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 Welcome worked with Meacham years before as a counselor after John's medical license had been revoked for drug addiction.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
If you listen to this book you will know why I said it is corny! and it really is. Not only that, it is terrible. I agree with the previous review, that it is disjointed. It is also not really a medical mystery, although characters are MD's. Also a forced romantic part and a silly politcal angle. I can't believe Palmer wrote this.
This was as disjointed as a book can be. No character development, unbelievable story line that was so far out there, I couldn't stay focused on the book. ( Really, the first lady bit!) I was appalled that Michael Palmer, who has written some good medical mysteries in the past put his name on this one. Don't bother wasting your time.
Story started off pretty good and then went down hill. Having the Presidents wife on the caper, corn making people crazy. It got out of hand. Performance was good.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
You've drunk the stuff... Looks like Coke, Pepsi, or Dr. Pepper, maybe smells like one of them - and then you taste it. Ewwwww! There's no there - there. And that's the problem with "Oath of Office". Palmer is an imitator, good enough to get published, even good enough to have an audience of franken-writing people guzzle it, But for folks like me who've ingested the Pepsi, Cokes, and Dr. Ps for years, the book is like a sugar-free doughnut with all the gluten, trans-fats, and most of its taste excised. Think of it as say... Robin Cook's med-thriller plotting and narrative after lipo-suctioning away too much muscle.
Palmer's frank in the ending interview in explaining that his knowledge of politics is Google-grazing thin. And yet, this is supposed to be a political thriller. Instead it's an off brand of Hubris Cola, all looks and smell but a gassy tease that leaves my taste buds really frustrated. Ditto the pointless action sequences sufficient to create the weight of a novel.
I cared about no one in this cast in spite of Robert Petkoff's journeyman voices. The only one surprised over who-dunnit, or why-dunnit is Dr. Lou Welcome the novel's half-dimensional hero. This book stirs at ideas with an itsy-bitsy swizzle stick. Perhaps doctors should keep to doctoring, or at least write about doctoring and leave geo-political existentialism to people who do that? Or, as Dr. Palmer admits in his interview, he's careened around through extra-curricular interests a lot and has settled upon political thriller writing because some of his best friends do it.
Judging by all the books he's had published, well, he's found an audience. And maybe there's such an appetite among people who like Robin Cook's medical thrillers that they're easily sated between Cook's books?
Dunno... But just as I've learned to pass when a server offers me Milly's Cola instead of Coke, Pepsi, or Dr. P... This experience with Michael Palmer's flat characters and clattering action scenes... leaves me yearning for the truthiness of writers who either know what they are writing about, or have learned to fake it.
Beware, this book's the Milly's Cola of franken-novels.
This story was so predictable and simplistic I couldn't even finish it. Michael Connelly has written some good stories, so I really was not expecting such a terrible plot, but this is what I would expect from a mid-level high school kid.
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.
I don't over-eat, I over listen. I don't do drugs, I do books. Book addict from infancy on. Skip the diamonds. Just give me a book.
There is a lot of timley information on genetic engineering in this cliff hanger novel.
I tried to turn off my ipod to save some of the story for later but couldn't do it. Had to listen to the whole thing in one gulp!
This is my first time listening to this reader. He has a wonderfully expressive voice. He makes the novel into a performance rather than someone reading from pages of a book.
This is a book that could be true, it could actually be happening as we go about out daily lives, unaware or not wanting to be aware of what is being done to our food supply. Not a laughing matter although the sarcasm expressed by Dr. Welcome was an enjoyable way to lighten up an otherwise terrifying plot.
Michael Palmer is a wonderfully informed person which makes his books realistic and enjoyable.
Michael Palmer does it again...along with a great reader..you can't go wrong.
It's a could happen type of thing...Greed for money oversteps bounds
Entertaining reader from the start
This book makes you think
I like Michael Palmer and can usually handle "far out" scenarios in any sort of fiction. It is, after all, fiction, but this story made the protaganist seem down-right stupid. Seriously - he's almost murdered - but then goes back to the scene - not once - but twice - and somehow convinces himself that he shouldn't call authorities or any sort of back-up.
Nevertheless I was entertained by the story and in spite of their lack of common sense - even liked the characters. The subject matter was intresting and it could have been a great book - but the events played out in a rush and unfortunately there was an unfinished feeling at the end. Almost felt like a set up for a sequel.
Mr Palmer's stories never disappoint and this was no exception. What a thrill ride, I couldn't wait for the next chapter. A twist everywhere, although I thought I knew, I was surprised and would highly recommend this to anyone interested in medicine at its twisted best.
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