His name is ARTIE, a miracle of bio-engineering that is about to transform the field of neurosurgery. Dr. Jessie Copeland knows him better than anyone else at Eastern Mass Medical Center - and knows it's too soon to be using the tiny robot on a living patient's brain. But Jessie's department chief is too busy to worry about such ethics. And neither of them has any idea that ARTIE will attract a patient from their worst nightmares.
Claude Malloche is a master assassin, more rumor than man, for whom murder is an art. No one can identity his face. Now Malloche has a deadly brain tumor, and he intends to have the best neurosurgeon in the world operate on it.
To ensure Jessie's cooperation, Malloche has devised a plan of intimidation that puts at risk her life and the lives of hundreds of innocent people. Neurosurgery requires nerves of steel, but in coming up with a scheme to fulfill her oath as a doctor while thwarting a diabolical killer, Jessie will be performing the most complex surgery of her career - on a knife-edge of terror.
©2011 Michael Palmer (P)2012 Random House Audio
“The Patient might be [Palmer’s] most riveting book yet, leaving hardly enough time to take a breath.” (Denver Post)
“The Patient is what Die Hard movies are made of: brilliantly nasty terrorists hectoring innocent folks, with only a wisecracking lone wolf to forestall.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
I bought this book years ago from books on tape in the cassets. I have looked for Michael Kramer on audible but not thoroughly enough. I love his work. Michael Palmer's work is sometimes interesting but it is Kramer who holds me to this book. So, I can say that the book holds me interested over a great many years and lots and lots of books but I can not say it is the story alone that I value. Michael Kramer narrated the early books of Stephen White and I miss them. Dick Hill has the voices and characters in that series done very well but he can not supply an odd nuance for humor that Kramer does so well. Sometimes these old friends are just missed. Manner of Death is about the only one not redone by Dick Hill and it would be nice if Michael Kramer's version was found and offered.
The Patient is not an especially nuanced book but it is full of personalities done well both as prose and voice. The medical themes and community are interesting. The mystery is not new these days but this is an old book. Older books often have a stong narrative development and this one has enough to stick in memory.
Yes, because I was able to sketch while listening.
Change the ending and the narrator.
His voice made the hero seem weak and not all there at times.
No, thank you.
Story flows well...medical procedures are accurately described without forays into irrelevant details just to fill space. Characters are well developed and believable. Tension is intense and sustained.
Palmer always spins his tales in the context of thought provoking ethical issues...this one is no exception. The race to launch newly developed technology ahead of competitors, the pressure to secure scarce funding, and the ever present drive to feed the ego combine to create this tale of medical hubris and human desperation for a cure.
If Michael Palmer wrote it...I recommend you read it!
I've listened to several of Michael Palmer's books and greatly enjoyed them all but the narration on The Patient is really off-putting for me. Mr. Kramer's inflection is just wrong most of the time and is very choppy.
Tell us about yourself! I have always ben an avid reader, but my eyesight isn't what it used to be. The iPod and audible been a blessing.
Yes. I would have to say that although the story was an enjoyable ride, it was not the type of book I thought it would be. But knowing now what the book was about I know a lot of my friends would like it. It did keep my interest with all the plot twists.
the story is fine as is.
I thought Michale Cramer did a great job with the different voices and smooth reading style.
How invasive do you want your surgery to be? Are you ready to become the next prong on the ladder of hopeful medical miracles.
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