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Oath of Office Hardcover – February 14, 2012

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Book 1 of 3 in the Dr. Lou Welcome Series

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A physician with a history of behavioral issues shoots and kills several people in his office before trying to take his own life. It falls to Dr. Lou Welcome, the assailants friend and former colleague, to determine why the man went on his murderous rampage, but Welcome doesn’t bargain for a conspiracy that could lead directly to the Oval Office. This is a weaker novel than Palmer’s Last Surgeon (2010), but it’s stronger than A Heartbeat Away (2011), leaving it in the midrange of Palmer’s up-and-down swing. Its characters are sturdy, but the story doesn’t have the spark that made his early work such a treat. Palmer doesn’t seem all that interested in his plot. He seems content to let it be another frequently predictable conspiracy story, although there are places where it could have veered off in a new and surprising direction. This is one of those cases where there’s nothing especially wrong with the book, but it isn’t especially memorable, either. Not a complete misfire but, from an author with undeniable talent, a disappointment. --David Pitt


“This is Palmer at his most terrifying, most plausible and, worst of all, most realistic.” ―RT Book Reviews (4.5 stars)

“Suspenseful…Palmer's easy mix of science and individual courage should please his many fans.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Compelling.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Oath of Office captures the modern pulse…An engaging novel that touches on some of the fears readers may have about big business, politics, and the food supply. Difficult to put down.” ―Technorati

“A darn good read.” ―

“The twists fly in A Heartbeat Away and the results create a terrifying scenario...Palmer has a mastery of the medical science involved in such an elaborate conspiracy, plus the intricacies of presidential succession.” ―Associated Press on A Heartbeat Away

“When it comes to inventive plots for medical thrillers nobody does it better than Michael Palmer… This premise is explosive and compelling and grabs the readers from the very first page.” ―The Huffington Post on A Heartbeat Away

“Fans of Michael Palmer will love the Boston-based doctor/crime writer's latest thriller...Prepare to burn some serious midnight oil.” ―The Boston Herald on The Last Surgeon

“The novel is not merely a thriller but also an exploration of its central character's unique gifts and her determination to communicate with hercomatose father despite overwhelming odds. Another winner from a consistently fine writer.” ―Booklist on The Second Opinion

The First Patient is an exciting thriller that is full of surprises and captures the intense atmosphere of the White House, how the medical system works, and how the 25th Amendment could be brought into play. I thoroughly enjoyed it.” ―Bill Clinton on The First Patient

“This latest should please Palmer's fans and all those who enjoy their suspense mixed with medical characters and settings.” ―Library Journal on The Last Surgeon

“A heart-pounding medical thriller.” ―The Boston Globe on The Second Opinion

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312587538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312587536
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike P. on March 18, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Thank goodness I read this on a relative's Kindle, otherwise I would have been angry about paying 12.99 for this thing.

There are only two problems with the book that prevented me from rating this higher: plot and characters. If you don't mind a lame political consipiracy and barely drawn characters with silly names (Lou "Welcome" and Anthony Brite, nicknamed "Notso"...get it?), and you don't care how much you spend for "bestsellers", then you'll be fine with this book.

First, the plot: mysterious events start occurring in the small Virginia town of Knight's Ridge characterized by people behaving in an irrational and completely crazy manner. Dr. Welcome is the first genius to start putting together that there might be a common pattern stemming from the potential distribution of genetically altered corn. Apparently, this is a test run for the bigger plan to sell the food to the Chinese and Lou must work with the White House' First Lady, an insider within the evil company, and locals to stop the bad produce from leaving the country. Therer are a couple of issues here -- if everyone is ingesting the corn, why hasn't the whole town gone nuts and started behanving irrationally? Apparently it only affects the key characters of this book, as if the food was genetically altered to only occur to specifically selected characters within Palmer's book . The description of the process for creating the corn is poor science fiction at best and involves some silly combination of termite DNA and the corn. The plot would have been a whole lot better if the government had deliberately let China get the produce then watch the events unfold from there!

Second, characters. Lou Welcome. Really.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Loopy Librarian on February 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If ever there was a cautionary tale against genetic food modification, Oath of Office is it. The author combines medical mystery with political corruption in a suspenseful, fast-paced thriller that is a real page turner. I was stepping outside my usual genres by picking up this book, and I'm ever so glad that I did. I particularly enjoy books that take me outside of my realm of knowledge and experience and teach me something new while entertaining me. I found that Oath of Office did that very well. I also liked the main characters a great deal and appreciated that they had baggage. Palmer was able to make doctors and politicians into people to whom the reader could relate. This book had high speed car chases, shootouts, medical traumas, radiated termites, murder, and romance. It came together in a plot that was frighteningly believable yet surprising and nearly seamless. I enjoyed it immensely and highly recommend it for a quick read with a bonus adrenaline rush.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By michael a. draper VINE VOICE on February 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When stressed out Dr. John Meacham goes on a shooting spree, killing a number of his patients and fellow employees, Dr. Lou Welcome is blamed.

Lou had been overseeing his friend, Dr. Meacham's progress at Physicians Wellness. This organization counsels and attempts to help doctors with psychological problems, resulting in their loss of anger. They also counsel doctors who over medicate themselves with drugs and alcohol.

As the story progresses, we observe Lou's compassionate nature while a number of other characters exhibit unexplained anger that seems to take control of their body for a time, and then, if they survive their aggression, the anger seems to go away. Afterward the person seems almost unaware of what happened. We witness a number of tragic events due to this anger. Lou tries to find the cause. He goes to the Chief of Police in King's Ridge but the chief tells Lou that he doesn't have any real evidence to back his claims.

He meets Dr. Darlene Mallory, the First Lady of the United States. They form a bond together, attempting to find answers to this mystery.

The characters are realistically portrayed. Lou's thirteen-year-old daughter, Emily, is a charmer. The author brings Lou and Emily to life at moments such as when they are playing monopoly. In reality, Lou is using the game to keep Emily occupied while he questions her about herself and her life with her mother and step-father.

How many parents don't know how to communicate with teenagers and this method of keeping a teenager active with something while asking questions is a very good lesson.

The plot is laid out nicely with some interesting surprises. I found the book entertaining and recommend it to readers who enjoy medical thrillers and good suspense.

Note: I received a copy of this novel for an honest review.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Whoooa! Palmer's latest has a feel of horror...and you'd never guess why!

Dr. Lou Welcome has great empathy for medical personnel who, for whatever reason, gets hooked on alcohol or other type of substance, including drugs.

Mainly because he's been there...

In fact, part of his own rehabilitation has been to work with others who have the same type of problems. One of those men was John Meacham--and he has just gone on a rampage, killing everybody in his office, including two patients! Lou's boss wants to know what happened, but Lou wanted to know what had happened for his own reasons--he knew Meacham had been clean! So what could have set him off?

You would think that now we are going to investigate how he might have obtained some illegal substance, taking it without even realizing it perhaps. But what that substance is and where his investigation leads is much more scary than some type of new drug... Especially as other people also begin doing illogical activities..

Welcome begins his investigation by learning that Meacham had said only one thing, "No Witnesses!" As he pieced things together, he learned that he had become angry with a dangerously obese patient and got her so upset that she had ran out of the office. With Meacham's last words being "No witnesses" Welcome had to assume that Meacham feared that a complaint would be made against him and he would lose his license permanently. That seemed to make a little sense, except that, Roberta Jennings, the woman he had verbally attacked, was still alive...Meacham was not acting rationally in killing everybody else except her.

In the meantime, in Washington D.C. the President of the United States once again had not shown up for an event that was sponsored by the First Lady.
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