the hero, piled it right on, and then let the solution unravel in a way I didn't really see coming. A family holding off a bombardment from the evil attacks from big brother, super fun.This was fast, thrilling and easy, exactly what it should've been.One of those reads you won't scream from the rooftops, but if asked it's easy to find all the qualities and much harder to find problems.You win this round Robin Cook.