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Dr. Lou Welcome is a fine Boston emergency-room physician who also happens to be a recovering addict. He is asked to cover for his boss at a medical conference in Atlanta, and takes his best friend, Cap, along. While out trail running, Cap severely injures his leg on a slippery slope; Lou manages to get him to the hospital, but that’s just the beginning of Cap’s problems. He picks up a new bug, nicknamed the Doomsday Germ by the press, while hospitalized. Turns out a right-wing domestic terrorist group created the germ, which they had planned on using to blackmail the U.S. government into shutting down all entitlement programs. But the flesh-eating bacteria grew out of control and became completely resistant to all known treatments, including the cure the terrorists thought they possessed. Even the Center for Disease Control is stumped. The FBI gets involved, and the race between the government and the terrorists to find a cure is on. Medical-thriller fans of all stripes will find much to enjoy here. Unfortunately, the author died in late 2013; whether there are any more books in the pipeline is anyone’s guess. --Stacy Alesi
Plenty of chills and spills. (Kirkus on Political Suicide)
Fans won't be disappointed and Palmer can add another bestseller to his list. (Associated Press on Political Suicide)
A must-read for fans of political intrigue. (The Fort-Worth Star Telegram on Political Suicide)
When you open the pages of a Michael Palmer novel, you know you are in the hands of a pro. (The Huffington Post on Political Suicide)
Michael Palmer mixes politics, medical science and the military to create another suspenseful medical thriller. (Examiner.com on Political Suicide)
This is a definite keeper! (Suspense Magazine on Political Suicide)
Compelling and terrifying. (Kirkus on Oath of Office)
The twists fly in A Heartbeat Away and the results create a terrifying scenario…Palmer has a mastery of the medicinal science involved in such elaborate conspiracy, plus the intricacies of presidential succession. (Associated Press on A Heartbeat Away)
Prepare to burn some serious midnight oil. (The Boston Herald on The Last Surgeon)
Endlessly entertaining. The roller-coaster ride of a plot builds to an undeniably shocking conclusion. (Publishers Weekly on The First Patient)
The novel is not merely a thriller but also an exploration of its central character's unique gifts and her determination to communicate with her comatose father despite overwhelming odds. Another winner from a consistently fine writer. (Booklist on The Second Opinion)
Hard to get into but once you do you cannot put it down. It is a book you will think about after you finished reading it.Published 6 days ago by Eileen Nash
Excellent acct of a highly appropriate topic in our current world. The author is an excellent medical writer, more to come I hope!Published 23 days ago by cloewemd
I loved this author, will miss his work.
His son Daniel did a great job with his notes and has also been added to my favorite authors list.
Fast pace thriller. Goes from first page through to the end. A must read .Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Overwhelmed by his death, I realize Palmer can still deliver another great Lou Welcome novel and continue to be a favourite of mine. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Susan Cameron
Good medical mystery. Liked the character development with enough suspense to hold my interest.
Have read a couple of Palmer's book in the past & will continue to read others.
This book is a fantastic medical mystery covering a tremendous amount of microbiology including several microorganisms that I have worked with in clinical and research settings. Read morePublished 1 month ago by George R. Jenkins