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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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    Kitty Reno, NV 03-23-13
    Kitty Reno, NV 03-23-13 Member Since 2002

    I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.

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    "Unusual story line..."

    Medical mysteries are not usually my preference, however Dr. Welcome does not seem to fit into a medical mystery. He is more of a detective. I find him to be a very likable character along with Cap his AA sponsor. I enjoyed this book and I will try the next one.

    I reserve 4-Stars and 5-Stars for the "I can't put them down page turners" This is not in that category, but I did find it an interesting premise.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Snoodely 12-18-12
    Snoodely 12-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Medical / Military / Political / Legal Thriller"

    With "Political Suicide," Palmer returns to his likable protagonist, Lou Welcome, from his prior novel, "Oath of Office." Only, you don't necessarily have to listen to "Oath of Office" first, as "Political Suicide" tells a new story. Palmer does, sometimes, fetch afar for his plots; and I am hoping that he has done so, again, with this one. I don't want to believe that a plot like this one could actually be hatched in the upper echelons of power. Without giving away any surprises -- in deference to those who don't like "spoilers" -- this story deals with a despicable way of leveling the playing field in the war on terror. Medicine -- Palmer's usual theme -- plays only a subsidiary part here, demonstrating Palmer's gradual move toward the political-thriller genre. Some of the characterizations in "Political Suicide" do stretch credibility a bit -- like lawyer Sarah Cooper's sudden transformation from nasty to nice -- but the cute plot twist at the end of the story ameliorated that weakness to a certain extent for me. As with "Oath of Office," narrator Robert Petkoff does a good job reading us "Political Suicide," clearly distinguishing all the characters from one another with different voices and accents. If you like thrillers, and don't mind suspending disbelief just a bit, I recommend "Political Suicide" to you.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    K. Moeller 02-26-13
    K. Moeller 02-26-13
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    "Not bad but some silly plotting"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably would not recommend as there are so many better options.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Palmer again?

    I have read other books by Palmer and was not disappointed.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    RITU 01-16-13
    RITU 01-16-13

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Not as Good as the First Novel"

    This novel was more on the macho side and less on the cerebral side. The characters were not well developed. Some of the medical information in the book was wrong.

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    AP pa 01-16-13
    AP pa 01-16-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Another Michael Palmer Thriller!"

    Great audiobook! The storyline was perfect. I love Michael Palmer's writing style. The narrator was very good also. Very enjoyable and highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stellagirl Central Texas 12-29-12
    Stellagirl Central Texas 12-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "All talk, little action"
    What would have made Political Suicide better?

    The hero, Dr. Louis Welcome, is incredible. He puts himself in remarkably dangerous situations to help a mere acquaintance. Really? He sheds light on baffling mysteries by engaging in research that any competent law firm would engage in -- so why, exactly, aren't the lawyers doing it? He is able to outmaneuver an elite military unit (the green berets on steroids) -- well, how elite can this unit be, if a middle aged ER doc can break into their facilities? All in all, in-credible.


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    Vicki New Albany, IN, United States 08-12-14
    Vicki New Albany, IN, United States 08-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A Little Below Michael Palmer's Standards"
    What did you love best about Political Suicide?

    I love political novels and I love medical novels and this combines the two.


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

    No


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Michael Palmer is one of my favorite authors and this book is better than most other authors' books, but it definitely falls below Palmer's usual standards. A little slow and unimaginative in spots, I would still take it over most other authors. If you have never read Michael Palmer, you will love it. If you are a Michael Palmer fan, you might be a little disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A New York 05-16-14
    A New York 05-16-14 Member Since 2009
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    "YOUR WELCOME, LOU"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, a good series that offers an insight of an ER doctor struggling to make life right


    What did you like best about this story?

    Doctor Lou's character in total


    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    Job well done


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

    Whatever it takes! Mantis


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Little Rock, AR, United States 04-22-14
    Susan Little Rock, AR, United States 04-22-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Not As Good As The First One"

    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.

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    Jeffrey Marana, AZ, United States 07-23-13
    Jeffrey Marana, AZ, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2001
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    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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    "Easy and well read"

    Easy to listen to we'll read I listen in the car to and from work no troublefollowing story

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