From The New York Times bestselling author of Oath of Office comes a gripping thriller at the crossroads of politics and medicineDr.
Lou Welcome, from Palmer's bestselling Oath of Office, is back in this heart stopping medical thriller. A desperate phone call embroils Lou in scandal and murder involving Dr. Gary McHugh, known around the Capital as the "society doc." Lou has been supervising McHugh, formerly a black-out drinker, through his work with the Physician Wellness Office.
McHugh has been very cavalier about his recovery, barely attending AA and refusing a sponsor. But Lou sees progress, and the two men are becoming friends. Now, McHugh has been found unconscious in his wrecked car after visiting a patient of his, the powerful Congressman Elias Colston, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Soon after McHugh awakens in the hospital ER, Colston's wife returns home to find her husband shot dead in their garage. She then admits to the police that she had just broken off a long-standing affair with McHugh.
Something about McHugh's story has Lou believing he is telling the truth, that the Congressman was dead when he arrived and before he blacked out. Lou agrees to look into matters, but when he encounters motive, method and opportunity he is hard pressed to believe in his friend - that is until a deadly high-level conspiracy begins to unravel, and Lou acquires information that makes him the next target.
©2012 Michael Palmer (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
I enjoyed Oath of Office and thought this would be a good follow-on story. The medical portions are pretty good but there are some pretty glaring errors in the military portions. The whole story was a bit of a stretch with some serious lack of judgment from the two main characters. I'm not completely put off and may try some of Michael Palmer's other novels. This one was just kind of ho-hum for me though. The narration was good and that's what kept me listening to the end.
People who like comic books, might appreciate this book.
No. I've very much enjoyed other Michael Palmer books.
He's very good at making the different characters stand out distinctly.
This was just too much like a comic book. The characters are, at best, two dimensional. The protagonists are way too competent and successful, given their respective backgrounds. Though Palmer is a physician, the scanty medical elements are poorly handled. One key element is the death of someone from having their spinal cord transected by a quick head movement; it's never explained what could cause this. He also gives the impression that Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia is a quickly fatal disease, when, in fact, it has a greater than 90% 5 year survival rate.
I listened to this on audio with narrator Robert Petkoff proving himself to be a master narrator.
The characters in this book is believable and is stereotypical enough to be familiar and at the same time unique enough to be interesting and human.
The conspiracy is intense. The story and plot line fast and logical. The medical part is for once underplayed and instead the conspiracy is at the foreground.
I liked the psychological aspect explored and the new friendships formed and the medical aspect being an integral part of the bigger story.
Some characters were eccentric and I loved that. The cat named Diversity was a very nice touch indeed.
All in all world building, character building and plot timing was exceptional. The narrator made a production out of the book that added to the story line and both the book and the narrator get a 5 * review from me.
Eric Damian Kelly
I was on a two-day car trip and it kept me awake for much of the trip, so that was good.
Plot was VERY contrived. Two educated people put themselves in ridiculous peril repeatedly with no back-up plan -- no one knowing where they were going or when they should be back. I can suspend my disbelief for one or two instances of that, but 8 or 10 in one book is WAY over the top. Parts of the plot were interesting and somewhat credible (use of drugs to control soldiers' behavior and reactions), but some of the activities that supposedly took place on military bases were beyond the pale. And the author's grasp of the American court system was thin at best -- he should have done more homework or just cut the courtroom scenes.
Not that I know of, but i would not turn away from his readings -- he rendered what he had just fine.
Not read or listen to Michael Palmer again.
I might. It was just ok though, not great writing or storyline. The characters were a little juvenile or maybe underdeveloped.
It was not very believable.
No but the reading was really good, better than the story itself
Better than listening to the radio, I drive an hour each way to work.
Interesting characters, decent plot, some elements frustrating (as I couldn't believe the main character ER doc could be so naive, but overall held my interest during long drives.
Showing again the tenacity, resourcefulness and perserverence of an ER Doc, Michael Palmer has given us another thriller.
The keen analysis by Dr. Lou Welcome when describing the motive to Papa Steve.
Bring on more stories about Dr. Welcome!
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
Yes: This book has amazing details. As a medical anthropologist I love details given in this book. Creates a well-layered story. Fringe and the President on a high-level. More realistic much more detailed than ANY tv-show. Brilliant from first to the very last page. A priviliege!
The great details and the smart plot.
I won't spill, it does involve the V.P
A political chaos.
It's unlike any I've read previously.
For the most part. Although I have to honestly say that the subject matter was very
disturbing to me.
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