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Oath of Office Hardcover – February 14, 2012
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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
“Robert Petkoff's narration adds drama and tension to this chilling story based on ‘advances' in agricultural science…Listeners, especially those who enjoy conspiracy thrillers, will be thoroughly engaged.” ―AudioFile Magazine
“Robert Petkoff delivers solid narration…Petkoff's pacing is spot on and his reading often chilling. He infuses his performance with just enough melodrama to maintain suspense while keeping the novel grounded in reality…The result is an enjoyable listen.” ―Publishers Weekly
“A tense, driven story from the beginning to end, Oath of Office is an excellent choice for mystery lovers and is sure to be a popular pick in public library audiobook collections.” ―The Midwest Book Review
“Robert Petkoff delivers a tense, exciting performance. He's especially proficient as the crafty female Speaker of the House. Petkoff's virtuosity makes this thriller intense and as close to reality as one dares to think about.” ―Audiofile on A Heartbeat Away
“Robert Petkoff proves to be the perfect choice to narrate Palmer's latest medical thriller…Petkoff never misses a beat in his reading of this high-octane medical thriller, fully realizing each scene and character with ease. His energetic and skillful performance will keep listeners on the edge of their seats.” ―Publisher's Weekly on A Heartbeat Away
“Actor Robert Petkoff does an exceptional job of narrating Palmer's follow-up to The Last Surgeon (2010), perfectly capturing each character's unique accent, quirks, and personality and rendering Griffin's best friend and colleague Melvin especially well. Sure to keep listeners on the edge of their seats; highly recommended for mystery/thriller fans.” ―Library Journal on A Heartbeat Away
“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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The plot concerns the genetic engineering of our food supply and its possible effects on the consumer. In this case a corporate grower is radiating a species of African termite that is especially fecund. This increases the size of the termite and increases its reproduction cycles and most horrifically they morph into flesh eaters. The food grower extracts DNA from the termites and combines it with the DNA of the corn that they are producing thereby increasing the size of the corn and the number of ears per stalk producing " Frankencorn".
Dr. Lou Welcome notices an outbreak of erratic and sometimes criminal behavior by people who are normally rational and law abiding who live in the area where the corn is being produced. His investigation reveals that the corn is being tested and consumed in a local restaurant which explains how the toxicity is being introduced into the food supply.
There has been no investigation or approval by the FDA, and the government has brokered a deal with the company to provide a large shipment of the corn to the Chinese government along with the technology to produce it. Dr. Welcome's investigation takes him to the highest levels of the government including the Martin Mallory White House and he forms an alliance with the first lady, Darlene Mallory, who helps him stop the illegal production of the corn.
When the corporate executives find out what is being done to hinder their progress, our hero and his associates are attacked and put in harm's way which provides much of the suspense and excitement in the story. There is also a horrendous scene where we witness the flesh eating propensities of the termites. I won't comment further on that.
If you are a fan of the genre this one is highly recommended.
some of the characters. No names to be disclosed. The conclusion was satisfying. I think it would make a great action movie.
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His other medical thrillers were all pretty good.