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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250030927
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250030924
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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Ingenious... Suspenseful and cleverly plotted -- Kathy Reichs Guaranteed to terrify anyone who has reason to step inside the doors of a hospital... Dynamic plot...fast-paced and engrossing Washington Post 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 Huffington Post A heart-pounding medical thriller Boston Globe --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Gail Rodgers VINE VOICE on April 5, 2014
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It was gut-wrenching for me to read this book of one of my favorite medical-thriller authors. While I've had other favorites that announced they would be retiring, none have ever died in the midst of a brilliant writing career. I was fortunate enough to read and review one of his other books that he sent me and also had several email exchanges, so in many ways he felt like a personal friend. Michael died in October 2013 when he had apparently finished most of this book, Resistant, and his family took it the rest of the way to complete production. It is hard to think that I will never get another new book of his to read. I tried to read this one slow to make the moment last, but as with all his books I got caught up in the story and the pace of the book and finished it way too soon.

This book was about a strain of bacteria that was resistant (hence the title) to all normal forms of antibiotics and had been released by a domestic terrorist group as a way to motivate the government to cancel out all entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, food stamps, etc. Of course many in the group lived in luxury so they felt a different sort of entitlement. Dr. Lou Welcome, a recurring character in Michael's last few books, becomes heavily involved for personal reasons in trying find a cure for this bacteria that in Lou's words “turned the inside of a body into liquid”, and not nice liquid. We are introduced to a new character that Lou became great friends with named Humphrey Miller, a brilliant man with the worst kind of cerebral palsy. I could see him in further recurring roles in other books and the same with Lou's friend Cap whose life was changed forever in this last book.
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“Resistant” is the third novel that I have read featuring Doctor Lou Welcome by Michael Palmer. Like “Oath of Office” and “Political Suicide,” this was an entertaining 387-page, quick and easy read that was really hard to put down.

These books can be read in any order; however, I would recommend reading them in chronological order to maximize the development of the flawed character of the good doctor. The father of 14-year old fourteen-year-old daughter, Emily and ex-husband of remarried, Renee, Doctor Welcome is a recovering alcoholic and drug abuser. Lou has made major headway to get back on the straight and narrow regaining the friendship and mutual respect with Renee as a result of the help of his sponsor and now best friend, Hank “Cap” Duncan a former prize fighter and owner of the Stick and Move boxing gym.

Previously stripped of his license to practice medicine, board certified in both internal and emergency medicine, Welcome is has successfully regained his medical license and is helping others recover from their addictions and behavioral problems while working at the Physician Wellness Office (PWO) in Washington, D.C., as well as the ER of Eisenhower Memorial in that city.

After “Cap” suffers a broken leg complicated by the contraction of a deadly nosocomial inflection, Lou embarks on a mission to find a cure and in the process finds himself a target of a secretive extreme right wing organization of strategically placed powerful individuals bent on forcing the government to concede to their whims or suffer deadly consequences. These radicals have developed and released a doomsday germ, but have lost control as it continues to mutate and has become resistant to known cures.

Lou finds himself in a pickle.
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I'm going to break this review down into two segments, the first half being a review of the book as a work of fiction, the second being a caveat to potential readers.

PART 1: As a medical thriller, RESISTANT is a good read. It's exciting, fast paced, well-written and has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. The main characters are reasonbly well-developed and realistic, as is the dialogue. While at times a bit simplistic, in general it makes for a few hours of good entertainment. I found that it held my interest well and that I wanted to keep reading to see what would happen next. On that basis, I'd give RESISTANT an objective rating of FOUR STARS.

PART 2: Let me first state that I have no objection to interjecting political bias into a work of fiction or the use of literature to disseminate political ideologies. Many works of great literature are vehicles serving just such a purpose. When you buy such works, you kind of know what you're getting. I have zero objection to author Michael Palmer including one here, either. But, quite frankly, as mass-market thrillers aren't the usual place you'd find such propagandizing, it might behoove the publisher to give potential readers an inkling of such bias by being a bit more forthcoming in the "blurb" rather than have 1/3 of your customers irritated (the other 1/3's being equally divided between people who'll love it and those who neither notice nor care!). So, this is merely a caveat for readers to enable them to make an informed choice about whether or not RESISTANT would be something they like.
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