Date Published04 July 2013
Price£ 7.99


by Robin Cook

When medical researcher Pia Gradzani stumbles upon a collapsed jogger and performs CPR, she is drawn into the dangerous secrets of her high-security employer, Nano LLC.


Pia Grazdani, daughter of New York Albanian mafia boss, Burim Graziani, has completed her medical degree and decides to move to Boulder, Colorado, to work for the high-tech, high-security biotechnology company, Nano LLC. Aside from having to ward off the personal attentions of company CEO Zachary Berman, she enjoys and is good at her work, but knows nothing of the company’s projects outside of her own small area of research on microbivores or nanobots.

Out for a run one day, she stumbles upon a Chinese man in Nano uniform collapsed on the road and in cardiac arrest. She performs CPR and the man makes a miraculous recovery, but before the hospital can investigate, he is whisked away by Nano security. All Pia’s attempts to find out about the man are rebuffed, piquing her curiosity about what goes on in the rest of the company. When a cyclist is reported to have collapsed with similar symptoms and is also spirited away, she is convinced that all is not as it should be.

With the help of ER doctor Paul Caldwell, she is determined to find out Nano’s secrets, but she is completely unprepared for what she finds behind the locked doors and for the consequences of her curiosity.

It is refreshing to read a book about medical technology that is accurate and written with a real understanding of the subject. Readers of a delicate disposition may find some scenes a little too graphic, but they add to the realism of the story and to my mind were not excessive.

Pia is a product of a difficult background and upbringing and struggles to relate to other people. Her reactions and relationships are very much governed by her difficulties, and by her steely determination to achieve her goals. While this does not always work in her favour, it does enable her to do whatever is necessary to deal with Berman and to find out Nano’s secrets.

The story is not the fastest paced, but neither does it drag. When it is running more slowly, it is because the characters are awaiting developments and the tension is building. At other points, the pace is furious as events unfold.

I am eagerly awaiting the next instalment of Pia’s story.

Reviewed 28 June 2014 by Sylvia Wilson