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Flashback [Kindle Edition]

Michael Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Toby is eight years old. He had a routine operation. It was fine. Now he's gone home to terror. Months have passed. But Toby still bursts into tortured screams. Because something is very wrong. Toby can remember evey moment of the operation. All the trauma. All the pain. He relives evrey horrifying detail of surgery while he's awake. Now someone must expose the unspeakable truth about this hospital. Or else an innocent child will die. And he won't be the last. The next victim is being wheeled into surgery right now.


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Toby is eight years old. He had a routine operation. It was fine. Now he's gone home to terror. Months have passed. But Toby still bursts into tortured screams. Because something is very wrong. Toby can remember evey moment of the operation. All the trauma. All the pain. He relives evrey horrifying detail of surgery while he's awake. Now someone must expose the unspeakable truth about this hospital. Or else an innocent child will die. And he won't be the last. The next victim is being wheeled into surgery right now.

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Toby is eight years old. He had a routine operation. It was fine. Now he's gone home to terror. Months have passed. But Toby still bursts into tortured screams. Because something is very wrong. Toby can remember evey moment of the operation. All the trauma. All the pain. He relives evrey horrifying detail of surgery while he's awake. Now someone must expose the unspeakable truth about this hospital. Or else an innocent child will die. And he won't be the last. The next victim is being wheeled into surgery right now.

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  • File Size: 700 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (January 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G8P7AK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,609 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love every single one of Michael Palmer's books. They all keep me one the edge of my seat, especially Natural Causes, Extreme Measures and The Sisterhood. These books were so brilliantly written that I was scared out of my mind. They all kept me sitting on the edge of my seat. Want to know the best part? I couldn't put any of them down, I tune everything else in the world out and only focus on the suspense I have right in front of me. In Flashback, and eight year old Toby has a surgery and everything goes well. Months go by and then Toby begins to relive what happened to him in the OR. He is tormented with visions of everything transpired during the surgery, everything, including the immense pain. Unfortunately Toby isn't the only patient who is experiencing this bizarre effect after the operation. Other patients who has gone this weird twist of events haven't been able to live with the terror, so they kill themselves. Soon someone will reach the conclusion that something unusual is transpiring at the hospital. If that person doesn't hurry there will be some disastrous affects. If they do not hurry, another patient will be wheeled into the OR, none the wiser to the terror and torment that awaits them there.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ALWAYS A PLEASER!! May 27, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am never disappointed when reading a Michael Palmer. I think the man could scribble on tree bark and I'd be happy.
As always, the storyline is believable and easy to follow.
Definitely worth the time to read!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Story about hospital policy instead of suspense... January 14, 2007
Format:Paperback
This book had a great premise. Too bad the author chose to focus on hospital policy and administration more than than the story line. This book was boring. It jumped from story line to policy chapter after chapter. It was a struggle to finish.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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We're reading Michael Palmer's medical thrillers in order, having thoroughly enjoyed his earlier "Sisterhood" & "Side Effects". As before, most of the story revolves around a hospital, this one, Sterling New Hampshire's Ultramed, part of a big business conglomerate. The successful administrator is Frank Iverson, son of the town's patriarch, Judge Clayton Iverson. When younger brother Zack finally finishes all his training in neurosurgery, he decides (with some misgivings) to return to the family stomping grounds and sign on with Ultramed. We're soon introduced to an 8-year-old, Toby, who is near dieing over reliving his surgery of a year or so ago. We readers are given enough clues to know something is up, and it finally turns out two doctors are in cahoots to experiment on certain patients - gads! As our hero Zack starts to zero in on the malpractice, his new love, cardiologist Susanne Cole, is also victimized, certainly making the whole thing more personal. Meanwhile, hospital politics are rife with tension as Frank and Zack do not see eye to eye almost off the bat; and the Judge is stirring up a possible community buyback of the hospital. Female Ultramed executives bring more chaos to the scene as Frank gets more desperate to hide a years earlier embezzlement, the experimental drugging his salvation??
As with his early books, Palmer keeps us hooked til right near the end. In fact, he mixes so many ingredients from the human condition into this one that we can't even tell what kind of stew it is. But it tastes good and leaves us looking for more Palmer - handy he finds success and as of now has seven more novels for us to enjoy. Let's get at it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical medical thriller February 6, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read a couple of Michael Palmer's medical thrillers. They're just ok in my opinion - they read fast, have some plot twists, and come to a satisfying happy ending. On the other hand, Palmer's writing style is stilted and filled with cliches, the characters aren't terribly multifaceted, and the plot is predictable. So, Flashback might be a good choice if you're looking for a quick, fluffy read and like medical thrillers, but don't expect to be wowed by any stretch of the imagination.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Medical Thriller November 9, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's been a while since I've read any Michael Palmer, only reading a few of his books occasionally. But, I was pleased I picked up this book and enjoyed most of the story in contained. Engaging is one word that sums it up. By that I mean, you cared about the characters, and you couldn't wait to know how it would end.

The book begins with a young boy who is having flashbacks from his hernia surgery, remembering every detail, every ounce of pain. Then, we are introduced to brothers- Zack and Frank. Frank is the Chairman of the hospital that Zack has just been hired at to work at for neurosurgery. Zack quickly stumbles upon the story of this little boy and is determined to get to the bottom of it. However, his brother Frank has other ideas.

One item the plot was missing was more suspense. I mean, we are told pretty much right off the bat who is doing illegal things at this hospital. I think it could have been 100 times more exciting had we NOT known. However, since we did know, most of the story we're wondering about is WHAT is causing patients to recall their surgeries. And who will win, the good guys or the bad? However, I still enjoyed the book and the characters.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pre-op patients, watch out!! You may be next! July 2, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love every single one of Michael Palmer's books. They all keep me one the edge of my seat, especially Natural Causes,Extreme Measures and The Sisterhood. Flashback kept me sitting on the edge of my seat. Want to know the best part? I couldn't put it down. In Flashback, and eight year old Toby has a surgery and everything goes well. Months go by and then Toby begins to relive what happened to him in the OR. He is tormented with visions of everything transpired during the surgey, everything, includiong the immense pain. Unfortunatly Toby isn't the only patient who is experiencing this bizarre effect after the operation. Someone at the hosptial needs to figure what's going on in this hospital and soon. If not another patient will be wheeled into the OR none the wiser to the terror and torment that awaits them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So engrossing, I couldn't put it down!
Published 18 days ago by Sheila C.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Michael Palmer novels and this on is probably one ...
This is a very intense story that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. I love Michael Palmer novels and this on is probably one of my all time favorites!
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What memories might lie inside?
I love Michael palmer's novels, he takes the reader on a believable ride that is at the same time unbelievable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by pswinn
1.0 out of 5 stars unfavorable comments.
Sexual descriptions not necessary , and also distracting. A little too descriptive regarding bodily functions.
Writing too trite. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Katherine masters
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Michael Palmer does it again with this book. It was so difficult to put the book down because I got so involved!
Published 2 months ago by MonR
1.0 out of 5 stars Something Is Rotten in Denmark
Ordered this Kindle book with instant download, sold by Random House, and was surprised to find Louisiana sales tax added to my purchase. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Layabout
5.0 out of 5 stars Flashback
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was very thrilling and this was the book that I could not put down.
Published 3 months ago by Kate
4.0 out of 5 stars liked it
I have read almost all his novels and this one does not disappoint. Well paced action, good characters, even if a bit stereotyped, great suspense.
Published 4 months ago by mima
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I loved it.Good writing. Excellent plot line. Not quite as tight as his later books, but still a super read.
Published 6 months ago by Lisa Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars REALLY seat gripping ride
Enjoyed from the first few pAges .If a cook doesn't catch me there I'm done. DO WISH FOR A MORE CLAMATIC ENDING .Will miss this author and his believable reads.
Published 6 months ago by Simon9370
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Michael Palmer, medical thriller author and physician, died unexpectedly on October 30, 2013. Michael wrote 18 novels of medical and political suspense, all international bestsellers. In addition to writing, Palmer served as an associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society Physician Health Services, devoted to helping physicians troubled by mental illness, physical illness, behavioral issues, and chemical dependency. His 19th novel RESISTANT will be released on May 20, 2014.

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