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Oath of Office Audiobook

Oath of Office

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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of A Heartbeat Away and The Last Surgeon comes a shocking new novel at the crossroads of politics and medicine.

What if a well respected doctor inexplicably goes on a murderous rampage? When Dr. John Meacham goes on a shooting spree, his business partner, staff, and two patients are killed in the bloodbath. Then Meacham turns the gun on himself.

The blame falls on Dr. Lou Welcome. Welcome worked with Meacham years before as a counselor after John's medical license had been revoked for drug addiction. Lou knew that John was an excellent doctor and deserved to be practicing medicine, and fought hard for his license to be restored. After hearing the news of the violent outburst, Lou is in shock like everyone else, but mostly he's incredulous. When he begins to look into it further, the terrifying evidence he finds takes him down a path to an unspeakable conspiracy that seems to lead directly to the White House and those in the highest positions of power.

©2012 Michael Palmer (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Jeremy Winfield, IL, United States 04-24-12
    Jeremy Winfield, IL, United States 04-24-12
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    "Who says medicine and politics don't mix?"

    Michael Palmer turns in another good read in Oath of Office, a chilling look at the politics and science behind genetically modified food. The story is a good one, though at times the decisions some of the characters make are frustrating. The medicine behind the plot seems authentic enough; Palmer always does his research. I don't think it's the best book he's ever written, but it's still entertaining. There's a little bit of everything here: some medicinal sleuth work, murder, conspiracy, a little romance, and even a high-speed chase through a cornfield. Robert Petkoff is solid as the narrator.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 12-16-12
    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 12-16-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't genetically modify our food!"

    "Oath of Office" deals with an important issue that threatens to detrimentally affect our health. I thank Michael Palmer for bringing it to light in this novel. Big-Pharma and Big-Agriculture are genetically modifying our food without our knowledge. Here in California, we recently had an election proposition that would have required food manufacturers to label their genetically-modified products, so that we consumers could, at least, make a choice. Of course, the proposition was defeated, thanks to the vast sum of money that the corporations spent to fight this sensible, if modest, proposal. Most people do not know that -- unless they are organically-grown -- 𝙖𝙡𝙡 of the corn and soy beans now produced in the U.S. have been genetically modified. By corollary, that means that all non-organically grown livestock have been fed those genetically-modified foodstuffs. Many of our other food crops have had foreign genes inserted into their D.N.A., in order to boost production and provide pest resistance. In "Oath of Office," Palmer provides the example of a corn crop that has had the gene from irradiated termites inserted into its D.N.A. Far-fetched? Not really. Unless you are only buying organic, you have probably already been eating tomatoes carrying pig genes. Nobody knows yet exactly what this genetic tampering with our food may do to us in the long run, because the experimental testing is being done on us right now. Only time will tell how this reckless manipulation is going to affect us. In "Oath of Office," Palmer postulates that the altered corn crop begins affecting people's brains, altering their decision-making faculty. The resulting plot provides an exciting thriller, with a message: Don't let greed overwhelm good sense. Robert Petkoff, the narrator of this audiobook, has a good voice and good acting chops. I recommend "Oath of Office" to fans of medical thrillers. As other reviewers have mentioned, this novel may not top Palmer's oeuvre; but it is definitely not a snore, either.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 03-23-14
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Oath of Office"
    Any additional comments?

    Audiobook. For the first half of this book, the reader is wondering how the two disparate stories unfolding can possibly be connected. A first lady weaving through a mystery involving a disgraced cabinet member and a seemingly unrelated emergency room doctor dealing with mysterious and murderous behaviors. I suppose this should be an endorsement to the author ability to outline and create an intriguing plot. The problem, in my opinion, is credibility and elements brought into the story that add little to what is fundamentally, and interesting tale.

    Personally, I’d have eliminated the first lady and protagonist romance, gimme a break … it blows the credibility of the story completely and makes it comical. I’ve read a few Michael Palmer stories and this one doesn’t measure up.

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    Kitty 03-06-13
    Kitty 03-06-13 Member Since 2016

    Give me a good mystery and I am happy!

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    "Not my cup of tea..."

    As far as mysteries go, I prefer the police procedures, detective, and lawyer type of books. It is just my taste.

    So with that in mind, this novel had an interesting premise and likable heroes.

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    Sue Houston, TX, United States 02-26-13
    Sue Houston, TX, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2016
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    "spellbinding"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This book and author was recommended by a friend. I am anxious to read more of his work as MIchael Palmer was new to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PNels FL 09-13-12
    PNels FL 09-13-12
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    "What a chore to listen to this book"
    Has Oath of Office turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I usually love Michael Palmer books but this was just . . . bizarre . . . and made no sense.


    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    No problem with the narration but the story didn't make any sense.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah United States 07-24-12
    Sarah United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2013

    Love sci-fi books, romace books. I love to get lost into a good book.

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    "wish I could get refund"
    What disappointed you about Oath of Office?

    the story was not good at all. why was it printed or in audio beats me!!!!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Palmer again?

    nope, would not do that again.


    What didn’t you like about Robert Petkoff’s performance?

    n/a


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

    none


    Any additional comments?

    would love a refund, or a better book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chelsea LUBBOCK, TX, United States 06-28-12
    Chelsea LUBBOCK, TX, United States 06-28-12

    I am in English teacher who seeks to bring knowledge of literature and of the one true God to all of my students. I also love listening to books on my commute to and from school.

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    "Couldn't Finish- Not Impressed"
    Would you try another book from Michael Palmer and/or Robert Petkoff?

    I would not buy another Michael Palmer book. The plot was too predictable, and the characters vastly underdeveloped. Disappointing.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donald L. Hogan 04-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Can't believe Palmer wrote this."
    What disappointed you about Oath of Office?

    It was shallow, totally improbable, often predictable. The president/first lady involvement a huge stretch. The romance/non-romance with the First Lady; what the heck was that and why was it in there? Everything and everybody was the best, the fastest, the most remarkable. The characters were laughable.


    What could Michael Palmer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Write it like his other books.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All three. I only finished the book because I kept thinking it would finish well but it didn't. If his name wasn't Palmer, he could never have sold this book. It's awful.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Rockville, CT, United States 04-01-12
    Charles Rockville, CT, United States 04-01-12 Member Since 2008

    I am a semi-retired psychologist who likes to listen to books, especially mysteries, as I drive in the car.

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    "Prediction of the future?"

    This story was gripping. The characters always remained human, not super-human or super-intelligent. They had to use ordinary means and logic to solve the puzzle. Some of the story reminded me of the Stepford Wives in that a community was slowly being effected to think in certain ways. If you have a tendency to believe conspiracy theories, this book will make you more paranoid. I started this review before the recent reports of “pink slime” in the meat. This book will cause you to become more suspicious. Remember, the book is fiction, not a documentary or an augury of the future – or is it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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