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Oath of Office | [Michael Palmer]

Oath of Office

From the New York Times best-selling author of A Heartbeat Away and The Last Surgeon comes a shocking new novel at the crossroads of politics and medicine. What if a well respected doctor inexplicably goes on a murderous rampage? When Dr. John Meacham goes on a shooting spree, his business partner, staff, and two patients are killed in the bloodbath. Then Meacham turns the gun on himself.
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of A Heartbeat Away and The Last Surgeon comes a shocking new novel at the crossroads of politics and medicine.

What if a well respected doctor inexplicably goes on a murderous rampage? When Dr. John Meacham goes on a shooting spree, his business partner, staff, and two patients are killed in the bloodbath. Then Meacham turns the gun on himself.

The blame falls on Dr. Lou Welcome. Welcome worked with Meacham years before as a counselor after John's medical license had been revoked for drug addiction. Lou knew that John was an excellent doctor and deserved to be practicing medicine, and fought hard for his license to be restored. After hearing the news of the violent outburst, Lou is in shock like everyone else, but mostly he's incredulous. When he begins to look into it further, the terrifying evidence he finds takes him down a path to an unspeakable conspiracy that seems to lead directly to the White House and those in the highest positions of power.

©2012 Michael Palmer (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Vicki New Albany, IN, United States 07-09-15
    Vicki New Albany, IN, United States 07-09-15 Member Since 2011

    71-year-old grandmother who has been an avid reader all my life. I have recently retired from being a litigation attorney (for Plaintiffs).

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    "Love Michael Palmer, but not this book!"

    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.

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    pugpug7 06-27-15
    pugpug7 06-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story."

    Somewhat predictable , but entertaining nonetheless . Thought provoking with the abundance of GMO's in our food supply today.

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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 03-23-14
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2001
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    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.

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    Kitty Reno, NV 03-06-13
    Kitty Reno, NV 03-06-13 Member Since 2015

    I listen to books to be entertained... my favorite genre is a "Legal Thriller" I have actually been a member since 2001. Love my books!

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    "Not my cup of tea..."

    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.

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    Sue Houston, TX, United States 02-26-13
    Sue Houston, TX, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Yetunde Philadelphia, PA, United States 08-27-12
    Yetunde Philadelphia, PA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2012

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    "A Roller Coaster Ride of Thrills!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Oath of Office to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Petkoff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No; but I enjoyed him immensely.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A electrifying thrill you'll never finish eating your popcorn!


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    NL 07-29-12
    NL 07-29-12
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    "Interesting"
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    This had an interesting concept to it. Parts were a little dramatic but overall a nice reading,

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    Charles Rockville, CT, United States 04-01-12
    Charles Rockville, CT, United States 04-01-12 Member Since 2008

    I am a semi-retired psychologist who likes to listen to books, especially mysteries, as I drive in the car.

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    "Prediction of the future?"

    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?

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    Pam Sturgess 03-31-12
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    Narrator is better than the storyline. Story is okay, but just okay. Parts are disgusting. Medical content is really good, as are the boxing scenes

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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 03-24-12
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 03-24-12
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    "A good read but not a page turner."

    I normally like Palmer's book and this is no exception. It is however not a page turner. I enjoyed it and the narration was excellent. If you like a good mystery, you will enjoy this. I think it it just above your average mystery but worth a credit.

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