One day, while the United States is embroiled in a bitter presidential election campaign, Marine One lands on Gabe's Wyoming ranch, and President Stoddard delivers a disturbing revelation and a startling request. His personal physician has suddenly and mysteriously disappeared, and he desperately needs Gabe to take the man's place. Despite serious misgivings, Gabe agrees to come to Washington.
It is not until he is ensconced in the White House medical office that Gabe realizes there is strong evidence that the President is going insane. Facing a crisis of conscience - as President Stoddard's physician, he has the power to invoke the 25th Amendment to transfer presidential power to the vice president - Gabe uncovers increasing evidence that his friend's condition may not be due to natural causes.
Who? Why? And how? The president's life is at stake. A small-town doctor suddenly finds himself in the most powerful position on earth, and the safety of the world is in jeopardy. Gabe Singleton must find the answers, and the clock is ticking.
©2008 Michael Palmer; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
"[An] over-the-top yet endlessly entertaining thriller....The roller-coaster ride of a plot builds to an undeniably shocking conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)
“I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I enjoyed this book. It kept my attention and I loved the ending. This is a good choice when you want something easy to "read" in traffic or when concentration is not critical. My mind never wondered.
This novel should be recommended for English learners. The author says what he is going to say, says it then sums it up by saying it. First time that I've written a negative review.
Another one of Michael Palmer's semi-medical thrillers about the U.S. President's personal physician who becomes embroiled in a sinister plot that has lead to the disappearance of his predecessor. Palmer does not write as good a medical thriller as Robin Cook, nor as good a political thriller as David Baldacci, but does a passable job. The plot would make a great "made-for-TV" cable movie. The characters are not very engaging but who cares as long as the chase is on. The narrator, Phil Gigante, is one of my favorites. He does his novels in different voices so they tend to come across like a radio play rather than a narrative. I particularly like his European accents in the Dan Silva novels. His southern accents are a little too strong for my taste, but it is always clear who is speaking. I bought this one on the one-penny per minute sale and it was worth every cent if you want a good listen for the beach or the plane.
this book is just ok. the actual plot line is interesting and could have been gripping, if not for the relentless use of cliches; too much aimless banter between the President and his doctor; and the sudden rush to tie up lose ends in the last few moments of the book. as it is, the solving of the mystery is predictable with the characters rarely allowed to venture beyond the sterotypical outlines imposed by the author. the president's character comes off looking like a thoughtless idiot and few of his actions or conversatons ring true. a potentially wonderful character is killed off before any of her potential can be developed, i think is book is sort of a chick-lit book, except for men.
the audio reader used a totally unrealistic southern accent for all the President's bits which was off putting to someone from the south.
Dick Ezell's read on Radio Reader was much better.
Los Angelee, US is not in Canada!
I have been a Michael Palmer fan for years... until this book. The doctor takes a fascinating subject - nanotechnology - and ruins it with insipid dialog and an obvious and naive political bent. Shame on you Dr. Palmer!
I really enjoyed this book. It kept my attention and I was surprised by the ending. This is a good choice when you want something easy to "read" in traffic or when concentration is not critical. My mind never wondered.
If you want to read a political treatise on how great the liberal political view is in this country select a book on politics not a mystery that pushes that view in your face. I have been able to read other books by Palmer,although his political leanings are obvious,because his emphasis has always been on medical issues. This time it seems his primary issue is on left leaning politics. If you dislike Ronald Reagan, are a proponent of big government and think socialized medicine is great -- then this is your book otherwise select a real novel.
A good book requires characters with whom I can empathsize and about whom I care plus, of course, a compelling story. Michael Palmer's presentation of characters in The First Patient was like a used car salesman giving me all the reasons to buy, but never delivering the feelings that made me want to be an owner. The plot sort of comes together at the end, which I was grateful to reach, not because I cared as much as I want to dive into a better book. A James Lee Burke or Pat Conroy this author is NOT. The best I can say about it is that I finished it, but if it had been just a bit longer I am not sure I would have.
Granted, maybe when you buy a book on sale for $5 you should not complain about what you get. But I cannot help it.
This is the dumbest book I have ever finished. I say "dumbest I have ever finished" because, usually, when a book is playing out badly, I stop wasting my time.
But this was like driving past a car wreck - I could not look away. I had to see if it was going to get worse . . . and it DID! At every turn.
The characters are not believable or likable. The plot is not credible enough to enable suspending disbelief The dialog was silly.
If you like the narrator, rent one of his readings of Daniel Silva - not this.
Save yourself - don't buy this book.
I just listened to "The First Patient" again, and it held up admirably to a second listen. I always enjoy Michael Palmer's novels, because of their intelligent plotting and good writing. This one introduces the ingenious concept of nanotechnology as a medical weapon. It has a very satisfying surprise plot twist at the end; and the good guy comes out on top, which I always like. I also appreciated Phil Gigante's narration of the story. I recommend "The First Patient" to anyone who enjoys medical thrillers.
Stunning book and very well read. One of the best.
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