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Political Suicide | [Michael Palmer]

Political Suicide

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Jeffrey Marana, AZ, United States 07-23-13
    Jeffrey Marana, AZ, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Big Disappointment"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like comic books, might appreciate this book.


    Has Political Suicide turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I've very much enjoyed other Michael Palmer books.


    What does Robert Petkoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's very good at making the different characters stand out distinctly.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda Pretoria, South Africa 07-19-13
    Wanda Pretoria, South Africa 07-19-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Loved the conspiracy...."

    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.

    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. D. Kelly Muncie, IN USA 06-03-13
    E. D. Kelly Muncie, IN USA 06-03-13 Member Since 2006

    Eric Damian Kelly

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    "Disappointing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was on a two-day car trip and it kept me awake for much of the trip, so that was good.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Palmer’s story?

    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.


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

    Not that I know of, but i would not turn away from his readings -- he rendered what he had just fine.


    Did Political Suicide inspire you to do anything?

    Not read or listen to Michael Palmer again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Don Alfonso Bowswas 05-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Ahhhh Michael Palmer"

    Not really like the rest of his novels......but pretty good overall......I'm looking forward to a new one.....

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    Tina 04-17-13
    Tina 04-17-13
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    "Just ok"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I might. It was just ok though, not great writing or storyline. The characters were a little juvenile or maybe underdeveloped.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Palmer’s story?

    It was not very believable.


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

    No but the reading was really good, better than the story itself


    Was Political Suicide worth the listening time?

    Better than listening to the radio, I drive an hour each way to work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TrekkieLianne Chicago, IL United States 03-18-13
    TrekkieLianne Chicago, IL United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Decent"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin 01-14-13
    Kevin 01-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Another bang-up story by Michael Palmer"
    What made the experience of listening to Political Suicide the most enjoyable?

    Showing again the tenacity, resourcefulness and perserverence of an ER Doc, Michael Palmer has given us another thriller.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Political Suicide?

    The keen analysis by Dr. Lou Welcome when describing the motive to Papa Steve.


    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    Everything


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Bring on more stories about Dr. Welcome!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mia 01-09-13
    Mia 01-09-13 Member Since 2015

    I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.

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    "Medicine-thriller of 2012"
    Would you listen to Political Suicide again? Why?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The great details and the smart plot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I won't spill, it does involve the V.P


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

    A political chaos.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen United States 12-20-12
    Karen United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Exciting thriller."
    Where does Political Suicide rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's unlike any I've read previously.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    For the most part. Although I have to honestly say that the subject matter was very
    disturbing to me.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine London, ON, Canada 02-25-13
    Catherine London, ON, Canada 02-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Written in a Weekend"
    What would have made Political Suicide better?

    Realism, deeper characters


    Any additional comments?

    I have read all of Michael Palmer's books. This one feels like he needed cash and wrote it on the weekend.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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