71-year-old grandmother who has been an avid reader all my life. I have recently retired from being a litigation attorney (for Plaintiffs).
Genetically modified food -- REALLY??? It certainly cannot be classified as a "Medical Thriller." I am a huge Michael Palmer fan and have read every one he has written, mainly because I enjoy him so much. Not so with this book. It just was not very good. It reminded me of a second-rate author and I wondered whether it might actually be a collaboration rather than a Michael Palmer original. I was surprised that at least one person rated it 5.0. Apparently, that person does not read much Michael Palmer and know how good he can be. Given the chance, you might pass on this book. At best, you should put it at the bottom of your listening list. There are a lot of others that are much better.
Audiobook. For the first half of this book, the reader is wondering how the two disparate stories unfolding can possibly be connected. A first lady weaving through a mystery involving a disgraced cabinet member and a seemingly unrelated emergency room doctor dealing with mysterious and murderous behaviors. I suppose this should be an endorsement to the author ability to outline and create an intriguing plot. The problem, in my opinion, is credibility and elements brought into the story that add little to what is fundamentally, and interesting tale.
Personally, I’d have eliminated the first lady and protagonist romance, gimme a break … it blows the credibility of the story completely and makes it comical. I’ve read a few Michael Palmer stories and this one doesn’t measure up.
Give me a good mystery and I am happy!
As far as mysteries go, I prefer the police procedures, detective, and lawyer type of books. It is just my taste.
So with that in mind, this novel had an interesting premise and likable heroes.
This book and author was recommended by a friend. I am anxious to read more of his work as MIchael Palmer was new to me.
Yes it might be. There were moments when I wanted to stop reading and I couldn't I credit the reader and the plot line. If I had been reading a print version it probably would have been easier to stop reading.
The wildness. I was completely unable to stop listening. The plot is very interesting however the pace is so contagious; the story just goes from thrill to thrill.
No; but I enjoyed him immensely.
A electrifying thrill you'll never finish eating your popcorn!
It was shallow, totally improbable, often predictable. The president/first lady involvement a huge stretch. The romance/non-romance with the First Lady; what the heck was that and why was it in there? Everything and everybody was the best, the fastest, the most remarkable. The characters were laughable.
Write it like his other books.
All three. I only finished the book because I kept thinking it would finish well but it didn't. If his name wasn't Palmer, he could never have sold this book. It's awful.
I am a semi-retired psychologist who likes to listen to books, especially mysteries, as I drive in the car.
This story was gripping. The characters always remained human, not super-human or super-intelligent. They had to use ordinary means and logic to solve the puzzle. Some of the story reminded me of the Stepford Wives in that a community was slowly being effected to think in certain ways. If you have a tendency to believe conspiracy theories, this book will make you more paranoid. I started this review before the recent reports of “pink slime” in the meat. This book will cause you to become more suspicious. Remember, the book is fiction, not a documentary or an augury of the future – or is it?