Dr. Carrie Bryant's four years as a neurosurgical resident at White Memorial Hospital have earned her the respect and admiration from peers and staff alike. When given the chance of performing her first unsupervised brain surgery, Carrie jumps at the opportunity. What should have been a routine, hours-long operation turns horribly wrong and jeopardizes her patient's life. Emotionally and physically drained, Carrie is rushed back to the OR to assist in a second surgery. There, she makes a careless and tragic mental error resulting in irreparable brain damage to her second patient. With her confidence shattered, Carrie quits her residency and moves back home, where her younger brother, Adam, a combat vet suffering from debilitating PTSD, also lives. When Carrie learns about an experimental program at the VA Medical Center exploring the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) that could forever cure the emotional and memory trauma of PTSD, it seems like a way back into medicine. Carrie is apprehensive, but a chance meeting with David Hoffman, a reporter for the Lowell Observer writing a story on PTSD, helps her overcome any hesitation. Her first surgery appears to be a success until her patient mysteriously vanishes. When a second patient also goes missing, Carrie employees the investigative skills of David, and together they descend into a labyrinth of murder and corruption. And the price Carrie might pay for asking the wrong questions could be her life.
©2015 Michael Palmer (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
Absolutely gripping medical thriller. Surprises around every corner. Seamless transition from Michael to Daniel Palmer sections. Narrator was great if a little fast in the beginning.
Possibly the best Michael/Daniel Palmer books.
I don't know how much of this book was Michael(the king of medical thrillers) or how much was his son Daniel , but loved it evey bit as much as the other Michael Palmer books. Fast pace , interesting topic, good main character. I enjoyed listening to the interview with Daniel at the end too.
great narration too by Xe Sands
I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!
This book will keep you interested. It isn't a mind blowing plot, but interesting enough and with some great twists.
This was a struggle to finish. Halfway through the book I was still questioning what was it all about. PTSD is the catalyst, the bright young doctor is the protagonist and the antagonist is not clear until the story's climax. Michael Palmer passed away before finishing this book and as much as I admire his son's dedication to complete his father's work I cannot admire the finished product. The medical side was boring, some important characters were underdeveloped and the vets were one dimensional.
There's a suspense in every chapter
All the characters are portrayed well
A suspense novel from beginning to end
the development of the characters, especially with regard to the brother and sister.
the end.....had me in tears....
a great read......well worth the credit and would recommend to everyone.
I looked forward to this book & it was great. I have loved all of Michael Palmer's books, I was saddened to hear of his passing and moving to heaven. I have lost dear family members & I know how difficult it is, missing them so much. Daniel has kept in touch with his Dad's readers & we appreciate that so much. When Daniel told us he was finishing his Dad's last book, I was thrilled. Daniel did a wonderful job writing with his Dad. I know Michael is so proud of his son for the great story "Trauma" is. I cried at the end, so I really connected with the characters. I'm glad that Daniel & Matthew Palmer are continuing to write & carry on their Dad's legacy. I know he loves you & is proud of his 3 sons. Daniel, thank you for the gift of "Trauma".
Found the technical descriptions of procedures very interesting, and the knowledge and skill needed by neurosurgeons takes long years of preparation. For the protagonist to "give up" her career is heartbreaking. The
Bureaucracy within hospitals is dense, not always making decisions that are popular.
The narration was very good.
An avid book reader who absolutely loves having the opportunity to carry my favorite books everywhere I go and listen to them anytime I want
It was extremely interesting and I'm sure something like this research is happening to help Veterans with PTSD. Or at least I hope they are working on research. It truly tugs at my heart knowing there are Vetrans struggling and living on the streets.
I really like their medical thrillers. However, even with my medical background, this book was hard to follow and I had to rewind and listen to parts over and over and still got confused
Nothing. Problems were the story.
No. I am returning the book and trying something else.
Lots of research went into writing this book. I'm sure there are a lot of individuals who will enjoy it. I'm not one of them.
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